2018 MAY JUNE JULY August
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WELCOME “In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” Albert Camus 2018 is belting along. This is my favourite time of year, not only do I feel a lift in my spirits I also get out to walk Brays promenade each morning. Walking helps me think about things that are not just about the day to day trenches of life. This morning on my, not so brisk walk, I considered a didactic parable-ish story told by David Foster Wallace (Author). The story goes, two young fish swimming along together are passed by an older fish going in the opposite direction – he says as he passed ‘morning boys, how’s the water?’ the two-young fish smiled and kept swimming, 5 minutes later one turned and asked, ‘What’s Water?’. The point is merely that sometimes our most obvious and important realities are often the ones that are hardest to see and talk about. When I was growing up I never realised just how repetitive, mundane and at times tedious the day in day out of adult life can be. Although what this kind of living can give us is the realisation that the value of living and learning has less to do with knowledge but more to do with awareness. Awareness of the importance of people and things that are around us all the time. To quote Simone Weil (Philosopher), ‘attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.’ I believe in our souls. Not souls in a religious way, as I’m a non-believer. Not soul as a pop-culture commodity either. I mean soul simply as shorthand for the core of us from which our beliefs, values and our actions radiate. I don’t believe in atheism – everyone worships. Some worship money and things (most feel they will never have enough) some worship beauty (most I suspect feel ugly) some worship intellect (and don’t feel good enough). Our culture promotes these beliefs with the promise of rewards of wealth, comfort and personal freedom. But there are lots of different kinds of freedom – for me the most precious is freedom of thought, attention and awareness. These freedoms mean we can truly care about other people in a myriad of non-sexy, mundane ways. This is the only alternate I know to the rat race. Singer and poet Patti Smith wrote ‘seek out what magnifies your spirit’, it’s a beautiful phrase and a beautiful notion. In your life who are the people, ideas, and books that magnify your spirit? I suggest you find, hold and visit them often. Perhaps you will find some in our Summer Season and visit us? Niamh O’Donnell & The Mermaid Team.
MERMAID SPACE Artists and audiences are at the heart of Mermaid Arts Centre. We believe in the importance of artists making work in Wicklow and our residency programme is how we make this happen. We are most interested in work that relates or is relevant to our audience’s everyday lives. Last year Mermaid Arts Centre started a new relationship with artist Nickie Hayden. Nickie applied to Arts & Disability Ireland and was awarded an Arts and Disability Connect Award (funded by The Arts Council). This scheme offers artists the opportunity to connect with other practitioners or venues to make a change in their practice in terms of scope and scale by engaging in mentoring or training. I supported Nickie as she began to expand her practice to incorporate working collaboratively with people who have invisible disabilities through the Dyslexia Association of Ireland. Reflecting on personal experiences of pain, abuse, bereavement and a lifelong struggle with literacy, Nickie has always recognised the role painting has played in expressing her emotions. However, for the past year she has taken part in a programme for Adult Dyslexics, and found the intense experience of working through language particularly cathartic. Nickie brought together paintings, sculptures and written word as well as participatory elements in the making of a new body of work. In this work Nickie explored the everyday difficulties and historic traumas experienced by people who have been affected by dyslexia and the trauma caused by abuses of power. The exhibition Settling the Past was a huge success and ran in The Lab, Dublin from 20th January to 4th March, 2018.
MERMAID SPACE Zoe Riordan is a theatre writer, director and musician. She’s an artist who is probably best described as a cross disciplinary practitioner /maker as her talents are expansive. She first came to my attention when she was part of Rough Magic Theatre Company’s Seeds Programme in 2014 and since I’ve watched her repertoire and reputation grow. My favourites of her work are The Well Rested Terrorist (Peacock Theatre, Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival 2014) and Recovery, which premiered in LIVE COLLISION International Festival at Project Arts Centre in 2017. I greatly admire Zoe as her creative motivation is truly honest and deeply felt. In June, Zoe will be in Mermaid to experiment and play on a new work, a one women show, called Everything I Do. Composer and performer Caimin Gilmore will make and rehearse new works in Mermaid. Caimin is a songwriter for Sun Collective. As a Double Bassist, he plays regularly with Crash Ensemble, the RTE Concert Orchestra, Lisa Hannigan, and was recently awarded the Arts Council of Ireland Emerging Artists Bursary. Caimin will be in Mermaid to rehearse for three days in August with Sun Collective before embarking on an Irish Tour with their recently released debut album; the band includes Dan Bodwell on double bass, Dominic Mullan on drums, Shane Sugrue and Kevin Corcoran on pianos and vocals, Kate Ellis on cello, Una O’Kane on violin and Lisa Dowdall on viola. We also hope to present them in our autumn season so watch our web-site for further details.
MERMAID SPACE AND last but most definitely not least we have Eoghan Carrick a freelance director, lighting designer and dramaturg. Eoghan has been Associate Director with Corn Exchange Theatre Company since 2015 and recently directed: Nora (Dublin Theatre Festival, 2017), This Lime Tree Bower (Project Arts Centre/Irish Tour, 2016) and The Boyz of Harcourt Street (Smock Alley Theatre, 2016). We have Eoghan working in Mermaid because I am a fan of his work and his outlook. I believe Eoghan has an innate and rare ability to bring and to make clear his vision, his own personal view of each play and story he directs. Eoghan is working with collaborators Nessa Mathews (Actor and Writer) Molly O’Cathain (Set and Costume Designer) and Dylan Tonge Jones (Musician, Composer and Actor). They’re making a new work called Infinity. Stardate: 2077.55. A lone astronaut will journey through the cosmos on a one way mission to a signal of unknown origin. Leaving behind a dying earth, she must traverse time and space, isolation and uncertainty, in her quest to find hope and new life. This will be a highly theatrical and design rich show that mixes science fiction and documentary material. Through its exploration of fact, fiction and the spaces in between, it will investigate issues of mental health, the stories we tell and the stories behind them.
