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2016 SEPTEMBER OCTOBER NOVEMBER DECEMBER


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01 272 4030 www.mermaidartscentre.ie 10am – 6pm from Monday to Saturday or until 8pm on performance nights • Please note, once purchased, tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded. • There are no booking fees – at all. • There are lots of ways to save when visiting Mermaid. You can bring nine of your friends and avail of our group discount, choose from our special offers, if you’re a student join Culture Club or become a Mermaid Friend. • The Mermaid gallery is open from 10am – 6pm from Monday to Saturday and until 8pm on performance nights. • The Betelnut Café serves breakfast, lunch, snacks and baked goods from 8am – 6pm Monday to Saturday. • The theatre bar is open for pre-show and interval drinks. • To join our mailing list, please contact the box office or join online at www.mermaidartscentre.ie • Gift vouchers are available from the box office. • For the comfort of patrons and performers, latecomers will not be admitted until the interval. 2


WELCOME Every year I believe the summer months will be a quieter time where we as a space can rest a little. Instead I find (like almost everyone else I know) we’re still running round trying to juggle work, life and family in what seems like a wonderfully positive albeit impossibly busy season.  However, I have realised with longer brighter days I seem to have more time to think, to consider and reflect.  It is this that gives me the summer feeling.  A feeling of renewal of thought and energy. This summer I’ve been caught up with thoughts of citizenship and how we societally instigate change.  There is no action in the arts or I believe in broader society that doesn’t require collective effort.  Yes, there are individual artists, elements, people, projects and presentations, but it is through the power of collaborative action that one individual’s idea can be realized.  So when we are faced with uncertainty and difficult issues like Brexit,The Trump (how did he get that title) and the horrific attacks in Nice, Istanbul and Baghdad, how do we as citizens take a position?  How do we take a stand and perhaps try to make a difference?  What role do we play in shaping our own society?  We in Mermaid believe culture precedes change.  Any real societal stride that results in substantial change has been produced from a cultural shift, a collective motion that engages the public’s imagination.  Something that builds an energy and movement that cannot be altered or denied.  So for us how as a centre do we act as a support and catalyst for the imagination of our communities?  We, in Mermaid, try to always be present and open-minded.  We try to work with as many like-minded people, groups and organisations as we can.  You, as our community may not always be aware of the support we give and our partnerships. Have a look overleaf and see who we are working with this season and please, don’t just come and visit Mermaid (as often as you can!) but why not get involved with these groups and help start to make a positive change in our community. Show everyone the power of active and radical citizenship! Niamh O’Donnell and the Mermaid Team 3


Photo: Edible Bray - Stephanie Enders

Bray Alcohol Awareness Campaign is a joint project between the Bray Local Drugs & Alcohol Task Force, the Bray Drugs Awareness Forum and Crosscare. Recent Irish stats from the Health Research Board reveal more than 150,000 people in Ireland are dependant drinkers and approximately 1.3 million Irish drink to harmful levels. It is this reality that brought these groups together to run Bray Alcohol Awareness Campaign in the hopes to raise awareness and understanding of alcohol related harms at a local level. To achieve this, the campaign will involve a number of initiatives throughout 2016 that target the wider Bray community and those who may be at risk (see two events in Mermaid pages 18 and 55) Common Ground Bray are a food and skills community run by volunteers, providing community space for workshops, events, wholefood buying club, organic market, film club, community garden, nature club, a gift circle and many other things, all around sustainable, environmental, and ecological themes.With over 100 members, Common Ground Bray is a vibrant, active hub for the people of South Dublin and Wicklow, a place to connect with likeminded folk. Mermaid and Common Ground want to establish a TIMEBANK.We both believe in active citizenship and in community empowerment and we want to bring back a sense of support, togetherness and participation in our community & locality. We will launch the initiative on Culture Night –drop by on 16th September to see how you can get involved! (see page 20) Edible Bray (and Seed to Seed) is an initiative started by members of Common Ground Bray.They are creating a trail of edible public planting around the town: fruit, herbs, vegetables and flowers to feed body and soul, birds and bees - an edible urban Eden! They began by creating a community garden at Bray Recycling Centre, turning a neglected piece of ground into a food garden. Since then they’ve planted heritage Irish apples in all the schools in Bray, and expanded their edible planting to include the Albert Walk beside Bray Dart Station, as well as outside Mermaid Arts Centre (see picture as Stephanie our Box Office Co-ordinator helps planting). All of their work is voluntary and they welcome anyone who is interested, you can contact them at ediblebray@gmail.com, or look them up on Facebook. They’re also looking for suggestions for sites around the town, so if you know of any, please get in touch! 4


Photo: Gap Day participants 2015/16

MERMAID SPACE Mermaid SPACE is our residency programme which helps us ensure we’re not just a centre of presentation but a place for creation. It confirms our commitment to supporting the work of artists to research, make and produce new works. We are a space for artists and audiences. This Autumn we are very pleased to announce returning initiatives and new artists and projects; Gap Day an initiative led by Lian Bell with Mermaid (funded through the Arts Council Theatre Development Programme) offers freelance theatre artists creative days where their dreaming, thinking and planning time is valued. This year through an open submission, an exciting crop of 15 independent theatre-makers, directors, devisers, writers, designers, etc. across Ireland (8 counties) were given the opportunity to spend a number of days of creative development with access to a room in a local creative space and a small bursary for their time. We are now able to expand this programme and are delighted to say we plan another open call for applications in November 2016 for artists to work in January / February 2017. Keep your eyes peeled on social media and our e-zine (sign up to our database now so as not to miss it) We are also thrilled to have received a third years funding (through the Arts Council’s Artist in Residence Scheme) for our three dance artists in residence; Karen Gleeson, Nick Bryson and Aisling O’Coineen.  These three exciting and talented artists will present new works in an evening on September 8th (see page 17) called Smoke and Mirrors and have invited international guest dance artist Hilde Elbers 5


Photo: Karen Gleeson, Nick Bryson and Aisling O’Coineen

to perform with them. Aisling, Karen and Nick are, as I type, hatching expansive plans for a series of innovative performances, talks, workshops and off site activities which will be rolled out throughout our 2017 programme.  Mermaid is knee knockingly thrilled to welcome back Gary Keegan and Feidlim Cannon of Brokentalkers.  We will premier their new work,The Circus Animals’ Desertion based on Yeats’s poem (see page 24) It is a poetic response to the imagining of a nation in which the artists will juxtapose the romantic notions of nationhood against the realities of extreme nationalism.  It will take the form of a collective dream, it will be abstract, contradictory, beautiful and devastating. Mermaid has co-produced this piece in partnership with the artists themselves and Project Arts Centre.  This partnership is important to us, as duality of support is the only way we as spaces can try to offer sustainable support to artists for the creation and presentation of their work, both of these issues are at the core of our and Project Arts Centre’s mission.  The Circus Animals’ Desertion will move from Bray into Dublin to be presented as part of Dublin Theatre Festival 2016 where it will no doubt sell out – so book your tickets here first! Photo: Gary Keegan & Feidlim Cannon

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We have also continued our work with Kate Heffernan (and Director Gary Keegan with Mentor Tim Crouch) on the development of Kate’s new theatre piece COUNTRY. The piece is about a hotel called The Montague where Kate’s parents had their wedding reception and which was in its day connected to the IRA abduction of Tiede Herrema, a popular spot on the Country and Irish touring circuit and is now a Direct Provision Centre. Kate and Gary have done three development weeks over the summer working on the script (originally co-commissioned by Mermaid and Laois County Council) and in November they, with a team of actors and designers, will have a two week development and showing.  Details will be announced by the end of September. Finally, we are supporting painter Mary Duffy in the development of a new body of work that is tentatively entitled ‘This Half Way World’. A recent recipient of an Arts + Disability Connect Bursary, Mary will use the award to transition from being an artist who primarily works outdoors, to one who is also at ease in the studio. Over the coming months she will be engaging with her mentor, Donald Teskey, (RHA), as she negotiates this move to what she says is likely to be less figurative work.With Dublin City Council and Mermaid as partners, we aim to have her come talk in Mermaid (in 2017). This would be a great opportunity for all of us to get a chance to find out more about her plans and practice.

Photos: Mary Duffy (left) & Kate Heffernan

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MERMAID MIX At Mermaid Arts Centre we really appreciate our regular customers and want to help you to see lots of different performances without breaking the bank. With our MERMAID MIX deal just pick 3 of the selected shows listed on the right and get 20% off! MERMAID MIX is our way of thanking you for coming to three shows - please note the deal is not available for multiple tickets to one show – we want you to come to three different shows!

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OUT K O O L HE FOR T ID! A MERM

MERMAID MIX TICKET

MUSIC

COLIN DUNNE, TOLA Custy, Maeve gilchrist & David power THUR 15 September (page 19 ) THEATRE

REMEMBER to breathe FRI 23 September (page 22 ) MUSIC

NEW frontiers of folk SAT 24 September (page 23 ) THEATRE

The circus animals' desertion brokentalkers FRI 30 September & SAT 1 October (page 24 ) THEATRE

Minding frankie by maeve binchy

WED 19 – SAT 22 October (page 30 ) MUSIC

SONamus

FRI 28 October (page 32)

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CINEMA AT A GLANCE Our cinema programme brings you the best in international cultural film as well as some blockbusters and classics too.Thanks to Dermot Marrey and Stephanie Casey for selecting this season’s programme. Continuing our First Mondays series, where short films by emerging filmmakers are screened on the first Monday of each month, this season we’re presenting four contemporary shorts funded under Bord Scannán na hÉireann/ The Irish Film Board (IFB), short-film schemes.

