Frances Black and Kieran Goss Reunion - SOLD OUT

Frances Black and Kieran Goss Reunion - SOLD OUT

David Hull Promotions

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

25 years after the smash success of duo Frances Black and Kieran Goss, and following the success of their Grand Opera House Belfast shows, Frances and Kieran have announced details for their Reunion Tour in 2017 and we are delighted to welcome them to Draiocht.
It’s been over 25 years since Frances and Kieran last toured together. In the intervening years both artists have enjoyed huge international success in their respective solo careers, but it was the inspired pairing of these unique talents as a duo in the early ’90s that first caught the imagination of the Irish public.

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

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"It had been such a long time since we worked together that we were both nervous, but from the very first song of the first show we knew we were doing the right thing. The audience sang every song with us ... the whole evening felt like a meeting up of old friends .. both Frances and I loved every minute of it. We're delighted to be offered this opportunity to play more shows together. We may even turn our reunion into an annual event!" Kieran Goss

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Toddler Thursdays – Get Creative with Orla Kelly and Anne Cradden - SOLD OUT

Toddler Thursdays – Get Creative with Orla Kelly and Anne Cradden - SOLD OUT

February 2017

Thu 23 Feb 2017 10.30AM-11.30AM Draiocht Workshop Room // €5 Per Child (Accompanying Adult Free)

Booking Opens: 09 Feb 10am (Booking for each session opens 2 weeks before session date)

Ages 2-3 Years

Artists Orla Kelly and Anne Cradden bring more excitement and fun by creating both magic and curious environments in our workshop room. These sessions are aimed at supporting parents to get creative with their children and so are un-themed allowing parents and children to work spontaneously with the materials provided. This hour, which has become really popular in Draíocht, offers a creative and artistic experience to support parents in encouraging the creative growth of their children.

Places are limited so advanced booking is advised.
Please respect age limits. These sessions are designed for one-on-one parent and child time without accompanying siblings. Children must be accompanied at all times.

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The Humours of Bandon
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The Humours of Bandon

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

Thu 23 Feb 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc // Dur: 60 Mins

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

With Al Grant

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

Scotland’s most popular singer-songwriter Isla Grant makes a welcome return visit to Ireland. Isla is now established in Ireland, Australia, 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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Family Day: Explore and Respond to 2D Art

Family Day: Explore and Respond to 2D Art

Sat 25 Feb 2017 12 NOON-3PM Draíocht Galleries // FREE

EXPLORE AND RESPOND SERIES: 30 YEARS, ARTISTS, PLACES
Explore the wide collection of work, mediums and ideas presented in this major touring exhibition, 30 Years, Artists, Places, featuring some of Ireland’s most renowned artists. Each session will begin with an interactive tour exploring different elements of the exhibition, followed by a chance to respond to the work in a hands on and fun way, supported by Draíocht Artists.

Explore and Respond to 2D Art
SAT 25 FEB 2017 DRAÍOCHT GALLERIES 12-3PM
To paint, print, shoot and draw … this time we will explore by looking at the wall hanging art work in the exhibition, followed by time in our workshop room to respond to the work you found most interesting with chalk, pencil and charcoal.

Booking tel: 01-8852622

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

Doomdah by Foil Arms and Hog - SOLD OUT
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Doomdah by Foil Arms and Hog - SOLD OUT

Tue 28 Feb 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc / Early Bird: €15 (book before 07 January 2017)

EXTRA SHOW - 28TH FEBRUARY 2017

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

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

"" ★★★★★ The Examner

"" ★★★★★ Entertainment.ie

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Pulp Fiction (1994)
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Pulp Fiction (1994)

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

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

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

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Doomdah by Foil Arms and Hog - SOLD OUT
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Doomdah by Foil Arms and Hog - SOLD OUT

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

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

EXTRA SHOW NOW BOOKING - TUES 28 FEB

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

"" ★★★★★ The Examner

"" ★★★★★ Entertainment.ie

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Jane Eyre An Autobiography
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Jane Eyre An Autobiography

Dyad Productions Starring Rebecca Vaughan

Fri 3 Mar 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

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

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

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

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

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

Mystic Rhythm 2017

Mystic Rhythm 2017

Bolton School of Irish Dancing

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

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

Photo credit: Aidan Oliver Photography

To Hell In a Handbag
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To Hell In a Handbag

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Celebrating the memory and music of a true Irish musical legend

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

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

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

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

THISISPOPBABY

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

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

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"Hilarious. " Hotpress.

