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

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

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Sur-Sargam Musical Society

Sur-Sargam Musical Society

Irish-Indian Talent Show

Sat 3 Sep 2016 3PM Draíocht Studio // €10 / €5 child / €20 family of 4

Coming to Draíocht for the first time SurSargam Musical Society will showcase the cultural diversity of Indian and Irish Culture through a feast of traditional dance, music & song. Since coming together in 2011 they have performed locally throughout Dublin 15 and further afield in Leinster. Expect to experience Rabindra Sangeet, Bharatnatyam, Recital of Sanskrit Shlokas and all the colour and movement of Indian traditional music and dance.

With Fon Woolridge an Irish Guitarist (who also plays eight other instruments), performing alongside the incredibly talented Jayshree Singhvi who is perfectly trained in areas of classical and Indian music and can even sing in Hindi, Rajasthani, Gujarati, Bhojpuri and English!

Preparing For Section 3 - Art Appreciation

Preparing For Section 3 - Art Appreciation

SECONDARY SCHOOLS & LEAVING CERTIFICATE

Mon 5 Sep - Fri 16 Dec 2016 // €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.

Band and Song Support

Band and Song Support

Tue 6 Sep - Tue 13 Dec 2016 Draiocht Workshop Room

AGE: 14-18 YEARS
SELECT TUESDAYS / 7PM-9PM / SEPT-DEC 2016

This Autumn Draíocht will 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 musical support please contact sarah@draiocht.ie or 01-8098029 . Free space and occasional mentors will be offered on select Tuesdays throughout the Autumn, dependent on availability.

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

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.

Walking Back to Happiness - SOLD OUT

Walking Back to Happiness - SOLD OUT

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 time 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 - ALMOST SOLD OUT
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Damien Dempsey - ALMOST SOLD OUT

Live and Solo 2016

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

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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

16 September 2016 - Free Events

Fri 16 Sep 2016 // Free Admission

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
Wild starring Reese Witherspoon
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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Wild starring Reese Witherspoon

Wild starring Reese Witherspoon

Cinema at Draiocht / FREE FILM SCREENING FOR CULTURE NIGHT

Fri 16 Sep 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // Free Screening for Culture Night 2016

With the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her mother, Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) has lost all hope. After years of reckless, destructive behaviour, she makes a rash decision. With absolutely no experience, driven only by sheer determination, Cheryl hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, alone. WILD powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddens, strengthens and ultimately heals her.

Cert: 15A / Language: English / Dur: 115 mins / Dir: Jean-Marc Vallée / 2014
In association with Access Cinema

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Stagezone Singing Dancing & Drama Classes at Draiocht

Stagezone Singing Dancing & Drama Classes at Draiocht

Stagezone Theatre School - Fridays & Saturdays

Sat 17 Sep - Sat 17 Dec 2016

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


NEW TERM REGISTRATION:
SAT 17 SEPT 2016 / 10AM-1PM


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/

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.

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

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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

Oil Painting Classes - Beginners SOLD OUT
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Oil Painting Classes - Beginners SOLD OUT

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 SOLD OUT
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Oil Painting Classes - Intermediate SOLD OUT

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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Gallery Launch: Robert Kelly

Gallery Launch: Robert Kelly

Expanding Spaces

Sat 24 Sep 2016 Ground Floor Gallery

You are invited to the opening of
Robert Kelly - Expanding Spaces

On Saturday 24 September 2016 at 3pm
Ground Floor Gallery

To be opened by John Graham, Dublin based Artist, Writer & Lecturer
Exhibition continues until 19 November 2016

Expanding Spaces is an exploration of liminal spaces as explored through the medium of drawing and printmaking, where the boundaries between both disciplines can sometimes seem blurred. Preoccupations with themes such as a space between, bending space and expanding spaces emerge through a process led and playful approach to the media used.
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Robert Kelly

Robert Kelly

Expanding Spaces

Sat 24 Sep - Sat 19 Nov 2016 Ground Floor Gallery

Expanding Spaces is an exploration of liminal spaces as explored through the medium of drawing and printmaking, where the boundaries between both disciplines can sometimes seem blurred. Preoccupations with themes such as a space between, bending space and expanding spaces emerge through a process led and playful approach to the media used.
Spectator focus is directed not only to materiality but also to visual and perceptual occurrences taking place within the works.

Robert is a graduate of Dun Laoghaire School of Art and Design, the National College of Art and Design and Trinity College, Dublin. His work is held in public collections by Louth County Council, County Monaghan VEC and in corporate and private collections in Ireland and Internationally.

