Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan TD, was in Longford today (Friday) to officially launch the newly-formed Orbus Theatre Productions.
Currently performing their second local run of ‘The Trip to Bountiful’, Newtownforbes-based Orbus perform theatre ‘in the round’, and those in attendance at the launch were treated to a short scene from the show.
All involved with Orbus were proud to launch their project after months of hard work. The group also extended sincere thanks to the Minister, having received €10,000 funding under the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht’s Small Capital Grant Scheme 2014.
Speaking at the opening, Minister Deenihan commented:
“I know Orbus Theatre has a five year artistic plan which will involve several productions each year and ‘The Trip to Bountiful’ is a taste of what is to come. I was pleased to award Orbus some funding under my Department’s Small Capital Grant Scheme 2014, which I understand will be used to install lighting, sound equipment and customised seating which will tour with the company, ensuring that they can provide the same Orbus experience wherever they tour. It is wonderful that such a production company is based in Co Longford, where they will add significantly to the artistic scene, and will be of great benefit to aspiring actors in the county. I wish them every success with their future endeavours.”
Earlier in the day, the Minister visited St Mel’s Cathedral, where he was taken on a tour through the majestic building by those involved in its restoration.
Thoroughly impressed with the work that has been carried out, Minister Deenihan stated: “What was a major disaster for the people of Longford will now turn into something very, very positive.”