City dancers answer the Call

Ireland's Call.
Ireland's Call.
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Youngsters from a Peterborough Irish Dancing school are to join stars of a professional show at The Cresset next month.

Around 20 dancers, aged 5 to 14 from Solas School of Irish Dancing will share the stage with the cast of Ireland Calls, a new musical adaptation of the critically acclaimed show Essence of Ireland on March 11,

The school, which holds classes in Peterborough at Eye on Saturday mornings and Eastfield on Wednesday evenings, as well as an adults group on Mondays, had a group of dancer in last year’s Essence of Ireland show.

Inspired by true events and spanning three decades, Ireland Calls is an uplifting musical that tells the story of one man’s love for his Irish homeland.

The story follows the extraordinary journey of the strong-headed Sean Dempsey, who at the end of World War II leaves behind his childhood sweetheart Cora and his beloved homeland Ireland, in search of a better life in the Big Apple. Can their love survive the Atlantic Divide? Will Sean be able to resist ‘Ireland’s call’ as he embarks on an adventure full of danger, tragedy and lost love?

Creative Director Ged Graham believes 2016 is the perfect time to launch the show.

He says: “We are really looking forward to bringing the show to stages across the world, starting with some of the UK’s most prestigious venues in 2016, a year set to be a huge celebration of Irish culture to commemorate the centenary of The Easter Rising.”

An exhilarating mix of original scores and well-known songs such as Galway Girl, Isle of Hope Isle Of Tears, I Loved Her First, Tell Me Ma, Irish Rover, Ireland’s Call is a powerful, explosive blend of energy, emotion and music which leaves audiences from around the world on an unforgettable high.