New sell-out showband play to transport you back to the heady days of 'The Ritz' in Carlow

An original play with music

Darren Hassett

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A brand new Irish play set in the swinging 1960s pays homage to the golden era of showband music – complete with a live seven piece showband.

Come along and be transported back to the heady days of "Dreamland" in Athy and "The Ritz" in Carlow and relive the magic and nostalgia of the era.

A Likely Story Productions are delighted to bring the sell-out, hit show “The Voice Within – A Showband Story” to VISUAL, Carlow for two nights only at the end of March.

This original play with music, written by company co-founders Carol Gleeson and Helen Spring, had a hugely successful run following its premiere in Naas last October where it played to packed houses for a week. 

Set in Donegal in the 1960s golden era of music, the story follows an unassuming young man who finds himself at the helm of an up and coming showband.

Garnering attention from two local girls, Tommy O’Grady struggles with his new found persona both on and off the stage, and the apparent love triangle that ensues.

Through a series of memorable characters, this play 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.

Alongside a live 7 piece band on stage and under the musical direction of Dave McGauran, this nostalgic play includes hits such as “The Hucklebuck”, “Rock around the Clock” and “From the Candystore on the Corner to the Chapel on the Hill” among many others.

It also features an original song, mirroring the play’s title “The Voice Within” written by well known Newbridge musician/singer Owen C. Lynch with lyrics also by C. Gleeson and H. Spring.

The play features an impressive central cast of 14 (plus dancers) and a wealth of talented actors from Kildare, Dublin and Kilkenny. Tickets are already selling fast so book early for what is sure to be an uplifting run.

Contact Carlow VISUAL now on (059) 9172400 or book online at www.visualcarlow.ie 

Tickets €22/Concession €20.

Dates of performance – Fri, March 29 & Sat, March 30 (8pm start).