Break a... Rib?

Nuala Mannion and Kieran Griffiths warm up for the performance of a lifetime as they prepare to tread the boards in the Ulster Operatic Company?s production of the much-loved family musical, Oklahoma.  ''Set to take place in the Grand Opera House from next Tuesday, the six performance run will feature unforgettable songs including ?Oh What a Beautiful Morning? and ?I Can?t Say No?, matched with lively dance routines.  ''Tickets are available via www.goh.co.uk or by calling the box office on 028 9024 1919.
Nuala Mannion and Kieran Griffiths warm up for the performance of a lifetime as they prepare to tread the boards in the Ulster Operatic Company?s production of the much-loved family musical, Oklahoma. ''Set to take place in the Grand Opera House from next Tuesday, the six performance run will feature unforgettable songs including ?Oh What a Beautiful Morning? and ?I Can?t Say No?, matched with lively dance routines. ''Tickets are available via www.goh.co.uk or by calling the box office on 028 9024 1919.

Local actor Kieran Griffiths, who is starring in Oklahoma at the Grand Opera House from next week, took the phrase ‘Break a leg’ almost too literally.

Kieran, who was called to the role with only 13 days to go before curtain up, was storming through his routines when he broke two ribs meaning he will now have to sing his way through both the show and the pain barrier.

As a result of the mishap, the ‘Oh What a Beautiful Morning’ singer will have to adapt his breathing technique during rehearsals.

The injury occurred during preparations for a fight scene.

Fellow actor, Karl McGuckian who plays Jud Fry, accidentally collided with him.

The result was Kieran suffered two broken ribs. Ever the professional the Waterside singer played on but by Wednesday the pain was too much and he was taken to hospital. Doctors treated the ribs and informed Kieran that he also has blood in his lungs following the impact.

Kieran said: “I felt it immediately but I carried on as I had too much rehearsal to be getting on with. Having been called in at the last minute I had a lot of catching up to do with the rest of the cast. I only went to hosptial in the end as, during one of the dances the night before, I had to lift my leading lady and that did it.”

Despite the fact “it’s sore to laugh, breath and move,” Kieran has no time for rest as this weekend he will be acting in the National Trails Day at the Beech Hill Hotel. As part of the ‘living exhibits’ series Kieran will be playing a US GI Private First Class Marine, Joe Jones, who was stationed at the former military site. The Family Fun Day at The Beech Hill runs on Sunday from 2pm-5pm.

Oklahoma runs at the Grand Opera House from October 9 to 13.

For tickets check www.goh.co.uk