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Welcome to the new Mermaid programme. If youâ€™re a regular reader, you will probably notice a few changes which we hope you will like. As well as a new layout and illustrations we have some great promotional offerings designed to help you get the most out of the season. These include the First Fortnight Frenzy offer for early birds and the Mermaid Seasonal Menu. You will see there is a larger film selection to choose from and a wonderful music series with tuneful treats every Saturday in October. Along with these we have the usual healthy helping of comedy, visual arts, dance, workshops, local arts, theatre, opera, music and a winter season special: Yarn- Brayâ€™s festival of story and song. If you are not sure what to pick or if you have any questions, why not phone or email us? You can talk to us on 01 272 4030 or email email@example.com Thanks and see you soon, Nora and the Mermaid Team
Seasonal Menu T hree courses - €33 pp F our courses - €40 pp Why not let us help you get the most from the winter season at Mermaid with our new Mermaid Seasonal Menu? A special selection chosen by Artistic Director, Nora Hickey, to excite, delight, inspire, broaden and challenge your artistic palette. Choose either three or four courses - it’s up to you. Not sure what to go for? Just call and ask for recommendations. This season we have dance, storytelling, theatre, comedy, opera and music for your delectation. Call Mermaid Box Office on 01 272 4030 to place your order now. We are confident you will love the Artistic Director’s menu selection but if you are disappointed with a show simply let us know and we will offer you something else from the menu, free of charge. Please Note: Mermaid Seasonal Menu is only available to book at the box office or by phone. Tickets for each event are limited.
H ow W e F ly - S at 6 O ct
White-hot virtuosic trad including percussive dance served with a trio of fiddle, uilleann pipes and Sean nós or
T avaziva ’ s S ensual A frica - T hu 18 O ct World-class dance with raw, powerful sensuality or
T igran H amasyan - S at 27 O ct Prodigious jazz piano with overtones of Armenian, oriental and American folk
T he U nusual H istory of E ther - S at 3 N ov Deep, dreamy and piercing indie-folk or
P ierre B ensusan - S un 11 N ov The way the guitar would want to sound if it played itself or
K eith F arnan - S eriously F unny - T hu 15 N ov A night of comedy with a perfect balance of intelligence and hilarity
R hyme , R ann , R ant - S at 17 N ov A terrine of poetry, music and storytelling served with flair or
K immie R hodes - S un 18 N ov Awarding-winning country folk from the Texan songbird or
E very L ittle S tep : T he R hythm - T hu 22 N ov -
Foot-stomping, body clapping, energising dance
C osi F an T utte , O pera T heatre C ompany - T ue 4 D ec A timeless classic from Mozart with wit, charm and musical luminosity or
A Christmas Carol - Thu 6 Dec Unique one-man adaptation of this festive favourite, moving, magical, brilliantly entertaining
First Fortnight Frenzy When you place a booking during the first two weeks of the season, we offer 10% off most Mermaid shows, just quote the FFF offer when you book. Every season when the Mermaid programme lands on the doormats we get a flurry of advance bookings, which we love to see! So we decided it’s about time we rewarded these early birds by giving them a little bonus, our way of saying ‘thanks!’ We are offering everyone who books during the first fortnight a discount of 10% off tickets for shows throughout the season. You can buy as many tickets as you like before this date (14th Oct), after that it’s back to full price. Each event has a limited number of FFF tickets so remember to book as early as possible to ensure your discount. This deal cannot be applied in combination with any other promotions. A small selection of events are exempt from this offer. Please contact box office for details.
This series has been developed by Access Cinema and is a welcome addition to Mermaid’s film programme. The series aims to increase awareness of films from this diverse, complex and artistically rich region and contribute to the cultural dialogue between Ireland and the Southern Mediterranean countries of Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia and the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
Mon 1 Oct 8pm €8.50/7 OR €21/15 for 3 films in series Director: Merzak Allouache, 2012 Language: Arabic with English subs Duration: 87 min
The Repentant (El taaib) (CLUB) A curated programme of Films from the Southern Mediterranean Merzak Allouache’s award-winning drama raises the question: can we ever recover from our mistakes? In the late 1990s, the Algerian government made an effort to end years of terrorism by offering jihadists amnesty. Rachid (Nabil Asli) accepts this offer and runs away from his fundamentalist compatriots to register as a ‘repentant’. Though settling back into society is not as easy as he hoped, Rachid begins to develop a semblance of a normal life. That is until he meets pharmacist Lakhdar (Khaled Benaissa) and his ex-wife, Djamila (Adila Bendimerad), whose intense desperation and sadness stir something in him. Bonus: Post-screening Q&A with Director
Wed 3 Oct 8pm €16/14
Eve Selis & Blackheart With equal parts country twang, gospel fervour and rock ‘n’ roll vigour, Eve Selis is San Diego’s queen of country music. From her humble beginnings singing in a local church band, Eve has risen to stardom with 9 albums, over 20 major music awards and her music in 4 films. Selis’ immense voice has won her much acclaim for her live performances and this show should be no different. She will be accompanied by her musical partner, guitarist Marc ‘Twang’ Intravaia. UK arthouse folk duo Blackheart support on this tour. Their work has been described by Folkwords as ‘a seamless inventive tapestry’ providing the perfect complement to Selis’ west-country sound.
Thu 4 Oct 8pm €8.50/7 OR €21/15 for 3 films in series Director: Leïla Kilani, 2011 Language: Arabic with English subs Time: 106 min
On The Edge (Ala al hâfa) (CLUB) A curated programme of Films from the Southern Mediterranean Set in Tangier, a city on the verge of the global market, On The Edge tells the story of four North African girls who come to the city to work in textile and shrimp-peeling factories, building a new life for themselves amid the excitement of the ‘Arab spring’. Fascinating, bleak, edgy but also beautiful, this is a well-crafted film of our times. ‘On The Edge is powered by a form of black magic that should appeal to audiences everywhere, with bags of energy, a team of explosive young actresses and a poetic hold-up’ The Guardian
7 Fri 5 Oct 8pm €8.50/7 OR €21/15 for 3 films in series Director: Joseph Cedar, 2011 Language: Hebrew with English subs Duration: 103 min
ootnote (CLUB) A curated programme of Films from the Southern Mediterranean
Joseph Cedar’s Footnote is an intelligent and witty drama which won the award for Best Screenplay at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. The story revolves around the troubled relationship between rival professors/father and son, Eliezer (Shlomo Bar’aba) and Uriel Shkolnik (Lior Ashkenazi). Both men are high-up in the field of Talmudic Studies; Eliezer strives for more recognition of his traditional approach, while he renounces the new methods of study employed by his son. When both men learn that Eliezer is to be lauded for his work, their complicated relationship reaches a new peak.
