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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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

‘Holding ground where the wood lands’ 
 

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.

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Alice in Wonderland – SOLD OUT

Alice in Wonderland – SOLD OUT

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. All tickets for this performance are €15.

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Explore More - Tours for Primary Classes

Explore More - Tours for Primary Classes

JAN – MAR 2018

Mon 8 Jan - Fri 30 Mar 2018 // 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. 

Preparing For Section 3 - Art Appreciation

Preparing For Section 3 - Art Appreciation

SECONDARY SCHOOLS & LEAVING CERTIFICATE

Mon 8 Jan - Fri 30 Mar 2018 // €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.

The Creative Crèche Programme - Spring 2018

The Creative Crèche Programme - Spring 2018

Mon 8 - Wed 31 Jan 2018

Artists Orla Kelly and Andrew Carson will work with two Dublin 15 pre-schools, Barnardo’s in Mulhuddart and Oakridge Pre-school to explore and respond to the smells and sounds that have come from Yvonne McGuinness’ Ground Floor Exhibition ‘Holding ground where the wood lands’.
Tree barks, wood smells, picnics, crunchy leaves … oh what we will make and create.
If you are a crèche, playschool or Montessori in Dublin 15 and are interested in getting involved in our future Creative Crèche Programmes, please get in touch with sarah@draiocht.ie or on 01 8098029 for further information.

D15 Youth Theatre - Spring 2018

D15 Youth Theatre - Spring 2018

JAN – MAR 2018

Mon 8 Jan - Sat 31 Mar 2018

Throughout this term, D15 Youth Theatre will work on investigating new ideas and horizons. Along with working with Theatre Artists in Residence, Collapsing Horse, over the February mid-term and film-maker Kilian Waters, we plan to push out of our workshop space and engage with some of our national institutions with a visit to Collins Barracks and IMMA as well as engaging with Draíocht’s Incubate Artists to see and respond to contemporary art.

Youth Theatre gives young people aged between 14-18 years a space to create, express themselves and explore ideas. If you would like to find out more about D15YT please get in touch with sarah@draiocht.ie or on 01 8098029 for further information.

Draíocht’s Artist in Your Classroom Initiative - Jan-March 2018

Draíocht’s Artist in Your Classroom Initiative - Jan-March 2018

Workshops In Your Classroom With Draíocht’s Artists

Mon 15 Jan - Fri 16 Mar 2018

MON 15 JAN - FRI 16 MAR 2018
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 MON 15 JAN - FRI 16 MAR 2018 on a date of your choosing.
Closing date for Bookings is Friday 02 FEBRUARY 2018 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

A Feast of Coolmine Talent 2018

A Feast of Coolmine Talent 2018

Coolmine Community School

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

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).

My Life as a Courgette / Ma vie de Courgette - SOLD OUT

My Life as a Courgette / Ma vie de Courgette - SOLD OUT

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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Loving Vincent (2017)
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Loving Vincent (2017)

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 24 Jan 2018 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

In a story depicted in oil painted animation, several years in the making, a young man comes to the last hometown of painter Vincent van Gogh to deliver the troubled artist's final letter and ends up investigating his final days there. In doing so, he becomes increasingly fascinated in the psyche and fate of Van Gogh as numerous suspicious details fail to add up. However, as he digs further, he comes to realize that Vincent's troubled life is as much a matter of interpretation as his paintings and there are no easy answers for a man whose work and tragedy would only be truly appreciated in the future.

Told through multiple perspectives (with a talented cast including Saoirse Ronan and Chris O’Dowd), Loving Vincent lives up to its name and offers an affectionate tribute to one of history’s greatest artists.

