Preparing For Section 3 - Art Appreciation

Preparing For Section 3 - Art Appreciation

SECONDARY SCHOOLS & LEAVING CERTIFICATE

Fri 1 Sep - Fri 1 Dec 2017 // €25 PER CLASS // Dur: 60 Mins

COST: €25 PER CLASS / Duration 1 hour

Section 3 of the Leaving Certificate Art exam paper often includes a question on visiting an exhibition or a gallery space. Facilitated by artist Andrew Carson, this tour gives students the opportunity to ask questions and explore Draíocht’s exhibitions, focusing on how we layout, install, display and light work. They will also have an opportunity to make notes, sketches and diagrams.

Contact Sarah on 01-8098029 to arrange a tour that will help students answer possible questions around gallery installation and exhibitions. All materials will be provided. Please give at least 2 weeks notice. Max 30 students per class with accompanying teacher.

Explore More - Tours for Primary Classes

Explore More - Tours for Primary Classes

SEPT-DEC 2017

Fri 1 Sep - Fri 1 Dec 2017 // FREE // Dur: 50 mins

Visit Draíocht’s two exhibitions spaces, encourage students to examine and voice their opinion about the artist and their work and explore the rest of the building including our two theatre spaces, backstage and dressing rooms. Please book with Sarah, e: sarah@draiocht.ie or phone 01-809 8029. Tours will take approx 50 minutes, are free, but are subject to availability. Class numbers are restricted to 30 students with accompanying teacher. 

Draíocht’s Artist in Your Classroom Initiative Sept-Dec 2017

Draíocht’s Artist in Your Classroom Initiative Sept-Dec 2017

Workshops In Your Classroom With Draíocht’s Artists

Fri 1 Sep - Fri 1 Dec 2017

This programme aims to provide a range of high quality arts experiences for pupils and teachers in your own classroom, using Draíocht’s professional artists, at Primary level. Your school can choose from the range of specially selected and purposefully created school workshops below. This Season, pupils will have the opportunity to create and perform, to dance and move, and to play and squash clay. Workshops are tailored to your class’s age and abilities and will work with two separate classes each day.

Clay In Your Classroom
Age Range: 3rd-6th Class  Duration: 2 Class Group Workshops Of 2 Hours
Artist: Deirdre O’Reilly
Slap it, bang it, thump it, texture it! Create three dimensional animals and clay models with Ceramic Artist Deirdre O'Reilly. This in-depth ceramic workshop will concentrate on using 3-dimensional clay shapes as a starting point for model making. During these workshops, the children will be equipped with new skills and knowledge of how to create the most adventurous of 3D models with fine textured detail applied. A must-do cross curricular creative workshop for your class.

Drama In Your Classroom
Age Range: Adaptable To All Age Ranges
Duration: Junior/Senior Infants: 4 Class Group Workshops Of 45 Mins
2nd Class+: 2 Class Group Workshops Of 1.5 hours
Artist: Eimear Morrissey
Using some of our favourite fairytales as a starting point, facilitator Eimear introduces pupils to the wonderful world of theatre through imaginative storytelling and fun collective group games. The workshop will explore different ways of engaging the imagination, of thinking creatively, seeing, listening, new ways of communicating and expression, as well as building confidence. Pupils will work together towards a common goal of creating a short improvised performance piece, giving them the opportunity to experience the creation of something from nothing!

Dance In Your Classroom
Age Range: Adaptable To All Age Ranges
Duration: 4 Class Group Workshops Of 45 Mins
Artist: Antje O Toole
Leap like a frog, scurry like a mouse, strut like a peacock. Facilitator Antje will introduce pupils to the wonderful world of dance and movement through the use of animals and how they move and shake. The workshop will encourage your pupils to think about dance and movement in an imaginative and creative way, to have fun responding to music, to enjoy swinging your arms, bobbing your head and expressing themselves through the freedom of movement and dance.

Workshop Notes & Bookings:
Workshops can take place from 04 September-01 December 2017 on a date of your choosing.
Closing date for Bookings is Friday 20 October 2017 through Draíocht’s Box Office tel: 01-8852622.

The programme is offered on a first come first serve basis and is restricted to schools within the Dublin 15 area. Cost per day €150. All materials are provided. Schools are welcome to make multiple bookings, subject to artist availability, but due to budgetary constraints the above subsidised workshop rate is limited to two days per school. For further details please contact Sarah on 01-809 8029 or email sarah@draiocht.ie

Portfolio Preparation Guidance

Portfolio Preparation Guidance

With Artist Andrew Carson

Tue 5 Sep - Tue 13 Mar 2018 Draiocht Workshop Room

TUESDAYS   7PM-9PM  OCT 2017-MARCH 2018   
2017: 05 SEP (cancelled), 03 OCT, 07 NOV, 05 DEC
2018: 09 JAN, 06 FEB, 13 MAR
AGE: 5TH AND 6TH YEAR STUDENTS

FREE

Are you in 5th or 6th year and planning on going to art college? Draíocht will facilitate Portfolio Preparation Guidance sessions with artist Andrew Carson on select Tuesdays from October 2017-March 2018. Bring along your portfolio every month for review and suggestions, drawing sessions and a suggested task to complete between sessions. All levels are welcome and these sessions are designed to be informal, drop in sessions. Sessions are free but space is limited, so please register at the Box Office in advance each month tel: 01-8852622.

Stagezone Singing Dancing & Drama Classes at Draiocht

Stagezone Singing Dancing & Drama Classes at Draiocht

Stagezone Theatre School - Fridays & Saturdays

Sat 16 Sep - Sat 23 Dec 2017

Singing Dancing & Drama Classes at Draíocht
With an emphasis on Musical Theatre
Ages 5+


Next Registration Date: Sat 16 Sept 2017

Fridays
Stagezone Dance & Drama Classes (Children)
3.00pm-9.00pm


Saturdays
Stagezone Dance & Drama Classes (Children) 
9.30am-11.30am

Contact information for Stagezone
Phone: Gladys Coyle  087 419 0165
Email: stagezonedub15@gmail.com
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Would you like to run a class or workshop at Draíocht?
Draíocht has spaces available for hire which are suitable for most functions including conferences, presentations, meetings, auditions, rehearsals, classes and workshops.

Please call Ciara Corrigan on 01-8098024 for more information and hire fees or email ciara@draiocht.ie or go to our Room Hires Section  http://www.draiocht.ie/about/room_hire/

HOMESPUN - A D15 Young Voices Project

HOMESPUN - A D15 Young Voices Project

NOV 2017- FEB 2018

Wed 1 Nov - Wed 28 Feb 2018

We invite teachers from Primary and Secondary Schools in Dublin 15 to apply to be part of HOMESPUN, a spoken word, poetry and performance project, with award winning poet Colm Keegan and Visual Artist Micheal McLoughlin.

Over Autumn/Winter 2017 and Spring 2018, Colm Keegan will engage pupils in writing poetry about their place and their home, complementing Draíocht’s theatre project, ‘Home Theatre Ireland’. This is a project about encouraging, supporting and acknowledging the voice of our younger citizens. The project will culminate in a live performance and exhibition in Draíocht’s First Floor Gallery space in Spring 2018.

If you are interested in your school taking part in this project please contact sarah@draiocht.ie or on 01 8098029 for an application form by Friday 29nd September 2017.

