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Book your tickets, however suits‌ 01 272 4030 10am - 6pm from Mon - Sat and until 8pm on performance nights. Please note! Once purchased, tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded There are no booking fees - at all There are lots of ways to save when visiting Mermaid. You can bring nine of your friends and avail of our group discount, sample our Mermaid Seasonal Menu, join in on the First Fortnight Frenzy, or become a Mermaid member.

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The Mermaid gallery is open from 10am - 6pm from Mon to Sat and until 8pm on performance nights. Admission is free. The lovely Betelnut CafĂŠ serves breakfast, lunch, snacks and baked goods from 8am - 6pm Monday to Friday, 9am - 9pm on Saturday and from 10am - 5pm on Sunday. The theatre bar is open for pre-show drinks and interval drinks. To join our mailing list, please contact the box office or join online at For the comfort of patrons and performers, latecomers will not be admitted until the interval.

Welcome to the first season of 2013! This year we will cover a four month period with each season brochure, giving you plenty of time to plan your Mermaid outings in advance. As you might remember we asked you for your feedback on our new design and got some great comments and suggestions and have made adjustments accordingly, we hope this makes the brochure easier to use. We have also introduced 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. In the spirit of new offerings we also have the new Mermaid Membership which offers lots of perks as well as a chance to support your arts centre. This year we will be working with a really exciting creative team, designer Tom Hughes, illustrator Kate Brangan and Mermaid poet-in-residence Caitriona O’Reilly. Each season they will work together to create a unique brochure with original illustrations, poetry and design specially created just for Mermaid audiences. At the centre of the brochure you will find the season poem by Caitriona with illustrations by Kate. We hope you enjoy the new season! Nora and the Mermaid Team


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Enjoy a special selection of shows chosen by the Artistic Director, to excite, delight, inspire and challenge. Choose either three or four courses - 3 for 33 or 4 for 40. You can even mix and match as you wish! We are sure you will love the menu selection but if you are disappointed with a show simply let us know and we will offer you something else on the menu, free of charge. The Mermaid Seasonal Menu offer is currently only available to box office and phone bookers. Availability is limited so early booking is advised. Call Mermaid Box Office now to place your order!

- Course One The Once - Wed 30 Jan

Stunning harmonies with folk stylings all the way from Newfoundland

National Dance Company Wales - Fri 8 Feb World-class contemporary dance with passion, power and grace

- Course Two Female Gothic - Sat 9 Feb

A macabre and haunting theatrical masterpiece

Monster/Clock - Wed 20 Feb

Enchanting, intelligent family theatre, a visual feast

Caroline Moreau and Lunfardia - Fri 22 Feb Pulse-racing French chanson interwoven with Latin American melody

- Course Three Vyvienne Long and Balanescu - Sat 9 Mar -

Vyvienne is joined by a Romanian virtuoso and a cutting-edge all-strings band

Iarla Ă“ LionĂĄird - Sat 23 Mar Sean nos perfection

The Fantasist - Wed 27 Mar

Acclaimed mesmerizing & fantastical theatre

- Course Four Kila 25 - Sat 30 Mar

Celtic melody, exotic rhythms with phenomenal playing from a the festival band of the century

Are There More Of You? - Fri 26 Apr Wonderfully moving and hilariously funny a one-woman-show with impact

Maria Doyle Kennedy - Sat 27 Apr

A timeless voice singing songs of transcendent beauty

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Just quote the FFF offer at box office or online before Mon 14th Jan Every season when the Mermaid programme lands on the doormats we get a flurry of advanced bookings, which we love to see! So we've decided to reward these early birds by giving them a little bonus, our way of saying ‘thanks!’ We are offering early bookers a discount of 10% off all most every tickets up until the 14th day of the season. 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. Call us on 01 272 4030 and quote FFF or go online and enter the code FFF to avail of this offer.




Mon 7 Jan 8pm €8/6.50

Beasts of The Southern Wild (12A) Benh Zeitlin directs this visually stunning fable of self-reliance set in a remote corner of the Louisiana bayou, where an eccentric community of outcasts spends their days in primitive dwellings living off the land and partying. The central character is a sixyear-old girl, Hushpuppy who is left to her own devices and the company of animals. She perceives the natural world to be a fragile web of living, breathing things, in which the entire universe depends on everything fitting together just right.




Fri 11 Jan 8pm €20/18

Donal Lunny & Andy Irvine Two giants of Irish trad and folk, Donal Lunny and Andy Irvine return to Mermaid for a session to end, or rather start, all sessions. Irvine and Lunny between them have been at the centre of legendary bands like Planxty, Sweeney’s Men, Patrick Street, The Bothy Band and Moving Hearts as well as collaborating with great artists including Elvis Costello, Kate Bush and Paul Brady.




Sat 12 Jan 8pm €20/18

Paddy Casey Paddy Casey, much loved for his striking vocals and compelling melodies, makes his first appearance at Mermaid this January. Fans can look forward to a mix of old and new songs sung with Casey’s trademark vocal purity and passion which have defined his live performances for over a decade. His long awaited fourth album, The Secret Life of was released in November 2012. This is a perfect concert for the intimate setting of Mermaid’s auditorium, a real treat for Casey fans.

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Ice Age 4: Continental Drift (G) When Scrat accidentally provokes a continental cataclysm with a storm, Manny is separated from Ellie and Peaches on an iceberg with Diego, Sid and Granny but he promises that he will find a way to return home. Using the iceberg as a ship, they encounter sea creatures and battle pirates as they explore a new world. 7 01 272 4030



Sun 13 Jan, 4.30PM TUE 15 JAN, 2.30PM €5

Private Peaceful (CLUB) Set in the fields of Devon and the WW1 battlefields of Flanders, two brothers Tommo and Charlie Peaceful fall for the same girl while contending with the pressures of their feudal family life, the war, and the price of courage and cowardice. Director Pat O’Connor has delivered a faithful moving, intimate adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s book.



