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Wednesday, 1st May 2013

With its instantly recognisable score and bristling with thwarted passions Carmen is arguably the most popular opera in existence. Award winning director Gavin Quinn has dramatically re-imagined the piece, updating the action to a modern urban landscape. Carmen will tour to the Theatre Royal in Waterford on Tuesday 7 May.

Opera Theatre Company draws together a powerful cast for this fresh take on an audience favourite. Based on a short story by Prosper Mérimée Carmen's subject matter was considered too immoral for the stage at the time of its 1875 premiere. Bizet died in the same year, which put an abrupt end to any scandal but also meant he never got to enjoy great critical acclaim that followed.

Following on the success of Così fan tutte and Orfeo, OTC, Ireland's National touring opera company is delighted to tour throughout the country with

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Wednesday, 1st May 2013

In a similar vein to "Noises Off" this light, frothy and highly entertaining 'play within a play' shows the petty off-stage jealousies and entanglements between the actors within a repertory theatre company, not to mention their artistic differences! Poking fun light-heartedly at the complete theatricality of stage folk, John Chapman's deliciously silly comedy, in which nothing is quite what it seems, is just the thing to lift your spirits and provide you with an evening of farcical humour, slapstick and wordplay. John Chapman was part of the writing team that brought us the classic British TV series 'Are You Being Served?' Friday 10th May at 8pm. Tickets are €20/?18 and available from the box office on 051 874402 or on line at http://www.theatreroyal.ie

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Wednesday, 1st May 2013

Ireland's Folk Band of the year The High Kings comprising Finbarr Clancy, Brian Dunphy, Martin Furey and Darren Holden. Coming from accomplished musical pedigrees, The High Kings grew up in households soaked in the Irish musical tradition and each member of the band witnessed first hand the power of well crafted Irish music on an audience. Since The High Kings started, they have sold out hundreds of shows in Ireland and the US, The Best Folk Band for three years running, made numerous TV appearances, performed for at the invitation of the previous Irish President Mary McAleese and President Obama. They have achieved platinum status with their first two albums – The High Kings & Memory Lane.

Martin Furey, the musical tradition in the Furey family goes back two hundred years and multi-instrumentalist and singer. He is the son of the

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Wednesday, 1st May 2013

At 17 Jenny was given her own weekly column in the Sunday World newspaper. That same year she became the youngest DJ on radio on Dublin station FM 104.

Jenny made the move to the national broadcaster in 2007 where she presents Friday ans Saturday nights 7pm to 10pm on RTE 2 FM.

This year Jenny made the foray into music production, releasing her debut track 'Autumn Gold' with a follow up track already in the pipeline. She continues to sell out the biggest venues all across Ireland. You can catch Jenny the May Bank holiday weekend in Club Masons Friday 3rd May.

Avalon (left) are one of Waterford's most popular bands! Headed up by frontman Brian Kennedy the lads have been entertaining the massess for over 20 years and have a canny ability to entertain across the generations and are as popular

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Wednesday, 1st May 2013

waterfordfilmforall and Garter Lane Arts Centre presents

Starbuck (Club)

Patrick Huard stars as David Wozniak, a 42-year old slacker who finally decides to take control of his life. A habitual sperm donor in his youth, he discovers that he's the biological father of 533 children, 142 of whom are trying to force the fertility clinic to reveal the true identity of the prolific donor code-name Starbuck. A runaway box office success in its native Quebec the English language remake starring Vince Vaughan will be released next October.

Starbuck will be screened in Garter Lane Cinema on Sunday May 5th at 8pm. Tickets €7.50 & €6.00 concession available from 051-855038 and http://www.garterlane.ie.

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Wednesday, 1st May 2013

Are you between 15-18 years old, interested in the arts and got something to say about it? Would you like to get creative? Meet new people? Attend arts events from concerts to films and then review and critique what you really think? If so then we want to hear from you!

