In conjunction with the full programme of events, for the 1848 Tricolour Celebrations
there will be a number of Fringe Events held around Waterford City and County
these will include:
Schools Programme currently running over the month prior to the event
Children’s Competition (check back for details)
The Munster Bar – (check back for details)
The Reginald Bar – (check back for details)
PLAY – Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye by Jim Nolan
‘Pearse, Connolly, McDermott and the rest of their merry men; they died for a Republic. But we don’t live in a Republic. We live in an economy.’ Hot on the heels of his controversial and highly successful 2014 production of Dreamland, Waterford playwright Jim Nolan returns to Garter Lane Theatre in March for the world première of his latest play, Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye.
Directed by the author, Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye is a topical and provocative contribution to the forthcoming Easter Rising Centenary Commemoration and to the wider debate on the challenges and complexities of remembering. Set in a provincial newspaper office in the Irish Midlands in the run up to Easter 2016, the privately owned Inishshannon Chronicle has just been acquired by a media conglomerate and the new brush is about to sweep clean. As the newspaper’s staff adjust to radical changes in its structure and ethos, the town it serves prepares to celebrate a tenuous connection to the Easter Rising. The revelation that this connection is not quite what it seems puts the Chronicle’s editor on a collision course with both his new bosses and the local business and political community.
Produced by Garter Lane Arts Centre with the support of Waterford City & County Council, Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye is a timely reflection on the distance between the vision of 1916 and the presiding political and cultural ethos of contemporary Ireland.
The production which stars Michael Hayes, Garrett Keogh, Jenni Ledwell, Ema Lemon and Ciaran McMahon, promises to be a highlight of Waterford’s Spring Theatre Season, with set design by Dermot Quinn, lighting design by Richard Collins, sound design by Rachel Corcoran and costume design by Jeannine Storan. John I Hardly Knew Ye opens at Garter Lane Theatre on Tuesday 8th March 8th and runs until Easter Saturday 26th March, with low price previews on Friday 4th, Saturday 5th and Monday 7th March already attracting strong interest, and a special performance on Wednesday 30th March at 8.15pm at St Michael’s Hall, Ballyduff, Co Waterford. Early Bird Tickets, saving €2.50 on each ticket for every performance, are available at 051-855038 or www.garterlane.ie .
“A richly layered drama to be stored in the memory and revisited time and again to retrieve its subtle wisdom.” (The Salvage Shop) Irish Times
“Hugely courageous… a deeply serious work of soul-raking big-stage literature.” (Blackwater Angel) The Guardian
“A stunningly beautiful, deeply uplifting play” (Brighton) Arena, RTE Radio One
“Enormously courageous…A reminder of a shameful era and mindset in our country, by those of every political allegiance.” (Dreamland) SundayIndependent