Mon 14 Jan 8pm €8.50/7

Snows of Kilimanjaro (CLUB) Michel is a former union rep for dockworkers. His family chips in to send him on a dream vacation to Kenya, but before they can pack their bags the money is stolen. Suspecting that the thieves might have been a former co-worker, he reflects on his past union activity, the back-room deals, on the loss of ideals, and the failure of his generation to provide a future for young workers. Engaging, affecting, The Snows of Kilimanjaro offers an important parable for our times. Language: French with English subtitles




Sat 19 Jan 8pm €20/18

Brendan Shine Do you Want your Oul Lobby Washed Down? We have just the man for you. Immersed in music for as long as he can remember, Brendan started his career playing in his father’s country band while still at school. It was the 70s when Brendan really took the entertainment scene by storm achieving 5 number one hits and thousands of fans around the country. Fast-forward to today and Shine has released more than fifty albums and has over forty-five hit singles under his belt and is still going strong.



Mon 21 Jan 8pm €8/6.50

Shadow Dancer (15A) Shadow Dancer is a suspense thriller set in 1990s Belfast. During an aborted bomb attempt in London, Colette, a member of the IRA, falls into the hands of an MI5 officer, Mac, who offers her a deal: turn informant or go to prison. Fearing for her son's welfare, she returns to Belfast where betraying family and beliefs she becomes a reluctant mole for British intelligence. As suspicion of Collette mounts and Mac takes increasing risks to protect her, both feel the net closing in. With Gillian Anderson, Clive Owen, Andrea Riseborough and Domhnall Gleeson.

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Tue 22 Sat 26 Jan 8pm €12/10

Bray One Act Drama Festival The Bray One Act Drama Festival, now in its 36th year, has become a permanent fixture in the calendar for Bray and beyond. With the usual mix of drama, comedy and all the excitement of the competition, the festival provides the ideal way to fill some of those dark January evenings. Bray One Act offers the chance to support local drama as well as some BOA nominated charities.



Mon 28 Jan 8pm €8.50/7

About Elly (CLUB) Asghar Farhadi, director of A Separation returns with a gripping psychological drama from Iran. Sepideh, a wealthy young mother, has organised a weekend away at the seaside with a group of friends. Also traveling is Ahmad, an old friend, and Elly, Sepideh’s daughter’s teacher. Sepideh is determined to play matchmaker between the two. Things take a dramatic turn with the disappearance of Elly and the aftermath exposes the tensions in the group's relationship, as secrets and lies come to the surface. Winner - Silver Bear, Berlin Film Festival Language: Persian with English subtitles

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Tues 29 Jan 3.30pm €5 Suitability: 6-8 yr Duration: 40 min

Children’s Animation Workshop Learn how to make a thaumatrope, one of the oldest forms of animation! Join award-winning animation facilitators Pádraig Fagan & Carol Freeman for this afternoon workshop. A thaumatrope is a toy that was popular in Victorian times. A disk or card with a picture on each side is attached to two pieces of string. When the strings are twirled quickly between the fingers the two pictures appear to combine into a single image. Primary schools’ workshops also available on the same date please contact box office for more details.



Wed 30 Jan 8pm €16/14/11/10 (MsM)


The Once

The Once have embraced a unique interpretation of Newfoundland music, a genre steeped in the folk traditions of the Irish, Scottish and English settlers of the region. Hope, tragedy, love and turmoil are intertwined in their music, whether they are singing the traditional airs of their youth, their own songs that speak of love and love defeated or songs from the array of artists who inspire them. Perhaps best known for their stunning vocal harmonies, The Once hold within their music all the haunting beauty and drama of their Canadian homeland. 11 01 272 4030




Sat 2 Feb 8pm €20/18

Declan O’Rourke ‘To me, Declan is not a songwriter…He is a sorcerer of songs, with a Dickensian skill for finding the moment that details some aspect of our humanity.’ Brendan Graham, Hot Press Magazine Declan O’Rourke has now established himself as one of the finest singer- song writers of his generation and can count Ronnie Wood, Paul Brady, Eddi Reader and Paul Weller amongst his many devoted fans.

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Sun 3 Feb 2pm & 4pm €10

Lambert Puppet Theatre presents Snow White & Bosco This fantastic production of Snow White features wonderful puppets, colourful sets and exquisite lighting and is suitable for children up to 10 years of age. The Lambert Puppet Theatre is widely recognised as the premier touring puppet theatre company in Ireland and is also internationally renowned. As well as the timeless characters of Snow White - Bosco will also makes a special appearance in this show!




Mon 4 Feb 8pm €8/6.50

Untouchable (15A) A box office smash in France, Untouchable is a charming film about friendship across the racial and economic divide. Paralyzed millionaire Philippe (François Cluzet) finds little in life worth living for, until the arrival of his new assistant, Driss (Omar Sy), a Senegalese rowdy from the wrong side of town. Not quite on doctor’s orders, Driss takes Philippe as far out of his comfort zone as possible and into a world he never knew existed or rather always tried to avoid. Language: French with English subtitles



TUE 5 FEB, 2.30pm SUN 24 FEB, 4.30PM €5

Roman Holiday (G) This 1953 romantic comedy, starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck is one of the most enduring classics of the genre. A bored and sheltered princess (Hepburn) escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman (Peck) in Rome. Timeless and enchanting Roman Holiday sees Hepburn at her sparkling best.

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Thu 7 & Fri 8 Feb 8pm €18/16/11/10 (MsM)

National Dance Company Wales National Dance Company Wales presents a spellbinding triple bill of exhilarating dance to fall in love with. The acclaimed Dream, from world-renowned choreographer Christopher Bruce, is a breath-taking celebration of the excellence and achievement of Britain in its Olympic year. Exploring the fantasy and ritual of weddings, Noces by French choreographer Angelin Preljocaj is an astonishing spectacle of dynamic movement and evocative costumes performed to Igor Stravinsky’s exquisite score, Les Noces. Finally, award-winning company dancer and choreographer Eleesha Drennan presents her latest work.