Robert has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions with many group shows being curator led. Recent exhibitions include Interconnectedness - Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda (2014)(solo exhibition). Selected group exhibitions include: Legacy -National Print Exhibition, Hyde Bridge Gallery Sligo (2016); Establish Change - Basement Gallery An Tain Arts Centre, Dundalk (2015);  U Turn -The Library Project, 4 Temple Bar, Curated by Marysia Wieckiewicz-Carroll (2015); Mini Print International Seacourt Print Workshop, Bangor (2016 and 2014); Hot off the Press - Gormley’s Gallery, Lisburn Road, Belfast curated by Stuart Cannell (2014).

Robert is a member of Black Church Print Studio Dublin since 2010. He undertook a Cill Rialaig ResidencyAward in Ballinskelligs in September 2015.

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

D15 Youth Theatre Auditions 2016

D15 Youth Theatre Auditions 2016

Sunday 25 September 2016

Sun 25 Sep 2016 Draíocht Studio

11AM-2PM / Draíocht

Auditions will be held for new members for Draíocht’s highly successful Youth Theatre, for those aged between 14-18 years with a love of theatre and trying new things. D15 Youth Theatre runs Tuesday evenings 7-9pm, during schools term times starting in October.
All welcome to auditions.
Drop into Draíocht to pick up an application form or download HERE

If you are interested in finding out more about D15YT, contact sarah@draiocht.ie or on 01-8098029.

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Fingal Film Club 2016

Fingal Film Club 2016

Age 14-18 Years

Tue 27 Sep - Tue 18 Oct 2016 Draiocht Workshop Room

Fingal Film Club is back this Autumn. Funded by Fingal County Council Arts Office, Fingal Film Club offers young people the opportunity to learn all about film through a series of programmes and short courses throughout the year, starting in September 2016 and running through to June 2017. This Season we are delighted to present ‘Introduction to Screen Acting’ starting in September and ‘Making A Documentary’ in November. Finally Brick Flicks in December. Places are limited and early booking is advised on 01-8852622.

Introduction To Screen Acting
With Cormac McDonagh Of CreateSchool
TUE 27 SEP 6.30PM-9PM
TUE 04 OCT 6.30PM-9PM
TUE 11 OCT 6.30PM-9PM
SAT 15 OCT 12PM-4.30PM
TUE 18 OCT 6.30PM-9PM
COURSE COST: €15 (FOR 5 SESSIONS)

Are you ready to roll? This course will break down and interpret screenplay and characters using examples of famous movie scenes. You will learn how to create performances and characters that adapt to the filmmaking process, develop an understanding of equipment and the role of the actor on a film set, along with learning how to take direction in order to tell a good story. 

COMING IN NOVEMBER:
Making A Documentary

With Kilian Waters Of Shoot To Kill Productions
TUE 01, WED 02, THU 03 NOV 2016 10am-4pm
COURSE COST: €15

What is a documentary and what does it take to make one? If you have an interest in something then you have the beginnings of a documentary. If you have questions then you have the beginnings of a documentary. This hands-on practical course is designed to introduce participants to non-fiction documentary film making. Over the three days, filmmaker Kilian will guide you in the craft of researching, producing, shooting, directing and editing a documentary film. Think about a documentary you would like to watch! Does it exist? If not, let’s make it!

COMING IN DECEMBER:
Brick Flicks with CreateSchool

SAT 10 DEC 2016  10.30AM-4.30PM
COURSE COST: €10
An exciting stop motion workshop recreating famous film scenes in Lego!

Places are limited and early booking is advised on 01-8852622.

The Seagull by Anton Chekhov
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The Seagull by Anton Chekhov

The Corn Exchange and Dublin Theatre Festival on Tour 2016

Thu 29 Sep - Sat 1 Oct 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

The teacher loves the housekeeper’s daughter, who loves the young artist, who loves the girl next door, who loves the famous writer, who is the lover of the great actress — who had an affair with the doctor, who the housekeeper still loves after all these years.

In the first of his great masterpieces, Chekhov sets this parade of unrequited love on a summer estate where, with a meticulous eye and unsentimental clarity, he exposes the ridiculousness of our longing. Here, the young clash with the old, the artists with the civil servants and the traditional with the shock of the new.

This new version for The Corn Exchange by Michael West and Annie Ryan, shows how deeply relevant, radically contemporary and exquisitely funny Chekhov remains. The Seagull is a wonderful celebration of love and art – a study of what we aspire to most and how easily we keep our happiness just out of reach.

Directed by Annie Ryan.
Cast includes: Stephen Brennan, Derbhle Crotty, Imogen Doel, Anna Healy, Genevieve Hulme-Beaman, Rory Keenan, Louis Lovett, Jane McGrath and Stephen Mullan.
This production, which sees the Corn Exchange return to Draiocht after their hits, Dubliners in 2012 and Man of Valour in 2013, promises to be one of our New Season highlights.



