Singing in the rain

Singing in the rain
Thom Southerland: ‘McCourt looks back at the start of the story and wonders how he could have survived it all. We tell the story of how he did’ Pic: Alan place

A new musical version of Frank McCourt’s memoir of a miserable Limerick childhood is being brought to stage by an ambitious young director, writes Luke O’Reilly

When Thom Southerland tells people that he’s directing a musical adaptation of Angela’s Ashes it’s usually received with “How on earth do you even go about doing that?” It’s a fair question and one that Southerland is eager to answer.

“The story concerns the depths of what a human emotion can go through. It has a certain rhythm and a passion to it, and there’s so much music in the book...

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