Answering Ireland’s Call

The show follows the story of a strong-headed young man who leaves Ireland for New York

The show follows the story of a strong-headed young man who leaves Ireland for New York

A musical marking the 100th anniversary of Ireland’s Easter Rising comes to Dunstable this month.

Ireland’s Call, a new adaptation of the critically acclaimed show Essence of Ireland, is being performed at the Grove Theatre on Thursday, April 28, at 7.30pm.

Inspired by true events and spanning three decades, the musical tells the story of one man’s love for his Irish homeland. It follows the journey of the strong-headed Sean Dempsey, who at the end of the Second World War leaves behind his childhood sweetheart Cora and his beloved homeland Ireland in search of a better life in New York.

Creative director Ged Graham believes 2016 is the perfect time to launch the show. He was born in the Liberties in Dublin and remembers moving to the UK when he was nine. Ged said: “Everyone has been separated from loved ones and their homes at some point in their lives, so this is a story that people can really engage with and relate to, myself included. The audience is drawn into the story and swept on a journey that is both heartbreaking and heartwarming.

“It is set against a backdrop of key historical events including America’s introduction to rock and roll, the rebuilding of postwar London and John F Kennedy’s historic presidential visit to Ireland in 1963. It’s a story full of emotional highs and lows.”

Ireland’s Call features a mix of original music and well-known songs such as Galway Girl, Isle of Hope Isle Of Tears, and I Loved Her First.

For more information or to book, call the box office on 01582 60 20 80 or visit www.grovetheatre.co.uk