Recent Arts Events:
Waterford’s Mayor Cllr John Cummins officiated at the official launch of the Theatre Royal Summer Season.
A great evening was had by all and everyone was delighted to see such a variety of events with some big names, as well as popular local entertainment.
Highlights include DON WYCHERLEY, staring in MY REAL LIFE written by EOIN COLFER opening for five weeks on Thursdays and Fridays from June 30th, Saturday Comedy nights featuring GEAROID FARRELLY, JOANNE MCNALLY, KARL SPAIN, FRED COOKE AND ALISON SPITTLE will be MC’d by ERIC LALOR and DAMIEN CLARK.
IGNITE PRODUCTIONS will present ROAST – back by popular demand and featuring the wonderful talent of GRETA ROCHFORD, RAY COLLINS, TOBIE HICKEY AND VICKI GRAHAM.
Music acts such as NATHAN CARTER, the BUTTERFLY BAND, LLOYD COLE, RYAN SHERIDAN, KEITH DONALD and the ever popular THE HIGH KINGS.
Waterford’s THEATRE BOX PRODUCTIONS will perform every Sunday with its SHOWTIME ON BROADWAY, an evening of variety performances for all ages. Also on offer and for 2 Sundays only is the ever popular FROZEN SING-A-LONG. Bring the little ones, in costume, watch the movie and sing the songs with Anna and Elsa.
LITTLE RED KETTLE with its 25th production will perform an old favourite THE DEMON PLAYS.
As well as the exciting Programme HISTORICAL TOURS will continue and for groups of theatre lovers INTERACTIVE TOURS are available throughout the summer. Primary School Teachers see the DRAMA IN THE CLASSROOM course on offer.
‘HARD GIRLS’ exhibition by Jennifer Mehigan Soma Contemporary Gallery, Waterford.
Hard Girls opened on Saturday May 28th. Guest of honour Artist/Critic James Merrigan launched the show and said that the extraordinary
work of the Artist-led Galleries was so much more exciting and extraordinary. Talking about Hard Girls and Soma he said that this kind of exhibition would not open in present day Dublin.
HARD GIRLS is a celebration of surfaces and the superficial, the damaged and the disastrous. Fuelled by the aesthetics of “women”-only gyms, makeup tutorials, bodybuilder’s instagram feeds and a general sense of fatigue, this show exhibits new paintings, sculptures, and videos in dialogue with each other in a space functioning as a landscape of recovery.
Following Mehigan’s concerns with abjection, anxiety and queer femme aesthetics, HARD GIRLS functions as a dysphoric exploration of skin, intimacy, obsession and failure. Spiked cliffs, barriers, heels, drinks: “the wounded woman gets called a stereotype, and sometimes she is. But sometimes she’s just true.”