Limitless - Aoife Dunne

Limitless - Aoife Dunne

Fri 7 Jul - Sat 26 Aug 2017 Ground Floor Gallery

Limitless is an immersive digital installation by artist Aoife Dunne which focuses on her preoccupation with perfection and fear of inadequacy. She is interested in the relationship between costume and identity and the creation of large-scale environments. The artist moves fluidly between physical and digital worlds presenting her work with deliberate childlike playfulness and absurdity.  In this piece, Aoife creates a video game and recreates the 2D game environment in the physical, allowing the viewer to enter the work. Limitless explores the desire to continuously recreate oneself in a never-ending cycle of self-construction driven by self-critique.
Aoife Dunne is an award winning artist and recent graduate in Fine Art Media from NCAD. Outside of the studio, Aoife works as a Creative Director and Stylist, the experience of which strongly influences her practice.

MORE ... Limitless Video 
MORE ... Aoife's Website

DRAÍOCHT@NIGHT   FRI 07 JUL  7PM-10PM   18+
Draíocht@Night presents a Summer Evening’s Extravaganza where Aoife Dunne brings the world of her exhibition 'Limitless' to life for one unforgettable party of visual art, contemporary dance, music, spectacle and fashion! We are delighted to announce Meta Perceptual Helmets by Cleary Connolly and Neil McKenzie and Visual Artists Kate O'Loughlin, Ciaran Gallen, Sadbh O'Brien, Evan Bech and Martina Menegon, who will present their works in the First Floor Gallery. Draíocht@Night is co-curated by Aoife Dunne (Artist) and Sharon Murphy (Draíocht Curator in Residence) with choreography curated by Mariam Ribón, Dublin Youth Dance Company (DYDC).

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

Rainy Days

Rainy Days

July & August

Sat 8 Jul - Sat 26 Aug 2017 Draíocht Galleries

On a rainy day over the Irish summer you are very welcome to visit our Ground & First Floor Galleries and explore our two exhibition spaces with your children. From 8 July-26 August you can experience LIMITLESS by artist Aoife Dunne.

Just ask at the Box Office for a Rainy Days Page, which will give you ideas and games to help you and your child while away an arty hour or so in our Gallery spaces.  You will also receive paper, clipboards, colouring pencils and cushions, if you prefer a bit of comfort!.

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

Draiocht and The Connect Club 2017

Draiocht and The Connect Club 2017

Outreach Programme

Mon 10 Jul - Thu 10 Aug 2017

This July & August will be Draíocht’s 10th year working with the Daughters of Charity’s Summer ’Connect Club’ in Laurel Lodge.

The camp, catering for young people with varying degrees of intellectual disability aims at providing an outlet that is fun and focused on the individuals likes and interests. In the past our Artists have facilitated drama, dance, music and visual art workshops, encouraging participants to work on their individual creativity and style.
Workshops are for ages 12-18 years.

This year our Artists will facilitate workshops from 10-13 July and 8-10 August 2017.

For further information on these workshops please contact ruth.walsh@docservice.ie

Summer Projects 2017 - Art Explorers Adventures Of Me - SOLD OUT

Summer Projects 2017 - Art Explorers Adventures Of Me - SOLD OUT

Mon 17 - Fri 21 Jul 2017

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

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

Booking through Box Office: 01-8852622

The Golden Age of Big Band Vegas
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The Golden Age of Big Band Vegas

Presented by The Ultimate Big Band Show

Fri 8 Sep 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €22 / €20 conc

A Larger than life show, a Larger than life Band and a Larger than life era.

Las Vegas due to its very nature has been a melting pot for musicians and acts from the early 1940’s to the present day. Legendary acts such as The Rat Pack, Louis Prima, Elvis Presley, Liberace and much more have all been a huge part of the city's history. The Ultimate Big Band Show are bringing that history back to life with this explosive new show.
From the lonely corner Jazz club to the heyday of the legendary Sands Hotel Ballroom to today’s MGM Grand Arena, this scene was and is one of the most exciting music scenes ever to exist.

Directed by Saxophonist Daire O’Reilly, The Ultimate Big Band Show presents a night of entertainment that transports you back to these glory days of Vegas. This electric 20 piece jazz orchestra has gone from strength to strength bringing amazing music and great fun to every stage they play. Boasting some Jazz legends such as Pat Glynn, Gene Bannon, Dag Carroll, Bobby Lynch, Daire O’Reilly and Paul Cox this act never disappoints ... Remember, only legends survive Vegas!

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Red Hurley Love Is All

Red Hurley Love Is All

Sat 9 Sep 2017 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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Shakespeare On The Loose

Shakespeare On The Loose

Mount Sackville Secondary School

Wed 13 Sep 2017 3PM & 8PM Main Auditorium // €10 Matinee / €15/€12 conc Evening

This is a play inspired by Shakespeare’s female characters.
Ophelia, Juliet, Lady Macbeth, Cordelia, Goneril and Regan are all central characters in Shakespeare’s plays and often determine the ultimate outcome of the tragedies. A popular question among school students is why Shakespeare is still studied in schools around the world? Why has his work thrived for over 500 years? The answer is simple. His stories are still relevant today. That is the essence of this play as it imagines the plight of Shakespeare’s ladies in a modern day setting.

The very issues of ambition, vulnerability, romance, greed and jealousy are the bedrock of Shakespeare’s tragedies. This play discusses these emotions around the table of ‘Loose Women’ hosted by Gabby. ‘Loose Women’ is a daytime talk show where women come together to analyse problems and attempt to solve them.

With a cast of 27 Transition Year students, this play has been Written by Clodagh Havel and Directed by Niamh Dowling, both teachers from Mount Sackville Secondary School.

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The Shape of Things

The Shape of Things

Starcatchers & Branar Téatar do Pháistí

Thu 14 - Sat 16 Sep 2017 Draíocht Studio // €7 adults / €5 children / Ages 6 months – 2 years / Dur: 45 mins

The world all around us is made up of wonderful shapes. But sometimes there are so many shapes that some shapes get lost. This is a story of two shapes, Cubert and Triantán, and the adventures they have finding their way back to each other. Set in a soft and tactile environment Starcatchers and Branar tell this interactive story through puppetry, object theatre, music and sound.
Designed for children aged 6months – 2 years and their adults.
Created by Ailie Cohen & Marc Mac Lochlainn.

