From the forthcoming Northern Irish Cast Recording of ‘Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens’ the first single ‘And the Rain Keeps Falling Down’ performed by Drew Dillon (Hollyoaks) is released on 1 December to mark World AIDS Day 2010. John O’Doherty, Director of The Rainbow Project, said ‘We would like to thank Drew and all the cast of Elegies for all their hard work. World Aids Day is an opportunity for us all to focus our attention on issues affecting those who are living with HIV and Aids both locally and internationally.
He continued ‘Stigma still exists for those living with HIV in Northern Ireland today and we all have a role in ensuring that we are educated in relation to HIV and AIDS and also to play our part in tackling the stigma and discrimination of those living with HIV and AIDS. Performances of Elegies and the single being released by Drew provides an alternative way of getting this message accross.
The single is available for download on 1 December 2010 to mark World Aids Day.
Biography of Drew Dillon
By Drew on 22 September 2010
Drew’s first professional role came whilst he was in his final year of training at Mountview Academy of Theatre. Shattered Pieces was a short film shot in and around the City of London and went on to feature at film festivals in London, Australia, India, Pakistan, Hawaii and the Newport International Film Festival in Wales, where Drew won ‘Best Short Film Actor’. He performed in The Tête à Tête Opera Festival 2009 at The Riverside Studios, Hammersmith in the premiere of Gutter Press the Musical, starring Abi Titmus. He went on to perform in Crazy for You at the London Palladium — this show was rehearsed across one weekend and was in aid of Cecily’s Fund.
Drew played Niall Wooley in an episode of Doctors (BBC) which aired early December 2009 just as Drew was about to open in Paul Boyd’s acclaimed production, The Tale of The Beauty & The Tail of The Beast, with The Lyric Theatre Belfast. This production opened on the 5 December 2009 at The Elmwood Hall Belfast and was directed by Richard Croxford.
Drew began 2010 working on a brand new Irish musical based on the Easter Rising. The Concept CD for 1916 The Musical was recorded at the world-famous Abbey Road Studios in May 2010 with Drew singing the part of Colm. Later in the year, 1916 gave a world premiere performance of the rousing ‘Anthem’ onstage at West End Live, Leicester Square. Drew was thrilled to return to Paul Boyd’s fairytale forest and play Hansel in the anniversary performance of Hansel & Grettel at the New Wimbledon Studios.
In August 2010, Drew co-produced his first show, a production of Elegies for Angels, Punks & Raging Queens, at The Black Box, Belfast on Monday 30 August with a cast and crew of over 40. Work has begun on developing the Northern Irish Cast Recording that will be released this winter. Drew recently began filming episodes on Hollyoaks that are due to air later this autumn, playing the role of Macca. Drew is represented by Williamson and Holmes.