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.

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.

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.

Very few people in Waterford haven’t heard of Jim Nolan, and don’t know about all he does for Theatre in Waterford. Shows like ‘The Gods are Angry’, ‘The Salvage Shop’, ‘Brighton’, ‘Dreamland’, ‘Johnny I Hardly Knew Ya’ and now ‘The Red Iron’ have all come from Jim’s pen. Countless otherContinue Reading

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

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

To round off the weekend 25th Anniversary here is a special episode I put together with the help of Bill Stafford, Paul Browne, Karen Hearne, Ben Hennessy, Richie Hayes and Seneiva Magill , with thanks to David Flynn for a special appearance. Enjoy!

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

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]

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

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

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

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

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

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  

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  

Currently on stage in Garter Lane with their new production of ‘I do, I Do, So I Do’, it’s time to pay a monthly visit to the comedy archive of the Bilberry Goats. this time from 2013 we have ‘Family Misfortunes’… the normal hilarity ensues…

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

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.

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 😉

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

1991 saw Red Kettle producing another Jim Nolan play – this time ‘Moonshine’. Jim Nolan plays are always red letter dates in Waterford Theatre history. Have a browse of the programme below. 1991 – Moonshine – Red Kettle – Show Programme  

How could we feature anything this week other then the jewel in Waterford’s festival crown – Spraoi, the biggest street theatre festival in the country. Joining me are Rob O’Connor, Darajane O’Sullivan and Roddie Cleere to discuss some different angles on the festival. You’ll even get to hear some MozartContinue Reading

And now – the final part of ‘Everybody’s Got The Right’ – the making of Dat’s De Y’s production of Assassins, 2017. This three parter has been a hugely interesting video series and you can catch the other parts on the links below if you’ve missed it. Huge thank youContinue Reading

Some vintage material today from 1957 – 61 years ago. Here is the show brochure and a press clipping from ‘A Stranger Came’ – The Drama Circle. 1957 – A Stranger Came – Show Programme 1957 – A Stranger Came – Press Clipping  

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