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on 5 March 2009
In brief: Dara's "Live at the Theatre Royal" DVD is far, far better than this one...
I've seen Dara three times now, and on the first two occasions I laughed until I was physically hurting, and so I was keen to see this tour when it came around. I saw him perform this routine at the Lowry in Salford and although it was good, it just wasn't as good as the previous tours. Even the audience interaction - always a massive part of his shows - seemed a little off, but maybe that was down to the crowd.
Jump forward a few months and the DVD was released. From watching the show it is clear that the problem wasn't the audience in Salford after all, but was the material. Granted, there are a couple of cracking lines, but on the whole there are too many duds, too many lulls in the performance, and whilst I watched the "Theatre Royal" DVD many, many times and still found it funny months later I've only watched this once. Hopefully he'll return with stronger material for his next tour.
Interestingly one of the extras is an additional show he performed in Ireland where he does all of the gags he couldn't do in England as nobody would understand them, yet I found this one funnier.
So, if you want a Dara DVD, buy the Theatre Royal one rather than this.