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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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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Hotel Salvation (2018)
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Hotel Salvation (2018)

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 21 Feb 2018 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

Faced with his father's untimely and bizarre demand to go and die in the holy city of Varanasi and attain salvation, a son is left with no choice but to embark on this journey with him. An ominous dream convinces 77 year old Dayanand Kumar that his end could be near. Daya and Rajiv check into Mukti Bhawan (Hotel Salvation) in Varanasi, a guesthouse devoted to people in their last days. But as the days go by, Rajiv struggles to juggle his responsibilities back home, while Daya starts to bloom in the hotel and gets a new lease of life.

Cert: 18 / Language: Hindi (subtitled) / Dur: 99 mins
In association with Access Cinema

"Full of warmth and tenderness." The Hollywood Reporter

"A warm, sweet film." rediff.com

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’.

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

Date Night
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Date Night

Niamh Kavanagh with Paul Megahey (The Illegals)

Sat 24 Feb 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

Join Niamh Kavanagh as she celebrates the 25th anniversary of her Eurovision win with a retrospective of special songs highlighting memorable moments from her extensive career. Expect familiar favourites interpreted in Niamh's inimitable fashion and accompanied by guitarist Paul Megahey. Think acoustic versions of Crazy by Gnarls Barkely, Richard Thompson’s Dimming of the Day and of course the one and only, In Your Eyes. An intimate evening of gorgeous sounds awaits, with a sprinkle of chat and craic for good measure!

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 ...

"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

Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me by Frank McGuinness
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Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me by Frank McGuinness

Decadent Theatre Company

Tue 27 - Wed 28 Feb 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

We are in a decidedly perilous position, to put it mildly’.  
Adam, an American doctor, Edward, an Irish journalist, and Michael, an English academic, have little to unite them beyond being human in the same small space. Yet somehow, together, they determine to ward off madness and forestall despair.
Somewhere lurk their unseen captors yet, in the cell, there are stories of adventure and love, there is song and laughter, and even a surge of writing, cocktail-drinking and movie-making.
Inspired by the abduction of Brian Keenan taken hostage in Lebanon in the 1980s, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me is playwright Frank McGuinness’s hymn to the defiant power of the human spirit and the creative imagination. 

Since 2013, Decadent Theatre Company has produced 9 national tours including Eden, A Skull in Connemara, Defender of the Faith, The Dead School and The Weir.

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"Brings its own light touch to grim matters. " The New York Times

"A beautiful play. " The New Yorker

"Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me sees Frank McGuinness at the very top of his form, extracting from the depths of the human condition uncrushable determination, passion and compassion, anger and jealousy, spite and fear and lashings of black subversive humour." ★ ★ ★ ★ The Irish Times

The Three Tenors 2018
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The Three Tenors 2018

With Star Violinist & Local Guest Choir

Fri 2 Mar 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €28.50 / €26.50 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 – Scoil Thomáis Castleknock.

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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

Dirt Birds
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Dirt Birds

Sinead Culbert and Sue Collins

Sat 3 Mar 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

Back by popular demand, 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 other 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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Peter Pan - A Musical Adventure - SOLD OUT

Peter Pan - A Musical Adventure - SOLD OUT

St. Mochta’s National School

Wed 7 - Sat 10 Mar 2018 Main Auditorium // €18 / €12 conc

WED 07-FRI 09 MARCH  7.30PM
SAT 10 MARCH    2PM & 7.30PM

St. Mochta’s National School are delighted to present the much loved tale of Peter Pan. Featuring music and lyrics by the award-winning duo George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, we join Peter and the Darling children as they are flown to Neverland, where they meet an array of colourful characters such as the Lost Boys, Tiger Lily and, of course, the evil Captain Hook. With a sprinkle of swashbuckling adventure, amazing flying and a beautiful score, Peter Pan will no doubt bring out the inner child in all of you.
St Mochta’s won two awards at the Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards 2017, including Best Overall School Musical. 
Join this talented bunch as they transport you to London town and Neverland!

Exploring Wonder and Imagination with Orla Kelly - SOLD OUT

Exploring Wonder and Imagination with Orla Kelly - SOLD OUT

Draíocht and Early Years - Exploring More With Early Years Arts

Tue 13 Mar 2018 Draiocht Workshop Room // €5 Per Child (Accompanying Adult Free)

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 dance, then fairytales and finally storytelling. There will be mess but there will also be fun!
Cost: €5 Per Child Per Workshop (Accompanying Adult is Free).
Booking and further information from Box Office on 01-8852622.

Exploring Wonder and Imagination with Orla Kelly
TUE 13 MAR 
10.10AM-11AM & 11.40AM-12.30PM
Dur: 50 mins
Orla will use some storytelling, some painting, some making, some watching and lots of exploring in this session that encourages your child to investigate a range of interesting materials in a free and open environment. Dress for mess.

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Workshop Notes:
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).

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (2017)
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Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (2017)

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 14 Mar 2018 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

In an extraordinary true-life story, Annette Bening portrays American movie star Gloria Grahame, who meets and falls in love with a much younger British actor, Peter Turner (Jamie Bell) while performing in theatre in Liverpool. It is there that she is told that her breast cancer, which she successfully fought several years earlier, has returned. But rather than seeking further treatment, Grahame decides to make Liverpool her home, determined to spend her last days in the city with her lover. Based on the successful memoir by Peter Turner, this promises to be both a culture clash comedy and a heart-breaking romance.

Cert: 15A / Language: English / Dur: 105 mins
In association with Access Cinema

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The Legend of Luke Kelly with Chris Kavanagh 2018
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The Legend of Luke Kelly with Chris Kavanagh 2018

34th Anniversary Concert - Celebrating the memory and music of a true Irish musical legend

Fri 16 Mar 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc

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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 sixteen 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 and Hilary Kavanagh, singer, songwriter and bass player.

