Monday, 25 March 2013

"The Beatles Show" returns to Dublin!


THE BEATLES SHOW

Written and Directed by Stephen Kennedy.
Odessa Club, 13 Dame Court, Dublin 2.
April 22nd – 25th at 8pm.
April 27th – 28th at 2.30pm.
Tickets €16 (including booking fee)
Available from: www.entertainment.ie/thebeatlesshow




Following its sold out run at the New Theatre last October, The Beatles Show returns to Dublin for six performances in April. This time the venue is the Odessa Club in Dame Court – right in the heart of the city – and tickets are expected to sell out quickly.

The Beatles Show consists of three Beatle-related plays – Lennon v McCartney / Death and The Beatles Fan / John Lennon’s Last Day – plus the music of The Beatles performed live by Vyvienne Long and The Newspaper Taxi Men.



LENNON v McCARTNEY

Since the dawn of Time human beings have gathered in pubs and argued about who is greater – John Lennon or Paul McCartney. Now, finally, here at last, and not a moment too soon, is a short play that definitively sorts out the argument once and for all. Well… sort of…

LENNON v McCARTNEY was performed a number of times on the main stage at the Adelphi in Liverpool at the 2010 International Beatle Week. It has also been performed at the Scottish Beatles Weekend, the Black Box Theatre in Belfast, the Flat Lake Festival, the Donegal Beatles Festival, the Project Arts Centre, Whelan’s, the Village, the Workman’s Club, and many other places.

“Fabulously written and brilliantly acted. This is an acute observation of pub culture, pop culture and male friendship.” Reviewed by the Dublin Book Festival 2011.

DEATH AND THE BEATLES FAN

How much would you know about The Beatles if your life depended on it?

DEATH AND THE BEATLES FAN is a short play that takes a comic look at what happens when Death attempts to collect the soul of a hardcore Beatles’ fan who has no interest in dying.

“This really is the great stage play that The Seventh Seal could have been... if only Ingmar Bergman had been aware of The Beatles in 1957!” (Quote kindly supplied by a non-existent theatre critic.)


JOHN LENNON’S LAST DAY

This piece is the most complete account of John Lennon’s last day that has ever been presented. It is not a play in the traditional sense – and is probably best described as a work of ‘documentary theatre’. Basically, with the use of a single actor, a simple stage set, some projected images and some very rare audio clips, this piece guides the audience through the strange and tragic events of John Lennon’s last day.

“My work won’t be finished till I’m dead and buried – and I hope that’s a long long time.”

Words spoken by John Lennon in an interview on Monday, December 8th, 1980 – just a few hours before his death.


Seamus Brennan in 'John Lennon's Last Day'

VYVIENNE LONG

Vyvienne Long is a superb cellist and singer-songwriter who first came to prominence on the Irish music scene when she worked with Damien Rice on his albums O and 9. In 2006, Vyvienne released her debut EP, Birdtalk, which was a huge success and completely sold out within months. In 2010, Vyvienne reached a whole new audience when she released her excellent debut album, Caterpillar Sarabande, and appeared on television shows such as The Late Late Show, Other Voices and The View. Vyvienne has also built up an impressive reputation with her talent for covering other people’s songs – and her interpretations of The Beatles’ songs are nothing short of stunning. Check out her amazing cover version of ‘And I Love Her’ on YouTube.




THE NEWSPAPER TAXI MEN

The Newspaper Taxi Men are one of the very best Beatle tribute bands in Ireland. They have recently played brilliant support slots for John Lennon’s Original Quarrymen at the Village and Scotland’s Revolver at the Workman’s Club, and we are thrilled to have them back as part of The Beatles Show at the Odessa Club. These guys are pure quality.

STEPHEN KENNEDY
Writer and Director of The Beatles Show

Stephen Kennedy’s poetry and short fiction have appeared in various publications – including the Irish Times, the Stinging Fly and Books Ireland – and his plays have been performed throughout Ireland and the UK. Stephen has been nominated for the Hennessy XO Literary Awards and the RTE PJ O’Connor Awards; and, in 2010, his short play, Should've Gone to Lourdes, was presented at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington DC by Fishamble Theatre Company.

Stephen also organises Nighthawks at the Cobalt – a monthly arts club in Dublin that presents different kinds of music, comedy, performance poetry, short fiction, short film and short theatre. Nighthawks has been running for almost five years now and every show has sold out completely.

Not surprisingly, Stephen is also a Beatles fanatic. His short play, Lennon v McCartney, has been performed a number of times on the main stage at the Adelphi in Liverpool at International Beatle Week. It has also been performed at the Scottish Beatles Weekend, the Black Box Theatre in Belfast, the Flat Lake Festival, the Donegal Beatles Festival, the Project Arts Centre, Whelan’s, the Village, the Workman’s Club, and many other places.

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