THEATRE LOVETT residency
Theatre Lovett are Mermaid Arts Centre Artists in Residence in 2018. In June and July the Theatre Lovett team will be in our theatre space developing FRNKNSTN, A modern mutation of Mary Shelleyâ€™s Frankenstein. Written by Michael West and directed by Muireann Ahern, this daring adaptation of Shelleyâ€™s classic re-imagines Victor Frankenstein as a gene-splicing molecular biologist who creates human life from his own DNA with catastrophic results. Actor Louis Lovett will play both man and monster. Meet The Creature During this time, Theatre Lovett will be inviting some young people into the theatre. Working around the theme of Frankenstein, creation and one-person performance these workshops will offer a fascinating insight into the development stages of a theatre production. Keep an eye on our web-site for further details.
music network residency 2018 open call
Music Network is delighted to announce the Music Network Artist Residency 2018, an exciting opportunity for professional performing musicians. The Residency aims to provide a musician with funding in order to plan and deliver a series of concerts, with integrated audience development components, in partnership with Wicklow County Council Arts Office and Mermaid County Wicklow Arts Centre. We are offering an Artist Residency Programme running from 2018 into 2019 where a selected musician will have access to resources to create a 6-date concert programme to take place within a 6 – 9 month timeframe (commencing in Autumn 2018) in Mermaid Arts Centre, Wicklow. It is intended that this programme will positively intersect with local authority arts development plans and venues’ programming priorities and potentially, the work of a range of community music groups. We are now calling for Expressions of Interest in the 2018 Programme. Download the Guidelines document from musicnetwork.ie/musicians/opportunities. Expressions of Interest should be submitted by email (email@example.com) to Music Network, no later than 2pm, Friday 20th April 2018. Please note late applications cannot be accepted. And Mermaid Audiences – keep your eyes on our web-site and our next season brochure as we’ll announce the successful Artist in Residence as well as their programme which will commence in Autumn 2018 - stay alert - you will need to book your tickets!
cinema - first mondays First mondays
Continuing our First Monday series, where short films by emerging filmmakers are screened on the first Monday of each month, this season we’re again presenting Bray based group NoWiFi (North Wicklow Films) https://www.facebook.com/northwicklowfilms/
written by Conor Waldron, directed by Oisin McFarland Smith MONDAY 7 May | Duration: 10mins When you need a miracle, but you’re out of time.
written and directed by David Butler, DOP Todd Sheets MONDAY 4 June | Duration: 6mins You can take the lobster out of a trap, but can you take the trap out of a lobster?
AMORE in TRANSLATION (1)
various No Wifi writers, directed by Joseph Morris MONDAY 4 June | Duration: 3mins Anna is Italian, Michael is Irish. But love has no nationality…
NEW SHOES, TWO DUDES & A VERY POSH GLASS OF WATER
written by Byron Hayes, directed by Todd Sheets MONDAY 2 July | Duration: 6mins A dark, comic tale of competition fueled by resentment.
AMORE in TRANSLATION (2)
various No Wifi writers, directed by Joseph Morris MONDAY 2 July | Duration: 3mins Continuing the domestic tribulations of Anna and Michael…
AN DEARG DOOM
written by Brian Matthews Murphy, directed by Arthur Janowsky MONDAY 6 August | Duration: 5mins An evil awakes in the dark. Something ancient, something malicious, something....hungry!
AMORE in TRANSLATION (3)
various No Wifi writers, directed by Joseph Morris MONDAY 6 August | Duration: 3mins Another episode in the ongoing saga of Anna and Michael…
Liliane Puthod -
Opening THURSDAY 5 April | 6pm Free | Exhibition runs FRIDAY 6 April − SATURDAY 12 May | 10am − 6pm In SHOWROOM, Liliane Puthod is questioning the temporality of everyday life’s consumption and what she considers the fabrication of desire in relation to objecthood. Subverting the frontiers between multiple and singular objects, she explores how forms problematize the materials from which they are made. SHOWROOM will encourage viewers to reach an alternative way of looking at the ordinary through installation, sculptures and digital works. Liliane Puthod is a French artist currently working and living in Dublin. In 2013, she graduated from an MFA and a BA Honours Degree in Visual Arts from Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD).
Gerry Blake -
Into The Sea
Opening FRIDAY 18 May | 6pm Free | Exhibition runs SATURDAY 19 May âˆ’ SATURDAY 30 June | 10am âˆ’ 6pm Swimmers come to the sea for many reasons. For over a year, photographic artist Gerry Blake has been examining the ritual practice of regular sea swimming. Visiting more than 10 bathing areas around Dublin, he depicts individual swimmers as they approach the sea at various times of the day. Into the Sea portrays them at their most thoughtful and reflective in the moments before they plunge into the open waters. Gerry holds an MFA in Photography from Ulster University. His award-winning work has been exhibited widely in galleries, including the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA Annual Exhibition, 2015, 2017), The National Gallery of Ireland (Hennessy Portrait Prize, 2015), and the Ulster Museum (Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition, 2017). He lives in north County Wicklow.
Opening THURSDAY 19 July | 6pm Free | Exhibition runs FRIDAY 20 July − SATURDAY 18 August | 10am − 6pm Fiona Kelly’s current practice is driven by a contemplation of what has been lost and the transience of things. Her visual outputs have been informed by the common material - dust. She uses dust both materially and theoretically, as a means to explore mans’ interaction with the built environment and the Natural world. Akin to the architectural movement of Bricolage, where the Bricoleur rebuilds using the debris of previous events; Kelly has foraged and utilised materials in a state of rejection to construct fables for the present. Fiona Kelly holds a MA from the Crawford College of Art & Design and was awarded a 1:1 for her research thesis and accompanying exhibition The Distillation of Dust (2015). Her work has been exhibited in Ireland and internationally, most recently in The Great Heap, (Solo) The Luan Gallery & Leitrim Sculpture Centre; Sustainable Futures, Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh; The Dispersed Gallery, Middlesbrough, U.K; Geological Cake,The Burren College of Art & 126 Galway; I Went to the Woods, GLUCKSMAN, Cork; There are Thousands of Taps Dripping, (Solo) Ratamo Galleria, Jyväskylä, Finland. www.fionakelly.co 12
The Wonderful Tune TUESDAY 1 May | 10am & 12pm €8 | Age Suitability: 6+
Join Ceol Connected on their new and exciting adventure in The Wonderful Tune - a musical world of singing mermaids and dancing sea creatures which is sure to have everyone singing along! This captivating, moving, and otherworldly show weaves together traditional music, song, puppetry, and animation to bring children on an unforgettable journey. Alongside Emma Fisher (puppeteer), The Wonderful Tune performers include some of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians: Thomas Johnston (uilleann pipes/whistles), Áine McGeeney (fiddle/vocals), and Seán McElwain (guitar). The Wonderful Tune nationwide tour is supported by The Arts Council.
Outpost Reading Group TUESDAY 1 May | 7pm FREE (Booking Essential)
Join Outpost Studios for our monthly Art and Theory reading and discussion group. In this informal group we look at diverse practices within the art world and the thoughts and theories behind them. Short texts are a starting point for wider discussion, reviews of current shows and debate of hot topics! No previous reading necessary/ all discussion and people welcome. Tacita Dean - Portrait and Still Life and contemporary film making in art. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a reading list in advance. 13
THURSDAY 3 May | 8pm €5 | Friends Selected Show
This showing of a work in progress, Everybody Sings, is commissioned by Age & Opportunity for Bealtaine festival and is a candid and poignant examination of the relationship between intimacy and ageing and was developed in collaboration with a group of older citizens whose stories and experiences are presented through music, film and live performance. Everybody Sings is led by artist, Shaun Dunne, in close collaboration with film designer, Luca Truffarelli. This new work seeks to explore Ireland’s developing attitudes towards sex and sexuality by fusing testimony, film and live performance. Questions on consent and capacity, bereavement and break-ups will be mindfully explored and demystified through the stylized abstraction of lived experience and inspired narrative. Everybody Sings is supported by Mermaid County Wicklow Arts Centre Following on from RAPIDS (Dublin Theatre Festival, 17), this production marks Shaun Dunne’s first work for Bealtaine. Organised in association with Age & Opportunity as part of the nationwide Bealtaine festival – celebrating the arts and creativity as we age.
bray jazz festival
4, 5 & 6 May www.brayjazz.com
It’s easy to see why Bray Jazz Festival has been called “one of the very best small jazz festivals in Europe.” Year upon year the May Bank Holiday weekend event serves up some of the best that’s happening in jazz across the globe, and this year is no exception. Back to Mermaid on May 4th, 5th and 6th next, Bray Jazz once again lives up to its billing, bringing us three nights of fantastic live music, and a host of great shows at venues across the town.
