D15 Youth Theatre Spring 2017

D15 Youth Theatre Spring 2017

Tue 3 Jan - Fri 31 Mar 2017

TUESDAYS 7-9PM

With our newest members now fully welcomed into the fold we begin to work in earnest towards our summer performance. This bi annual event is the highlight of the D15 Youth Theatre experience and is not to be missed. Youth theatre members will work with Eimear Morrissey and Mark Rogers along with Draíocht’s technical staff to produce an original site specific piece of theatre. This year members will also workshop with Draíocht’s Theatre Artists in Residence, Collapsing Horse, in exciting workshops that will further inform our July performance. 

Keep an eye on our website for performance details. If you are interested in finding out more about D15YT, contact sarah@draiocht.ie or on 01 8098029.

Stagezone Singing Dancing & Drama Classes at Draiocht

Stagezone Singing Dancing & Drama Classes at Draiocht

Stagezone Theatre School - Fridays & Saturdays

Sat 14 Jan - Sat 17 Jun 2017

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


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


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

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

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

Oil Painting Classes - Intermediate
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Oil Painting Classes - Intermediate

With Dave West

Mon 20 Feb - Tue 11 Apr 2017 Draiocht Workshop Room

MONDAYS 20 Feb - 10 April 2017
10.30AM-1.30PM / 8 WEEKS
or
TUESDAYS 21 Feb - 11 April 2017
10.30AM-1.30PM / 8 WEEKS

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 West 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.


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 Emer McGowan on 01-8098027 or emer@draiocht.ie in confidence. Draíocht is committed, within its resources, to access to the arts for all.

Oil Painting Classes - Beginners
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Oil Painting Classes - Beginners

With Dave West

Mon 20 Feb - Mon 10 Apr 2017 Draiocht Workshop Room

MONDAYS 20 FEB - 10 APR 2017
8 WEEKS / 7.30-9.30PM
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.

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 Emer McGowan on 01-8098027 or emer@draiocht.ie in confidence. Draíocht is committed, within its resources, to access to the arts for all.

Preparing For Section 3 - Art Appreciation

Preparing For Section 3 - Art Appreciation

SECONDARY SCHOOLS & LEAVING CERTIFICATE

Wed 1 Mar - Wed 31 May 2017 // €25 PER CLASS // Dur: 60 Mins

COST: €25 PER CLASS / Duration 1 hour

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

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

BASS - Band And Song Support

BASS - Band And Song Support

Spring & Summer 2017

Wed 1 Mar - Tue 30 May 2017

AGE: 14-18 YEARS
SELECT TUESDAYS / 6.45PM-9PM / MAR-MAY 2017

Draíocht will continue to offer up supervised creative space for thinking, writing, collaboration and rehearsal for young people within the Dublin 15 area who are interested in spending time with other creatives in a shared space. If you would like to find out more about this free musical support please contact sarah@draiocht.ie or 01 8098029 .
Free space will be offered on  select Tuesdays through Jan, Feb and Mar from 6.45 pm to 9pm. Pre-registration is recommended, but not necessary. Tuesdays are dependent on availability of space.

Fargo (1996)
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Fargo (1996)

Wed 29 Mar 2017 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

Fargo is a 1996 American dark comedy crime thriller written, produced, edited and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, one of the most consistently inventive moviemaking teams of the last decade. Frances McDormand stars as a pregnant Minnesota police chief investigating roadside homicides that ensue after a desperate car salesman (William H. Macy) hires two criminals (Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare) to kidnap his wife in order to extort a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law (Harve Presnell).

Cert: 18  Language: English  Dur: 97 mins   Dir: Joel Coen
In association with Access Cinema

Edwin Sammon Vs Cancer
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Edwin Sammon Vs Cancer

With Andrea Farrell

Fri 31 Mar 2017 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €14 / €12 conc

Performing stand up for ten years now, Offaly native Edwin Sammon has established himself as one of the most popular comedians in the country. His unpredictable and immensely likeable style saw audiences award him the Tedfest Golden Toilet Duck in 2011 for best comedian and led to him supporting the likes of Jason Byrne, Fred Cooke and Ardal O'Hanlon on their nationwide tours. Edwin has been solidly building new fans at every major festival in the country and comedy clubs across Ireland and the U.K. In 2013 he was part of the sold out nationwide "Lads Of Comedy" tour.

Now gaining more fans in his role as Fr. Gabriel in RTE's popular sitcom "Bridget and Eamon"  and as Co- Presenter on "Republic Of Telly" he is bringing his first stand up special "Edwin Sammon vs Cancer" to Draiocht for one night.

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"Edwin Sammon was the find of the night, deploying some perfectly described imagery which should offer something for everyone." Chortle.co.uk

"Sharply Written, Brilliantly Performed." Totally Dublin.

Strange Feathers - SOLD OUT
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Strange Feathers - SOLD OUT

A Magical Aerial Dance Show for Children

Sat 1 Apr 2017 12PM 2PM 4PM Main Auditorium Stage // €7 adults / €5 children / Age: 18 months-7 yrs / 60 mins

Two little birds are learning to fly with the help of their surroundings in nature. Feathers drop from the sky to the beautiful sounds of soft music. With two aerial dancers and a musician on stage Strange Feathers mixes contemporary dance, aerial dance and live music in a humorous way. It is beautifully crafted and exquisitely delivered, full of unexpected and colourful wonders, which invite the children to explore, interact and discover new things about their world!

Presented by Fidget Feet (Ireland) & the Bird & Bat (Iceland) in association with Riverbank Arts Centre.

Show includes a free Mask-Making workshop beforehand.

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Draiocht’s Artist In Your Classroom Initiative 2017

Draiocht’s Artist In Your Classroom Initiative 2017

Workshops in your Classroom with Draiocht’s Artists

Mon 3 Apr - Fri 16 Jun 2017

This programme aims to provide a range of high quality arts experiences for Primary school pupils and teachers in your own classroom, facilitated by Draíocht’s professional artists. Your school can choose from two of specially selected and purposefully created school workshops below.
This Season, pupils will have the opportunity to create cartoons with Alan Nolan or bring out their dramatic side with drama with Eimear Morrissey. Workshops are tailored to your class’s age and abilities and will work with two separate classes each day.

Cartoons In Your Classroom
Age Range: 2nd-6th Class
Duration: 2 Class Group Workshops of 1.5 Hours
Artist: Alan Nolan
This Cartoons Capers workshop consists of a short, hilariously funny talk by author Alan Nolan  (who worked with Draíocht in 2016 on our Lucky Penny 2016 Project) and then the children join in as Alan gives a step-by-step drawing demonstration of one of the comical characters from his books. They then create their own mini-comic book using materials and help that Alan provides. Every pupil gets to bring home their own comic book.

Drama In Your Classroom
Age Range: Adaptable To All Age Ranges
Duration: Junior/Senior Inf: 4 Class Group Workshops of 45mins
2nd Class Upwards: 2 Class Group Workshops of 1.5hr Workshops
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 pupils the opportunity to experience the creation of something from nothing!

Workshop Notes & Bookings:
Workshops can take place from April-June 2017 on a date of your choosing.
Closing date for Bookings is Friday 28 April 2017 through Draíocht’s Box Office tel: 01-8852622.
The programme is offered on a first come first serve basis and is restricted to schools within the Dublin 15 area. Cost per day €150. All materials are provided. Schools are welcome to make multiple bookings, subject to artist availability, but due to budgetary constraints the above subsidised workshop rate is limited to two days per school. For further details please contact Sarah on 01-809 8029 or email sarah@draiocht.ie
 

D15 Youth Theatre Summer 2017

D15 Youth Theatre Summer 2017

April - July 2017

Tue 4 Apr - Tue 4 Jul 2017

Throughout the Spring & Summer terms, D15 Youth Theatre members are working on improvisation and scene creation with a focus on writing their own scripts for performance, to bring you their second self-scripted theatre piece. The piece will be co-directed by Eimear Morrissey and Mark Rogers and will run during July 2017.

Further performance details and ticket prices coming soon.      

Youth Theatre gives young people aged between 14-18 years a space to create, express themselves and explore ideas.