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"As ever with Corn Exchange it’s the way they tell it that lifts things to the truly extraordinary." Herald Scotland

Create Dance Project - Winter 2016

Create Dance Project - Winter 2016

Sat 1 Oct - Sat 12 Nov 2016 Draiocht Workshop Room // €5 Per Child (Accompanying Adult Free)

GOING ON SALE SHORTLY

Jnr Group (Age 5-9 Yrs): 12.30pm-1.20pm

Snr Group (Age 10-16 Yrs): 1.45pm-2.45pm
Cost: €5 Per Class

Dancers and facilitators Mark Rogers and Antje O’Toole continue to work magic with dance with our create dancers, who love to dance and also happen to have an intellectual disability. Parents and siblings all participate. If you would like to find out more about this project, or find out if Create Dance is for your child check out our website or contact sarah@draiocht.ie / ph 01-8098029.

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Exploring Theatre Craft 2016

Exploring Theatre Craft 2016

Hartstown & Riversdale Production Project

Mon 3 Oct - Fri 25 Nov 2016

Over a six week period, theatre professionals will work with transition year students from Hartstown Community School and Riversdale Community College to introduce them to the magic of theatre. Concentrating on the creation of theatre and the experience of performance, participants will attend workshops as well as attend theatre shows.

If you are a secondary school in Dublin 15 and are interested in finding out more about this project please contact sarah@draiocht.ie

Keeping Mum starring Maggie Smith
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Keeping Mum starring Maggie Smith

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 5 Oct 2016 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

Walter Goodfellow (Rowan Atkinson), the vicar for the small English country parish of Little Wallop, has allowed his marriage to Gloria (Kristin Scott Thomas) go stale. Out of desperation for affection, Gloria begins to fall for the advances of Lance (Patrick Swayze), an American golf pro who is giving her ‘private’ lessons. Enter Grace Hawkins (Maggie Smith), the answer to Gloria's prayers: a charming, discreet housekeeper (with a wicked secret) who has her own unique definition of keeping house and an unusual knack for problem solving.

Cert: 15A / Language: English / Dur: 103 mins / Dir: Niall Johnson / 2005
In association with Access Cinema

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Red Hurley - Love Is All

Red Hurley - Love Is All

Thu 6 Oct 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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Conor: at the end of the Universe
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Conor: at the end of the Universe

Collapsing Horse Theatre Company

Sat 8 - Sun 9 Oct 2016 2PM & 4PM Draíocht Studio // €7 adults / €5 children / Ages 4-6 yrs / Dur: 40 mins

Conor is on a mission.  
A mission to get to the outer edge of the Universe before he runs out of time. But how long until the end of the Universe? How much space? How much time?

Conor: at the end of the Universe is a sensory and artistic journey through space at time-bending speeds. This stunning and engaging production, from the company that created Monster/Clock and Human Child, uses puppets, design, animation and music as Conor and his granddad bring you places that you've never seen before.
Ages:  4- 6 (and for people who remember what it was like to be 4-6!)

MORE ... Dan Colley chats about the show for Culturefox.tv

Supported by Draíocht, Fingal County Council and the Arts Council through Collapsing Horse’s Theatre Artist in Residency programme at Draíocht and the Collapsing Horse Membership.

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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 - (ALMOST SOLD OUT)
SAT 15 OCT 4PM - (SOLD OUT)

 

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

Focus On … Stamp, Stencil, Print

Focus On … Stamp, Stencil, Print

With Artist Genevieve Harden

Wed 19 - Fri 21 Oct 2016 Draiocht Workshop Room

WED 19 –THU 20 OCT 10AM-11.15AM OR 12PM-1.15PM
AGE RANGE: 1ST TO 2ND CLASS

FRI 21 OCT 10AM-11.15AM OR 12PM-1.15PM
AGE RANGE: 5TH TO 6TH CLASS

Under the guidance of artist Genevieve Harden, pupils will create an abstract geometric stamp design using inspiration from a tour to our gallery exhibition of prints by artist Robert Kelly. Using printing ink, pupils will have fun stamping and stencilling to create strange and unusual designs resulting in a unique piece of abstract art.

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

My Name is Emily
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My Name is Emily

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 19 Oct 2016 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

My Name is Emily is a story of madness, sadness and love. On her 16th birthday, Emily (Evanna Lynch) escapes from her foster home and with the help of Arden, the boy who loves her, she sets out to find her father, a visionary writer, locked up in a far-off mental institution.

Cert: CLUB / Language: English / Dur: 100 mins / Dir: Simon Fitzmaurice / 2015
In association with Access Cinema

More ... I'm a bit of a stubborn b****** ... Simon Fitzmaurice

More ... I found my tribe ... Ruth Fitzmaurice

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"My Name is Emily is a gem of a movie that's beautifully shot and sharply edited, and asks some big questions about what it means to be alive. A visually striking tale of love, loss and redemption." RTE GUIDE

"Life affirming and truly extraordinary." Film Ireland

"A rich emotional story." Under the Raidar

"" ★★★★ Irish Daily Star

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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Family Day Stamp and Stencil

Family Day Stamp and Stencil

Sat 22 Oct 2016 12 NOON-3PM Draíocht Galleries // FREE

Surrounded by the print work of artist Robert Kelly come to our gallery, learn a little about abstract shapes and art and create your own abstract stamp and print. 

