Twins Nuala and Niamh McGowan who performed at
the Island Hall this week. US1608-5250
THE depth of theatrical talent in the City of
Lisburn is no better demonstrated than in the achievements of
Nuala and Niamh McGowan.
The 18 year old twins have been rehearsing
with the National Youth Theatre (NYT) at Canary Wharf in London,
but have returned home to take part in Fusion Theatre's
production of 'Pirates of Penzance' in the Island Hall this
The girls joined NYT last summer by taking
part in a two week 'boot camp' in Greenwich, and this made them
eligible to apply for NYT projects this year.
"Last year's induction course was amazing,"
said Niamh. "We made so many friends. When Fusion Theatre
performed Jesus Christ Superstar in September last year, some of
our friends even came over to watch the show."
Nuala and Niamh have been members of Fusion
Theatre for six years, since Niamh played the part of the Tin
Man in 'The Wizard of Oz'. This year, Nuala takes centre stage,
playing Ruth opposite Michael Down's Frederick, Joanna Hyndman's
Mabel and Chris Milford's Pirate King.
"The music is very different from Jesus
Christ Superstar, our last production," said Nuala, "and the
comedy in both the lyrics and the choreography is hilarious.
It's also a pleasure to be in a show where no-one actually
Once the run is finished, the girls will be
preparing to go back to Canary Wharf for the NYT production,
which is a live, interactive bilingual performance between the
UK and China, taking place exactly 100 days before the start the
So what did the girls think of the demonstrations that are
taking place concerning China an Tibet? "Well, when we were in
London", said Niamh, "we went to a Tibet awareness meeting on
morning, then in the afternoon we followed the Olympic Flame as
it passed by Canary Wharf. Then were some demonstrators shouting
as the flame passed, but generally there was great excitement
and anticipation about the Olympics."