Phil Coulter Festive Reflections - SOLD OUT
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Phil Coulter Festive Reflections - SOLD OUT

Thu 8 Dec 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €27.50 / €25 conc

Up in that Pantheon inhabited by the biggest selling recording artistes of all time in Ireland, rubbing shoulders with Bono and the Boys, you might be surprised to bump into Phil Coulter. He has performed with everyone from James Galway and the London Symphony Orchestra to Nanci Griffith and The Blue Moon Orchestra, not to mention Henry Mancini, Elmer Bernstein and Quincy Jones.

Come and join Phil this Christmas where he will perform new arrangements of all his favourite classic songs from The Town I Loved So Well to Steal Away along with a seasonal selection with his very special guest, Geraldine Branagan.

Blanchardstown School of Music Christmas Showcase

Blanchardstown School of Music Christmas Showcase

Fri 9 Dec 2016 7PM Main Auditorium // €7

December 9th see’s Blanchardstown School of Music return to Draíocht for their Christmas Concert. The concert will showcase the talent of the students ranging from Singing, Piano, Drums, Violin & Guitar. With some festive inspired pieces along with some of the students exam preparation work it will be an afternoon of fantastic music and upbeat performances!

Blanchardstown School of Music is based in Coolmine Industrial Estate, Blanchardstown and was established in 2007 and has steadily grown since then with a wide variety of music lessons available in all instruments.

* please note start time is now 7pm

www.blanchmusic.com

Family Day Open Studio with Artist Jole Bortoli - SOLD OUT

Family Day Open Studio with Artist Jole Bortoli - SOLD OUT

Sat 10 Dec 2016 10AM-10.45AM & 11AM-11.45AM First Floor Gallery // FREE

These Open Studio sessions are designed for members of the public and families to drop in and meet our Artist in Residence, Jole Bortoli.
Explore her studio space in our First Floor Gallery and work creatively alongside Jole to respond to ‘The Beautiful Beasts’ exhibition, situated in our Ground Floor Gallery

Sessions are free. Please pre-register with the Box Office on tel: 01-8852622

ABBA Forever - SOLD OUT
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ABBA Forever - SOLD OUT

Tommy Swarbrigg Productions

Tue 13 Dec 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €17 conc

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

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Des Bishop - Grey Matters
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Des Bishop - Grey Matters

Wed 14 - Thu 15 Dec 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €22.50 / €20 conc

The fantasy of everlasting youth dyed with Des’s last purchase of Just for Men over a year ago. Now he is embracing the Grey and letting the wisdom of his years inspire his stand up. Grey Matters tackles the issues confronting Des these days, returning to live in New York, being surrounded by other people’s kids, gender and marriage equality, the dangers of snapchat, dating a Chinese woman, reaching 40 and most of all, after the documentary-style stand up show about his time in China, Des is looking forward to returning to straight stand up where he can riff about whatever is on his mind. 

May contain strong language.

Read more ... Des Bishop at 40 ... 

Jack Lukeman Sings!
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Jack Lukeman Sings!

Northern Lights - Songs of The Season

Fri 16 Dec 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €22 / €20 conc

Back by popular demand, in this show, 'Northern Lights – Songs of The Season', Jack will sing songs which take him back to winters of long ago and songs which conjure up the atmosphere of winters and Christmases of his childhood! He will also feature some brilliant new material from his brand new self-penned album! Jack L is one of Ireland’s treasures and the press have sung his praises for decades. Now it’s your chance to enjoy Jack L as we welcome him back to Draíocht this Season.

* Please note date change from printed Season Brochure from 10 December to 16 December. Apologies for any inconvenience.

"As with all great shows, it’s over too soon." Edinburgh Evening News

"A gorgeous, versatile Baritone." The Washington Post

"Undoubtedly the show of the Arts festival." San Diego Union Tribune

Christmas Elf Making Workshop 2016 - SOLD OUT

Christmas Elf Making Workshop 2016 - SOLD OUT

Sat 17 Dec 2016 Draiocht Workshop Room // €10 Per Child (Accompanying Adult Free)

WORKSHOP 1: 4-6 YEARS: 10.30AM-12PM (SOLD OUT)
WORKSHOP 2: 7-9 YEARS: 1PM-2.30PM

Santa is so busy at Christmas time - can you make a Christmas Elf to help him out? Your Elf’s help might be required on Christmas Eve during your sleep! Wearing old clothes or an overall is a good idea. All materials will be provided and early booking is advised.

Phone Draíocht's Box Office on 01-8852622.
Please adhere to age recommendations: workshops have been especially catered for this age range. All children must be accompanied by an adult and all adults must be accompanied by a child. 
 

