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FREE TO USE IMAGE. Waterford 1100. Mike Leahy, Artistic Director for street theatre company Spraoi, works on the figurehead of the Viking ship under construction for Vadrarfjordr!, the first major celebration of Waterford 1100 in 2014. Vadrarfjordr! is the name the Vikings gave to the outpost that became Waterford. The huge outdoor spectacle will use performance, pyrotechnics, original music, narration and sculpture to recreate the Viking arrival, conquest and settlement of what became Waterford city in 914. Central to the Spraoi production will be three stylised Viking ships around which the activity and narration is based. The 30-minute spectacle will take place on the Viking’s landing point in Waterford – the city’s Parade Quay on the river Suir and adjacent to historic Viking Triangle district – and will be a free event for families to attend and enjoy. Waterford 1100 is organised by Waterford City Council. Picture: Patrick Browne
Announcing “ Vadrarfjordr! ”
Waterford 1100 To Recreate Viking Arrival With Stunning Quayside Fire Show
They came in 914, in a great Scandinavian fleet under the leadership of Ragnall, to plunder and establish what became Waterford. Now Ireland’s oldest city has announced it will mark its milestone birthday – Waterford1100 – with a huge outdoor spectacle at the city quays on Saturday 4th January that recreates the Viking arrival, conquest and settlement of the area.
Vadrarfjordr!, will be produced by the nationally-acclaimed street theatre company Spraoi and incorporate performance, pyrotechnics, original music, narration, sculpture and even church bells. The event title, Vadrarfjordr! is the name the Vikings gave to the outpost that became Waterford. Vadrarfjordr! will be the first major celebration of Waterford 1100 in 2014 and organisers Waterford City Council has confirmed that the production will be a free event for families to attend and enjoy. The 30-minute spectacle will take place on the Viking’s landing point in Waterford – the city’s Parade Quay on the river Suir and adjacent to historic Viking Triangle district. Members of the public are invited to dress up warm and ‘Be on the Quay’ between the crane and William Vincent Wallace Plaza at 7pm on Saturday 4th January 2014 for the event, which will be over by 7.45pm.
Under the direction of Spraoi, Vadrarfjordr!, will feature ferocious mariner-warriors delivered by a cast of both professional and voluntary actors. Central to the production will be three stylised ships, currently under construction at Spraoi’s workshops, around which the activity and narration is based. The backdrop, according to Spraoi, will be dramatic.
“Vadrarfjordr! is essentially a fire-based show, representing the conflict of Viking invasion,” said Spraoi Artistic Director Mike Leahy. “It’s very exciting to recreate a historic event 1100 years after the fact, especially at the location where the Vikings came ashore. Since our founding in 1993, Spraoi has performed throughout Ireland, but we are especially proud to have been invited by Waterford City Council to mark the birth of our home city. It’s going to be a huge night for us and for the audience,” he added.
“Vadrarfjordr! will be a most dramatic start in early January to our Waterford 1100 celebrations. It is guaranteed to capture the imagination and will provide a great evening’s entertainment for families to come out and enjoy together. Moreover, we want it to bring home to everyone the dramatic and ferocious founding of our city by Vikings in 914 and Waterford’s unique identify of being the only city in Ireland to retain its Norse name – Vadrarfjordr! – which eventually became Waterford”, said Eamonn McEneaney, Director of Waterford Treasures.