D15 Youth Theatre Auditions 2016

D15 Youth Theatre Auditions 2016

Sunday 25 September 2016

Sun 25 Sep 2016 Draíocht Studio

11AM-2PM / Draíocht

Auditions will be held for new members for Draíocht’s highly successful Youth Theatre, for those aged between 14-18 years with a love of theatre and trying new things. D15 Youth Theatre runs Tuesday evenings 7-9pm, during schools term times starting in October.
All welcome to auditions.
Drop into Draíocht to pick up an application form or download HERE

If you are interested in finding out more about D15YT, contact sarah@draiocht.ie or on 01-8098029.

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The Seagull by Anton Chekhov
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The Seagull by Anton Chekhov

The Corn Exchange and Dublin Theatre Festival on Tour 2016

Thu 29 Sep - Sat 1 Oct 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc // Dur: 2 hrs 30 mins (with interval)

The teacher loves the housekeeper’s daughter, who loves the young artist, who loves the girl next door, who loves the famous writer, who is the lover of the great actress — who had an affair with the doctor, who the housekeeper still loves after all these years.

In the first of his great masterpieces, Chekhov sets this parade of unrequited love on a summer estate where, with a meticulous eye and unsentimental clarity, he exposes the ridiculousness of our longing. Here, the young clash with the old, the artists with the civil servants and the traditional with the shock of the new.

This new version for The Corn Exchange by Michael West and Annie Ryan, shows how deeply relevant, radically contemporary and exquisitely funny Chekhov remains. The Seagull is a wonderful celebration of love and art – a study of what we aspire to most and how easily we keep our happiness just out of reach.

Directed by Annie Ryan.
Cast includes: Stephen Brennan, Derbhle Crotty, Imogen Doel, Anna Healy, Genevieve Hulme-Beaman, Rory Keenan, Louis Lovett, Jane McGrath and Stephen Mullan.
This production, which sees the Corn Exchange return to Draiocht after their hits, Dubliners in 2012 and Man of Valour in 2013, promises to be one of our New Season highlights.

Duration: Approx. 2 hrs 30 mins. incl. interval

"As ever with Corn Exchange it’s the way they tell it that lifts things to the truly extraordinary." Herald Scotland

Keeping Mum starring Maggie Smith
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Keeping Mum starring Maggie Smith

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 5 Oct 2016 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

Walter Goodfellow (Rowan Atkinson), the vicar for the small English country parish of Little Wallop, has allowed his marriage to Gloria (Kristin Scott Thomas) go stale. Out of desperation for affection, Gloria begins to fall for the advances of Lance (Patrick Swayze), an American golf pro who is giving her ‘private’ lessons. Enter Grace Hawkins (Maggie Smith), the answer to Gloria's prayers: a charming, discreet housekeeper (with a wicked secret) who has her own unique definition of keeping house and an unusual knack for problem solving.

Cert: 15A / Language: English / Dur: 103 mins / Dir: Niall Johnson / 2005
In association with Access Cinema

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Red Hurley - Love Is All

Red Hurley - Love Is All

Thu 6 Oct 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €27.50

Red will perform his greatest hits from down through the years, including ‘Love Is All’, ‘When’, ‘Kiss Me Goodbye’, ‘Broken Promises’, ‘Isadora’, ‘A Poor Man's Roses’, ‘Let The Heartaches Begin’ and many more. Red is considered to be one of the finest performers Ireland has ever produced. His signature rich powerful voice, relaxed charm and energetic stage shows have captured the hearts of audience’s everywhere. Performances throughout Europe and the United States have firmly established him as a truly exceptional entertainer.

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Conor at the end of the Universe
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Conor at the end of the Universe

Collapsing Horse Theatre Company

Sat 8 - Sun 9 Oct 2016 2PM & 4PM Draíocht Studio // €7 adults / €5 children / Ages 4-6 yrs / Dur: 40 mins

Conor is on a mission.  
A mission to get as far away from home as he possibly can to the outer edge of the Universe before he runs out of time. But how long until the end of the Universe? How much space? How much time?

Conor: at the end of the Universe is a sensory and artistic journey through space at time-bending speeds. This stunning and engaging production, from the company that created Monster/Clock and Human Child, uses puppets, design, animation and music as Conor and his granddad bring you places that you've never seen before. This sensory and aesthetic introduction to astrophysics for 4- 6 year olds takes its inspiration from Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time and Timothy Ferris’ Coming of Age in the Milky Way. Collapsing Horse have collaborated with animator Jody Barker-Rockett and AV specialist Mick Cullinan, using their unique puppetry aesthetic, to transport the audience across vast stretches of space and time, on Conor’s journey. This piece aims, through live performance, music and design, to open up the imagination to the great big universe ... and to experience our place within it. 

Ages:  4- 6 (and for people who remember what it was like to be 4-6!)

MORE ... Dan Colley chats about the show for Culturefox.tv

Supported by Draíocht, Fingal County Council and the Arts Council through Collapsing Horse’s Theatre Artist in Residency programme at Draíocht and the Collapsing Horse Membership.

