MAKing Art: The DRAWing Exhibition

MAKing Art: The DRAWing Exhibition

Wed 25 Apr - Sat 16 Jun 2018 Ground & First Floor Galleries

Heartscapes: Drawings by Sharon Kelly 
Ground Floor Gallery
&
Works from the The National Collection of Contemporary Drawing (NCCD), Limerick City Gallery of Art
First Floor Gallery

MAKing Art is the first of a series of exhibitions (2018-2022) aimed at children, young people and the child in us all, which explores a particular visual art discipline, its materials, processes and varied manifestations. Drawing is the focus of the first exhibition in this series. It reveals aspects of drawing as primary means of human expression. It consists of two complementary elements: works by Sharon Kelly, a distinguished Belfast-based artist, who uses drawing as the main form of her practice; and a selection of images from the National Collection of Contemporary Drawing (NCCD), presented in collaboration with Limerick City Gallery of Art. In addition, Draíocht will commission a new drawing from Sharon Kelly informed by her engagement with the people of Dublin 15 through her artist’s residency and open studio. A specially designed programme of engagement will include family workshops, a school-based drawing residency and bespoke tours and talks. All of these elements are designed to offer a rich experience of various aspects of drawing.

Sharon Kelly is a visual artist whose practice centres on drawing and includes moving image, print and sound. The work explores themes relating to the human condition – contemplations on life, loss, healing, memory. Sharon’s work is held in public and private collections in Ireland, Britain, USA and The Netherlands. Alongside her studio-based practice, she has undertaken many residencies, site-specific projects in hospitals, collaborative projects with poets, dancers and choreographers and exploratory multimedia project in the field of education most notably with Kid’s Own Initiative, Virtually There. Sharon is a graduate of University of Ulster holding a BA and an MFA in Fine Art. She was co-founder of Paragon Studios/PS2 where she was co-director from 1993-2016 and where she continues to have her studio. Sharon is a full member of Royal Ulster Academy of Art.

The National Collection of Contemporary Drawing (NCCD) was officially founded by the Limerick Contemporary Art group, comprised of artists and business people of Limerick in 1987 with the aim of giving the city a distinctive collection of contemporary artwork. The NCCD collection is part of the permanent collection of Limerick City Gallery of Art and comprises of over 200 artworks, which embrace all forms of contemporary drawing practice reflecting in its constantly changing nature as it adapts to new technologies and artistic ideas.
The Artists included in this exhibition at Draíocht include: Dorothy Cross, Liadin Cooke, Brian Bourke, Piet Moog, Alan Keane, Brian Maguire, John Aiken, Felim Egan, Niamh O’Malley, Elizabeth McGill, Nigel Rolfe, Arno Kramer, Tjibbe Hooghemstra, Susan Dunne, Aileen McKeogh, Nick Miller, Siobhan Piercy, Chris Boland and Kyd & Kyde Konenyykb.   



Curated by Sharon Murphy
Assisted by Emma Brennan

Image: ‘Portrait of Self with White’, Sharon Kelly, (2008), Watercolour, gouache, pencil and graphite powder on paper, 35 x 25cm 
 

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Fingal Film Club - Making More Movies

Fingal Film Club - Making More Movies

With Kilian Waters of Shoot To Kill Productions

Tue 8 - Tue 29 May 2018 Draiocht Workshop Room // Age Range: 14-18 Years / €15

Age Range: 14-18 Years / €15 for Course

Tuesday 08th of May // 7pm-9pm
Tuesday 15th of May // 7pm-9pm
Tuesday 22th of May // 7pm-9pm/
Saturday 26th of May // 10.30am-4.30pm
Tuesday 29th of May // 7pm-9pm

Kilian will guide participants through the practical elements of filmmaking. For the second time this year, the collaborative and fun workshops will allow D15 Youth Theatre members to feature in a film, while allowing film making participants to explore everything that happens behind the camera lens and to gain an understanding of each of the different roles involved in making a film, from story, to script to screen.

If you are interested in writing, directing, how to generate stories, camera or sound work, or how to cast and communicate with actors, this course is for you!

