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WELCOME I have a confession. Even though I work in an arts centre, quite often after I’ve been to a different kind of gig or alternate theatre piece I find myself saying ‘I wish I did that more often’. We all say it - right? This year - I’ve held myself to one of my ‘I wish I more oftennesses’ (yes I know it’s not a word). I’ve reduced my brain drain TV viewing and I’ve read more. I have just finished a remarkable book called Charlotte by David Foenkinos. At one point David outlines his fascination with a man called Aby Warburg. I too have become fascinated and have spent the past three weeks avidly, almost obsessively reading anything and everything I can about the man. Aby was a German art historian and cultural theorist. Heir to a fortune he bequeathed his entire fortune to his brothers on the sole condition they buy him any book he asked for. In this way Aby created an unprecedented collection / library on Cultural Studies. What made his collection even more exceptional was he had multiple innovative theories on how books should be arranged and read. The most famous theory or at least the one I have become a little obsessed with is ‘the good neighbour theory.’ That being, the book we are looking for may not necessarily be the book we should read. We really should look at the one next to it. While I struggled at first, I have applied this theory and have discovered so many new authors and books that I would otherwise not have read. I have been thrilled by new things. I want to encourage you to do the same. Have you heard of Creative Ireland? It is our Government’s five year programme to encourage everyone to realise their full creative potential. While I’m sometimes cynical of certain political initiatives I totally agree with Creative Ireland’s underlying proposition that creativity supports wellbeing and arts and culture are critical and crucial avenues to the creativity of all Irelands citizens.Therefore, I encourage you to look up the vast array of activities they have planned across the country (and specifically in Wicklow) and apply Aby’s the good neighbour theory. Go to something you may not otherwise attend. Do something different and do it more often. Change your habits and yourself for the better. You won’t regret it. Niamh O’Donnell & The Mermaid Team.
MERMAID SPACE Mermaid Space is our residency programme which helps us to 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 work in Wicklow. This is how we keep artists at our heart, and that helps keep us as a space relevant. As we plan the final season in 2017, we’re very pleased to continue to support two powerful and talented women. They’ve started to make new work in Mermaid one of which will be presented in Dublin Fringe Festival and the other in Dublin Theatre Festival. Two success stories! First is the wonderful Bray theatre maker Camille Lucy Ross. Camille said to me “I’d like my new work to be dark, uncomfortable, hysterical, rousing and gut-wrenchingly frustrating and satisfying all at once!” so how could we say no – we offered her space to develop her new show - How To Be Angry - an absurd physical comedy about our struggles with rage.The show will be presented in Dublin Fringe Festival – it will be wonderful - go see it, full info on fringefest.com! (We hope to present Camille here in Spring 2018.) Also Doireann Coady (of THEATREclub) worked in August on her piece I’m Not Here. For the last two years Doireann has been trying to figure out how to perform a duet with someone who is not here. In 2014 she found tapes of her brother singing. He was being recorded by her father who was testing out a second hand dictaphone.This piece will be a kind of duet between Doireann and her brother. Her brother is dead. Doireann will premiere I’m Not Here in Dublin Theatre Festival and also present in Mermaid on 12th October (See Page 27).
MERMAID SPACE August was a busy month for us as we hosted a two day Fishamble New Play Clinic. Wicklow Writer Philip St John (High Seas Productions) and Director Matthew Ralli (Speckintime) were back in with us to work on the development of a new piece The Restoration of Hope with actors Jody O’Neill, Mark O’Regan, and Will Irvine and dramaturg Annabelle Comyn. Philip’s play is a darkly funny variation on the Faust story set at Christmas-time in Dublin and Wicklow. Please come to see its premier at Mermaid on 17th November (See Page 49). We also started a new working relationship with writer / actor Janet Moran. Janet is working on a piece of theatre called A Holy Show. We are supporting Janet for a week to work on the 2nd draft of her new script with actors Ger Kelly and Kate Gilmore. A Holy Show is about the 1981 hijacking of an Aer Lingus flight from London to Paris. It was hijacked by an ex Trappist Monk with a bottle of water as his weapon.The plane was diverted to Paris, where Lawrence Downey, the hijacker, demanded that the then Pope, John Paul II, release the third secret of Fatima.The hijack happened just three days before Bobby Sands died, ten days before the assassination attempt on John Paul II and a short two weeks after the Iran hostage crisis had been resolved. Within five years, Ireland would be overtaken by “moving statue fever” and the tragic death of Ann Lovett as well as the Kerry Babies case.This hijack, has triggered Janet’s imagination and she says “it seems to signify the end of a kind of age of innocence, or indeed, an age of ignorance.The Ireland of that hijack is almost unrecognisable to us now.This is the most provocative impulse for me to write the play”.
MERMAID SPACE Other news from Mermaid is we are delighted to announce two new sets of Artists in Residence. The first are Dance Artists Karen Gleeson and Aoife McAtamney. Both artists will work on two new works. Karens first is a complex and stunningly beautiful piece about how people survive and overcome difficulties.The piece is called Hear My Hands and Karen is working with service users in Bray Lakers and CRC as well as a collaboration with Dermot Marrey and Eoin Murphy. Karen will start researching her second new work in 2018. Aoife is going to premier two performances during her year long residency.The first, a performance of original music and movement in collaboration with Shane Holly titled ‘Pink Breath & The Sung Essay’. Both Karen and Aoife’s pieces will be presented in First Fortnight Festival 2017. As part of the dance artists in residence Mermaid will also have the wonderful Aisling O’Coineen working again with Bray Institute of Further Education dance students to make an off-site work for International Dance Day. Mermaid is also beside itself with delight as we welcome Theatre Lovett as theatre artists in residence. Louis Lovett and Muireann Ahern are two of Ireland’s most experienced, committed and impactful practitioners in the field of theatre for young audiences. In the last 5 years alone, they have had 4 Dublin Theatre Festival premieres, completed 5 extensive Irish tours, 2 USA tours and an Australian tour including the Sydney Opera House.They are recognised for highly detailed production values and extensive outreach and Actor training programmes and we, Mermaid, are going to have them and their expertise in Wicklow working with children, young people, local artists and as well as communities and groups working in Arts and Health and Arts and Disability contexts.Watch this space and our programme as we finalise our plans and start to announce plans for 2018.
MADE IN MERMAID Made in Mermaid is an initiative where we offer a range of supports to artists to help the creation and presentation of new work. This coming season we have two pieces which we are commissioning the first with visual artist Eleanor Phillips and the second with Storyteller Paul Timoney. Eleanor Phillips work is rooted in collaboration with others, mostly with communities of place and interest. Mermaid have commissioned Eleanor to develop a new work which involves conversations with a group of older women. Meeting the group weekly for three to four months Eleanor and her group have crafted small figurines and they have discussed the experience of aging with their feminist lenses perched firmly on their noses. These conversations have often yielded insights into how their own mannerisms are responses to power/powerlessness and visibility/invisibility. It is these insights which Eleanor will explore in her new work. Eleanor also plans to collaborate with our dance artist in residence Karen Gleeson. Like all new work, the piece is emerging from Eleanor’s conversations and research. It is as yet untitled but will be in the medium of film. For now it is a unique opportunity for a group of older women to share and translate some of their experiences and present those ideas to their and our peers. Mermaid is really pleased to announce that we have Paul Timoney working for eight weeks with students in New Court School & St Andrew’s National School. Paul is a storyteller, artist, teacher and general maker of things. Paul has performed previously at our YARN Festival where he facilitated a fun workshop titled Beautiful Beautiful Bugs, in which toddlers and parents got to make customised bugs using recycled materials, before starring in an impromptu story-making/ telling adventure.Throughout his residency, Paul will invite pupils to respond to each others’ drawings, writings, stories, poems and other endeavours, in order to build an unbelievably brilliant story-related-something, which will come about as a result of the creative-conversation between the schools.We believe that by enlisting Paul to work with the talented and energetic students in both schools, we are surely going to have an explosive and surprising 8 weeks of learning, fun and creativity. We will complete this Storyteller In Residence programme during YARN Storytelling Festival Bray in November.
MERMAID CINEMA at a glance 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 presenting shorts made by Bray based group NoWiFi (North Wicklow Films). See www.northwicklowfilmma.wixsite.com/ northwicklowfilm.
A pair of shorts
by Conor Waldron, Joseph Morris, David Butler, Shane Conaty MONDAY 4 September | Duration: 3mins & 2mins Two dark shorts: WORTH FIGHTING FOR, a gritty tale of differing motivations set in the merciless world of bare-knuckle boxing, and ACID, in which a jealous guy hires a desperate character to throw acid at his beautiful girlfriend.
