The cast of Once at Terri Paddock's post-show Q&A. © Peter Jones

WATCH Once post-show Q&A video: How does this touring production differ from the West End?

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I first fell in love with Once after seeing the original 2007 independent Irish film. Then again when I the Tony Award-winning musical adaptation had its West End premiere in 2013. And now again on the musical’s first major UK tour. As a pull quote on the show poster proclaims, when it comes to Once, “seeing it once is not enough”.

Set in Dublin, Once centres around a recently jilted street busker whose love of life – and music – is reignited after meeting a young Czech woman with big dreams. Once has music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, who played the unnamed Guy and Girl in the film. The score includes the Oscar-winning song “Falling Slowly”.

This production, directed by Peter Rowe, was first seen in 2018 at the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch and New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, marking the musical’s UK regional premiere. Two years on, Dan Healy and Emma Lucia reprise their performances as Guy and Girl alongside several other returners in the 16-strong cast of actor-musicians.

Prior to 2018, Dan appeared for two years in Once‘s West End production. Amongst others in the role of Guy in London, he understudied Ronan Keating – he went on to play guitar in Ronan’s live band and co-write six songs on Ronan’s 2016 album Time of My Life, including the single “Breathe”.

After a performance at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking, I was joined by Dan, Emma and fellow cast members Ellen Chivers, Dan Bottomley, Sean Keany, Lloyd Gorman, Samuel Martin, Susannah van den Berg and Peter Peverley.

We discussed falling in love, the rigours of actor-musicianship, naming instruments, perfecting accents, going a cappella and believing in destiny… Once you hear Emma Lucia‘s story on the last, you may be forced to believe in destiny too

Once The Musical continues on tour until 25 July 2020.

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Terri Paddock runs the Terri Paddock Group, which provides content and social media marketing services for theatre clients across channels including MyTheatreMates.com, StageFaves.com, Stage Talk and TerriPaddock.com. Previously,
Terri Paddock founded WhatsOnStage.com and the WhatsOnStage Awards, running the company and its events from 1996 to 2013. Terri is also the author of two novels, Come Clean and Beware the Dwarfs, and has previously written for the Evening Standard, Independent, The Times and other national publications. She is renowed for her 'legendary' post-show Q&As and also produces the annual Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and acts as a digital, content strategy and event consultant for theatre, producers and other clients. She tweets about theatre at @TerriPaddock.
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Terri Paddock runs the Terri Paddock Group, which provides content and social media marketing services for theatre clients across channels including MyTheatreMates.com, StageFaves.com, Stage Talk and TerriPaddock.com. Previously,
Terri Paddock founded WhatsOnStage.com and the WhatsOnStage Awards, running the company and its events from 1996 to 2013. Terri is also the author of two novels, Come Clean and Beware the Dwarfs, and has previously written for the Evening Standard, Independent, The Times and other national publications. She is renowed for her 'legendary' post-show Q&As and also produces the annual Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and acts as a digital, content strategy and event consultant for theatre, producers and other clients. She tweets about theatre at @TerriPaddock.

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