Transition Year Visual Arts Placement Programme 2017 - CANCELLED

Transition Year Visual Arts Placement Programme 2017 - CANCELLED

Tue 4 - Sat 8 Apr 2017

We are very sorry, but due to unforeseen circumstances, we've had to cancel our TY Visual Arts Placement Programme 2017.
We are hopeful to have a new Placement Programme for 2018. Details will be sent to all Secondary Schools in Dublin 15.

Brief Encounter (1945)
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Brief Encounter (1945)

Wed 5 Apr 2017 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

In a cafe at a railway station, housewife Laura Jesson meets Dr. Alec Harvey. Although they are already married, they gradually fall in love with each other. They continue to meet every Thursday in the small cafe, although they know that their love is impossible.

Cert: GEN  Language: English  Dur: 86 mins  Dir: David Lean
In association with Access Cinema

"One of cinema's classic love stories. " Times UK.

"One of the most vivid, impassioned and painfully believable love stories ever committed to celluloid." Time Out.

I Hear You and Rejoice
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I Hear You and Rejoice

Loco & Reckless Productions with Mikel Murfi

Thu 6 Apr 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

Following the sellout success of 'The Man In The Woman’s Shoes', Mikel Murfi returns with a new one man show.

Late in his life, Pat Farnon, a cobbler and all-round contented man, marries the redoubtable Kitsy Rainey. It’s a match made in heaven, in more ways than one. Written and performed by Mikel Murfi  'I Hear You and Rejoice' is a tender and joy filled account of a most unlikely marriage.
Meet Huby Patterson and Magic Mick as well as Sylvie, Eugene and Tony Cleary - the amazing no instrumental man. You may never look at life in quite the same way again. This show is the 2nd collaboration between Sligo County Council Arts Service, The Hawk’s Well Theatre Sligo and Mikel Murfi. It was created for the Bealtaine Festival - Celebrating Creativity As We Age.

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Gallery Launch: A History of Play - Eamon O’Kane

Gallery Launch: A History of Play - Eamon O’Kane

Fri 7 Apr 2017 7PM Ground Floor Gallery // FREE

You are invited to the opening of
A History of Play - Eamon O’Kane

On Friday 07 April 2017 at 7pm
Ground Floor Gallery
With Sharon Murphy, Draíocht Curator-in-Residence in Conversation with Artist Eamon O’Kane. 

Exhibition continues until 13 May 2017
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A History of Play - Eamon O’Kane

A History of Play - Eamon O’Kane

Fri 7 Apr - Sat 13 May 2017 Ground & First Floor Galleries

Artist Eamon O’Kane will transform the Ground Floor Gallery space into an interactive playful installation inspired by the educational play objects devised by educator and inventor of Kindergarten, Friedrich Fröbel. The installation comprises a number of elements including drawings, paintings and educational play materials known as Fröbel Gifts – colourful spheres, cylinders and tubes. These ‘gifts’ are used for unlocking creativity at an early age by teaching children about three-dimensional shapes and colours and their relationship to the environment and nature. The installation continues in the First Floor Gallery with projected animations and a response/play area.

Eamon O’Kane has exhibited widely and is the recipient of many awards and scholarships including the Taylor Art Award, The Tony O’Malley Award and a Fullbright Award. He has had over forty solo exhibitions including shows in Berlin, Frankfurt, Dublin, Zurich, New York and London and is Professor of Visual Art at Bergen Academy of Art & Design, Norway.

A History of Play is on loan from The Model, home of The Niland Collection, Sligo.

LAUNCH EVENT: FRI 07 APR 7PM

FAMILY DAY: SAT 08 APR 12-3PM

Dirtbirds
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Dirtbirds

Sinead Culbert and Sue Collins

Fri 7 Apr 2017 8.15PM Main Auditorium // €16 / €14 conc

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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Family Day - Build and Play

Family Day - Build and Play

A History of Play

Sat 8 Apr 2017 12 NOON-3PM Draíocht Galleries // FREE

Further explore the brightly coloured and engaging  exhibition ‘A History of Play’ for young children and get involved in some creative experimentation making playful and colourful 3D constructions and models.

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 Game
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The Game

THEATREclub

Sat 8 Apr 2017 8PM Draíocht Studio // €18 / €16 conc // Dur: 80 mins (no interval)

The Game explores the act of buying sex - the rules, the language and the power structures.
It’s a play that’s also a real-life game, with levels and consequences.
Five new men have volunteered each night. These men have never played ‘The Game’ before. They’ve no idea what they’re about to do and they won’t be given a script. They are doing this to be part of an event – a symbolic act – that calls us all to consider, to think and to review.
All you have to do is watch.
The Game gives audiences an insight into a world that sits uncomfortably beneath the surface of our day-to-day lives. How we legislate makes a statement about our values. The legal status of prostitution and sex work is a measure of our society. Laws around the world are changing. We’re all affected by those changes.

Devised by Gemma Collins, Grace Dyas and Lauren Larkin with Rachel Moran, Mia deFaoite and other women who have exited prostitution and women currently involved in sex work.

WE NEED MEN ... 

Contains nudity, strong language, sexual references, violence and material that some may find disturbing.
18+

This production is supported by The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaion and Mermaid Arts Centre.
THEATREclub are Project Artists, an initiative of Project Arts Centre.

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"Director Grace Dyas and her collaborators are determined to show how complex the subject is, and to ask us to think. They succeed, in a work that is brave, horrific and urgent." The Irish Times

SongSchool One Day B.A.S.S. Blast

SongSchool One Day B.A.S.S. Blast

Thu 13 Apr 2017

10AM-8PM WITH A CONCERT AT 7PM
Draíocht Studio   Age: 14-18 Years  Cost: €10

Building on our November 2016 SongSchool Blitz, we are again calling all creative music types! If you like strumming a chord or rapping a word, then join us for this awesome experience. Working with the experienced SongSchool crew you’ll spend the day writing and jamming up ideas. Collaborating with likeminded folk to write, arrange, rehearse and perform original material that will then be performed in a one off showcase that very evening in Draíocht’s Studio space. All levels and interests welcome, whether you’re a beginner or a Beethoven come along, collaborate, create and perform! The more eclectic the mix the more electric the music!

Booking is through Box Office, tel: 01-8852622

The Successful TD by John B Keane - SOLD OUT
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The Successful TD by John B Keane - SOLD OUT

Starring Jon Kenny and Mary McEvoy and Directed by Michael Scott

Thu 13 Apr 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc

One of your own – a vote for Tull is a vote for yourself!
Starring Jon Kenny and Mary McEvoy and Directed by Michael Scott, John B Keane’s ‘The Successful TD’ follows the trials, tribulations, misadventures and hilarious antics of Tull McAdoo as he seeks re-election to the Dail in the October Elections. Peppered with Keane's gallery of madcap characters this show will have you laughing at politics (in a good way) from the start.

A History Of Play - Mid Term Artist In The Gallery

A History Of Play - Mid Term Artist In The Gallery

Tue 18 - Fri 21 Apr 2017 Ground & First Floor Galleries

10.30AM-12.30PM  Free   Age: 2+ yrs

See the Ground Floor Gallery transformed into an interactive playful installation. The exhibition 'A History of Play' includes drawings, paintings and educational play materials known as Fröbel Gifts – colourful spheres, cylinders and tubes. A response / play area will run for the duration of the exhibition for self-directed play.
Over the Easter holidays pop in and meet artist Andrew Carson who will give you and your children an extra hand or chat further about the exhibition.

These sessions are free and intended for self-directed play and you can come and go as you please.
No pre booking required.

Youth Film Club - Film Making With Just Your Tablet or Phone

Youth Film Club - Film Making With Just Your Tablet or Phone

Draiocht, Fingal County Council Arts Office & CreateSchool

Tue 18 - Wed 19 Apr 2017

10AM-4PM
COURSE FEE: €15 
Age Range: 14-18 Years

Can you make a quality short film with the technology you already have in your home? This hands-on practical course is designed to introduce participants to pared down film making. Over the two days, in a fun and creative environment our facilitators will guide you in the craft of staging, shooting, directing, editing and producing a short film with just the use of a phone or ipad! 

