The Lucky Penny 1916 Literature Project & Exhibition

The Lucky Penny 1916 Literature Project & Exhibition

D15 Primary School Artists With Illustrator/Author Alan Nolan & Writer Brian Gallagher

Tue 19 Apr - Sat 19 Nov 2016 First Floor Gallery

This exhibition is the result of a large scale innovative and fun filled arts and literature schools project which ran from November 2015-to April 2016, to commemorate 1916.

With initial inspiration from local author Brian Gallagher and his book ‘Friend or Foe’, reaching over 3000 Dublin 15 pupils, three 6th Classes were chosen to work with illustrator, writer and cartoonist, Alan Nolan. 
Inspired by a specific moment in ‘Friend or Foe’, pupils were introduced to the concept of how a coin could move across a revolutionary Dublin of 1916, making its way through the misery, chaos and upheaval of war. Pupils worked exhaustively, using themes and hints from Brian’s book, along with learning from tours to Collins Barracks and thorough research with their fantastic class teachers, to begin to shape and build characters and stories that, with the help of Alan would slowly develop into a full length cartoon, full of adventure and peril.

The resulting cartoon strips are now exhibited in large scale vinyl in our First Floor Gallery. The exhibition is accompanied by a full colour published comic book, along with a short film documentary which will be screened at the exhibition opening.


This project has been made possible with generous funding from Fingal County Council and Centenary Committee Funding.

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Jason Deans

Jason Deans

Any Observer

Thu 9 Jun - Sat 10 Sep 2016 Ground Floor Gallery

“What I really look for in my work is how the use of raw, natural materials can resonate, respond and retort to human interactions on the contemporary world.”

Jason’s ‘Any Observer’ work is predominantly sculptural and stands testament to significant social political commentary within the ephemeral constructs created. Lately, his pieces have expanded in scale and challenge, working with raw natural materials such as wood, sand, water and earth in ways that speak to our experiences as humans. This use of ephemeral materials in his practice is important, as the instability and wonder it creates within the work is key to the viewers experience within the space. Often the audience is imbibed with the view of them as a strategic player in the piece, a creative interplay between art and audience, the artist working always towards a contextual expression that feels cohesive and complete.

Jason is a Dublin based artist, graduated from University of Ulster in 2009 with an MFA and achieved his BA in Fine Art from DIT in 2007. He has shown in solo and group exhibitions throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland including Dublin, Belfast, Tullamore and recently exhibited as part of the Tulca ‘Seachange’ Arts Festival in Galway.

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Summer Projects 2016 - Fingal Film School

Summer Projects 2016 - Fingal Film School

With CreateSchool

Mon 27 Jun - Fri 1 Jul 2016

Mon 27 Jun-Fri 01 Jul 2016 // 10am-4pm 
Age Range: 14-18 Years / Cost: €65

Want to learn how to make your own films? Over these 5 days, facilitated by CreateSchool, you will collaborate with other creatives to plan, script, storyboard, film, edit and learn how to effectively add audio to produce your own short films.  Using mobile digital devices and a selection of apps you will gain skills and tips that you can take home and master with your own projects. The workshop will conclude with a screening of the films. These workshops are an initiative of Fingal Arts Office.

Bookings: 01-8852622.

Film at Draiocht

Film at Draiocht

Wednesday Films - September-December 2016

Tue 28 Jun - Wed 31 Aug 2016

Draíocht is delighted to screen its season of films, usually on two Wednesday evenings each month at 7.30pm in the Main Auditorium. We have a broad and varied programme to include some contemporary releases and also some children's films, which we usually show on a Saturday at 3.30pm. As some of the films we might screen have not been certified by the Irish Censorship Office yet, we need to operate as a film club, so a nominal fee is integrated into the ticket price for all films, so screenings are €7.50 full price and €6 concession, with children's tickets just €5, which we hope you will agree is very good value. Draíocht presents its film season each year from September through to June, in association with Access Cinema.

We will shortly announce our September-December 2016 Season, including a FREE Film on Culture Night.

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Rainy Days

Rainy Days

July & August

Fri 1 Jul - Wed 31 Aug 2016 Draíocht Galleries

On a rainy day over the Irish summer you are very welcome to visit our galleries and explore our two exhibition spaces with your children.
Our friendly box office staff will assist you with paper, clipboards, colouring pencils and a handy page (and a cushion if you need one!) and give you ideas and games to help you while away a few hours.