Funded by Fingal County Council Arts Office, Fingal Film Club offers young people the opportunity to learn all about film through a series of programmes and short courses throughout the year.
Booking through Box Office 01-8852622

The Toddler Take Over 2018 - For Ages 1-4 Years - SOLD OUT

The Toddler Take Over 2018 - For Ages 1-4 Years - SOLD OUT

A Little Event For The Youngest Citizens of Blanchardstown

Thu 24 May 2018 10AM-3.15PM / Ages 1-4 Years Draíocht Galleries, Draíocht Foyer & Draíocht Workshop Room // Free / €5

Shadows, sights, sounds … scribbles, giggles, swirls ...
Join Us For our 4th Toddler Take Over Adventure in May!

A host of wonderful artists and art forms awaits you to see, hear and experience new adventures during our Toddler Take Over Adventure 2018! Draíocht’s Toddler Take Over, now in its 4th Year, celebrates the limitless imagination of the very young child and the magic that happens when it is combined with the world of artists and the arts. With a combination of book-in and free drop-in events, children are invited to explore synaesthesia with Sights and Sounds and think about really important questions:
HOW BIG IS A SHADOW?   
HOW DOES MUSIC MAKE ME MOVE?   
CAN I DRAW WITHOUT A PENCIL?
For this one day, Draíocht transforms into a big space for adventure through story, visual arts, music, circus and dance for the very young. Scribble and draw inspired by Sharon Kelly’s exhibition, dance, move and see a mysterious and strange land of domes and  shapes in our Main Auditorium, discover musicians playing, Roll Up with the circus, dance with shadows, watch a film unfold and more. Children are invited to bring their insatiable curiosity and their adults to explore, discover new art forms, create, play, dance, draw, sing and nurture creative potential, while having fun too.

All Children must be accompanied by an Adult and all Adults must be accompanied by a child! Dress for Mess and we would ask you to please respect age limits on book in workshops. Booking is by phone via Box Office on 01-8852622 or in person at Box Office, open Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm.

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Starkids on Stage 2018

Starkids on Stage 2018

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

FRI 25 MAY   7PM
SAT 26 MAY 11AM, 3PM (Sold Out) & 7PM

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

Dublin 15 Guitar Summer Concert

Dublin 15 Guitar Summer Concert

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

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

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

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

www.dublin15guitarlessons.com

Sinatra – Nothing But the Best - SOLD OUT

Sinatra – Nothing But the Best - SOLD OUT

Rat Pack Promotions with Ken Kirwan & his Swing Band

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

Start Spreading The News ... Ken Kirwan & his Swing Band will bring you back to the days of Vegas with his ‘Sinatra - Nothing but the Best’ show. From full throttle belters that will bring the house down to whispered speech level songs Frank was famous for. Ken's delivery is always right and befitting of the originals such as My Way, Lady is a Tramp, That's Life, New York New York, Mac The Knife, Leroy Brown and many, many more. 
Special guests on the night include a Gospel Choir, the voice of Sunshine Radio's 'Sunshine Swing' programme, Tom Cole Jnr; velvet crooner Joe Monks and Nikki Kavanagh, a bootcamp finalist in X Factor who has also performed at some of the country’s most prestigious venues including The National Concert Hall, The Helix, The Cork Opera House & Vicar Street.
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The Classic Beatles - The White Album 50th Anniversary
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The Classic Beatles - The White Album 50th Anniversary

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

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

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Family Day: Drawing

Family Day: Drawing

Sat 2 Jun 2018 12 NOON-3PM Draíocht Galleries // FREE

Scribble, shade, circle and line. Be inspired by the exhibition ‘MAKing Art: The DRAWing Exhibition’ and along with the exhibition artists, Curator Sharon Murphy and Draíocht Family Day artists Deirdre and Genevieve, explore the magic of simple mark making, with charcoal and pencil and chalks.

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/ Children must be accompanied by an adult… and all adults must be accompanied by a child!

The Tramp / Haimanaua - SOLD OUT

The Tramp / Haimanaua - SOLD OUT

Romanian Community of Ireland

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

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

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

Magical Strings of Veena

Magical Strings of Veena

Sri Raagam International Veena and Music Academy

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

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

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The On-Airs

The On-Airs

Phoenix FM's Annual Volunteer Award Ceremony

Wed 6 Jun 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €15

Now in its second year the On-Airs recognises the enormous effort, time and dedication of our volunteers and the various community groups that engage with the Station. The awards celebrate the passion for quality community broadcasting which has become the byword of everything we stand for at 92.5 Phoenix FM.