Sat 9 Feb 8pm €16/14/11/10 (MSM)

Female Gothic An artist, gripped by the clutching fingers of a dead past; a scientist, defying nature in the dark realm of the senses; an expectant father, driven mad by creeping shadows…In the unquiet darkness between life and death, a lone, haunted woman tells three spine-chilling tales of the macabre and terrifying from the great female writers of the Victorian era. Adapted and performed by Rebecca Vaughan in her fourth Mermaid appearance. Directed by Guy Masterson. ‘A macabre masterpiece. Ghostly, grisly and gorgeous. This show is a fantastic as it is phantasmic. Don’t miss it’ Three Weeks Dyad Productions




Mon 11 Feb 8pm €8.50/7

5 Broken Cameras (CLUB) A documentary on a Palestinian farmer's chronicle of his nonviolent resistance to the actions of the Israeli army. Emad Burnat develops a sense of empowerment and a duty to serve his community. His camera becomes a way of uniting his fellow citizens, and publicising their struggle as the Israeli troops arrive to create a defensive barrier. Injustice and hope are vividly captured in this chronicle of life in a Palestinian village. Language: Arabic with English subtitles

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Sheevawn Seniors & Juniors Our House (seniors) & Wonderland!

Featuring the music of Madness, one of the UK’s biggest selling singles bands, Our House is an epic, passionate and fast-moving romantic comedy set in North London. With a cast of over thirty talented teenagers and a live band this is a mid-term treat for everyone. Wonderland! is an unabashedly silly adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass. With hip-hopping music, it is an upbeat, coming-of-age story that audiences will adore! You’ll recognize some of your favourite familiar characters of Alice’s Wonderland along with meeting dozens of new ones. 15 01 272 4030

Mon 18 Feb 8pm €8/6.50



What Richard Did (15A) A tense, gripping and beautifully crafted drama, What Richard Did is another astounding cinematic achievement from Lenny Abrahamson. Richard is seeing out the end of his summer holidays after his final year at school. A promising sports star with a bright future ahead of him, he spends his time hanging out with mates, proving himself a decent and popular lad who looks out for the younger members in his crowd. Suddenly, a single, uncharacteristic incident changes everything for Richard, and his plans for the future could be derailed.


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WED 20 FEB 8PM €16/14/11/10 (MsM)

Monster/Clock: A Play on Time ‘It never fails to captivate, zipping through spooky forests, vast oceans and tropical islands with ease…brisk, smart and immersive’ The Irish Times MONSTER/CLOCK tells the story of the life of Toby, a monster and apprentice watchmaker, who finds his world blown apart by a raid on his workshop, and the kidnapping of his mentor and guardian. He is forced to flee from the safety of his desk into the vast steampunk fantasy world that awaits him outside his door. Suitable for children over 7 and adults alike. Collapsing Horse Theatre Company

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Thu 21 Feb 8pm €20

Gay Byrne Live on Stage ‘Superb…exhilarating…ingenious…a thoroughly enjoyable evening.’ The Irish Times Ladies and gentlemen, to whom it concerns, it’s Gay Byrne - Live on Stage. A unique opportunity to hear some of the greatest show-biz stories never told in this hilarious evening’s entertainment, lauded as ‘a masterclass in comedy ’. Listen to the behind-the-scenes stories of the stars and the star-makers with Ireland’s foremost legendary broadcaster, Gay Byrne, in his critically acclaimed solo stage show. Riverdream Productions



Fri 22 Feb 8pm €16/14/11/10 (MSM)


Caroline Moreau & Lunfardia

Mesmerising French chanteuse Caroline Moreau and South American quintet Lunfardia led by Argentinean guitar supremo Ariel Hernandez, join forces for a thrilling show that will lift your spirits, get your pulse racing, your feet tapping and occasionally, bring a tear to your eye. The set features a heady mix of Piazzola, Piaf and classic songs by Brel and Gainsbourg, all sung in Moreau’s inimitable style. Interwoven with irresistible playing from Lunfardia, featuring their unique blend of traditional South American idioms, classical and jazz.

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Sat 23 & Sun 24 Feb 8pm €30/28

Brendan Grace Brendan Grace, one of Ireland’s best-loved comedians, proudly celebrates 40 years in the business. Brendan's new show features brand new material as well as old favourites from his vast repertoire including ‘Father of the Bride’ and 'Bottler’. An exceptional sense of comic -timing paired with outstanding character performances is what maintains Brendan Grace’s place among the legends of Irish comedy.

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FILM SUN 24 Feb 2pm €5

Brave (G) Set in Scotland in a rugged and mythical time, Brave features Merida, an aspiring archer and impetuous daughter of royalty. Merida makes a reckless choice that unleashes unintended peril and forces her to spring into action to set things right. Disney and Pixar do it again with this magical tale suitable for all the family.