Carols for Christmas 2016 - SOLD OUT
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Carols for Christmas 2016 - SOLD OUT

New Dublin Voices with Guest Choir St Brigid’s NS Choir, Castleknock

Sat 17 Dec 2016 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
Guest Choir St Brigid’s NS Choir, Castleknock, conductor Niamh Williams.

To book a family of 4 Phone 01 8852622

Sleeping Beauty The Panto

Sleeping Beauty The Panto

Coolmine Panto Group

Fri 6 - Sun 22 Jan 2017 Main Auditorium // €20 / €17 conc

FRI 06 – SUN 22 JAN 2017

FRI 06   7.30PM /
SAT 07  2PM & 7.30PM / SUN 08  1PM & 5PM /
THU 12  7.30PM / FRI 13  7.30PM /
SAT 14   2PM & 7.30PM / SUN 15  1PM & 5PM /
WED 18  7.30PM (AUTISM FRIENDLY SHOW €17) /
THU 19   7.30PM / FRI 20  7.30PM /
SAT 21   2PM & 7.30PM / SUN 22  2PM

A Pantomime for all the family, Sleeping Beauty is a classic fairy tale about a beautiful Princess, an enchanted spinning wheel and a handsome Prince. The legend that transcends time begins with a christening, a jealous fairy called Magnificent and her evil spell at the Princess’s birthday party. But there to help is Auntie Dolly Dollar, the Duchess of Dishwater and her “friends”! A Pantomime full of fun, song, dance and romance all spin together in Coolmine Panto Group’s spectacular production.



Our sensory friendly production on Wednesday 18th 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 and Storyboard in advance from the Panto Group, please email philippa@draiocht.ie or let Box Office know when you're booking on 01-8852622 (available in early January). All tickets for this performance are €17.

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A Feast of Coolmine Talent 2017

A Feast of Coolmine Talent 2017

Coolmine Community School

Tue 24 Jan 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €10 / Early Bird: €8 (book before 31 December 2016)

Coolmine Community School's students are back and promise to entertain you again this season. Prepare to be dazzled by their musical, dance and dramatic abilities. This is the 16th year Coolmine Community School has staged the Feast of Talent show in Draíocht and it promises to be a night not to be missed.

Tickets available from Draíocht’s Box Office (not from the School).

Early Bird: €8 (book before 31 December 2016)

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Reeling in the Showband Years
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Reeling in the Showband Years

It’s Back, it’s Bigger & its Better!

Wed 25 - Thu 26 Jan 2017 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 and Dickie Rock. Joining Ronan will be brother and sister duo Keith & Lorraine McDonald, with their fantastic tribute to The Showband Ladies; the big sound of The Conquerors Showband and Eurovision stars Tommy and Jimmy Swarbrigg. Gina from The Champions, Red Hurley and Gregory from The Cadets with his version of ‘The Laughing Policeman’, complete this super all-star line up.

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The Quiet Tree
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The Quiet Tree

Traditional music, storytelling and puppetry performance for Ages 3-6 Yrs

Tue 31 Jan - Thu 2 Feb 2017 Draíocht Studio // €7 adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class / Age 3-6 yrs / Dur: 45 mins

Show Times:
Tues 31 Jan    2pm & 4pm
Weds 01 Feb  10am & 2pm
Thurs 02 Feb  10am & 11.30am

The creatures of Whistleberry Forest have discovered a little oak tree growing deep in the woods. However, there are no birds singing, no leaves rustling and no animals scurrying around its trunk.  This delightful music performance takes children and accompanying adults on an adventure through the forest where they explore musical instruments, sing and dance, and help Ornaith the Owl, Sorley the Snail and Faolán the Frog bring the little oak tree to life.

Ceol Connected's 'The Quiet Tree' is an intimate traditional music, storytelling and puppetry performance specifically designed for young children (aged 3-6 yrs) and their families. A participating adult(s) should accompany children (maximum of two adults per child).

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Casablanca (1942)
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Casablanca (1942)

Wed 1 Feb 2017 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

In Casablanca, Morocco in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate (Humphrey Bogart) meets a former lover (Ingrid Bergman), with unforeseen complications. An undisputed masterpiece and perhaps Hollywood's quintessential statement on love and romance, Casablanca has only improved with age, boasting career-defining performances from Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. "You must do the thinking for both of us," Ilsa says to Rick. He does, and his plan brings the story to its satisfyingly logical, if not entirely happy, conclusion.

Cert: PG  Language: English  Dur: 102 mins   Dir: Michael Curtiz
In association with Access Cinema

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Jason Byrne Is Propped Up
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Jason Byrne Is Propped Up

Thu 2 - Fri 3 Feb 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €22 / €20 conc

Jason Byrne’s brand new show has everything you’ve come to expect from ‘The Outright King of Live Comedy’ (The Times), plus Ducks, False Chins, Portable Igloos, Bewildered Owls and much, much more. The star of ‘Wild Things’ (Sky 1) and ‘The Snaptastic Show’ (TV3) has gone back to his comedy roots, probably so he can pull them up and use them as a prop as well.