45

by Katie Lincoln (12 mins) | MON 5 September In Michael Reilly’s bar in Ardmore, West Waterford, a game of 45 has been played every Friday night since 1942. Hosting this long standing card game is the highlight of Michael’s week.

Violet

by Maurice Joyce (8 mins) | MON 3 October Violet is the cautionary tale of a young girl who despises her refection.Tired of the abuse, her reflection decides she’s not going to take it any more…

How Was Your Day?

by Damien O’Donnell (13 mins) | MON 7 November A woman is excited about the approaching birth of her first child.

Displaced

by Niamh Heery (15 mins) | MON 5 December A journey through the memories and hopes of people who have been displaced in life, exploring how they find their link to home.

OPEN CALL – Are you a Wicklow Film Maker? Do you have a film short of 10 mins or less for Mermaid to screen as part of our First Mondays? If so please contact director@mermaidartscentre.ie with details. 10


MERMAID GALLERY HELEN G. BLAKE Helen G Blake is a Wicklow painter whose practice focuses on colour, engaging with rhythm and formalism, chance and deliberation. Using a working method where process and contemplation guide the evolution of the work, her small, overtly hand-made paintings record and examine colour conversations within accumulating pattern structures, embracing accidents, flaws and discrepancies within their rhythms. Andrew Wilson, Curator of Modern and Contemporary British Art at Tate Britain, has written of Blake’s work that is underpinned by process - “always variously methodical and rational, yet also absurd and affected by the interruption of chance.  In Blake’s paintings, colour is deployed to follow a given order and yet these are paintings of nature ... not the rigid order of an urban modernism, but the texture and rhythms, and immediacy of life unfolding.” Mermaid Arts Centre is delighted to present this body of work which also includes a new suite of paintings initiated during a 6 week residency at The Model, Sligo.

Opening THUR 15 September at 6pm | Exhibition runs FRI 16 September – SAT 29 October | 10am – 6pm FREE 11


MERMAID GALLERY Remembered

John Cleary, a Bray man in the Great War One hundred years on, all of us are connected in some way to the First World War, whether through family history or because of its long term impact on the world we live in. From 2014 to 2018, across the world, countries and communities will come together to commemorate and remember the importance of those who fought and died. This year, during YARN Storytelling Festival, Mermaid will exhibit photos, letters and maps through which we will tell the story of a local man’s search to uncover part of his family history, and the story of the last journey of his great uncle John Cleary, one of the 9th Dublin Fusiliers who was killed in France in 1916. ‘A few years ago I learned that one of the names on the War Memorial near the train station in Bray was that of my grandfather’s uncle, John Cleary.When I began to look for more information, I discovered his story was also that of other men from the Wicklow area. Although we don’t even have a photo of him, with the help of modern technologies and the recent digitisation of many records it is possible, a hundred years later, to follow in the steps of John and his colleagues and to walk the fields of northern France in which they fought, and where so many of them still remain.’ – Seán Downes   The exhibition will also include materials gathered by Bray Cualann Historical Society about Wicklow men in the First World War.

Photo: Map of Bray and Dalkey trenches in France & War Memorial Bray

Opening THUR 10 November at 6pm | Exhibition runs FRI 11 November – SAT 26 November | 10am –6pm FREE / Part of YARN Storytelling Festival Bray 12


MERMAID GALLERY BLACK CHURCH PRINT STUDIO “Creativity takes courage. ” – Henri Matisse Black Church Print Studio is an artistic collective and one of the leading contemporary fine art print studios in Ireland.With over 70 members the studio supports and promotes the development of contemporary art practice through the medium of print. They do this through the provision of excellent studio facilities, a diverse artistic programme, and by the promotion of fine art print as a leading art form. Together, Mermaid Arts Centre and Black Church Print Studio plan an exhibition from studio members which will not only demonstrate the beauty, complexity and diversity of print but which will also celebrate the work of artists whose work reflects our lives, resonates with our moods and which through colour, texture and composition unlock memories and inspire us to be courageous.    An original print is an image produced from a surface on which the artist has worked, such as a stone or wood block or a copper plate. That surface is intended by the artist to be used as a stage in the creation of the artwork.Therefore the original work of art in this case is the print itself rather than the block or plate from which its printed.

Opening THUR 8 December 2016 at 6.00pm | Exhibition runs FRI 9 December 2016 – SAT 28 January 2017 | 10am – 6pm FREE 13


FILM August

Wicklow film festival Selected by Brigid O’Brien

FRIDAY 26 August 12 ANGRY MEN One of the all-time great theatrical releases, focusing on a jury’s deliberations in a capital murder case where a guilty verdict means an automatic death sentence. 2.00pm | Duration: 96 mins | Cert: U | Lang: English VIVA In Havana, 18-year-old Jesus is drawn toward the stage of a nearby drag club and starts to perform. On his father’s return from prison, Jesus’ new profession begins to cause conflict. Post screening talk with Paddy Breathnach. 8.00pm | Duration: 100 mins | Cert: 15A | Lang: Spanish SATURDAY 27 August TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD In 1930’s Alabama, a small-town lawyer takes on the case of a black man wrongly accused of raping a white woman in an atmosphere of hostility and racial prejudice. 12.00pm | Duration: 129 mins | Lang: English THE SQUARE In 2011, a gathering of activist-alliances in Tahrir Square resulted in the ousting of Hosni Mubarak, but a complex situation soon emerged as solidarity then turns to turmoil. 4.00pm | Duration: 95 mins | Cert: CLUB | Lang: Arabic, English ATLANTIC As oil companies drive deeper into their fragile seas, and large fishing companies push fish stocks to the brink, three small fishing communities struggle to maintain their way of life. 8.00pm | Duration: 80 mins | Cert: PG | Lang: English, Gaeilge, Norwegian SUNDAY 28 August BABE Babe, a pig raised by sheepdogs, learns to herd sheep with a little help from Farmer Hoggett. 11.00am | Duration: 90 mins | Lang: English | Free CATHY COME HOME Not many films bring about social change or action, so this is something quite special. A searing drama about a young mother who becomes homeless, it caused a massive scandal when it was shown on the BBC in 1966 2.00pm | Duration: 75 mins | Cert: PG | Lang: English | Free We’ll have lots of other post-show discussions with artists and a film quiz – get full details online.Ticket prices from €5 - €8. 14


THEATRE September

FLANN'S YER ONLY MAN Flann’s Yer Only Man is an entertainment based on the life and work of Flann O’Brien, aka Myles na Gopaleen, aka Brian O’Nolan (1911-1966), who is widely regarded as Ireland’s finest satirist since Jonathan Swift.Val O’Donnell re-enacts a wide range of extracts from the humorist’s novels and his celebrated Cruiskeen Lawn column in the Irish Times linked with key biographical events in the writer’s life. “...a wonderful one-man show...” − Sunday Independent FRI 2 September | 8pm €16/14

FILM September

Exhibition on Screen PAINTING THE MODERN GARDEN:

Monet to Matisse

Monet was an avid horticulturist and arguably the most important painter of gardens in the history of art, but he was not alone. Artists like Van Gogh, Bonnard, Pissarro & Matisse, along with many other famous names, feature in an innovative exhibition from The Cleveland Museum of Art and The Royal Academy, London. From the exhibition walls to the beauty of artist gardens like Monet’s Giverny, this film takes us on a magical journey to discover how artists used the modern garden to explore radical and wonderful new ideas. SAT 3 September | 8pm €8.50/7 | Duration: 90mins | Cert: CLUB | Language: English

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FILM September

MOM AND ME Mom and Me sees Irish documentary film-maker Ken Wardrop, maker of His & Hers, venture out to Oklahoma – described as the “manliest state” in the US – to follow radio show personality Joe Cristiano, who asks men to call in and discuss their mothers on air. Wardrop drops in on the lives of the men who phone, each of whom have wildly different relationships with the women that brought them into the world. From an imprisoned drug addict desperate to connect with his mother, to a man who’s settling in with the sad realisation that his mother is losing her memory to Alzheimer’s. On Monday 5 September, the short film 45 will be screened prior to Mom and Me as part of our First Mondays. MON 5 September | 8pm €8/6.50 | Duration: 90 mins | Cert: PG | Language: English

WORKSHOP September

Shadowbox: VISUAL THEATRE Workshop Facilitated by Gemma Gallagher from Shadowbox Theatre Company this is a ten week course in visual theatre for adults with intellectual disability.The course is intended for people with some experience of theatre who wish to build their knowledge and skills. The aim is to build confidence in the participating actors and to encourage the creation of visual theatre through the exploration of simple stimulus such as art, work, everyday objects, stories in the news and what is important to the group themselves. MON 5 September - MON 14 November 10:30am - 3:30pm €200 for 10 week course | No workshop MON 31 October 16


DANCE September

Smoke and Mirrors “Everyone has a completely different way of being exactly the same” – Suzanna O’Coineen Mermaid Dance Artists in Residence; Karen Gleeson, Nick Bryson and Aisling O’Coineen (alongside international guest artist, Hilde Elbers) invite you to enjoy an evening of Dance,Theatre and Visual Communication, referencing our unique ways of seeing the world. The event will be followed by a brief post show discussion with the artists. THUR 8 September | 8pm €12/10

MUSIC September

ZoË Conway, Donal Lunny & MáirtÍn O'Connor This new group brings together the dazzling talents of three of the country’s finest traditional musicians; button accordion master Máirtín O’Connor, fiddle player Zoë Conway and guitar and bouzouki player Donal Lunny. Don’t miss this illustrious trio in what promises to be an atmospheric and unforgettable tour, drawing on an eclectic mix of the old and new where traditional tunes and songs meet each of their diverse influences and unique compositional voices.  FRI 9 September | 8pm €18/16 17