Mon 25 Feb 8pm €8.50/7

Elena (CLUB) Elena is a bitterly comic story about the moral and spiritual corruption of present-day Russia. A former nurse, Elena, exploited by her layabout son of her first marriage, is married to a wealthy older businessman Vladimir, who is despised by his estranged daughter from a previous marriage. Vladimir will do anything for his daughter, but will give nothing to Elena's underprivileged family. When Vladimir falls ill he decides to bequeath everything to his daughter, however, Elena has a different plan. Language: Russian with English subtitles

Thu 28 Feb 8pm €20/18




The Unthanks & The Keelers

Known for their timeless, unsentimental and quietly subversive tales of loss, fear, booze, brawls, abuse and sorrow, Rachel and Becky Unthank are honest, young storytellers outside of time. Back home The Unthanks have established themselves as one of the most innovative and critically acclaimed folk band to emerge in many years. They didn’t lick if off the ground either! Dad, George Unthank, joins his girls with his own band The Keelers, ‘a rowdy, gusty Northumbrian group of shanty singers.’ The Keelers bring to us the charm and beauty of shanties, sea songs and folk ballads of Northern England. 19 01 272 4030



Fri 1 & Sat 2 Mar 8pm €25


Phil Coulter

Up in that pantheon inhabited by the biggest selling recording artists of all time in Ireland, rubbing shoulders with Bono and the boys, you will find Phil Coulter. This should come as no surprise to serious music fans given Coulter’s outstanding contribution over the years with classics such as The Town I Loved So Well, the haunting Scorn Not His Simplicity and Steal Away as well as writing credits on favourites like Congratulations, Puppet on a String and My Boy. Join Phil and his special guest Geraldine Baraga for an evening of song to help celebrate his 45 years in music.

Mermaid 10 Live Album

Out Now! €10 Enjoy a selection of the finest live music performances in Mermaid from the past ten years. With tracks from Blind Yackety Redmond O’ Toole Roger Doyle Vyvienne Long Niwel Tsumbu Tarab feat. Savina Yannatou Lunfardia and more!

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Mon 4 Mar 8pm €8/6.50

Rust and Bone (15A) Ali dreams of a career in martial arts while scrambling to make a living working as a bouncer to support his young son. He meets Stéphanie, who works as a killer-whale trainer at an amusement park. When she suffers a terrible accident, the unlikely pair fall into a tender, tentative courtship. What develops is an utterly absorbing love story; a tale of a miraculous friendship which evolves into an enthralling and moving romance. With Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts. Langauge: French with English subtitles

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Tue 5 Fri 8 Mar, 8pm Matinee Thu 7 Mar, 1.30pm €14/12/5 (schools performances available, please contact box office)

Macbeth BIFE Performing Arts students continue their exploration of Shakespeare’s work with the dark and powerful Macbeth. Exploding on to the stage, unseen evil forces unleash the corrosive effects of power and ambition bringing bloodshed, madness and death. The Scottish Play’s extraordinary poetic language and extreme physical action beg the question whether there remains any principle of goodness, any saving power, any value on which humanity and civilization can find redemption. 21 01 272 4030

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Sat 9 Mar 8pm €18/16/11/10 (MSM)


Vyvienne Long & the Balensescu Quartet


An Irish lyricist, a Romanian virtuoso, and a cutting edge all-strings band – what happens when these musical forces collide? Singersongwriter and cellist Vyvienne Long tours with the world renowned Balanescu Quartet for the first time on Irish shores. Vyvienne has composed original material and arranged her beautifully disarming and intensely personal songs for the newly formed string quintet. ‘Vyvienne Long has been known for some time as a boundlessly talented cellist and arranger ... she displays all her talent, confidence and humour to fabulous effect…’ Ian Melaney, State Magazine


Sun 10 Mar 2pm €10

Knick Nack & Doo Dad Join Lyngo Theatre Company for this magical, captivating children’s show. On the North Atlantic Garbage Patch lives Knick Knack, endlessly sorting through all our rubbish that we have thrown into the sea and forgotten about. This show is all about renewal and regeneration and, of course, recycling. Knick Knack and Doo Dad will be making the most marvellous geegaws and thingumyjigs out of the floating flotsam and jetsam all around and they’ll even be asking the audience if they have anything to throw away and will be using it in the show.




Mon 11 Mar 8pm €8.50/7

The Hunt (CLUB) Mads Mikkelsen plays a teacher working as a kindergarten assistant with many good friends in a close-knit community, but things go horribly wrong for Lucas when an accusation is made against him by a child, and the situation escalates out of control. Mikkelsen's performance is entirely convincing and with him at its centre, The Hunt becomes a near unbearably tense drama-thriller. Winner - Best Actor, Cannes Film Festival 2012 Language: Danish with English subtitles

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Colaiste Chraobh Abhann – All Shook Up All Shook Up is an exciting musical comedy built around the songs of Elvis Presley. Set in 1950s America, one girl's dream and a mysterious leather-jacketed, guitar-playing stranger help a small town to discover the magic of romance and the power of rock & roll. Among the songs featured are Classics like Heartbreak Hotel, Love Me Tender, Don't Be Cruel, Can't Help Falling in Love, and of course the title tune All Shook Up. 23 01 272 4030

Sat 16 Mar 8pm €18/16




Johnny Duhan

For many years Johnny Duhan’s songs have been sung all over the world and translated into a variety of languages. His most famous songs have been adopted by great artists like Christy Moore, The Dubliners, The Irish Tenors and Mary Black. There is, however, always something captivating about a song sung in its first voice and Duhan’s music is no exception in this regard, he continues to attract critical-acclaim and a growing following for his beautifully written and passionately performed music.



Mon 18 Mar 8pm €8/6.50

Ruby Sparks (15A) Calvin is a genius novelist who begins to type a new novel on his manual typewriter about Ruby, his dream girl. He can't believe his eyes when next day Ruby becomes a real person and the pair strike up a relationship. If the relationship isn't perfect, all Calvin has to do is simply type the words on the page and Ruby's actions change to what he needs. Starring real-life couple Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan Ruby Sparks is an intelligent, likeable romantic comedy which manages to be sweet without being saccharine as well as laugh-out-loud funny.

Spanish Fly Caitríona O’Reilly Not glass-green at all but iridescent; a mineral-winged insect ground to powder with toads’ bones, moles’ teeth and iron filings; a glittering suspension I gave him to drink, unknowing, for what he made me see: not the globe but the map’s foxed edges, not the sentence but the syllable, not the embroidery but the unpicked stitch.

