The Way Back Home
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The Way Back Home

Branar Téatar do Pháistí

Tue 21 - Wed 22 Oct 2014 Draíocht Studio // €7 Adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class

TUES 21 OCT 5PM - SOLD OUT
WED 22 OCT 10AM 

WED 22 OCT
12 NOON 

€7 Adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class / Age 3-8 yrs / Dur 40 mins / Unreserved Seating


When a boy discovers a single-propeller airplane in his closet, he does what any young adventurer would do: he flies into outer space! Millions of miles from earth, the plane begins to splutter and quake, so the boy must make a daring landing on the moon. But as it turns out, he is not alone up there.

Branar Téatar do Pháistí and Denmark’s Teater Refleksion have joined forces to produce The Way Back Home, based on the hugely successful book by Irish author Oliver Jeffers. This new show without words combines puppetry, original music and the distinctive and evocative design of Teater Refleksion’s Mariann Agaard to realise a beautiful and imaginative story on stage. In association with Baboró International Arts Festival for Children.

MORE ... Writing tips from Oliver Jeffers ... here ... 

Swan Lake - SOLD OUT
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Swan Lake - SOLD OUT

Ballet Ireland

Fri 24 Oct 2014 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €15 conc / €12 (Under 16s)

Ballet Ireland is delighted to present a national tour of Swan Lake, one of the greatest love stories of classical ballet, to 26 theatres throughout Ireland.

This most famous of ballets, combines romantic themes, classical technique and ethereal imagery together with Tchaikovsky's majestic score, to ensure this masterpiece’s immortality.

Swan Lake tells the story of Odette, a beautiful princess, who by day is turned into a swan by evil magician Von Rothbart, only to regain her human form at night. Out hunting by the Lakeside, Prince Siegfried encounters her and falls in love with her. But will he be able to break Von Rothbart’s spell…? 

This enduring story of love and tragedy, good and evil, has enthralled audiences since it premiered in 1877.  
This autumn 25 leading professional dancers from Ireland and abroad will perform in this breath-taking production which was loved by audiences and critics when last produced by Ballet Ireland.

"Perfectly formed and translucent production of the romantic classic ... Clever touches with the choreography, performances and staging." The Irish Times

"Moving production…beautifully choreographed." The Sunday Business Post

"Exuberant and beautiful production." Irish Mail on Sunday



Mary Coughlan 2014
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Mary Coughlan 2014

Sat 25 Oct 2014 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €16 conc / Early Bird: €14 (Book before 05 Sept 2014)

2010 saw the 25th anniversary of Mary Coughlan’s album ‘Tired and Emotional’, Ireland’s biggest selling album in its year of release and now 7 times platinum. An Irish theatrical torch-blues music legend, Mary’s acclaimed new album ‘The House of Ill Repute’ was promoted alongside the release of her autobiography ‘Bloody Mary’ in 2009. In this funny, moving and typically outspoken memoir, Ireland’s best-loved jazz singer pulls no punches in describing her redemption from alcoholism and drug addiction and gets to the heart of what made Mary so contrary.

Early Bird: €14 (Book before 05 Sept 2014)

"Bitter, seductive, raunchy, contemptuous." **** Mojo

"Tom Waits has met his Irish match." **** The Guardian

Des Bishop Coming Home - SOLD OUT
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Des Bishop Coming Home - SOLD OUT

Presented by The Lisa Richards Agency

Tue 28 Oct 2014 8PM Main Auditorium // €22.50 / €20 conc

Des Bishop is coming home after spending over a year in China with some fun stories to share; from working in a restaurant in the North East for a month to trying to find a wife in a Marriage Park; plus some great journeys with Leo his co-worker from the Abrakebabra days. But he also can't wait to tell you about all the things he missed about home: democracy, milk, sarcasm and so much more. Most importantly though Des just can't wait to speak English without being censored!

"‘Charismatic, sincere, eloquent and always seeking the angle’" Chortle

"‘Funny, erudite and effortlessly delivered'" The Scotsman, UK

"‘Edgy material snappy never sappy ...’" The Age, Melbourne



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Mike Denver and his Band in Concert
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Mike Denver and his Band in Concert

Wed 29 Oct 2014 8PM Main Auditorium // €25 / €23 conc

Ireland's most popular country singer Mike Denver has once again had a sell out Nationwide Tour in January, February and March this year. Mike has already built up a huge following in his relatively short time on the Irish Circuit and has achieved 12 Hit Albums and 7 best selling DVD's. His show is an excellent mix of Mike Denver Hits, Country Classics and middle of the road hits. With his excellent Band and a super stage show this promises to be the 'Concert of the Year'.

READ ... an interview with Mike Denver & his wife .. 