LOCAL ARTS September

Bray Battle of the Bands Final Young emerging musicians of Bray are bursting with energy and talent and are set to grab the mic and take the stage for the final of Bray Battle of the Bands.This evening will showcase and celebrate talented young performers who have battled their way to reach the closing stage of the competition. Things are tense, competition is high and while we can’t tell you who will win, we can promise you a night you won’t forget in a hurry! This is an alcohol free event and is part of Bray Alcohol Awareness Campaign, a joint project between the Bray Local Drug and Alcohol Task Force, the Bray Drugs Awareness Forum and Crosscare, the campaign is funded by the Dormant Accounts Fund. SAT 10 September | 8pm FREE (Booking essential)

FILM September

MATILDA This film adaptation of a Roald Dahl work tells the story of Matilda Wormwood (Mara Wilson), a gifted girl forced to put up with a crude, distant father (Danny DeVito) and mother (Rhea Perlman).Worse, Agatha Trunchbull (Pam Ferris), the evil principal at Matilda’s school, is a terrifyingly strict bully. However, when Matilda realizes she has the power of telekinesis, she begins to defend her friends from Trunchbull’s wrath and fight back against her unkind parents. SUN 11 September | 2pm

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€5 | Duration: 98 mins | Cert: PG | Language: English


FILM September

SING STREET In 1980s recession mired Dublin, 15 year old Connor is forced to move from his comfortable private school to the rough and tumble Synge Street run by the Christian Brothers. In the face of his parents failing marriage and the jungle that is his new school, 15 year old Connor, hoping to impress the mysterious Raphina and guided by his wise, mostly stoned older brother, decides to start a band. With humorous nods to The Commitments and plenty of 80s nostalgia, John Carneys third feature is a charming sweet natured love story about how music can save your life. SUN 11 September | 4:30pm + MON 12 September | 8pm + TUE 13 September | 2:30pm €8/6.50 | Matinee: €5 | Duration: 105 mins | Cert: 12A | Language: English

MUSIC September

Colin Dunne, Tola Custy, Maeve Gilchrist & David Power Music Network is thrilled to present a new collaboration between the prodigiously talented dancer Colin Dunne, fiddler Tola Custy, harpist Maeve Gilchrist and uilleann piper David Power.This newlycommissioned work, is a sparkling kaleidoscope of melody and rhythm inspired by the natural sounds and shimmering patterns of light that announce Ireland’s day. ‘Edges of Light’ draws from a unique and little known Irish idiosyncrasy: the rising of the sun at Dunsink Observatory occurs 25 minutes and 21 seconds later than at Greenwich, meaning that 8 pm Dublin Mean Time occurs at 8.25pm GMT! Step in time anyone? THUR 15 September | 8.25pm €18/16 | Mermaid Mix ticket rate (see page 8 for details)


CULTURE NIGHT September

CULTURE Night 2016 To celebrate Culture Night, you’re invited to come and meet, listen to and watch some of our best local and national artists. 6pm – Helen G. Blake – Gallery: Mermaid Arts Centre An opportunity to absorb the exquisite work of Wicklow painter, Helen G Blake. 6pm – Bodhrán drumming with Rónán Ó Snodaigh – Public performance: Outside Mermaid in the Civic Space Rónán Ó Snodaigh front man of Kíla and bodhrán player extraordinaire will lead his Bray based bodhrán ensemble through a variety of dancing rhythms and songs for an outdoor drumming spectacular. 7pm – Song of the Sea – Film screening: Mermaid Arts Centre This Irish Oscar-nominated, hand-animated film sees 10-year-old Ben discover that his mute sister Saoirse is a selkie who has to free faerie creatures from the Celtic goddess Macha. Duration: 93 minutes | Cert: PG (Booking essential) 6pm – Introducing TIMEBANK in partnership with Common Ground Bray – Mermaid Arts Centre TimeBanking is a way of giving and receiving to build supportive strong communities, making use of assets and resources within communities that are traditionally overlooked. In partnership with Common Ground Bray we’d like to invite you to come along, find out more and get involved in this exciting new community initiative. Why not make a Culture Night of it and visit some of our neighbouring cultural hubs. Look out for workshops, music and large jellyfish with Signal Arts Centre’s “Under the Sea” theme and enjoy all that Killruddery House and Gardens will be offering on the night.

FRI 16 September

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FREE | Culture Night in Wicklow is brought to you by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs in partnership with coordinators in Wicklow County Arts Office


MUSIC September

DAMIEN DEMPSEY Damien Dempsey is going to be getting up close & personal on his upcoming Solo Tour this autumn, road testing new material for his next album which is due to be released in early 2017, along with all the crowd pleasers. Within his songs you’ll hear stories of addiction, depression, suicide, imperialism and oppression but one underlying message you’ll take from every song – whether it’s in the lyrics, or the music or the depth of his voice – is hope. Perhaps that’s what makes him so enduring. Perhaps that’s why you’re maybe getting a little thirsty for a new album, to soundtrack these crazy uncertain times. SAT 17 September | 8pm €27/25

FILM September

Measure of a man Thierry, a principled middle-aged man, has been unemployed for over a year. He doesn’t want to rely on state handouts, instead he continues looking for work, so that he can provide for his family honestly. After a lengthy search, he finally gets a security job at a local supermarket. But Thierry finds himself constantly struggling to negotiate between his conscience and the demands of his new position. MON 19 September | 8pm €8.50/7 | Duration: 93 mins | Cert: CLUB | Language: French (English subtitles)

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THEATRE September

REMEMBER TO BREATHE Nominated for the Fishamble Best New Play Award and the BBC International Playwriting Award, direct from Edinburgh Fringe, Figure 8 productions presents Remember to Breathe. A pool in postearthquake New Zealand. Recent emigrant Maeve is learning to swim. A self-professed ‘swimaholic’ coach spurs her on. Maeve battles the water and an unresolved dilemma with her much-loved father back home. Starring Abbey theatre regular Liz Fitzgibbon, Irish Times’ Theatre Award nominee David Heap & Julie Sharkey as Doreen. A play of hidden depths. − **** The Irish Times  Captivating and deeply moving. − **** The Irish Examiner  Beautiful. Profound. Uplifting. − **** The Red Curtain Review FRI 23 September | 8pm €16/14 | Mermaid Mix ticket rate (see page 8 for details)

MUSIC/WORKSHOP September

JAZZ WORKSHOP FOR YOUNG MUSICIANS Ever considered playing jazz or joining a jazz group? Music Generation Wicklow are offering a free workshop with jazz musician Michael Nielsen to give you a taste of what it’s all about! Music Generation Wicklow in partnership with the Mermaid Arts Centre will soon be launching a new Jazz Ensemble on Saturday mornings for young musicians aged from 11 to 18 years, so why not take advantage of the free workshop and give it a try. Please note this workshop would not suit absolute beginners. SAT 24 September | 11am - 1pm FREE (Booking essential) 22


MUSIC September

NEW FRONTIERS OF FOLK Now on its fourth run, New Frontiers of Folk returns to Mermaid Arts Centre on September 24th.The contemporary folk revival in Ireland is a vibrant and evolving community of artists and this night spotlights some of the best acts Ireland has to offer. Since its inception, New Frontiers has become a word of mouth sensation. Curated by Gavin Mc Cabe this intimate concert is a must see for all song lovers. Three very special acts to be announced. SAT 24 September | 8pm €12/10 | Mermaid Mix ticket rate (see page 8 for details) | Cabaret style seating

FILM September

REMAINDER A large black box crashes through the sky, landing on an unnamed man’s head. He spends long months recovering, having lost all memory and sense of self. Bursts of intense déjà vu start to plague him and, after a multi-million pound settlement, he becomes increasingly extravagant in enacting fragments of memory. He buys an apartment block with specific markings; pays animal trainers to pose cats on a roof; hires actors to work as neighbours, and stages a bank robbery repetitively, obsessively. Mirroring the protagonist’s mind, the director offers a narrative that is purposefully obscure, complex and almost certainly not what it seems. MON 26 September | 8pm €8/6.50 | Duration: 103 mins | Cert: 15A | Language: English 23


THEATRE September/October

THE CIRCUS ANIMALS' DESERTION A major new dance theatre performance from the makers of The Blue Boy and Have I No Mouth. The Circus Animals’ Desertion is a poetic response to the imagining of nations, inspired by the automatic script experiments of Georgie and William Butler Yeats in which they called upon the spirit world to assist with their creativity. In this work the artists juxtapose the romantic notions of nationhood put forth by Yeats and other early 20th Century poets and revolutionaries with the brutal realities of extreme nationalism in the light of the radicalisation, xenophobia and oppression engulfing the world today. The Circus Animals’ Desertion takes the form of a collective dream, abstract, contradictory but ultimately a true expression of human nature.Through the use of mask, a panoply of characters, creatures and objects populate the stage to create an otherworld that is at once strange and devastatingly familiar. Sampling texts and imagery from Yeats’ plays and poetry as well as archive recordings and interviews, the piece is performed by an international cast of dancers and musicians. Co-production by Brokentalkers, Mermaid Arts Centre and Project Arts Centre, this is an opportunity for Wicklow audiences to see the first performances before they perform in Dublin Theatre Festival 2016 and then on to The Everyman in Cork. Funded through an Arts Council Theatre Project Award.

FRI 30 September + SAT 1 October | 8pm

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€18/16 | Mermaid Mix ticket rate (see page 8 for details) May contain nudity.