Yesterday the moon was a beehive amongst the swarming constellations; I thought, the universe is full of gods. Today it is smashed atoms and dust. Overhead, the voice of the aeroplane drops an octave, and I know fear. From him I learned my life is chemical, sub rosa; that that is how it is lived. I twist silently in my cell. For every antidote there is a poison: cantharidin, mad honey of rhododendron dropping its amber beads, adrenochrome, or ergot. Hourly now I wait for news: the clock’s tick is an itch.



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Tue 19 Mar 8pm €12

Transitions Graduates of the Laban Dance School bring us Transitions. Twelve of the best young dancers from across the world will perform a mixed bill of choreography devised by international artists: Lauri Stallings, Tom Dale and Augusto Corrieri .The individuality and enthusiasm of Transitions’ dancers and the artistry of these renowned choreographers makes this year’s performance an unmissable event. This is your opportunity to catch a glimpse of the future stars of contemporary dance.

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BIFE Dance Bray Institute of Performing Arts Dance present a sensational and invigorating performance of dance and movement. With a wide variety of styles, this show will engage audiences from start to finish. Be prepared for a collection of explosive jazz, dramatic ballet, emotional contemporary dance, exciting choreography and much more. This opportunity to see original work presented by the graduate students and tutors of the BIFE Performing Arts Dance programme should not be missed. 27 01 272 4030



Sat 23 Mar 8pm €16/14/11/10 (MSM)


Iarla Ó Lionáird

Iarla O Lionaird - voice / Cleek Schrey - fiddle / Ivan Goff - uilleann pipes & harmonium Whether floating over ancient rhythms or pulsing electronica, there’s no mistaking the sublime, utterly compelling vocal talents of Iarla Ó Lionáird. Ó Lionáird is accompanied by Cleek Schrey’s unique style of fiddle playing, which fuses Irish stylings with the Old-time music of Virginia. Completing the line-up is AllIreland champion piper and fellow New York resident Ivan Goff, who has performed in many theatrical productions as well as playing with Riverdance, Whirligig, Cathie Ryan and Lúnasa.


FILM Sun 24 Mar 2pm €5

Madagascar 3 (G) Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo, and Melman the Giraffe are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple and of course, King Julien, Maurice and the Penguins are all along for the comedic adventure. Their journey takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent Madagascar style. Another Dreamworks hit with the voices of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Frances McDormand and Sacha Baron Cohen.




Sun 24 Mar, 4.30pm Tues 26 Mar, 2.30PM €5

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (15A) Based on the classic novel of the same name, this international thriller is set at the height of the Cold War years of the mid20th Century. George Smiley (Gary Oldman), a disgraced British spy, is rehired in secret by his government - which fears that the British Secret Intelligence Service, a.k.a. MI6, has been compromised by a double agent working for the Soviets. A mystery thriller which boasts a stellar ensemble cast of Colin Firth, Gary Oldman, John Hurt, Kathy Burke and Tom Hardy.



Mon 25 Mar 8pm €8/6.50

Amour (12A) Amour tells the story of Georges and Anne, retired music teachers, long married and still enjoying each other's company and life's simple pleasures. Anne has a mild stroke and Georges insists on looking after her but when a second more severe one strikes, life as they knew it is over. In this tender exploration of the power of love, director Michael Haneke's absolute control coupled with magnificent performances from two legendary French actors makes the film intensely involving and quietly moving. Winner – Palme D’Or, Cannes Film Festival 2012 Language: French with English Subtitles

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Wed 27 Mar 8pm €16/14/11/10 (MSM)

The Fantasist ‘Astonishingly powerful, exquisite theatre. Be prepared to overturn your sense of what is real and what can be imagined’ FringeReview In the mind of the fantasist, the real and the fanciful become dangerously blurred. As Louise gazes into the night her fancy takes form. Objects move, time changes and a seductive stranger opens up a world of exhilaration and magic. Spinning together puppetry, physical theatre and original music, Lecoq and LISPA trained Theatre Témoin team up with War Horse’s Robin Guiver, exploring the murky depths and glorious heights of bipolar disorder. Nominated for an Off West End Award following 5 star sell-out runs at London’s Blue Elephant Theatre. Theatre Témoin



Sat 30 Mar 2PM: €5 (1 parent goes free per 2 children) 8pm: €18/16/11/10


Kíla 25

Kíla have long been considered one of Ireland’s finest and most innovative bands. The seven members come from different musical backgrounds to share a passion for creating great music and absorbing influences from across the globe. With its roots in traditional Irish, their music features strong percussive singing and gorgeous melodies driven by a unyielding rhythmical undercurrent. Kíla return to Mermaid to celebrate their 25th year with two shows. Expect theatre, spectacle and extraordinary playing!




Mon 1 Apr 8pm €8.50/7

Death of a Superhero (CLUB)

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To the world around him, Donald appears to be a typical moody teenager. But Donald also possesses an extraordinary imagination and a talent for art that sets him apart from his peers. When he is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, Donald retreats into a fantasy world in order to avoid confronting the painful reality of his life. With the help of a therapist, family and friends who care for him, he takes advantage of his remaining days and fight against the sickness that tries to claim his life.

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Wed 3 Apr 8pm €16/14

Break a Leg ‘We’re going to make a play out of our own lives and we’re putting it on in three weeks. Now let’s get started...’ Break a Leg is Peter Sheridan’s new one man show based on his recently published memoir by the same name. Exploring the story of his life in the theatre it meanwhile touches on so much more. A wonderfully insightful work which touches the wider culture and politics of Ireland in the 1960s and 1970s. The theatre, seen through Sheridan’s eyes, can do much more than entertain; it can itself be a vehicle of social change.


