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Defying Gravity – A Musical Celebration of Women for International Women’s Day



Defying Gravity –  A Musical Celebration of Women for International Women’s Day takes place Monday, March 8

Defying Gravity – A Musical Celebration of Women for International Women’s Day

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Hollie O’Donoghue, Jean McGlynn and Jessica Bray

Defying Gravity – A Musical Celebration of Women is a unique performance to mark International Women’s Day 2021. This show will see three of Ireland’s finest female musical theatre performers Jessica Bray, Jean McGlynn, and Hollie O’Donoghue come together to share their songs. With appearances in shows such as Les Misérables and Sister Act and everything in between, this trio has sung in theatres across the globe and now brings their talents home to the Limerick stage.



Join in on Monday, March 8, sit back and enjoy an evening of numbers from shows made famous by Broadway divas including Barbara Streisand, Liza Minelli and Judy Garland as well as iconic songs by Dolly Parton, Carole King, and Lady Gaga. 

Jessica Bray studied Musical Theatre Performance at the Guildhall School of Acting in the United Kingdom where she graduated with a B.A Hons (Performance) in Musical Theatre in 2008. On her return to Ireland Jessica became a much sought-after Performer, Director, and Teacher.  Expressive Arts are delighted to have Jessica as their Acting and Drama teacher. Jessica has played leading roles with Limerick’s Cecilian Musical Society, Shannon Musical Society, and Limerick Musical Society.

Originally from Limerick in Ireland, Hollie first trained at Centre Stage Theatre School before moving to London to train at The London School Of Musical Theatre (2010-2011). Prior to her training, Hollie reached RTE’s televised finals of Fame The Musical (Shinawil Productions).

Jean McGlynn trained in London at the Mountview Academy, winning the prestigious Singing Scholarship on 3 occasions. Throughout her singing career, Jean has worked with Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sir Ben Elton, Ian McShane, Jon Lee, Sir Cameron Mackintosh and appeared onstage alongside Dame Judi Dench.

Directed by Jean McGlynn, presented by Ann Blake, and coming live from the stage of the Lime Tree Theatre, the singers will have live musical accompaniment with Eóin Scanlon on piano, Peter Hanagan on bass, and John Daly on drums. 

Defying Gravity will be a beautiful and moving evening of well-known songs that will gladden the heart and is guaranteed to brighten your evening and transport you from home to the West End and beyond.  

For tickets go HERE 

For more stories about the Lime Tree Theatre go HERE 

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.