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Tuesday 17 July 2018

Even magician Keith couldn't conjure light

WEXFORD Opera House turned away hundreds of people on Sunday night as the power cut put paid to Keith Barry's new show, 'The Asylum'. Elizabeth Rose-Browne, Wexford Festival Opera's media relations manager, said the Opera House has back-up generators, but these provide emergency lighting only.

Ms Rose-Browne pointed out that for safety reasons a big show like 'The Asylum', which was just a small number of tickets away from being sold out, could not go ahead during a power cut.

The power went at Wexford Opera House at around 7.15 p.m. and Ms Rose Browne said that when contacted the ESB told them it would be another hour before they even knew what the fault was.

The show was due to begin at 8 p.m. so the decision was taken to cancel it. Those who turned up at the door on Sunday night were informed that the show has been rescheduled for tonight (Wednesday) at 8 p.m.

Keith Barry, who was voted 'Mentalist of the Year 2009', has promised to detect lies, read and implant thoughts, and influence behaviour patterns, but he too was caught unawares by the power cut and, like his fans, went home disappointed.

Ms Rose-Browne said anyone with a ticket for last Sunday night's show will have it honoured tonight, but those unable to attend tonight may also attend next Sunday night's (January 24) show in Wexford Opera House.

However, as many tickets have already been sold for this show only a limited number of people will be able to avail of this offer and they are advised to contact Wexford Opera House as quickly as possible.

If neither alternative suits those due to attend last Sunday's show, Ms RoseBrowne said that refunds (tickets are €28) will be paid.

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