Tullamore girl’s musical ‘Grim’ set to be a hit in London

Damian Moran

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Tullamore girl Fiona O’Malley has written a new smash hit musical which is receiving support from Judi Dench, Ian McKellen and David Cameron, and will premier this July at the 900-seater Rose Theatre Kingston, London.

Tullamore girl Fiona O’Malley has written a new smash hit musical which is receiving support from Judi Dench, Ian McKellen and David Cameron, and will premier this July at the 900-seater Rose Theatre Kingston, London.

The producers at The Untold Theatre Company, Fiona O’Malley and Adam Wollerton, received notes and letters from Judi Dench, Ian McKellen and Number 10 Downing Street, all sending ‘best wishes and good luck’ to the cast and creators of Grim: a New Musical.

“We are absolutely overwhelmed to have received such lovely words from fantastic actors like Dame Judi Dench and Sir Ian McKellen, as well as David Cameron, the Prime Minister of Great Britain. It’s incredibly humbling and motivating. We’re very inspired by their support and this furthers our desire to create a smash hit musical!” said the creative team.

Fiona O’Malley, 25, went to the Sacred Heart School in Tullamore and graduated in 2007. Since then, she has worked for VOGUE magazine, The Sunday Times, The Irish Times, The Observer and is the author of the best-selling novella ‘Goodbye Mrs. Robinson’ and ‘What Would Kate Do? The Diary of a Walking Disaster’.

A year and a half ago, she set up her own theatre company, The Untold Theatre Company, with Adam Wollerton and in their first year, created a new original musical called The Daily Fail which was penned and co-produced by Fiona.

It premiered at the International Youth Arts Festival and then moved to central London to rave four and four and a half star reviews. This year, the same creative team, writer Fiona O’Malley, composer Joseph Alexander and director Adam Wollerton, are back with another original musical called Grim: a New Musical.

Grim: a New Musical will be opening at the 900-seater Rose Theatre in London this July. The Rose Theatre is one of London’s most respected theatres with previous performances from Judi Dench (Philomena, Skyfall, A Room With a View, Pirates of the Caribbean: on Stranger Tides, Pride and Prejudice), Denise Welsh (Coronation Street, Loose Women), Richard Wilson (One Foot in the Grave) and Joely Richardson (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Tudors, The Patriot) to name a few.

Grim: a New Musical is the love story to die for. It’s a story about the Grim Reaper falling in love with Cupid but she cannot be with him as it will lead to his demise. When she is drawn to someone she takes their soul. Grim cannot be complete without her soul and Cupid cannot be complete without his soulmate, so we see the collision of the two most powerful forces in the world - the power of love vs. the power of death with the angel of love falling for the angel of death. Sound-wise, think of Wicked, the Addam’s Family and everything Tim Burton-esque and that’s the general tone of Grim.

“Last year, we sold out at the IYAF festival running. This year, our venue is more than four times bigger but we’re determined to succeed and rise to the challenge. Yes, the theatre is a lot bigger but hopefully the product (Grim) is a lot bigger too, commented Fiona.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for us, the creative team, to have our work showcased on a bigger platform. Instead of being daunted or intimidated by it, we’re looking at it like it’s a chance for us to grow. That’s exactly what’s on my mind all of the time – ‘how can I make the material better?’ If I’m writing a comedy – ‘how can I make it funnier?’ If I’m writing a tragedy – ‘how can I make it sadder?’ I’m always looking to improve, progress, and move forward no matter what. There’s always room to improve. Always. Last year, we got four-star reviews. This year, I want five!”