Tag Archives: the tops

1981 – Handwritten Adjudicators Tops Report

Here is another one of those Handwritten Adjudicators Reports – always very popular. This one from the local rounds in 1981 for Waterford Glass. Click below to have a browse. 1981 – Handwritten Adjudicators Report for Waterford Glass Tops

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Video – 1990 Waterford Crystal Tops – Dance Scene

From the 1990 Tops here is Waterford Crystals Dance scene. This was recorded at the national quarter final stage.

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Video – Nokia Tops 1989 – Opening

Here is the opening from the 1989 Nokia Tops entry.

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Video – 1981 Waterford Glass Tops – Xanadu Scene

Way back to our first video from 1981 today and the central ‘Xanadu’ scene from the 1981 Glass tops. It was a long 10 minute pivotal scene in the middle of the production.

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WTA 126 – The Irish Scene from the 1994 John Player Tops

Continuing our Tops Anniversary weekend – here is the Irish Scene from the John Player Tops national award winning show from 1994.

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WTA 124 – The Flintstones Comedy – Tops 1994

A huge part of any Tops show was the comedy team. Here is the ‘Flintstones’ sketch from the 1994 national award-winning show. Enjoy!

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1985 Tops Magazine

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. Enjoy! 1985 – Tops Magazine

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Video – The Dr. Dolittle Scene from Nokia Tops 1990

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.

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1981 Tops Handwritten Adjudication sheets – Waterford Glass, National Quarter Finals

To add to our collection of handwritten original adjudications we have this Waterford Glass one from the 1981 national quarter finals. Have a read to see what the adjudicator rated this production which did not progress beyond this point! 1981 – National Quarter Finals Handwritten adjudication

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1978 – Tops Local Rounds, Slieverue v Waterford Crystal

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. 1978 – Tops Local Rounds – Slieverue v Waterford Crystal

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WTA 075 – 1986 Waterford Crystal Opening – Gaiety Final

The opening of the 1986 John Player Tops National Final. Waterford Crystal – produced by Michael Grant.

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1990 – Tops of the Town Semi Final Programme – Nokia in Wexford

Here is the 1990 programme from Wexford when Nokia reached the national semi final stage 1990 – National Quarter Finals – Nokia – Programme

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1980 Tops Local Rounds – Waterford Shopping Centre Vs Waterford Glass Programme

A show programme today from the 1980 Local Rounds – Waterford Shopping Centre vs Waterford Glass. 1980 Local Rounds – Waterford SC Vs Waterford Glass

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WTA 071 – Nokia Finale 1990 – We’re In The Money

Today it’s back to 1990 and Nokia’s ‘We’re In The Money’ finale from their 1990 Tops show directed by Michael Grant.

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1979 – Tops Local Rounds – Banks and Finance vs St. Pauls Variety Group – Show Programme

Here is the show programme from the 1979 Tops local competition – this time it’s Banks and Finance Vs St. Pauls . Have a browse. 1979 – Tops Of The Town Local – Banks and Finance vs St. Pauls

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WTA 065 – Ain’t It Good – 1992 Tramore Tops

Another classic video from 1992 and the Tramore Tops entry that reached the national quarter finals. Featuring ‘Ain’t it Good’ – from Children of Eden.

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1987 Waterford Crystal Vs Cork Teachers & Students National Semi – Show Programme

Back to 1987 today and a show programme from the National Tops competition where Waterford Crystal marched to the National Final. Produced by Michael Grant it featured an epic Les Miserables scene. Have a look. 1987 – Waterford Crystal Vs Cork Teachers & Students – Show Programme

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WTA 059 – The Opening From The Nokia Tops 1986

It’s time for another Tops video and we are back to 1986 and Nokia, produced by Denny Corcoran. This time Denny chose a ‘Swing’ opening with a song from A Chorusline added in for good measure.