CHINA MOSES (USA) FRIDAY 4 May | 8pm €26
Singer China Moses is a high voltage jazz soul singer and one of the hottest young stars of her generation. Daughter of Grammy Award winner Dee Dee Bridgewater, she has been destined for musical greatness since she released her debut single at the tender age of 16. Moses made three soul albums for Virgin label Source before she signed for Blue Note records, for whom her 2012 release was one of The Times of London’s albums of 2013. “A new star has entered the Jazz firmament” – All About Jazz 15
JOE LOVANO AND DAVE DOUGLAS QUINTET: SOUND PRINTs Featuring Lawrence Fields, Linda Oh and Joey Baron (USA)
SATURDAY 5 May | 8pm €30
For over twenty years, saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter Dave Douglas have been prime moving forces in the US jazz scene. ‘Sound Prints,’ taking its inspiration from the music of Wayne Shorter, teams the star-duo up with pianist Lawrence Fields, bassist Linda Oh and one of the most sought after drummers in US jazz, veteran Joey Baron. The quintet continually explore swinging, heartfelt new territory, and are fast becoming something of a ‘supergroup’ of contemporary American jazz. “The band switches tack, changes mood and explores the byways of each theme with wit, invention and a sound that is entirely their own” – Financial Times Review
Bobo Stenson / Jon Falt / Mats Eilertsen (Sweden/Norway)
SUNDAY 6 May | 8pm €26 Pianist Bobo Stenson is one of the heavy-hitters in contemporary Nordic jazz.. Stenson’s presence for many years on the iconic ECM jazz label is testimony to his status as one of the top players of his generation.The Swede is a master of the measured build up, and his blending of classical, jazz, and folk influences, together with uncommon time signatures has led to comparisons with some of the greats of the modern era. His piano trio is regarded as one of the best in contemporary European jazz. Stenson is joined by Falt and with double-bassist Mats Eilertsen, one of Norway’s top players and himself a headline artist at a previous Bray Jazz Festival.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Cert: 15a) MONDAY 7 May | 8pm €8/6.50 | Duration: 115mins | Language: English
A darkly comic drama from Academy Award nominee Martin McDonagh (In Bruges). After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes (Academy Award winner Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Woody Harrelson), the town’s revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing’s law enforcement is only exacerbated. Our First Monday’s short film Dandelion will be screened prior to the film.
BRAY SCHOOL Of DANCE Dance Dynamics 2018!
THURSDAY 10 & FRIDAY 11 | 7pm & SATURDAY 12 May | 2pm & 7pm €15 Adult | €10 Child Bray School of Dance comes to you with our highly anticipated Dance Spectacular of Classical Ballet, Modern Theatre, Jazz, Hip Hop and Tap Dance, where our students will delight you with their talent and enthusiasm bringing variety and entertainment to suit all ages. From Can Can Dancers to the Ballerinas of Degas. We will bring you Princesses, Genies, Lamps, Precious Jewels and more, come along to see what we have in store!
Junior Musicals - The Greatest Showkids SUNDAY 13 May | 4pm & 7pm €18 Junior & Youth Musicals present ‘The Greatest Showkids’ their Summer show bursting with talent and colour. This show features vibrant excerpts from The Greatest Showman, The Wizard of Oz & The Addams Family. Choral singing with highlights from Les Misérables by the Junior Musicals Theatre School choir and the tots will present their very own version of Cinderella. Join in the fun with audience participation & our live band.
The Divine Order
MONDAY 14 May | 8pm €8/6.50 | Duration: 96mins | Language: Swiss German (English Subtitles) It’s 1971: Nora is a young housewife and mother, living in a quaint little village in Switzerland with her husband and their two sons. The rural area is untouched by the major social upheavals the revolutionary movement of 1968 has brought about elsewhere. Nora’s life is not affected either; she is a quiet person who is liked by everybody – until she starts to publicly fight for women’s suffrage, which the men are due to vote on in a ballot. Despite obstacles and backlash Nora becomes a hero as she overthrows the status quo. 18
WEDNESDAY 16 − SATURDAY 19 May | 7.30pm & SATURDAY 2.30pm €16 Adults | €13 Children & Students Action Arts are proud to present a wonderfully entertaining variety show for all the family. This years production includes extracts from Snow White, The cat in the hat, Seussical, and Bugsy Malone as well as modern and hip hop routines along with songs from popular musicals. We hope you will enjoy watching these talented students aged 4 -12 years from Bray, Greystones, Wicklow Town and surrounding areas.
Action Arts Teens
– Do This, Do That!
SUNDAY 20 May | 7.30pm €16 Adults | €13 Children & Students
The Action Arts teens take to the stage with their end-of-year showcase, DO THIS, DO THAT! Just like your favourite box of chocolates, this is a show full of variety - drama from Shakespeare to Synge, sketches & skits from Monty Python and more plus songs and dance to delight! Go on - treat yourself!
Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist (Cert: 15a)
MONDAY 21 May | 8pm €8/6.50 | Duration: 83mins | Language: English
Since igniting the punk movement with ex-partner and Sex Pistols’ manager Malcolm McLaren, Dame Vivienne Westwood has been redefining British fashion and is responsible for creating many of the most distinctive looks of our time.This film blends archive, beautifully crafted reconstruction, and insightful interviews with Vivienne’s fascinating network of collaborators, guiding us on her journey from a childhood in postwar Derbyshire to the runways of Paris and Milan. Lorna Tucker’s debut film is an intimate and poignant homage to one of the true cultural icons of our time, as she fights to maintain her brand’s integrity, her principles and her legacy in a business driven by consumerism, profit and global expansion.
