Irish Celtic: A musical treat to lift the spirits

June 15, 2018 15:05
The two-hour extravaganza presents a dazzling display of terpsichorean talent. Photo: Philippe Fretault

One sure way to add zest to your mood in this gloomy weather is to catch the Irish Celtic, a two-hour extravaganza of songs and dances evoking the spirit of Ireland.

Presented by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, the show is having a brief run at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in Wan Chai until this Sunday (June 17).

It promises to transport the audience to the land of Druids and nymphs, where a five-piece band and tap-dancing performers act out the story of Paddy, the owner of the Irish Celtic pub in southern Ireland who is about to pass on the business to his son.

The dance numbers are choreographed by Jim Murrihy, who was in the original cast of Michael Flatley’s highly successful musical Lord of the Dance, and features hit tunes from Hollywood blockbusters Braveheart and the Last of the Mohicans.

A feel-good atmosphere pervades the entire show, with plenty of humor and nostalgia.

Act 1 revolves around Paddy's anecdotes and ends with the return of his grandmother after surviving the sinking of the Titanic, and Act 2 sees Paddy celebrating his son’s wedding and handing over to him the pub's keys.

Among the best dance numbers are those by other-wordly, white-clad fairies and their fiery male counterparts, as well as the dance competition among the son and his male friends before his wedding.

Irish Celtic is a welcome treat to brighten the spirits over this rainy weekend.

Watch the Irish Celtic trailer on YouTube:

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A feel-good atmosphere pervades the entire show, with plenty of humor and nostalgia. Photo: Philippe Fretault

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