We’re delighted to continue Fingal Film Club this Season. Funded by Fingal County Council Arts Office, the Club offers young people the opportunity to learn all about film through a series of programmes and short courses throughout the year. Places are limited and early booking is advised on 01 8852622.

A Date for Mad Mary (2016)
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A Date for Mad Mary (2016)

Wed 19 Apr 2017 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

'Mad' Mary McArdle (Seana Kerslake) returns to Drogheda after a short spell in prison - for something she'd rather forget. Back home, everything and everyone has changed. Her best friend, Charlene, is about to get married and Mary is to be her maid of honour. When Charlene refuses Mary a 'plus one' on the grounds that she probably couldn't find a date, Mary becomes determined to prove her wrong. 'A Date for Mad Mary' is a tough and tender story about friendship, first love, and letting go of the glory days.

Cert: 15a  Language: English  Dur: 82 mins  Dir: Darren Thornton
In association with Access Cinema

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Stockton’s Wing - Celebrating 40 Years 1977-2017
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Stockton’s Wing - Celebrating 40 Years 1977-2017

Thu 20 Apr 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €22 / €20 conc

After their hugely successful run of gigs at The Temple Bar TradFest 2016 and a headline show at the Fleadh in Ennis, Stockton’s Wing will play Draíocht's Main Stage this Season, Celebrating 40 Years 1977-2017 and performing from their vast and eclectic back catalogue of recordings.

Stockton’s Wing was the sound of progressive Irish music during the 80’s and early 90’s. Their eclectic mix of traditional, contemporary and original music along with their powerful energetic and creative live shows guaranteed national and international success. Their hit song ‘Beautiful Affair’ was voted into the all-time top 75 songs on RTE radio and reached no 7 in a similar poll on Today FM.
They recorded 8 studio albums, 1 live album and several compilations, singles and collaborations with artists such as The Dubliners and Finbar Furey. They played a supporting role to Michael Jackson and Prince at Pairc Ui Chaoimh, performed with Sammy Davis Junior at Lansdowne Road and Richard Harris, Tom Berenger and Sean Bean danced to their music on the set of The Field.
The current line-up has Mike Hanrahan – vocals & guitar, Steve Cooney - didgeridoo, bass guitar, Tommy Hayes - percussion, Paul Roche – flute, whistles, Tara Breen - fiddle and Karol Lynch on banjo and mandolin.

In the words of the band's producer, PJ Curtis after a recent reunion gig “What an extraordinary, amazing, mind-blowing concert the Wing delivered last night. I'm still spinning from it. It was TRIUMPHANT! ... no other word for it ... such an incredible turn-out ... and the music and the vibe made it a NIGHT TO REMEMBER!!! It rates as one of the top gigs of the decade for me!"

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Luan Parle and Clive Barnes
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Luan Parle and Clive Barnes

Sat 22 Apr 2017 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €16 / €14 conc

Two of Ireland's finest songwriters and performers Luan Parle and Clive Barnes have for many years been gaining an international reputation as solo performers. For the past two years they have been performing together to sold out audiences across Ireland, US & Europe.

Meteor & Tatler Award winner Luan Parle has had numerous hits & accolades. Her top 10 hit single 'Ghost' spent three months in the Irish Charts and was the most played Irish single of that year.
Parle signed her first record deal at just 12 years of age and has written and recorded with some of the world’s most successful songwriters & producers including Grammy award winning Bill Bottrell (Sheryl Crowe, Michael Jackson, Prince, Travelling Wilburys, Elton John) & Billy Steinberg (Madonna, Roy Orbison, Cyndi Lauper, The Pretenders, Whitney Houston, The Bangles, Celine Dion).
Parle signed with Elton Johns Management Company Twenty First Artists and opened for Elton three nights at the London Hammersmith Apollo. Signing to Sony Records, Parle released her critically acclaimed album 'Free' in 2007. To date she has released 3 studio albums and is currently working on her latest material due for release during 2017.

Clive Barnes is highly regarded as one of the finest performers on the roots circuit and has been gaining a worldwide reputation as one of the finest songwriters and guitarists on today's scene.
Having released four critically acclaimed albums of his own, he has played and recorded with some of the finest musicians on the world stage including Joe Cocker, Taj Mahal and Eric Bibb and also shared stages with Dr John, Jeff Beck, Solomon Burke, The Blind Boys of Alabama, & Gary Clark Jr to name but  few.
Barnes has played numerous US, UK and European Tours and taken various awards, Including Album of the Year for ‘Welcome to Farewell’ in the US magazine ‘Acoustic Guitar'. His new album 'Get Low' is due for release during 2017.

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"Luan Parle is quite simply one of the most exciting singers to emerge from Ireland, or any other country for that matter! She is a superb song smith as well." Evening Herald

"She seamlessly blends various American genres and styles including country, blues, jazz and pop on a dozen tunes, any of which would stand up in it’s own right. ‘Is This Goodbye’ showcases her voice & songwriting prowess to terrific effect. The Full Circle is a real winner." ★★★★ Hot Press

The Wolf and Peter
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The Wolf and Peter

CoisCéim Dance Theatre / by David Bolger

Thu 27 - Fri 28 Apr 2017 Main Auditorium // €7 adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class of 20+ / Age 6+ yrs / Dur: 55 mins

Thu 27 Apr  7pm / Fri 28 Apr  10am & 12 noon* 

Prokofiev’s PETER AND THE WOLF is one of the most famous pieces of music ever written. The classic story has been interpreted by many artists from Disney to the Marx Brothers and won a Grammy award for Bill Clinton, Mikhail Gorbachov and Sofia Loren.

CoisCéim Dance Theatre takes this timeless story of courage and imagination as inspiration. Here… the story is told through the eyes of a WOLF. Filled with dance and live music, this fun and richly theatrical production by David Bolger gives life to a Bird, a Cat, a Duck, a Boy, and of course a WOLF in a highly energetic original work. This production features the extraordinary pianist Conor Linehan playing live on stage as THE WOLF AND PETER takes children and their families on a thrilling adventure to explore and discover contemporary dance and performance at its best.

* After the 12 noon school show you will have the chance to 'Meet the Wolf' for free.
Directly following the 12 noon performance, the audience will be invited to meet the different characters from the story, and get to ask any questions they might have about the show. The cast will then guide the audience through some of the key movement sequences from the performance, where the children will be able to explore and practice some of the choreographic interpretation in lively, fun and interactive way from their seats (Dur 15 mins).


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Creative Dance Tales with CoisCéim Dance Theatre

Creative Dance Tales with CoisCéim Dance Theatre

Free Primary School Dance Theatre Workshops

Fri 28 Apr - Fri 5 May 2017 // FREE

APR-MAY 2017

For an added dimension to your engagement with our schools theatre programme we are offering CoisCeim’s 'Creative Dance Tales' workshops in your school.
Guided by a CoisCeim choreographer, the young participants will explore themes from the show ‘The Wolf and Peter’, share and exchange ideas and invent a unique creative dance tale of their own.

Two class workshops are offered for free to each of the first two schools to book and pay a deposit for performances of The Wolf and Peter (Fri 28 April 10am & 12noon).
Please enquire about the availability of these workshops at the time of booking on 01-8852622.

Confessions of an Immigrant
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Confessions of an Immigrant

Peadar de Burca / MorWax Productions

Sat 29 Apr 2017 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €15 / €12 conc // Dur: 60 mins (no interval)

Writer and comedian Peadar de Burca is an Irishman who gave up his life on the west coast of Ireland to raise a family in the Silesian region of Poland. Since going there he has developed asthma, earns the equivalent of 200 euro a month and has tried and failed four times to learn Polish.

But this is comedy show.

You might remember Peadar from his sold out stand up shows in Draíocht before, 'What Women Want' and 'Why Men Cheat'.

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"A natural storyteller with a great comedic gift." The Scotsman

Reach for the Stars 2017 - SOLD OUT

Reach for the Stars 2017 - SOLD OUT

The Norma Breen Theatre School

Sun 30 Apr 2017 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €25

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.

