Jimmy White

Jimmy White

In Conversation with Paul Kimmage

Sat 5 Dec 2015 Main Auditorium

Unfortunately, this event has been postponed to a new date, due to unforeseen circumstances. Apologies for any inconvenience.
The new date is Friday 6th May 2016 ... click HERE for more ... 

A Feast of Coolmine Talent 2016

A Feast of Coolmine Talent 2016

Coolmine Community School

Tue 19 - Wed 20 Jan 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €5 Tuesday / €8 Wednesday


Coolmine Community School's students are back and promise to entertain you again this season. Prepare to be dazzled by their musical, dance and dramatic abilities. This is the 15th year Coolmine Community School has staged the Feast of Talent show in Draíocht and it promises to be a night not to be missed.

Tickets available from Draíocht’s Box Office (not from the School).


Brendan Balfe - Sorry, We’re Off The Air
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Brendan Balfe - Sorry, We’re Off The Air

Tales from Behind the Microphone

Fri 22 Jan 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc

How did Terry Wogan inaugurate young announcers? Why did the newsreader fall off the chair? What caused Larry Gogan to collapse in giggles?
Irish radio wasn’t as serious as it sounded. Behind the solemn sound of serious programmes, there was some hilarity and laughter. In his new one-man entertainment, Brendan Balfe recalls some of the personalities and eccentrics who became household names in Ireland.
Brendan not only tells hilarious stories, but also plays some actual clips from programmes, as well as the unintended mistakes, or ‘Bloopers’, that every broadcaster is prone to.
In his 50 years in broadcasting, Brendan has worked with all the greats and his memories and anecdotes add colour to the history of Irish broadcasting. His tales of Gay Byrne, Mike Murphy, Maurice O’Doherty, Dermot Morgan, and many others, steer just this side of the libel laws. He also tells of meeting such diverse personalities as Peggy Lee, Stan Freberg and Jimi Hendrix.
Renowned for his comedy and documentary programmes, Brendan Balfe has also been a scriptwriter, producer, author, performer and television associate as well as winner of three International Awards for radio comedy. His accounts of broadcasting legends -and their foibles- add up to a fascinating and ‘historically funny’ experience. 


"Brendan Balfe- a National Treasure" Sunday Independent

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Aisling O'Mara and Robbie O'Connor

Thu 24 Mar 2016 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €16 / €12 conc / Early Bird: €12 (book before 09 Jan 2016) // Dur: 60 mins

Dublin, 24 April 1916. Dropping their costumes in the dressing room, two of lreland's leading actors abandon their matinee of Yeats’ Cathleen Ni Houlihan, the play which more than any other in the Abbey’s repertoire symbolised the link between the cultural revival and the Irish revolution. Instead, they take their revolvers and march to Dublin Castle. Inciting each other all the way, they fire the first shots of the rebellion changing the course of Irish history.

Created by LIR graduates Aisling O'Mara and Robbie O'Connor and Directed by Louise Lowe for Show in a Bag 2015, Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival, the critically acclaimed REBEL REBEL played to sold-out houses for the duration of the run and was nominated for the Bewley's Little Gem Award (Most Exciting Production under 60 mins). This historical play (derived from real-life testimonies) chronicles the eventful first hour of the 1916 Easter Rebellion when two Abbey actors, Helena Molony and Sean Connolly take over Dublin Castle, leading to him being fatally shot in her arms on the roof of City Hall.

Some adult content Age 14+

Early Bird: €12 (book before 09 Jan 2016)


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Fishamble: The New Play Company

Thu 31 Mar 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €14 conc / Early Bird: €12 (Book before 09 Jan 2016) // Dur: 60 mins

An international hit, fresh from New York, Paris, Edinburgh and New Zealand. A comedy about dancing and music and love and not settling and feeling like an eejit and being brave and having doubts and trying your best and trying new things and thinking outside the box and seeing things clearly and living as well as you can and giving it a lash. With rock and roll music. It'll make you want to dance.

Written by Steve Blount, Peter Daly, Gavin Kostick and Janet Moran.
Developed as part of Show in a Bag, an artist development initiative of Dublin Fringe Festival, Fishamble: The New Play Company and Irish Theatre Institute to resource theatre makers and actors.
Fishamble: The New Play Company is funded by the Arts Council and Dublin City Council. Its international touring is supported by Culture Ireland.

Early Bird: €12 (Book before 09 Jan 2016)


"Winning.. charming.. you want to join them on the floor' CRITICS' PICK" ★★★★★ New York Times

"Funny, inspirational and heart-warming.. big Fringe hit." ★★★★★ The Scotsman

"A treat of a show, go on, go on, go on - just go." ★★★★★ Herald Scotland

"Funny, warm, and well produced, with a rousing finale that’s enough to make you kick up your own heels." ★★★★★ Irish Theatre Magazine

"Try Swing. You’d really be an eejit not to." ★★★★ Broadway Baby

Forgotten / Silent / Underneath
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Forgotten / Silent / Underneath

Fishamble: The New Play Company’s Trilogy by Pat Kinevane

Sat 2 Apr - Sat 11 Jun 2016

SAT 02 APR 8PM  Forgotten
SAT 07 MAY 8PM  Silent
SAT 11 JUN 8PM  Underneath

Book for 1 show at €18 / €16 conc
Book for 2 shows at €16 / €14 conc
Book for 3 shows at €15 / €13 conc

Early Bird: €15 (Book before 09 Jan 2016)

After almost ten years of touring nationally and internationally, to great critical acclaim, Fishamble: The New Play Company makes a welcome return to Draíocht with a trilogy of plays written and performed by Pat Kinevane and Directed by Jim Culleton. These three plays are full of Kinevane's characteristic humour and darkness, matched with his unique performance style and the expertise of Fishamble.

Forgotten / SAT 02 APR 8PM / Dur: 80 mins

‘Has no one a skitter o’ dignity left?’ … Flor wants to bath himself … Dora wants her chowder now … Gustus wants his house back …  Eucharia wants to make an announcement … With exhilarating theatricality and haunting honesty, Kinevane’s captivating performance brings to life these sometimes forgotten voices of society. Now in its seventh year of touring Ireland and abroad, Forgotten has been performed in over 100 performances to audiences in England, Scotland, France, Czech Republic, Iceland, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey, as well as in the U.S. to New York, Boston, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles.
‘beautifully written and vivid … uniquely memorable’ The New Yorker
‘Drop everything. Book now … captivating, moving and - yes - even unforgettable' The Irish Times
‘an incredibly moving piece of theatre … unequivocally beautiful’   The Scotsman

Silent / SAT 07 MAY 8PM / Dur: 90 mins

‘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.
‘passionate one-man show… stunning’. New York Times
‘a must-see if ever there was one’  The List
‘unflinching, intensely physical performance … bristling with black humour'. The Scotsman
‘fabulous dance of whirling words'    The Herald
'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

Underneath  / SAT 11 JUN 8PM / Dur: 90 mins

‘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.


Jimmy White in Conversation with Paul Kimmage
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Jimmy White in Conversation with Paul Kimmage

Fri 6 May 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €25 / €22 conc

One of the most popular snooker players ever to pick up a cue, Jimmy White talks to acclaimed journalist Paul Kimmage about his life both on the table and behind the scenes in the world of snooker. The highs – 33 tournament wins, World Doubles Champion (with Alex Higgins), wild nights with Higgins, Kirk Stevens and Showbiz stars like Ronnie Wood. And the lows – gambling and of course his battle with drugs. Jimmy tells it all in his straight forward and often hilarious way.