Last Friday night I happened to be in the Townhall as the moon came crashing to earth. Incidentally this is the best place to be if such a thing is to happen. Mother Nature is at a loss, humanity is doomed, the world is in peril. The only way to ensure humankind’s survival is a sharp rise in seasonal goodwill and so she orchestrates the crash landing of the moon smack bang into the heart of Cavan. In the hubbub that follows a mysterious minstrel man emerges from his lunar home, wide eyed and long limbed to whistle his way into our hearts and minds.
Billed as a vintage space opera this production of Moon Radio, in true Philip Doherty style, does exactly what it says on the tin. An evening of magic awaits those lucky enough to snag a ticket. The audience at Friday night’s performance were spellbound from the moment they entered the breathtaking lunar landscape.
Larry Beau’s performance as the Man on the Moon is disarmingly charming invoking a sense of wonder in the audience as he searches for the good in the world while Sorcha Smith channels Mother Nature's fierce power with no more than a few simple lines. The set is quite literally, out of this world and the live music will leave you humming the score throughout the festive period.
It is truly a magnificent piece of theatre, one that must be seen to be believed and it is a much needed lift in a year which is has been so full of doom and gloom, Moon Radio will push the reset button for you.
A ticket to Moon Radio will make the perfect stocking filler for any family member. It plays in the Town Hall Saturday December 23, Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 at 8pm tickets are available from www.townhallcavan .ie or by calling 0871901590
* Reviewed by Jenny McGovern