Maria’s pupils stepping up to the challenge when touring show visits Stevenage

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When a touring production inspired by the music and dance of Ireland, the USA and Spain takes to the stage at Stevenage’s Gordon Craig Theatre next month, pupils from a Letchworth school will be joining the cast.

Essence Of Ireland promises a compelling love story inspired by true events when it arrives at the venue on Wednesday, March 11, just as the Irish population of North Herts is gearing up for St Patrick’s Day celebrations.

Creative director and co-writer Ged Graham is delighted to have dancers from the Marie Grant School of Irish Dancers performing.

He said: “We really want the dancers to participate fully in our show and not just be on the outer edges.

“I want them to have fantastic memories of being a real part of our production.

“We set out not just to tell a powerful love story, but to tell a bigger tale based on true events about the love between a man and his country – something which audiences really relate to.

“Our show is guaranteed to entertain and move audiences young and old, whether through our hard hitting story or through our quality music and dance.”

You can find out more about the show online at, and book tickets from the venue (01438 363200 or

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