Cheshire Cats by Gail Young
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Cheshire Cats by Gail Young

Coolmine Drama Circle

Tue 24 - Sat 28 May 2016 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €16 / €13 conc

Grown women, aching feet and charity; Cheshire Cats is a cross between a girl's night out and a real mission to support a cause close to many hearts. This is the story of a group of women planning to participate in the Moonwalk in aid of the Breast Cancer Charity. Five women are attempting to walk 13 miles in their decorated bras and brand new runners, but the sixth member of their team doesn't seem up for the challenge. It follows this team of women training for and participating in the charity race and is a comic drama to pay tribute to charity walkers, race organisers and marshals everywhere. 

Baker and Rose
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Baker and Rose

Don Baker and Clara Rose / With Support from The Maynooth Gospel Choir

Fri 27 May 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

Don Baker … Legendary Irish singer, songwriter, guitarist and harmonica player has teamed up with emerging unique vocalist and songwriter, Clara Rose to create an unforgettable show featuring their own music and collaborations from their new album. The man affectionately known as ‘The Don’ became a professional musician in 1973. His expressive skills on the harmonica have drawn accolades from artists as varied as Bono and Christy Moore. His recent role in popular Irish soap ‘Fair City’ has cemented Baker into a household name. He is due to star in an Irish made feature film in 2016 called ‘Turvey Town’.
Clara Rose has been writing and performing her original music for 10 years. With her Monaghan roots she has had many successful shows here including annual gigs at the Harvest Time Blues Festival. Her acclaimed solo releases lead her to feature as an artist on Don’s, ‘My Songs, My Friends’ (2013). In this show they present their new collaborative album of original blues and home-grown country roots which promises to be a gorgeous exponent of the genres in this collaboration of ‘kindred spirits’.

With Support from The Maynooth Gospel Choir

www.donbaker.ie
www.clararosemusic.com

Mascariciul - The Buffoon

Mascariciul - The Buffoon

Fingal Ethnic Network / Romanians in Ireland Celebration / Ziua Românilor Din Irlanda

Sat 28 May 2016 7PM Main Auditorium // €20

MĂSCĂRICIUL cu Horațiu Mălăele și Nicolae Urs
Romanian Community of Ireland presents Măscăriciul (The Buffoon) - a comedy for the whole family. The show is presented in Romanian only as part of the Celebration of Romanians in Ireland.

English
The “Buffoon” tells the story of an old actor, Vasyli Vasilici Svetlovidov (Horatiu Mălăele), unhappy after a 40 year career as an actor and that of Nikita Ivanici (Nicolae Urs), Vasyli’s long-life prompter. Their relationship is professional and delicate, enhanced by remarkable acting moments. Horatiu Mălăele and Nicolae Urs move gracefully from comedy to drama, from laughter to sorrow and tears, from tragedy to parody, from comedy to its caricature. Show in Romanian only.

Romanian
Măscăriciul spune povestea bâtrânului actor Vasili Vasilici Svetlovidov (Horațiu Mălăele), nefericit după o carieră de peste 40 de ani în teatru și a lui Nikita Ivanîci (Nicolae Urs), sufleorul lui de-o viață. Relația dintre cei doi este plină de delicatețe și sensibilitate, accentuată de momente teatrale memorabile. Horațiu Mălăele și Nicolae Urs trec cu măiestrie de la comic la dramatic, de la râs la tristețe și lacrimi, de la tragedie la parodia ei, de la comedie la caricatura ei. Spectacolul este recomandat pentru toată familia. 

Horatiu Malaele and Nicolae Urs are two of the most loved Romanian actors currently. The Bufoon/ Mascariuciul is, without a fail, a complete sell out each time they perform the play. The show is in Romanian only and it is brought as part of the Celebration of Romanians in Ireland.

Dublin 15 Guitar Summer Concert

Dublin 15 Guitar Summer Concert

Mon 30 May 2016 7.30PM Draíocht Studio // €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 at Dublin15Guitar.com. The concert will feature a selection of music acts, young and mature, on electric and acoustic guitar, performing both instrumental pieces and songs. A positive and relaxed atmosphere allows students to flourish and enjoy the experience of performing.

Learn To Play Music Day - SOLD OUT

Learn To Play Music Day - SOLD OUT

With Castleknock School of Music / Mini Music & Instrumental Classes

Tue 31 May 2016 1.30pm-5.30pm // Free // 6mts-8+ Years

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 and it’s absolutely FREE. There are also ‘Mini Music Classes’ available for ages 6 months-8+ years. This promises to be a great afternoon to learn a little about music and have some fun.

Places are free but limited.

