|Michael Quinlan and Brian Doherty|
Anticipation was high in theatre circles at the prospect of a new play by the Waterford's favourite playwright. Garter Lane was humming for the opening night. The Blackwater Gin was flowing, the mellifluous sound of the Barrack Street Concert Band installed in the Gallery threw a cheerful aural glow over the pre-show buzz as stage folk gathered to say hello and see a new play brought from page to stage. Best dressed among the gathering was the Mayor wearing his chain and office and Munster Express theatre critic, Liam Murphy in splendid red shirt and matching shoes. Memories were triggered of the glory days of Red Kettle when the Waterford company was at the forefront of the national theatre scene. Although the company ceased operations, Nolan has acquired the title and 'The Red Iron' was presented under the Red Kettle banner.
After a tragic funeral, a group of friends reunite after decades on the eponymous Red Iron, a bridge that now can only be approached from the 'enemy territory' of Co Kilkenny. The bridge is a haunt of their younger days. It happens to be the day of the homecoming of a defeated Waterford hurling team and we hear a recording of the reception voices of a stoic manager Derek McGrath and entertainer Richie Hayes so effectively drawing us back to the emotional occasion on the Quay. I remember; I was there!
The cast, with one exception, are professional thespians drawn from Waterford and its diaspora who delivered very credible characters.
The opening night audience loved it and the a standing ovation swiftly followed the final lights down.
Booking is heavy for the first week and the play runs until November 30th.
Cathy's review of Jim Nolan's Brighton play here
Cathy's review of Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye here
The Red Iron Bridge from Journal.ie https://www.thejournal.ie/old-red-iron-bridge-waterford-4199063-Aug2018/
Great buzz here @garterlane #Waterford for press night @RedIrontheplay Bravo @BSCB1 warming us up nicely pic.twitter.com/LmgxcXeLrS— Fidleir (@fidleir) November 12, 2019