Shannon and Joe to star in Best musical

Shannon Drainey
Shannon Drainey

Two Lurgan people have scored starring roles in a new musical about soccer legend George Best.

Shannon Drainey (18) told her family a little white lie about the auditions.

“I said I was going out for dinner and didn’t let on about Dancing Shoes until I got the call that I was in the cast. My parents were delighted,” she said.

“My late grandad, Eamon McMahon, was a goalkeeper for Celtic in the Fifties and he also played for Armagh’s GAA team.

“But, to be honest, I’m not a football fan, though obviously I know all about George Best and his son Calum, who is rather easy on the eye,” said Shannon, who almost took cold feet before the auditions.

“I was so nervous that I was thinking of going home but a member of the production team saw me outside the audition room and persuaded me to stay.”

Joe O’Hagan (21) from Lurgan is an Ulster University drama graduate.

Joe once played the role of Norman Bates in a university production of Psycho.

“I really want to be a successful actor and I thought Dancing Shoes would be a brilliant opportunity to get a foot on the ladder.”

Dancing Shoes: The George Best Story at the Grand Opera House, co-written and produced by Martin Lynch, is to run next month from Wednesday, August 19, to Saturday 29. Martin has been very impressed by the talented people who auditioned for the musical.