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Declan O’Rourke
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Declan O’Rourke

'One of the finest songwriters on the planet' ... Eddi Reader

Sat 8 Oct 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €22.50 / €20 conc

Declan O’Rourke is an example of how quality control can work in your favour; he hones songs quietly and assiduously until they are just right. There are songs here that are as rich as dark chocolate melting into your brain; songs sung in a resonant, reflective voice that will bring tears to your eyes and make you contemplate important matters such as life, love, what makes the world go round’. The Irish Times.

O’Rourke’s songwriting style moves faultlessly between impressionism, and story telling, and can be at home in almost any form. A dynamic performer, he is at once as comfortable fronting a 50-piece orchestra, as playing solo with his trademark guitar and bass drum. Songs of O’Rourke’s have been covered by a growing list of established artists ranging from Christy Moore, to Eddi Reader, to Josh Groban. A sold-out, eight-night residency at New York City’s Donaghy Arts Theatre opened the doors for his first US release in 2013. Jon Pareles of The New York Times said of Declan’s performance: “Compassion, romance, a sense of mortality and a sense of history run through the songs of Declan O’Rourke, who tucks virtuosity into his guitar playing, with meticulous dynamics.”

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"Declan O'Rourke is one of the rare breed, he arrived fully formed, his songs, and delivery belie his age, and ours. He's a timeless troubadour with a voice that breaks through all your defenses and gets to the heart of the matter. One of the true greats of our island." Glen Hansard

Michael English & His Band

Michael English & His Band

Take Me Home Irish Concert Tour with Special Guests

Wed 12 Oct 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €22

Michael English has established himself as one of Ireland’s top Country music stars since forming his own band just 2 years ago. He has been going down a storm ever since on the Irish & UK dancing scene performing to record crowds. So it’s fitting that Michael & his Band are preparing for their long awaited first Irish Concert Tour. An accomplished musician & songwriter, the good looking Kildare man is now a big name on the circuit with his energetic performances which leave the crowds wanting more. Michael’s current album ‘Dance all Night’ has been phenomenally successful and he is working on a follow on album for release this Autumn featuring all this current hits like ‘Take me Home’ along with some new material. His highly anticipated first DVD will also be released at the end of this year.

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The Gallant John Joe
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The Gallant John Joe

Written by Tom MacIntyre & Performed by Tom Hickey

Thu 13 Oct 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc / Early Bird: €15 (book before 09 Sept 2016) / Age 12+

Following a hugely successful revival of this classic piece of Irish modern theatre, this very special performance comes to Draiocht for just one performance - a rare chance to see one of the country’s national treasures reviving one of his best-loved roles in this challenging and brilliant piece of theatre.

It is the soliloquy of a Cavan widower grappling with increasing physical and mental infirmity, but what keeps him on his feet is his capacity to tell stories, to make a story out of anything that moves, using language as a crutch, ointment, talisman and intoxicant. In his stories he introduces us to the characters in his life: Bossman, his well-to-do patronising friend, The Hitmatist; The Chinee; John-Joe O'Reilly, captain of the conquering Cavan team of the late 1940's, and Jacinta, his teenage daughter. 

The Gallant John Joe has received multiple award nominations and critical acclaim around the world.
Tom Hickey’s work is extensive - creating leading roles in new Irish drama written by the foremost Irish playwrights including Brian Friel, Tom Murphy, Marina Carr, Frank McGuinness, and as actor, collaborator and director with Tom MacIntyre. His films include: My Left Foot, Cal, Circle of Friends,The Butcher Boy, Ken Loach's Raining Stones, Inside I'm Dancing and Garage.
This production has been supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, and is working in collaboration with the Parkinson’s Association of Ireland to help raise awareness about the condition. www.parkinsons.ie

MORE ... Listen to Tom Hickey on Newstalk as he reflects on his acting career and the effect having Parkinson's Disease has had on his work.

Early Bird: €15 (book before 09 Sept 2016)

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"A performance of rare virtuosity ..." Fintan O’Toole

"His performance is something to see…" New York Times

"What is it about Tom Hickey that makes him such a unique presence on the Irish stage? There's his courage, of course." The Irish Times

"Played by Tom Hickey with intense emotion, superb technique, and apparently deep understanding of both thesis and text." Emer O'Kelly, Sunday Independent

"Tom Hickey's performance is masterful. The author's composition is rich, an instrument on which the actor plays with the touch of a maestro. The result is highly comical and touchingly sad; John-Joe, in this embodiment, contains multitudes." The Irish Times

The Secret Life of Suitcases
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The Secret Life of Suitcases

Spreacha 2016 - Ailie Cohen Puppet Maker

Fri 14 - Sat 15 Oct 2016 Draíocht Studio // €7 adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class / Age 4+ yrs / Dur: 50 mins
FRI 14 OCT   10.15AM
FRI 14 OCT   12.15PM
SAT 15 OCT  2PM - SOLD OUT
SAT 15 OCT  4PM - SOLD OUT

Larry works in an office and he likes it very much. He likes sorting and tidying and generally putting things in order. Everything in its place, a place for everything. But one day, a suitcase suddenly appears at his door. A suitcase with a tiny label. A tiny label with Larry’s name on it. And this suitcase has a mission …
Join Larry in ‘The Secret Life of Suitcases’ as his world gets turned upside down by a fantastical flying suitcase taking him further than he ever thought possible. Follow Larry’s journey as he discovers the thrill of adventure and the joy of coming home again. This funny and enchanting puppet show was originally co-produced by the Unicorn Theatre, London.