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

"Unmissable." Evening Standard

Back to the 80s

Back to the 80s

Sacred Heart Of Jesus National School

Wed 8 - Sat 11 Feb 2017 Main Auditorium // €15 / €10 conc

GOING ON SALE SHORTLY

WED 08 - FRI 10 FEB  8PM
SAT 11 FEB     2PM & 8PM 


Following the success of their previous sell out shows 'The Wizard of Oz', 'Honk!', 'Bugsy Malone' and 'Oliver!', the pupils of Scoil an Chroí Ró Naofa Íosa return to Draíocht's stage to present 'Back to the 80's'.
 
From the era that brought the world The Rubik's Cube, Knight Rider and The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comes this 'totally awesome' musical in the style of movies such as Back To The Future, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Karate Kid and The Wedding Singer. Set in the USA, 'Back To The 80's!' tells the story of the senior class of William Ocean High School that graduated in the 1980's, as remembered and seen through the eyes of Corey Palmer, who is now 30-something. Join the cast as they experience the fun, heartbreak, loves and loneliness of growing up ... all set to the biggest hits of the 80's! Throw in a Star Wars dream sequence, high-energy dance routines, the obligatory 80's party scene, copious amounts of blue eye-shadow, twenty cans of hairspray, as well as some of the most popular songs ever written, and the result is a musical that will delight and amuse an audience of any age.
So come along and join the party!

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When Harry Met Sally (1989)
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When Harry Met Sally (1989)

Wed 15 Feb 2017 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

Its 1977. Harry Burns (Billy Crystal) and Sally Albright (Meg Ryan) share a long car ride from the University of Chicago to their new, post-graduation lives in NYC. En route, they discuss whether a man and a woman can be friends, without sex getting in the way. This romantic comedy chronicles this dilemma through their eleven year relationship as they both search for love, but fail, bumping into each other time and time again.

Cert: 15   Language: English  Dur: 96 mins   Dir: Rob Reiner
In association with Access Cinema

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"Funny, charming and cleverly loveable." ★★★★★ Rotten Tomatoes

Zarafa

Zarafa

Primary School Screening in Association with the Irish Film Institute

Thu 16 Feb 2017 10.30AM Main Auditorium // €2 per student. 2 teachers free per class

This season Draíocht will collaborate once again with the Irish Film Institutes Education Programme by screening 'Zarafa' for Primary School Pupils, recommended age 6+.This film is accompanied by an IFI Study Guide for teachers, downloadable from www.ifi.ie/zarafa (from mid October 2016).

This refreshingly old-school, hand-drawn animation imagines how the first giraffe got from Africa to Paris through a story involving a slave boy, Maki, a hot air balloon and a kindly Bedouin trader. After Maki escapes evil slave trader Moreno, he befriends a baby giraffe who is captured by the Bedouin. Maki insists on accompanying the animal on the long journey across desert and sea, to be presented as a gift to the King of France.

France/Belgium l 2012 l 78mins l Animation/Family l Language: English
Directors: Rémi Bezançon, Jean-Christophe Lie
Study guide available from October. Download from www.ifi.ie/zarafa

School Booking Details:
Suitable for pupils age 6+
Cost:€2 per student. 2 teachers free per class.
Booking tel: 01-8852622
Please let us know about any special needs at time of booking.

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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

Thu 16 Feb 2017 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 Draíocht in 2009, 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.

The Three Tenors 2017
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The Three Tenors 2017

With Star Violinist & Local Guest Choir

Fri 17 Feb 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €28 / €26 conc

Performing up to 100 concerts annually in major venues throughout Ireland & UK - Derek, Dominic and Shane - collectively The Three Tenors Ireland - have been the headline act annually in such prestigious venues as the National Concert Hall Dublin, Cork Opera House, UCH Limerick, Wexford Opera House and recent sell-outs in Belfast Waterfront Hall and the 5 star Belfast Lyric Theatre. They also performed in Armagh, Belfast,Christ-Church Dublin, & Galway Cathedrals. Standing Ovations at every Concert! The trio has regularly appeared on both BBC and RTE Radio One and recently gave a lenthy interview on TV3 March 2016.

Ireland’s Hottest trio - RTE award-winners Derek Moloney, Dominic McGorian and Shane Morgan, promise you a night to remember! Introducing new hits ‘Caledonia’ ‘Over the Rainbow’ ‘RUN’ & ‘I don’t wanna talk about it’ (in special arrangements) the trio also include firm favourites ‘I Believe’, ‘SHE’ and from Sinatra (My Way/New York, New York), Leonard Cohen (Hallelujah), Pavarotti (Nessun Dorma) and The Dubliners - A rousing selection of the greatest Irish Ballads to include (Song for Ireland/The Wild Rover).

