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Latest press release from those wacky kids over at The Whale, highlighting their October 2020 line-up…

Having reopened just two weeks ago after an almost 6-month interval due to Covid restrictions, the Whale Theatre has just announced its October programme on the back of sold-out performances in September.

With robust Covid-19 measures in place, as outlined in their Second Act Charter, the theatre is delighted to be welcoming audiences back again with a stellar line-up for October. The days are getting shorter, but the nights are getting longer, so put your shoes on and make a night of it.

There’s music galore over the coming weeks, with award-winning Irish singer/songwriter Emma Langford, contemporary folk/trad group Kern, West End singer Chris Holland and young pianist/composer Jack Byrne, the latter exploring the music of much-loved video games.

Described by The Herald as a ‘mean, lean, comedy killing-machine’, Irish comedy superstar Neil Delamere makes his Whale Theatre debut, alongside the ‘hilariously deadpan’ Cork Chris Kent two days before. Greystones Film Club also returns with a very special screening of Pierce Brosnan’s 1988 Irish thriller Taffin, which was largely shot in and around Greystones, and due to its unintentional hilarity, has become something of a cult in comedy circles.

Live theatre returns to The Whale with the hilarious, yet poignant Seven Ages Of MAM, performed by the brilliant Pauline O’ Driscoll, who co-wrote the one-woman show with Mark Evans, whilst in the director’s chair is Tom Kibbe. A contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare’s most famous speech, Seven Ages of MAM is a highly entertaining show that everyone can relate to, whether you are a mam, were a mam, have a mam or know a mam.

Talking of hilarious one-woman shows, Jean Farrell of The Six Marys fame returns on October 1st with her latest offering, Memories & Melodies, charting life in Ireland during the 1950s and ’60s.

Marking Halloween night itself is Blind, an immersive audio horror experience created by Emily Gillmor Murphy and Ciaran Gallagher. Telling the story of the grand re-opening of The Butcher Library, acclaimed historian Alice Levine takes audiences on a chilling journey through the colourful and sometimes disturbing history of the building.

Tackling the pressing theme of Love In The Time Of Covid, Andrea Splendori is joined by award-winning psychotherapist and author Siobhan Murray plus CEO of A Lust for Life, Paula McLoughlin, for another live episode of the Social Fabric podcast. For the poetry-lovers among us, there’s also a night of music and rhymes with local poets Frances Browner and Paul Dillon reciting their lines, Bray’s Carmen Cullen presenting her Pandemic Poetry on video, and singer/guitarist Michael Heffernan putting poetry to music. Andrea will return in November for Are We There Yet?, happening on the 19th.

And in case that wasn’t enough to entice you to put your shoes on, local art historian Rosemarie Ann Devereux is hosting no less than two art appreciation courses, one focusing on Irish art and the other on European art. With each course delivered over six weeks, these are well structured, highly informative and enlightening classes perfect for those who’d like to know the stories behind those famous paintings.

There’s also the Bolshoi Ballet’s production of The Lady Of Camellias, beamed live via satellite into The Whale on Sunday, November 1st, their Romeo & Juliet on November 22nd, and The Nutracker on December 20th. Opera fans may want to check out local soprano supreme Jade Phoenix, who will be bringing her friends along for a very special evening on Friday, December 18th.

Looking to 2021, a singer dancing to her own particular drum is Luan Parle, launching her new album, Never Say Goodbye, on Saturday, February 27th, whilst earlier that month, on Sunday 7th, A String Serenade is a Bray Music Centre student showcase, pumping new blood into some old favourites.

Capacities for all performances are strictly limited, so grab your tickets quick from www.whaletheatre.ie. And don’t forget to read the theatre’s Second Act Charter before booking.