Mermaid Arts Centre Bray
Beasts of The Southern Wild (12A) Mon 7 Jan 8pm €8/6.50
Benh Zeitlin directs this visually stunning fable of self-reliance set in a remote corner of the Louisiana bayou, where an eccentric community of outcasts spends their days in primitive dwellings living off the land and partying. The central character is a sixyear-old girl, Hushpuppy who is left to her own devices and the company of animals. She perceives the natural world to be a fragile web of living, breathing things, in which the entire universe depends on everything fitting together just right.
Donal Lunny & Andy Irvine Fri 11 Jan 8pm €20/18
Two giants of Irish trad and folk, Donal Lunny and Andy Irvine return to Mermaid for a session to end, or rather start, all sessions. Irvine and Lunny between them have been at the centre of legendary bands like Planxty, Sweeney’s Men, Patrick Street, The Bothy Band and Moving Hearts as well as collaborating with great artists including Elvis Costello, Kate Bush and Paul Brady.
MUSIC Paddy Casey Sat 12 Jan 8pm €20/18
Paddy Casey, much loved for his striking vocals and compelling melodies, makes his first appearance at Mermaid this January. Fans can look forward to a mix of old and new songs sung with Casey’s trademark vocal purity and passion which have defined his live performances for over a decade. His long awaited fourth album, The Secret
Life of was released in November 2012. This is a perfect concert for the intimate setting of Mermaid’s auditorium, a real treat for Casey fans.
CHILDREN Ice Age 4: Continental Drift (G) Sun 13 Jan 2pm €5
When Scrat accidentally provokes a continental cataclysm with a storm, Manny is separated from Ellie and Peaches on an iceberg with Diego, Sid and Granny but he promises that he will find a way to return home. Using the iceberg as a ship, they encounter sea creatures and battle pirates as they explore a new world.
Private Peaceful (CLUB) Sun 13 Jan , 4.30PMTUE 15 JAN, 2.30PM €5
Set in the fields of Devon and the WW1 battlefields of Flanders, two brothers Tommo and Charlie Peaceful fall for the same girl while contending with the pressures of their feudal family life, the war, and the price of courage and cowardice. Director Pat O’Connor has delivered a faithful moving, intimate adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s book.
Snows of Kilimanjaro (CLUB) Mon 14 Jan 8pm €8.50/7
Michel is a former union rep for dockworkers. His family chips in to send him on a dream vacation to Kenya, but before they can pack their bags the money is stolen. Suspecting that the thieves might have been a former co-worker, he reflects on his past union activity, the back-room deals, on the loss of ideals, and the failure of his generation to provide a future for young workers. Engaging, affecting, The Snows of Kilimanjaro offers an important parable for our times.
Language: French with English subtitles
Brendan Shine Sat 19 Jan 8pm €20/18
Do you Want your Oul Lobby Washed Down? We have just the man for you. Immersed in music for as long as he can remember, Brendan started his career playing in his father’s country band while still at school. It was the 70s when Brendan really took the entertainment scene by storm achieving 5 number one hits and thousands of fans around the country. Fast-forward to today and Shine has released more than fifty albums and has over forty-five hit singles under his belt and is still going strong.
Shadow Dancer (15A) Mon 21 Jan 8pm €8/6.50
Shadow Dancer is a suspense thriller set in 1990s Belfast. During an aborted bomb attempt in London, Colette, a member of the IRA, falls into the hands of an MI5 officer, Mac, who offers her a deal: turn informant or go to prison. Fearing for her son’s welfare, she returns to Belfast where betraying family and beliefs she becomes a reluctant mole for British intelligence. As suspicion of Collette mounts and Mac takes increasing risks to protect her, both feel the net closing in. With Gillian Anderson, Clive Owen, Andrea Riseborough and Domhnall Gleeson.
Bray One Act Drama Festival Tue 22 -Sat 26 Jan 8pm €12/10
The Bray One Act Drama Festival, now in its 36th year, has become a permanent fixture in the calendar for Bray and beyond. With the usual mix of drama, comedy and all the excitement of the competition, the festival provides the ideal way to fill some of those dark January evenings. Bray One Act offers the chance to support local drama as well as some BOA nominated charities.
About Elly (CLUB) Mon 28 Jan 8pm €8.50/7
Asghar Farhadi, director of A Separation returns with a gripping psychological drama from Iran. Sepideh, a wealthy young mother, has organised a weekend away at the seaside with a group of friends. Also traveling is Ahmad, an old friend, and Elly, Sepideh’s daughter’s teacher. Sepideh is determined to play matchmaker between the two. Things take a dramatic turn with the disappearance of Elly and the aftermath exposes the tensions in the group’s relationship, as secrets and lies come to the surface.
Winner – Silver Bear, Berlin Film Festival Language: Persian with English subtitles
Children’s Animation Workshop Tues 29 Jan 3.30pm €5
Suitability: 6-8 yr Duration: 40 min
Learn how to make a thaumatrope, one of the oldest forms of animation!
Join award-winning animation facilitators Pádraig Fagan & Carol Freeman for this afternoon workshop. A thaumatrope is a toy that was popular in Victorian times. A disk or card with a picture on each side is attached to two pieces of string. When the strings are twirled quickly between the fingers the two pictures appear to combine into a single image. Primary schools’ workshops also available on the same date please contact box office for more details.
The Once Wed 30 Jan 8pm €16/14/11/10 (MsM)
The Once have embraced a unique interpretation of Newfoundland music, a genre steeped in the folk traditions of the Irish, Scottish and English settlers of the region. Hope, tragedy, love and turmoil are intertwined in their music, whether they are singing the traditional airs of their youth, their own songs that speak of love and love defeated or songs from the array of artists who inspire them. Perhaps best known for their stunning vocal harmonies, The Once hold within their music all the haunting beauty and drama of their Canadian homeland.
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