Sun 7 Oct 10am - 5pm €65 includes soup lunch
Irish Basket-Making for Beginners Experience the art of basket weaving on this one-day course with basket-maker Sabine Wolniczak. Sabine uses locally sourced willow to help you to make your own traditional Irish skib or potato strainer. An absorbing and incredibly satisfying activity which leaves participants with a sense of achievement as they bring home their own hand-made basket. Come along and put your creative talents to work at Mermaid and learn how to enjoy one of life’s simpler pleasures. Limited to 6 places
Greenstar - The Home Of Recycling Music Series @ Mermaid
The Greenstar Music Series spans a wide range of musical genres, from the traditional sean-nós singing of Nell ní Chronin with the sweet fiddle airs of Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh to the gypsy jazz of Evan Christopher’s Django a la Creole and the Armenian-infused piano playing of Tigran Hamasyan. - Sat 6 Oct Big Trad Double Bill Headline:
This is How We Fly Playful trad with a twist Opening:
Nell ni Chronin, Mick O’Brien & Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh Traditional Irish music
- Sat 13 Oct Big Jazz Double Bill Headline:
Evan Christopher’s Django a la Creole Jazz and gypsy swing Opening:
Pinto featuring Sean Carpio, Simon Jermyn & Robin Fincker Free pop and jazz
- Sat 20 Oct Music Of The Spoken Word
The Speech Project
Trad-influenced music featuring renowned Irish voices
- Sat 27 Oct Armenian-Infused Airs
Jazz & classical meet Armenian folk
This Music Series is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Greenstar, Home of Recycling.
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Sat 6 Oct 8pm €18/16
Greenstar Music Series Double Bill:
This is How we Fly Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Mick O’Brien and Nell Ní Chróinín headline
Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (fiddle), Nic Gareiss (dance), Petter Berndalen (percussion) & Séan Mac Erlaine (alto saxophone) This is How we Fly is a group gaining a reputation for their distinctive take on traditional music. Collectively their work is rooted in Irish trad while drawing inspiration from such diverse sources as Irish mythology, whale song and even rock and blues. However, this is not fusion, this is innovation and their willingness to expand the potential of the genre still has at its heart all the integrity and intent of the tradition. A trio of exceptional talent Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (fiddle), Mick O’Brien (uillean pipes) & Nell Ní Chróinín (vocals) join This is How we Fly on the bill. Experienced musicians with passion for their art - this trio of masters will open what might well prove to be the session to end all sessions.
Sun 7 Oct 7pm €10 includes Q&A Director: Robert Bresson, 1956 Language: French/English subs Duration: 99 min ‘Approaching the Real’ Film Course Screening 4
A Man Escaped (CLUB)
Bresson’s A Man Escaped is considered one of the most gripping prison break films ever made. Based on the memoirs of André Devigny, it tells the true story of his escape from Montluc prison during World War II. A French Resistance activist, Devigny is imprisoned by the Nazis and devotes his waking hours to planning his elaborate bid for freedom. Riveting and immersive, A Man Escaped also represents a meticulous commitment to cinematic authenticity. Author Andre Devigny served as adviser on the film and even loaned Bresson the ropes and hooks he had used in his escape. A perfect addition to the ‘Approaching the Real’ series.
Mon 8 Oct 8pm €8/6.50 Director: Wes Anderson, 2012 Language: English Duration: 94 min
Moonrise Kingdom (12A) Quirky, tender and rich in humour, Moonrise Kingdom has all the charm and more that audiences have come to expect from a Wes Anderson film. With a star-studded cast including Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton and Harvey Keitel, Moonrise Kingdom is set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965 and follows a young boy and girl falling in love. When they decide to run away together into the wilderness, family and friends mobilise to search for them high and low. Meanwhile, a violent storm brews off-shore, causing the peaceful island community to be turned upside down.
Thurs 11th - 8pm Fri 12th - matinee €16/14
Tuesdays with Morrie Tuesdays with Morrie is a heart-warming exploration of friendship and life capturing all the humour and pathos of this much-loved modern classic. Adapted from Mitch Albom’s phenomenally popular debut novel, it is the autobiographical story of Mitch, an accomplished journalist and Morrie Schwartz, his former college professor. Sixteen years after graduation, Mitch happens to catch Morrie’s appearance on a television news programme and learns that his old professor is battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Mitch is reunited with Morrie, and what starts as a simple visit turns into a weekly pilgrimage. Performed by Terry Byrne and Andrew Murray Produced and Directed by Breda Cashe / Breda Cashe Productions
sic Sat 13 Oct 8pm €18/16
Greenstar Music Series Double Bill: headline
Django à la Créole Pinto opening
Smoky lounges full of gents sipping bourbon, quiet bayous with stars overhead, wild street parades and steamy dancehalls -Django à la Créole presents listeners with all these images and more in their unique fusion of jazz and Gypsy swing, mixed with hot syncopations from the streets of New Orleans. Elegant and impassioned, the group seasons their well-worn repertoire with rhythms from New Orleans, Cuba, Brazil, and the Caribbean. The Latin, French and Island beats blend with the proverbial sounds of New Orleans jazz creating a style that is at once distinctive and distinguished. ‘Utterly seductive’ The Scotsman Pinto is a collaborative trio featuring Sean Carpio (Drums), Simon Jermyn (Bass) and Robin Fincker (Saxophone/Clarinet). With a style that combines free pop, jazz and noise-core ballads this group explores boldly the full potential of the trio format. Pinto is the perfect quirky complement to the night’s main event.
Sun 14 Oct 7pm €10 includes Q&A session Director: John Cassavetes, 1974 Language: English Duration: 155 min ‘Approaching the Real’ Film Course Screening 4
A Woman under the Influence (CLUB) A benchmark of American independent cinema John Cassavetes’ A Woman under the Influence tackles the story of a blue-collar American family that is beginning to fall apart at the seams. L.A. housewife and mother, Mabel, loves her family but her strange mannerisms and increasingly odd behaviour in the company of others has them concerned. With two stunning performances by Gena Rowlands and Peter Falk (best known for his portrayal of Columbo) playing the couple holding on together in spite of their own worst instincts, the film challenges ‘madness’ as seen by society and enthrals audiences with a kind of raw realism rarely achieved in cinema.
