Draíocht’s Artist in Your Classroom Initiative Sept-Dec 2017

Draíocht’s Artist in Your Classroom Initiative Sept-Dec 2017

Workshops In Your Classroom With Draíocht’s Artists

Fri 1 Sep - Fri 1 Dec 2017

This programme aims to provide a range of high quality arts experiences for pupils and teachers in your own classroom, using Draíocht’s professional artists, at Primary level. Your school can choose from the range of specially selected and purposefully created school workshops below. This Season, pupils will have the opportunity to create and perform, to dance and move, and to play and squash clay. Workshops are tailored to your class’s age and abilities and will work with two separate classes each day.

Clay In Your Classroom
Age Range: 3rd-6th Class  Duration: 2 Class Group Workshops Of 2 Hours
Artist: Deirdre O’Reilly
Slap it, bang it, thump it, texture it! Create three dimensional animals and clay models with Ceramic Artist Deirdre O'Reilly. This in-depth ceramic workshop will concentrate on using 3-dimensional clay shapes as a starting point for model making. During these workshops, the children will be equipped with new skills and knowledge of how to create the most adventurous of 3D models with fine textured detail applied. A must-do cross curricular creative workshop for your class.

Drama In Your Classroom
Age Range: Adaptable To All Age Ranges
Duration: Junior/Senior Infants: 4 Class Group Workshops Of 45 Mins
2nd Class+: 2 Class Group Workshops Of 1.5 hours
Artist: Eimear Morrissey
Using some of our favourite fairytales as a starting point, facilitator Eimear introduces pupils to the wonderful world of theatre through imaginative storytelling and fun collective group games. The workshop will explore different ways of engaging the imagination, of thinking creatively, seeing, listening, new ways of communicating and expression, as well as building confidence. Pupils will work together towards a common goal of creating a short improvised performance piece, giving them the opportunity to experience the creation of something from nothing!

Dance In Your Classroom
Age Range: Adaptable To All Age Ranges
Duration: 4 Class Group Workshops Of 45 Mins
Artist: Antje O Toole
Leap like a frog, scurry like a mouse, strut like a peacock. Facilitator Antje will introduce pupils to the wonderful world of dance and movement through the use of animals and how they move and shake. The workshop will encourage your pupils to think about dance and movement in an imaginative and creative way, to have fun responding to music, to enjoy swinging your arms, bobbing your head and expressing themselves through the freedom of movement and dance.

Workshop Notes & Bookings:
Workshops can take place from 04 September-01 December 2017 on a date of your choosing.
Closing date for Bookings is Friday 20 October 2017 through Draíocht’s Box Office tel: 01-8852622.

The programme is offered on a first come first serve basis and is restricted to schools within the Dublin 15 area. Cost per day €150. All materials are provided. Schools are welcome to make multiple bookings, subject to artist availability, but due to budgetary constraints the above subsidised workshop rate is limited to two days per school. For further details please contact Sarah on 01-809 8029 or email sarah@draiocht.ie

Portfolio Preparation Guidance

Portfolio Preparation Guidance

With Artist Andrew Carson

Tue 5 Sep - Tue 13 Mar 2018 Draiocht Workshop Room

TUESDAYS   7PM-9PM  OCT 2017-MARCH 2018   
2017: 05 SEP (cancelled), 03 OCT, 07 NOV, 05 DEC
2018: 09 JAN, 06 FEB, 13 MAR
AGE: 5TH AND 6TH YEAR STUDENTS

FREE

Are you in 5th or 6th year and planning on going to art college? Draíocht will facilitate Portfolio Preparation Guidance sessions with artist Andrew Carson on select Tuesdays from October 2017-March 2018. Bring along your portfolio every month for review and suggestions, drawing sessions and a suggested task to complete between sessions. All levels are welcome and these sessions are designed to be informal, drop in sessions. Sessions are free but space is limited, so please register at the Box Office in advance each month tel: 01-8852622.

Create Dance Project - Autumn/Winter 2017

Create Dance Project - Autumn/Winter 2017

SEP-NOV 2017

Sat 30 Sep - Sat 11 Nov 2017 Draiocht Workshop Room // €5 per class

Jnr Group (5-8 yrs) 12.30PM-1.15PM
Snr Group (9-16 yrs) 2PM-3PM


During this innovative dance project, dancers and facilitators Mark Rogers and Antje O’Toole continue to work their ‘dance magic’ with our group of children with an intellectual disability, their parents and siblings in weekly workshops.

If you have a child aged between 5-16 years with a love of dance, please get in touch with Sarah Beirne, sarah@draiocht.ie / ph 01-8098029.

Priority is given to our existing group of children, but we sometimes take a waiting list for any spaces that arise.

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Hello Dolly!

Hello Dolly!

Pioneer Musical Society - Celebrating 100 Years

Tue 17 - Sat 21 Oct 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €17 Opening Night / €20 Wed-Sat

Dolly Gallagher Levi sets New York alight in one of the greatest musicals of all time. Dolly, a matchmaker who has been hired to arrange a marriage for the widowed half-millionaire Horace Vandergelder, has other plans. Recently widowed, Dolly believes that Horace and his fortune will make her the perfect mate. Join Dolly and her irrepressible friends for a story of the joy of living, glittering with happy songs and jumping with the personality of one of the most fabulous characters on the musical stage.
With Pat McElwain – Director, Yvonne McQuillan – Musical Director & Orla Savage – Choreographer.

Starring: 
Jennifer McGann – Dolly Gallagher Levi
John Furlong – Horace Vandergelder
Stuart Pollock – Cornelius Hackl
Danielle Williamson – Irene Molloy
Oisín Nolan – Barnaby Tucker
Karen McCourt – Minnie Fay
Ríona Keogh – Ermengarde
Ben Hannigan – Ambrose
Emma Jane Reilly – Ernestina
John Cryan – Rudolph
Ian Rountree – The Judge

On The Border by Joe O’Byrne

On The Border by Joe O’Byrne

Draiocht Supporting Artists

Thu 19 Oct 2017 3PM-5PM Draiocht Workshop Room // FREE

A Reading of this play will take place at Draiocht on Thursday 19th October at 3pm.
Cast: Rachael Dowling, Andy Murray, Terry Byrne and Lucy Jones.

Dave and Maura Folan are a young couple in their early thirties, who have bought a cottage on the edge of County Dublin. They want to build an extension, but they need a further small parcel of land in an adjacent field which is in County Meath. They must negotiate with farmer Frank Maher who will tease and torture them, as he is not happy about the encroachment of city folk into the country.

Written with the support of Fingal County Council’s Artists’ Support Scheme

The Weight Of Water - Elaine Hoey

The Weight Of Water - Elaine Hoey

Thu 19 Oct - Sat 4 Nov 2017 Ground Floor Gallery

The Weight of Water is an extraordinary immersive animation that fuses virtual reality and gaming technology to address the ongoing global refugee crisis. For each viewer – one-at-a-time and for 8 minutes - that crisis is no longer an abstraction, an item on the news or a front-page photo. Instead it becomes a lived experience, collapsing the distance that normally protects us from the impact of such events and making us ‘witnesses’ rather than safely detached spectators. Wearing a virtual-reality headset, each viewer joins refugees on a boat and is both observer and fellow-traveler as they undertake a treacherous journey. Words, sound and images create a sensory field that enacts the perils of seeking asylum in Europe, offering us increased understanding of these traumatic and grim experiences.