Sandy Kelly Sings Patsy Cline - Music and Memories
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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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Take off your Cornflakes
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Take off your Cornflakes

Rose Henderson & Pat Nolan

Fri 23 Mar 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

Tom and Trish have celebrated their silver wedding anniversary but what happens when he wakes up with a strange woman beside him and she tells him she’s his wife? Trish has to make a choice. Which she does, armed only with humour, music and love.  Who am I without my past?  Who am I without my partner? When we go out of our mind, where do we go? You will laugh, you may cry, but you will find a tender story of the true meaning of love. Pat Nolan (Fair City) is outstanding and Rose Henderson (Fair City, Father Ted) is wonderfully compelling.

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Developed at FRINGE LAB with the support of Dublin Fringe Festival, as part of Show In A Bag, an artist development initiative of Dublin Fringe Festival, Fishamble: The New Play Company and Irish Theatre Institute to resource theatre makers and actors.

"…one of the most sensitive, heartfelt, and uplifting shows of the festival." ★★★★ ​The Arts Review

"An honest and heartfelt portrayal of living with Alzheimers." Meg.ie

"The two authors play Trish and her taxi-driver husband Tommy, to perfection." Emer O’Kelly, Sunday Independent

Together We Shine

Together We Shine

Power Drama School

Sat 24 Mar 2018 2PM & 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €16

'Together We Shine' is a new original show incorporating some well known musical numbers and starring a wonderful cast of children from the Power Drama School Lusk.
The story is set in a small village in Ireland and on Broadway, New York. It follows the lives of Rose & Jimmy, two friends separated by two continents as they pursue their dreams. Will they ever meet again? You'll have to wait & see. You are promised lots of great adventures along the way in this heart-warming story full of uplifting & moving musical numbers.
Written & Directed by Loraine Power, Choreography by Susan Kenny and Musical Director Lynn Cassidy. 

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The Showcase

The Showcase

Tue 27 Mar 2018 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €15 / €12.50 conc

The concert is designed to showcase and promote the considerable talents of musicians studying with local music tutor, Mr. Gerry Culloty.  The Showcase will feature a variety of highly talented solo and group acts. The concert will also include a prize-giving ceremony, where the prizes for this year’s Music Bursary will be awarded. For an evening of diverse, original and quality music The Showcase is a must see.

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Evil Under the Sun (1982)
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Evil Under the Sun (1982)

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 28 Mar 2018 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

Based on Agatha Christie's 1941 novel of the same name and directed by Guy Hamilton (Goldfinger, The Mirror Crack’d), Evil Under the Sun’s relocation of the story’s original Devon setting to the Mediterranean makes for a sunny backdrop to this delightful and entertaining who-dunnit. Peter Ustinov, in his second outing as detective Hercule Poirot, shares the fun with a celebrated cast, including Maggie Smith, James Mason, Sylvia Miles and a terrific Diana Rigg as the narcissistic victim.

Cert: PG / Language: English / Dur: 118 mins
In association with Access Cinema

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Penguins - SOLD OUT
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Penguins - SOLD OUT

Cahoots NI, Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Prime Theatre

Thu 29 Mar 2018 3PM & 5PM Draíocht Studio // €7 Adults / €5 children Age 3-5 yrs / Dur: 50 mins

When being different brings the most wonderful of surprises …
Roy and Silo are two male Chinstrap penguins. Just like the other penguin pairs at Central Park Zoo, they walk, play, swim and dance together. When the duo decide to try and hatch a rock in place of an egg, they find themselves on an adventure that could mean raising a chick for real!
Penguins is a unique and engaging show for children about friendship, fun, identity and the ever-changing meaning of family.
This delightful new theatre and dance production is inspired by a true story reported in the New York Times that touched hearts worldwide. The creative team includes award-winning children’s Director Paul Bosco Mc Eneaney and international Choreographer Carlos Pons Guerra. 

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Pat Shortt - How’s Tings?

Pat Shortt - How’s Tings?

The hilarious brand new show from Pat Shortt

Thu 5 Apr 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €28

Fresh from the success of his award-winning show, Selfie (“Dangerously funny.” - onstageblog.com, New York), Pat Shortt returns with a brand new show called 'How’s Tings?'
In a night of music and mayhem, Ireland’s most popular comedian explores all sorts of tings. Big tings and little tings. Personal tings and tings that are not so personal. Important international tings and tings that only affect the parish. In Shortt, it’s a funny show about tings.

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Condemned to Remember (2017)
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Condemned to Remember (2017)

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 11 Apr 2018 10.30AM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc / €5 per student / 2 Teachers Free per class of 20+ // Dur: 94 mins + 60 mins Q&A

Irish Holocaust survivor Tomi Reichental celebrates his 80th birthday in a Dublin Mosque and embarks on an epic journey across a Europe in turmoil. In Germany, Tomi concludes his long quest to bring the convicted SS war criminal Hilde Michnia to account for her secrets and lies. In Poland and Slovakia, he confronts the ‘crisis of shame’ that prevents an honest reckoning with the scale of local ‘collusion’ with the Nazi extermination project. In Bosnia, Tomi embraces Muslim survivors of genocide, who still search for the bones of their loved ones. Along the way he puts himself into the shoes of the ‘new Jews’ and discovers a strong common bond with refugees fleeing the hell that is Syria.
Directed by Emmy award-winner Gerry Gregg, Condemned to Remember explores whether we have really learned from the evils of the past.

€7.50 / €6 conc / €5 per student / 2 Teachers Free per class of 20+
Dur: 94 mins + 60 mins Q&A / Cert: 15A
Includes FREE post-screening Q&A with Tomi Reichental and Gerry Gregg.
In association with Access Cinema

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"… this remains among the most moving films we will see this year." ★★★★ The Irish Times

"… fascinating and engrossing ..." Entertainment.ie

Rosalie Blum (2016)
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Rosalie Blum (2016)

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 11 Apr 2018 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc // Dur: 95 mins

The biggest hit in the 27-year history of the Alliance Française French Film Festival, Julien Rappeneau's enchanting directorial debut ‘Rosalie Blum’ is a witty and ingeniously crafted comedy about a random encounter that has unexpected and life-changing consequences, based on the graphic novel trilogy by French artist Camille Jourdy. Thirty-something Vincent Machot (indelibly played by Kyan Khojandi) is a hairdresser, like his father before him. Life rotates around work, his overbearing mother who lives in the apartment upstairs, and a womanising cousin constantly trying to set him up. But one morning Vincent experiences a powerful déjà-vu when he meets the gaze of a grocery store clerk, Rosalie Blum (the fabulous Noémie Lvovsky). Intrigued by this mysterious woman, he begins a search to uncover the truth behind their connection. What follows is a series of coincidences - both hilarious and moving – which memorably brings together a group of lost souls in a manner reminiscent of Claude Berri's wonderful Hunting and Gathering.

