14 operatic shows over 14 nights at the Theatre Royal in Waterford.

Throughout the years, the International Festival of Light Opera has grown into an important event where amateur operatic societies vie for prestigious honours. The festival is now in its 23rd year.

If you win here, you're the best in Britain or Ireland.

Described as a festival of the old favourites like 'Pink Champagne’, ‘White Horse Inn’, and ‘Maritana’, this year’s line up is considered somewhat unusual as it includes a production of the rock musical ‘Grease’.

Festival Secretary Jimmy Hassey says that the festival is appealing to visitors for its friendly atmosphere. He says that the festival is the only one of its kind in the British Isles.

The competitive festival presents 14 shows with societies from England, Wales and Ireland before the festival adjudicator, David Turner. The festival runs in Waterford from 19 September to 4 October with a different show each night.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 19 September 1981. The reporter is Michael Ryan.