Meet The Team
To coincide with the 25th anniversary tour, Bill completed a new studio recording of the music from Riverdance, released by Decca/Universal Records. The new recording features many of the young musicians who play the music live with the show, some of whom weren’t even born when Riverdance was first composed.
His orchestral works include: The Seville Suite , Spirit Of Mayo, The Connemara Suite and Linen & Lace . His musical settings of the literary works of Irish writers have been performed widely and include the poetry of WB Yeats, Paul Muldoon, Derek Mahon, Tom McIntyre, Frank McGuinness and Paul Durcan. His music for film includes scores for “Dancing At Lughansa” starring Meryl Streep, “Some Mother’s Son” featuring Helen Mirren and “Lamb” with Liam Neeson. As a producer in the studio he has worked with U2, Van Morrison, Kate Bush, Richard Harris, The Dubliners, Planxty, Andy Irvine, Davy Spillane and Bulgarian/Irish band, East Wind.
Other theatre work includes The Train musical which was inspired by the contraceptive train and the Irish Woman’s Liberation Movement of the 1970’s. With music by Bill Whelan and lyrics by Arthur Riordan, it was performed as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival in 2015 and at Ireland’s National Abbey Theatre in Dublin and The MAC in Belfast in 2017.
Bill serves on the boards of the Limetree Theatre in Limerick. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Music and holds two honorary doctorates. He is an Honorary Freeman of the City of Limerick, where he was born.
He played a key role in the evolution of Riverdance from the original seven minute dance number and went on to direct the full stage-show spectacular.
John has been closely involved with the Abbey Theatre – he was on the Board of the theatre for five years, served as Chairman of the Abbey Centenary Committee and directed a critically-acclaimed production of Dion Boucicault’s 19th century melodrama The Shaughraun. In May 2011 he produced a major theatrical event marking the historic State visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Ireland. John is the director of the new music and dance stage spectacular Heartbeat of Home which had its world premiere in Dublin in October 2013 and has toured extensively to universal acclaim in North America and China.
John has received many awards during his career, including an Honorary Doctorate of Law from the National University of Ireland, in recognition of his services to the arts and entertainment industry.
He is also an accomplished photographer and is Ambassador for Trócaire, one of Ireland’s largest development agencies . The documentary This Is Palestine follows John on his journey through Gaza and the West Bank. His recent book of photographs Looking at the Same Moon, in aid of Trocaire documents the lives of people in Palestine and Guatemala.
SENIOR EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
for a number of heads of state and notable individuals from around the world, including Michelle Obama and Queen Elizabeth II. Padraic is also proud to be the Associate Director for the international show Heartbeat of Home which has toured China and North America and played for a six run in London’s West End. . He would like to give special thanks to his father, brothers, sister, his wife Niamh and children Juliette-May and Harrison Rhys for their continued support. He dedicates all his work to his late mother Christine Moyles.
More recently her work was seen on television in David Copperfield and on film in Veronica Guerin, directed by Joel Schumacher. Recent projects include The Prestige, shot in LA, and The Tudors, for which she has won three Emmys. She has also won two IFTAs for The Tudors.
Her most recent theatre work includes two Sam Shepard plays commissioned by the Abbey Theatre, Kicking a Dead Horse and Ages of the Moon directed by the actor/playwright, and Henrik Ibsen’s John Gabriel Borkman starring Alan Rickman and at the Abbey. Joan is currently involved in a new adaptation of The Dead.
He was next approached by The Chieftains management to provide sound for their British tour. This relationship formed the basis for the development of his interest in sound design.
He has provided sound design for diverse artistic requirements, including Bill Whelan’s The Seville Suite and The Spirit of Mayo, Eurovision ’93, ’94, ’95, The Shaughraun (The Abbey), The Wiremen, Aïda, Handel’s Messiah (250th anniversary at The Point), Sweeney Todd (The Gate), Mother Goose, Beauty and The Beast< Cinderella Aladdin, Robinson Crusoe and The Caribbean Pirates (The Gaiety) and The Lords of Love (Wexford Opera House).
For High Res
For the 25th Anniversary production, renowned Irish lighting and video design creatives, High Res, were commissioned to produce and deliver an innovative and integrated set, lighting, and motion graphics design. The High Res team brings a wealth of creative experience, enhancing the visual onstage story telling though the use of technology and expert design.
Lead Designer for High Res
Creative Director at High Res Lighting, Dublin. He was part of the team for the London Olympic Games, and Associate Lighting Designer for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Sochi Winter Games; this team won an Emmy for ‘Outstanding Lighting Design for a Variety Special’. His work includes the GAA 125 Celebrations and Skyfest for the St. Patrick’s Festival. TV credits include Dancing With the Stars, The Voice of Ireland, Blind Date, Deal or No Deal, RTÉ’s show Centenary and the televised Croke Park leg of Pope Francis’ visit to Ireland. Co-founder of WHATSIT and as a pioneer of projection mapping and architectural lighting in Ireland, he has lit some of Ireland’s most iconic buildings and spectacular festivals.