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 MAR - 2pm / 4pm 
SUN 26 MAR  - 2pm / 4pm
​Age 7+ yrs / Dur: 50 mins


Also on Saturday ... Free Family Art Day

"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

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

A Magical Aerial Dance Show for Children

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!

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

Show includes a free Mask-Making workshop beforehand.

Family Day - Build and Play

Family Day - Build and Play

A History of Play

Sat 8 Apr 2017 12 NOON-3PM Draíocht Galleries // FREE

Further explore the brightly coloured and engaging  exhibition ‘A History of Play’ for young children and get involved in some creative experimentation making playful and colourful 3D constructions and models.

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!

A History Of Play - Mid Term Artist In The Gallery

A History Of Play - Mid Term Artist In The Gallery

Tue 18 - Fri 21 Apr 2017 Ground & First Floor Galleries

10.30AM-12.30PM  Free   Age: 2+ yrs

See the Ground Floor Gallery transformed into an interactive playful installation. The exhibition 'A History of Play' includes drawings, paintings and educational play materials known as Fröbel Gifts – colourful spheres, cylinders and tubes. A response / play area will run for the duration of the exhibition for self-directed play.
Over the Easter holidays pop in and meet artist Andrew Carson who will give you and your children an extra hand or chat further about the exhibition.

These sessions are free and intended for self-directed play and you can come and go as you please.
No pre booking required.

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.

* After the 12 noon school show you will have the chance to 'Meet the Wolf' for free.
Directly following the 12 noon performance, the audience will be invited to meet the different characters from the story, and get to ask any questions they might have about the show. The cast will then guide the audience through some of the key movement sequences from the performance, where the children will be able to explore and practice some of the choreographic interpretation in lively, fun and interactive way from their seats (Dur 15 mins).


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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.

Create Dance - Summer 2017

Create Dance - Summer 2017

Sat 6 May - Sat 24 Jun 2017 Saturdays MAY-JUN 2017 €5 per class Draiocht Workshop Room

Saturdays MAY-JUN 2017   €5 per class
Jnr Group (6-9 yrs) 12.30PM-1.15PM
Snr Group (10-17 yrs) 2PM-3PM

During this innovative dance project, dancers and facilitators Mark Rogers and Antje O’Toole continue to work their ‘dance magic’ with our group of children with an intellectual disability, their parents and siblings in weekly workshops. If you have a child aged between 6-17 years with a love of dance, please get in touch with Sarah Beirne, sarah@draiocht.ie / ph 01-8098029.
 

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The Toddler Take Over – For Ages 1-4 Years - 2017

The Toddler Take Over – For Ages 1-4 Years - 2017

An Event Celebrating Early Arts

Thu 11 May 2017 10AM-2.30PM Draíocht Galleries, Draíocht Foyer & Draíocht Workshop Room

Booking opens on 13 April 2017, 10am, tel: 01-8852622.
Book-in workshops cost €5 per child (accompanying adult free).

Feel the Magic this May at Draíocht by joining us for our third Toddler Take Over! This event celebrates the limitless imagination of the very young child and the magic that happens when it is combined with the world of the arts. This year the event will use the exhibition ‘A History of Play' as a starting point, drawing ideas, colours and objects from the exhibition across the building. With a combination of book-in and free drop-in events, children are invited to explore the little spaces that big people don’t usually see.

So come join our artists and discover different arts mediums, draw, dance and play and nurture the creative potential of your child … and have some fun too.

Full programme available from Box Office Shortly.
To pre-register for advance information, email marketing@draiocht.ie 

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Annual Celebration Concert - Fingal Youth Orchestra

Annual Celebration Concert - Fingal Youth Orchestra

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

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

Waves
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Waves

By Alice Mary Cooper / Presented as part of Spreacha – Fingal’s International Arts Programme for Children at Draiocht

Tue 16 May 2017 10.15AM & 12.15PM Draíocht Studio // €7 adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class of 20+ / Age 8+ yrs / Dur: 50 mins

GOING ON SALE SHORTLY

Waves is the story of Elizabeth Moncello, of her youth growing up on a small Australian island in the 1930s and how she came to be the unofficial inventor of the butterfly stroke. An intimate theatrical event combining highly expressive storytelling, delicate movement and splashes of humour to tell Elizabeth’s amazing tale of a life fully lived. Waves is about having an idea and the courage, drive and desire to follow it through - to swim against the tide of history and expectations, and to achieve something that is truly incredible. 
A delight for audiences from 8 to 80. 

Photo credit: Cristina Todaro

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"An exciting glimpse of something truly beautiful." Broadway Baby

"Fifty glorious minutes … imperceptibly crafted, cleverly told tale with its feel-good twists." The Stage

"A born storyteller." The West Australian

Sing Your Socks Off

Sing Your Socks Off

Mischa O’Mahony - Me & You Music

Tue 16 May - Tue 20 Jun 2017

Tuesdays / 6 Weeks / 16 May – 20 June 2017
10am: Age 4-17 Months (Dur: 45 Mins)
11am: Age 18 Months-3.5 Years (Dur: 60 Mins)
Cost: €42 For 6 Weeks Or €8 Pay As You Go (Subject To Availability)

Booking Tel: 01-8852622

Mischa O’ Mahony returns to playfully introduce you and your child to the elementary musical building blocks of pitch and rhythm and also the joy of singing your socks off. Come on this lively journey full of songs and music, using movement, instruments, stories and puppet friends. You will stamp your feet to the beat, wiggle to the rhythm, dance around, play many instruments and get to discover your child’s unique voices.