Cert: 13 / Language: English / Dur: 94 mins
Dir: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman
In association with Access Cinema

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

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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First Fortnight Taster Day

First Fortnight Taster Day

Ireland’s Mental Health Arts Festival 2018

Sat 27 Jan 2018 12 NOON-6.30PM Draiocht Workshop Room // FREE

Free Workshops in Association with Draíocht, LPNI and Cairde
Booking through Draíocht’s Box Office tel 01-8852622

Facilitated by multilingual and multicultural therapists to reach and engage a diverse group of people, workshops in dance, music and colour will be used to overcome all barriers, including language! Taster Day aims to enhance awareness about mental health and how engaging in the arts can help.
Workshops are free so everyone can participate and find their inner artist.

12 NOON – 2PM:
Mindfulness Through Art Workshop – SOLD OUT

Involves guided mindfulness meditation, visualization and creativity exercises designed to be educational, interactive, fun and easy to follow.

3PM – 4PM:
Sound Therapy Workshop – SOLD OUT

Uses vibrational sound and frequency to help reduce stress, alter unconsciousness and create a deep sense of peace and wellbeing for better mental fitness.

4.30PM – 6.30PM:
Tango Therapy Workshop

Facilitates self-awareness and awareness of others, teaches patience, active listening, empathy, forgiveness, ability to let go, to live in the here and now, ability to make decisions and live a full life even in situations with high levels of uncertainty.

Booking through Draíocht’s Box Office tel 01-8852622

For more information about the festival programme, see www.firstfortnight.ie

Bobby Mc’s Speakeasy – ALMOST SOLD OUT
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Bobby Mc’s Speakeasy – ALMOST SOLD OUT

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".

Exploring Wiggling and Wobbling to Music with Antje O’Toole

Exploring Wiggling and Wobbling to Music with Antje O’Toole

Draíocht and Early Years - Exploring More With Early Years Arts

Tue 30 Jan 2018 Draiocht Workshop Room // €5 Per Child Per Workshop (Accompanying Adult is Free)

This series of individual monthly workshops is intended to allow you and your child to explore different art mediums in an open and undirected way, starting with dance, then fairytales and finally storytelling. There will be mess but there will also be fun!
Cost: €5 Per Child Per Workshop (Accompanying Adult is Free).
Booking and further information from Box Office on 01-8852622.

Exploring Wiggling and Wobbling to Music with Antje O’Toole
TUE 30 JAN
10.15AM-11AM & 11.30AM-12.15PM
Dur: 45 mins
Bop, sway, jump, roll, wiggle, Antje will explore dance and music with your child and how they naturally respond to sounds and music in a free joyful and explorative way.

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Exploring Make Believe with Eimear Morrissey

Exploring Wonder and Imagination with Orla Kelly

Workshop Notes:
These workshops are designed for children aged 2-4 years. Please respect age limits as each workshop has been designed especially for this age range. All children must be accompanied by an adult and all adults must be accompanied by a child. These sessions are only suitable for one parent/guardian and accompanying child (without siblings).

Fingal Film Club Short Courses: Behind the Camera

Fingal Film Club Short Courses: Behind the Camera

In Collaboration with D15 Youth Theatre

Tue 30 Jan - Sat 24 Feb 2018 Draiocht Workshop Room // Course Fee: €15

With Kilian Waters of Shoot To Kill Productions
TUE 30 JAN / TUE 06 FEB / TUE 13 FEB  7PM-9PM 
& SAT 24 FEB 10.30AM-4PM
COURSE FEE: €15   Age Range: 14-18 Years
Places limited. Early Booking Advised on 01-8852622


This short course is the perfect introduction to practical filmmaking and gives the opportunity to collaborate with other young creatives. Kilian Waters will guide participants through the main areas of filmmaking, culminating in the production of live action shorts, written for and featuring D15 Youth Theatre members. These collaborative and fun workshops will allow Youth Theatre members to feature in a film, while allowing you to explore everything that happens behind the camera lens and to gain an understanding of each of the different roles involved in making film, from story, to script to screen. If you are interested in writing, directing, how to generate stories, camera or sound work, or how to cast and communicate with actors, this course is for you! Funded by Fingal County Council Arts Office, Fingal Film Club offers young people the opportunity to learn all about film through a series of programmes and short courses throughout the year.