THU 14 SEP   10AM & 12 NOON
FRI  15 SEP   10AM & 12 NOON
SAT 16 SEP   1PM & 3PM  
€7 adults / €5 children / Ages 6 months – 2 years
Dur: 45 mins (includes 10 minutes play time)

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"Beautifully tailored, tactile delight of a show." ★★★★★ Edinburgh Guide

Mary Coughlan & Band - Live & Kicking
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Mary Coughlan & Band - Live & Kicking

Thu 14 Sep 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €22.50 / €20 conc

Mary Coughlan’s 30 plus years in the music business has been a rollercoaster hell of a ride and this concert will reflect that, featuring all the songs that are close to Mary’s heart and life. Often described as the greatest female vocalist and interpreter of songs that Ireland has ever produced, she proudly stands alongside the iconic giants of jazz on both sides of the Atlantic, Billie Holiday and Edith Piaf. Mary is the only singer these shores have produced to rival the greatest of European cabaret and American jazz club blues because of one thing: her unique voice. Her whisky-blurred, smoke-seared, husky voice delivers songs in a delicious and unapologetic Irish drawl, sceptical, rueful, mournful and melting, ardent for love. This much loved voice easily wraps itself around Cole Porter and Jerome Kern, Elvis Presley and Joy Division to name but a few.

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"Ireland has never produced a singer quite like Mary Coughlan." The Irish Times

"Her talent is awesome." The London Observer

"A song is not complete unless it is sung by Mary Coughlan." Melody Maker

"Mary’s live performances must be seen to be believed." New Music Express

The Classic Beatles
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The Classic Beatles

Celebrate Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Fri 15 Sep 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €25 / €23 conc

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, one of the most iconic albums of all time, was released an astonishing 50 years ago this year. To celebrate, The Classic Beatles (the only Beatles tribute act endorsed by Sir George Martin) will be taking to the road to treat you to the many hits of Sgt. Pepper, as well as all the usual classics that spanned The Beatles incredible musical career.
As well as many costume changes, the band also partake in the witty banter for which The Beatles were equally famous. A Classic Beatles show brings all the joys of Beatledom to a whole new generation and allows first generation fans to relive the music that changed our lives forever.

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"performed with perfection and affection ..." Evening Herald

Stagezone Singing Dancing & Drama Classes at Draiocht

Stagezone Singing Dancing & Drama Classes at Draiocht

Stagezone Theatre School - Fridays & Saturdays

Sat 16 Sep - Sat 23 Dec 2017

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


Next Registration Date: Sat 16 Sept 2017

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/

O noapte furtunoasă  / A Stormy Night

O noapte furtunoasă  / A Stormy Night

Romanian Community of Ireland

Sat 16 Sep 2017 6PM Main Auditorium // €27

Business-man Dumitrache has entrusted his right-hand man, Chiriac, to spy on Veta, his young and pretty wife. Dumitrache is certain Veta is having an affair. And she is - only her lover is Chiriac himself. But it is his sister-in-law, Veta’s sister, who will cause the downfall of the big secret during one heck of a stormy night.
This hilarious comedy of passion, jealousy, and adultery is impeccably performed by the well-known actors of Bucharest Theatres: Dragoș Ionescu, Afrodita Androne, Tudorel Filimon, Orodel Olaru, Oana Drăghici and Florin Dobre, as they interpret writer Ion Luca Caragiale’s famous characters: Dumitrache, Chiriac, Ipingescu, Veta, Zița, Spiridon and Rică.
Directed by Dan Tudor.

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The Songs & Poems of Percy French

The Songs & Poems of Percy French

The Percy French Troubadours & Guests

Wed 20 Sep 2017 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 €65,000 for a variety of charities, this night will be in aid of The Daughters of Charity Mission Fund.

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Mary and Me
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Mary and Me

Pat Talbot Productions in association with Wild Productions

Thu 21 Sep 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc // Dur: 70 mins

Ireland 1986. A teenage girl begins a series of conversations with a statue of the Virgin Mary in a grotto. Inspired by a true story, ‘Mary and Me’ is a compellingly original and often humorous imagining of a young woman’s search for understanding and meaning at a time of turmoil in her life.
Written & Performed by Irene Kelleher. Directed by Belinda Wild. 

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"Not only is Irene Kelleher a brilliant performer, she is also an exceptionally gifted writer." ★★★★★ Broadway Baby

"A superbly crafted piece." ★★★★★ Brighton Argus

"A gripping and absorbing one woman show." ★★★★ The Public Reviews

Shorts for Wee Ones

Shorts for Wee Ones

Culture Night Free Screening / 4.30PM / Ages 3-7 Yrs

Fri 22 Sep 2017 4.30PM Main Auditorium // FREE // Dur: 45 mins

These magical tales will delight children age 3+ and are a colourful introduction to the cinema experience. There’s a little mouse quietly obsessed with cleanliness, a thrilling high-speed chase through the streets of a French port (on tricycles!) and a reindeer faced with endless avalanches that keep burying his little cabin in the woods. An adventurous tree emerges from the forest sporting a very fetching pair of wellies, a cartoon cat and dog erase their differences and some pitch-perfect piggies who go the whole hog!

In association with Access Cinema
Culture Night at Draiocht 2017

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Shorts for Middle Ones

Shorts for Middle Ones

Culture Night Free Screening / 6PM / Ages 8+ Yrs

Fri 22 Sep 2017 6PM Main Auditorium // FREE // Dur: 55 mins

An exquisite selection of short film stories for ages 8+. 
There is the story of a little boy whose lifelong dream of living in the sea with his fishy friends is rewarded through persistence, technical experimentation and the art of beachcombing. An Australian-Japanese family learn to cope with their differences through ingenious edible artworks. We have a cautionary tale for anyone who has moments of uncertainty, usually beginning with “Have I got my keys? Did I turn the cooker off? Did I put the cat out?”. Plus we learn why taking selfies whilst visiting a new planet isn’t always a good idea…
Most of these films are dialogue free, proving words aren’t always necessary when telling exquisite stories. However, in one film subtitles are used to assist those of us whose Japanese language skills are minimal. Or non-existent.

In association with Access Cinema
Culture Night at Draiocht 2017

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The Farthest (2017)

The Farthest (2017)

Culture Night Free Screening / 8PM / PG

Fri 22 Sep 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // FREE // Dur: 121 mins

Is it humankind's greatest achievement? 12 billion miles away a tiny spaceship is leaving our solar system and entering the void of deep space. It is the first manmade object ever to do so. Slowly dying within its heart is a plutonium generator that will beat for perhaps another decade before the lights on Voyager finally go out. But this little craft will travel on for millions of years, carrying a Golden Record bearing recordings and images of life on Earth. In all likelihood Voyager will outlive humanity and all our creations. It could be the only thing to mark our existence. Perhaps someday an alien will find it and wonder.
In this powerful, poetic and cinematic feature documentary, The Farthest celebrates these magnificent machines, the men and women who built them and the vision that propelled them farther than anyone could ever have hoped. Launched from a fractious planet, these pioneers sail on serenely in the darkness - an enduring testament to the ingenuity of humankind and the untapped limits of the human imagination.

