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Sean Donnelly, 23, Northern Ireland has hit big success with a musical production he wrote while studying his BA (Hons) Vocal Degree at ACM.

Sean has composed and created ‘Black 47’- A New Musical set in 1847 Ireland when the Great Famine was at it’s worst. The musical is set for tour in Ireland in 2012 with Priory Stage Productions- a cast and band of just under 100 people, playing at some great venues including the Waterfront, Belfast.

Sean has hopes that the public will see ‘Black 47’ as Ireland’s version of ‘Les Miserables’ and will be a welcomed addition to Irish Theatre. So far the production has caught a lot of Media Attention, and so we can’t wait to see how it all grows when the album comes out in March 2012.

Sean Says “I cant believe how everything has flourished from a single idea, but it was ACM’s world class tutors such as Chris Parles, Jono McNeil and Victy Silva that guided me in the right direction in both an artistic and entrepreneurial fashion. I chose to study at ACM over the other conservatoires because I knew I would learn everything I needed to know from directing, composing, recording and producing.”

Black 47 tells the story of how the single greatest disaster in Ireland teared apart families and the young love of two poor teens (Bryan & Enya) as hunger, disease, death and emigration came to a frightening height.

Through this success, Sean now also runs a large Stage School in N Ireland for young and upcoming Irish performers. You can find out more about Sean and his big new production by visiting