Saturday 27 December 2014

F-words cut from The Commitments stage musical

Cormac Murphy

Published 03/02/2014 | 07:33

Roddy Doyle playing the trumpet at the launch of his play 'The Commitments'

A MUSICAL version of Roddy Doyle's profanity-ridden The Commitments has been toned down after the original offended London theatre fans.

After a number of critics complained, the word “f***” was in places replaced with “feck”.

The film of the book used the F-word 145 times, but newspapers including the London Independent said the stage show’s “crude banter” of the book “has been drained of most of its charm and the characters come over as two-dimensional”.

A review in the Daily Telegraph branded director Jamie Lloyd's production, adapted by Doyle, “disappointing”.

“There are, it is true, some big soul classics, but they are almost all interrupted by the endless string of profanities which pass for Doyle's script,” it added.

Meath man Killian Donnelly, who plays Deco in the musical, admitted the swear words had been toned down to make it more suitable.

He said the changes were made after the first night as the feedback was that the amount of cursing was “a bit much”.

Doyle previously revealed that he had refused requests to put The Commitments on stage for around 26 years.

“When the film came out I thought enough was enough,” he said. “It was a monster. It looked like it was never going |to go away.”

However, when he started taking his two sons to musicals, he had a change of heart.

“I remember thinking some were fantastic and others were pretty dreadful,” Doyle said. “The Producers – fantastic. Jersey Boys was brilliant too in the way the music was used.”

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