Remembering ‘When Jolie Met Christie’

Having sold-out during its premiere run in March, When Jolie Met Christie by Cork-born playwright Sean McCarthy is coming to the Watergate Theatre on October 29 at 8pm.

Having sold-out during its premiere run in March, When Jolie Met Christie by Cork-born playwright Sean McCarthy is coming to the Watergate Theatre on October 29 at 8pm.

When Jolie Met Christie is a cabaret-theatre show inspired by the life and music of Christie Hennessy, as told by Al Jolson. The show is performed by Aonghus McAnally and directed by Ray Yeates. Christie Hennessy, one of Ireland’s great singer-songwriters and much loved performers, was fascinated with Al Johnson. Sometimes this fascination became an obsession for Christie as he listened again and again to his favourite Jolson songs.

In When Jolie Met Christie, Al Johnson speaks of his admiration for Christie and his new understanding of him now that they are together in the afterlife. Al compares the struggles and triumphs of their two careers. Jolson, the controversial superstar meets the humble painter-decorator from Tralee in a 90-minute musical meditation featuring many of Christie’s greatest hits.

‘When Jolie Met Christie’ comes to the Watergate on October 29. Tickets cost €16/€12.50 are available from 056 77 61674.