Losha - SOLD OUT
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Losha - SOLD OUT

Monkeyshine Theatre Company

Sat 2 Jul 2016 2PM & 4PM Draíocht Studio // €7 adults / €5 children / Age 5+ yrs

Where do things go when you forget them? Losha is a magical creature that likes to collect things, small things, important things, things that have been forgotten. She shares the memories of half remembered stories and explores unexpected worlds where only secret dreams can take you. Set in a delicate world of light and shadows with objects and poetic dance. Losha is a sensitive tale made for or family audiences.

"A treat for all ages." Caomhan Keane Entertainment.ie

Summer Projects 2016 - Summer Song School - SOLD OUT

Summer Projects 2016 - Summer Song School - SOLD OUT

With SongSchool

Mon 4 - Fri 8 Jul 2016

Mon 04- Fri 08 July 2016 / 10am-4pm
Thu 07 July 10am-8pm
Free Concert For Family & Friends On Thu 07 July At 7pm

Age Range: 14-18 Years / Cost: €65

Want to create songs and learn what it’s like to preform your songs live? Facilitated by SongSchool, these workshops are for those who are interested in just that: writing and recording songs, performing a concert, making a video, learning about music technology and meeting people who love music as much as they do ... not to mention forming bands and having fun! Participants receive a CD of their songs, a DVD of their videos and a certificate of participation.

Bookings: 01-8852622.

Summer Projects 2016 - Crafty Adventures: Make A Puppet Theatre

Summer Projects 2016 - Crafty Adventures: Make A Puppet Theatre

Mon 11 - Fri 15 Jul 2016 // €45

Mon 11-Fri 15 July 2016 // €45
Workshop A:  6-8 Yrs  // 10am-12pm - SOLD OUT

Workshop B: 9-13 Yrs // 12.45pm-2.45pm

During this year’s Crafty Adventures, we will scribble magnificent designs, cut amazing shapes, paint, splatter and print in blobs and splashes to create a magnificent puppet theatre. We will then glue together, doodle, shade and dress and decorate a puppet so, on the final day we can amaze with a marvelous puppet performance for family. Please respect age limits, dress for mess and don’t worry about coloring inside the lines.

Bookings: 01-8852622.

From Babies to Ladies

From Babies to Ladies

Skye's The Limit Singing & Dance Academy

Tue 6 Sep 2016 7PM Main Auditorium // €10 adults / €5 children

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Come join the talented young stars of the Skye's The Limit Singing & Dance Academy, ages 4-16 years, as they showcase their talents in musical theatre, jazz, hip hop, tap, commercial, contemporary/lyrical dance and singing. It's guaranteed to be a fun and entertaining evening with something for everyone.

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Walking Back to Happiness

Walking Back to Happiness

The Music of the 60s & 70s with Patricia Robinson

Fri 9 Sep 2016 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €12 / €10 conc

It’s 55 Years since ‘Walking Back To Happiness’ was first  released  in September 1961 and went on to become a No 1 hit for Helen Shapiro. This show looks back with great fondness to this and other memorable hits from the 60’s and 70’s and beyond.  It will make you want to sing along and stomp your feet and clap your hands in time with some of the great tunes like, ‘I only want to be with you’, ‘These Boots Are Made For Walking’, ‘Puppet On A String’, ‘Is This The Way To San Jose’, ‘River Deep Mountain High’, and to the disco versions of ‘Locomotion’ and ‘Singing In The Rain’. The show also includes big love ballads like ‘Evergreen’, ‘The Way We Were’ and dozens more. Patricia has performed in various venues around Ireland recently sang in Friedberg Germany with a top local and international star and in the Cavern Club in Liverpool where The Beatles first got their big break. So with a wealth of performing experience behind her and a magnificent voice, you will hear her demonstrate a wide range of vocal styles from Dusty Springfield to Karen Carpenter, from Barbara Streisand to Cilla Black and from Olivia Newton John to Petula Clark, all preformed in her own unique way. 

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On Sackville Street

On Sackville Street

Mount Sackville Secondary School

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

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

Written by Clodagh Havel and Directed by Niamh Dowling. 

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God Bless The Child
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God Bless The Child

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Damien Dempsey
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Damien Dempsey

Live and Solo 2016

Thu 15 Sep 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €22 / €20 conc

So how do you describe Damien Dempsey’s music to someone who hasn’t yet been exposed to it? Take some reggae, fuse it with traditional Irish music, add in rock and folk and put it all through a grounded working class worldly aware yet caring consciousness and you’re some bit of the way there.

