18-22 Greenside Place, Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 3AA

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The Commitments

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November 28 - December 3, 2022

"The musical we've been waiting for. So good I almost wept."

The Sunday Times

Why See The Commitments?


And now, The Commitments!

Based on Roddy Doyle's 1987 novel (and subsequent film) and adapted for the stage by Doyle himself, The Commitments is the story of a rag-tag bunch of musicians who, along with a shared love of Motown, hope with a little hard work, to become the finest soul band in Ireland.

Featuring sweet-soul classics from the Motown songbook such as 'Papa was a Rolling Stone', 'Think' and the riotous 'Try A Little Tenderness', The Commitments is a sarcastic, smart and soulful comedy that will surprise even the biggest musical naysayer.

And 1,2,3,4!

Wannabe musical impresario Jimmy Rabbite is surprised by the responses to his classified ad in the Hot Press. The result of auditions turns up an unlikely lot, but un-fazed, Jimmy sets out to do the impossible, train these amateurs into a soul band!

Set against the rainy concrete bleakness of late 1980's Dublin, the raucous Commitments learn to play together, whilst struggling to contend with all the chaos that comes along with success, including in-fighting, sparring egos and er.. Strengthening inter-band relationships?

This is a visual and passionate show, capturing the glee, fiery madness and hope that comes with being in, and being with, this motley crew of a soul group.

Did you know?

The Commitments is part of a trilogy of Roddy Doyle novels, the second and third being 'The Snapper' and 'The Van.'

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Additional Information


Opening night: 28 November 2022


The Commitments is suitable for audiences aged 12 and upwards

Run time

Two hours and 15 minutes with one interval


You may be required to have had a COVID vaccine in order to attend this performance or show proof of a negative test. Please contact the venue directly for more information on this.

Cast and Creative


Nigel Pivaro as Da
Ian McIntosh as Deco
James Killeen as Jimmy
Stuart Reid as Joey
Ciara Mackey as Imelda
Michael Mahony as Oustpan
Ryan Kelly as Billy
Conor Litten as Dean
Guy Freeman as Derek
Stephen O'Riain as James
Ronnie Yorke as Mickah
Eve Kitchingman as Natalie
Sarah Gardiner as Bernie

Maryann Lynch, Alice Croft, James Deegan, Callum Martin, Joshua Barton, Ed Thorpe and Colm Gleeson


Directed by Andrew Linnie

What you thought

5 reviews, average rating: (4.4 Stars)

4.5 star rating

Sarah: “Fantastic!!!”

Absoluty fantastic night, show is funny, music was excellent you wont... more

Lorna: “Uplifting”

Great evening. Full of energy. Totally enjoyable Amazing voices and... more

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