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Monday to Friday Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm Monday to Friday 7pm to 8pm prior to 10am to 6pm 7pm to 8pm prior to performance performance 10am to 6pm (8pm on night of performance) Saturday Saturday 2pm to 6pm to 6pm Saturday 2pm to 6pm (8pm on night 2pm of performance) 7pm to 8pm prior to 7pm & toBank 8pm Holidays prior to performance Sunday (1 hour priorperformance to performance) Sunday Sunday 1 hour prior to show 1 hour prior to show


Morning Radio Show April 4th Lunchtime Concert Musical Theatre Concert Theatre Theatre Youth Concert Concert Concert Concert Music


The Sue Nunn Show

St. Patrick’s Brass & Reed Band

Michael Collins

The Dubliners Dilemma

The Willis Clann

The Real McCoy

Mrs Roosevelt

The Cream Of Kilkenny Cats


The Webb Sisters

Jimmy McCarthy

Thomas Moore Competition

May 4th

May 3rd

May 2nd

May 1st

April 30th

April 29th

April 25th & 26th

April 20th

April 19th

April 6th to 12th

April 4th

April 2nd

March 29th



Shows at a Glance

May 22nd May 24th

Music Film Community Theatre Dance School Concert Theatre Concert Awards Night Concert

Thomas Moore Competition

Banff Mountain Film Festival

Raise The Roof

Snow White

Maytime Melodies

The Unremarkable Death Of Marilyn Monroe Headway

St Kieran’s College

No Crows


Michelle Wise

Grainne Mulvey School Of Dance Dance

June 21st

Classical Concert

The Irish Chamber Collective

June 29th

June 26th to 28th

June 12 to 15th

May 30th to June 2nd

Sky Cat Laughs Comedy Festival Comedy So Stage It - Jesters S.A. Concert

May 29th

May 27th

May 20th & 21st

May 15th to 17th

May 10th & 11th

May 6th

May 4th

May 3rd


Jimmy McCarthy

McCarthy Cup, Arch Pottery, Friends of St Lukes and a New Theatre

This photo of the ever enthusiastic DJ Carey was taken in 1993 when The AllIreland Senior hurling final was won by Kilkenny, beating Galway 2-17 to 1-15 in the final at Croke Park, Dublin. It was the year that Olliie Walsh, as manager, brought Kilkenny to their 25th AllIreland title and saw DJ Carey crowned player of the year.

There were many interesting happenings in the county that year including the opening by Ray Power of Castle Arch Pottery in the autumn of 1993 in Kilkenny’s famous Castle Yard and the setting up of The Friends of St. Luke’s General Hospital which has gone from strength to strength. Of course the opening on April 4th 1993 of the Watergate Theatre in Parliament St. Kilkenny was a massive step forward for those involved with, and a love of, the arts. Twenty one years later, the Theatre has seen some fantastic productions staged here and itcontinues to operate to an excellent standard.

LET THE CELEBRATIONS BEGIN To kick off our celebrations, we will hold three events on our Birthday which is April 4th:

* A broadcast of the Sue Nunn show (K.C.L.R) 10am to 12 noon, Live from the Watergate * A free concert by St Patrick’s Brass and Reed Band 1p.m to 2p.m * The launch of 21 artists-21 years 6.00pm (Upstairs Gallery) Although admission to the lunchtime concert is free, booking is advisable.

Further events to celebrate our 21st will include A Photographic competition in conjunction with Kilkenny Photographic Society and fuji film A Three day Festival of Theatre (July) A production of Da by Hugh Leonard (July) Watergate Miscellany (August) A youth musical production of Miss Saigon (November)

WONDERFUL SUPPORT It is important that as we mark this occasion we say a word of thanks to all who have supported us over the years. In a year when we say farewell to the Borough Council, we especially acknowledge the incredible support given to the theatre by the executive and elected members. It was the vision by the then County manager Mr. Paddy Donnelly and the Town Clerk Mr. Donal O’Brien that saw the dream of a theatre in Kilkenny become a reality. This dream became possible thanks to the joint working relationship between the aforementioned Officers of the local council and The Arts Council of Ireland. Year after year, the campaign to open a new theatre in Kilkenny was actively pursued by Mr O Brien and supported by the elected members of Kilkenny Corporation. There are those councillors who supported this project

but who are no longer with us .Those who replaced them on the council have been equally supportive. When the Council disbands in May, the city will have lost an integral part of the community. The Watergate acknowledges and wishes to thank past and present members of the local authority for their support.