For Dempsey, people and place are king. His voice is Dublin yet wholly distinctive, almost clichéd to say it, but he is part of a rich bloodline of Irish singers from Luke Kelly to Ronnie Drew, Christy Moore to Andy Irvine. Their kin outside Ireland are Springsteen and Guthrie, Dylan and Marley.

In Almighty Love, Dempsey’s sense of place reaches out beyond Donaghmede and North Bull Island, where he first performed in public as a teenager, across the Irish Sea and further afield. The locale is still in the lyrics. It’s there in the hauntingly poetical Chris and Stevie, a tribute to male bonding and grief. You can hear it in Canadian Geese – large migratory birds whose flight path took them past Dempsey’s boyhood window. It’s there also in the references to railway tracks and waves, visible from the rooftops of Dempsey’s childhood home. Those railway tracks took Dempsey and his boyhood friends out into their own imaginations and he hasn’t forgotten.

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"It’s clear from the first moment he sings a note that Damien Dempsey is one astonishingly gifted individual." The Daily Express (London)

"… one of the greatest songwriters of his generation." Irish Abroad (USA)

Culture Night at Draiocht 2016

Culture Night at Draiocht 2016

Fri 16 Sep 2016 // Free Admission

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YOUTH THEATRE CULTURE
Draíocht Workshop Room  // 7PM-8PM
Ages: 14-18 years
D15 Youth Theatre members welcome you into their world … bring a friend, introduce them to Draíocht and dip your toe into the waters of a fun Youth Theatre Workshop. Come along and experience Youth theatre Culture this Culture Night.

OPEN STUDIO - KATIE O'NEILL
Artist Studio // 7PM-8PM

FREE FILM SCREENING - TBC
Main Auditorium // 8PM-10PM

All Events Free but ticketed – 7PM-10PM – Pre-booking tel 01-885 2622 or register on the night.

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Route 66 Big Band Live in Concert
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Route 66 Big Band Live in Concert

Music From The 40’s To Today

Sat 17 Sep 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc

Route 66 Big Band were formed in 1998 and over the years have played at weddings, festivals, charity fundraisers as well as at the Rose of Tralee Festival Ball in the Dome in Tralee. Made up of experienced musicians from Dublin, Meath and Kildare, with a fabulous brass and saxophone section, they are perfectly blended together to produce the very best in Big Band entertainment. Because of many, many requests from admirers to hear the band they began theatre performances in 2015 and have now acquired a strong following. The key to their success, as confirmed by their audiences, is the great mix of music that they play which appeals to every age group. This is their first visit to Draiocht.

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Oil Painting Classes - Beginners
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Oil Painting Classes - Beginners

With Dave West

Mon 19 Sep - Mon 14 Nov 2016 Draiocht Workshop Room

MONDAYS 10.30AM-1.30PM
8 WEEKS / 19 SEPT – 14 NOV 2016 (NO CLASS 31 OCT)
DRAÍOCHT WORKSHOP ROOM
COURSE FEE: €125 / €100 CONC + €25 FOR MATERIALS

These classes will introduce participants to the medium of oil painting and will be a mix of theoretical and practical sessions. Some previous art experience would be beneficial but previous oil painting experience is not essential. We will study the historical context of the medium as well as different examples from various genres and periods. We will look at different approaches and techniques to oil painting and participants can expect to produce several oil paintings during the course.
Dave is a full-time artist and art facilitator working in oil and pastel. He has had numerous solo exhibitions and has exhibited with the Royal Hibernian Academy and the Royal Ulster Academy in addition to the Royal Society of British Artists and the Royal Society of Oil Painters.

Oil Painting Classes - Intermediate
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Oil Painting Classes - Intermediate

With Dave West

Tue 20 Sep - Tue 8 Nov 2016 Draiocht Workshop Room

TUESDAYS 10.30AM-1.30PM
8 WEEKS / 20 SEPT – 08 NOV 2016
DRAÍOCHT WORKSHOP ROOM
COURSE FEE: €125 / €100 CONC + €25 FOR MATERIALS

These classes are a follow up course for participants who have already completed Dave's Beginners Class in Oil Painting. This term will concentrate on developing brush skills and confidence, colour mixing, tonal values and recording images quickly and efficiently in paint.

