Gerry O’Mahony

Gerry O’Mahony

Keepers of Silence

Fri 28 Nov - Sat 7 Feb 2015 Ground Floor Gallery

‘In my work I seek to confront the instinctive realities of human and cultural challenges in a world which fluctuates between the familiar and the unknown, an odyssey that shows humanity’s struggle to find ways to inhabit the planet in a peaceful, productive and co-operative way. These pieces show the influence of patterned, colourful symbols of ancient and primitive art where the creations are a celebration of a life that is simple and uncontrived: an art without ‘art’. The work is a response to all of these influences and yet none of them – a separate entity created from the inter-mingling of both major and minor influences. The work is an expression of a vision of the world, an invitation to observers to share that vision and create their own. It is both a statement and a challenge.’

Gerry O’Mahony is a graduate from Limerick School of Art & Design. He has taught art in Ireland and has travelled extensively, spending long periods in both Israel and Malawi. These travels have been a huge influence on his art practice. He is a permanent member of Contact Studios, Limerick and has exhibited both nationally and internationally.

Read more about Gerry on his website ... here ... and Blog ... here ... 

Launched by Tracy Fahey ... READ SPEECH ... 

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

Image detail: Gerry O’Mahony, Searching for a wide embrace, mixed media painting on board, 60cm x 60cm, 2014



Sinead McDonald

Sinead McDonald

Uchronia

Fri 28 Nov - Sat 7 Feb 2015 First Floor Gallery

‘Uchronia refers to a hypothetical or fictional time-period of our world, in contrast to altogether fictional lands or worlds. A concept similar to alternate history but different in the manner that uchronic times are not easily defined’ – Wikipedia

A series of real and imagined self-portraits, these images investigate fate, free will and predestination, truth and longing and looks at how decisions, accidents and circumstances can change us utterly. What is it that makes us who we are? What if we could go back and undo things? Do we really have the power to shift our own narratives?

Sinead McDonald is a Dublin based artist and NCAD graduate. She has exhibited widely in Ireland and abroad, with recent work shown in the U.S., Estonia, Latvia, the UK and an ongoing community arts project in Western Finland. She works in a variety of media, most notably photography, video and physical computing. Research trajectories explore the sciences and collaborative practice and how using different disciplines can help navigate and illuminate difficult and taboo subjects, allow us to tell stories and ultimately, explore the most human of desires and yearnings.

Launched by Dr Sean Enda Power ... READ SPEECH ... 

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


Image detail: Sinead McDonald, Self Portrait, ‘If I Hadn’t Damaged My Meniscal Cartilage When I was 14’, 2014



Singing Dancing & Drama Classes at Draiocht

Singing Dancing & Drama Classes at Draiocht

Stagezone Theatre School - Fridays & Saturdays

Mon 1 Dec - Sat 31 Jan 2015

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


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


Saturdays
Stagezone Dance & Drama Classes (Children) 
10am-12am

Contact information for Stagezone:

Stage Zone
Gladys Coyle (01) 821 2280

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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 Aidan Gately on 01-8098024 for more information and hire fees or email aidan@draiocht.ie or go to our Room Hires Section  http://www.draiocht.ie/about/room_hire/



Carols for Christmas 2014
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Carols for Christmas 2014

New Dublin Voices

Sat 20 Dec 2014 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 the everyone - whether young or young at heart! Pop in from the cold outside, sit back and enjoy the arrival of Christmas.

Jack & The Beanstalk Panto

Jack & The Beanstalk Panto

Coolmine Panto Group

Sat 3 - Sun 18 Jan 2015 Main Auditorium // €20 / €16 conc

Things are not going well in Happy Valley where Mother Magee lives with her son Jack. All the crops and livestock are vanishing – even the King’s hen that lays the golden eggs has disappeared. Mother Magee is worried that her cow Daisy will disappear too. Jack is trying to find a solution to it all. Fairy Snow gives Jack magic beans that grow into a giant beanstalk. Jack climbs up through the clouds where he sees a castle which is home to a cruel giant. Jack battles the giant and rescues a young princess held captive in the castle. A fun Pantomime for all the family.
 

Panto Date Time     
Sat 3 Jan 2pm
Sat 3 Jan 7.30pm
Sun 4 Jan 1pm
Sun 4 Jan 5pm
Thurs 8 Jan 7.30pm
Fri 9 Jan 7.30pm
Sat 10 Jan 2pm
Sat 10 Jan 7.30pm
Sun 11 Jan 1pm
Sun 11 Jan 5pm
Thurs 15 Jan 7.30pm
Fri 16 Jan 7.30pm
Sat 17 Jan 2pm
Sat 17 Jan 7.30pm
Sun 18 Jan 2pm
Preparing For Section 3 - Art Appreciation

Preparing For Section 3 - Art Appreciation

SECONDARY SCHOOLS – LEAVING CERTIFICATE

Mon 5 Jan - Tue 31 Mar 2015 // €1 per student // Dur: 40 Mins

SEPT-DEC 2013
COST: €1 per student / DUR: 40 MINS

This section of the Leaving Certificate exam paper often includes a question on visiting an exhibition.  Facilitated by artist Andrew Carson, this tour gives students an opportunity to ask questions and find out further information about Draíocht’s exhibitions, focus on how we layout, install, display and light work. They will also have an opportunity to make notes, sketches and diagrams.

Contact Sarah on tel 01 809 8029 to arrange a tour that will help students answer possible questions around gallery installation and exhibitions. Tours are approx 40mins with a cost of €1 per student. All material will be provided. Please give at least 2 weeks notice.