Elaine Hoey creates interactive installations, appropriating gaming aesthetics and techniques, such as virtual reality, motion capture, 3d virtual avatars and environments. Her work explores the intersections between the media, technology and politics.

Hoey is an award-winning artist who recently completed a Masters in Fine Art at NCAD. In 2016 she was awarded the prestigious RDS Taylor Art Award for her virtual reality installation The Weight of Water which, following The Visual Arts Awards Exhibition at the RDS was exhibited at Futures at the RHA; Design and Violence, a collaboration between the  Science Gallery, Dublin and MoMA, New York. Hoey has recently exhibited new virtual reality works Stranger Than Fiction Is Fact at NCAD and Blueprint for a Virtual Nomad at Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda.

Booking Essential through Box Office tel 01-8852622.

Draiocht's Galleries are open Monday to Saturday 10am-6pm. Admission is Free.

Curated by Sharon Murphy, Draíocht Curator-in-Residence 2017

  • The Weight of Water Elaine Hoey video
Lost State - Hugh McCabe and Suzanne Walsh

Lost State - Hugh McCabe and Suzanne Walsh

Thu 19 Oct - Sat 4 Nov 2017 First Floor Gallery

Lost State, a mixed-media installation by Hugh McCabe and Suzanne Walsh, comprises of photography, voice, 3D animation and audio. The work centres around photographs of disused computer parts shot from the imagined point of view of future entities uncovering the technological detritus of our time. A soundtrack accompanying the photographs alludes to a speculative narrative about the circumstances of the discovery of these objects and their significance for those finding them. A short film using digital 3D modelling and rendering techniques simulates drone footage of the exploration of one of the discovered objects.

The photographs are all shot on a large format 4”x5” analogue film camera in order to make a connection with early photographic history and its use as a form of documentation and enquiry. The work aims to trouble the boundaries between various categories: the organic and the inorganic; the imagined future and the perceived past; the human and the technological; the analogue and the digital; the secular and the sacred.

Hugh McCabe is a Dublin-based lecturer, musician and artist. He is graduate of the MA ‘Art In the Contemporary World’ course at NCAD and teaches critical theory and 3D graphics at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown. Suzanne Walsh is an artist, writer and musician whose cross-disciplinary work moves between the literary, music and art worlds. Suzanne has an editorial practice, including the magazine Critical Bastards, and is currently a resident artist at Fire Station Artists’ Studios.
The artists wish to acknowledge Vincent O'Reilly for 3D modeling.

Draiocht's Galleries are open Monday to Saturday 10am-6pm. Admission is Free.

Curated by Sharon Murphy, Draíocht Curator-in-Residence 2017.

Dragster Lego Workshop - Create, Build and Play

Dragster Lego Workshop - Create, Build and Play

BRICKS4KIDS / Workshops for Ages 4-13 Years

Sat 21 Oct 2017 Draíocht Studio // €5 Per Child (Accompanying Adult Free)

BRICKS4KIDS has created this specially designed project kit and model, allowing participants to explore the world of engineering and model making by creating their own drag car, with all the fun of lego making and building.

Early booking advised at Box Office, tel 01-8852622.

WORKSHOP 1: 4-6 YEARS: 10:30AM-11:30AM (Accompanying adult)
WORKSHOP 2: 7-10 YEARS: 12PM-1PM (No adult)
WORKSHOP 3: 11-13 YEARS: 2PM-3PM (No adult)

Please note: Lego cannot be taken home.

Barbara Dickson
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Barbara Dickson

With Nick Holland and Anthony Toner / David Hull Promotions

Mon 23 Oct 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €30

Barbara Dickson’s interpretation of traditional music, married with 20th Century songs and material from the theatre, is renowned and admired. She tours with the immensely talented Nick Holland, who plays keyboards and sings. They intimately shape the music, sharing the space and filling it with superb, crafted sound. A mature mixture of sublime old and new songs for every taste. Barbara is excited and thrilled that Anthony Toner has agreed to be her guest on tour in Ireland in 2017. His new album ‘Ink’ has had exceptional reviews since its recent release.

Joanne McNally - Bite Me
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Joanne McNally - Bite Me

Directed by Una McKevitt

Tue 24 Oct 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €16 / €14 conc // Dur: 60 mins

This is the story of Joanne’s amaaaaaaazing diet.
She didn’t just lose weight though; she lost jobs, friends and fellas, but she didn’t care because she could wear bangles as belts and that’s all that mattered. Then one day, over her morning carrot, Joanne realized she’d lost her mind. Turns out it was pinned to a lost property board up in space, enjoying the view and its new found freedom. Trying to entice it back became the hardest, funniest, greatest and weirdest time of her life.

"The ability to recount tragedy and still have your audience in stitches … this is McNally’s forte." The Sunday Times

A Man Called Ove (2016)
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A Man Called Ove (2016)

Wed 25 Oct 2017 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc // Dur: 116 mins

Ove is the quintessential angry old man next door. An isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse, he spends his days enforcing rules that only he cares about and visiting his wife's grave. Ove has given up on life. Enter a boisterous young family next door who accidentally flatten Ove's mailbox while moving in. Yet from this inauspicious beginning, an unlikely friendship forms and we come to understand Ove's past happiness and heartbreaks. What emerges is a heart-warming tale of unreliable first impressions and the gentle reminder that life is sweeter when it's shared.

Cert: 15A  Language: English Subtitles  Dur: 116 mins  Dir: Hannes Holm
In association with Access Cinema

Aonghus McAnally Celebrating Christie Hennessy
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Aonghus McAnally Celebrating Christie Hennessy

The Platinum Collection

Thu 26 Oct 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €25 / €22.50 conc

One of Ireland’s most beloved singer-songwriters, Christie Hennessy delighted audiences at home and abroad until his tragic and untimely death in 2007, aged just 62. In this all-new show, celebrated entertainer Aonghus McAnally brings the Hennessy songbook to life with his uncanny recreation of his close friend Christie’s voice and guitar playing. Featuring all his best loved hits – Messenger Boy, Jealous Heart, Don’t Forget Your Shovel, If You Were To Fall, All The Lies That You Told Me, and the iconic Roll Back The Clouds – this magical evening showcases the storytelling brilliance of Christie Hennessy with 22 of his greatest songs.

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Return to Titanic

Return to Titanic

With Diver, Speaker & Explorer Rory Golden

Fri 27 Oct 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €15 / €12.50 conc

In 2000, Rory Golden became the first Irishman to dive down and see the wreck of the Titanic with his own eyes, where it rests 400 miles east of Newfoundland and two-and-a-half miles under the ocean. More people have been to outer space than to these depths of the ocean! That expedition recovered 800 artefacts and it was Rory who discovered the ship’s long-lost wheel. He also brought with him a memorial plaque, presented by Michael Martin, creator of the Titanic Trail in Cobh (where Titanic had its final berthing), to place on the wreck on behalf of the people of Ireland.
With his encyclopaedic knowledge of the ship and over 30 years of diving experience, Rory tells the epic tale of Titanic’s construction in Belfast, its ill-fated maiden voyage and destruction at the hands of an iceberg in 1912, taking 1,517 of its 2,223 passengers with it and its rediscovery in 1985.