Mon 15 Oct 8pm €8/6.50 Director: Phillippe Falardeau, 2011 Language: French Duration: 94 mins
Monsieur Lazhar (12A) This dramatic comedy charts the tale of Bachir Lazhar (Mohamed Saïd Fellag), an Algerian immigrant, who arrives at a Montreal school after the tragic death of a much-loved teacher. While helping his students deal with their grief, his own recent loss is revealed. This award-winning film of a man who is ready to transcend his own loss in order to accompany children beyond the taboo of death is both a touching and warmly humorous study in the transformative power of personal tragedy.
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All Ireland Schools Talent Search Wicklow Heats The All Ireland Schools Talent Search competition is coming to Wicklow. So if you are a secondary school student in Wicklow and are in a band, can sing, dance, juggle or entertain in any way, this is the competition for you. For further details on how to enter, visit www. schoolstalentsearch.org or check out the facebook page. The final of the All Ireland Schools Talent Search competition will be screened on RTÉ and all proceeds from the show are in aid of Special Olympics Ireland.
Thu 18 Oct 8pm €16/14 Age recommendation 12 yrs+
Tavaziva Dance Company
Third time to Mermaid - Tavaziva Dance are beyond compare. Choreographed by Bawren Tavaziva, a lifelong dancer from Zimbabwe and a dominant talent within the African dance diaspora, Sensual Africa is a sublimely crafted work of art. Inspired by Tavaziva’s trip to one of Africa’s most beautiful countries, Malawi, the piece is almost hedonistic in its passion and physicality. Pure, raw and natural, the mysterious country epitomises sensuality. Be seduced as the outstanding dancers pay homage to the Tumbuka and Chewa Tribes, and perform their own interpretations of the coming-of-age rituals that boys and girls go through to become men and women.
Fri 19 Oct 8pm €16/14
The Nualas: One Night of Dignity Ireland’s top all-female comedy singing sensation, The Nualas, are back guns a’ blazing with their fabulous new show One Night of Dignity. Come see them perform your favourite classics such as ‘Manolo’ and ‘Girl with a Cabbage for a Head’ as well hilarious new material with titles to tease your appetite such as ‘The Sexy Farm Song’ and ‘Mummy Why Am I So Fat?’ Expect scintillating vocal harmony, ambitious choreography and a night packed solid with craic! ‘With writing as funny as theirs, these small-town Irish girls could sing about watching someone watch paint dry and we would still be riveted’ The Independent, London
Sat 20 Oct 8pm €16/14
The Speech Project The Speech Project is the result of a four year venture by musician Gerry Diver, who scoured musical archives, and travelled Ireland conducting interviews with musicians, searching for something unique in their voice. Diver realised that the nuances of everyday speech captured in these voice recordings could be incorporated into his musical compositions to create an incomparable listening experience. Voices fade in and out of the slow refrain of Diver’s accordion, creating work that is incredibly honest in its musicality as well as being heartbreakingly beautiful. With inspiration and words taken from such seminal Irish musicians as Shane MacGowan, Christy Moore and Damien Dempsey, The Speech Project is a musical masterpiece. Diver will perform these compositions live at Mermaid in what promises to be a fascinating night of music.
Sun 21 Oct 3pm €5 Director: Frank Capra, 1934 Language: English Duration: 105 min
It Happened One Night (U)
Frank Capra’s It Happened One Night was such a hit in 1934 that it won Oscars in the five most important categories: Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Film and Best Director. Ellen Andrews (Claudette Colbert) is an heiress who runs away from her father after he objects to her marrying a fortune-hunter (Jameson Thomas). She heads for New York to consummate her marriage, but bumps into reporter Peter Warne (Clark Gable). He promises to help her if she’ll give him the exclusive on her story. Over the next few days they travel undercover, having adventures that draw them closer together.
Sun 21 Oct 7pm €10 includes Q&A Director: Andrey Tarkovskiy, 1975 Language: Russian Duration: 108 min ‘Approaching the Real’ Film Course Screening 5
The Mirror (CLUB) Tarkovsky’s semi-autobiographical film, The Mirror, takes us on a deeply personal and dizzying journey into the great director’s childhood. Blending childhood memories, newsreel footage and poems by his father Arseny Tarkovsky, the film captures intimate thoughts and memories of the protagonist, Alexei, whilst also exploring the people close to him. His childhood, his mother, the war, personal moments are shared privately, yet also manage tell the story of the entire Russian nation. The film is a captivating search for truths both internal and external, and a highly distinctive, occasionally challenging, ultimately moving, masterpiece.
Mon 22 Oct 8pm €8/6.50 Director: Tony Kaye, 2011 Language: English Duration: 97 min
Detachment (15A) Dark yet masterful, Detachment is a chronicle of three weeks in the lives of several high school teachers, administrators and students through the eyes of a substitute teacher named Henry Barthes (Adrien Brody). Henry roams from school to school, imparting modes of knowledge, but never staying long enough to form any semblance of emotional attachment. One day Henry arrives at his next assignment. Upon his entry into this particular school, a secret world of emotion is awakened within him by three women. Each one of whom, like Henry, are in a life and death struggle to find beauty in a seemingly vicious and loveless world.
Wed 24 Oct 8pm €18/16
Buille with guests Karen Casey, Ken Edge & Nic Gareiss Touring together this year for the first time are traditional music innovators Buille. The group comprises Niall Vallely on concertina and whistles, Caoimhin Vallely on piano, Seán Óg Graham on guitar and the sublime vocals of Karan Casey. In Mermaid, special guests Ken Edge on saxophone and the remarkable dancer Nic Gareiss join the ensemble. This unique collaboration offers a fascinating blend of achingly beautiful songs, traditional music, jazz and contemporary dance in a radical and unmissable combination.
Fri 26 Oct 8pm €15/12
Splódar Theatre Company
Salomé This is the biblical story of the princess Salomé and her intense attraction for John the Baptist. John’s rejection of her however results in her famous dance and his execution. To this multimedia drama of seduction, intrigue and corruption, the writer, Cathal Ó Searcaigh, brings an exquisite lyric touch which transcends the horror of the actual events. Sa dráma ilmheánach seo tá an Meath is an t-Ionraiceas, an Ghraostacht is an Ghlaineacht, an Chríostaíocht agus an Héadónachas in iomaíocht lena chéile. Cuireann an scríbhneoir, Cathal Ó Searcaigh, na coimhlintí seo os ár gcomhair go héifeachtach agus go healaíonta i bhfriotal fíleata, fíor-álainn.