Cert: PG (contains some news archive disaster footage)
Language: English  Dur: 121 mins  Writer & Director: Emer Reynolds
In association with Access Cinema
Culture Night at Draiocht 2017

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"Emer Reynolds’ new film is simply stunning. More than merely a story about the Voyager Space Mission, it’s about the team, the ambition and the dream. " Gráinne Humphreys, ADIFF 2017

Culture Night at Draiocht 2017

Culture Night at Draiocht 2017

22 September 2017 - Free Events

Fri 22 Sep 2017 // Free Admission

FRI 22 SEP  1PM-10PM  All Events are Free but Ticketed
Pre-booking tel 01-8852622 or Register On The Day/Night


MEET THE ARTIST – MICHAEL MCLOUGHLIN
1PM-2PM  Lunchtime Studio Talk (bring your sandwiches!)
As part of our Artist in Resident Michael’s practice, he records audio conversations between groups of people who are connected through clubs, associations or community activities. Come along and hear how his work is going in Mulhuddart.

FREE SCREENING: Shorts for Wee Ones  
4.30PM / Dur 45 mins
These magical tales will delight children age 3+ and are a colourful introduction to the cinema experience. There’s a little mouse, a thrilling high-speed chase on tricycles, a reindeer battling endless avalanches and some pitch-perfect piggies go the whole hog.

FREE SCREENING: Shorts for Middle Ones  
6PM / Dur 55 mins
An exquisite selection of short film stories for ages 8+.
We meet a little boy whose lifelong dream is to live in the sea with his fishy friends. There’s a cautionary tale for anyone who has moments of uncertainty, usually beginning with “Have I got my keys? Did I turn the cooker off? Plus we learn why taking selfies whilst visiting a new planet isn’t always a good idea …

YOUTH THEATRE CULTURE
7PM-8PM   Ages 14-18 Yrs
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.

FREE SCREENING: The Farthest  
8PM / Dur 121 mins
In this powerful, poetic and cinematic feature documentary, The Farthest celebrates the spaceship Voyager and others like it, the men and women who built them and the vision that propelled them  farther than anyone could ever have hoped.


New Cinema Equipment
Draíocht is delighted to launch its newly installed Cinema Equipment with our first screenings on Culture Night. Funded by The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, through their Arts and Culture Capital Scheme 2016-2018.

Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny
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Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny

Legends of Irish Music

Sat 23 Sep 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €22 / €20 conc

Two giants of the Irish trad scene, Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny are uniting for an evening of great music, a mixture of traditional songs, some Eastern European music and originals composed by Andy.

Between them, Andy and Donal have been at the helm of legendary bands like Sweeney’s Men, Planxty, The Bothy Band, Mozaik, LAPD and recently Usher’s Island. Their unique style of accompaniment is an ongoing influence in the wider world of Irish music. Andy and Donal, in their separate ways, have contributed to a veritable renaissance in Irish traditional music. Between them, they have careers that read like a 'Who's Who' of popular music, having both played with or produced music with a variety of artists from Paul Brady, Christy Moore, Bill Whelan and Davy Spillane to Elvis Costello, Clannad, Eddi Reader and Diana Krall.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to see these two legends of Irish music on stage together at Draíocht.

MORE ... Andy & Donal on ARENA, RTE Radio 1

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Their Finest (2017)
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Their Finest (2017)

Wed 27 Sep 2017 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

The year is 1940, London. With the nation bowed down by war, the British ministry turns to propaganda films to boost morale at home. Realizing their films could use ‘a woman's touch’, the ministry hires Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) as a scriptwriter in charge of writing the female dialogue. This delightful and spirited comedy drama, which explores the changing roles of women during the war, features fantastic supporting turns from Jeremy Irons, Richard E. Grant and a particularly entertaining Bill Nighy, which add to the charm of this crowd-pleaser.

Cert: 12A  Language: English  Dur: 117 mins  Dir: Lone Scherfig
In association with Access Cinema

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"You'd need a heart of stone and a funny bone of porridge not to enjoy this sweet-natured film." The Guardian

Des Bishop - Stand Up Special

Des Bishop - Stand Up Special

Compilation Show Recording for TV/Online

Thu 28 - Fri 29 Sep 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €15

Des Bishop’s restless imagination, openness, honesty and fast-talking, stand up style, combined with his insightful comic observations make him a ‘must-see’ for fans of unique, engaging and entertaining comedy. As a native New Yorker, Des moved from Queens to Ireland in his mid-teens in 1990. He has since carved out a highly successful career in stand-up comedy in Ireland as well as having had several acclaimed television series on RTE.

This ‘Stand up Special’ is a Best Off Compilation show and is being recorded for TV/Online.
Over 18s Only. Adult Content.

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Meetings With Ivor
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Meetings With Ivor

Film Screening and Meditation Session

Sat 30 Sep 2017 Meditation at 2PM / Film Screening 3PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc // Dur: 81 mins

Meetings with Ivor is documentary on the life and work of ground-breaking psychiatrist Ivor Browne. Browne has been a central figure in Irish mental health for many decades. His pioneering and often controversial work on behalf of the many who cannot speak for themselves is well-known.
Alan Gilsenan’s acclaimed new film, produced by Tomás Hardiman, captures the essence of this extraordinary man. In a quirky and challenging cinematic portrait we meet Browne, now in his late-eighties, who is still full of energy, good humour and compassion, and who remains a deeply-informed, startlingly innovative thinker. His unique attributes continue to find vital expression and offer real hope in an increasingly bewildering world. The film contains contributions from a host of familiar faces including Tommy Tiernan, Tom Murphy, Mary Coughlan and Professor Brendan Kelly. Sebastian Barry and Nell McCafferty also feature among contributors. The piper, Ronan Browne, son of Ivor, composed the haunting musical score.

PRE-SCREENING MEDITATION SESSION:
Ivor Browne will facilitate a Free 45 minute Meditation Session at 2pm before the screening. 
It is free for anyone who buys a ticket for the film screening (on a first come first served basis, subject to capacity).

POST-SCREENING Q&A:
Stay with us after the film for a Free Q&A Session with Ivor Browne.

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The Four of Us Acoustic Gig

The Four of Us Acoustic Gig

Sat 30 Sep 2017 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €20

The 4 Of Us shot to early fame towards the end of 1989 with their debut Songs for the Tempted, which featured the massive hits Mary and Drag My Bad Name Down. The follow up Man Alive made Q magazine's prestigious Top 50 Albums of 1992 and included the UK Top 30 song She Hits Me.

‘Sugar Island’, their latest album, explores the brothers' early years growing up in Northern Ireland; musically, it focuses on the trademark interplay of their acoustic guitars. As singer Brendan recalls: ’It was a dark time for sure, but as kids we still managed to have a lot of fun. Everyone who lived through that time has their own stories to tell; we thought we’d share some of ours.’