This is a fundraising event in aid of the Viking Sub Aqua Club in Coolmine Swimming Pool.

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Beauty and the Beast (1991)
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Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Sat 28 Oct 2017 12PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc / €5 children // Dur: 97 mins

Enchanting, sweepingly romantic, and featuring plenty of wonderful musical numbers, Beauty and the Beast is one of Disney's most elegant animated offerings. The film captures the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright and beautiful young woman who's taken prisoner by a hideous beast in his castle. Despite her precarious situation, Belle befriends the castle's enchanted staff - a teapot, a candelabra and a mantel clock, among others-and ultimately learns to see beneath the Beast's exterior to discover the heart and soul of a prince.

Cert: U  Language: English  Dur: 97 mins  Dir: Kirk Wise, Gary Trousdale
In association with Access Cinema

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Brendan Grace
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Brendan Grace

47 Years in the Comedy Business

Sat 28 Oct 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €30 / €28 conc

The greatest family comedian of our generation proudly presents 47 years in the Comedy business and most of this time at the very top of his profession. Brendan's latest show features the best and most requested pieces from his vast repertoire over the last 47 years. His sense of timing and ability to read an audience is without equal. A brilliant character actor, his 'Bottler' character is legendary and his interpretation of the 'Irish Wedding' will forever remain a masterpiece.

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Felty Monster Making Workshop

Felty Monster Making Workshop

With Artist Gina Faustino / Workshops for Ages 4-9 Years

Tue 31 Oct 2017 Draiocht Workshop Room // €10 Per Child (Accompanying Adult Free)

Join Gina Faustino to start the scariest day of the year off by creating your own felted monster. Wearing old clothes or an overall is a good idea.

WORKSHOP 1: 4-6 YEARS: 10:00AM-11:30PM
WORKSHOP 2: 7-9 YEARS: 12:00AM-1:30PM

Early booking advised at Box Office, tel 01-8852622

HOMESPUN - A D15 Young Voices Project

HOMESPUN - A D15 Young Voices Project

NOV 2017- FEB 2018

Wed 1 Nov - Wed 28 Feb 2018

We invite teachers from Primary and Secondary Schools in Dublin 15 to apply to be part of HOMESPUN, a spoken word, poetry and performance project, with award winning poet Colm Keegan and Visual Artist Micheal McLoughlin.

Over Autumn/Winter 2017 and Spring 2018, Colm Keegan will engage pupils in writing poetry about their place and their home, complementing Draíocht’s theatre project, ‘Home Theatre Ireland’. This is a project about encouraging, supporting and acknowledging the voice of our younger citizens. The project will culminate in a live performance and exhibition in Draíocht’s First Floor Gallery space in Spring 2018.

If you are interested in your school taking part in this project please contact sarah@draiocht.ie or on 01 8098029 for an application form by Friday 29nd September 2017.

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Romeo and Juliet
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Romeo and Juliet

Ballet Ireland

Fri 3 - Sat 4 Nov 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €22 / €18 conc / €16 Groups 10+

Based on Shakespeare's tale of the star-crossed lovers, Romeo & Juliet is one of the greatest love stories of all time. Against a backdrop of ancient feuds and gang warfare, the ill-fated young couple falls hopelessly in love, but their families are bitter enemies.  In order to be together the two lovers must be prepared to risk everything.

In Ballet Ireland's production, Shakespeare's tragic tale is transported from the streets of medieval Verona into the classrooms of a modern-day high school. It becomes a play within a play.
The Chaplain at a school divided by gangs and violence brings a fight to a close. He together with their form teacher attempts to show the futility of such behaviour by introducing the pupils to the play of Romeo & Juliet, with the feuding Montague and Capulet families. Each is assigned a character and the action ensues.

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"Runacre-Temple taps into a zeitgeist so many other ballet companies desperately want to access right now, making relevant what is often seen as an elitist art form while still honouring its roots ... Runacre-Temple gets it. " The Irish Times

Exploring Musical Sounds with Mischa O’Mahony

Exploring Musical Sounds with Mischa O’Mahony

Exploring More With Early Years Arts - Ages 2-4 Yrs

Tue 7 Nov 2017 10AM-11AM & 11.30AM-12.30PM / €5 Per Child Draiocht Workshop Room

Bang, listen, hear, play. In an explorative way, Mischa will encourage little ears to listen to music and little hands to create some undirected musical sounds.

Workshop Notes:
This series of individual monthly workshops is intended to allow you and your child to explore different art mediums in an open and undirected way, starting with paint, then clay and finally music. There will be mess but there will also be fun!
These workshops are designed for children aged 2-4 years. Please respect age limits as each workshop has been designed especially for this age range.
All children must be accompanied by an adult and all adults must be accompanied by a child.
These sessions are only suitable for one parent/guardian and accompanying child (without siblings).
Booking tel: 01-8852622

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My Cousin Rachel (2017)
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My Cousin Rachel (2017)

Wed 8 Nov 2017 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc // Dur: 106 mins

A dark romance, ‘My Cousin Rachel’ tells the story of a young Englishman who plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms. Excellent cinematography and Rachel Weisz's entrancing performance keep ‘My Cousin Rachel’ alluring throughout.

Cert: 12A  Language: English  Dur: 106 mins  Dir: Roger Michell
In association with Access Cinema

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Granuaile Pirate Queen

Granuaile Pirate Queen

Produced by axis:Ballymun / Directed by Veronica Coburn

Thu 9 - Fri 10 Nov 2017 Draiocht On Tour to Your School

This swashbuckling tale of adventure, rebellion and swordfights is an interactive storytelling performance piece inspired by the life of Granuaile, the world famous 16th Century female pirate, otherwise known as Grace O’Malley, one of the most infamous and fearless figures in Irish history.
Available on tour to D15 Schools, the story unfolds in front of and around the audience. It is educational, ageless and modern and follows thematic and theatrical lines of loyalty, honesty, bravery and equality.

School Booking Info:
4 School Shows Available On Tour To Your School
Age 7-10 yrs / Dur: 60 mins
Cost: €300 per school show for 60 students (so €5 per student)
Request our school booking information sheet by email from philippa@draiocht.ie or by phoning Box Office 01-8852622.
 

This Beach
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This Beach

Brokentalkers in Association with Project Arts Centre

Fri 10 Nov 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc / Early Bird €15 (Book before 09 Sept 2017) // Dur: 80 mins

A private beach inhabited by a family; a European family.
They are the owners of the beach. The beach has been in their family for generations. The family celebrate a wedding, a union between two sides; each of whom can offer something to the other. Security, prosperity, progeny. During the wedding celebration a stranger arrives on the shore of their beach. The family must decide how to deal with this stranger.

This Beach is a blistering satire of white western privilege made in response to the global refugee crisis, the notion of sovereignty of one people over a piece of land; and the lengths people will go to bar entry to their dominion. Brokentalkers (The Blue Boy, Silver Stars, Have I No Mouth, Circus Animals’ Desertion) have been acclaimed internationally for their pioneering approach to theatre and continue to explore the world we live in with honesty, originality and courage.

Nominated for Best Production and winner of Best Design at Dublin Fringe Awards, nomination for Best Supporting Actor at the Irish Times Theatre Awards
Written and Directed by Feidlim Cannon and Gary Keegan
Cast: Pom Boyd, Daniel Reardon, Neimhin Robinson & Bryan Quinn.

