Michael Harding - Talking to Strangers - SOLD OUT
And Other Ways of Being Human
Michael Harding, author of six plays for the Abbey Theatre, including Una Pooka, Misogynist, and Sour Grapes and many more for other Irish theatre companies, has lived a life of writing, reading acting and talking. A chronicler of ordinary life in midland Ireland through his column in the Irish Times, no one was more surprised than he when he was struck down with a depression in the summer of 2012. His subsequent record of recovery, the multi-award winning book 'Staring at Lakes', brought him to a whole new level of engagement with audiences throughout the country. He won the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2013 Non-Fiction Book of the Year and the John Murray Show Listeners Choice Award Book of the Year for Staring at Lakes. This was followed by his book 'Hanging with the Elephant'.
We are delighted to welcome Michael back to Draíocht's Main Stage to talk about his latest book ‘Talking to Strangers - And Other Ways of Being Human’. Hear him speak with openness, honesty and great wit on how he continues to attempt to tame the unruly mind. Hilarious yet poignant, homespun yet profound, down-to-earth yet prone to amazing flights of fancy, there's nothing quite like an evening with Michael Harding.
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Coolmine Musical Society
Coolmine Musical Society is proud to present ‘Oklahoma’. This Rodgers and Hammerstein show is a story of ‘one bit’ of love, ‘one bit’ of comedy and a big old box social. With characters including romantic Curly, giggling Gertie and loved up Laurey, there’s an ‘all er nuthin’ line up. The audience will be taken from Kansas City to Oklahoma and Out of Your Dreams ... You simply won’t be able to say no! Yeehaw!
Shadow of a Gunman by Sean O’Casey
Coolmine Drama Circle
Dublin, 1920 and Ireland is in a state of civil war. Donal Davoren’s neighbours think he is an IRA gunman on the run. He isn’t. He is a poet. But the accusation gives him notoriety that wins the affection of Minnie Powell, an attractive young woman in the tenement … and he doesn’t dispute it! Davoren shares an apartment with the peddler Seamus Shields. One day Mr. Maguire, another peddler and a real IRA gunman, leaves a briefcase containing grenades. When Maguire is shot and the Black and Tans raid the apartment, the pair are saved by Minnie. Although the themes explored in the play are dark and tragic, O’Casey provides his audience with relief using his cutting Irish wit.
Reason in Madness - A Devised Reworking of King Lear
Run of the Mill Theatre in collaboration with Arts Participation & Pathways Day Programme / St John of God’s Community Service
O matter and impertinency mixed! Reason in madness!
Lear is not having a good week. A storm is brewing and he’s running with the wolves. He’s old, he’s cold and his daughters aren’t talking to him. You can’t rule the world, if you can’t remember where your shoes are. It seems in this kingdom when you’re old and grey, suddenly, you’re in the way.
Run of the Mill Theatre collaborate with the participants of Pathways Programme, St. John of Gods Liffey Region to present a unique exploration and reworking of Shakespeare’s King Lear, created and performed by an ensemble of theatre makers with intellectual disabilities. Exploring themes of aging, vulnerability, mental health, power and responsibility, Reason in Madness is a colourful, evocative and unique take on one of Shakespeare’s most challenging pieces.
Supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.
Suitable for ages 10+
Sleeping Beauty The Panto
Coolmine Panto Group
FRI 06 – SUN 22 JAN 2017
FRI 06 7.30PM /
SAT 07 2PM & 7.30PM / SUN 08 1PM & 5PM /
THU 12 7.30PM / FRI 13 7.30PM /
SAT 14 2PM & 7.30PM / SUN 15 1PM & 5PM /
WED 18 7.30PM (AUTISM FRIENDLY SHOW) /
THU 19 7.30PM / FRI 20 7.30PM /
SAT 21 2PM & 7.30PM / SUN 22 2PM
A Pantomime for all the family, Sleeping Beauty is a classic fairy tale about a beautiful Princess, an enchanted spinning wheel and a handsome Prince. The legend that transcends time begins with a christening, a jealous fairy called Magnificent and her evil spell at the Princess’s birthday party. But there to help is Auntie Dolly Dollar, the Duchess of Dishwater and her “friends”! A Pantomime full of fun, song, dance and romance all spin together in Coolmine Panto Group’s spectacular production.
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Starring Seána Kerslake & Stephen Jones
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Awake & Sing Productions presents FROM EDEN, a new play by Stephen Jones, starring Stephen Jones and Seána Kerslake, Directed by Karl Shiels.
FROM EDEN is a dark, comedic drama about two lost individuals, Alan and Eva, who find themselves locked in a bathroom together on New Year's Eve while the party continues outside the door. It's an ideal meeting ... once upon a time, only once, unexpectedly.
"... one of the most acidly funny, needle-sharp short plays I've seen in quite a while. [Jones] and Kerslake are subtly and technically perfectly directed by Karl Shiels in an excellent set by Katie Davenport lit by Eoin Stapleton." Emer O'Kelly, Irish Independent
Jane Eyre An Autobiography
Dyad Productions Starring Rebecca Vaughan
From the creators of: Austen’s Women, I, Elizabeth, The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe and Dalloway, comes Jane Eyre An Autobiography.
Struggling to think, live and love beyond the stifling expectations of duty, class and convention, governess Jane Eyre and Master Edward Rochester take a dark journey towards sensual and intellectual liberation. Told through Jane’s eyes, English literature’s most celebrated autobiographical novel shocked the Victorians, and Charlotte Brontë’s gothic subversion of fairy-tale romance is now distilled for the stage – under its full title – by writer/director Elton Townend Jones. Performer Rebecca Vaughan embodies everywoman Jane – and several other characters – in this intimate study of love’s realities.
Early Bird: €16 (Book before 07 January 2017)
"Hands down the best adaptation of Jane Eyre, in any medium." ★★★★★ Broadway Baby
"Truly extraordinary… one of the most exciting young performers on the British Stage." ★★★★★ British Theatre Guide
"A theatrical masterpiece." ★★★★★ Edinburgh Guide