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Promo poster for Dara O達riainDara O’Briain: Craic Dealer

Empire Theatre, Liverpool
March 22 – March 24 (Touring until April 28)

Producer: Off The Kerb Productions

Running Time: 2 hrs 30 mins

Dara O’Briain, TV host, panellist, wit, raconteur and – now – stand up Craic Dealer of the highest order. This is not so much observational comedy but more intelligent quick witted and uproarious response comedy as those with the bottle to sit near the front of the stage have their occupations good naturedly ridiculed throughout most of the first half and part of the second.

That one such “victim” is a driving instructor for Premier League teenagers and their German sports cars whilst another is a Health & Safety Executive must surely be manna from heaven for the Irish frontman of Mock The Week, but what is more amazing is that as the audience will different night after night it follows that so will the material.

To say tickets are in the premium for this show is an understatement and it’s not difficult to understand why as O’Briain’s smooth, if somewhat barbarous, charm wins the audience over from the off. We know what we’re going to get, but nevertheless welcome it with open arms despite there being few no-go areas. TV Psychics, School Nativity Plays and members of the public who insist on taking Mr O’s photograph on their mobile phones when he is spotted in public and off duty, all duly come under hilarious attack, as do Astrologers and Dr Brian Cox … though strictly in a very good way.

If the definition of “Craic” is “General banter and good times had by all”, then Dara O’Briain has got the meaning down to a very fine art indeed and delivers what can only be described as a bloody good night out.

Chris High

Tour Dates:

22 Mar LIVERPOOL Empire Theatre
0844 871 3017 Book Online

23 Mar LIVERPOOL Empire Theatre
0844 871 3017 Book Online

24 Mar LIVERPOOL Empire Theatre
0844 871 3017 Book Online

30 Mar GLASGOW Clyde Auditorium
0844 395 4000 Book Online

31 Mar GLASGOW Clyde Auditorium
0844 395 4000 Book Online

01 Apr DUNDEE Caird Hall
01382 434940 Book Online

04 Apr GUILDFORD G Live
0844 7701 797 Book Online

05 Apr BASINGSTOKE The Anvil
01256 844244 Book Online

06 Apr BOURNEMOUTH International Arena (Windsor Hall)
0844 576 3000 www.bic.co.uk Book Online

07 Apr BOURNEMOUTH International Arena (Windsor Hall)
0844 576 3000 www.bic.co.uk Book Online

08 Apr NORWICH Theatre Royal
01603 63 00 00 Book Online

11 Apr PLYMOUTH Pavilions
0845 146 1460 Book Online

12 Apr PLYMOUTH Pavilions
0845 146 1460 Book Online

16 Apr BELFAST Waterfront
028 9033 4455 Book Online

17 Apr BELFAST Waterfront
028 9033 4455 Book Online

18 Apr BELFAST Waterfront
028 9033 4455 Book Online

21 Apr ST. HELIER Fort Regent Leisure Centre
01534 449827 Book Online

24 Apr COVENTRY Warwick Arts Centre
02476 524 524 Book Online

25 Apr COVENTRY Warwick Arts Centre
02476 524 524 Book Online

26 Apr COVENTRY Warwick Arts Centre
02476 524 524 Book Online

27 Apr BIRMINGHAM Hippodrome
0844 338 5000 Book Online

28 Apr BIRMINGHAM Hippodrome
0844 338 5000 Book Online


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