This exciting, thrilling, fast-moving concert is packed with the world’s most beautiful, magical feel-good, uplifting songs. Their noted friendliness & connection with their audience makes this event a special night-out.

Guest Choir - St Patrick's NS Diswellstown, D15

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"‘FABULOUS, high-calibre, contemporary style -the entire audience was moved by their soulful performance." Sunday Independent

"The best version of ‘Hallelujah." RTE

"I would recommend this wonderful concert to anyone–the most delicious box of chocolates your ears could ever have. Knockout vocal performance." New York Times

Pauline Scanlon
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Pauline Scanlon

Gossamer

Sat 18 Feb 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

Hailing from Dingle, West Kerry, Pauline is one half of celebrated singing duo LUMIERE, a project which has seen her perform throughout the world in recent years including a performance in Carnegie Hall in 2014.
This vocalist and songwriter galvanised the Irish music scene with her stunning debut album, Red Colour Sun. Coming from the Irish tradition yet equally versed on the world and contemporary music realms, Scanlon is capable of making the oldest ballads sound immediate and fresh while granting newer material a timeless resonance.

Gossamer is her first solo album in 10 years, and is a collection of songs steeped in loss and love. Produced by long time collaborator John Reynolds (Sinéad O’Connor, Seun Kuti, Herbie Hancock, Damien Dempsey) it sees Pauline push herself out of the acoustic and into a more electric soundscape. Gossamer unveils her palette of ferocity and fragility in a new, dramatic context.

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"Her voice is a superb mix of china cup fragility and steely strength." The Irish Times

Frances Black and Kieran Goss Reunion

Frances Black and Kieran Goss Reunion

David Hull Promotions

Wed 22 Feb 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €27.50

Following the success of their Grand Opera House Belfast shows, Frances Black and Kieran Goss have announced details for their Reunion Tour in 2017 and we are delighted to welcome them to Draiocht.
It’s been over 20 years since Frances Black and Kieran Goss last toured together. In the intervening years both artists have enjoyed huge international success in their respective solo careers, but it was the inspired pairing of these unique talents as a duo in the early ’90s that first caught the imagination of the Irish public.

Now for the first time in Blanchardstown they reunite for this special show.

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The Humours of Bandon
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The Humours of Bandon

Fishamble: The New Play Company / Written and performed by Margaret McAuliffe

Thu 23 Feb 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc / Early Bird: €16 (book before 07 Jan 2017) // Dur: 60 Mins

‘Hammer that floor… don’t be afraid of it.’

For Annie, a teenage Dubliner, Irish Dancing is everything and nothing. At odds with her mother, her teacher, and her bendies, Annie struggles with knowing that, if she gets everything just perfect, then this time she could be, might be, should be: the Irish Open Champion. Or maybe not. And why, actually, is it so important to come first? Does winning really matter?
From the confines of every parochial hall in Ireland, Irish Dancing champions are churned out at a massive rate. Riverdance swells a national pride, must-have costumes cost a fortune, medals and cups build up in drawing rooms, but the public isn’t privy to the blood, sweat and mind-numbing commitment that pave the way to the first place podium.

The Humours of Bandon is a coming of age story, full of heart and wisdom, for anyone who had a childhood passion that threatened to overwhelm their life – or has had to ferry a child to a competition they don’t quite understand.
The Humours of Bandon premiered at Bewleys Café Theatre @ Powerscourt as part of Show in a Bag an artist development initiative of Tiger Dublin Fringe, Fishamble: The New Play Company and Irish Theatre Institute to resource theatre makers and actors.

WINNER Little Gem Award at Tiger Dublin Fringe 2016
NOMINATED Best Performer at Tiger Dublin Fringe 2016

Written and performed by Margaret McAuliffe
Direction & Dramaturgy by Stefanie Preissner 

Early Bird: €16 (book before 07 Jan 2017)

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"Terrific one woman show ... both writing and performance are by turns sharp, charming and hilarious ... All round, a champion turn." ★★★★ The Irish Times

"Truly breathtaking ... a tour de force for McAuliffe ... dazzling performance that really needs to be seen to be believed." ★★★★ The Reviews Hub

"... not surprising that at the end that she received a “Riverdance” like ovation." NoMoreWorkHorse

Isla Grant The Hits Concert 2017
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Isla Grant The Hits Concert 2017

With Al Grant

Fri 24 Feb 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €25 / €23 conc

Scotland’s most popular singer-songwriter Isla Grant makes a welcome return visit to Ireland. Isla is now established in Ireland, Austraila, the UK, Canada and America as a singer/songwriter of the highest quality. In the last year she has completed hugely successful Tours of New Zealand, Australia and the UK and once again received a 'Gold Disc' for CD sales. Add this to nine 'Platinum Discs' already received in Ireland and you can see why this Scottish Lass is so popular. Her highly entertaining concert show features all her wonderful hit songs. Isla's interaction with her audience is second to none and the atmosphere at her live Shows is a joy to behold. As always her genial husband Al Grant will feature in a guest spot in the show.