Starring: Noémie Lvovsky, Kyan Khojandi, Alice Isaaz, Sara Giraudeau
Winner, Audience Award, Gijón International Film Festival 2016
Nominated for Best First Feature Film, César Awards 2017

Cert: Club / Language: French (English Subtitles) / Dur: 95 mins
Presented in partnership and with the support of the Embassy of France and Institut Français.
In association with Access Cinema

 

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"… a quirky, cockles-warming adaptation of the eponymous graphic-novel trilogy." The Hollywood Reporter

"Whimsical, tender and original, Rosalie Blum is a fabulous debut." The New Zealand Herald

Let Us Entertain You

Let Us Entertain You

Coolmine Musical Society

Fri 13 - Sat 14 Apr 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €20

Come along and be entertained by Coolmine Musical Society where you’ll be treated to some broadway melodies, cockney classics and terrific tap on a night when anything goes! Sit back, relax and Let Coolmine Musical Society Entertain You, when they’ll leave you begging for more! 

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Tóraíocht
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Tóraíocht

Fíbín presents a new bilingual version of Diarmuid agus Gráinne

Tue 17 - Wed 18 Apr 2018 TUE 17 APR 8PM / WED 18 APR 11AM Main Auditorium // Evening €18 / €16 conc / School show €10 (2 teachers free per class of 20+)

Léiríonn Fíbín Tóraíocht – leagan nua den scéal Tóraíocht Dhiarmada agus Ghráinne – curtha in oiriúint agus stiúrtha ag Mikel Murfi agus scríofa ag Philip Doherty. Is scéal grá lán le héachtaí aisteacha agus fathaigh é Tóraíocht a úsáideann amharcíomhánna cumhachtacha. Bogann an scéal ar aghaidh níos tapa ná haon rás carranna, léimeann an scéal níos airde ná haon léimneoir cuaille agus tá dhá oiread grá sa scéal agus a bheadh ag aon Fhrancach agus Diarmaid agus Gráinne ag déanamh iarracht a bheith céim chun tosaigh ar Fionn agus na Fianna!

Fíbín presents “Tóraíocht” -  a new bilingual version of “Diarmuid agus Gráinne” – adapted and directed by Mikel Murfi and written by Philip Doherty. Using a bilingual text and stunning visuals “Tóraíocht” is a love story full of outlandish feats and monsters! The story moves faster than any car-chase, jumps higher than any vaulter, and loves twice as much as any Frenchman, as Diarmuid and Gráinne attempt to stay one step ahead of Fionn and the Fianna! All performances will be subtitled in English.

School Show:
Pre-engagement pack available to all schools who book tickets
Suitable for ages 12+ 
Especially suited to Leaving Cert Students
Dur: 1 hr 30 mins (no interval)
School Group Bookings

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Danny O’Brien - RaconTour
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Danny O’Brien - RaconTour

Thu 19 Apr 2018 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €14 / €12 conc

Fresh from a sell out month long run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and a tour of South East Asia, Award-winning comedian Danny O'Brien returns with his most adventurous and unique solo show to date! After inheriting a broken-down, unreliable, older-than-he-is motorcycle, Danny decided to take to the road on a comedic expedition. Come hear the story of this RaconTour- in all its glory, failures and triumphs alike!
Following in the footsteps of Simon Pegg, Dylan Moran and Dara O Briain - Danny was handpicked last year to perform as part of the iconic “Best of The Edinburgh Fest” Show in Australia, touring Perth World Fringe, Adelaide Fringe Festival and The Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Danny has also featured on The Comedy Channel’s "Brexit at Tiffany’s" Show and is a regular on Irish TV and Radio. As well as this he has been providing tour support for Today FM's Dermot & Dave's nationwide "Ah Sure Look It" Tour.
Don't miss one of the most exciting and highly anticipated stand up shows of the year!

Winner of the coveted Father Ted 'Tedfest' Award and voted FM104's 'Dublin's Funniest Comedian'

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"O'Brien took to the stage like a force of nature ... one suspects it won’t be too much longer before stadiums come calling." ★★★★★ Irish Examiner

"O'Brien is genuinely, uproariously funny with a huge stage presence and wicked timing... He looks set to be one of the breakout comedy stars of 2017." The Sunday Independent

"A perfect mixture of brains, banter and brilliance." ★★★★ Great Scott

As Time Goes By
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As Time Goes By

Stories & Songs From the far side of 65 / Susie Kennedy with Carole Nelson

Fri 20 Apr 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc

Susie Kennedy has delighted audiences over the years with her hugely successful musical plays including her performances of the songs of Sophie Tucker, which have been particularly popular.

In this brand new show, ‘As Time Goes By’, Susie explores through song and story, the ups and downs, the hilarity and the challenges of being an older woman. The show features new and original songs as well as many old favourites including some Sophie Tucker classics, Ella Fitzgerald, Bessie Smith and many more.
This show is directed by Bairbre Ní Chaoimh, with musical accompaniment from Carole Nelson.

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Reach for the Stars 2018 - EXTRA DATE

Reach for the Stars 2018 - EXTRA DATE

The Norma Breen Theatre School

Sat 21 - Sun 22 Apr 2018 sAT 7.30PM / SUN 6PM Main Auditorium // €25

The Norma Breen Theatre School presents an energetic and fast-moving evening of song and dance, showcasing the children's talents with well-known celebrity guests.
Produced and Directed by Norma Breen.

