Blue Whale Theatre Company – ‘At The End of the Day’ the musical coming this summer –
Inspired by the patchwork quilt ‘Love Across The Waves’ by Arranmore and Tir Boghaine
Women’s Groups, At The End Of The Day will be performed in the Halla Mhuire,
Glencolmcille on August 22, 2019, Arranmore Community Centre on August 24, 2019,
Abbey Arts Centre, Ballyshannon on August 31, 2019, and An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny
on September 7th, 2018.
At The End Of The Day , is a new musical based in South-West Donegal, and provides a
look at life in Donegal during the early 1800s. The plot mainly follows the relationship of
Matthew Lyons, played by Adam Hannigan , and Nuala Green, played by Shauna Scanlon ,
from the time they first meet, to the time they become engaged to be married, and also the
events leading up to their meeting, including the Bruckless drownings, and the economic
conditions of the time.
The cast also features Catherine Gallagher , as the notorious Biddy Devenney, who sought
revenge after being refused free fish by the fishermen at Darney Pier. Kian Gallagher and
Pauric Havlin are George Vaughan Hart and Henry Francis Conyngham, the members of
Parliament for Donegal. Chris Duddy and Orson Sterritt , fresh from magnificent
performances of Edna and Corny Collins in Letterkenny Music and Drama Group’s recent
production of Hairspray , join the cast as Patrick Hegarty, Matthew’s mentor, and Edward
Lyons, Matthew’s father, respectively. Cristiona McGettigan is cast as Nuala’s sister Ellen,
while Tracey Faulkner portrays local gossip Bridget O’Donnell. Anthony Redmond , as
Michael McCauley, is a nineteenth century style ferryman and hackney, while Ella
McLaughlin joins the cast as Sarah Breslin, a young neighbour of Biddy’s.
Original music, lyrics and book are by Leslie Long , whose last musical writing project was
the AIMS award winning musical Caisleáin Óir , and direction is by Eddie Mulligan . Costume
design is by Sinéad O’Donnell-Carey, who is the current Yeats Design Resident in the
Abbey Theatre, lighting is by Tony McGuire , and sound is by George Henderson . Stage
manager Tracey Faulkner is also assisting with direction, while Tanya Ward is the
choreographer for the show. Denise Roper assists Leslie with musical direction of the five
piece pit band. The cast look forward to returning this insight of the past in County Donegal
to the stage.
The musical is set in times when the norm is for two sets of parents to get together in order
to arrange a ‘match’ between their son and daughter. Matthew, from Teelin, and Nuala from
Arranmore Island, in what might be considered to be a long distance relationship in the
1820s, make their own match, by falling in love.
When Matthew proposes to Nuala, the answer is undoubtedly ‘yes’, but there is a clause –
Nuala wants to get her parents’ blessing first. Matthew is anxious to know if their blessing is
given, so Nuala arranges to light a bonfire, if the answer is positive, on a hill near her home,
on Arranmore Island. Matthew will be able to see the bonfire from Glen Head, near his
They make their arrangements for the following day, at the end of the day, that is, after dusk.
Will Matthew see the bonfire in the distance, and therefore know what their future will be?
At The End Of The Day premiered in the Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey, in March, 2018, and
two new songs and two new scenes were added for the touring productions in October,