A HAND OF FIVE
by various NoWiFi writers & directors MONDAY 2 October | Duration: 5 x 1mins A selection of five short-short films, each under a minute, devised and created for your delectation by the directors, actors and filmmakers of NoWiFi.
DOUBLE or nothing
written by Zeff Lawless, directed by Oisin McFarland MONDAY 6 November | Duration: 9mins So you think you’re a winner, do you? Is it ever a good idea to ask a Ouija Board? Definitely a dilemma for the Halloween season…
written by David Butler, directed by Joseph Morris MONDAY 4 December | Duration: 10mins What would you do if you stumbled upon someone else’s secret on social media? What if that secret concerned a colleague? For scapegrace students Fitz and Doyle, that question rapidly becomes a bitter bone of contention…
helen oconnell Circular breathing
Opening THURSDAY 28 September 2017 | 6pm Free | Exhibition runs FRIDAY 29 September − SATURDAY 28 October | 10am − 6pm Helen O’Connell is a sculptor based in County Wicklow. This exhibition is a very personal body of work for me created while processing a deep sense of grief and loss. In the face of life’s erratic, and often cruel curveballs, I return again and again to the circle and its symbolism which has been a recurring trope in my work.The circle represents the divine, the unknowable, the immeasurable (a circle can only be measured by the arithmetical Pi or as an irrational number whose final decimal place can never be resolved..). Circles offer us meditative spaces to contemplate the cycles of life and the fluid nature of energy which is always in flux. In engaging with the work the hope is to create a contemplative space which evokes a tactile response to the materials. Although primarily a stone sculptor, for this exhibition at the Mermaid I have been exploring the Japanese meditative practice of ‘enso’, a ritualistic daily ink drawing of the circle alongside photographic work in collaboration with artist Michael Durand.
Createschool Film -
As yet untitled*
Opening THURSDAY 9 November 2017 | 6pm Free | Exhibition runs FRIDAY 10 − SATURDAY 19 November | 10am − 6pm (*Createschool are giving Wicklow Primary Schools the chance to name their film. See www.createschool.ie for details of their competition) There have been storytellers in Wicklow since before the area was even called Wicklow.That’s a story in itself. Some came invited and some certainly weren’t but they have all left their mark and helped shaped this remarkable county. After the success of their wonderfully original and innovative film “Freedom - A 1916 Story” Createschool return to launch their latest work. Using stop motion animation, handmade sets and customised LEGO mini figures they have created a series of short films that will explore some of the great stories, myths, legends and characters of Wicklow in their usual engaging and entertaining style. This exhibition is part of YARN Storytelling Festival. Now in its eigth year,Yarn is a community-based non-profit making festival that strives to bring the wonderful art-form of storytelling to as many people in our community as possible. (See pages 42-53 for full lineup of YARN events) Createschool are grateful for the financial support of Wicklow County Council and An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta & Gaelscolaíochta that made this film possible.
Opening THURSDAY 30 November 2017 | 6pm Free | Exhibition runs FRIDAY 1 Dec âˆ’ SATURDAY 27 Jan 2018 | 10am âˆ’ 6pm Emma Finucane develops artwork through dialogue, process based, participatory and collaborative practice. Her work has frequently combined education, research and artistic practice.This exhibition is a response to the findings of a research project she instigated in UCD School of Nursing and Midwifery in 2014. Emma lives in Greystones, and is a founder member of Outpost Studios in Bray Co.Wicklow. She completed a BFA at NCAD in 1997 and an MFA in 2006. She has been commissioned and supported by the Arts Council Ireland, CREATE, Wicklow, Carlow, Cavan and Kildare County Councils. Her work has been shown in Ireland the UK, Germany, Denmark and the US and can be found in many private and public collections including: OPW, AIB, DIT, and UCD. Emma has recently presented at Art&Health Check Up, Check In,The Model Sligo; Attitude Precedes Form,The Library Project, curated by Hilary Murray (2017) Outpost, Mermaid Arts Centre, Co.Wicklow; Rosebud,The Library Project, curated by Alison Pilkinton&Cora Cummins (2016 ) Womens Art Library, Goldsmiths, London; Welcome Disturbances,The Lab, Foley St.; Presented @ Motherhood&Creative Practice, London Southbank University (2015) Initiated interdisciplinary project, UCD Nursing & Midwifery & awarded Artist in Residence UCD College of Health Sciences (2015).
Donal Lunny AND Andy Irvine FRIDAY 1 September | 8pm €22/20
Two giants of the Irish trad scene, Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny are uniting for an evening of great music, a mixture of traditional songs, and originals composed by Andy. Between them, Irvine and Lunny have been at the helm of legendary bands like Sweeney’s Men, Planxty, The Bothy Band, Mozaik, LAPD and recently Usher’s Island. Their unique style of accompaniment is an ongoing influence in the wider world of Irish music. Lunny and Irvine will present a programme of Irish music and Andy’s songs with a bit of Eastern European music.
Route 66 Big Band Live in Concert SATURDAY 2 September | 8pm €20/18
Route 66 Big Band are delighted to make a return visit to Mermaid Arts Centre following their very successful show last year. Their programme takes the audience on a magical musical trip from the 40’s right up to the present day including hits made famous by Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra, Adele, Amy Winehouse, Tom Jones, Joe Dolan, Tina Turner, Van Morrison and many more. These numbers, played with a fabulous big brass sound, are guaranteed to keep you entertained right throughout the evening and looking for more at the end of the show. 12 12
MONDAY 4 September | 8pm €8/6.50 | Duration:109mins | Language: English Gloria (Anne Hathaway) parties too hard, drinks too much, and doesn’t think about the consequences — that is, until her boyfriend throws her out. Unemployed and with nowhere to live, Gloria heads back to her hometown and rekindles a friendship with childhood chum Oscar (Jason Sudeikis). One day she emerges from a drunken haze to the news that a giant monster is stomping its way through the panicked metropolis of Seoul. But what remains for her (and us) to discover is how this real-life monster movie might be somehow connected to her. Short films Worth Fighting For and Acid will be screened prior to Colossal as part of the First Monday series.
Mermaid Dance Platform THURSDAY 7 September | 8pm Free
We guarantee this evening will have something for everyone ... everyone who loves dance that is! In July Mermaid issued an open call for artists, work and or ideas (in any discipline) that is a true celebration or homage to dance. We were delighted with the submissions and struggled to shortlist because there was so many great ideas and beautiful work! Come along to see some of Wicklow’s (and Ireland’s) best artists dance and move as well as surprise and enthral us all. 13
WICKLOW FILM FESTIVAL
FRIDAY 8 − SUNDAY 10 September 2017 Further Details To Be Announced In The Wicklow Film Festival Leaflet Mermaid Arts Centre is excited to reveal that the theme of the Wicklow Film Festival 2017 is ‘Social Justice’. Last year initiated by Brigid O’Brien and this year a collaboration between Mermaid and Outpost Studios, the Festival will include a curated programme of bold, socially-minded cinema from Ireland and around the world. In this, the second year of the Festival, we’ll be screening some daring deconstructions of gender inequality, racism, and poverty. Each film will be accompanied by engaging discussions with filmmakers, experts, and activists. We invite you to come along, take part, and join the conversation between the 8th and 10th of September!
FRIDAY - WICKLOW FILM FESTIVAL MACHINES
FRIDAY 8 September | 12pm | Duration: 71mins | €5 Debutant director Rahul Jain displays a combination of artistic vision and social conscience giving a glimpse into the heavily guarded world of sweatshops in India.
FRIDAY 8 September | 7pm | Duration: 90mins | €8/6.50 Set in the world of people with intellectual disabilities and garnering universal acclaim from critics and audiences alike, Sanctuary is a touching and funny love story about Larry and Sophie, two people who long to be together in a world that does everything to keep them apart. Q&A with the Director, Len Collin after the screening.
SATURDAY - WICKLOW FILM FESTIVAL Twice shy
SATURDAY 9 September | 1pm | Duration: 81mins | €5 Directed by Tom Ryan,Twice Shy is a coming of age story about a young, unmarried couple who embark on a road trip from Ireland to London, as the result of an unplanned pregnancy.
Do Not Resist
SATURDAY 9 September | 4pm | Duration: 72mins | €5 Director Craig Atkinson’s documentary is an account of the increasing use of military weapons and tactics by local law enforcement in the United States, counterpointed with civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri following the shooting of Michael Brown in 2014.
SATURDAY 9 September | 7pm | Duration: 96mins | €8/6.50 Director Brendan Muldowney creates an extraordinary period drama crossed with action-laced road movie. Travelling through a 13th-century Irish countryside filled with warring clans and Norman conquerors, monks bring their land’s most sacred relic to Rome. Religious fervour and the savagery of man are the profound lessons learned. Q&A with the Director, Brendan Muldowney after the screening.
