Wicklow Arts Office Presents

The Penstons - An Evening of Song with special guests Chris Currid and Ciarán Olohan

Join the Penston family Amy, Leah and Naoimh for your favourite West End and Broadway hits alongside some glorious classical and celtic crossovers. A beautiful night of song for everyone.

Special guests include singer Chris Currid and Ciarán Olahan accompanied by the incredible Conor McCarthy on piano and a cellist.

Naoimh Penston

Naoimh’s life has been immersed in music since childhood. For over thirty years she has performed nationally and internationally as a singer-songwriter-musician, a piano, singing and post-primary music teacher, and as a musical and choral director. She has played many challenging roles on the musical theatre stage, winning AIMS Awards in both the Best singer and the Best Actress categories.

Naoimh performed a lead role in the world premiere of ‘Angel of Broadway’, a musical by Brian Byrne and Kasey Jones, in the National Concert Hall, Dublin, 2019, performed as soloist in the inaugural ‘Cork Proms’, in the Cork Opera House, 2019, and in ‘The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber’, National Concert Hall, 2019. In 2020, she played a lead role in Tara Ann Byrne’s touring production of ‘Side by Side by Sondheim’ a brave first step back into theatre, following first lockdown. This was Naoimh’s second ‘Side-by-Side’ outing, having previously performed in the 2009 Firstage Productions staging of the show on the Mermaid Arts stage, under the direction of Derek Pullen. The 2020 production is scheduled to resume in 2022, with dates recently announced.

Amy Penston

Amy graduated from the Liverpool Institute For Performing Arts (LIPA) with a B.A. Hons Acting. She returned home having finished Uk/Ireland tour playing "Natalie" in Roddy Doyle's 'The Commitments'. The tour followed her year and a half long West End run in the Palace Theatre, London, where she covered and played both “Natalie” and “Bernie”. She has loved Musical Theatre from a very young age, playing the role of "Grettle" (Sound of Music) at 5 years old with Avonmore Musical Society.

Amy has many working credits which include: “Ensemble/Soloist” (West Side Story , Bord Gais Energy Theatre) “Principal Singer” (Celtic Angels, USA Tour), “Lizzy” (New Fish a Musical, Irish Premiere), “Vivienne” (Big Shot, Off- Broadway), “Angel Of Broadway” (World Premiere, NCH Dublin), "Yellow Girl" (SHOUT! The Mod Musical, Dublin/Ireland Tour), “Natalie” (The Commitments West End and UK Tour), "Girl 1/Vocal Captain" (Royal Caribbean Cruise Line Productions),

Amy has also performed in many concerts as both a soloist and backing vocalist. Some of these concerts include: “Josh Groban” (3Arena Dublin), "LIPA Showcase" (Criterion Theatre, West End), "Encore" (Guest Soloist, Bord Gais Energy Theatre), "Forget Me Not" (Lead Soloist, National Concert Hall, Dublin),"Good Thing Going" (Featured Soloist, National Concert Hall, Dublin).

Amy is delighted to be back on stage with her Mother and Sister, and would like to thank the Wicklow County Council for making it possible.

Leah Penston

Leah graduated from GSA in 2014. She has appeared in West End productions including Sweeney Todd, The Clockmaker’s Daughter and The Play That Goes Wrong. In 2016, Leah appeared as Imelda in The Commitments UK tour. She has performed in many productions in Ireland including Side By Side By Sondheim, Fiddler on the Roof (Gaiety Theatre), Songs for a New World, Rent, Evita (AIMS Best Actress Award winner) along with many Lyric Opera and Festival productions in the NCH. She has featured as a vocalist onboard the Seabourn Odyssey with Belinda King Creative Productions, and has toured abroad, most recently returning from Australia with The World of Musicals.

Chris Currid

Chris Currid trained in acting with Bull Alley in Dublin and with the Voice College, London where he received his Higher Diploma in Contemporary Singing Teaching and graduated with distinction.

Theatre includes: Prince Charming (Cinderella, Helix theatre), Michael Collins in Michael Collins A Musical Drama (Oyster Lane TG, Dun Mhuire theatre, Wexford), Pablo in Sister Act (National Concert Hall), Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar (Mermaid Arts Centre), Tommy in Tommy (Civic theatre), Zangara in Assassins(Helix), Laughing Boy in Bugsy Malone (Olympia theatre.)

Concerts and other work: ensemble in the Hired Man in Concert (Cadogan Hall, London), lead vocalist in Raglan Road (Disney Orlando), the World of Musicals (German tour), Irish Ferries, and the Rock Tenors (Holland, 2019.)

TV credits: the Late Late Show, Elev8 (RTE), the Voice of Ireland and Superstar (ITV- top 40.)

Chris has been nominated for 8 AIMS Awards, 7 for Best Singer and 1 for Supporting Actor, winning the singer award in 2018.

Chris is the founder and director of Ireland’s most exciting new acapella group, VIRTUALOSO.

Ciarán John Olahan

Ciarán is a Singer and Musician from County Wicklow. He trained under the tutelage of Philip O’Reilly at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin.

Coming from a highly musical background, Ciarán has been fortunate enough to perform across the globe. He has worked as a Singer, Musician, Director and Producer in countries including the US, Canada, Australia, China, Germany, Spain, Norway, and the UK. His love of Irish Music, Opera, Folk, Musical Theatre and more has been embodied in his work with productions such as Celtic Nights, The World of Musicals, Gaelforce Dance and many more.

Promoted by Wicklow County Council under the LLMPS (Local Live Music Performance Scheme)