The Songs & Tall Tales of Jerry Fish
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The Songs & Tall Tales of Jerry Fish

Thu 30 Oct 2014 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €16 conc

Jerry Fish routinely fills the country’s biggest venues with his travelling musical medicine shows, his swaggering vocal, generous and infectious smile and that fantastic vaudeville moustache. Jerry has spent much of his life on the road, a constantly evolving artist who has always favoured innovation over orthodoxy. Throughout the 1990’s he was the main creative force and front-man of the alternative rock band ‘An Emotional Fish’ giving us the anthem ‘Celebrate’. Once he left the constraints of the four piece rock format however, he found a whole universe of music suddenly become a tangible and touchable prospect: New Orleans funk, Noir Soundtracks, Punk Latino, all manner of Odd Mondo Scenes and Broken Mambo Jive. Smiles come aplenty and witty lyrics are definitely Mr. Fish’s currency of choice, but Jerry’s songs have been so well crafted that they deserve more than a casual, amused listen. ‘The Songs & Tall Tales of Jerry Fish’ is an intimate, stripped-down, theatre style show in which Jerry performs his favourite songs from a career spanning over two decades.

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Gay Byrne Live On Stage - SOLD OUT
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Gay Byrne Live On Stage - SOLD OUT

Produced by John McColgan, Abhann Productions

Sat 1 Nov 2014 8PM Main Auditorium // €20

Gay Byrne, one of the most loved television and radio personalities in Irish history will perform his show, GAY BYRNE, LIVE ON STAGE, as part of a short Irish tour. Following sell-out shows last year, this is an exclusive chance to enjoy Gay Byrne at his best in a live performance telling some of the greatest show-biz stories never told in a hilarious evening’s entertainment, described as “a master class in comedy”.

In his five decade broadcasting career, Gay Byrne hosted the Late Late from 1962 to 1999 and was the first presenter to ever interview the Beatles on TV, he is recognized as “the man who changed Ireland”, both on his RTÉ morning radio show and the weekly Late Late Show  where he introduced Ireland to modernity – and then stood back to witness the brawl!
From senior politicians to senior clergy to the brightest stars in the Hollywood firmament, he has been a confessor figure to the good, the bad and the ugly. At 80, he’s now in happy semi-retirement but during his exhilarating two hour plus show, he talks about all the extraordinary moments he has witnessed or been at the centre of.
Listen to the behind-the-scenes stories of the stars and the star-makers with Ireland’s foremost legendary broadcaster in his first solo stage show.

"Exhilarating..superb..ingenious...a thoroughly enjoyable evening" The Irish Times

Tiny Tots Christmas Elf Arts Experience - SOLD OUT

Tiny Tots Christmas Elf Arts Experience - SOLD OUT

For Ages 24 Months to 4 Years

Thu 6 Nov - Thu 4 Dec 2014 Draíocht Workshop Room // €35 for 5 Weeks

THURSDAYS, 10.30AM - 11.30AM
5 WEEKS, 06 NOV - 04 DEC 2014
DRAÍOCHT WORKSHOP ROOM / Fee: €35 for five week course

After the success of our last Tiny Tots Project, artist Orla Kelly has once again carefully created this exciting series of weekly workshops, to encourage you and your child to have fun while learning through the arts. These sessions are designed around the show ‘ Elf Factory’ which you will attend at the end of the 5 weeks, on Thursday 11 December at 10am (see here). Using themes from the show, sessions will explore a variety of creative and playful elements that include storytelling, movement, painting, building, creative investigation, music making, exploration of colors and shapes, drawing and so much more.

Places are limited, early booking is advised, T: 01-8852622. All children must be accompanied by an adult and all adults must be accompanied by a child!
Show attendance (see here) forms a vital part of this project and is at an additional cost of €5 per child and €6 per adult.



The Great War Roadshow
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The Great War Roadshow

Presented by Myles Dungan

Thu 6 Nov 2014 8PM Main Auditorium // €16 / €14 conc / Early Bird: €12 (Book before 05 Sept 2014)

The Great War Roadshow celebrates the unquenchable spirit, wry humour and irrepressible melodies of a lost generation, a hundred years after their elders sent them in their millions to fight an immoral war. World War 1 (1914-1918) saw 210,000 Irishmen serving in the British forces. 35,000 Irish died. In this, the centenary of The Great War, historian, broadcaster and MC on the night Dr. Myles Dungan presents an evening of songs and music of The Great War, featuring The Brook Singers, with soloists Sadhbh Burt Fitzgerald, Jonathan Creasy and Brendan MacQuaile.

