Dublin diva set for Olympia stage in Gangsta Granny

by Dublin Gazette
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This month will see David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny take to the stage at the Olympia for a three-day run.

The show is based off Walliams’ best selling book, which sees a young boy, Ben, and his grandmother embark on an exciting adventure on a Friday night.

Ariane Tighe, who’s set to star in Gangsta Granny

Gangsta Granny has already had a successful run in the UK, with Louise Bailey starring as Granny alongside Tom Cawte playing Ben. They’ll be performing up to three shows a day, from the 20th to the 23rd of June.

For the Dublin shows, they’ll be joined by a special guest – Ariane Tighe, a member of Dundrum’s own Debbie Allen Dance School.

Ariane was picked to perform in Gangsta Granny as part of the tour’s on-going commitment to enlist a young, local dancer in each show.

“Gangsta Granny would have no doubt been my favourite of [Walliam’s] books,” Ariane said.

“I am delighted to be given the chance to meet new people and perform on stage with them on a stage I have never performed on before. It will be an amazing experience that I know I will learn so much from and will never forget,” Ariane said, speaking about the opportunity to perform in the show.

Ariane has been dancing since she was 4, and began to pursue dance and musical theatre as a career when she was 11.

“As I got older, my passion grew stronger. It started as just a fun after school activity for me and my friends but the passion grew and dancing soon became my life. It has no doubt been an uphill battle for me, but as they say; with hard work comes great reward.

“I am proud to say I have been a member of the Irish National Youth Ballet company for the past four years.

“During my time in this company my passion for Ballet and dance has become stronger and it has provided me with great life lessons as well as a lot of experience, performing in two shows per year with talented dancers from all over Ireland,” Ariane said, also detailing that she was accepted into the prestigious College of Dance at 16 before returning to school to do her Leaving Cert.

Ariane is now set to go on to audition for a number of dance and theatre colleges across the UK and Europe following her performance in Gangsta Granny – and sitting her all important Leaving Cert exams!

Tickets for Gangsta Granny are available now from ticketmaster.ie, priced from €19.50.

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