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"… as we have come to expect from The 4 Of Us, the songs are imbued with considerable melodic flair. Excellent." Hot Press

"The music brims with the palpable sense of the past, the acoustic guitars evoking a grand old era of folk, blues and R&B." The Irish Times

The Locksmith’s Song
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The Locksmith’s Song

By Eoin Lynch in Association with axis:Ballymun

Fri 6 - Sat 7 Oct 2017 Draiocht Studio // €7 adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class of 20+ / Age 7+ yrs / Dur: 45 mins // 45 mins

A grumpy locksmith is sent an old wooden box. 'A present?' he thinks, but no one would send him a present. It is locked! He crafts a key and opens it up. Long forgotten memories pour out. Memories of his lost mother's love, and of the old man who showed him the magic that locks can hold. With each memory his heart grows a little lighter. This highly visual production mixes puppetry and object manipulation with dynamic physical theatre.

FRI 06 OCT 10.15AM & 12.15PM
SAT 07 OCT 3PM
Draíocht Studio   €7 adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class of 20+
Age 7+ / Dur: 45 mins

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"A beautiful and heartwarming piece." The Arts Show, Near FM

"A visual delight." The Arts Blog

I am Baba

I am Baba

Anna Newell

Tue 10 - Sat 14 Oct 2017 Draíocht Studio // FREE // Dur: 20-30 mins

Help us in the creation of a new theatre show – especially for babies! Anna Newell (www.annanewell.co.uk) is a theatre director who makes shows for babies. She works with composer David Goodall and shows that they have made together for babies have been seen off-Broadway and in South Africa as well as all over Ireland and the UK. They are making a new show called ‘I AM BABA’ for the four Dublin Local Authority areas this year and it may very well be the first ever babyshow made in Dublin!
Whenever they make a babyshow, they invite babies and their adult guest into rehearsals to be their creative consultants. We would love your involvement to make this happen!

Anna is now looking for some tiny experts to help the development of this piece at Draíocht! She needs babies aged 0-12 months (each of whom can bring one adult guest) to come along to an informal session. There’s no charge to be involved but capacity is limited to 6 babies per session, so booking is essential through Box Office, tel 01-8852622.

30 Minute Development Sessions (Please note these sessions are being filmed & photographed for publicity purposes):
TUE 10 OCT 11AM
WED 11 OCT  11AM & 12PM
THU 12 OCT 11AM & 12PM
FRI 13 OCT  11AM                            

20 Minute Shows (No filming or photography):
SAT 14 OCT 10AM, 11AM, 12NOON

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I AM BABA is commissioned under Exploring and Thinking: A Collaborative Framework for Early Childhood Arts in the Dublin region. Exploring and Thinking is an initiative generated in partnership by Fingal County Council, Dublin City Council, South Dublin County Council and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. It is funded under the Arts Council’s Invitation to Collaboration which supports innovative and ambitious local authority collaborations. I AM BABA is presented by Anna Newell in association with the Civic Theatre, Tallaght.

The Graduate (1967)
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The Graduate (1967)

Wed 11 Oct 2017 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc // Dur: 105 mins

Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman), a confused college graduate, is pulled in myriad directions by family, friends and associates just days after receiving his degree. Seduced by Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), an older friend of the family, Ben carries on the affair, even as he falls for her daughter, Elaine (Katharine Ross). However, Ben and Elaine's attempts at romance are threatened by the spiteful rage of Mrs. Robinson, who proceeds to hastily arrange Elaine's marriage to someone else, leading up to one of the most memorable endings in cinema history.

Cert: 15  Language: English  Dur: 105 mins  Dir: Mike Nicholas
In association with Access Cinema

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"Hoffman's performance as Benjamin combines humour, boredom and panic in equal measure." Independent UK

The Nualas Are All Spanxed Up!
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The Nualas Are All Spanxed Up!

Thu 12 Oct 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €22 / €20 conc

It's 2017 - The Nuala sequins are out, the hurty shoes are on, the hair is coiffed to within an inch of its life and the liposuction didn't work. But who cares! They've got spanx!
Yes, Ireland's favourite all-girl, musical-comedy trio, The Nualas, are on the road again! Expect an evening of scintillating new song, spleen-rupturingly hilarious new chat and a stunningly bendy repertoire of new moves, despite the fact that they've lost all feeling from the waist down (the spanx).

Since their first outing in 1995, their unique brand of intricately-arranged, self-penned songs and provocative perspective on everything from spanx to hors d'oeuvres to global apocalypse has wowed audiences from Singapore to Moate. In an utterly fabulous career they've played extended seasons in London, Melbourne and New York, written and recorded several series for BBC Radio 4, appeared at the Royal Albert Hall, released a video (yes, 'video') with Sony, split up and got back together again, clocked up innumerable TV appearances and met Chris de Burgh in the flesh. Now, with this fabulous new extravaganza, The Nualas promise to leave your ankles swollen with laughter, your ear drums throbbing in sheer musical ecstasy and your eyeballs bulging out of their sockets in disbelief as they knock it out of the comedy park yet again (in spanx).

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Donna Taggart Jealous of The Angels
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Donna Taggart Jealous of The Angels

Donna Taggart And Her Musicians

Fri 13 Oct 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €22.50 / €20 conc

In just one week Donna Taggart’s Single “Jealous of the Angels” went viral and it sent her album straight to No. 1 on the Billboard World Music Catalogue Charts. The song has reached No.1 in the iTunes USA Easy Listening Chart along with 7 other countries including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Ireland and the UK.
The Omagh-born viral sensation began singing when she was 22. It started by accident when a friend asked her to sing at a funeral. She has been singing and recording songs ever since. Donna first came to prominence in 2011 when her acclaimed debut album Celtic Lady Vol. 1 was picked up by highly respected BBC Radio Ulster presenter Gerry Anderson. A second album followed in 2013 (Celtic Lady Vol.2). This led to TV appearances on Ireland West Music TV Christmas show alongside the cream of musical talent in Ireland including Nathan Carter.
Donna’s debut concert tour in February led to sell out shows in Galway, Derry, Armagh, Omagh & 2 sold out nights in the Waterfront Studio, Belfast.

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Duke Special - Hallow
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Duke Special - Hallow

Sat 14 Oct 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

Seamus Heaney described his friend, the poet Michael Longley, as: 'a keeper of the artistic estate, a custodian of griefs and wonders'. On this very special tour, Duke Special will be performing songs and music based on the poetry of this influential and renowned Belfast writer. Longley's poems are full of gentleness, honesty, mischief and love and are peppered with a cast of artists, animals, flowers, friends and long forgotten soldiers. As ever, Duke Special is mining a new seam of inspiration, hunting for treasures and what it means to be a human being.