Sat 27 Oct 8pm €18/16
Greenstar Music Series
Armenian pianist Tigran Hamasyan is a jazz prodigy, a true virtuoso with the natural skill and insight that most musicians strive for. His burgeoning appeal stretches far beyond the jazz sphere, a tribute to his genuine musicality and brilliance. His most recent studio album, A Fable, shows Tigran’s authentic musicianship as the 24 year old goes back to his roots, and pays homage to Armenian folk in an album he himself describes as ‘a little more like a poetic storytelling’. Blending the otherworldly with the familiar and tracing accents of the Orient into traditional Armenian folk, Tigran’s place among the most talented jazz composers of his generation is well earned.
Sun 28 Oct 8pm €25
Brendan Bowyer The legendary Brendan Bowyer and his band bring this show of pure nostalgia to Mermaid. Brendan, today, has the same high energy he was renowned for in the exciting days of the Royal Show Band and the Big Eight and for this concert he will be joined on stage by his daughter Aisling as special guest. His classic repertoire includes ‘The Hucklebuck’ which was the biggest of his six No. 1 hits and went platinum internationally. Brendan is a master performer whose showmanship and music has endured beautifully throughout the years; a must for all true showband fans.
Mon 29 Oct 8pm €8.50/7 Director: Lynn Shelton, 2011 Language: English Duration: 90 min
Your Sister’s Sister (CLUB) Your Sister’s Sister is a charmingly low-key drama depicting the crisscrossing relationships of its three central characters. When buoyant Iris (Emily Blunt) dispatches best friend Jack (Mark Duplass) - despondent after the death of this brother - for a break at her family’s holiday cabin, he finds her sister Hannah (Rosemarie DeWitt) already there, and they share a tequila-fuelled one-night stand. Emotional rawness and natural wit characterizes this gem of a film. With outstanding and humane performances, Your Sister’s Sister is testimony that simple film-making can prove the most satisfying.
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Wed 31 Oct 3pm €7.50 Fidget Feet
Catch Me Fidget Feet are like a pint-sized Cirque du Soleil from the hills of Donegal. With acrobatics, tricks and theatre, Catch Me is full of Fidget Feet’s trademark playfulness. Using a mix of music and visual projections that come alive around the performers, no two shows can ever be the same. Watch as Red Riding Hood and the Wolf swing high above the audience through a forest of ropes in this classic fairy tale with an aerial circus spin. A special Halloween treat for families: why not come dressed up and begin your trick-or-treating at Mermaid?
Fri 2 Nov 8pm €25
When Nanci Griffith called Frances Black ‘the sweetest voice of Ireland’, she was paying tribute to one of Ireland’s best-loved and most enduring artists, with a string of best-selling albums, awards and other accolades under her belt. In her beginnings Frances performed a fusion of contemporary and traditional Irish music with her family’s band, The Black Family. In pursuing her solo career, Frances has honed the pure vocal tone and energetic stage presence which has won her the adoration of audiences around the world. Now Frances is back with a new album and she will be joined onstage by Jimmy Smith and Mike Scott.
Sat 3 Nov 8pm €12
The Unusual History of Ether The Unusual History of Ether is the song writing partnership of Irish singer-songwriter Rebecca Collins and Danish guitarist Mikkel Ploug, featuring Jeppe Skovbakke on bass and Jeppe Gram on drums. Collins and Ploug met several years ago when they played together at the Dublin Fringe Festival and immediately forged a musical connection. Their debut EP ‘Part One’ explored the philosophical aspects of human life and the natural world with a style both cinematic and pop. ‘Deep, dreamy and piercing, a refreshingly different approach’ The Copenhagen Post
Mon 5 Nov 8pm €8.50/7 Director: Bouli Lanners, 2011 Language: French Duration: 84 mins
The Giants (Les géants) (CLUB) Life is an awfully big adventure for two adolescent boys and their newfound friend in The Giants. Brothers Seth and Zak are left in their late grandfather’s house, waiting in vain for their mother. To make some money they rent out the house to a local drug-dealer. Lanners’ third feature film deftly negotiates between heartbreak and hilarity in a picaresque story notable for its boisterous good-spirits and engaging central performances. A refreshing take on some classical story elements, the film should appeal to audiences of all ages.
e Tue 6 -Sat 10 Nov 8pm €16/14
Mick & Mick Square One Theatre Group Paul Flynn directs Square One Theatre Group in Hugh Leonard’s classic comedy Mick & Mick. Widely regarded as Ireland’s funniest playwright, Leonard fills the stage with lust, longing, love, laughter and a rollicking story based around the choices we make. Having been jilted eight years previously by her fiancé Mick, Fran returns from England on the eve of her brother’s ordination to the priesthood. She brings a breezy freshness into her family home and stirs up some wild emotions in the town. But how long before her past catches up with her and she is forced into an impossible choice? An ideal choice to mark Square One’s 21st collaboration with Mermaid. Early booking advised.
Sat 10 - Sun 18 Nov
Cold and darkness surrounded the little seaside town. With the rolling black mass of the sea on one side and the looming shadows of the mountains on the other, it seemed as if winter would last forever in Bray. Yet all was not lost. In the very heart of the town, a tiny, yellow light could be seen. Its warmth and glow beckoned people to it and through them the message started to spread. The storyteller had arrived! As they gathered he began to weave tales and fables from the darkness, and as their excitement and fervour grew so too did the fire. It grew and grew until the whole town was illuminated and its people warmed. As the story finished, the fire began to dim, but the light remained. When the people returned to their homes they shared the stories with others and realised with wonder that the light and warmth had not come from the storytellerâ€™s fire, but rather from a story shared. Come warm up your winter at Yarn, Brayâ€™s festival of Story and Song, Sat 10 - Sun 18 Nov in Mermaid and lots of other locations around the town of Bray Full details at yarnfestival.ie
Mon 12 Nov 8pm â‚Ź8.50/7 Director: Walter Salles, 2012 Language: English Duration: 139 min
On The Road (CLUB)
Jack Kerouacâ€™s seminal pseudo-autobiography finally heads to the big screen thanks to director Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries, Central Station) and producer Francis Ford Coppola. Beginning in 1947, On the Road is a bohemian odyssey with a handful of hipsters in their early 20s who, against the grain of a conformist period, eagerly embraced drugs, experimental sex, black culture, jazz and life outside the yoke of steady work and conventional family constraints.