The show tells the story of each of the songs, how and why they came to be composed, who sang them, what the men in the trenches thought of them and how they retaliated with music which chimed with their own experience rather than the dictates of a music industry anxious to collaborate in boosting the war effort while making a lot of money in the process. Included in the programme for the night are standards such as … ‘It’s A Long Way To Tipperary’, ‘Pack Up Your Troubles’, ‘Keep The Home Fires Burning’, ‘Roses Of Picardy’, as well as subversive and witty ripostes like … ‘The Recruiting Sergeant’, ‘Salonika’, ‘Hush Here Comes A Whizzbang’ and ‘When This Lousy War Is Over’.

Early Bird: €12 (Book before 05 Sept 2014)

Chess

Chess

Coolmine Musical Society

Tue 11 - Sat 15 Nov 2014 8PM Main Auditorium // TUES PREVIEW: €17 / WED-SAT €20

The exciting and highly acclaimed musical ‘Chess’ uses the ancient game of chess as a metaphor for romantic rivalries and East-West political intrigue. From Tyrol to Thailand the players, lovers and politicians make their moves to the pulse of the monumental rock score including the hits ‘One Night in Bangkok’ and ’I Know Him So Well’. Add in Coolmine’s great cast and chorus and your enjoyment will be part of the game!

Music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. Lyrics by Tim Rice.

Defender of the Faith
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Defender of the Faith

Decadent Theatre

Tue 18 - Wed 19 Nov 2014 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €14 conc

Galway based Decadent Theatre are back with one of the most anticipated productions of 2014. ‘Defender of the Faith’ is the debut play of Stuart Carolan the author and creator of RTE’s infamous, LOVE/HATE.

Defender of the Faith is a brilliant thriller set on a farm in Armagh 1986. The play tells the story of a family, entrenched in paramilitarism and under the constant watch of British forces. When a visitor arrives with the job of rooting out a police informer, paranoia grips the farm. Joe, his son Thomas, and a long-serving farm hand, Barney, all fall under suspicion. The family's isolated farm becomes the setting for the electrifying exploration of a family tested by loyalty and love. ‘Defender Of The Faith’ is blackly comic and chillingly real, with an atmosphere taut with tension.
Directed by Andrew Flynn and starring
 Peter Gowen (as Joe), Lalor Roddy (as Barney), Michael Ford-Fitzgerald (as Thomas), Diarmuid De Faoite (as JJ) and Anthony Brophy (as Unknown Man).

Contains some very strong language (for ages 15+).

Juno and the Paycock - SOLD OUT

Juno and the Paycock - SOLD OUT

Coolmine Drama Circle

Tue 18 - Sat 22 Nov 2014 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €16 / €13 conc

Set in the tenements of Dublin during the Irish Civil War, 1922-1923, this tragic/comedy tells the tale of a family's struggle with poverty, love, betrayal and where to get the next 'ball of malt'. Juno, typical strong mother of Mary and Johnny and wife to 'Captain' Boyle, an irresponsible drunk, navigate the seas of family life while being pulled apart by political unrest. When the family learn of an inheritance from a distant relative it seems all their problems are solved but life in a Dublin tenement is never that easy.



Harlem Gospel Choir
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Harlem Gospel Choir

Thu 20 Nov 2014 8PM Main Auditorium // €30

Having performed for Nelson Mandela at the Yankee Stadium, for the Pope in Central Park, with the Chieftains on their US tour and on U2's “Rattle and Hum” album, film and tour, the Harlem Gospel Choir will, once again, return to Ireland for an extensive tour.

The world famous Harlem Gospel Choir was formed in 1988 and made its highly successful debut at New York's Cotton Club the same year. The Choir draws its core singers from various black churches in the Harlem community, who share the common aim of bringing about a better understanding of African/American culture. Founder member, Allen Bailey has worked in the entertainment industry for over 30 years. He was promotional director for major recording artists including Lionel Ritchie and the Commodores, Prince, Michael Jackson, Mr. T, and Isaac Hayes. He was chairman for the Martin Luther King Holiday campaign and it was through this work that the Harlem Gospel Choir was born. Their songs of inspiration touch the depths of the soul and raise spirits to angelic heights. The Choir devotes its time to spreading their joy of faith throughout the world. This is not to be missed and promises to sell out quickly.

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The Fureys
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The Fureys

Fri 21 Nov 2014 8PM Main Auditorium // €25 / €23 conc

Legends of Irish music & song The Fureys, renowned for their hit songs ‘I Will Love You’, ‘When You Were Sweet 16’, ‘The Green Fields Of France’, ‘The Old Man’, ‘Red Rose Café’, ‘From Clare To Here’, ‘Her Father Didn’t Like Me Anyway’, ‘Leaving Nancy’, ‘Steal Away’ and many more, are back in Draiocht this Season.