92.5 Phoenix FM was launched in 1999 as the community radio station for the Dublin 15 area. Now in its 29th year the station broadcasts 24 hours a day 7 days a week serving the broadcast needs of the Dublin 15 community. We have 12 members of staff and over 70 volunteers who are responsible for producing a wide range of programmes which represent the diverse nature of the community we are licensed to serve.

Special Guest performances on the night from The Blanchardstown Brass Band, Robert O'Connor, Coolmine Musical Society and Fit Kids.

Dur: 90 mins

Learn To Play Music Day 2018

Learn To Play Music Day 2018

With Castleknock School of Music

Thu 7 Jun 2018 1.30pm-5.30pm / Age: 6 months to 8+ Years // €5 per child per session (accompanying adult free)

Ever wondered what it would be like to play a piano, pluck a violin string or blow into a saxophone? Well, now you can with Castleknock School of Music’s ‘Learn to Play Music Day’, where you can come and try an instrument. There are also ‘Mini Music Classes’ available for ages 6 months to 7 years. This promises to be a great afternoon to learn a little about music and have some fun.
Advance booking essential on tel: 01-8852622


Ages / Mini Music & Instrumental Classes / Times

6-24 mths / Mini Music: Busy Babies  / 1.30-2.00pm
2-3 Yrs   / Mini Music: Bonny Bluebirds / 2.10-2.40pm
3-4 Yrs   / Mini Music: Red Robins      / 2.50-3.20pm
4-5 Yrs   / Mini Music: Pink Bears      / 3.30-4.00pm
5-6 Yrs   / Try it Out: Pathway to Piano / 3.30-4.00pm
5-6 Yrs   / Mini Music: Yellow Bunnies   / 4.00-4.30pm
5-6 Yrs   / Try it Out: Adventures in Violin / 4.30-5.00pm
6-7 Yrs   / Try it Out: Adventures in Violin / 3.30-4.00pm
6-7 Yrs   / Try it Out: Gateway to Guitar  / 4.00-4.30pm
6-7 Yrs   / Mini Music: Green Frogs     / 4.30-5.00pm
6-7 Yrs   / Try it Out: Pathway to Piano  / 5.00-5.30pm
7+ Yrs   / Try it Out: Adventures in Violin  / 4.00-4.30pm
7+ Yrs   / Try it Out: Pathway To Piano   / 4.30-5.00pm
7+ Yrs   / Try it Out: Gateway to Guitar     / 5.00-5.30pm
8+ Yrs   / Try it Out: Flute/Clarinet/Sax   / 2.50-3.30pm

Kevin McAleer - Guru
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Kevin McAleer - Guru

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

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

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"Immaculate mastery of language." The Scotsman

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

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

Rumours of Hotel California - 40 Year Anniversary Special

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

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

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

"Simply Stunning." The BBC

Further Ted
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Further Ted

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

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

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

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

KidKast Castleknock Showcase 2018

KidKast Castleknock Showcase 2018

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

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

Exploring Scribbling And Mark Making with Genevieve Harden

Exploring Scribbling And Mark Making with Genevieve Harden

Draíocht and Early Years - Exploring More With Early Years Arts

Tue 12 Jun 2018 Draiocht Workshop Room // €5 Per Child (Accompanying Adult Free)

10.15AM-11AM & 12PM-12.45PM  (45 MINS)
Genevieve Harden will help us to remember the joy of scribbling and shading with pencils and charcoal and use music to explore how we respond through mark marking to different musical sounds.
DRESS FOR MESS

This series of individual monthly workshops is intended to allow you and your child to explore different art mediums in an open and undirected way, starting with printing, then charcoal, then painting and finally yoga. There will be mess but there will also be fun!
Cost: €5 Per Child Per Workshop (Accompanying Adult is Free).
Booking and further information from Box Office on 01-8852622.


