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Wednesday, 18th January 2017

Rams (15A)

Gummi and Kiddi are brothers living in rural Iceland.

They have both dedicated their lives to tending sheep and their farms are next door to each other. But they have not spoken in over 40 years, a feud that has reduced any necessary communication between them to be carried out via written messages delivered by Kiddi's dog.

However when one of their sheep contracts a contagious disease, the livelihood of the brothers and the entire rural community they are a part of comes under threat. Can the brothers set aside their differences under the circumstances?

Writer-director Grímur Hákonarson beautifully captures the tragicomic plight of the brothers against the stark beauty of the Icelandic valleys to deliver a charming and moving drama.

See Rams in Garter Lane Arts Centre on Sunday 22nd at 7.30pm. Booking

051-855038 &

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Wednesday, 18th January 2017

The Unfortunate Englishman by John Lawton Publisher Grove Press UK Price €18.90

Joe Wilderness came from as tough an existence as an eastend kid and an early life of crime to become one of MI6's most adept operatives.

He was not only picked by the boss as someone with great potential he also went on to marry the boss's daughter. However the two parts of his life are always at conflict with each other, which is perhaps why he makes such a good spy out in the field. He can think on his feet, be ruthless when necessary but has an education that means that he is fluent in German and Russian. He is under no illusion about what sort of life a spy working in the Cold War of Eastern Europe means but for the most part he is always able

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Wednesday, 18th January 2017

BIG Fellow, the non-stop, edge-of-your-seat theatrical adventure about the life of Michael Collins, is laced with scenes of daring, intrigue and humour and has been playing to sold out audiences all over Ireland. It makes its eagerly awaited stop in Garter Lane Theatre Waterford on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th January 2017. Tickets available now from

Playwright Declan Gorman’s much-anticipated Collins biopic comes complete with original sound design by ex-Waterboys composer, Colin Blakey. The Big Fellow presents the compelling story of Michael Collins: his rise from unknown volunteer in the GPO to military leader who brought down an empire only to meet his untimely death at the hands of former comrades.

Much more than a straightforward dramatisation of the life of a hero, however, this is also the story of his biographer, the literary genius Frank O’Connor, who witnessed

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Wednesday, 18th January 2017

It is an all Waterford week at Garter Lane Theatre from February 14th to the 18th when local playwrights Pat Daly and Jim Nolan combine once again to stage another new work from the pen of Pat, titled ‘The Hall.

Pat’s first produced play “The Pilferers” happened in 1999 and since then Pat has seen his plays produced in numerous towns and cities. The most recent was a production of his play Rigor Mortis in the Hope Theatre in London in 2016 which played to sold out audiences. His previous plays ‘Dissident’, ‘John Roberts Square’, ‘GTi’ engaged

audIences with an uncompromising style of

tragic-comic storytelling.

Over the years Pat has worked as writer and playwright on various projects and plays with Waterford Youth Arts, WLRfm, Red

Kettle, Bowler Hat and Stagemad theatre companies in Waterford. 2013 saw his short film “Angus” nominated in Dublin’s Underground

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Wednesday, 18th January 2017

A New Season of Theatre at Central Arts - a diverse programme of plays with something for everyone

As 2017 kicks off, Central Arts has announced the first shows of its 2017 theatre programme with a season of exciting productions covering January through to March.

First up is an exciting new production of Conor McPherson’s ‘The Birds’. Brought to the stage by Tipperary company Sound Out Theatre, this is a new adaptation by leading Irish playwright Conor McPherson of Daphne Du Maurier’s classic short story ‘The Birds’, as made infamous by Alfred Hitchcock.

‘The Birds’ takes places at Central Arts from January 26 – 27 and tickets priced at just €12 … the next scream you hear… may be your own.

Following that, from February 15 – 19 is ‘Will it Fit in the Van?’ a smart new comedy by Tramore playwright Conor Clancy,

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Wednesday, 18th January 2017

28 Hours for Waterford Youth Arts happens on Saturday next 21st in Garter Lane Theatre. The show is a major fundraiser for WYA created by all the various adults in the theatrical, music, video, dance and general performing arts world here in Watertford.