Spréacha is Draíocht's international programme for children and is presented by Draíocht in partnership with Fingal County Council.

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"Completely Delightful." ★★★★ Scotsman

"A charming, ingenious piece of puppet theatre infused with a spirit of adventure." ★★★★ The List

"A fantastical life-changing journey... the sheer craft and invention is a constant stream of delightfully quirky surprises." ★★★★ The Herald

The Fureys
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The Fureys

Fri 14 Oct 2016 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 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!

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The Nualas - Glitterbomb Tour
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The Nualas - Glitterbomb Tour

Sat 15 Oct 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €15 conc

The Nualas are celebrating their 21st – In those years they've played extended seasons in London, Dublin and New York, written and recorded several series for BBC Radio 4, split up and got back together again, clocked up innumerable TV appearances,  and met Chris de Burgh in the flesh. Now, with scorchingly brilliant new songs, red hot new chat and blistering new shoes, they are jetting in for one night only to leave you helpless with laughter, delirious with pleasure, and a little disorientated if you can’t remember which door you came in.

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"Staggeringly impressive three-part harmonies and a savage, biting wit." Metro Scotland

"They’re funny. Simple as." The Irish Times

"Did ye take my pants, they were here in the dressing room earlier?" Chris, a man they shared a dressing room with, once.

"Wackily original." The New York Times

My Name is Emily
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My Name is Emily

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 19 Oct 2016 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

My Name is Emily is a story of madness, sadness and love. On her 16th birthday, Emily (Evanna Lynch) escapes from her foster home and with the help of Arden, the boy who loves her, she sets out to find her father, a visionary writer, locked up in a far-off mental institution.

Cert: CLUB / Language: English / Dur: 100 mins / Dir: Simon Fitzmaurice / 2015
In association with Access Cinema

More ... I'm a bit of a stubborn b****** ... Simon Fitzmaurice

More ... I found my tribe ... Ruth Fitzmaurice

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"My Name is Emily is a gem of a movie that's beautifully shot and sharply edited, and asks some big questions about what it means to be alive. A visually striking tale of love, loss and redemption." RTE GUIDE

"Life affirming and truly extraordinary." Film Ireland

"A rich emotional story." Under the Raidar

"" ★★★★ Irish Daily Star

The Dermot Byrne Trio
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The Dermot Byrne Trio

Dermot Byrne (Altan), Steve Cooney (Stocktons Wing) & Trevor Hutchinson (The Waterboys)

Thu 20 Oct 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc / Early Bird: €15 (Book before 9 Sept 2016)

For many years a member of Altan, Dermot Byrne performed, recorded and toured extensively with the group along with artists like Donal Lunny, Steve Cooney and Stephane Grapelli, bringing the beauty and joy of traditional Irish music to audiences all over the world. In other collaborations he has performed with Frankie Gavin, Sharon Shannon, and The Stunning along with many other outstanding Irish and international musicians. For his contribution to Irish music Dermot was chosen as TG4's Traditional Musician of the Year 2013.
For his tour Dermot will be joined by Australian Steve Cooney on guitar and Tyrone man Trevor Hutchinson on bass. Both Steve and Trevor have impeccable traditional music credentials with extensive touring, recording and performance experience alongside the greats of Irish traditional music. Australian-born guitarist, bassist, producer and didgeridoo player Steve Cooney is one of the most dynamic modern performers in traditional music. He has played with Stockton`s Wing, Sharon Shannon, Seamus Begley and Sinead O'Connor along with many other groups over the years. Bassist Trevor Hutchinson started his musical career in the late 70s playing electric bass with the innovative Belfast band, Katmandu. In 1986 he joined The Waterboys and toured with them until 1991. After switching to double bass he hooked up with Sharon Shannon to launch her solo career. In 1997 along with Donogh Hennessy and Sean Smyth he founded the traditional group Lunasa. He has performed and recorded with many artists over the years including; The Waterboys, Eric Bibb, Liz Carroll, Luka Bloom, Karen Casey, Solas, and De Danann.
This is an evening of music not to be missed.

Early Bird: €15 (Book before 9 Sept 2016)

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The Smoking Area Comedies
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The Smoking Area Comedies

Spider’s Ankles Productions / By Anthony O’Boyle

Fri 21 - Sat 22 Oct 2016 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €14 / €12 conc

A trilogy of humorous and entertaining scenes set in the smoking area of a local pub in North Leitrim, as Hughie, Packie and Patricia bring us on a journey where stories are told, old rogues remembered, life's almost triumphs and near disasters are recalled and so called plans for the future are made if not fully thought out. The Smoking Area, full of one liners, laughs and punch lines is a great evening of comedy and entertainment. Come along and enjoy.