Exploring A History Of Play

Exploring A History Of Play

Draiocht and The Community / May 2017

Mon 1 - Wed 31 May 2017

Exploring A History Of Play:
Creative Creche Project
Artists Orla Kelly and Andrew Carson will work with two Dublin 15 pre school year classes to explore and create a huge story book using the exhibition as a starting point. The project will see children of 4 and 5 years old interact and build on ideas they see in an exhibition that has been created with them in mind. We will paint, tell stories and explore what these children have to say about the art they see around them.

Exploring A History Of Play:
With Blanchardstown Institute Of Technology
Working with students from Blanchardstown Institute of Technology’s BA Degree Programme in Early Childhood Care and Education, Draíocht will discuss and explore the exhibition, in the context of early years education and training. Students will engage in an exhibition tour, workshop, lecture and open forum with artist Orla Kelly.

North by Northwest (1959)
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North by Northwest (1959)

Wed 3 May 2017 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

North by Northwest is a tale of mistaken identity. An innocent man pursued across the United States by agents of a mysterious organization, trying to prevent him from blocking their plan to smuggle out microfilm that contains government secrets. Gripping, suspenseful and visually iconic, this late-period Alfred Hitchcock classic laid the groundwork for countless action thrillers to follow and stars Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint and James Mason. North by Northwest is now numbered among the essential Hitchcock pictures and is often listed as one of the greatest films of all time. 

Cert: Club  Language: English  Dur: 136 mins  Dir: Alfred Hitchcock
In association with Access Cinema

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Vladimir and Anton Live
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Vladimir and Anton Live

These young virtuosos have been playing together for almost 20 years ... a thrilling collision of sound ...

Fri 5 May 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €22 / €20 conc

Vladimir and Anton are Slovakian sibling musicians with a shared rare gift – mastery of the classical violin. These young virtuosos have been playing together for almost twenty years. Vladimir & Anton push their instruments and each other (sometimes literally) on to ever greater heights of artistic expression, joyful harmony and thrilling duels, this is sibling rivalry sound-tracked like you have never heard it before.
The brothers have been busy touring the UK as special guests of superstar soprano Katherine Jenkins, they have also played a special concert at the Slovakian Embassy in London as part of the Euros 2016, as well BBC Proms in the Park in Belfast. Following the successful national tour in Ireland in Autumn 2016, they are back to play a limited run of concerts for their Irish fans this May.

This thrilling collision of sound, performance, ancestry and rivalry combines to wonderful effect in Vladimir & Anton’s must-see live concerts, and on their debut album, recorded live onstage in Ireland. Expect to hear Flight Of The Bumblebee, Shostakovich Waltz, Dance of the Nights, Dark Eyes, Those Were The Days and many more.

Starring Vladimir & Anton Jablokov with Adam Kuruc (Piano) & Peter Vizvari (Double Bass).

www.vladimiranton.com

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Create Dance - Summer 2017

Create Dance - Summer 2017

Sat 6 May - Sat 24 Jun 2017 Saturdays MAY-JUN 2017 €5 per class Draiocht Workshop Room

Saturdays MAY-JUN 2017   €5 per class
Jnr Group (6-9 yrs) 12.30PM-1.15PM
Snr Group (10-17 yrs) 2PM-3PM

During this innovative dance project, dancers and facilitators Mark Rogers and Antje O’Toole continue to work their ‘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 Beirne, sarah@draiocht.ie / ph 01-8098029.
 

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The Quiet Land By Malachy McKenna
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The Quiet Land By Malachy McKenna

Patrick Talbot Productions / Starring Des Keogh and Derry Power & Directed by Bairbre Ni Chaoimh

Sat 6 May 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €15 / €12 conc

Two elderly farmers, Eamon and Nashee, meet at a gate on a remote hillside. These men are old friends, old rivals, old neighbours. They are men of heart, of humour, of hardness. Their conversation is a throwback to a gentler time, when silence was as telling as declaration, and meaning was more often found between the lines than on them.

But there's nothing gentle about today's conversation. In facing the bitter reality of their remote defiance, Eamon and Nashee have grown fearful and desperate. Now they are forced to confront each other with some heartbreaking truths that test their friendship to its limit. After today, will they ever again talk on this hillside?

'The Quiet Land' is a celebration of the humour, resilience and endearing innocence of an exiled generation as it struggles to survive in the isolated rural Ireland of today. It is Malachy McKenna's heartfelt tribute to a rare breed of forgotten men who live a long way in off the road.

Winner of the PJ O’Connor Award 2014

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"A glorious, perfectly-pitched pair of performances." ★★★★ The Scotsman

"Two quietly epic performances ... don’t miss it." Emer O Kelly, Sunday Independent

A Night of Theatre

A Night of Theatre

Coolmine Drama Circle

Tue 9 - Sat 13 May 2017 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €16 / €13 conc

Three for the price of one! Coolmine Drama Circle has been producing great theatre for many years and this Summer, they have decided to offer something new. Come to Draíocht this May and lose yourselves in a night at the Theatre. Three one-act plays will be performed in the Studio Theatre. Each production will be light hearted and totally entertaining! Three brilliant plays, one brilliant night!

Bobby Gould in Hell
Tell me another story sing me a song
None the wiser 

Contains adult content and strong language. Age 16+

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The Toddler Take Over – For Ages 1-4 Years - 2017

The Toddler Take Over – For Ages 1-4 Years - 2017

An Event Celebrating Early Arts

Thu 11 May 2017 10AM-2.30PM Draíocht Galleries, Draíocht Foyer & Draíocht Workshop Room

Booking opens on 13 April 2017, 10am, tel: 01-8852622.
Book-in workshops cost €5 per child (accompanying adult free).

Feel the Magic this May at Draíocht by joining us for our third Toddler Take Over! This event celebrates the limitless imagination of the very young child and the magic that happens when it is combined with the world of the arts. This year the event will use the exhibition ‘A History of Play' as a starting point, drawing ideas, colours and objects from the exhibition across the building. With a combination of book-in and free drop-in events, children are invited to explore the little spaces that big people don’t usually see.

So come join our artists and discover different arts mediums, draw, dance and play and nurture the creative potential of your child … and have some fun too.

Full programme available from Box Office Shortly.
To pre-register for advance information, email marketing@draiocht.ie 

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PJ Gallagher - A Brief History of the Irish Willy!
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PJ Gallagher - A Brief History of the Irish Willy!

Fri 12 May 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc

Hot on the heels of his 2016 success with Irish Box Office smash hit film ‘The Young Offenders’, PJ Gallagher returns to the stand-up stage. Best known for his television show ‘Naked Camera’, his various characters in the programme included an emotionally unstable taxi driver, renowned ladies man Jake Stevens and the Dirty Auld One. He also presents P. J. & McCabe In The Morning on Classic Hits 4FM.

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"That guy cracked me up for an entire afternoon and I forgot to meet my wife for lunch! It’s classic comedy but with a twist." Conan O’Brien, The Tonight Show

The Illegals with Niamh Kavanagh 2017
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The Illegals with Niamh Kavanagh 2017

The Ultimate Classic Rock Double Tribute

Sat 13 May 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €16 conc

Celebrating their 20th year, The Illegals are back at Draiocht with a line up of songs that includes some of the old favourites and a whole raft of new material – songs like James Dean, Gold Dust Woman, Landslide and Wasted Time. You’ll love The Illegals live - an entertaining three-hours of vocal harmony, superb musicianship, unforgettable songs and great fun - served up by a band at the top of its game.