Brokentalkers are Project Artists, an initiative of Project Arts Centre.
National Tour 2017 is co-produced by Project Arts Centre.
This Beach was originally co-produced by Goethe Institut,  Munich Kammerspiele before it’s sold out run at Dublin Fringe Festival 2016 
 

Early Bird €15 (Book before 09 Sept 2017)

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"One of the country’s most fearless and path breaking theatre companies." The Irish Times

"… a strong and self-reflexive performance with strong moments of humour throughout." The Reviews Hub

"… a satire of shrugging consciences." The Irish Times

All Shook Up

All Shook Up

Coolmine Musical Society

Tue 14 - Sat 18 Nov 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €17 Opening Night / €20 Wed-Sat

Coolmine Musical Society are delighted to be getting their hips shaking and lips moving with All Shook Up. Now or never is your chance to see this roustabout of a musical, which features the music of Elvis Presley and is based on the story of William Shakespeare’s 12th Night. With characters including charming Chad, eclectic Ed and sassy Miss Sandra, this promises to be a night out with a little less conversation and a lot more music. If music be the food of love, then be a fool and fall in love with All Shook Up.

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Coolmine Annual Gala Concert

Coolmine Annual Gala Concert

With Blanchardstown Brass Band and St Brigid's Senior & Junior Choir with guest artists Mary McGabhann and Bob Linehan

Tue 21 Nov 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €15 / €12 conc

Come and enjoy an evening of easy listening with songs old and new, favourites from Musical Theatre, the Movies and popular tunes that will be familiar to you.  All brought to you by the magic combination of Blanchardstown Brass Band and St Brigid's Choirs who have come together to entertain audiences in recent years with great success. Add to that the melodious tones of Mary McGabhann, who has charmed with her effortless style and grace, and Bob Linehan's warm lilting voice, and you have an unmissable evening all in aid of Coolmine, a charity that helps people overcome addiction and supports recovery. 

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Yvonne McGuinness - Amharc Fhine Gall 11th Edition

Yvonne McGuinness - Amharc Fhine Gall 11th Edition

Draíocht in collaboration with Fingal County Council Arts Office

Wed 22 Nov - Sat 3 Feb 2018 Ground Floor Gallery

Draíocht, in collaboration with Fingal County Council Arts Office, is delighted to announce a new commission from visual artist Yvonne McGuinness for the 11th edition of Amharc Fhine Gall. McGuinness’ practice encompasses performance, video, photography, sewing, writing, sculpture and context-specific installations. She has an interest in embodied experience of place and in re-imagining the everyday by devising projects that create dynamic moments of connection to place and community. Her work is immersive, collaborative and is often a catalyst to generate other narratives for its participants.

For this commission, McGuinness will work with a culturally diverse group of local young people, exploring themes of identity, place and their connection to it. This collaboration during the autumn months will result in a site-specific performance and film installation to be shown in Draíocht’s Ground Floor Gallery - itself a two-way mirror between ‘the art world’ and ‘the real world’

Amharc Fhine Gall (Fingal Gaze) is an annual exhibition funded by Fingal County Council’s Arts Office, in collaboration with Draíocht. The exhibition was initiated in 2004 to provide a platform for visual artists from or living in Fingal. Yvonne McGuinness grew up in Portmarnock, Co Fingal.
www.yvonnemcguinness.com

Draiocht's Galleries are open Monday to Saturday 10am-6pm. Admission is Free.

Curated by Sharon Murphy, Draíocht Curator-in-Residence 2017.

The Midwife
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The Midwife

Wed 22 Nov 2017 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc // Dur: 117 mins

Two of French cinema's biggest stars shine in this bittersweet drama about the unlikely friendship that develops between Claire (Catherine Frot), a talented but tightly wound midwife; and Béatrice (Catherine Deneuve), the estranged, free-spirited mistress of Claire's late father. Though polar opposites in almost every way, the two come to rely on each other as they cope with the unusual circumstance that bring them together in this sharp character study by award winning director Martin Provost.

Cert: 15A  Language: English Subtitles  Dur: 117 mins  Dir: Martin Provost
In association with Access Cinema

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"Throbbing with truthful understanding of women, and sorrow, regret, salvation and vegetable gardening." Daily Mail UK

Adventures With Colour

Adventures With Colour

An Early Years Project With Orla Kelly

Thu 23 Nov - Thu 7 Dec 2017 10.30AM-11.30AM / Ages 2-4 Years Draiocht Workshop Room // Cost: €20 (Plus Show Tickets at €5)

Artist Orla Kelly has carefully designed these two explorative pre and post show workshops to explore a variety of creative and playful elements from the show ‘White’, which you will attend on Thursday 30 Nov at 11am. The workshops will include storytelling, movement and painting, creative investigation of colour and what happens when things start out white, but then red, yellow and blue begin to appear!

THURSDAYS: 23 NOV, 30 NOV (SHOW), 7 DEC 2017
10.30AM-11.30AM  Ages 2-4 Years   Cost: €20 (Plus Show Tickets at €5)
Booking tel: 01-8852622

If you are interested in your crèche taking part, please contact sarah@draiocht.ie or on 01 8098029.
Crèches must be within the Dublin 15 area.

Alison Spittle & Gearóid Farrelly
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Alison Spittle & Gearóid Farrelly

Worrier Princess & Home Truths

Thu 23 Nov 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €17 / €15 conc

Alison worries. She worries so much she's decided to do a show about it and now she can worry about making it a good show. One of Ireland's fastest rising comedians,the star and writer of RTE's new major series 'Nowhere Fast' , join Alison on her first tour. As seen on RTÉ (Brendan O'Connor's Cutting Edge, Republic of Telly, Des Bishop, this is Ireland), TV3, Sky Arts and heard on Newstalk (George Hook), this is Alison’s hilarious follow up to her smash-hit Fringe success …Discovers Hawaii.

Comedian Gearóid Farrelly’s show will address everything from Trump to decluttering and explain why you shouldn't toilet train a cat. Gearóid has appeared at comedy festivals all over the world. He has supported the likes of Joan Rivers and Sarah Millican in the UK. This year he toured Ireland with Neil Delamere and appears every week on his Sunday Best show on Today FM. 

Support on the night from Andrea Farrell (Stellar Comedian of the year)

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"To be an audience member in Farrelly’s crowd is a joy. Impeccable comic timing." ★★★★★ Broadway Baby

"Breezily chatty and effusively funny, Alison Spittle is a likeable combination of openness and chortling mischief." The Scotsman

Close To The Sun
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Close To The Sun

The Corps Ensemble / Written by Philip Doherty

Fri 24 - Sat 25 Nov 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc / Early Bird €15 (Book before 09 Sept 2017)

Perth, Australia – home to a generation of lost children of Ireland, an isolated city in a land of myth and music. Irishman Colin prepares for his wedding to Australian sweetheart, Sophie. But things take a turn when his estranged brother Rory appears, bringing demons from their shared past. In this new ensemble play by Philip Doherty, two ancient cultures clash in an epic battle for one Irishman’s loyalty. Will Colin remain in this parched paradise or return to the lush land of his childhood? You know what they say, you can’t go back to a place that doesn’t exist anymore.