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Coolmine Annual Gala Concert

Coolmine Annual Gala Concert

With Blanchardstown Brass Band and St Brigid's Senior & Junior Choir with guest artists Mary McGabhann and Bob Linehan

Tue 21 Nov 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €15 / €12 conc

Come and enjoy an evening of easy listening with songs old and new, favourites from Musical Theatre, the Movies and popular tunes that will be familiar to you.  All brought to you by the magic combination of Blanchardstown Brass Band and St Brigid's Choirs who have come together to entertain audiences in recent years with great success. Add to that the melodious tones of Mary McGabhann, who has charmed with her effortless style and grace, and Bob Linehan's warm lilting voice, and you have an unmissable evening all in aid of Coolmine, a charity that helps people overcome addiction and supports recovery. 

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Gallery Launch: Yvonne McGuinness - Amharc Fhine Gall 11th Edition

Gallery Launch: Yvonne McGuinness - Amharc Fhine Gall 11th Edition

Draíocht in collaboration with Fingal County Council Arts Office

Wed 22 Nov 2017

You are invited to the opening of
Amharc Fhine Gall XI
‘Holding ground where the wood lands’ 
Yvonne McGuinness

On Wednesday 22 Nov 2017 at 7pm
Ground Floor Gallery
To be opened by Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Mary McCamley

‘Holding ground where the wood lands’ is a new commission by Draíocht for the 11th edition of Amharc Fhine Gall (Fingal Gaze) funded by Fingal County Council. The annual exhibition was initiated by Fingal County Council’s Arts Office in 2004 to provide a platform for visual artists from or living in Fingal.
‘Holding ground where the wood lands’ is an immersive two-channel film installation by artist Yvonne McGuinness who grew up in Portmarnock, Co Dublin. Close to her family home there was a field where she often played. For this newly-commissioned work she has revisited this location and its surrounding area. Employing an auto-ethnographic approach, she worked with a group of male teenagers from Dublin 15 to create the film installation. McGuinness navigates this territory through the use of writing, performance, video, sound and sculptural elements. 

Curated by Sharon Murphy, Draíocht Curator-in-Residence 2017

Image credit: Michael Kelly

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Yvonne McGuinness - Amharc Fhine Gall 11th Edition

Yvonne McGuinness - Amharc Fhine Gall 11th Edition

Draíocht in collaboration with Fingal County Council Arts Office

Wed 22 Nov - Sat 3 Feb 2018 Ground Floor Gallery

Draíocht, in collaboration with Fingal County Council Arts Office, is delighted to announce a new commission from visual artist Yvonne McGuinness for the 11th edition of Amharc Fhine Gall. McGuinness’ practice encompasses performance, video, photography, sewing, writing, sculpture and context-specific installations. She has an interest in embodied experience of place and in re-imagining the everyday by devising projects that create dynamic moments of connection to place and community. Her work is immersive, collaborative and is often a catalyst to generate other narratives for its participants.

For this commission, McGuinness will work with a culturally diverse group of local young people from D15's Foroige, exploring themes of identity, place and their connection to it. This collaboration during the autumn months will result in a site-specific performance and film installation to be shown in Draíocht’s Ground Floor Gallery - itself a two-way mirror between ‘the art world’ and ‘the real world’

Amharc Fhine Gall (Fingal Gaze) is an annual exhibition funded by Fingal County Council’s Arts Office, in collaboration with Draíocht. The exhibition was initiated in 2004 to provide a platform for visual artists from or living in Fingal. Yvonne McGuinness grew up in Portmarnock, Co Fingal.
www.yvonnemcguinness.com

Draiocht's Galleries are open Monday to Saturday 10am-6pm. Admission is Free.

Curated by Sharon Murphy, Draíocht Curator-in-Residence 2017.

The Midwife
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The Midwife

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 22 Nov 2017 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc // Dur: 117 mins

Two of French cinema's biggest stars shine in this bittersweet drama about the unlikely friendship that develops between Claire (Catherine Frot), a talented but tightly wound midwife; and Béatrice (Catherine Deneuve), the estranged, free-spirited mistress of Claire's late father. Though polar opposites in almost every way, the two come to rely on each other as they cope with the unusual circumstance that bring them together in this sharp character study by award winning director Martin Provost.

Cert: 15A  Language: English Subtitles  Dur: 117 mins  Dir: Martin Provost
In association with Access Cinema

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"Throbbing with truthful understanding of women, and sorrow, regret, salvation and vegetable gardening." Daily Mail UK

Adventures With Colour

Adventures With Colour

An Early Years Project With Orla Kelly

Thu 23 Nov - Thu 7 Dec 2017 10.30AM-11.30AM / Ages 2-4 Years Draiocht Workshop Room // Cost: €20 (Plus Show Tickets at €5)

Artist Orla Kelly has carefully designed these two explorative pre and post show workshops to explore a variety of creative and playful elements from the show ‘White’, which you will attend on Thursday 30 Nov at 11am. The workshops will include storytelling, movement and painting, creative investigation of colour and what happens when things start out white, but then red, yellow and blue begin to appear!

THURSDAYS: 23 NOV, 30 NOV (SHOW), 7 DEC 2017
10.30AM-11.30AM  Ages 2-4 Years   Cost: €20 (Plus Show Tickets at €5)
Booking tel: 01-8852622

If you are interested in your crèche taking part, please contact sarah@draiocht.ie or on 01 8098029.
Crèches must be within the Dublin 15 area.

Alison Spittle & Gearóid Farrelly
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Alison Spittle & Gearóid Farrelly

Worrier Princess & Home Truths

Thu 23 Nov 2017 8PM Draíocht Studio // €17 / €15 conc

Alison worries. She worries so much she's decided to do a show about it and now she can worry about making it a good show. One of Ireland's fastest rising comedians,the star and writer of RTE's new major series 'Nowhere Fast' , join Alison on her first tour. As seen on RTÉ (Brendan O'Connor's Cutting Edge, Republic of Telly, Des Bishop, this is Ireland), TV3, Sky Arts and heard on Newstalk (George Hook), this is Alison’s hilarious follow up to her smash-hit Fringe success …Discovers Hawaii.

Comedian Gearóid Farrelly’s show will address everything from Trump to decluttering and explain why you shouldn't toilet train a cat. Gearóid has appeared at comedy festivals all over the world. He has supported the likes of Joan Rivers and Sarah Millican in the UK. This year he toured Ireland with Neil Delamere and appears every week on his Sunday Best show on Today FM. 

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"To be an audience member in Farrelly’s crowd is a joy. Impeccable comic timing." ★★★★★ Broadway Baby

"Breezily chatty and effusively funny, Alison Spittle is a likeable combination of openness and chortling mischief." The Scotsman

Close To The Sun
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Close To The Sun

The Corps Ensemble / Written by Philip Doherty

Fri 24 Nov 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

Perth, Australia – home to a generation of lost children of Ireland, an isolated city in a land of myth and music. Irishman Colin prepares for his wedding to Australian sweetheart, Sophie. But things take a turn when his estranged brother Rory appears, bringing demons from their shared past. In this new ensemble play by Philip Doherty, two ancient cultures clash in an epic battle for one Irishman’s loyalty. Will Colin remain in this parched paradise or return to the lush land of his childhood? You know what they say, you can’t go back to a place that doesn’t exist anymore.

Developed at FRINGE LAB with support from Dublin Fringe Festival and in association with Civic Theatre.
This work premiered at Dublin Fringe Festival 2017

Starring Mary Murray, Neill Fleming, Toni O’Rourke, Edwin Mullane, Sean Doyle, Jed Murray & Michael Bates.