Many people are aware of Duke's platinum album ‘Songs From The Deep Forest’, and the hit song ‘Freewheel’, but many may be surprised by the cultural breadth of his other work. His creative talents have seen him involved in projects as diverse as writing the theme tune for the Irish Sesame Street to writing the music for and appearing in Deborah Warner’s critically acclaimed 2009 production of Bertolt Brecht’s ‘Mother Courage and Her Children’ at London’s National Theatre. He has presented a documentary on the life of '50s megastar Ruby Murray, has been commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to write a series of original songs based on photographs for their exhibition of the photographers Stieglitz, Steichen, and Strand. He has performed with orchestras such as the Ulster and RTE Concert Orchestras and has finished an unfinished musical by Kurt Weill based on Huckleberry Finn.

Commissioned by Strollers Touring Network.


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Hello Dolly!

Hello Dolly!

Pioneer Musical Society - Celebrating 100 Years

Tue 17 - Sat 21 Oct 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €17 Opening Night / €20 Wed-Sat

Dolly Gallagher Levi sets New York alight in one of the greatest musicals of all time. Dolly, a matchmaker who has been hired to arrange a marriage for the widowed half-millionaire Horace Vandergelder has other plans. Recently widowed, Dolly believes that Horace and his fortune will make her the perfect mate. Join Dolly and her irrepressible friends for a story of the joy of living, glittering with happy songs and jumping with the personality of one of the most fabulous characters on the musical stage.

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Barbara Dickson
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Barbara Dickson

With Nick Holland and Anthony Toner / David Hull Promotions

Mon 23 Oct 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €30 / Early Bird €25 (Book before 09 Sept 2017)

Barbara Dickson’s interpretation of traditional music, married with 20th Century songs and material from the theatre is renowned and admired. She tours with the immensely talented Nick Holland, who plays keyboards and sings. They intimately shape the music, sharing the space and filling it with superb, crafted sound. A mature mixture of sublime old and new songs for every taste. Barbara is excited and thrilled that Anthony Toner has agreed to be her guest on tour in Ireland in 2017. His new album ‘Ink’ has had exceptional reviews since its recent release.

Early Bird €25 (Book before 09 Sept 2017)

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Joanne McNally - Bite Me
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Joanne McNally - Bite Me

Directed by Una McKevitt

Tue 24 Oct 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €16 / €14 conc // Dur: 60 mins

This is the story of Joanne’s amaaaaaaazing diet.
She didn’t just lose weight though; she lost jobs, friends and fellas, but she didn’t care because she could wear bangles as belts and that’s all that mattered. Then one day, over her morning carrot, Joanne realized she’d lost her mind. Turns out it was pinned to a lost property board up in space, enjoying the view and its new found freedom. Trying to entice it back became the hardest, funniest, greatest and weirdest time of her life.

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"The ability to recount tragedy and still have your audience in stitches … this is McNally’s forte." The Sunday Times

A Man Called Ove (2016)
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A Man Called Ove (2016)

Wed 25 Oct 2017 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc // Dur: 116 mins

Ove is the quintessential angry old man next door. An isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse, he spends his days enforcing rules that only he cares about and visiting his wife's grave. Ove has given up on life. Enter a boisterous young family next door who accidentally flatten Ove's mailbox while moving in. Yet from this inauspicious beginning an unlikely friendship forms and we come to understand Ove's past happiness and heartbreaks. What emerges is a heart-warming tale of unreliable first impressions and the gentle reminder that life is sweeter when it's shared.

Cert: 15A  Language: English Subtitles  Dur: 116 mins  Dir: Hannes Holm
In association with Access Cinema

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Aonghus McAnally Celebrating Christie Hennessy
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Aonghus McAnally Celebrating Christie Hennessy

The Platinum Collection

Thu 26 Oct 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €25 / €22.50 conc

One of Ireland’s most beloved singer-songwriters, Christie Hennessy delighted audiences at home and abroad until his tragic and untimely death in 2007, aged just 62. In this all-new show, celebrated entertainer Aonghus McAnally brings the Hennessy songbook to life with his uncanny recreation of his close friend Christie’s voice and guitar playing. Featuring all his best loved hits – Messenger Boy, Jealous Heart, Don’t Forget Your Shovel, If You Were To Fall, All The Lies That You Told Me, and the iconic Roll Back The Clouds – this magical evening showcases the storytelling brilliance of Christie Hennessy with 22 of his greatest songs.

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Return to Titanic

Return to Titanic

With Diver, Speaker & Explorer Rory Golden

Fri 27 Oct 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €15 / €12.50 conc

In 2000, Rory Golden became the first Irishman to dive down and see the wreck of the Titanic with his own eyes, where it rests 400 miles east of Newfoundland and two-and-a-half miles under the ocean. More people have been to outer space than to these depths of the ocean! That expedition recovered 800 artefacts and it was Rory who discovered the ship’s long-lost wheel. He also brought with him a memorial plaque, presented by Michael Martin, creator of the Titanic Trail in Cobh (where Titanic had its final berthing), to place on the wreck on behalf of the people of Ireland.
With his encyclopaedic knowledge of the ship and over 30 years of diving experience, Rory tells the epic tale of Titanic’s construction in Belfast, its ill-fated maiden voyage and destruction at the hands of an iceberg in 1912, taking 1,517 of its 2,223 passengers with it and its rediscovery in 1985.

This is a fundraising event in aid of the Viking Sub Aqua Club in Coolmine Swimming Pool.

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Beauty and the Beast (1991)
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Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Sat 28 Oct 2017 12PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc / €5 children // Dur: 97 mins

Enchanting, sweepingly romantic, and featuring plenty of wonderful musical numbers, Beauty and the Beast is one of Disney's most elegant animated offerings. The film captures the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright and beautiful young woman who's taken prisoner by a hideous beast in his castle. Despite her precarious situation, Belle befriends the castle's enchanted staff - a teapot, a candelabra and a mantel clock, among others-and ultimately learns to see beneath the Beast's exterior to discover the heart and soul of a prince.

Cert: U  Language: English  Dur: 97 mins  Dir: Kirk Wise, Gary Trousdale
In association with Access Cinema

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Brendan Grace
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Brendan Grace

47 Years in the Comedy Business

Sat 28 Oct 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €30 / €28 conc

The greatest family comedian of our generation proudly presents 47 years in the Comedy business and most of this time at the very top of his profession. Brendan's latest show features the best and most requested pieces from his vast repertoire over the last 47 years. His sense of timing and ability to read an audience is without equal. A brilliant character actor, his 'Bottler' character is legendary and his interpretation of the 'Irish Wedding' will forever remain a masterpiece.

