A huge thanks again to Dermot Power for these photos. I’m only too delighted to add them to the archive. This time it’s a collection of external photos, renovation photos and some featuring Flaggy Lane and the legendary Larry Fanning who did so much for the Theatre Royal in hisContinue Reading

The opening from the Royal Variety Show of 2011 – featuring Anything Goes performed by Julie Power and the Lullaby of Broadway performed by Ursula Hauck – along with a host of dancers.

I’m very grateful to Dermot Power who shared a veritable treasure trove of material with me during the week. I will share this out gradually over the next few weeks / months, but there are some great images there and articles and videos about the Theatre. To kick off haveContinue Reading

Back in the day (as they say) the Stella Maris produced several Gilbert and Sullivan Operettas – H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance, The Gondoliers and The Mikado to name but a few. Here is a show programme from ‘The Gondoliers’ and an image of some of the cast inContinue Reading

Some absolute gems here. Too many people to mention, too much strange carry-on! Some young faces, some older faces and some that are not with us anymore. It’s made of of rehearsal footage a little backstage on the night of the performance.

Here is a very very special video. Last month (November 2019) Jim Nolan’s latest play ‘The Red Iron’ hit the stage in Garter Lane. It was a sellout, a runaway success and the clamour for tickets was unprecedented as people tried to get in to see this latest masterpiece. WhereasContinue Reading

Way way back to almost 50 years ago today and Des Keogh was the national Tops adjudicator. I have come across a number of these adjudications – and they are always interesting. This is a countrywide report. In the course of it he discusses the ACEC show, singling out theContinue Reading

Happy Bank Holiday Weekend! Heres another one of the lovely vintage videos taken backstage and around the Theatre during the John Player Tops. I’m not 100% on it’s origin, but there’s loads of familiar young faces in there. Have a look!

I’m delighted to share this with the kind permission of Mary Roche, the Coughlan family and Jim Nolan. This is a rare scene from the Gods are Angry Miss Kerr, Jim Nolans first play, as performed in Gala 121 by Stage Fright in honour of the 121st birthday of theContinue Reading

Back 58 years to 1961 and the show programme from the De La Salle Musical Society production of Die Fledermaus. Added to the DLS Archive here. 1961 – Die Fledermaus – Show Programme

The brilliant family from the 1993 Tops of the Town Tramore show that reached the televised final in the Gaeity Theatre. Using songs from the Pyjama game to a Chorus Line it was a show stopper. Enjoy.

Featuring the legendary Ritchie Collins leading the troops is the 1984 Clover Tops opening which started with “No Business Like Show Business’.

Loads of familiar faces here from Ray Ban, Tramore and Port and Docks. Have a look and see how many young faces you recognise! There’s quite a few! Originally from the News & Star. 1992 – Tops Press Photos

Todays video comes from the Ray Ban Tops show of 1992 and its an extract from Little Shop Of Horrors featuring Skid Row (led by Billy McCarthy), Little Shop Of Horrors and Mean Green Mother from Outer Space.

I was delighted to be given a copy of an old cassette recording of the launch of Stage Frights ‘Pentimenti’ in the Waterford Crystal Showrooms way back in 1998. It’s important to acknowledge and thank David Hennessy for this valuable recording he shared with us all. Joining me to talkContinue Reading

In 1989 Red Kettle produced the Tennessee Williams masterpiece ‘The Glass Menagerie’ in Garter Lane under the direction of Barry Cassin. Here is the show programme for a browse. Added to the Red Kettle archive here. 1989 – The Glass Menagerie – Red Kettle – Show Programme.

Way way back many centuries ago… well not exactly – way way back 21 years ago Premier Production produced ‘Joseph’ in the Forum – becoming the first local society to produce a musical in the Theatre. Here is the opening sequence from that show with many many familiar young faces.

