All hail Balo Balo of the Jungle

Some of the young actors on stage during a performance of Balo Balo.

Some of the young actors on stage during a performance of Balo Balo.

Over the course of three recent shows the audiences in the Alley Theatre took to their feet to hail the Arts Academy production of Balo Balo of the Jungle.

Each night saw the theatre packed full to the rafters for the exclusive debut of David Oliver and his wife Cat McGinty’s, brand new musical.


“Overall I am delighted with the end result,” said David. “With a new production, it is always hard to predict how it will turn out but all three nights were fully attended.

“It was extremely well received by our audiences who gave us a standing ovation at the end of each performance.

“This production was made up of an extremely young cast, with an average age of 13,” explained David.

“Everyone involved rose to the occasion and performed superbly over the three nights.”

Looking to the future  David explained he will be exploring the idea of approaching schools with Balo Balo, with the intention that they will produce their own version of the musical in the near future.

“Overall the Arts Academy has enjoyed a very successful year,” continued David. “We have seen an increase in numbers and in celebration of all our musicians we will be holding our very important, end of year production in the Alley Theatre on June 23.

“It will include individual performances as well as scenes from Balo Balo and our Spook House pantomime and will truly showcase all the wonderful talent we have here in Strabane.”


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