Mon 12 Nov 3pm Free (booking advised)
Have Dreams and Speak Them without Fear! Klawitter Theatre Company Klawitter aims to enhance the quality of life for older people by providing interactive entertainment and theatre by professional actors and musicians. This show is a project that started in 2010, with shows performed in Ireland and Los Angeles created with older audiences. The next stage involves Klawitter collaborating with Kultur und mehr! from Hamburg. Discover your dreams and begin your journey into forgotten desires; Klawitter invites you to an extraordinary afternoon of inspiring songs and stories from the soul.
ilm Tue 13 Nov 2.30pm €5 Director: John Madden, 2011 Language: English Duration: 124 min
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (PG) A beautifully executed comedic drama, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel follows a group of British retirees who decide to ‘outsource’ their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India. Enticed by advertisements for the Marigold Hotel and bolstered with visions of a life of leisure, they arrive to find the palace a shell of its former self. Madden’s romantic view of India along with the acting pedigree of the ensemble cast (Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson and Dev Patel) raise the film above the possible cliché and make it a sheer joy to watch.
Wed 14 Nov 2.45pm €2 (booking advised) after school stories with
Niall de Búrca
Master storyteller, Niall de Búrca mesmerizes and captivates his audience, transporting them to another realm and reminding them why the art of storytelling has remained a living tradition in Ireland for so many generations. De Búrca has featured in the line-up of many festivals and has performed and held workshops in far-flung countries like Poland, Argentina and New Zealand, each journey growing, shaping and colouring his distinctive style. A Yarn festival favourite, and with good reason too. ‘Listening to de Búrca is reminiscent of childhood days of mysteries and make believe’ Wanganui Chronicle
Thu 15 Nov 8pm €12
Keith Farnan Seriously Funny Star of Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and RTÉ’s Money Money Money: Keith Farnan versus the Irish Economy, Keith Farnan is one of Ireland’s best stand-up comedians. He has performed as a stand-up all over the world, has appeared regularly on both BBC and RTÉ. A regular at prestigious comedy venues in Ireland and the U.K., Keith Farnan’s comedy achieves that rare balance between intelligence and hilarity and is certainly one of the scene’s rising stars. Make sure you catch Keith’s Mermaid debut. ‘Incisive, brilliant comedy…We should be shouting from the rooftops about him’ whatsonstage.com
Sat 17 Nov 8pm €16/14
Rhyme, Rant & Rann Tall tales, splendid songs and wickedly wise words. Three of Ireland’s finest performers conspire to delight you with an entertaining evening of great songs and heart-warming stories. Renowned storyteller Jack Lynch weaves his hilarious tales with sensitivity and expertise. Traditional singer Len Graham’s musical stories mingle sad farewells with joyous homecomings. Theo Dorgan’s love of the sea, and his epic ocean adventures, are fine inspiration indeed for memorable maritime musings in poetry and prose. Together this trio of master craftsmen create a gentle little gem of a show which is fresh, unfussy, and great craic altogether!
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Sun 18 Nov 8pm €16/14
Kimmie Rhodes Join the understated and accomplished Kimmie Rhodes, with multiinstrumentalist Gabriel Rhodes, for a retrospective night of song and story. Varying from movie soundtracks to musical theatre to twelve solo albums, Kimmie will be journeying through her repertoire, all the way from beloved classics to freshly-penned tunes. With her soft, smooth Texan drawl and powerful musical talent, Kimmie is a favourite amongst county music legends, including Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings. ‘Kimmie has the voice of a beautiful child coming from an old soul… do yourself a favour and bring her into your listening life’ Emmylou Harris
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Sun 11 Nov 8pm €20/18
Pierre Bensusan Described by the L.A. Times as ‘one of the most unique and brilliant acoustic guitar veterans in the world music scene’, Pierre Bensusan has the ability to make a single guitar sound like an entire band as he brings the audience on a mesmerizing musical journey. Signed to his first record contract at the tender age of 17, Bensusan has always possessed an unparalleled natural talent, which is more than evident in his live shows where his skill for playing defies classification - crossing world, classical, jazz, traditional, folk and more. ‘The way the guitar would want to sound if it played itself’ Audience Member
Mon 19 Nov 8pm €8.50/7 Directors: Fiona Gordon & Dominique Abel, 2011 Language: French Duration: 94 min
The Fairy (La Fee) (CLUB) The Fairy, with its Chaplain-esque interludes set in an off-kilter, colour-drenched Le Havre, is at its heart an offbeat romantic comedy, with elements of the surreal thrown in. Gifted physical comedians Dominque Abel, Fiona Gordon and Bruno Romy gracefully build on their distinctive brand of burlesque humour with an old-fashioned, almost silent, routine blended beautifully with an impressive dance element. They are akin to a circus clown troupe, vaudevillians who sprinkle the big screen with their art and unique aesthetic.
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Thu 22 Nov 8pm €16/14
Every Little Step… Rhythm of Hope
Dance Theatre Ireland From their critically-acclaimed premiere in New York, Dance Theatre of Ireland and Soul Steps (USA) bring a stunning, foot-stomping, bodyclapping, energizing experience in Every Little Step...the Rhythm of Hope. This is a riveting performance that draws on the dancers’ unique vocabularies, personal stories, and above all, rhythm. With a cast of 7 powerful performers combining modern and Irish dance, AfricanAmerican Stepping and stories, Every Little Step... is set to delight and energise audiences this season. ‘A really powerful performance…definitely go’ Irish Arts NY Review ‘Persuasive and rousing’ New York Times
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Bray Music Centre A Concert for St. Cecilia’s Day
St Cecilia is the Patron Saint of Music and her feast day is celebrated by musicians and music-schools throughout Europe. To mark the day here, a not-to-be missed concert will be presented by many of the acclaimed performers who teach at the Bray Music Centre VEC, including: Rachel Factor (piano/harpsichord) , Mike Nielsen (guitar), Róisín Ni Bhraoin (flute), Lucy Perkins (violin) Sarah Lane (voice/violin), Michelle Whelan (piano), Phaedra Keogh (piano/harpsichord), Aisling Kerr (Recorders), Eamon Sweeney (Guitar). You’ll hear music for guitar, early-music, jazz, classical, Irish music and everything in between. A night of world-class music is a certainty.