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"A young, energetic and fearless company." The Examiner

HOME THEATRE (IRELAND) - Information Session

HOME THEATRE (IRELAND) - Information Session

With Veronica Coburn

Sat 25 Nov 2017 2PM-5PM Draiocht Workshop Room // FREE

HOME THEATRE (IRELAND) is an ambitious, large scale and innovative way of making theatre. It will pair 40 leading playwrights/theatre-makers with 30 community hosts. We will ask them to spend time together in the host’s home to chat and talk, after which the artists will write an original play inspired by the host and performed in the host’s own home to an invited audience. All 30 plays will be simultaneously performed across Dublin 15, on one night (6th October 2018) and a selection of the plays will be performed in Draíocht over 4 nights (10th to 13th October 2018).  HOME THEATRE (IRELAND) will be led by Artistic Director, Veronica Coburn, who worked with Draíocht on the 3 year project, Hallelujah! Draíocht’s Community Clown Choir (2013 to 2015).
Read more HERE ... 

WE ARE NOW LOOKING FOR HOME HOSTS ... ARE YOU INTERESTED?
Draíocht is seeking 30 hosts across all of Dublin 15 that will work with us on this Project. It doesn’t matter if you live in a big house or a little house, an apartment, out on your own or in a housing estate. It doesn’t matter if you live alone or with a few people or with lots of people. If you are interested in meeting with an artist, having a conversation with them with a view to hosting 3 performances of the 20 minute piece in your home on October 6th 2018, then we want to hear from you. The performances will be at 5pm, 7pm and 9pm and will be for an audience size dictated by your home. We will work with you to decide who those audience members are and we will support you with volunteer staff on the night.

WE ARE NOW LOOKING FOR COMMUNITY AMBASSADORS ... IS THAT YOU?
Perhaps you would like to get involved in a different way? We are also looking for Community Ambasador’s who will partner with one host/home and act as a support to them. You will be their point of contact and be present for the visit and discussion between playwright/theatre maker and host. On the night of the performance, the Ambassador will be present for all three performances and will be the HOME THEATRE (IRELAND) representative. The Community Ambassadors will be supported by Draíocht staff.

An Information Session with Veronica Coburn will take place on Saturday 25 November at 2pm where you can learn more about the project.
If you are interested in attending, please pre-register with Box Office on 01-8852622.

This project was awarded a grant through The Arts Council’s Open Call Fund.
We want to both acknowledge and thank them for their support.

Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)
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Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

Cinema at Draiocht

Sat 25 Nov 2017 12PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc / €5 children // Dur: 101 mins

Kubo and the Two Strings is an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed animation studio LAIKA. Young Kubo's peaceful existence comes crashing down when he accidentally summons a vengeful spirit from the past. Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey and Beetle to unlock a secret legacy. Armed with a magical instrument, Kubo must battle the Moon King and other gods and monsters to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known.

Cert: PG  Language: English  Dur: 101 mins  Dir: Travis Knight
In association with Access Cinema

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"Genuinely casts a spell on viewers." Rolling Stone

Focus On … Festive Felty Elf

Focus On … Festive Felty Elf

With Felt Artist Gina Faustino

Mon 27 Nov - Wed 6 Dec 2017 Draiocht Workshop Room // Cost per class €45

Get your class into the swing of festive fun with this felt making workshop with Felt Artist Gina Faustino. In this fun and hands on workshop, your pupils will each learn the exciting process of felting, before turning their piece of felt into their own Christmas Felt Elf to bring home.

MON 27 NOV  10.15AM-11.30AM OR 12PM-1.15PM
AGE RANGE: 1ST TO 2ND CLASS /

TUE 28 - WED 29 NOV  10.15AM-11.30AM OR 12PM-1.15PM
AGE RANGE: 5TH TO 6TH CLASS /

TUE 05 - WED 06 DEC   10.15AM-11.30AM OR 12PM-1.15PM
AGE RANGE: 3RD TO 4th CLASS


WORKSHOP NOTES:
Limited to 1 class per school but other classes are welcome to be part of a waiting list. Cost per class €45. Please get in touch with Sarah Beirne 01-8098029 if cost is an issue for your school. Max 30 pupils.
Book Now through Box Office 01-8852622

The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz

Adamstown Community College

Tue 28 - Wed 29 Nov 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €10

Now on sale.
Rows B-G available from the School.

Follow the yellow brick road, as we definitely aren’t in Kansas anymore! Join Adamstown Community College as they present the classic tale of innocence, friendship, and following your dreams. With some of the most beautiful songs to grace the stage, and a band of friends off on an adventure, you’re sure to be entertained.

White
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White

Catherine Wheels Theatre Co / Presented as part of Spréacha – Fingal’s International Arts Programme for Children at Draiocht

Thu 30 Nov - Sat 2 Dec 2017 Draiocht Studio // €7 adults / €5 children // Dur: 45 mins

Welcome to the beautifully strange world of White.
Full of birdsong and birdhouses, it gleams and dazzles and shines in the night. Two friends look after the birds and make sure the eggs stay safe. The world is bright, ordered and white. But high up in the trees, all is not white. Colour appears. First red … then yellow … then blue! White is a playful, highly visual new show for very young children and is a perfect first-time theatre experience.

THU 30 NOV  11AM * & 2PM
FRI 01 DEC    11AM & 2PM
SAT 02 DEC   11AM, 2PM ** (RELAXED PERF) & 4PM
Draíocht Studio   €7 adults / €5 children  Age 2-4 yrs / Dur: 45 mins

* Maybe you'd like also to take part in our 'Adventures With Colour' project as well as come to this 11am show?

** Our Relaxed Performance on Saturday 02 December at 2pm will have no sudden noises or bangs, restricted capacity, the ability to move around, softer and brighter lighting and music at a suitable level. We will also provide a chill-out area with low lighting for parents/guardians to bring children who may need to have a little break.
We have prepared a Pre-Visit Guide in advance which you can access as a PDF or a Video

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The Woman is Present: Women’s Stories of WW2
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The Woman is Present: Women’s Stories of WW2

Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company / Playwrights Deirdre Kinahan, Mary Moynihan, Fiona Bawn Thompson and Paul Kennedy​

Thu 30 Nov 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €16 / €14 conc

The Woman is Present: Women’s Stories of WWII is a creative re-imagining of moments from the lives of women during WWII recalling stories of bravery, sacrifice and love amidst the horror of war, as women stood up against Fascism and totalitarianism and refused to accept oppression.  The performance is followed by a post-show discussion with the artists and invited guest speakers to explore powerful women’s stories in history and themes of gender equality and peace.
The performance features Ode to Ettie Steinberg by internationally-acclaimed playwright Deirdre Kinahan; My Name is Neus by Mary Moynihan and performances including Mary Elmes and Dolores Ibarurri by Mary Moynihan, Fiona Bawn Thompson and Paul Kennedy, remembering stories of powerful women during WWII.

Women’s stories in the performance include Mary Elmes (1908-2002), a Cork woman who was the first Irish person honoured as ‘Righteous Among Nations’ for her work saving Jewish children from the Nazi gas chambers during World War II; Ettie Steinberg (1914-42) the only female Jewish Irish citizen known to have been murdered in Auschwitz; Marta Hillers (1911-2001) from Germany who wrote her autobiography Eine Frau in Berlin (A Woman in Berlin) under the name ‘Anonyma’ (Anonymous), detailing her experiences of the last days of WWII as she and over one million other women were raped and abused by Allied soldiers of the Red Army; Neus Català Pallejà (b.1915) from Spain, a member of the United Socialist Party of Catalonia during the Spanish Civil War, an active collaborator with the French Resistance during WWII and the only living Spanish survivor of Ravensbrück  concentration camp for women;  and Dolores Ibárruri, or La Pasionaria (1895-1989), from Spain, a revolutionary leader, political activist, Communist and crusader against Fascism during the Spanish Civil War who created the famous cry ‘They Shall Not Pass’.

