Earlier in August we sent theatres marketer Catherine Reed to Belfast to catch the opening night of Dancing Shoes – The George Best Story. Read Catherine’s show review below…
I was lucky enough to see the first night of Dancing Shoes – The George Best Story – in Belfast last week.
The anticipation and excitement of the audience before the curtain came up was infectious – George Best is idolized in his home town as he is at Old Trafford. The show starts with tales of his childhood and him growing up in Belfast and goes on to tell of his discovery by Man United scout Bob Bishop with the famous telegram to Matt Busby “I think I’ve found you a genius” sung here by talent scout Bob Bishop (Marty Maguire). Aidan O’Neill is simply terrific as George – he plays him with a real sensitivity and sense of fun – his “keepy uppys” aren’t bad either.
The second half is obviously much sadder as we journey through George’s downward slide into alcohol but it is filled with some real comedy gems, such as a wonderful appearance by Cher (Maria Connelly) and a dream scene with George and Paddy Jenkins as Alex Higgins. The music and songs throughout the show are a real joy and really add to the feel of each scene and the overall mood of the production.
I would recommend Dancing Shoes to everyone who likes a good story mixed in with some great music and a healthy splash of comedy – all delivered at a fast pace by a great cast.
A year after leaving Lisnasharragh School George Best wrote the following article for the school magazine, describing what life was like for him as a young footballer with Manchester United. Read the full article on Facebook…
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