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Create Dance Project - Winter 2016

Create Dance Project - Winter 2016

Sat 22 Oct - Sat 19 Nov 2016 Draiocht Workshop Room // €5 Per Child (Accompanying Adult Free)

Jnr Group (Age 5-9 Yrs): 12.30pm-1.20pm
Snr Group (Age 10-16 Yrs): 1.45pm-2.45pm
Cost: €5 Per Class

Dancers and facilitators Mark Rogers and Antje O’Toole continue to work magic with dance with our create dancers, who love to dance and also happen to have an intellectual disability. Parents and siblings all participate. If you would like to find out more about this project, or find out if Create Dance is for your child check out our website or contact sarah@draiocht.ie / ph 01-8098029.

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Family Day Stamp and Stencil - SOLD OUT

Family Day Stamp and Stencil - SOLD OUT

Sat 22 Oct 2016 12 NOON-3PM Draíocht Galleries // FREE

Surrounded by the print work of artist Robert Kelly come to our gallery, learn a little about abstract shapes and art and create your own abstract stamp and print. 

Family Day Notes:

Sessions Are Free, But Space Is Limited. Max 50 per workshop

Session 1: 12pm-12.50pm
Session 2: 1pm-1.50pm
Session 3: 2pm-2.50pm

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

Bookings tel 01-8852622

Maeve Binchy’s Minding Frankie
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Maeve Binchy’s Minding Frankie

Adapted for the stage By Shay Linehan / Starring Steve Blount & Clare Barrett

Mon 24 Oct 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

Breda Cashe Productions presents the World Premiere of Maeve Binchy's Minding Frankie, a family love story, full of Maeve Binchy’s trademark wisdom, warmth, and humour, and the first of Maeve’s books to be seen on stage.

Noel Lynch is struggling with an alcohol addiction, when he gets a call from Stella, a girlfriend with whom he shared a drunken weekend. Stella is having Noel’s child; she is also dying from cancer. Noel must raise their daughter, Frankie.
Social worker, Moira Tierney, has other ideas and is prepared to do battle for custody of the child.
In order to prevail, Noel must prove that he can fill a woman’s shoes, break all the stereotypes and become the best mother than he can be. Along the way, he discovers that it takes a village to rear a child, or at least a street. 

Directed by Peter Sheridan.
Starring Steve Blount & Clare Barrett.

MORE ... Maeve Binchy talks about Minding Frankie

MORE ... Meet Shay Linehan, Steve Blount & Clare Barrett

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Voyage

Voyage

Monkeyshine Theatre Company

Fri 28 Oct 2016 10AM & 12.30PM Main Auditorium // €7 adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class / Age 8+ / Dur 50 mins

The tide is high, the wind is blowing and adventure is calling! Get ready for ropes, pulleys and power tools, wild stories, ferocious storms and far off lands. With their unique style and signature charm, Monkeyshine create an astonishing world where nothing is quite what it seems and life becomes a miraculous journey. Inspired by Jonathan Swift’s fantastic tales of Gulliver’s Travels. Voyage is an electrifying, big hearted epic for everyone over eight.
Monkeyshine Theatre present spell binding, warm hearted theatre for audiences of all generations, made with wonder and passion and sprinkled with magic!

Produced by Monkeyshine Theatre in partnership with the Strollers Touring Network.

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Chloe Agnew - The Voice of Celtic Woman
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Chloe Agnew - The Voice of Celtic Woman

With Seamus Brett on Piano

Sat 29 Oct 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc

As the lead voice with Celtic Woman Chloe Agnew spent an incredible 81 weeks at the top of the US Billboard World Music Charts. Now working as a solo act based in Los Angeles and touring internationally with some of America’s biggest and best orchestras Chloe is coming home to play a series of concerts throughout Ireland. The girl with the incredible voice will feature all the hit songs from her Celtic Woman albums plus a selection of songs from Hollywood’s vintage magic of the movies era.

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The Intern starring Robert De Niro
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The Intern starring Robert De Niro

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 2 Nov 2016 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

Robert De Niro stars in this comedy about a fashion website that brings in an elderly intern. Ben Whittaker (De Niro) is a 70-year-old widower who has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway). Ben soon becomes popular with his younger co-workers and not-so-young co-workers too (Rene Russo).

Cert: 12A / Language: English / Dur: 121 mins / Dir: Nancy Meyers
In association with Access Cinema

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Michael Harding - Talking to Strangers
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Michael Harding - Talking to Strangers

And Other Ways of Being Human

Thu 3 Nov 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

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, 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 winning book 'Staring at Lakes', brought him to a whole new level of engagement with audiences throughout the country. He 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 Staring at Lakes. This was followed by his book 'Hanging with the Elephant'.

We are delighted to welcome Michael back to Draíocht's Main Stage to talk about his latest book ‘Talking to Strangers - And Other Ways of Being Human’. Hear him speak with openness, honesty and great wit on how he continues to attempt to tame 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. 

