Ever watched the Eurovision Song Contest and thought ‘I could do better than that’? Well former CBS student Anthony Keigher, AKA XNTHONY, accompanied by his backing singers, The Penny Slots, is bringing a new production to the Roscommon Arts Centre this Saturday that proves you probably can’t!
DOUZE is the story of a misguided young performer who is set to take on the rest of Europe at the annual music extravaganza. There’s just one problem: He’s not as wonderfully talented as he thinks he is!
For Anthony this a homecoming of epic proportions, as he told the Roscommon People earlier this week.
“I’m based in London. I graduated here and loved it – so I stayed. It’s really fun coming back home and a bit mad. I’m excited on a personal level that I get to bring a show to Roscommon. I used to work in the Arts Centre!
“Sometimes you go to a venue and there’s no relationship, you just do the job, but there’s a real feeling that this is fun, someone’s coming back.”
The production deals with the thirst for that 15 seconds of fame. It’s about wanting and expecting the adulation, even without having the necessary talent to warrant it. Anthony said: “The show itself is about validation. It’s kind of pathetic because XNTHONY is not that good at singing, well we’re grand but we’re not Beyonce, you know. It’s kind of like we’re really committed and – no matter what – we’re going to the Eurovision.”
Anthony told me it was a commentary on modern society and how, regardless of talent, the promise of fame drives performers on. This is a humourous production, which will provide an evening of laughs while poking fun at the serious business of fame and notoriety. The Eurovision can sometimes seem like a parody in itself and DOUZE will bring that to the next level.
The show became a smash-hit at the Dublin Fringe Festival last year and has been described as ‘genuinely hilarious’ by the Irish Times.
This is a wonderful opportunity to see it performed in the artist’s home town and Anthony was quick to acknowledge previous support.
“I went to the CBS. I loved it – it’s a great school. The Arts Centre are the only ones who were brave enough to take this show and I’m really excited to be bringing it to the town!”
DOUZE will take to the stage this Saturday (May 7th) at 9 pm and some tickets are still available. Contact 09066 25824/wwwroscommonartscentre.ie.