The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared (2013)
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The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared (2013)

Film at Draíocht

Wed 21 Jan 2015 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

Based on the internationally best-selling novel by Jonas Jonasson, this is the story of dynamite expert Allan Karlsson, who on this 100th birthday decides to bust out of his nursing home and start over on a new adventure. An encounter with a skinhead at the train station leaves our elderly hero in possession of a suitcase full of money which sees him being chased for the rest of the movie by various menacing gang members. Meanwhile Allan acquires his own makeshift gang, including a nervous, indecisive young academic, a burly stationmaster and a lady with an elephant. While on the road he recalls the famous people he’s met – Franco and Stalin, Truman and Reagan, Gorbachev – and the historic moments in which he’s played an unlikely role.


Cert: 15A / Language: Swedish/Subtitles


"This beautifully shot film is darkly comic, absurdist, farcical, a chase caper, an espionage thriller and finally, peaceful." IMDB

Family Day: Wonderful Weaving

Family Day: Wonderful Weaving

Sat 24 Jan 2015 Draíocht Galleries // FREE

With the help of our artists, explore colored paper weaving by creating some wonderfully woven scales on the back of your very own designed cut out fish or crocodile!

FAMILY DAY NOTES: SESSIONS ARE FREE, BUT SPACE IS LIMITED. 

NEW HOURLY SESSION TIMES ARE:
SESSION 1: 12.00PM-12.50PM
SESSION 2: 1PM-1.50PM
SESSION 3: 2PM-2:50PM

MAX 50 PER WORKSHOP // 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!



Karen Underwood - Of Ladies Lost and Found
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Karen Underwood - Of Ladies Lost and Found

Sat 24 Jan 2015 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €14 conc / Early Bird: €14 (book before 09 Jan 2015)

Karen Underwood is back in Draíocht with more passion than ever before. In making this new show, Karen has trawled jazz, blues and soul to find artists whose rise to fame was followed by a fall from grace. Of Ladies Lost and Found is a celebration of love and loss. It offers a concert that celebrates the lives of divas who left the world too soon but whose music lives on in popular culture - Billie Holiday, Whitney Houston, Dinah Washington, Edith Piaf and Amy Winehouse – all ladies who were lost and found. The guiding force of John O’Brien, as both musical director and close friend to Karen, has helped propel this piece every step of the way during its development. John has worked on over forty different productions of opera and musical theatre in Ireland, Northern Ireland, London, Edinburgh, and Montreal, and together, John and Karen have crafted a show of real soul and flair.


 Early Bird: €14 (book before 09 Jan 2015)

 

Discover Theatre: All About Beckett

Discover Theatre: All About Beckett

Theatre Talks and Workshops for 14-18 year olds

Sun 25 Jan 2015

This is a chance to find out more about Theatre. Each session will be a mixture of games, improvisation, voice works, technical theatre, working from script and production talks. Over the next few months keep your eye on the website for upcoming talks and practical workshops, as well as facilitated visits to professional shows.

SUNDAY 25 JAN 12PM-2PM
All about Beckett // €2

SUNDAY 22 FEB 12PM-2PM
Voice work // €2

SUNDAY 29 MAR 12PM-2PM
Working as a Choir // €2 (With Micheal Dawson)

Booking through Box Office on 01-8852622.



FOCUS ON ... MAKING MUSIC 2015

FOCUS ON ... MAKING MUSIC 2015

Mon 26 Jan - Tue 10 Feb 2015 Draíocht Workshop Room

After the success of these workshops last year, The Mobile Music School returns to Draíocht, with workshops that incorporate many elements of the primary school curriculum with a considerable emphasis on listening, performing and composing – the three core strands of the National Council for Curriculum & Assessment.

LEARN AND EXPLORE
MON 26 JAN
AGE RANGE: JR & SNR CLASS
9.30AM-10.30AM OR 11AM-12PM
&

TUE 27 JAN
AGE RANGE: 1ST & 2ND CLASS
10AM-11.15AM OR 11.45AM-1PM
Through musical games and fun, action-based learning, these ‘Learn and Explore’ workshops encourage participants to listen, respond and react to music. Utilising song, musical excerpts and handheld percussion instruments, these sessions showcase what’s involved with composing, writing and performing music.
Is féidir linn na ceardlanna seo a h-ofráil i nGaeilge.


MUSICAL THEATRE
MON 02 –TUE 03 FEB
AGE RANGE: 3RD & 4TH CLASS
10AM-11.15AM OR 11.45AM-1PM
These workshops encourage creativity and immerse pupils into the world of musical theatre. During each session, pupils are encouraged to sing, move and act and are introduced to fun vocal warm ups, breathing exercises and script reading. The content of these workshops incorporate the three core strands of the music curriculum whilst incorporating the drama curriculum too.


LET’S DRUM WORKSHOP
MON 09 –TUE 10 FEB
10AM-11.15AM OR 11.45PM-1PM
AGE RANGE: 5TH & 6TH CLASS
After a brief demonstration of a range of percussion instruments, pupils are given the opportunity to play a range of percussion instruments and perform as a member of a percussion ensemble. By the end of each session, pupils will perform a piece of percussion ensemble music as a class.
Is féidir linn na ceardlanna seo a h-ofráil i nGaeilge.

 

Workshop Notes:
Limited to 1 class per school but other classes are welcome to be part of a waiting list. Cost per class €45 (max of 30 pupils per class). Please get in touch with Sarah Beirne 01-8098029 if cost is an issue for your school. Booking is essential through Box Office on 01-8852622.



A Feast of Coolmine Talent 2015

A Feast of Coolmine Talent 2015

Coolmine Community School

Mon 26 - Tue 27 Jan 2015 8PM Main Auditorium // €5 Monday / €8 Tuesday

COMING SOON

Coolmine Community School's students are back and promise to entertain you again this season. Prepare to be dazzled by their musical, dance and dramatic abilities. This is the 14th year Coolmine Community School has staged the Feast of Talent show in Draíocht and it promises to be a night not to be missed.