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Romeo and Juliet
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Romeo and Juliet

Ballet Ireland

Fri 3 - Sat 4 Nov 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €22 / €18 conc / €16 Groups 10+

Based on Shakespeare's tale of the star-crossed lovers, Romeo & Juliet is one of the greatest love stories of all time. Against a backdrop of ancient feuds and gang warfare, the ill-fated young couple falls hopelessly in love, but their families are bitter enemies.  In order to be together the two lovers must be prepared to risk everything.

In Ballet Ireland's production, Shakespeare's tragic tale is transported from the streets of medieval Verona into the classrooms of a modern-day high school. It becomes a play within a play.
The Chaplain at a school divided by gangs and violence brings a fight to a close. He together with their form teacher attempts to show the futility of such behaviour by introducing the pupils to the play of Romeo & Juliet, with the feuding Montague and Capulet families. Each is assigned a character and the action ensues.

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"Runacre-Temple taps into a zeitgeist so many other ballet companies desperately want to access right now, making relevant what is often seen as an elitist art form while still honouring its roots ... Runacre-Temple gets it. " The Irish Times

My Cousin Rachel (2017)
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My Cousin Rachel (2017)

Wed 8 Nov 2017 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc // Dur: 106 mins

A dark romance, ‘My Cousin Rachel’ tells the story of a young Englishman who plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms. Excellent cinematography and Rachel Weisz's entrancing performance keep ‘My Cousin Rachel’ alluring throughout.

Cert: 12A  Language: English  Dur: 106 mins  Dir: Roger Michell
In association with Access Cinema

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This Beach
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This Beach

Brokentalkers in Association with Project Arts Centre

Fri 10 Nov 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc / Early Bird €15 (Book before 09 Sept 2017) // Dur: 80 mins

A private beach inhabited by a family; a European family.
They are the owners of the beach. The beach has been in their family for generations. The family celebrate a wedding, a union between two sides; each of whom can offer something to the other. Security, prosperity, progeny. During the wedding celebration a stranger arrives on the shore of their beach. The family must decide how to deal with this stranger.

This Beach is a response to the current refugee crisis gripping Europe, the notion of sovereignty of one people over a piece of land; and the lengths people will go to bar entry to their dominion. Brokentalkers (The Blue Boy, Silver Stars, Have I No Mouth, Circus Animals’ Desertion) have been acclaimed internationally for their pioneering approach to theatre and continue to explore the world we live in with honesty, originality and courage.

Nominated for Best Production and winner of Best Design at Dublin Fringe Awards, nomination for Best Supporting Actor at the Irish Times Theatre Awards
Written and Directed by Feidlim Cannon and Gary Keegan
Cast: Pom Boyd, Daniel Reardon, Neimhin Robinson & Bryan Quinn.

Brokentalkers are Project Artists, an initiative of Project Arts Centre.
National Tour 2017 is co-produced by Project Arts Centre.

Early Bird €15 (Book before 09 Sept 2017)

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"One of the country’s most fearless and path breaking theatre companies." The Irish Times

"… a strong and self-reflexive performance with strong moments of humour throughout." The Reviews Hub

"… a satire of shrugging consciences." The Irish Times

All Shook Up

All Shook Up

Coolmine Musical Society

Tue 14 - Sat 18 Nov 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €17 Opening Night / €20 Wed-Sat

Coolmine Musical Society are delighted to be getting their hips shaking and lips moving with All Shook Up. Now or never is your chance to see this roustabout of a musical, which features the music of Elvis Presley and is based on the story of William Shakespeare’s 12th Night. With characters including charming Chad, eclectic Ed and sassy Miss Sandra, this promises to be a night out with a little less conversation and a lot more music. If music be the food of love, then be a fool and fall in love with All Shook Up.

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The Midwife
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The Midwife

Wed 22 Nov 2017 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc // Dur: 117 mins

Two of French cinema's biggest stars shine in this bittersweet drama about the unlikely friendship that develops between Claire (Catherine Frot), a talented but tightly wound midwife; and Béatrice (Catherine Deneuve), the estranged, free-spirited mistress of Claire's late father. Though polar opposites in almost every way, the two come to rely on each other as they cope with the unusual circumstance that bring them together in this sharp character study award winning director Martin Provost.

Cert: 15A  Language: English Subtitles  Dur: 117 mins  Dir: Martin Provost
In association with Access Cinema

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"Throbbing with truthful understanding of women, and sorrow, regret, salvation and vegetable gardening." Daily Mail UK

Alison Spittle & Gearóid Farrelly
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Alison Spittle & Gearóid Farrelly

Worrier Princess & Home Truths

Thu 23 Nov 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €17 / €15 conc

Alison worries. She worries so much she's decided to do a show about it and now she can worry about making it a good show. One of Ireland's fastest rising comedians,the star and writer of RTE's new major series 'Nowhere Fast' , join Alison on her first tour. As seen on RTÉ (Brendan O'Connor's Cutting Edge, Republic of Telly, Des Bishop, this is Ireland), TV3, Sky Arts and heard on Newstalk (George Hook), this is Alison’s hilarious follow up to her smash-hit Fringe success …Discovers Hawaii.

Comedian Gearóid Farrelly’s show will address everything from Trump to decluttering and explain why you shouldn't toilet train a cat. Gearóid has appeared at comedy festivals all over the world. He has supported the likes of Joan Rivers and Sarah Millican in the UK. This year he toured Ireland with Neil Delamere and appears every week on his Sunday Best show on Today FM. 

Support on the night from Andrea Farrell (Stellar Comedian of the year)

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"To be an audience member in Farrelly’s crowd is a joy. Impeccable comic timing." ★★★★★ Broadway Baby

"Breezily chatty and effusively funny, Alison Spittle is a likeable combination of openness and chortling mischief." The Scotsman

Close To The Sun
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Close To The Sun

The CORPS Ensemble / Written by Philip Doherty

Fri 24 - Sat 25 Nov 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc / Early Bird €15 (Book before 09 Sept 2017)

Perth, Australia – home to a generation of lost children of Ireland, an isolated city in a land of myth and music. Irishman Colin prepares for his wedding to Australian sweetheart, Sophie. But things take a turn when his estranged brother Rory appears, bringing demons from their shared past. In this new ensemble play by Philip Doherty, two ancient cultures clash in an epic battle for one Irishman’s loyalty. Will Colin remain in this parched paradise or return to the lush land of his childhood? You know what they say, you can’t go back to a place that doesn’t exist anymore.

Developed at FRINGE LAB with the support of Dublin Fringe Festival.
This work premiered at Dublin Fringe Festival 2017

Starring Mary Murray, Neill Fleming, Toni O’Rourke, Edwin Mullane, Sean Doyle, Jed Murray & Michael Bates.

