North West premiere of Rent this Friday

Roger (Philip Doherty) and Mimi (Roisin Carlin) in a scene from Greasepaint Productions presentation of 'Rent'.
Roger (Philip Doherty) and Mimi (Roisin Carlin) in a scene from Greasepaint Productions presentation of 'Rent'.

Greasepaint Productions will present the award-winning rock musical ‘Rent’ at The Playhouse, Derry this Friday and Saturday and An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny later this month.

This is the first time that ‘Rent’, which is inspired by Puccini’s opera ‘La Boheme’ has been produced in the North West. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling with life, love, and AIDs New York’s Bohemian East Village. Tragically, the show’s creator, Jonathan Larson died suddenly the night before the off-Broadway premiere.

‘Rent’ is the seventh longest running show in Broadway history, having opened in January 1996.

Greasepaint Productions, the Buncrana-based community theatre group, have made a great name for themselves with their successful musicals including Oliver, The Wizard of Oz and Calamity Jane. They also impressed last month with their presentation of Frank McGuinness’s classic play The Factory Girls, which they’ll present at the Regional Arts Centre, Letterkenny on Thursday, March 12.

In this, their most ambitious undertaking to date, Emile Rainey plays the role of Mark Cohen, a struggling documentary filmmaker and best friend of Roger Davis (Philip Doherty), a musician who is recovering from heroin addiction. Roisin Carlin is Mimi Marquez, a sexy pole-dancer who is also a heroin junkie and Roger’s love interest.

Roxanna Farren, plays spunky performance artist Maureen Johnson, who is Mark’s ex-girlfriend and current girlfriend of Joanne Jefferson, a tough, headstrong Harvard-educated lawyer played by Mary Ruddy.

Tom Collins, the philosophy teacher, friend and former roommate of Roger, Mark, and Maureen is played by Michael Fisher. Derry’s Simon Quigg is cast in the role of Angel Schunard, a Drag Queen with a heart of gold. Benjamin “Benny” Coffin III, played by Conal Dillon is the former friend and landlord of Mark, Roger and Mimi’s apartment.

With many memorable characters played by actors from across Northern Ireland, energetic rock songs and themes of friendship, social injustice and hope, this is a contemporary musical not to be missed. Including musical numbers - Seasons of Love, Will I, Light my Candle, La Vie Boheme and many more.

‘Rent’ is about being young, being brave, being scared, being in love and being in trouble, but still having hope for today and faith in tomorrow.

‘Rent’ will play for four nights only and tickets are on sale now from:

o The Playhouse Theatre, Derry - 028 71 268027 (Friday 6th May – Saturday 7th May) Tickets £8.

o An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny - 00353 74 91 20777 (Friday 20th May – Saturday 21st May) Tickets €10.

o Join us on Facebook for more information: “Greasepaint Productions-Theatre Group”

Please note that this show is not suitable for children.