Tickets available from Draíocht’s Box Office (not from the School).
Available to the public from Monday 19 January 2015.



Reeling in the Showbands 2015

Reeling in the Showbands 2015

It’s Back, it’s Bigger & its Better!

Wed 28 Jan 2015 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 Lorraine McDonald, with her fantastic tribute to The Showband Ladies; the big sound of The Conquerors Showband and Eurovision stars Tommy and Jimmy Swarbrigg. Eileen Reid & Roly Daniels join the show for the very first time as well as seasoned entertainer supreme Paddy Cole.

Live Love Laugh - With Eilish O’Carroll
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Live Love Laugh - With Eilish O’Carroll

Sat 31 Jan 2015 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €14 conc

Best known as Winnie McGoogan in her brother Brendan’s successful BBC sitcom, ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’, Eilish comes into her own here with this reflective look on an eventful life that includes a strict Catholic upbringing, two failed marriages and coming out as a lesbian at the age of 50. While poignant and deeply moving it is also packed with humour. A 1950s baby, and the ninth of ten children, she describes her childhood with affection and good humour. Then there’s her discovery of orgasmic proportions via the hydraulics on a double decker bus and her discovery of sex! At one stage she was sure that there was something wrong ‘down there’ because her sex life was unfulfilling. Her discovery that she was a lesbian is also tenderly handled with good humour. The end result is a warm, witty triumph that joyously celebrates being true to yourself.

LISTEN ... to Eilish on Miriam Meets, RTE

Some adult content & strong language.
Dur: 60 mins (no interval)

"Laugh out loud funny." Edinburgh Evening News

Acrylic For Beginners
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Acrylic For Beginners

With Jenny Cleary

Wed 4 Feb - Wed 11 Mar 2015 1PM-3PM Draíocht Workshop Room // Course Fee: €95 / €75 conc

WEDNESDAYS, 1PM-3PM
6 WEEKS / 04 FEB-11 MAR 2015
Draíocht Workshop Room
Course Fee: €95 / €75 conc
Materials must be supplied by participants. A list is available upon booking.

This is a complete beginners workshop in acrylic painting to discover the benefits and skills involved in using acrylic paint. We will be exploring different painting techniques, composition, colour mixing, light and shade and layering. We will be using famous artsists' works and styles as inspiration and our subject matters will vary from landscapes to still lives. Each individual will be shown how to start their own personal project and to develop their styles and technical skills.

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.


Book Now through Draíocht’s Box Office on 01-8852622.
For more info email emer@draiocht.ie



Acrylic Intermediate
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Acrylic Intermediate

With Jenny Cleary

Wed 4 Feb - Wed 11 Mar 2015 10.30AM-12.30PM // Course Fee: €95 / €75 conc

WEDNESDAYS, 10.30AM-12.30PM
6 WEEKS / 04 FEB-11 MAR 2015
Draíocht Workshop Room
Course Fee: €95 / €75 conc
Materials must be supplied by participants. A list is available upon booking.

This class is for anyone who has already attended one of the previous acrylic workshops in Draiocht. In these classes participants will further evolve their personal styles. We will be looking at how to create landscapes in different seasons and weather conditions. We will particularly be exploring expressionism and how to show emotion and moods in your paintings using colours and perspectives.


Book Now through Draíocht’s Box Office on 01-8852622. For more info email emer@draiocht.ie

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.



Night Moves
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Night Moves

Film at Draíocht

Wed 4 Feb 2015 7.30PM Draíocht Studio // €7.50 / €6 conc

Night Moves, the fifth feature film from acclaimed filmmaker Kelly Reichardt, is the story of three radical environmentalists coming together to execute the most intense protest of their lives: the explosion of a hydroelectric dam - the very source and symbol of the energy-sucking, resource-devouring industrial culture they despise. Josh (played by Jesse Eisenberg, Oscar-nominated star of The Social Network) is their leader, a self-made militant, devoted to the protection of the Earth by any means necessary. Dena (Dakota Fanning) is a high society dropout, sickened by the consumer economy into which she was born. And Harmon (Peter Sarsgaard) is a former Marine, radicalized by tours of duty overseas. His life in the military is behind him, but at heart he remains the same reckless alpha male he always was. Night Moves is a tale of suspense and a meditation on the consequences of political extremism.

Cert: 15A / Language: English


Jason Byrne - You Name The Show
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Jason Byrne - You Name The Show

Wed 4 - Thu 5 Feb 2015 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €16 conc

It has often been said that no two Jason Byrne shows are ever the same. Now the master of improvised comedy pushes the limits even further with the introduction of the wheel of stand up. This totally original stand up concept, which is either an act of extreme daring or supreme laziness, involves Jason not only letting the audience name the show but getting them to choose the topics discussed as they are invited to spin the wheel of random nonsense.

Don't miss the most talked about show at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014. Talk that involved every other comedian in the world saying, 'He's doing what now? ... ah Jesus, why do we even bother!'
We've all watched Jason rip up the comedy rule book. Now watch him rip it up, set fire to it, defecate on it and point at it in derisory fashion.*

* This show contains no actual ripping, burning or defecating and only some mild derisory pointing.

"The outright King of live comedy ..." The Times

"A Comedy God ..." The Mirror

Understanding Modern Art for Beginners
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Understanding Modern Art for Beginners

With Des McGuinness

Thu 5 Feb - Thu 12 Mar 2015 Draíocht Workshop Room // Course Fee: €45 / €35 conc

THURSDAYS, 11.30AM-12.30PM
6 WEEKS / 05 FEB-12 MAR 2015
Draíocht Workshop Room
Course Fee: €45 / €35 conc

This six week course is designed for those curious about or interested in modern and contemporary art. Each hour long session will include an illustrated talk and a short group discussion. The course will map-out art movements and discuss questions of beauty, colour, composition, content, form and meaning. Visits to both Draiocht’s Galleries and one other in Dublin, will also be included. Des McGuinness is passionionate about sharing his love and knowlege of art/art history. His professional involvement includes  The School of Communications, DCU, where he taught modules on 'art and modernism, 'image analysis’ and 'visual culture'.