MORE:
Exploring Printing and Stamping / April
Exploring Painting With Fingers And Toes / July
Exploring Yoga Stories / August

Workshop Notes:
These workshops are designed for children aged 2-4 years. Please respect age limits as each workshop has been designed especially for this age range. All children must be accompanied by an adult and all adults must be accompanied by a child. These sessions are only suitable for one parent/guardian and accompanying child (without siblings).

The Secret Scripture
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The Secret Scripture

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 13 Jun 2018 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

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

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

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Weighing-In
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Weighing-In

Dolmen Productions

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Words Are There
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The Words Are There

The Nth Degree Theatre Company

Fri 15 Jun 2018 8.15PM / Dur: 57 mins / Age: 15+ Draíocht Studio // €16 / €14 conc

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

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

"Compelling … Riveting … Magic!" No More Workhorse

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

Cinema at Draíocht

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

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

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

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

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Bookings: 01-8852622

Stagezone on Stage 2018

Stagezone on Stage 2018

Stagezone Theatre School

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

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

Summer Projects 2018 - Fingal Film School

Summer Projects 2018 - Fingal Film School

Mon 25 - Fri 29 Jun 2018 Draíocht Studio // €35

Bookings: 01-8852622

10AM-4PM  Age: 13-17 Years   €35
Want to learn how to make your own films? Over these 5 days, facilitated by CreateSchool, you will collaborate with other creatives to plan, script, storyboard, film, edit and learn how to effectively add audio to produce your own short films. Using mobile digital devices and a selection of apps you will gain skills and tips that you can take home and master with your own projects. The workshops will conclude with a screening of the films. These workshops are funded by Fingal Arts Office.

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

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 27 Jun 2018 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

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

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

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Silent by Pat Kinevane
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Silent by Pat Kinevane

Fishamble: The New Play Company

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

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

Coming in November ... Pat's new show 'BEFORE' ... 

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

"dazzling theatricality." The Guardian

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

Summer Projects 2018 - Summer Song School

Summer Projects 2018 - Summer Song School

Mon 2 - Fri 6 Jul 2018 Draíocht Studio // €45

Bookings: 01-8852622

MON 02 - FRI 06 JUL 2018   10AM - 4PM   
THU 05 JUL 10AM - 8PM
Free Concert For Family & Friends On Thu 05 July At 7pm
Age: 13-17 Years   €45

The ever popular SongSchool return for what will undoubtedly be another sold out week of music-based curiosity, collaboration and creativity. SongSchool is a week-long project that is ideal for those who are interested in writing and recording songs, performing a concert, making a video, learning about music technology and meeting people who love music as much as they do … not to mention forming bands and having fun! 

And why not also join us for a follow-up one day workshop in August with SongSchool?

Summer Projects 2018 - Art Explorers: Adventures of Me

Summer Projects 2018 - Art Explorers: Adventures of Me

Mon 9 - Fri 13 Jul 2018 Draiocht Workshop Room // €35

Bookings: 01-8852622

WORKSHOP A: 4-8 YEARS   10AM-12PM  €35
WORKSHOP B: 9-12 YEARS 1PM-3PM    €35   

Artist Deirdre O’Reilly will introduce the children to a range of art materials and artistic experiences. ‘Adventures of Me’ will be an artistic journey for children to explore a wide range of techniques which will stimulate their imaginations to be inventive and harness their curiosity. From print making, to painting, to creating their own clay panels, to making 21st century fossils, and looking at and responding to other artists work, all of which will be curated into their end of week exhibition for all to enjoy.

Exploring Painting With Fingers And Toes with Anne Cradden

Exploring Painting With Fingers And Toes with Anne Cradden

Draíocht and Early Years - Exploring More With Early Years Arts

Tue 17 Jul 2018 Draiocht Workshop Room // €5 Per Child (Accompanying Adult Free)

10.15AM-11AM & 12PM-12.45PM (45 MINS)
Anne Cradden will encourage you to feel and enjoy paint in this very messy, but really fun workshop. Along with finger and toe paining, we will also use brushes and other objects to see what shapes and images we might create in a free and open environment.
DRESS FOR MESS

This series of individual monthly workshops is intended to allow you and your child to explore different art mediums in an open and undirected way, starting with printing, then charcoal, then painting and finally yoga. There will be mess but there will also be fun!
Cost: €5 Per Child Per Workshop (Accompanying Adult is Free).
Booking and further information from Box Office on 01-8852622.