One of my favourite parts of ‘The Phantom Of The Opera’ is the ‘Notes/Prima Donna’ sequence – which was so wonderfully delivered in todays video back in 2014 by an amazingly talented cast of so called ‘juniors’. I say so-called as they would put many a seasoned performer to shame.Continue Reading

In 2017 the South Eastern Theatre Group produced ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ – another highly successful production with AIMS nominations reflecting this, winning the award for best Ensemble. Here’s the show programme for a look. 2017 – Jesus Christ Superstar – Show Programme

Well now we are into the Irish Summer (!!) lets keep going with some summer-themed songs and ‘Summer Lovin’ from Stage Frights production of Grease back in 1991 – The show that re-invigorated theatre in Waterford. There’s a host of legends in this show… and in this clip too –Continue Reading

A little bit of Me And My Girl today and the opening to Act 2 – ‘The Sun Has Got His Hat On’. This is from the Edmund Rice Choral and Musical Society and this production was staged in 2003, directed by Bryan Flynn. Enjoy!

Today I’m adding in the 1995 WIFLO Season Brochure to the archive. In 1995 the Waterford entry was ‘Oliver’ by Stage Fright under the direction of Bryan Flynn. It was to finish as runner up in the festival as well as scooping a number of individual awards. Added to theContinue Reading

Some more comedy from the 1994 Tops of the Town national winning show. This time from Davy Sutton and Nicky Cummins as Garth Brooks and Dolly Parton.

For the weekend that was in it back in 1994 the RTE Guide ran a feature for ‘Tops’. Here it is to peruse. 1994 – Tops Feature – RTE Guide

Another Tops clip – this time from Ray Ban again – 1992. The Finale of the show started with a Blues Brothers ‘Gimme some lovin’ lead by Terry ‘Scol‘ Grant and led into ‘Blow Gabriel Blow’ led by Hazel Tebay. Another classic scene.

Way back 50 years today to the spring of 1969 and a production of South Pacific from De La Salle Musical Society. Here is the show programme from that show that featured many well known stars from yester year. South Pacific has remained a favourite – since being produced byContinue Reading

Back to 1985 today and the Presentation Secondary School produced ‘Calamity Jane’. Here’s the show programme to peruse. 1985 – Calamity Jane – Show Programme

Its been a while since we had some photos and something from Panto – so way back to 2006 and Babes in The Woods in the Theatre Royal. Added to the Panto Archive here. 2006 – Babes In The Woods Gallery

This time of the year has become Waterford Musical Society’s time of year and with their production of ‘South Pacific’ approaching here is a throwback to their last Rogers & Hammerstein production – the classic ‘Oklahoma’. Here’s the show programme (which is always a well produced treat from WMS). AddedContinue Reading

The Variety Show preceded the Bilberry Goats comedy shows and was in essence 2 tops of the town style halve with extracts from musicals, comedy and various other acts. Produced by Michael Grant and Padraig O’Griofa, they kept variety going in a city void of variety for a number ofContinue Reading

Another classic ‘Tops’ Programme – this time from 1982 and featuring Raytex vs Clover. Added to ‘Tops’ Archive here. 1982 – Tops Of The Town Local – Raytex vs Clover

The first Schools production of Les Mis in Waterford was performed by De La Salle College in 2006 in the Theatre Royal. Here is the show programme from that very performance. Added to the DLS College archive here. 2006 – Les Miserables – Show Programme

Another of the Backstage videos – this time of Crazy For You by Premier Productions in 2003. This mainly features a tour of the set (or lack thereof) by the Stage Manager Brian ‘Juckey‘ Collins in his own inimitable style. Good fun – enjoy!

Way back 60 years ago De La Salle MS were producing Oklahoma! A very old programme here and a very welcome addition to the archive! Added to the DLS Archive here. 1959 – Oklahoma! – Show Programme

This is the opening from the Tramore Tops 1992 production produced by the late great Bryan Flynn. This show got to the national quarter finals. The opening featuring songs from Company and Godspell was fronted by Carrie Crowley and Keith Dunphy.

Another classic photo today – and this time it’s from the Flaggy Lane Juniors production of ‘The Wizard Of Oz’ – 2005. Young and familiar faces here sharing the stage with some of the most experienced faces in Waterford Theatre. [Adsense-A]

Just a short update today – but what a great update and what a great photo. Fagin’s gang from the 1994 Stage Fright production of Oliver! , and how young are the heads in this one. Added to the Stage Fright Archive here

By request here is the final WIFLO Brochure from 2012 – the festival that saw the South Eastern Theatre Group sweep the boards with Les Miserables. The Festival had fallen from 18 shows at its peak to just 5 competitive shows and a School music festival. Despite this, the FestivalsContinue Reading