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!

Bookings tel 01-8852622

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.

MORE ... Maeve Binchy talks about Minding Frankie

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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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The Intern starring Robert De Niro
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The Intern starring Robert De Niro

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 2 Nov 2016 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

Robert De Niro stars in this comedy about a fashion website that brings in an elderly intern. Ben Whittaker (De Niro) is a 70-year-old widower who has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway). Ben soon becomes popular with his younger co-workers and not-so-young co-workers too (Rene Russo).

Cert: 12A / Language: English / Dur: 121 mins / Dir: Nancy Meyers
In association with Access Cinema

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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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SongSchool One Day Blitz

SongSchool One Day Blitz

Fri 4 Nov 2016 Draíocht Studio

AGE: 14-18 YEARS / COST: €10
10AM-8PM WITH A CONCERT AT 7PM

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! 
Bookings tel: 01-8852622

Al Porter At Large
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Al Porter At Large

Fri 4 Nov 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €16 conc

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
 

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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
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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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Textured Adventures - ALMOST SOLD OUT

Textured Adventures - ALMOST SOLD OUT

An Early Years Project With Orla Kelly and Eimear Morrissey

Thu 17 Nov - Thu 8 Dec 2016 Draiocht Workshop Room

Families: THU 17 NOV, 24 NOV, 01 DEC & 08 DEC  
10AM-11AM

Ages 3-4 Years
Cost: €25


Using two very different exhibitions as a starting point, ‘The Beautiful Beasts’ and ‘Expanding Spaces’, artists Orla Kelly and drama facilitator Eimear Morrissey have carefully designed this series of workshops for crèches and families. Over the course of these 4 weeks our participants will explore a range of textures, form, print and story and ponder important questions like; ‘What does that squiggle feel like?’, ‘What is that lovely beast’s favourite jumper?’ … ‘Does he even like chocolate?’.

For Bookings Phone 01-8852622


This project will also be available to one D15 crèche. If you are interested in your crèche taking part please contact sarah@draiocht.ie or on 01 8098029.
Early booking advised

Focus On … Running Away With The Circus!

Focus On … Running Away With The Circus!

With Dublin Circus Project

Mon 21 - Wed 23 Nov 2016 Draiocht Workshop Room

MON 21 –TUE 22 NOV 10.15AM-11.15AM OR 11.45AM-12.45PM
AGE RANGE: 5TH TO 6TH CLASS

WED 23 NOV  10.15AM-11.15AM OR 11.45AM-12.45PM
AGE RANGE: 3RD TO 4th CLASS

Do your pupils have what it takes to join the circus? Why not find out with these workshops that are a taster of all things circus. A perfect introduction to different forms of circus arts coving different disciplines including juggling, prop balance, hula-hoop and much more!

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

Robert Mizzell in Concert
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Robert Mizzell in Concert

Tommy Swarbrigg Productions

Tue 22 Nov 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc

Robert Mizzell has made Ireland his home for over 20 years. He served his apprenticeship in country music since he first arrived here and is now a top country artist in Ireland and the UK. He has released 11 solo studio albums and a full length DVD to date and is constantly touring Ireland and the UK with his band ‘The Country Kings’. Robert was voted ‘Ireland’s Favourite Country Music Singer’ in a poll conducted by RSVP Magazine. His first major hit was ‘Kick Ass Country’, but it was ‘Say You Love Me’ that made him a household name in Ireland. Other hits include ‘John Deere Beer’, ‘Day Job’, ‘Louisiana Saturday Night’, ‘Mama Courtney’ and ‘Wham Bam’.

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Eye In The Sky starring Helen Mirren
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Eye In The Sky starring Helen Mirren

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 23 Nov 2016 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

Colonel Katherine Powell (Helen Mirren) is a UK-based military officer in command of a top secret drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya. Through remote surveillance and on-the-ground intel, Powell discovers the targets are planning a suicide bombing and the mission escalates from "capture" to "kill." But as American pilot Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) is about to engage, a nine-year old girl enters the kill zone triggering an international dispute, reaching the highest levels of US and British government, over the moral, political, and personal implications of modern warfare. 

Starring Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman and Barkhad Abdi.

Cert: 12A / Language: English / Dur: 102 mins / Dir: Gavin Hood
In association with Access Cinema


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"A tense, morally complex and extremely prescient thriller." The Times

"Helen Mirren is superb." Deadline

"Rivetingly suspenseful." Variety

The Nutcracker - SOLD OUT
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The Nutcracker - SOLD OUT

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.