MORE:
Exploring Printing and Stamping / April
Exploring Scribbling And Mark Making / June
Exploring Yoga Stories / August

Workshop Notes:
These workshops are designed for children aged 2-4 years. Please respect age limits as each workshop has been designed especially for this age range. All children must be accompanied by an adult and all adults must be accompanied by a child. These sessions are only suitable for one parent/guardian and accompanying child (without siblings).

CRACKS
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CRACKS

Quintessence Theatre Company (in association with An Táin Arts Centre)

Fri 7 Sep 2018 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €16 / €14 conc

A powerful piece of devised theatre from An Tain Arts Centre’s Company-In-Residence exploring the issue of mental illness in Ireland.

I used to be just like everybody else: Whole. Complete. Unshattered, unbroken….normal. I’m falling between the cracks in myself, and I don’t know how to crawl back out…

Quintessence Theatre use their innovative physical ensemble story-telling techniques mingled with multi-media platforms of film and music to poignantly explore the profound struggle individuals with mental illness face on a daily basis in Ireland today.
In this darkly comical and deeply moving new play an unsuccessful suicide attempt leaves young Leanne Dowd estranged and attempting to pick up the pieces of a life still shattered by mental illness.
Devised by the company and directed by Anna Simpson, a Creative Associate of the Pleasance and Practitioner with the Globe, London, this brand new work seeks to expose the lived experience of battling a severe mental illness in an inefficient and unsympathetic system through the eyes of one young woman.

This islandwide tour of CRACKS is funded by the Arts Council (An Chomhairle Ealaíon) and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

CAST: Leah Rossiter / Anthony Kinahan / Fiona Keenan O’Brien
Dur: 90 mins + 20 min post show discusion
Age: 14+

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"Brave, daring and innovative…has a virtuoso flair and arresting boldness. A substantial piece of theatre." Peter Hughes, Northern Standard

"Went to see this amazing play last night! I have to say it was brilliant! It portrays a young persons struggle with their mental health and demonstrates how those around also struggle to understand." Bairbre Kelly, Counsellor and Psychotherapist

My Left Nut
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My Left Nut

Pan Narrans Theatre and Prime Cut Productions / By Michael Patrick and Oisín Kearney

Thu 20 Sep 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

The True Story of a Belfast boy growing up with no father to guide him through, and a giant ball to weigh him down.

400 millilitres. That’s how much liquid was drained from Michael’s left testicle when he was a teenager. That’s more than a can of coke. He should have told someone sooner, but who could he turn to? His dad died ten years ago and besides, school is full of rumours about what the giant bulge in his trousers actually is. Who wants to stop that?

Initially created through the Show in a Bag programme, supported by Fishamble, The Irish Theatre Institute and The Dublin Fringe Festival with additional support from Prime Cut Production’s REVEAL programme.

Dur: 60 Mins / Age 12+

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"Laughing one minute, crying the next… a terrific performance of a touching story." ★ ★ ★ ★ The Sunday Times Ireland

"Intimacy Through Comedy." ★ ★ ★ ★ The Irish Times

"My Left Nut is what fringe theatre is all about; it’s an hour of fresh, pure entertainment that shouldn’t be missed." ★ ★ ★ ★ The Reviews Hub

"Heart-warming and charming, a documentation of the struggle to find one’s true self in the face of personal trauma." ★ ★ ★ ★ TN2

The Nualas Glam Slam
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The Nualas Glam Slam

Sat 22 Sep 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €22 / €20 conc

Bam! Pow! Biff! Shazam!
They are are back in the ring for a glittering bout of knock-out, body slamming comedy gold. They dance like a butterfly and sing like a bee, they’ll have you flat out on the matt with laughter, they will literally punch you right in the kisser with their gloves of gags and gaiety. 
Who? The Nualas!
What? Their new show Glam Slam!
Where? At a reputable entertainment outlet near you.
Don’t miss this slug fest of musical genius from Ireland’s First Ladies of Comedy.

“I laughed until I cried.”
“I laughed until my face hurt.”
“I have never laughed so much.  An absolutely brilliant show.”
(Real quotes from real people who actually saw the show.  Fair play to them.)

