Come with us, dear friends, inside the goldmine that is Greystones’ brand spanking new theatre…
See for the first time, in rather spiffing, shiny – nay, sparkling! – photographs the beauty that lies within.
And finally, you can find out what magic awaits too, as details of the many groovy nights planned at The Whale are about to be revealed.
Of course, there are a few lucky souls out there who have already been inside the belly of this stunning little theatre, either for its early outing with the Greystones Players’ production of Brian Friel’s Dancing At Lughnasa in May, or when collecting tickets for the outdoor screenings of Back To The Future and The Little Mermaid.
There was also that little scramble and quick snoop down at The Whale last Saturday, as tickets for Al Porter’s September show sold out in seconds.
Tomorrow, the golden tickets for the Charity Film Gala Night on September 9th – the first show of The Whale’s autumn schedule – will be released too, again at 11am. And the kicker this time is, hey, they’re free.
But what of the theatre itself? Those Greystonians lucky enough to have attended any of the mighty outdoor screenings over the last two summers will already know that Ross McParland at Theatre Lane knows how to throw a party. It’s as much about the small details as it is about the big picture.
And that’s why Ross has travelled the world, taking notes and photos of theatres from New York to London, and many points and pints inbetween. And why Ross then employed Greystones’ most acclaimed interior designer, Sharon Ryle, to pull all these wide-eyed and somewhat slightly dazed ideas together into one perfect place.
And now we can finally reveal that very place, The Whale boasting two stages, and the ability to go from The Cotton Club to The Cavern Club in a backbeat, as all the silk curtains, dining tables and chandeliers are ushered away to reveal a stripped-down black venue. With a great big kitchen too, dinner theatre is also on the menu, but, most importantly, The Whale will not only be home to all of Wicklow’s great local artists but also a home-away-from-home for our great national and international stars.
Which may explain why Ross has included an apartment on the top floor for artists to stay over, and snapped up a top-of-the-range BMW as a courtesy car, to get them to and from the venue.
With the autumn programme due to be unleashed in the first week of September – and there are over 30 nights of music, drama, film, dance and whatever-you’re-having-yourself already booked – we wanted to give you a little early tour inside The Whale.
From Elvis to Al Porter, we’ll be revealing more about the upcoming acts over the coming days and weeks. Including Hazel O’Connor, Phelim Drew, Remy Naidoo, and a host of others. In the meantime, get a load of one of The Whale’s September guests, the wonderful Lisa Lambe.