The Fureys have been entertaining audiences worldwide for 36 years, audiences that have included former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, Former Irish President Mary McAleese and the late Pope John Paul while Tony Blair has publicly stated his favourite peace song of all time is the Fureys “Green Fields of France”. Recently Ireland President Michael D Higgins attended their concert in Dublin’s National Concert Hall. The band was formed in 1978 literally by accident. George, Paul and Davey were playing in Denmark with their own band called the Buskers and Eddie and Finbar, while touring in Germany were involved in a road accident. When George and Paul got news of the accident they immediately travelled to Germany to be with their brothers. They then decided that they should all be playing together and this was the start of the Fureys.

The Fureys are responsible for some of the most stirring music ever to capture the public imagination. Their folk based music has received standing ovations in some of the biggest concert halls of the world and they credit their musical ability to their parents, Ted and Nora, who were well known musicians themselves. They encouraged their sons to play music from a very early age and there was live traditional music in their house almost nightly. 
Their emotive songs stir many emotions….tears and laughter, sadness and joy. A Fureys concert is always a night to remember!

Carmen (1983)
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Carmen (1983)

Film at Draíocht

Wed 26 Nov 2014 7.30PM Draíocht Studio // €7.50 / €6 conc

Carmen (1983, Carlos Saura)

Flamenco choreographer Antonio is determined to find the perfect girl to play the fiery anti-heroine in his new production and when he auditions Carmen, a beautiful, dark-haired young dancer, he's convinced she's the one. Obsessed with the girl's spirited, animal beauty, the two start a passionate affair despite the misgivings of the rest of the company. But Carmen refuses to be tied down by any one man, and Antonio finds himself falling prey to ever stronger fits of blind jealousy - a state of mind which looks increasingly likely to lead him to do something terrible.

Enjoy a brief intro by local film scholars Ann Downey and Mary Gillan who will also lead a free discussion afterwards.

Phil Coulter - SOLD OUT

Phil Coulter - SOLD OUT

The Echoes of Home Tour

Thu 27 Nov 2014 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.
He has written at least four titles that can be added to the list of Great Irish Songs  - the anthems ‘The Town I Loved So Well’ and ‘Ireland’s Call’ and the haunting ‘Scorn Not His Simplicity’ and ‘Steal Away’.
Phil will be joined by his special guests Geraldine Branagan and Tenor Paul Byrom for an unforgettable evening of music & song.

Listen to Phil & Geraldine on 'Miriam Meets' ... here ... 



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A Tribute to the Music of John Denver
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A Tribute to the Music of John Denver

Marc Roberts Critically Acclaimed Tribute Show

Fri 28 Nov 2014 8PM Main Auditorium // €25 / €23 conc

In 1997 John Denver was tragically killed and the world lost one of its greatest singer/songwriters. On what would have been Denver's 70th year, Marc Roberts performs his critically acclaimed tribute show. Joined by Lorraine McDonald and the Conquerors, the show opens with the music of the Carpenters. Then Marc’s tribute is a journey through John Denver's life and music, performing all the hits including ‘Annie's Song’, ‘Leaving on a Jet Plane’, ‘Take Me Home Country Roads’, ‘Some Days Are Diamonds’, ‘Calypso’ & ‘Thank God I'm a Country Boy’. 

Christmas Elves Family Workshop

Christmas Elves Family Workshop

Sat 29 Nov 2014 Draíocht Workshop Room // €10

WORKSHOP 1: 4-6 YEARS / 11AM - 12.30PM - SOLD OUT 
WORKSHOP 2: 7-9 YEARS / 1PM - 2.30PM - 1 PLACE LEFT
DRAÍOCHT WORKSHOP ROOM
€10 PER CHILD (ACCOMPANYING ADULT FREE)

Join artist and Puppet maker Jane Fogarty this year to make some Christmas Elves at Draíocht. Escape shopping madness to spend a fun Saturday making your very own Christmas elf puppet. All materials will be provided but wearing old clothes or an overall is a good idea. Book early as each year these popular workshops sell out fast!

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



Aslan’s Christy Dignam and Joe Jewell
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Aslan’s Christy Dignam and Joe Jewell

Some Songs and Stories

Sat 29 Nov 2014 8PM Main Auditorium // €22 / €20 conc

Christy Dignam, Aslan’s extraordinary frontman, plus Joe Jewell, Aslan’s lead guitarist and songwriter - childhood pals, lifelong friends and the founding members of Aslan - bring their very special and intimate acoustic show ‘Some Songs and Stories‘ to Draíocht for one special night. This show features some new and many of Aslan’s best known songs plus some classic covers. There is good banter with the audience, as the lads explain the background of some of the songs plus stories of 30 plus years in Aslan.
Early booking advised.

