I, Keano's worth a go
By Ben Collins
Updated Monday, 6th March 2006
WITH Mick McCarthy being sacked today it seems a good time to tell you about a musical called 'I, Keano' (at the Lowry until March 11, £16-£25).Along with Roy Keane, of course, McCarthy is the main character as it's based on the 'Saipan affair', when Keane sensationally returned home before the 2002 World Cup.
A load of drama types singing the praises of one of United's greatest - not for me thanks, I thought. But don't be put off by the name, it's not like that at all.
I'm not one to turn down anything that's free, so when my girlfriend came home with tickets from work I said I'd give it a go. Believe me, I'm glad I did though (So much so I might take my stepdad this week - even though I'll have to pay this time).
It uses a Roman theme to tell the story of the whole affair and I was very sceptical about the thought of trying to turn football events into art. But within moments I didn't care, I was busy too chuckling away.
Keane, McCarthy and even Niall Quinn come in for plenty of ridicule, but the portrayal of Fergie, Packie Bonner and Eamonn Dunphy are simply hilarious.
The fun poked at Fergie and Keane make it a must for any City fan, but with Bonner and Quinn strongly involved too, it'll appeal to any footy fan.
Even those who only have a vague interest in football will enjoy it too though. Virtually everyone knows about the relationship between Fergie and Keane, and that provides the basis for probably the funniest scene in the show.
They've not even offered me anything to say this, it really is that good and I can't stop telling people.
Go arn...that reminds me, it's written by one of the Father Ted writers!!!
Get along there and let me know what you think...