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23rd Apr 2024

Irish group bring fresh twist to a potentially explosive first date tale


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The dating scene has changed a lot in the past decade, but a bad first date is still a bad first date. Nothing has changed there!

The advent of apps like Match, Tinder, Eharmony, and more, have added an element of ease, convenience and greater options to those looking for love. However, when it comes to that first date, the human element still holds great sway.

A new theatrical production is bringing a fresh twist to an old story – first dates and first impressions – that focuses on two people that start off looking for love and end the night hoping to get out of their meet-up location in one piece.

Tinder Date, written and directed by Ray McBride, is part of a One Act Play run that is being presented by the Sallins Dramatic Society, in Kildare.

The group, which has been running since 2019, are fresh off the success of a sold-out one act run, last year, and a full length adaptation of Happy Birthday, Dear Alice. Next month, they bring two great, originals shows to life, with some live music thrown in for good measure, too.

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‘Tinder Date is an original, raucous farce demonstrating that a blind date can be at once disastrous… and potentially explosive.’

The show features a cast of five and is brought to life by McBride, who previously wrote and directed ‘The Body’. The Donegal native said, “While The Body was a dark comedy, Tinder Date is a modern twist on classic comedic farces. The plot is a Rube Goldberg machine of increasing misunderstanding and misinterpretation. Our cast is a blend of veteran actors and new faces, which has given rehearsals a unique spirit that should translate to a high energy, fun and – hopefully – very funny show over the four day run.”

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Celebrating music’s unsung heroes

The second of the one act shows is Moonshine Travellers, and celebrates one of the music industry’s true unsung heroes – the roadies.

The story follows a young, wannabe musician called Ray on his first night working the stage as a roadie. Training him in, on the night, is a veteran ‘amp jockey’ named Sonny – a man with 40 years of experience on the scene and about 4,000 wild claims, name-drops and anecdotes.

The pair are working the stage at an event to raise money for Dublin Zoo’s beloved ‘Poley’, as fading 90s pop star Nick Wulwrainey uses an untimely death as a novel excuse for a big comeback.

Moonshine Travellers was previously staged at Vicar Street, The Electric Picnic and at The Sugar Club, as part of the Bulmer’s Comedy Festival. The show will feature live music performances from Hyperbøle, Dave Sharkey and traditional Irish ensemble, Sult na Sollán.

Tickets for the show are 15 and available on Eventbrite. The show runs at Sallins Community Centre on Thursday and Friday of consecutive weeks, May 9, 10, 16 and 17th.

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