Is Garth Brooks coming to Ireland to see play about Crokergate?
Published 15/10/2015 | 08:55
Garth Brooks may be jetting in to Dublin next week to see a play based around the Croke Park concerts fiasco last year.
Brooks was due to play five nights at the iconic Dublin stadium but 400,000 fans were left crying into their Stetsons when all five gigs were cancelled.
The play based on the debacle, 'Are You There, Garth? It's Me, Margaret' opened in Dublin's Gaiety Theatre on Wednesday and will run for two weeks until October 25.
Deirdre O'Kane stars as Margaret, a housewife and Garth fan, whose hopes of being free from the trials of her life for one night are dashed when the concerts are cancelled. Fair City's Maclean Burke also stars as the man himself.
The Mirror reports that show creator Darren Smith is expecting Garth to hit Dublin on either Tuesday or Thursday next week. He is currently on a break from touring.
"He knows about the show and we have been told he's very interested and wants to come and see it," said Darren.
"I wouldn't be stunned at all if we had a special visitor in a Stetson next week.
"Aside from the genuine interested he has, it would be a great PR move by him after what happened.
"It would warm the hearts and minds of Irish people to see Garth in the audience."
Of course it would also be good PR for the show. Even rumours of Garth's arrival are bound to pique interest in the show amongst Garth fans.
Garth's concerts were cancelled after residents of the area around Croke Park objected to the fact he did not have a license to sell tickets for five shows.
The Brooks fiasco cost the city an estimated €50m loss in revenue although the fans had their tickets refunded.
Maclean Burke recently said that when he heard about the Brooks role he immediately wanted it, feeling he was the right man to play the country singer.
"Then I read Fiona's [Looney] brilliant script and I wanted it even more," he said.
"I can't wait for the public to see this show as I know it's one they will fall for just as much as I have."
Speaking to the Herald, playwright Fiona Looney said, "It has such a comic vein to it. At the risk of sounding emotional though, we were conscious that this affected 400,000 people who were hugely let down and disappointed.
"That's what the story represents - one woman who has gone though an economic collapse, her husband has lost his job, and this Garth Brooks concert kind of becomes a way of making everything better again.
"We did want to recognise that it was an absolutely hilarious thing to happen but also desperately sad," she said.