Only a few theatre shows have the audience laughing from the opening scene to the very end but that was the case for Swing. A funny, witty, laugh out loud show that also tells a heartwarming tale.
On it’s last Irish date before embarking on a whistlestop tour of the UK and Australia, Swing from Fishamble: The New Play Company played here at the Nenagh Arts Centre on Saturday April 2nd to a very appreciative audience.
Written by Steve Blount, Peter Daly, Gavin Kostick and Janet Moran, Directed by Peter Daly and Produced by Eva Scanlan Swing was an international hit and played to rave reviews in New York, Paris, Edinburgh and New Zealand.
We see the story unfold as the various characters attend a weekly Swing dance class. At the first class you’re introduced to each of the students as they nervously get to know each other. It’s easy to relate to their awkwardness and I guarantee at least one of the eccentric characters will remind you of someone you know.
Swing stars Arthur Riordan and Gene Rooney not only play the roles of the main characters, Joe and May, but also all of the others we meet at the class. They slip with ease into each role, each so different but equally hilarious. With each class as Joe and May grow closer you see their friendship growing and by the end of the show you’re egging them on to take that final leap.
Swing tries to show us that it’s never too late to take a chance and try something new. It’s a tale that will tug at your heartstrings and will have even those with two left feet feeling brave enough to go take a dance class.
Swing actors Arthur and Gene hung around after the show to take questions from the audience and to take part in a very lively post show discussion with our Arts Centre Artistic Director Tom Dowling. You can watch a snippet from the discussion below where they spoke about taking ‘real’ Swing classes in preparation for the show, heading off on tour to the UK and Australia and how many miles they danced during rehearsals.