FILM October

LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP An adaptation of an early comedic novella by Jane Austen, Love & Friendship sees the recently widowed Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale), a scheming, self-interested manipulator, come to stay with her in-laws, Catherine and Charles Vernon, at their country estate, primarily for the purposes of securing a husband, and her financial future. After a series of dramatic turns, Lady Susan finally risks destruction when her jealous rival, Lady Lucy Manwaring, arrives in London to make a shocking revelation. On Monday 3 October, the short film Violet will be screened prior to Love and Friendship as part of our First Mondays. MON 3 October | 8pm + TUE 4 October | 2:30pm €8/6.50 | Matinee: €5 | Duration: 92 mins | Cert: G Language: English

COMEDY October

AL PORTER AT LARGE Irish star Al Porter, as seen on BBC’s Live at the Apollo, follows up his hugely successful Edinburgh debut with a brand new show full of cheekiness, honesty & sparkling showmanship! Still living at home in Dublin, 23 year old Al has plenty of gossip from accidentally kidnapping his Godson to holidaying with twenty middle aged strangers! A feel good hour full of his trademark council-estate camp! “A future star” – Sunday Times “King of Camp” – Irish Independent “Immense likeability” – Irish Times THUR 6 October | 8pm €20/16 25


TALK October

Paul Howard Paul Howard is a multi-award-winning journalist, author and comedy writer. He is best known as the creator of the million-selling Ross O’Carroll-Kelly book series. A former Irish Sports Journalist of the Year, he has won three Irish Book Awards and is one of the main writers on Irish Pictorial Weekly, the twice IFTA-nominated satirical sketch show. His biography of Tara Browne, the Irish-born Guinness heir who inspired The Beatles‘ song A Day in the Life, will be published by Picador in October. FRI 7 October | 8pm €12/10

MUSIC October

Jack L Our National Treasure, the great Jack L, returns to The Mermaid Arts Centre for another knock-out show. With an all new, selfpenned album “The King Of Soho” (And other stories) about to hit the shops, Jack promises a spectacular event with his fantastic band and some great new characters to introduce you to, including The King Of Soho and many more intriguing characters from his vivid imagination! And none more vivid then himself! Not to be missed. “A gorgeous, versatile Baritone” – The Washington Post “Jack L’s voice is an irresistible force of nature” – The Irish Times SAT 8 October | 8pm €22/20 26


FILM October

EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT In 1909, an ailing German explorer enlists the help of a young shaman in his search through the Amazon for a rare flower that he believes could cure him of his fatal illness. Meanwhile, in the same region in 1940, an American explorer conducts his own search for the elusive flower in the company of the same, now aged shaman in a landscape brutalized by the rubber trade. Cut between these parallel expeditions, this politically tinged, historical adventure film, investigates imperialism’s cultural pollution from the inside out, with the mystical Karamakate as a reluctant tour guide in two time periods. MON 10 October | 8pm €8/6.50 | Duration: 125 mins | Cert: 12A | Language: German / Portuguese / Latin / Spanish / Catalan (English subtitles)

FILM October

® 1975 Warner Bros. All Rights Reserved

Barry lyndon Regarded as one of Stanley Kubrick’s finest films, Barry Lyndon recounts the exploits of a fictional 18th Century Irish adventurer who wins the heart of a rich widow and assumes his place in the British aristocracy.The original1975 film was winner of several Academy Awards and has only recently been digitally restored and re-released. Shot across Ireland, England and Germany, Wicklow scenes include the grandeur of the original ballroom at Powerscourt House and Gardens. “Only a cinema screen can do justice to the stunning visuals of Barry Lyndon” – British Film Institute THUR 13 October | 8pm €8.50/7 | Duration: 184 mins | Cert: CLUB | Language: English 27


TALK October

THE HAPPY PEAR The Happy Pear started out as a veg shop but today they’re a whole lot more. Between running a natural food store and two wholefood cafés in Greystones, keeping us up to date with recipes and healthy lifestyle tips online and even nourishing festival-goers throughout the summer months, David & Stephen Flynn are two local lads who are making a big impact. Mermaid are delighted to welcome David & Stephen for an evening of demonstration, stories and laughs as they discuss their ambitions to start a ‘Food Revolution’ and to make healthy eating mainstream.  FRI 14 October | 8pm €20/18

FILM/MUSIC October

Saturday night fever Slick white suits and shiny disco lights, Saturday Night Fever is the movie that captured the feeling of a generation. Ahead of its 40th anniversary next year, join Ernie Gallagher for a screening of the film that was fuelled by its iconic soundtrack. Nineteen year old Tony Manero (John Travolta) is a Brooklyn boy with a troubled family life who finds himself stuck in a dead-end job, but at the Saturday night disco he is the undisputed king of the dancefloor. Come celebrate the 1970’s and soak in the atmosphere of the era at this once-off film and music event. SAT 15 October | 8pm

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€8/6.50 | Duration: 118 mins | Cert: 18 | Language: English


FILM October

MON ROI Sometimes the hardest thing in life is to recognize that a relationship has run its course — or more difficult still, that the match may not have been healthy in the first place. For a decade,Tony has suffered in her love for Georgio, trying to change a womanizer. Now, while confined to a physical therapy centre after a serious ski accident, where she can connect with other damaged beings, for Tony, a difficult process of healing is in front of her, physical work which may finally set her free… MON 17 October | 8pm €8/6.50 | Duration: 124 mins | Cert: TBC Language: French (English subtitles)

SCHOOLS SHOW October

GER CAREY LIVE Ger Carey is back with his hilarious stand-up comedy show for transition year students. By secretly observing his subjects in their natural habitat, such as leaning on lampposts, in chippers, outside chippers, in shopping centres and sitting on any kind of steps, Ger has uncovered the weird and frightening world of the teenager! The aim of the show is to get teenagers to laugh at themselves and appreciate the differences of others. TUE 18 October | 11am €10 | Teachers free 29


THEATRE October

Minding Frankie by Maeve Binchy

Minding Frankie is a family love story, full of Maeve Binchy’s trademark wisdom, warmth, and humour. Noel Lynch is struggling with an alcohol addiction, when he gets a call from Stella, a girlfriend with whom he shared a drunken weekend. Stella is having Noel’s child; she is also dying from cancer. Noel must raise their daughter, Frankie. Social worker, Moira Tierney, has other ideas, and is prepared to do battle for custody of the child. In order to prevail, Noel must prove that he can fill a woman’s shoes, break all the stereotypes, and become the best mother that he can be. Along the way, he discovers that it takes a village to rear a child, or at least a street. Adapted for the stage by Shay Linehan

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FILM October

MEN AND CHICKEN Two misfit brothers discover a taped confession after their father’s death, revelling that they were not his biological children and were born to different mothers by the same father – a man who is 99 years old and living on the isolated island of Ork – so the two set off to meet their maker.In the bizarre cinematic family reunion, the brothers go in search of their biological father and find three siblings even weirder than themselves. A family connection is impossible to deny, and the five begin to adjust to each other’s presence. MON 24 October | 8pm €8.50/ 7 | Duration: 104 mins | Cert: CLUB | Language: Danish (English subtitles)

CHILDREN’S THEATRE October

The Shape of Things The world all around us is made up of wonderful shapes. But sometimes you can get tired of seeing the same things all the time. This is a story of Cubert the cube and Triantán the triangle, and the adventures they have when all of the shapes get mixed up. Set in a soft and tactile environment Starcatchers and Branar tell this interactive story through puppetry object theatre music and sound. Designed for children aged 6 months – 2 years and their adults. Created by Ailie Cohen & Marc Mac Lochlainn. Presented by Branar Téatar do Pháistí & Starcatchers. TUE 25 October | 10am & 12pm + WED 26 October | 10am  €8 (adult + child) / €13 (3 people) | Duration: 45 mins approx. | Includes 10 mins of interactive play


COMEDY October

Danny O'Brien - Ah Jaysus! Award winning comedian and Wicklow native Danny O’ Brien brings his hit sell out Edinburgh Show “Ah Jaysus!” to The Mermaid Arts Centre.This high energy and critically acclaimed show has toured around Ireland, the UK and Europe. Following in the footsteps of Simon Pegg, Dylan Moran and Dara Ó Briain – Danny was hand picked this year to perform as part of the iconic “Best of The Edinburgh Fest” Show and has just returned from Australia touring Perth World Fringe, Adelaide Fringe Festival and The Melbourne International Comedy Festival. THUR 27 October | 8pm €16/14

MUSIC October

SONAMUS Sonamus combines the talents of four respected Irish musicians from the Traditional, Classical and Early music worlds. Cormac Breatnach: Susato Whistles, Rachel Factor: Harpsichord, Eamon Sweeney: Guitars, Annette Cleary: Cello.This concert features music enjoyed by all strata of Irish society from the 17th century to the present day – compositions by Cormac Breatnach, Roger Doyle, Donal Lunny. Traditional music;17th century Baroque music from France and Ireland and Irish harp tunes. “...beautiful blend of Baroque, Traditional and Original material” − Lyric FM FRI 28 October | 8pm €16/14 | Mermaid Mix ticket rate (see page 8 for details) 32


