A Christmas Carol : A Christmas Classic for All the Family (1st – 21st Dec)

Dec 1st - Dec 24th 2021 |
8:00 pm
€22 |

In the interest of health and safety, the producers of A Christmas Carol have had to make the difficult decision to cancel the rest of the scheduled shows.

For the safety of the cast, crew, staff and of course, patrons, it is the correct option at this time. 

If you have a ticket for Monday 20th , Tuesday 21st or Wed 22nd of December we will be in contact with a full refund.


“We are genuinely upset about having to make this call and are sincerely sorry for the inconvenience. We would also just like to say thank you all so much for supporting this wonderful production in the first place”.

Have a happy, safe and peaceful Christmas from all the team at Garter Lane.


‘A Christmas Carol is an immortal classic that never fades.’

This adaptation by Writer/Director Liam Meagher brought to you by the producers of Red Iron, promises to treat you and yours to the ultimate seasonal story.

A timeless tale of heart-warming joy and redemption, we will journey with Ebenezer Scrooge and much-loved characters through a story of how society can be transformed for the better through human generosity, kindness and compassion.

First published in 1843, Charles Dickens created this Victorian classic drawing on observations of the lives and dire straits of the poorest people living in London at the time. Ebenezer the miser has closed his heart to memories he would rather forget. With Christmas Spirit disrupting his normal business routine, and visitations from his deceased business partner Jacob Marley, Ebenezer is faced with his past, and the decisions he has made on a lonely life’s quest, that of satisfying his greed.  

If I had my way, every idiot who goes around with Merry Christmas on his lips would be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. Merry Christmas? Bah humbug!”

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1 Dec 2021 — 22 Dec 2021           



Liam Meagher


Liam Meagher has worked in the Waterfords art scene for more than thirty years. From the early days of Red Kettle to Little Red Kettle for whom he still writes and directs the annual school interactive show. He has also worked extensively with Waterford Youth Arts and The Healing Arts Trust. He has also directed numerous short films with the SWAY project in St. John’s Park. He is delighted to be working with such a fantastic all-Waterford cast on this production.


Shauna Farrell


Shauna is a professional actor, director and writer based in Waterford city. She is a drama facilitator and actor with Little Red Kettle and has performed with Garter Lane Arts Centre, The Theatre Royal and Red Kettle Theatre Company and on the prestigious stages of the National Theatre, London and the Irish Arts Centre, New York. Shauna is the casting coordinator with Spraoi, Waterford as well as co-founder, director and actor for Rigout Productions, creating collaborative multimedia works this last 9 years. Productions include “Lackendara Jim”(director), “Raven’s Watch”(director), “Boundary”(director) and “Petticoat Loose”(lead actor). Shauna is an active member of the Waterford Film Centre where her Arts Council awarded screenplay “So This is it” is currently in the production stage. 


Andrew Holden


Andrew trained with the Gaiety School of Acting and The London School of Musical Theatre.

His previous credits include appearances with The Gate Theatre, The Cork Opera House, Waterford Spraoi, Little Red Kettle, Bryan Flynn Theatrix and Long Road Productions amongst others. Other appearances include The Gods Are Angry Miss Kerr by Jim Nolan, Dissident by Pat Daly, a European tour with Riverdance, a national tour of The Collector and The Lonesome West at The Everyman in Cork. Most recently Andrew has appeared in The Shakespeare Review at The Theatre Royal Waterford for the third time and The Eugene O’Neill International Festival in New Ross for a second.


Sinéad Hourigan


Sinéad is actor, director, costume designer and stage manager from South Kilkenny. She has just finished her final year in MTUs Theatre & Drama Studies where she became interested in costume & makeup, prop & set design, directing, sound design and stage management. She started her theatre journey when she joined Waterford Youth Arts at 8 years old. Since then she has participated in many of their shows and even produced a Works in Progress showcase in 2017. Her most recent work includes: stage managing ‘Love and Information’ by Carol Churchill directed by Regina Crowley. Assistant stage manager/set builder/voice coach for ‘Stolen Time by Martina Collender directed by Liam Meagher. Played Alice in the ‘Halfpenny Opera’ written and directed by Johnny Hanrahan. Currently she is the costume designer and assistant directing the WYAs summer project of  ‘Romeo & Juliet’ directed by Jim Nolan.