GRANT ALLOCATION The Watergate was disappointed to receive a 7% cut in it’s Arts Council programming funding this year. The average cut to venues was 9%. This is the fourth year that the theatre has suffered a substantial cut and I suppose the anticipation would have been to see certain areas suffer. We have already seen the loss of two of our staff due to cuts and like a lot of venues,

a cut in wages to remaining staff has been implemented. We have however, continued to produce a wide and varied programme , that includes theatre, music, comedy and dance. Two things which continue to strengthen our cause is the support of the Borough and County Council and the support we receive from the public at the box office. The major effect the cut imposes is that it reduces our bargaining power with visiting companies, and restricts us from chasing certain shows. Like all those involved in the Arts, the expectation is that you can still turn out the same quantity and quality of work with less money. Which, by the way, we will endeavour to do.

Ger Cody Theatre Manager

The Watergate Theatre Keeping You Entertained since 1993

What A Wonderful World

Photographic Competition What a Wonderful World” is a song written by Bob Thiele (as “George Douglas”) and George David Weiss. It was first recorded by Louis Armstrong and released as a single in 1967. To celebrate their 21st Birthday, The Watergate is running a photographic competition with the theme “what a wonderful world” So, whether it is the sun rising, your baby smiling, a moment from sport be creative and try to approach the subject with your individual interpretation not the stereotype of the suject. Think what is unique about your subject, perhaps a close up of the pattern of hair on a baby’s head, the setting sun on the inside wall of your house, or the muddied hands of the football player. Whatever you think deserves the caption of “What a Wonderful World” we would love to receive your entry. First prize

BRIDGDE CAMERA FINE PIX S4800 second prize

Watergate gift voucher to the value of €150 third prize

Watergate gift voucher to the value of €100 The judges are as follows Niamh Moroney (Watergate ) Gypsy Ray (Visual Artist/Photographer) Richard Dwyer ( Kilkenny Photographic Society)


Vyvienne Long, Niwel Tsumbu & Dave Flynn D.F.F. is one of the most exciting groups to emerge from Ireland in recent times! The band is packed to the brim with talented musicians featuring Niwel Tsumbu, Vyvienne Long, Dave Flynn, with a rhythm section featuring Dan Bodwell (Double Bass), Ciarán Swift (Rhythm guitar), Aidan Dunphy and Cion O’Callaghan (percussion). With an incomparable sound, D.F.F. merge singular talents and international reputations into one genre-bending musical concoction that reflects the diversity of Ireland’s modern music scene. D.F.F. will be performing tracks from their debut album ‘Pouric Songs’ which will be released on 28 March 2014. This live show promises a new musical world of African-tinged Chamber Pop Songs featuring glorious vocal harmonies and dazzling musicianship.

Wednesday April 2nd at 8 p.m. Adm.: e15/ e12

Admission to all above events are FREE but booking is essential

Sunday 6th to Saturday 12th of April at 8 p.m. Adm.: e18 / e12 Concessions on Sunday, Monday & Tuesday

Saturday April 19th at 8 p.m. Adm.: e14 / e12

Sunday April 20th at 8 p.m. Adm.: e12 / e10

Friday April 25th & Saturday April 26th at 8 p.m. Adm.: e18 / e16

written and performed by

Alison Skilbeck directed by

lucy skilbeck In October 1942, Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of the President, takes a dangerous trip to wartime London, to visit US troops, and see how the British, most importantly the women, are coping. In her last days, as the Cuban Missile Crisis pushes the world to the brink of final catastrophe, Eleanor relives her journey.

Tuesday April 29th at 8 p.m. Adm.: e14 / e12

Wednesday April 30th at 7.30 p.m. Adm.: e10







Allegro is an adult amateur orchestra with players from Kilkenny, Carlow, Waterford and Laois playing classical and contemporary/ theatre music under the direction of David Forde. Last year Allegro organised a “dust off your trumpet� event inviting members of the public to come along and try out playing with the orchestra. Since then the orchestra has grown with many new and returning players of all ages. We now have almost 40 players including a full brass and wind section. For our premier outing at the Watergate Theatre, Allegro will be performing music from its existing repertoire including Ravel’s Pavane pour une Infante Defunte alongside a selection of light 20th century compositions for radio and theatre. Anyone interested in joining the orchestra please contact us at 087 2258599 or at Facebook: Allegro Community Orchestra.

Thursday May 1st at 8 p.m. Adm.: e10

Friday May 2nd at 8 p.m. Adm.: e20

Saturday May 3rd at 8 p.m. Adm.: e25

Tuesday May 6th at 7.30 p.m. Adm.: e13.50 / e11.50 concession

Raise the Roof

“Raise the Roof” a variety show by members of Stagedoor comes to the Watergate theatre on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th May. Stagedoor is a stage school based in Stoneyford which caters for five to sixteen year olds from Stoneyford and the surrounding areas. This action packed, high energy show is not only guaranteed to entertain but also gives students the opportunity to showcase their talents. This will be the groups eighth performance at the Watergate and promises to be just as entertaining as the previous seven. Produced by Sheila Raggett and Rose Kelly with choreography by Shauna Kelly this show promises to be a great nights entertainment for all the family.

