You’re a Garth Brooks megafan who just learned the singer had canceled all of his upcoming tour dates in your home country – what do you do? Write a play about it, of course!
Garth Brooks had planned on performing a five-night stint at Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland as part of his upcoming world tour. Dublin City Council initially granted the licenses for all five shows. The city manager, however, denied licenses for two of the shows after residents of the neighborhoods surrounding the park threatened a lawsuit, citing noise and traffic as the main issues.
Brooks responded to the cancellation threat with, “It’s five shows or none at all.” The Dublin City Council then decided on the no concerts at all option. Upon hearing the news, many Dublin residents protested the decision. They claimed the concerts would give the city an economic boost and local country music fans a fantastic musical experience.
Irish dramatist Fiona Looney was so disappointed when she heard Brooks had to cancel all five shows scheduled at Croke Park, she wrote a play titled “Are you there Garth? It’s me Margaret.”
The play will revisit the events surrounding what an Irish newspaper dubbed “Garthgate,” which ultimately led to the decision to cancel the Croke Park shows. It will tell the story from the perspective of one very devoted country music fan.
Irish actress Deirdre O’Kane will play the lead role and recently told reporters, “I love that she’s taken one person’s story in the midst of all that sheer madness and gone to the heart of what it really meant to somebody and her love of Brooks.”
The play will run in Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre later this year, then travel around Ireland, with stops in Galway, Cork, and Limerick.