The Far Off Hills
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The Far Off Hills

Loco and Reckless Productions in association with Nomad Theatre Network

Mon 1 - Tue 2 Dec 2014 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €14 conc / Early Bird: €14 (book before 05 Sept 2014)

A hilarious tale of scheming siblings, love and general jiggery-pokery. Set in a sleepy town in rural Ireland, everything is set to change in the lives of Patrick Clancy and his three daughters. A looming eye operation, a daughter soon to leave for the convent, the arrival of the young and devilishly handsome Pierce Hegarty, the gloomy presence of Harold Mahoney - the biggest moaner in Ireland – ever … Will the Clancy household be able to withstand the pressure?

Marian rules the household strictly, much to the dismay of Patrick and her more fun-loving younger sisters Pet and Ducky. Harold Mahony, one of the greatest moaners in Ireland – ever, has his sights set on the blissfully unaware oldest daughter. All is set to change however, with the arrival of the energetic young and devilishly handsome, Pierce Hegarty. Feeling left out in the cold by Marian’s admirers, the two younger girls hatch a plan to get rid of their older sister which ends with unexpected results.

This revival of Lennox Robinson’s classic comedy is given new life under the direction of award-winning Mikel Murfi (The Man in the Woman’s Shoes/Ballyturk). A slapstick, boisterous production that’ll leave audiences spinning in their seats! 

Starring 
Niamh McGrath, Julie Sharkey, Caoimhe O’Malley & Steve Blount.

By agreement with Abbey Theatre Amharclann na Mainistreach

Early Bird: €14 (book before 05 Sept 2014)


THE PLAY
The first production of The Far Off Hills took place in the Abbey Theatre, Dublin on October 22, 1928 and was Robinson’s first three-act comedy of Irish life since The White-Headed Boy in 1916. A light-hearted portrayal of the marriage game, it has its roots in the same provincial background as that of the earlier plays but ends on a more optimistic note, as all the characters (except the fickle servant Ellen) realise their ambitions. Played originally by the Abbey Theatre Irish Players during their 1932 tour of America, The Far Off Hills proved the first comedy success of their 1937 engagement and was continued for a run of 47 performances.


THE PLAYWRIGHT
Lennox Robinson (1886-1958) was born in Douglas, Co Cork in 1886. He was a dramatist, poet, theatre producer and director. His first play, The Cross Roads was performed in the Abbey Theatre in 1909. He became Manager and Director of the theatre towards the end of that year, following the death of J. M. Synge. He resigned in 1914 but returned to the Abbey Theatre in 1918 as manager and producer, and was appointed to the board of the theatre in 1923. He spent many years as director of the Abbey School of Acting.
He continued to write many plays throughout the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. During this period he wrote The Big House (1926), The Far Off Hills (1928) and Drama at Inish (1933), which, when it transferred to Broadway, was called Is Life Worth Living? He edited Lady Gregory’s Journals (1946) and The Oxford Book of Irish Verse with Donagh McDonagh (1958). In 1951 Lennox Robinson published Ireland’s Abbey Theatre, the first full-length history of the company. He remained on the Abbey board until his death in 1958.

Christmas Gala Concert

Christmas Gala Concert

In aid of Coolmine Therapeutic Community

Wed 3 Dec 2014 8PM Main Auditorium // €12

The Blanchardstown Brass Band and the Dublin Male Voice Choir shall combine their talents once again for this Christmas Gala Concert in aid of the Coolmine Therapeutic Community. Sit back, relax and enjoy the arrival of Christmas at this evening of yuletide fun and Christmas favourites. Featuring solo items and audience participation this promises to be an evening that will appeal to people of all ages and bring a sprinkling of Christmas magic.

Music Directors: Zdenek Ondrousek & Áine Mulvey.

Jack L

Jack L

Northern Lights – Songs of The Season

Fri 5 Dec 2014 8PM Main Auditorium // €22 / €20 conc

Jack L comes to Draiocht Blanchardstown for his very first visit. 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!
Jack’s just back from the biggest Arts Festival in the world, Edinburgh Festival, where he performed for a record breaking 5th consecutive year - the first time this has happened in the history of the festival! He is Ireland’s treasure and the press have sung his praises for decades. Now it’s your chance to enjoy Jack L in his first ever appearance in Draíocht.

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

"A gorgeous, versatile Baritone." The Washington Post

"Jack L’s voice is an irresistible force of nature." The Irish News

Family Day: Christmas Print

Family Day: Christmas Print

Sat 6 Dec 2014 Draíocht Galleries

Create your own original design and then learn how to print it, producing your very own handmade Christmas card. During these sessions our artists will help you learn what mono-printing is, you’ll get to discover the excitement of print making, work with printing inks and have a go of our print rollers.

FAMILY DAY NOTES: SESSIONS ARE FREE, BUT SPACE IS LIMITED. 