Draíocht has a number of Access Places available on all its courses. If you would like to nominate someone to participate who may not have the fee, please contact Sarah on 01-8098029 or sarah@draiocht.ie in confidence. Draíocht is committed, within its resources, to access to the arts for all.

Reeling in the Showband Years – SOLD OUT
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Reeling in the Showband Years – SOLD OUT

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.

Jason Byrne – SOLD OUT
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Jason Byrne – SOLD OUT

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.

"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

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Create Dance Project – Spring 2018

Create Dance Project – Spring 2018

FEB-MAR 2018

Sat 3 Feb - Sat 31 Mar 2018

Jnr Group (6-9 yrs) 12.30PM-1.15PM (WAITING LIST ONLY)
Snr Group (10-17 yrs) 2PM-3PM
€5 per class

Our Create Dancers will start off the year by investigating a very large, thick and very white roll of wool! How can we dance with this? How does it feel, what does it do, what’s it for!
Our dancers and facilitators, Mark Rogers and Antje O’Toole, will explore these very questions through the medium of dance and fun! In these workshops we create ‘dance magic’ with our group of children with an intellectual disability, their parents and siblings in weekly workshops.

If you have a child aged between 6-17 years with a love of dance, please get in touch with sarah@draiocht.ie or on 01 8098029 for further information.

Family Day - Tree Bark Art

Family Day - Tree Bark Art

Sat 3 Feb 2018 First Floor Gallery // FREE

Explore Yvonne McGuinness’ Ground Floor Gallery exhibition ‘Holding ground where the wood lands’. Feel, smell and see the trees and video installation, then make and recreate the greens, browns and reds of a forest collage using our tree rubbings, paper, glue and chalks.

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!

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

The Florida Project (2017)
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The Florida Project (2017)

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 7 Feb 2018 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

Six-year-old Moonie (Brooklynn Prince) lives with her mother Halley (Bria Vinaite) in a Florida motel. Along with her friends, Moonie spends the summer exploring the urban wilderness and getting into every sort of mischief. Halley, meanwhile, desperately tries to make ends meet. Kind but stern manager Bobby (Willem Dafoe) tries to keep his patience as rent goes unpaid and the hyperactive kids run wild. The Florida Project is a deeply sympathetic portrait of one small, neglected community. Few films about childhood have ever felt this authentic.

Cert: 15A / Language: English / Dur: 115 mins
In association with Access Cinema

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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)

This year the Marian Lennon School of Ballet celebrates their 25th  anniversary. These 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 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 - SOLD OUT

Believing in Butterflies - SOLD OUT

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. 

John Haskins, Playwright; Clare Walsh, Director; Ger Memory as Bobby; Ruth Moloney as Anna; Barrington Cullen as Brendan; Winifred Walsh as Margaret; John Gavin, Production Manager.

Sharon Shannon - Sacred Earth - SOLD OUT
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Sharon Shannon - Sacred Earth - SOLD OUT

With Sharon Shannon and Alan Connor

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.

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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Exploring Make Believe with Eimear Morrissey

Exploring Make Believe with Eimear Morrissey

Draíocht and Early Years - Exploring More With Early Years Arts

Tue 20 Feb 2018 Draiocht Workshop Room // €5 Per Child (Accompanying Adult Free)

This series of individual monthly workshops is intended to allow you and your child to explore different art mediums in an open and undirected way, starting with dance, then fairytales and finally storytelling. There will be mess but there will also be fun!
Cost: €5 Per Child Per Workshop (Accompanying Adult is Free).
Booking and further information from Box Office on 01-8852622.