TUESDAY 22 May | 7pm FREE (Booking Essential)
Outpost Studios hosts a monthly Salon Night. This is an informal gathering of artists, with one or two invited artists leading a pre-chosen discussion of a topic, project or area of interest. We welcome anyone interested and artists of all disciplines to nurture a broad ranging discussion around creative processes and critical thinking. On this Salon night, the topic will be ‘Art and Protest - I don’t want Art that points to a thing. I want Art that is the thing‘ (Tania Bruguera). ...pff publications will discuss their collaborative zine work PIMP. 20
Autumn Royal, A new play by Kevin Barry TUESDAY 22 & WEDNESDAY 23 May | 8pm €18/16 | Friends Selected Show
May and Timothy are looking after the father – the father has long since taken to the bed. Their own lives are curtailed, closed down, and they’re not getting any younger. Should they stay or should they go? A dark, dark comedy, set on the northside of Cork city, Autumn Royal is a play about life and death, love and hate, hysterical dependency, jealousy, rage, horror, and homicidal notions – or, in other words, it’s a play about a family. Kevin Barry is the multi-award winning writer of the novels Beatlebone and City Of Bohane and the story collections Dark Lies The Island and There Are Little Kingdoms. Autumn Royal is his first piece written originally for the stage and was acclaimed by critics and the public alike during its world premiere run at The Everyman in 2017. Directed by Caitriona McLaughlin. Starring Siobhan McSweeney and Peter Campion. “Catriona McLaughlin controls the cascades of effects and dialogue with a precision that allows the combination of comedy, pathos and savagery its intended impact.” – The Irish Times ****
Donal Lunny & Mick Hanly THURSDAY 24 May | 8pm €22/20
It was inevitable that two stalwarts of the Irish music scene, whose careers have intertwined many times over the last 45 years would sooner or later emerge in the guise of a musical duo. The combination of songwriter Mick Hanly and multi-instrumentalist and composer Donal Lunny is a marriage made in musical heaven. Both have honed their musical skills to perfection and play with a freshness and enthusiasm that belies their years on the road. Most recently the pair collaborated on Hanly’s album, Homeland, where Hanly brought a traditional influence to some brand new stories and Lunny added his unique touches to several tracks.
Jason Byrne – The Man With Three Brains
FRIDAY 25 May | 8pm €25/23 | Age Suitability: 16+ Jason has three brains which kick into action when he hits the stage. His left brain scans the audience and room, looking for improv moments. His right brain collates stand-up material and stunts, poised to dish out the funnies at speed. His centre brain is Jason’s coach, pushing him to the limit.This show will peel back the madness inside Jason Byrne’s head to reveal all three brains working individually. The fastest thinking comic around will not only trip himself up, but probably you too. ‘Watching a new Jason Byrne show is a bit like witnessing lightning in a bottle’ – Edinburgh Evening News
Emil Nolde: Colour is Life SATURDAY 26 May | 12pm FREE (Booking Essential)
The German Expressionist artist Emil Nolde was a prolific painter and printmaker. The current exhibition in the National Gallery of Ireland, Emil Nolde: Colour is Life, is a collaboration between the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the National Gallery of Ireland, presenting a bold and colourful survey of Nolde’s paintings, drawings, etchings, and woodcuts. This free illustrated talk on Emil Nolde’s life will give a wonderful introduction to what visitors to the exhibition will experience, while those who can’t make it to the exhibition will have the opportunity to see and hear about these unique works.
Route 66 Big Band Live In Concert
SATURDAY 26 May | 8pm €20/18
Route 66 Big Band are delighted to make a return visit to Mermaid Arts Centre. Their programme takes the audience on a musical trip from the big band era of the 40’s right up to date including numbers made famous by Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Adele, Tina Turner, Tom Jones, Joe Dolan, Amy Winehouse and many more and has something to please everyone, from 8’s to 80’s, which has been the key to the success of this show and brings audiences back again and again. 23
Let The Sunshine In
MONDAY 28 May | 8pm €8/6.50 | Duration: 94mins | Language: French (English Subitles) Isabelle (Juliette Binoche) is a divorced artist living in Paris. She has several potential lovers and suitors who compete for her attention, or in some cases display complete indifference despite Isabelle’s own obvious interest… Told through a series of interconnected vignettes, Let the Sunshine In is an uncommonly honest, down-to-earth tale of one woman’s search for a companion. ****“... a sophisticated delight.” – The Guardian, Cannes Film Festival 2017
Stagedoor Ireland TUESDAY 29 May | 7.30pm €15/10
I Have a Dream
Stagedoor Ireland are proud to present, our new musical, I have a dream. Our story focuses on Carrie, a young girl who discovers that when she sings, Magic happens. Fairytale characters come to life and turn up at her house in Bray which leads to a lot of drama with her and her friends. This story is helped along with dance and song from all of our students some as young as four years old aided by the wonderful music of ABBA.
My Son My Son by Veronica Dyas WEDNESDAY 30 May | 8pm €16/14
THE MOTHER has one son, hence the title. From The Liberties, her best friend, Mary, is married but childless, The MOTHER’s never been married, she’s against it really. This won’t pass the Bechdel Test, that’s deliberate. There’s a lot of drama, that’s not what’s really important but we’ll use it to get at what is. Class, it’s a real thing. Still. A new play inspired by Bertolt Brecht’s learning play, ‘The Mother’, featuring Lauren Larkin & Amy Conroy. Set on MEATH STREET, we’re telling the story of THE MOTHER. Backwards. In 7 year intervals, ending outside LARKIN’S BUTCHERS*. *recently sold and redeveloped as a Hickey’s Pharmacy. There’s 3 chemists within 3 minutes walk. That’s in the now, not in the past.
Susie Kennedy - As Time Goes By FRIDAY 1 June | 8pm €20/18
Irrepressible singer and performer, Susie Kennedy explores, through songs and stories, the ups and downs, the hilarity and the challenges of being “an older woman”. She creates thoughtful, moving and sometimes hilarious theatre as she sings and chats about the way people try to stay young with mad diets and Botox, how memory and the figure go at the same time and how on-line dating can bring excitement to the lives of the over 65’s! Includes songs made famous by Sophie Tucker, Ella Fitzgerald and many more.
MONDAY 4 June | 8pm €8/6.50 | Duration: 117mins | Language: English 1971 - leaked excerpts of top-secret documents detailing U.S. involvement in Vietnam become a media sensation.The Washington Post and its editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) frantically chase the documents. Amid mounting legal pressure from the highest levels of government, the Post’s publisher Katherine Graham (Meryl Streep) has to decide whether to risk potential financial ruin by publishing the bombshell revelations the paper’s reporters uncover. Spielberg thrillingly captures the race to meet print deadlines amid intense levels of scrutiny. Our First Monday’s short films Lobster Pot and Amore in Translation (1) will be screened prior to the film.