Dave is a full-time artist and art facilitator working in oil and pastel. He has had numerous solo exhibitions and has exhibited with the Royal Hibernian Academy and the Royal Ulster Academy in addition to the Royal Society of British Artists and the Royal Society of Oil Painters.

The Songs & Poems of Percy French

The Songs & Poems of Percy French

The Percy French Troubadours & Guests

Wed 21 Sep 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €15

Laugh, sing and maybe even shed a tear with the 18 strong Percy French Troubadours, who invite you to join with them again for this evening of songs, poems and sketches by Percy French. Featuring all-time favourites ‘Are ye right there Michael?’, ‘The Darling Girl from Clare’, ‘To The West’, ‘The Four Farrellys’ and ‘Abdul Abulbul Amir’ (Percy’s first successful song), they’ll even give you a sheet with all the words to sing along!
The Percy French Troubadours have clocked up an impressive number of gigs as they continue fundraising for a variety of local charities. 

Having already raised over €50,000 for a variety of charities, this night will be in aid of CASA, The Caring and Sharing Association.

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An Evening with Paul Howard AKA Ross O’Carroll Kelly
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An Evening with Paul Howard AKA Ross O’Carroll Kelly

Thu 22 Sep 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €12 / €10 conc

Paul Howard is best known for the cult character who we love to hate Ross O’Carroll Kelly. The D4 has-been rugby jock is the protagonist of 14 books and a weekly column in the Irish Times. Prior to Ross, he worked for 16 years as a Journalist, first in news and later as one of Ireland’s most respected sportswriters, covering two Olympics, a World Cup and numerous major sporting events. He has won three Irish Book Awards and is one of the main writers on Irish Pictorial Weekly, the twice IFTA-nominated satirical sketch show. His biography of Tara Browne, the Irish-born Guinness heir who inspired The Beatles‘song 'A Day in the Life', will be published by Picador in October.
Join us for an evening with Paul Howard. You’ll be guaranteed belly laughs from a man who really knows how to tell a story!

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Aslan’s Christy Dignam and Joe Jewell
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Aslan’s Christy Dignam and Joe Jewell

Some Songs and Stories

Fri 23 Sep 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €22.50 / €20 conc

Christy Dignam, Aslan’s extraordinary frontman, plus Joe Jewell, Aslan’s lead guitarist and songwriter - childhood pals, lifelong friends and the founding members of Aslan - bring their very special and intimate acoustic show ‘Some Songs and Stories‘ to Draíocht for one special night. This show features some new and many of Aslan’s best known songs plus some classic covers. There is good banter with the audience, as the lads explain the background of some of the songs plus stories of 30 plus years in Aslan. Early booking advised.

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Red Hurley - Love Is All

Red Hurley - Love Is All

Sat 24 Sep 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €27.50

Red will perform his greatest hits from down through the years, including ‘Love Is All’, ‘When’, ‘Kiss Me Goodbye’, ‘Broken Promises’, ‘Isadora’, ‘A Poor Man's Roses’, ‘Let The Heartaches Begin’ and many more. Red is considered to be one of the finest performers Ireland has ever produced. His signature rich powerful voice, relaxed charm and energetic stage shows have captured the hearts of audience’s everywhere. Performances throughout Europe and the United States have firmly established him as a truly exceptional entertainer.

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Declan O’Rourke
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Declan O’Rourke

'One of the finest songwriters on the planet' ... Eddi Reader

Sat 8 Oct 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €22.50 / €20 conc

Declan O’Rourke is an example of how quality control can work in your favour; he hones songs quietly and assiduously until they are just right. There are songs here that are as rich as dark chocolate melting into your brain; songs sung in a resonant, reflective voice that will bring tears to your eyes and make you contemplate important matters such as life, love, what makes the world go round’. The Irish Times.

O’Rourke’s songwriting style moves faultlessly between impressionism, and story telling, and can be at home in almost any form. A dynamic performer, he is at once as comfortable fronting a 50-piece orchestra, as playing solo with his trademark guitar and bass drum. Songs of O’Rourke’s have been covered by a growing list of established artists ranging from Christy Moore, to Eddi Reader, to Josh Groban. A sold-out, eight-night residency at New York City’s Donaghy Arts Theatre opened the doors for his first US release in 2013. Jon Pareles of The New York Times said of Declan’s performance: “Compassion, romance, a sense of mortality and a sense of history run through the songs of Declan O’Rourke, who tucks virtuosity into his guitar playing, with meticulous dynamics.”