Developed at FRINGE LAB with support from Dublin Fringe Festival and in association with Civic Theatre.
This work premiered at Dublin Fringe Festival 2017

Starring Mary Murray, Neill Fleming, Toni O’Rourke, Edwin Mullane, Sean Doyle, Jed Murray & Michael Bates.

Early Bird €15 (Book before 09 Sept 2017)

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HOME THEATRE (IRELAND) - Information Session

HOME THEATRE (IRELAND) - Information Session

With Veronica Coburn

Sat 25 Nov 2017 2PM-5PM Draiocht Workshop Room // FREE

HOME THEATRE (IRELAND) is an ambitious, large scale and innovative way of making theatre. It will pair 40 leading playwrights/theatre-makers with 30 community hosts. We will ask them to spend time together in the host’s home to chat and talk, after which the artists will write an original play inspired by the host and performed in the host’s own home to an invited audience. All 30 plays will be simultaneously performed across Dublin 15, on one night (6th October 2018) and a selection of the plays will be performed in Draíocht over 4 nights (10th to 13th October 2018).  HOME THEATRE (IRELAND) will be led by Artistic Director, Veronica Coburn, who worked with Draíocht on the 3 year project, Hallelujah! Draíocht’s Community Clown Choir (2013 to 2015).
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WE ARE NOW LOOKING FOR HOME HOSTS ... ARE YOU INTERESTED?
Draíocht is seeking 30 hosts across all of Dublin 15 that will work with us on this Project. It doesn’t matter if you live in a big house or a little house, an apartment, out on your own or in a housing estate. It doesn’t matter if you live alone or with a few people or with lots of people. If you are interested in meeting with an artist, having a conversation with them with a view to hosting 3 performances of the 20 minute piece in your home on October 6th 2018, then we want to hear from you. The performances will be at 5pm, 7pm and 9pm and will be for an audience size dictated by your home. We will work with you to decide who those audience members are and we will support you with volunteer staff on the night.

WE ARE NOW LOOKING FOR COMMUNITY AMBASSADORS ... IS THAT YOU?
Perhaps you would like to get involved in a different way? We are also looking for Community Ambasador’s who will partner with one host/home and act as a support to them. You will be their point of contact and be present for the visit and discussion between playwright/theatre maker and host. On the night of the performance, the Ambassador will be present for all three performances and will be the HOME THEATRE (IRELAND) representative. The Community Ambassadors will be supported by Draíocht staff.

An Information Session with Veronica Coburn will take place on Saturday 25 November at 2pm where you can learn more about the project.
If you are interested in attending, please pre-register with Box Office on 01-8852622.

This project was awarded a grant through The Arts Council’s Open Call Fund.
We want to both acknowledge and thank them for their support.

Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)
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Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

Sat 25 Nov 2017 12PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc / €5 children // Dur: 101 mins

Kubo and the Two Strings is an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed animation studio LAIKA. Young Kubo's peaceful existence comes crashing down when he accidentally summons a vengeful spirit from the past. Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey and Beetle to unlock a secret legacy. Armed with a magical instrument, Kubo must battle the Moon King and other gods and monsters to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known.

Cert: PG  Language: English  Dur: 101 mins  Dir: Travis Knight
In association with Access Cinema

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"Genuinely casts a spell on viewers." Rolling Stone

Focus On … Festive Felty Elf

Focus On … Festive Felty Elf

With Felt Artist Gina Faustino

Mon 27 Nov - Wed 6 Dec 2017 Draiocht Workshop Room // Cost per class €45

Get your class into the swing of festive fun with this felt making workshop with Felt Artist Gina Faustino. In this fun and hands on workshop, your pupils will each learn the exciting process of felting, before turning their piece of felt into their own Christmas Felt Elf to bring home.

MON 27 NOV  10.15AM-11.30AM OR 12PM-1.15PM
AGE RANGE: 1ST TO 2ND CLASS /

TUE 28 - WED 29 NOV  10.15AM-11.30AM OR 12PM-1.15PM
AGE RANGE: 5TH TO 6TH CLASS /

TUE 05 - WED 06 DEC   10.15AM-11.30AM OR 12PM-1.15PM
AGE RANGE: 3RD TO 4th CLASS


WORKSHOP NOTES:
Limited to 1 class per school but other classes are welcome to be part of a waiting list. Cost per class €45. Please get in touch with Sarah Beirne 01-8098029 if cost is an issue for your school. Max 30 pupils.
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White
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White

Catherine Wheels Theatre Co / Presented as part of Spréacha – Fingal’s International Arts Programme for Children at Draiocht

Thu 30 Nov - Sat 2 Dec 2017 Draiocht Studio // €7 adults / €5 children // Dur: 45 mins

Welcome to the beautifully strange world of White.
Full of birdsong and birdhouses, it gleams and dazzles and shines in the night. Two friends look after the birds and make sure the eggs stay safe. The world is bright, ordered and white. But high up in the trees, all is not white. Colour appears. First red … then yellow … then blue! White is a playful, highly visual new show for very young children and is a perfect first-time theatre experience.

THU 30 NOV  11AM * & 2PM
FRI 01 DEC    11AM & 2PM
SAT 02 DEC   11AM, 2PM ** (RELAXED PERF) & 4PM
Draíocht Studio   €7 adults / €5 children  Age 2-4 yrs / Dur: 45 mins

* Maybe you'd like also to take part in our 'Adventures With Colour' project as well as come to this 11am show?

** Our Relaxed Performance on Saturday 02 December at 2pm will have no sudden noises or bangs, restricted capacity, the ability to move around, softer and brighter lighting and music at a suitable level. We will also provide a chill-out area with low lighting for parents/guardians to bring children who may need to have a little break. If you are attending this performance and would like a Pre-Visit Guide in advance from Draiocht, please email philippa@draiocht.ie or let Box Office know when you're booking on 01-8852622 (Guide available from early November).

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The Woman is Present: Women’s Stories of WW2
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The Woman is Present: Women’s Stories of WW2

Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company / Playwrights Deirdre Kinahan, Mary Moynihan, Fiona Bawn Thompson and Paul Kennedy​

Thu 30 Nov 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €16 / €14 conc

The Woman is Present: Women’s Stories of WWII is a creative re-imagining of moments from the lives of women during WWII recalling stories of bravery, sacrifice and love amidst the horror of war, as women stood up against Fascism and totalitarianism and refused to accept oppression.  The performance is followed by a post-show discussion with the artists and invited guest speakers to explore powerful women’s stories in history and themes of gender equality and peace.
The performance features Ode to Ettie Steinberg by internationally-acclaimed playwright Deirdre Kinahan; My Name is Neus by Mary Moynihan and performances including Mary Elmes and Dolores Ibarurri by Mary Moynihan, Fiona Bawn Thompson and Paul Kennedy, remembering stories of powerful women during WWII.