Wonder (2017)
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Wonder (2017)

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 25 Apr 2018 10.30AM & 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc / €5 per student / 2 Teachers free per class of 20+

Based on the New York Times best-selling novel by R.J. Palacio, Wonder is the inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a young boy born with facial differences that have prevented him from going to a mainstream school. When Auggie enters the local fifth grade, he becomes the most unlikely of heroes. As his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to find their compassion and acceptance, Auggie's extraordinary journey will unite them all and prove you can't blend in when you were born to stand out. Starring: Julia Roberts, Jacob Tremblay, Owen Wilson

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Dur 113 mins • Cert: PG • Suitable for 5th & 6th Pupils - Jnr Cert Students
Schools/Groups: Book Now by phone 01-8852622

In association with Access Cinema

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The Good Father
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The Good Father

Rise Productions

Thu 26 Apr 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

New Year’s Eve. A house party like any other, in a suburb like any other. Two very different strangers meet, each looking for a new start and to shake off the disappointments of the past. But champagne, cheap lager and their chance encounter leads this unlikely couple to an unplanned pregnancy. Against all odds, can they make their newfound family a success? Winner of the Stewart Parker Award, this heartfelt, moving drama charts their journey of love, loss, and redemption.
After the international success of Fight Night and The Games People Play, the multi award-winning Rise Productions returns to Draíocht with this touching story celebrating the triumph of hope.

Starring Marie Ruane and Daniel Monaghan.

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"Two outstanding performances ... Breathtakingly brilliant ... Not to be missed." ★★★★ The Arts Review

"Both performances are first rate ... This is a thoroughly enjoyable evening at the theatre." Irish Independent

"Two winning performances. Catch it if you can." ★★★★ Sunday Business Post

"Perfectly pitched ... sensitive and powerful ... never put a foot wrong." Sunday Independent

Johnny Duhan - The Irishman’s Finest Collection
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Johnny Duhan - The Irishman’s Finest Collection

Fri 27 Apr 2018 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €18 / €15 conc

In a career spanning 50 years, his greatest achievement is a quartet of epic song collections - Just Another Town, To The Light, The Voyage and Flame - which correspond to the four chapters of his lyrical autobiography, TO THE LIGHT.
Sylvie Simmons (author of the acclaimed Leonard Cohen biography I’m Your Man) had this to say about Johnny’s prose autobiography 'There is a Time'; “When I started to read it I couldn’t put it down. He has such a way with words...”
Johnny’s songs are sung worldwide in a variety of languages, thanks to the focus put on them by Christy Moore, The Dubliners, Mary Black and hosts of other Irish and international singers. His song The Voyage has become a modern classic. Christy Moore has termed Johnny “One of our greatest songwriters.” And the late Ronnie Drew described him as “one of my favourite songwriters.”
Join Johnny for an evening of songs from his newest album 'The Irishman's Finest Collection'.

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Ferdinand (2017)
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Ferdinand (2017)

Cinema at Draiocht

Sat 28 Apr 2018 3PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc / €5 children

Ferdinand tells the story of a giant bull with a big heart. After being mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. Set in Spain, Ferdinand proves you can’t judge a bull by its cover. From Blue Sky Studios and Carlos Saldanha, the director of Rio and inspired by the beloved book The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson, Ferdinand is a heart-warming animated comedy adventure with an all-star cast that include John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Gina Rodriguez, Anthony Anderson, David Tennant and many more.

Cert: G  Language: English   Dur: 106 mins
In association with Access Cinema

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"A flower-sniffing bull goes on a journey of self-discovery in this fun adaptation." ★★★★ The Observer

"A sweet - and hilarious - tale of a bull who won’t fight." ★★★★ The Times

No Smoke Without Fire
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No Smoke Without Fire

Thu 3 May 2018 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €16 / €14 conc / Early Bird €14 (Book before 6th April 2018)

There’s sixty thousand euro post office robbery money up for grabs and scandal knows no bounds, as six women gossip intermittently in the smoking area of a Dublin pub, leaving a trail of personal information behind them. As the innocent along with the guilty suffer the stings of innuendo and the lashes of sharp tongues, a hilarious tale of crime and its consequences unfolds. A comic drama by Paddy Murray, full of sharp Dublin wit, this story of Larry, the cash, the camper van and the deceased husband are all performed with ease by acclaimed actress, Mary Murray (Love/Hate).

Early Bird €14 (Book before 6th April 2018)

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"If ever there was an actor you wanted to see more of, it’s Mary Murray. On stage she has always had a magnetic focus, a presence somewhere between no-nonsense control and a shiver of vulnerability … An actor of tremendous physical versatility and wit." Irish Times

"A one woman tour de force by the highly talented Mary Murray." Michael Moffatt, Irish Mail On Sunday

"Murray is a perfect fit." Eithne Shortall, Sunday Times

How to Square a Circle
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How to Square a Circle

Aisling ní Cheallaigh & Ronan Brady

Fri 4 - Sat 5 May 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €14 / €12 conc / Early Bird €10 (Book before 6th April 2018)

Irish Circus takes to the theatre in Aisling Ní Cheallaigh and Ronan Brady’s brand new collaboration ‘How to Square a Circle’.
Freshly returned from international tours with Fidget Feet Aerial Dance and THISISPOPBABY, our home-grown artists (Dublin and Roscommon) have come together to produce a stunning creation that seamlessly blends beauty with raw physicality. Accompanied by the music and soundscapes of Alma Kelliher, Aisling and Ronan explore the boundaries of the human body and soul in an evening of entertainment which aims to both awe and inspire. 

