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Northern Ireland stars return to their roots for Festival of Remembrance

By Adrian Rutherford

Jayne Wisener and Fra Fee will perform in the Royal British Legion's Northern Ireland Festival of Remembrance this year, it has been announced.

Wisener, from Coleraine, starred in Hollywood blockbuster musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, while Dungannon-born Fee is best known for his role in the 2012 big screen adaptation of Les Miserables.

They will perform alongside The Police Male Voice Choir and The Band of The Royal Irish Regiment.

The festival is the national service of remembrance for Northern Ireland and this year will be held on Saturday, November 4, at the Belfast Waterfront Hall.

Wisener said it was an honour to be taking part.

"I am delighted to have been asked to perform at the Waterfront Hall for The Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance. I am honoured to have the opportunity to sing at such a special event," she said.

Fee, who is currently appearing in Sam Mendes' adaptation of The Ferryman in London's West End, said it was a special event.

"I'm really looking forward to returning home to Northern Ireland after performing in London throughout the year," he said.

"I'm excited to sing alongside Jayne at such a special event as the Festival of Remembrance."

The Royal British Legion's chairman in Northern Ireland George Black said: "The festival is a wonderful evening of reflection and remembrance, a fitting tribute to mark the service and sacrifice of so many.

"It is an emotional evening and includes an extremely moving Service of Remembrance.

"We owe a great debt to the fallen and it is only right that we take this opportunity to pay tribute to them."

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Jayne Wisener will perform in November

Wisener is best known for her portrayal of Johanna in Tim Burton's critically acclaimed Oscar-winning film Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, in which she starred opposite Johnny Depp, Alan Rickman, Helena Bonham Carter and Sasha Baron Cohen.

She has also appeared in numerous highly successful television productions including The Inbetweeners, Casualty and Doctors.

In the theatre, Jayne played the role of Mary Phagan in the UK premiere of Olivier-nominated musical Parade at the Donmar Warehouse.

Fee, meanwhile, was born in Dungannon and has graduated from the University of Manchester and the Royal Academy of Music.

In 2014 he was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

Currently he is appearing in Jez Butterworth's The Ferryman in London's West End directed by Sam Mendes.

Tickets for The Royal British Legion's Festival of Remembrance 2017 go on sale at 9am on Monday. For details, visit www.waterfront.co.uk

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