Devlyn Lonergan


Devlyn Lonergan is a young actor who plays a number of parts in this production of A Christmas Carol. She became interested in theatre when she was just 9 years old playing Magwidge in The Demon Plays by Little Red Kettle. Her training includes : Little Red Kettle (aged 9-14) and Waterford Youth Arts (aged 12-present).  Her recent acting credits include : Juliet in “Romeo and Juliet ” (dir. Jim Nolan, Wyse Park, 2021), Sarah in “Stolen Time” (dir. Liam Meagher, Garter Lane, 2020), Frank in “Little White Box” (dir. Ben Hennessy & Ben Quinlan, WAMA, 2019), Goddess of Water in “Lusmore, Lily, Doire and the Ollpheista” (dir. Ben Hennessy & Ben Quinlan, Theatre Royal, 2018), Kate in “The Island of Lost Children” (dir. Ben Hennessy & Ben Quinlan, Theatre Royal, 2017) and Magwidge in “The Demon Plays” (dir. Ben Hennessy & Ben Quinlan, Theatre Royal, 2017). 


Charlie Meagher


Charlie Meagher is an up and coming actor from Waterford City. His acting experience includes Waterford Youth Arts acting workshops with Sile Penkert and Red Kettle Workshops with Ben Quinlan. Recent acting credits include short films:Unforgettable written and directed by Liam Meagher and Far Away Still also written and directed by Liam Meagher (2020). He also played Romeo in the Waterford Youth arts production of Romeo and Juliet, Directed by Jim Nolan in the summer of 2021.


Joe Meagher


A professional actor, director and writer for over thirty years, Joe has worked and toured extensively with theatre companies such as Red Kettle, Corcadorca, Rigout Productions and Broken Crow. He has also appeared in several programmes on RTE Radio One including The History Show, The Johnny Coffin Diaries and The Reindeer That Got Left Behind. Joe also teaches drama to young people and is a regular member of the Little Red Kettle team that tours annually to approximately seventy primary schools throughout the Southeast and as a musician and songwriter is a member of Waterford band Birds of Burden and recently released a solo album entitled On Unforgiving Themes with The Remains of Reason Ensemble. He is delighted to be involved with this innovative new production of one of the great classics of western literature.


Anne O’Riordan


Anne trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London. 

Theatre credits include Ghosting (Theatre Royal Waterford, Irish Repertory Theatre New York, Katzpace London), King Lear (Theatre Royal, Waterford), I and You (GEST), The Lonesome West (Royal Court, Liverpool), The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Octagon Theatre), Gulliver’s Travels (Octagon Theatre), Alice (Theatre in the Quarter), Fallen Angels (Frinton Summer Theatre), Overshadowed(Sunday’s Child Theatre Company), The Merry Wives of Windsor(Merely Theatre), Cinderella (Octagon Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Red Kettle Theatre Company). 

Television/film credits include: Call the Midwife(BBC), Doctors (BBC), The Clinic (RTÉ), 32A (Janey Pictures).


Kieran Walsh


Kieran is an actor, a reactor, and pro-tractor. He began in Loose Screw Theatre’s Boxer, and since then has worked on productions of The Crucible, Our Town, Shadow of Heroes, One Hundred Thousand Breaths, Henry VI Part III, Six Days’ Work, Wife to James Whelan, The Hall, The January Show, Assassins, Raymond & Dutch: The Case of the Last Green Bag, and, in recent years, Macbeth and (eventually) Prince of Denmark. He also absconded to Russia to appear in the television series Пекарь и красавица, which is exactly what it says on the tin.



Michael Grant


A Christmas Carol’ is a timeless classic that never fades. Welcome back to live theatre and to Waterford, Irelands best city to live in.

Michael Grant has a long history in Waterford Theatre dating back to the 1970’s when he first booked the Theatre Royal at age 16 for a bunch of kids from the top of the town calling themselves the City Entertainers. Michael progressed to directing shows during the manic ‘Tops’ days making two national finals and six national semi-finals. He then exited for a life in business as a director with Suir Engineering Ltd, not returning to showbusiness for nearly twenty years.

Upon his return, he teamed up with Padraig O Griofa and produced many Theatre Royal Variety Shows, radio documentaries and radio drama. Eventually working with good local writers such as Pat Daly, Tony Corcoran and the Jim Nolan to produce wonderful theatrical drama and some good comedy.

