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

Decadent Theatre Company

Tue 27 - Wed 28 Feb 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

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. 

Since 2013, Decadent Theatre Company has produced 9 national tours including Eden, A Skull in Connemara, Defender of the Faith, The Dead School and The Weir.

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

"A beautiful play. " The New Yorker

"Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me sees Frank McGuinness at the very top of his form, extracting from the depths of the human condition uncrushable determination, passion and compassion, anger and jealousy, spite and fear and lashings of black subversive humour." ★ ★ ★ ★ The Irish Times

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

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.

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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 Alzheimers." Meg.ie

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

Tóraíocht
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Tóraíocht

Fíbín presents a new bilingual version of Diarmuid agus Gráinne

Tue 17 - Wed 18 Apr 2018 TUE 17 APR 8PM / WED 18 APR 11AM Main Auditorium // Evening €18 / €16 conc / School show €10 (2 teachers free per class of 20+)

Léiríonn Fíbín Tóraíocht – leagan nua den scéal Tóraíocht Dhiarmada agus Ghráinne – curtha in oiriúint agus stiúrtha ag Mikel Murfi agus scríofa ag Philip Doherty. Is scéal grá lán le héachtaí aisteacha agus fathaigh é Tóraíocht a úsáideann amharcíomhánna cumhachtacha. Bogann an scéal ar aghaidh níos tapa ná haon rás carranna, léimeann an scéal níos airde ná haon léimneoir cuaille agus tá dhá oiread grá sa scéal agus a bheadh ag aon Fhrancach agus Diarmaid agus Gráinne ag déanamh iarracht a bheith céim chun tosaigh ar Fionn agus na Fianna!

Fíbín presents “Tóraíocht” -  a new bilingual version of “Diarmuid agus Gráinne” – adapted and directed by Mikel Murfi and written by Philip Doherty. Using a bilingual text and stunning visuals “Tóraíocht” is a love story full of outlandish feats and monsters! The story moves faster than any car-chase, jumps higher than any vaulter, and loves twice as much as any Frenchman, as Diarmuid and Gráinne attempt to stay one step ahead of Fionn and the Fianna! All performances will be subtitled in English.

School Show:
Pre-engagement pack available to all schools who book tickets
Suitable for ages 12+ 
Especially suited to Leaving Cert Students
Dur: 1 hr 30 mins (no interval)
School Group Bookings

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The Good Father
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The Good Father

Rise Productions

Thu 26 Apr 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

New Year’s Eve. A house party like any other, in a suburb like any other. Two very different strangers meet, each looking for a new start and to shake off the disappointments of the past. But champagne, cheap lager and their chance encounter leads this unlikely couple to an unplanned pregnancy. Against all odds, can they make their newfound family a success? Winner of the Stewart Parker Award, this heartfelt, moving drama charts their journey of love, loss, and redemption.
After the international success of Fight Night and The Games People Play, the multi award-winning Rise Productions returns to Draíocht with this touching story celebrating the triumph of hope.

Starring Marie Ruane and Daniel Monaghan.

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"Two outstanding performances ... Breathtakingly brilliant ... Not to be missed." ★★★★ The Arts Review

"Both performances are first rate ... This is a thoroughly enjoyable evening at the theatre." Irish Independent

"Two winning performances. Catch it if you can." ★★★★ Sunday Business Post

"Perfectly pitched ... sensitive and powerful ... never put a foot wrong." Sunday Independent

No Smoke Without Fire
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No Smoke Without Fire

Thu 3 May 2018 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €16 / €14 conc / Early Bird €14 (Book before 6th April 2018)

There’s sixty thousand euro post office robbery money up for grabs and scandal knows no bounds, as six women gossip intermittently in the smoking area of a Dublin pub, leaving a trail of personal information behind them. As the innocent along with the guilty suffer the stings of innuendo and the lashes of sharp tongues, a hilarious tale of crime and its consequences unfolds. A comic drama by Paddy Murray, full of sharp Dublin wit, this story of Larry, the cash, the camper van and the deceased husband are all performed with ease by acclaimed actress, Mary Murray (Love/Hate).

