Paul Barry’s play The Glass had the “sold out” signs out before it opened at Garter Lane because this was no ordinary play and no ordinary dream fulfilment of one who worked harder than many could realise to bring his story of the rise and fall of Waterford Crystal to life. the standing ovation, the emotional response, the scalding brew of memories, the stab of reality, the stigma of being a scab in a closed community, the despair of suicide and the sense of a wonderful camaraderie of a workforce who brought fierce pride to a handmade mouth-blown product , was all there on the stage at Garter Lane in one of the most authentic stage sets I have seen on a Waterford stage.