Tuesday 16 July 2019

Wonderful Beatles show is not to be missed

Hubert Murphy

FOLLOWING its sold out run at the New Theatre last October, The Beatles Show returns to Dublin for six performances in April.

This time the venue is the Odessa Club in Dame Court - right in the heart of the city - and tickets are expected to sell out quickly. The Beatles Show consists of three Beatle-related plays - Lennon v McCartney / Death and The Beatles Fan / John Lennon's Last Day - plus the music of The Beatles performed live by Vyvienne Long and The Newspaper Taxi Men.

The man behind the success of the venture is Drogheda's Stephen Kennedy's whose poetry and short fiction have appeared in various publications - including the Irish Times, the Stinging Fly and Books Ireland - and his plays have been performed throughout Ireland and the UK.

Stephen has been nominated for the Hennessy XO Literary Awards and the RTE PJ O'Connor Awards; and, in 2010, his short play, Should've Gone to Lourdes, was presented at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington DC by Fishamble Theatre Company.

Stephen also organises Nighthawks at the Cobalt - a monthly arts club in Dublin that presents different kinds of music, comedy, performance poetry, short fiction, short film and short theatre. Nighthawks has been running for almost five years now and every show has sold out completely.

Not surprisingly, Stephen is also a Beatles fanatic. His short play, Lennon v McCartney, has been performed a number of times on the main stage at the Adelphi in Liverpool at International Beatle Week. It has also been performed at the Scottish Beatles Weekend, the Black Box Theatre in Belfast, the Flat Lake Festival, the Donegal Beatles Festival, the Project Arts Centre, Whelan's, the Village, the Workman's Club, and many other places.

Stephen is also one of the chief organisers of the Dublin Beatles Festival 2013 - a four day Beatles festival that will celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles only live performances in Dublin.

The Beatle Show, Written and Directed by Stephen Kennedy is on April 22nd - 25th at 8pm, April 27th - 28th at 2.30pm.

Drogheda Independent