SUNDAY - WICKLOW FILM FESTIVAL surprise screening
SUNDAY 10 September | 1pm | €5 The details of this special screening and speakers will be announced closer to the time.
The Crying Game
SUNDAY 10 September | 4pm | Duration: 112mins | €5 We are proud to celebrate the 25th anniversary of this exceptional Oscar-winning thriller, directed and written by Neil Jordan.This extraordinary film explores themes of race, gender, nationality, and sexuality against the backdrop of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. 15
From The Land of The Moon
MONDAY 11 September | 8pm €8/6.50 | Duration: 121mins | Language: French, Spanish, German Gabrielle (Marion Cotillard) is a free-spirited young woman living in a small French village in the 1940s. Her dreams of true love are considered unacceptable to her family, and so they arrange for her to marry José, a Spanish worker they hope will turn her into a respectable wife. Despite Gabrielle vowing never to return his love, when she is diagnosed with kidney stones, José sends her for treatment at a spa in the Swiss Alps. Whilst there Gabrielle meets and falls in love with the wounded lieutenant André. (English Subtitles)
TUESDAY 12 September | 2.30pm €5 | Duration: 90mins | Language: English Larry and Sophie are a couple in love who bribe the feckless Tom to book them into a hotel for an afternoon’s tryst. But Larry and Sophie aren’t any couple – they both have intellectual disabilities and Tom is their care worker. By attempting to be intimate, they aren’t just breaking the rules – they’re breaking the law. Both hilarious and heartbreaking, Sanctuary is a truly subversive piece of cinema about two young people trying to be together, in a world doing everything to keep them apart. 16
There is an Island
THURSDAY 14 September | 8pm €16/14
There is an Island combine rich vocals, earthy violin textures, minimal piano and etherial soundscapes to form songs inspired by the memories and places that remain in our hearts. In this arresting new Irish trio, singer Michelle O’Rourke and the composing duo of Benedict Schlepper-Connolly (violin) and Garrett Sholdice (piano) channel an eclectic spread of influences – from Nick Cave to Planxty to Mozart – to create lingering, intimate performances. Expect hushed invocations, oceanic lullabies and haunting melodies with a sound that is at once transparent and full of warmth.
Simon Yates: My Mountain Life FRIDAY 15 September | 8pm €16/14
One of the most accomplished exploratory mountaineers of all time. Simon Yates is best known for his role in the harrowing expedition to the Andes documented in Joe Simpson’s bestseller ‘Touching The Void’. Following that experience in Peru, Simon has been increasingly drawn to places where few others have trod. This illustrated lecture features spectacular images and film of the most remote and rarely explored mountain ranges of the world from the Arctic to the Antarctic and Alaska to Central Asia - there is hardly a significant range that Simon has not visited. 17
SATURDAY 16 September | 8pm €16/14 | Friends Selected Show
Soldier Still is about violence. A new dance theatre work that blends movement, text, music, real stories and real people, creating a harrowing tale of beauty and brutality. A cast of Irish and international dancers and former soldiers collaborate with an exceptional creative team to explore the viciousness, the vulnerability and the trauma of violence. Previous Artists-inResidence at Tate Britain, award-winning Junk Ensemble have built a reputation in Ireland as dance innovators. Junk Ensemble will also present Soldier Still from 8th - 14th September in Project Arts Centre as part of Dublin Fringe Festival and from 17th - 18th October in The MAC as part of Belfast International Arts Festival. “Junk Ensemble has created some of the most impressive contemporary dance in Ireland … Enthralling and exact.” − The Sunday Times “In Junk Ensemble’s choreography, concepts are fully investigated, not with one-dimensional forensic meticulousness, but with a natural, almost whimsical, curiosity born from a willingness to see things from different perspectives.” − Michael Seaver,TANZ Magazine Funded by The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon. A co-production with Mermaid Arts Centre and Project Arts Centre. Supported by Dance Ireland and Dance Base Edinburgh. Junk Ensemble are Project Artists at Project Arts Centre.
A Man Called Ove
MONDAY 18 September | 8pm €8/6.50 | Duration: 116mins | Language: Swedish, Persian Ove is a retiree struggling to come to terms with the death of his wife - a struggle that he angrily takes out on his neighbours. Ove’s world is unexpectedly turned upside down when a young family move in next door. Despite his initial resistance, Ove slowly forms a bond with his new neighbours and discovers a whole new side of life. Based on a novel and nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2017 Oscars®, this Swedish hit is a true crowd-pleaser held together by a remarkable lead performance. (English Subtitles)
Write for the Stage!
SATURDAY 23 September | 11.30pm − 1.00pm €10 | Limited Places (Capacity 12) Drama is the most challenging of all genres. In this workshop we’ll examine: where to begin; creating character; dramatic dialogue; power-relationships; and managing tension. David Butler is a full-time author whose plays have been winners of the Cork Arts Theatre Award, the Scottish Community Drama Award and British Theatre Challenge, and have been broadcast on RTE Radio One. For details of workshops and information on the Bray Literary Festival visit www.brayliteraryfestival.wordpress.com. 19
presented by The Corn Exchange
THURSDAY 21 − SATURDAY 23 September | 8pm €18/16 | Friends Selected Show
By Belinda McKeon In collaboration with Annie Ryan A new play after Ibsen’s A Doll’s House It’s 2025. A dangerous world for those who can’t afford to protect themselves.This house keeps safe a marriage, a partnership, a life of success and ease, a priceless collection and a daughter who has lacked for nothing.Things seem perfect as a power couple prepares for a glitzy party among the art-world elite. But when the secret upon which this life is built threatens to push through the polished surface, questions about what is real and what is not can no longer be ignored. Inspired by Ibsen’s masterpiece, award-winning writer Belinda McKeon reimagines this exploration of honesty and power for a post-truth world. The Corn Exchange have been long established as one of Irish theatre’s risk-takers, creating powerful theatrical experiences by being open to ideas, smart and above all collaborative. The Corn Exchange will also present Nora from 27th September – 8th October as part of Dublin Theatre Festival.
CULTURE NIGHT 2017 FRIDAY 22 September | From 6pm Free
To celebrate Culture Night, you’re invited to come and meet, listen and watch some of our best local and national artists.
Bray Concert Band
6.00pm Civic Plaza – Public Performance, Outside Mermaid in the Civic Space (rain or shine, sun cream or brollies – be prepared!) Come and dance as the Bray Concert Band charm and thrill you with a Public Performance, in The Civic Plaza
Helen O’Connell – Gallery Talk
6.45pm Mermaid Gallery, Mermaid Arts Centre An opportunity to meet and to absorb the exquisite work of Wicklow sculptor, helen o’connell. Culture Night audiences will get the chance to visit her in the gallery as she works on the installation of her exhibition.
NORA by The Corn Exchange
8pm Mermaid Arts Centre Competition to win a pair of tickets - 20 free tickets to the show (See our website for details). Inspired by Ibsen’s masterpiece A Doll’s House, award-winning writer Belinda McKeon reimagines this exploration of honesty and power for a post-truth world. Culture Night in Wicklow is brought to you by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs in partnership 21 with coordinators in Wicklow County Arts Office.
MONDAY 25 September | 8pm €8/6.50 | Duration: 98mins | Language: English It’s June 1944, and the US and UK forces are preparing for the Normandy landings. With only days to go until the operation is launched, the exasperated British Prime Minister Winston Churchill clashes with the Allied commanders Dwight Eisenhower and Bernard Montgomery. As D-Day fast approaches, the British leader is forced continue leading the country while trying to confront his own doubts and beliefs about the war. With a superb lead performance from Brian Cox, Churchill is a vivid, complex portrait of one of modern history’s most towering figures.
Grace and Elegance: Maria Callas (1923 – 1977) 40th Anniversary
FRIDAY 29 September | 8pm €25/23 The Callas voice was an exceptionally flexible and proficient instrument of great dramatic power. In this Concert archival film of Callas in performance will give us a glimpse of the prima donna assoluta of opera who reigned supreme for 18 years. She was a very intelligent woman, an instinctive music scholar and an outstanding theatre actress. We explore the art and the voice of Maria Callas with soprano Mairéad Buicke, tenor Owen Gilhooly and pianist Anthony Byrne as we remember this month the 40th anniversary of her death. 22
All Spanxed Up
SATURDAY 30 September | 8pm €20/18
This fabulous new extravaganza will leave ankles swollen with laughter, ear drums throbbing in musical ecstasy and eyeballs bulging in disbelief as The Nualas knock it out of the comedy park yet again (in spanx). ‘You’d be an eejit to miss it!’ − Some eejit who missed it ‘Stomach-achingly brilliant!’ − A fella who ate out-of-date chicken before the show. ‘Dammit! The Nualas can sing and make your face ache from laughing.’ − Time Out, London
MONDAY 2 October | 8pm €8/6.50 | Duration: 117mins | Language: French (English Subtitles) Director Martin Provost unites two of Frances favourite actors in his tender comedy drama about female friendship and rediscovery. Claire (Catherine Frot) is the conscientious Midwife of the title, a single mother whose reservations and self-restraint have left her living an isolated life. Until the day her deceased father’s ex-girlfriend makes contact. Beatrice (Catherine Deneuve) is a free spirited, professional gambler who wishes to reconnect with Claire’s father. Shocked at the news that he has passed away she implants herself into Claire’s life instead, bringing chaos and joy. Short film A Hand Of Five will be screened prior to The Midwife as part of the First Monday series.
