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

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.

With the week that is in it the first post of the year can only be a tribute to the late great Dick Hayes – the finest singer of his generation. This is taken from a tribute night to the great Denny Corcoran in 2003 – and Denny also appearsContinue 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

Hope everybody had a nice August break. Coming to our own Theatre Royal next week is a double dose of Waterford plays – Rigor Mortis by Pat Daly and Ghosting by Anne O’Riordan and Jamie Beamish. Joining me to talk all things Rigor and Ghosting are Mick Quinlan and AnneContinue Reading

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.

Season 2 of ‘Showtime’ continues with a lively and fun chat with Jamie Beamish and Richard Hardwick, creators of the much loved ‘CAT’ which returns to the Theatre Royal next week. Some great anecdotes and craic and even a soundbite from Elaine Paige (sort of) make up this weeks episode.Continue Reading

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

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

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

No video exists of ‘Annie’ as a whole which took to the stage in 1996 – but some extracts of it were performed in Stage Fright’s Gala 121 in 1997. Here we have the kids from Annie performing ‘Never Fully Dressed’, Sarah Rochford as Annie with ‘Tomorrow’ – which theContinue Reading

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

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

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

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

Back to 2012 tonight and some more class video from the lens of Colin Shanahan of Digicol media. It’s the intro sequence and some clips from ‘The Sound Of Music’ all over the live recording of ‘Doe A Deer’ as performed by the cast with Gabrielle Holden on main vocalContinue 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

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

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….

Here is the finale from the WIFLO winning production of ‘Singing In The Rain’ from Flaggy Lane Productions – an award winning production under the direction of Pat McElwain. It should bring back a few memories for those getting rained on in the bright coloured raincoats! Added to the FlaggyContinue 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.

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.

2007 saw De La Salle stage the perennial favourite ‘Annie’ – that seemed to pop up every couple of years in the noughties… Here is the show programme. Added to the De La Salle archive here. 2007 – Annie – Show Programme

Back to 2013 today and the epic ‘This Is The Hour’ from the South Eastern Theatre Groups production of ‘Miss Saigon’. One of my personal favourite musicals. Featuring Holly Ryan as Kim and Josh Hurley as Thuy. Added to the South Eastern Archive here.

Avenue Q is a strange beast of a show – some find it hilarious, some find it – frankly quite offensive. Here are 3 promos that were made at the time (2013) to promote Avenue Q featuring Bill Stafford, Trish Orpen, Ciara Larkin and Alanna O’Neill… offensive or hilarious –Continue Reading

Another classic video today – way back to 1991 and the Edmund Rice Choral and Musical Society’s production of ‘My Fair Lady’. Featuring the late great Denny Corcoran as Alfie Doolittle, it also features prominently the late Peter O’Brien, another stalwart of the music and choral scene in Waterford.  AddedContinue Reading

A classic sketch from Davy Sutton and Terry ‘Scol’ Grant today. The Bee Keeping sketch comes from the early 80’s again, but was reproduced in the Flying Pigs Ball featuring the original 2 performers. It’s hilarious, and short. Enjoy.  

2006 was the year when Flaggy Lane lifted the international trophy for the second time in 2 years, and for only the second time out of 3 times in total that a Waterford show won the Festival outright. Have a browse! Added to the WIFLO archive here. 2006 – WIFLOContinue Reading

Back 40 years to 1978 today and a programme from the first local rounds of the Tops Competition that year. It’s the turn of Slieverue and Waterford Crystal. Added to the Tops archive here. 1978 – Tops Local Rounds – Slieverue v Waterford Crystal

Here’s a few familiar faces taking part in ‘The Flying Pigs Ball’ – produced by Michael Grant to fill the void that the Tops of the Town left behind after it’s demise. This show was a variety show made up of comedy and musical scenes from previous Tops shows. ThisContinue Reading

In 1986, De La Salle College presented ‘The Music Man’ to add to their wide and diverse range of productions. Here is the show programme. Added to the DLS archive here. 1986 – The Music Man – Show Programme

Today’s video is the classic ‘Lambeth Walk’ from Me And My Girl from Bryan Flynn’s 2003 production of ‘Me And My Girl’ for the Edmund Rice Choral and Musical Society. A terrific front line, dancers and orchestra for this one. Added to the Edmund Rice archive here.

In 1988 De La Salle College produced ‘Oliver!’ for the first time featuring a host of young familiar names and faces on stage and off stage. Here is the show programme. Added to the De La Salle College archive here. 1988 – Oliver! – Show Programme  

Once again for archiving purposes I like to include the season brochures of WIFLO from time to time. This year – 2001 – the sole Waterford entries were De La Salle College with a production of ‘Joseph’ – but Waterford’s Bryan Flynn did direct Fiddler on the Roof and ourContinue Reading

In 1985 De La Salle College presented that most beautiful Rogers and Hammerstein show ‘South Pacific’. Here is the show programme. Added to the DLS College archive here. 1985 – South Pacific – Show Programme  

Back in 2015 Ignite Productions performed a hilarious musical theatre revue in the Theatre Royal – ‘Roast’ where many of the biggest musicals of all time were lampooned. One such musical was ‘Fiddler On The Roof’ and here is the opening number ‘Tradition’ re-arranged to ‘Ambition’. This was performed byContinue Reading

In 1998 Edmund Rice presented another of their highly successful G&S outings – this time the all-time classic ‘The Pirates of Penzance’. Here is the show programme. Added to the ERCMS archive here. 1998 – Pirates of Penzance – Show Programme

This wonderful video (thanks to Clodagh Power) tracks a day in the life of WIFLO when in 2005 the Derby Gilbert & Sullivan company under the direction of multi-award winning Andrew Nicklin allowed the cameras in to follow them during their festival visit. Credits go to Cian O’Carroll for editingContinue Reading

In 2000 De La Salle MS presented ‘Guys And Dolls’ directed by Tony Finnegan and choreographed by Oliver Hurley. The show programme is below. Added to the DLS archive here. 2000 – Guys And Dolls – Show Programme