A Wine Goose Chase - how old Ireland gave wine to the world

Susan Boyle’s one-woman show, ‘A Wine Goose Chase’, is part wine tasting and history lesson.

Susan Boyle’s one-woman show, ‘A Wine Goose Chase’, is part wine tasting and history lesson.

The play, also written and produced by the Kildare town native, is a dainty skip and hop through two thousand years of Irish history. The play will take place in The Source Bar with Susan as your host, who is more story teller than historian.

As she flicks through the bottles behind her, Susan condenses the long saga of how a bunch of monks, aristocrats, political refugees and farmers from a country where you can’t even grow grapes were major contributors to what we now understand to be the modern wine industry.

From New Zealand to Bordeaux, Mexico to Germany, Paddy was there. In some cases the part played was in planting the all-important vines, in others it was the development of trade routes or of a certain type of bottle. At one point in the middle-ages there was six times as much wine being imported into Ireland than into Britain. And it wasn’t all alter wine!

Every few minutes in this hour-long show there’s a wine tasting. Each one has an Irish link somewhere along the line. As in all great Irish nights, the play ends with a song, ‘The Parting Glass’, where the audience is invited to rise and toast all the great Irish men and women down the years who contributed so much to making the wine industry what it is today.

And as if play writing and acting weren’t enough, it turns out that the multi-talented Boyle has a good voice as well – deep, strong and well rounded, much like a good wine. As shows go it’s fascinating, it’s fun, and it’s tasty. Wine is served throughout the performance and is included in the ticket price.

‘A Wine Goose Chase’ features at The Source Arts Centre, Thurles on Saturday, October 26th at 6pm & 8.30pm. Tickets are priced at a more than reasonable €15.

For more information please call the box office on 0504 90204 or visit www.thesourceartscentre.ie.