Exploring Make Believe with Eimear Morrissey
TUE 20 FEB
10.15AM-11AM & 11.30AM-12.15PM
Dur: 45 mins
Changing hats, wearing glasses, a lovely cloak, a dragon’s tail, a giant’s voice, a fairy spell. Explore fairy tale characters and stories in this fun theatre based exploration session with Eimear.


MORE:

Exploring Wiggling and Wobbling to Music with Antje O’Toole

Exploring Wonder and Imagination with Orla Kelly

Workshop Notes:
These workshops are designed for children aged 2-4 years. Please respect age limits as each workshop has been designed especially for this age range. All children must be accompanied by an adult and all adults must be accompanied by a child. These sessions are only suitable for one parent/guardian and accompanying child (without siblings).

PLATFORM 2018

PLATFORM 2018

Early Career Artists, Curators And Collectives

Wed 21 Feb - Sat 31 Mar 2018 Ground Floor Gallery

PLATFORM 2018 is an exhibition and a series of associated events showcasing the work of emerging and early career artists who will use the Gallery as a playful, experimental and creative space. Using a wide range of visual media as well as sound, music, dance and food, PLATFORM provides an opportunity for the public to engage with artists, creatives and curators as they animate their ideas and practices.

Participating Artists, Curators And Creatives:
Ella Bertilsson and Ulla Juske, Robbie Blake, Emma Brennan, Mark Buckeridge, Cian Coady, Gum Collective, Sarah Farrell, Lisa Freeman with Dublin Youth Dance Company, Louis Haugh, Landing Collective (Aliina Lindroos and Moran Been-noon), Eve O’Callaghan, Aideen Quirke.

Curated by Sharon Murphy.

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

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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Hotel Salvation (2018)
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Hotel Salvation (2018)

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 21 Feb 2018 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

Faced with his father's untimely and bizarre demand to go and die in the holy city of Varanasi and attain salvation, a son is left with no choice but to embark on this journey with him. An ominous dream convinces 77 year old Dayanand Kumar that his end could be near. Daya and Rajiv check into Mukti Bhawan (Hotel Salvation) in Varanasi, a guesthouse devoted to people in their last days. But as the days go by, Rajiv struggles to juggle his responsibilities back home, while Daya starts to bloom in the hotel and gets a new lease of life.

Cert: 18 / Language: Hindi (subtitled) / Dur: 99 mins
In association with Access Cinema

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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 Company

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. 

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


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

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

HOMESpun - A D15 Young Voices Exhibition

HOMESpun - A D15 Young Voices Exhibition

With Writer/Spoken Word Poet Colm Keegan in collaboration with Artist In Residence Michael McLoughlin

Thu 1 Mar - Sat 21 Apr 2018 First Floor Gallery

HOMESPUN is the culmination of a spoken word and poetry project which seeks to celebrate and give a public platform to the voices and experiences of young people who call Dublin 15 home. We have one of the largest populations of young people in the country for whom Dublin 15 is not the place of their birth, or their parents birth. There are children from Cork, from Warsaw, from Tokyo, there are children who live in apartments, houses, even hotels. There are young people, for whom their friends mean Home and for others, Home can only ever be where their family is. Home can be when you have beans on toast, it can be your diary, or where your granny is, it can be in the car, or in your earphones.

Beginning with explorative workshops and events in Mulhuddart Community Centre and with D15 Youth Theatre in Winter 2017, Colm began to talk and explore the notion of Home. Over January 2018, he will work more intensely with groups, in schools, with youth groups, through an intergenerational workshop in a nursing home, facilitating and collecting spoken word poems and writings across Dublin 15, with the same question, what does Home mean? In February Colm will begin to collaborate with contemporary artist Michael McLoughlin and a small group of young people. Inspired by the words, poetry and stories created by participants in Colm’s workshops, our young group will be introduced to the concepts of contemporary art and new media and presented with the challenge of how to transform an arts practice that is at its heart performance, onto the white walls of Draíocht’s First Floor Gallery. Facilitated by Michael, the group will begin to create soundscapes and film that interpret the thoughts, ideas and reality of the words of the original project participants.

