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The Commitments

Jim Sheridan directs a new version of Roddy Doyle's classic novel, bringing some serious soul music to Dublin once more.

Jimmy Rabbite is on a mission - he wants to spread the gospel of soul to Dublin. Barrytown is about to become Motown as Jimmy decides to put a band together.

The first of Roddy Doyle's Barrytown series of novels, all to be dramatized by BBC Radio 4. Roddy Doyle's ground-breaking classic is the story of a working class Dublin band -The Commitments.

With Joey the Lips Fagan on trumpet, Billy The Animal Mooney on drums, Derek the Meatman Scully on bass, Dean Good Times Fay on sax, L. Terence Foster on guitar, James the Soul Surgeon Clifford on piano and - not forgetting the singers - Declan Blanketman Cuffe and The Commitmentettes, Sonya, Sofia and Tanya. This Dublin band are ready to bring some serious soul, the working man's rhythm, to Dublin's Northside.

Dramatised by Eugene O'Brien. Directed on location in Dublin by one of Ireland's finest filmmakers, Jim Sheridan (In the Name of The Father, In America, My Left Foot, The Field.)

The young cast is comprised of a new generation of talented young Irish actors and the music is by the emerging Dublin band, The Riptide Movement.

THE BAND
Guitar ..... JP Dalton
Bass ..... Gerard McGarry
Drums ..... Garrett Byrne
Sax ..... Ciaran Sutton
Trumpet ..... Robert Grant
Piano ..... Enda Collins

Written by Roddy Doyle
Dramatised by Eugene O'Brien
Producer: Gemma McMullan
Director: Jim Sheridan.

58 minutes

Credits

Role Contributor
Jimmy Jnr Ronan Raftery
Joey the Lips Gavin Friday
Outspan Lloyd Cooney
Derek Tom Ward
Deco Mal Tuohy
Dean Devon Murray
Animal Mooney Johnny Ward
James Clifford Damien Molony
Natalie Sarah Greene
Sharon Sarah Greene
Bernie Eve Macklin
Imelda Kate Stanley Brennan
Mickah Peter Campion
Jimmy Snr Andrew Connolly
Dave Moran Colm Meaney
Author Roddy Doyle
Adaptor Eugene O'Brien
Director Jim Sheridan
Producer Gemma McMullan

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