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Pulp Fiction (1994)
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Pulp Fiction (1994)

Wed 1 Mar 2017 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

One of the most influential films of the 1990s (and nominated for 7 Oscars), the outrageously violent, time-twisting Pulp Fiction is a delirious mix of thrills, pitch-black humour and pop-culture touchstones. The Oscar-winning script by Tarantino and Roger Avary intertwines three stories, featuring Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta as hit men; Bruce Willis as a boxer out of a 1940s B-movie; and such other stalwarts as Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Christopher Walken, Eric Stoltz, Ving Rhames, and Uma Thurman, whose dance sequence with Travolta proved an instant classic.

Cert: 18  Language: English  Dur: 154 mins   Dir: Quentin Tarantino
In association with Access Cinema

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Doomdah by Foil Arms and Hog
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Doomdah by Foil Arms and Hog

Thu 2 Mar 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc / Early Bird: €15 (book before 07 January 2017)

Foil Arms and Hog are Ireland's top comedy sketch group. Called ‘Pure Brilliant’ by Tommy Tiernan, the group have over four million hits on YouTube and have sold out five shows at Dublin's Vicar street. With regular sketches on RTE, viral comedy hits like 'How to Speak Dublin' and over 70,000 online followers, Foil Arms and Hog have established themselves amongst the new breed of Irish comedy stars. 

Early Bird: €15 (book before 07 January 2017)

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"The comedy sketch trio have never lost their original flavour, but simply gained in dexterity and showmanship." ★★★★★ The Irish Times

"" ★★★★★ The Examner

"" ★★★★★ Entertainment.ie

Jane Eyre An Autobiography
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Jane Eyre An Autobiography

Dyad Productions Starring Rebecca Vaughan

Fri 3 Mar 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc / Early Bird: €16 (Book before 07 January 2017)

From the creators of 'Austen’s Women', 'I, Elizabeth', 'The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe' and 'Dalloway', comes 'Jane Eyre An Autobiography'.

Struggling to think, live and love beyond the stifling expectations of duty, class and convention, governess Jane Eyre and Master Edward Rochester take a dark journey towards sensual and intellectual liberation. Told through Jane’s eyes, English literature’s most celebrated autobiographical novel shocked the Victorians, and Charlotte Brontë’s gothic subversion of fairy-tale romance is now distilled for the stage – under its full title – by writer/director Elton Townend Jones.  Performer Rebecca Vaughan embodies everywoman Jane – and several other characters – in this intimate study of love’s realities.

Early Bird: €16 (Book before 07 January 2017)

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"Hands down the best adaptation of Jane Eyre, in any medium." ★★★★★ Broadway Baby

"Truly extraordinary… one of the most exciting young performers on the British Stage." ★★★★★ British Theatre Guide

"A theatrical masterpiece." ★★★★★ Edinburgh Guide

Mystic Rhythm 2017

Mystic Rhythm 2017

Bolton School of Irish Dancing

Sat 4 Mar 2017 2PM & 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

Mystic Rhythm is an Irish Dancing Show consisting of dance, music and song. Performers in the show range in age from 4 years upwards. It's a great opportunity for the girls, boys and young adults of the class to experience the modern theatre and stage atmosphere. The most important part of the show is for the performers to work together as a team and to enjoy the excitement of dancing on one of Dublin's foremost and busiest stages. Highly qualified and experienced Irish dance teachers will choreograph, stage manage, direct and produce the show. We hope that you will enjoy the experience.

Photo credit: Aidan Oliver Photography

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To Hell In a Handbag
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To Hell In a Handbag

The Secret Lives of Canon Chasuble and Miss Prism / Written and Performed by Helen Norton & Jonathan White

Fri 10 Mar 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc / Early Bird: €16 (book before 07 January 2017)

Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination” – Oscar Wilde

While others are preoccupied with cucumber sandwiches and railway cloakrooms, two minor characters from 'The Importance of Being Earnest' are up to their necks in something else. A country rector and a governess, models of Victorian propriety in public. But in private? This is the play behind the play: a tale of blackmail, false identity … and money. A subversively funny new take on an Irish theatrical classic.

Director – Conor Hanratty.
Developed as part of Show in a Bag (2016), an artist development initiative of Dublin Fringe Festival, Fishamble: The New Play Company and the Irish Theatre Institute.