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.



Lumiere
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Lumiere

Fri 6 Feb 2015 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €18 / €14 conc / Early Bird: €14 (book before 09 Jan 2015)

Lumiere’s debut album brought together two distinct voices cut from the same geographic cloth. One is Éilís Kennedy, whose sound has ready access to the soul without need for scaffolding or spotlights. The other half of the musical whole is Pauline Scanlon, an award-winning singer from the same Kerry town of Dingle. With Lumiere, the song and its delivery are the primary focus, technical concerns gives way to feeling as song and singer effortlessly merge. Since their debut launch, the duo have toured their distinctive sound from the cosy snugs of their native Dingle to international concert halls including Carnegie Hall in New York and The Barbican in London. A worldwide audience has connected with their offering of real music by real singers communicating real emotions. As a duo, Lumiere takes something that is sacred and age old and re-imagines it simply and beautifully, reclaiming beauty, truth and trust, for the modern age.


Early Bird: €14 (book before 09 Jan 2015)

Reach for the Stars 2015 - SOLD OUT

Reach for the Stars 2015 - SOLD OUT

The Norma Breen Stage School / In Aid of the Laura Lynn Foundation

Sat 7 Feb 2015 8PM Main Auditorium // €22.50

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.

Pride and Prejudice (1940)
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Pride and Prejudice (1940)

Film at Draíocht

Wed 11 Feb 2015 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

Adapted from Jane Austen's drawing-room comedy, Robert Leonard's film centres around the romantic trials and tribulations faced by a quintet of husband-hungry sisters during the 1800s. Laurence Olivier is cast as the dashing, if cool, Mr Darcy and Greer Garson plays Elizabeth, the eldest of the five Bennet daughters whose mother finds them a drain on her purse and energy. How will she ever find husbands for them all! The New York Times film critic praised the film as ‘the most deliciously pert comedy of old manners, the most crisp and crackling satire in costume that we in this corner can remember ever having seen on the screen.’ Step back in time and enjoy this black and white classic on the big screen in Draíocht.

Cert: CLUB / Language: English

Rebecca Storm in Concert
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Rebecca Storm in Concert

Fri 13 Feb 2015 8PM Main Auditorium // €27.50 / €25 conc

Loved for her haunting portrayal as Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers as well as Eva Peron in Evita – Rebecca Storm and her friends bring you a night to remember. She will include songs from her leading roles in Evita, Les Miserables and her anthem tune, Tell Me It’s Not True from Blood Brothers. Always in demand with concerts, radio and TV appearances around the world, Rebecca enjoys a busy and varied career, produced by her husband and musical director, Kenny Shearer.

Invisible Woman

Invisible Woman

With Maxine Jones

Sat 14 Feb 2015 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €12 / €10 conc

Older women are often see-through. Maxine Jones shakes off her invisibility cloak and steps into the spotlight. Following her popular debut as 'Embarrassing Mother', she repossesses her life as an older, unattached woman – with superpowers. Maxine has been on BBC Radio 4, RTE Arena and the John Murray show and has featured in the Irish Times and Independent.

"Outstandingly funny." Entertainment.ie

"Hilarious, fresh new stand-up. Brilliant." Northern Standard

Underneath
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Underneath

Fishamble: The New Play Company

Sat 14 Feb 2015 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €14 conc / Early Bird: €14 (book before 09 Jan 2015)

Sticks and stones didn't break Her bones, but words and pointing crushed Her. Is Beauty really only skin deep? Does Ugliness hide somewhere deeper? Following the runaway international success of Forgotten and Silent, Fishamble presents Pat Kinevane’s third solo play, Underneath, directed by Jim Culleton. This stunning new play is a blackly comic, rich and vivid tale of a life lived in secret, a testament to the people who live on the fringes, under the nose of everyday life. It explores the surface, and what lies underneath.

Adult Content & Strong Language, Age 16+

Early Bird: €14 (book before 09 Jan 2015)

"Ireland’s excellent Fishamble." Guardian

"Drop everything...book now...captivating, moving and -yes - even unforgettable." Irish Times [on Forgotten]

"Passionate one-man show…carefully wrought production…Kinevane [is] an artist of the theatre." New York Times [on Silent]

Two days, One Night
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Two days, One Night

Film at Draíocht

Wed 18 Feb 2015 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

An excellent Marion Cotillard stars as Sandra, a young married woman with children who has recently recovered from a bout of depression and is now facing redundancy from her job. Her fate lies in the hands of her colleagues who must vote in a secret ballot whether to let her back or not. To sweeten the deal, the employees have been promised a €1000 bonus for taking on the extra work. Sandra only has one weekend to convince them to vote in her favour. If Sandra can get nine votes out of 16, her bacon has been saved – which is to say, she returns to the same divisive and alienating employment which has caused her nightmares in the first place. She has nothing to offer her friends and neighbours but her desperation.

Cert: Club / Language: French

"A compelling and moving film." ★★★★★ The Guardian

Bartosz Kolata

Bartosz Kolata

Circus

Fri 20 Feb - Sat 25 Apr 2015 Ground Floor Gallery

In 1915 Fred Bradna became the Equestrian Director of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus and remained in that position until 1945. They were a part of the show in Hartford Circus in 1944 which saw one of the worst fire disasters in the history of the USA with an estimated 167-169 people dead and more than 700 injured. The show was attended by approximately 7,000 people.

