Our Second Annual Variety Concert Is Here!

Les Miserables gets a look in during our Variety Concert

Les Miserables gets a look in during our Variety Concert

It’s been a year in the making, but this Thursday night we’ll be opening the doors for our second annual Variety Concert.

The concert, produced by Siobhan Cody, brings together a wealth of local talent while raising funds for the continued development of the theatre.

This year the programme mixes traditional Irish music, dancing, poetry, a tribute to the men and women of 1916, a musical treat with performances from Les Miserable, choral performances and more.

And sure you can’t beat a good raffle on the night!

Siobhan popped into KCLR on Wednesday afternoon to chat to Ken McGuire (one of our MCs on the night), click play below to find out what she had to say about preparation for this year’s show.

Book your tickets here while they’re still available!

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Hear all about Monkeyshine Theatre’s ‘Voyage’

Monkeyshine Theatre - Voyage

Monkeyshine Theatre bring their brand new production, Voyage, to the Watergate on Friday 14 October.

Artistic Director of the now Kilkenny-based theatre company is Jim Jobson and he spoke to KCLR earlier this week about the show, Monkeyshine’s work, and what’s going to happen on stage.

With two performances this Friday morning and evening, take a listen below to the chat in full. Tickets available online or via the box office on 056 7761674.

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All about Dalloway with Rebecca Vaughan

Rebecca Vaughan in Dalloway

1923: THE WAR IS OVER. While Clarissa Dalloway prepares a party in Westminster, Septimus Smith is diagnosed with shell-shock, and their memories and dreams magically intertwine with those of 15 other disparate souls, this hot blue day in June. Conjuring the hopes and regrets of middle and upper-class London, this adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s celebrated map of hearts, minds and memories offers a compellingly feminine response to the aftermath of the First World War.

Book tickets here for Dalloway

Written and directed by Elton Townend Jones (The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe). Performed by Rebecca Vaughan (Female Gothic, I, Elizabeth, Austen’s Women).

Earlier this week, Rebecca spoke to KCLR about Dalloway and what keeps her coming back to Kilkenny. Press play below to hear the full interview.

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KATS declare ‘War’ on Kilkenny

WAR by Roddy Doyle, presented by KATS Theatre Group

Roddy Doyle’s smash hit comedy ‘WAR’ is coming to the Watergate Theatre in September.

Last time we saw KATS Theatre Group, they were completing their sold out run of ‘Shadow of a Gunman’ in Cleere’s Theatre last March. This time they’ve dropped the gun for the pen to officially declare WAR on Kilkenny City.

Speaking at the launch of WAR last Friday night in Brewery Corner, KATS Chairman Ciarán Dunphy welcomed the eclectic bunch of politicians, cast members and special guests to the venue to formally get this mammoth ensemble play on the road.

KATS have been performing plays in Kilkenny for over thirty years, making them by far the oldest theatre group in town. They’ve recently stunned audiences with the autobiographical masterpiece ‘The Elephant Man’ and this time take a break from dark drama to invite audiences back to hilarious and tragic Barrytown, Dublin where they’ll be familiar with The Snapper, The Van and The Commitments.

This, however, is the world of the pub quiz where men are men and the questions sting like crazy. Set in the late 80’s, WAR takes place in a typical Irish lounge and features an exceptional ensemble cast going toe to toe – with familiar KATS faces blending with new talent. Alan Grant plays George, the quizaholic, who’d rather answer questions on geography than interact with his ever lonely wife (Dee Gibney). Other cast members include Maeve O’Flynn, Steve Nolan, Grum Gallagher, Niall Bambrick, Shay Lawlor and Teresa Brennan.

This Roddy Doyle classic comedy is Irish theatre in its most real and raw form dealing with many issues that parallel modern Ireland. Speaking at the launch, Chairman Ciarán Dunphy referenced the irony of KATS performing a play first performed when the group was in its infancy 30 years ago and yet so much in Ireland remains unchanged.

“We still had a huge county-wide pub quiz on last night, we still have high levels of unemployment in our youth and we still can have a laugh at our own expense. Roddy Doyle’s work could be performed in another three decades and we’d be certain it would still be as relevant then as it was in the 1980’s”.

‘WAR’ will be performed for four nights only from September 21st to 24th in the Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny. Tickets are on sale now from Watergate online Box office or by calling 056 7761674. Follow KATS THEATRE GROUP on Facebook or Twitter for more details.

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