Culture Night 2019 – Free Event

No Booking required.

The Whale Theatre is delighted to announce a fantastic line up for Culture Night, 20th September 2019, curated by Aideen Walton. There will be definitely something for everyone in the course of the evening, so mark your diary now for one or more of the events on offer! 

The evening kicks off at 6.30 PM with a fascinating talk by Wicklow photographer Seán Laoide-Kemp entitled ‘Landscape as Witness’. After spending a year travelling, photographing and interviewing natives of the Burren, Seán has created a stunning series of photographs exploring and documenting the landscape and tragic history of the Great Hunger through the Public Work Scheme constructions that were built around North Clare during the period. The scheme enabled the starving Irish to build constructions such as roads, walls, and ditches for which they received food or approximately a penny-a-day payment. The constructions remain scattered throughout the Irish landscape, bearing witness to our forgotten past. Be prepared to immerse yourself in a timeless and heartbreakingly evocative landscape that still resonates with echoes of this extraordinary period in Irish history.

Snapshots of Greystones Past follows at 7.15 PM with Greystones Players delivering a series of dramatic readings of pieces from the newspapers that will provide entertaining glimpses and insights into the town’s 19th and early 20th-century history and social life, illustrated by photographs of the time and interspersed with songs of the different periods sung by the enchanting voice of Greystones’ talented Jade Phoenix 

Drama, fun and interactive games are up next at 8.00 PM with an invitation to an Open Drama Workshop with the Whale’s own Making Waves Youth Theatre. Be prepared to let your hair down! Audience members, young and not-so-young will be invited to participate alongside Making Waves members in this lively sample drama workshop facilitated by actor, writer, director Ciarán Coogan, or simply watch and enjoy the dynamic group at work. After which there’s an opportunity to engage your brain and sleuthing talents when you can make up a team for Fourfront Games’ launch of their exciting new Portable Escape Room. 

From 8.45 PM on, it’s music and song all the way. We have the formidable talents of the phenomenal Greystones Battle of the Bands winner Nicolaas Walle and his band. At just 19, a student at IADT, multi-instrumentalist, composer and singer, Nicolaas has already produced two albums, performed at Dun Laoghaire’s Summer of Music and is certainly destined to make his mark well beyond Co Wicklow. His talented band includes Sam Shepard (Drums), Emily Lannin (Vocals) and Jack Joyce (Guitar/Bass).


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