‘Some photographs of Fred Bradna's troop were a starting point for my canvases. In these paintings I challenge myself with my pessimistic worldview and believe that human existence has no sublime meaning or value. My works are often on the borderline of being kitschy and comical. That is how I see the circus when it is stripped of its romantic and sentimental vision. In these paintings I assemble different and sometimes opposite situations, using my own sense of humour. By combining vintage acrobats, animals, clowns and freaks with modern day people I try to express the senselessness and absurdsity of our nature. By constantly staying with traditional and conservative values, we are unable to deal with our consciousness, leading us to unhappiness and in the end to destruction.’

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



Jenny Fox

Jenny Fox

Distant Thoughts and Faded Songs

Fri 20 Feb - Sat 25 Apr 2015 First Floor Gallery

Jenny’s work is an emotional response to light and space, exploring the concept place. The predominant mood behind her work is one of dense stillness and unhindered horizon, a sense of quiet and restfulness; an empty place, as if the subject has simply stepped out. Her canvases can appear empty, cold and pared back, but on closer inspection are rich with subtle texture and tone, her colours muted, almost monochrome at times, like the diffused sunlight on an overcast day; indistinct structures nestling within this abstract place veiled by a transparent mist. The composition evolves as the process of applying plaster and oil paint begins. It is these materials, and their application, which creates an environment where things can happen by chance. It is this element of chance which provides the moment of excitement, when the work is led somewhere unexpected . This continues throughout the making process, as the work builds in layers of thin colour, settling into crevices and filling spaces, only to be sanded or scratched back and then re-applied, gradually building a richness of depth.

Jenny works on as many as eight pieces simultaneously. She was brought up in Mayo and now lives and works in Co. Tipperary. A graduate of NCAD, her work is represented in several public collections, including those of University College Dublin, Iona Tech and TSB, as well as private collections in Ireland, UK and Germany.

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



Après Match
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Après Match

Gary Cooke, Risteárd Cooper and Barry Murphy

Fri 20 Feb 2015 8PM Main Auditorium // €25 / €23 conc

Gary Cooke, Risteárd Cooper and Barry Murphy collectively are known as Après Match. Their blend of brilliant commentary, outrageous humour and wicked impersonations has delighted the nation for almost two decades. Expect all the classic characters including Frank, Eamon, Bill, Gunther and many more from their bulging back catalogue. A show of sketches that goes way beyond the confines of football. Not just for men and you don't have to know anything about football, just love great comedy!

Cinderella (1950)
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Cinderella (1950)

Film at Draíocht

Sat 21 Feb 2015 4PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc / €5 children

When Cinderella's cruel stepmother prevents her from attending the Royal Ball, she gets some unexpected help from the lovable mice Gus and Jaq and from her Fairy Godmother who magically transforms her reality into a dream come true. Featuring catchy songs such as Bibidi-Bobidi-Boo and a host of loveable characters, this classic animation from the Disney archives is a sparking delight and a must-see on the big screen.

Cert: G / Language: English / Ages 5+

Discover Theatre: Voice Work

Discover Theatre: Voice Work

Theatre Talks and Workshops for 14-18 year olds

Sun 22 Feb 2015

This is a chance to find out more about Theatre. Each session will be a mixture of games, improvisation, voice works, technical theatre, working from script and production talks. Over the next few months keep your eye on the website for upcoming talks and practical workshops, as well as facilitated visits to professional shows.

SUNDAY 25 JAN 12PM-2PM
All about Beckett // €2

SUNDAY 22 FEB 12PM-2PM
Voice work // €2

SUNDAY 29 MAR 12PM-2PM
Working as a Choir // €2 (With Micheal Dawson)

Booking through Box Office on 01-8852622.



Jimmy Buckley & Daughter Claudia

Jimmy Buckley & Daughter Claudia

With Special Guest Patrick O’Sullivan

Tue 24 Feb 2015 8PM Main Auditorium // €22 / €20 conc

With a hectic schedule that includes recording, performing, and touring throughout Ireland, Country & Irish music sensation, Jimmy Buckley, is certainly living up to his reputation as ‘Ireland’s top entertainer’. Along with his great country music hits, Jimmy Buckley is becoming increasingly recognised for his ability to perform base country, waltzes, jives and rock and roll. Joining Jimmy on this special night in Draiocht is his daughter Claudia.

The Grand Seduction
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The Grand Seduction

Film at Draíocht

Wed 25 Feb 2015 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

The small harbour of Tickle Cove is in dire need of investment. When a vital factory contract comes their way, the residents of this small Newfoundland fishing village conspire to charm a big-city doctor into becoming the town’s full-time physician in this sparkling comedy brought to life through superb performances from Brendan Gleeson and Canadian icon Gordon Pinsent. No doctor … no contract; and so begins ‘the grand seduction’.

Cert: 12A / Language: English
 

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The Girl who Forgot to Sing Badly

The Girl who Forgot to Sing Badly

Theatre Lovett

Fri 27 - Sat 28 Feb 2015 Main Auditorium // €7 Adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class

Sometimes it takes a girl-sized human to solve an adult-sized problem.
Peggy O’Hegarty and her parents are packers. They squeeze fruit into tins, foxes into boxes, even bikes into brown paper bags. And all the while Peggy sings with the voice of an angel – a grossly unfortunate angel, who can’t sing at all. But one day work stops working, and the jobs stop coming, and Peggy steps outside to find that winter has arrived… and everyone in her city gone! 
Ingenious performer Louis Lovett leads the audience on an untamed adventure that crosses snowy lands and wild seas. As Peggy desperately tries to save the day, we learn about love, loss, the reassurance of goats, and the courage to sing gloriously on or off-key.
Suitable for ages 7+ and adults of all ages.

Written by Finegan Kruckemeyer, Directed by Lynne Parker, Performed by Louis Lovett, Produced by Muireann Ahern Lovett.
The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly was originally produced by The Ark in association with Theatre Lovett.