POCKET CALENDAR ///AUGUST/SEPTEMBER Date

Genre

Title

Page

FRI 26 – SUN 28

FILM FESTIVAL

Film Festival

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FRI 2

THEATRE

Flann’s Yer Only Man

15

SAT 3

FILM

Monet To Matisse

15

MON 5

FILM

Mom and Me

16

MON 5

WORKSHOP

Shadowbox Workshop

16

THUR 8

DANCE

Smoke and Mirrors

17

FRI 9

MUSIC

Zoe Conway, Donal Lunny & Mairtin O’Connor

17

SAT10

LOCAL ARTS

Bray Battle of the Bands Final

18

SUN 11

FILM

Matilda

18

SUN 11 – TUE 13

FILM

Sing Street

19

THUR 15

MUSIC

Music Network presents Colin Dunne,Tola Custy, Maeve Gilchrist & David Power

FRI 16

CULTURE NIGHT Culture Night

SAT 17

MUSIC

Damien Dempsey

MON 19

FILM

Measure of a Man

FRI 23

THEATRE

Remember To Breathe

SAT 24

WORKSHOP/ MUSIC

Jazz Workshop For Young Musicians

SAT 24

MUSIC

New Frontiers Of Folk

MON 26

FILM

Remainder

FRI 30 & SAT 1

THEATRE

The Circus Animals’ Desertion

19

20 21 21 22 22 23 23 24

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POCKET CALENDAR ///OCTOBER Date

Genre

Title

Page

MON 3 & TUE 4

FILM

Love and Friendship

25

THUR 6

COMEDY

Al Porter

25

FRI 7

TALK

Paul Howard

26

SAT 8

MUSIC

Jack L

26

MON 10

FILM

Embrace of the Serpent

27

THUR 13

FILM

Barry Lyndon

27

FRI 14

TALK

The Happy Pear

28

SAT 15

FILM

Saturday Night Fever

28

MON 17

FILM

Mon Roi

29

TUE 18

SCHOOLS

Ger Carey Live

29

WED 19 – SAT 22

THEATRE

Minding Frankie by Maeve Binchy

30

MON 24

FILM

Men and Chicken

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TUE 25 & WED 26

CHILDREN’S THEATRE

The Shape of Things

31

THUR 27

COMEDY

Danny O’Brien - Ah Jaysus! 32

FRI 28

MUSIC

Sonamus

32

SAT 29

TALK

Doug Allan – In The Company of Giants

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MON 31

FILM

Carrie

37

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POCKET CALENDAR ///NOVEMBER Date

Genre

Title

Page

TUE 1

FILM

Eye in the Sky

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WED 2

FILM

Goosebumps

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THUR 3 & FRI 4

CHILDREN’S WORKSHOP

Halloween Stop Motion Workshop

39

FRI 4

MUSIC

Bad Bones and Diamond Dagger

39

SAT 5

COMEDY

The Nualas Glitterbomb Tour

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MON 7

FILM

Julieta

40

TUE 8 – SAT 12

LOCAL ARTS/ Pygmalion THEATRE

SAT 12 – SUN 20

YARN

YARN

4153

MON 21

FILM

Mustang

53

WED 23 – SAT 26

LOCAL ARTS

Footloose

54

MON 28

FILM

Truman

54

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POCKET CALENDAR ///DECEMBER Date

Genre

Title

Page

THUR 1

LOCAL ARTS

Bray Alcohol Awareness Campaign Showcase

55

FRI 2 & SAT 3

THEATRE

Boom?

55

MON 5

FILM

The Commune

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TUE 6 & WED 7

MUSIC

Phil Coulter, Festive Reflections, with His Guests 56

FRI 9 & SAT 10

LOCAL ARTS

Cinderella & Rockerfella

57

SUN 11

LOCAL ARTS

Junior Musicals

57

MON 12

FILM

Up For Love

58

WED 14 – FRI 16

DANCE

CoisCéim Dance Theatre | 58 The Wolf And Peter

THUR 15

FILM

The Holiday

59

FRI 16

MUSIC

Eimear Quinn

59

SAT 17

FILM

Frozen Sing Along

60

SAT 17

COMEDY

Des Bishop

60

MON 19

FILM

It’s A Wonderful Life

61

TUE 20

FILM

Scrooged

61

WED 21

FILM

The Santa Claus

62

THUR 22 & FRI 23

DANCE

The Nutcracker

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FOR TICKETs AND MORE INFORMATION Box Office: 01-2724030 www.mermaidartscentre.ie

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TALK October

Doug Allan

In The Company of Giants “Big Animals are my passion.”That’s how multi-award winning cameraman, Doug Allan (Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Ocean Giants, Wild Cameraman at Work) introduces his new show. What’s it like to face a hungry polar bear and its cubs as they emerge from their den? Or to swim eye to eye with an enormous Southern Right Whale? How do you look for killer whales in vast reaches of the seas around Antarctica? Join Doug for an unforgettable evening of extraordinary animal adventures and unique wildlife film footage. Ask Doug questions about his encounters and travels, and discover what it’s like to be up close and personal with nature’s biggest creatures. “Wildlife cameramen don’t come much more special than Doug.” − Sir David Attenborough. SAT 29 October | 8pm €18/16

FILM October

CARRIE Based on a Stephen King novel, Carrie is the story of a girl brought up, almost in isolation, by her psychotically religious mother Margaret. After an embarrassing incident causes her fellow pupils to tease Carrie ruthlessly, her teacher disciplines the students severely. Determined to seek revenge, the students hatch a plot against Carrie, which turns horribly wrong when Carrie’s strange mental powers are unleashed during the school prom. MON 31 October | 8pm €8.50/ 7 | Duration: 100 mins | Cert: CLUB | Language: English

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FILM November

EYE IN THE SKY Eye In The Sky stars Helen Mirren as Colonel Katherine Powell, a UKbased military officer in command of a top secret drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya.Through remote surveillance and onthe-ground intel, Powell discovers the targets are planning a suicide bombing and the mission escalates from “capture” to “kill.” But as American pilot Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) is about to engage, a nineyear old girl enters the kill zone triggering an international dispute, reaching the highest levels of US and British government, over the moral, political, and personal implications of modern warfare. TUE 1 November | 2:30pm €5 | Duration: 102 mins | Cert: 12A | Language: English

FILM November

GOOSEBUMPS After moving to a small town, Zach Cooper finds a silver lining when he meets next door neighbour Hannah, the daughter of bestselling Goosebumps series author R.L. Stine. Stine (Jack Black) is very mysterious and a prisoner of his own imagination – the monsters that his books made famous are real, and he protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their manuscripts. When the monsters are accidentally unleashed and begin to terrorize the town, it’s up to Stine, Zach and Hannah to get them back in their books where they belong. WED 2 November | 4pm

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€5 | Duration: 103 minutes | Cert: PG | Language: English


CHILDREN’S WORKSHOP November

HAlloween brickflicks A special Halloween themed Brick Flicks (Lego stop motion) workshop.You will learn how to make a spooky set, create a zombie invasion and then have your favourite Lego character save the day! As always the workshops are focused on a combination of simple demonstration with plenty of hands on learning. Movies will be shared through Dropbox and Youtube! Materials are supplied though participants are encouraged to bring along their own favourite Lego characters and a few zombies. THUR 3 + FRI 4 November | 10:30am - 1pm THUR 3 + FRI 4 November | 2:00pm - 4:30pm €30 | 2 day workshop (second child in family €25) | Suitable for 8 – 12 year olds

MUSIC November

Bad Bones & Diamond Dagger Introducing two up & coming electronic music artists. Diamond Dagger (Damien Lynch); Wicklow resident Lynch has been previously spotted turning out electro and disco as Sarsparilla on local label Alphabet Set, where the Diamond Dagger name first manifested as a track title on his 2010 LP Slave To The Cat Gang. Bad Bones (Sal Stapleton); Rich and dark textures.Vocals blend into bone rattling bass bombs,menacing synths and saxophone stabs. Bad Bones has released a single with accompanying video (also designed & directed by Stapleton) once a month since February2016. ’Sal Stapleton makes the kind of music that has no precedent in Ireland’ – The Irish Times.This night is curated by sound engineer/music producer Eóin Murphy. FRI 4 November | 8pm €12/10 | Cabaret style seating 39


COMEDY November

THE NUALAS Glitterbomb Tour The Nualas are celebrating their 21st – In those years they’ve played extended seasons in London, Dublin and New York, written and recorded several series for BBC Radio 4, split up and got back together again, clocked up innumerable TV appearances, and met Chris de Burgh in the flesh. Now, with scorchingly brilliant new songs, red hot new chat and blistering new shoes, they are jetting in for one night only to leave you helpless with laughter, delirious with pleasure, and a little disorientated if you can’t remember which door you came in. SAT 5 November | 8pm €18/16

FILM November

JULIETA Julieta lives in Madrid with her daughter Antía.They both suffer in silence over the loss of Xoan, Antía’s father and Julieta’s husband. But at times grief doesn’t bring people closer, it drives them apart. When Antía turns eighteen she abandons her mother, without a word of explanation. Julieta looks for her but all she discovers is how little she knows of her daughter. Julieta is about a mother’s struggle to survive uncertainty. It is also about fate, guilt complexes and that unfathomable mystery that leads us to abandon the people we love, erasing them from our lives as if they had never existed. On Monday 7 November, the short film How Was Your Day? will be screened prior to Julieta as part of our First Mondays. MON 7 November | 8pm

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€8/6.50 | Duration: 99 mins | Cert: 15A Language: Spanish (English subtitles)


LOCAL ARTS/THEATRE November

Square One Theatre Group

Pygmalion by G.B. Shaw Square One present the second production in their 40th year celebrations, directed by Madeline Stringer. Our fellow countryman George Bernard Shaw wrote his best known play Pygmalion in 1916, but its characters are modern and real people. Shaw, a feminist before the word was invented, had a wonderful sense of humour and this play races along, full of jokes, petty snobbery, and put downs that would not be out of place in many modern dramas. This is the play that became the film “My Fair Lady” and although it does not include the songs, all the fun is there! TUE 8 - SAT 12 November | 8pm €18/16

Mermaid Art Centre is delighted to run YARN Storytelling Festival Bray from 12 – 20 November 2016. Now in its 7th year the festival aims to bring together our community through the wonderful art form of storytelling.YARN brings storytelling magic beyond the Arts Centre into classrooms and community groups.The next few pages detail the public events. Keep an eye on Mermaid’s website for updates. Let a story lace its charm on you at YARN Storytelling Festival Bray.