Des Manahan has long been the definitive G&S performer in Waterford and beyond, and in 1996 and 1998 he played one of his favourite parts for the Edmund Rice Choral and Musical Society – Major General Stanley. We’ve already featured the 1998 production in a previous video – so hereContinue Reading

I love these old Tops Magazines – this one from 1985. The other 2 in the archive are here and here. As usual, there are loads of photos from around the country as well as Waterford and interesting articles including a Waterford section. Added to the Tops Archive here. Enjoy!Continue Reading

This is a rather unusual programme for WIFLO – it merely lists the shows and has all the usual paraphernalia with committees and lists etc… but has no actual details for the show casts etc. Worth adding to the archive though – and to the WIFLO page here. 1974 –Continue Reading

In 1986 Waterford Glass reached the televised final of the Tops only to finish as runners-up. Here is the show programme from the quarter-final performance in Limerick vs the ESB group. Added to the Tops archive here. 1986 – National Quarter Finals – Waterford Glass vs ESB – Show Programme

Delighted to have this programme from the production of the Salvage Shop that played at our the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin in 1998. The Salvage Shop was written by local playwright Jim Nolan. The Show Programmes is below for your reading pleasure. Added to the Red Kettle archive here. 1998Continue Reading

Today it’s another classic extract from Gala 121, 1997 – some scenes from ‘Oliver’ the Stage Fright production that did so well in WIFLO 1995.

This is another classic scene from the Edmund Rice Choral and Musical Society’s production of ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ in 1992 starring the legendary Martina Flynn as Annie and Denny Corcoran as Chief Sitting Bull.

In Spring of 2017 the South Eastern Theatre Group presented the ever-popular ‘Bugsy Malone’ in the Theatre Royal. Here’s the show programme – added to the SETG Archive here. 2017 – Bugsy Malone – Show Programme

It’s been a little while since we had a bit of comedy and a new ‘Goats’ video so here we go – the ‘Good Council’ sketch… and let’s hope it’s not too close to the truth.. although… sometimes…..

Red ‘n Blue Theatre present the Irish Premiere of Lovesong in Garter Lane this week. A new Waterford Theatre company – what’s not to love? Jenny Fennessy and Dylan Kennedy join us for a chat. Lovesong is a story of one couple, told from two different points in their livesContinue Reading

A visit to our friends in Waterford Youth Arts today and their 1997 production of ‘The War Mongrels’, written and directed by Liam Meagher. Added to the WYA archive here. 1997 – The War Mongrels – Show Programme

Featuring such songs as ‘Kisses of Fire Burning Burning’ and ‘Come on Baby Light My Fire’ – it’s easy to see the common theme in the opening to this particular ‘Glass’ show. The video quality isn’t great, but you can still sense the energy from the stage and make outContinue Reading

Way way back 54 years today to the De La Salle Musical Society and ‘The Desert Song’. Up until it’s recent demise, De La Salle was the longest running musical society in Waterford producing everything from classics like this to Cabaret and everything in between. Here is the show brochureContinue Reading

Glenn Murphy returns to the Waterford Stage later this month with a trio of concerts ‘From Me To You’ in Garter Lane. I caught up with Glenn to talk about the concerts but also to look back at his younger life in stage schools, ‘that’ production of Les Mis inContinue Reading

Episode 12 visits the wonderful world of Panto with the ‘Ghost of Panto Past’ – Padraig O’Griofa and the ‘Ghost of Christmas Present’ – Anne Corcoran Brown. 33 years this year makes the Waterford Panto the longest continuously running family entertainment show in Waterford! 

The European Premier of ‘Fame’ took place in the Theatre Royal in the winter of 1992.  It was probably not the best show ever to grace the Theatre Royal stage, but if it achieved anything – it started another group of youngsters on the road to producing musical theatre. SpotlightContinue Reading

Back 39 years to 1979 today and the Waterford International Festival of Light Opera season brochure – have a look! Added to the WIFLO archive here. 1979 – WIFLO Season Brochure  

I recently spoke to Br. Ben about the Addams Family. When we finished talking about that we left the ‘tape running’ so to speak – and talked about choirs, theatre, composing operas and more… Worth a listen to anybody who ever met and worked with Br.Ben Hanlon.

