Gutzy new musical from Strabane’s David

Cast members of Gutz the musical.
Cast members of Gutz the musical.

A Strabane musician has penned his first ever musical which will premiere in the town next week.

Well known musician David Oliver has written Gutz which will run for three nights at the Alley Theatre next Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

“I had a lot of songs that I had built up over the years so I decided to put them together and make them into a musical,” he said.

David McGarrigle, better known now by his middle name David Oliver, has set Gutz in the New York financial district.

“Four interns are all vying for a start,” he said.

“Gutz looks at several issues including the strife and struggles of working in the financial world.

“It’s all about life in New York city looking at harassment and gender issues.”

David Oliver cut his teeth in the music industry first as a trumpet player and later out playing with his own ten piece band.

“I did a lot of writing when out with the band,” he said.

“So many songs had built up over the years.

“I’m very happy with the musical. It’s going well. We’ve come a long way since I booked the theatre in February when the script was only half written.

“But I think it wouldn’t matter if you had a year to prepare you’d still be fighting the clock.”

Multi-tasking is something that David has had to get used to for this musical - writing and directing.

“I’m very direct in how I’m presenting this,” said David. “It’s very pacey and has a lot of momentum. I think I’d describe it as edgy and gritty.”

What’s David’s most pleased about with the musical is that it has very strong female roles.

“A lot of shows I’ve seen such as Grease and Hairspray have very cliched roles,” he said. “But the females in this show have rolls that are very ballsy.”

Gutz stars a number of local including Christina McBeth and Vicki Templeton.

David thanked the many people in Strabane who have supported the show.

Don’t miss this original production from Thursday 11th – Saturday 13th June in the cabaret style Alley auditorium. This promises to be an explosion of dance, drama and music. Tickets are £7.50, £5 (con) available from the Alley on 028 71 384444 or online www.alley-theatre.com