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"Declan O'Rourke is one of the rare breed, he arrived fully formed, his songs, and delivery belie his age, and ours. He's a timeless troubadour with a voice that breaks through all your defenses and gets to the heart of the matter. One of the true greats of our island." Glen Hansard

Michael English & His Band

Michael English & His Band

Take Me Home Irish Concert Tour with Special Guests

Wed 12 Oct 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €22

Michael English has established himself as one of Ireland’s top Country music stars since forming his own band just 2 years ago. He has been going down a storm ever since on the Irish & UK dancing scene performing to record crowds. So it’s fitting that Michael & his Band are preparing for their long awaited first Irish Concert Tour. An accomplished musician & songwriter, the good looking Kildare man is now a big name on the circuit with his energetic performances which leave the crowds wanting more. Michael’s current album ‘Dance all Night’ has been phenomenally successful and he is working on a follow on album for release this Autumn featuring all this current hits like ‘Take me Home’ along with some new material. His highly anticipated first DVD will also be released at the end of this year.

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The Gallant John Joe
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The Gallant John Joe

Written by Tom MacIntyre & Performed by Tom Hickey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Secret Life of Suitcases
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The Secret Life of Suitcases

Spreacha 2016 - Ailie Cohen Puppet Maker

Fri 14 - Sat 15 Oct 2016 Draíocht Studio // €7 adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class / Age 4+ yrs / Dur: 50 mins

FRI 14 OCT 10.15AM & 12.15PM
SAT 15 OCT 2PM & 4PM
Draíocht Studio  €7 adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class / Dur: 50 mins / Age: 4+

Larry works in an office and he likes it very much. He likes sorting and tidying and generally putting things in order. Everything in its place, a place for everything. But one day, a suitcase suddenly appears at his door. A suitcase with a tiny label. A tiny label with Larry’s name on it. And this suitcase has a mission …
Join Larry in ‘The Secret Life of Suitcases’ as his world gets turned upside down by a fantastical flying suitcase taking him further than he ever thought possible. Follow Larry’s journey as he discovers the thrill of adventure and the joy of coming home again.
This funny and enchanting puppet show was originally co-produced by the Unicorn Theatre, London.

Spréacha is presented by Draíocht in partnership with Fingal County Council.

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"Completely Delightful." Scotsman

"A charming, ingenious piece of puppet theatre infused with a spirit of adventure." The List

"A fantastical life-changing journey... the sheer craft and invention is a constant stream of delightfully quirky surprises." The Herald

The Fureys
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The Fureys

Fri 14 Oct 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €25 / €23 conc

Legends of Irish music & song The Fureys, renowned for their hit songs ‘I Will Love You’, ‘When You Were Sweet 16’, ‘The Green Fields Of France’, ‘The Old Man’, ‘Red Rose Café’, ‘From Clare To Here’, ‘Her Father Didn’t Like Me Anyway’, ‘Leaving Nancy’, ‘Steal Away’ and many more, are back in Draiocht this Season. The Fureys have been entertaining audiences worldwide for 36 years, audiences that have included former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, Former Irish President Mary McAleese and the late Pope John Paul while Tony Blair has publicly stated his favourite peace song of all time is the Fureys “Green Fields of France”. Recently Ireland President Michael D Higgins attended their concert in Dublin’s National Concert Hall. 
The Fureys are responsible for some of the most stirring music ever to capture the public imagination. Their folk based music has received standing ovations in some of the biggest concert halls of the world and they credit their musical ability to their parents, Ted and Nora, who were well known musicians themselves. They encouraged their sons to play music from a very early age and there was live traditional music in their house almost nightly. Their emotive songs stir many emotions….tears and laughter, sadness and joy. A Fureys concert is always a night to remember!

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The Nualas - Glitterbomb Tour
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The Nualas - Glitterbomb Tour

Sat 15 Oct 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €15 conc

The Nualas are celebrating their 21st – In those years they've played extended seasons in London, Dublin and New York, written and recorded several series for BBC Radio 4, split up and got back together again, clocked up innumerable TV appearances,  and met Chris de Burgh in the flesh. Now, with scorchingly brilliant new songs, red hot new chat and blistering new shoes, they are jetting in for one night only to leave you helpless with laughter, delirious with pleasure, and a little disorientated if you can’t remember which door you came in.

