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Review: Travel back to the 80’s with The Commitments

A tale of ambition, emotion, sex & soul, set in North Dublin in the 80’s, The Commitments tells the story of a wannabe soul band that never quite made it.

Currently running at the Regent Theatre, Hanley, the show is adapted from Roddy Doyle’s hit book & film of the same name. Jimmy Rabbitte wants to manage a band, but not just any band, he wants a soul band! After many disastrous auditions, Jimmy finally puts together a band of 10 unlikely looking musicians & singers, and proceeds to try & polish them into something remotely harmonious, with near disastrous results!


Having no previous knowledge of the story, I took along my husband to see one of his favourite films adapted to the stage. I was glad he was there at points, as the trials of cramming a film onto such a small stage sometimes left me a little confused as to the plot line. However, the music more than made up for slightly erroneous storyline. The songs were plenty, and the voices were superb, especially Brian Gilligan as the wayward Deco, whose solo stint on “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” left me with goosebumps! The Commitmentettes were also incredible, belting out hits such as “River Deep, Mountain High”, and “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours”, amongst many others.

If you liked the film, you’ll love the play, but even if you’ve never heard of it, head over for the music! With not only the show songs, but a dedicated set at the end too, it’s a show & a gig rolled into one – great value for money!

You can see Roddy Doyle’s The Commitments at The Regent Theatre until 19th November 2016! Tickets for the performance can be purchased at the Box Office, by calling 08448 717 649 or by visiting

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