Early Bird €14 (Book before 6th April 2018)

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"If ever there was an actor you wanted to see more of, it’s Mary Murray. On stage she has always had a magnetic focus, a presence somewhere between no-nonsense control and a shiver of vulnerability … An actor of tremendous physical versatility and wit." Irish Times

"A one woman tour de force by the highly talented Mary Murray." Michael Moffatt, Irish Mail On Sunday

"Murray is a perfect fit." Eithne Shortall, Sunday Times

How to Square a Circle
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How to Square a Circle

Aisling ní Cheallaigh & Ronan Brady

Fri 4 - Sat 5 May 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €14 / €12 conc / Early Bird €10 (Book before 6th April 2018)

Irish Circus takes to the theatre in Aisling Ní Cheallaigh and Ronan Brady’s brand new collaboration ‘How to Square a Circle’.
Freshly returned from international tours with Fidget Feet Aerial Dance and THISISPOPBABY, our home-grown artists (Dublin and Roscommon) have come together to produce a stunning creation that seamlessly blends beauty with raw physicality. Accompanied by the music and soundscapes of Alma Kelliher, Aisling and Ronan explore the boundaries of the human body and soul in an evening of entertainment which aims to both awe and inspire. 

Supported by The Arts Council of Ireland, Draíocht and The Dean Crowe Theatre. 
Contains Adult Themes: 16+

Early Bird €10 (Book before 6th April 2018)

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The Successful TD by John B Keane
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The Successful TD by John B Keane

Thu 10 May 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc

Starring Jon Kenny and Mary McEvoy and Directed by Michael Scott, ‘The Successful TD’ follows the trials, tribulations, misadventures and hilarious antics of Tull McAdoo as he seeks re-election to the Dail. Written by John B Keane in 1967 he displays his edge for humour and satire that are uncomfortably close to the politics of today ... Peppered with Keane's gallery of madcap characters this show will have you laughing at politics (in a good way) from the start. 

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The Tramp / Haimanaua

The Tramp / Haimanaua

Romanian Community of Ireland

Sat 2 Jun 2018 6PM Main Auditorium // €27

Theatre comedy ‘Haimanaua’ (The Tramp), Directed by Dan Tudor, is a hilarious adaptation after ‘The Man Who Saw Death’, one of the most frequently performed plays by dramatist Victor Eftimiu. After numerous performances that enjoyed tremendous success on theatre stages all over Romania, ‘The Tramp’ is due to cheer up audiences in Dublin, as well. This play is performed in Romanian.

Extraordinar! Toată presa vuiește! Politica învinge dragostea! Planurile electorale sunt date peste cap! Un cetăţean a încercat să se sinucidă. În ultima clipă, este scos din apă. Salvatorul lui este declarat Omul Zilei. Oraşul îl vrea primar, familia este dezbinată. Deznodământ tulburător! Cine este până la urmă vagabondul care a înscenat totul și cu ce scop?! ‘Haimanaua’, comedia hollywoodiană a lui Dan Tudor surprinde prin versatilitatea montării și prin dezinvoltura cu care alternează măștile absurde ale vagabondului.

Extraordinary! The whole press is buzzing! Politics win over love! The election plans are all messed up! A citizen tried to kill himself. He is pulled out of the water at the last minute. His rescuer is declared The Man of the Day. The town wants him to be the Mayor, the family is divided. Bewildering result! Who is the tramp that staged everything up and why?! ‘The Tramp’, Dan Tudor’s Hollywoodian comedy, captures the versatility of the setting and the easiness with which he alternates the ridiculous masks of the tramp. 

Weighing-In
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Weighing-In

Dolmen Productions

Thu 14 Jun 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

Weighing-In is a fast paced comedy play about life, love and dieting. Set in the Easi-Slim diet club we meet the highly driven Pam and the motherly Breda. Easi-Slim’s newest member - upwardly mobile Pam has cruised into town in her sports car. Her lifestyle enchants Breda, whose gushing admiration for her new diet guru buddy only serves to make Pam all the more condescending and insufferable. But as Pam’s mask begins to slip Breda, is reminded that sometimes, you already have the life you wished for.

