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Taking my seat in the New Theatre, I had a read through the extensively produced (pictured above) programme for the night. ‘Adventures of a Music Nerd: 1 Guy, 2 World Cups’ is a one-man show by Ronan Leonard and is pitched as ‘a loving ramble through the many world cup songs that came out for Italia ’90 and USA ’94. As a fan of International football, did the show manage to impress me?
Before taking to the stage, we received a quick safety announcement from Jack Charlton. The very convincing impersonation gave a great idea of what to expect from the show. Immediately likable and sporting a white lab coat, Leonard explained to us the format for his show. He wanted to guide us through his childhood world cup experiences using the songs that accompanied the particular World Cup tournaments. The set was an appreciation and not a mockery of the songs and he was simply trying to take us back to a purer time when we really had confidence in our international squad.
Ipod in hand, Leonard played us our first song, a hilarious dissection of ‘Give it a lash Jack’ by Liam Harrison, Leonard perfectly captured the optimism of Irish football fans to great comedic effect. Pausing at certain intervals throughout songs, Leonard gave us some of his insights into what he felt the writers and producers were trying to do and gave us a chance to absorb the goofy lyrics. Throughout the rest of the set we were treated to some great moments in examining more World Cup music. A hilarious analysis of ‘The Game’ by The Memories, found Leonard questioning the omission (and inclusion) of certain players throughout the song and found a surprising reveal for a possible future Irish team manager.
Further observations on the delightful ‘Bless Them All’ by Pat Good, ‘Put Them under Pressure’ by The World Cup Squad and ‘Ooh Aah Paul McGrath’ by Watch your House were particular highlights of the set. Throughout the set, it was very easy to engage with Leonard. What could very easily have been an acerbic and dry piss-take of the songs was a far more light-hearted, charming and genuinely funny look at the songs and how they related to Leonards world cup experiences.
Memorable, funny and with lots of heart, ‘Adventures of a Music Nerd: 1 Guy, 2 Cups’ will certainly be most appreciated by Football fans but even for those who hold no interest in the sport, it’s always a delight to watch a tasteful and funny observation on Irish culture.
The show is running from Sept 12-15th at 20:00 daily, with an extra matinee show on Sat 15th at 15:30.
Upon reading the opening line in the synopsis of this play by We Get High on This I immediately booked my tickets so it goes without saying that I was pretty excited to see Sluts in The New Theatre last week! Described on the 10 days website as a piece of theatre that “plays on the stereotyped view of girl’s friendships and explores the struggles they experience individually through the dynamic of their friendships. With its sharp, witty dialogue, cutting and aggressive put downs, and heart wrenching moments Sluts captures the frailty and, at times superficiality, of love and loss.”
The question for me now is did it deliver and was it as funny as I imagined it would be?
In short the answer is no, the play really isn’t a riot of laughter and fun, but then again neither is the reality of four girls getting ready for a night on the town! That’s not to say there wasn’t a lot of humour to be found and the audience were definitely laughing aloud regularly throughout the performance, but the heart of the play lay in the emotional stories that were unfolding not in the comedy of the characters/situations being represented.
Five microphones, a laptop, a keyboard and an array of other props is what greeted people as they walked into the New Theatre for Diet of Worms – The Strollinstown Radio Hour.
The sold out audience were seated and out walked Diet of Worms. Setting up to premise of the show, we were told we would be witnessing the recording of a radio show and it was going to be recording live. Admin over, we were introduced to Richie. Richie is a property developer who managed to survive the lull and is now running in the local county council election. We were also introduced to an array of other characters, Bev (Richie’s wife), Les (his alcoholic campaign manager) and Junior (Les’s son)
Now at this point I must confess I used to listen to some of those stories that were told on the radio on a Saturday/Sunday morning when I was a kid and this is what this set up reminded me of so I was in my element last night! From the outset they had the attention of the audience and I especially loved the emotion that was put into each line…even though those lines were being said into a microphone.
At The Comedy Scoop we like anything that makes us laugh so we thought we would share with you some theatre suggestions we have found in the 10 days in Dublin brochure which are sure to make you giggle along to them.
First up is Sluts. According to the 10 days in Dublin site, “four girls in an unspecified area of Dublin are getting ready to go to a nightclub. What happens? Who knows? But they’re all a load of sluts”…sounds delightful doesn’t it? “Sluts plays on the stereotyped view of girl’s friendships and explores the struggles they experience individually through the dynamic of their friendships. With its sharp, witty dialogue, cutting and aggressive put downs, and heart wrenching moments Sluts captures the frailty and, at times superficiality, of love and loss”. Sluts is on from July 8th – 11th in the New Theatre at 6pm. Tickets are €10/€7
Next Up is Cosas. As you can see from the picture, yes she is a clown. Clowns are funny right? According to the 10 days site “A Clown Lives in a rudimentary and timeless place, one flooded with familiar apparatus, taken out of its context. Things has been distorted to the extreme, for the better or worse. Cosas is an inventor and a user, both satisfied and frustrated, out of necessity or just for fun, technology has become everything for her.” Intriguing…. Cosas is on in the New Theatre from July 12th- 14th at 6pm (with a 1pm matinee on the 14th). Tickets are €10/€8
Third on our list is Heroine for Breakfast. With a name like why wouldn’t you go and see it eh? The 10 days in Dublin website gives us a reason to be cheerful: “2009: Credit Crunch… Global Warming… Coldplay… Reasons to be Cheerful?… 1. Heroin.” Expect some dark humour from this play as flatmates battle to save their country from mediocrity. Heroine for Breakfast can be seen at Smock Alley Theatre from July 5th – July 12th at 8pm. Tickets are €12/€10
Last but not least on our list is Spurt. Though not looking like your typical comedic piece of drama, it looks like there may be some dark comedy among the talk of death and mortality…. “Finn’s dad has just died. But so has his fish. And he fucking loved that fish.” This play will have you thinking about your life…. You can catch Spurt at The New Theatre from July 12th – July 14th at 8pm. Tickets are €10
So there you go some theatre suggestions for you too. Why not pop on over to the 10 days in Dublin Website and take a look around and book your tickets today! Ye never know we might just see you around during the festival….
Here at thecomedyscoop we like to inject a little culture into our lives from time to time, and what better way is there to do that than with a trip to The New Theatre in Temple Bar to see a powerful Irish love story come to life on stage?
A modern take on the traditional boy meets girl story, the play shares with you all the important moments in the budding relationship between main characters Fionn and Kate. Including meeting their respective groups of friends and the inevitable introduction to the (somewhat odd) parents. With quirky characters, a few twists and turns, and enough funny moments to make you split your sides laughing you’d be daft not to check it out for yourselves!
This is it’s final week in the current run so book your tickets now and don’t miss out on seeing the wonderful cast (Andrea Cleary, Bernie Fitzgerald, Mick Fitzgerald, John Fox, Diane Jennings, Jenn Meade, Rua O’Donnachu, Emma Reinhardt, Conor O’Riordan and Daryl Sheridan) bring this story to life under the watchful eye of director Rua O’Donnachu.
Where: The New Theatre, 43 East Essex St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
When: Mon 30th April – Sat 5th May
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