"A BUNCH of the boys were whooping it up in the Malamute saloon; The kid that handles the music-box was hitting a jag-time tune; Back of the bar, in a solo game, sat Dangerous Dan McGrew, And watching his luck was his light-o'-love, the lady that's known as Lou."
So begins Robert W Service's poem, 'The Shooting Of Dan McGrew', which has now been turned into a stage show by Galway's Gerry Conneely, which comes to the Town Hall Theatre studio from Monday May 28 to Saturday June 2 at 8.30pm.
Service, a British-Canadian poet and writer, called "the Bard of the Yukon" for his works chronicling the Klondike Gold Rush and the lives and landscapes of the region. The goldrush took place between 1896 and 1900, inspiring more than 50,000 people to venture into an inhospitable region of northwest Canada. In this show, Conneely will bring Service's characters to life, such as the woman who was literally worth her weight in gold, and the Irish Domestic who became one of the richest women in the world.
For tickets contact the Town Hall Theatre (091 - 569777, www.tht.ie ).