Mer­maid launches packed pro­gramme for new sea­son

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The Mer­maid Arts Cen­tre has just re­vealed its pro­gramme for au­tumn/ win­ter and is look­ing for­ward to an­other jam-packed few months ahead.

Kick­ing things off will be wildlife film­maker Colin Stafford-John­son, who will re­veal tales of ad­ven­ture – and mis­ad­ven­ture – as he dis­cusses his ‘Wild At­lantic Jour­ney’ on Satur­day, Septem­ber 7. Tom O’Ma­hony will star in ‘De­fend­ing the Cave­men’ on Fri­day, Septem­ber 27. The longest-run­ning one-per­son show on Broad­way, it will chal­lenge and de­mys­tify the dif­fer­ences be­tween the sexes.

The lit­tle folk will have happy feet on Satur­day, Septem­ber 28, when Donal Di­neen will play a spe­cial DJ set just for kids.

The Bangers and Crash Per­cus­sion Group will bring their unique sound to the Mer­maid on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 4, when they will per­form a pro­gramme of 20th cen­tury works by com­posers in­clud­ing Philip Glass, Steve Re­ich and Thierry De Mey.

Fisham­ble The­atre will present a new play, ‘Be­fore, on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 11. Set in Cleary’s of Dublin on the day it closed for good, the play fo­cuses on Pon­tius who is try­ing to buy a gift for the daugh­ter he hasn’t seen for al­most 20 years.

Hav­ing grabbed at­ten­tion on Britain’s Got Tal­ent, the Lords of Strut will bring their show ‘Ab­so­lute Leg­ends’ to the Mer­maid on Satur­day, Novem­ber 2. Fus­ing ac­ro­bat­ics with com­edy, the show tells the story of two broth­ers who run into trou­ble, cause a lit­tle may­hem and find out if fame is re­ally what they’re look­ing for.

Jon Kenny will show he’s a man of many tal­ents as he plays a num­ber of roles in ‘Crow­man’. Tak­ing place on Thursday, Novem­ber 21, the pri­mary char­ac­ter, Dan feels like a loner but, as the play pro­gresses, dis­cov­ers he’s not as much of an out­sider as he thinks.

On Fri­day, Novem­ber 22, Crash En­sem­ble will bring their ad­ven­tur­ous, ground-break­ing mu­sic to the Mer­maid. The group has had some of the most dis­tinc­tive liv­ing com­posers write for them and had many well­known artists per­form with them.

De­cem­ber’s sched­ule kicks off with a visit from Phil Coulte, who will be play­ing a num­ber of hits (and song he thought should have been hits) from a 50-year ca­reer on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 6.

Just be­fore Christ­mas, on Fri­day and Satur­day, De­cem­ber 20 and 21, 22 dancers from Bal­let Ire­land will per­form the clas­sic Swan Lake at the Mer­maid.

As al­ways, the arts cen­tre will also be screen­ing a broad range of movies from around the globe through­out the sea­son.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to book tick­ets for any of the events, visit mer­maid­arts­cen­ or call the box of­fice on 01 2724030.

Lords of Strut will come to the Mer­maid in Novem­ber.

Jon Kenny in ‘Crow­man’.

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