Supported by The Arts Council of Ireland, Draíocht and The Dean Crowe Theatre. 
Contains Adult Themes: 16+

Early Bird €10 (Book before 6th April 2018)

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The Wonderful Tune

The Wonderful Tune

Ceol Connected

Wed 9 May 2018 10AM & 12PM Main Auditorium // €7 adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class of 20+ / Dur: 50 mins / Age: 6+

Join Ceol Connected on their new and exciting musical adventure. The Wonderful Tune is a captivating, moving, and otherworldly show for children aged 6 and above. This reimagining of an old fairytale weaves together traditional music, song, puppetry and animation to bring children on an unforgettable journey. Told through the eyes of Maggie Connor and her son Maurice ‘the king of all the pipers in Ireland’, The Wonderful Tune is a musical world of singing mermaids, dancing sea creatures and an enchanted tune which is sure to have everyone singing along!
Alongside Emma Fisher (puppeteer), The Wonderful Tune performers include some of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians: Thomas Johnston (uilleann pipes/whistles/vocals), Áine McGeeney (fiddle/vocals) and Seán McElwain (guitar/fiddle).
Supported by The Arts Council

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

Thu 10 May 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc

Starring Jon Kenny and Mary McEvoy and Directed by Michael Scott, ‘The Successful TD’ follows the trials, tribulations, misadventures and hilarious antics of Tull McAdoo as he seeks re-election to the Dail. Written by John B Keane in 1967 he displays his edge for humour and satire that are uncomfortably close to the politics of today ... 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 Don Baker & Rob Strong Band
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The Don Baker & Rob Strong Band

Irish Legends Celebrate 50 Years on the Road

Sat 12 May 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc

Two of Ireland’s best ever Rock/Blues musicians have collaborated to record an album together and will tour Ireland with their band this Season. Described by Bono as ‘the best harmonica player in the world’, Don Baker is a prolific singer / songwriter / musician with two number ones ‘Winner in You’ and ‘Inner City’. As an actor Don is best known for his role in ‘In the Name of the Father’ alongside Daniel Day Lewis; and as gangster Thomas Flynn in ‘Fair City’. Rob Strong has a sensational voice and once turned down the opportunity to join ‘Deep Purple’. He regularly tours Europe with his son, Andrew Strong, lead singer of ‘The Commitments. Indeed Andrew and his sister Niamh will both guest with the band on a number of dates, as will Dubliner Richie Malone (Rhythm Guitarist with Status Quo) and Don’s lifelong friend Finbar Furey.
All in all, Don, Rob and the band guarantee a great night of real rock n’ roll Live! No backing tracks, no sound effects, no lip-sync; just pure raw talent that has stood the test of time over 50 years on the rock n’ roll road in Ireland, the country’s finest ever exponents of Soul, Rock and Blues!

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Fingal Youth Orchestra - Annual Celebration Concert 2018

Fingal Youth Orchestra - Annual Celebration Concert 2018

Sun 13 May 2018 7PM Main Auditorium // €12 / €10 conc

Comprising of roughly 60 members, FCYO nurtures the orchestral playing of musicians ranging from 8 to 18 years of age. The four musical staff members work together tirelessly to bring out the best in each and every player. FCYO fosters a love for orchestral playing, cultivating musical talent and musical appreciation in an atmosphere of enjoyment and teamwork. Spanning a huge repertoire of music, from concertos to pop songs, FCYO adopts a non-competitive and motivational approach to all its activities.
www.fingalorchestra.ie

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Special Bealtaine Movie Screening

Special Bealtaine Movie Screening

In association with Access Cinema

Wed 16 May 2018 7.30PM Main Auditorium // FREE

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Thousands of older people all over the country take part in the Bealtaine Festival each year during the month of May, celebrating creativity in older age. Draíocht in Association with access>CINEMA are delighted to host the Bealtaine Film Tour here on 16th May, a programme of curated films specially selected with older audiences in mind. Stay tuned for updates on this Special Film Screening and we look forward to welcoming you to celebrate creativity in older age with us during May.

Tickets are free and early booking is advised.

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Shout! The Mod Musical
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Shout! The Mod Musical

A Nostalgic Nod to London’s Swinging Sixties

Thu 17 May 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

The musical follows five young female subscribers to a fictional magazine called Shout!, ‘the magazine for the modern woman’, as they come of age during the liberating 1960s that made England swing. From cover to cover, Shout! unfolds like a musical magazine and travels in time through the decade, chronicling the dawn of liberation of women. Just as Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark, Cilla Black and Lulu were independent women with major careers, English (and indeed Irish!) women were redefining themselves in the face of changing attitudes about women. Shout! and its all-female cast reflect that change through the unforgettable music of the era. Featuring some of the top musical theatre performers Ireland has to offer, Shout! wears its heart on its sleeve, but also has its tongue firmly planted in its cheek. The groovy blend of foot-stomping songs, eye-popping fashions, bouffant hairstyles, hilarious stories and mod musings will make you want to throw your head back … and SHOUT!

Verdant & Do R Die Productions. Directed & Choreographed by Daniel ‘Cheech’ Maguire.

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Woolly’s Quest
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Woolly’s Quest

Branar Teatar do Pháistí in Association with Riverbank Arts Centre

Fri 18 - Sat 19 May 2018 Draíocht Studio // €7 adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class of 20+ / Age 6+ yrs Dur: 45 mins

SCHOOL & FAMILY SHOWS
FRI 18 MAY 10.15AM & 12.15PM
SAT 19 MAY 2PM & 4PM

The is the epic story of Woolly, the bravest of all sheep. Woolly was the first sheep who dared to be different, he dared to be adventurous, he dared to discover what happens to his wool. Join Woolly on his audacious quest to reclaim his shorn fleece, marvel at his sheer bravery on a journey fraught with peril to learn what life looms beyond the gate. A rip-roaring yarn, Woolly's Quest has it all as Branar weaves together storytelling, music, song and puppetry in a pulsating show that will have audiences of all ages hooked!

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Dominic Kirwan & Guests in Concert
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Dominic Kirwan & Guests in Concert

With Special Guest Lisa Stanley

Fri 18 May 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €25 / €23 conc

Dominic Kirwans stage presence lights up the room, ignites and engages the audience and holds them in the palm of his hands, a vibrant mix of classic country, a hint of rock and roll, a sprinkling of a ballad, a touch of a standard with just a spot of an inspirational classics. Omagh born entertainer Dominic Kirwan has been all over the world entertaining audiences to packed venues in the last two years. His return to the Irish theatre stage sees Dominic present a show for all ages covering many of his much loved recordings and introducing tracks from his most recent successful country album ‘My Country Favourites’. With an excellent band and a powerful stage show this is a concert not to be missed.