Mermaid gift vouchers are just the ticket! Available in all denominations vouchers over €100 in value come with a complimentary copy of Mermaid 10 Live Album. Vouchers are valid for 18 months To purchase just drop into us or call 01 272 4030

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Sat 6 APR, 2PM & 7PM Sun 7 Apr, 2pm €18/14 Family Ticket €60

Sunshine Stage School Sunshine Stage School takes a stroll down memory lane as it celebrates 10 years of musical theatre in Wicklow. Students aged between 4 and 16 years will dazzle you with extracts from Hairspray, Wicked, Annie and many more family favourites.




MON 8 APR 8PM €8.50/7

You Will Be My Son (CLUB) Paul de Marseul is the owner of a prestigious winery in SaintÉmilion who is dismayed at the prospect of his bookish son Martin taking on the family vineyard. Winemaking requires creativity, persistence, and passion for the job. He discovers a suitable successor in Philippe, the son of his steward and showers him with attention and praise, while neglecting his own son. Like a fine wine, this drama is full-bodied and complex and provides a fascinating look at heritage and tradition in the world of wine. Language: French with English subtitles

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Bray Musical Society - Annie Annie is a fiery young orphan girl who must live in a miserable orphanage run by the tyrannical Miss Hannigan. Her seemingly hopeless situation changes dramatically when she is selected to spend a short time at the residence or Oliver Warbucks. Quickly, she charms the hearts of the household staff and even the seemingly cold-hearted Warbucks cannot help but learn to love her. A classic musical with lots of show tune favourites such as Tomorrow, Maybe and It’s a Hard Knock Life. 33 01 272 4030



Mon 15 Apr 8pm €8.50/7

A Simple Life (CLUB)

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A Simple Life, looks at the relationship between a man and his family servant Ah Tao who has worked for the Leung family for 60 years. Rodger is the only member of the family now left in Hong Kong, and as Ah Tao suffers a stroke and is admitted to a nursing home, the roles are reversed as he tenderly cares for her as she enters the final phase of her life. A Simple Life delicately traces a decades-long bond with pathos and humour. Language: Mandarin with English subtitles

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Tue 16 – Sat 20 Apr 8pm €16/14

Calendar Girls A group of women who are members of a Women’s Institute decide to create an ‘alternative’ calendar in order to raise money for cancer. The calendar becomes a huge success but at what price for the women involved. An inspiring true story that will make you laugh, cry and maybe even come out singing! A mixture of pathos and comedy. Maeve Miller directs Square One Theatre Group’s production of Tim Firth’s Calendar Girls. Square One Theatre Group

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Sun 21 Apr 3pm & 7pm €15 /10

Rostrevor School of Dance The Students of Rostrevor School of Dance are delighted to present this year’s show - The Enchanted Toy Shop. At the stroke of midnight the toys in the magical toy shop all come to life.



Mon 22 Apr 8pm €8.50/7

Our Children (CLUB) Inspired by the true story of a woman who killed her children and then gave herself up to the police, this is a claustrophobic, psychological drama in which family closeness is pushed to the extremes. It begins on an upbeat note, when a deeply in love, Murielle and Mounir move in with Mounir's surrogate father, Doctor Pignet. The domineering influence of Pignet begins to suffocate the couple and sends them towards this tragic fate. This is a dark domestic thriller with chilling performances and a tense script. Language: French with English subtitles


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Wed 24 Apr 8pm €20/18

Cinderella – Ballet Ireland Ever wondered what happened to Cinderella and Prince Charming after they got married? Well Ballet Ireland takes up the story when the pair return from their honeymoon! What Cinderella doesn't realise is that the Prince is bankrupted and he plans may to auction off The Glass Slippers! Her fairy Godmother comes to the rescue once again and needless to say all's well that ends well and the pair truly are on the road to happily ever after. Choreography by Morgann Runacre-Temple.

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Thu 25 Apr 8pm €12/€8

BIFE Shortcuts Bray Institute of Further Education is proud to present the 10th annual screening of short films by graduate students. This year’s show consists of a wide range of shorts; comedies, tragedies and everything in-between. Wicklow has long maintained a reputation for excellence in all things cinematic so why not take this opportunity to support this next generation of Irish film makers- you never know you may witness the budding career of the next Neil Jordan.

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Fri 26 Apr 8pm €15/12/11/10 (MSM)

Are there More of you?



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Critically acclaimed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, with 5 star reviews Are There More of You?, is the tale of four women living seemingly different lives all on the verge of a nervous breakthrough, linked only by the same postcode. All the parts are played by Alison Skilbeck, an actor perhaps best known for her role in the long running radio favourite: The Archers. A pitch-perfect performance from Skilbeck makes this a hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking one woman show.

SAT 27 APR 2pm - FREE Kilpatrick House, Redcross, Co. Wicklow.

The Wittgenstein Project

I Won’t Say I Will See You Tomorrow Opening Event - Walking tour and introduction to Wittgenstein by The Irish Philosophical Society. Sound installation presented by artist Karl Burke. Tea will be served followed by music by the Trinity Quartet playing the music of Ludwig Mahler and Johannes Brahms. Please bring walking shoes. I won’t say I will see you tomorrow is a 6-month exploration of Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein and his time spent living in Wicklow from 1947-48 through a programme of commissioned works and events from Apr - Sep 2013. Curated by Aoife Tunney.

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Sat 27 Apr 8pm €16/14/11/10 (MSM)

Maria Doyle-Kennedy ‘I have found my voice’ sings Maria Doyle Kennedy on ‘The Silence’, a track from her beguiling new album, Sing. And what a voice! Sometimes melancholy, other times joyful, always passionate elemental folk shot through with a potent soulful impulse. This, her most recent album and arguably her most celebrated to date, sees Maria collaborate with John Prine, Damien Rice and Paul Brady. A bright shining star in her own right you can be sure that an outstanding evening of music awaits Mermaid audiences.



