We don’t do musicals in Ireland. Well, not much. We like to keep our actors and musicians separate at all times. In separate counties, even. There is possibly a musical theatre company hidden on Sherkin Island doing a production of Wicked right now, but they haven’t been found yet. And when they do find them, it will be a heavy dose of Samuel Beckett for those grinning fools. Why break into song and dance to exorcise your inner emotions when you can talk yourself through it? Over the years, I’ve added my own fair share of words to Irish theatre. You can’t help it as an Irish person. We talk. Singing’s for after hours. Or Louis Walsh. So when, in October 2010, I got the call from the producers asking whether I wanted to write a stage musical version of the small Irish film Once, I was embarrassed. This was the end. I was a proper playwright trying to write real plays, trying to experiment with form! I mean, I wrote plays about death, for Christ’s sake. There are no songs in my plays Bedbound or The Walworth Farce. OK, there was a lot of Doris Day in Misterman at the National theatre last year – but… Read full this story
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