Early Bird: €16 (book before 07 January 2017)

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"Helen Norton and Jonathan White have pulled off a coup with their enchanting visit to the outer rim of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest ... packs extraordinary amounts of plot and top-notch gags into a compact package." ★ ★ ★ ★ The Irish Times

"Wickedly, side-splittingly funny, in a sophisticated, witty and elegant way ... a joyous romp not to be missed, a worthy homage to its master and progenitor." Sunday Independent

"Helen Norton plays a surprisingly devious Miss Prism while Jonathan White inhabits the bumbling vicar to perfection." Sunday Times

The Legend of Luke Kelly with Chris Kavanagh
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The Legend of Luke Kelly with Chris Kavanagh

Celebrating the memory and music of a true Irish musical legend

Sat 11 Mar 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €15 conc

On 30th January 1984 it is said that the whole of Dublin grieved the early death of Dubliner legend Luke Kelly who has left an indelible mark as being the greatest folk artist of the 20th Century and whose music is widely regarded as one of Ireland's cultural treasures.

Dublin singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Chris Kavanagh was raised on Irish music and has been singing Irish folk songs since he was three years old. He learned to play the piano by ear when he was five and his love and passion for Luke Kelly's music led him to learn to play the 5 string long neck banjo. Over the past fifteen years he has amazed audiences following powerful sell-out performances in prominent Irish venues such as Vicar Street & the Cork Opera House with the regular attendance of Luke Kelly's family. He has also toured this show abroad in England, Switzerland, Germany and Australia and in November 2011 Chris stood in with folk legends The Dubliners on their German tour and also made a guest appearance  on their 50th anniversary concert DVD recorded in Vicar Street. When Chris sings, his talents capture the depth and passion of the great man that he was so heavily influenced by.
He is joined on stage by one of Irelands leading guitarist/composers, Michael Howard and traditional musician Joe Finn on Uilleann pipes, Whistle, Flute & fiddle.

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Panti Bliss - High Heels in Low Places
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Panti Bliss - High Heels in Low Places

THISISPOPBABY

Sun 12 Mar 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc Age 16+

Join national treasure, performance legend and accidental activist Panti in her hit comedy High Heels in Low Places following a sensational (and scandalous) national tour. Charting brushes with infamy, near misses with fame, and adventures in the seedy underbelly, the ‘High Queen of Ireland’ invites you in to her ultra-padded, hyper-real, stiletto-shaped world, as she swaps stories from the gutter and trades secrets of the stars. Come join Auntie Panti as she embraces you in her over-inflated bosom and promises that you can ask her anything.

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"Hilarious. " Hotpress.

"Wickedly funny." The Independent

"Impeccable one-liners." The Herald

Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
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Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

Wed 15 Mar 2017 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc


Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor star in Singin' in the Rain, one of the greatest and most successful musicals ever filmed - filled with memorable songs, lavish routines and Gene Kelly's famous song-and-dance number performed in the rain. Clever, incisive, and funny, Singin' in the Rain is a masterpiece of the classical Hollywood musical.

Cert: PG  Language: English  Dur: 102 mins  Dir: Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly
In association with Access Cinema

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"If you've never seen it and don't, you're bonkers!" Rotten Tomatoes

About a Girl / Charleen macht Schluss

About a Girl / Charleen macht Schluss

Secondary School Screening in Association with the Irish Film Institute

Thu 16 Mar 2017 10.30AM Main Auditorium // €5 Per Student / 2 Teachers Free per Class

This season Draíocht will collaborate once again with the Irish Film Institutes Education Programme by screening the German Film 'About a Girl / Charleen macht Schluss' for Secondary School Students, recommended age 15+.This film is accompanied by an IFI Study Guide for teachers, downloadable from www.ifi.ie/aboutagirl (from mid October).

Working part-time in an undertakers, and listening repeatedly to Kurt Cobain, Charleen focuses on the darker side of life. Her mother think she’s depressed but all she wants is some peace, so she decides to end it all. Waking up in the hospital, she realises that she can change her life for the better. With sharp dialogue and terrific performances, this is a comedy that deals with teen suicide. Through its highly engaging character, it explores issues of growing up, falling in love and finding meaning in life.


German • 2014 • Subtitled • Drama • 104mins • Directed by: Mark Monheim
Recommended age: 15+
Presented in co-operation with the Goethe-Institut Irland
Study guide available from October. Download from www.ifi.ie/aboutagirl

School Booking Details:
Suitable for Students age 15+
Cost:€5 per student. 2 teachers free per class.
Booking tel: 01-8852622
Please let us know about any special needs at time of booking.