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Neil Delamere - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Pensioner
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Neil Delamere - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Pensioner

Sat 19 May 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €23 / €21 conc

One day Neil’s dad asked him to help deliver the Meals on Wheels. He agreed. Little did they know that their lives would never be the same again. Except for the bits of their lives that didn’t change.

Support on the night from Gearóid Farrelly

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"You’ll be hard pressed to find a more gifted comic at the Fringe." ★★★★★ The Scotsman

"One lean, mean, comedy, killing machine." ★★★★★ The Herald

Starkids on Stage 2018

Starkids on Stage 2018

Fri 25 - Sat 26 May 2018 Main Auditorium // €15 / €12 conc

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FRI 25 MAY  7PM
SAT 26 MAY 3PM & 7PM 

Join the cast of Starkids for their end of year production. This talented cast of children aged 3 to 17 years will have you well entertained with excerpts from The Wizard of Oz, Wicked, Annie, Matilda, Trolls the Movie and Hairspray. A superb evening of song, dance and drama is guaranteed from these amazingly talented children. A must for all the family.
www.starkids.ie

Dublin 15 Guitar Summer Concert

Dublin 15 Guitar Summer Concert

In Aid of Jigsaw Dublin 15 (Young People's Health In Mind)

Tue 29 May 2018 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €15

Following on from the success of last years event, the Summer Concert returns, showcasing  the musical talents of students studying with local Guitar Tutor, John McLoughlin. The concert will feature a selection of music acts performing on electric and acoustic guitar. A wide range of students (young and ‘mature’), will perform both instrumental pieces and songs; giving students a platform to perform in a concert setting. John's aim is to create a positive and relaxed atmosphere; to allow students to flourish and enjoy the experience of performing.

John has been working as a Professional Guitarist since 1993, performing live, on Radio and TV and Recording Studio. Graduating from the Cork School of Music with a Diploma in Instrumental Music Teaching (Guitar) in 1996, he subsequently worked as a Classical Guitar Tutor at the school, until his return to Dublin where he was employed as Guitar Tutor in Wesley College, where he remained for 14 years. He has also worked in the Blanchardstown area over the last number of years in various schools, along with his private teaching. He has worked with many well-known artists including Damien Dempsey, Glen Hansard, Sinead O'Connor, Mary Black, Frances Black, Lisa Lambe, Johnny McEvoy, Ronnie Drew, John Sheehan, Barney McKenna, Paul Potts, Finbar Wright to name a few.

www.dublin15guitarlessons.com

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Sinatra – Nothing But the Best

Sinatra – Nothing But the Best

Rat Pack Promotions with Ken Kirwan & his Swing Band

Thu 31 May 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €22 / €20 conc

Start Spreading The News ... Ken Kirwan & his Swing Band will bring you back to the days of Vegas with his ‘Sinatra - Nothing but the Best’ show. From full throttle belters that will bring the house down to whispered speech level songs Frank was famous for. Ken's delivery is always right and befitting of the originals such as My Way, Lady is a Tramp, That's Life, New York New York, Mac The Knife, Leroy Brown and many, many more. With some very special guests this show is a must see ... The Best Really is Yet to Come!

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The Classic Beatles - The White Album 50th Anniversary
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The Classic Beatles - The White Album 50th Anniversary

Fri 1 Jun 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €23 / €21 conc

The White Album incredibly turns 50 this year and to celebrate, The Classic Beatles (the only Beatles tribute act endorsed by Sir George Martin) are doing what they do best and taking it out on the road. Join them for 2 hours of all out Beatles classics. Not only will they be playing The White Album, they will also feature the usual classics that spanned The Beatles incredible musical career. As well as many costume changes, the band also partake in the witty banter for which The Beatles were equally famous. A Classic Beatles show brings all the joys of Beatledom to a whole new generation and allows first generation fans to relive the music that changed our lives forever.

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The Tramp / Haimanaua

The Tramp / Haimanaua

Romanian Community of Ireland

Sat 2 Jun 2018 6PM Main Auditorium // €27

Theatre comedy ‘Haimanaua’ (The Tramp), Directed by Dan Tudor, is a hilarious adaptation after ‘The Man Who Saw Death’, one of the most frequently performed plays by dramatist Victor Eftimiu. After numerous performances that enjoyed tremendous success on theatre stages all over Romania, ‘The Tramp’ is due to cheer up audiences in Dublin, as well. This play is performed in Romanian.

Extraordinar! Toată presa vuiește! Politica învinge dragostea! Planurile electorale sunt date peste cap! Un cetăţean a încercat să se sinucidă. În ultima clipă, este scos din apă. Salvatorul lui este declarat Omul Zilei. Oraşul îl vrea primar, familia este dezbinată. Deznodământ tulburător! Cine este până la urmă vagabondul care a înscenat totul și cu ce scop?! ‘Haimanaua’, comedia hollywoodiană a lui Dan Tudor surprinde prin versatilitatea montării și prin dezinvoltura cu care alternează măștile absurde ale vagabondului.

Extraordinary! The whole press is buzzing! Politics win over love! The election plans are all messed up! A citizen tried to kill himself. He is pulled out of the water at the last minute. His rescuer is declared The Man of the Day. The town wants him to be the Mayor, the family is divided. Bewildering result! Who is the tramp that staged everything up and why?! ‘The Tramp’, Dan Tudor’s Hollywoodian comedy, captures the versatility of the setting and the easiness with which he alternates the ridiculous masks of the tramp. 

Magical Strings

Magical Strings

Sri Raagam International Veena and Music Academy

Sat 2 Jun 2018 7.30PM Draíocht Studio // €15 adults / €10 children

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The Veena is an ancient Indian musical stringed instrument. Cradling the 1.5m long instrument gracefully, Srimathi Mohana Priya Anand, the principle of Sri Raagam International Veena and Music Academy is proud to present Ireland’s first ever Veena concert featuring students from Malaysia and Ireland. They take to the stage their magical strings of Veena to perform varieties from Carnatic Fusion, Indian, Malaysian and other famous hits bringing the music of the East and West together. This promises to be a evening not to be missed.

