On Sackville Street

On Sackville Street

Mount Sackville Secondary School

Mon 12 - Tue 13 Sep 2016 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €10 // Dur 60 mins (no interval)

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On Sackville Street is a play set in two classrooms during two different times frames - 1916 - 2016.  The classroom of 1916 lives through the actual events of the Easter Rising as they unfolded. Their great grandchildren are in the 2016 classroom contemplating the historical contribution of those who have gone before them. The two classrooms are overseen by the 7 Signatories of the Proclamation who act as a 4th Wall. The play is a tribute to all those men and women who sacrificed so much for Irish Freedom. Mount Sackville Secondary School of 2016 applauds them.

Written by Clodagh Havel and Directed by Niamh Dowling. 

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God Bless The Child
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God Bless The Child

First confessions are the hardest! - A play based on stories by Frank O’Connor

Tue 13 Sep 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

The short stories of Cork born Frank O’Connor are universally regarded as being classics of their kind. Three of those funniest stories: My Oedipus Complex, The Genius and First Confession have been brought together within a single full-length play and following a hugely successful season at the Gaiety Theatre Dublin in 2015 and a national tour, the play is being revived in 2016 for a second visit to the Gaiety Theatre and another national tour.  

Meet young Michael, who goes into mortal combat with his father when he returns from the First World War; Larry, a genius who can’t understand why the world can’t keep up with him; and Jackie, who has the grim task of not only making his first confession and communion, but must also deal with his very obstreperous grandmother.   
Richly evocative of Ireland in the early decades of the 20th Century, funny and moving, and featuring memorable performances, God Bless The Child is a must see. 

Adapted for the stage and directed by Patrick Talbot.
Starring: Ciaran Bermingham, Shane Casey and Gary Murphy 
Set Design: Jim Queally, Lighting Design: Paul Denby,
Costume Design: Mary Newman, Sound Design Cormac O Connor 

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"A thoroughly enjoyable parcelling of three of Ireland’s best short stories." The Irish Times

"O’Connor’s hilarious childhood tales are beautifully adapted for the stage." The Observer

"I don’t often wax lyrical about a theatre production, but God Bless the Child is something I would urge you to see." Irish News Belfast

"It was a delight to hear the rich language provoke gales of laughter." Munster Express

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

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

The Smoking Area Comedies

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

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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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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

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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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