MORE ... Michael Harding & Tommy Tiernan

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Al Porter At Large - SOLD OUT
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Al Porter At Large - SOLD OUT

Fri 4 Nov 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €16 conc

Irish star Al Porter, as seen on BBC’s Live at the Apollo, follows up his hugely successful Edinburgh debut with a brand new show full of cheekiness, honesty & sparkling showmanship! Still living at home in Dublin, 23 year old Al has plenty of gossip from accidentally kidnapping his Godson to holidaying with twenty middle aged strangers! A feel good hour full of his trademark council-estate camp! 
"A future star" - Sunday Times 
"King of Camp" - Irish Independent 
"Immense likeability" - Irish Times 
“Clearly destined for arenas” – Loaded 
“Makes McIntyre look like a novice” – London Evening Standard

"Hilarious." ★★★★★ ScotsGay Magazine

"Infectiously joyful...A unique blast." ★★★★ Chortle

"Charismatic, a tad filthy and very, very funny." ★★★★ Scotsman

"Tremendous." ★★★★ One4Review

Oklahoma

Oklahoma

Coolmine Musical Society

Tue 8 - Sat 12 Nov 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €17 Tues / €20 Wed-Sat

Coolmine Musical Society is proud to present ‘Oklahoma’. This Rodgers and Hammerstein show is a story of ‘one bit’ of love, ‘one bit’ of comedy and a big old box social. With characters including romantic Curly, giggling Gertie and loved up Laurey, there’s an ‘all er nuthin’ line up. The audience will be taken from Kansas City to Oklahoma and Out of Your Dreams ... You simply won’t be able to say no! Yeehaw!

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Shadow of a Gunman by Sean O’Casey
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Shadow of a Gunman by Sean O’Casey

Coolmine Drama Group

Tue 15 - Sat 19 Nov 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €16 / €13 conc / Student Groups: €13 per student, 2 teachers free per class

Dublin, 1920 and Ireland is in a state of civil war. Donal Davoren’s neighbours think he is an IRA gunman on the run. He isn’t. He is a poet. But the accusation gives him notoriety that wins the affection of Minnie Powell, an attractive young woman in the tenement … and he doesn’t dispute it! Davoren shares an apartment with the peddler Seamus Shields. One day Mr. Maguire, another peddler and a real IRA gunman, leaves a briefcase containing grenades. When Maguire is shot and the Black and Tans raid the apartment, the pair are saved by Minnie. Although the themes explored in the play are dark and tragic, O’Casey provides his audience with relief using his cutting Irish wit. 

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Textured Adventures - SOLD OUT

Textured Adventures - SOLD OUT

An Early Years Project With Orla Kelly and Eimear Morrissey

Thu 17 Nov - Thu 8 Dec 2016 Draiocht Workshop Room

Families: THU 17 NOV, 24 NOV, 01 DEC & 08 DEC  
10AM-11AM

Ages 3-4 Years
Cost: €25


Using two very different exhibitions as a starting point, ‘The Beautiful Beasts’ and ‘Expanding Spaces’, artists Orla Kelly and drama facilitator Eimear Morrissey have carefully designed this series of workshops for crèches and families. Over the course of these 4 weeks our participants will explore a range of textures, form, print and story and ponder important questions like; ‘What does that squiggle feel like?’, ‘What is that lovely beast’s favourite jumper?’ … ‘Does he even like chocolate?’.

For Bookings Phone 01-8852622


This project will also be available to one D15 crèche. If you are interested in your crèche taking part please contact sarah@draiocht.ie or on 01 8098029.
Early booking advised

Robert Mizzell in Concert
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Robert Mizzell in Concert

Tommy Swarbrigg Productions

Tue 22 Nov 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc

Robert Mizzell has made Ireland his home for over 20 years. He served his apprenticeship in country music since he first arrived here and is now a top country artist in Ireland and the UK. He has released 11 solo studio albums and a full length DVD to date and is constantly touring Ireland and the UK with his band ‘The Country Kings’. Robert was voted ‘Ireland’s Favourite Country Music Singer’ in a poll conducted by RSVP Magazine. His first major hit was ‘Kick Ass Country’, but it was ‘Say You Love Me’ that made him a household name in Ireland. Other hits include ‘John Deere Beer’, ‘Day Job’, ‘Louisiana Saturday Night’, ‘Mama Courtney’ and ‘Wham Bam’.

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Eye In The Sky starring Helen Mirren
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Eye In The Sky starring Helen Mirren

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 23 Nov 2016 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

Colonel Katherine Powell (Helen Mirren) is a UK-based military officer in command of a top secret drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya. Through remote surveillance and on-the-ground intel, Powell discovers the targets are planning a suicide bombing and the mission escalates from "capture" to "kill." But as American pilot Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) is about to engage, a nine-year old girl enters the kill zone triggering an international dispute, reaching the highest levels of US and British government, over the moral, political, and personal implications of modern warfare. 

Starring Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman and Barkhad Abdi.