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1975 – Waterford Glass Vs Foundry Tops Programme

1975 was the famous year of the ‘Joseph’ Tops presented by Dermot Grahams Waterford Glass team. Here is the programme from that famous production – in this round taking on the Foundry team who were headed up by  Denny Corcoran and Nancy Parker. 1975 – Waterford Glass vs The Foundry – Show Programme

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1975 Tops Programme – ACEC vs CIE – Local Rounds

1975 and the ACEC were presenting ‘The Colour Cast Show’ against CIE’s ‘Railroad to Rhythm’. Here is the show programme from that years second round meeting. 1975 – Second Round – ACEC vs CIE – Show Programme

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1980 – Waterford Glass Tops – Hand Written Adjudication Sheet

I love these old bits of memorabilia – once again a hand written adjudicators report, this time for the 1980 Waterford Glass Show. Worth having and preserving! Have a look. 1980 – Waterford Glass Tops – Adjudicators Report

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WTA 043 – Nokia 1990 Opening Tops VIDEO

Back to Tops today and a video from 1990 featuring the opening of the Nokia show and an extract from ‘Anything Goes’, produced by Michael Grant.

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WTA 039 – 1994 Tops – The Aladdin Scene

Here is the centrepiece scene from the 1994 Waterford Crystal Tops show – Aladdin – which at the time was just a brand new Disney Film. Enjoy!

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Rare Vintage ACEC Tops Photos

These are great to see – although over 40 years old you can still make out some familiar faces in these colour photos from the hey day of Tops in Waterford. See if you can spot familiar faces in there and tag them or their family! Many thanks to Joanne Walshe for giving us these from her families private collection. …

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WTA 038 – Waterford Crystal Tops 1987 – The Les Mis Scene

Another stroll down Tops memory lane today. 1987 was the year of Les Mis in Tops shows and Michael Grant’s Crystal show marched to the national final. In this clip you’ll see too many familiar faces to mention – best to just sit back and enjoy it – it’s a great bit of nostalgia.

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1986 – Tops Of The Town – National Final – Programme

Waterford Crystal got to the national final in two successive years in the 1980’s – ’86 and ’87, both produced by Michael Grant. Unfortunately neither resulted in a win for Waterford, but it was very very close! Here is the programme from the 1986 national final, courtesy of Aidan McGrath. Enjoy! 1986 – National Final Programme – Waterford Crystal

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Videos – Waterford Glass Tops 1983 – Underneath the Arches with Denny and Boola

Today’s video is a right trip back memory lane in Tops land. This scene was pure nostalgia when it went on in 1983, so 34 years later it’s even more nostalgic! Denny and Boola take us through a Flanaghan and Allen routine centering around ‘Underneath the Arches’ – they are joined by a full chorus and later by Ken Barry …

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1975 Tops Adjudicators Report – The Foundry

I like adding in bits of memorabilia now and again. This time it’s back to 1975 and the adjudicators report from Jack Cruise on The Foundry show. He also gives the breakdown of points for all the teams competing in the final stage of the local rounds that year. Worth a look for Tops fans. 1975 – Adjudicators Report – …

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Video – A Taste Of Tops RTE Programme

Delighted to get a copy of this 1993 feature programme that RTE ran coming up to the national final. Its an hour long feature with familiar faces including a song from Liam Butler and an interview panel that featured Bryan Flynn. There are a host of other national faces such as Pat McGann and Niall O’Flynn there as well, performances …

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Video – Tramore Tops 1989 – The Lullaby of Broadway

This is a clip from the 1989 Tramore Tops production – the ‘Lullaby of Broadway’ scene featuring some Tramore legends.

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WTA 029 – 1986 – Nokia Tops of the Town Finale

I’m doing my weekly Tops video on a Monday this week as I missed last Thursday somehow! This is the finale to the 1986 Nokia tops of the Town produced by Denny Corcoran. Featuring ‘Big Time’ from Mack and Mabel, ‘I Am what I Am’ from La Cage Aux Folles and ‘I Want To Know What Love Is’ amongst other …

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Video – Song And Dance Man from Port and Docks 1992

Another legend from Tops days and Waterford Theatre in general is one Patsy Sheridan. Here he is from the 1992 Port And Docks tops show with his team of tap dancers performing ‘Song and Dance Man’. This scene was notable because Patsy was conducting the show in the pit and every night in the blackout climbed up onto the stage …

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WTA 025 – 1985 – Waterford Crystal Finale

Here’s another treat from the past – the finale from the 1985 Waterford Crystal Tops show produced by Michael Grant with a host of Waterford Legends featuring on the vocals. It is ‘of it’s time’ so the video quality isn’t the best, but it’s good enough to give an idea of the vibe of the show. It’s a classic !

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WTA 024 – 1985 – The Military Fairy

From the 1985 Waterford Crystal show produced by Michael Grant comes this vintage piece of comedy – ‘The Military Fairy’. It’s only a short video – worth a look to see some Waterford Legends threading the boards. Straight out of Monty Python’s back catalogue, it’s a classic!

