2017 Programme / Honor Heffernan, Trevor Knight and Ensemble


Honor Heffernan, Trevor Knight and Ensemble

The Whistling Girl – A Celebration of the Works of Dorothy Parker

Date: Friday September 29
Venue: Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey
Time: 8pm / Cost: €15/€12

Step back in time to the world of quintessential 1920’s jazz age New Yorker, Dorothy Parker. Noted for her sparkling, and often acerbic wit, her poetry collections – Enough Rope, Sunset Gun, Death and Taxes, Not so Deep as a Well – were the bestsellers of their day. She moved with a circle of high profile writer and actor friends that included the likes of Noel Coward, George S. Kauffman and Harpo Marx.

Harpo was not the only Marx she admired, however. Tiring of New York, she relocated to Hollywood in the 1930s where she combined a successful career as a screenwriter with her advocacy on behalf of the Communists fighting Franco in the Spanish Civil War, as well as supporting a variety of civil liberties and civil rights causes. Investigated by the FBI as part of its Unamerican Activities programme, she ended up on a Hollywood blacklist in the 1950s.

Tonight, internationally acclaimed Irish jazz singer and actress Honor Heffernan joins with noted composer and musician Trevor Knight, to transform the poems of Dorothy Parker into songs that are equally droll, witty, heart rending and spellbinding. They will be accompanied by an ensemble featuring some of Ireland’s most remowned musicians, including bassist Garvan Gallagher, guitarist Ed Deane, saxophonist Ciaran Wilde, Bill Blackmore on horns and Tom Jamieson on drums.

Booking Details

Tickets for this event are available from The Balor Arts Centre, Balybofey.

Tel: 074 91 31840

For all Festival events, tickets will be available for purchase at the venue on the evening of the performance. To avoid disappointment, however, please plan arrive at the venue at least 20 minutes before the advertised showtime.

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