Cert: 12A / Language: English / Dur: 102 mins / Dir: Gavin Hood
In association with Access Cinema


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"A tense, morally complex and extremely prescient thriller." The Times

"Helen Mirren is superb." Deadline

"Rivetingly suspenseful." Variety

Ma Revolution / My Revolution

Ma Revolution / My Revolution

Secondary School Screening in Association with the Irish Film Institute

Thu 24 Nov 2016 10.30AM Main Auditorium // €5 Per Student / 2 Teachers Free per Class // Dur: 80 mins (no interval)

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This season Draíocht will collaborate once again with the Irish Film Institutes Education Programme by screening the French Film 'Ma Revolution' for Secondary School Students, recommended age 15+.This film is accompanied by an IFI Study Guide for teachers, downloadable from www.ifi.ie/myrevolution (from mid October).

The Arab Spring of 2011 was sparked by the Jasmine Revolution of Tunisia. In Paris, people take to the streets in support but 14-year-old Marwenn, though of Tunisian background, has no interest in politics. Then he stumbles upon a rally, gets his picture in the paper and suddenly he is the coolest kid in school. Encouraged by his irascible grandfather, Marwenn travels to Tunisia on a journey of self-discovery in this charming and humorous film.

Nominated - Berlin International Film Festival 2016.
CAST: Lubna Azabal, Ahmed Benaissa, Samir Guesmi, Anamaria Vartolomei, Samuel Vincent


France l 2016 l Subtitled l Drama l 80 mins l Director: Ramzi Ben Sliman
€5 Per Student / 2 Teachers Free per Class

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The Nutcracker - SOLD OUT
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The Nutcracker - SOLD OUT

Ballet Ireland

Fri 25 Nov 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €16 conc / €12 (under 12s)

Ballet Ireland is delighted to return with The Nutcracker, one of the world's favourite ballets, to stages throughout Ireland this season. This timeless classic, complete with glittering costumes and Tchaikovsky’s beloved & sumptuous score, takes audiences on a wondrous adventure full of quintessential Christmas magic.

It’s Christmas Eve. A marvellous party is taking place where the mysterious Uncle Drosselmeyer brings gifts for all the children. When midnight strikes, very strange things start to happen ... The Christmas tree grows to incredible heights… Clara’s magical Christmas gift, her Nutcracker, leads them into a fairy-tale world …
With her heroic Nutcracker at her side, Clara defeats the Mouse King and his army of mice, and they journey to the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets together.
This holiday season, experience the beauty and magic of Ballet Ireland’s Nutcracker, performed by an international cast of world-class dancers, with the whole family.

"Sparkled from start to finish." Sunday Business Post

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Draiocht Christmas Craft Fair Sat 26 and Sun 27 Nov 2016

Draiocht Christmas Craft Fair Sat 26 and Sun 27 Nov 2016

Sat 26 - Sun 27 Nov 2016 12 noon-5pm Galleries, Foyer & Workshop Room

Draíocht is thrilled to be opening its doors for a two-day Christmas Craft Fair Extravaganza in November. Come along with your Christmas shopping list and we’ve no doubt our 28 Crafters will be able to tick many items on that list for you. Be inspired by some beautifully hand crafted work, including knitting, crochet, jewellery, quilting, cards, prints, journals, children’s clothes, ceramics, glass work, umbrellas, crystals, leather goods, photography and much more.

While you’re here, enjoy our Monster Raffle with amazing  prizes, Christmas Face Painting, hot chocolate flowing from our Betelnut Café, watch our two Christmas Movies, ‘Mary Poppins’ and ‘Home Alone’ and Meet Fairy Clodagh from the Irish Fairy Door Company! We’ll also have an Elf on hand in our Workshop Room to help small people write and decorate their Santa Letters too.

So pop along during the days from 12 noon to 5pm for this lovely family weekend.

This is a Draíocht Fundraising event. If you can you sponsor a raffle prize please email ciara@draiocht.ie or phone 01-8098024.
Draíocht is a registered charity venue generously funded by Fingal County Council with additional funding provided by The Arts Council.

Meet Fairy Clodagh

Meet Fairy Clodagh

At Draiocht's Christmas Craft Fair Weekend

Sat 26 - Sun 27 Nov 2016 12.30pm / 12.50pm / 1.10pm / 1.30pm / 1.50pm / 2.10pm Draíocht Studio // €2 per child (ages 3+ / adults free)

Fairy Clodagh was specifically chosen by Queen Kate herself to help The Irish Fairy Door Company spread their magic far and wide! Queen Kate is the Queen of all fairies and lives in Fairy Valley. Her Majesty had never chosen a human fairy to work for her before but when she met Clodagh she knew that she (and her unicorn Fána!) were the perfect duo to help Queen Kate in her mission to find more human homes for fairies all over the world! Fairy Clodagh is an expert in fairy magic, she knows all there is to know about fairies and she sure knows how to have fun too!

Meet Fairy Clodagh at Draiocht's Christmas Craft Fair Weekend, tell her all your Christmas wishes and take your photo with her.