FRI 27 FEB   10AM & 12 NOON
SAT 28 FEB  2PM & 4PM
Main Auditorium // €7 Adults / €5 children
Duration: 75 mins / Age 7+

 

 

"The theatrical equivalent of going to bed on Christmas Eve ..." The Sunday Times

Tours for Primary Classes

Tours for Primary Classes

MARCH 2015

Mon 2 - Tue 31 Mar 2015 // FREE // Dur: 50 mins

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



The Case Against 8 (2014)
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The Case Against 8 (2014)

Film at Draíocht

Wed 4 Mar 2015 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

The Case Against 8 is an account of the epic five-year legal battle that overturned Proposition 8. Co-directors Cotner and White take us on a riveting, hold-your-breath, behind the scenes look at the historic Californian trial that overturned the controversial constitutional amendment. The story first made headlines with the unlikely pairing of Ted Olson and David Boies, political foes who last faced off as opposing attorneys in Bush v. Gore. The film also follows the plaintiffs, two gay couples who find their families at the centre of the same-sex marriage controversy. This extraordinary film provides fly-on-the-wall coverage of a trial the public was never allowed to see.

Winner - Audience Award, SXSW Film Festival 2014

Winner - Best Director, Sundance Film Festival 2014

Cert: TBC / Language: English

GAZE On Tour is a project to share stories about the LGBT experience with a wider audience by screening our films in increased locations across Ireland.




Reeling in the Showbands 2015
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Reeling in the Showbands 2015

It’s Back, it’s Bigger & its Better!

Thu 5 Mar 2015 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 Lorraine McDonald, with her fantastic tribute to The Showband Ladies; the big sound of The Conquerors Showband and Eurovision stars Tommy and Jimmy Swarbrigg. Eileen Reid & Roly Daniels join the show for the very first time as well as seasoned entertainer supreme Paddy Cole.

Mojo Mickeybo
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Mojo Mickeybo

On Q Theatre Company

Fri 6 - Sat 7 Mar 2015 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €16 / €14 conc

Two actors perform seventeen parts in this fast paced, poetic and colourful play by award winning writer Owen McCafferty. It offers a child's-eye view of 1970s Belfast during one long, hot summer, when every day is a new adventure. Mojo and Mickybo are childhood friends who forge a friendship over a shared love for the film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, a defiance of the local gang led by “Gank the Wank” and a mania for making dens and digging to Australia, rolling down hills and avoiding their parents spitting bullets at each other. But while the children are busy having mock shoot-outs, the adults are warring for real. Whether it is the verbal bullets that fly between Mojo's parents or the real war that is taking place on the streets of Belfast. Events from the adult world bring reality crashing into a world of myth and make believe. This is a glorious, vivid play full of verbal swagger. Beneath its exuberance is a deep sadness for the blindness of sectarianism, the loss of innocence and how all heroes, even your father, fall in the end.

Dur: 60 mins (no interval)

Family Day: Colour Like Kandinsky

Family Day: Colour Like Kandinsky

Sat 7 Mar 2015 Draíocht Galleries // FREE

Even as a child the Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky was really interested in colour. He used it to show emotion rather than to make objects look real. This family day we will take a look at some of his work and create some colourful pictures of our own inspired by this great artist, using chalks and oil pastels. So come along and learn a bit and have some fun with colour, with the help of our artists.

FAMILY DAY NOTES: SESSIONS ARE FREE, BUT SPACE IS LIMITED. 

NEW HOURLY SESSION TIMES ARE:
SESSION 1: 12.00PM-12.50PM
SESSION 2: 1PM-1.50PM
SESSION 3: 2PM-2:50PM

MAX 50 PER WORKSHOP // 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!



Kieran Goss – Live & Solo

Kieran Goss – Live & Solo

Sat 7 Mar 2015 8PM Main Auditorium // €25

'One man, one guitar and a voice sent express mail from Heaven’.... Time Out

Long hailed as one of Ireland's leading songwriters and performers, Kieran Goss’s music has won him fans across the globe. But if his songs have made him a star, his live shows have made him a legend. Live on stage is where Kieran Goss really shines.

“The sense of fun is tremendous, the playing first rate and the songs are sheer quality. The encores were genuine, but only because the man is too.” The Irish Times
“Kieran Goss is one of the most gifted performers around today. He has an amazing ability to reach out to his audience and connect with them in a very special way. This guy is the real deal, and that's what makes him the star he is.” Don Williams
"I've toured with Kieran and watched him perform many times. I've seen him win the hearts of everyone in the room, not just with his great songs and instinctive musicality, but with his warmth and humour. It's the performance of an artist at the top of his game, delivered with intelligence and integrity... Kieran Goss is one of Ireland's national treasures.” Rodney Crowell

This is a rare chance to see Kieran performing live and solo. Don’t miss it!

Ida (2013)
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Ida (2013)

Film at Draíocht

Wed 11 Mar 2015 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

Anna, an orphan raised in a convent, is preparing to take her vows when she’s sent to visit Wanda, her aunt and only living relative. A cynical, hard-drinking Communist Party judge, Wanda reveals that Anna’s real name is Ida and that her parents were Jews murdered during the Nazi occupation. So the two embark on an unusual journey through the wintry countryside to unearth their family’s dark history. An astonishing work, both graceful and haunting, the film’s beautiful black-and-white imagery is so artfully composed that every frame belongs in an exhibition. Ida is vibrant and intimate, a subtle portrait of two fascinating, contrasting women: the sheltered Ida, who is exploring her faith, and Wanda, who—having seen the worst of humanity—has no faith left.