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MORE ... Irish Independent: Unearthing a true Irish war heroine - the Irish Oskar Schindler

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The Rat Pack Live Christmas Show
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The Rat Pack Live Christmas Show

Fri 1 - Sat 2 Dec 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €22.50 / €20 conc

Start spreading the news and tell everyone that you are going to celebrate Christmas at Draíocht with The Rat Pack Live performing all the greatest songs of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr. Come along, listen and join in and experience the greatest songs of the famous Rat Pack era with classics like My Way, Chicago, Under My Skin, That’s Life, That’s Amore, Mr Bojangles plus some beautiful Christmas festive favourites like, White Christmas, Silent Night and many more.

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White Relaxed Performance

White Relaxed Performance

Sensory Friendly Family Show

Sat 2 Dec 2017 2PM Draíocht Studio // €7 adults / €5 children Age 2-4 yrs / Dur: 45 mins

Catherine Wheels Theatre Co / Presented as part of Spréacha – Fingal’s International Arts Programme for Children at Draiocht

Welcome to the beautifully strange world of White.
Full of birdsong and birdhouses, it gleams and dazzles and shines in the night. Two friends look after the birds and make sure the eggs stay safe. The world is bright, ordered and white. But high up in the trees, all is not white. Colour appears. First red … then yellow … then blue! White is a playful, highly visual new show for very young children and is a perfect first-time theatre experience.

Our Relaxed Performance on Saturday 02 December at 2pm will have no sudden noises or bangs, restricted capacity, the ability to move around, softer and brighter lighting and music at a suitable level. We will also provide a chill-out area with low lighting for parents/guardians to bring children who may need to have a little break.

We have prepared a Pre-Visit Guide in advance which you can access as a PDF or a Video

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B.A.S.S. - Band And Song Support

B.A.S.S. - Band And Song Support

What Next? With CreateSchool / Saturday 02 December

Sat 2 Dec 2017 Draíocht Studio // Course Fee: €10

SAT 02  DEC 12PM-4PM  Age: 14-18 Years
Course Fee: €10


You’ve written your song, you have your music demo. What’s Next?
How do we promote and polish these songs?
How do we get it out there for others to hear?
If these are questions that you are interested in investigating and getting answers to, join Kevin and Peter from CreateSchool and find out what is next!

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The Great Gatsby (2013)

The Great Gatsby (2013)

Senior Cycle Film Screening in Association with Access Cinema

Wed 6 Dec 2017 10.30AM Main Auditorium // €5 Per Student / 2 Teachers Free per Class of 20+

The Great Gatsby follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz, bootleg kings and sky-rocketing stocks. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy (Carey Mulligan) and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton). It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without of the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles.

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Cert: PG13 / Language: English / Drama, Romance / Dur: 2 hrs 23 mins / USA
Directed By: Baz Luhrmann
In association with Access Cinema

BOOK NOW tel 01-8852622

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
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Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 6 Dec 2017 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc / €5 children // Dur: 96 mins

Macy’s department store needs to find a replacement Santa in the run up to Christmas. Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) - with his white beard and twinkling eyes - seem to be the perfect substitute; but when Kris claims that he is the real Santa Claus, he is soon dismissed. Can he prove that he is not insane and is indeed the real Father Christmas?
Starring Maureen O’Hara and Natalie Wood.

Cert: G  Language: English  Dur: 96 mins  Dir: George Seaton
In association with Access Cinema

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Hansel & Gretel
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Hansel & Gretel

Lyngo Theatre Company

Thu 7 - Sat 9 Dec 2017 10.15AM & 12.15PM / 2PM & 4PM Draiocht Studio // €7 adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class of 20+

Is hunger stronger than love? In this story, it seems to be as the poor woodsman’s empty stomach goes to his head, he gives in to the bony step-mother and they leave Hansel and Gretel in the forest, not just once but twice and the second time there won’t be any moonstones to follow back home. Instead they follow their noses to the sugary heart of darkness.
A musical theatre version of this classic brother and sister tale of adventure and magic where we’ll have you humming along throughout and cheering as the witch slides down into our flaming oven. 

THU 07 & FRI 08 DEC 10.15AM & 12.15PM
SAT 09 DEC  2PM & 4PM 
Draíocht Studio   €7 adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class of 20+
Age 4+ 


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Phil Coulter - Pure Gold - SOLD OUT
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Phil Coulter - Pure Gold - SOLD OUT

Almost Sold Out

Thu 7 Dec 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €27.50 / €25 conc

Phil’s long career as a songwriter, producer and recording artiste has been recognised over the years with so many gold discs that the theme is totally appropriate. Very few in the music business can boast of having chart entries in every decade since the sixties. Even fewer can match the range of Phil’s output – from Eurovision winners to folk classics, from tender ballads to sporting anthems, from Luke Kelly to Elvis Presley!
His new show, Pure Gold, will feature Phil’s personal favourites as he trawls through his 50 years of creativity. 
 

David O’Doherty Big Time - SOLD OUT
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David O’Doherty Big Time - SOLD OUT

Fri 8 Dec 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

David O'Doherty – the Aldi Bublé, the Ryanair Enya – is delighted to present an evening of his latest jokes and songs.
David has spent the last year on tour round America with Flight of the Conchords and performed at the Edinburgh Fringe and Melbourne Comedy Festival. Over Christmas, he sold out a record-breaking eleven nights at Whelan's and has just completed his largest ever UK tour.

As seen on Channel 4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.

Sold Out ... Book for 26 January instead

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Good Time Villains / Declan Greene / Gary Tiernan

Good Time Villains / Declan Greene / Gary Tiernan

Presented by The Playlist, Phoenix FM

Sat 9 Dec 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €10

Generate the vibe for a gig that is to mark the end of a wonderful year on Phoenix FM, The Playlist will present what is to be an amazing night of music. A great opportunity to catch some of Blanchardstown’s local talent.
Indie Folk band Good Time Villains (GTV) will be playing crowd favourites such as Mr. Keeper and Lemonade Lakes. Declan Greene’s meticulously crafted songs tell deep, soulful & relatable stories. And Gary Tiernan has been described by Ceol Collective as ‘an excellent songwriter with commanding delicate vocals to complement his tales of love and relationships.

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ABBA Forever - SOLD OUT
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ABBA Forever - SOLD OUT

It’s Christmas! It’s Party Time! It’s ABBA!

Wed 13 Dec 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €17 conc

Their music is still the most played on radio stations around the world; the musical based on their life is still packing theatres from Waterloo to Timbuktu and Mamma Mia was a huge cinema hit. This terrific show celebrates their success with the finest ABBA voices you will ever hear. Expect a dazzling, fantastic party night out! Get your glad rags on, brush up on the lyrics, don the dancing boots and come to the best party in town!

* please note change from printed season brochure.
There is now no show on Tuesday 12th December.

Christmas with The Dublin Gospel Choir - SOLD OUT
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Christmas with The Dublin Gospel Choir - SOLD OUT

Thu 14 Dec 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €16 conc

Carol singers are synonymous with the Christmas season so enter into the fullest feeling of Christmas with beautiful arrangements of traditional favourites along with some festive gospel hits!
Dublin Gospel Choir are a group of performers with a shared love of music and the joy it can bring. They have been delighting audiences at home and abroad for over 20 years with a unique mix of gospel, soul, RnB and contempory arrangements. Versatile, passionate and vibrant they uplift and energise with powerful voices and rich harmonies.
Over the years the choir have shared the stage with music industry heavyweights such as Rod Stewart, John Legend, Kodaline, Outkast, Damien Rice and Ennio Morricone to name but a few and their annual ‘Sunday Service’ slot at Ireland’s Electric Picnic is now legendary.
The choir are delighted to release their brand new Christmas Album this year, featuring some of their favourite songs of the season, so we invite you to bring your jingle bells and get into the Christmas spirit! 