Here is the programme from the Bilberry Goats 2015 performance in Garter Lane Theatre. Added to the Bilberry Goats Archive here 2015 – Bilberry Goats Show Programme

Always a pleasure to talk to Jim Nolan anytime of the year. At the moment he’s working on Mt. Prospect – a co-production with WIT and Garter Lane. Jim talks about this fascinating collaboration and how it is benefiting students in lots of ways – as well as sharing hisContinue Reading

In the 1970’s the ACEC dominated Tops both locally and nationally. 1978 saw the company present a 2 hour special show in the Theatre Royal to celebrate this success. Here is the show programme and on it’s pages is a who’s who of Waterford Tops in the ’70’s. Added toContinue Reading

The programme from the third time that De La Salle College produced Jesus Christ Superstar – this time the 2007 version. Have a browse! Added to the DLS archive here. 2007 – Jesus Christ Superstar – Show Programme  

Back 17 years today to roughly around this time of year and De La Salle were presenting ‘Brigadoon’ in the Theatre Royal under the direction of Tony Finnegan. The show programme is below, and added to the DLS archive here. 2001 – Brigadoon – Show Programme

The busy October schedule continues with the South Eastern Theatre Groups production of ‘The Beautiful Game’ rapidly approaching. Chairperson Dee Lanigan called in for a chat about what to expect and all things South Eastern….

In 1996 Red Kettle produced ‘The Stomping Ground’ which was a new play by Loughlin Deegan. The show brochure is below, and added to the Red Kettle Archive here.   1996 – The Stomping Ground – Show Programme  

A visit to Panto today and back to 2008 when Waterford Panto Society produced the only one of it’s 33 productions outside of the Theatre Royal – in ‘The Forum’. The Theatre was being renovated at the time. Here is the show programme for a look – Cinderella – theContinue Reading

It’s not every week you open a ‘World Premiere’ – and that’s exactly what is on this week in Garter Lane from the pen of Tony Corcoran and the hilarious ensemble that is ‘The Bilberry Goats’. Tony joins us for a chat about all things goats, writing comedy and worldContinue Reading

Today we have the season brochure from WIFLO 2005 when Flaggy Lane Productions became the first Waterford Society to win the Festival with ‘Singing In The Rain’.. a feat they were to repeat in 2006 before South Eastern Theatre Group became the third and final winners of the Festival. AddedContinue Reading

Back 34 years today to the Spring of 1984 and De La Salle College presented ‘My Fair Lady’ in the Theatre Royal as their annual production. As always – a tremendous success. Here is the show programme for a browse. Added to the De La Salle College archive here. 1984Continue Reading

A bit of Panto today and the programme from Waterford Panto Society’s production of ‘Sleeping Beauty’. Added to the Panto archive here. 2000 – Sleeping Beauty – Show Programme

This scene features the legendary Gary Power as Dr. Dolittle from the 1990’s Nokia Tops of the Town entry, produced by Michael Grant. It also has some familiar faces popping up along the way including Davy Sutton on his Ostrich! Enjoy.

So opening a brand new long overdue item on the archive –  the legends at Spraoi who have been entertaining the city and county (and country!) for as long as we can remember. This short show was performed to celebrate the opening of their studios in Carrickpherish in 2003 andContinue Reading

In 2000 Open Space Theatre Company performed Noel Kelly’s wonderful play about local soccer ‘Blues in The Night’ starring five local actors. Here is the show programme to read. 2000 – Blues In The Night – Show Programme  

Firmly in the realm of Musical Theatre this week as we turn our attention onto Theatrebox’s production of Hairspray. Joining me is Liam Butler Director and Ben Nolan – Edna and Kayleigh Grant – Motormouth, both from the cast. We started talking Hairspray and went through everything from representing ethnicityContinue Reading

Back in 2012 Ignite Productions (then known as the Waterford Glee Club) performed Cats with a largely junior cast in an award winning production directed by Vicki Graham. Here’s a flavour of it – the opening number ‘Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats’. Added to the Ignite Archive here.

Our first show programme from the Presentation Secondary School who have produced quite a number of musicals over the years. This one – Oklahoma from 1982. Lots of familiar names on the cast list! 1982 – Oklahoma – Show Programme  

Back on the audio trail this week after my holidays. Delighted to hear from Conor Clancy all about ‘A Little Room’ and how he’s developing a play which features a woman who turns into a sheep…. have a listen to find out more đŸ˜‰