FIRST SEA­SON AT WHALE THE­ATRE

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS -

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.

Lisa Lambe.

Al Porter.

Phe­lim Drew.

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