"Wickedly funny." The Independent

"Impeccable one-liners." The Herald

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

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


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

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

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

About a Girl / Charleen macht Schluss

About a Girl / Charleen macht Schluss

Secondary School Screening in Association with the Irish Film Institute

Thu 16 Mar 2017 10.30AM Main Auditorium // €5 Per Student / 2 Teachers Free per Class of 20+

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 available HERE.

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


German • 2014 • Subtitled • Drama • 104mins • Directed by: Mark Monheim
Recommended age: 15+
Presented in co-operation with the Goethe-Institut Irland

School Booking Details:
Suitable for Students age 15+
Cost:€5 per student. 2 teachers free per class of 20+
Booking tel: 01-8852622
Please let us know about any special needs at time of booking.


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Image © Imbissfilm / Bastian Fischer

 

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All Shook Up

All Shook Up

Front Row Performing Arts School

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

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


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Toddler Thursdays – Get Creative with Orla Kelly and Anne Cradden

Toddler Thursdays – Get Creative with Orla Kelly and Anne Cradden

March 2017

Thu 23 Mar 2017 10.30AM-11.30AM Draiocht Workshop Room // €5 Per Child (Accompanying Adult Free)

Booking Opens: 09 Mar 10am (Booking for each session opens 2 weeks before session date)

Ages 2-3 Years

Artists Orla Kelly and Anne Cradden bring more excitement and fun by creating both magic and curious environments in our workshop room. These sessions are aimed at supporting parents to get creative with their children and so are un-themed allowing parents and children to work spontaneously with the materials provided. This hour, which has become really popular in Draíocht, offers a creative and artistic experience to support parents in encouraging the creative growth of their children.

Places are limited so advanced booking is advised.
Please respect age limits. These sessions are designed for one-on-one parent and child time without accompanying siblings. Children must be accompanied at all times.

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

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

Fri 24 - Sun 26 Mar 2017 Draíocht Studio // €7 adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class of 20+

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

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


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

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

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

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

An Evening with Coolmine Musical Society

An Evening with Coolmine Musical Society

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

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

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Family Day: Explore and Respond to Abstract Art

Family Day: Explore and Respond to Abstract Art

Sat 25 Mar 2017 12 NOON-3PM Draíocht Galleries // FREE

EXPLORE AND RESPOND SERIES: 30 YEARS, ARTISTS, PLACES
Explore the wide collection of work, mediums and ideas presented in this major touring exhibition, 30 Years, Artists, Places, featuring some of Ireland’s most renowned artists. Each session will begin with an interactive tour exploring different elements of the exhibition, followed by a chance to respond to the work in a hands on and fun way, supported by Draíocht Artists.

Family Day: Explore and Respond to Abstract Art
Drawings, installation, film … we will try to figure out some of the more abstract work in the exhibition and then create some abstract print work of our own.

Booking tel: 01-8852622

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

Fargo (1996)
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Fargo (1996)

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

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

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

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Edwin Sammon Vs Cancer
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Edwin Sammon Vs Cancer

With Andrea Farrell

Fri 31 Mar 2017 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €14 / €12 conc

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

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

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

"Sharply Written, Brilliantly Performed." Totally Dublin.

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

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

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

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

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I Hear You and Rejoice
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I Hear You and Rejoice

Loco & Reckless Productions with Mikel Murfi

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

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

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

MORE ... Mikel Murfi talks about 'The Man in the Woman's Shoes'

MORE ... Audience Reaction to 'The Man in the Woman's Shoes'

MORE ... Mikel chats after a performance

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Dirtbirds
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Dirtbirds

Sinead Culbert and Sue Collins

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

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

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MORE ... Competitive Mothers Eleanor and Eimear discuss their perfect marriages

MORE ... Carmel and Debs discuss parenting skills

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The Game
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The Game

THEATREclub

Sat 8 Apr 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc // Dur: 80 mins (no interval)

The Game explores the act of buying sex - the rules, the language and the power structures.
It’s a play that’s also a real-life game, with levels and consequences.
Five new men have volunteered each night. These men have never played ‘The Game’ before. They’ve no idea what they’re about to do and they won’t be given a script. They are doing this to be part of an event – a symbolic act – that calls us all to consider, to think and to review.
All you have to do is watch.
The Game gives audiences an insight into a world that sits uncomfortably beneath the surface of our day-to-day lives. How we legislate makes a statement about our values. The legal status of prostitution and sex work is a measure of our society. Laws around the world are changing. We’re all affected by those changes.