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

Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo

Sensory Friendly Family Film

Sat 4 Jun 2016 3PM Draíocht Studio // €5 adults & children / Dur: 110 mins

When Nemo is unexpectedly taken far from home and thrust into a dentist's office fish tank, Marlin finds himself the unlikely hero on an epic journey to rescue his son. In his quest, Marlin is joined by Dory, a Regal Blue Tang fish with the worst short-term memory and biggest heart in the entire ocean!

For this sensory friendly screening the volume is lowered, the auditorium lights are on low, we have restricted the capacity and viewers can make noise and move around the auditorium space if they wish.  

Bookings: 01-8852622.

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The Classic Beatles
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The Classic Beatles

25th Anniversary Show

Sat 4 Jun 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €22 / €20 conc

It’s The Classic Beatles 25th Anniversary Show and also 50 years since The Beatles last live show in Candlestick Park in 1966. Enjoy 2 hours of the greatest songs in the Beatles’ songbook ‘performed with perfection and affection’ (Evening Herald). The show features real album gems as well as the obvious big hits, many costume changes and plenty of witty banter. 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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Aniss Stage Academy Ashbourne Variety Show

Aniss Stage Academy Ashbourne Variety Show

Sun 5 Jun 2016 7PM Main Auditorium // €15 / €10 conc // Dur: 90 mins (with interval)

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Join us for our annual production showcasing ASA ASHBOURNE students from Tiny Stars right up to Seniors.

Underneath by Pat Kinevane
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Underneath by Pat Kinevane

Fishamble: The New Play Company

Sat 11 Jun 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc / Early Bird: €15 (book before 08 Apr 2016) / Age 14+ // Dur: 90 mins (no interval)

‘You never know what’s around the corner, do ya?’ … Sticks and stones didn't break Her bones, but words and pointing crushed Her. Is Beauty really only skin deep? Does Ugliness hide somewhere deeper? This stunning play is a blackly comic, rich and vivid tale of a life lived in secret, a testament to the people who live on the fringes, under the nose of everyday life. It explores the surface and what lies underneath.
'extraordinary … sit back and enjoy.' New York Times
'brilliant...striking...excellent'  Irish Times
'intensely physical...beautifully presented'  Sunday Business Post
‘extraordinary…stunning…ninety of the most perfect minutes you’ll spend’    Scotsman

Fishamble: The New Play Company is a multi-award winning company dedicated to the discovery, development and production of new work for the theatre. Fishamble is funded by the Arts Council and Dublin City Council. Its international touring is supported by Culture Ireland. www.fishamble.com

SAT 07 MAY 8PM  Silent
SAT 11 JUN 8PM  Underneath
Book for 1 show at €18 / €16 conc per ticket
Book for 2 shows at €16 / €14 conc per ticket


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Early Bird: €15 (book before 08 Apr 2016)

Brian Kennedy

Brian Kennedy

Essential Collection 2016

Fri 17 Jun 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €14 conc

Twenty Five years later and Brian Kennedy feels like he is only really getting started. A multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter and highly regarded radio/television presenter, he is a Doctor of Letters from The University of Ulster, a published author of two successful novels - not surprisingly, for a lyricist of his calibre.

It's 2016 and Brian Kennedy is excited to announce his forthcoming 32 track double 'Essential Collection' CD - all brand new recordings of songs from the past and present and even a duet with Boy George. Brian maintains a firm belief that ‘music is the language of emotion,’ and after all his years working with Van Morrison he prizes the live gig above all else. Seeing and hearing him is the only way to experience this national treasure of a man. 

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"A voice to charm the angels ..." Q Magazine

KidKast Showcase 2016

KidKast Showcase 2016

KidKast Theatre School

Sat 18 Jun 2016 7PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €14 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.

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Toddler Thursdays

Toddler Thursdays

Get Creative with Orla Kelly

Thu 23 Jun 2016

THU 28 APR & THU 23 JUN 2016
10.30AM-11.30AM
Age: 2 To 3 Years // €6 Per Session

Paint, stick, explore and discover. Orla will create more workshop wonders, by inventing new and curious environments aimed at supporting parents to get creative with their children. Sessions will be un-themed allowing parents and children to work spontaneously with the materials provided. This hour, which has become really popular in Draiocht, offers a creative and artistic experience to support parents in encouraging the creative growth of their children. Dress for mess!

Booking for each session opens at 10am 2 weeks before session date, so 
14 APR - Booking Opens 10am for session on 28 APR
09 JUN - Booking Opens 10am for session on 23 JUN


Please respect age limits. These sessions are designed for 1 child and 1 accompanying adult.
Booking Tel: 01-8852622

Stagezone on Stage 2016

Stagezone on Stage 2016

Stagezone Theatre School

Sat 25 - Sun 26 Jun 2016 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 Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, Oklahoma, Mamma Mia, West Side Story and Legally Blonde. This is a wonderful opportunity for all their students to showcase their talents in musical theatre, hip hop dancing and comedy. Stagezone Theatre School operates from Draíocht with classes for boys and girls from 5-20 years of age.