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The Songs & Poems of Percy French

The Songs & Poems of Percy French

The Percy French Troubadours & Guests

Wed 26 Sep 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €15

Laugh, sing and maybe even shed a tear with the 18 strong Percy French Troubadours, who invite you to join with them again for this evening of songs, poems and sketches by Percy French. Featuring all-time favourites ‘Are ye right there Michael?’, ‘The Darling Girl from Clare’, ‘To The West’, ‘The Four Farrellys’ and ‘Abdul Abulbul Amir’ (Percy’s first successful song), they’ll even give you a sheet with all the words to sing along!
The Percy French Troubadours have clocked up an impressive number of gigs as they continue fundraising for a variety of local charities. Having already raised over €65,000 for a variety of charities, this night will be in aid of The Daughters of Charity Mission Fund.

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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

Fri 19 Oct 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €22 / €20 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

My Heart and I - The life and loves of Josef Locke
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My Heart and I - The life and loves of Josef Locke

Starring Shane McDonagh & John White

Thu 25 - Sat 27 Oct 2018 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €16 / €14 conc

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'My heart and I' is a brand new show which traces the life and loves of the great Irish Tenor Josef Locke. Interwoven with many of the songs he made famous throughout his long and astonishingly dramatic career, there are performances of 'Goodbye'; 'Hear my Song'; 'Macushla'; 'I’ll walk beside you'; 'La Donna é Mobile'; 'We all have a song in our Hearts'; alongside dramatic recreations of the triumphs of his career as well as the tragedies of his many marriage break-ups, personal feuds, moments of self-doubt, and of course, his well -known run in with the British Inland Revenue.

Shane McDonagh, a young Tenor with an astounding voice takes the part of Locke while John White, writer and accompanist, fills in as the myriad of fellow artists, agents, and marriage partners of Locke’s long and eventful life. This is the many facets of Josef Locke, both good and not so good, with moments of transcendence by way of some of the most beautiful melodies ever written for the tenor voice.  

Dur 90 Mins / Age 12+

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The 4 Of Us - Acoustic Gig

The 4 Of Us - Acoustic Gig

With Brendan & Declan Murphy

Fri 2 Nov 2018 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €20

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The 4 Of Us shot to fame with their debut album 'Songs for the Tempted', which featured the massive hits 'Mary' and 'Drag My Bad Name Down'. The follow up 'Man Alive' made Q Magazine's Top 50 albums and included the UK Top 30 single 'She Hits Me'. Notching up an enviable catalogue of timeless songs and six Top 20 Irish charting albums, their music has also been featured extensively on American, British and Irish TV soundtracks.
Last year the band celebrated their 25th anniversary with sold out shows North and South - and this year promises to be just as eventful with a new single, Bird's Eye View, and a new album, Sugar Island, released in September.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see the full band in action for this special acoustic night in Draíocht.

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"Never before have I been to a gig where the atmosphere has been so electric …" The Irish News

"The music brims with the palpable sense of the past, the acoustic guitars evoking a grand old era of folk, blues and R&B ..." The Irish Times

"Musically deep, textured and multi-layered. Lyrically older, wiser and slightly more f****d up!" Hot Press

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

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

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

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"Unique star quality." The Guardian.

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

Before - A new play with much music by Pat Kinevane
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Before - A new play with much music by Pat Kinevane

Fishamble: The New Play Company

Fri 23 - Sat 24 Nov 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

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

Before was commissioned by Fishamble and has been in development with the support of the Arts Council, National Theatre Studio (London), Pavilion Theatre and The Strollers Touring Network. 
Touring Nationwide

Created By
Written & Performed by Pat Kinevane
Directed by Jim Culleton
Composed by Denis Clohessy
Costume Stylist Catherine Condell
Choreographer Emma O’Kane

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The Bee Gees Story - Nights on Broadway
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The Bee Gees Story - Nights on Broadway

Thu 29 Nov 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €25 / €23 conc

The Bee Gee's Story - Nights On Broadway present a tribute to the Bee Gees through a fantastic live concert, featuring their incredible songs, from over four decades, from the 60s to the 90s. With musical authenticity and the accurate recreation of the vocal talents and harmonies of the Bee Gees, this show gives the audience the experience of being at a Bee Gees concert. The Six piece live band blend the classic hits, acoustic medleys, songs written for other major artists and dance floor fillers to tell the story of the Bee Gees from start to finish.
www.nightsonbroadway.net