"Sparkled from start to finish." Sunday Business Post

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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 in November. Come along with your Christmas shopping list and we’ve no doubt our 28 Crafters will be able to tick many items on that list for you. Be inspired by some beautifully hand crafted work, including knitting, crochet, jewellery, quilting, cards, prints, journals, children’s clothes, ceramics, glass work, umbrellas, crystals, leather goods, photography and much more.

While you’re here, enjoy our Monster Raffle with amazing  prizes, Christmas Face Painting, hot chocolate flowing from our Betelnut Café, watch our two Christmas Movies, ‘Mary Poppins’ and ‘Home Alone’ and Meet Fairy Clodagh from the Irish Fairy Door Company! We’ll also have an Elf on hand in our Workshop Room to help small people write and decorate their Santa Letters too.

So pop along during the days from 12 noon to 5pm for this lovely family weekend.

This is a Draíocht Fundraising event. If you can you sponsor a raffle prize please email ciara@draiocht.ie or phone 01-8098024.
Draíocht is a registered charity venue generously funded by Fingal County Council with additional funding provided by The Arts Council.

Meet Fairy Clodagh

Meet Fairy Clodagh

At Draiocht's Christmas Craft Fair Weekend

Sat 26 - Sun 27 Nov 2016 12.30pm / 12.50pm / 1.10pm / 1.30pm / 1.50pm / 2.10pm Draíocht Studio // €2 per child (ages 3+ / adults free)

Fairy Clodagh was specifically chosen by Queen Kate herself to help The Irish Fairy Door Company spread their magic far and wide! Queen Kate is the Queen of all fairies and lives in Fairy Valley. Her Majesty had never chosen a human fairy to work for her before but when she met Clodagh she knew that she (and her unicorn Fána!) were the perfect duo to help Queen Kate in her mission to find more human homes for fairies all over the world! Fairy Clodagh is an expert in fairy magic, she knows all there is to know about fairies and she sure knows how to have fun too!

Meet Fairy Clodagh at Draiocht's Christmas Craft Fair Weekend, tell her all your Christmas wishes and take your photo with her.

There will be 6 x 20 minute sessions each day as follows:
12.30pm / 12.50pm / 1.10pm / 1.30pm / 1.50pm / 2.10pm
Cost: €2 per child (Ages 3+ / adults free)

Pre-booking Strongly Advised (small capacities)

Tel Box Office: 01-8852622

This is a group 20 minute Meet & Greet with Fairy Clodagh from the Irish Fairy Door Company and not a full show.

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Mary Poppins starring Julie Andrews
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Mary Poppins starring Julie Andrews

Cinema at Draiocht

Sat 26 Nov 2016 3PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc / €5 children

This timeless Disney classic family movie combines songs, colour and sequences of live action blended with the movements of animated figures. Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews) is a kind of Super-nanny who flies in with her umbrella in response to the request of the Banks children Jane and Michael and proceeds to put things right with the aid of her rather extraordinary magical powers, spoons full of sugar and a series of fantastical adventures with her multitalented chimney sweep friend Bert (Dick Van Dyke).

Cert: PG / Language: English / Dur: 140 mins / Dir: Robert Stevenson / 1964
In association with Access Cinema

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Home Alone
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Home Alone

Cinema at Draiocht

Sun 27 Nov 2016 3PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc / €5 children

When bratty 8-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) acts out the night before a family trip to Paris, his mother (Catherine O'Hara) makes him sleep in the attic. After the McCallisters mistakenly leave for the airport without Kevin, he awakens to an empty house and assumes his wish to have no family has come true. But his excitement sours when he realizes that two con men (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) plan to rob the McCallister residence, and that he alone must protect the family home.

Cert: PG / Language: English / Dur: 103 mins / Dir: Chris Columbus / 1990
In association with Access Cinema

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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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Transition Year Dance Project

Transition Year Dance Project

With Dublin Youth Dance Company

Thu 1 - Fri 16 Dec 2016

Age: Transition Year Students
Starting December 2016

Dublin Youth Dance Company in collaboration with Draíocht presents this exciting and innovative Transition Year Dance Programme for secondary schools in the Dublin 15 area. Beginning with a taster workshop for all TY students in December, a small selection of interested budding dancers will be picked to join with students from schools across Dublin 15 to participate in a weekly Dance Programme in Draíocht. The programme will culminate with two performances on our Main Stage. Young dancers from DYDC will perform alongside the Transition Year Students.

