atest press release from those wacky kids over at The Whale, highlighting their very welcome return…
The Whale Theatre in Greystones has announced its ambitious re-opening programme featuring a stellar line-up of highly acclaimed performers and productions, encompassing everything from music and comedy, to live theatre and spoken word.
Coming back with a flourish, the theatre’s re-opening weekend kicks off on Thursday 19 August with performances from renowned Irish musicians Lisa Hannigan, Emma Langford and The 4 of Us. The contemporary music programme boasts an enviable line-up throughout August and September with other performances from Something Happens, Jack Lukeman, Niamh Regan, Hothouse Flowers, Paddy Casey, Eleanor McEvoy, Mike Hanrahan, Luan Parle and more.
With a total of 26 live performances taking place over a 6-week period, the Whale Theatre presents this series of events under the theme disPLAYced, seeking to highlight the extent to which thousands of Irish artists, arts workers and productions have been displaced by the restrictions imposed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. This poignant and timely disPLAYced theme is explored in more detail in Andrea Splendori’s spoken word/music event, Social Fabric Podcast.
Speaking about the launch of the Whale Theatre’s disPLAYced programme and re-opening, the theatre’s owner and founder Ross McParland commented, “We are thrilled to be welcoming artists, audiences and staff members back to the theatre and we are very grateful for the support we have received during the long, dark months of being closed, as well as for the Live Performance Support Scheme grant which is a much-needed boost as we prepare for our re-opening.”
Theatre fans can look forward to seeing Limerick’s award-winning Bottom Dog Theatre Company performing A Wilde Fan starring Miles Breen, as well as the hilarious Seven Ages of MAM, from Pauline O’ Driscoll Productions. Younger arts audiences are also well catered for, with Ceol Connected presenting their critically acclaimed and unique production The Quiet Tree, suitable for audiences aged 3-6 and their families.