Close To The Sun
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Close To The Sun

The Corps Ensemble / Written by Philip Doherty

Fri 24 Nov 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

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.

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"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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WE ARE NOW LOOKING FOR HOME HOSTS ... ARE YOU INTERESTED?
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.

WE ARE NOW LOOKING FOR COMMUNITY AMBASSADORS ... IS THAT YOU?
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.

White
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White

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.
We have prepared a Pre-Visit Guide in advance which you can access as a PDF or a Video

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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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MORE ... Irish Independent: Unearthing a true Irish war heroine - the Irish Oskar Schindler

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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+ 


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Alice in Wonderland Relaxed Performance

Alice in Wonderland Relaxed Performance

Sensory Friendly Family Show

Wed 10 Jan 2018 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €15

Join the whimsical fun-filled world of Lewis Carroll and follow Alice as she chases the White Rabbit on a journey into Wonderland. It’s a topsy-turvy place that gets ‘curiouser and curiouser’ as Alice meets unforgettable characters – the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, Queen of Hearts, Tweedledum and Tweedledee and many more. Filled with spectacular song and dance, this is a classic pantomime for all the family.

Our Relaxed Performance on Wednesday 10th January 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 early January). All tickets for this performance are €15.

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The Time Machine
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The Time Machine

Dyad Productions & Rebecca Vaughan

Tue 6 Feb 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc / Early Bird: €15 (book before 06 January 2018)

From the creators of 'Jane Eyre: An Autobiography', 'Dalloway', 'The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe', 'Christmas Gothic', 'I, Elizabeth', 'Female Gothic' and 'Austen's Women', comes 'The Time Machine'.

2018: In this age of uncertainty, where the shadows of tyranny, intolerance and war darken the path into tomorrow, how much time do we have left? If civilisation falls today, what will become of us?
In producer Rebecca Vaughan and writer/director Elton Townend Jones' new and radical interpretation of the HG Wells classic, a Victorian time traveller transcends across the ages from 1900 to our own far future – from the fall of man to the end of the world – discovering the fate of our endeavours and uncovering our darkest fears. Can we change the future? Or has the end already begun?
A philosophical journey, a nightmare adventure, a cautionary tale – this is the story of us all.

Early Bird: €15 (book before 06 January 2018)

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"Outstanding... Amazing... Magic. " ★★★★★ Edinburgh Southside Advertiser

"Terrific ... grips the imagination ... ideas spit off the narrative like sparks from a welder’s torch." ★★★★ Quentin Letts, Daily Mail

"Brilliant... Captivates and amazes. " ★★★★ British Theatre Guide

Believing in Butterflies

Believing in Butterflies

Coolmine Drama Circle

Thu 15 - Sat 17 Feb 2018 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €16 / €13 conc

Bobby, a brash Dubliner, Brendan, the local priest and  Anna, a young UK philosophy professor, are unexpectedly thrown together for a night in a B&B, run by islander Margaret, on a small island in the West of Ireland. With escalating intensity, difficult truths surface as the four confront each other in facing their personal demons. Laced with humour and startling honesty, the story explores contemporary Irish issues and the final outcome is both unexpected and deeply poignant.

Believing in Butterflies is the debut play by Coolmine local John Haskins, an award-winning poet and short story writer. Local amateur drama group Coolmine Drama Circle has been running for over forty years, thanks to long standing members and the commitment of its participants. Since Draiocht opened in 2001, Coolmine Drama Circle has graced both the Studio and Main Stages with over 30 productions. 

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Wish Upon A Star

Wish Upon A Star

St Patricks Junior National School

Mon 19 - Tue 20 Feb 2018 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €10

St Patrick’s Junior National School, Corduff is proud to present its musical extravaganza ‘Wish Upon a Star’. Children from First and Second Classes invite you to join them for an evening of music and dance, where you will follow the adventures of Max and Lizzy. Their journey to find each other will take you to exciting places and introduce you to new friends. ‘Wish Upon a Star’ promises to be a fun-filled evening for all ages, with much-loved songs you’re sure to be singing along with!

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Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me by Frank McGuinness
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Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me by Frank McGuinness

Decadent Theatre

Tue 27 - Wed 28 Feb 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc / Early Bird: €15 (book before 06 January 2018)

We are in a decidedly perilous position, to put it mildly’.  
Adam, an American doctor, Edward, an Irish journalist, and Michael, an English academic, have little to unite them beyond being human in the same small space. Yet somehow, together, they determine to ward off madness and forestall despair.
Somewhere lurk their unseen captors yet, in the cell, there are stories of adventure and love, there is song and laughter, and even a surge of writing, cocktail-drinking and movie-making.
Inspired by the abduction of Brian Keenan taken hostage in Lebanon in the 1980s, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me is playwright Frank McGuinness’s hymn to the defiant power of the human spirit and the creative imagination. 

Early Bird: €15 (book before 06 January 2018)

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"Brings its own light touch to grim matters. " The New York Times

"A beautiful play. " The New Yorker

Peter Pan - A Musical Adventure

Peter Pan - A Musical Adventure

St. Mochta’s National School

Wed 7 - Sat 10 Mar 2018 Main Auditorium // €18 / €12 conc

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WED 07-FRI 09 MARCH  7.30PM
SAT 10 MARCH    2PM & 7.30PM

St. Mochta’s National School are delighted to present the much loved tale of Peter Pan. Featuring music and lyrics by the award-winning duo George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, we join Peter and the Darling family as they are flown to Neverland, where they meet an array of colourful characters such as the Lost Boys, Tiger Lily and, of course, the evil Captain Hook. With a sprinkle of swashbuckling adventure, amazing flying and a beautiful score, Peter Pan will no doubt bring out the inner child in all of you.
St Mochta’s won two awards at the Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards 2017, including Best Overall School Musical. 
Join this talented bunch as they transport you to London town and Neverland!

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Take off your Cornflakes
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Take off your Cornflakes

Rose Henderson & Pat Nolan

Fri 23 Mar 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc / Early Bird: €15 (book before 06 January 2018)

Tom and Trish have celebrated their silver wedding anniversary but what happens when he wakes up with a strange woman beside him and she tells him she’s his wife? Trish has to make a choice. Which she does, armed only with humour, music and love.  Who am I without my past?  Who am I without my partner? When we go out of our mind, where do we go? You will laugh, you may cry, but you will find a tender story of the true meaning of love. Pat Nolan (Fair City) is outstanding and Rose Henderson (Fair City, Father Ted) is wonderfully compelling.

Early Bird: €15 (book before 06 January 2018)

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Developed at FRINGE LAB with the support of Dublin Fringe Festival, 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.

"…one of the most sensitive, heartfelt, and uplifting shows of the festival." ★★★★ ​The Arts Review

"An honest and heartfelt portrayal of living with Alzheimer’s." Meg.ie

"The two authors play Trish and her taxi-driver husband Tommy, to perfection." Emer O’Kelly, Sunday Independent