The Second Coming


We took our seats, the lights went down and we saw figures moving across the stage. The lights came up and we saw the dancers.


The voice of  Yeats filled the air. “Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world” – The Second Coming, W. B. Yeats.


The music began and the dancers flitted across the stage inviting us to witness a spectacular show that had the hairs standing up on the back of my neck.


I don’t think I’ve ever seen a show like it. It’s hard to compare it to anything because it’s so unique – I suppose you could think of it as Riverdance meets the circus. Fidget Feet are aerial dancers and they have joined with the Hawk’s Well Theatre to produce this show.


The dancers made it all look so effortless as one minute they are on the ground and the next they are up in mid-air or walking up the walls. There is also the most beautiful singing, the girl has the voice of an angel.


The world premiere of this fabulous show takes place in the Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo on May 9th and 10th. There are more details here. More photos are here.

Director: Mikel Murfi

Choreography/Video/Writing & Sound Scape: Chantal and James Daly

Musical Director and Composer: Michael Rooney

Performers: Keira Martin, Lee Clayden, Ashlene McFadden, Maire Dee, Ciaran Connolly, Marcus Lamb, Kathryn Cooley & Sianna Bruce

Costume Designer: Abby Grewcock

Lighting Designer: Nick McCall

Musicians: Michael McGoldrick, Damien O’Kane and John Joe Kelly



Last night we went to see Riverdance at the Royal theatre in Castlebar. We’ve never seen the live show before although we have the original video which the kids used to watch all the time when they were little.

We got there early so got our seats. It was a shame that not everyone got their on time. As there were people coming in during the performance and disturbing others. There was a fella sitting near us who seemed to think he was in the show. He was buck-lepping all over the place, every time he moved the whole row of seats moved as well.

The show was good. Although I really feel there was something missing. To me it was like a ‘watered down’ version. There were only four musicians yet we could hear a full orchestra. Only one of the singers had a radio mic on so the others must have been miming. I know they couldn’t have a full orchestra due to the size of the stage but you would think the singers would sing otherwise you may as well just watch the dvd.

The dancers were good. Especially the street tap dancers, they put so much effort and energy into their perfomance. The drummer was brilliant, he was flying about all over the place like the drummer from The Muppets!

The lead dancers were fine but it just seemed to lack spark. Dare I say it I miss Michael Flatley.

I know we are probably in the minority as I heard lots of people raving about the show afterwards. Although some people said nothing.

Would I go and see it again? No I wouldn’t. I feel like it’s run it’s course.

There was no filming or photos allowed so here’s a bit of video from youtube. These weren’t the dancers that we saw.