Women’s stories in the performance include Mary Elmes (1908-2002), a Cork woman who was the first Irish person honoured as ‘Righteous Among Nations’ for her work saving Jewish children from the Nazi gas chambers during World War II; Ettie Steinberg (1914-42) the only female Jewish Irish citizen known to have been murdered in Auschwitz; Marta Hillers (1911-2001) from Germany who wrote her autobiography Eine Frau in Berlin (A Woman in Berlin) under the name ‘Anonyma’ (Anonymous), detailing her experiences of the last days of WWII as she and over one million other women were raped and abused by Allied soldiers of the Red Army; Neus Català Pallejà (b.1915) from Spain, a member of the United Socialist Party of Catalonia during the Spanish Civil War, an active collaborator with the French Resistance during WWII and the only living Spanish survivor of Ravensbrück  concentration camp for women;  and Dolores Ibárruri, or La Pasionaria (1895-1989), from Spain, a revolutionary leader, political activist, Communist and crusader against Fascism during the Spanish Civil War who created the famous cry ‘They Shall Not Pass’.

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The Rat Pack Live Christmas Show
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The Rat Pack Live Christmas Show

Fri 1 - Sat 2 Dec 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €22.50 / €20 conc

Start spreading the news and tell everyone that you are going to celebrate Christmas at Draíocht with The Rat Pack Live performing all the greatest songs of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr. Come along, listen and join in and experience the greatest songs of the famous Rat Pack era with classics like My Way, Chicago, Under My Skin, That’s Life, That’s Amore, Mr Bojangles plus some beautiful Christmas festive favourites like, White Christmas, Silent Night and many more.

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B.A.S.S. - Band And Song Support

B.A.S.S. - Band And Song Support

What Next? With CreateSchool / Saturday 02 December

Sat 2 Dec 2017 Draíocht Studio // Course Fee: €10

SAT 02  DEC 12PM-4PM  Age: 14-18 Years
Course Fee: €10


You’ve written your song, you have your music demo. What’s Next?
How do we promote and polish these songs?
How do we get it out there for others to hear?
If these are questions that you are interested in investigating and getting answers to, join Kevin and Peter from CreateSchool and find out what is next!

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The Great Gatsby (2013)

The Great Gatsby (2013)

Senior Cycle Film Screening in Association with Access Cinema

Wed 6 Dec 2017 10.30AM Main Auditorium // €5 Per Student / 2 Teachers Free per Class of 20+

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The Great Gatsby follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz, bootleg kings and sky-rocketing stocks. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy (Carey Mulligan) and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton). It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without of the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles.

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Cert: PG13 / Language: English / Drama, Romance / Dur: 2 hrs 23 mins / USA
Directed By: Baz Luhrmann
In association with Access Cinema

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Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
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Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Wed 6 Dec 2017 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc / €5 children // Dur: 96 mins

Macy’s department store needs to find a replacement Santa in the run up to Christmas. Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) - with his white beard and twinkling eyes - seem to be the perfect substitute; but when Kris claims that he is the real Santa Claus, he is soon dismissed. Can he prove that he is not insane and is indeed the real Father Christmas?
Starring Maureen O’Hara and Natalie Wood.

Cert: G  Language: English  Dur: 96 mins  Dir: George Seaton
In association with Access Cinema

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Hansel & Gretel
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Hansel & Gretel

Lyngo Theatre Company

Thu 7 - Sat 9 Dec 2017 10.15AM & 12.15PM / 2PM & 4PM Draiocht Studio // €7 adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class of 20+

Is hunger stronger than love? In this story, it seems to be as the poor woodsman’s empty stomach goes to his head, he gives in to the bony step-mother and they leave Hansel and Gretel in the forest, not just once but twice and the second time there won’t be any moonstones to follow back home. Instead they follow their noses to the sugary heart of darkness.
A musical theatre version of this classic brother and sister tale of adventure and magic where we’ll have you humming along throughout and cheering as the witch slides down into our flaming oven. 

THU 07 & FRI 08 DEC 10.15AM & 12.15PM
SAT 09 DEC  2PM & 4PM 
Draíocht Studio   €7 adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class of 20+
Age 4+ 


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Phil Coulter - Pure Gold
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Phil Coulter - Pure Gold

Thu 7 Dec 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €27.50 / €25 conc

Phil’s long career as a songwriter, producer and recording artiste has been recognised over the years with so many gold discs that the theme is totally appropriate. Very few in the music business can boast of having chart entries in every decade since the sixties. Even fewer can match the range of Phil’s output – from Eurovision winners to folk classics, from tender ballads to sporting anthems, from Luke Kelly to Elvis Presley!
His new show, Pure Gold, will feature Phil’s personal favourites as he trawls through his 50 years of creativity. 

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David O’Doherty Big Time
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David O’Doherty Big Time

Fri 8 Dec 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

David O'Doherty – the Aldi Bublé, the Ryanair Enya – is delighted to present an evening of his latest jokes and songs.
David has spent the last year on tour round America with Flight of the Conchords and performed at the Edinburgh Fringe and Melbourne Comedy Festival. Over Christmas, he sold out a record-breaking eleven nights at Whelan's and has just completed his largest ever UK tour.

As seen on Channel 4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.

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Good Time Villains / Declan Greene / Gary Tiernan

Good Time Villains / Declan Greene / Gary Tiernan

Presented by The Playlist, Phoenix FM

Sat 9 Dec 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €10

Generate the vibe for a gig that is to mark the end of a wonderful year on Phoenix FM, The Playlist will present what is to be an amazing night of music. A great opportunity to catch some of Blanchardstown’s local talent.
Indie Folk band Good Time Villains (GTV) will be playing crowd favourites such as Mr. Keeper and Lemonade Lakes. Declan Greene’s meticulously crafted songs tell deep, soulful & relatable stories. And Gary Tiernan has been described by Ceol Collective as ‘an excellent songwriter with commanding delicate vocals to complement his tales of love and relationships.

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ABBA Forever
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ABBA Forever

It’s Christmas! It’s Party Time! It’s ABBA!

Wed 13 Dec 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €17 conc

Their music is still the most played on radio stations around the world; the musical based on their life is still packing theatres from Waterloo to Timbuktu and Mamma Mia was a huge cinema hit. This terrific show celebrates their success with the finest ABBA voices you will ever hear. Expect a dazzling, fantastic party night out! Get your glad rags on, brush up on the lyrics, don the dancing boots and come to the best party in town!

* please note change from printed season brochure.
There is now no show on Tuesday 12th December.

 

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Christmas with The Dublin Gospel Choir
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Christmas with The Dublin Gospel Choir

Thu 14 Dec 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €16 conc / Early Bird: €15 (book before 9th Sept 2017)

Carol singers are synonymous with the Christmas season so enter into the fullest feeling of Christmas with beautiful arrangements of traditional favourites along with some festive gospel hits!
Dublin Gospel Choir are a group of performers with a shared love of music and the joy it can bring. They have been delighting audiences at home and abroad for over 20 years with a unique mix of gospel, soul, RnB and contempory arrangements. Versatile, passionate and vibrant they uplift and energise with powerful voices and rich harmonies.
Over the years the choir have shared the stage with music industry heavyweights such as Rod Stewart, John Legend, Kodaline, Outkast, Damien Rice and Ennio Morricone to name but a few and their annual ‘Sunday Service’ slot at Ireland’s Electric Picnic is now legendary.
The choir are delighted to release their brand new Christmas Album this year, featuring some of their favourite songs of the season, so we invite you to bring your jingle bells and get into the Christmas spirit! 