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YARN November

An Cat Nua Everyone deserves a good home and sometimes an uninvited guest becomes the most special and loved member of the family. Will this fluffy feline be lucky and find his forever home? Tá áit cónaithe maith tuillte ag gach duine agus go minic is é an t-aoi gan chuireadh an comhalta is ansa leis an teaglach.  An mbeidh an t-ádh ar an bpuisín clúmhach seo agus áit chónaithe bhuan a bheith aige? Join author Carmel Ui Cheallaigh for a bilingual storytelling session as she reads her new book An Cat Nua. SAT 12 November | 11am FREE | Venue: Mermaid Arts Centre | Age Suitability: 3 - 6 years

YARN November

Family Storytelling with Nuala Hayes Join renowned Irish storyteller Nuala Hayes who will share stories from her travels around Ireland and further afield. Stories of Cailleachaí, Witches, Sea Creatures who live on land, and Balor of the Evil Eye who was defeated by his grandson, Lugh Lámh Fhada…Nuala is an actor, storyteller and broadcaster. She was founder/director of Scéalta Shamhna, Dublin’s Storytelling Festival, which she ran for 10 years. She has performed at many arts and storytelling festivals throughout the world. Nuala will captivate from the word go… SAT 12 November | 2pm FREE | Venue: The Shoot Room, Killruddery Farmers Market | Age Suitability: 5+ 42


YARN November

Orchard Tales with Nuala Hayes As the leaves fall and the trees become like ghostly skeletons we will share stories inspired by forests, lone trees, and everything that grows and flies and dies. Join much-loved storyteller Nuala Hayes for a feast of family stories beneath the boughs of the Youth Heritage Orchard. Nuala has a broad repertoire of folktales, legends and myths, connected mainly but not exclusively with Ireland. If the weather is cold we will sit together to hear the stories in the Community Centre beside the Youth Orchard. SAT 12 November | 4pm FREE | Venue: The Community Centre, Fassaroe | Age Suitability: 5+

YARN November

Molly Bloom Cabaret The Molly Bloom Soliloquy, is the glorious finale to James Joyce’s Ulysses, where Leopold Bloom’s wife, Molly, freely ruminates over her life, her lost child, her affair, her desires, her memories and her marriage. With this dynamic and original show, Rose Lawless, comedienne and songstress, has created an evening of raw, intimate, sensuous and lyrical cabaret. Rose Lawless is the alter-ego of Bray artist Anne Lillis, actor, singer/songwriter and cabaret artist. Anne will be joined by musician Julie Cruickshank for what promises to be a real highlight of YARN. SAT 12 November | 8pm FREE | Venue: Spaccanapoli, Albert Walk | Age Suitability: Adults

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YARN November

The Speks The Speks present a lively show of nursery rhymes and sing-along songs set to acoustic Irish music which will have adults and kids jumping in their seats! Their hand-clapping, toe-tapping, heartylaughing show is all about life on Glasses Island – a magical island off the coast of Co. Clare where everybody wears glasses! Winners of a Parents’ Choice music award in the US where their music has been described as “Riverdance for kids”, they encourage everyone to sing, scream, clap and dance along during their performances. “The Speks...they’re really great!” – Derek Mooney, RTE Radio 1 SUN 13 November | 2pm €8 | Venue: Mermaid Arts Centre | Age Suitability: 2 - 92 years

YARN November

Commonground Tales with Steve Lally YARN is delighted to welcome renowned storyteller Steve Lally to Bray for the first time. With a huge repertoire of tales ranging from ancient Celtic epics of Ireland and beyond, stories of adventure and romance, of faith and love and the fairy folk through to humorous anecdotes and quirky comic stories, this family storytelling session is a must. SUN 13 November | 3pm

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FREE | Venue: Commonground, Church Terrace (Laneway opposite Royal Hotel beside Macari’s) | Age Suitability: 5+


YARN November

Taking it Home -

Poetry, Music & Songs A celebration of the Just Around the Corner Entertainment held regularly in Caffé Letterario GattaNera.This special Yarn event features the duo, John McLoughlin and Mandy Byrne, singing original songs, the subtle music and poetry of Ashford’s Gerry Anderson and poems of well-known local writer Carmen Cullen. The cosy atmosphere of our new, but already cherished Literary Café, is perfect for this intimate event. A relaxed experience to look forward to, with a chance, if you’re in the audience, to join in. SUN 13 November | 5pm FREE | Venue: Caffé Letterario GattaNera, Albert Walk

YARN November

Open Mic Night at Gattanera Fancy telling a tale? We all have stories in us and we invite you to join us and storyteller Steve Lally for this relaxed open mic session in the cosy surrounds of GattaNera literary café.There is no pressure to share a tale… listeners needed too! SUN 13 November | 8pm FREE | Venue: Caffé Letterario GattaNera, Albert Walk 45


FILM November

LITTLE MEN Summer in Brooklyn. Jake’s parents have just moved into the house that used to belong to his grandfather.Tony’s mother has been renting the shop on the ground floor forever.The two 13-year-olds quickly discover their shared interest in art, computer games and girls. Soon they become allies, not only against the other boys on the block, but also when it comes to the rent dispute between their parents. Attempting to stem the inexorable effect the adult world is having on their genuine friendship, they stage a headstrong protest. MON 14 November | 8pm €8.50/7 | Duration: 85mins | Cert: CLUB | Language: English

YARN November

Lifesongs The Journey Continues Now a long-standing favourite at YARN, join Klawitter Theatre Group for a special afternoon of immigration songs written by Rod Paton and Hedda Kaphengst. The whole world is home, if you live in your heart. MON 14 November | 3pm FREE (Booking essential) | Venue: Mermaid Arts Centre 46


YARN November

Utopia

Backstage Theatre in association with Mermaid Arts Centre An ensemble of performers with intellectual disability from St Christopher’s Services, Longford and the Visual Theatre Programme, Mermaid will devise a theatre piece with Gemma Gallagher (Shadowbox Theatre). Gemma, will guide and direct this ensemble of actors to create from the heart of the participants own reflections and experiences finding imaginative ways of sharing their story and challenging preconceptions of what it is to be ‘other’. This piece will be performed in Longford and Bray, as part of a collaboration between Backstage and Mermaid. Supported by the Arts Council, Co Longford Arts Office and the Ireland Funds. TUE 15 November | 7pm FREE | Venue: Mermaid Arts Centre

YARN November

Daniel Morden: The Empty Hand YARN is proud to welcome Daniel Morden, one of Europe’s most popular storytellers for one night only… Daniel Morden is both a multi-award winning Welsh storyteller in the oral tradition and a writer.Traditional tales still have the power to charm, chill and thrill us today. Daniel has the timing of a stand-up and the eloquence of a poet. He will transport you with tales as old as the hills and as fresh as a daisy. What better way to spend a November evening? Join us in Frank Duff ’s Lounge for this special YARN event. WED 16 November | 8pm FREE | Venue: Frank Duff ’s Lounge 47


YARN November

Harbour Bar Tales with Pat Speight Join storytelling legend Pat Speight for a wonderful evening in aid of the RNLI Lifeboats. Pat will have the hairs stand up on the back of your neck one minute and then fling you into a deep belly chuckle the next! A great opportunity to experience one of Ireland’s storytelling greats.This event is kindly sponsored by The Harbour Bar. Your €5 ticket fee goes straight to the Lifeboats to buy equipment. Please come along and show your support. THUR 17 November | 8pm €5 at the door in aid of RNLI Dun Laoghaire | Venue: Harbour Bar

YARN/SCHOOLS November

Cinder & The Ellas Presented by Fidget Feet: Cinderella takes flight in this classic fairy tale, full of amazing aerial circus acts. Come and share in Cinderella’s journey and watch the thrilling and heart felt story being retold using aerial hoops, cyr wheel, aerial triple trapeze, a specially designed set full of projections and an original music score.This show is full of Fidget Feet’s humour, Cinder and Ella’s is a stunning mix of aerial feats mixed with dance, theatre, comedy and video art. A pint sized Cirque Du Soleil, Fidget Feet is an internationally renowned company that is one of Ireland’s own. This show is funded by the Arts Council, in association with the Irish Aerial Creation Centre, Limerick and glór, Ennis.

