Hello Dolly!

Hello Dolly!

Pioneer Musical Society - Celebrating 100 Years

Tue 17 - Sat 21 Oct 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €17 Opening Night / €20 Wed-Sat

Dolly Gallagher Levi sets New York alight in one of the greatest musicals of all time. Dolly, a matchmaker who has been hired to arrange a marriage for the widowed half-millionaire Horace Vandergelder, has other plans. Recently widowed, Dolly believes that Horace and his fortune will make her the perfect mate. Join Dolly and her irrepressible friends for a story of the joy of living, glittering with happy songs and jumping with the personality of one of the most fabulous characters on the musical stage.
With Pat McElwain – Director, Yvonne McQuillan – Musical Director & Orla Savage – Choreographer.

Jennifer McGann – Dolly Gallagher Levi
John Furlong – Horace Vandergelder
Stuart Pollock – Cornelius Hackl
Danielle Williamson – Irene Molloy
Oisín Nolan – Barnaby Tucker
Karen McCourt – Minnie Fay
Ríona Keogh – Ermengarde
Ben Hannigan – Ambrose
Emma Jane Reilly – Ernestina
John Cryan – Rudolph
Ian Rountree – The Judge

Joanne McNally - Bite Me
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Joanne McNally - Bite Me

Directed by Una McKevitt

Tue 24 Oct 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €16 / €14 conc // Dur: 60 mins

This is the story of Joanne’s amaaaaaaazing diet.
She didn’t just lose weight though; she lost jobs, friends and fellas, but she didn’t care because she could wear bangles as belts and that’s all that mattered. Then one day, over her morning carrot, Joanne realized she’d lost her mind. Turns out it was pinned to a lost property board up in space, enjoying the view and its new found freedom. Trying to entice it back became the hardest, funniest, greatest and weirdest time of her life.

"The ability to recount tragedy and still have your audience in stitches … this is McNally’s forte." The Sunday Times

Return to Titanic

Return to Titanic

With Diver, Speaker & Explorer Rory Golden

Fri 27 Oct 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €15 / €12.50 conc

In 2000, Rory Golden became the first Irishman to dive down and see the wreck of the Titanic with his own eyes, where it rests 400 miles east of Newfoundland and two-and-a-half miles under the ocean. More people have been to outer space than to these depths of the ocean! That expedition recovered 800 artefacts and it was Rory who discovered the ship’s long-lost wheel. He also brought with him a memorial plaque, presented by Michael Martin, creator of the Titanic Trail in Cobh (where Titanic had its final berthing), to place on the wreck on behalf of the people of Ireland.
With his encyclopaedic knowledge of the ship and over 30 years of diving experience, Rory tells the epic tale of Titanic’s construction in Belfast, its ill-fated maiden voyage and destruction at the hands of an iceberg in 1912, taking 1,517 of its 2,223 passengers with it and its rediscovery in 1985.

This is a fundraising event in aid of the Viking Sub Aqua Club in Coolmine Swimming Pool.

Romeo and Juliet
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Romeo and Juliet

Ballet Ireland

Fri 3 - Sat 4 Nov 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €22 / €18 conc / €16 Groups 10+

Based on Shakespeare's tale of the star-crossed lovers, Romeo & Juliet is one of the greatest love stories of all time. Against a backdrop of ancient feuds and gang warfare, the ill-fated young couple falls hopelessly in love, but their families are bitter enemies.  In order to be together the two lovers must be prepared to risk everything.

In Ballet Ireland's production, Shakespeare's tragic tale is transported from the streets of medieval Verona into the classrooms of a modern-day high school. It becomes a play within a play.
The Chaplain at a school divided by gangs and violence brings a fight to a close. He together with their form teacher attempts to show the futility of such behaviour by introducing the pupils to the play of Romeo & Juliet, with the feuding Montague and Capulet families. Each is assigned a character and the action ensues.


"Runacre-Temple taps into a zeitgeist so many other ballet companies desperately want to access right now, making relevant what is often seen as an elitist art form while still honouring its roots ... Runacre-Temple gets it. " The Irish Times

This Beach
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This Beach

Brokentalkers in Association with Project Arts Centre

Fri 10 Nov 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc / Early Bird €15 (Book before 09 Sept 2017) // Dur: 80 mins

A private beach inhabited by a family; a European family.
They are the owners of the beach. The beach has been in their family for generations. The family celebrate a wedding, a union between two sides; each of whom can offer something to the other. Security, prosperity, progeny. During the wedding celebration a stranger arrives on the shore of their beach. The family must decide how to deal with this stranger.

