The Watergate Theatre recently launched their Autumn-Winter schedule from October to January with shows ranging from comedy to tragedy, concerts to plays and much more for all ages to enjoy.
Celebrating forty years of success, the Kilkenny Musical Society take us on a journey through past productions including hits from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ‘Oklahoma’ and ‘Carousel’ and other classic favourites like ‘My Fair Lady’ and ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ on October 19 and 20. Performers Olivia Smith, Kevin Reade, Declan Taylor, Kevina Hayes will join in the chorus in what promises to a night of exceptional talent and enjoyment.
For teens between 15 and 18 Ger Carey brings us his view of what goes on in the teenage mind in his outrageous one-man show ‘Psycho Spaghetti’ on October 23. Hard Act Theatre Company presents a theatrical and imaginative comedy starring four actors playing characters from the 90’s club scene in this amazing play ‘Bouncers’ by John Godber on the October 27.
‘Catch Me’ is an aerial dance show re-telling the story of Little Red Riding Hood in 250 metres of rope above the audience! It is brought to the Watergate from Donegal-based ‘Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Theatre’ who tell the traditional fairy-tale in a mixture of dance, theatre, imagery and music that children (over eight) and adults can enjoy on November 8.
Puppets take to the stage on November 5 and 6 on a nationwide tour in ‘An Triail’ by popular puppeteers ‘Fíbín’. In this drama we are confronted with issues from both teachers and students alike in a fun and entertaining way. After spending a childhood of watching Star Wars, Charles Ross and TJ Dawe have compiled a hilarious and imaginative ‘One-Man Star Wars Trilogy’. This intriguing show has been touring since 2001 worldwide at events like Glastonbury, Edinburgh Fringe and more. The show is on November 7 and is bound to be a night of pure entertainment.
On November 9 performer Rebecca Vaughn explores the mind and inner thoughts of one of England’s most famous monarchs, Queen Elizabeth І in ‘I, Elizabeth’. Using only Elizabeth’s words, she takes us on an emotional whirlwind on how the famous queen lived.
Voice of Ireland star Richie Hayes comes to the Watergate in ‘An Evening with Richie Hayes’ on November 10 performing the best of music with support from singers, dancers and a live band in an evening of magnificent talent.
In this stage adaptation of Stephan Kings ‘Misery’, Waterford actress Denise Quinn plays a psychologically unstable female obsessed with novelist Paul Sheldon, played by Joe Meagher. We follow the novelist as he endures his worst ‘number one fan’. Come and see this outstanding horror drama by Suirfire Productions on November 17.
Icarus Theatre and Kings Theatre Company have come together to present one of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies, ‘Romeo and Juliet’, on November 19 and 20 in the Watergate in a night of “sweet sorrow”.
‘Rock Fall Festival’ returns to the Watergate for its 2012 Kilkenny Secondary Schools Talent Competition Final on November 21 in association with Broderick’s Music and in support of Enable Ireland.
On November 22, singer-composer, Julie Feeney will be joined by C.B.S Choir Kilkenny in performing her third album. Her interpretation of classical, pop and theatre music gives her a truly original and unique sound well worth a listen.
The brand new European Film Festival, ‘Subtitle’, is coming to the Watergate on November 23 and 24 to showcase some of Europe’s finest films and filmmakers depicting stories from all genres including comedies, thrillers, dramas and horrors. For more information go to www.subtitlefest.com.
‘The House That Jack Filled’ by Theatre Lovett is performing in the Watergate on November 25 and 26. The story goes that a 13-roomed hotel for 13 eccentrics is losing business and it is up to the hotel manager to boost profits. Louis Lovett is an amazing actor specifying in children’s plays and is bound to impress.
The S.O.S is producing The Healing Circle on November 17. The night will start with a one-act show followed by film, drama, poetry, song and comedy. The National Ballet of Ireland presents ‘The Nutcracker’ on December 1. Royal Ballet dancers Melissa Hamilton and Dawid Trzensimiech will perform on the opening night in this spectacle of Christmas sparkle and magic.
New youth theatre group, ‘Dramatic Irony’, which is based in Kilkenny, is proud to present ‘The Outcasts’ – a quirky comedy based in a fantasy land of fearsome monsters and pompous, evil villains – for performance on December 4 and 5.
Watergate Productions will be sharing some of their Christmas cheer in their children’s drama, ‘Christmas Eve’, from December 12 to 16.
‘Robin Hood or How Robin Hood Maid Marion’ is the 2013 Pantomime produced by Watergate Productions from January 6 to 13. This laugh-out-loud pantomime is bursting with music, drama and comedy for all ages.
Tommy Fleming is returning to the Watergate to perform the very best of music on January 24. It is certain to be a night of pure excellence. On January 26 Dwad Productions put relationships to the test in ‘The Diaries of Adam and Eve’ – a hilarious comedy focusing on the joys and struggles of relationship life. This comedy will have you rolling around with laughter.
For more information on any of the shows you can call 056 7761674, visit the theatre on Parliament Street, Kilkenny or look us up on www.watergatetheatre.com.
* Compiled by Megan Lacey who is a transition year student at St.Brigids College Callan and was on work experience at the Watergate .