Mon 29 Apr 8pm €8.50/7

Starbuck (CLUB) Starbuck tracks a likeable middle-aged loser as he wrestles with regret and responsibility in this comedy. Hapless deliveryman David Wozniak returns home to find a lawyer in his kitchen. The past is back to haunt him in the form of a class-action lawsuit, launched by 142 of the 533 children who resulted from the 648 sperm donations he deposited over 20 years ago. A package of photos and files of David’s progeny arrives, inspiring a clandestine search for his children and a poignant attempt at anonymous fatherhood.


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17 Jan 28 Feb 10am – 6pm (later on show nights)

Bray, Night and Day

An exhibition of automaton donation boxes This year Mermaid is on a fundraising drive and, luckily for us, the talented students of IADT are here to help! Bray, Night and Day is an exhibition of 20 interactive automaton donation boxes inspired by all the various facets of Bray and designed especially for Mermaid. Themes include the aquarium, Bray Head, seaside amusements and of course‌Mermaid! During the exhibition, three of the best donation boxes will be chosen for permanent installation at Mermaid - and then the real competition will begin! Whichever donation box raises the most funds for Mermaid Arts Centre over a 6 month period will be ordained the winner, and it the model-maker will be awarded a an iPad mini. So make sure you vote with your coins for your favourite! The IADT Model Making, Design and Digital Effects BA course is the only one of its kind in Ireland. As well a chance to see these wonderful automatons, patrons will get an insight into the world of the model-maker. A fantastic exhibition for the young and the young at heart.

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The Sovereigns Ffrench/Harte

7 Mar11 Apr

Artists Anne Ffrench and Brian Harte will present an installation of their work together as the collaborative outfit Ffrench/ Harte. Inspired by two uninhabited islands 8km off the south coast of Ireland, the artists have built a 22metre rope bridge that will temporarily link the gap between the rocky outcrop locally known as ‘The Sovereigns’. Funded under the Arts Council New Project Award the bridge will be reconstructed within the gallery space alongside a short film. There will be an artists' talk on Thu 28 Mar at 7pm followed by a drinks reception. Admission free all welcome!


Creative Team Tom Hughes - Designer Tom Hughes is a graphic and motion designer from Belfast, who studied Belfast Art College. He has provided identities for Bray's Arcadia Festival and Belfast's Household Festival. Having spent many summers with his grandmother in Dalkey, the Dart journey to Bray never fails to inspire. He also plays cello with the band The Lowly Knights

Kate Brangan - Illustrator Kate Brangan is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer. She grew up in Dublin and attended IADT, Dún Laoghaire until 2005. She has worked in Dublinbased design agencies for the past seven years and is currently studying for a Master’s degree in Communication Design at Central Saint Martins, London. Kate’s illustration work for Mermaid has been greatly inspired by the beauty of the Bray and Wicklow landscape. Finely detailed, it treads the line between organic and architectural forms.

Catriona O'Reilly - Poet-in-Residence Caitríona O’ Reilly lives in Wicklow. She attended Trinity College Dublin and St. John’s College Cambridge. She has published two collections of her work: The Nowhere Birds, which won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature in 2002 and The Sea Cabinet in 2006. Caitriona will be publishing a new poem in the Mermaid brochure for each season of 2013. This season’s poem Spanish Fly is written in a monologue form, spoken by a female speaker who has administered Spanish Fly to an absent man. Traditionally, Spanish Fly was used as both poison and aphrodisiac, so there is ambiguity about her intention. It is a blackly humorous poem about disillusion.


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 - John Galligan- Hannah GoldenNora Hickey - Jane Horner - Maureen KennellySophie Keogh -Eilis Lavelle - Dermot Marrey Eoin Murphy- Ruth O’ Hagan - Aisling Ryan

The Mermaid Board of Directors Dave, Paula and the whole team at Betelnut Cafe All Mermaid Live 10 Album supporters Big Garden Sound Tom Hughes Kate Brangan Caitriona O'Reilly

All our local funders arts partners and friends of Mermaid

And most importantly‌ our brilliant patrons thanks for all your support and enthusiasm


Funded By

Mermaid Project Sponsor

More Thank Yous... We would also 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 O’Brien

Level 1 - €60+

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1 free ticket per season to a show of your choice Unlimited €11 tickets to shows on the Mermaid Seasonal Menu list Mermaid Recommends - an exclusive offer for a local business each season 10% off everything at Betelnut Café

Level 2 - €120+

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Two free tickets per season to a show or shows of your choice Unlimited €11 tickets for events in the Mermaid Seasonal Menu list Mermaid Recommends - local deal for Mermaid members every season 10% off at Betelnut Café Mermaid perks and surprises throughout the year (e.g. last minute €5 tickets for select shows, competitions, special screenings and events)

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Level 3 - €350+

4 free tickets per season to a show or shows of your choice Unlimited €11 tickets for events in the Mermaid Seasonal Menu list Mermaid Recommends - local deal for Mermaid members every season 10% off at Betelnut Café Unlimited concession rates for all shows (where available) Mermaid Surprises through-out the year (e.g. last minute €5 tickets for select shows, competitions, special screenings and events) Complimentary copy of the Mermaid Live album

Level 4 - €1000+


All of the above perks along with tailor-made promotion and partnership opportunities to meet your needs

Ahoy Mermaid friends and supporters! This season we are relaunching our friends programme as the new and improved Mermaid Membership club. Mermaid needs your help and support now more than ever so we’ve come up with a plan that offers you more. We will still have lots of the perks and benefits which our friends enjoyed previously but we’ve added some special extras to help you get the most from your arts centre. We have been incredibly lucky with the support and loyalty of our patrons over the last ten years, now we need your help to ensure we can continue to host the best of local, national and international artists on your doorstep. Mermaid is a registered charity and as such tax relief is available on donations of ₏250 or more in any one tax year to from both individual and corporate donors. NB. free tickets subject to availability, offer does not apply to rental shows.

