. . . Jim Nolan has an unapologetic affection for small-town life. But it never blinds him to its dangers and its faults . . .
— Emer O’Kelly, Sunday Independent
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Jim Nolan was born in Waterford in 1958 and continues to live there. He is a founder member and former Artistic Director of Red Kettle Theatre Company. He has also worked as a writer and director with Waterford Dramatic Society, Meridian Theatre Company, Field Day, TEAM Theatre, Rough Magic and Barnstorm
A member of Aosdána, Jim Nolan has been writer-in-Association at the Abbey Theatre (2001-2002) and at Garter Lane Arts Centre.
Jim Nolan has directed over twenty plays for Red Kettle including The Gods Are Angry Miss Kerr, The Black Pool, The Boathouse, Moonshine, The Guernica Hotel and The Salvage Shop which was nominated for the Irish Times / ESB Best New Play Award and won the Sunday Independent / Ford Spirit of Life Award for Play of the Year. Blackwater Angel was presented at the Abbey Theatre in 2001. A children’s play, The Road to Carne was presented at the Peacock Theatre in 2003.
Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye
As it prepares to mark the centenary of 1916 and the opening of the Memorial Peace Park changes are being forced on The Derryshannon Chronicle, a local paper once family-owned and now being absorbed into an international media conglomerate.