Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Arts and Culture Seán Ó Fearghaíl has expressed his disappointment at the liquidation of Waterford’s Red Kettle Theatre Company.
Deputy Ó Fearghaíl described it as a “sad day for Waterford and the arts across the south east.”
Red Kettle Theatre Company toured throughout Ireland over many years and has spent almost three decades in operation.
Deputy Ó Fearghaíl commented: “Red Kettle has been a household name in the arts community and its liquidation is a huge shock and disappointment for the many artists who have taken to the stage on its countless shows and their audiences. Red Kettle had an important role in portraying Irish arts and culture to an international audience with tours in New York, Edinburgh and London. I think it is extremely important that every effort is made to salvage the talent and artistic spirit from the company and that this remains available to audiences throughout the country.
“Irish arts and culture have played a huge role in growing and maintaining Ireland’s image as an open and welcoming country and Red Kettle has definitely left a positive mark in that regard. I think there is a key message for the Arts Council from today’s development which follows the liquidation of Belltable Arts Centre Company in Limerick in 2013. I believe the strategy for supporting regional arts infrastructure needs to be strengthened.
“I appreciate this is a sad occasion for those involved in Red Kettle Theatre Company and my thoughts are with those working closely with the company and its current artists but I hope they will continue to perform their ate for the benefit of many audiences into the future.”