Ed Sheeran’s cousin Laura to direct play about last witch burned in Ireland
The cousin of pop superstar Ed Sheeran has been commissioned to direct a show at Clonmel Festival about the last witch burned in Ireland.
Laura Sheeran, of Galway, is a talented musician in her own right and has written and performed her own material for years.
She will now take her artistic talent to the stage with the production called Changeling, which will be one of more than a hundred events taking place at the seven day Clonmel Junction Festival next month.
The show tells the story of Bridget Cleary, who is famously the last witch burned in Ireland. In 1895, she was killed by her husband after she began behaving unusually. He suspected she had been abducted by fairies, and replaced by a changeling.
Sheeran will tell the story in her production, which features dancer Stephanie Dufresne who grew up on the west coast of Ireland, and music from Trinity College professor Linda Buckley.
The show will also explore the roles of myths and folklore in Irish history, and the impact they had on women in society.
Laura Sheeran’s cousin Ed, has shot to stardom over the past few years with global hits including The A Team, Lego House and Thinking Out Loud.
He has also won many fans with his laid back approach to success, and his down-to-earth manner. Sheeran has spoken at length about his pride at his Irish heritage, and even performed Thinking Out Loud in Irish.
He has also performed covers of traditional Irish folk songs Wild Mountain Thyme and The Parting Glass. Click here to see the videos.
To learn more about the story of Bridget Cleary then click here.