Early Bird €15 (Book before 09 Sept 2017)

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"A young, energetic and fearless company." The Examiner

Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)
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Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

Sat 25 Nov 2017 12PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc / €5 children // Dur: 101 mins

Kubo and the Two Strings is an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed animation studio LAIKA. Young Kubo's peaceful existence comes crashing down when he accidentally summons a vengeful spirit from the past. Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey and Beetle to unlock a secret legacy. Armed with a magical instrument, Kubo must battle the Moon King and other gods and monsters to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known.

Cert: PG  Language: English  Dur: 101 mins  Dir: Travis Knight
In association with Access Cinema

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"Genuinely casts a spell on viewers." Rolling Stone

White
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White

Catherine Wheels Theatre Co / Presented as part of Spréacha – Fingal’s International Arts Programme for Children at Draiocht

Thu 30 Nov - Sat 2 Dec 2017 Draiocht Studio // €7 adults / €5 children // Dur: 45 mins

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Welcome to the beautifully strange world of White. Full of birdsong and birdhouses, it gleams and dazzles and shines in the night. Two friends look after the birds and make sure the eggs stay safe. The world is bright, ordered and white. But high up in the trees, all is not white. Colour appears. First red … then yellow … then blue! White is a playful, highly visual new show for very young children and is a perfect first-time theatre experience.

THU 30 NOV  11AM & 2PM
FRI 01 DEC    11AM & 2PM
SAT 02 DEC   11AM, 2PM * (RELAXED PERF) & 4PM
* Ask at Box Office for our Relaxed Performance pre-show guide for the 2pm Saturday show.

Draíocht Studio   €7 adults / €5 children  Age 2-4 yrs / Dur: 45 mins

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The Woman is Present: Women’s Stories of WW2
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The Woman is Present: Women’s Stories of WW2

Smashing Time Theatre and Film Company / Playwrights Deirdre Kinahan, Mary Moynihan, Fiona Bawn Thompson and Paul Kennedy​

Thu 30 Nov 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €16 / €14 conc / Early Bird €14 (Book before 9th Sept 2017)

The Woman is Present: Women’s Stories of WWII is a creative re-imagining of moments from the lives of women during WWII recalling stories of bravery, sacrifice and love amidst the horror of war, as women stood up against Fascism and totalitarianism and refused to accept oppression.  The performance is followed by a post-show discussion with the artists and invited guest speakers to explore powerful women’s stories in history and themes of gender equality and peace.
The performance features Ode to Ettie Steinberg by internationally-acclaimed playwright Deirdre Kinahan; My Name is Neus by Mary Moynihan and performances including Mary Elmes and Dolores Ibarurri by Mary Moynihan, Fiona Bawn Thompson and Paul Kennedy, remembering stories of powerful women during WWII.

Women’s stories in the performance include Mary Elmes (1908-2002), a Cork woman who was the first Irish person honoured as ‘Righteous Among Nations’ for her work saving Jewish children from the Nazi gas chambers during World War II; Ettie Steinberg (1914-42) the only female Jewish Irish citizen known to have been murdered in Auschwitz; Marta Hillers (1911-2001) from Germany who wrote her autobiography Eine Frau in Berlin (A Woman in Berlin) under the name ‘Anonyma’ (Anonymous), detailing her experiences of the last days of WWII as she and over one million other women were raped and abused by Allied soldiers of the Red Army; Neus Català Pallejà (b.1915) from Spain, a member of the United Socialist Party of Catalonia during the Spanish Civil War, an active collaborator with the French Resistance during WWII and the only living Spanish survivor of Ravensbrück  concentration camp for women;  and Dolores Ibárruri, or La Pasionaria (1895-1989), from Spain, a revolutionary leader, political activist, Communist and crusader against Fascism during the Spanish Civil War who created the famous cry ‘They Shall Not Pass’.
Early Bird €14 (Book before 9th Sept 2017)

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

Fri 1 - Sat 2 Dec 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €22.50 / €20 conc

Start spreading the news and tell everyone that you are going to celebrate Christmas at Draíocht 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.

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Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
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Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Wed 6 Dec 2017 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc / €5 children // Dur: 96 mins

Macy’s department store needs to find a replacement Santa in the run up to Christmas. Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) - with his white beard and twinkling eyes - seem to be the perfect substitute; but when Kris claims that he is the real Santa Claus, he is soon dismissed. Can he prove that he is not insane and is indeed the real Father Christmas?
Starring Maureen O’Hara and Natalie Wood.

Cert: G  Language: English  Dur: 96 mins  Dir: George Seaton
In association with Access Cinema

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Hansel & Gretel
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Hansel & Gretel

Lyngo Theatre Company

Thu 7 - Sat 9 Dec 2017 10.15AM & 12.15PM / 2PM & 4PM Draiocht Studio // €7 adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class of 20+

Is hunger stronger than love? In this story, it seems to be as the poor woodsman’s empty stomach goes to his head, he gives in to the bony step-mother and they leave Hansel and Gretel in the forest, not just once but twice and the second time there won’t be any moonstones to follow back home. Instead they follow their noses to the sugary heart of darkness.
A musical theatre version of this classic brother and sister tale of adventure and magic where we’ll have you humming along throughout and cheering as the witch slides down into our flaming oven. 

THU 07 & FRI 08 DEC 10.15AM & 12.15PM
SAT 09 DEC  2PM & 4PM 
Draíocht Studio   €7 adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class of 20+
Age 4+ 


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Phil Coulter - Pure Gold
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Phil Coulter - Pure Gold

Thu 7 Dec 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €27.50 / €25 conc

Phil’s long career as a songwriter, producer and recording artiste has been recognised over the years with so many gold discs that the theme is totally appropriate. Very few in the music business can boast of having chart entries in every decade since the sixties. Even fewer can match the range of Phil’s output – from Eurovision winners to folk classics, from tender ballads to sporting anthems, from Luke Kelly to Elvis Presley!
His new show, Pure Gold, will feature Phil’s personal favourites as he trawls through his 50 years of creativity. 

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David O’Doherty Big Time
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David O’Doherty Big Time

Fri 8 Dec 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

David O'Doherty – the Aldi Bublé, the Ryanair Enya – is delighted to present an evening of his latest jokes and songs.
David has spent the last year on tour round America with Flight of the Conchords and performed at the Edinburgh Fringe and Melbourne Comedy Festival. Over Christmas he sold out a record-breaking eleven nights at Whelan's and has just completed his largest ever UK tour.

As seen on Channel 4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.