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Frankie’s Guys

Frankie’s Guys

A celebration of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

Fri 30 Nov - Sat 1 Dec 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €25

'Frankie's Guys - A celebration of 'Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons' is a fast paced, energetic production with an authentic live concert feel. Putting their own charismatic stamp on timeless classics such as, 'Big Girls Don't Cry', 'Walk Like A Man', ‘Sherry’ & 'Oh What A Night', the boys take you on a nostalgic trip down memory lane and remind you exactly why ‘The Four Seasons’ sold over 100 million records and earned themselves a place in the prestigious 'Rock and Roll Hall of Fame'. With slick choreography, charm, charisma, brilliant audience participation and amazing live vocals, it’s clear to see why ’Frankie's Guys’ are receiving standing ovations up and down the country.

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Phil Coulter - Gold & Silver Days
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Phil Coulter - Gold & Silver Days

Tue 4 Dec 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €30 / €27.50 conc

Phil’s long career as a songwriter, producer and recording artiste has been recognised over the years with so many gold discs that the theme is totally appropriate.
Very few in the music business can boast of having chart entries in every decade since the sixties. Even fewer can match the range of Phil’s output – from Eurovision winners to folk classics, from tender ballads to sporting anthems, from Luke Kelly to Elvis Presley!

His new show, Gold & Silver Days, will feature Phil’s personal favourites as he trawls through his 50 years of creativity.   A he says himself, “It will be a different and interesting collection – some of the big hits alongside some that I thought should have been hits!   Some songs that meant a lot to my bank manager as well as some that simply meant a lot to me”.
An original retrospective on the work of one of our finest, it’s a show for every lover of good music.

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What Good is Looking Well When You’re Rotten on the Inside?
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What Good is Looking Well When You’re Rotten on the Inside?

Written and performed by Emma O'Grady

Thu 6 Dec 2018 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €16 / €14 conc / Early Bird €14 (Book before 7th Sept 2018)

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One month before his death, retired civil servant and man of few words Paddy O’Grady had a sudden urge to talk. Using a portable cassette tape recorder, he recorded 15 hours of material: stories about leprechauns, aliens and lonely pharmacists; absurdist political satire; musings on life, love and death; radio shows with advertisements for products that never existed; ballads and poetry; and memories of life as a civil servant.

Paddy’s granddaughter, Emma O’Grady, later discovered he had written plays, poems and short stories in the 1950s and until now his work has been without an audience. This one-woman show - created with multiple directors - examines the fractured and fragile personas we present to the world, who we might be behind them and what we could be instead. What Good is Looking Well When You’re Rotten on the Inside? is a piece about emotional inheritance and grief for wasted creativity that serves as both a tribute and a warning.

Supported by the Arts Council, Galway City Council, Galway Theatre Festival, Mermaid Arts Centre and Áras Éanna (Inis Oírr)
Directed by: Jonathan Gunning, Catherine Ireton, Caroline Lynch, Andy Smith.

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"...a multi-layered theatrical mosaic ... [Emma] created a deep, warm, and rewarding conversation with this departed and fascinating man ... a compelling, bravura performance." Galway Advertiser

"... beautifully realised ... a feast of nostalgia, sentimentality, and a picture of relationships past and present. This is a play about family, but also about individuality. It makes for a great story. Paddy’s tapes are the focus of this piece, but it is Emma O’Grady’s skill as a performer that gives them new life ... a striking piece of theatrical work, which will ensure O’Grady’s well-earned place in the Irish theatre canon. This is a playwright to watch." Reviews Hub

"O'Grady, in a slyly restrained performance, uses the arch effects of contemporary theatre to rebel against a superficial society in which artists are unwanted. Most ingeniously, she has crafted a play that can locate virtuosity hidden in the most allusive places." Exeunt Magazine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ABBA Forever
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ABBA Forever

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

Tue 11 - Wed 12 Dec 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €17 conc

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!

Abba Forever was formed and is lead by Dennis Scally, with Lead Guitar by Rae Daniel and on lead vocals are Lucinda O’Connell and Marie O’Hara.

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