Thursday, 28 May 2015

Top Hat, White Tie and Tails

I have a confession to make. I have become a theatre addict.
Having never been on sparse occasions until March (I only went with school to see plays before), I've since been three times in the past three month. AND all in the fabulous Bord Gais.

Whether it's bee seeing the musical I always dreamed of seeing, my friend bringing me to Peter Pan on Ice, or winning free tickets to Top Hat, it's been a cultured three months.

While Peter Pan had the stage covered in a sheet of ice and fire (You haven't seen muscles until you've seen the thighs of male Russian ice-skaters), Top Hat brought pure class to Dublin.
And so, thanks to I got some tickets to the Olivier Award winning show. I took my housemate along on Wednesday evening to the opening night.
The glitz & glamour of opening night

Set in 1930s London, the original film version brought Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers to fame. With catchy numbers, tap dancing, and your dinner party's finest attire, the show is unbelievably stylish. I felt distinctly under dressed in my after work converse with my Easons shopping bag.

With such classic Irvine Berlin songs like 'Top Hat, White Tie and Tails', 'Let's Face The Music And Dance', and 'Cheek to Cheek', you can't help but be enthralled. It's funny and cheery and you can't help but smile and laugh along.

I haven't seen sets like Top Hat's before. Words cannot describe the magnificent detail of the backdrops; from ballroom, hotel rooms, the park, Venice and carriage. How they managed to change set so quickly in between scenes too is beyond me. But they dazzled the audience nonetheless.

We weren't out of there until about half 10. But those three hours flew by, and we didn't want them to end. Us Irish are quite generous in our standing ovations. While they remain rare for opening nights, a standing ovation is the only way to honour the quality of productions the Bord Gais has showcased this year. And Top Hat deserved it more than any other.

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