THE COMMITMENTS Tickets
The Commitments, Roddy Doyle’s best-selling novel, is now live on stage for the very first time.
Be amongst the first to experience this show as it makes its World Premiere at the Palace Theatre in London’s West End from September 2013
The show, which has been more than two years in the making, has been adapted from the novel by Booker prize winning author Doyle himself and will be directed by award winning Jamie Lloyd (the man behind the recent production of Macbeth starring James McAvoy).
The Commitments is the story of Jimmy Rabbitte, a young working class music fan, who shapes an unlikely bunch of amateur musicians and friends into an amazing live act, the finest soul band Dublin has ever produced.
The show follows the journey of two members of a frustrated synthesizer band – the opening scene we find them playing but being ignored in a shop window – who turn to Jimmy, the local music expert, for help.
Placing a classified advert in a music paper, Jimmy auditions a number of wannabes before finalising the new line up who he names The Commitments. The humour kicks in as the band get to know each other and their instruments, and proceed through early rehearsals for their first gig. Just as they improve and begin to get a name for themselves they combust.
The backing singers are all getting off with the middle aged horn legend, the singer has entered Eurovision and the saxophone player has dangerous leaning towards a jazz career.
Featuring soul classics inc Night Train, Try A Little Tenderness, In The Midnight Hour, Papa Was A Rolling Stone, Save Me, Mustang Sally, and many more.
On adapting the story for the stage, Roddy Doyle says:
“I hadn’t planned to write it myself but then I did. I really enjoyed it. We had met with a number of impressive writers but I found I was answering all the questions the producers and I were asking them. I told my wife “I’m thinking I might have a bash at the script myself” and she said “You took your time.”
He continues “The biggest challenge was finding the way to tell a musical story about a group of people who can’t play their instruments and who aren’t a band. How do you get music in there from the very beginning?”
On selecting the songs for the show Doyle says:
“I wanted to go for well known songs, but also there to be a few surprises in there. Soul often isn’t about the song itself, it’s about the way it is sung or how it’s interpreted. The songs were chosen because they help tell the story.”
The show is packed with great songs but is also repeatedly laugh out loud funny. Doyle says:
“It was always going to be a comedy, it’s about a band so it doesn’t touch on life or death, you can say ‘music is life and death to me’, but it’s not. Music is fantastic and seem like it’s your blood but it’s not.”