If you are interested in your school taking part please contact Sarah Beirne, on 01-8098029 or sarah@draiocht.ie

The Beautiful Beasts

The Beautiful Beasts

An exhibition from The Ark

Thu 1 - Fri 30 Dec 2016 Ground Floor Gallery

Visit a weird and wonderful collection of animal sculptures curated by The Ark especially for children. Amongst these quirky, loveable animals, you will find a flying horse, a tortoise with a secret story and a toucan in disguise! Created by leading Irish and international artists from materials ranging from bronze, woods, ceramics and steel, you can learn about the techniques used to create the artworks and feel samples of the materials used.

The Beautiful Beasts exhibition is made up of some of The Ark’s favourite pieces from its collection which spans its 21 years of commissioning professional artists to create work for children.
Recommended for Ages 4+

Featured Artists
Owen Crawford, Conor Fallon, Luxon Gutsa, Orla Kaminska, Olivia Musgrave, Anthony Scott, Imogen Stuart.

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

The Beautiful Beasts is touring to three venues this Autumn/Winter season from The Ark on a ShortWorks Network Tour:
Riverbank, Newbridge: 27th Aug - 8th Oct
Linenhall, Castlebar: 14th Oct - 19th Nov
Draíocht, Blanchardstown: 1st Dec – 30th Dec

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

Fri 2 Dec 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc

Start spreading the news and tell everyone that you are going to celebrate Christmas at Draiocht with The Rat Pack Live performing all the greatest songs of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr. Come along, listen and join in and experience the greatest songs of the famous Rat Pack era with classics like My Way, Chicago, Under My Skin, That’s Life, That’s Amore, Mr Bojangles plus some beautiful Christmas festive favourites like, White Christmas, Silent Night and many more.
Starring Martin Joseph (Frank Sinatra), Dave Lee (Dean Martin) and Thomas Henry (Sammy Davis Jnr), this show sold out in Draiocht last year so book early to avoid disappointment.

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Family Day Beastly Experiments

Family Day Beastly Experiments

Sat 3 Dec 2016 12 NOON-3PM Draíocht Galleries // FREE

Join us for some beastly experiments in our Gallery Laboratory. We will provide an array of materials and inspiration for our Ground Floor Exhibition ‘The Beautiful Beasts’. You just need to be prepared to make decisions like, 1 eye or 5, 12 toes or none … all for your own lovely beast.

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!

Bookings tel: 01-8852622

Shrek

Shrek

Sensory Friendly Family Film

Sat 3 Dec 2016 3PM Draíocht Studio // €5 adults / €5 children // Dur: 90 mins (no interval)

Once upon a time, in a faraway swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek whose precious solitude is suddenly shattered by an invasion of fairy tale magical creatures, banished from their kingdom by the evil Lord Farquaad. Determined to save their home, not to mention his swamp, Shrek cuts a deal with Farquaad and sets out to rescue Princess Fiona to be Farquaad's bride.

For this sensory friendly screening the volume is lowered, the auditorium lights are on low, we have restricted the capacity and viewers can make noise and move around the auditorium space if they wish.

Bookings: 01-8852622

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Eimear Quinn - Oh Holy Night
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Eimear Quinn - Oh Holy Night

Sat 3 Dec 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €22 / €20 conc / Early Bird: €17 (book before 09 Sept 2016)

In this intimate and spiritual night, Eimear Quinn returns to Draíocht with her own special rendition of Christmas songs and carols for a memorable musical experience. Eimear's ethereal voice will blend beautifully with string quartet and guitar, so allow yourself to sit back and let the hustle and bustle fade away. The Christmas season begins right here, so let your spirit be moved!

Early Bird: €17 (book before 09 Sept 2016)

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Free Primary School Tours – The Beautiful Beasts

Free Primary School Tours – The Beautiful Beasts

Mon 5 - Fri 9 Dec 2016 Ground Floor Gallery // FREE

SUITIABLE FOR ALL AGES

Join artist Sarah Ward for a facilitated visit to our sculptural exhibition The Beautiful Beasts. This exhibition features a range of sculptured animals, real and imagined, that will engage your pupils with a variety of textures, materials, shape and form. Sarah will encourage pupils to engage critically with the exhibition, ask questions, wonder why and pupils will get a chance to respond to the work with sketches and small drawing exercises.

Tours will last 45 mins and are available from 10am-2pm.
Max 30 pupils per class.
All classes must be accompanied by a teacher.
Pre-booking essential by contacting sarah@draiocht.ie or tel 01-8092029.

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Christmas Gala Concert for Coolmine

Christmas Gala Concert for Coolmine

Tue 6 Dec 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €12

The Blanchardstown Brass Band and the Dublin Male Voice Choir shall combine their talents once again for this Christmas Gala Concert in aid of Coolmine. Sit back, relax and enjoy the arrival of Christmas at this evening of yuletide fun and Christmas favourites. Featuring solo items and audience participation this promises to be an evening that will appeal to people of all ages and bring a sprinkling of Christmas magic. 