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All Shook Up

All Shook Up

Front Row Performing Arts School

Sat 18 Mar 2017 2.30PM & 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €17 / €15 conc

Front Row Performing Arts School is proud to present ‘All Shook Up’. Built around the songs made famous by Elvis Presley, All Shook Up tells the story of a small town girl with big dreams and the motorcycle-riding stud she falls for. It’s 1955 and into a square little town in a square little state rides a guitar-playing roustabout who changes everything and everyone he meets. This hip-swiveling, lip-curling musical fantasy will have you jumpin’ out of your blue suede shoes with such classics as ‘Heartbreak Hotel’, ‘Jailhouse Rock’ and ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’.
This is a fun loving musical for all the family!


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The Curious Scrapbook of Josephine Bean
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The Curious Scrapbook of Josephine Bean

Shona Reppe / Presented as part of Spreacha – Fingal’s International Arts Programme for Children at Draiocht

Fri 24 - Sun 26 Mar 2017 Draíocht Studio // €7 adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class

Everything is flat, pressed, squished.
A dusty, musty smell mixes with the scent of old lavender and a string lifts a flap to reveal a hidden door. Slowly, page-by-page, the scrapbook becomes the window into a secret world and a curious life unfolds before us.
Who was Josephine Bean?
The clues are in its pages …
Winner of Theatre UK (TMA) Award for Best Childrens Show 2012

FRI 24 MAR   10am & 12 noon
SAT 25 & SUN 26 MAR  2pm & 4pm
​Age 7+ yrs / Dur: 50 mins


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"This show is, quite simply, wonderful." Edinburgh Spotlight

"A highly original, beautifully delicate and thoroughly engaging piece of children's theatre." The Sunday Herald

"A truly wonderful show that will charm parents as much as their children." The Stage

"Part-detective story, part-journey into the imagination." Mark Fisher, Carnegie Hall

An Evening with Coolmine Musical Society

An Evening with Coolmine Musical Society

Fri 24 - Sat 25 Mar 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €16 / €14 conc

Join Coolmine Musical Society as they welcome you to an evening night which will celebrate the great tapestry of musicals down through the years. From jazz to jazz hands, musical classics to musical moderns and all that comes from spending an evening in our company. We’ll get your feet tapping, your head nodding and who knows you might even join in with a song or two.

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Fargo (1996)
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Fargo (1996)

Wed 29 Mar 2017 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

Fargo is a 1996 American dark comedy crime thriller written, produced, edited and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, one of the most consistently inventive moviemaking teams of the last decade. Frances McDormand stars as a pregnant Minnesota police chief investigating roadside homicides that ensue after a desperate car salesman (William H. Macy) hires two criminals (Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare) to kidnap his wife in order to extort a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law (Harve Presnell).

Cert: 18  Language: English  Dur: 97 mins   Dir: Joel Coen
In association with Access Cinema

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Edwin Sammon Vs Cancer
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Edwin Sammon Vs Cancer

Fri 31 Mar 2017 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €14 / €12 conc/ Early Bird €10 (Book before 07 January 2017)

Performing stand up for ten years now, Offaly native Edwin Sammon has established himself as one of the most popular comedians in the country. His unpredictable and immensely likeable style saw audiences award him the Tedfest Golden Toilet Duck in 2011 for best comedian and led to him supporting the likes of Jason Byrne, Fred Cooke and Ardal O'Hanlon on their nationwide tours. Edwin has been solidly building new fans at every major festival in the country and comedy clubs across Ireland and the U.K. In 2013 he was part of the sold out nationwide "Lads Of Comedy" tour.

Now gaining more fans in his role as Fr. Gabriel in RTE's popular sitcom "Bridget and Eamon"  and as Co- Presenter on "Republic Of Telly" he is bringing his first stand up special "Edwin Sammon vs Cancer" to Draiocht for one night.

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Early Bird €10 (Book before 07 January 2017)

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"Edwin Sammon was the find of the night, deploying some perfectly described imagery which should offer something for everyone." Chortle.co.uk

"Sharply Written, Brilliantly Performed." Totally Dublin.

Strange Feathers - A Magical Aerial Dance Show for Children
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Strange Feathers - A Magical Aerial Dance Show for Children

Fidget Feet (Ireland) & the Bird & Bat (Iceland) in association with Riverbank Arts Centre

Sat 1 Apr 2017 12PM 2PM 4PM Main Auditorium Stage // €7 adults / €5 children / Age: 18 months-7 yrs / 60 mins

Two little birds are learning to fly with the help of their surroundings in nature. Feathers drop from the sky to the beautiful sounds of soft music. With two aerial dancers and a musician on stage Strange Feathers mixes contemporary dance, aerial dance and live music in a humorous way. It is beautifully crafted and exquisitely delivered, full of unexpected and colourful wonders, which invite the children to explore, interact and discover new things about their world!