London Film Festival, 2013 - Best Film

Polish Film Awards, 2014 - Best Film, Best Director (Pawel Pawlikowski), Best Actress (Agata Kulesza)

Cert: Club / Language: Polish

Foil, Arms and Hog 2015

Foil, Arms and Hog 2015

Thu 12 Mar 2015 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €12 / €10 conc

Dubbed by the critics as a ‘powerhouse of sketch comedy’, Foil Arms and Hog have recently completed a World tour, have over 4 million hits on Youtube, are starring on Jason Byrne’s upcoming TV3 show ‘Snaptastic’ and have sold out six years running at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In addition the lads recently won a comedy award at the Adelaide Fringe festival and are working on a sitcom for BBC3. In early 2014, the group embarked on a world tour, beginning in London and taking in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Adelaide amongst others, culminating in a sell out show at the 1000 seater venue, Vicar Street in Dublin.

In this years show you’ll find out what happens at an Irish Intervention for a boy who ‘doesn’t drink’, you’ll see the self indulgent ‘La Bullshat’  theatre group, and you’ll meet Christian Rockers ‘God Vibrations’. Fantastically bizarre and deliriously funny, it’s sketch comedy at its best.

Little Gem
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Little Gem

Breda Cashe Productions

Thu 12 - Fri 13 Mar 2015 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €14 conc / Early Bird: €14 (book before 09 Jan 2015)

Three generations of women tell us their story of one extraordinary year. Party girl Amber has brutal indigestion that the sambuca’s won’t shift. Lorraine loses it at work and is shipped off to see the ‘head doctor’. While Granny Kay ‘toys with the idea of Kermit’ scratching an itch that Gem no longer can. Be prepared to be enthralled and entertained in this revealing, poignant and hilarious play.

Starring the inimitable Anita Reeves and Hilda Fay with Kate Gilmore. Written and directed by Elaine Murphy.
 

 Early Bird: €14 (book before 09 Jan 2015)

"Little Gem is a huge optimistic love poem to the spirit of all women." Irish Theatre Magazine

"Blazing authenticity." The Times

"Gurgles and giggles with life … Elaine Murphy’s delightful first play more than lives up to the title." The Guardian

Human Child
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Human Child

Collapsing Horse Theatre Company

Sat 14 Mar 2015 2PM & 4PM / Age 8+ yrs Draíocht Studio // €7 Adults / €5 children

Human Child is inspired by W.B Yeat’s The Stolen Child and is a beautiful, enchanting and highly exciting piece of theatre for the whole family. It is the story of a girl who struggles to be true to herself while growing up. She is pulled to become someone else but as the story magically unfolds she discovers a world where she is celebrated for just being herself.

Dur: 60 mins

"It is impossible to walk out from this highly sophisticated piece of theatre without a smile on your face." Irish Theatre Magazine



The Three Tenors 2015
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The Three Tenors 2015

With Star Violinist & Local Guest Choir

Sat 14 Mar 2015 8PM Main Auditorium // €28 / €26 conc

This thrilling concert is packed with the world’s most beautiful and magical feel-good songs, from Sinatra (My Way/New York, New York), Leonard Cohen (Hallelujah) and The Dubliners (Song for Ireland), to Pavarotti (Nessun Dorma) and Elvis (Love Me Tender) plus a rousing Irish Selection to include Song for Ireland and The Wild Rover. The trio, Declan Kelly, Ray O’Hare and Dominic McGorian bring a very warm atmosphere to their concert and encourage their audience to join in with them.

Jimmy’s Hall (2014)

Jimmy’s Hall (2014)

Film at Draíocht

Wed 18 Mar 2015 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

In 1921, to meet the needs of the young people of rural Leitrim, Jimmy Gralton, in spite of his reluctance to cause upset to his old enemies (the Church and the local landowners), decides to reopen the local ‘Hall’, where the local young people meet to learn, to argue, to dream … but above all to dance and have fun. Success comes quickly, but the growing influence of Jimmy and his radical ideas is not to the taste of everyone in the village.

Cert: 15A / Language: English

That’s Entertainment!

That’s Entertainment!

Coolmine Musical Society

Fri 20 - Sat 21 Mar 2015 8PM Main Auditorium // €16 / €14 conc

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes before the curtain goes up? Join Coolmine Musical Society as they celebrate the hoofers, the wannabees, the dancers and singers of the backstage musical. Laughter and tears, rehearsals and auditions, call-backs and casting come together in a fun packed show. With music from the Hollywood blockbusters right through to more recent backstage settings, this show will pack lots of surprises and send you home with a spring in your step.

Lifeboat

Lifeboat

Spreacha 2015 - Catherine Wheels Theatre Company, Scotland

Tue 24 - Thu 26 Mar 2015 Spréacha on Tour

Lifeboat is the extraordinary true story of Bess Walder and Beth Cummings. Set in World War II, it is a story of courage, a story of survival and a story of enduring friendship. On Friday 13 September 1940, a ship, The City of Benares, set sail from Liverpool for Canada. On board were 90 evacuees escaping the relentless bombing and dangers of war torn Britain. Four days into the crossing, the ship was torpedoed and sank. Only eleven of the evacuees survived. Two fifteen year old girls, Bess Walder and Beth Cummings, spent 19 terrifying hours in the water on an upturned lifeboat. They willed each other to survive. Lifeboat tells their story.

Show Details:
SCHOOL SHOWS:
TUES 24 - THURS 26 MARCH 2014
6 School Shows Available.
Age 9+ / Dur: 75 mins
Spréacha on Tour: School shows will take place in your school.
Tickets: €300 per school show for 120 students (so €2.50 per student)
Request our school booking information sheet by email from mairead@draiocht.ie or by phoning Box Office 01-8852622.

