There's no doubting the commitment that a fiercely hard-working and fierily versatile cast of actor-musicians bring to The Commitments, the new stage version of Roddy Doyle's 1987 novel that the author has himself adapted. If the heart of the show is the soul music that the fictional Dublin cover band of the title both celebrate and loudly recreate, accompanied by frequently blinding light,... Read more
The Commitments is the story of Jimmy Rabbitte, a young working class music fan, who shapes an unlikely bunch of amateur musicians and friends into an amazing live act, the finest soul band Dublin has ever produced. The show follows the journey of two members of a frustrated synthesizer band – the opening scene we find them playing but being ignored in a shop window – who turn to Jimmy, the local music expert, for help. Placing a classified advert in a music paper, Jimmy auditions a number of wannabes before finalising the new line up who he names The Commitments. The humour kicks in as the band get to know each other and their instruments, and proceed through early rehearsals for their first gig. Just as they improve and begin to get a name for themselves they combust. The backing singers are all getting off with the middle aged horn legend, the singer has entered Eurovision and the saxophone player has dangerous leaning towards a jazz career.