Tower Hotel Waterford Excellence Award goes to ‘Sky Road’ playwright Jim Nolan

Playwright Jim Nolan (centre) is pictured during the presentations with his mum, Alice; Mags Browne; his brother John, sister, Caroline Keane and nephew Adam Keane.      photo: www.gerryocarroll.com

Playwright Jim Nolan (centre) is pictured during the presentations with his mum, Alice; Mags Browne; his brother John, sister, Caroline Keane and nephew Adam Keane. photo: www.gerryocarroll.com

Waterford-born playwright Jim Nolan, whose latest play ‘Sky Road’ repeatedly filled the Theatre Royal during its eight-day run, has received the latest Tower Hotel Waterford Excellence Award.

Jim Nolan’s controversial and timely play is set in the 1980s when a Government minister is involved in a fatal car crash and cover-up on the Sky Road. The work examines the fall-out for family and community. The play attracted capacity crowds and critical acclaim in Waterford during its sell-out run.

Jim Nolan was born in Waterford in 1958. He is a founder member and former Artistic Director of Red Kettle Theatre Company. His play, The Gods Are Angry Miss Kerr launched the company and his other plays for Red Kettle include The Black Pool, The Boathouse, Moonshine, The Guernica Hotel and The Salvage Shop. The Salvage Shop, directed by Ben Barnes, was nominated for the Irish Times/ESB Best New Play Award and won the Sunday Independent/Ford Spirit of Life Award for Play of the Year. In 2001, Blackwater Angel was presented at the Abbey Theatre.

He has directed many plays for Red Kettle and has also worked as a writer and director with Waterford Dramatic Society, Meridian Theatre Company, Field Day, and TEAM Theatre. Recent productions include the premieres of The Queen and Peacock, by Loughlin Deegan and The Kings of the Kilburn High Road, by Jimmy Murphy.

Jim Nolan has been Writer-in-Association at the Abbey Theatre and is a member of Aosdána.

Reviewers of the play said that Sky Road confirms Jim Nolan’s sense of dramatic form and social concern. By dissecting the morality of private needs and public ambitions it lays bare the tension between loyalty and responsibility and posits the way a family might reassemble a life in the aftermath of tragedy.

Presenting the Tower Hotel Waterford Excellence Award for October to Jim Nolan, Alicia Maguire, General Manager described the show as ‘totally absorbing from the first scene to the last’. “In congratulating Jim and the team, we also wish him well in his future projects and look forward to seeing his next creation on stage,” she added

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