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FRI 18 November | 11am (schools show) | 7pm (family show) €10 adults | €8 kids | €30 Family Ticket (2 adults & 2 kids) | Age Suitability: 8+ | Venue: Mermaid Arts Centre


YARN November

Phoenix Youth Project Bray Máirín Mhic Lochlainn will challenge your bravery when she tells you about the eel who lived in Lough Corrib and the bravery of one sixteen year old who challenged her, while soldiers ran away in fright. She will have you in stitches laughing while relating the tale about Conán Maol and the Old Hag from Clare, and she will take you on a trip to a magic island, and after that you will never know where you might end up. Sponsored by Bray Credit Union. FRI 18 November | 8pm FREE | Venue: Carlisle Grounds | Age Suitability: 13 - 18 years

YARN November

The Story of Wicklow Wolf Ever wondered about the Story of Wicklow Wolf Brewing Company in Bray? Delve into the art of craft beer brewing and Wicklow tales at this unique YARN event.The specialist tour of the brewery will be followed by a storytelling session with well- known storyteller and author Richard Marsh – author of Tales of the Wicklow Hills. Immerse yourself in Wicklow legends whilst sampling a legendary craft beer. Limited capacity so booking advised.Ticket fee goes 100% to Wicklow Hospice Buy a Brick Campaign. FRI 18 November | 8pm €5 at the door in aid of Wicklow Hospice | Venue: Wicklow Wolf Brewery | Age Suitability: 18+ | Limited seating

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YARN November

Scéalta as Gaeilge Máirín Mhic Lochlainn was brought up listening to her father telling stories by the fireside when she was young, and kids always love the story about the six little piglets, and it usually scares the adults. It was the same when she was young. Her tale about the Tailor and the Fairies will enchant everyone, and you will love the twist at the end of the story about the old couple who caught a leprechaun. Seo sean scéalta as Conamara, agus tá leaganacha dhóibh le fáil i chuile áit sa tír. (Those are stories from Connemara, but you can get versions of them all over Ireland). After that, she will tell whatever story that might come to mind at the time. SAT 19 November | 12pm FREE | Venue: Mermaid Arts Centre | Age Suitability: 2 - 4 years

YARN November

Family Storytelling with Máirín Mhic Lochlainn Coming from Connemara, Máirín Mhic Lochlainn has many stories about the sea, and she will take you on a trip to the bottom of the ocean with her story about The Little Mermaid, and she has her own version of the Grimm Brothers The Frog Prince, and she will take you on a voyage with the fairies in her story about The Magic Dance, and after that you never know where you might end up. Just let you imagination led you on some magic voyage, like she used to do as a kid, when her father was telling herself and siblings stories by the fireside. SAT 19 November | 2pm

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FREE | Venue: The Shoot Room, Killruddery Farmers Market | Age Suitability: 5+


YARN November

Scéal In this modern world, are we really so far removed from our ancestors’ beliefs and behaviours? This was not a question that storyteller and singer Helena Byrne expected to answer when she set out to gather Irish folk tales. But her venture into Ireland’s past led her to discover more about her grandparents and herself than she had ever anticipated. In this unique theatre event, Helena brings Ireland’s most precious heirlooms to life; legendary tales of the Fairy Folk, the Other World, and a selection of much loved and newly composed Irish folk songs, with help from her father John Byrne and pianist Josh Johnston. SAT 19 November | 8pm €10 | Venue: Mermaid Arts Centre

YARN November

Bray Singer'S Circle Sometimes the most interesting things happen when space is left for spontaneity. Bray Singers’ Circle promotes the ancient traditional art of impromptu singing similar to that of the sean-nós tradition. So experience for yourself an evening of laid-back, organic storytelling through song.There’s no set menu of songs on offer, just an opportunity to turn up and see where the night takes you. Pull up a chair in Co. Wicklow Lawn Tennis Club and enjoy this wonderful evening of song. Acoustic self-accompaniment welcome. Expect special YARN guests. SAT 19 November | 9pm FREE | Venue: Co. Wicklow Lawn Tennis Club, Vevay Road

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YARN November

Talk the Walk Cliff Walk Stories Back by popular demand! Join Bray storyteller Philip Byrne for a gentle stroll along the beautiful Cliff Walk at the side of Bray Head, overlooking the sea. Hear stories of smugglers, railwaymen, folklore and much, much more.This is an outdoor event and will take place come hail, rain or shine (hopefully shine!).The walk and the stories will begin at Raheen Car Park, just off the Newcourt Road. Kindly sponsored by Johnny Daly Irish Folk Tours. SUN 20 November | 2pm FREE | Venue: Meeting at Raheen car-park

YARN November

Betelnut Family Fun Day Betelnut CafĂŠ invite you to their annual fun day! Join Julie-Rose McCormick Puppeteer for a fun-filled afternoon with two short great family puppet shows.The fun day starts at 3pm with facepainting and cupcake decorating.The puppet shows take place at 3.30pm (Beauty & The Beast) and 4.30pm (The Chinese Princess & The Cricket). Free fun for all the family! SUN 20 November | 3pm - 5pm FREE | Age Suitability: 2 - 12 years 52


YARN November

The Sunflower & the Lion The premier of a one woman show, written by Filia Clowne and performed by Rose Lawless. Music accompaniment by Julie Cruickshank: When Rose, a circus girl, has her heart broken by a second clown, she decides to close her heart to broken relationships forever and marry her true self. She buys a small second-hand photo frame, shaped like a sunflower for her 33rd birthday and chooses to fall in love with her own life, for better or for worse. SUN 20 November | 4pm FREE | Venue: To be announced

FILM November

MUSTANG In a remote Turkish coastal village on the Black Sea, five young sisters have their basic freedoms unjustly stripped from them under the guardianship of their grandmother and uncle after a neighbour witnesses the girls innocently playing on the beach.The orphaned sisters’ are locked up for fear that they have tarnished their virtue and a tyrannical regime of physical and emotional imprisonment is placed on them. A powerful and understated feminist drama which sensitively observes its characters as normal, emancipated young modern women suffering from repression. MON 21 November | 8pm ₏8/6.50 | Duration: 97 mins | Cert: 15A Language: Turkish (English subtitles)

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LOCAL ARTS November

Footloose Loreto Secondary School Bray and Presentation College Bray return with their production of Footloose.This musical based on the 1984 film of the same name opened to terrific reviews on Broadway in 1998 and in the West End in 2006.The story concerns a teenage boy who moves to a small town from Chicago only to discover that dancing is banned in the area.This rebel decides it’s about time that things changed! Including hit songs Let’s Hear it For the Boy, Almost Paradise, Holding out for a Hero and of course the title song Footloose, this show will have you dancing in the aisles! WED 23 - SAT 26 November | 8pm €17 | Family Ticket (2 adults & 2 children) €60

FILM November

TRUMAN When Julián receives an unexpected visit from his childhood friend Tomás, the encounter is bittersweet for it will also be their last. Julián has decided to forgo continued cancer treatment and instead focus on the final task that is causing him the greatest heartbreak. This delicate, intricate film from Spanish director Cesc Gay, brings humour and sensitivity to this private and personal story, creating a singular reflection on friendship at the end of life.A tender and honest portrayal of a man facing his own mortality, and of the companionship that sustains him in this most trying of times. MON 28 November | 8pm €8/6.50 | Duration: 108 mins | Cert: TBC Language: English / Spanish (English subtitles) 54


LOCAL ARTS December

Bray Alcohol Awareness Campaign Showcase Youth film making, poster campaigns, workshops, alcohol free events - just some of the activities that have taken place throughout 2016 as part of the Bray Alcohol Awareness Campaign. Working to raise awareness and understanding of alcohol related harms at a local level, this event showcases all the incredible  work of the campaign, come join us and be proud but best of all celebrate the great work done to improve the lives of Bray citizens. Bray Alcohol Awareness Campaign is a joint project between the Bray Local Drug and Alcohol Task Force, the Bray Drugs Awareness Forum and Crosscare.The campaign is funded by the Dormant Accounts Fund. THUR 1 December | 8pm FREE

THEATRE December

Boom? Selma Mae, seems to have the perfect life, beautiful home, lovely children, architect husband, but when guests arrive to her party to launch her new extension, it soon becomes clear that all is not as it seems… BOOM? Is a comedy about the myths and madness of the boom, the people who lived its fantasy and those who fell through the cracks, hopefully into something more real and sustaining.This is a play for anyone who ever had a bad hair day, may never own a helicopter and knows the difference between an abstract sculpture and a bicycle helmet. FRI 2 + SAT 3 December | 8pm €16/14 55


FILM December

THE COMMUNE Director Thomas Vinterberg draws on his childhood experience of communal living with this tragi-comic depiction of life within a 1970s domestic collective. When Erik, a lecturer in architecture and his wife Anna, a well-known television newscaster, inherit a large old house, they invite friends to live with them. Soon a dozen others are living in the house where collective decisions are made.The fragile equilibrium in the house threatens to come undone when Erik falls in love with his student Emma and the young woman moves in.Tensions rise as Erik finds himself drowned out by the hubbub of voices and his marriage begins to disintegrate. On Monday 5 December, the short film Displaced will be screened prior to The Commune as part of our First Mondays. MON 5 December | 8pm €8/6.50 | Duration: 111 mins | Cert: 15A Language: Danish (English subtitles)

MUSIC December

Phil Coulter & Guests Festive Reflections Up in that Pantheon inhabited by the biggest selling recording artistes of all time in Ireland, rubbing shoulders with Bono and the Boys, you might be surprised to bump into Phil Coulter. He has performed with everyone from James Galway and the London Symphony Orchestra to Nanci Griffith and The Blue Moon Orchestra, not to mention Henry Mancini, Elmer Bernstein and Quincy Jones. Come and join Phil this Christmas where he will perform new arrangements of all his favourite classic songs from The Town I Loved So Well to Steal Away along with a seasonal selection with his very special guest, Geraldine Branagan. TUE 6 + WED 7 December | 8pm €25/23 56


LOCAL ARTS December

Cinderella & Rockerfella

Performers Theatre School

Cinderella and Rockerfella is a modern, panto-style reworking of the classic tale with all the traditional characters. Downtrodden Cinderella, Rockerfella (formerly known as Prince Charming) Buttons, the Ugly Sisters and the Fairy Godmother – All placed in a world of fame and celebrity! With fabulous songs and lots of audience participation, this performance is sure to bring the house down. Suitable for even the youngest audience member, these talented students aged 3-14 look forward to welcoming you back to Mermaid once again. FRI 9 December | 7pm + SAT 10 December | 2pm € 15/12 | €45 Family Ticket (Matinee Only)

