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Based on Roddy Doyle's 1987 novel (and subsequent film)and adapted for the stage by Doyle himself, The Commitments is the story of a rag-tag bunch of musicians who, along with a shared love of Motown, hope with a little hard work, to become the finest soul band in Ireland.
Featuring sweet-soul classics from the Motown songbook such as 'Papa was a Rolling Stone', 'Think' and the riotous 'Try A Little Tenderness', The Commitments is a sarcastic, smart and soulful comedy that will surprise even the biggest musical naysayer.
Wannabe musical impresario Jimmy Rabbite is surprised by the responses to his classified ad in the Hot Press. The result of auditions turns up an unlikely lot, but un-fazed, Jimmy sets out to do the impossible, train these amateurs into a soul band!
Set against the rainy concrete bleakness of late 1980's Dublin, the raucous Commitments learn to play together, whilst struggling to content with all the chaos that comes along with success, including in-fighting, sparring egos and er.. Strengthening inter-band relationships?
With West End favourite Killian Donnelly as Deco, the band's brash but loveable lead singer, this is a visual and passionate show, capturing the glee, fiery madness and hope that comes with being in, and being with, this motley crew of a soul group.
The Commitments is part of a trilogy of Roddy Doyle novels, the second and third being 'The Snapper' and 'The Van.'
Previews from: 21 September 2013
Opening night: 8 October 2013
The Commitments is suitable for audiences aged 12 and upwards
Two hours and 20 minutes with one interval
Denis Grindel as Jimmy Rabbitte
Brian Gilligan as Deco
Sarah O’Connor as Imelda
Natalie Hope as Natalie
Jessica Cervi as Bernie
Antony Hunt as Joey ‘The Lips’
Mark Dugdale as Derek
John Currigan as Billy
Andrew Linnie as Dean
Sam Fordham as Mickah
John McLarnon as Outspan
Padraig Dooney (Ensemble)
Book by Roddy Doyle
Directed by Jamie Lloyd
Designs by Soutra Gilmour
Lighting by Jon Clark
Choreography by Ann Yee
Sound design by Rory Madden
Musical supervisor Alan Williams
5 reviews, average rating: (4.4 Stars)
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