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The Australian premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton's award-winning musical The Beautiful Game will be staged at Chapel off Chapel from 13 to 29 September, 2019.
Set during the ethno-nationalist conflict in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1969. The Beautiful Game centres on a local football (soccer) team, who attempts to overcome the violence that has overwhelmed their community. The Catholic team has one atheist player, Del who comes from a Protestant family) and the coach is a priest. Some of the key players become IRA volunteers and another is knee-capped. During the emerging war John and Mary fall in love, but find themselves caught in the middle of a 'war' that neither of them wants.
Heading the cast is Stephen Mahy as John and Stephanie Wall will star as Mary. Joining them is Nicola Bowman, Des Flanagan, Nigel Huckle, David Meadows, Ellie Nunan, Samuel Skuthorp and Sam Ward.
Ensemble members include Finn Alexander, Robbie Breugelmans, Rebecca Cullinan, Liam Dodds, Emma Drysdale, Jake Gardner, Mikey Halcrow, Lachlan Hamill, Quin Kelly, Sophie Loughran, Jessica Mills, Fletcher O'Leary, Bronson Pfeiler, Matthew Prime and Caitlin Spears.
Some of the musical numbers include Clean The Kit, The Party, Let Us Love In Peace, The Happiest Day of Our Lives, If This Is What We're Fighting For and The Beautiful Game.
If you want to attend a touching and thought-provoking musical to reflect on; visit Chapel off Chapel to see a performance of The Beautiful Game. It runs for a strictly limited season from 13 to 29 September, 2019.