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THE MIAMI – The Story of The legendary Miami Showband at Theatre Royal Waterford on Wednesday 11th September 2019 at 8pm.
Are you ready to revisit Ireland in the 1960’s in the company of the legendary Miami Showband and all their fantastic hits? Who remembers Simple Simon Says, From The Candy Store or Clap Your Hands, Stomp Your Feet?
Even if you’re too young to remember the 60’s and 70’s, this is still the show for you. Told through the eyes of two best friends and Miami songwriters, Fran O‘Toole and Des Lee, TheMiami weaves us through the amazing roller coaster story of the iconic showband. Written by Marie Jones and Martin Lynch (The team that brought you Dancing Shoes – The George Best Story) The Miami takes us through the joyous dancehall days of the 1960’s and “Spit On Me Dickie” to the tragedy in 1975*. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll want to dance but above all, you’ll have an amazing night out.
*Three members of the Miami Showband, including charismatic lead singer, Fran O’Toole, were murdered at a bogus Military checkpoint in 1975, when returning from a Ballroom performance in Banbridge, N. Ireland.
Suitable Age 14+ May contain strong language and scenes of violence.
Starts @ 8pm. Tickets: €31/ €29 from Box Office 051-874402 or Click Here
VAGABONES at Theatre Royal Waterford on Friday 13th September 2019 at 8pm.
Based on the play Trepsasses by Emma Donoguhe,a new opera by Raymond Deane .
Following the outstanding success of The Return of Ulysses at Kilkenny Arts Festival 2018, Opera Collective Irelandpresents the World Première of Raymond Deane’s new opera Vagabones. Based on Emma Donoghue’s stage adaptation of her 1996 radio play Trespasses, the opera with a libretto by Renate Debrun is a fictionalization of the judge’s own account of the case of Florence Newton in Youghal – one of only a handful of witch trials that ever took place in Ireland. Set in the small Co. Cork town over three days in 1661, the opera works as a moving tale of conflicted human emotions and stratagems, while deftly touching on issues of gender, fundamentalism, imperialism and the clash of cultures.
With a stellar cast of Irish talent, directed by Ben Barnes and the musicians of Crash Ensemble, Vagabones will be a culmination of great writing, superb theatre and thrilling music.
Starts @ 8pm. Tickets: €21/€19 conc. from 051-874402 or Click Here
BLIND BOY is back at Theatre Royal Waterford on Saturday 14th September 2019 at 8pm.
Blindboy returns to Theatre Royal Waterford on Saturday September 14th with his new live podcast show.
Blindboy’s increased notability away from his band Rubberbandits, has allowed for him to explore wider avenues and create perhaps outrageously mind-altering brainchildren which can only be described as courageous, yet bonkers.
With a number one selling book under his belt and a podcast that has reached interest not only in Ireland but internationally, the satirist could possibly single-handedly change people’s mind set on mental health and the deafening stigma it surrounds.
Outspoken, informed and empathetic, Blindboy engages his audience with an unusual touch of realism. There is a very authentic feeling of “freedom” he exhumes which allows his listeners and participants to openly speak their mind without judgement and no topic off limits – certainly an air of belonging encircling the space you find yourself in when listening or in company of Blindboy.
His latest innovative creation, The Blindboy podcast does not only indoctrinates mental health issues but reaches further into a wide spectrum of current topics, may it be gun laws, feminism, racism or a bit of history. Blindboy has it covered.
His uncanny ability to articulate what nearly everyone is thinking is unparalleled and something that is sorely needed in Irish society. – The Daily Edge
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Tickets: €26 | Click Here or call 051-874402
“Unforgettable: The Nat King Cole Story’’ at Theatre Royal Waterford on Sunday 15th September @ 3pm.
The Great Singalong Songbook team will bring Unforgettable, the thrilling story of Nat ‘King’ Cole’s fight against bigotry, and more of his best-loved songs to Theatre Royal Waterford.
From his birth in a black ghetto in Montgomery, Alabama, Nat Cole had to fight racial prejudice. Although he was thrilling audiences all across the United States with his brilliant piano playing and his smooth, satin voice, he had to use the “coloureds only” facilities and frequently could not stay in the hotels in which he was performing.
But that golden voice made him a star! A series of hit records, Rambling Rose, Unforgettable, Mona Lisa, Too Young and Nature Boy brought his fame all around the world and he became a beacon of hope for dozens of other black artistes.
A Sunday afternoon of singing you simply cannot afford to miss.
Tickets €19 from 051-874402 or Click Here