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Kevin McAleer - Guru
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Kevin McAleer - Guru

Thu 7 Jun 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc

Ireland's brightest lama Kevin McAleer has announced a series of worldwide apparitions in 2018, with mindfulness, bananarama yoga, tai chi with chai tea, avocado dream therapy, vegan dentistry, moon walking with wolves, digital sourdough photography, coffee visualization, and ego massage. McAleer trained for 33 years under the legendary Oprah Chopra in Palookaville, before founding the Mindless Nationalism Institute™ in Belfast in 1972. He will be signing copies of his very latest awareness bestseller, The Idiot's Guide to Self Help Books, which has been translated into more than 94,000 languages worldwide and beyond. An evening of divine light entertainment not to be missed.
Age suitability: 16+

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"Immaculate mastery of language." The Scotsman

"Will leave your head spinning and your cheeks hurting." British Comedy Guide

The Illegals with Niamh Kavanagh 2018
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The Illegals with Niamh Kavanagh 2018

Rumours of Hotel California - 40 Year Anniversary Special

Fri 8 Jun 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €16 conc

After a year of sell-out shows, The Illegals are taking their unique 'Rumours of Hotel California' show back on the road, to celebrate two classic rock albums from two iconic rock bands, The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac.
Led by Niamh Kavanagh, she of the mesmerizing voice and mischievous spirit, The Illegals will take you on a journey for three hours of soulful harmonies, exciting riffs, blistering guitars and unforgettable songs. The best of two legendary bands in one night? It’s almost too good to be true. Songs like ‘Gold Dust Woman’, ‘Last Resort’, ‘Go Your Own Way’, ‘Life In The Fast Lane’, ‘Dreams’, ‘New Kid In Town’, ‘The Chain’ and ‘Hotel California’ – and many others: all in celebration of over 40 years of music from two of the greatest rock bands of all time.

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"Niamh is outstanding - The Rolls-Royce of Irish Rock." RTE

"Simply Stunning." The BBC

Further Ted
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Further Ted

​Joe Rooney (Father Damo) and Patrick McDonnell (Eoin McLove)

Sat 9 Jun 2018 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €17 / €15 conc

Further Ted is a show that brings two of the most memorable characters from Father Ted together for a night of stand-up and musical comedy and a chance to compete in a ‘Lovely Girls’ competition. You don't have to be a girl to enter and the winner gets a romantic candle lit night in for two, a luxury cruise in a boat of your own making and a full set of bespoke rubber gloves.
Joe Rooney (Father Damo) and Patrick McDonnell (Eoin McLove) are renowned stand-up comedians with a unique take on Irish society.
Expect improvised audience interaction and musical comedy. The comical duo are stalwarts of the Irish comedy scene who never fail to put on a unique and hilarious night of comedy. 

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"If they don’t get their own TV show at the end of the run, there is something very wrong with the world." The Scotsman

KidKast Castleknock Showcase 2018

KidKast Castleknock Showcase 2018

Sun 10 Jun 2018 7PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €12 conc

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KidKast Castleknock are delighted to be showcasing their year's work in Draíocht this year. Come see their fantastic students, ranging in age from 3-14 years, demonstrate their dancing, singing and acting skills. It's guaranteed to be a fun night of entertainment with something for everyone. Under the direction of Eunice McMenamin.

The Secret Scripture
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The Secret Scripture

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 13 Jun 2018 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc / Early Bird: €5 (Book before 06 April 2018)

Residing in a psychiatric hospital, elderly Irishwoman Roseanne McNulty (Vanessa Redgrave) receives visits from a young psychologist (Eric Bana), whose interest in her diary triggers flashbacks of her youth, which was filled with romance, obsession and turmoil. Rooney Mara plays McNulty as a young woman, in flashbacks that detail her love triangle with a fighter pilot (Jack Reynor) and a priest (Theo James). Directed by Jim Sheridan, The Secret Scripture is based on the novel of the same name by Sebastian Barry.

Cert: 13   Language: English    Dur: 108 mins
In association with Access Cinema

Early Bird: €5 (Book before 06 April 2018)

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Weighing-In
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Weighing-In

Dolmen Productions

Thu 14 Jun 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

Weighing-In is a fast paced comedy play about life, love and dieting. Set in the Easi-Slim diet club we meet the highly driven Pam and the motherly Breda. Easi-Slim’s newest member - upwardly mobile Pam has cruised into town in her sports car. Her lifestyle enchants Breda, whose gushing admiration for her new diet guru buddy only serves to make Pam all the more condescending and insufferable. But as Pam’s mask begins to slip Breda, is reminded that sometimes, you already have the life you wished for.

Starring Isobel Mahon (Glenroe, The Clinic) and Rose Henderson (Fair City, Father Ted).
Written by Ger Gallagher. Directed by Caroline FitzGerald.
Dur: 70 mins (no interval)

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"Pacey, tender and packed with laughs, Weighing-In is a calorie-free treat." Eithne Shortall, Sunday Times

"No flab on this weighty drama." Chris Wasser. The Herald

"Infectiously enjoyable." Michael Moffatt. Irish Mail on Sunday

The Words Are There
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The Words Are There

The Nth Degree Theatre Company

Fri 15 Jun 2018 8.15PM / Dur: 57 mins / Age: 15+ Draíocht Studio // €16 / €14 conc / Early Bird €14 (Book before 6th April 2018)

A flat in dreamy Bettystown. He awaits her return. Amidst childhood falsehoods and fragmented memories, he struggles to find the words for this very important day. Life has left him speechless, but in his silence lies a story…
The Words Are There is a compelling piece of innovative physical theatre that delves into a lesser learned side of domestic abuse.
Written and performed by Ronan Dempsey (Ecole Jacques Lecoq Paris), the show received five star reviews in May 2017 for its powerful and sensitive telling of a taboo subject.