Ger Carey Live
TUESDAY 3 October | 11am €10 (Teachers Free) | For Booking Please Contact Box Office 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.
An Evening With Mary Coughlan & Her Musicians
FRIDAY 6 October | 8pm €22.50/20 Mary Coughlan and her band are bringing her new show to Irish venues nationwide this autumn in celebration of Mary’s 30 plus years in music. Mary Coughlan’s music career has been a roller coaster and this concert will reflect that, featuring all the songs that are close to Mary’s heart and life. Mary Coughlan has often been described as the greatest female vocalist and interpreter of songs that Ireland has ever produced. “A song is not complete unless it is sung by Mary Coughlan” − Melody Maker 24
SATURDAY 7 October | 8pm €20
One of Ireland’s most popular comedians, PJ Gallagher, is taking to the road with his brand new show, Dickhead. A natural on stage, PJ’s previous tours received critical acclaim and played to sell out audiences.The Dublin funny man is also a festival favourite and regularly plays sold-out shows at Kilkenny Cat Laughs,The Vodafone Comedy Carnival and the comedy stage at Electric Picnic. Well known as the star of RTE’s Naked Camera, PJ’s various personas in the series included ladies man Jake Stevens and ‘Dirty Auld One’.
SUNDAY 8 October | 2pm €5 | Duration: 113mins | Language: English Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped, and no one knows why… Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Moana is about an adventurous teenager who, with help from demigod Maui (voiced by Dwayne Johnson) sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and save her people.
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Cert: G) SUNDAY 8 October | 5pm €5 | Duration: 102mins | Language: English
1850 Oregon - when Adam, the eldest of seven brothers, brings new wife Milly home to his farm, his younger hell-raising siblings decide that they want to get married too. Unfamiliar with the ways of courtship, they kidnap their prospective brides….A huge commercial success on its original release and winner of an Academy Award for Best Music, this toe-tapping western from Stanley Donen features strong performances, infectious songs and colourful show-stopping set pieces (particularly the Barn Raising scene).The perfect antidote to any winter blues!
MONDAY 9 October | 8pm €8/6.50 | Duration: 94mins | Language: English Sophia Coppola won the best director award at the Cannes Film Festival for her revamp of Don Siegel‘s 1971 film. Coppola crafts an atmosphere of dreaminess and softness, where repressed desires surface in this Southern Gothic tale. Set in 1864 during the American Civil War in the sun-dappled state of Virginia, a wounded Union soldier (Colin Farrell) is given shelter within an all-female boarding school. His allure soon awakens sexual feelings in Marta (Nicole Kidman), Edwina (Kirsten Dunst) and Alicia (Elle Fanning), building to a deadly conclusion. 26
Music Network presents: Tine Thing Helseth & Gunnar flagstad WEDNESDAY 11 October | 8pm €16/14
Performing trumpet concertos by familiar names like Mozart, Albinoni and Haydn as well as newly-composed works, Helseth is unabashed in her mission to open up the repertoire to new styles, new ways of making music, and especially new audiences: onstage, she loves nothing better than sharing details about a favourite work. She is accompanied by regular collaborator Gunnar Flagstad on piano. Programme: Geirr Tveitt | Edvard Hagerup Bull | Dmitri Shostakovich | Astor Piazzolla | Paul Hindemith | Deirdre Gribbin Music Network Commission | Béla Bartók | Edvard Grieg | Kurt Weill.
I'm Not Here -
THURSDAY 12 October | 8pm €16/14 | Age Suitability: 16+
Doireann is here and she wants to check if a few things are working. She’s going to be doing a couple of songs, a couple of poems and maybe a few stories. She’s after finding a load of tapes. She’s going to be doing a duet with her brother. He’s not here. She’s here.You’re here.Thanks very much for being here. Doireann Coady in her new show debuts as author as she sets off to stage an unstageable, impossible and beautiful act. The show presents content that some viewers might find distressing, as well as loud sounds and strong light effects. 27
FRIDAY 13 October | 8pm €8/6.50 | Duration: 154mins | Language: English
23 years since its release and PULP FICTION’s fashion influence is still keenly felt. Undoubtedly one of the 1990’s most influential films it is a delirious post-modern mix of neo-noir thrills, black humour and pop culture touchstones but it also asked more questions than it answered … What do they call a Quarter Pounder with Cheese in France? What does Marcellus Wallace look like? What, for Christ sake, was in the briefcase? This screening will include an inciteful introduction by Wicklow Film maker and Lecturer Noel MacAoidh.
SATURDAY 14 October | 8pm €8/6.50 | Duration: 79mins | Language: Turkish (English Subtitles) Thousands of street cats proudly roam the streets of Istanbul. They visit restaurants and shops for scraps or a treat.They raise their kittens in hidden alcoves. Some of them even hunt rodents at night, much to the delight of local businesses. Kedi is a charming documentary about the lives of the feline population in Turkey’s largest city. But it’s also a portrait of Istanbul and its human inhabitants.This is a film for all cat lovers - and it might even create a few new ones. 28
Land of Mine
MONDAY 16 October | 8pm €8/6.50 | Duration: 100mins | Language: German, Danish, English
May 1945, German occupation of Denmark ends. A group of young POW’s are assigned to Army Sgt. Rassmussen, their job is to neutralize and remove some 45,000 landmines the Nazis planted on a local beach. Promised that once their work is complete they will be free to return home the group are subjected to numerous humiliations by the liberated Danes. As Rassmussen begins to recognise the innocence and youth in his charges he softens to their plight, but can he save them? Based on true events, one of the many untold stories of WWII.
Mermaid Dance Artists in Residence 2017
THURSDAY 19 October | 8pm €12/10 A thought provoking evening of dance exploring relationships with close friends and ourselves. In Hear My Hands Karen Gleeson, Dermot Marrey and Eoin Murphy will look at sign language and movement as a form of communication. Nick Bryson has collaborated with Elena Giannotti to make Better than Nothing (Grasping Zero and the Human Condition) asking us to rethink the number zero! International guest Jeff Wallace returns to Mermaid with a solo The Nature of The Cut which explores the different qualities of human endeavour. 29
The Woman is Present: Women's Stories of WWII
FRIDAY 20 October | 8pm €16/14 The Woman is Present: Women’s Stories of WWII is a creative re-imagining of moments from the lives of women during WWII recalling stories of bravery, sacrifice and love amidst the horror of war, as women stood up against Fascism and totalitarianism and refused to accept oppression. The performance is followed by a post-show discussion with the artists and invited guest speakers to explore powerful women’s stories in history and themes of gender equality and peace. Supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Presented by Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company.
THERE AND BACK AGAIN – AN ODYSSEY SATURDAY 21 October | 4pm €10/8 | Family Ticket €30 | Age Suitability: Adults & Children 6+
Follow CBeebies Patrick Lynch as he uses a pioneering mix of live cinema and theatre to take you on a thrilling ride across the magical world of ancient Greece. With miniature sets he directs the lights, camera and action in front of your eyes to show the famous battles, floating islands, one-eyed giants and angry Gods that make up Ulysses’ 20 year struggle to get back home.The use of multiple cameras magnifies in wide screen the table-top puppetry down to the smallest detail. “Magical” − FamiliesOnline “Spellbinding” − MumsNet
MONDAY 23 October | 8pm €8/6.50 | Duration: 117mins | Language: English
This absorbing comic drama stars Richard Gere as Norman, a seasoned New York City “macher”: a man who knows the right people and gets things done, playing a confidence game requiring luck and a societal sleight of hand. When an Israeli dignitary, Eshel, visits New York, Norman decides he should make a connection. Three years later when Eshel winds up becoming Israel’s prime minister and is suddenly inaccessible, Norman’s circle begins asking him to write cheques he can no longer cash and the fallout could destroy the reputation Norman has spent his life building.
