A FRESH adaptation of the critically acclaimed show, Essence of Ireland, comes to the Belgrade Theatre for one night only (March 4) as part of its UK tour.
Exactly one hundred years since the historic 1916 ‘Easter Rising’ – one of the pivotal events in modern Irish history – Ireland’s Call captures the imagination of the Emerald Isle.
Inspired by true events and spanning three decades, this uplifting musical tells the story of one man’s love for his Irish homeland.
The story follows the journey of Sean Dempsey, who at the end of World War II leaves behind his childhood sweetheart, Cora, and his beloved homeland, Ireland, in search of a better life in America.
Young dancers from the Shaun Burden School of Irish Dance will add some Irish rhythm alongside the main cast.
Ged Graham, Creative director, believes 2016 is the perfect time to launch the show.
He added: “We are really looking forward to bringing the show to stages across the world.
“2016 is set to be a year of huge celebration of Irish culture to commemorate the centenary of The Easter Rising.”
Mr Graham, who was born in the Liberties in Dublin and remembers moving to the UK when he was nine, added: “Everyone has been separated from loved ones and their homes at some point in their lives.
“This is a story that people can really engage with and relate to – myself included.
“The audience is drawn in to the story and swept on a journey that is both heartbreaking and heartwarming.
“It is set against a backdrop of key historical events including America’s introduction to rock and roll – the rebuilding of London post World War II and John F Kennedy’s historic presidential visit to Ireland in 1963.
“It’s a story full of emotional highs and lows.”
An exhilarating mix of well-known Irish tunes including The Galway Girl, Tell Me Ma, Irish Rover and Ireland’s Call is expected to leave audiences on an unforgettable high.
Ireland’s Call is a celebration of dreams, enduring love , the resilience of human spirit and of the powerful pull between one man and his homeland.
For tickets and more information, visit www.belgrade.co.uk/event/irelands-call or call 024 7655 3055.