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"Outstanding - The Rolls-Royce of Irish Rock." RTE

"Simply Stunning." The BBC

Annual Celebration Concert - Fingal Youth Orchestra

Annual Celebration Concert - Fingal Youth Orchestra

Sun 14 May 2017 7PM Main Auditorium // €12 / €10 conc

Fingal Youth Orchestra are delighted to present their Annual Celebration Concert. 
Comprising of nearly 60 members, FYO nurtures the orchestral playing of musicians ranging from 8 to 18 years of age. The four musical staff members work together tirelessly to bring out the best in each and every player. FYO fosters a love for orchestral playing, cultivating musical talent and musical appreciation in an atmosphere of enjoyment and teamwork. Spanning a huge repertoire of music, from concertos to pop songs, FYO adopts a non-competitive and motivational approach to all its activities. 

www.fingalorchestra.ie

Waves
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Waves

By Alice Mary Cooper / Presented as part of Spreacha – Fingal’s International Arts Programme for Children at Draiocht

Tue 16 May 2017 10.15AM & 12.15PM Draíocht Studio // €7 adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class of 20+ / Age 8+ yrs / Dur: 50 mins

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Waves is the story of Elizabeth Moncello, of her youth growing up on a small Australian island in the 1930s and how she came to be the unofficial inventor of the butterfly stroke. An intimate theatrical event combining highly expressive storytelling, delicate movement and splashes of humour to tell Elizabeth’s amazing tale of a life fully lived. Waves is about having an idea and the courage, drive and desire to follow it through - to swim against the tide of history and expectations, and to achieve something that is truly incredible. 
A delight for audiences from 8 to 80. 

Photo credit: Cristina Todaro

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"An exciting glimpse of something truly beautiful." Broadway Baby

"Fifty glorious minutes … imperceptibly crafted, cleverly told tale with its feel-good twists." The Stage

"A born storyteller." The West Australian

Sing Your Socks Off

Sing Your Socks Off

Mischa O’Mahony - Me & You Music

Tue 16 May - Tue 20 Jun 2017

Tuesdays / 6 Weeks / 16 May – 20 June 2017
10am: Age 4-17 Months (Dur: 45 Mins)
11am: Age 18 Months-3.5 Years (Dur: 60 Mins)
Cost: €42 For 6 Weeks Or €8 Pay As You Go (Subject To Availability)

Booking Tel: 01-8852622

Mischa O’ Mahony returns to playfully introduce you and your child to the elementary musical building blocks of pitch and rhythm and also the joy of singing your socks off. Come on this lively journey full of songs and music, using movement, instruments, stories and puppet friends. You will stamp your feet to the beat, wiggle to the rhythm, dance around, play many instruments and get to discover your child’s unique voices.

Places are limited so advanced booking is advised.
Please respect age limits. These sessions are designed for one-on-one parent and child time without accompanying siblings. Children must be accompanied at all times.

Creaking

Creaking

Co-Created By Oonagh Murphy & Noelle Brown

Thu 18 May 2017 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €12 Dur: 60 mins

Rita is tired of her humdrum existence. Her adult children are getting on her nerves and she misses her best pal Mary. It’s time to spice up her life! Creaking is based on the lives of real-life Irish people in later years. It explores the everyday challenges and pressures facing us as we age and how we attempt to defy stereotypes. Presented as a staged reading this moving and funny drama documentary will have a new cast of volunteers each night and includes a free post-show discussion with the writer, director and members of the cast.
Presented by Bealtaine in Association with NB Theatre Company

CREAKING - CALL FOR PERFORMERS
Older Non-Professional Performers Wanted For A Very Special Night Of Theatre At Draíocht. No Performance Experience Necessary Whatsoever.
Would you like to be part of the cast of a play reading of an exciting new show about older people in Ireland? Would you like to perform for one night alongside one of Irelands leading actresses? Are you available from early afternoon on Thursday the 18th of May till 9.30pm that evening? Please register your interest on 087-6867589 or email marketing@draiocht.ie for further details.

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Gallery Launch: School Portraits

Gallery Launch: School Portraits

John Ahearn, Mandy O’Neill, Blaise Smith, Kilian Waters

Fri 19 May 2017 6PM Ground Floor Gallery // FREE

You are invited to the opening of
School Portraits
Featuring Artists John Ahearn, Mandy O’Neill, Blaise Smith & Kilian Waters

On Friday 19 May 2017 at 7pm
Ground Floor Gallery
Preceded by Helen O’Donoghue Senior Curator Engagement & Learning Irish Museum of Modern Art IMMA, artists Mandy O’Neill, Blaise Smith, Killian Waters and children from Room 13 Fingal in conversation with Sharon Murphy Draíocht Curator-in-Residence 6pm

Exhibition continues until 24 June 2017
Read more ...

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My Real Life by Eoin Colfer
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My Real Life by Eoin Colfer

Starring Don Wycherley & Directed by Ben Barnes

Fri 19 May 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc / Early Bird: €16 (book before 07 April 2017)

Theatre Royal Productions presents Sing Street star Don Wycherley in the touching and entertaining My Real Life by Eoin Colfer.
Wexford man Noel has advanced MS and decides to end it all. While waiting for his overdose to take effect he records an increasingly rambling message for his best friend. Noel has apologies to make and messages to send. He has love in his heart and he wants to declare it even if it’s already too late.  Noel spends what is possibly the last hour of his life re-living the highs and lows of the past forty years and, surprisingly perhaps, it’s not all doom and gloom. 
My Real Life is a play that will make you laugh and make you cry.

Early Bird: €16 (book before 07 April 2017)

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"My Real Life is a surprisingly enthralling evening laden with as much humour as pathos. Wycherley’s performance really is that theatrical cliché – A tour de force." Irish Examiner

"Eoin Colfer’s beautifully worded script ... [and] ... Don Wycherley’s performance is a joy … Don’t miss it. " Waterford News & Star

"It’s more than a theatrical triumph … theatre at its best." Munster Express

School Portraits

School Portraits

John Ahearn, Mandy O’Neill, Blaise Smith, Kilian Waters

Fri 19 May - Sat 24 Jun 2017 Ground & First Floor Galleries

School Portraits takes the viewer into the world of school to see contemporary artists’ representations of young people, school buildings and the wide range of activities and experiences that go on during a school day. The exhibition presents work by sculptor John Ahearn, photographer Mandy O’Neill and painter Blaise Smith who have immersed themselves, often for extended periods of time, to create bodies of work that capture the rich and varied moods and lived experiences of Irish school life. The exhibition will also include new work produced in a collaborative project between filmmaker Kilian Waters, Draíocht Curator-in-Residence, Sharon Murphy and Room 13 Dublin 15.

From classroom to playground, from close-up to group studies, from painting-from-life to filmed testimonials, this exhibition offers an extended portrait of school and an insight into the thoughts and feelings of young people who go there every day.

Room 13 International is a network of student-run arts studios in schools and community settings worldwide. Room 13 Scoil Bhríde National School and Room 13 Tyrrelstown Educate Together National School both located in Dublin 15 are the first two Room 13 studios to open in the Republic of Ireland. Room 13 Inquiry in Fingal is an initiative of Fingal County Council Arts Office. You can read more here and here.

John Ahearn’s St Francis Street Boy’s 1994 is on loan from the Irish Museum of Modern Art IMMA through its National Programme. Works from Blaise Smith’s SchoolWork are on loan from Presentation College, Carlow.

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

LAUNCH EVENT: FRI 19 MAY 7PM

FAMILY DAY: Pastel Portraits, 10 June

PRIMARY SCHOOL WORKSHOPS

SECONDARY SCHOOL WORKSHOPS

Giselle
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Giselle

Ballet Ireland

Sat 20 May 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €16 conc / €12 (under 12s)

Love. Betrayal. Redemption.  

Giselle is a haunting story of love and betrayal. Our modern re-telling of this romantic classic is a timeless tale about the redemptive power of love. Betrayed by Albrecht, Giselle dies of a broken heart but her spirit returns to protect and forgive her now repenting lover from death at the hands of the vengeful Wilis.

Choreographed by Ludovic Ondiviela, former Royal Ballet dancer and choreographer, this production of love that transcends death, will capture the hearts and minds of audiences today. 

Ballet Ireland returns to Draíocht following its hugely successful SOLD OUT productions of The Nutcracker (2016) and Coppelia (2015).

MORE ... Video interview with Anne Maher

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Dublin 15 Guitar Summer Concert

Dublin 15 Guitar Summer Concert

Concert in aid of ARC Cancer Support Centre

Mon 22 May 2017 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €15

Following on from the success of last years event, the Summer Concert returns, showcasing  the musical talents of students studying with local Guitar Tutor, John McLoughlin. The concert will feature a selection of music acts performing on electric and acoustic guitar. A wide range of students (young and ‘mature’), will perform both instrumental pieces and songs; giving students a platform to perform in a concert setting. John's aim is to create a positive and relaxed atmosphere; to allow students to flourish and enjoy the experience of performing.