The resulting exhibition will be an exploration of sound and contemporary arts practice informed by a collaboration between Michael McLoughlin, Colm Keegan and young people and children of Dublin 15.

The exhibition runs in tandem with our HOME THEATRE IRELAND project and is accompanied by a live public performance evening in Draíocht’s Main Auditorium on the opening night. A short film documentary and publication featuring some of the participants work will be available through Draíocht’s box office.

For further information on this project, contact sarah@draiocht.ie.

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.

Guest Choir – tbc

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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 children 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!

Exploring Wonder and Imagination with Orla Kelly

Exploring Wonder and Imagination with Orla Kelly

Draíocht and Early Years - Exploring More With Early Years Arts

Tue 13 Mar 2018 Draiocht Workshop Room // €5 Per Child (Accompanying Adult Free)

This series of individual monthly workshops is intended to allow you and your child to explore different art mediums in an open and undirected way, starting with dance, then fairytales and finally storytelling. There will be mess but there will also be fun!
Cost: €5 Per Child Per Workshop (Accompanying Adult is Free).
Booking and further information from Box Office on 01-8852622.

Exploring Wonder and Imagination with Orla Kelly
TUE 13 MAR 
10.10AM-11AM & 11.40AM-12.30PM
Dur: 50 mins
Orla will use some storytelling, some painting, some making, some watching and lots of exploring in this session that encourages your child to investigate a range of interesting materials in a free and open environment. Dress for mess.

MORE:

Exploring Make Believe with Eimear Morrissey

Exploring Wiggling and Wobbling to Music with Antje O’Toole


Workshop Notes:
These workshops are designed for children aged 2-4 years. Please respect age limits as each workshop has been designed especially for this age range. All children must be accompanied by an adult and all adults must be accompanied by a child. These sessions are only suitable for one parent/guardian and accompanying child (without siblings).

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (2017)
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Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (2017)

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 14 Mar 2018 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

In an extraordinary true-life story, Annette Bening portrays American movie star Gloria Grahame, who meets and falls in love with a much younger British actor, Peter Turner (Jamie Bell) while performing in theatre in Liverpool. It is there that she is told that her breast cancer, which she successfully fought several years earlier, has returned. But rather than seeking further treatment, Grahame decides to make Liverpool her home, determined to spend her last days in the city with her lover. Based on the successful memoir by Peter Turner, this promises to be both a culture clash comedy and a heart-breaking romance.

Cert: 15A / Language: English / Dur: 105 mins
In association with Access Cinema

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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 8PM 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 Alzheimers." 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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Evil Under the Sun (1982)
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Evil Under the Sun (1982)

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 28 Mar 2018 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc / Early Bird: €5 (Book before 06 January 2018)

Based on Agatha Christie's 1941 novel of the same name and directed by Guy Hamilton (Goldfinger, The Mirror Crack’d), Evil Under the Sun’s relocation of the story’s original Devon setting to the Mediterranean makes for a sunny backdrop to this delightful and entertaining who-dunnit. Peter Ustinov, in his second outing as detective Hercule Poirot, shares the fun with a celebrated cast, including Maggie Smith, James Mason, Sylvia Miles and a terrific Diana Rigg as the narcissistic victim.

Early Bird: €5 (book before 06 January 2018)

Cert: PG / Language: English / Dur: 118 mins
In association with Access Cinema

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Penguins – Almost Sold Out
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Penguins – Almost Sold Out

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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Pat Shortt - How’s Tings?

Pat Shortt - How’s Tings?

The hilarious brand new show from Pat Shortt

Thu 5 Apr 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €28

Fresh from the success of his award-winning show, Selfie (“Dangerously funny.” - onstageblog.com, New York), Pat Shortt returns with a brand new show called 'How’s Tings?'
In a night of music and mayhem, Ireland’s most popular comedian explores all sorts of tings. Big tings and little tings. Personal tings and tings that are not so personal. Important international tings and tings that only affect the parish. In Shortt, it’s a funny show about tings.