MAY TUESDAY 1
The Wonderful Tune
Outpost Reading Group pg 13
Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas Quintet: Sound Prints
Bobo Stenson / Jon Falt / Mats Eilertsen
Three Billboards Outside pg 17 Ebbing, Missouri (15A)
THURSDAY 10 SATURDAY 12
Bray School of Dance
The Divine Order (Cert: TBC) pg 18
WEDNESDAY 16 LOCAL ARTS - SATURDAY 19
Action Arts - Teens
Westwood: Punk, Icon, pg 20 Activist (15A)
TUESDAY 22 THEATRE WEDNESDAY 23
Autum Royal, A new play by Kevin Barry
Donal Lunny & Mick Hanly
Emil Nolde: Colour is Life
Route 66 Big Band
Let The Sunshine In (15A) pg 24
My Son My Son
WEDNESDAY 30 THEATRE
JUNE FRIDAY 1
The Good Father
The Post (12A)
Outpost Reading Group pg 32
THURSDAY 7 SATURDAY 9
An Evening with Voice of Bray Community Choir
Urban Xpressions 3.0
LITERATURE/ TALK The Writing Life: Mia Gallagher
The Full Bloom Cabaret! pg 35
Encorps Stage School
Lady Bird (15A)
THURSDAY 21 & FRIDAY 22
The Successful TD
The Ciambra (Cert: TBC) pg 38
Exhibition on Screen: Cézanne Portraits of a Life (CLUB)
All For Me Grog - The Songs and Story of The Dubliners
JULY MONDAY 2
Loving Vincent (12A)
Isle of Dogs (PG)
Choral Festival 2018
LITERATURE/ TALK The Writing Life: Eoin McNamee
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at Powerscourt Gardens
Jeune Femme (Cert:TBC) pg 44
FRIDAY 20 & SATURDAY 21
WEDNESDAY 25 - SATURDAY 28
The Addams Family
AUGUST SATURDAY 4
A Fistful Of Dollars (Cert: TBC)
In The Fade (Cert:TBC)
Sweet Country (15A)
My Golden Days (CLUB) pg 48
In Conversation, Paulo Pimentel
The Good Father SATURDAY 2 June | 8pm €18/16 | Friends Selected Show New Year’s Eve. A house party like any other, in a suburb like any other. Two very different strangers meet, each looking for a new start and to shake off the disappointments of the past. But champagne, cheap lager and their chance encounter leads this unlikely couple to an unplanned pregnancy. Against all odds, can they make their newfound family a success? Winner of the Stewart Parker Award, this heartfelt, moving drama charts their journey of love, loss, and redemption. After the international success of Fight Night and The Games People Play, the multi award-winning Rise Productions returns with this touching story celebrating the triumph of hope. “Two outstanding performances… Breathtakingly brilliant… Not to be missed” – **** The Arts Review “Perfectly pitched… Sensitive and powerful. Never puts a foot wrong.” – Sunday Independent
Outpost Reading Group TUESDAY 5 June | 7pm FREE (Booking Essential)
Join Outpost Studios for our monthly Art and Theory reading and discussion group. In this informal group we look at diverse practices within the art world and the thoughts and theories behind them. Short texts are a starting point for wider discussion, reviews of current shows and debate of hot topics! No previous reading necessary/ all discussion and people welcome. 38th EVA International - reviewing the state of Irish Art. Please email email@example.com if you would like a reading list in advance.
An Evening with Voices of Bray Community Choir
THURSDAY 7 − SATURDAY 9 June | 8pm €15/13 Celebrating its 5th year, Voices of Bray Community Choir returns to the Mermaid Arts Centre for another exciting season of concerts. This year’s programme has something for everyone with music from the likes of Ed Sheeran, Elton John, Keane, Richard Rodgers, The Police, Coldplay, Abba, Tchaikovsky and many more. As always, it promises to be a fun and uplifting evening. Concert proceeds will be donated to St. Catherine’s Special School, Newcastle. 32
Urban Xpressions 3.0
SUNDAY 10 June | 3.30pm & 7pm €15 Adult | €8 Child
UrbanX are proud to present their 3rd annual end of year hip hop showcase. We are delighted to be back to perform our favourite dances of 2018. It is the main highlight of our year and everyone has been working so hard for it. Our show consists of fun, energetic, upbeat dance routines, performed by our talented dancers age 4-17 years old. We promise to entertain you with our exciting choreography, enjoyable music, and our passion for dance.
MONDAY 11 June | 8pm €8/6.50 | Duration: 94mins | Language: French (English Subtitles) Miriam and Antoine Besson have just divorced. A bitter legal battle with their young son Julien at the centre results in joint custody, despite Miriam arguing that her son does want to see his father. Her claims that Antoine has been violent towards them don’t stand up when she fails to produce proof of this in front of the judge. As Antoine tries to re-establish a relationship with his distressed son, the truth of the situation is slowly and tensely revealed. Winner of the Best Director Award at Venice Film Festival 2017. “…almost unbearably-tense … wrenching, heart-stopping” – Screen International, Venice Film Festival 2017
The Writing Life: Mia Gallagher THURSDAY 14 June | 8pm €12/10
In the latest of our unmissable series of discussions about literature and life, our guest Mia Gallagher talks to local writer Philip St John about her novels The Hellfire Club and Beautiful Pictures of the Lost Homeland, two of the most original, adventurous and lauded Irish novels of recent times. Mia will also discuss her latest book, the short story collection, Shift, and her career as a theatre performer, and her favorite books and music. A fascinating woman, Mia is not to be missed.
Redmond O’Toole FRIDAY 15 June | 8pm €16/14
Irish Classical guitarist Redmond O’Toole has been hailed as one of the most interesting players of his generation, renowned for his atmospheric performances and dazzling virtuosity. He has given recitals throughout Europe and the US at prestigious concert halls and festivals as soloist as well as with ‘The Chieftains’ and ‘Dublin Guitar Quartet’. This evening’s programme exploits the full range of his unusual 8-string guitar and “cello” style technique; beginning with transcriptions of J.S. Bach and Haydn before visiting Mexico and Spain for the music of Rodrigo and Ponce and ending with Carlo Domeniconi’s masterwork “Koyunbaba”.
The Full Bloom Cabaret! SATURDAY 16 June | 8pm €16/14
With this dynamic and original show, Rose Lawless, comedienne and songstress, has created an evening of raw, intimate, sensuous and lyrical cabaret. In honour of Bloomsday, Rose has combined her passion for Joyce with her love of cabaret; she performs an extract from Molly’s monologue, followed by a blistering second set of her own original stories and compositions. Rose will be accompanied by Julie Cruickshank on keyboard. ‘Rose Lawless did a wonderful performance of Molly Bloom to an enraptured audience,’ – P.J. Murphy, Sweny’s Chemist - (the famous Dublin chemist where Bloom bought lemon soap).
