IN THESE difficult times, any initiative that may encourage visitors to the city is to be applauded, and a new joint venture between the Locke Bar and Bottom Dog Theatre Company aims to do just that.
Launched recently, the ‘Old Time Irish Radio Show’ is running in the tastefully appointed Loft venue above the Locke, home now to the fledgling theatre company since it was renovated recently.
Part theatre, part performance, part musical theatre, almost all-entertaining farce, the show, performed by Bottom Dog stalwarts Myles Breen and Nigel Dugdale as Bobby Fortune, the show’s genial host and singer and musicians from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, details an old local radio show, with live music, Irish dancing, radio-plays, poetry and tall tales alike.
The duo in particular are something of a revelation, Dugdale’s sweet vocal tones a perfect foil to Breen’s spoof comic abilities.
Now in full swing at the Loft every Thursday and Friday night, the show has got a great reaction from all who have seen the opening run - including this reporter - and offers something different for locals and tourists alike in the Locke complex, who recently scooped the award for Best Tourist Bar in Ireland.
Devised by eminent local playwright Mike Finn and Orfhlaith Ní Bhriain of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, the show features a fabulous cast delivering an innovative mix of song, Irish dance, and comedy all served up as a nostalgic Irish radio show from the 1950’s complete with ads and jingles.
“This is the culmination of our collaboration with the Locke Bar which has seen the Loft Venue establish itself as a great intimate performance space,” explains Mike Finn.
“Last summer we did Porkville which we brought back twice by popular demand. The Old Time Irish Radio Show will build on that success. I’m very excited to be working on a show like this. It has everything, music, song, dance, comedy. It’s good old-fashioned popular entertainment,” he added.
The show is currently running in the Loft on Thursday and Friday nights, and those who go along can choose to avail of the excellent early bird options in the Oyster House Restaurant at the Locke ahead of the show each night. To accommodate the demand from Limerick people to come and see the show, the Locke is also providing a show only option. See www.lockebar.com.