Sat 24 Nov 8pm €25/23
Finbar Furey Finbar Furey is a virtuoso - an All-Ireland Uillean Pipe and Whistle Champion and a singer/songwriter who can also play 5-string banjo and guitar. After 30 years of phenomenal success as the frontman for the family group, The Fureys, Finbar decided it was time to pursue his solo career. Song-writing, singing and playing the instruments for which he is loved, Finbar’s reputation as a solo artist has increased with every performance. He treats audiences to evenings of pure Irish magic; great music, good humour, and the charm and sparkling wit associated with one of Ireland’s great raconteurs.
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Christmas Crochet Explore the exciting world of experimental crochet with artist Rachel Fallon. Through bending, manipulating and hammering the wire, new and surprisingly delicate effects can be achieved. Why not make a beautiful piece of jewellery or Christmas decoration? Let your creativity run wild through this unique medium; wire and crochet hook are included in the price and are yours to take home and continue the experiment. The workshop is suitable for beginners, yet those with knowledge of crochet will be able to undertake more advanced projects.
Mon 26 Nov 8pm €8/6.50 Director: Nikolaj Arcel, 2011 Language: Dutch Duration: 128 min
A Royal Affair (En kongelig affære)
A sweeping historical epic set against the backdrop of 18th century Denmark, A Royal Affair reveals the love triangle between King Kristián VII (Mikkel Boe Foelsgaard), his doctor Johann Struensee (Mads Mikkelsen) and the young Queen Karolina Matylda (Alicia Vikander). Faced with the King’s schizophrenia, the Queen becomes isolated and lonely until the idealistic doctor arrives at court, where he alone pays her heed, leading them to fall into an illicit love affair. However, when the morally prudent and royalist Danish society is offended, the young couple must decide whether their love is worth revolution.
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Des Bishop Likes to Bang
Sun 2 Dec 8pm €20
Wax up your surfboards, get out your beach-blankets and catch the wave of this great surf musical. It’s just another sunny day at Avalon Beach, until Mom and Pop decide they’re selling their beloved surf shop and teen-hangout. Then the gang find out that the snobbish developers from the nearby ritzy Cove want the Avalon stretch of sand… for a parking lot! Can they win the surf contest and save the day? Let the 4th year students of Loreto Secondary School and Presentation College take you back to a simpler time when life was groovy and the music was cool.
Following the worldwide success of his wonderfully funny and moving, My Dad Was Nearly James Bond, Bishop decides to explore an altogether different avenue of comedic possibilities namely: amateur drumming and hip-hop. Combining his passion for ‘poetry’s scary cousin’ with his supreme talent for making people laugh, Bishop’s latest offering is boundary-pushing in all the ways audiences have come to expect from Ireland’s favourite adopted son. In his own words, the show will be ‘a bit silly, a bit musical and a bit improvised’ and if his previous work is anything to go by probably a little bit brilliant too.
Mon 3 Dec 8pm €8.50/7 Director: Nadine Labaki, 2010 Language: Arabic Duration: 110 min
Where Do We Go Now? (CLUB) From the Director who brought us Caramel, Nadine Labaki’s stylish and heartwarming comic-drama focuses on a group of Lebanese women who will try anything to keep peace between the men in their village. They hatch schemes with zeal, beguiling the men with a cast of Ukrainian showgirls and serving hash cookies at a dance party. From one plot to the next, these women defy conventions and taboos. A bittersweet celebration of womanhood, this film deftly blends wry satire with broad comedy while never losing sight of the tragedy of its subject matter.
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Tue 4 Dec 7.30pm €25
Opera Theatre Company
Così Fan Tutte In her Opera Theatre Company debut, Irish director Orpha Phelan directs a vocally luminous cast in Mozart’s romantic comedy Così Fan Tutte. Charming, witty and provocative, and filled with beguiling arias and iconic ensembles, Così Fan Tutte explores the vagaries and vacillations of young love. Two young men boast of their lovers’ perfections, especially their irreproachable fidelity. Worldly-wise counsellor Don Alfonso hears this loud praise but warns the boys that experience has taught him that all women are by nature fickle. They refuse to agree, but the old bachelor strikes a wager that these constant fiancées will be seduced, and easily. A wonderful night of music, romance and theatrical flair from masters of the genre Opera Theatre Company. Directed by Orpha Phelan
Wed 5 Dec 8pm €25/23
Vladimir Presents: A Viennese Christmas
This December, Vladimir invites you to share A Viennese Christmas with him in Mermaid. The Slovak violin sensation adds a festive glow to some of the most beautiful classical melodies from the Romantic era, and together with a flurry of seasonal evergreens they will get you set for the most wonderful time of the year. The concerts will feature guest star soprano Claudia Boyle and guest tenor Sean Costello. With music from the Strauss Family, Franz Lehar and Christmas carols and songs you know and love, A Viennese Christmas is perhaps the perfect yuletide concert.
Thu 6 Dec 8pm €16/14
A Christmas Carol Join renowned West-End actor Clive Francis as he tells the story of infamous skinflint Ebenezer Scrooge in this unique one-man adaption of the Dickens classic. Francis masterfully weaves this festive tale, playing every character along the way, in a moving and brilliantly entertaining performance. A Christmas show for all ages - and humbug to those who say otherwise! ‘A Christmas Carol is theatre at its best. A slight of the hand in which, before your very eyes, he fills an empty stage with an entire Dickensian landscape. Simply magic!’ Alan Ayckbourn Produced by Conor Sheridan in association with Clive Francis
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Sat 8 & Sun 9 Dec Sat 7.30pm and Sun 3.00pm & 7.30pm €17 with special family ticket €60 for 2 adults and 2 children
Rockin ’ Around the Christmas Tree Junior Musicals together with The Hallelujah Choir proudly present Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, a magical Christmas show for all the family. Come along to Mermaid and see these very talented students, who range from 3 year olds to teens, entertain you with an excerpt from the brand new West-end musical Matilda as well as many festive favourites and vibrant dance routines from the latest chart entries. Definitely a seasonal treat not to be missed!