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"Staggeringly impressive three-part harmonies and a savage, biting wit." Metro Scotland

"They’re funny. Simple as." The Irish Times

"Did ye take my pants, they were here in the dressing room earlier?" Chris, a man they shared a dressing room with, once.

"Wackily original." The New York Times

The Dermot Byrne Trio
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The Dermot Byrne Trio

Dermot Byrne (Altan), Steve Cooney (Stocktons Wing), Trevor Hutchinson (Waterboys)

Thu 20 Oct 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc / Early Bird: €15 (Book before 9 Sept 2016)

For many years a member of Altan, Dermot Byrne performed, recorded and toured extensively with the group along with artists like Donal Lunny, Steve Cooney and Stephane Grapelli, bringing the beauty and joy of traditional Irish music to audiences all over the world. In other collaborations he has performed with Frankie Gavin, Sharon Shannon, and The Stunning along with many other outstanding Irish and international musicians. For his contribution to Irish music Dermot was chosen as TG4's Traditional Musician of the Year 2013.
For his tour Dermot will be joined by Australian Steve Cooney on guitar and Tyrone man Trevor Hutchinson on bass. Both Steve and Trevor have impeccable traditional music credentials with extensive touring, recording and performance experience alongside the greats of Irish traditional music. Australian-born guitarist, bassist, producer and didgeridoo player Steve Cooney is one of the most dynamic modern performers in traditional music. He has played with Stockton`s Wing, Sharon Shannon, Seamus Begley and Sinead O'Connor along with many other groups over the years. Bassist Trevor Hutchinson started his musical career in the late 70s playing electric bass with the innovative Belfast band, Katmandu. In 1986 he joined The Waterboys and toured with them until 1991. After switching to double bass he hooked up with Sharon Shannon to launch her solo career. In 1997 along with Donogh Hennessy and Sean Smyth he founded the traditional group Lunasa. He has performed and recorded with many artists over the years including; The Waterboys, Eric Bibb, Liz Carroll, Luka Bloom, Karen Casey, Solas, and De Danann.
This is an evening of music not to be missed.

Early Bird: €15 (Book before 9 Sept 2016)

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The Smoking Area Comedies
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The Smoking Area Comedies

Spider’s Ankles Productions / By Anthony O’Boyle

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

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

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

Adapted for the stage By Shay Linehan / Breda Cashe Productions

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

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

Directed by Peter Sheridan.

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Voyage

Voyage

Monkeyshine Theatre Company

Fri 28 Oct 2016 10AM & 12.30PM Main Auditorium // €7 adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class / Age 8+ / Dur 50 mins

The Tide is high, the wind is blowing and adventure is calling! Get ready for ropes, pulleys and power tools, wild stories, ferocious storms and far off lands. With their unique style and signature charm, Monkeyshine create an astonishing world where nothing is quite what it seems and life becomes a miraculous journey. Inspired by Jonathan Swift’s fantastic tales of Gulliver’s Travels. Voyage is an electrifying, big hearted epic for everyone over eight.
Monkeyshine Theatre present spell binding, warm hearted theatre for audiences of all generations, made with wonder and passion and sprinkled with magic!

Produced by Monkeyshine Theatre in partnership with the Strollers Touring Network.


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Chloe Agnew - The Voice of Celtic Woman
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Chloe Agnew - The Voice of Celtic Woman

With Seamus Brett on Piano

Sat 29 Oct 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc

As the lead voice with Celtic Woman Chloe Agnew spent an incredible 81 weeks at the top of the US Billboard World Music Charts. Now working as a solo act based in Los Angeles and touring internationally with some of America’s biggest and best orchestras Chloe is coming home to play a series of concerts throughout Ireland. The girl with the incredible voice will feature all the hit songs from her Celtic Woman albums plus a selection of songs from Hollywood’s vintage magic of the movies era.

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

And Other Ways of Being Human

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

Michael Harding, author of six plays for the Abbey Theatre, including Una Pooka, Misogynist, and Sour Grapes and many more for other Irish theatre companies, has lived a life of writing, reading acting and talking. A chronicler of ordinary life in midland Ireland through his column in the Irish Times, no one was more surprised than he when he was struck down with a depression in the summer of 2012. His subsequent record of recovery, the multi-award winning book 'Staring at Lakes', brought him to a whole new level of engagement with audiences throughout the country. He won the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2013 Non-Fiction Book of the Year and the John Murray Show Listeners Choice Award Book of the Year for Staring at Lakes. This was followed by his book 'Hanging with the Elephant'.

