25 Jan 2022

Longford's Backstage Theatre to stage A Holy Show in February

Longford's Backstage Theatre to stage A Holy Show in February

A Holy Show will come to the Backstage Theatre on February 21

The hilarious hit comedy. A Holy Show, presented by Verdant Productions, is going on tour across Ireland in January, February and March 2020, as well as performing two dates in the Irish Cultural Centre, Paris, following on from the critical success of the Edinburgh Fringe and Dublin Fringe.

Written and directed by Janet Moran, the cast stars Roseanna Purcell (Copper Face Jacks: The Musical, Red Rock, Fair City) and Mark Fitzgerald (Copper Face Jacks: The Musical, Alone It Stands, Foxy).

A nostalgic comedy based on a very Irish hijacking of the 1981 Aer Lingus plane by an ex-Trappist monk with a bottle of water as his weapon, the Pope as his nemesis, and a burning desire to know The Third Secret of Fatima.

A Holy Show takes us back to 1981 and brings us on board the ill-fated Aer Lingus flight EI 164 from Dublin to London. The show follows the passengers and crew as this most Irish of hijackings unfolds.

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Speaking of the show, Writer and Director Janet Moran said: “I’m so thrilled to be bringing A Holy Show on tour throughout Ireland with the brilliant Verdant Productions.

“The show has played to standing ovations in Edinburgh Fringe and I hope audiences will laugh their heads off, fall in love with the superb actors and maybe ask themselves what should we really believe in now?”

Step on the plane with us and experience this most Irish of hijackings. There’ll be music, nostalgia, heroism, praying, visions, romance (maybe), sex (maybe), a special appearance by Our Lady (definitely). There’ll even be a miracle. I swear.

This wonderful production is high energy and takes audiences on a whirlwind of a comic journey with both actors playing multiple characters at breakneck speed.

The sharp, insightful script delivers a laugh a minute alongside a revealing and probing understanding of faith in Ireland, both in the 80s and today.

From 23 January 2020, A Holy Show, is going on a full nationwide tour, with dates announced for Galway, Limerick, Laois, Wicklow, Cavan, Carlow, Cork, Longford, Clare, Belfast and Tipperary as well as a host of Dublin dates and two dates in Paris.

The hilarious performance will come to Backstage Theatre on February 21

Early booking, via, is advised to avoid disappointment, with tickets on sale now.

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