Archive for the ‘Theatre’ Category

Summer Highlights at the Theatre Royal

Bringing it all back home: Mario Rosenstock is Theatre Royal-bound this summer.
The Theatre Royal’s summer season kicks off on June 1st and promises something to suit all tastes. The Royal will presents three exceptional plays throughout the summer months featuring ‘Blackbird’ by David Harrower starring The Tudors’ Anthony Brophy and Maria Guiver, Conor McPherson’s ‘The Good Thief’ starring Waterford’s Michael Power, along with Enda Walsh’s masterpiece, [...]

WMS Stage Exquisite “Fiddler on the Roof”

Ray Collins was splendid as Tevye, a role he was born to play.
Liam Murphy Reports Theatre Royal audiences were last week treated to the expected, big, warm-hearted choruses in Waterford Musical Society’s exquisite production of ‘Fiddler On The Roof’. There was an epic sweep to the show as ‘Tradition’, the beautiful ‘Sabbath Prayer’, the glorious shout to life and survival of ‘L’Chaim’ and a ‘Sunrise Sunset’ to rekindle memories [...]

A Symphony for the Senses

Festival Director Gemma Tipton with Artistic Director Dieter Kaegi
Michelle Heffernan Reports Prepare for a cornucopia of pleasure. The Blackwater Valley Opera Festival (previously titled the Lismore Opera Festival) will returns for the June Bank Holiday Weekend, offering a programme of magnificent music, mouth watering food and those first sips of sweet summer wine, all nestled in the enchanting setting of Lismore Castle and environs. [...]

The Animal Uprising Has Begun!

A group shot of the cast members performing in the Summer Theatre project.
This year’s Waterford Youth Arts Summer Theatre Project started at the weekend before last when on Friday, April 20th, the crew met with director Rhiann Jeffrey from Belfast. This was her first time in Waterford and she was delighted to be working here on this project for the summer. The crew team included Martina Collender (Stage [...]

Bealtaine 2018 in Waterford

Artist Catherine Drea will run a free “Photography as Memory Making” workshop at Garter Lane as part of this year’s Bealtaine Festival, which runs throughout the month of May.
Michelle Heffernan Reports Celebrating the Arts & Creativity As We Age This May, Waterford City & County will host a range of events as part of the 22nd Bealtaine Festival, which celebrates creativity as we age. Waterford City and County Libraries, along with Garter Lane Arts Centre, are delighted to partner with this national movement to bring almost [...]

Boland on the Boards

Mary Boland, pictured with the Little Red Kettle cast and crew departing for Japan in 2000
Michelle Heffernan Reports It’s been 20 years since Mary Boland and I shared a tête-à-tête. Sitting across from me in the Theatre Royal Café, I feel I am 10 years old all over again, receiving her sincere gaze of motherly warmth and affection. This was the woman who brought me and 19 other Waterford kids to [...]

Our Musical “Tradition”

Waterford Musical Society present ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ from May 2-5 Michelle Heffernan Reports Ray Collins and Greta Rochford go back a long way. Both – not too long ago! – were teenagers with flair for acting, and, of course, acting the maggot, when they joined Stagefright Theatre Group, formed by the late Bryan Flynn. [...]

Little Red Kettle Summer Play Auditions Beckon!

Little Red Kettle is to hold its summer play auditions from April 23rd to 25th!
Attention, attention, exciting, fantbulous, fantastical and hugely important news for the youth of Waterford city and county. Little Red Kettle is delighted to announce that they will be holding auditions for their annual Summer Play 2018. Yes, we know – it’s terribly exciting. Just keep calm and read on! Following on from the success of their production [...]

A Night Spent Dirty Dancing at the Royal

‘A Night Spent Dirty Dancing’, which arrives at the Theatre Royal on Wednesday, April 4th, pays homage to one of the greatest soundtracks in movie history and is often copied but never equalled. Over two hours of non-stop hits, this is the premier concert celebration to all the iconic music from ‘Dirty Dancing’, plus most ‘chick [...]

Mercury Rev to play the Theatre Royal

Mercury Rev return to Waterford 10 years on from their last gig here.
Mercury Rev last visited Waterford in 2008 when they played the intimate setting of Electric Avenue. A decade on, the band return for a very special show at the Theatre Royal to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their opus ‘Deserter’s Songs’. When ‘Deserter’s Songs’ was released in 1998, it kick-started one of the greatest, and most [...]