Essence of Ireland is set to tour the UK from March with a powerful and energetic new production that offers local dancers the chance to perform with the professionals.
Guaranteed to ignite audiences with its compelling love story inspired by true events, the all-dancing show is set against the music and dance of Ireland, USA and Spain.
Pupils from the McGill School of Irish Dancing in Milton Keynes will be performing with the cast at the show planned for Dunstable’s Grove Theatre on March 18.
Creative director and co-writer Ged Graham is delighted to have dancers in the production.
He said: “We, as producers, really want the dancers to participate fully in our show and not just be on the outer edges.
“My daughter is performing in the Stockport show for example and I want her to have fantastic memories of being a real part of our production.
“We set out not just to tell a powerful love story; but to tell a bigger tale based on true events about the love between a man and his country – something which audiences really relate to.
“Our show is guaranteed to entertain and move audiences young and old, whether through our hard hitting story or through our quality music and dance extravaganza!”
Set against the backdrop of Ireland, England and America in the 19th century, Essence of Ireland tells the story of love, joy, happiness and heartache endured by Coro McGowen and Sean Dempsey as they are separated from each other by emigration.
As the story moves across to England and then on to America, the show takes you on a journey through history including America’s introduction to rock and roll and John F Kennedy’s historic presidential visit to Ireland in 1963.
The show features the best of Ireland. Much loved Irish songs, that run deep in the country’s music heritage, are performed including Galway Girl, Isle Of Hope, Isle Of Tears, Tell Me Ma and Irish Rover.
Ross Mills, director of production and co-writer said: “The Irish have a cultural identity like no other and that pride in their cultural identity, heritage and traditions, manifests itself in the global phenomenon that is St Patrick’s Day.
“The tour, which has been scheduled around St Patrick’s Day 2015, aims to really capture that authentic Irish feeling and celebrate this infectious heritage, which is now shared by all cultures worldwide.
“The 2015 tour will include new material and new costumes so we are very excited about getting back on the road again.”
2015 Tour Dates
March 4, Weymouth Pavilion March 5, Exmouth Pavilion March 6, Hall For Cornwall, Truro March 7, Playhouse Theatre, Weston Super-Mare March 8, Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury March 10, Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham March 11, Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage March 12, The Cresset, Peterborough March 15, Kings Theatre, Portsmouth March 16, Queens Theatre, Hornchurch March 17, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry March 18, Grove Theatre, Dunstable March 21, The Winding Wheel, Chesterfield March 22, Potters Leisure, Great Yarmouth March 26, The Waterside, Aylesbury March 27, The Beck Theatre, Hayes March 28, Princes Theatre, Clacton on Sea March 29, Royal & Derngate, Northampton April 1, Palace Theatre, Newark April 2, De Montfort Hall, Leicester April 3, Opera House, Buxton April 4, Civic Theatre, Darlington April 5, Embassy Theatre, Skegness April 7, Gala Theatre, Durham April 8, Baths Hall, Scunthorpe April 9, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon April 10, The Plaza, Stockport April 11, Palace Theatre, Redditch April 12, The Grand, Wolverhampton April 14, New Wimbledon Theatre April 15, Theatre Royal, Lincoln April 16, The Anvil, Basingstoke April 17, Floral Pavilion, New Brighton April 18, Charter Hall, Preston April 19, Millfield Theatre, Edmonton April 20, Grand Theatre, Swansea April 21, The Octagon, Yeovil April 23, Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth April 24, Congress Theatre, Eastbourne April 26, The Playhouse, Epsom April 27, The Hawth, Crawley April 29, Corn Exchange, Kings Lynn.