Commissioned by Irish Arts Center, New York & Project Arts Centre, Dublin

UNCLE RAY sets out to examine the relationship between child and parent, secrets and little white lies…

The work considers the life and times of one of the greatest dancers of his generation, Ray Bolger, who was best known for his role as The Scarecrow in THE WIZARD OF OZ.

When he was little, David Bolger was lovingly (and falsely on purpose) told by his father Andrew that Ray Bolger was his uncle.  As he grew up in Dublin he believed for many years that Ray was a long lost relation, who had found fame on the great white way, Broadway and later Hollywood.

Through the eyes of two dancers and the long lost choreography of the scarecrow, David Bolger intends to reimagine one of the most famous of choreographies ever filmed on an MGM stage set.

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