John has been working as a Professional Guitarist since 1993, performing live, on Radio and TV and Recording Studio. Graduating from the Cork School of Music with a Diploma in Instrumental Music Teaching (Guitar) in 1996, he subsequently worked as a Classical Guitar Tutor at the school, until his return to Dublin where he was employed as Guitar Tutor in Wesley college, where he remained for 14 years. He has also worked in the Blanchardstown area over the last number of years in various schools, along with his private teaching. He has worked with many well-known artists including Damien Dempsey, Glen Hansard, Sinead O'Connor, Mary Black, Frances Black, Lisa Lambe, Johnny McEvoy, Ronnie Drew, John Sheehan, Barney McKenna, Paul Potts, Finbar Wright to name a few.

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Focus On Your Voice Your Identity

Focus On Your Voice Your Identity

Draiocht & Secondary Schools

Wed 24 - Thu 25 May 2017

Age Range: Senior Cycle Students: 1st-6th Year
WED 24 & THU 25 MAY    
10AM-11.45AM OR 12.15PM-2PM
Cost: €45 per class

Using our exhibition ‘School Portraits’ as a starting point, spoken word poet Colm Keegan will encourage participants to discover the importance of their voice to create individual, original spoken word pieces. The workshop will begin with a facilitated visit to the exhibition, where participants will engage with portraits of their peers in a range of arts mediums, they will then return to the workshop room where they will respond to what they have seen with their unique voice.

Workshop Notes: Limited to 1 class per school but other classes are welcome to be part of a waiting list. Cost per class €45. Please get in touch with Sarah 01-8098029 or sarah@draiocht.ie if cost is an issue for your school. Max of 30 students/pupils per group.

Also Available for Senior Primary Classes
 

Pride (2014)

Pride (2014)

Free Bealtaine Movie Screening in Association with Access>Cinema

Wed 24 May 2017 7.30PM Main Auditorium // FREE

It's Summer 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power, and the National Union of Mineworkers are on strike! At the Gay Pride March in London, a group of gay and lesbian activists decides to raise money to support the families of the striking miners. But the only problem is the Union seems too embarrassed to receive their support.
Not discouraged, the activists ignore the Union and go direct to the miners. They identify a small mining villiage in Wales to make their donations to the community in person. This journey begins a surprising partnership between two seemingly alien comunties as they fight for the same cause.

Pride stars Bill Nighy, Adrew Scott, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Joseph Gilgun, Paddy Considine, George MacKay, Ben Schnetzer, Sophie Evans, Jessie Cave, Freddie Fox, Faye Marsay, Adrian Palmer, Lasco Atkins and Shane Salter.

Cert: Club/18   Dur: 119 mins  Dir: Matthew Warchus  Language: English
Presented as part of Access>CINEMA’s May Film Tour, happening during the Bealtaine Festival.
Thousands of older people all over the country take part in the Bealtaine Festival each year during the month of May, celebrating creativity in older age. Draíocht in Association with access>CINEMA are delighted to host the Bealtaine Film Tour here on 24th May, a programme of curated films specially selected with older audiences in mind. Tickets are free and early booking is advised by phone 01-8852622 or Online (booking fee of €1 will still apply online).

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The Henry Girls - Far Beyond The Stars
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The Henry Girls - Far Beyond The Stars

Thu 25 May 2017 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €16 / €14 conc

Donegal sisters  Karen, Lorna and Joleen are collectively known as The Henry Girls; nurtured musically by their celtic roots, their sound is not bound by them. They have found a way to personalise their music and, steeped as they are in tradition, successfully nourish the seeds of old with a bright, refreshing approach. They have a knack for creating authentic original material, rich in traditional values. Their tight three-part harmonies are matched by soulful musicianship across a range of instruments including harp, fiddle, accordion, ukulele, banjo and piano.

This Spring sees them release their 6th studio album, produced by Calum Malcolm (Blue Nile, Heidi Talbot), called Far Beyond The Stars.

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Starkids on Stage 2017

Starkids on Stage 2017

Fri 26 - Sat 27 May 2017 Main Auditorium // €15 / €12 conc

FRI 26 MAY 7PM
SAT 27 MAY 2PM & 7PM


Join the cast of Starkids for their end of year production. This talented cast of children aged 3 to 17 years will have you well entertained with excerpts from Winnie the Pooh, Jungle book, Lazytown, Tangled, Beauty and the Beast and Legally Blonde the Musical. A superb evening of song, dance and drama is guaranteed from these amazingly talented children. A must for all the family.

www.starkids.ie
 

Focus On Your Voice Your Identity - Primary

Focus On Your Voice Your Identity - Primary

Draiocht & Primary Schools

Wed 31 May - Thu 1 Jun 2017

Age Range: 5th-6th Class Pupils Senior Primary Classes
WED 30 MAY & THU 01 JUN
10AM-11.45AM OR 12.15PM-2PM
Cost: €45 per class

Using our exhibition ‘School Portraits’ as a starting point, spoken word poet Colm Keegan will encourage participants to discover the importance of their voice to create individual, original spoken word pieces. The workshop will begin with a facilitated visit to the exhibition, where participants will engage with portraits of their peers in a range of arts mediums, they will then return to the workshop room where they will respond to what they have seen with their unique voice.

Workshop Notes: Limited to 1 class per school but other classes are welcome to be part of a waiting list. Cost per class €45. Please get in touch with Sarah 01-8098029 or sarah@draiocht.ie if cost is an issue for your school. Max of 30 pupils per group.

Also available for Secondary Schools

Charlie’s a Clepto by Clare Monnelly
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Charlie’s a Clepto by Clare Monnelly

Presented by Axis Ballymun

Fri 2 Jun 2017 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €15 / €12 conc

Charlie is a kleptomaniac - the doctor told her. Reckons it stems from childhood trauma. But she has the robbin’ completely under control these days. For real. She has a bit of a mouth on her, but she’s only trying to be funny, give everyone a laugh, not cause trouble, like. Not today, of all days. She loves that little boy more than she ever thought it was possible to love another human. There’s a lot riding on these 24 hours, and if she keeps her head down, she’ll get him back. Directed by Aaron Monaghan.

Early Bird: €12 (Book Before 07 April 2017)

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Madagascar - Sensory Friendly Screening

Madagascar - Sensory Friendly Screening

Sat 3 Jun 2017 3PM Draíocht Studio // €5 adults & children Dur: 86 mins

Four zoo animals are shipped back to their homeland by an animal rights group that feels they belong in the wild. When the ship capsizes, the animals find themselves stranded in Madagascar. Having had humans care for them their entire life, they know nothing about survival and must work together with the locals to help them fit in.

For this sensory friendly screening the volume is lowered, the auditorium lights are left on at a low level so the auditorium won't be in total darkness, we have restricted the capacity and viewers can make noise and move around the auditorium space if they wish.

Bookings: 01-8852622

Learn To Play Music Day 2017

Learn To Play Music Day 2017

With Castleknock School of Music / Mini Music & Instrumental Classes

Thu 8 Jun 2017 1.30PM-5.30PM // FREE // 6MTS-8+ YEARS

Ever wondered what it would be like to play a piano, pluck a violin string or blow into a saxophone? Well, now you can with Castleknock School of Music’s ‘Learn to Play Music Day’, where you can come and try an instrument and it’s absolutely FREE. There are also ‘Mini Music Classes’ available for ages 6 months-8+ years. This promises to be a great afternoon to learn a little about music and have some fun.

Places are free but limited.
Advance booking essential on tel: 01-8852622.

