New shows planned for Whale Theatre

By Alex Doyle

The Whale Theatre has announced its Spring lineup after taking an extended break over the Christmas period.

Located in Greystones, the theatre has added a number of new shows to its programme, which includes already announced shows such as Robert Gogan’s ‘Strolling Through Ulysses!’, ‘National Theatre LIVE’ and ‘Motherland’.

Show: Journey Through the Senses

When: Sunday, March 20

Synopsis: Local pianist Dr. Svetlana Rudenko collaborating with San Diego based professional ballet dancer Zoe Marinello-Kohn and US lighting engineer Sterling Baldwin in an exploration of synesthesia through live music, ballet and lighting design. Described by neuroscientists Ramachandran & Hubbard as a “window into perception, thought and language”, the study of synesthesia helps us to understand how our senses interact, influencing our perception and emotions.

Show: To a Child Dancing in the Wind

When: Sunday, April 10

Synopsis: Featuring celebrated Wicklow-based Canadian soprano Catherine Redding, with additional works from Debussy and Fauré. In a rare departure from his prolific output of liturgical and choral works, Tavener’s song cycle sets a number of poems by W.B. Yeats, with instrumentation for Flute, Viola and Harp. Performing the instrumental accompaniment will be Trio Táin, which consists of Wicklow based harpist Aisling Ennis, flautist Vourneen Ryan and violist Robin Panter.

This spring will also see Greystones native and acclaimed soprano Jade Phoenix in an intimate recital on Saturday, May 14. She’ll perform beloved opera classics from composers including Puccini, Mozart and Strauss alongside a selection of Irish songs.

Having performed at the Whale Theatre last October as part of the stellar Ari Hoenig Trio, UK-based guitarist and composer Tom Ollendorf also makes a welcome return to Greystones on Friday, May 20 with his own trio.

Audiences intending to visit the Whale Theatre are being asked to familiarise themselves with their current Covid-19 protocols.

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