Get Your Dancing Shoes On!

I’d be the first to admit that I have no interest in football, so when I was invited to a stage show about a footballer I initially had my reservations.

damcing_shoes_001_128__largeBut the footballer was George Best and the show was the opening night of an all singing, all dancing musical spectacular performed in the beautiful surroundings of Belfast’s Grand Opera House.

Dancing Shoes: The George Best story, is a play by Marie Jones & Martin Lynch and explains the life of one of Belfast’s most famous sporting legends. George is played by the brilliantly dynamic Aidan O’Neill and the story portrays an easy breezy jaunt through the ups and downs of George’s turbulent life. Beginning with his early days in Burren Way in East Belfast, young George gets his first trial for Manchester United, struggles through his homesickness to become one of the club’s most infamous players.

His ability to make headlines both on and off the pitch means that the content of this play has mass appeal and it is definitely one for your mum, dad, boyfriend or girlfriend. We all know the tragic outcome of the real George Best story, but to be honest for the two plus hours last night the audience was captivated by a fun and uplifting piece of theatre. 110805dancing_shoes044__large

What made it so special was the unbelievably versatile cast who can dance, sing and act in a variety of costumes and accents, as well as a captivating musical score that really brings the show to life.

On account of the hilariously funny ‘Belfastisms’ throughout, I dare you not to chuckle your way through the first half. Granted the second half is a bit darker as George had hit the bottle in a big way, but there are still flashes of comedy genius to keep your spirits up.

To sum up, Dancing Shoes is a brilliantly performed show that captures the true essence of the Belfast boy that became a global star but never forgot his roots. It runs until Saturday 29 August and tickets are priced £16.50-£32.50. or 02890 241919

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