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WTA 023 – Tops Slideshow

This is a great little slideshow that was originally put together by Michael Grant for the Variety Club of Waterford’s Tops dinner back in 2008. It has quite a lot of personalities in it (not just Dee Lanigan!), crossing between quite a number of the Tops shows over the years.  Well worth a watch to find all the heads you …

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1974 – Handwritten Adjudication For the ACEC Tops Show.

An absolute rarity today – Sean Cotter’s handwritten ACEC Tops adjudication from 43 years ago – 1974. The show was the famous ACEC final show featuring Jesus Christ Superstar. Have a read… its great to look back on! 1974 – Tops Adjudication ACEC

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WTA 022 – 1984 Clover Meats Finale

Today we have the finale from the 1984 Clover Meats Tops of the Town show produced by Michael Grant. It’s a great clip because it features another Waterford Legend of days gone by – Richie Collins singing Alexanders Ragtime Band. This 1984 show upset the odds by beating the much fancied Banks and Finance show produced by Dermot Graham in …

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WTA 020 – The Finale from the Waterford Crystal Show – 1994

The brilliant finale from the 1994 Waterford Crystal winning show featuring a huge finale version of ‘I Got Rhythm’. Produced by Bryan Flynn it swept to victory in the televised final against Woodville community group.

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2003 – Denny Corcoran Tribute Concert – Programme

This programme has an absolute multitude of reading in it. From interviews about the tops to pictures of the tops, memories of legends gone by – its worth a read for anybody with even a passing interest in Waterford Theatre. 2003 – Denny Corcoran Tribute Concert – Show Programme

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Video – Tramore Tops 1992 Rocky Horror Scene

Who could forget Paul Kavanagh in a bald wig and Kieran Doyle in full Rocky Horror garb as Tramore brought us a clip of the controversial ‘Rocky Horror Show’ in the 1992 Tops. Bryan Flynn was at the start of his career and this production reached the national quarter final. Enjoy!

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Video – Waterford Crystal – 1986 – Me And My Girl Scene

Today I’m delighted to add the video of the 1986 ‘Me and My Girl’ scene that featured in the national final. Waterford Crystal reached the televised final 2 years in succession – 1986 and 1987, both produced by Michael Grant and featuring huge musical scenes as their centrepiece. Have a look – there are some very familiar faces throughout. Enjoy! …

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Some Vintage Tops Programmes Added 1975,1980,1974

Adding to the archive of Tops material we have 3 vintage Tops programmes – the 1975 National Semi-final in Salthill between Waterford Banks and Finance and Sunbeam ltd, the 1980 local rounds between St. Paul’s (non competitive) and Waterford Crystal, and the 1974 local final between the ACEC and Waterford Crystal. 1974 – Local Final – ACEC and Waterford Crystal …

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1983 Tops Magazine with Loads of Waterford Content

Have a look at the national magazine published in 1983 by the national Tops organisers. There’s loads of Waterford photos from various years, pieces on Waterford Tops, articles from Tops people – and what I found most entertaining – articles by Musical Directors, Lighting Designers, Sound people, Directors, photographers – a lot of which I doubt would stand up today! …

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WTA 002 – 1983 Waterford Crystal ‘My City Of Music’ scene video.

Today’s update is a video. It is the scene from the 1983 Waterford Crystal Tops where ‘My City Of Music’ first appeared. Featuring music from Val Doonican, Gilbert O’Sullivan, Tom Dunphy, and William Vincent Wallace, the scene is tied together at the end with the iconic first ever performance of ‘My City Of Music’ by Denny Corcoran and chorus. Featuring …

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1979 Tops Original Adjudicators sheets added today!

This is quite a find – the original adjudication sheets from the Waterford Crystal tops show of 1979. The show was adjudicated on 3 separate occasions, and you can see each adjudication and marking there. Also included is the quarter-finalists of 1979 and their marking and also some rules pertaining to the Tops in 1979. Fascinating to read today! Click …

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The 1977 ACEC Tops Of The Town National Winning Show – AUDIO

In 1977 the ACEC walked to their 3rd national title in the 1970’s with a show that was famous for featuring an extract from ‘Evita’ a full year before it was actually produced on stage in the West End for the first time. The audio recording is 40 years old this year and it’s showing it’s age, but it is …

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