The Seagull by Anton Chekhov
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The Seagull by Anton Chekhov

The Corn Exchange and Dublin Theatre Festival on Tour 2016

Thu 29 Sep - Sat 1 Oct 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc // Dur: 2 hrs 30 mins (with interval)

The teacher loves the housekeeper’s daughter, who loves the young artist, who loves the girl next door, who loves the famous writer, who is the lover of the great actress — who had an affair with the doctor, who the housekeeper still loves after all these years.

In the first of his great masterpieces, Chekhov sets this parade of unrequited love on a summer estate where, with a meticulous eye and unsentimental clarity, he exposes the ridiculousness of our longing. Here, the young clash with the old, the artists with the civil servants and the traditional with the shock of the new.

This new version for The Corn Exchange by Michael West and Annie Ryan, shows how deeply relevant, radically contemporary and exquisitely funny Chekhov remains. The Seagull is a wonderful celebration of love and art – a study of what we aspire to most and how easily we keep our happiness just out of reach.

Directed by Annie Ryan.
Cast includes: Stephen Brennan, Derbhle Crotty, Imogen Doel, Anna Healy, Genevieve Hulme-Beaman, Rory Keenan, Louis Lovett, Jane McGrath and Stephen Mullan.
This production, which sees the Corn Exchange return to Draiocht after their hits, Dubliners in 2012 and Man of Valour in 2013, promises to be one of our New Season highlights.

Duration: Approx. 2 hrs 30 mins. incl. interval

"As ever with Corn Exchange it’s the way they tell it that lifts things to the truly extraordinary." Herald Scotland

The Gallant John Joe
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The Gallant John Joe

Written by Tom MacIntyre & Performed by Tom Hickey

Thu 13 Oct 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc / Early Bird: €15 (book before 09 Sept 2016) / Age 12+

Following a hugely successful revival of this classic piece of Irish modern theatre, this very special performance comes to Draiocht for just one performance - a rare chance to see one of the country’s national treasures reviving one of his best-loved roles in this challenging and brilliant piece of theatre.

It is the soliloquy of a Cavan widower grappling with increasing physical and mental infirmity, but what keeps him on his feet is his capacity to tell stories, to make a story out of anything that moves, using language as a crutch, ointment, talisman and intoxicant. In his stories he introduces us to the characters in his life: Bossman, his well-to-do patronising friend, The Hitmatist; The Chinee; John-Joe O'Reilly, captain of the conquering Cavan team of the late 1940's, and Jacinta, his teenage daughter. 

The Gallant John Joe has received multiple award nominations and critical acclaim around the world.
Tom Hickey’s work is extensive - creating leading roles in new Irish drama written by the foremost Irish playwrights including Brian Friel, Tom Murphy, Marina Carr, Frank McGuinness, and as actor, collaborator and director with Tom MacIntyre. His films include: My Left Foot, Cal, Circle of Friends,The Butcher Boy, Ken Loach's Raining Stones, Inside I'm Dancing and Garage.
This production has been supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, and is working in collaboration with the Parkinson’s Association of Ireland to help raise awareness about the condition. www.parkinsons.ie

MORE ... Listen to Tom Hickey on Newstalk as he reflects on his acting career and the effect having Parkinson's Disease has had on his work.

Early Bird: €15 (book before 09 Sept 2016)

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"A performance of rare virtuosity ..." Fintan O’Toole

"His performance is something to see…" New York Times

"What is it about Tom Hickey that makes him such a unique presence on the Irish stage? There's his courage, of course." The Irish Times

"Played by Tom Hickey with intense emotion, superb technique, and apparently deep understanding of both thesis and text." Emer O'Kelly, Sunday Independent

"Tom Hickey's performance is masterful. The author's composition is rich, an instrument on which the actor plays with the touch of a maestro. The result is highly comical and touchingly sad; John-Joe, in this embodiment, contains multitudes." The Irish Times

The Smoking Area Comedies
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The Smoking Area Comedies

Spider’s Ankles Productions / By Anthony O’Boyle

Fri 21 - Sat 22 Oct 2016 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €14 / €12 conc

A trilogy of humorous and entertaining scenes set in the smoking area of a local pub in North Leitrim, as Hughie, Packie and Patricia bring us on a journey where stories are told, old rogues remembered, life's almost triumphs and near disasters are recalled and so called plans for the future are made if not fully thought out. The Smoking Area, full of one liners, laughs and punch lines is a great evening of comedy and entertainment. Come along and enjoy.

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Maeve Binchy’s Minding Frankie
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Maeve Binchy’s Minding Frankie

Adapted for the stage By Shay Linehan / Starring Steve Blount & Clare Barrett

Mon 24 Oct 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

Breda Cashe Productions presents the World Premiere of Maeve Binchy's Minding Frankie, a family love story, full of Maeve Binchy’s trademark wisdom, warmth, and humour, and the first of Maeve’s books to be seen on stage.

Noel Lynch is struggling with an alcohol addiction, when he gets a call from Stella, a girlfriend with whom he shared a drunken weekend. Stella is having Noel’s child; she is also dying from cancer. Noel must raise their daughter, Frankie.
Social worker, Moira Tierney, has other ideas and is prepared to do battle for custody of the child.
In order to prevail, Noel must prove that he can fill a woman’s shoes, break all the stereotypes and become the best mother than he can be. Along the way, he discovers that it takes a village to rear a child, or at least a street. 

Directed by Peter Sheridan.
Starring Steve Blount & Clare Barrett.

MORE ... Maeve Binchy talks about Minding Frankie

MORE ... Meet Shay Linehan, Steve Blount & Clare Barrett

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Michael Harding - Talking to Strangers
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Michael Harding - Talking to Strangers

And Other Ways of Being Human

Thu 3 Nov 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

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. 

MORE ... Michael Harding & Tommy Tiernan

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Oklahoma

Oklahoma

Coolmine Musical Society

Tue 8 - Sat 12 Nov 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €17 Tues / €20 Wed-Sat

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!

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Shadow of a Gunman by Sean O’Casey
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Shadow of a Gunman by Sean O’Casey

Coolmine Drama Group

Tue 15 - Sat 19 Nov 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €16 / €13 conc / Student Groups: €13 per student, 2 teachers free per class

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. 

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Reason in Madness - A Devised Reworking of King Lear
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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

Tue 29 - Wed 30 Nov 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €14 / €12 conc

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+
 

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Sleeping Beauty The Panto

Sleeping Beauty The Panto

Coolmine Panto Group

Fri 6 - Sun 22 Jan 2017 Main Auditorium // €20 / €17 conc

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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