March 21, 2023

By Carol Blackwell Gibbs……

Readers will remember the musical production of Two Sisters and A Funeral a few years ago.

Roger JonesThe Reverend Simon Holloway who was Chaplain in Ayia Napa at the time, introduced the idea to the Archdeaconate of Cyprus. It was written and produced by Roger Jones of Christian Music Ministries. Roger has written a brand new musical, Barnabas,  which tells the story of Saul and Barnabas and their travels to Cyprus.

Following Barnabas’s World Premier in Birmingham, UK in 2015, a further thirteen venues are planned for 2016.  The venues include: Kidderminster, Brixham, Heydock, Newthorpe, Nuthall, Welshpool, Macclesfield, Alcester and Lechlade and finally Cyprus in November!

Roger Jones, his soloist singers, including Devon Brown who took the lead singing role in Two Sisters And A Funeral along with his stage crew arrive on the Island on November 9th. A couple of days before the first performance.

Venues and dates are planned as follows:

  • November 11th, The Colony hotel roof top theatre, Kyrenia
  • November 12th, The Student Activity hall, Famagusta
  • November 14th, The Scala theatre, Larnaca
  • November 16th, UKCA, Paphos
  • November 18th, ICF, 65 Eleftherio, Limassol
  • November 20th, Municipal Theatre, Strovolos, Nicosia

We are delighted that Kyrenia will host the first production of the tour of Cyprus. We have a wonderful venue thanks to Barnabusthe generosity of the Arkin Hotel Group, owners of the Colony Hotel. We are planning to stage a performance at 7pm on November 11th followed by a buffet supper. Theatregoers will be able to meet and chat with the Director and cast. Further details with prices will be announced later.

Lynette Oruc is directing rehearsals for the Kyrenia chorus and will welcome anyone who wishes to take part in this special event. Rehearsals begin on Monday 2nd May at St Andrew’s Church hall at 6pm and will continue throughout May and June and restart in October.’  Please text your name and email address and she will make contact with you. Tel: 0533 887 14 17.

For further information about Roger Jones and his Christian Music Ministries, please look at:

If anyone would like further information about local productions, please contact me,  Carol Blackwell-Gibbs. Email: Tel: 0533 864 4115

Carol Blackwell-Gibbs.
Press & Media Officer for Northern Cyprus


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