Vera Morgan – A Tribute

The death occurred of performer, Vera Morgan, on October 31st last. She is survived by her husband Val Joyce, the iconic “Radio Eireann” broadcaster. She was a staunch member of Irish Actors Equity for many years, supporting the Variety Artists Section.

Early in her career she was the vocalist in The Kevin Wood Showband, extensively touring Ireland in 1959 and, was deemed to be one of the most popular and outstanding singers. She even had her own fan club with a branch in Belfast. It is said that, the members of this Belfast branch cycled to Drumshanbo, just to see her.

In the 1960’s she was the guest professional for many leading Musical Societies, “Calamity Jane” being one of her many leading roles. In 1963 she starred in Cinderella with Jack Cruise in the Olympia Theatre and, in the late 1980’s appeared in Pantomime in the old Pavilion Theatre Dun Laoghaire.

Vera was the archetypal, thigh slapping, ‘Principal Boy’, a voice that needed no microphone!

She was as generous off-stage, as on and her sense of fun and camaraderie was infectious, being a delight to work with. Vera may not have been a household name, nationally, but she was a vital part of those early showband days and traditional Variety. It is only fitting that we acknowledge her great contribution to Irish Theatre.

Laurence Foster,
December 8th 2016