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The Commercial Court has refused to admit an action being taken by playwright Bisi Adigun against the Abbey Theatre and writer Roddy Doyle into its list
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17/5/2010 **** File Photo **** Author Roddy Doyle The Commercial Court has refused to admit an action being taken by playwright Bisi Adigun against the Abbey Theatre and writer Roddy Doyle into its list Collins Court

17/5/2010 **** File Photo **** Author Roddy Doyle The Commercial Court has refused to admit an action being taken by playwright Bisi Adigun against the Abbey Theatre and writer Roddy Doyle into its list Collins Court

PEOPLE with a 'Dort' accent, fake tan and hair extensions need not apply at 'The Commitments' open auditions.

DUBLIN writer Roddy Doyle has adapted the global smash movie for a major show at London's West End in the autumn.

And the show's directors and producers are looking for authentic Dubs with "real soul" to try out for the new show.

Casting director David Grindrod said that they are keen to find talented singers who will easily slip back into the 1990s scene – a time before fake tan and hair extensions existed.

And producers want "genuine" Dublin accents.

"We are looking for youth mainly, those in their late teens, early 20s," he told the Herald.

"They must have good musicianship, they've got to be part of the band.

"So anyone from base guitarists, pianists or saxophonists.

"We like Dubs, However much you do voice coaching, the strong Dublin accent is a definite plus," he added.

The casting director said that they are looking for three girls to take the parts played by Angeline Ball, Bronagh Gallagher and Maria Doyle Kennedy in the movie.

"They have got to be good soul singers and good character girls," he said.

"Of course there is one older member of the band who plays the trumpet.

"He must also have a good soul feel."

David said that the humour from the capital is irreplaceable when it comes to transferring it on stage.

"We love the comedy that is in the show – the Dublin humour," he said.

"The essence of it is that there is a good script.

"I think it is known as a book first and of course the film.

"I'm sure the reception in London will be brilliant."

The Commitments movie launched the career of everyone from Colm Meaney, Andrew Strong, Glen Hansard and Andrea Corr.

And David said that key to the production will be the main part of Deco Cuffe, which was played by Strong.

"Ultimately we are looking for good vocalists, particularly in the one male," he said.

clairemurphy@herald.ie


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