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End of Year Christmas Concert

End of Year Christmas Concert

Clonee Music Tuition Centre

Fri 15 Dec 2017 8PM Draíocht Studio // €10

Join Clonee Music Tuition Centre for what promises to be a most enjoyable evening of music showcasing the talents of current and former students.   Celebrate the season with an exciting selection of music and songs from different genres, with some Christmas favourites for audience participation! Clonee Music Tuition Centre, established in 2009 provides instrumental and vocal tuition for students of all ages and Pre-Instrumental Courses for younger children.   

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Family Day - Crazy Christmas Card Print - SOLD OUT

Family Day - Crazy Christmas Card Print - SOLD OUT

Sat 16 Dec 2017 12 NOON-3PM Draíocht Galleries // FREE

Create your reindeer and print him green, etch an elephant and add a red nose, stamp a tree with purple snow…our artists will be on hand to show you the techniques to print a Christmas Card and you can show our artist just how crazy your festive imagination can be!

Booking tel: 01-8852622

Family Day Notes:
Sessions Are Free, But Space Is Limited.
Max 50 per workshop
Session 1: 12pm-12.50pm
Session 2: 1pm-1.50pm
Session 3: 2pm-2.50pm
Dress for Mess/ Unless otherwise stated workshops are designed for children from 5-10 years, though younger and older siblings are welcome to take part/ Please be aware that Draíocht’s Family Days are not designed for groups/ All children must be accompanied by an adult… and all adults must be accompanied by a child!

Carols for Christmas - New Dublin Voices
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Carols for Christmas - New Dublin Voices

With Guest Choir, St Brigid’s NS Choir, Castleknock

Sat 16 Dec 2017 3PM & 8PM Main Auditorium // €15 / €12 conc / Family of 4: €40

International award-winning New Dublin Voices invite you to join them in celebrating Christmas! As those who come along every year will tell you, there's a beautiful Christmas atmosphere, with the very best of carols and songs for the season, as well as high spirits and fun, readings from great Christmas stories and poems, laughs for everyone - whether young or young at heart! Pop in from the cold outside, sit back and enjoy the arrival of Christmas.
Director: Bernie Sherlock.
St Brigid’s NS Choir Conductor, Niamh Williams.

To book a family of 4 Phone Box Office on 01 8852622.

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Arthur Christmas (2011)

Arthur Christmas (2011)

Cinema at Draiocht

Mon 18 Dec 2017 11.30AM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class of 20+ // Dur: 97 mins

So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night? The answer: Santa's exhilarating, ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole. But at the heart of the film is a story with the ingredients of a Christmas classic - a family in a state of comic dysfunction and an unlikely hero, Santa's clumsy but loveable son Arthur, on an urgent mission that must be completed before Christmas morning dawns.

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Cert: PG  Language: English  Dur: 97 mins
In association with Access Cinema

Cast includes: James McAvoy / Hugh Laurie / Bill Nighy / Jim Broadbent / Imelda Staunton / Ashley Jensen / Marc Wootton / Laura Linney / Eva Longoria / Ramona Marquez / Michael Palin.

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"Utterly charming … thanks to its wonderfully detailed animation, abundance of gags and brilliantly drawn characters." Film 4

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Arthur Christmas (2011)
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Arthur Christmas (2011)

Cinema at Draíocht

Mon 18 Dec 2017 11.30AM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class of 20+ // Dur: 97 mins

So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night? The answer: Santa's exhilarating, ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole. But at the heart of the film is a story with the ingredients of a Christmas classic - a family in a state of comic dysfunction and an unlikely hero, Santa's clumsy but loveable son Arthur, on an urgent mission that must be completed before Christmas morning dawns.

Teachers can book in their class groups by phoning 01 8852622

Cert: PG  Language: English  Dur: 97 mins
In association with Access Cinema

Cast includes: James McAvoy / Hugh Laurie / Bill Nighy / Jim Broadbent / Imelda Staunton / Ashley Jensen / Marc Wootton / Laura Linney / Eva Longoria / Ramona Marquez / Michael Palin.

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"Utterly charming … thanks to its wonderfully detailed animation, abundance of gags and brilliantly drawn characters." Film 4

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The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
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The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

Cinema at Draíocht

Tue 19 Dec 2017 11.30AM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class of 20+ // Dur: 86 mins

The Muppets perform the classic Dickens holiday tale, with Kermit the Frog playing Bob Cratchit, the put-upon clerk of stingy Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Caine). Other Muppets -- Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie Bear and Sam the Eagle - weave in and out of the story, while Scrooge receives visits from spirits of Christmases past, present and future showing him the error of his self-serving ways.


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Cert: U  Language: English  Dur: 86 mins  Dir: Brian Henson
In association with Access Cinema

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"Good Fun." Time Out Film Guide

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
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The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

Cinema at Draiocht

Tue 19 Dec 2017 11.30AM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class of 20+ // Dur: 86 mins

The Muppets perform the classic Dickens holiday tale, with Kermit the Frog playing Bob Cratchit, the put-upon clerk of stingy Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Caine). Other Muppets -- Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie Bear and Sam the Eagle - weave in and out of the story, while Scrooge receives visits from spirits of Christmases past, present and future showing him the error of his self-serving ways.


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Cert: U  Language: English  Dur: 86 mins  Dir: Brian Henson
In association with Access Cinema

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"Good Fun." Time Out Film Guide

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Coolmine Panto Group

Fri 5 - Sun 21 Jan 2018 VARIOUS TIMES Main Auditorium // €20 / €17 conc / €15 Relaxed Performance

Join the whimsical fun-filled world of Lewis Carroll and follow Alice as she chases the White Rabbit on a journey into Wonderland. It’s a topsy-turvy place that gets ‘curiouser and curiouser’ as Alice meets unforgettable characters – the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, Queen of Hearts, Tweedledum and Tweedledee and many more. Filled with spectacular song and dance, this is a classic pantomime for all the family.

FRI 05    7.30PM
SAT 06   2PM & 7.30PM / SUN 07  1PM & 5.30PM
WED 10  7.30PM (RELAXED PERFORMANCE €15)
THU 11   7.30PM / FRI 12  7.30PM
SAT 13   2PM & 7.30PM / SUN 14  1PM & 5.30PM
THU 18   7.30PM / FRI 19  7.30PM
SAT 20    2PM & 7.30PM / SUN 21  2PM

Our Relaxed Performance on Wednesday 10th January will have no sudden noises or bangs, restricted capacity, the ability to move around, softer and brighter lighting and music at a suitable level. We will also provide a chill-out area with low lighting for parents/guardians to bring children who may need to have a little break. If you are attending this performance and would like a Pre-Visit Guide (Visual & Written) in advance from Draiocht, please email philippa@draiocht.ie or let Box Office know when you're booking on 01-8852622 (Guide available early January). All tickets for this performance are €15.

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Alice in Wonderland Relaxed Performance

Alice in Wonderland Relaxed Performance

Sensory Friendly Family Show

Wed 10 Jan 2018 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €15

Join the whimsical fun-filled world of Lewis Carroll and follow Alice as she chases the White Rabbit on a journey into Wonderland. It’s a topsy-turvy place that gets ‘curiouser and curiouser’ as Alice meets unforgettable characters – the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, Queen of Hearts, Tweedledum and Tweedledee and many more. Filled with spectacular song and dance, this is a classic pantomime for all the family.

