The show, penned by Mike O’Leary (a writer on Misfits) has been described as “The Commitments for millennials” and an off-beat comedy drama that “follows the fortunes of five rural teenagers who take over their local abandoned post office in 2016 to start a musical revolution.”
The show will be unique in that it will feature Irish language versions of well-known songs such as LCD Soundsystem’s ‘All My Friends’ The Jam’s ‘ A Town Called Malice’, ‘Video Girl; by FKA Twigs and Frankly Mr Shankly by The Smiths among them.
The creators say the show explores “what it means to be a teenage ‘hero’ in contemporary rural Ireland – all set against the backdrop of the 1916 centenary celebrations.”
Writer Mike O’Leary said, “Youth television – if we can even call it that anymore, has seen some ground-breaking and genre-defining work emerge in the last few years on the other side of the Irish Sea. The canon was crying out for a show with a uniquely Irish twist on this most universal of stories – growing up. While authentic, real and wild were the guiding principles in creating the world of EIPIC, I always had this one concept at the back of my mind: this should look like TV drama penned by Flann O’Brien on the Monday after Electric Picnic.”
Here’s the trailer:
The show was produced by Galway production company Magamedia with funding from TG4, the BAI and Section 481.
Niall Byrne is the founder of the most-influential Irish music site Nialler9, where he has been writing about music since 2005 . He is the cohost of the Nialler9 Podcast and has written for the Irish Times, Irish Independent, Cara Magazine, Sunday Times, Totally Dublin, Red Bull and more. Niall is a DJ, founder of Lumo Club, event curator and producer of gigs, parties & events.