Colmcille Needs You!

Culture Company urge artists from Derry~Londonderry and the surrounding areas to get involved in City of Culture's flagship event

Walk the Plank has put out a call to the people of Derry~Londonderry and the surrounding areas to get involved in welcoming home the city's patron saint after 1,500 years.

Taking place over the June 7 - 8, 2013, The Return of Colmcille will celebrate both the iconic and fascinating figure of Saint Colmcille, and the City of Derry~Londonderry and its people.

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. The Return of Colmcille has been written by Frank Cottrell Boyce, who also wrote the London Olympics opening ceremony.

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 – Walk the Plank 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.

'Colmcille is a colossal figure, a monastic superhero,' said Boyce. '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.’

Mayor Cllr Kevin Campbell, encouraging people to take part in this unique celebration of the city’s patron saint, 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'.

Culture Company Chief Executive Shona McCarthy added: ‘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 at www.thereturnofcolmcille.com. Alternatively if you have a query you can contact wendy.blemings@walktheplank.co.uk or call 028 7136 0886.

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