Our Relaxed Performance on Wednesday 10th January will have no sudden noises or bangs, restricted capacity, the ability to move around, softer and brighter lighting and music at a suitable level. We will also provide a chill-out area with low lighting for parents/guardians to bring children who may need to have a little break.
If you are attending this performance and would like a Pre-Visit Guide in advance from Draiocht, please email philippa@draiocht.ie or let Box Office know when you're booking on 01-8852622 (Guide available early January). All tickets for this performance are €15.

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A Feast of Coolmine Talent 2018

A Feast of Coolmine Talent 2018

Coolmine Community School

Tue 23 Jan 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €10

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Coolmine Community School's students are back and promise to entertain you again this season. Prepare to be dazzled by their musical, dance and dramatic abilities. This is the 17th year Coolmine Community School has staged the Feast of Talent show in Draíocht and it promises to be a night not to be missed. Tickets Available from Draiocht Box Office (not from the School).

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My Life as a Courgette / Ma vie de Courgette

My Life as a Courgette / Ma vie de Courgette

Draiocht in Association with The Irish Film Institute

Wed 24 Jan 2018 10.30AM Main Auditorium // €5 Per Student / 2 Teachers Free per Class of 20+

This season Draíocht will collaborate once again with the Irish Film Institutes Education Programme by screening the film 'My Life as a Courgette / Ma vie de Courgette' for TY and Senior Cycle Secondary School Students, in French (with English subtitles).

'My Life as a Courgette' is an Academy Award-nominated stop-motion animation from Director Claude Barras and Writer Céline Sciamma, (GIRLHOOD, TOMBOY). After his alcoholic mother’s sudden death, 9 year old Icare, nicknamed Courgette, is befriended by a police officer, Raymond, who accompanies him to his new foster home filled with other orphans his age. At first he struggles to find his place in this often strange and hostile environment. Yet, with Raymond’s help and his newfound friends, Courgette eventually learns to trust and love, as he searches for a new family of his own. The combination of respectful characterisation and distinctive style is hugely affecting, yielding a tender film for young audiences, of youthful angst with a complete difference.

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Dur 70 mins •  Cert: 12A • Suitable for TY, 5th & 6th year students
Switzerland/France • 2016 • French with English Subtitles • Animation/Comedy Drama • Director: Claude Barras

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"" ★★★★★ Irish Times

"" ★★★★ Guardian

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David O’Doherty Big Time
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David O’Doherty Big Time

Fri 26 Jan 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

David O'Doherty – the Aldi Bublé, the Ryanair Enya – is delighted to present an evening of his latest jokes and songs.

David has spent the last year on tour round America with Flight of the Conchords and performed at the Edinburgh Fringe and Melbourne Comedy Festival. Over Christmas, he sold out a record-breaking eleven nights at Whelan's and has just completed his largest ever UK tour.

As seen on Channel 4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.

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Bobby Mc’s Speakeasy
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Bobby Mc’s Speakeasy

Hot Swing. Cool Jazz. 40s 50s 60s

Sat 27 Jan 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc

Swing was born in the backstreet clubs of America during prohibition. It was exciting, fun, energetic, wild.
Bobby Mc's Speakeasy is bringing that experience back with a vibrant Live Show. Some of the greatest swing acts launched their careers in their early 20's - Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Nat King Cole and more. We invite you to the launch of Bobby Mc's Speakeasy with his great big band where we will swing through time from the old greats to the greats of today. At 23, Bobby Mc has vast experience, nationally and internationally. So come and join us for this unforgettable night and as Bobby Darin said "This could be the start of something big".

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Reeling in the Showband Years
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Reeling in the Showband Years

It’s Back, it’s Bigger & it’s Better!

Tue 30 - Wed 31 Jan 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €32 / €30 conc

Go back in time to this magical era and never to be repeated time in Irish popular music! Compere Ronan Collins will sing his renowned tributes to Joe Dolan, Dickie Rock and more. Joining Ronan will be Ireland’s greatest voice, Red Hurley singing all his great hits. Also brother and Sister combo, Keith & Lorraine McDonald, with their fantastic tribute to all things Showband. Also the big sound of The Conquerors Showband and Eurovision stars Tommy and Jimmy Swarbrigg. Gina from The Champions, and a surprise hit from last year, Dave Lawlor, complete this super line up.

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Jason Byrne – The Man with Three Brains
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Jason Byrne – The Man with Three Brains

Thu 1 - Fri 2 Feb 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €22 / €20 conc

‘The Man With Three Brains’ is a brand new show from the highly acclaimed and extremely funny, Jason Byrne.
Jason has three brains which kick into action when he hits the stage. His left brain scans the audience and room, looking for improv moments. His right brain collates stand-up material and stunts, poised to dish out the funnies at speed. His centre brain is Jason’s coach, pushing him to the limit.
This show will peel back the madness inside Jason Byrne’s head to reveal all three brains working individually. The fastest thinking comic around will not only trip himself up, but probably you too.
It’s been a busy few years for Byrne.  In addition to his extensive touring worldwide, his Radio 2 show was awarded the UK radio industry’s prestigious Sony Radio Gold Award.  As well as fronting a brand new studio based comedy chat show Jason Byrne's Snaptastic Show for TV3, he is co-host of Sky’s hugely popular new entertainment programme Wild Things on Sky1. Also seen on Live at the Apollo (BBC1), The Royal Variety Show (ITV1), The John Bishop Show (BBC1), and Father Figure (BBC1) of which he is creator and star.

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"Unmissable." Evening Standard

"Watching a new Jason Byrne show is a bit like witnessing lightning in a bottle." Edinburgh Evening News

"Byrne is consistently brilliant." Metro

"The outright king of live comedy." Times

The Time Machine
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The Time Machine

Dyad Productions & Rebecca Vaughan

Tue 6 Feb 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc / Early Bird: €15 (book before 06 January 2018)

From the creators of 'Jane Eyre: An Autobiography', 'Dalloway', 'The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe', 'Christmas Gothic', 'I, Elizabeth', 'Female Gothic' and 'Austen's Women', comes 'The Time Machine'.

2018: In this age of uncertainty, where the shadows of tyranny, intolerance and war darken the path into tomorrow, how much time do we have left? If civilisation falls today, what will become of us?
In producer Rebecca Vaughan and writer/director Elton Townend Jones' new and radical interpretation of the HG Wells classic, a Victorian time traveller transcends across the ages from 1900 to our own far future – from the fall of man to the end of the world – discovering the fate of our endeavours and uncovering our darkest fears. Can we change the future? Or has the end already begun?
A philosophical journey, a nightmare adventure, a cautionary tale – this is the story of us all.

Early Bird: €15 (book before 06 January 2018)

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"Outstanding... Amazing... Magic. " ★★★★★ Edinburgh Southside Advertiser

"Terrific ... grips the imagination ... ideas spit off the narrative like sparks from a welder’s torch." ★★★★ Quentin Letts, Daily Mail

"Brilliant... Captivates and amazes. " ★★★★ British Theatre Guide

An Evening of Dance – 25th Anniversary

An Evening of Dance – 25th Anniversary

Marian Lennon School of Dance

Fri 9 - Sat 10 Feb 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €14 conc / Family €56 (2 adults, 2 children)

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This year the Marian Lennon School of Ballet celebrates their 25th  anniversary. The young energetic dancers will demonstrate their skills in classical ballet, modern and contemporary dance, showing extracts from past productions over the last 25 years. There will be something for everyone to enjoy as the young dancers of all ages perform a rich and varied repertoire of extracts from previous shows: Carnival of the Animals, Alice in Wonderland, The Sleeping Beauty, Phantom of the Opera and Moulin Rouge to name but a few. Don’t miss this exciting show that will have you dancing in your seats!