Ages / Mini Music & Instrumental Classes / Times

6-24 mths / Mini Music: Busy Babies     / 1.30-2.00pm
2-3 Yrs   / Mini Music: Bonny Bluebirds / 2.10-2.40pm
3-4 Yrs   / Mini Music: Red Robins      / 2.50-3.20pm
4-5 Yrs   / Mini Music: Pink Bears      / 3.30-4.00pm
5-6 Yrs   / Try it Out: Pathway to Piano / 3.30-4.00pm
5-6 Yrs   / Mini Music: Yellow Bunnies   / 4.00-4.30pm
5-6 Yrs   / Try it Out: Adventures in Violin / 4.30-5.00pm
6-7 Yrs   / Try it Out: Adventures in Violin / 3.30-4.00pm
6-7 Yrs   / Try it Out: Gateway to Guitar  / 4.00-4.30pm
6-7 Yrs   / Mini Music: Green Frogs     / 4.30-5.00pm
6-7 Yrs   / Try it Out: Pathway to Piano  / 5.00-5.30pm
7+ Yrs   / Try it Out: Adventures in Violin  / 4.00-4.30pm
7+ Yrs   / Try it Out: Pathway To Piano   / 4.30-5.00pm
7+ Yrs   / Try it Out: Gateway to Guitar     / 5.00-5.30pm
8+ Yrs   / Try it Out: Flute/Clarinet/Sax   / 2.50-3.30pm

KidKast Showcase 2017

KidKast Showcase 2017

KidKast Castleknock Theatre School

Fri 9 Jun 2017 7PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €12 conc

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KidKast Castleknock are delighted to be showcasing their year's work in Draíocht this year. Come see their fantastic students, ranging in age from 3-14 years, demonstrate their dancing, singing and acting skills. It's guaranteed to be a fun night of entertainment with something for everyone. Under the direction of Eunice McMenamin.

Family Day - Pastel Portraits

Family Day - Pastel Portraits

Sat 10 Jun 2017 12 NOON-3PM Draíocht Galleries // FREE

After a look around the exhibition ‘School Portraits’ with our artists, we will learn more about what portraits are about, what stories they tell, before creating our own colourful portraits, while learning to blend and mix with pastels … maybe you’ll be the model … maybe you’ll be the artist … or try your hand at both!  

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!

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 10 Jun 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc / Early Bird: €16 (Book Before 07 April 2017)

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.

With hits from Amy Winehouse, Adele, Frank Sinatra, Paulo Nutini, Tom Jones, Tina Turner, Glen Miller & many more!

Early Bird: €16 (Book Before 07 April 2017)

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"I can’t wait for this band to come back, they were truly fantastic, great show / It was a great show, great music, class / A really entertaining show, the Route 66 Band were superb in every sense of the word." Audience Feedback From Previous Shows

West Side Story (1961)
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West Side Story (1961)

Wed 14 Jun 2017 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

Buoyed by Robert Wise's dazzling direction, Leonard Bernstein's score and Stephen Sondheim's lyrics, West Side Story remains perhaps the most iconic of all the Shakespeare adaptations to visit the big screen. This romantic musical update of 'Romeo and Juliet' won ten Oscars. The tale of a turf war between rival teenage gangs in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen and the two lovers who cross battle lines has captivated audiences for four decades.

Cert: PG  Dur: 151 mins  Dir: Robert Wise, Jerome Robbins
In association with Access Cinema

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"One of the great American musicals and one radically told through dance." Daily Telegraph

There and Back Again - An Odyssey

There and Back Again - An Odyssey

Lyngo Theatre Company

Thu 15 - Fri 16 Jun 2017 10.15AM & 12.15PM Draíocht Studio // €7 adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class of 20+ / Age 6-11 yrs Dur: 60 mins

The Odyssey is the classic of classics, the mother of all stories, the ultimate source of myths and legends full of giants, ghosts, Greeks and great adventure. Follow Patrick Lynch as he launches Ulysses and his companions on a fantastic voyage which comes to life on a big screen while he plays with sand, stones, boats, bowls, fire and water. The use of multiple cameras will magnify table-top props down to the smallest detail to turn a storm-in-a-teacup into an Aegean tempest. 

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Fred Cooke - Fredliner

Fred Cooke - Fredliner

Sat 17 Jun 2017 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €15

Fred Cooke is embracing his unique musical style of comedy with his new show ‘Fredliner’. It has been a phenomenal year for Fred supporting his hero Tommy Tiernan to packed crowds across the country. Throughout this time, he has established himself as part of ‘the premiere league of Irish funny men’ (Hot Press). ‘Fredliner’ brings to the stage the mayhem of his life, from his school days to the social chaos of his adulthood.

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"Comedy genius. He has so much energy that he could power a small village in the west of Kerry." The Laughter Lounge

Dubliners’ Women - Adapted from James Joyce’s Dubliners
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Dubliners’ Women - Adapted from James Joyce’s Dubliners

In Association with The New Theatre Dublin & The James Joyce Centre

Sat 17 Jun 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €16 / €14 conc / Early Bird: €14 (Book Before 07 April 2017) // Dur: 60 mins

Immerse yourself in the hidden worlds of Eveline, Clay and The Boarding House, three short stories by one of the 20th Century's greatest writers, James Joyce. Dubliners' Women shines a light on the female narratives in Joyce's iconic collection of stories and their resonances with Ireland today, dealing with themes such as marginalisation, familial bonds and reproductive rights. The show is performed in a playful format using elements of physical comedy and clowning to bring the three Dubliners stories to life.

Starring Katie O’Kelly, Madi O’Carroll & Gordon Quigley
Directed by Sarah Baxter
Join the Actors for a free post show discussion.

Early Bird: €14 (Book Before 07 April 2017)

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"A delicate, balanced and wistful evening of theatre ... [Joyce] would have felt his immortal stories well served by this production, lit as well as it is directed and played." The Sunday Independent

"Old fashioned storytelling that is touching, funny, and performed with gusto by a marvellous cast ... an hour of near impeccable theatre." The Reviews Hub

"Dubliners Women' exudes a lively sense of playfulness immersed in an exceptional interplay of light and shadow." The Arts Review

The Dublin Ballet Academy Summer Gala 2017

The Dublin Ballet Academy Summer Gala 2017

Sun 18 Jun 2017 2PM & 6PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €15 conc

GOING ON SALE ON MON 03 APRIL 2017, 10AM

This highly entertaining end of year production for all the family will showcase the amazing talent of the students with excerpts from some of the biggest ballets including Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Giselle, Coppélia and many more. Wearing spectacular costumes, students ranging from 3 years to 18 years, from three centres in Tyrrelstown, Blanchardstown and Drumcondra, combine to make this a most memorable event. 

Between Your Love and Mine - A requiem by Leonard Cohen
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Between Your Love and Mine - A requiem by Leonard Cohen

Presented by Mend and MakeDo Theatre Company

Wed 21 Jun 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

Work on Leonard Cohen's requiem, Between Your Love and Mine, began last summer. Using only the music and words of Leonard Cohen and with the singer's full cooperation, writer John MacKenna devised a piece of theatre which features a broad range of Cohen's work, sung and spoken - excerpts from Cohen's Book of Mercy; a late and unpublished poem; songs from across the singer's career and arrangements of later work - to produce a requiem that not only remembers young friends and those who mourn them but also, ironically, commemorates Leonard Cohen, whose unexpected death came just two weeks after he had approved the final draft of Between Your Love and Mine.

Musical director for the requiem is Aisling Carter and the work is performed by three singers; two actors and a four piece band. Between Your Love and Mine is arranged and directed by John MacKenna. 
Dur: 80 mins

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"Behold the gates of mercy, in arbitrary space, and none of us deserving the cruelty or the grace, o solitude of longing where love has been confined, come healing of the body, come healing of the mind." Leonard Cohen

Stagezone on Stage 2017

Stagezone on Stage 2017

Stagezone Theatre School

Sat 24 - Sun 25 Jun 2017 2PM & 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €17 / €15 conc

GOING ON SALE SHORTLY

Join the energetic young stars of Stagezone Theatre School with a show for all the family packed with great songs and dance routines from Jungle Book, Little Red Riding Hood, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Peter Pan, Bugsy Malone, Back to the 80’s, Sweet Charity and Shrek! This is a wonderful opportunity for all our students to showcase their talents in musical theatre, hip hop dancing and comedy. Stagezone Theatre School is based in Draíocht with classes for boys and girls from 5-20 years of age.