Starring Isobel Mahon (Glenroe, The Clinic) and Rose Henderson (Fair City, Father Ted).
Written by Ger Gallagher. Directed by Caroline FitzGerald.
Dur: 70 mins (no interval)

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"Pacey, tender and packed with laughs, Weighing-In is a calorie-free treat." Eithne Shortall, Sunday Times

"No flab on this weighty drama." Chris Wasser. The Herald

"Infectiously enjoyable." Michael Moffatt. Irish Mail on Sunday

The Words Are There
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The Words Are There

The Nth Degree Theatre Company

Fri 15 Jun 2018 8.15PM / Dur: 57 mins / Age: 15+ Draíocht Studio // €16 / €14 conc / Early Bird €14 (Book before 6th April 2018)

A flat in dreamy Bettystown. He awaits her return. Amidst childhood falsehoods and fragmented memories, he struggles to find the words for this very important day. Life has left him speechless, but in his silence lies a story…
The Words Are There is a compelling piece of innovative physical theatre that delves into a lesser learned side of domestic abuse.
Written and performed by Ronan Dempsey (Ecole Jacques Lecoq Paris), the show received five star reviews in May 2017 for its powerful and sensitive telling of a taboo subject.

Early Bird €14 (Book before 6th April 2018)

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"A goosebumps giving performance … soul stirringly good." ★★★★★ Chris O’Rourke, The Arts Review

"Compelling … Riveting … Magic!" No More Workhorse

Silent by Pat Kinevane
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Silent by Pat Kinevane

Fishamble: The New Play Company

Thu 28 Jun 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc / Age 14+ / Dur: 90 mins (no interval)

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

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"passionate one-man show… stunning." The New York Times

"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

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Before - A new play with much music by Pat Kinevane

Before - A new play with much music by Pat Kinevane

Fishamble: The New Play Company

Fri 23 - Sat 24 Nov 2018 8PM Main Auditorium

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From the team that brought you Forgotten, Underneath and the Olivier Award-winning Silent, Before is a new play with much music, set in Clery’s of Dublin, on the very day this iconic department store shuts - for good.  Pontius is inside, trying to choose a gift for his estranged daughter, whom he hasn’t seen for almost 20 years.  He will meet her in an hour.  This father’s journey is both beautiful and strange, from the isolation of his Midlands home, to the madness of O’Connell Street.  Some folk are impossible to buy for…

​Before was commissioned by Fishamble and has been in development with the support of the Arts Council, National Theatre Studio (London), and The Strollers Touring Network. 
Touring Nationwide

Created By
Written & Performed by Pat Kinevane
Directed by Jim Culleton
Composed by Denis Clohessy
Costume Stylist Catherine Condell
Choreographer Emma O’Kane

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Michael Harding: On Tuesdays I’m a Buddhist
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Michael Harding: On Tuesdays I’m a Buddhist

Fri 7 - Sat 8 Dec 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc

Join Michael Harding as he reads from his latest memoir, ruminates on the difference between psychotherapy and religion and relates the story of his pilgrimage to Skellig Michael, in his ongoing search for meaning.

After many therapy sessions focused on an effort to uncover personal truth, and long solitary months on the road with a one man show, Harding is finally led to an artists' retreat in the shadow of Skellig Michael. Mixing stories from the road with dispatches from his Irish Times columns, On Tuesdays I'm a Buddhist is a spell-binding and powerful book about the human condition, the narratives we weave around the self, and the ultimate bliss of living in the present moment.

'What happens between one story and the next? That's the really interesting part. That's the space where we find bliss; where we float sometimes, suspended, and only for a brief moment. Perhaps only for a few scarce moments in an entire life.'

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"Harding’s latest attempt to find meaning in life is searingly honest, funny and self-deprecating." The Irish Times

"A spell-binding and powerful book about the human condition, the narratives we weave around the self, and the ultimate bliss of living in the present moment." Books.ie