This is once again a joint production with Padraig O Griofa. Our last production was also here in Garter Lane Theatre with ‘The Red Iron’ in November 2019 written and directed by Jim Nolan. Before that, we had the riotous ‘Bilberry Goats’ in February 2019 written by Tony Corcoran. Expect to see more in 2022.

With this show, we get the opportunity to be part of a great production, directed and adapted for this stage by Liam Meagher.



Pádraig Ó Gríofa


We truly hope you enjoy this production about the true spirit of Christmas.

Pádraig Ó Gríofa’s journey in theatre began at the age of six as part of a school theatrical production. Pádraig’s initial forays into acting throughout his childhood and teenage years lead to an interest in producing shows. Pádraig re-established Waterford Pantomime Society with his close friend Jimmy Kelly in 1984. The production duo went on to produce all performances by the society for the next twenty years before retiring. Pádraig and Micheal Grant began working together in the early 2000s. This creative partnership has led to the production of many shows such as The Variety show, The Bilberry Goats, The Hall, and The Red Iron.

Pádraig and Michael separately attended a production of A Christmas Carol in London fifteen years ago starring the great Tommy Steele. Since viewing this production they have both been eager to bring a production of this show to Waterford City and the south-east. After eighteen dismal months for Ireland’s creative and cultural sector, the opportunity to realise this magical piece of theatre on a stage with actors and an audience is now possible.


Dermot Quinn

(Set and Lighting Design)

Dermot has been a full-time professional artist and theatrical practitioner for over 30 years. A founding member and former Artistic Director of ‘Spraoi’ Street Arts Festival in Waterford Ireland, he is currently the Technical Manager at the Theatre Royal Waterford.

With a wide range of experience in the areas of set design, lighting design, performance direction, devising and production, his work has won numerous awards and has enjoyed extensive media coverage.

Most recent works include: Ghosting – Throwing Shapes Theatre Company – Lighting Design; The Red Iron – Red Kettle Theatre Company – Set Design; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – Cecilian Musical Society – Set Design; The King Lear Review – Theatre Royal Productions – Set and Lighting Design ; A Taste of Becket – Theatre Royal Productions – Set Design; My Real Life – Theatre Royal Productions – Set Design; Johnny I Hardly Knew Ya– Garter Lane Productions – Set Design.


Jamie Beamish

(Composer and Sound Designer)

As a Composer & Sound designer credits include; Original songs for TNT’s tv series WILL. Theatre productions in Ireland at Theatre Royal Waterford, Little Red Kettle Theatre Co., Spraoi, Wexford Arts Centre and more. In the UK: Jermyn Street Theatre, Theatre 503, The Old Red Lion, Leicester Sq. Theatre, Oxford School of Drama and more. With Richard Hardwick, Jamie co-authored CAT (the play) which has been performed at The Edinburgh Fringe, Leicester Curve, Belfast Baby Grand, Theatre Royal Waterford, has toured Germany and was presented in the West End at The Ambassadors Theatre.

Jamie also co-wrote (with Anne O’Riordan), composed and sound designed the new Waterford play Ghosting which premiered at the Theatre Royal in 2019, streamed live from there in 2021 and was subsequently picked up and broadcast by the Irish Repertory Theatre in New York as part of their online theatre season.

As an Actor Jamie has performed in seasons at the RSC, National Theatre, Donmar, Almeida, Globe, West End and much more. Film & TV include: Billy The Kid, Derry Girls, WILL, Love Rosie, Pudsey, Hanna, Anna Karenina, Robin Hood & London Irish. Jamie was most recently seen onscreen as Nigel Berbrooke in the hit Netflix drama Bridgerton.


Heather Troy Whelan

(Film )

Heather is delighted to be working on this exciting Christmas time show after not having one last year. Heather moved to Waterford 7 years ago, she started working locally in theatre and live events in Central Arts, Garter Lane and Theatre Royal. She has worked on many theatrical shows such as, “Stolen Time” & “Romeo & Juliet” (WYA), “Boy with a Suitcase” & “Star Chasers” (Barnstorm Theatre Company), “Boundary”, “Flood” & “Petticoat Loose”(Rigout Productions) among many others. She also has completed two national tours as head tech with “The Collector”(Central Arts) and “Pulled”(Devious Theatre Company)

In her spare time, she loves playing music, hanging out with animals and sea swimming.


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