We are delighted to welcome Michael back to Draíocht's Main Stage to talk about his latest book ‘Talking to Strangers - And Other Ways of Being Human’. Hear him speak with openness, honesty and great wit on how he continues to attempt to tame the unruly mind. Hilarious yet poignant, homespun yet profound, down-to-earth yet prone to amazing flights of fancy, there's nothing quite like an evening with Michael Harding. 

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Al Porter At Large
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Al Porter At Large

Fri 4 Nov 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €16 conc / Early Bird: €16 (book before 30th June 2016)

Irish star Al Porter, as seen on BBC’s Live at the Apollo, follows up his hugely successful Edinburgh debut with a brand new show full of cheekiness, honesty & sparkling showmanship! Still living at home in Dublin, 23 year old Al has plenty of gossip from accidentally kidnapping his Godson to holidaying with twenty middle aged strangers! A feel good hour full of his trademark council-estate camp! 
"A future star" - Sunday Times 
"King of Camp" - Irish Independent 
"Immense likeability" - Irish Times 
“Clearly destined for arenas” – Loaded 
“Makes McIntyre look like a novice” – London Evening Standard

Early Bird: €16 (book before 30th June 2016)

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"Hilarious." ★★★★★ ScotsGay Magazine

"Infectiously joyful...A unique blast." ★★★★ Chortle

"Charismatic, a tad filthy and very, very funny." ★★★★ Scotsman

"Tremendous." ★★★★ One4Review

Oklahoma

Oklahoma

Coolmine Musical Society

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

Coolmine Musical Society is proud to present ‘Oklahoma’. This Rodgers and Hammerstein show is a story of ‘one bit’ of love, ‘one bit’ of comedy and a big old box social. With characters including romantic Curly, giggling Gertie and loved up Laurey, there’s an ‘all er nuthin’ line up. The audience will be taken from Kansas City to Oklahoma and Out of Your Dreams ... You simply won’t be able to say no! Yeehaw!

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Shadow of a Gunman by Sean O’Casey

Shadow of a Gunman by Sean O’Casey

Coolmine Drama Group

Tue 15 - Sat 19 Nov 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €16 / €13 conc

Dublin, 1920 and Ireland is in a state of civil war. Donal Davoren’s neighbours think he is an IRA gunman on the run. He isn’t. He is a poet. But the accusation gives him notoriety that wins the affection of Minnie Powell, an attractive young woman in the tenement … and he doesn’t dispute it! Davoren shares an apartment with the peddler Seamus Shields. One day Mr. Maguire, another peddler and a real IRA gunman, leaves a briefcase containing grenades. When Maguire is shot and the Black and Tans raid the apartment, the pair are saved by Minnie. Although the themes explored in the play are dark and tragic, O’Casey provides his audience with relief using his cutting Irish wit. 

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The Nutcracker
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The Nutcracker

Ballet Ireland

Fri 25 Nov 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €16 conc / €12 (under 12s)

Ballet Ireland is delighted to return with The Nutcracker, one of the world's favourite ballets, to stages throughout Ireland this season. This timeless classic, complete with glittering costumes and Tchaikovsky’s beloved & sumptuous score, takes audiences on a wondrous adventure full of quintessential Christmas magic.

It’s Christmas Eve. A marvellous party is taking place where the mysterious Uncle Drosselmeyer brings gifts for all the children. When midnight strikes, very strange things start to happen ... The Christmas tree grows to incredible heights… Clara’s magical Christmas gift, her Nutcracker, leads them into a fairy-tale world …
With her heroic Nutcracker at her side, Clara defeats the Mouse King and his army of mice, and they journey to the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets together.
This holiday season, experience the beauty and magic of Ballet Ireland’s Nutcracker, performed by an international cast of world-class dancers, with the whole family.

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"Sparkled from start to finish." Sunday Business Post

Draiocht Christmas Craft Fair Sat 26 and Sun 27 Nov 2016

Draiocht Christmas Craft Fair Sat 26 and Sun 27 Nov 2016

Sat 26 - Sun 27 Nov 2016 12 noon-5pm Galleries, Foyer & Workshop Room

Draíocht is thrilled to be opening its doors for a two-day Christmas Craft Fair Extravaganza. Come along and support our Crafters, enjoy raffle prizes, face painting and hot chocolate; watch our Christmas Movies and enjoy yourself. The 28 stalls will feature some beautifully hand crafted work, including knitting, crochet, jewellery, needlework, cards, journals, children’s clothes, handbags and much more. Entrance is free, pop along during the days from 12 noon to 5pm and support your local Arts Centre and crafters from Fingal.