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Tóraíocht
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Tóraíocht

Fíbín presents a new bilingual version of Diarmuid agus Gráinne

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

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

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

School Show:
Pre-engagement pack available to all schools who book tickets
Suitable for ages 12+ 
Especially suited to Leaving Cert Students
School Group Bookings

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Danny O’Brien - RaconTour
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Danny O’Brien - RaconTour

Thu 19 Apr 2018 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €14 / €12 conc

Fresh from a sell out month long run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and a tour of South East Asia, Award-winning comedian Danny O'Brien returns with his most adventurous and unique solo show to date! After inheriting a broken-down, unreliable, older-than-he-is motorcycle, Danny decided to take to the road on a comedic expedition. Come hear the story of this RaconTour- in all its glory, failures and triumphs alike!
Following in the footsteps of Simon Pegg, Dylan Moran and Dara O Briain - Danny was handpicked last year to perform as part of the iconic “Best of The Edinburgh Fest” Show in Australia, touring Perth World Fringe, Adelaide Fringe Festival and The Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Danny has also featured on The Comedy Channel’s "Brexit at Tiffany’s" Show and is a regular on Irish TV and Radio. As well as this he has been providing tour support for Today FM's Dermot & Dave's nationwide "Ah Sure Look It" Tour.
Don't miss one of the most exciting and highly anticipated stand up shows of the year!

Winner of the coveted Father Ted 'Tedfest' Award and voted FM104's 'Dublin's Funniest Comedian'

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"O'Brien took to the stage like a force of nature ... one suspects it won’t be too much longer before stadiums come calling." ★★★★★ Irish Examiner

"O'Brien is genuinely, uproariously funny with a huge stage presence and wicked timing... He looks set to be one of the breakout comedy stars of 2017." The Sunday Independent

"A perfect mixture of brains, banter and brilliance." ★★★★ Great Scott

Reach for the Stars 2018

Reach for the Stars 2018

The Norma Breen Theatre School

Sat 21 Apr 2018 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €25

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The Norma Breen Theatre School presents an energetic and fast-moving evening of song and dance, showcasing the children's talents with well-known celebrity guests.
Produced and Directed by Norma Breen.

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The Good Father
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The Good Father

Rise Productions

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

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

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

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

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

"Perfectly pitched ... sensitive and powerful ... Liam Heslin and Rachel O'Byrne never put a foot wrong." Sunday Independent

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Johnny Duhan - The Irishman’s Finest Collection
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Johnny Duhan - The Irishman’s Finest Collection

Fri 27 Apr 2018 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €18 / €15 conc

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In a career spanning 50 years, his greatest achievement is a quartet of epic song collections - Just Another Town, To The Light, The Voyage and Flame - which correspond to the four chapters of his lyrical autobiography, TO THE LIGHT.
Sylvie Simmons (author of the acclaimed Leonard Cohen biography I’m Your Man) had this to say about Johnny’s prose autobiography 'There is a Time'; “When I started to read it I couldn’t put it down. He has such a way with words...”
Johnny’s songs are sung worldwide in a variety of languages, thanks to the focus put on them by Christy Moore, The Dubliners, Mary Black and hosts of other Irish and international singers. His song The Voyage has become a modern classic. Christy Moore has termed Johnny “One of our greatest songwriters.” And the late Ronnie Drew described him as “one of my favourite songwriters.”
Join Johnny for an evening of songs from his newest album 'The Irishman's Finest Collection'.

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Neil Delamere - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Pensioner
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Neil Delamere - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Pensioner

Sat 19 May 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €23 / €21 conc

One day Neil’s dad asked him to help deliver the Meals on Wheels. He agreed. Little did they know that their lives would never be the same again. Except for the bits of their lives that didn’t change.

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