Rehearsals for the Peacock Theatre's bi-lingual pantomime 'Oisín' are in full swing.
The Peacock Theatre's pantomime is the bilingual 'Oisín' written by Eoghan Ó Tuairisc with music by Peter O'Brien. The pantomime is directed by Tomás Mac Anna, with designs by Wendy Shea.
While the pantomime ‘Oisín’ is based on Irish mythology, it is full of contemporary references. The Fianna warrior Oisín returns to modern Ireland from Tír Na nÓg to find it held ransom by Balor of the EEC.
Oisín saves Ireland, but decides not to return to Tír Na nÓg. Instead, he joins a pop group and sets his sights on being number one in the Irish speaking charts.
Niamh Chinn Óir (Niamh of the Golden Hair) is played by actress Barbara Brennan and Aonghus McAnally, previously a musician and vocalist with the Celtic rock band Mushroom, has the role of Oisín.
Aonghus and Barbara both come from acting families. Aonghus is Ray McAnally’s son and Barbara is Denis Brennan's daughter.
The cast also includes Macdara Ó Fátharta, Peadar O'Luain, Máire Ní Ghráinne, Martina Stanley and Michael Ó Briain.
During rehearsals, the actors perform a unique version of the song 'Yes Sir, I Can Boogie' by the Spanish vocal duo Baccara.
This episode of 'PM' was broadcast on 22 December 1977.