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Summer Projects 2016 - Fingal Film School

Summer Projects 2016 - Fingal Film School

With CreateSchool

Mon 27 Jun - Fri 1 Jul 2016

Mon 27 Jun-Fri 01 Jul 2016 // 10am-4pm 
Age Range: 14-18 Years / Cost: €65

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 workshop will conclude with a screening of the films. These workshops are an initiative of Fingal Arts Office.

Bookings: 01-8852622.

Rainy Days

Rainy Days

July & August

Fri 1 Jul - Wed 31 Aug 2016 Draíocht Galleries

On a rainy day over the Irish summer you are very welcome to visit our galleries and explore our two exhibition spaces with your children.
Our friendly box office staff will assist you with paper, clipboards, colouring pencils and a handy page (and a cushion if you need one!) and give you ideas and games to help you while away a few hours.

Losha
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Losha

Monkeyshine Theatre Company

Sat 2 Jul 2016 2PM & 4PM Draíocht Studio // €7 adults / €5 children / Age 5+ yrs

Where do things go when you forget them? Losha is a magical creature that likes to collect things, small things, important things, things that have been forgotten. She shares the memories of half remembered stories and explores unexpected worlds where only secret dreams can take you. Set in a delicate world of light and shadows with objects and poetic dance. Losha is a sensitive tale made for or family audiences.

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"A treat for all ages." Caomhan Keane Entertainment.ie

Summer Projects 2016 - Summer Song School - SOLD OUT

Summer Projects 2016 - Summer Song School - SOLD OUT

With SongSchool

Mon 4 - Fri 8 Jul 2016

Mon 04- Fri 08 July 2016 / 10am-4pm
Thu 07 July 10am-8pm
Free Concert For Family & Friends On Thu 07 July At 7pm

Age Range: 14-18 Years / Cost: €65

Want to create songs and learn what it’s like to preform your songs live? Facilitated by SongSchool, these workshops are for those who are interested in just that: 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! Participants receive a CD of their songs, a DVD of their videos and a certificate of participation.

Bookings: 01-8852622.

Summer Projects 2016 - Crafty Adventures: Make A Puppet Theatre

Summer Projects 2016 - Crafty Adventures: Make A Puppet Theatre

Mon 11 - Fri 15 Jul 2016 // €45

Mon 11-Fri 15 July 2016 // €45
Workshop A:  6-8 Yrs  // 10am-12pm

Workshop B: 9-13 Yrs // 12.45pm-2.45pm

During this year’s Crafty Adventures, we will scribble magnificent designs, cut amazing shapes, paint, splatter and print in blobs and splashes to create a magnificent puppet theatre. We will then glue together, doodle, shade and dress and decorate a puppet so, on the final day we can amaze with a marvelous puppet performance for family. Please respect age limits, dress for mess and don’t worry about coloring inside the lines.

Bookings: 01-8852622.

The Fureys
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The Fureys

Fri 14 Oct 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €25 / €23 conc

Legends of Irish music & song The Fureys, renowned for their hit songs ‘I Will Love You’, ‘When You Were Sweet 16’, ‘The Green Fields Of France’, ‘The Old Man’, ‘Red Rose Café’, ‘From Clare To Here’, ‘Her Father Didn’t Like Me Anyway’, ‘Leaving Nancy’, ‘Steal Away’ and many more, are back in Draiocht this Season. The Fureys have been entertaining audiences worldwide for 36 years, audiences that have included former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, Former Irish President Mary McAleese and the late Pope John Paul while Tony Blair has publicly stated his favourite peace song of all time is the Fureys “Green Fields of France”. Recently Ireland President Michael D Higgins attended their concert in Dublin’s National Concert Hall. 
The Fureys are responsible for some of the most stirring music ever to capture the public imagination. Their folk based music has received standing ovations in some of the biggest concert halls of the world and they credit their musical ability to their parents, Ted and Nora, who were well known musicians themselves. They encouraged their sons to play music from a very early age and there was live traditional music in their house almost nightly. Their emotive songs stir many emotions….tears and laughter, sadness and joy. A Fureys concert is always a night to remember!

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The Nualas - Glitterbomb Tour

The Nualas - Glitterbomb Tour

Sat 15 Oct 2016 8PM Main Auditorium

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

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

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

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

"Wackily original." The New York Times

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Al Porter At Large

Al Porter At Large

Fri 4 Nov 2016 8PM Main Auditorium

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

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"Hilarious." ★★★★★ ScotsGay Magazine

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

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

"Tremendous." ★★★★ One4Review

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The Nutcracker
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The Nutcracker

Ballet Ireland

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

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

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

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"Sparkled from start to finish." Sunday Business Post