Limerick producer takes hit show to Sydney Opera House

Colm Ward

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Colm Ward

Muireann Ahern Lovett with her husband and fellow artistic director, Louis who performs The Girl Who Forgot To Sing Badly, currently showing in Sydney
West Limerick woman Muireann Ahern Lovett has been wowing audiences in the Sydney Opera House with her family production, entitled The Girl Who Forgot To Sing Badly.

West Limerick woman Muireann Ahern Lovett has been wowing audiences in the Sydney Opera House with her family production, entitled The Girl Who Forgot To Sing Badly.

Muireann is the joint artistic director - along with her husband Louis - of Theatre Lovett which produces theatre for children and adults incorporating music, physical theatre, clowning, absurd comedy and poignant tragedy. Based in Dublin, they have performed throughout Ireland and internationally.

The play, which Muireann produces, received rave reviews and packed houses when it was staged in Edinburgh, London, Texas, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and New York. They were invited to perform in Sydney after the programmer for the Sydney Opera House saw the show in New York.

“He came along and we chatted after. I knew he was interested and was thrilled when we got the official invite,” said Muireann.

As well as being performed live at the Sydney Opera House, the play will also be digitally relayed into classrooms across New South Wales.

“This is part of a digital education experience for students right across Australia – so that all children can have a Sydney Opera House experience, regardless of where they live,” Muireann explained.

Muireann is originally from Newcastle West where her mother still lives. Her late father, Pat Ahern worked in the bank in Newcastle West and Rathkeale for many years.

Along with Louis Lovett (familiar to fans of Killinaskully as German cheese seller Dietr), she founded Theatre Lovett about four years ago, having worked with many different theatre companies over the years.

Their last show, Mr Foley The Radio Operator, was performed in the Lime Tree Theatre in Mary I last year and local audiences will get a chance to see this latest production when it comes to the Lime Tree in early 2015.