NEW HOURLY SESSION TIMES ARE:
SESSION 1: 12.00PM-12.50PM
SESSION 2: 1PM-1.50PM
SESSION 3: 2PM-2:50PM
MAX 50 PER WORKSHOP // Dress for Mess / Unless otherwise stated workshops are designed for children from 5-10 years, though younger and older siblings are welcome to take part / Please be aware that Draíocht’s Family days are not designed for groups / All children must be accompanied by an adult and all adults must be accompanied by a child!



David O’Doherty Has Checked Everything

David O’Doherty Has Checked Everything

Sat 6 Dec 2014 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €14 conc

The forgotten Sugababe, the bad boy of Zumba, David O’Doherty presents a new hour of talking and songs. Take a ride into the Davidzone.

One man. One small keyboard. With batteries. And a chair. And a mic. And cables. And a sound system. And then a room, obviously. With more chairs. And a lighting rig. It’s surprising how much stuff is involved, actually.
 

Jimmy MacCarthy

Jimmy MacCarthy

Tue 9 Dec 2014 8PM Main Auditorium // €25 / €22 conc

Draíocht is delighted to welcome back Jimmy MacCarthy, one of Ireland's foremost songwriters.
Having written for major Irish artists Christy Moore, Mary Black, Mary Coughlan, Maura O’Connell and Westlife and released four albums of his own, Jimmy will pay homage to old favourites such as ‘Neidin’, while introducing more recent work such as ‘Andalucian Gray’.

A native of Macroom Co. Cork Jimmy MacCarthy was  singing in pubs and busking from an early age. His first single ‘Miles of Eyes’ was released in 1981 and from there he went on to create some of the most well known songs in the Irish folk and contemporary repertoire such as ‘Ride On’, ’No Frontiers’ ,’Katie’, ‘The Bright Blue Rose’, ‘The Contender’, ’Mystic Lipstick’ ‘Missing you’ and many more.

Elf Factory
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Elf Factory

Little Bigtop in association with The Source Arts Centre

Thu 11 - Sat 13 Dec 2014 Draíocht Studio // €6 Adults / €5 children / Age 3-5 yrs

A magical 'First Christmas' experience for the very young!
Santa's Elves greet the children amongst a pile of presents, soon everyone is passing, stacking and packing together. Then the cheeky Elves invite their new friends on an adventure inside a Giant Christmas Present. From a jumble of unpacked presents a beautiful town emerges waiting for Santa's Christmas visit and we find ourselves carried away on a fantastical journey using shadow play and puppetry. Children and their families enjoy a playful, intimate experience culminating in a wonderful meeting with Santa who has a present for each child.

THURS 11 DEC
10AM
11.30AM (sold out)
4PM (1 child place left)

FRI 12 DEC
10AM
11.30AM
4PM (sold out)

SAT 13 DEC
11AM (sold out)
12.30PM (sold out)
2.30PM (sold out)


Draíocht Studio // €6 Adults / €5 children. 2 teachers free per class / Age 3-5 yrs / Dur: 35 mins / Unreserved Seating

"Better than two iced buns." Stuart, age 4

Crooning at Christmas 2014
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Crooning at Christmas 2014

Liam O'Brien & The Million Dollar Swing Band

Sat 13 Dec 2014 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €14 conc

Direct from playing Dean Martin in the West End hit 'The Rat Pack', Emmerdale star Liam O'Brien presents his tribute to the Yuletide swing season with his original show ‘Crooning at Christmas’, joined by the superb Million Dollar Swing Band. A 10th Anniversary show full of seasonal hits like ‘White Christmas’, ‘I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm’, ‘Let it Snow’, ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ and many more, the Irish ambassador of swing promises you a sentimental journey with hits by Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra & Michael Bublé.
 

Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
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Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

Film at Draíocht

Tue 16 Dec 2014 4PM & 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €8.50 / €7 conc / €5 children / Price includes small pre-film hot chocolate at Betelnut Cafe

A little girl discovers dreams do come true if you really believe. Six-year-old Susan has doubts about childhood's most enduring miracle - Santa Claus. Her mother told her the "secret" about Santa a long time ago, so Susan doesn't expect to receive the most important gifts on her Christmas list. But after meeting a special department store Santa who's convinced he's the real thing, Susan is given the most precious gift of all - something to believe in.

Ticket price includes an optional small pre-film hot chocolate at Draiocht's Betelnut Cafe (non exchangeable for tea/coffee sorry!).

Enjoy a brief intro by local film scholars Ann Downey and Mary Gillan who will also lead a free discussion afterwards.

Carols for Christmas 2014
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Carols for Christmas 2014

New Dublin Voices

Sat 20 Dec 2014 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 the everyone - whether young or young at heart! Pop in from the cold outside, sit back and enjoy the arrival of Christmas.
 

