GUMS To Stage Irish Premiere of ‘Kipps’ in Next Week

Galway University Musical Society is gearing up to host the Irish amateur premiere of the hilarious ‘Kipps: The New Half A Sixpence Musical’.

Set in early 20th century England, ‘Kipps’ tells the tale of a poor draper named Arthur Kipps (Sam Touhy) whose life is transformed after he unexpectedly receives a large inheritance. The tale that ensues is one where Kipps struggles with his identity as he is thrust into high society. He eventually finds himself caught in a love triangle between childhood sweetheart Anne Thorny (Alice Cunningham) and socialite Helen Walsingham (Roisín Finn).

A reworked version of the 1960’s classic ‘Half A Sixpence’ – which was based off the HG Wells novel  – the show runs from the 4th-8th of February in the Black Box Theatre.

GUMS Kipps Aengus MacMahon
The cast of ‘Kipps’

Speaking to Galway Pulse, director Julie Quinn says the students can’t wait to finally take to the stage on Tuesday night.

“We had a run-through on Sunday evening there and everyone was just elated afterwards. We were so happy. They just said, “Let’s do it now!”

Along with keeping on top of their studies, the students have been ratcheting up their preparations over the last couple of weeks. With rehearsals having begun in early October, sleeves have been rolled up over the last couple of weeks as GUMS sprinkle the finishing touches on every aspect of the production.

Having scooped third place for ‘Best Overall Show’ for ‘Pippin’ at the Irish Amateur Musical Societies (AIMS) Awards in Killarney last year, ‘Kipps’ is a real departure from last years show. As Julie Quinn explains:

“It’s completely different. Pippin was very out-of-the-box. It was wild, magical and grotesque. This is year it’s a real heart-warming classical musical. GUMS hasn’t done a classical show in ages. I think we have a brilliant show this year and we’ve had such a great time doing it and I can’t wait for next week!”

Tickets are available from the Socs Box in NUI Galway or the Town Hall Theatre website.



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