Devised by Gemma Collins, Grace Dyas and Lauren Larkin with Rachel Moran, Mia deFaoite and other women who have exited prostitution and women currently involved in sex work.

Contains nudity, strong language, sexual references, violence and material that some may find disturbing.
18+

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

MORE ... Irish Times Article 'I Want People to Come out of the theatre angry'

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"Director Grace Dyas and her collaborators are determined to show how complex the subject is, and to ask us to think. They succeed, in a work that is brave, horrific and urgent." The Irish Times

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

Starring Jon Kenny and Mary McEvoy and Directed by Michael Scott

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

GOING ON SALE ON 20TH FEB 2017

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

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Stockton’s Wing - Celebrating 40 Years 1977-2017
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Stockton’s Wing - Celebrating 40 Years 1977-2017

Thu 20 Apr 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €22 / €20 conc

After their hugely successful run of gigs at The Temple Bar TradFest 2016 and a headline show at the Fleadh in Ennis, Stockton’s Wing will play Draíocht's Main Stage this Season, Celebrating 40 Years 1977-2017 and performing from their vast and eclectic back catalogue of recordings.

Stockton’s Wing was the sound of progressive Irish music during the 80’s and early 90’s. Their eclectic mix of traditional, contemporary and original music along with their powerful energetic and creative live shows guaranteed national and international success. Their hit song ‘Beautiful Affair’ was voted into the all-time top 75 songs on RTE radio and reached no 7 in a similar poll on Today FM.
They recorded 8 studio albums, 1 live album and several compilations, singles and collaborations with artists such as The Dubliners and Finbar Furey. They played a supporting role to Michael Jackson and Prince at Pairc Ui Chaoimh, performed with Sammy Davis Junior at Lansdowne Road and Richard Harris, Tom Berenger and Sean Bean danced to their music on the set of The Field.
The current line-up has Mike Hanrahan – vocals & guitar, Steve Cooney - didgeridoo, bass guitar, Tommy Hayes - percussion, Paul Roche – flute, whistles, Tara Breen - fiddle and Karol Lynch on banjo and mandolin.

In the words of the band's producer, PJ Curtis after a recent reunion gig “What an extraordinary, amazing, mind-blowing concert the Wing delivered last night. I'm still spinning from it. It was TRIUMPHANT! ... no other word for it ... such an incredible turn-out ... and the music and the vibe made it a NIGHT TO REMEMBER!!! It rates as one of the top gigs of the decade for me!"

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Luan Parle and Clive Barnes
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Luan Parle and Clive Barnes

Sat 22 Apr 2017 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €16 / €14 conc

Two of Ireland's finest songwriters and performers Luan Parle and Clive Barnes have for many years been gaining an international reputation as solo performers. For the past two years they have been performing together to sold out audiences across Ireland, US & Europe.

Meteor & Tatler Award winner Luan Parle has had numerous hits & accolades. Her top 10 hit single 'Ghost' spent three months in the Irish Charts and was the most played Irish single of that year.
Parle signed her first record deal at just 12 years of age and has written and recorded with some of the world’s most successful songwriters & producers including Grammy award winning Bill Bottrell (Sheryl Crowe, Michael Jackson, Prince, Travelling Wilburys, Elton John) & Billy Steinberg (Madonna, Roy Orbison, Cyndi Lauper, The Pretenders, Whitney Houston, The Bangles, Celine Dion).
Parle signed with Elton Johns Management Company Twenty First Artists and opened for Elton three nights at the London Hammersmith Apollo. Signing to Sony Records, Parle released her critically acclaimed album 'Free' in 2007. To date she has released 3 studio albums and is currently working on her latest material due for release during 2017.

Clive Barnes is highly regarded as one of the finest performers on the roots circuit and has been gaining a worldwide reputation as one of the finest songwriters and guitarists on today's scene.
Having released four critically acclaimed albums of his own, he has played and recorded with some of the finest musicians on the world stage including Joe Cocker, Taj Mahal and Eric Bibb and also shared stages with Dr John, Jeff Beck, Solomon Burke, The Blind Boys of Alabama, & Gary Clark Jr to name but  few.
Barnes has played numerous US, UK and European Tours and taken various awards, Including Album of the Year for ‘Welcome to Farewell’ in the US magazine ‘Acoustic Guitar'. His new album 'Get Low' is due for release during 2017.