Mon 10 Dec 8pm €8.50/7 Director: Phillippe Le Guay, 2010 Language: French Duration: 100 mins
Women on the 6th Floor (Les femmes du 6ème étage) (CLUB)
Phillippe Le Guay’s charming comedy takes place in Paris in 1960. Jean-Louis Joubert (Fabrice Luchini) is an uptight stockbroker, married to Suzanne (Sandrine Kiberlain), a starchy class-conscious woman, and father of two arrogant teenage boys. He lives a steady yet boring life, at least until Maria (Natalia Verbeke), the new maid at the service of JeanLouis’ family, leads him to discover the servants’ quarter on the sixth floor of the luxury building he owns and lives in. This group of lively Spanish maids helps Jean-Louis to open to a new civilization and a new approach to life. In their company - and more precisely in the company of beautiful Maria - Jean-Louis gradually becomes another man.
First Fortnight Frenzy Remember you can avail of our First Fortnight Frenzy deal for Spring Season 2013, get 10% off tickets when you quote FFF when booking before the 14th of January. Here’s a sneak peak at what’s coming up:
Sat 23 & Sun 24 Feb 2013
Fri 1 & Sat 2 March 2013
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Wed 12 - Fri 14 Dec 7.30pm €15/12
Jack and the Beanstalk Performers Theatre School return to Mermaid this holiday season with a wonderful pantomime production of Jack and the Beanstalk. The talented cast of children aged 3 and upwards will take you on a magical journey during the night, where you will meet many fantastic characters, including one very mischievous cow! With plenty of audience participation, this production promises to deliver a great night of entertainment and fun for all the family this Christmas!
Sat 15 Dec 8pm €20/18
Eimear Quinn Eimear Quinn’s ethereal voice first enthralled the world as winner of the Eurovision song contest in 1996. This Christmas leave the hustle and bustle of seasonal stress and preparations behind and let Eimear Quinn move you with a concert of beautifully arranged carols and winter songs. Eimear will perform music from her album ‘O Holy Night’, a collection of carols and ancient chants and will be joined by a string quartet, harp and guitar for a magical evening.
‘A beautiful young woman with a cherub’s voice that floats in an ethereal cloud of its own making’ Sunday Independent
Jane Horner’s Selected Show ‘As a lover of singing, I am delighted that Eimer Quinn is returning to Mermaid. Her exquisite, crystal clear voice weaves a spell over her audience. This will be a beautiful, spiritual way to celebrate the festive period in the intimate setting of Mermaid.’ Jane Horner Box Office Manager (working with Mermaid since 2002)
m y ed Sun 16 Dec 8pm €20
Jason Byrne The People’s Puppeteer Join Ireland’s most prolific lunatic as he attempts to empty his head quicker than it can fill up again. You have no idea what can be achieved on a live comedy stage until you have seen Jason Byrne spew forth more ideas in a couple of hours than most comics could hope to do in a couple of lifetimes. His new live show ‘The People’s Puppeteer’ sees Byrne attempt to keep control of an audience whilst gradually losing control of himself! ‘Full-on, doubled up, gasping for oxygen hilarious’ Chortle
Mon 17 Dec 8pm €8/6.50 Director: Ernst Lubitsch, 1940 Language: English Duration: 98 min
The Shop Around the Corner (U) This 1940 film is quite different in flavour to its 1998 remake, You’ve Got Mail, as Director Ernst Lubitsch demonstrates that romantic comedies, like popcorn, can be enjoyed salty as well as sweet. Sharp, elegant and unsentimental at times The Shop around the Corner sees James Stewart play a salesman who is gloomy and downright unsympathetic. Set in bustling Budapest in the run-up to Christmas, Alfred (Stewart) is often offhand with co-worker Klara (Margaret Sullavan), and yet is carrying on a romantic pen-pal correspondence with a woman he has never met.
Tue 18 Dec 8pm €20/18
The Nutcracker Ballet Ireland brings the timeless classic, The Nutcracker, to Mermaid this season. It is Christmas and Clara receives a Nutcracker doll as a present. That night, unable to sleep with the excitement, Clara goes downstairs to get her Nutcracker doll and falls asleep under the Christmas tree, where at the stroke of midnight, the magic begins. Clara is swept along into a world of mice and soldiers, caught in a snowflake blizzard and swept into the kingdom of the sweets with the delectable Sugar Plum Fairy. A sparkling Christmas classic! Ballet Ireland
mu c si Sat 22 Dec 8pm €20/18 (4 for €60) 10% discount for groups
Abba Forever It’s Christmas! It’s Party Time! It’s Abba! This Christmas season bring your party to Mermaid for a dazzling, lively performance that includes some of the most iconic dancing tunes ever; Waterloo, Dancing Queen, Take a Chance on Me and many more! All you have to do is get your glad rags on, brush up on the lyrics, don your dancing boots and come to the best party in town, with Abba Forever providing you with the classic hits you love - gimme, gimme, gimme!
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Suki Chan, Tracy Hanna, Sofie Loscher & Grace Weir
27 Sep 29 Nov 10am - 6pm (later on show nights)
Lightness is a group exhibition that includes video and sculpture installations and brings together the work of four artists who are concerned with the struggle to find pattern and meaning in the seemingly random, strange and mysterious world we live in. The selected artists share a study of perception, form and our understanding of the world, sometimes constructing a parallel world of sensory perception. Often working with familiar materials and unravelling everyday phenomenon in an attempt to understand the world in which we live, these works playfully collide or reveal a fragility and precariousness - sometimes hinting at the sublime or awe inspiring - underlying our everyday natural and constructed environments. In a loose or from a sideways position, the ideas for the exhibition come to us from Milan Kundera’s novel The Unbearable Lightness of Being, where Milan Kundera explores a light and heaviness that he associates with outlooks and ways of being in the world. Eternal return or Amor fati is used to describe an outlook in which one sees everything that happens in one’s life, including suffering and loss, as character building. In a counter point to this view, Kundera argues that we only have the opportunity to try one path, and hence we have no point of comparison or meaning. Instead, those characters who are heavy cannot accept this unbearable lightness of being, and seek to attach a meaning and weight to what they consider important in life. The artists in this exhibition are selected for their curiosity and wonder in things, and in the world around them - an outlook which they bring in their various practices to their art-making. ‘We can never know what to want, because, living only one life, we can neither compare it with our previous lives nor perfect it in our lives to come’ Milan Kundera
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Intact Deserts / Desiertos Intactos New work by Mexican artist Alfonso Lopez Monreal
Mexican artist Alfonso Lopez Monreal responds to his daily interaction with the desert close to his home in Zacatecas, its flora and fauna, as well as consideration of the traces left behind by pre-Hispanic native civilisations. This new body of work can be regarded as a metaphor for the people still fighting for the preservation of their local environment and identity with the image of the warrior used to depict this struggle. Well-known primarily as a master printmaker, the work presented in Mermaid has been produced using watercolours, local pigments and acrylics on paper. While Monreal is now resident in his place of birth, he lived in Ireland from 1982 to 2000 when he was elected to Aosdana. His work is held in collections in the Ulster Museum, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Irish Museum of Modern Art. He has also been recognised in his homeland, having received the Goya Medal at the 10th Ibero-American Biennial in 1996. Wicklow printmakers Carmel Benson and Grainne Cuffe will also present work in parallel with Intact Deserts.