The event kicks off on the day before on Friday 20th at 4pm with all the participants gathering in various locations in the city with a blank piece of paper they listen to the news and tell each other various stories and yarns and then the process continues with writers writing scripts and rehearsals taking place all day Saturday and then it all culminates after 28 hours of madness, blood sweat and tears in Garter lane Theatre at 8pm on Saturday the 21st with 5 new short drama pieces, 3 new short films, dance, poetry and music, It’s

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Wednesday, 11th January 2017

The Stranger Phases

Life Never Peace E.P. Launch Central Arts kicks off its 2017 music season with a gig from Dungarvan Alt-Rock band The Stranger Phases.

With an exciting sound featuring a mixture of influences and styles ranging from Folk to Heavy Rock, The Stranger Phases’ music layers rhythms and story lines with fast paced, contemporary Rock and Indie to deliver their signature sound.

Three years of gigging and writing original music has culminated in a collection of songs that forms their upcoming album ‘Now or Never’ recently recorded at Claycastle Studio. Thematically, the album centres on the stories and tales the band have collected on their journeys.

The Stranger Phases now officially launch their three-track E.P. entitled ‘Life. Never. Peace.’ with this Waterford gig at Central Arts. The E.P. serves as a taster for the upcoming ‘Now or Never’ and will give fans

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Wednesday, 11th January 2017


Seeking Super Talented Kids!

The search is on for Waterford and the South East Region’s most talented youngsters!

BUGSY MALONE will take place in The Theatre Royal this Easter for “FIVE" performances only.

We are looking for both chorus and principals.

It could be YOU!

Must be between 7 and 15 years of age.

Boys and girls required. Only the very highest standards will be considered. Acting, singing and dancing required.

Rehearsals will be on Saturday’s and Sunday’s from February through to opening night.


David Hennessy Stage School


Saturday the 28TH of January at 11.00am.

Registrations from 10.30am. First come first serve basis and please expect delays.

Call-backs will be Sunday the 29th January.

A call-back doesn’t mean you are part of the show. The full cast will be announced after all auditions are done.

We strongly advise researching “Bugsy Malone" for songs and parts available before audition.

At the Open

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Wednesday, 11th January 2017

WLR FM is pleased to announce that former RTE and Newstalk broadcaster and producer Eamon Keane has taken up a new full-time position with the station this January.

On Monday, January 9th Eamon will take over the mid-morning programme on WLRFM, presenting a new show ‘Deise Today’ replacing Deise AM which was presented by Billy McCarthy for 27 years until his untimely passing in November.

Eamon is already well-known to WLR listeners from his psychotherapy advice features on Deise AM every Wednesday morning since 2014.

Brother of BBC journalist Fergal Keane and nephew to playwright John B Keane, born in Dublin, Eamon`s grandfather hails from Ardmore, Co. Waterford and Eamon lives in Ring, West Waterford.

Eamonn has a strong media backround. For three years he presented ‘Lunchtime with Eamon Keane’ on Newstalk for which he won a prestigious PPI Award for Best News Programme.


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Wednesday, 11th January 2017

Waterford's Stagemad Theatre Company as part of their 2017 tour bring their highly regarded play "Foxy Divil" to Town Hall Theatre

Dungarvan on Saturday 21st Jan@8pm.

Tickets are only e10 at the door on the night. The play is set on the streets of Ireland 2017.

Frankie a homeless man recounts the stories of his street life. Starting with what led him to take to the streets; we discover the tales and encounter the phantoms and angels of his waking days.

He travels along the edge of sanity held together by a cocktail of gallows humour, strange bedfellows and the scourge of drink.

Please note: There will be a post show discussion. Stagemad asks all homeless organisations in the area to please attend and air their views. Writer and actor Brian Quinn will be in attendance Foxy Divil also plays at Garter Lane Waterford in

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Letters to the Editor


    Travel chaos as strike likely to go aheadWith the Bus Eireann strike for February 20th looking as if it will go ahead it seems that the workers in that particular section of the C.I.E. company will get the overwhelming support from their co-workers in Bus Eireann and Irish Rail. This will mean that public transport in the country will effectively come to a standstill next week. Considering that some bus stations share the same facilities between Bus Eireann and Dublin Bus it is understandable that some p …

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