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I Hear You and Rejoice
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I Hear You and Rejoice

Loco & Reckless Productions with Mikel Murfi

Thu 6 Apr 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

Following the sellout success of 'The Man In The Woman’s Shoes', Mikel Murfi returns with a new one man show.

Late in his life, Pat Farnon, a cobbler and all-round contented man, marries the redoubtable Kitsy Rainey. It’s a match made in heaven, in more ways than one. Written and performed by Mikel Murfi  'I Hear You and Rejoice' is a tender and joy filled account of a most unlikely marriage.
Meet Huby Patterson and Magic Mick as well as Sylvie, Eugene and Tony Cleary - the amazing no instrumental man. You may never look at life in quite the same way again. This show is the 2nd collaboration between Sligo County Council Arts Service, The Hawk’s Well Theatre Sligo and Mikel Murfi. It was created for the Bealtaine Festival - Celebrating Creativity As We Age.

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Dirtbirds
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Dirtbirds

Sinead Culbert and Sue Collins

Fri 7 Apr 2017 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €16 / €14 conc

Catch the Dublin Dirtbirds, Carmel and Debs as they chat about life, love and the ever changing size of Kim Kardashian's arse. The Southsiders Eleanor and Emer will be there competing with each about everything from personal trainers to who has the smallest Shitzu. And last but not least the not so beautiful beauty bloggers Dee and Andrea will be live to give you some of the latest make-up tips from 'da town'.

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The Game
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The Game

THEATREclub

Sat 8 Apr 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

The Game, by THEATREclub, explores the act of buying sex.
Five men have volunteered to play ‘The Game’. They’ve no idea what they’re about to do, they won’t be given a script.
All the audience has to do is watch.
The Game will give audiences an insight into a world that sits uncomfortably beneath the surface of our day-to-day lives. How we legislate makes a statement about our values. The legal status of the act of buying sex is a measure of our society. Laws around the world are changing. We’re all affected by those changes. Come and see why.
Devised by Gemma Collins, Grace Dyas and Lauren Larkin with Rachel Moran, Mia deFaoite and other women who have exited prostitution and women currently involved in sex work.

Contains nudity, strong language and material that some may find disturbing.

This production is supported by The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaion and Mermaid Arts Centre.
THEATREclub are Project Artists, an initiative of Project Arts Centre.

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The Successful TD by John B Keane
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The Successful TD by John B Keane

Starring Jon Kenny and Mary McEvoy and Directed by Michael Scott

Thu 13 Apr 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc

GOING ON SALE 20TH FEB 2017

One of your own – a vote for Tull is a vote for yourself! 
Starring Jon Kenny and Mary McEvoy and Directed by Michael Scott, John B Keane’s ‘The Successful TD’ follows the trials, tribulations, misadventures and hilarious antics of Tull McAdoo as he seeks re-election to the Dail in the October Elections. Peppered with Keane's gallery of madcap characters this show will have you laughing at politics (in a good way) from the start.

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The Wolf and Peter
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The Wolf and Peter

CoisCéim Dance Theatre / by David Bolger

Thu 27 - Fri 28 Apr 2017 Main Auditorium // €7 adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class / Age 6+ yrs / Dur: 55 mins

Thu 27 Apr  7pm / Fri 28 Apr  10am & 12 noon 

Prokofiev’s PETER AND THE WOLF is one of the most famous pieces of music ever written. The classic story has been interpreted by many artists from Disney to the Marx Brothers and won a Grammy award for Bill Clinton, Mikhail Gorbachov and Sofia Loren.

CoisCéim Dance Theatre takes this timeless story of courage and imagination as inspiration. Here… the story is told through the eyes of a WOLF. Filled with dance and live music, this fun and richly theatrical production by David Bolger gives life to a Bird, a Cat, a Duck, a Boy, and of course a WOLF in a highly energetic original work. This production features the extraordinary pianist Conor Linehan playing live on stage as THE WOLF AND PETER takes children and their families on a thrilling adventure to explore and discover contemporary dance and performance at its best.

€7 adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class / Age 6+ yrs / Dur: 55 mins

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Giselle
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Giselle

Ballet Ireland

Sat 20 May 2017 Main Auditorium // €20 / €16 conc / €12 (under 12s)

GOING ON SALE SHORTLY

Love. Betrayal. Redemption.  

Giselle is a haunting story of love and betrayal. Our modern re-telling of this romantic classic is a timeless tale about the redemptive power of love. Betrayed by Albrecht, Giselle dies of a broken heart but her spirit returns to protect and forgive her now repenting lover from death at the hands of the vengeful Wilis.

Choreographed by Ludovic Ondiviela, former Royal Ballet dancer and choreographer, this production of love that transcends death, will capture the hearts and minds of audiences today. 

Ballet Ireland returns to Draíocht following its hugely successful SOLD OUT productions of The Nutcracker (2016) and Coppelia (2015).

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