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

"I was mesmerised from beginning to end … extraordinary talent." Audience Member

"At the end the audience wiped the tears from their eyes and rose to give them a standing ovation." The Scotsman



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Bright Days Ahead (2013)
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Bright Days Ahead (2013)

Film at Draíocht

Wed 25 Mar 2015 7.30PM Draíocht Studio // €7.50 / €6 conc

In this sophisticated French drama, a woman in her 60s (film icon Fanny Ardant, 8 Women, Confidentially Yours) falls for a much younger man (Laurent Lafitte, Little White Lies), her computer teacher at the local seniors’ club. As she finds herself courting danger—taking her young lover to places they could easily be discovered by her husband (Patrick Chesnais, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly)—she must decide if her retirement will mark the end for her marriage, or a new beginning.

Cert: Club / Language: French


Dalloway
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Dalloway

Dyad Productions with Rebecca Vaughan

Wed 25 Mar 2015 8PM Main Auditorium // €16 / €14 conc / Early Bird: €12 (Book before 09 Jan 2015)

Its 1923 and the War is over. While Clarissa Dalloway prepares a party in Westminster, Septimus Smith is diagnosed with shell-shock, their memories and dreams magically intertwining with those of 15 other disparate souls, this hot blue day in June. Conjuring the hopes and regrets of middle and upper-class London, this adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s celebrated map of hearts, minds and memories offers a compellingly feminine response to the aftermath of the First World War. Written and directed by Elton Townend Jones (The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe). Performed by Rebecca Vaughan (Female Gothic, I, Elizabeth, Austen’s Women).


Early Bird: €12 (Book before 09 Jan 2015)

"Richly re-imagined, exquisitely evocative stage adaptation, portrayed with heart breaking poignancy and passion." ★★★★★ Edinburgh Guide

"Breathtaking solo performance … beautifully designed and directed." ★★★★★ Fringebiscuit

A Prescription for Happiness with Dr Mark Rowe
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A Prescription for Happiness with Dr Mark Rowe

Verdant Productions

Thu 26 Mar 2015 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €14 conc

A stimulating and entertaining evening presenting you with a tool-kit for meaning and well-being; a prescription for cultivating inner happiness in your own life. Dr Mark Rowe will take you on an empowering journey that guides you towards living a life filled with happiness, positivity and health. Packed full of life-enhancing information that can have a major impact on your physical, emotional and relationship wellbeing, this event will no doubt have transformative powers for many people. A well-known family doctor and healthcare entrepreneur, with over twenty years of experience, Dr Mark Rowe is practical and down to earth in his delivery and advice about how to create more happiness in your own life. Receive guidance on boosting your happiness and bouncing back from adversity. Dr Mark Rowe shows how you can become an active participant in your greatest asset – your own happiness and prosperity.

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The Fureys
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The Fureys

Fri 27 Mar 2015 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 band was formed in 1978 literally by accident. George, Paul and Davey were playing in Denmark with their own band called the Buskers and Eddie and Finbar, while touring in Germany were involved in a road accident. When George and Paul got news of the accident they immediately travelled to Germany to be with their brothers. They then decided that they should all be playing together and this was the start of the Fureys.

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!

Michael Harding - Hanging with the Elephant

Michael Harding - Hanging with the Elephant

Sat 28 Mar 2015 8PM Main Auditorium // €15

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, he 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 wining book 'Staring at Lakes', brought him to a whole new level of engagement with audiences throughout the country.

To mark the publication of his latest book 'Hanging with the Elephant', Michael Harding takes to the Draiocht stage for one night only. Hear him speak with openness, honesty and great wit on how he continues to attempt to tame the ‘elephant’ – an Asian metaphor for 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. 

Michael has previously 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 his novel Staring at Lakes.

"‘Often funny, occasionally disturbing and not without its moments of deep sadness, Harding has peeled back his soul and held it out on the palm of his hand for all to see’." Christine Dwyer-Hickey

Discover Theatre: Working as a Choir

Discover Theatre: Working as a Choir

Theatre Talks and Workshops for 14-18 year olds

Sun 29 Mar 2015

This is a chance to find out more about Theatre. Each session will be a mixture of games, improvisation, voice works, technical theatre, working from script and production talks. Over the next few months keep your eye on the website for upcoming talks and practical workshops, as well as facilitated visits to professional shows.

SUNDAY 25 JAN 12PM-2PM
All about Beckett // €2

SUNDAY 22 FEB 12PM-2PM
Voice work // €2

SUNDAY 29 MAR 12PM-2PM
Working as a Choir // €2 (With Micheal Dawson)

Booking through Box Office on 01-8852622.



Far Away From Me
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Far Away From Me

Written and directed by Amy Conroy, Presented by The Ark

Sat 4 Apr 2015 2PM & 4PM / Age 6+ Main Auditorium // €7 Adults / €5 children

Kevin is a little prince … at least that’s what his mum tells him. Kevin likes the idea of being a prince on a horse, a beautiful brown horse with a white splotch down his nose and galloping across the kingdom. His Kingdom. From his bedroom behind the 8th door, on the 8th floor of a tall building (one of eight in a row), Kevin can go anywhere. And he wants to go. Far away from here. So his towering imagination takes him on some high-flying adventures. But there’s a storm coming and he needs to decide what’s real and what’s not real as his fast paced fantasies land with a spectacular bump right there on his bed.

Far Away from Me is a new theatre show written and directed by Amy Conroy, inspired by The Princess and the Pea and infused with the wild energy of aerial performance, dance music and great storytelling.



The Chronicles of Oggle
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The Chronicles of Oggle

Asylum Productions

Sat 11 Apr 2015 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €14 conc

Meet Pakie. An orphan, a storyteller, an adventurer, a survivor. He may not be the sharpest sandwich in the toolbox, but Pakie knows a thing or two about the history of his native town - from the vicious Vikings, to the less-than Christian Brothers. Pakie’s a laugh a minute … but Pakie’s got secrets. Secrets the God fearing people of Oggle may not be ready to hear. This is a hilarious and heart-breaking story of small towns and even smaller minds.