I certainly got my wish for more Beatles events to go to in Dublin as I went to see my second in less than a week in the form of Get back at the Tivoli theatre. Everyone knows the story of The Beatles so I was interested to see how this show would bring it to life. The first thing I noticed when I entered the auditorium were the posters and pictures relating to The Beatles and as I was about to sit down I was greeted by the best fire announcement I have ever heard. The band, in Scouse accents of course, ran through the fire announcement themselves and gained quite a few laughs from the audience.
They started with the bands humble beginnings in Liverpools Cavern club and worked in mostly linear fashion from there. The performances were really convincing and I was impressed by how much they sounded like the real thing. In particular Paul McCartney, who not only sounded like the real deal but who looked fairly convincing too. The audience were made to feel part of things at all times which I thought was inventive. When it came to their performance at Shea stadium the band entered from the rear to give the impression that we were in fact the audience at the stadium. And for their performance on the Ed Sullivan show stage hands came out and briefed the audience as if we were there for the taping of the show, cameras and all. The costume and scene changes were cleverly aided by clips shown on the big screen behind where the band had performed. The clips showed events and news items re-enacted by The Classic Beatles John, Paul, George and Ringo instead of the real deal which I thought was a great touch. Every era of The Beatles were covered and as well as group performances there were solo performances by John, George and Paul which the audience loved.
I enjoyed myself from start to finish, it could so easily have been boring and unoriginal as everyone knows the story but they managed to pull it off. The main thing that stood out for me was that it was funny as well as entertaining. There were loads of little jokes thrown in that any fan of The Beatles would find hilarious. The night ended with the whole audience getting up to sing and dance along. It’s definitely worth catching before the end of its run on February 14th. Get Back runs at The Tivoli until February 14 2012, tickets are priced from €20.