Wednesday 23 May 2018

Get ready for Garth Brooks: The Croke Park Musical

Dublin City Manager Owen Keegan has refused to accept any blame for the Garth Brooks concerts fiasco
Dublin City Manager Owen Keegan has refused to accept any blame for the Garth Brooks concerts fiasco
Actress Deirdre O Kane and her daughter Holly at the World Premiere of Moone Boy series 3 at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham in Dublin.

'Moone Boy' actress Deirdre O'Kane is to take on the lead role in a new stage play about the infamous Garth Brooks/ Croke Park debacle.

Written by dramatist Fiona Looney, the play which is titled "Are you there Garth? It's me Margaret", will run in Dublin's Gaiety Theatre later this year.

The show will revisit the highs, lows and "sheer madness" of the summer of "Garthgate" which led to the cancellation of all five of Brooks Croke Park gigs.

The drama will focus around one devoted country and western fan - played by Deirdre O'Kane.

"I’m not a fan of Garth Brooks, I wouldn’t know his music," O'Kane admitted. "But Fiona is amazing at capturing a person like this.

"I love that she’s taken one person’s story in the midst of all that sheer madness and gone to the heart of what it really meant to somebody and her love of Brooks.

Looney and O'Kane previously collaborated on stage plays 'Dandelions' and 'Greener'.

O'Kane is also planning on returning to the world of stand up. "I decided I have something to say again," she said.

But before all that O'Kane will return to our screens in Chris O'Dowd and Nick Vincent Murphy's multi award comedy Moone Boy.

The third series will air on Sky 1 on March 2 and will include several celebrity cameos from the likes of Sir Terry Wogan, Sharon Horgan, John Sessions and Bronagh Gallagher.

Wogan will plays the host of a home video show similar in style to "You've Been Framed" while Sharon Horgan will depict a high powered, yoga loving business woman.

Johnny Vegas will return as imaginary friend Crunchie Danger Haystacks. "I think it is the strongest season to date," O'Kane said. "I can't wait to actually watch it now."

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