Golf opera to humour Co Down audiences

Performer Aaron O'Hare and Chairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Councillor Naomi Bailie
Performer Aaron O'Hare and Chairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Councillor Naomi Bailie

Fancy a spot of golf-inspired opera?

Then look no further than Newcastle, Co Down where a novel opera exploring the humour produced by the mix of one of the world’s greatest sports and the joys and trials of romantic love - composed by Belfast Music Laureate Brian Irvine and written by award-winning local playwright Owen McCafferty - will be staged at Castle Park on May 30.

The piece is inspired by the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation and is comletely free for audiences to enjoy in what promises to be a conceptually surreal combo of golf balls, arias and a quirky lovestory.

Tourism Northern Ireland and chair of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Naomi Balilie, pictured here alongside performer Aaron O’Hare, are looking forward to the ‘LoveGolfOpera’, which takes place in Newcastle as part of the Irish Open Fringe Festival 2015. Naomi Bailie explained why visitors and locals should see the off-beat production, undboutedly a first for the Ulster arts scene in its brave mixing of sport and the often esoteric world of operatics.

“This performance is set to be a really exciting one-off spectacle and is sure to entertain everyone with comedy set against the stunning back drop of the Mourne Mountains.

“Northern Ireland Opera has also announced that the music soundtrack recording will be performed by the RTÉ symphony soundtrack which is sure to be music to everyone’s ears.

“The Irish Open Fringe 
Festival has a really wonderful variety of things to see, do and experience so we would urge everyone to check the programme and head to Co Down for an unforgettable time.”

For more information on the Open Fringe Festival visit www.newrymournedown.org/the_open_fringe_festival_.