Encorps Stage School SUNDAY 17 June | 2pm & 5pm €12
Encorps Stage School are celebrating their 15th year anniversary since they opened in 2003. The show will showcase the work of the Blackrock, Ballinteer and Stepaside classes. Our students range from 3 years up to 18 years and our performances this year will include: Moana, Disney classics, High School Musical, Jax Jones and Coldplay. Encorps Stage School offer dance classes across South Dublin and our classes include Hip Hop, Ballet, Jazz Ballet & Contemporary Dance. 35
MONDAY 18 June | 8pm €8/6.50 | Duration: 94mins | Language: English 17-year-old Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) dreams of escaping her hometown of Sacramento, California. During her final year in high school, she deals with the challenges of teenage life: romance, a part-time job, college applications. Meanwhile, Lady Bird’s relationship with her mother Marion (Metcalf) grows increasingly tense: they each have very different views on Lady Bird’s plans after graduation. Nominated for five Oscars in 2018 and winner of Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy at the Golden Globes 2018. ***** “… a wholly wonderful film. … In short, only a cad could resist it” – The Irish Times
LAKERS - the lion king
THURSDAY 21 & FRIDAY 22 June | 8pm €15/10
It’s time for Lakers to showcase their talents again this year with their annual stage spectacular. This year they are combining their acting, musical and dance skills to perform their own production of Disney classic, The Lion King. Get ready to sing along and be blown away by the performances from each member. We know that you will go away clicking you fingers and tapping your feet.
The Successful TD SATURDAY 23 June | 8pm €20/18
After a sell-out performance in 2017, The Successful TD is back. Follow the trials, tribulations, misadventures and hilarious antics of TULL McADOO as he seeks re-election to the Dail in the “October Elections”. Written by John B Keane in 1967 he displays his edge for humour and satire that are uncomfortably close to the politics of today ... Peppered with Keane’s gallery of madcap characters this show will have you laughing at politics (in a good way) from the start. Adapted for the stage by Jon Kenny, Mary McEvoy and Michael Scott.
Dramtech - Jellicle Cats SUNDAY 24 June | 3pm €15/12
Jellicle cats meet once a year, at the Jellicle ball and Dramtech Performing Arts invites you to join them in this all singing, all dancing performance. Comedy, sadness, and adventure are only some of the experiences that await you in this fast moving show. Meet the amazing cast of characters all played by students of Dramtech aged 3 - 12 years of age. So please come and journey with us to the Heavyside Layer.
MONDAY 25 June | 8pm €8/6.50 | Duration: 117mins | Language: Italian (English Subtitles) Pio is a 14-year-old teenager living in a Romani community in southern Italy who is eager to prove that he can be a man. When his older brother disappears, Pio becomes the breadwinner for the family, a role that leads him into dangerous territory as his small-time criminal undertakings eventually attract unwanted attention. American-Italian director Jonas Carpignano shoots in a naturalistic documentary-style manner and uses nonprofessional actors to deliver this gritty and realistic coming-ofage tale. Winner of Europa Cinemas Label Award at Cannes Film Festival 2017.
Exhibition on Screen: CÉZANNE PORTRAITS OF A LIFE (Cert: Club)
FRIDAY 29 June | 8pm €8.50/7 | Duration: 85mins | Language: English One can’t appreciate 20th century art without understanding the significance and genius of Paul Cézanne. Featuring interviews with curators and experts from the National Portrait Gallery London, MoMA New York, National Gallery of Art Washington, and Musée d’Orsay Paris, and correspondence from the artist himself, the film takes audiences beyond the exhibition to the places Cézanne lived and worked and sheds light on an artist who is perhaps the least known of all the impressionists – until now. 38
All For Me Grog The Songs and Story of The Dubliners
SATURDAY 30 June | 8pm €20/18 Presented by The LIBERTIES, who in replicating the original lineup with the exact same instrumentation, songs and close as you will get voices, bring to the stage, a show of uncanny similarity to the original Dubliners. The unusual and wonderful voice of Ronnie Drew is brought to life by Wayne Wilder, who probably has the closest sounding voice to Ronnie in Ireland, if not the world. With his red hair and beard, banjo maestro James Gallagher’s powerful voice is so reminiscent of Luke Kelly’s golden vocal chords, that it has to be a fluke of nature. The Black Velvet Band, McAlpines Fusiliers, The Spanish Lady, The Irish Rover and of course, the song that made The Dubliners international stars-Seven Drunken Nights plus all their other hits, will have you clapping your hands, stomping your feet and joining in the chorus of the well known and much loved songs at this uplifting and exciting show.
MONDAY 2 July | 8pm €8.50/7 | Duration: 115mins | Language: Spanish ( English Subtitles) Don Diego de Zama is a magistrate in a remote Spanish colony in South America. He dutifully does his job, hoping to persuade his superiors to approve a transfer to Buenos Aires. As the months pass, and he grows increasingly desperate, the unhinged Zama hopes that a dangerous mission to capture a notorious outlaw will finally guarantee his long-awaited relocation.The first film in almost a decade from Argentinian director Lucrecia Martel is very much worth the wait: this is a stunning, strange and bold piece of filmmaking, full of wit and striking visuals. Our First Monday’s short films New Shoes,Two Dudes & a Very Posh Glass of Water and Amore in Translation (2) will be screened prior to the film.
Loving Vincent (Cert: 12A) FRIDAY 6 July | 8pm €8.6.50 | Duration: 95mins | Language: English
Years in the making, Loving Vincent is a biopic with a difference. This visually stunning film was shot in live action before a small army of artists handpainted every frame in the style of van Gogh. Told through multiple perspectives (with a talented cast including Saoirse Ronan and Chris O’Dowd), Loving Vincent lives up to its name and offers an affectionate tribute to one of history’s greatest artists.
Bagatelle – 40th Anniversary SATURDAY 7 July | 8pm €29/27
Over the years, the band has had various changes of members, but currently it has four main performers – Ken Doyle, Liam Reilly, Seanie Devitt and Kurt Schefter. The group is dominated by the superb piano playing and songwriting ability of front man Reilly, who penned many of their top selling singles Summer In Dublin, Second Violin, Leeson Street Lady and the multi-platinum Streets of New York, plus many, many more. Come and see what has kept Bagatelle at the fore front of the Irish music industry for the last 40 years.