Early Bird €14 (Book before 6th April 2018)

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"A goosebumps giving performance … soul stirringly good." ★★★★★ Chris O’Rourke, The Arts Review

"Compelling … Riveting … Magic!" No More Workhorse

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie - Sensory Friendly Screening
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Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie - Sensory Friendly Screening

Cinema at Draiocht

Sat 16 Jun 2018 3PM Draíocht Studio // €5 adults & children

Based on the worldwide sensation and bestselling book series, and boasting an A-list cast of comedy superstars headed by Kevin Hart and Ed Helms, DreamWorks Animation brings audiences the long-awaited global movie event, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. This raucously subversive comedy for the entire family tells the story of two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold, who hypnotize their principal into thinking he's a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dim-witted superhero named Captain Underpants.

For this sensory friendly screening the volume is lowered, the auditorium lights are left on at a low level so the auditorium won't be in total darkness, we have restricted the capacity and viewers can make noise and move around the auditorium space if they wish.

Cert: PG / Language: English / Dur: 84 mins
In association with Access Cinema

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Stagezone on Stage 2018

Stagezone on Stage 2018

Stagezone Theatre School

Sat 23 - Sun 24 Jun 2018 2PM & 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €17 / €15 conc

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Join the energetic young stars of Stagezone Theatre School with a show for all the family packed with great songs and dance routines from Cinderella, Under the Sea, Oliver!, Matilda, Join the Circus, High School Musical, Rock of Ages, Jesus Christ Superstar and Chicago! This is a wonderful opportunity for all our students to showcase their talents in musical theatre, hip hop dancing and comedy. Stagezone Theatre School is based in Draíocht with classes for boys and girls from 5-20 years of age.
www.stagezone.ie

The Death of Stalin (2017)
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The Death of Stalin (2017)

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 27 Jun 2018 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc / Early Bird: €5 (Book before 06 April 2018)

The one-liners fly as fast as political fortunes fall in this uproarious, wickedly irreverent satire from Armando Iannucci (Veep, In the Loop). Moscow, 1953: when tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin drops dead, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to be the next Soviet leader. Among the contenders are the dweeby Georgy Malenkov (Jeffrey Tambor), the wily Nikita Khrushchev (Steve Buscemi), and the sadistic secret police chief Lavrentiy Beria (Simon Russell Beale). But as they bumble, brawl, and backstab their way to the top, just who is running the government? Combining palace intrigue with rapid-fire farce, this audacious comedy is a bitingly funny takedown of bureaucratic dysfunction performed to the hilt by a sparkling ensemble cast.

Cert: CLUB / Language: English / Dur: 107 min
In association with Access Cinema

Early Bird: €5 (Book before 06 April 2018)

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Silent by Pat Kinevane
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Silent by Pat Kinevane

Fishamble: The New Play Company

Thu 28 Jun 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc / Age 14+ / Dur: 90 mins (no interval)

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‘Hopeless, helpless, in-the-way person’ … Homeless McGoldrig once had splendid things. But he has lost it all - including his mind. He now dives into the wonderful wounds of his past through the romantic world of Rudolph Valentino, in this brave, bold, beautiful production.
After more than ten years of touring nationally and internationally, to great critical acclaim, Fishamble: The New Play Company makes a welcome return to Draíocht with one of the trilogy of plays written and performed by Pat Kinevane and Directed by Jim Culleton. These plays are full of Kinevane's characteristic humour and darkness, matched with his unique performance style and the expertise of Fishamble.

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"passionate one-man show… stunning." The New York Times

"dazzling theatricality." The Guardian

"Remarkable ... to be in that audience was to experience a rare synergy between performer and the performed-to ... Marvellous." Irish Independent

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Deirdre O’Kane - A Line of O’Kane
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Deirdre O’Kane - A Line of O’Kane

Thu 22 Nov 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc

Deirdre O'Kane has really hit her stride. Footloose following a star turn on Dancing with the Stars and reveling in her return to stand-up, don't miss Deirdre at her hilarious best in a straight-talking look at twelve frantic months in the life of this fandango tripping, family minding, telly making, comedy dynamo. 

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"Unique star quality." The Guardian.

"She dazzles the audience from start to finish." The Sunday Times

Before - A new play with much music by Pat Kinevane

Before - A new play with much music by Pat Kinevane

Fishamble: The New Play Company

Fri 23 - Sat 24 Nov 2018 8PM Main Auditorium

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From the team that brought you Forgotten, Underneath and the Olivier Award-winning Silent, Before is a new play with much music, set in Clery’s of Dublin, on the very day this iconic department store shuts - for good.  Pontius is inside, trying to choose a gift for his estranged daughter, whom he hasn’t seen for almost 20 years.  He will meet her in an hour.  This father’s journey is both beautiful and strange, from the isolation of his Midlands home, to the madness of O’Connell Street.  Some folk are impossible to buy for…

​Before was commissioned by Fishamble and has been in development with the support of the Arts Council, National Theatre Studio (London), and The Strollers Touring Network. 
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Written & Performed by Pat Kinevane
Directed by Jim Culleton
Composed by Denis Clohessy
Costume Stylist Catherine Condell
Choreographer Emma O’Kane

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Michael Harding: On Tuesdays I’m a Buddhist
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Michael Harding: On Tuesdays I’m a Buddhist

Fri 7 - Sat 8 Dec 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc

Join Michael Harding as he reads from his latest memoir, ruminates on the difference between psychotherapy and religion and relates the story of his pilgrimage to Skellig Michael, in his ongoing search for meaning.

After many therapy sessions focused on an effort to uncover personal truth, and long solitary months on the road with a one man show, Harding is finally led to an artists' retreat in the shadow of Skellig Michael. Mixing stories from the road with dispatches from his Irish Times columns, On Tuesdays I'm a Buddhist is a spell-binding and powerful book about the human condition, the narratives we weave around the self, and the ultimate bliss of living in the present moment.

'What happens between one story and the next? That's the really interesting part. That's the space where we find bliss; where we float sometimes, suspended, and only for a brief moment. Perhaps only for a few scarce moments in an entire life.'

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"Harding’s latest attempt to find meaning in life is searingly honest, funny and self-deprecating." The Irish Times

"A spell-binding and powerful book about the human condition, the narratives we weave around the self, and the ultimate bliss of living in the present moment." Books.ie