The Big Fellow by Declan Gorman - SOLD OUT
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The Big Fellow by Declan Gorman - SOLD OUT

Based on Frank O’Connor’s Biography of Michael Collins

Fri 29 Apr 2016 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €10 / €8 conc

Draíocht audiences will be treated to a once-off sneak preview of Declan Gorman's much-anticipated new play prior to its world premiere at the 2016 Drogheda Arts Festival. With original sound design by ex-Waterboys composer, Colin Blakey,The Big Fellow is a non-stop, edge-of-your-seat theatrical adventure, laced with humour and scenes of daring and intrigue. It presents the compelling story of Michael Collins: his rise from unknown volunteer in the GPO to military leader who brought down an empire only to meet his untimely death at the hands of former comrades. Much more than a straightforward dramatisation of the life of a hero, however, this is also the story of his biographer, the literary genius Frank O’Connor, who witnessed traumatic scenes as a timid adolescent soldier fighting against Collins and is now seeking to make reparation. As The Big Fellow is conjured to unruly and mischievous life by his writer, the epic tale of the birth of a nation is re-lived by both men: the one who survived it and came to understand the disappointment that inevitably follows the dream and the tragic hero who perished in his effort to broker a waking compromise.

Presented by Co-Motion Media In association with Drogheda Arts Festival.
Original music by Colin Blakey. Script developed with the support of The Abbey Theatre.
Dur 2hrs 15mins (inc interval) / Age 13+

"Frank O’Connor is doing for Ireland what Chekhov did for Russia." William Butler Yeats

"Declan Gorman writes and directs with an innate knowledge of theatre and a mastery of vernacular language." The Irish News

Jimmy White in Conversation with Eddie Rowley - CANCELLED

Jimmy White in Conversation with Eddie Rowley - CANCELLED

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

We apologise but this event has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances and will not be rescheduled.

Silent by Pat Kinevane
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Silent by Pat Kinevane

Fishamble: The New Play Company

Sat 7 May 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc / Age 14+ // Dur: 90 mins (no interval)

‘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


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. www.fishamble.com

SAT 07 MAY 8PM  Silent
SAT 11 JUN 8PM  Underneath
Book for 1 show at €18 / €16 conc per ticket
Book for 2 shows at €16 / €14 conc per ticket

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CARE
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CARE

WillFredd Theatre Company

Thu 19 May 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €14 conc / Groups 10+ €14 / Early Bird: €14 (Book before 08 April 2016) // Dur: 70 mins

On a hilltop in Blanchardstown, staff are working around the clock. They make tea. They paint nails. They refill syringe drivers. Some pray. Some don’t. Everyone they care for is dying.

WillFredd Theatre’s CARE gives audiences an insight into the day-to-day world of Hospice Staff. Developed over a year spent in consultation with Irish Hospices, CARE fuses movement, live music and theatre, celebrating the people who help you live until you die. Every word, sound and image in CARE is drawn from daily Hospice life. With a little bit of Elvis thrown in for good measure.

WillFredd Theatre is one of Ireland's leading young theatre companies. They have presented work in 2015 at Dublin Theatre Festival (BEES!), Dublin Dance Festival (JOCKEY) and the Abbey Theatre (FOLLOW). 

Free post-show discussion:
Theatre and the hospice - working together to develop CARE. With Dr Regina McQuillan (St Francis Hospice staff), Sophie Motley and Sarah Jane Sheils (WillFredd Theatre).
 

Early Bird: €14 (Book before 08 April 2016)

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"Constantly inventive, affectionate and beautifully performed ... Like the eloquence of Sarah Jane Shiel’s supple design, there is an artful coalescence of technique and theme ... " ★★★★ The Irish Times

"No other Irish company has created work like this in the past, and no other company is creating work like this at present ... Motley and Shiels do not shy away from a challenge and their choice of material is what makes WillFredd such a fascinating company." Arts Blog Feb 2014

Cheshire Cats by Gail Young
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Cheshire Cats by Gail Young

Coolmine Drama Circle

Tue 24 - Sat 28 May 2016 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €16 / €13 conc

Grown women, aching feet and charity; Cheshire Cats is a cross between a girl's night out and a real mission to support a cause close to many hearts. This is the story of a group of women planning to participate in the Moonwalk in aid of the Breast Cancer Charity. Five women are attempting to walk 13 miles in their decorated bras and brand new runners, but the sixth member of their team doesn't seem up for the challenge. It follows this team of women training for and participating in the charity race and is a comic drama to pay tribute to charity walkers, race organisers and marshals everywhere. 

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Underneath by Pat Kinevane
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Underneath by Pat Kinevane

Fishamble: The New Play Company

Sat 11 Jun 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc / Early Bird: €15 (book before 08 Apr 2016) / Age 14+ // Dur: 90 mins (no interval)

‘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. www.fishamble.com

SAT 07 MAY 8PM  Silent
SAT 11 JUN 8PM  Underneath
Book for 1 show at €18 / €16 conc per ticket
Book for 2 shows at €16 / €14 conc per ticket


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Early Bird: €15 (book before 08 Apr 2016)