LOCAL ARTS December

MASquerade

JUNIOR MUSICALS Junior & Youth Musicals present Masquerade their Christmas show bursting with talent, colour and festive cheer.This show features vibrant excerpts from Aladdin & Hairspray, hip hop routines to the latest chart hits, festive choral singing by the Junior Musicals Theatre School choir and the tots will bring home the message of Christmas with their Nativity play. Join in the audience participation and fun with our MC Adrian Kennedy (98FM) & our live band. SUN 11 December | 3pm + 7pm €18 | Family Ticket €65 (2 adults & 2 children under 12 years - limited availability)

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FILM December

UP FOR LOVE Diane, a successful lawyer three years removed from her divorce, finds herself romantically challenged. Her luck changes one afternoon when a stranger calls her flat with hopes to return her lost phone.The pair develop an easy chemistry over the phone, but Diane is caught off-guard when she meets Alexandre — all 4’6” of him. She soon discovers that Alexandre is pretty much the complete package — witty, intelligent, handsome — however, they will have to face many other romantic challenges if they are going to make it to their happily-ever-after in this delightful comedic romp. MON 12 December | 8pm €8.50/7 | Duration: 98 mins | Cert: CLUB | Language: French (English subtitles)

DANCE December

CoisCéim Dance Theatre

THE WOLF AND PETER Prokofiev’s Peter And The Wolf is one of the most well known pieces of music ever written.  In this energetic new work, David Bolger has taken this timeless story of courage and imagination as inspiration, and here… the story is told through the eyes of a Wolf!  Filled with dance and live music, this fun and richly theatrical production will take children and their families on a thrilling adventure to explore and discover contemporary dance and performance at its best.  ***** “reassuringly traditional and startlingly modern…The Wolf and Peter is funny, imaginative, and, finally, very moving.” – The Irish Times WED 14 December | 7pm | THUR 15 December | 10am + 12pm | FRI 16 December | 11am €10/8 58


FILM December

THE HOLIDAY Romantic comedy starring Jude Law, Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet and Jack Black. Iris (Winslet) is in love with a man who is about to marry another woman. Across the globe, Amanda (Diaz) realises the man she lives with has been unfaithful.Two women who have never met and live 6000 miles apart, find themselves in the exact same place.They meet online at a home exchange website and impulsively switch homes for Christmas. Iris moves into Amanda’s L.A. house in sunny California as Amanda arrives in the snow-covered English countryside. Shortly after arriving at their destinations, both women find the last thing either wants or expects: a new romance. THUR 15 December | 8pm €8/6.50 | Duration: 138 mins | Cert: 15A | Language: English

MUSIC December

EIMEAR QUINN Following on previous sell-out shows at Mermaid Arts Centre, in this intimate and spiritual night, Eimear will return with her own special rendition of Christmas songs and carols for a memorable musical experience. Eimear’s ethereal voice will blend beautifully with string quartet & guitar, so allow yourself to sit back and let the hustle and bustle fade away.The Christmas season begins right here, so let your spirit be moved! FRI 16 December | 8pm €22/20 59


FILM December

FROzen sing along Come watch the movie and sing along to all your favourite songs from Frozen. Fearless optimist Anna sets off on an epic journey – teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everestlike conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom. SAT 17 December | 2pm €5 | Duration: 107mins | Cert: G Language: English

COMEDY December

DES BISHOP GREY MATTERS The fantasy of everlasting youth dyed with Des’s last purchase of Just for Men over a year ago. Now he is embracing the Grey and letting the wisdom of his years inspire his stand up. Grey Matters tackles the issues confronting Des these days, returning to live in New York, being surrounded by other people’s kids, gender and marriage equality, the dangers of snapchat, dating a Chinese woman, the prospect of reaching 40 and most of all, after the documentary – style stand up show about his time in China, Des is looking forward to returning to straight stand up where he can riff about whatever is on his mind. SAT 17 December | 8pm €25/23 60


FILM December

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE This moving and beautifully told film is a true masterpiece of cinema. A tale of rivalry and despair at thirty, the story finds George Bailey (James Stuart) in turmoil, having been framed by his arch rival, torn between his own desires and aspirations, but struggling to always do the right thing. This inner conflict proves too much for Bailey, who sees suicide as the only option. In classic Hollywood style, Heaven sends a guardian angel to remind him how worthwhile his life has been and to treasure the good times when the going gets tough. MON 19 December | 8pm €8/6.50 | Duration: 129mins | Cert: 15A Language: English

FILM December

SCROOGED High-spirited high jinks on Christmas Eve put Frank Cross (Bill Murray) in a ghostly time warp in this hilarious take-off of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Cross, who has made the meteoric rise from the depths of the mailroom to TV network president, is mean, nasty, uncaring, unforgiving and has a sadistic sense of humour – perfect qualities for a modern-day Scrooge. Before the night is over, he’ll be visited by a maniacal New York cab driver from the past, a present-day fairy who’s into pratfalls and, finally, a ghoulish seven-foot-headless messenger from the future. TUE 20 December | 7pm €8/6.50 | Duration: 101mins | Cert: PG Language: English 61


FILM December

THE SANTA CLAUS Scott Calvin (Tim Allen), a divorced advertising executive, has his son Charlie around for the Christmas holiday. On Christmas Eve, Santa Claus falls off their roof, exhausted. Scott puts on his red outfit to help out, but by doing so becomes party to the santa clause written on a business card within the suit, which states that anyone putting on Santa’s outfit waives any rights to a previous identity and will become the next Santa Claus! Over the year, Scott gains a lot of weight and sprouts a white beard... WED 21 December | 7pm €8/6.50 | Duration: 97 minutes | Cert: PG | Language: English

DANCE December

THE NUTCRACKER Ballet Ireland

This timeless classic, with beautiful costumes and Tchaikovsky’s beloved & sumptuous score, takes audiences on a wondrous adventure of full of quintessential Christmas magic. It’s Christmas Eve. A marvellous party is taking place where the mysterious Uncle Drosselmeyer brings gifts for all the children. When midnight strikes, very strange things start to happen… The Christmas tree grows to incredible heights and Clara’s magical Christmas gift, her Nutcracker, leads them into a fairy-tale world. Experience the beauty and magic of Ballet Ireland’s Nutcracker, performed by an international cast of world-class dancers. After all, Christmas only begins once you’ve seen Ballet Ireland’s The Nutcracker!  THUR 22 December | 8pm + FRI 23 December | 3pm €22/20 (Family of 4 €75) 62


Christmas Gift ideas Sick of socks, perfume, scarves and Penny’s pyjamas. Drop hints or put a smile on their face with tickets to one of Mermaid’s January shows.... FILM

Café Society MON 2 January | 8pm CHILDREN

FROzen sing along THUR 5 January | 2pm CHILDREN

lambert puppet theatre FRI 6 January | 2pm & 4pm MUSIC

kIla

SAT 7 January | 2pm & 8pm MUSIC

Declan o'rourke SAT 14 January | 8pm

Christmas Opening Hours Last chance to get your gift vouchers and tickets: FRI 23 Decemeber 10am - 6pm

Mermaid closed until 10am on Monday 2 January. Online booking available throughout the festive season, visit: www.mermaidartscentre.ie

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///Hello Mermaid friends & supporters! Mermaid Arts Centre is not just an arts centre but a centre of community.We believe in providing creative experiences for everyone and we present a diverse range of local, national and international artists each year for your enjoyment. Becoming a Friend of Mermaid means you make a contribution to the centre. Your contribution helps us to create opportunities for artists and to continue to deliver quality artistic experiences to our audiences. You can help us to support artists and reach out to new audiences. Each contribution no matter how big or small makes a difference and the best part is membership also offers you some great perks and benefits. These include - Free tickets to selected show: This season our friends selected show is Minding frankie by maeve binchy (page 30) - Discounts for shows and Betelnut Café Mermaid Friend Level 1: €60 Mermaid Friend Level 2: €120 Mermaid Friend Level 3: €350 Mermaid Friend Level 4: €1000 For more information visit our website: www.mermaidartscentre.ie Mermaid is a registered charity and as such tax relief is available on donations of €250 or more in any one tax year from both individual and corporate donors.

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friends & Funders ///FRIENDS Ian & Jean MacGreevy – Craft Picture Framing Gallery Cynthia & Patrick Moran Annick Smith Jackie Cullen Sean Leahy Neville Keery John Kelly Nanette O’Connell Daphne Millar Ann & Syl Holland Joan Davis Tanya Kiang Angela McQuilian Jean Duffy George & Joan Jones Patrick J Connolly Deirdre MacDonnell John McCormick

Phillip & Noelle O’Reilly Derek Pullen Ken Duff, Duff ’s Lounge & Bar Beatrice Lasserre Don Bagley Martin & Patricia Davidson Yvonne & Jim Kidd Mary Doyle Pat Ralph Finola Murphy Bernie Chambers Alan & Marie Downes Marie Ryan Brian & Sheila Healy Jane Kierans Peggy Masterson

The Mermaid team thank you for your support

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INFO ///Film Club Information Some of the films we screen here at Mermaid have not been certified by the Irish Censorship Office. In order to screen these films we need to operate as a film club.This nominal fee has been integrated into the ticket price for all CLUB films. Everyone over 18 years is welcome to attend club films.

///How to find us You will find Mermaid Arts Centre in the civic offices complex on Bray Main Street, between Bank of Ireland and Premier Arts & Crafts.

Mermaid has FREE underground parking for all evening and weekend shows. There is pay & display overground parking available.

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Mermaid Arts Centre Main St., Bray, Co. Wicklow Tel: 01-2724030 www.mermaidartscentre.ie

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