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Believing in Butterflies

Believing in Butterflies

Coolmine Drama Circle

Thu 15 - Sat 17 Feb 2018 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €16 / €13 conc

Bobby, a brash Dubliner, Brendan, the local priest and  Anna, a young UK philosophy professor, are unexpectedly thrown together for a night in a B&B, run by islander Margaret, on a small island in the West of Ireland. With escalating intensity, difficult truths surface as the four confront each other in facing their personal demons. Laced with humour and startling honesty, the story explores contemporary Irish issues and the final outcome is both unexpected and deeply poignant.

Believing in Butterflies is the debut play by Coolmine local John Haskins, an award-winning poet and short story writer. Local amateur drama group Coolmine Drama Circle has been running for over forty years, thanks to long standing members and the commitment of its participants. Since Draiocht opened in 2001, Coolmine Drama Circle has graced both the Studio and Main Stages with over 30 productions. 

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Sharon Shannon - Sacred Earth
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Sharon Shannon - Sacred Earth

Fri 16 Feb 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €23 / €20 conc

Sharon Shannon has music at her fingertips ... literally! The Irish accordionist has achieved legendary status throughout the world and has made the much-maligned accordion 'cool' in her home country. She is renowned for her collaborations, not just in Irish traditional music, but through all musical genres, Hip-Hop, Cajun, Country, Classical and Rap. Sharon has recorded and toured with a who's who of the Irish and global music industry, including Bono, Adam Clayton, Sinead O’Connor, Jackson Browne, John Prine, Steve Earle, The RTE Concert Orchestra, The Chieftains, The Waterboys, Willie Nelson, Nigel Kennedy, Alison Krauss and Shane MacGowan - a list that is testament to Sharon's versatility as well as talent. Her album Galway Girl went 4 times platinum in Ireland with the title track winning her the Meteor award two years running for most downloaded song. She has produced a new album for the High Kings released worldwide by Sony in September 2013.

Newly signed to Irish record label Celtic Collections, ‘Sacred Earth’ is Sharon’s first new studio album in 3 years and her tenth studio album to date. Produced by Justin Adams, this album mixes Irish music with African and blues and features celebrated African Musicians Abass Dodoo and Seikou Keita as well as special guests including Finbar Furey and Alyra Rose.

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Al Grant – The Life & Music of Jim Reeves
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Al Grant – The Life & Music of Jim Reeves

With Special Guest Isla Grant

Sat 17 Feb 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €25 / €23 conc

Al GRANT presents a unique insight into the Life and Music of the legendary singer Jim Reeves with a wonderful concert of his classic hit songs. With narration of Jim's life together with video screen footage this will be a unique evening of Songs and Story. Renowned for his classic interpretation of Jim Reeves songs with unerring similarity to the voice of the Great Man, Al will perform all of Jim Reeves classic hit songs including: 'I Love You Because', 'He’ll Have To Go', 'Adios Amigo', 'Distant Drums', 'Danny Boy', 'You are The Only Good Thing', 'I Won’t Forget You', 'It Hurts So Much', 'Moonlight & Roses' and, of course, 'Welcome To My World' and many others.
Special guest on the night will be renowned singer/songwriter Isla Grant who played a sold-out concert here last February.

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Wish Upon A Star

Wish Upon A Star

St Patricks Junior National School

Mon 19 - Tue 20 Feb 2018 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €10

St Patrick’s Junior National School, Corduff is proud to present its musical extravaganza ‘Wish Upon a Star’. Children from First and Second Classes invite you to join them for an evening of music and dance, where you will follow the adventures of Max and Lizzy. Their journey to find each other will take you to exciting places and introduce you to new friends. ‘Wish Upon a Star’ promises to be a fun-filled evening for all ages, with much-loved songs you’re sure to be singing along with!

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The Golden Dream / La Juala de Oro

The Golden Dream / La Juala de Oro

Draiocht in Association with The Irish Film Institute

Wed 21 Feb 2018 10.30AM Main Auditorium // €5 Per Student / 2 Teachers Free per Class of 20+

This season Draíocht will collaborate once again with the Irish Film Institutes Education Programme by screening the film 'The Golden Dream / La Juala de Oro'  for TY and Senior Cycle Secondary School Students, in Spanish (with English subtitles). Recommended age: 15+

A group of Guatemalan teenagers attempt to make their way to the U.S.A., dreaming of the better life that the country promises, but they are ill equipped, both physically and emotionally, for the challenges they face getting there. Sara attempts to pass as a boy, thinking that will make her less vulnerable; Juan positions himself as the group’s guide and cheerleader, but he proves himself as naïve as the others; Samuel struggles from the start of the adventure, while Chauk, an indigenous Indian, speaks no Spanish.
Diego Quemada-Díez has previously worked with Ken Loach, and there’s evidence of that in the film’s raw realism and its committed social concerns. It’s a brilliant and effecting debut, which has won numerous prizes on the festival circuit, including an award for its young ensemble cast at Cannes 2013.

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Dur 108 mins • Age 15+ • Suitable for TY, 5th & 6th year students
Guatemala/Spain/ Mexico  • 2013 • Drama  • Spanish with English Subtitles • Director: Diego Quemada-Díez

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"Absorbing and suspenseful " ★★★★ The Guardian

"A beautiful film, full of human warmth, compassion and truth. The struggle of the innocent is caught with precision. Terrific!" Ken Loach

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The Man in Black Johnny Cash Tribute Show
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The Man in Black Johnny Cash Tribute Show

Tommy Swarbrigg Productions / Featuring Terry Lee Goffee

Thu 22 - Fri 23 Feb 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €22 / €20 conc

Direct from the USA, the No. 1 Johnny Cash Tribute right across America 'The Man In Black' returns to Ireland. He was a sensation and a complete sell out when he appeared in Draiocht in 2009 & 2017, so we are really excited to have him back. Featuring Terry Lee Goffee and his band, this is one show you won’t want to miss.

He sings like Johnny and he looks like Johnny and he performs just like the great man, with energy, charisma and vitality! Featuring songs from all periods of Johnny's career, Terry regularly performs in Theatres all over the USA to great acclaim. This not to be missed night which celebrates the music and power of The Man in Black, features 34 classic songs from all periods of his career such as ‘Sunday Morning Coming Down’, ‘I Walk The Line’, ‘Ring Of Fire’ and ‘Folsom Prison Blues’.

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"The show is great, my brother would be proud." Tommy Cash.

Date Night
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Date Night

Niamh Kavanagh with Paul Megahey (The Illegals)

Sat 24 Feb 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

Join Niamh Kavanagh as she celebrates the 25th anniversary of her Eurovision win with a retrospective of special songs highlighting memorable moments from her extensive career. Expect familiar favourites interpreted in Niamh's inimitable fashion and accompanied by guitarist Paul Megahey. Think acoustic versions of Crazy by Gnarls Barkely, Richard Thompson’s Dimming of the Day and of course the one and only, In Your Eyes. An intimate evening of gorgeous sounds awaits, with a sprinkle of chat and craic for good measure!

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Chris Kent - Moving On

Chris Kent - Moving On

Sat 24 Feb 2018 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €12

Cork comedian Chris Kent presents his 5th solo show, Moving On. 
Returning with his charming and surreal style, Chris has a new perspective on life. Having moved to the UK and recently becoming a dad for the first time, adult life is leaving him more confused than ever ...

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"Original hilarious material...Among the best acts I’ve seen." ★★★★★ The Mirror

"Carefree, comedic bulls-eye." The Dubliner Magazine

"Fresh and original material, extremely endearing performer." Broadway Baby

"A truly gifted storyteller with a deceptively naturalistic style." Chortle

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

Decadent Theatre

Tue 27 - Wed 28 Feb 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc / Early Bird: €15 (book before 06 January 2018)

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. 