Jack & The Beanstalk Panto

Jack & The Beanstalk Panto

Coolmine Panto Group

Sat 3 - Sun 18 Jan 2015 Main Auditorium // €20 / €16 conc

Things are not going well in Happy Valley where Mother Magee lives with her son Jack. All the crops and livestock are vanishing – even the King’s hen that lays the golden eggs has disappeared. Mother Magee is worried that her cow Daisy will disappear too. Jack is trying to find a solution to it all. Fairy Snow gives Jack magic beans that grow into a giant beanstalk. Jack climbs up through the clouds where he sees a castle which is home to a cruel giant. Jack battles the giant and rescues a young princess held captive in the castle. A fun Pantomime for all the family.
 

Panto Date Time     
Sat 3 Jan 2pm
Sat 3 Jan 7.30pm
Sun 4 Jan 1pm
Sun 4 Jan 5pm
Thurs 8 Jan 7.30pm
Fri 9 Jan 7.30pm
Sat 10 Jan 2pm
Sat 10 Jan 7.30pm
Sun 11 Jan 1pm
Sun 11 Jan 5pm
Thurs 15 Jan 7.30pm
Fri 16 Jan 7.30pm
Sat 17 Jan 2pm
Sat 17 Jan 7.30pm
Sun 18 Jan 2pm
Family Day: Wonderful Weaving

Family Day: Wonderful Weaving

Sat 24 Jan 2015 Draíocht Galleries // FREE

With the help of our artists, explore colored paper weaving by creating some wonderfully woven scales on the back of your very own designed cut out fish or crocodile!

FAMILY DAY NOTES: SESSIONS ARE FREE, BUT SPACE IS LIMITED. 

NEW HOURLY SESSION TIMES ARE:
SESSION 1: 12.00PM-12.50PM
SESSION 2: 1PM-1.50PM
SESSION 3: 2PM-2:50PM

MAX 50 PER WORKSHOP // Dress for Mess / Unless otherwise stated workshops are designed for children from 5-10 years, though younger and older siblings are welcome to take part / Please be aware that Draíocht’s Family days are not designed for groups / All children must be accompanied by an adult and all adults must be accompanied by a child!



A Feast of Coolmine Talent 2015

A Feast of Coolmine Talent 2015

Coolmine Community School

Mon 26 - Tue 27 Jan 2015 8PM Main Auditorium // €5 Monday / €8 Tuesday

COMING SOON

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 14th 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).
Available to the public from Monday 19 January 2015.



Reeling in the Showbands 2015

Reeling in the Showbands 2015

It’s Back, it’s Bigger & its Better!

Wed 28 Jan 2015 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 Lorraine McDonald, with her fantastic tribute to The Showband Ladies; the big sound of The Conquerors Showband and Eurovision stars Tommy and Jimmy Swarbrigg. Eileen Reid & Roly Daniels join the show for the very first time as well as seasoned entertainer supreme Paddy Cole.

Jason Byrne - You Name The Show

Jason Byrne - You Name The Show

Wed 4 - Thu 5 Feb 2015 8PM Main Auditorium

GOING ON SALE SHORTLY

It has often been said that no two Jason Byrne show are ever the same. Now the master of improvised comedy pushes the limits even further with the introduction of the wheel of stand up. This totally original stand up concept, which is either an act of extreme daring or supreme laziness, involves Jason not only letting the audience name the show but getting them to choose the topics discussed as they are invited to spin the wheel of random nonsense.

Don't miss the most talked about show at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014. Talk that involved every other comedian in the world saying, 'He's doing what now? ... ah Jesus, why do we even bother!'
We've all watched Jason rip up the comedy rule book. Now watch him rip it up, set fire to it, defecate on it and point at it in derisory fashion.*

* This show contains no actual ripping, burning or defecating and only some mild derisory pointing.

"The outright King of live comedy ..." The Times

"A Comedy God ..." The Mirror



  • Jason Byrne - You Name The Show video
The Girl who Forgot to Sing Badly

The Girl who Forgot to Sing Badly

Theatre Lovett

Fri 27 - Sat 28 Feb 2015 Main Auditorium // €7 Adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class

GOING ON SALE SHORTLY

Sometimes it takes a girl-sized human to solve an adult-sized problem.

Peggy O’Hegarty and her parents are packers. They squeeze fruit into tins, foxes into boxes, even bikes into brown paper bags. And all the while Peggy sings with the voice of an angel – a grossly unfortunate angel, who can’t sing at all. But one day work stops working, and the jobs stop coming, and Peggy steps outside to find that winter has arrived… and everyone in her city gone! 
Ingenious performer Louis Lovett leads the audience on an untamed adventure that crosses snowy lands and wild seas. As Peggy desperately tries to save the day, we learn about love, loss, the reassurance of goats, and the courage to sing gloriously on or off-key.
Suitable for ages 7+ and adults of all ages.

