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Sunday 05 December 2021

Interview: Riverdance Cast Talk Life After Lockdown & Their Excitement At Returning To Touring Ahead Of Shows @ The Brighton Centre

When the lights go up at the start of the performances of Riverdance: The New 25th Anniversary Show at The Brighton Centre next month, the excitement will be palpable, not just from the audience but very much from all the performers too.

The cast of Riverdance has an adage that goes back to the very earliest days of this record breaking and globetrotting cultural phenomenon: "Every night is opening night". The meaning is simple: every show is special; every audience deserves the best.
Touring is what the Riverdance cast love and they are of course delighted to be back doing what they do best. 

The delay due to Covid was, according to lead dancer Bobby Hodges, "Confusing and upsetting for all of us. For the Arts world these last 18 months have felt like a loss." 

With the world of entertainment returning to normality, this run of shows becomes not just a celebration of the quarter century milestone but of the art form and perhaps even theatre itself. Emotion and anticipation are high. 

Bobby, who kept himself sharp during Lockdown with boxing, Pilates and time in the gym, is clear on how keyed up the cast are, "The minute that the show was forced to close last year we were waiting for this greenlight. This is unfinished business and we can't wait!"

Lead dancer Amy-Mae Dolan said: 

"Whilst in Lockdown I danced almost every day. It was hard at first because it made me sad as I was missing the show so much. We are ecstatic to be back. 

"Some of us could not believe it at first, it was almost overwhelming but the rehearsal room feels somehow magical, the show is going to be everything we have wanted for 18 months.

"It was a dream to be in the show previously, now it's a dream to be back."

And the show truly is back, with a new look and feel.
Amy-Mae says: 

"The new show looks and feels beautiful, there's nothing else like it. 

"If you've seen the show before, well, you haven't seen it like this! And, if you haven't seen the show before you are in for a treat."

Her sentiments are echoed by Bobby: 

"There's a new and vibrant cast with a core of performers, like myself, who have toured for a while with the show but we've got an amazing set of dancers who were born into a world in which Riverdance already existed. The show pre-dates the dancers!  

"It's still very much the show that people know and love, but it's been reimagined from the bottom to the top."

Riverdance: The New 25th Anniversary Show at The Brighton Centre from Sunday 12th December until Tuesday 14th December 2021. CLICK HERE for tickets. 

by: Mike Cobley


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