This Beach is a blistering satire of white western privilege made in response to the global refugee crisis, the notion of sovereignty of one people over a piece of land; and the lengths people will go to bar entry to their dominion. Brokentalkers (The Blue Boy, Silver Stars, Have I No Mouth, Circus Animals’ Desertion) have been acclaimed internationally for their pioneering approach to theatre and continue to explore the world we live in with honesty, originality and courage.

Nominated for Best Production and winner of Best Design at Dublin Fringe Awards, nomination for Best Supporting Actor at the Irish Times Theatre Awards
Written and Directed by Feidlim Cannon and Gary Keegan
Cast: Pom Boyd, Daniel Reardon, Neimhin Robinson & Bryan Quinn.

Brokentalkers are Project Artists, an initiative of Project Arts Centre.
National Tour 2017 is co-produced by Project Arts Centre.
This Beach was originally co-produced by Goethe Institut,  Munich Kammerspiele before it’s sold out run at Dublin Fringe Festival 2016 

Early Bird €15 (Book before 09 Sept 2017)


"One of the country’s most fearless and path breaking theatre companies." The Irish Times

"… a strong and self-reflexive performance with strong moments of humour throughout." The Reviews Hub

"… a satire of shrugging consciences." The Irish Times

All Shook Up

All Shook Up

Coolmine Musical Society

Tue 14 - Sat 18 Nov 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €17 Opening Night / €20 Wed-Sat

Coolmine Musical Society are delighted to be getting their hips shaking and lips moving with All Shook Up. Now or never is your chance to see this roustabout of a musical, which features the music of Elvis Presley and is based on the story of William Shakespeare’s 12th Night. With characters including charming Chad, eclectic Ed and sassy Miss Sandra, this promises to be a night out with a little less conversation and a lot more music. If music be the food of love, then be a fool and fall in love with All Shook Up.


Close To The Sun
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Close To The Sun

The Corps Ensemble / Written by Philip Doherty

Fri 24 - Sat 25 Nov 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc / Early Bird €15 (Book before 09 Sept 2017)

Perth, Australia – home to a generation of lost children of Ireland, an isolated city in a land of myth and music. Irishman Colin prepares for his wedding to Australian sweetheart, Sophie. But things take a turn when his estranged brother Rory appears, bringing demons from their shared past. In this new ensemble play by Philip Doherty, two ancient cultures clash in an epic battle for one Irishman’s loyalty. Will Colin remain in this parched paradise or return to the lush land of his childhood? You know what they say, you can’t go back to a place that doesn’t exist anymore.

Developed at FRINGE LAB with support from Dublin Fringe Festival and in association with Civic Theatre.
This work premiered at Dublin Fringe Festival 2017

Starring Mary Murray, Neill Fleming, Toni O’Rourke, Edwin Mullane, Sean Doyle, Jed Murray & Michael Bates.

Early Bird €15 (Book before 09 Sept 2017)


"A young, energetic and fearless company." The Examiner

HOME THEATRE (IRELAND) - Information Session

HOME THEATRE (IRELAND) - Information Session

With Veronica Coburn

Sat 25 Nov 2017 2PM-5PM Draiocht Workshop Room // FREE

HOME THEATRE (IRELAND) is an ambitious, large scale and innovative way of making theatre. It will pair 40 leading playwrights/theatre-makers with 30 community hosts. We will ask them to spend time together in the host’s home to chat and talk, after which the artists will write an original play inspired by the host and performed in the host’s own home to an invited audience. All 30 plays will be simultaneously performed across Dublin 15, on one night (6th October 2018) and a selection of the plays will be performed in Draíocht over 4 nights (10th to 13th October 2018).  HOME THEATRE (IRELAND) will be led by Artistic Director, Veronica Coburn, who worked with Draíocht on the 3 year project, Hallelujah! Draíocht’s Community Clown Choir (2013 to 2015).
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Draíocht is seeking 30 hosts across all of Dublin 15 that will work with us on this Project. It doesn’t matter if you live in a big house or a little house, an apartment, out on your own or in a housing estate. It doesn’t matter if you live alone or with a few people or with lots of people. If you are interested in meeting with an artist, having a conversation with them with a view to hosting 3 performances of the 20 minute piece in your home on October 6th 2018, then we want to hear from you. The performances will be at 5pm, 7pm and 9pm and will be for an audience size dictated by your home. We will work with you to decide who those audience members are and we will support you with volunteer staff on the night.

Perhaps you would like to get involved in a different way? We are also looking for Community Ambasador’s who will partner with one host/home and act as a support to them. You will be their point of contact and be present for the visit and discussion between playwright/theatre maker and host. On the night of the performance, the Ambassador will be present for all three performances and will be the HOME THEATRE (IRELAND) representative. The Community Ambassadors will be supported by Draíocht staff.

