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'

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The Game
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The Game

THEATREclub

Sat 8 Apr 2017 8PM Draíocht Studio // €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.

WE NEED MEN ... 

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 - SOLD OUT
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The Successful TD by John B Keane - SOLD OUT

Starring Jon Kenny and Mary McEvoy and Directed by Michael Scott

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

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.

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).


MORE ... Free Primary School Workshops

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MORE ... Irish Times Review by Sara Keating

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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

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

A Night of Theatre

A Night of Theatre

Coolmine Drama Circle

Tue 9 - Sat 13 May 2017 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €16 / €13 conc

Three for the price of one! Coolmine Drama Circle has been producing great theatre for many years and this Summer, they have decided to offer something new. Come to Draíocht this May and lose yourselves in a night at the Theatre. Three one-act plays will be performed in the Studio Theatre. Each production will be light hearted and totally entertaining! Three brilliant plays, one brilliant night!

Bobby Gould in Hell
Tell me another story sing me a song
None the wiser 

Contains adult content and strong language. Age 16+

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Creaking

Creaking

Co-Created By Oonagh Murphy & Noelle Brown

Thu 18 May 2017 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €12 Dur: 60 mins

Rita is tired of her humdrum existence. Her adult children are getting on her nerves and she misses her best pal Mary. It’s time to spice up her life! Creaking is based on the lives of real-life Irish people in later years. It explores the everyday challenges and pressures facing us as we age and how we attempt to defy stereotypes. Presented as a staged reading this moving and funny drama documentary will have a new cast of volunteers each night and includes a free post-show discussion with the writer, director and members of the cast.
Presented by Bealtaine in Association with NB Theatre Company

CREAKING - CALL FOR PERFORMERS
Older Non-Professional Performers Wanted For A Very Special Night Of Theatre At Draíocht. No Performance Experience Necessary Whatsoever.
Would you like to be part of the cast of a play reading of an exciting new show about older people in Ireland? Would you like to perform for one night alongside one of Irelands leading actresses? Are you available from early afternoon on Thursday the 18th of May till 9.30pm that evening? Please register your interest on 087-6867589 or email marketing@draiocht.ie for further details.

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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 / Early Bird: €16 (book before 07 April 2017)

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.

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

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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

Charlie’s a Clepto by Clare Monnelly
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Charlie’s a Clepto by Clare Monnelly

Presented by Axis Ballymun

Fri 2 Jun 2017 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €15 / €12 conc

Charlie is a kleptomaniac - the doctor told her. Reckons it stems from childhood trauma. But she has the robbin’ completely under control these days. For real. She has a bit of a mouth on her, but she’s only trying to be funny, give everyone a laugh, not cause trouble, like. Not today, of all days. She loves that little boy more than she ever thought it was possible to love another human. There’s a lot riding on these 24 hours, and if she keeps her head down, she’ll get him back. Directed by Aaron Monaghan.

Early Bird: €12 (Book Before 07 April 2017)

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Dubliners’ Women - Adapted from James Joyce’s Dubliners
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Dubliners’ Women - Adapted from James Joyce’s Dubliners

In Association with The New Theatre Dublin & The James Joyce Centre

Sat 17 Jun 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €16 / €14 conc / Early Bird: €14 (Book Before 07 April 2017) // Dur: 60 mins

Immerse yourself in the hidden worlds of Eveline, Clay and The Boarding House, three short stories by one of the 20th Century's greatest writers, James Joyce. Dubliners' Women shines a light on the female narratives in Joyce's iconic collection of stories and their resonances with Ireland today, dealing with themes such as marginalisation, familial bonds and reproductive rights. The show is performed in a playful format using elements of physical comedy and clowning to bring the three Dubliners stories to life.

Starring Katie O’Kelly, Madi O’Carroll & Gordon Quigley
Directed by Sarah Baxter
Join the Actors for a free post show discussion.

Early Bird: €14 (Book Before 07 April 2017)

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"A delicate, balanced and wistful evening of theatre ... [Joyce] would have felt his immortal stories well served by this production, lit as well as it is directed and played." The Sunday Independent

"Old fashioned storytelling that is touching, funny, and performed with gusto by a marvellous cast ... an hour of near impeccable theatre." The Reviews Hub

"Dubliners Women' exudes a lively sense of playfulness immersed in an exceptional interplay of light and shadow." The Arts Review

Between Your Love and Mine - A requiem by Leonard Cohen
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Between Your Love and Mine - A requiem by Leonard Cohen

Presented by Mend and MakeDo Theatre Company

Wed 21 Jun 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

Work on Leonard Cohen's requiem, Between Your Love and Mine, began last summer. Using only the music and words of Leonard Cohen and with the singer's full cooperation, writer John MacKenna devised a piece of theatre which features a broad range of Cohen's work, sung and spoken - excerpts from Cohen's Book of Mercy; a late and unpublished poem; songs from across the singer's career and arrangements of later work - to produce a requiem that not only remembers young friends and those who mourn them but also, ironically, commemorates Leonard Cohen, whose unexpected death came just two weeks after he had approved the final draft of Between Your Love and Mine.

Musical director for the requiem is Aisling Carter and the work is performed by three singers; two actors and a four piece band. Between Your Love and Mine is arranged and directed by John MacKenna. 
Dur: 80 mins

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"Behold the gates of mercy, in arbitrary space, and none of us deserving the cruelty or the grace, o solitude of longing where love has been confined, come healing of the body, come healing of the mind." Leonard Cohen