Written by Finegan Kruckemeyer, Directed by Lynne Parker, Performed by Louis Lovett, Produced by Muireann Ahern Lovett.
The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly was originally produced by The Ark in association with Theatre Lovett.

FRI 27 FEB   10AM & 12 NOON
SAT 28 FEB  2PM & 4PM
Main Auditorium // €7 Adults / €5 children
Duration: 60 mins / Age 7+

"The theatrical equivalent of going to bed on Christmas Eve ..." The Sunday Times



  • The Girl who Forgot to Sing Badly video
Reeling in the Showbands 2015

Reeling in the Showbands 2015

It’s Back, it’s Bigger & its Better!

Thu 5 Mar 2015 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 Lorraine McDonald, with her fantastic tribute to The Showband Ladies; the big sound of The Conquerors Showband and Eurovision stars Tommy and Jimmy Swarbrigg. Eileen Reid & Roly Daniels join the show for the very first time as well as seasoned entertainer supreme Paddy Cole.

Family Day: Colour Like Kandinsky

Family Day: Colour Like Kandinsky

Sat 7 Mar 2015 Draíocht Galleries // FREE

Even as a child the Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky was really interested in colour. He used it to show emotion rather than to make objects look real. This family day we will take a look at some of his work and create some colourful pictures of our own inspired by this great artist, using chalks and oil pastels. So come along and learn a bit and have some fun with colour, with the help of our artists.

FAMILY DAY NOTES: SESSIONS ARE FREE, BUT SPACE IS LIMITED. 

NEW HOURLY SESSION TIMES ARE:
SESSION 1: 12.00PM-12.50PM
SESSION 2: 1PM-1.50PM
SESSION 3: 2PM-2:50PM

MAX 50 PER WORKSHOP // Dress for Mess / Unless otherwise stated workshops are designed for children from 5-10 years, though younger and older siblings are welcome to take part / Please be aware that Draíocht’s Family days are not designed for groups / All children must be accompanied by an adult and all adults must be accompanied by a child!



Kieran Goss – Live & Solo

Kieran Goss – Live & Solo

Sat 7 Mar 2015 8PM Main Auditorium // €25

GOING ON SALE SHORTLY

'One man, one guitar and a voice sent express mail from Heaven’.... Time Out


Long hailed as one of Ireland's leading songwriters and performers, Kieran Goss’s music has won him fans across the globe. But if his songs have made him a star, his live shows have made him a legend. Live on stage is where Kieran Goss really shines.

“The sense of fun is tremendous, the playing first rate and the songs are sheer quality. The encores were genuine, but only because the man is too.” The Irish Times
“Kieran Goss is one of the most gifted performers around today. He has an amazing ability to reach out to his audience and connect with them in a very special way. This guy is the real deal, and that's what makes him the star he is.” Don Williams
"I've toured with Kieran and watched him perform many times. I've seen him win the hearts of everyone in the room, not just with his great songs and instinctive musicality, but with his warmth and humour. It's the performance of an artist at the top of his game, delivered with intelligence and integrity... Kieran Goss is one of Ireland's national treasures.” Rodney Crowell

This is a rare chance to see Kieran performing live and solo. Don’t miss it!



Michael Harding - Hanging with the Elephant

Michael Harding - Hanging with the Elephant

Sat 28 Mar 2015 8PM Main Auditorium // €15

Michael Harding, author of six plays for the Abbey Theatre, including Una Pooka, Misogynist, and Sour Grapes and many more for other Irish theatre companies, he has lived a life of writing, reading acting and talking.

A chronicler of ordinary life in midland Ireland through his column in the Irish Times, no one was more surprised than he when he was struck down with a depression in the summer of 2012. His subsequent record of recovery, the multi-award wining book 'Staring at Lakes', brought him to a whole new level of engagement with audiences throughout the country.

To mark the publication of his latest book 'Hanging with the Elephant', Michael Harding takes to the Draiocht stage for one night only. Hear him speak with openness, honesty and great wit on how he continues to attempt to tame the ‘elephant’ – an Asian metaphor for the unruly mind. Hilarious yet poignant, homespun yet profound, down-to-earth yet prone to amazing flights of fancy, there's nothing quite like an evening with Michael Harding. 

Michael has previously won the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2013 Non-Fiction Book of the Year and the John Murray Show Listeners Choice Award Book of the Year for his novel Staring at Lakes.

"‘Often funny, occasionally disturbing and not without its moments of deep sadness, Harding has peeled back his soul and held it out on the palm of his hand for all to see’." Christine Dwyer-Hickey