Draíocht is a registered charity venue generously funded by Fingal County Council with additional funding provided by The Arts Council.

Reason in Madness - A Devised Reworking of King Lear
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Reason in Madness - A Devised Reworking of King Lear

Run of the Mill Theatre in collaboration with Arts Participation & Pathways Day Programme / St John of God’s Community Service

Tue 29 - Wed 30 Nov 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €14 / €12 conc / Early Bird: €10 (Book before 9 Sept 2016)

O matter and impertinency mixed! Reason in madness!
Lear is not having a good week. A storm is brewing and he’s running with the wolves. He’s old, he’s cold and his daughters aren’t talking to him. You can’t rule the world, if you can’t remember where your shoes are. It seems in this kingdom when you’re old and grey, suddenly, you’re in the way.

Run of the Mill Theatre collaborate with the participants of Pathways Programme, St. John of Gods Liffey Region to present a unique exploration and reworking of Shakespeare’s King Lear, created and performed by an ensemble of theatre makers with intellectual disabilities. Exploring themes of aging, vulnerability, mental health, power and responsibility, Reason in Madness is a colourful, evocative and unique take on one of Shakespeare’s most challenging pieces. 

Supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.

Early Bird: €10 (Book before 9 Sept 2016)

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Phil Coulter Festive Reflections
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Phil Coulter Festive Reflections

Thu 8 Dec 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €27.50 / €25 conc

Up in that Pantheon inhabited by the biggest selling recording artistes of all time in Ireland, rubbing shoulders with Bono and the Boys, you might be surprised to bump into Phil Coulter. He has performed with everyone from James Galway and the London Symphony Orchestra to Nanci Griffith and The Blue Moon Orchestra, not to mention Henry Mancini, Elmer Bernstein and Quincy Jones.

Come and join Phil this Christmas where he will perform new arrangements of all his favourite classic songs from The Town I Loved So Well to Steal Away along with a seasonal selection with his very special guest, Geraldine Branagan.

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Blanchardstown School of Music Christmas Showcase

Blanchardstown School of Music Christmas Showcase

Fri 9 Dec 2016 6.30PM Main Auditorium // €7

December 9th see’s Blanchardstown School of Music return to Draíocht for their Christmas Concert. The concert will showcase the talent of the students ranging from Singing, Piano, Drums, Violin & Guitar. With some festive inspired pieces along with some of the students exam preparation work it will be an afternoon of fantastic music and upbeat performances!

Blanchardstown School of Music is based in Coolmine Industrial Estate, Blanchardstown and was established in 2007 and has steadily grown since then with a wide variety of music lessons available in all instruments.

www.blanchmusic.com

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Jack Lukeman Sings!
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Jack Lukeman Sings!

Northern Lights - Songs of The Season

Sat 10 Dec 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €22 / €20 conc

Back by popular demand, in this show, 'Northern Lights – Songs of The Season', Jack will sing songs which take him back to winters of long ago and songs which conjure up the atmosphere of winters and Christmases of his childhood! He will also feature some brilliant new material from his brand new self-penned album! Jack L is one of Ireland’s treasures and the press have sung his praises for decades. Now it’s your chance to enjoy Jack L as we welcome him back to Draíocht this Season.

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"As with all great shows, it’s over too soon." Edinburgh Evening News

"A gorgeous, versatile Baritone." The Washington Post

"Undoubtedly the show of the Arts festival." San Diego Union Tribune

ABBA Forever
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ABBA Forever

Tommy Swarbrigg Productions

Tue 13 Dec 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €17 conc

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

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Des Bishop - Grey Matters
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Des Bishop - Grey Matters

Thu 15 Dec 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €22.50 / €20 conc

The fantasy of everlasting youth dyed with Des’s last purchase of Just for Men over a year ago. Now he is embracing the Grey and letting the wisdom of his years inspire his stand up. Grey Matters tackles the issues confronting Des these days, returning to live in New York, being surrounded by other people’s kids, gender and marriage equality, the dangers of snapchat, dating a Chinese woman, the prospect of reaching 40 and most of all, after the documentary-style stand up show about his time in China, Des is looking forward to returning to straight stand up where he can riff about whatever is on his mind. 

May contain strong language.

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