Australia’s top Irish dance troupe brings a modern twist and craic galore to stages across Victoria

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Australia’s top Irish dance troupe brings a modern twist and craic galore to stages across Victoria

a taste of ireland
words by staff writer

According to the Australian embassy in Dublin, around 30 per cent of Australians identify as at least partially Irish.

With the nation’s biggest holiday right around the corner, what better way to embrace the culture than with a thrilling night of dance?

Throughout the months of March and May, Australia’s most successful Irish dancing troupe will bring its aptly named A Taste Of Ireland show to performance spaces across the state.

Featuring world-champion dancers, talented vocalists and re-imagined classic tracks, the theatrical spectacular is guaranteed to knock your ghillies off.

A Taste of Ireland 2024

  • Mar 17 (St Patrick’s Day) – The Palms at Crown, Melbourne
  • Mar 19 – Cultural Centre, Wyndham
  • Mar 20 – Drum Theatre, Dandenong
  • Mar 21 – Clocktower Theatre, Moonee Ponds
  • May 22 – Wangaratta Performing Arts & Convention Centre, Wangaratta
  • May 23 – Darebin Arts Centre, Preston
  • May 26 – National Theatre, St Kilda

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Opening on St Patrick’s Day with a huge extravaganza at The Palms at Crown, the show takes viewers on an immersive journey throughout the storied history of Ireland.

While age-old traditions and folklore play a strong role, the team have added a refreshingly modern twist, featuring tap battles, melodic folk mash-ups and revamped musical versions of songs including Danny Boy and Tell Me Ma.

“We have thoroughly enjoyed delving into the history and essence of Ireland, using music and Irish dance to narrate the enthralling saga of this remarkable nation. The show offers audiences an intimate live experience, where each storyline is intricately woven with dynamic lighting and stunning visual backdrops,” says co-producer and director Brent Pace.

Seen by over 150,000 people worldwide, with sell-out seasons in the UK, the USA, Australia and New Zealand, this performance is not to be missed.

It’ll be heading off Broadway following the Victorian run – all the more reason to don your shamrock hat, down a slice of soda bread and prepare for a cultural experience like no other.

“The cast and I have worked incredibly hard to ensure that each performance and dance sequence is carefully choreographed to convey the profound essence of these moments in Ireland’s history, ensuring that you not only observe them but also experience it through the movement, music, and captivating live dance,” says Pace.

“We’re thrilled to share this unforgettable experience with our Australian audience this year and eagerly anticipate our journey to this remarkable tour, a culmination of years of dedication and passion.”

For tickets to A Taste of Ireland, head here.