Thank yous A big thank you to all the people who help make things at Mermaid go swimmingly:
Mermaid Staff Aoife Barror - Alan Byrne - Fiona Carey - Marian Carroll Stephanie Casey - Katie Davenport - Aoife Demel Fionnuala Downes - Eoin Fegan - Siobhan Gallagher Hannah Golden - Laura Lynch - Nora Hickey M’Sichili Jane Horner - Sophie Keogh - Eilis Lavelle Dermot Marrey - Eoin Murphy - Ruth O’ Hagan Aisling Ryan - Fionnuala Ryan
Mermaid Board of Directors Mary Doyle - David Forde - Mick Glynn - John Kelly Brian Maguire - Dermot McCabe - John Mc Manus Barry Nevin - Des O’Brien - Jenny Sherwin Sarah Wray
Mermaid Collaborators Booklet Design: Tom Hughes Booklet Illustration: Kate Brangan Print: Grafton Litho Ltd.
All our local funders, arts partners and friends of Mermaid
And most importantly… our brilliant patrons thanks for all your support and enthusiasm
Mermaid Project Sponsor
We would like to thank all of our Friends of Mermaid, including the following Corporate Friends: Bray Tourism Bray Wanderers CRH Plc Dargle Valley nursing Home Frank Duff Lounge Bar Key Plastics Liam Oâ€™Brien
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Calendar Film Mon 1 Oct
The Repentant (El taaib)
Thu 4 Oct
On The Edge (Ala al hâfa)
Fri 5 Oct
Sun 7 Oct
A Man Escaped
Mon 8 Oct
Sun 14 Oct
A Woman under the Influence
Mon 15 Oct
Sun 21 Oct
It Happened One Night
Sun 21 Oct
Mon 22 Oct
Mon 29 Oct
Your Sister’s Sister
Mon 5 Nov
The Giants (Les géants)
Mon 12 Nov
YARN On The Road
Tue 13 Nov
YARN The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Mon 19 Nov
The Fairy (La Fee)
Mon 26 Nov
A Royal Affair (En kongelig affære)
Mon 3 Dec
Where Do We Go Now?
Mon 10 Dec
Women on the 6th Floor (Les femmes du 6ème étage)
Mon 17 Dec
The Shop Around the Corner
Dance Thu 18 Oct
Wed 31 Oct
Thu 22 Nov
Every Little Step… the Rhythm of Hope
Tue 18 Dec
Calendar Theatre Thu 11 & Fri 12 Oct
Tuesdays with Morrie
Fri 26 Oct
Tue 6 - Sat 10 Nov
Mick & Mick
Thu 6 Dec
A Christmas Carol
Music Wed 3 Oct
Eve Selis & Blackheart
Sat 6 Oct
This is How we Fly & Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Mick O’Brien and Nell Ní Chróinín
Sat 13 Oct
Django à la Créole & Pinto
Sat 20 Oct
The Speech Project
Wed 24 Oct
Buille with guests Karen Casey, Ken Edge and Nic Gareiss
Sat 27 Oct
Sun 28 Oct
Fri 2 Nov
Sat 3 Nov
The Unusual History of Ether
Sun 11 Nov
Sat 24 Nov
Wed 5 Dec
Vladimir Presents: A Viennese Christmas
Sat 15 Dec
Sat 22 Dec
Opera Tue 4 Dec
Così Fan utte
Calendar Local Arts Tue 16 Oct
All Ireland Schools Talent Search
Tue 27 Nov - Sat 1 Dec
Sat 8 & Sun 9 Dec
Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree Junior Musicals
Sat 7.30pm Sun 3.00pm & 7.30pm
Wed 12 Fri 14 Dec
Jack and the Beanstalk
Workshops Sun 7 Oct
Irish Basket-Making for Beginners
10am - 5pm
Sun 25 Nov
2pm – 4.30pm
Visual Arts 20 Sep 29 Nov
Lightness Suki Chan, Tracy Hanna, Sofie Loscher and Grace Weir
10am - 6pm (later on show nights)
6 Dec 31 Jan 2013
Intact Deserts / Desiertos Intactos Alfonso Lopez Monreal
10am - 6pm (later on show nights)
Yarn Festival Mon 12 Nov
FILM On The Road
Mon 12 Nov
Have Dreams and Speak Them without Fear!
Tue 13 Nov
FILM The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Wed 14 Nov
After School Stories with Niall de Búrca
Thu 15 Nov
Keith Farnan – Seriously Funny
Sat 17 Nov
Rhyme, Rant & Rann
Sun 18 Nov
We have full disabled access, please let box office know of any special requirements when booking.
Film Club Information Some of the films we screen here at Mermaid have not been certified by the Irish Censorship Office. In order to screen these films we need to operate as a film club. This nominal fee has been integrated into the ticket price for all CLUB films. Everyone is welcome to attend CLUB films.
You will find Mermaid Arts Centre in the civic offices complex at the top of Bray Main Street, before Bank of Ireland. To get to Mermaid from the N11 Northbound, you exit at Bray South, where youâ€™ll see signs for Bray leading to the Killarney Road. You can follow this road to Main Street. Then, to get to Mermaid from the N11 Southbound, you exit at Bray North, following signs for Bray onto Dublin Road. Cross over the Dargle Bridge and you will be on Main Street. Bus Routes: 145, 184, 185, 45A, 84/a, 84N The DART/train station is a 10 minute walk from Mermaid.
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Free underground carparking is available for Mermaid patrons for the duration of shows in the evenings and at weekends. This is located under the Civic Offices complex beside Mermaid. A private pay and display car park is available weekdays and is located in the grounds of the complex.
Designed by Tom Hughes and Illustrated by Kate Brangan our new season brochure features lots of exciting events as well as some all new spec...
Published on Sep 13, 2012
Designed by Tom Hughes and Illustrated by Kate Brangan our new season brochure features lots of exciting events as well as some all new spec...