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Summer Projects 2017 - Fingal Film School

Summer Projects 2017 - Fingal Film School

Mon 26 - Fri 30 Jun 2017

MON 26- FRI 30 JUNE 2017  10AM-4PM    
Age Range: 13-16 Years  Cost: €55

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.

Booking through Box Office: 01-8852622

Thelma & Louise (1991)
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Thelma & Louise (1991)

Wed 28 Jun 2017 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc / Early Bird: €5 (Book before 07 April 2017)

Simultaneously funny, heart-breaking and peppered with action, Ridley Scott's Thelma & Louise is a potent, well-acted road movie that transcends the feminist message at its core. Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon play Thelma and Louise, two working-class friends who together have planned a weekend getaway from the men in their lives, one an overbearing oaf and the other simply will not commit. After an altercation at a bar, the two decide that they have no choice but to go on the run. Also stars Brad Pitt and Harvey Keitel.

Cert: Club  Language: English  Dur: 130 mins  Dir: Ridley Scott
In association with Access Cinema

Early Bird: €5 (Book before 07 April 2017)

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Mack Fleetwood - Rumours
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Mack Fleetwood - Rumours

The Premium Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band

Fri 30 Jun 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €22 / €20 conc

It is 40 years since the iconic Rumours album was released and the songs are still as fresh and relevant today. Mick Fleetwood called Rumours ‘the most important album we ever made’, because it was this record’s success that allowed Fleetwood Mac to continue making music for years afterwards. Rolling Stone ranked it number 25 in its ‘500 Greatest Albums of All Time’ list. This show features all the greatest hit songs on the Rumours album plus many more. A must for Fleetwood Mac fans!

photo credit: Trevor Quinn

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Draiocht and The Connect Club 2017

Draiocht and The Connect Club 2017

Sat 1 - Mon 31 Jul 2017

This July will be Draíocht’s 10th year working with the Daughters of Charity’s Summer ’Connect Club’ in Laurel Lodge.
The camp, catering for young people with varying degrees of intellectual disability aims at providing an outlet that is fun and focused on the individuals likes and interests. In the past our Artists have facilitated drama, dance, music and visual art workshops, encouraging participants to work on their individual creativity and style. Workshops are for ages 12-18 years. For Further information on these workshops please contact ruth.walsh@docservice.ie

Neil Delamere Live
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Neil Delamere Live

Sat 1 Jul 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €22 / €20 conc

Following sold out shows last year, the master of mirth is back with his own unique brand of his irreverent humour. 2016 was another busy year for the perennially popular star of the Blame Game, which celebrates its 10th birthday on TV this year. With that, a science comedy series for RTE2 and his radio show on Today FM under his belt, now he is back to where it all started, talking to strangers in rooms for money.

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"Simply put, Delamere is a master." The Scotsman

Rainy Days

Rainy Days

July & August

Sat 1 Jul - Thu 31 Aug 2017 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.

Summer Projects 2017 - Summer Song School

Summer Projects 2017 - Summer Song School

Mon 3 - Fri 7 Jul 2017

MON 03- FRI 07 JULY 2017  
10AM - 4PM / THU 06 JULY 10AM - 8PM
Free Concert For Family & Friends On Thu 06 July At 7pm
Age Range: 13- 16 Years   Cost: €55

SongSchool return with this week long project for those who are interested in 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.

Booking through Box Office: 01-8852622

Draiocht@Night

Draiocht@Night

Fri 7 Jul 2017 7-11PM

FRIDAY 07 JULY 2017
7-11PM   18+

Draíocht@Night presents a Summer Evening’s Extravaganza where Aoife Dunne brings the world of her exhibition 'Limitless' to life for one unforgettable party of art, performance, dance, music, spectacle, fashion and food!

Now Booking ... Meta Perceptual Helmets ...

Draíocht@Night is curated by Aoife Dunne (Artist) and Sharon Murphy (Draíocht Curator in Residence) with further curatorial support from Michael McLoughlin (Draíocht Artist in Residence), Louis Haugh (Draíocht Studio Incubation Artist), Mariam Ribón (Director Dublin Youth Dance Company & choreographer/dancer), Katherine Nolan (Performance Artist) and Hugh McCabe, Lecturer in Creative Digital Media at Institute of Technology Blanchardstown.

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Limitless - Aoife Dunne

Limitless - Aoife Dunne

Fri 7 Jul - Sat 26 Aug 2017 Ground Floor Gallery

Limitless is an immersive digital installation by artist Aoife Dunne which focuses on her preoccupation with perfection and fear of inadequacy. She is interested in the relationship between costume and identity and the creation of large-scale environments. The artist moves fluidly between physical and digital worlds presenting her work with deliberate childlike playfulness and absurdity.  In this piece, Aoife creates a video game and recreates the 2D game environment in the physical, allowing the viewer to enter the work. Limitless explores the desire to continuously recreate oneself in a never-ending cycle of self-construction driven by self-critique.

Aoife Dunne is an award winning artist and recent graduate in Fine Art Media from NCAD. Outside of the studio, Aoife works as a Creative Director and Stylist, the experience of which strongly influences her practice.

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MORE ... Public Ambition: Aoife Dunne Animated Interview

DRAÍOCHT@NIGHT   FRI 07 JUL  7-11PM   18+
Draíocht@Night presents a Summer Evening’s Extravaganza where Aoife Dunne brings the world of her exhibition to life for one unforgettable party of art, performance, dance, music, spectacle, fashion and food! Draíocht@Night is curated by Aoife Dunne (Artist) and Sharon Murphy (Draíocht Curator in Residence) with further curatorial support from Michael McLoughlin (Draíocht Artist in Residence), Louis Haugh (Draíocht Studio Incubation Artist), Mariam Ribón (Director Dublin Youth Dance Company & choreographer/dancer), Katherine Nolan (Performance Artist) and Hugh McCabe, Lecturer in Creative Digital Media at Institute of Technology Blanchardstown.

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

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Meta Perceptual Helmets - Cleary Connolly and Neil McKenzie

Meta Perceptual Helmets - Cleary Connolly and Neil McKenzie

Fri 7 - Sat 8 Jul 2017 First Floor Gallery

If we have two eyes, they why is our vision so limited? Why do we have so little depth perception? Why don’t our two eyes offer us two different views of the world? Why don’t they allow us to look behind and in front at the same time, or sideways in both directions? Cleary Connolly’s meta-perceptual helmets ingeniously invite us to set aside our preconceptions and to experience things in ways quite different from the norm. Wearing the helmets, you become a hybrid creature yourself, part human, part machine, part animal, but also: part work of art. A work of art that challenges those who contemplate the helmet - from the inside or from the outside - to take a new perspective on the world.

Artists Anne Cleary and Denis Connolly have spent several years developing an extraordinary series of helmets, art that can help us to explore these and other mysteries of visual perception. The collection has been hand-crafted in aluminium by master coach-builder Neil McKenzie and will be on view in Draíocht for two days only.

NOW ON SALE
Sessions are free and can be booked as follows with Box Office tel 01-8852622.
(Not designed for groups)

Draíocht@Night / 07 July / 7-11pm
Families & Children / Sat 08 July / 11AM & 12 NOON
Open to the Public / Sat 08 July / 2PM & 3PM

Further information: Sharon Murphy Draíocht Curator-in-Residence email: sharon@draiocht.ie

Summer Projects 2017 - Art Explorers Adventures Of Me

Summer Projects 2017 - Art Explorers Adventures Of Me

Mon 17 - Fri 21 Jul 2017

WORKSHOP A: 6-8 YEARS / 10AM-12.15PM / €40
WORKSHOP B: 9-12 YEARS / 1PM-3PM / €40

Inspired by our Ground Floor Gallery exhibition ‘Limitless’, artist Genevieve Harden will introduce the children to a range of art materials and look at artist’s who use themselves as inspiration for their art. ‘Adventures of Me’ will be an artistic journey, from giant finger prints, to drawing shadow silhouettes, to clay portraits, to painting a life-size me and the creation of a personalized storage box, all of which will be curated into their end of week exhibition for all to enjoy.

Booking through Box Office: 01-8852622