Early Bird: €15 (book before 9th Sept 2017)

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End of Year Christmas Concert

End of Year Christmas Concert

Clonee Music Tuition Centre

Fri 15 Dec 2017 8PM Draíocht Studio // €10

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Join Clonee Music Tuition Centre for what promises to be a most enjoyable evening of music showcasing the talents of current and former students.   Celebrate the season with an exciting selection of music and songs from different genres, with some Christmas favourites for audience participation! Clonee Music Tuition Centre, established in 2009 provides instrumental and vocal tuition for students of all ages and Pre-Instrumental Courses for younger children.   

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Family Day - Crazy Christmas Card Print - SOLD OUT

Family Day - Crazy Christmas Card Print - SOLD OUT

Sat 16 Dec 2017 12 NOON-3PM Draíocht Galleries // FREE

Create your reindeer and print him green, etch an elephant and add a red nose, stamp a tree with purple snow…our artists will be on hand to show you the techniques to print a Christmas Card and you can show our artist just how crazy your festive imagination can be!

Booking tel: 01-8852622

Family Day Notes:
Sessions Are Free, But Space Is Limited.
Max 50 per workshop
Session 1: 12pm-12.50pm
Session 2: 1pm-1.50pm
Session 3: 2pm-2.50pm
Dress for Mess/ Unless otherwise stated workshops are designed for children from 5-10 years, though younger and older siblings are welcome to take part/ Please be aware that Draíocht’s Family Days are not designed for groups/ All children must be accompanied by an adult… and all adults must be accompanied by a child!

Carols for Christmas - New Dublin Voices
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Carols for Christmas - New Dublin Voices

With Guest Choir, St Brigid’s NS Choir, Castleknock

Sat 16 Dec 2017 3PM & 8PM Main Auditorium // €15 / €12 conc / Family of 4: €40

International award-winning New Dublin Voices invite you to join them in celebrating Christmas! As those who come along every year will tell you, there's a beautiful Christmas atmosphere, with the very best of carols and songs for the season, as well as high spirits and fun, readings from great Christmas stories and poems, laughs for everyone - whether young or young at heart! Pop in from the cold outside, sit back and enjoy the arrival of Christmas.
Director: Bernie Sherlock.
St Brigid’s NS Choir Conductor, Niamh Williams.

To book a family of 4 Phone Box Office on 01 8852622.

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Arthur Christmas (2011)

Arthur Christmas (2011)

Mon 18 Dec 2017 11.30AM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class of 20+ // Dur: 97 mins

So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night? The answer: Santa's exhilarating, ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole. But at the heart of the film is a story with the ingredients of a Christmas classic - a family in a state of comic dysfunction and an unlikely hero, Santa's clumsy but loveable son Arthur, on an urgent mission that must be completed before Christmas morning dawns.

Cert: PG  Language: English  Dur: 97 mins
In association with Access Cinema

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"Utterly charming … thanks to its wonderfully detailed animation, abundance of gags and brilliantly drawn characters." Film 4

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
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The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

Tue 19 Dec 2017 11.30AM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class of 20+ // Dur: 86 mins

The Muppets perform the classic Dickens holiday tale, with Kermit the Frog playing Bob Cratchit, the put-upon clerk of stingy Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Caine). Other Muppets -- Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie Bear and Sam the Eagle - weave in and out of the story, while Scrooge receives visits from spirits of Christmases past, present and future showing him the error of his self-serving ways.

Cert: U  Language: English  Dur: 86 mins  Dir: Brian Henson
In association with Access Cinema

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"Good Fun." Time Out Film Guide

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Coolmine Panto Group

Fri 5 - Sun 21 Jan 2018 VARIOUS TIMES Main Auditorium // €20 / €17 conc / €15 Relaxed Performance

Join the whimsical fun-filled world of Lewis Carroll and follow Alice as she chases the White Rabbit on a journey into Wonderland. It’s a topsy-turvy place that gets ‘curiouser and curiouser’ as Alice meets unforgettable characters – the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, Queen of Hearts, Tweedledum and Tweedledee and many more. Filled with spectacular song and dance, this is a classic pantomime for all the family.

FRI 05    7.30PM
SAT 06   2PM & 7.30PM / SUN 07  1PM & 5.30PM
WED 10  7.30PM (RELAXED PERFORMANCE €15)
THU 11   7.30PM / FRI 12  7.30PM
SAT 13   2PM & 7.30PM / SUN 14  1PM & 5.30PM
THU 18   7.30PM / FRI 19  7.30PM
SAT 20    2PM & 7.30PM / SUN 21  2PM

Our Relaxed Performance on Wednesday 10th January will have no sudden noises or bangs, restricted capacity, the ability to move around, softer and brighter lighting and music at a suitable level. We will also provide a chill-out area with low lighting for parents/guardians to bring children who may need to have a little break. If you are attending this performance and would like a Pre-Visit Guide (Visual & Written) in advance from Draiocht, please email philippa@draiocht.ie or let Box Office know when you're booking on 01-8852622 (Guide available early January). All tickets for this performance are €15.

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My Life as a Courgette / Ma vie de Courgette

My Life as a Courgette / Ma vie de Courgette

Draiocht in Association with The Irish Film Institute

Wed 24 Jan 2018 10.30AM Main Auditorium // €5 Per Student / 2 Teachers Free per Class of 20+

This season Draíocht will collaborate once again with the Irish Film Institutes Education Programme by screening the film 'My Life as a Courgette / Ma vie de Courgette' for TY and Senior Cycle Secondary School Students, in French (with English subtitles).

'My Life as a Courgette' is an Academy Award-nominated stop-motion animation from Director Claude Barras and Writer Céline Sciamma, (GIRLHOOD, TOMBOY). After his alcoholic mother’s sudden death, 9 year old Icare, nicknamed Courgette, is befriended by a police officer, Raymond, who accompanies him to his new foster home filled with other orphans his age. At first he struggles to find his place in this often strange and hostile environment. Yet, with Raymond’s help and his newfound friends, Courgette eventually learns to trust and love, as he searches for a new family of his own. The combination of respectful characterisation and distinctive style is hugely affecting, yielding a tender film for young audiences, of youthful angst with a complete difference.

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Dur 70 mins •  Cert: 12A • Suitable for TY, 5th & 6th year students
Switzerland/France • 2016 • French with English Subtitles • Animation/Comedy Drama • Director: Claude Barras

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"" ★★★★★ Irish Times

"" ★★★★ Guardian

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David O’Doherty Big Time
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David O’Doherty Big Time

Fri 26 Jan 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

David O'Doherty – the Aldi Bublé, the Ryanair Enya – is delighted to present an evening of his latest jokes and songs.

David has spent the last year on tour round America with Flight of the Conchords and performed at the Edinburgh Fringe and Melbourne Comedy Festival. Over Christmas, he sold out a record-breaking eleven nights at Whelan's and has just completed his largest ever UK tour.

As seen on Channel 4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.

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Bobby Mc’s Speakeasy

Bobby Mc’s Speakeasy

Hot Swing. Cool Jazz. 40s 50s 60s

Sat 27 Jan 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc

Swing was born in the backstreet clubs of America during prohibition. It was exciting, fun, energetic, wild.
Bobby Mc's Speakeasy is bringing that experience back with a vibrant Live Show. Some of the greatest swing acts launched their careers in their early 20's - Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Nat King Cole and more. We invite you to the launch of Bobby Mc's Speakeasy with his great big band where we will swing through time from the old greats to the greats of today. At 23, Bobby Mc has vast experience, nationally and internationally. So come and join us for this unforgettable night and as Bobby Darin said "This could be the start of something big".

