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COURSE A 2019: Thank You For The Music – Shane Farrell and Jay Molyneux

Stageworks, Here We Go Again with ‘Thank You for the Music’

Following the success of last years ‘The Sound of Musicals’, the award winning Shane Farrell and Jay Molyneux are returning to Stageworks with a new and exciting programme entitled ‘Thank You for the Music’. This fun and friendly course will be based on the music of one of the world’s most loved groups of all time, ABBA! You will learn and perform songs from their long list of hits including, ‘Waterloo’, ‘The Winner takes It All’, ‘Fernando’, ‘Gimmie! Gimmie! Gimmie!’ and ‘I Have A Dream’ to name but a few!

We will of course also be producing numbers from the Broadway and West End hit musical ‘Mamma Mia’ as well as a string of classics from both movies, ‘Mamma Mia’ and ‘Mamma Mia, Here We Go Again’.

This performance-based musical theatre course is open to all, regardless of experience and is an excellent way to develop both your vocal and dance abilities in a relaxed and professional environment.

At the end of the week, the group will present a song and dance performance.

So, if you are a ‘Dancing Queen’ or just love to sing and dream of having that ‘Super Trouper’ shining on you then this is the course for you and we look forward to welcoming back past performers as well as meeting ones at ‘Thank You for the Music’.

Jay studied dance at The Firkin Crane Centre Cork and from there went on to further his dance education in the home of Musical Theatre, London. Jay was a finalist on BBC’s ‘Strictly Dance Fever’ hosted by Graham Norton and following that he joined Carnival Cruise Lines in the USA where he spent 10 years working as a Dance Captain. After travelling the world Jay returned home to Galway City and established the Jay Molyneux Dance Company where he directs, produces and provides choreography for a number of schools, theatre groups and musical societies throughout the West of Ireland.
Jay has been involved with groups such as Club S, Corofin Musical Society, Claremorris Musical Society, Dunmore Musical Society, Creative Scene Productions, Galway Youth Musical Theatre, Kevin Rowe Events and Genevieve Ryan Dance Academy. Some of Jay’s theatre credits to date include, ‘Lark in the Land’, ‘My Fair Lady’, ‘Guys and Dolls’, ‘Hairspray’ ‘Back to the 80’s’, ‘The Hired Man’ and ‘Big, The Musical’. Jay is the current Director/Choreographer for 9 Arch Claregalway Musical Society having
produced ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ in 2017 and ‘The Sound of Music’ in 2018. He is also currently doing the choreography for Galway Musical Society’s production of ‘Our House, The Madness Musical’ which will take to the stage in May of this year.
Jay is thrilled to be returning to Stageworks with Shane and is excited to see returning performers and artists as well as meeting new ones.


As a student in St. Jarlath’s College in Tuam, Shane got the musical bug from the Late Noel Kirrane and Joe Donoghue. Shane now lives in Loughrea with his wife Clodagh and four children; Tadhg, Teagan, Moya and Baby Sadie. Shane holds a degree in Music and Theology and recently started studying a Masters in Music Education. Shane is currently a secondary school teacher in Ursuline Secondary School in Thurles. Since his days in St. Jarlath’s, Shane has become a popular freelance Musical Director, much in demand with many groups around Connaught and Munster. Shane has been nominated as Best Musical Director three times, winning the award for the past two years with BRAVO for Sweeney Todd and Ragtime. Recently, Shane had the privilege of conducting the BRAVO Choir for Tommy Fleming’s concert in Galway Cathedral, which was also used to record his new CD and DVD.
Shane is delighted to be working once again with StageWorks, and is looking forward to working with everyone this year.