Early Bird: €15 (book before 06 January 2018)

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

"A beautiful play. " The New Yorker

The Three Tenors 2018
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The Three Tenors 2018

With Star Violinist & Local Guest Choir

Fri 2 Mar 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €28.50 / €26.50 conc

Performing up to 100 concerts annually in major venues throughout Ireland & UK - Derek, Dominic and Shane - collectively The Three Tenors Ireland - have been the headline act annually in such prestigious venues as the National Concert Hall Dublin, Cork Opera House, UCH Limerick, Wexford Opera House and recent sell-outs in Belfast Waterfront Hall and the 5 star Belfast Lyric Theatre. They also performed in Armagh, Belfast,Christ-Church Dublin, & Galway Cathedrals. Standing Ovations at every Concert! The trio has regularly appeared on both BBC and RTE Radio One and recently gave a lenthy interview on TV3 March 2016.
Ireland’s Hottest trio - RTE award-winners Derek Moloney, Dominic McGorian and Shane Morgan, promise you a night to remember! Introducing new hits ‘Caledonia’ ‘Over the Rainbow’ ‘RUN’ & ‘I don’t wanna talk about it’ (in special arrangements) the trio also include firm favourites ‘I Believe’, ‘SHE’ and from Sinatra (My Way/New York, New York), Leonard Cohen (Hallelujah), Pavarotti (Nessun Dorma) and The Dubliners - A rousing selection of the greatest Irish Ballads to include (Song for Ireland/The Wild Rover).
This exciting, thrilling, fast-moving concert is packed with the world’s most beautiful, magical feel-good, uplifting songs. Their noted friendliness & connection with their audience makes this event a special night-out.

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"FABULOUS, high-calibre, contemporary style - the entire audience was moved by their soulful performance." Sunday Independent

"The best version of ‘Hallelujah." RTE

"I would recommend this wonderful concert to anyone–the most delicious box of chocolates your ears could ever have. Knockout vocal performance." New York Times

Dirt Birds
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Dirt Birds

Sinead Culbert and Sue Collins

Sat 3 Mar 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

Back by popular demand, catch the Dublin Dirtbirds, Carmel and Debs as they chat about life, love and the ever changing size of Kim Kardashian's arse. The Southsiders Eleanor and Emer will be there competing with each other about everything from personal trainers to who has the smallest Shitzu. And last but not least, the not so beautiful beauty bloggers, Dee and Andrea will be live to give you some of the latest make-up tips from 'da town'.

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Peter Pan - A Musical Adventure

Peter Pan - A Musical Adventure

St. Mochta’s National School

Wed 7 - Sat 10 Mar 2018 Main Auditorium // €18 / €12 conc

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WED 07-FRI 09 MARCH  7.30PM
SAT 10 MARCH    2PM & 7.30PM

St. Mochta’s National School are delighted to present the much loved tale of Peter Pan. Featuring music and lyrics by the award-winning duo George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, we join Peter and the Darling family as they are flown to Neverland, where they meet an array of colourful characters such as the Lost Boys, Tiger Lily and, of course, the evil Captain Hook. With a sprinkle of swashbuckling adventure, amazing flying and a beautiful score, Peter Pan will no doubt bring out the inner child in all of you.
St Mochta’s won two awards at the Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards 2017, including Best Overall School Musical. 
Join this talented bunch as they transport you to London town and Neverland!

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The Legend of Luke Kelly with Chris Kavanagh 2018
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The Legend of Luke Kelly with Chris Kavanagh 2018

Celebrating the memory and music of a true Irish musical legend

Fri 16 Mar 2018 Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc / Early Bird: €17 (Book Before 06 January 2018)

On 30th January 1984 it is said that the whole of Dublin grieved the early death of Dubliner legend Luke Kelly who has left an indelible mark as being the greatest folk artist of the 20th Century and whose music is widely regarded as one of Ireland's cultural treasures.

Dublin singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Chris Kavanagh was raised on Irish music and has been singing Irish folk songs since he was three years old. He learned to play the piano by ear when he was five and his love and passion for Luke Kelly's music led him to learn to play the 5 string long neck banjo. Over the past sixteen years he has amazed audiences following powerful sell-out performances in prominent Irish venues such as Vicar Street & the Cork Opera House with the regular attendance of Luke Kelly's family. He has also toured this show abroad in England, Switzerland, Germany and Australia and in November 2011 Chris stood in with folk legends The Dubliners on their German tour and also made a guest appearance on their 50th anniversary concert DVD recorded in Vicar Street. When Chris sings, his talents capture the depth and passion of the great man that he was so heavily influenced by. He is joined on stage by one of Irelands leading guitarist/composers, Michael Howard and traditional musician Joe Finn on Uilleann pipes, Whistle, Flute & fiddle and Hilary Kavanagh, singer, songwriter and bass player.

Early Bird: €17 (Book Before 06 January 2018)

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Sandy Kelly Sings Patsy Cline - Music and Memories
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Sandy Kelly Sings Patsy Cline - Music and Memories

With Special Guests Gerry Guthrie & Band

Thu 22 Mar 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €25 / €23 conc

This wonderful evening of nostalgia brings the audience on a trip down memory lane to listen to the music of the great Patsy Cline. The classic songs such as 'Crazy' and 'Sweet Dreams' are timeless. Sandy had the first and only Patsy Cline show in London's West End with an extended run playing to full houses. Special guest on the show is Gerry Guthrie with a brilliant live band. This is a show not to be missed. Sandy Kelly is looking forward to meeting her many friends in this truly nostalgic evening in celebration of the music and memories of Patsy Cline.

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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 / Early Bird: €15 (book before 06 January 2018)

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.

Early Bird: €15 (book before 06 January 2018)

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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 Alzheimer’s." Meg.ie

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

Together We Shine

Together We Shine

Power Drama School

Sat 24 Mar 2018 2PM & 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €16

'Together We Shine' is a new original show incorporating some well known musical numbers and starring a wonderful cast of children from the Power Drama School Lusk.
The story is set in a small village in Ireland and on Broadway, New York. It follows the lives of Rose & Jimmy, two friends separated by two continents as they pursue their dreams. Will they ever meet again? You'll have to wait & see. You are promised lots of great adventures along the way in this heart-warming story full of uplifting & moving musical numbers.
Written & Directed by Loraine Power, Choreography by Susan Kenny and Musical Director Lynn Cassidy. 

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The Showcase

The Showcase

Tue 27 Mar 2018 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €15 / €12.50 conc

The concert is designed to showcase and promote the considerable talents of musicians studying with local music tutor, Mr. Gerry Culloty.  The Showcase will feature a variety of highly talented solo and group acts. The concert will also include a prize-giving ceremony, where the prizes for this year’s Music Bursary will be awarded. For an evening of diverse, original and quality music The Showcase is a must see.

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Penguins
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Penguins

Cahoots NI, Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Prime Theatre

Thu 29 Mar 2018 3PM & 5PM Draíocht Studio // €7 Adults / €5 children Age 3-5 yrs / Dur: 50 mins

When being different brings the most wonderful of surprises …
Roy and Silo are two male Chinstrap penguins. Just like the other penguin pairs at Central Park Zoo, they walk, play, swim and dance together. When the duo decide to try and hatch a rock in place of an egg, they find themselves on an adventure that could mean raising a chick for real!
Penguins is a unique and engaging show for children about friendship, fun, identity and the ever-changing meaning of family.
This delightful new theatre and dance production is inspired by a true story reported in the New York Times that touched hearts worldwide. The creative team includes award-winning children’s Director Paul Bosco Mc Eneaney and international Choreographer Carlos Pons Guerra. 

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