Bringing back ‘The Good Old Days’ this weekend

After a month of preparation, the BBC music hall variety show – Kilkenny style – is ready to be staged as part of Kilkenny’s Positive Ageing Week.

After a month of preparation, the BBC music hall variety show – Kilkenny style – is ready to be staged as part of Kilkenny’s Positive Ageing Week.

For one night only, this Sunday from 7.30pm, the show made famous for recreating the atmosphere of the Victorian-Edwardian music hall with songs and sketches of the era performed by present-day performers will be staged in Langton’s Set Theatre, Kilkenny.

Musical director Fr Willie Purcell has been working with a variety of acts, including St Patrick’s Brass and Reed Band, the Wetlands Orchestra, Ursula Egan and The Minstrels. Also appearing on the night are The 3 Notes and Jim Maher.

As with the original show, the audience will be asked to dress in period costume and join in the singing on the evening, especially Down at the Old Bull and Bush, which always closed the show. Compere for the occasion will be George Candler.

“We have lots of fun and surprises planned for the night, including Lord and Lady Dancealot (Roderick and Claire), The Tavern Mistress (Catherine Hogan), Squire Tommy Hickey and Constable B Gannon, and we are also expecting a visit from H.R.H. Queen Victoria (M.Maher) and of course her lady in waiting Teresa Carroll,” said organiser Marianne Kelly.

All older people’s groups in the city and county are invited to join in on the evening. The event is not for profit and ticket prices have been keep to e5 to allow everyone to take part.

“It will be a fun evening out, with lots of spot prizes and a change to pull out your old hat and stick some flowers on it for the fun,” promised Debra O’Neill, regional manager with the Kilkenny Age-Friendly County Programme. “We have lots of Active Retirement and ICA groups out there so I hope they all get sewing. They still have time to get out the old outfits, but tickets are limited to 250 and I would encourage people especially groups to get their tickets early.”

For further information about the event, contact Marianne on 086 1961035; tickets are available from Langton’s Set Theatre and the Age-Friendly County Office, 42 Parliament Street, Kilkenny.