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Scrooge - A Christmas Carol
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Scrooge - A Christmas Carol

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 7 Dec 2016 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc / €5 children / Early Bird: €5 (Book before 09 Sept 2016)

Crotchety Victorian businessman Ebenezer Scrooge (Alastair Sim) has no use for festivity, even at Christmas. After resentfully allowing timid clerk Bob Cratchit (Mervyn Johns) to have the holiday to spend with his loving wife (Hermione Baddeley) and family, Scrooge is swept into a nightmare. The ghost of his late partner, Jacob Marley (Michael Hordern), appears, warning that Ebenezer will be visited by three more spirits who will show the coldhearted man the error of his parsimonious behavior. Regarded by many as the most faithful film version of Charles Dickens' timeless classic.

Starring: Alaister Sim, Kathleen Harrison, Jack Warner & Michael Horden.
Cert: U / Language: English / Dur: 86 mins / Dir: Brian Desmond Hurst / 1951
In association with Access Cinema

Early Bird: €5 (Book before 09 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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Family Day Open Studio with Artist Jole Bortoli

Family Day Open Studio with Artist Jole Bortoli

Sat 10 Dec 2016 10AM-10.45AM & 11AM-11.45AM First Floor Gallery // FREE

These Open Studio sessions are designed for members of the public and families to drop in and meet our Artist in Residence, Jole Bortoli.
Explore her studio space in our First Floor Gallery and work creatively alongside Jole to respond to ‘The Beautiful Beasts’ exhibition, situated in our Ground Floor Gallery

Sessions are free. Please pre-register with the Box Office on tel: 01-8852622

Open Studio with Artist Jole Bortoli - Artist in Residence

Open Studio with Artist Jole Bortoli - Artist in Residence

Sat 10 - Fri 16 Dec 2016 First Floor Gallery

Fascinated by how humans have, in the arts and literature, transferred human qualities onto animals and animals’ onto humans, Artist Jole Bortoli will spontaneously respond to ‘The Beautiful Beasts’ exhibition in the Ground Floor Gallery. Using a range of materials as well as drawing, making and creating, Jole will reinvent the space to explore this special relationship between human and animal. So if you have ever wondered at Tumnus the Faun in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe or the God Pan in The Wind and the Willows come along and visit with Jole as she explores these fascinating ideas of ‘transformation’ and ‘metamorphosis’.

During this ‘Open Studio Residency’, as she makes her own work in response to the exhibition, Jole will engage with families and children. She will also do a number of targeted workshops with primary school groups; with Fingal Arts Office’s Room 13 Studio Programme; with Leaving Cert students to support their engagement with galleries and exhibitions; and with Draíocht’s CREATE Dance Programme. All workshops and events are free but must be booked in advance. Bookings tel: 01-8852622.

Jole Bortoli is a visual artist and Director/ Founder of Art To Heart (arttoheart.ie) with significant experience working with children. She works regularly with The Ark and has led pioneering visual art programmes there since 1995. She has art-directed the interior design of children-centred spaces such as the A&E Department in Temple Street Children’s Hospital and the Office for the Ombudsman for Children and works as an artist/facilitator with Rehab Dúnlaoghaire and The Sanctuary, Dublin 7. Her studio practice is based in Dublin and the Burren, Co. Clare. Jole is currently writing and illustrating her second book.  ‘Iria’ her first book and exhibition was launched in 2010 at The Ark and a new exhibition of this work is planned for 2017.

For further information about Jole's Residency, please email sharon@draiocht.ie

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, 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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Jack Lukeman Sings!
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Jack Lukeman Sings!

Northern Lights - Songs of The Season

Fri 16 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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* Please note date change from printed Season Brochure from 10 December to 16 December. Apologies for any inconvenience.

"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

Christmas Elf Making Workshop 2016

Christmas Elf Making Workshop 2016

Sat 17 Dec 2016 Draiocht Workshop Room // €10 Per Child (Accompanying Adult Free)

WORKSHOP 1: 4-6 YEARS: 10.30AM-12PM (SOLD OUT)
WORKSHOP 2: 7-9 YEARS: 1PM-2.30PM

Santa is so busy at Christmas time - can you make a Christmas Elf to help him out? Your Elf’s help might be required on Christmas Eve during your sleep! Wearing old clothes or an overall is a good idea. All materials will be provided and early booking is advised.

Phone Draíocht's Box Office on 01-8852622.
Please adhere to age recommendations: workshops have been especially catered for this age range. All children must be accompanied by an adult and all adults must be accompanied by a child. 
 