The Secret Garden
TUESDAY 24 October | 10am & 12pm €8/6 | Age Suitability: 7+ BrokenCrow Theatre Company present The Secret Garden. This Autumn audiences will be treated to a new theatrical adaptation of Francis Hodgson Burnett’s well loved classic, for people aged 7 years and up. An orphaned little girl, a hundred locked doors, a friendly robin and many secrets waiting to be told…. After a sell out run at the Everyman Cork BrokenCrow are delighted to bring their beautiful show on the road. Join a trio of performers on an enchanting journey through this tale of loneliness, secrets, friendship. 31
Original Photo: Ramona Farrelly
THURSDAY 26 October | 11am (Schools Show) & 8pm €16/14 | €8/6 (Schools Show) - Teachers Free This is the story of Joanne’s amaaaaaaazing diet. She didn’t just lose weight though; she lost jobs, friends and fellas, but she didn’t care because she could wear bangles as belts and that’s all that mattered. Then one day, over her morning carrot, Joanne realized she’d lost her mind.Turns out it was pinned to a lost property board up in space, enjoying the view and its new found freedom.Trying to entice it back became the hardest, funniest, greatest and weirdest time of her life. “A good test of naturally funny is the ability to recount tragedy and still have your audience in stitches. This is McNally’s forte” – Sunday Times Nominated for Best Production, Best Performer and the First Fortnight Award – Tiger Dublin Fringe 2016.
Music Network Presents: Michael Wollney Trio FRIDAY 27 October | 8pm €16/14
Don’t miss this chance to hear one of the world’s great jazz-driven piano trios: multi-award winning German jazz pianist Michael Wollny has exploded onto the European jazz scene in recent years.The current line-up features his long-time collaborator and fellow composer Eric Schaefer on drums, while double bass player Christian Weber was recently singled out by The Wire as being ‘one of the most interesting players on the European electro-acoustic improv scene’. “An extravagantly talented piano trio” – The Irish Times “An incandescent tour-de-force” – The Guardian
September FRIDAY 1
Donal Lunny and Andy Irvine
Route 66 Big Band Live In Concert
Mermaid Dance Platform
FRIDAY 8 SUNDAY 10
WICKLOW FILM FESTIVAL
Wicklow Film Festival
pg 14 +15
From the Land of the Moon
Ergodos There Is An Island
Simon Yates My Mountain Life
Soldier Still Junk Ensemble
A Man Called Ove
Write for the Stage
THURSDAY 21 SATURDAY 23
CULTURE NIGHT Culture Night
Grace and Elegance: Maria Callas 40th Anniversary
october MONDAY 2
Ger Carey Live
Mary Coughlan and Her Musicians
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
WEDNESDAY 11 MUSIC
Tine Thing Helseth & Gunnar Flagstad
I’m Not Here THEATREClub
Land Of Mine
Mermaid Dance Artists in Residence
The Woman Is Present: pg 30 Women’s Stories of WWII
There and Back Again: An Odyssey
The Secret Garden
Michael Wollney Trio
The Writing Life: Mary Costello
A Ghost Story
november WEDNESDAY 1
Living the Wild Life with Colin StaffordJohnson
David O’Doherty Big Time
THURSDAY 2 & FRIDAY 3
Meetings WIth Ivor
The Nina In Me
TUESDAY 7 SATURDAY 11
Square One Presents The Crucible
SATURDAY 11 SUNDAY 19
YARN Storytelling Festival
My Cousin Rachel
WEDNESDAY 22 LOCAL ARTS - SATURDAY 25
High School Musical
The White Knights
Exhibition on Screen: Michelangelo
december FRIDAY 1
This Beach Brokentalkers
Aonghus McAnally Celebrating Christy Hennessy
MONDAY 4 & TUESDAY 5
Eleanor Tiernan People Pleaser
Singin’ in the Rain
Lost in the Living
TUESDAY 12 & WEDNESDAY 13
FRIDAY 15 & SATURDAY 16
The Ultimate Big Band pg 61
It’s A Wonderful Life
FRIDAY 22 & SATURDAY 23
The Writing Life: Mary Costello SATURDAY 28 October | 8pm €12/10
Spare, dark, subtle, lyrical and deep, Mary Costello’s work has moved readers and critics alike since the publication of her short story collection The China Factory in 2012. Its follow up, the novel Academy Street, won The Eason’s Irish Book of the Year award in 2014. For the second in our series The Writing Life, we are thrilled to have Mary at Mermaid in conversation with Wicklow writer Philip St John.
A Ghost Story
MONDAY 30 October | 8pm €8/6.50 | Duration: 87mins | Language: English
The ghost of a recently deceased musician is compelled to return to the home that he shared with his wife. Forced to watch passively as his grieving widow slowly rebuilds life without him, he finds that in his spectral state he has become unstuck in time.This unique low-budget supernatural drama, starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara, is an intimate meditation on legacy, loss and longing. One of the highlights of 2017’s Sundance Film Festival, this is the most original, divisive and unforgettable film you’ll see this year. 37
Living a Wild Life... with Colin Stafford–Johnson WEDNESDAY 1 November | 8pm €18/16
Join multi-award winning wildlife cameraman and presenter Colin Stafford-Johnson for an evening of hair raising stories from 30 years filming in some of the wildest places left on earth. Filming and presenting the ‘Secret Life of the Shannon’, ‘Wild Ireland’ and ‘Living the Wildlife’ has lead to adventures in every corner of Ireland. Hear about Colin’s most special wildlife encounters close to home and learn how to witness them for yourself in what promises to be a spell binding evening.
David O’Doherty: Big Time THURSDAY 2 November | 8pm €20/18
David O’Doherty – the Aldi Bublé, the Ryanair Enya – is delighted to present an evening of his latest jokes and songs. David has spent the last year on tour round America with Flight of the Conchords and performed at the Edinburgh Fringe and Melbourne Comedy Festival. Over Christmas he sold out a record-breaking eleven nights at Whelan’s, and has just completed his largest ever UK tour. As seen on Channel 4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.
THURSDAY 2 + FRIDAY 3 November 10.30am − 1pm OR 2pm − 4.30pm €35 | 2 Day Workshop (Second Child In Family €30) | Age Strictly: 8 −12 Years 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.
Meetings with Ivor
SATURDAY 4 November | 5pm €8.50/7 | Duration: 81mins | Language: English
3.00pm free meditation with Ivor. 5.00pm screening followed by Q&A with Ivor and director, Alan Gilsenan. A documentary on the life and work of ground-breaking psychiatrist Ivor Browne. Browne has been a central figure in Irish mental health for many decades. In this quirky and challenging cinematic portrait we meet Browne, now in his late-eighties, who is still full of energy, good humour and compassion, and who remains a deeply-informed, startlingly innovative thinker.The film contains contributions from a host of familiar faces including Tommy Tiernan,Tom Murphy, Mary Coughlan, Professor Brendan Kelly, Sebastian Barry and Nell McCafferty.
The Nina in Me - Karen Underwood FRIDAY 3 November | 8pm €22/20
Karen Underwood, the “Chicago Diva,” performs Nina Simone’s timeless songs including My Baby Just Cares for Me, Ain’t Got No and Here Comes the Sun interwoven with Karen’s searingly honest stories of growing up black in America, and her voyage of musical and emotional discovery in Ireland. First commissioned by the Cork Opera House,The Nina in Me has wowed Irish audiences with Karen’s life story and, more importantly, her powerful voice and remarkable interpretations of Nina Simone’s songs. Musical Director John O’Brien has propelled this show every step of the way during its development. John was the creative force behind recent operatic triumphs Pagliacci (Winner of the Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Opera), Der Vampyr and Faust.Together, John and Karen have crafted a beautiful show of real soul and flair. “Strange Fruit - that both beautiful and terrible song - is worth the admission price alone.” − Evening Echo “John O’Brien plays the piano with such brio... not merely in terms of colour or scoring but in accuracy, emphasis and sympathetic phrasing” − Irish Times.
MONDAY 6 November | 8pm €8.50/7 | Duration: 85mins | Language: Arabic (English Subtitles) Set over 24 hours in a besieged Damascus apartment building, the remaining tenants have barricaded themselves inside as they wait out the nearing conflict. Opening with a young father leaving to make arrangements for his family to flee to the Lebanon only to be hit by a sniper in the car park, the witnesses decide not to tell his wife and tension is forged from the offset. As the hours pass the external threats creep closer and internal recriminations and panic escalate. A timely, gripping and human portrayal of the reality of war for ordinary people. Short film Double Or Nothing will be screened prior to In Syria as part of the First Monday series.
