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The Whistling Girl


The Whistling Girl... The Story of Dorothy Parker

Date :

Thursday, 24th October.




St. Patrick's Gateway Centre


€18.00  + Booking Fee







The acclaimed Irish duo of singer / actress Honor Heffernan and composer/ keyboard player Trevor Knight (Auto Da Fe), present their new Cabaret/Speakeasy-style show, “The Whistling Girl”. The original and unique music composed by Trevor transforms the poems of Dorothy Parker into songs, using her witty, droll and sometimes heart rending lyrics. With a lineup of highly renowned Irish musicians the atmosphere for a spellbinding evening of music with a theatrical element is brought to life with Garvan Gallagher bass, Tom Jamieson drums, Bill Blackmore trumpet and Steve Belton electric guitar. They have recently performed two sell out shows at Irish Arts Centre in New York.


Each of the songs create individual tableaux or dream moments from Parker’s psyche, conjuring up images from her tempestuous life of outrageous celebrity, as founding member of the notorious Algonquin set in New York, and as civil rights activist in America and Spain during the Spanish Civil War.


 “I shall stay the way I am, because I do not give a damn!”

(Dorothy Parker)


 “Parker’s misanthropic verse is phrased in deliciously acidic terms and in disarming musical settings…”

“It’s easy to picture Mrs Parker viewing this show with both a hiked eyebrow and a wry smile”

**** Irish Times


“…clever....imaginative….inventive…. echoes of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weil,  flourishes of The Doors, a touch of Kraftwerk here, and Leonard Cohen there”.

-   (Jackie Hayden of Hot Press)

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Honor Heffernan

Honor Heffernan is an internationally acclaimed jazz/blues singer who has been performing as both a singer and actress for over 30 years. She has released three solo albums- ‘Chasing the Moon’, ‘Fire and Ice’ and ‘The Other Side’.


She has toured in India with her jazz quartet, has lived and performed in Canada and has appeared with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Choral Society in the Royal Albert Hall in a celebration of Beatles music. Other notable performances include  the BBC Big Band (UK) and RTE Concert Orchestra(Ireland) and the Sandvika Big Band in Norway.


As a film actress she has appeared in Neil Jordan's ‘Angel’, Roddy Doyle's ‘Family’.  And Lennie Abrahmson’s ‘Prosperity’. She starred in Ireland’s 2 favourite soap operas  ‘Fair City’, and , ‘Glenroe’. 


Trevor Knight

Trevor Knight is a composer/ performer/ director composing music for more than 80 theatrical productions including the award winning “Catalpa” with Donal O’Kelly. He has collaborated many times with visual artist Alice Maher (Cassandra’s Necklace @IMMA, The Music of Things,  London and New York) and with Japanese butoh performers Gyohei Zaitsu and Maki Watanabe (The Devil’s Spine Band, Visitant and Slat) and worked as an actor recently in Beckett’s “Rough for Theatre 1”(Dublin Fringe 2013, Tokyo Japan 2014 and The London Barbican 2015 )


His band Auto da Fé with singer Gay Woods released 3 albums in the 1980’s. He has toured and recorded with artists such as Philip Lynott, Donovan, Camille  O’Sullivan, Roger Doyle, Luka Bloom and Paul Brady.


In March 2007 he became a member of Aosdana, Ireland’s state sponsored academy of creative artists.



Come join usfor a great night of celebration. Cheese and wine on arrival compliments of Ardkeen Quality Food Store.