FIRST SEASON AT WHALE THEATRE
TICKETS go on sale this week for the first acts to grace the stage of the Whale Theatre in Greystones.
The first season at the new theatre boasts a packed programme of plays, screenings, concerts, cabaret and performance arts.
Highlights include an evening with acclaimed singer and actor Lisa Lambe. Lisa, who has performed with Celtic Woman, Hiding Away and Jimmy’s Hall and is artist-in-residence at Killruddery House, will team up with two of the country’s finest musicians, Peter O’Toole and Fiachna O Braonáin of the Hothouse Flowers for an up close and personal evening of music on Saturday, September 23.
Comedian and Today FM presenter Al Porter will bring his inimitable confessions to town on Saturday, September 16, while Thursday, September 21, will see Phelim Drew’s one-man show ‘Down and Out in Paris and London’ take to the stage. Mikel Murfi’s The Man in the Woman’s Shoes is on the bill for Wednesday, September 27, and Rebecca Storm: My Life in Music will come to Greystones on Monday, November 4.
An evening of Glitz and Glam in aid of Tiglin Fashion will kick off the season on Friday, September 15, while Culture Night will be celebrated in style on Friday, September 22, with an evening of contemporary dance with Corde Choir and Kids Ballet with Rachel Goode.
Proprietor Ross McParland, who programmed the first season at The Whale himself, said there has been ‘overwhelming’ interest in the opening acts at The Whale.
‘People can’t wait for tickets to go on sale this week and already we have interest beyond Greystones, from west Wicklow and south Dublin,’ he said.
Located in the basement of a four-storey building across the road from the Dart station, the building has been completely renovated and can hold between 100 and 150 people, depending on the configuration.
Mr McParland has made a point of using local artists and craftspeople for the project, with a view to fostering a sense of cultural community and solidarity. The plan is to host everything from lunchtime concerts to evening shows, a supper club, movies and opera nights.
To book tickets go to www.whaletheatre.ie or visit the box office in Theatre Lane on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to noon.