Square One presents
TUESDAY 7 − SATURDAY 11 November | 7.30pm €18/16
The Crucible was written in 1953 by the American playwright Arthur Miller. It is a dramatised and partially fictionalised story of the infamous Salem witch trials, which took place in the Massachusetts Bay Colony between 1692 and 1693. It was inspired by the 1950’s McCarthy hearings that aimed to root out communists in the USA. This play continues to affect audiences by allowing them to see how dark desires and hidden agendas can be played out. It is a classic America drama brought to life in this vivid production. echoing the protagonist’s grace under pressure. 41
11 - 19 November 2017
Mermaid Arts Centre is delighted to present, for the eighth year, YARN Storytelling Festival Bray. YARN is a community-based non-profit making festival that strives to bring the wonderful art-form of storytelling to as many people in our community as possible.
Family Storytelling at Killruddery with Liz Weir
SATURDAY 11 November | 2pm Free | Venue: Killruddery Farm Market, Shoot Room | Age Suitability: 4+ A great opportunity to hear one of Ireland’s finest and awardwinning storytellers. Liz Weir travels to Bray from the glens of Co. Antrim with tales galore that will captivate children and adults alike. With decades of experience this is one storytelling session that kids will treasure for life. Come early to get a seat as capacity is limited. No Booking Required - Limited Capacity.
Eddie Lenihan: Scary Tales at the Town Hall SATURDAY 11 November | 4pm Free | Venue: Upstairs in the Town Hall | Age Suitability: 7+
One of Ireland’s most loved storytellers, travelling to us from Co. Clare, Eddie Lenihan has been collecting and recording tales from all over the country for decades. Haunted places, fairy paths, holy wells, giants, ghosts and ogres…Eddie has tales about them all. In the apt setting of the Town Hall Eddie will share his tales of strange creatures. A unique opportunity to hear a true master seanchaí. No Booking Required - Limited Capacity.
All For the Dead Man's Penny
SATURDAY 11 November | 4pm Free | Venue: Christ Church, Church Road, Bray | Age Suitability: Adults (16+) Liz Weir & Ciarán Mulholland - Renowned storyteller Liz Weir is joined by violin player Ciarán Mulholland to tell a poignant tale in words and music of one young Irish soldier’s experiences in World War One.The piece interweaves an Irish wonder tale with the First World War story, each tale reflecting the themes of loss and betrayal of the other. Ciarán’s specially composed music leads listeners seamlessly between the two worlds. Highly recommended. Kindly funded by Christ Church. No Booking Required.
Eddie Lenihan Master Seanchaí
SATURDAY 11 November | 8pm €5 | Venue: Upstairs in the Town Hall | Age Suitability: Adults (16+) Eddie Lenihan, is an Irish author, storyteller, lecturer and broadcaster. He is one of the few practising seanchaithe (traditional Irish lore-keepers and tale-spinners) remaining in Ireland. He has been called “one of the greatest of Irish story-tellers” and “a national treasure”. Don’t miss your chance to join him in the unique setting of Bray’s Town Hall chambers – what better place for him to weave his magic. Prepare to be spooked. “Eddie’s stories are not for the faint-hearted, but then good stories never are.” - RTE Guide Limited Capacity. Tickets On Sale Now.
Betelnut Family Fun Day
SUNDAY 12 November | 3 – 5pm Free | Venue: Mermaid Arts Centre | Age Suitability: 2 – 5 Years The Betelnut Café at Mermaid Arts Centre invite you to a free fun day as a massive thank you for all of your support over the past year. Families will be entertained with cupcake decorating, facepainting and, of course, stories galore. Keep an eye on Mermaid’s website and the YARN festival brochure in November for further entertainment info! No Booking Required.
MONDAY 13 November | 8pm €8.50/7 | Duration: 88mins | Language: French (English Subtitles) Duval is a recovering alcoholic struggling to find a job. One day, the mysterious Clement offers him a high-paying job transcribing tape recordings. After taking up the unusual offer, Duval quickly finds himself in morally and legally dubious territory. He reluctantly becomes embroiled in a shadowy world of political scandal. Embracing the spirit of 1970s conspiracy thrillers, Scribe is a moody thriller that feels endearingly old school. From the mysterious setup to the life-or-death climax, this is an affectionate homage that also updates the classics to reflect the seedy underbelly of modern politics.
Mary Duffy AND Donald Teskey: Artists Talk WEDNESDAY 15 November | 7pm Free | Venue: Mermaid Arts Centre
In 2016 painter Mary Duffy received an Arts + Disability Connect Bursary with support from Dublin City Council and Mermaid Arts Centre. Over a year, Mary worked with artist and mentor, Donald Teskey (RHA) as she negotiated a move from being an artist who primarily worked outdoors to one who is now at ease in her studio. Come join us, meet the artists and see a selection of their work as they discuss the past year working together. To Book A Seat Please Call Box Office.
Len Cabral at Frank Duff's Lounge WEDNESDAY 15 November | 8pm Free | Venue: Frank Duff’s Lounge | Age Suitability: Adults
We are delighted to welcome Len Cabral to Ireland as part of YARN. Len is an award-winning internationally acclaimed storyteller who has been enchanting audiences for decades. A great grandson of a Cape Verdean whaler whose grandparents emigrated to America from the islands off the coast of West Africa, Len’s strong Cape Verdean ancestry comes alive in his exuberant retelling of African, Cape Verdean, and Caribbean folktales as well as original stories and tales from around the world. A captivating evening of tales awaits with one of Storytelling’s finest. No Booking Required.
Peter Sheridan - Made in Dublin THURSDAY 16 November | 8pm €16/14 | Venue: Mermaid Arts Centre | Age Suitability: Adults
The new one man show from writer, director and performer Peter Sheridan. Starting in the 1960s, Made in Dublin is his funny, warm and poignant account of a fabulous and heart-breaking childhood in a Dublin working-class family and how this led to a career experiencing every aspect of the Irish Theatre world.Through the journey of young Peter, it shows us an individual and a society on the cusp of profound change. ‘Dublin has rarely come to life as it does in Peter Sheridan’s memoir…. his prose is as rich as his characters, ordinary and fabulous, tragic and hilarious.’ - Neil Jordan
Harbour Bar Tales with
THURSDAY 16 November | 8pm €5 on the door | Venue: Upstairs Harbour Bar | Age Suitabilty: Adults Jack Lynch is one of Ireland’s most experienced and well-loved storytellers. He has been a regular teller throughout Ireland and in far-flung places around this bockety globe. A founder member of the Dublin Yarnspinners and of Storytellers of Ireland / Aos Scéal Éireann, Jack was guest-curator Yarn in 2014. Join him upstairs in The Harbour Bar in support of the RNLI Lifeboats Dun Laoghaire for what promises to be an unforgettable evening of tales of travel to exotic climes, wonder how you can cross the ocean and still be at home, and, talking about ‘far-flung’, ponder on his new story of A Message in a Bottle. €5 on the door in aid of RNLI Lifeboats Dun Laoghaire.
Granuaile Pirate Queen
FRIDAY 17 November | 11am & 12:30pm €10/8 | Venue: Upstairs in the Town Hall | Age Suitability: 7-10 Years Interactive storytelling at its best. Granuaile is a dynamic, exciting retelling of the infamous Irish story about Grace O’Malley, pirate queen. This highly interactive piece weaves historical fact with an engaging family narrative that invites audience opinion on themes such as gender roles, ambition, relationships and self-confidence. The backdrop of the female Irish pirate’s heroic life story is brought fantastically to life through maps, sword fighting, audience costumes, and ‘All-Aboard!’ to row up the Thames! Written by Veronica Coburn and Gabrielle Breathnach. Performed by Damien Devaney and Gabrielle Breathnach.
Stolen - The Devil's Violin
FRIDAY 17 November | 8pm €12/10 | Venue: Upstairs in the Town Hall | Age Suitability: 10+ Travelling to YARN from Wales for one event only, Daniel Morden, one of Britain’s most celebrated storytellers, weaves traditional stories into an epic narrative - accompanied by powerful live music that draws on folk, world and classical styles. Brimming with dreamlike images that will haunt you long after the performance ends,The Devil’s Violin will take you on a journey to the end of the world -and into the next one! Daniel Morden - story, Sarah Moody - cello, Oliver Wilson-Dickson violin / viola. 48
Original Photo:Viktor Cibulka
The Restoration of Hope
FRIDAY 17 November | 8pm €16/14 | Venue: Mermaid Arts Centre | Friends Selected Show Hope Whyte is having a diabolical Christmas. In a Dublin office painted with mysterious, sinister symbols, she wakes up: has she been Restored to life, or is her memory of being murdered a nightmare? And what is she to make of her self-declared Mentor, Larry McGrath, and his insistence that she must honour the terms of a blood-chilling Contract? Like the acclaimed Temptress — which debuted at Mermaid — Philip St John’s new play is a darkly funny, atmospheric drama that explores lives lived in the perilous zone between this world and the next. Director: Matthew Ralli A co-production by High Seas/Speckintime.