ISLE of dogs
MONDAY 9 July | 8pm €8/6.50 | Duration: 101mins | Language: English In a futuristic Japan, canine flu has ravaged the population of Megasaki City and dogs have been sent to a remote island off the Japanese coast to prevent the disease from spreading further. Their only hope of avoiding isolation comes in the form of Atari, a boy who has ventured to the island in search of his pet. Visionary director Wes Anderson returns with a beguiling, stunningly crafted stop-motion animated feature that is destined to win your heart. **** “… an inspiringly detailed and surprisingly rough-edged treat.” – The Guardian, Berlin International Film Festival 2018
Choral Festival 2018
FRIDAY 13 July | 8pm €8/6
Cheile Community Choir from Bray, with their director Tony Norton are the hosts of the first ‘International Choral Festival’ presenting a diversity of Choirs in Bray. The guest choir performing this first year are the ’Sarzanae Concentus Choir musical director Antonio Vivaldi. They are travelling from Sarzana in Northern Italy where the Cheile Choir were hosted in 2017 at their choral festival. This year’s Festival showcases and celebrates the immense passionate and unique sounds of Community Choirs and semiprofessional Choirs; who all have their own unique sound. Their repertoire is broad, complementing the diversity of Choirs. They are drawn from Irish Traditional Music, World Music, Musical Theatre, Secular Music, Contemporary Pop Music and even Folk Music plus Classical Repertoire. The individual Choirs sing passionately whilst sharing one heart and one voice. CHOIRS PERFORMING 1.Cheile Community Choir from Bray are hosting this first International Choral Festival. 2. The Wicklow Community Choir is based in Wicklow Town Director Tony Norton. 3. Sarzanae Concentus Choir are international guests from Sarzana, Liguria - Director Antonio Vivald
The Writing Life: Eoin McNamee SATURDAY 14 July | 8pm €12/10 | Friends Selected Show
Since his first novel The Resurrection Man, Eoin McNamee has written a string of compelling novels that combine the dark fascinations of detective and spy novels with breathtaking prose and deep insights into the hidden undercurrents of contemporary society. In The Writing Life, Eoin will discuss with local writer Philip St John his eagerly awaited forthcoming novel The Vogue, and his back catalogue of impressive work.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland at Powerscourt Gardens
SUNDAY 15 July | 2.30pm (Gates 1.20pm) €19 Adults | €16 Child | €56 Family Ticket (2 Adults & 2 Children) Take a trip down the rabbit hole with Chapterhouse Theatre Company this summer as they present the classic tale of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Join Alice as she stumbles into the magical world of Wonderland and meet a whole host of colourful characters. From the unforgettable White Rabbit and the madcap Mad Hatter to the terrifying Queen of Hearts, Alice’s journey couldn’t be filled with more adventure. Presented in beautiful Victorian costume and alive with song, dance and original music, this is a production to delight the entire family in some of the UK and Ireland’s most stunning open-air theatre venues. Please bring your own rugs or low-backed seating.
MONDAY 16 July | 8pm €8/6.50 | Duration: 98mins | Language: French (English Subtitles) Broke, with nothing but her cat to her name and doors closing in her face, Paula is back in Paris after a long absence. As she meets different people along the way, there is one thing she knows for sure: she’s determined to make a new start - and she’ll do it with style and panache. Director Léonor Serraille deservedly scooped the Camera d’Or prize at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival for this debut feature. Jeune Femme impresses with it sheer vivacity and the powerhouse central performance of actress Laetitia Dosch as Paula provides the wild heart of the film.
Western (cert: club)
MONDAY 23 July | 8pm €8.50/7 | Duration: 119mins | Language: German, Bulgarian, English A group of German construction workers sent to build a hydroelectric power plant set up camp on the outskirts of a remote Bulgarian village. Tensions within the group start to rise when former legionnaire Meinhard sets himself apart from his colleagues by making a connection with the villagers… Using non-actors in all of the roles, award-winning director Valeska Grisebach subtly and intelligently explores the dynamics of all-male environments, as well as themes of national pride and cultural difference in this memorable and unique contemporary western. (English Subtitles)
Camille O’Sullivan Sings Brel FRIDAY 20 & SATURDAY 21 July | 8pm €25/23
The Irish-French chanteuse Camille O’Sullivan returns to Mermaid this summer bringing her critically acclaimed concert of music, paying tribute to the legendary Belgian singer-songwriter Jacques Brel. Camille performs from her album, Brel, and summons the haunting Parisian soul within Brel’s repertoire, including such favourites as “Amsterdam” and “Ne Me Quitte Pas.” “Brel is the reason I’m a singer today – I essentially ended my career as an architect to become a performer after falling in love with singing his music” – Camille Chameleon like, her 5-star sell-out performances include Sydney Opera House, Royal Festival Hall, La Clique and The Roundhouse. The Telegraph recently voted her one of the top 25 performances ever on the BBC’s Later With Jools Holland. Sexy, fierce & mesmerizing, Camille transforms each song into an intense, emotional experience. Expect joy & pure passion. “O’Sullivan is possessed of an exceptional voice. This is pure joy, a fine tribute to Brel’s artistry, her interpretation of Marieke is sensational, each note invested with ferocious spirit and empathy.” ***** – Irish Times ‘A highly emotional artist, such an outpouring of passion you can’t resist being drawn into her web” ***** – Independent (UK) ‘Too may people are now singing Brel, it’s almost a cliché, only Camille O’Sullivan does it originally and brilliantly. She is the Brel Queen” – Marc Almond 45
The Addams Family…The Musical WEDNESDAY 25 − SATURDAY 28 July | 7.30pm €20
Book by Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice, Music & Lyrics by Andrew. Performed by Sheevawn Musical Youth Theatre (Seniors). Following their previous sell out performances of Les Miserables & Legally Blonde this very talented stage school is back with a gleefully ghoulish musical…. The Addams Family. Based on the characters created by Charles Addams, and featuring a wonderful musical score by Andrew Lippa, the story shows the family trying to hide their macabre tendencies for the sake of the daughter Wednesday’s love life. One of the wittiest musical around, you’ll be dying with laughter!!
MONDAY 30 July | 8pm €8/6.50 | Duration: 107mins | Language: French, Italian (English Subtitles) Late 1960s: French director Jean-Luc Godard has established himself as a revolutionary filmmaker thanks to work such as Breathless. He is in love with actress Anne Wiazemsky, who is in his latest film, La Chinoise, a film that sees Godard move in even more radical directions. As his relationship with Anne intensifies, so does the political situation around them.This is a playful, probing biopic of one of the most significant filmmakers in history. A fascinating look at what happens when politics, romance, ego and - most importantly - cinema collide. “… lightly audacious and fascinating ...” – Variety, Cannes Film Festival 2017.
A FISTfUL OF DOLLARS
SATURDAY 4 August | 8pm €8/6.50 | Duration: 96mins | Language: English
San Miguel is a one-horse town in a strategic position on the Mexican border, which is being pulled apart by two rival groups. John Baxter, the crooked town sheriff with a sideline in weapons smuggling, seeks to establish his own version of law and order with support from his son, Antonio and their gang of thugs. But the Rojo Cartel - headed up by a trio of volatile brothers have their own ambitions for San Miguel.Enter the Man with No Name: a laconic gunslinger for hire who drifts into town and, after learning of the Baxter-Rojo feud, spots an opportunity.
In the Fade
MONDAY 6 August | 8pm €8/6.50 | Duration: 106mins | Language: German (English Subtitles) Diane Kruger plays Katja, a woman struggling with the deaths of her husband and son in a terrorist bomb attack. Katja’s search for justice, and with it the hope for relief from the over-whelming grief she is experiencing, brings her on a journey that tips her over the edge and leaves her looking for revenge.The new film from acclaimed German director Fatih Akin is a timely story, which picked up the Best Actress accolade for Kruger at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, as well as the award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2018 Golden Globes. Our First Monday’s short films An Dearg Doom and Amore in Translation (3) will be screened prior to the film.
