Two years ago I wrote about Musical Nun Ruth antics, last year I was impressed with The Morbid and Sons undertakers street theatre. This summer SPRAOI presented a whole constellation of street performers who demonstrated many talents and successfully had the audience in stitches.
Niamh McGrath and Keith Singleton, the Oh Dears, gave me a tea bag so that I could enjoy a cuppa after all that hard work taking pictures. They were asked for an autograph and no wonder – many people are familiar with the duo and their comedy Looking Deadly.
Mr. Culbuto, a human tumble toy, was rolling around O’Connel street waiting for someone to play with him. Two nuns (real nuns!) happened to walk by and one of them agreed to hold his hand.
Naturally, Mr. Culbuto started falling face down.
The nun was terrified. The audience were amused.
Mr. Culbuto’s delivery man said it was OK 🙂
“Ireland’s most lovable idiots”, brothers Seamus and Sean, are always amazing. I watched this show in Clonmel last year, but didn’t mind to watch it again.
The Lords of Strut Cormac Mohally and Cian Kinsella launched their first gig in 2008. Since then they have traveled around the worlds and even become Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists. They charmed the judges with all that lycra, neon and sparkles, no doubt on that, but also with their dazzling acrobatics and contortion.
As always, Sean gets stuck in contortion ring, but with the help of Seamus he will eventually squeeze his body through.
Stellar acrobatic performance on the ladder.
“Happy reunion” with the long lost “daddy” Sean found in the audience. It is my favorite part of the show 🙂 As you can see, some spectators laugh to tears.
Between the shows, SPRAOI visitors are having a great time this weekend with all the nice weather.
The performers are moving to a different location. Most of them have 2-3 shows every day.
The Silent Brass Band from The Netherlands marching by.
True fans gathered around the Georges Court stage.
I see a familiar face. Morbid and Sons undertaker !
Yet I am told that it is a new comedy show directed by Nicholas Kavanagh – The Foolhardy Three. Lots of music, dance and slapstick, as expected from a good old vaudeville.
Gareth Jones & Matt Barnard are absolutely brilliant. The Variety Spectacular is a truly spectacular show, a comedy classic full of song, dance, and charm. I loved the use of volunteers – my favorite part of any act 🙂
And last but not least – Robotic Drum Show. Performer Ulrich Kahlert, Germany.
I will write about SPRAOI Grand Parade some other day.
Have a wonderful week!
Haha! How wonderful!! Your descriptive words and fantastic photos thoroughly engaged me. You have a gift, my friend. 🌹
Thank you! 🙂 xx
Gareth and Matt look like an entertaining and amazing duo. Those wild, carefree and fun people are so fascinating, Inese. You just snap away and share so giving of you, dear. xo 💖
Thank you! 🙂 So many talented people made this festival awesome.
You’re welcome. 🙂
It is quite a spectacular festival, Inese!
Way to go!
Thanks for this, Inese. 💕
Love your street photography Inese. 🙂
Thank you 🙂
What a magnificent collection of movement, smiles, expressions, and life. Beautiful, as always!
Thank you so much Jean! 🙂
I have been involved with Spraoi, so would be biased haha! It’s wonderful what they have achieved and brought so much to Waterford. Your photos re-invigorates the entire concept, take a bow!!!
Thank you so much! A bow back at you for volunteering for SPRAOI 🙂
Fab pics Inese, it looks like a lot of fun! There’s always something great going on near you 🙂 x
Thank you so much! xxxxxx
Great shots of a barrel full of fun, Inese. That is really a different kind of festival!
Thank you! We love our SPRAOI 🙂
What fun Inese! I love your pictures!
Thank you so much, Antonia! xx
Wow, Inese. That looks like so much fun. I just added it to my future travel plans. 🙂
Yes, it is a great time to come to Ireland. This week is a Heritage week, so all August is a party in Waterford 🙂
You certainly captured the fun and the spirit of the weekend. Kudos to Waterford for such a brilliant festival and to you for sharing it.
Thank you so much! It is a spectacular event, a perpetual party from Friday to Sunday night 🙂
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