Me and the Moon Art Workhops for Children
SATURDAY 18 November | 12pm & 2pm €8 | Venue: Mermaid Arts Centre | Age Suitability: 4+ David Fortune is The Speks’ illustrator and in these magical workshops he’ll teach children how to illustrate colourful characters and spektacular scenery from Glasses Island. An image of each child’s artwork will form part of The Speks’ performance here in the Mermaid Arts Centre on Sunday, November 19 - the children’s art will sit alongside David’s illustrations during the show.This will be a great opportunity for children to experience working art! Please note the workshops and The Speks performance must be booked separately. 49
Family Storytelling at Killruddery with Joe Brennan
SATURDAY 18 November | 2pm Free | Venue: Killruddery Farm Market, Shoot Room | Age Suitabilty: 5+ Hip Hop Hippity Hop! Come and meet a dragon, a man who turned into a wolf and other strange happenings. Laugh, jump and be entranced.Take hold of your seat as you journey through wonders with storyteller Joe Brennan. Fun and delights for all the family. No Booking Required - Limited Capacity.
TALK: Tour of the Stained Glass Windows at Christ Church
SATURDAY 18 November | 2pm Free | Venue: Christ Church, Church Road, Bray | Age Suitability: Adults Have you ever wondered about the story behind stained glass windows? Well here is your chance to join Sarah Greene as she brings us on a guided tour. The seventeen windows in Christ Church Bray reflect the changing fashions in stained glass over seven decades. Many of the windows are memorials to people connected with Bray. Come to Christ Church to hear their stories and see for yourself the beauty of the windows, from the romantic style of Lavers & Barraud to the Celtic imagery of A.E. Child. No Booking Required. 50
Youth Orchard Tales
SATURDAY 18 November | 4pm Free | Venue: Fassaroe Community Centre | Age Suitability: 5+ Taking inspiration from the heritage garden Joe will take you on a journey through stories whose seeds were planted a long time ago, in far off places, when the world was a stranger place and the wild spirits still roamed freely in the world.The stories planted then are still growing and searching for a listener. Will you be one? No Booking Required.
Songs of a Storyteller
- Colum Sands
SATURDAY 18 November | 8pm €12/10 | Venue: Mermaid Arts Centre | Age Suitability: Adults
“A poet disguised as a songwriter and a singer disguised as a storyteller”, Colum Sands has been acclaimed on stages from Aughnacloy to Auckland, Belfast to Berlin, Carlingford to Capetown, and countless places in between! The County Down songwriter has won awards for radio and studio production but his real passion lies in live performance. “Building bridges rather than borders” he continues his wondrous journey, weaving songs and stories that are often humorous and always thought provoking. A highlight of YARN. 51
SUNDAY 19 November | 2pm €8 | Venue: Mermaid Arts Centre | Age Suitability: 2 – 99 years! 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
Town Hall Tales -
SUNDAY 19 November | 2pm Free | Venue: Upstairs in the Town Hall | Age Suitability: 6+
Whispering Waves - Stories of the Sea. ‘Listen! Can you hear it? Listen carefully.That’s the sound of the waves whispering…..’ So Joe invites his audience into the magical world of stories from the sea. Stories from above and below the waves, enchanted waves and strange creatures. No Booking Required - Limited Capacity.
Wicklow Love Stories with Talepipe SUNDAY 19 November | 4pm €5 | Venue: Upstairs in the Town Hall | Age Suitability: Adults
Storyteller Brendan Nolan and piper Martin Nolan take you to secret places only your heart will recognise. Brendan recalls great love stories of Wicklow. Martin envelops the words with enchanting pipe music.Hear of the lovestruck girl who goes to fetch a pail of water and meets the fairies as they dance around the November fire. Wonder at the greatness love Wicklow has ever known when a powerful man loses all for the love of his life. And lots more. No Booking Required.
My Cousin Rachel
MONDAY 20 November | 8pm €8/6.50 | Duration: 106mins | Language: English
In this absorbing and brilliantly open-ended new adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s 1951 novel, Rachel Weisz takes on the eponymous role, playing opposite Sam Claflin as Philip. Philip is determined to exact revenge on Rachel, the wife of his beloved guardian Ambrose, who he believes is responsible for Ambrose’s death. But he instead becomes infatuated with her when she arrives at the Cornwall estate, which, it transpires, her husband has bequeathed to Philip instead of his wife. 53
high school musical
WEDNESDAY 22 − SATURDAY 25 November | 8pm €17 | Family Ticket: (2 Adults & 2 Children) €60 Loreto Secondary School Bray and Presentation College Bray return with their production of High School Musical.Tony Bolton and Gabriella Montez are two totally different teenagers who meet at a party while singing karaoke on New Year’s Eve. One week later Troy goes back to his high school, East High in New Mexico to find that Gabriella is a new student there.They quickly become close friends and accidentally audition for the school musical. After getting a callback, drama queen Sharpay Evans and her sidekick brother Ryan are furious.
The White Knights
MONDAY 27 November | 8pm €8/6.50 | Duration: 112mins | Language: French (English Subtitles) Based on the true story of French aid workers plotting to smuggle West Sudan orphans to pre-paid adoptive parents in France, Joachim Lafosse provocative procedural drama portrays good intentions gone awry.Vincent Lindon excels as the charismatically stoic but selectively principled NGO Jacques. Impressively building emotional tension alongside moral ambiguity,The White Knights unravels within an impossible situation. Presented with the support of the French Embassy and the Institut Français. 54
Exhibition on Screen: Michelangelo (cert: Club)
THURSDAY 30 November | 8pm €8.50/7 | Duration: 90mins | Language: English The spectacular sculptures and paintings of Michelangelo seem so familiar to us, but what do we really know about this renaissance genius? Spanning his 89 years, Michelangelo – Love and Death, takes a cinematic journey from the print and drawing rooms of Europe, through the great chapels and museums of Florence, Rome and the Vatican to explore the tempestuous life of Michelangelo. Discover why Michelangelo is without a doubt one of the greatest artists of the Renaissance – and perhaps of all time.
This Beach -
FRIDAY 1 December | 8pm €16/14
A private beach inhabited by a family; a European family.They are the owners of the beach.The beach has been in their family for generations.The family celebrate a wedding, a union between two sides. During the wedding celebration a stranger arrives on the shore of their beach.The family must decide how to deal with this stranger. This Beach is a response to the current refugee crisis gripping Europe, the notion of sovereignty of one people over a piece of land; and the lengths people will go to bar entry to their dominion. National Tour 2017 is co-produced by Project Arts Centre. Brokentalkers are Project Artists, an initiative of Project Arts Centre.
AONGHUS MCANALLY CELEBRATING CHRISTIE HENNESSY SATURDAY 2 December | 8pm €23/21
One of Ireland’s most beloved singer-songwriters, Christie Hennessy delighted audiences at home and abroad until his tragic and untimely death in 2007, aged just 62. In this all-new show, celebrated entertainer Aonghus McAnally brings the Hennessy songbook to life with his uncanny recreation of his close friend Christie’s voice and guitar playing. Featuring all his best loved hits – Messenger Boy, Jealous Heart, Don’t Forget Your Shovel, and the iconic Roll Back The Clouds – this magical evening showcases the storytelling brilliance of Christie Hennessy.
MONDAY 4 | 8pm & TUESDAY 5 December | 2.30pm €8/6.50 | €5 Matinee | Duration: 115mins | Language: English This gentle biopic from Irish filmmaker Aisling Walsh is both an unlikely love story and an inspiring tale of the woman who became one of Canada’s most celebrated folk artists. Maud is a determined young woman who, despite suffering from juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, is desperate to live independently from her over-protective family and gain the freedom to paint the colourful art she passionately creates. On applying to become a housekeeper for reclusive fish peddler Everett (Ethan Hawke), the two social misfits form a bond that soon leads to marriage. Short film Forward will be screened prior to Maudie as part of the First Monday series.
Powerscourt NATIONAL School WEDNESDAY 6 December | 7.30pm €10
Students of Powerscourt National School will stun you with their creativity and talent! Powerscourt N.S has a Church of Ireland parish ethos that strives to provide a climate in which students find encouragement to develop spiritual and moral values, personal and social skills and the highest standards of excellence of which they are capable in all aspects of their school activities.This year, (3rd to 6th class) will perform their musical for the first time in Mermaid. The title is yet to be announced.... book seats early to avoid disappointment!
