Monday 20 May 2019

Garth Brooks/Croke Park debacle to be made into a stage play to run later this year

* Fiona Looney has written script
* 'Moone Boy' actor Deirdre O'Kane will star
* Play is titled 'Are you there Garth? It's me Margaret'

Garth Books was due to play five concerts at Croke Park in 2014
Garth Books was due to play five concerts at Croke Park in 2014
Actor David Rawle aka Martin Moone, actress Deirdre O'Kane aka Debra Moone and actor Peter McDonald aka Liam Moone at the World Premiere of Moone Boy series 3 at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham in Dublin
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Garth Brooks fans bring their protest to Dail Eireann. Photo: Gerry Mooney.
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Just when you thought we'd escaped Garthgate...

'Moone Boy' actress Deirdre O'Kane is to take on the lead role in a new stage play about the infamous Garth Brooks/ Croke Park debacle.

Garth Brooks fan Christine Doherty from Donegal after queueing for tickets outside Stephens Green Shopping Centre, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Garth Brooks fan Christine Doherty from Donegal after queueing for tickets outside Stephens Green Shopping Centre, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Sarah Kidd (left), from Inchicore, and Eimear Jordan, from Terenure, with their tickets to see Garth Brooks. Photo: Damien Eagers
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Written by dramatist Fiona Looney, the play which is titled "Are you there Garth? It's me Margaret", will run in Dublin's Gaiety Theatre later this year.

The show will revisit the highs, lows and "sheer madness" of the summer of "Garthgate" which led to the cancellation of all five of Brooks Croke Park gigs.

The drama will focus around one devoted country and western fan - played by Deirdre O'Kane.

Read more here: 'GAA has to follow money to fund more progress' - Duffy 

"I’m not a fan of Garth Brooks, I wouldn’t know his music," O'Kane admitted. "But Fiona is amazing at capturing a person like this.

"I love that she’s taken one person’s story in the midst of all that sheer madness and gone to the heart of what it really meant to somebody and her love of Brooks.

Read more here: Garth who? Concerts still sold 'subject to licence' 

Looney and O'Kane previously collaborated on stage plays 'Dandelions' and 'Greener'.

Actor David Rawle aka Martin Moone, actress Deirdre O'Kane aka Debra Moone and actor Peter McDonald aka Liam Moone at the World Premiere of Moone Boy series 3 at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham in Dublin
Actor David Rawle aka Martin Moone, actress Deirdre O'Kane aka Debra Moone and actor Peter McDonald aka Liam Moone at the World Premiere of Moone Boy series 3 at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham in Dublin
Garth Books was due to play five concerts at Croke Park in 2014
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Garth Brooks fans Danielle Dolan, Sarah Cunningham and Nicola Fitzpatrick at the protest outside Dail Eireann. Picture; GERRY MOONEY. 13/7/14
Garth Brooks fans bring their protest to Dail Eireann. Photo: Gerry Mooney.
Garth Brooks fan Cara Cronly (8) at the protest outside Dail Eireann. Picture; GERRY MOONEY. 13/7/14
Garth Brooks fan Leanne O'Hagan at the protest outside Dail Eireann. Picture; GERRY MOONEY. 13/7/14

O'Kane is also planning on returning to the world of stand up. "I decided I have something to say again," she said.

But before all that O'Kane will return to our screens in Chris O'Dowd and Nick Vincent Murphy's multi award comedy Moone Boy.

The third series will air on Sky 1 on March 2 and will include several celebrity cameos from the likes of Sir Terry Wogan, Sharon Horgan, John Sessions and Bronagh Gallagher.

Read more here: Garth Brooks fiasco prompts licence overhaul 

Wogan will plays the host of a home video show similar in style to "You've Been Framed" while Sharon Horgan will depict a high powered, yoga loving business woman.

Johnny Vegas will return as imaginary friend Crunchie Danger Haystacks. "I think it is the strongest season to date," O'Kane said. "I can't wait to actually watch it now."

Read more here: Garth Brooks is NOT coming to Ireland next year 

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