MCD December | Bay City Rollers, Keith Barry, Snow Queen, Walking With Dinosaurs
The following is a list of various shows Travel Ireland Magazine recommend catching live this month.
Bay City Rollers
Legendary ‘70s pop rock group Bay City Rollers are hitting Ireland this month, fronted by lead singer Les McKeown.
The Scottish band are best known for their tracks ‘Remember (Sha-la-la-la)’, ‘Shang-a-Lang’, ‘Summerlove Sensation’, ‘Saturday Night’ and their UK number one smash hits ‘Give a Little Love’ and cover of the Four Seasons’ classic ‘Bye, Bye Baby’.
Famous world wide as teen idols, the band were one of the UK’s biggest selling acts, even drawing comparisons to The Beatles. At the height of their fame, Bay City Roller fans had a completely distinctive style of dress, the main elements of which were calf-length tartan trousers and tartan scarves.
Organisers promise Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers’ Irish tour to be a unique voyage back to the 1970s – the time where ‘Rollermania’ swept the world and Les and his legendary band dominated the charts becoming the soundtrack for a generation of teenagers.
As well as playing all their classic hits, the recently reformed band will be introducing new songs from the upcoming Bay City Rollers album.
The band’s tour kicks off as they roll into Cork Opera House, December 3-4. They will then travel to the North for gigs at the Derry Forum, December 5, and Ulster Hall, December 6.
On December 7, they will play Dublin’s The Olympia Theatre, rounding off the tour December 8 at the Royal Theatre in Castlebar, Co Mayo.
Tickets cost from €33.50 including booking and restoration fees. They can be purchased from Ticketmaster.
Leading Irish hypnotist, mentalist, brain hacker and mind magician Keith Barry is set to take his biggest show to date on tour across Ireland.
Titled Deception, the live performance will feature the TV star using brainwashing, subliminal messaging, cults and much more in order to explore how easy the line between reality and trickery can be blurred. Organisers say: “if you want to laugh until your face hurts and be badly deceived then Deception is for you.”
Barry has been bringing his unique skills across the globe for many years. He has been showcased in over forty international television shows, including his most recent series, You’re Back in the Room – the first hypnotism programme on UK TV for several years.
Barry has sold out venues in the US, Australia, Canada, Spain, South Africa, the UK and in his native Ireland. He recently presented his keynote speech ‘Mind Magic’ at The Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, The Pendulum Summit and The Dublin Tech Summit. The hypnotist’s TED Talk has been in the top twenty-five TED Talks since 2008, currently boasting over twenty-five million views.
To see Barry work his magic this month in Deception, visit the Royal Theatre in Castlebar, Co. Mayo December 28; the Landmark in Carrick On Shannon, Co. Leitrim December 29 and the Glenroyal Hotel, Maynooth, Co. Kildare December 30. Tickets cost from €30 and are available via Ticketmaster.
If one misses the magician’s show these dates, he continues his tour around Ireland from January-March 2019. For the full list of performances, see here.
The iconic annual Gaiety Panto returns this year with a production of Hans Christian Andersen fairy-tale The Snow Queen.
Taking place all through December to January 6, the Gaiety promise an ‘extravaganza’ that will bring audiences “a tale of friendship and love, that as always conquers evil,” as well as a show “full of song and dance and the odd slippery surprise”.
Based on the same story that inspired Disney’s Frozen, the play centres on the evil titular character who with chilling treachery, kidnaps one half of a beloved couple and casts a ‘sub-zero spell’. This leads to our hero embarking on an adventure, trekking through storm and blizzard to find his lost love. According to the Gaiety, the show will put to the test whether true love can melt a frozen heart…
Irish native and West End star Louise Bowden will star as the Snow Queen. No stranger to musicals, the actress earned raves for her lead roles on stage in acclaimed shows such as Guys and Dolls, Into the Woods, Mamma Mia, Mary Poppins, Singin’ in the Rain and We Will Rock You.
Nicholas Grennell (The Clinic, The Tudors) will play Jack Frost, while the legendary Joe Conlan returns as the Panto Dame, the recurring original character and constant figure throughout all the Gaiety’s musical retellings of fairy tales.
The Gaiety has hosted their Christmas Panto every year since 1873, cementing the show as an important part of Irish culture. As the theatre note, families often come from far and wide to see it and for many the show has become as much of a family Christmas tradition as Santa himself.
Walking With Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs will once again roam when the globally-acclaimed production, Walking with Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular returns in 2018, starring Michaela Strachan as Huxley the paleontologist.
Based on the award-winning BBC series, the show comes to the 3Arena, Dublin from December 21 – 23. The $20 million production features new, state of the art technology, underlining its position as the biggest and best dinosaur show in the world.
This updated production will showcase spectacular and colourful changes to the dinosaurs based on the latest scientific research including the likely feathering of some species.
“I am thrilled that Walking with Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular is embarking on an international tour. A new generation is ready to experience these life–size beasts in this awe-inspiring spectacle, which has still not been matched in terms of scale and quality,” says producers Global Creatures CEO Carmen Pavlovic.
“Many of our creatures have “evolved” since the last tour, now featuring distinctive display feathers, head crests and tail fans, reflecting recent discoveries about the physical nature of these massive creatures. This show remains a must-see for audiences of all ages.”
The one-hour, 40-minute show depicts the dinosaurs’ evolution with almost cinematic realism. It has scenes of the interactions between dinosaurs, how carnivorous dinosaurs evolved to walk on two legs, and how the herbivores fended off their more agile predators.
Walking with Dinosaurs – The Event Spectacular originated in Australia, where after years of planning, it came to life at Sydney’s Acer Arena in January 2007. Soon after this successful season, the show went on to conquer North America, Europe and Asia garnering record-breaking audiences.
Tickets are available from Ticketmaster and cost from €38.50 including booking and facility fees.