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Saturday, 21 September 2013
Sunday, 1 November 2015
Jimmy Rabbitte is an ordinary man with big ambitions. He wants to manage the greatest band in the world and it has to be a soul band – nothing else will do. Disgusted by the sluggish, dull Irish music scene, he gathers together a raggle-taggle bunch of talented but dysfunctional individuals and goes for it, holding auditions at his home.
The band follows the glorious soul the tradition of Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett, Jimmy's soul heroes. Joey 'The Lips' Fagan is the band's veteran, whose unbelievable tales about working with famous soul musicians fall on cynical ears. Yeah, right! Everything is going great guns and the band is coming together beautifully. But when Jimmy ups the ante the band falls apart in a hilariously violent clash of egos.
The 1990s film was – and still is - a cult hit. Roddy Doyle's brilliantly funny book is a best-seller. The soundtrack inspired a new generation of soul lovers. And the Jamie Lloyd musical is a feast of feel-good soul classics, colourful language, misunderstandings, arguments and pure Irish passion. It's wonderful stuff, loved by millions and still running at the Palace to this day. Give it a whirl... and enjoy the craic!