Carols for Christmas 2016
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Carols for Christmas 2016

New Dublin Voices

Sat 17 Dec 2016 3PM & 8PM Main Auditorium // €15 / €12 conc / Family of 4: €40

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

To book a family of 4 Phone 01 8852622

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Sleeping Beauty The Panto

Sleeping Beauty The Panto

Coolmine Panto Group

Fri 6 - Sun 22 Jan 2017 Main Auditorium // €20 / €17 conc

FRI 06 – SUN 22 JAN 2017

FRI 06   7.30PM /
SAT 07  2PM & 7.30PM / SUN 08  1PM & 5PM /
THU 12  7.30PM / FRI 13  7.30PM /
SAT 14   2PM & 7.30PM / SUN 15  1PM & 5PM /
WED 18  7.30PM (AUTISM FRIENDLY SHOW) /
THU 19   7.30PM / FRI 20  7.30PM /
SAT 21   2PM & 7.30PM / SUN 22  2PM

A Pantomime for all the family, Sleeping Beauty is a classic fairy tale about a beautiful Princess, an enchanted spinning wheel and a handsome Prince. The legend that transcends time begins with a christening, a jealous fairy called Magnificent and her evil spell at the Princess’s birthday party. But there to help is Auntie Dolly Dollar, the Duchess of Dishwater and her “friends”! A Pantomime full of fun, song, dance and romance all spin together in Coolmine Panto Group’s spectacular production.



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Reeling in the Showband Years
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Reeling in the Showband Years

It’s Back, it’s Bigger & its Better!

Wed 25 - Thu 26 Jan 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €32 / €30 conc

Go back in time to this magical era and never to be repeated time in Irish popular music! Compere Ronan Collins will sing his renowned tributes to Joe Dolan and Dickie Rock. Joining Ronan will be Keith & Lorraine McDonald, with their fantastic tribute to The Showband Ladies; the big sound of The Conquerors Showband and Eurovision stars Tommy and Jimmy Swarbrigg. Gina from The Champions, Brendan Bowyer and Shaun O’Dowd complete this super line up.

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Jason Byrne Is Propped Up
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Jason Byrne Is Propped Up

Thu 2 - Fri 3 Feb 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €22 / €20 conc

Jason Byrne’s brand new show has everything you’ve come to expect from ‘The Outright King of Live Comedy’ (The Times), plus Ducks, False Chins, Portable Igloos, Bewildered Owls and much, much more. The star of ‘Wild Things’ (Sky 1) and ‘The Snaptastic Show’ (TV3) has gone back to his comedy roots, probably so he can pull them up and use them as a prop as well.

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

"Unmissable." Evening Standard

The Three Tenors 2017
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The Three Tenors 2017

With Star Violinist & Local Guest Choir

Fri 17 Feb 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €28 / €26 conc

Performing up to 100 concerts annually in major venues throughout Ireland & UK - Derek, Dominic and Shane - collectively The Three Tenors Ireland - have been the headline act annually in such prestigious venues as the National Concert Hall Dublin, Cork Opera House, UCH Limerick, Wexford Opera House and recent sell-outs in Belfast Waterfront Hall and the 5 star Belfast Lyric Theatre. They also performed in Armagh, Belfast,Christ-Church Dublin, & Galway Cathedrals. Standing Ovations at every Concert! The trio has regularly appeared on both BBC and RTE Radio One and recently gave a lenthy interview on TV3 March 2016.

Ireland’s Hottest trio - RTE award-winners Derek Moloney, Dominic McGorian and Shane Morgan, promise you a night to remember! Introducing new hits ‘Caledonia’ ‘Over the Rainbow’ ‘RUN’ & ‘I don’t wanna talk about it’ (in special arrangements) the trio also include firm favourites ‘I Believe’, ‘SHE’ and from Sinatra (My Way/New York, New York), Leonard Cohen (Hallelujah), Pavarotti (Nessun Dorma) and The Dubliners - A rousing selection of the greatest Irish Ballads to include (Song for Ireland/The Wild Rover).

This exciting, thrilling, fast-moving concert is packed with the world’s most beautiful, magical feel-good, uplifting songs. Their noted friendliness & connection with their audience makes this event a special night-out.

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

"The best version of ‘Hallelujah." RTE

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

Isla Grant The Hits Concert 2017
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Isla Grant The Hits Concert 2017

With Al Grant

Fri 24 Feb 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €25 / €23 conc

Scotland’s most popular singer-songwriter Isla Grant makes a welcome return visit to Ireland. Isla is now established in Ireland, Austraila, the UK, Canada and America as a singer/songwriter of the highest quality. In the last year she has completed hugely successful Tours of New Zealand, Australia and the UK and once again received a 'Gold Disc' for CD sales. Add this to nine 'Platinum Discs' already received in Ireland and you can see why this 'Scottish Lass' is so popular. Her highly entertaining concert show features all her wonderful 'Hit' songs. Isla's interaction with her audience is second to none and the atmosphere at her 'Live' Shows is a joy to behold. As always her genial husband Al Grant will feature in a guest spot in the show.

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