Arrived at the theatre and took my seat early. Stage was set out as a huge pub. Members of the cast were there playing fast, lively music to audience members also on the stage and I thought, this is going to be a great night. Unfortunately, I was completely wrong. Once the audience took their seats, the lights went down and the happy atmosphere followed them.
Now, I can't say 100% why I didn't like this production. The cast were very talented, the musicians were, on the whole pretty good (though I thought the piano might need re-tuning at certain points) but to me this wasn't a musical in the traditional sense.
It felt as if someone had found a CD of the dullest and most despondent Irish songs and decided to write an extremely thin story around them, Nobody goes to a play expecting it to make sense or be logical all the way through, but the scene with the bank manager was so forced and untenable that I was left feeling cheated by it.
Positive points, well there were a few. The stage set is amazing but here again the play lets itself down. the majority of the set is a Dublin pub but there is only one scene actually in the pub (though it does get used in the interval to sell real drinks to those members of the audience that want to use it). The lighting rig was tremendous and very flexible, which was useful as there were no follow spots.
And thats it really. Would I see it again? Nope, not a chance (though I would like to see the movie which is apparently completely different) Am I in a minority in my opinion of this play? Well, possibly. All reviews are subjective by nature and this was the first musical that really didn't work for me.