MONDAY 13 August | 8pm €8/6.50 | Duration: 114mins | Language: English, Arrernte
1920s Australia – after been accused of murdering the new white owner of a local farm, an Aboriginal stockman and his wife go on the run, with a search posse led by the local sergeant in hot pursuit. Acclaimed Australian filmmaker Warwick Thornton follows up his Camera d’Or-winning debut Samson & Delilah with this haunting, provocative and intelligent period western. Winner of the Special Jury Prize at Venice Film Festival 2017 ***** ”The latest film from Warwick Thornton possesses both shocking cruelty and haunting beauty with its tragic tale of tensions in the outback.” – The Guardian, Toronto International Film Festival 2017.
My Golden Days
MONDAY 20 August | 8pm €8.50/7 | Duration: 120mins | Language: French, Russian, Hebrew Beginning like a spy-film, travelling anthropologist Paul Dédalus (Mathieu Amalric) returns from a posting in Tajikistan to take up a job for the French government in Paris. Reflecting on his life, Paul remembers his youth and his first, and only, true love... “Arnaud Desplechin is such a distinctive storyteller: intriguing, perplexing, seductively indirect…It is about the unbearably sweet and unchangeable nature of remembered youth, speckled with literary references to Yeats, Proust and Homer…Desplechin’s filmmaking language is always fluent and rich.” – The Guardian (English Subtitles) 48
Jack Lukeman Magic Days - Magic Nights
FRIDAY 24 August | 8pm €24/22 The great Jack L (Jack Lukeman) returns by popular demand to Mermaid with his award winning show “Magic Days - Magic Nights”. He has spent much of 2017 touring throughout Europe with such luminaries as Jools Holland, Imelda May, Neil Sedaka and Aerosmith! He is also performed a marathon 4-month English tour which is bringing the news of this phenomenal artist to many new fans all over Britain. There’s something for every taste in Jack’s music. His most recent best-selling album of original material Magic Days was deemed his “best work ever” by The Hot Press and Irish Times amongst others, and was ALBUM OF THE MONTH on RTE, Radio One. Like all of Jack’s shows, “Magic Days” means “Magic Nights” when you go to this amazing show, with Jack and his band. “A gorgeous, versatile Baritone” − The Washington Post “Jack L’s voice is an irresistible force of nature” − The Irish Times “What a voice…what a performer!” − The Los Angeles Times
In Conversation, Paulo Pimentel SATURDAY 25 August | 1.15pm €6
As part of the annual ‘Brazil Meets Bray’ (third edition) Tres Brazilian Cultural Centre will present In Conversation with Brazilian news cameraman and passionate photographer Paulo Pimentel. Paulo will present his powerful body of work taken during a trip to Pernambuco and Alagoas in the northeast of Brazil in 1987. This collection of work consists of real, raw portraits depicting rural Brazil’s destitute workforce in the sugarcane plantations, half enslaved by the “usineiros” (the sugarcane plantation owners), who worked and lived without ever receiving proper wages.
MONDAY 27 August | 8pm €8/6.50 | Duration: 113mins | Language: Portuguese, English Rafael and Gardo, two trash-picking boys from Rio’s slums, find a wallet in amongst the daily detritus of their local dump. But when the local police offer a handsome reward for the wallet’s return, the boys realize that what they’ve found must be important, and they try to learn why.Teaming up with their friend Rato, the trio begins an extraordinary adventure as they try to hang onto the wallet, evading the police, led by the dangerous Frederico. Presented as part of the annual ‘Brazil Meets Bray’ (third edition) Tres Brazilian Cultural Centre. (English Subtitles) 50
By Pat Kinevane
FRIDAY 14 September 2018 | 8pm | €18/16 Presented by Fishamble: The New Play Company, Silent is the touching and challenging story of homeless McGoldrig, who once had splendid things. But he has lost it all – including his mind. He now dives into the wonderful wounds of his past through the romantic world of Rudolph Valentino. Winner: Olivier Award 2016, Scotsman Fringe First Award & Herald Angel Edinburgh Festival 2011.
By Pat Kinevane
THURSDAY 18 October 2018 | 8pm | €18/16
S ticks and stones didn’t break Her bones, but words and pointing crushed Her. Is Beauty really only skin deep? Does Ugliness hide somewhere deeper? Following the runaway international success of Forgotten and Silent, Fishamble presents Pat Kinevane’s third solo play, Underneath, directed by Jim Culleton. This stunning new play is a blackly comic, rich and vivid tale of a life lived in secret, a testament to the people who live on the fringes, under the nose of everyday life. It explores the surface, and what lies underneath. Winner: Best Solo Performer, Stage Raw Awards 2016, Adelaide Fringe Best Theatre Award 2015, Scotsman Fringe First Award, Edinburgh Festival 2015.
By Pat Kinevane
FRIDAY 1 February 2019 | 8pm | €18/16 Before is a new play with much music, set in Clery’s of Dublin, on the very day this iconic department store shuts - for good. Pontius is inside, trying to choose a gift for his estranged daughter, whom he hasn’t seen for almost 20 years. He will meet her in an hour. This father’s journey is both beautiful and strange, from the isolation of his Midlands home, to the madness of O’Connell Street. Some folk are impossible to buy for… Before was commissioned by Fishamble and has been in development with the support of the Arts Council, National Theatre Studio (London), and The Strollers Touring Network. 51
MERMAID friends Jean Gibson Cllr&Mrs George & Joan Jones Ian Scott Carolyn MacDonnell Peggy Masterson Patricia O’Beirne Beatrice Lasserre Philip & Noella O’Reilly Martin & Patricia Davidson Derek Pullen John McCormick Yvonne & Jim Kidd Mary Doyle Pat Ralph Bernie Chambers Jean & Ian MacGreevy Marie Ryan CMIT (Sean & Sinead O’Connor) Helen McAllister Finola Murphy Kathleen Connolly Margaret Jameson Sally & Sean Clifford Alan & Marie Downes Annick Smith Brendan & Jane Newsome Cynthia & Patrick Moran Jane Kierans Sean Leahy John Kelly Daphne Millar Nanette O’Connell Don Bagley Rick Caldicott Joan Davis Deirdre MacDonnell John McCormick Anne & Syl Holland Patricia Cronnelly Tanya Kiang Shireen Fisher Catherine Kelly Raymond Comyn Claire Maguire Frank Duff’s Lounge 52
BECOME A MERMAID friend Mermaid Friends are people who support the centre and help us to create opportunities for artists. As a registered charity, each contribution to Mermaid makes a big difference, no matter how big or small. Mermaid Friend Level 1: €60 Mermaid Friend Level 2: €120 Mermaid Friend Level 3: €350 Mermaid Friend Level 4: €1000 Benefits include complimentary tickets to friends selected shows each season and 10% off in Betelnut Café at Mermaid. This season our friends selected shows are; - Everybody Sings (pg 14) - Autumn Royal (pg 21) - The Good Father (pg 31) - The Writing Life: Eoin McNamee (pg 43) -
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