Belfast’s greatest punk story Good Vibrations, the stage musical version of the popular movie charting the life of Belfast punk legend Terri Hooley, is back! The smash-hit Lyric production will run at the Grand Opera House Belfast 9 - 20 May 2023, directed by Des Kennedy (Piaf, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), written by Colin Carberry and Glenn Patterson, and with musical direction by Katie Richardson and choreography by Jennifer Rooney.
It’s 1970s Belfast. Terri Hooley - radical, rebel, music-lover is the owner of Good Vibrations record shop on ‘the most bombed half-mile in Europe.’ When the conflict shuts down his city, Terri and friends take sides and take up arms through the compelling voice of resistance in the city’s underground punk scene. Galvanising the young musicians into action, he becomes the unlikely leader of a motley band of kids and punks who join him in his mission to create a new community, an Alternative Ulster, and to bring his city back to life.
The cast includes TV star Glen Wallace (Hollyoaks, The Secret) as Terri Hooley, with Jayne Wisener (Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd) as Ruth Carr, Marty Maguire, Christina Nelson, Curtis-Lee Ashqar, Cat Barter, Gavin Peden, Chris Mohan, Odhran McNulty, Jolene O'Hara and Dylan Reid. Just a stone’s throw away from the site of the old record shop, this production features iconic punk anthems including Teenage Kicks, Just Another Teenage Rebel and Alternative Ulster.
The Lyric Theatre production of Good Vibrations is supported by Tourism Northern Ireland, Tourism Ireland, Arts Council of Northern Ireland National Lottery funding and Belfast City Council.
Jimmy Fay, Executive Producer Lyric Theatre, said:
“In 2018 we offered Belfast the world premiere of the stage version of the wonderful film ‘Good Vibrations’ and were completely overwhelmed by the response from our audiences, the theatre sector, the music press and the punks! The story of Terri Hooley and the punk bands he came in contact with is one of the great ballads of Belfast. It created music that has lasted and provided a soundtrack to many crazy, messy and fun-filled nights and pointed towards a way out of the dark. We are delighted to bring this important story of Belfast’s music history back to audiences at the Grand Opera House."
For booking details visit Grand Opera House www.goh.co.uk