Pigalle! Chansons de Paris Édith Piaf (1915 - 1963) THURSDAY 7 December | 8pm €25/23 Pigalle! is packed with music from the cabarets and cafes of Paris, with romantic interludes from Parisian carnivals and market-places; the show portrays the diminutive chanteuse’s life of poverty from her beginnings in the Paris slums to her worldwide fame and notoriety. Chanteuse Derby Browne performs her very personal reading of Edith Piaf, with classics such as ‘La Vie En Rose’, ‘No Regrets’, ‘Autumn Leaves’ and ‘Under The Bridges of Paris’. ‘Without love, there is nothing’- famously quoted the Little Sparrow, Edith Piaf. Written/produced by Derby Browne. Arrangements by David Wray.
Eleanor Tiernan - People Pleaser FRIDAY 8 December | 8pm €15/12 | Friends Selected Show
A stranger asks a small favour. It seems so mean to refuse. But every action has its consequences. And when it’s too late, it’s too late. Compulsive Irish over-thinker Eleanor Tiernan is back at the Fringe with a brand-new stand-up show. As seen on Comedy Central’s the Alternative Comedy Experience and Irish Pictorial Weekly on RTÉ. ‘A distinctive inspired comic mind’ − Scotsman. ‘Tiernan boasts a magnificent curl in her lip and snarl in her voice’ − Sunday Times.
Singin' in the Rain
SATURDAY 9 December | 8pm €8/6.50 | Duration: 102mins | Language: English
Here is your chance to revisit one of the greatest musicals ever made, Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly’s Technicolor masterpiece has been re-released. The setting is a Hollywood studio, where Don Lockwood and his co-star Lina Lamont are facing the change from silent to sound pictures. Sky’s the limit as this film pays tribute to movies - westerns, costume dramas, screwball comedies, singin and dancin the whole way!
- SNOW IS FALLIN’
SUNDAY 10 December | 2pm + 5pm + 8pm €18 | Family Ticket: (2 Adults & 2 Children Under 12) €65 - Limited Availability Junior & Youth Musicals present ‘Snow is Fallin’’ their Christmas show bursting with talent, colour and festive cheer.This show features excerpts from The Lion King & Hollywood’s latest musical La La Land, hip hop routines from the latest chart hits, choral singing from the Junior Musicals Theatre School choir and the tots will present their Nativity play bringing home the important message of Christmas. Join in the fun with audience participation & our live band.
LOST IN THE LIVING
MONDAY 11 December | 8pm €8.50/7 | Duration: 77mins | Language: English
Oisín, a musician from Dublin, travels to Berlin with his band, leaving behind the weight of losing his mother and an anger towards his absent father. Oisín meets Sabine, a pretty young Berliner, who shows him the secret places that belong to the people who live in the city. When Sabine reveals that she has a boyfriend, the futility of Oisín’s situation dawns on him. His band has left, he’s homeless and broke. He embraces the darkness, tumbles through the void and out the other side. A film by Wicklow filmmaker Robert Manson, don’t miss your chance to catch it on the big screen. 59
Phil Coulter - Pure gold TUESDAY 12 & WEDNESDAY 13 December | 8pm €26/24
Phil’s long career as a songwriter, producer and recording artiste has been recognised over the years with so many gold discs that the theme of his latest show and album ‘Pure Gold’ is totally appropriate. His new show will feature Phil’s personal favourites as he trawls through his 50 years of creativity. An original retrospective on the work of one of our finest, it’s a show for every lover of good music.
Performers Theatre A Christmas Cracker
FRIDAY 15 | 7pm & SATURDAY 16 December | 2pm €15/12 | Family Ticket: €45 Performers Theatre School are delighted to return to Mermaid with this exciting Christmas production.These talented performers ranging in age from 3-14yrs, bring you on a magical Christmas journey with lots of elves, snowmen, crackers, reindeer, Christmas trees and of course Santa Claus himself. Plenty of audience participation and suitable for all the family.
THE ULTIMATE BIG BAND SHOW PRESENTS THE GOLDEN AGE OF BIG BAND VEGAS SATURDAY 16 December | 8pm €22/20
A Larger than life show, a Larger than life Band and a Larger than life era. Directed by Saxophonist Daire O’Reilly,The Ultimate Big Band Show presents a night of entertainment that transports you back to the glory days of Vegas.This electric 20 piece jazz orchestra has gone from strength to strength bringing amazing music and great fun to every stage they play. Boasting some Jazz legends such as Pat Glynn, Gene Bannon, Dag Carroll, Bobby Lynch, Daire O’Reilly and Paul Cox this act never disappoints. Remember, only legends survive Vegas.
It's A Wonderful Life
MONDAY 18 December | 8pm €8/6.50 | Duration: 129mins | Language: English
This moving and beautifully told film is a true masterpiece of cinema. The story finds George Bailey 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. 61
TUESDAY 19 December | 7pm €8/6.50 | Duration: 115mins | Language: English
Two talented song-and-dance men (Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye) team up after the war to become one of the hottest acts in show business. One winter, they join forces with a sister act (Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen) and trek to Vermont for a white Christmas. The real adventure starts when Crosby & Kaye discover that the inn is run by their old army general who’s now in financial trouble. And the result is the stuff dreams are made of.
WEDNESDAY 20 December | 7pm €8/6.50 | Duration: 103mins | Language: English Family comedy starring Macaulay Culkin as ten-year-old Kevin McCallister who is inadvertently left home alone by his family when they go on vacation. On the evening before his family leave for their Christmas break to Paris, Kevin is banished to his room for misbehaving. When he wakes the following morning he discovers he is alone in an empty house. Kevin must cope not only with life on his own but also with the threat of two persistent, albeit incompetent, burglars Marv and Harry. 62
THURSDAY 21 December | 7pm €8/6.50 | Duration: 97mins | Language: English Will Ferrell stars as Buddy, a human raised in the North Pole to be an elf. After wreaking havoc in the elf community due to his size, Buddy heads to New York City to find his place in the world, and track down his father. But life in the big city is not all sugarplums and candy canes. His father is a “Scrooge” and his eight year old stepbrother doesn’t believe in Santa. So it’s up to Buddy to realise his destiny and ultimately save Christmas.
- Romeo and Juliet
FRIDAY 22 | 7pm & SATURDAY 23 December | 3pm €22/20 | Family of Four: €75
Based on Shakespeare’s tale of the star-crossed lovers, Romeo & Juliet is one of the greatest love stories of all time. In Ballet Ireland’s production, Shakespeare’s tragic tale is transported from the streets of medieval Verona into the classrooms of a modern-day high school. It becomes a play within a play. Romeo & Juliet promises to delight with an enduring tale of love and tragedy set to the familiar and wonderful score by Prokofiev.
The Three Little Pigs FRIDAY 5 January 2018 | 2pm & 4pm €8 | Family Of Four: €30
Miriam Lambert Puppeteer presents The Three Little Pigs. In this pig’s tale, mummy pig is so proud of her little piglets, encouraging them to dream big and follow their hearts. Like all little ones, it’s not long before they’re all grown up and have to make a life for themselves. In this interactive puppet production, experience the three little pigs’ adventures and their encounter with a very hungry Big Bad Wolf.There are surprises in store and plenty of laughs in this charming production.
The Songs and Tall Tales of Jerry Fish SATURDAY 6 January 2018 | 8pm €18/16
Ringmaster, Jester and Raconteur extraordinaire Jerry Fish takes the freshest element of his Sideshow on the road this Winter. A beguiling show, of music and tale telling, all from inside the twisted mind of one Ireland’s most beloved entertainers, Jerry Fish. Within the 90-minutes of Yarn spinning and music, Audiences will go from Enthralled silence to Dancing in the aisles. Famous for his live entertainment and love of a good night out on the town. Accompanied on Piano by Cian Boylan featuring never before told stories, half-truths, half-fictions and an introduction to Jerry’s brand new songs and fantastical adventures as well as some old favourites.
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 free tickets to selected shows. This season our friends selected shows are: - Soldier Still (pg 18) - Nora (pg 20) - The Restoration of Hope (pg 49) - Eleanor Tiernan (pg 58) -
MERMAID friends Daphne Millar Neville Keery John Kelly Nanette O'Connell Joan Davis Rick Caldicott Anne & Syl Holland Tanya Kiang Patricia Cronnelly Jean Duffy George & Joan Jones Carolyn MacDonnell Ian Scott Peggy Masterson Patricia O'Beirne Beatrice Lasserre Philip & Noella O'Reilly Martin & Patricia Davidson Derek Pullen
Don Bagley Yvonne & Jim Kidd Mary Doyle Pat Ralph Bernie Chambers Jean & Ian MacGreevy Marie Ryan 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
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