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.

Starkids on Stage 2017

Starkids on Stage 2017

Fri 26 - Sat 27 May 2017 Main Auditorium // €15 / €12 conc

FRI 26 MAY 7PM
SAT 27 MAY 2PM & 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 Winnie the Pooh, Jungle book, Lazytown, Tangled, Beauty and the Beast and Legally Blonde the Musical. A superb evening of song, dance and drama is guaranteed from these amazingly talented children. A must for all the family.

www.starkids.ie
 

Madagascar - Sensory Friendly Screening

Madagascar - Sensory Friendly Screening

Sat 3 Jun 2017 3PM Draíocht Studio // €5 adults & children Dur: 86 mins

Four zoo animals are shipped back to their homeland by an animal rights group that feels they belong in the wild. When the ship capsizes, the animals find themselves stranded in Madagascar. Having had humans care for them their entire life, they know nothing about survival and must work together with the locals to help them fit in.

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

Bookings: 01-8852622

Learn To Play Music Day 2017

Learn To Play Music Day 2017

With Castleknock School of Music / Mini Music & Instrumental Classes

Thu 8 Jun 2017 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

KidKast Showcase 2017

KidKast Showcase 2017

KidKast Castleknock Theatre School

Fri 9 Jun 2017 7PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €12 conc

GOING ON SALE ON 24 APRIL 2017 10AM

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.

Family Day - Pastel Portraits

Family Day - Pastel Portraits

Sat 10 Jun 2017 12 NOON-3PM Draíocht Galleries // FREE

After a look around the exhibition ‘School Portraits’ with our artists, we will learn more about what portraits are about, what stories they tell, before creating our own colourful portraits, while learning to blend and mix with pastels … maybe you’ll be the model … maybe you’ll be the artist … or try your hand at both!  

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!

There and Back Again - An Odyssey

There and Back Again - An Odyssey

Lyngo Theatre Company

Thu 15 - Fri 16 Jun 2017 10.15AM & 12.15PM Draíocht Studio // €7 adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class of 20+ / Age 6-11 yrs Dur: 60 mins

The Odyssey is the classic of classics, the mother of all stories, the ultimate source of myths and legends full of giants, ghosts, Greeks and great adventure. Follow Patrick Lynch as he launches Ulysses and his companions on a fantastic voyage which comes to life on a big screen while he plays with sand, stones, boats, bowls, fire and water. The use of multiple cameras will magnify table-top props down to the smallest detail to turn a storm-in-a-teacup into an Aegean tempest. 

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Stagezone on Stage 2017

Stagezone on Stage 2017

Stagezone Theatre School

Sat 24 - Sun 25 Jun 2017 2PM & 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €17 / €15 conc

GOING ON SALE SHORTLY

Join the energetic young stars of Stagezone Theatre School with a show for all the family packed with great songs and dance routines from Jungle Book, Little Red Riding Hood, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Peter Pan, Bugsy Malone, Back to the 80’s, Sweet Charity and Shrek! 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 2017 - Fingal Film School

Summer Projects 2017 - Fingal Film School

Mon 26 - Fri 30 Jun 2017

MON 26- FRI 30 JUNE 2017  10AM-4PM    
Age Range: 13-16 Years  Cost: €55

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.

Booking through Box Office: 01-8852622

Rainy Days

Rainy Days

July & August

Sat 1 Jul - Thu 31 Aug 2017 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.

Summer Projects 2017 - Summer Song School

Summer Projects 2017 - Summer Song School

Mon 3 - Fri 7 Jul 2017

MON 03- FRI 07 JULY 2017  
10AM - 4PM / THU 06 JULY 10AM - 8PM
Free Concert For Family & Friends On Thu 06 July At 7pm
Age Range: 13- 16 Years   Cost: €55

SongSchool return with this week long project 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! Participants receive a CD of their songs, a DVD of their videos, and a certificate of participation.

Booking through Box Office: 01-8852622

Summer Projects 2017 - Art Explorers Adventures Of Me

Summer Projects 2017 - Art Explorers Adventures Of Me

Mon 17 - Fri 21 Jul 2017

WORKSHOP A: 6-8 YEARS / 10AM-12.15PM / €40
WORKSHOP B: 9-12 YEARS / 1PM-3PM / €40

Inspired by our Ground Floor Gallery exhibition ‘Limitless’, artist Genevieve Harden will introduce the children to a range of art materials and look at artist’s who use themselves as inspiration for their art. ‘Adventures of Me’ will be an artistic journey, from giant finger prints, to drawing shadow silhouettes, to clay portraits, to painting a life-size me and the creation of a personalized storage box, all of which will be curated into their end of week exhibition for all to enjoy.

Booking through Box Office: 01-8852622