What the Folk @ Dance Base

Irish Craic.

Review by Stephanie Green | 09 Aug 2012
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With all the famed wit and verve, hospitality, and gift of the gab of the Irish, not least a cup of tea and a piece of cake (Oh go on, go on), this is a dance event with a difference.  Oh yes, there's plenty of song and dance (Irish step-dancing like you've never seen before, high-kicking in the cleared space of a kitchen.  For this event does not take place in a studio.  We were taken to a secret location, invited into the temporary home of the dance company, Siamsa Tire, from Tralee in County Kerry, for a hilarious, spell-binding and heart-warming  50 minutes of craic.

In between the jokes, the stories about their childhood learning how to dance, the Psycho Mums who push their progeny with manic ambition into the  Feis, (or the Fish) the four dancers broke into strict competition style step-dancing, then the more relaxed North Kerry Munnix.  And they are talented Gaelic singers too. We heard stories about the people of  Siamsa Tire, the National Folk Theatre of Ireland, and felt we knew them as friends by the end. What is, who is and what the folk?   And boy, those kicks were pretty high!

What the Folk! National Folk Theatre of Ireland Meet at Dance Base and you will be taken to a secret location Fri 3-Sun 19 Aug (not Mon 6 or 13) at 3pm & 6pm For Age 12+ All tickets £12 (£10) Running time 50 mins. http://www.dancebase.co.uk