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Darragh

O’Leary

CHOREOGRAPHER

MOVEMENT DIRECTOR


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CURRENT PROJECTS

Movement Director on A Midsummer Night's Dream for the Sheffield Crucible, directed by Rob Hastie and with music by Dan Gillespie Sells.


Choreographer on Bingo!,  a new musical by Anita Vettesse and Johnny McKnight. Bingo! is a co-production by Stellar Quines and Grid Iron, with direction by Jemima Levick and music by Alan Penman.


Choreographer on Cinderella at the New Wolsey, written and directed by Pete Rowe and with musical direction by Ben Goddard.


BIOGRAPHY


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 any projects which are slightly left-field and unconventional such as Passport to Pimlico, the promenade actor/musician musical which premiered through the streets of Pimlico in July 2013 as part of SouthWestFest. 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 Sinbad (New Wolsey), Little Red & The Wolf (Dundee Rep), The Sword in the Stone (New Wolsey), Saturday Night Fever (English Theatre Frankfurt), The Battle of Boat (Rose Kingston), Snoopy (Ivy Arts Centre for GSA), Prodigy (St James for NYMT), Sing to the Flags (Southbank Centre), Passport to Pimlico (Grassroots Productions), Spring Awakening and A Man of No Importance (RCS), Assistant Director and Choreographer on West Side Story (HMP Erlestoke for Pimlico Opera), Red Riding Hood (Everyman), The Lazy Elf (Arts Theatre).

Credits as Movement Director include What We Wished For (Sheffield Crucible), Brainstorm (BBC: Live from Television Centre, National Theatre & Park Theatre), A Dream (Sheffield Crucible), Nicola Beneddeti at Kelvingrove Museum.

Other credits include Choreography Co-ordinator on the Opening Ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, 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, Assistant Choreographer on the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 FA Cup Final, 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).