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"Luan Parle is quite simply one of the most exciting singers to emerge from Ireland, or any other country for that matter! She is a superb song smith as well." Evening Herald

"She seamlessly blends various American genres and styles including country, blues, jazz and pop on a dozen tunes, any of which would stand up in it’s own right. ‘Is This Goodbye’ showcases her voice & songwriting prowess to terrific effect. The Full Circle is a real winner." ★★★★ Hot Press

The Wolf and Peter
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The Wolf and Peter

CoisCéim Dance Theatre / by David Bolger

Thu 27 - Fri 28 Apr 2017 Main Auditorium // €7 adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class of 20+ / Age 6+ yrs / Dur: 55 mins

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

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

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

€7 adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class of 20+ / Age 6+ yrs / Dur: 55 mins

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Confessions of an Immigrant
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Confessions of an Immigrant

Peadar de Burca / MorWax Productions

Sat 29 Apr 2017 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €15 / €12 conc // Dur: 60 mins (no interval)

Writer and comedian Peadar de Burca is an Irishman who gave up his life on the west coast of Ireland to raise a family in the Silesian region of Poland. Since going there he has developed asthma, earns the equivalent of 200 euro a month and has tried and failed four times to learn Polish.

But this is comedy show.

You might remember Peadar from his sold out stand up shows in Draíocht before, 'What Women Want' and 'Why Men Cheat'.

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"A natural storyteller with a great comedica gift." The Scotsman

Reach for the Stars 2017 - SOLD OUT

Reach for the Stars 2017 - SOLD OUT

The Norma Breen Theatre School

Sun 30 Apr 2017 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €25

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

Vladimir and Anton Live
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Vladimir and Anton Live

These young virtuosos have been playing together for almost 20 years ... a thrilling collision of sound ...

Fri 5 May 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €22 / €20 conc

Vladimir and Anton are Slovakian sibling musicians with a shared rare gift – mastery of the classical violin. These young virtuosos have been playing together for almost twenty years. Vladimir & Anton push their instruments and each other (sometimes literally) on to ever greater heights of artistic expression, joyful harmony and thrilling duels, this is sibling rivalry sound-tracked like you have never heard it before.
The brothers have been busy touring the UK as special guests of superstar soprano Katherine Jenkins, they have also played a special concert at the Slovakian Embassy in London as part of the Euros 2016, as well BBC Proms in the Park in Belfast. Following the successful national tour in Ireland in Autumn 2016, they are back to play a limited run of concerts for their Irish fans this May.

This thrilling collision of sound, performance, ancestry and rivalry combines to wonderful effect in Vladimir & Anton’s must-see live concerts, and on their debut album, recorded live onstage in Ireland. Expect to hear Flight Of The Bumblebee, Shostakovich Waltz, Dance of the Nights, Dark Eyes, Those Were The Days and many more.

Starring Vladimir & Anton Jablokov with Adam Kuruc (Piano) & Peter Vizvari (Double Bass).

www.vladimiranton.com

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The Quiet Land By Malachy McKenna
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The Quiet Land By Malachy McKenna

Patrick Talbot Productions / Starring Des Keogh and Derry Power & Directed by Bairbre Ni Chaoimh

Sat 6 May 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €15 / €12 conc

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Two elderly farmers, Eamon and Nashee, meet at a gate on a remote hillside. These men are old friends, old rivals, old neighbours. They are men of heart, of humour, of hardness. Their conversation is a throwback to a gentler time, when silence was as telling as declaration, and meaning was more often found between the lines than on them.

But there's nothing gentle about today's conversation. In facing the bitter reality of their remote defiance, Eamon and Nashee have grown fearful and desperate. Now they are forced to confront each other with some heartbreaking truths that test their friendship to its limit. After today, will they ever again talk on this hillside?

'The Quiet Land' is a celebration of the humour, resilience and endearing innocence of an exiled generation as it struggles to survive in the isolated rural Ireland of today. It is Malachy McKenna's heartfelt tribute to a rare breed of forgotten men who live a long way in off the road.

Winner of the PJ O’Connor Award 2014

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"A glorious, perfectly-pitched pair of performances." ★★★★ The Scotsman

"Two quietly epic performances ... don’t miss it." Emer O Kelly, Sunday Independent

The Illegals with Niamh Kavanagh 2017
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The Illegals with Niamh Kavanagh 2017

The Ultimate Classic Rock Double Tribute

Sat 13 May 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €16 conc

Celebrating their 20th year, The Illegals are back at Draiocht with a new line up of songs that includes some of the old favourites and a whole raft of new material – songs like James Dean, Gold Dust Woman, Landslide and Wasted Time. You’ll love The Illegals live - an entertaining three-hours of vocal harmony, superb musicianship, unforgettable songs and great fun - served up by a band at the top of its game.