An Information Session with Veronica Coburn will take place on Saturday 25 November at 2pm where you can learn more about the project.
If you are interested in attending, please pre-register with Box Office on 01-8852622.

This project was awarded a grant through The Arts Council’s Open Call Fund.
We want to both acknowledge and thank them for their support.

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Catherine Wheels Theatre Co / Presented as part of Spréacha – Fingal’s International Arts Programme for Children at Draiocht

Thu 30 Nov - Sat 2 Dec 2017 Draiocht Studio // €7 adults / €5 children // Dur: 45 mins

Welcome to the beautifully strange world of White.
Full of birdsong and birdhouses, it gleams and dazzles and shines in the night. Two friends look after the birds and make sure the eggs stay safe. The world is bright, ordered and white. But high up in the trees, all is not white. Colour appears. First red … then yellow … then blue! White is a playful, highly visual new show for very young children and is a perfect first-time theatre experience.

THU 30 NOV  11AM * & 2PM
FRI 01 DEC    11AM & 2PM
SAT 02 DEC   11AM, 2PM ** (RELAXED PERF) & 4PM
Draíocht Studio   €7 adults / €5 children  Age 2-4 yrs / Dur: 45 mins

* Maybe you'd like also to take part in our 'Adventures With Colour' project as well as come to this 11am show?

** Our Relaxed Performance on Saturday 02 December at 2pm will have no sudden noises or bangs, restricted capacity, the ability to move around, softer and brighter lighting and music at a suitable level. We will also provide a chill-out area with low lighting for parents/guardians to bring children who may need to have a little break. If you are attending this performance and would like a Pre-Visit Guide in advance from Draiocht, please email philippa@draiocht.ie or let Box Office know when you're booking on 01-8852622 (Guide available from early November).


The Woman is Present: Women’s Stories of WW2
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The Woman is Present: Women’s Stories of WW2

Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company / Playwrights Deirdre Kinahan, Mary Moynihan, Fiona Bawn Thompson and Paul Kennedy​

Thu 30 Nov 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €16 / €14 conc

The Woman is Present: Women’s Stories of WWII is a creative re-imagining of moments from the lives of women during WWII recalling stories of bravery, sacrifice and love amidst the horror of war, as women stood up against Fascism and totalitarianism and refused to accept oppression.  The performance is followed by a post-show discussion with the artists and invited guest speakers to explore powerful women’s stories in history and themes of gender equality and peace.
The performance features Ode to Ettie Steinberg by internationally-acclaimed playwright Deirdre Kinahan; My Name is Neus by Mary Moynihan and performances including Mary Elmes and Dolores Ibarurri by Mary Moynihan, Fiona Bawn Thompson and Paul Kennedy, remembering stories of powerful women during WWII.

Women’s stories in the performance include Mary Elmes (1908-2002), a Cork woman who was the first Irish person honoured as ‘Righteous Among Nations’ for her work saving Jewish children from the Nazi gas chambers during World War II; Ettie Steinberg (1914-42) the only female Jewish Irish citizen known to have been murdered in Auschwitz; Marta Hillers (1911-2001) from Germany who wrote her autobiography Eine Frau in Berlin (A Woman in Berlin) under the name ‘Anonyma’ (Anonymous), detailing her experiences of the last days of WWII as she and over one million other women were raped and abused by Allied soldiers of the Red Army; Neus Català Pallejà (b.1915) from Spain, a member of the United Socialist Party of Catalonia during the Spanish Civil War, an active collaborator with the French Resistance during WWII and the only living Spanish survivor of Ravensbrück  concentration camp for women;  and Dolores Ibárruri, or La Pasionaria (1895-1989), from Spain, a revolutionary leader, political activist, Communist and crusader against Fascism during the Spanish Civil War who created the famous cry ‘They Shall Not Pass’.

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Hansel & Gretel
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Hansel & Gretel

Lyngo Theatre Company

Thu 7 - Sat 9 Dec 2017 10.15AM & 12.15PM / 2PM & 4PM Draiocht Studio // €7 adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class of 20+

Is hunger stronger than love? In this story, it seems to be as the poor woodsman’s empty stomach goes to his head, he gives in to the bony step-mother and they leave Hansel and Gretel in the forest, not just once but twice and the second time there won’t be any moonstones to follow back home. Instead they follow their noses to the sugary heart of darkness.
A musical theatre version of this classic brother and sister tale of adventure and magic where we’ll have you humming along throughout and cheering as the witch slides down into our flaming oven. 

THU 07 & FRI 08 DEC 10.15AM & 12.15PM
SAT 09 DEC  2PM & 4PM 
Draíocht Studio   €7 adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class of 20+
Age 4+