Commencing in May 2013 the Waterford Young Arts Critics will be a free, fun and exciting opportunity for young people to regularly meet, discuss, attend critique and engage with a range of arts events in Waterford as well as national and international arts activities!

If you would like to be part then simply let us know why before Wednesday 1st May 2013. Pick or download the application form at Garter Lane Box Office or http://www.garterlane.ie and fill it in online or print it out and drop it back.

Get creative

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Wednesday, 1st May 2013

Free Bealtaine Festival talks on the Golden Era of Céilí Music

'The Golden Era of Céilí Music and Dance 1955 – 1970' is the title of a talk which will take place on Saturday May 4th 2013 in Waterford Central Library, Lady Lane, Waterford city at 11 am followed by an afternoon session at 3pm in the Old Market House Arts Centre, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford.

The talk will be presented by Brian Lawler, the founder of the Ardellis Céilí Band. The Ardellis first broadcast on Irish National Radio in 1957. Céilí Music and Dance was very popular all over Ireland at that time, with many halls in every one of the 32 counties packed to capacity.

The Ardellis was one of the most popular bands in the country. They performed regularly on the two most popular radio programmes 'Take The Floor' and 'Céilí

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Wednesday, 1st May 2013

At the launch of Alan Cliff's 'Salvation' at The Mayor's Office recently Councillor Jim Darcy expressed his delight in lending his support to progressive Waterford Theatre Company Stagemad. In his address the Mayor urged theatre lovers to come out and support this riveting production, which will be one of the highlights of 2013. Salvation takes to the stage at Garter Lane Arts Centre 21-25th This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloak84c1fec8d05c5bc97306381f77010ebc').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addy84c1fec8d05c5bc97306381f77010ebc = 'May' + '@'; addy84c1fec8d05c5bc97306381f77010ebc = addy84c1fec8d05c5bc97306381f77010ebc + '8pm' + '.' + 'Tickets'; var addy_text84c1fec8d05c5bc97306381f77010ebc = 'May' + '@' + '8pm' + '.' + 'Tickets';document.getElementById('cloak84c1fec8d05c5bc97306381f77010ebc').innerHTML += '

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Wednesday, 1st May 2013

Not only are Timmy and Karen Waterford's biggest breakfast show they are celebrating their 2nd birthday on The Big Breakfast Blaa. The most recent Joint National Listenership Research (JNLR) show just why WLR fm is officially Ireland's 'Local Station of The Year' and 'The Big Breakfast Blaa' is one of the biggest breakfast programmes in the country.

The station's daily reach of 41,000 is amongst the highest of any local station in the country. In addition, the figures also confirmed WLR fm's dominance in Waterford city and county, with 66% of all listeners tuning into the station each week!

WLR fm's Operations Manager, Michael Byrne welcomed the good news saying: "WLR fm is delighted to be once again flying the flag for the city and county by out-performing all

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Wednesday, 1st May 2013

Music at the Museum is delighted to present a choral event for the May second Sunday lunchtime concert. Female voice choir, Voci, directed by Fintan Scanlon, and mixed voice choir Ad Hoc Chorale directed by Cian O'Carroll, will perform on Sunday 12th May at 12.30 pm.

Based in Waterford, Voci was founded by Anne Barry and is currently conducted by Fintan Scanlon. Since its establishment in 2005, the choir has been contributing to the musical life of the city, giving recitals and sharing concerts with other local groups. Voci has had competitive successes at Arklow and New Ross Choral Festivals. The choir's repertoire explores a range of music from early polyphony to arrangements of light music and also includes music by Irish composers.

Ad Hoc Chorale was started in 2004 and has since gained a national reputation. They have taken part in

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    Time for a breakJust as the height of Summer begins it seems that it is also the time when our politicians begin their yearly departure from Dail Eireann. While not many professions get as much holiday time as politicians do you have to ask the question whether they merit such long breaks?There are many who would immediately answer that they don't really deserve such long holidays, that they barely seem to spend any time in the Dail at all and after all they are well remunerated for the long hours …

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