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A Likely Story Productions

Are Ya Dancin'? - A Showband Story

Sat 24 Aug 2024
2.30pm and 7.30pm


Watergate Graphic no text Are Ya Dancin A Showband Story

For one night only, the smash hit musical play ARE YA DANCIN’? – A Showband Story, written by Carol Gleeson and Helen Spring will light up the stage at Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny.

This beautiful Irish tale, set in 1960’s Donegal, offers a snapshot in time when Ireland was finally starting to find its’ voice and when showband music was the revolutionary language of the people.

Amidst this wondrous golden era of music, the story follows Tommy O’Neill who finds himself at the helm of an up-and-coming showband. As his star rises, he struggles both professionally and personally against the restrictive societal expectations of the time.

Get ready to join Tommy on his rollercoaster journey of both heartache and joy and witness the music, magic and glory of the past through the knockout songs of Ireland’s greatest dancehalls and revel in a host of hilarious and memorable characters.

Showcasing a LIVE seven-piece band and boasting an impressive thirty-plus cast, this theatrical spectacle is steeped in nostalgia.

Musical numbers include hits such as “The Hucklebuck”, “Rock Around the Clock”, “If I Could Choose”, “I’m a Believer”, “Hit the Road Jack” and “From the Candystore” among many more.

Inter-generational, culturally informative and hugely entertaining – Are Ya Dancin’? has something to offer everyone! This is an uplifting night of theatre you won’t want to miss!

Director - Pat McElwain

Musical Director – Dave McGauran

Production Manager and Technical Director – Conor Sweeney

Choreographer – Deirdre Browne

Vocal Arrangements – Owen C. Lynch

Suitability: 12+

Richly detailed, perfectly composed … Gleeson and Spring are looking like the hottest and most hard-working new talents in town.
The Arts Review
Authentic, nostalgic and poignant. Pure magic.

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