Night of music, dance ... and all things Irish

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The true spirit of the Emerald Isle will be taken to Northampton’s Royal & Derngate on Saturday in a celebration of all things Irish.

The show, Essence Of Ireland, tells a story of love, joy, happiness and heartache through music, song and dance.

Set against the backdrop of Ireland, England and America in the 20th century, and inspired by true events, Essence Of Ireland tells a moving story of two lovers separated by emigration.

The cast is made up of multi-national world class dancers and vocalists, all of whom have Irish roots, and are supported by a live band.

A spokeswoman said: “This spectacular rollercoaster ride of emotion and nostalgia features original energetic, inspiring and infectious choreography, along with popular Irish songs that will transport audiences direct to the Emerald Isle, including classics such as Galway Girl, Tell Me Ma, Irish Rover, You Raise Me Up, Song For Ireland, Danny Boy, Carrickfergus, Ireland’s Call, Wild Rover, Whiskey In The Jar, Molly Mallone, Dirty Old Town and many more.”

Creative director and co-writer, Ged Graham, said: “My Irish heritage is very special to me and really defines who I am.

“As an Irishman who has spent most of my adult life away from Ireland, I wanted to create a show that would give everybody an insight into being Irish.

“We set out to tell one man’s story that would really reflect the experience of every Irish man and woman who left Ireland’s shore and, most of all, a story that the audience would relate to.”

The show is staged on Saturday, March 1 at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £24 or £22. Call 01604 624811.