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Reeling in the Showband Years
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Reeling in the Showband Years

It’s Back, it’s Bigger & it’s Better!

Tue 30 - Wed 31 Jan 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €32 / €30 conc

Go back in time to this magical era and never to be repeated time in Irish popular music! Compere Ronan Collins will sing his renowned tributes to Joe Dolan, Dickie Rock and more. Joining Ronan will be Ireland’s greatest voice, Red Hurley singing all his great hits. Also brother and Sister combo, Keith & Lorraine McDonald, with their fantastic tribute to all things Showband. Also the big sound of The Conquerors Showband and Eurovision stars Tommy and Jimmy Swarbrigg. Gina from The Champions, and a surprise hit from last year, Dave Lawlor, complete this super line up.

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Jason Byrne – The Man with Three Brains
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Jason Byrne – The Man with Three Brains

Thu 1 - Fri 2 Feb 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €22 / €20 conc

‘The Man With Three Brains’ is a brand new show from the highly acclaimed and extremely funny, Jason Byrne.
Jason has three brains which kick into action when he hits the stage. His left brain scans the audience and room, looking for improv moments. His right brain collates stand-up material and stunts, poised to dish out the funnies at speed. His centre brain is Jason’s coach, pushing him to the limit.
This show will peel back the madness inside Jason Byrne’s head to reveal all three brains working individually. The fastest thinking comic around will not only trip himself up, but probably you too.
It’s been a busy few years for Byrne.  In addition to his extensive touring worldwide, his Radio 2 show was awarded the UK radio industry’s prestigious Sony Radio Gold Award.  As well as fronting a brand new studio based comedy chat show Jason Byrne's Snaptastic Show for TV3, he is co-host of Sky’s hugely popular new entertainment programme Wild Things on Sky1. Also seen on Live at the Apollo (BBC1), The Royal Variety Show (ITV1), The John Bishop Show (BBC1), and Father Figure (BBC1) of which he is creator and star.

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"Unmissable." Evening Standard

"Watching a new Jason Byrne show is a bit like witnessing lightning in a bottle." Edinburgh Evening News

"Byrne is consistently brilliant." Metro

"The outright king of live comedy." Times

Al Grant – The Life & Music of Jim Reeves
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Al Grant – The Life & Music of Jim Reeves

With Special Guest Isla Grant

Sat 17 Feb 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €25 / €23 conc

Al GRANT presents a unique insight into the Life and Music of the legendary singer Jim Reeves with a wonderful concert of his classic hit songs. With narration of Jim's life together with video screen footage this will be a unique evening of Songs and Story. Renowned for his classic interpretation of Jim Reeves songs with unerring similarity to the voice of the Great Man, Al will perform all of Jim Reeves classic hit songs including: 'I Love You Because', 'He’ll Have To Go', 'Adios Amigo', 'Distant Drums', 'Danny Boy', 'You are The Only Good Thing', 'I Won’t Forget You', 'It Hurts So Much', 'Moonlight & Roses' and, of course, 'Welcome To My World' and many others.
Special guest on the night will be renowned singer/songwriter Isla Grant who played a sold-out concert here last February.

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The Golden Dream / La Juala de Oro

The Golden Dream / La Juala de Oro

Draiocht in Association with The Irish Film Institute

Wed 21 Feb 2018 10.30AM Main Auditorium // €5 Per Student / 2 Teachers Free per Class of 20+

This season Draíocht will collaborate once again with the Irish Film Institutes Education Programme by screening the film 'The Golden Dream / La Juala de Oro'  for TY and Senior Cycle Secondary School Students, in Spanish (with English subtitles). Recommended age: 15+

A group of Guatemalan teenagers attempt to make their way to the U.S.A., dreaming of the better life that the country promises, but they are ill equipped, both physically and emotionally, for the challenges they face getting there. Sara attempts to pass as a boy, thinking that will make her less vulnerable; Juan positions himself as the group’s guide and cheerleader, but he proves himself as naïve as the others; Samuel struggles from the start of the adventure, while Chauk, an indigenous Indian, speaks no Spanish.
Diego Quemada-Díez has previously worked with Ken Loach, and there’s evidence of that in the film’s raw realism and its committed social concerns. It’s a brilliant and effecting debut, which has won numerous prizes on the festival circuit, including an award for its young ensemble cast at Cannes 2013.

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Dur 108 mins • Age 15+ • Suitable for TY, 5th & 6th year students
Guatemala/Spain/ Mexico  • 2013 • Drama  • Spanish with English Subtitles • Director: Diego Quemada-Díez

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"Absorbing and suspenseful " ★★★★ The Guardian

"A beautiful film, full of human warmth, compassion and truth. The struggle of the innocent is caught with precision. Terrific!" Ken Loach

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The Man in Black Johnny Cash Tribute Show
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The Man in Black Johnny Cash Tribute Show

Tommy Swarbrigg Productions / Featuring Terry Lee Goffee

Thu 22 - Fri 23 Feb 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €22 / €20 conc

Direct from the USA, the No. 1 Johnny Cash Tribute right across America 'The Man In Black' returns to Ireland. He was a sensation and a complete sell out when he appeared in Draiocht in 2009 & 2017, so we are really excited to have him back. Featuring Terry Lee Goffee and his band, this is one show you won’t want to miss.

He sings like Johnny and he looks like Johnny and he performs just like the great man, with energy, charisma and vitality! Featuring songs from all periods of Johnny's career, Terry regularly performs in Theatres all over the USA to great acclaim. This not to be missed night which celebrates the music and power of The Man in Black, features 34 classic songs from all periods of his career such as ‘Sunday Morning Coming Down’, ‘I Walk The Line’, ‘Ring Of Fire’ and ‘Folsom Prison Blues’.

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"The show is great, my brother would be proud." Tommy Cash.

Chris Kent - Moving On

Chris Kent - Moving On

Sat 24 Feb 2018 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €12

Cork comedian Chris Kent presents his 5th solo show, Moving On. 
Returning with his charming and surreal style, Chris has a new perspective on life. Having moved to the UK and recently becoming a dad for the first time, adult life is leaving him more confused than ever ...

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"Original hilarious material...Among the best acts I’ve seen." ★★★★★ The Mirror

"Carefree, comedic bulls-eye." The Dubliner Magazine

"Fresh and original material, extremely endearing performer." Broadway Baby

"A truly gifted storyteller with a deceptively naturalistic style." Chortle

Sandy Kelly Sings Patsy Cline - Music and Memories
  • Friends Special Price Event

Sandy Kelly Sings Patsy Cline - Music and Memories

With Special Guests Gerry Guthrie & Band

Thu 22 Mar 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €25 / €23 conc

This wonderful evening of nostalgia brings the audience on a trip down memory lane to listen to the music of the great Patsy Cline. The classic songs such as 'Crazy' and 'Sweet Dreams' are timeless. Sandy had the first and only Patsy Cline show in London's West End with an extended run playing to full houses. Special guest on the show is Gerry Guthrie with a brilliant live band. This is a show not to be missed. Sandy Kelly is looking forward to meeting her many friends in this truly nostalgic evening in celebration of the music and memories of Patsy Cline.

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