The Derry public are being urged to welcome home the city’s Patron Saint after 1500 years.
The Return of Colmcille, running over June 7 and 8, will celebrate both the iconic and fascinating figure of Saint Colmcille, the city of Derry and its people.
It is being written by Frank Cottrell Boyce who also authored the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics.
Frank said:“Colmcille is a colossal figure, a monastic superhero. The Return of Colmcille will celebrate his story and the wider history of the city. We want the people of the city to take ownership of this event. There is a role for everyone whether it’s as a performer, an artist or in a stewarding capacity. It’s going to be an amazing event.”
Referencing the North West’s rich heritage and past but very much rooted in the present The Return of Colmcille is a story told by the people and will involve a cast of hundreds in the telling.
The events will be a highlight of the City of Culture 2013 programme and a unique opportunity to present an alternative and inspiring view of the City.
Events on this scale require a range of skills and commitment levels. Whether developing a career in the creative industries, possessing a love of making things or just wanting to be a part of this immense event – they have a role for everyone.
In return participants will have the opportunity to work alongside world class professionals, develop new skills, work behind the scenes, make new friends, be inspired and be part of history in the making!
Mayor Cllr Kevin Campbell said the Return of Colmcille was one of the main highlights of the City of Culture year and a fantastic opportunity for the local community to get involved.
“The Return of Colmcille promises to be one of the most spectacular and memorable events of the year and I am delighted that the call is going out for local people to be part of the celebrations,” he said.
Culture Company Chief Executive Shona McCarthy said: “The Return of Colmcille will be one of the most iconic events to take place in the city during the UK City of Culture Celebrations in 2013 and it’s a great opportunity for local people to become directly involved in our programme. The plans that Walk the Plank and Frank Cottrell Boyce have in place to celebrate the return of the city’s patron saint are amazing, and all those who take part will treasure the memory of their involvement for years to come.”
In the coming weeks the team will be recruiting, rehearsing and creating this epic production at various locations across Derry. Groups and individuals should register their area of interest by going to the Get Involved section of the website atwww.thereturnofcolmcille.com
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