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"Outstanding - The Rolls-Royce of Irish Rock." RTE

"Simply Stunning." The BBC

Annual Celebration Concert - Fingal Youth Orchestra

Annual Celebration Concert - Fingal Youth Orchestra

Sun 14 May 2017 7PM Main Auditorium // €12 / €10 conc

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Fingal Youth Orchestra are delighted to present their Annual Celebration Concert. 
Comprising of nearly 60 members, FYO nurtures the orchestral playing of musicians ranging from 8 to 18 years of age. The four musical staff members work together tirelessly to bring out the best in each and every player. FYO fosters a love for orchestral playing, cultivating musical talent and musical appreciation in an atmosphere of enjoyment and teamwork. Spanning a huge repertoire of music, from concertos to pop songs, FYO adopts a non-competitive and motivational approach to all its activities. 

www.fingalorchestra.ie

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My Real Life by Eoin Colfer
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My Real Life by Eoin Colfer

Starring Don Wycherley & Directed by Ben Barnes

Fri 19 May 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

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Theatre Royal Productions presents Sing Street star Don Wycherley in the touching and entertaining My Real Life by Eoin Colfer.
Wexford man Noel has advanced MS and decides to end it all. While waiting for his overdose to take effect he records an increasingly rambling message for his best friend. Noel has apologies to make and messages to send. He has love in his heart and he wants to declare it even if it’s already too late.  Noel spends what is possibly the last hour of his life re-living the highs and lows of the past forty years and, surprisingly perhaps, it’s not all doom and gloom. 
My Real Life is a play that will make you laugh and make you cry.

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"My Real Life is a surprisingly enthralling evening laden with as much humour as pathos. Wycherley’s performance really is that theatrical cliché – A tour de force." Irish Examiner

"Eoin Colfer’s beautifully worded script ... [and] ... Don Wycherley’s performance is a joy … Don’t miss it. " Waterford News & Star

"It’s more than a theatrical triumph … theatre at its best." Munster Express

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Giselle
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Giselle

Ballet Ireland

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

Love. Betrayal. Redemption.  

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

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

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

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Dublin 15 Guitar Summer Concert

Dublin 15 Guitar Summer Concert

Concert in aid of ARC Cancer Support Centre

Mon 22 May 2017 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €15

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

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

www.dublin15guitarlessons.com

The Henry Girls - Far Beyond The Stars
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The Henry Girls - Far Beyond The Stars

Thu 25 May 2017 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €16 / €14 conc

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Donegal sisters  Karen, Lorna and Joleen are collectively known as The Henry Girls; nurtured musically by their celtic roots, their sound is not bound by them. They have found a way to personalise their music and, steeped as they are in tradition, successfully nourish the seeds of old with a bright, refreshing approach. They have a knack for creating authentic original material rich in traditional values. Their tight three-part harmonies are matched by soulful musicianship across a range of instruments including harp, fiddle, accordion, ukulele, banjo and piano.

This Spring sees them release their 6th studio album, produced by Calum Malcolm (Blue Nile, Heidi Talbot), called Far Beyond The Stars.

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Route 66 Big Band Live in Concert
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Route 66 Big Band Live in Concert

Music From The 40’s To Today

Sat 10 Jun 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc

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Route 66 Big Band were formed in 1998 and over the years have played at weddings, festivals, charity fundraisers as well as at the Rose of Tralee Festival Ball in the Dome in Tralee. Made up of experienced musicians from Dublin, Meath and Kildare, with a fabulous brass and saxophone section, they are perfectly blended together to produce the very best in Big Band entertainment. Because of many, many requests from admirers to hear the band they began theatre performances in 2015 and have now acquired a strong following. The key to their success, as confirmed by their audiences, is the great mix of music that they play which appeals to every age group.


With hits from Amy Winehouse, Adele, Frank Sinatra, Paulo Nutini, Tom Jones, Tina Turner, Glen Miller & many more!

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"I can’t wait for this band to come back, they were truly fantastic, great show / It was a great show, great music, class / A really entertaining show, the Route 66 Band were superb in every sense of the word." Audience Feedback From Previous Shows