A Legal Assistant at Hilary Meredith Solicitors in Wilmslow has achieved a lifelong ambition and appeared in a New York show.
Niamh Finan, who works in the firm’s clinical negligence team, successfully auditioned for Buried in December 2017.
After getting the part, Niamh, from Cheadle Hulme, went on to perform in London, Leicester, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Czech Republic.
The new musical, written by Tom Williams and Cordelia O’Driscoll was the Official Selection of the 2019 New York Musical Festival’s Next Link Project, picked from over 200 other applicants to be the only British musical. As a result, Niamh and the rest of the cast have just returned from New York City where they have been performing for five days at the prestigious off-Broadway theatre, The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre.
Buried has six cast members. As a multi-role character in the production, Niamh was able to play and experiment with a number of different roles. To name a few, she played an investigative journalist, a glamourous scientist’s assistant and a deluded hitchhiker.
Commenting on her trip to New York, Niamh said:
“Being in the show has been so much fun, it’s an experience I will never forget. The cast and creative team are extremely close friends and I feel so lucky to have been able to perform around the world with some incredibly talented people.
“The show itself was received extremely well. The dark comedic nature of Buried really attracted the US audience. A lot of the audience members met us at the stage door after each show and they were full of praise for all of the cast, band and the creative team – we even signed a couple of programmes!
“We were really lucky to have an experienced and talented US production team working with us on the show over there. The team invited a number of influential people from the industry to see the production.”
Niamh has always loved being on stage and competed as an Irish Dancer to world championship level for 14 years. She now plans to hone her skills as a musical performer in her spare time while not at work.
“It’s great to be able to perform around my role as a Legal Assistant. I make sure to get as much work as possible done in the day so that I can perform in the evenings and at weekends.”
Hilary Meredith, Chair of Hilary Meredith Solicitors, praised Niamh for her achievements.
“We are proud of Niamh,” said Hilary. “She goes the extra mile in everything she does and has a great career – or two – ahead of her!”