The Irish are coming, and they are bringing the music with them!
Ireland The Show set to paint the town green: Gold Coast March 13 + Brisbane March 16 just days before the celebration of St Patrick’s Day!
From the country that has given us Bono, Liam Neeson, Niall Horan, Oscar Wilde and Van Morrison, comes the show that sets fire to the stage!
The Irish are headed our way and they are bringing all the colour, characters and high-kicks that have made the whole world fall in love with the emerald isle.
Ireland The Show is an exciting full throttle new Celtic production celebrating the very best of Irish heritage and culture showcased by a cast of world champion Irish dancers, musicians and singers. The show stars for one night only on the Gold Coast on March 13, before heading to Brisbane on March 16.
The show kicks off (literally) with a whirlwind of energy, as the musicians create lively, inspiring tunes, pushing the dancers to new levels of artistic expression, and transporting old traditions from the Irish fireside to the international stage. It’s the music that makes your skin tingle, and the dances that makes you want to join in. The expressive language of dance ranges from a gliding shimmer of subtle soft shoe choreography, to pounding dramatic hard shoe steps. The execution of seemingly effortless high kicks is married perfectly with modern polish, Irish charm and dazzling Vegas-style Celtic costumes.
The show is produced by Brisbane born talent, Ethan Walker who currently has stage productions playing all over the world. He is just 29. This will be the first time in front of his hometown audiences.
Now based in Las Vegas, Ethan Walker’s career curve is already extraordinary. He morphed from a Brisbane teen with a dream, to sleeping in the alleyways of Dublin, Ireland to world tours with renowned dancer, Michael Flatley’s spectacular Irish dance show, Lord of the Dance.
After randomly starting Irish dancing when he was 14, his talent shone and after just two years, he decided to join a show. His plan was devious and dedicated!!! “I had a pen pal in Ireland, and kind of forged a contract from this made-up dance company, posted it to her in Ireland, and asked her to send it back to my address in Australia,” he said.
“So when it arrived, my mum, being nosy, sees this contract that has arrived from Ireland, and opens it.” Bait taken!! After much cajoling his parents lent him the money to fly to Dublin for the “job”, still totally unaware that the dance contract was a ruse. “I arrived in Ireland, and had nowhere to stay, no job. I had told my parents accommodation was being provided. I think the hardest part was living in an alleyway with my suitcase, just huddled up for a couple of nights.” Walker laughs. “I would go to a pay phone, call my mother, and act like, ‘oh, it’s great, rehearsals are going fantastically,’ then go back to my alleyway.
“Luckily, there was a show in Killarney (population 13,000), that I tried to get into. They gave me an audition, and I got the job.” From here Walker snuck to Dublin, to audition for legendary Irish-American step dancer/choreographer/producer Michael Flatley, who promptly hired the now 17 -year-old for his newest dance extravaganza, “Celtic Tiger”. He then spent two years traveling the world, dancing in both of Flatley’s hit shows, Lord of the Dance and Celtic Tiger.
Performing wasn’t enough, Walker wanted to produce, and so he created IRELAND- The Show! Fast forward four years, and the show has toured the US, receives standing ovations at every performance and has an Irish Music Award Nomination.
Last year Walker launched his first ever Las Vegas production, Piano Man at the V Theatre, Planet Hollywood and he will open Alice in Wonderland in New York this coming July.
GOLD COAST – Ireland The Show
Sunday March 13, 2016 at Jupiters Gold Coast
BRISBANE – Ireland The Show
Wednesday March 16, 2016 at QPAC