THE smash hit hurling comedy The All Star Wars comes to the University Concert Hall this Friday night, a timely visit ahead of Limerick’s opener against Tipperary in the Munster Hurling Championship this Sunday.
A quirky tale of “hurleys, heroes and hang sandwiches”, the theatrical comedy is Ireland’s first stage show to take a sideways look at the nation’s obsession with hurling.
Very much in the vein of I Keano and Alone it Stands, the comedy follows the adventures of Hugh Cullen, the last known descendant of Cu-Chulainn, a family man, club man and all-round lost cause who, after getting a knock on the head from the business end of a hurley, is visited from the year 3012 by the enigmatic Obi Wan Camogie.
Kevin McCormack, who plays the lead role and who wrote the show along with Bryan Flynn, is quick to stress that All Star Wars is effectively a love letter to the GAA and does not lampoon the sport.
“When we sat down and discussed the show, we talked what it should be and about the potential dangers in tackling something like the GAA, which is inherent in our culture, and very dear to people,” explained McCormack.
“We needed to be very careful. Comedy is always at somebody’s expense, but what we needed to be careful that we didn’t just take the piss, it is not that.
“It is about the characters, the people; the fantastic thing is we get the same reaction everywhere we go, we have to change very little because the formula itself is working.
“It takes a sideways look at the game, at the culture and the people involved, but ultimately it is a tribute to all of those people, and is a laugh a minute, which is what we were aiming for, the country is depressed enough,” he laughs.
Featuring audio visual appearances by Marty Morrissey, Tomas Mulcahy and the legendary Micheal O Muircheartaigh, All Star Wars has “something for everyone in it”, McCormack adds.