Dance­hall doc­u­men­tary to screen at The Triskel

Irish Examiner - County - - Front page - Christy Parker

A doc­u­men­tary trac­ing the story of one of Cork’s most beloved dance halls will be screened at Cork city’s Triskel cin­ema on Au­gust 30. Wish You Were Here —The Red­barn Story cap­tures the magic and ex­cite­ment of the dance­hall era through the story of Youghal’s fa­mous ball­room by the sea.

The 70-minute re­view is laced with joy, sad­ness and ro­mance as it brings the past to life through mu­sic, faces and mem­o­ries.

Made by Com­plete Con­trol Films, the doc­u­men­tary was highly ac­claimed by a 600strong au­di­ence at its only pre­vi­ous screen­ing in Youghal, last May.

Built by the Lucey broth­ers in 1957, Red­barn hosted show­band leg­ends like Joe Dolan, Bren­dan Bowyer and Margo and a com­pet­ing cul­ture in­clud­ing Rob Strong, Tweed and Chubby Checker.

Amidst a mind-jog­ging sound­track, per­form­ers re­call long, ar­du­ous van jour­neys, while past dancers re­mem­ber pack­ing into cars, ‘sneak­ing out’, hitch­ing, cy­cling or walk­ing to Red­barn’s lights.

Film­maker Michael Twomey re­flects: “That kind of so­cial in­ter­ac­tion will never hap­pen again.”

Start­ing at 8 pm, Tick­ets €10 from Triskel box of­fice 021 4272022; triske­larts­cen­tre.ie

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