Following its premiere last year, the acclaimed stage adaptation of Ken Loach's film Jimmy's Hall returns to the Abbey stage this weekend, after which it travels to Galway and Cork.
Adapted from Paul Laverty's film script, and directed by Abbey Artistic Director Graham McLaren, Jimmy’s Hall tells the astounding true story of Leitrim farmer Jimmy Gralton, who in 1933 became the only Irishman ever to be deported from his own country. His crime? To build a dance hall where he encouraged the local community to learn, to argue and to dream... but above all to dance and have fun.
Packed with poetry, song and dance, the talented ensemble cast absolutely give it socks. For this welcome revival, which kicked off in Limerick earlier this month, the Jimmy's Hall company, led by Michael John McCarthy, recorded three of the songs from the production.
Below, cast member Ruth McGill sings Song for the Faithful Departed:
Jimmy's Hall runs at the Abbey until September 8th, then from 11-15 September at the Town Hall Theatre, Galway, and 18-22 September at the Cork Opera House, Cork - more details here.