Jan - Feb Mon 7 Jan

Beasts of The Southern Wild, 8pm

Fri 11 Jan

Donal Lunny & Andy Irvine, 8pm

Sat 12 Jan

Paddy Casey, 8pm

Sun 13 Jan

Ice Age 4: Continental Drift, 2pm

Sun 13 Jan

Private Peaceful, 4.30pm

Mon 14 Jan

Snows of Kilimanjaro, 8pm

Tue 15 Jan

Private Peaceful, 2.30pm

Sat 19 Jan

Brendan Shine, 8pm

Mon 21 Jan

Shadow Dancer, 8pm

Tue 22 Jan

Bray One Act Drama Festival, 8pm

Wed 23 Jan

Bray One Act Drama Festival, 8pm

Thu 24 Jan

Bray One Act Drama Festival, 8pm

Fri 25 Jan

Bray One Act Drama Festival, 8pm

Sat 26 Jan

Bray One Act Drama Festival, 8pm

Mon 28 Jan

About Elly, 8pm

Tue 29 Jan

Flipbook w/shop & gallery tour, 3.30pm

Wed 30 Jan

The Once, 8pm

Sat 2 Feb

Declan O'Rourke, 8pm

Sun 3 Feb

Lambert Puppet Show, 2pm, 4pm

Mon 4 Feb

Untouchable, 8pm

Tue 5 Feb

Roman Holiday, 2.30pm

Thu 7 Feb

National Dance Company Wales, 8pm

Fri 8 Feb

National Dance Company Wales, 8pm

Sat 9 Feb

Female Gothic, 8pm

Mon 11 Feb 5 Broken Cameras, 8pm Wed 13 Feb

Sheevawn Seniors & Juniors, 8pm

Thu 14 Feb

Sheevawn Seniors & Juniors, 8pm

Sat 16 Feb

Sheevawn Seniors & Juniors, 2.30pm

Sun 17 Feb

Sheevawn Seniors & Juniors, 2.30pm

Mon 18 Feb What Richard Did, 8pm




Local Arts



Feb - Mar Wed 20 Feb

Monster Clock, 8pm

Thu 21 Feb

Gay Byrne, 8pm

Fri 22 Feb

Caroline Moreau and Lunfardia, 8pm

Sat 23 Feb

Brendan Grace, 8pm

Sun 24 Feb

Brendan Grace, 8pm

Sun 24 Feb

Brave, 2pm

Sun 24 Feb

Roman Holiday, 4.30pm

Mon 25 Feb Elena, 8pm Thu 28 Feb

The Unthanks w/ The Keelers, 8pm

Fri 1 Mar

Phil Coulter, 8pm

Sat 2 Mar

Phil Coulter, 8pm

Mon 4 Mar

Rust and Bone, 8pm

Tue 5 Mar

BIFE Perf Arts/Macbeth, 8pm

Wed 6 Mar

BIFE Perf Arts/Macbeth, 8pm

Thu 7 Mar

BIFE Perf Arts/Macbeth, 1.30pm, 8pm

Fri 8 Mar

BIFE Perf Arts/Macbeth, 8pm

Sat 9 Mar

Vyvienne Long and the Balanescu, 8pm

Sun 10 Mar

Knick Nack and Doo Dad, 2pm

Mon 11 Mar The Hunt, 8pm Wed 13 Mar Colaiste Cra, 11.30, 8pm Tue 14 Mar

Colaiste Cra, 8pm

Fri 15 Mar

Colaiste Cra, 8pm

Sat 16 Mar

Johnny Duhan, 8pm

Mon 18 Mar Ruby Sparks, 8pm Tue 19 Mar

Transitions, 8pm

Thu 21 Mar

BIFE Dance, 8pm

Fri 22 Mar

BIFE Dance, 8pm

Sat 23 Mar

Iarla ร“ Lionรกird, 8pm

Sun 24 Mar

Madagascar 3, 2pm

Sun 24 Mar

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, 4.30pm




Visual Arts


Mar - Apr Mon 25 Mar Amour, 8pm Tue 26 Mar

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, 2.30pm

Wed 27 Mar The Fantasist, 8pm Sat 30 Mar

Kila 25, 2pm & 8pm

Mon 1 Apr

Death of a Superhero, 8pm

Wed 3 Apr

Break a Leg, 8pm

Sat 6 Apr

Sunshine Stage school, 2 & 7pm

Sun 7 Apr

Sunshine Stage school, 2pm

Mon 8 Apr

You will be my son, 8pm

Wed 10 Apr

Bray Musical Society - Annie, 8pm

Thu 11 Apr

Bray Musical Society - Annie, 8pm

Fri 12 Apr

Bray Musical Society - Annie, 8pm

Sat 13 Apr

Bray Musical Society - Annie, 8pm

Mon 15 Apr A Simple Life, 8pm Tue 16 Apr

Calendar Girls, 8pm

Wed 17 Apr

Calendar Girls, 8pm

Thu 18 Apr

Calendar Girls, 8pm

Fri 19 Apr

Calendar Girls, 8pm

Sat 20 Apr

Calendar Girls, 8pm

Sun 21 Apr

Rostrevor School of Dance, 3pm & 7pm

Mon 22 Apr Our Children, 8pm Wed 24 Apr

Cinderella, Ballet Ireland, 8pm

Thu 25 Apr

Shortcuts, BIFE, 8pm

Fri 26 Apr

Are There More Of You, 8pm

Sat 27 Apr

Wittgenstein Walking Tour, 2pm

Sat 27 Apr

Maria Doyle Kennedy, 8pm

Mon 29 Apr Starbuck, 8pm

Gallery Thu 17 Jan - Bray, Night & Day Thu 28 Feb Thu 7 MarThu 11 Apr

The Sovereigns, Ffrench/Harte

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 you’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. To Dublin

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Free underground car-parking 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.

Mermaid Jan-Feb-Mar-Apr Season Brochure