Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Following such box-office smashes as JFK - The Musical and Jerry Springer - The Opera, now we're getting an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza about the 1916 rising!
Here's their pitch:
Come with us on an incredible musical journey of courage, pride and determination, ‘1916’ is set against the backdrop of the Easter Uprising and political upheaval. Tracing the lives of those on the front line, the little people in the shadow of major events, this story of love and pain can only end in tragedy and betrayal.
Nice! This comes from the people who brought you Subtransmission, a play described as the 'Anti-Mary Poppins'.
Wherein, of course, a transvestite found on the internet comes to save a suburban family from hell, in case you hadn't guessed.
Inevitably, the people behind this nonsense are based in London, not anywhere in Ireland where it might be understood that a musical about the rising is a bit distasteful to say the least.
This just adds further grist to the mill about funding for the arts. All to often, it ends up actually funding arses, just like this lot.