Darragh is a choreographer, movement director and workshop leader with many years experience in theatre, ceremonies, and live events; working with a diverse range of individuals including professionals, volunteer performers and young people. His interests mainly lie in new writing and unconventional projects such as Passport to Pimlico, the promenade actor/musician musical which animated streets, gardens and public buildings of Pimlico with the audience transported on Routemaster buses between locations - "With an ensemble cast that boasts not one weak link, and a production team that co-ordinates the afternoon with military precision, they achieve the impossible". He has a keen interest in working with and motivating young people, having worked with companies such as Company Three, National Youth Music Theatre and JAM Theatre. He also thrives on inspiring volunteer performers and working with those who have little or no movement experience on projects such as the Olympic and Commonwealth ceremonies and particularly with the prisoners of HMP Erlestoke on Pimlico Opera’s production of West Side Story.
Choreography credits include Legend Trippers (The Other Palace), Bingo! (Stellar Quines/Grid Iron), Little Red & The Wolf (Dundee Rep), Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Queens Theatre Hornchurch), Billy the Kid (Leicester Curve), The Sword in the Stone, Sinbad, Red Riding Hood, Cinderella (New Wolsey), Saturday Night Fever (English Theatre Frankfurt), The Battle of Boat (Rose Kingston), Sing to the Flags (Southbank Centre), Assistant Director and Choreographer on West Side Story (HMP Erlestoke for Pimlico Opera), Chess, Spring Awakening and A Man of No Importance (RCS), Snoopy (Ivy Arts Centre for GSA), Prodigy (St James Theatre), Passport to Pimlico (Grassroots Productions), Red Riding Hood (Everyman), The Lazy Elf (Arts Theatre).
Credits as Movement Director include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Songs From The Seven Hills, What We Wished For, A Dream (Sheffield Crucible), Brainstorm (BBC: Live from Television Centre, National Theatre & Park Theatre), Nicola Benedetti at Kelvingrove Museum.
Other credits include choreography co-ordinator on the Opening Ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, choreographer for the NFL Super Drumline (Twickenham Stadium), Mass Choreographer on the Opening Ceremonies of the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, Mass Movement Assistant on the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Director and Co-Writer of The Bowlly Years (Jermyn St Theatre & Union Theatre).
As a fully qualified teacher (QTLS, AISTD), over the last number of years Darragh has lectured in Jazz, Musical Theatre, Audition Technique, Body Conditioning and Choreography at Trinity Laban, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Mountview, Reynolds Performing Arts, Italia Conti, Millennium Performing Arts, AMTA, Tiffany Theatre College and Pineapple Dance Studios.
Darragh also worked for many years as a performer in the West End, nationally and internationally.
Previous performing credits include Oklahoma (Chichester, dir: John Doyle), Sunshine on Leith (Dundee Rep, dir: James Brining), On the Town (London Coliseum, dir: Jude Kelly), Imagine This (New London, dir: Tim Sheader), Mamma Mia! (International Tour, dir: Paul Garrington), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Arena Tour, dir: James Milton), Pirates of Penzance (Wilton’s Music Hall, dir: Sasha Regan), Cats (Arena Tour, dir: Tara Wilkinson), Grease (Scandinavian Tour, dir: Anthony Van Laast), Tonight’s the Night (Victoria Palace, dir: Ben Elton), Fame (Aldwych, dir: Karen Bruce).
With live performances taking a short pause at the minute, Darragh is undertaking a period of research and development thanks to support from Arts Council England with a grant through the Developing Your Creative Practice Fund.
Darragh also continues to offer a variety of classes over Zoom and, where possible, in person. Click for more information and to discuss any further ideas for workshops, masterclasses or theatre making.
Photo: Ken Dundas