Saturday May 10th at 8 p.m. & Sunday May 11th at 4 p.m. Adm.: Adults e12 + Children & OAP’s e6

Thursday 15th to Saturday 17th of May at 7.30 p.m. nightly 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday Adm.: e12 / e10

St. Canice’s National School Kilkenny

Maytime Melodies Concert What an amazing journey this has been!

St Canice's N.S Instrumental Music Programme presents the ever popular "Maytime Melodies" Concert on Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 May 2014. The concert will feature all the young musicians involved in this unique music programme, from the charming Junior Infants in "Baby Bows" to the senior students in the award winning Orchestras and Jazz Bands. A range of ages, instruments, and genres of music will be on display and two wonderful nights of entertainment are promised! Concert starts 7.30pm Tickets ¤10 (Adults)

¤5 (Children)

St. Canice’s National School Instrumental Music Programme Granges Road Kilkenny 087 7917960 Artistic Director: Regina O’Leary

Tuesday May 20th Wednesday 21st at 7.30 p.m. Adm.: Adults e10 / Children e5

Thursday May 22nd at 8 p.m. Adm.: e16 / e12

Saturday May 24th at 8 p.m. Adm.: e20 / e17

Thursday May 29th at 8 p.m. Adm.: e12 / e10

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Thursday June 12th to Saturday June 14th at 7.30 p.m. Sunday June 15th at 3 p.m. Adm.: e12

Saturday June 21st at 8 p.m. Adm.: e16 / e12 concessions

Dancewise Academy are proud to present this years annual show “Dance upon a Dream” in The Watergate Theatre. Our show promises excitement, fun and as always fantastic talent. Incorporating different styles of dance from Rock & Roll, Jazz and Hip Hop to Freestyle Disco, Ballroom and Musical Theatre. There will be kids from the ages of 3years up performing great choreography, singing and drama pieces to chart toppers such as Despicable Me and Will-i-am to classics such as The Beatles, Donna Summer and the all time favorite Annie. This show guarantees fantastic talent from students of all ages and not forgetting our audience participation dance at the end of every show. Entertainment at its best we aim to have everyone up and out of their seats by the end of the evening, just try and sit still!

Thursday 26th to Saturday 28th of June at 8 p.m. Adm.: e12 / €10

Sunday June 29th at 7.30 p.m. Adm.: Adults e12 / Children e6

MAY Catherine Ryan Opening May 3rd @ 4.30pm running until May 31th “Painting – collages expressing the organised chaos of urban life; intricate playful work that will entice your imagination.”

JUNE Marilyn Gaffney Opening June 1st @ 4.30pm running until June 30th “I am interested in a relationship to landscape and how particular places hold memories and can embody emotional responses.”

Some Flood Devious Theatre Kilkenny present a comedy about surviving the Apocalypse, Madness and Tinned Food The secret life of you and me Lowri Evans presents an engaging and witty look at how one young woman deals with reaching her 30th birthday

Foreign Bodies The Polish Theatre Company of Ireland deal with displacement in this Julia Holewinskas play. Ciała obce... Teatr Polski Irlandia w sztuce Julii Holewińskiej konfrontuje się z wyparciem Joe Murray directs Hugh Leonard’s play Da for Watergate Productions.

Wonderland Theatre return for the second year with a weeklong workshop for children between the age of 8 and 12.

Universal access is one of the core values of The Watergate and we recognise that we must take a holistic approach to Universal Access and address a number of key areas (customer services accessibility; employment and human resources; built and external environment accessibility and accessible information provision). Our vision is to create an inclusive environment and provide a range of services and facilities to make the visitor experience of all people more enjoyable and one which creates a climate that embraces all people regardless of their age, size or disability. The Watergate offers a range of facilities to make your visit more enjoyable. Accessibility Profile 1. There is a wheelchair ramp at the front entrance of the Watergate Theatre. 2. There is a Loop System for the Hard of Hearing which transmits sound to hearing aids to enhance hearing for people who use them. 3.

The Watergate Theatre has a ground floor bathroom with wall mounted rails which is suitable for some individuals with limited mobility. Please contact the theatre directly for further information before your visit.

4. The wheelchair seating option is at the back of the theatre on the level or at the end of rows on a slight slope. 5.

The coffee dock and “The Upstairs Gallery” are both located upstairs. There is no lift but front of house staff will be happy to get refreshments for any individuals who are not able to access the coffee dock.


The car park left of Watergate Theatre ( towards Irishtown) has one space for disability permit holder; the car park in Dean Street has two spaces for permit holders while Dunne’s Stores car park has four spaces for permit holders.

If we can be of assistance to you ,or if you have a concern regarding your visit to our venue please call Ger Cody on 056 7761674 .

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Watergate Programme April - June 2014  
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