There will be 6 x 20 minute sessions each day as follows:
12.30pm / 12.50pm / 1.10pm / 1.30pm / 1.50pm / 2.10pm
Cost: €2 per child (Ages 3+ / adults free)

Pre-booking Strongly Advised (small capacities)

Tel Box Office: 01-8852622

This is a group 20 minute Meet & Greet with Fairy Clodagh from the Irish Fairy Door Company and not a full show.

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Mary Poppins starring Julie Andrews
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Mary Poppins starring Julie Andrews

Cinema at Draiocht

Sat 26 Nov 2016 3PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc / €5 children

This timeless Disney classic family movie combines songs, colour and sequences of live action blended with the movements of animated figures. Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews) is a kind of Super-nanny who flies in with her umbrella in response to the request of the Banks children Jane and Michael and proceeds to put things right with the aid of her rather extraordinary magical powers, spoons full of sugar and a series of fantastical adventures with her multitalented chimney sweep friend Bert (Dick Van Dyke).

Cert: PG / Language: English / Dur: 140 mins / Dir: Robert Stevenson / 1964
In association with Access Cinema

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Home Alone
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Home Alone

Cinema at Draiocht

Sun 27 Nov 2016 3PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc / €5 children

When bratty 8-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) acts out the night before a family trip to Paris, his mother (Catherine O'Hara) makes him sleep in the attic. After the McCallisters mistakenly leave for the airport without Kevin, he awakens to an empty house and assumes his wish to have no family has come true. But his excitement sours when he realizes that two con men (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) plan to rob the McCallister residence, and that he alone must protect the family home.

Cert: PG / Language: English / Dur: 103 mins / Dir: Chris Columbus / 1990
In association with Access Cinema

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Reason in Madness - A Devised Reworking of King Lear
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Reason in Madness - A Devised Reworking of King Lear

Run of the Mill Theatre in collaboration with Arts Participation & Pathways Day Programme / St John of God’s Community Service

Tue 29 - Wed 30 Nov 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €14 / €12 conc

O matter and impertinency mixed! Reason in madness!
Lear is not having a good week. A storm is brewing and he’s running with the wolves. He’s old, he’s cold and his daughters aren’t talking to him. You can’t rule the world, if you can’t remember where your shoes are. It seems in this kingdom when you’re old and grey, suddenly, you’re in the way.

Run of the Mill Theatre collaborate with the participants of Pathways Programme, St. John of Gods Liffey Region to present a unique exploration and reworking of Shakespeare’s King Lear, created and performed by an ensemble of theatre makers with intellectual disabilities. Exploring themes of aging, vulnerability, mental health, power and responsibility, Reason in Madness is a colourful, evocative and unique take on one of Shakespeare’s most challenging pieces. 

Supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.

Suitable for ages 10+
 

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The Beautiful Beasts

The Beautiful Beasts

An exhibition from The Ark

Thu 1 - Fri 30 Dec 2016 Ground Floor Gallery

Visit a weird and wonderful collection of animal sculptures curated by The Ark especially for children. Amongst these quirky, loveable animals, you will find a flying horse, a tortoise with a secret story and a toucan in disguise! Created by leading Irish and international artists from materials ranging from bronze, woods, ceramics and steel, you can learn about the techniques used to create the artworks and feel samples of the materials used.

The Beautiful Beasts exhibition is made up of some of The Ark’s favourite pieces from its collection which spans its 21 years of commissioning professional artists to create work for children.
Recommended for Ages 4+

Featured Artists
Owen Crawford, Conor Fallon, Luxon Gutsa, Orla Kaminska, Olivia Musgrave, Anthony Scott, Imogen Stuart.

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

The Beautiful Beasts is touring to three venues this Autumn/Winter season from The Ark on a ShortWorks Network Tour:
Riverbank, Newbridge: 27th Aug - 8th Oct
Linenhall, Castlebar: 14th Oct - 19th Nov
Draíocht, Blanchardstown: 1st Dec – 30th Dec

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

Fri 2 Dec 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc

Start spreading the news and tell everyone that you are going to celebrate Christmas at Draiocht with The Rat Pack Live performing all the greatest songs of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr. Come along, listen and join in and experience the greatest songs of the famous Rat Pack era with classics like My Way, Chicago, Under My Skin, That’s Life, That’s Amore, Mr Bojangles plus some beautiful Christmas festive favourites like, White Christmas, Silent Night and many more.
Starring Martin Joseph (Frank Sinatra), Dave Lee (Dean Martin) and Thomas Henry (Sammy Davis Jnr), this show sold out in Draiocht last year so book early to avoid disappointment.

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Family Day Beastly Experiments - SOLD OUT

Family Day Beastly Experiments - SOLD OUT

Sat 3 Dec 2016 12 NOON-3PM Draíocht Galleries // FREE

Join us for some beastly experiments in our Gallery Laboratory. We will provide an array of materials and inspiration for our Ground Floor Exhibition ‘The Beautiful Beasts’. You just need to be prepared to make decisions like, 1 eye or 5, 12 toes or none … all for your own lovely beast.

Family Day Notes:
Sessions Are Free, But Space Is Limited. Max 50 per workshop
Session 1: 12pm-12.50pm
Session 2: 1pm-1.50pm
Session 3: 2pm-2.50pm

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

Bookings tel: 01-8852622

Shrek - Sensory Screening

Shrek - Sensory Screening

Sensory Friendly Family Film

Sat 3 Dec 2016 3PM Draíocht Studio // €5 adults / €5 children // Dur: 90 mins (no interval)

Once upon a time, in a faraway swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek whose precious solitude is suddenly shattered by an invasion of fairy tale magical creatures, banished from their kingdom by the evil Lord Farquaad. Determined to save their home, not to mention his swamp, Shrek cuts a deal with Farquaad and sets out to rescue Princess Fiona to be Farquaad's bride.

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.

Bookings: 01-8852622

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Eimear Quinn - Oh Holy Night
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Eimear Quinn - Oh Holy Night

Sat 3 Dec 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €22 / €20 conc / Early Bird: €17 (book before 09 Sept 2016)

In this intimate and spiritual night, Eimear Quinn returns to Draíocht with her own special rendition of Christmas songs and carols for a memorable musical experience. Eimear's ethereal voice will blend beautifully with string quartet and guitar, so allow yourself to sit back and let the hustle and bustle fade away. The Christmas season begins right here, so let your spirit be moved!

Early Bird: €17 (book before 09 Sept 2016)

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Christmas Gala Concert for Coolmine

Christmas Gala Concert for Coolmine

Tue 6 Dec 2016 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 Coolmine. 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. 

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Scrooge - A Christmas Carol
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Scrooge - A Christmas Carol

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 7 Dec 2016 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc / €5 children / Early Bird: €5 (Book before 09 Sept 2016)

Crotchety Victorian businessman Ebenezer Scrooge (Alastair Sim) has no use for festivity, even at Christmas. After resentfully allowing timid clerk Bob Cratchit (Mervyn Johns) to have the holiday to spend with his loving wife (Hermione Baddeley) and family, Scrooge is swept into a nightmare. The ghost of his late partner, Jacob Marley (Michael Hordern), appears, warning that Ebenezer will be visited by three more spirits who will show the coldhearted man the error of his parsimonious behavior. Regarded by many as the most faithful film version of Charles Dickens' timeless classic.

Starring: Alaister Sim, Kathleen Harrison, Jack Warner & Michael Horden.
Cert: U / Language: English / Dur: 86 mins / Dir: Brian Desmond Hurst / 1951
In association with Access Cinema

Early Bird: €5 (Book before 09 Sept 2016)

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Phil Coulter Festive Reflections
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Phil Coulter Festive Reflections

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

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

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

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Blanchardstown School of Music Christmas Showcase

Blanchardstown School of Music Christmas Showcase

Fri 9 Dec 2016 6.30PM Main Auditorium // €7

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

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

www.blanchmusic.com

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Family Day Open Studio with Artist Jole Bortoli

Family Day Open Studio with Artist Jole Bortoli

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

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

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

ABBA Forever
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ABBA Forever

Tommy Swarbrigg Productions

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

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

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Des Bishop - Grey Matters
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Des Bishop - Grey Matters

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

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

May contain strong language.

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Jack Lukeman Sings!
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Jack Lukeman Sings!

Northern Lights - Songs of The Season

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

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

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

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

"A gorgeous, versatile Baritone." The Washington Post

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

Christmas Elf Making Workshop 2016

Christmas Elf Making Workshop 2016

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

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

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

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

Carols for Christmas 2016
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Carols for Christmas 2016

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

Sat 17 Dec 2016 3PM & 8PM Main Auditorium // €15 / €12 conc / Family of 4: €40

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

Director: Bernie Sherlock
Guest Choir St Brigid’s NS Choir, Castleknock, conductor Niamh Williams.

To book a family of 4 Phone 01 8852622

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Sleeping Beauty The Panto

Sleeping Beauty The Panto

Coolmine Panto Group

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

FRI 06 – SUN 22 JAN 2017

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

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



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Reeling in the Showband Years
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Reeling in the Showband Years

It’s Back, it’s Bigger & its Better!

Wed 25 - Thu 26 Jan 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €32 / €30 conc

Go back in time to this magical era and never to be repeated time in Irish popular music! Compere Ronan Collins will sing his renowned tributes to Joe Dolan and Dickie Rock. Joining Ronan will be Keith & Lorraine McDonald, with their fantastic tribute to The Showband Ladies; the big sound of The Conquerors Showband and Eurovision stars Tommy and Jimmy Swarbrigg. Gina from The Champions, Brendan Bowyer and Shaun O’Dowd complete this super line up.

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Jason Byrne Is Propped Up
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Jason Byrne Is Propped Up

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

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

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

"Unmissable." Evening Standard

Zarafa

Zarafa

Primary School Screening in Association with the Irish Film Institute

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

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

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

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

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

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The Three Tenors 2017
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The Three Tenors 2017

With Star Violinist & Local Guest Choir

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

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

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

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

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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

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

With Al Grant

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

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

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About a Girl / Charleen macht Schluss

About a Girl / Charleen macht Schluss

Secondary School Screening in Association with the Irish Film Institute

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

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

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


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

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


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