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Good Time Villains / Declan Greene / Gary Tiernan

Good Time Villains / Declan Greene / Gary Tiernan

Presented by The Playlist, Phoenix FM

Sat 9 Dec 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €10

Generate the vibe for a gig that is to mark the end of a wonderful year on Phoenix FM, The Playlist will present what is to be an amazing night of music. A great opportunity to catch some of Blanchardstown’s local talent.
Indie Folk band Good Time Villains (GTV) will be playing crowd favourites such as Mr. Keeper and Lemonade Lakes. Declan Greene’s meticulously crafted songs tell deep, soulful & relatable stories. And Gary Tiernan has been described by Ceol Collective as ‘an excellent songwriter with commanding delicate vocals to compliment his tales of love and relationships.

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ABBA Forever
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ABBA Forever

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

Tue 12 - Wed 13 Dec 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €17 conc

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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Christmas with The Dublin Gospel Choir
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Christmas with The Dublin Gospel Choir

Thu 14 Dec 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €16 conc / Early Bird: €15 (book before 9th Sept 2017)

Carol singers are synonymous with the Christmas season so enter into the fullest feeling of Christmas with beautiful arrangements of traditional favourites along with some festive gospel hits!
Dublin Gospel Choir are a group of performers with a shared love of music and the joy it can bring. They have been delighting audiences at home and abroad for over 20 years with a unique mix of gospel, soul, rnb and contempory arrangements. Versatile, passionate and vibrant they uplift and energise with powerful voices and rich harmonies.
Over the years the choir have shared the stage with music industry heavyweights such as Rod Stewart, John Legend, Kodaline, Outkast, Damien Rice and Ennio Morricone to name but a few and their annual ‘Sunday Service’ slot at Ireland’s Electric Picnic is now legendary.
The choir are delighted to release their brand new Christmas Album this year featuring some of their favourite songs of the season so we invite you to bring your jingle bells and get into the Christmas spirit! 

Early Bird: €15 (book before 9th Sept 2017)

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End of Year Christmas Concert

End of Year Christmas Concert

Clonee Music Tuition Centre

Fri 15 Dec 2017 8PM Draíocht Studio // €10

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Join Clonee Music Tuition Centre for what promises to be a most enjoyable evening of music showcasing the talents of current and former students.   Celebrate the season with an exciting selection of music and songs from different genres, with some Christmas favourites for audience participation! Clonee Music Tuition Centre, established in 2009 provides instrumental and vocal tuition for students of all ages and Pre-Instrumental Courses for younger children.   

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Carols for Christmas - New Dublin Voices
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Carols for Christmas - New Dublin Voices

With Guest Choir, St Brigid’s NS Choir, Castleknock

Sat 16 Dec 2017 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.
Director: Bernie Sherlock.
St Brigid’s NS Choir Conductor, Niamh Williams.

To book a family of 4 Phone Box Office on 01 8852622.

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Arthur Christmas (2011)

Arthur Christmas (2011)

Mon 18 Dec 2017 Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class of 20+ // Dur: 97 mins

So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night? The answer: Santa's exhilarating, ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole. But at the heart of the film is a story with the ingredients of a Christmas classic - a family in a state of comic dysfunction and an unlikely hero, Santa's clumsy but loveable son Arthur, on an urgent mission that must be completed before Christmas morning dawns.

Cert: PG  Language: English  Dur: 97 mins
In association with Access Cinema

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"Utterly charming … thanks to its wonderfully detailed animation, abundance of gags and brilliantly drawn characters." Film 4

The Muppets Christmas Carol (1992)
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The Muppets Christmas Carol (1992)

Tue 19 Dec 2017 11.30AM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class of 20+ // Dur: 86 mins

The Muppets perform the classic Dickens holiday tale, with Kermit the Frog playing Bob Cratchit, the put-upon clerk of stingy Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Caine). Other Muppets -- Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie Bear and Sam the Eagle - weave in and out of the story, while Scrooge receives visits from spirits of Christmases past, present and future showing him the error of his self-serving ways.

Cert: U  Language: English  Dur: 86 mins  Dir: Brian Henson
In association with Access Cinema

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"Good Fun." Time Out Film Guide

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Coolmine Panto Group

Fri 5 - Sun 21 Jan 2018 VARIOUS TIMES Main Auditorium // €20 / €17 conc / €15 Relaxed Performance

Join the whimsical fun-filled world of Lewis Carroll and follow Alice as she chases the White Rabbit on a journey into Wonderland. It’s a topsy-turvy place that gets ‘curiouser and curiouser’ as Alice meets unforgettable characters – the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, Queen of Hearts, Tweedledum and Tweedledee and many more. Filled with spectacular song and dance, this is a classic pantomime for all the family.

FRI 05    7.30PM
SAT 06   2PM & 7.30PM / SUN 07  1PM & 5.30PM
WED 10  7.30PM (RELAXED PERFORMANCE €15)
THU 11   7.30PM / FRI 12  7.30PM
SAT 13   2PM & 7.30PM / SUN 14  1PM & 5.30PM
THU 18   7.30PM / FRI 19  7.30PM
SAT 20    2PM & 7.30PM / SUN 21  2PM

Our Relaxed Performance on Wednesday 10th January will have no sudden noises or bangs, restricted capacity, the ability to move around, softer and brighter lighting and music at a suitable level. We will also provide a chill-out area with low lighting for parents/guardians to bring children who may need to have a little break. If you are attending this performance and would like a Pre-Visit Guide (Visual & Written) in advance from Draiocht, please email philippa@draiocht.ie or let Box Office know when you're booking on 01-8852622 (Guide available early January). All tickets for this performance are €15.

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Reeling in the Showband Years
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Reeling in the Showband Years

It’s Back, it’s Bigger & it’s Better!

Tue 30 - Wed 31 Jan 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €32 / €30 conc

Go back in time to this magical era and never to be repeated time in Irish popular music! Compere Ronan Collins will sing his renowned tributes to Joe Dolan, Dickie Rock and more. Joining Ronan will be Ireland’s greatest voice, Red Hurley singing all his great hits. Also brother and Sister combo, Keith & Lorraine McDonald, with their fantastic tribute to all things Showband. Also the big sound of The Conquerors Showband and Eurovision stars Tommy and Jimmy Swarbrigg. Gina from The Champions, and a surprise hit from last year, Dave Lawlor, complete this super line up.

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Al Grant – The Life & Music of Jim Reeves
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Al Grant – The Life & Music of Jim Reeves

With Special Guest Isla Grant

Sat 17 Feb 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €25 / €23 conc

Al GRANT presents a unique insight into the Life and Music of the legendary singer Jim Reeves with a wonderful concert of his classic hit songs. With narration of Jim's life together with video screen footage this will be a unique evening of Songs and Story. Renowned for his classic interpretation of Jim Reeves songs with unerring similarity to the voice of the Great Man, Al will perform all of Jim Reeves classic hit songs including: 'I Love You Because', 'He’ll Have To Go', 'Adios Amigo', 'Distant Drums', 'Danny Boy', 'You are The Only Good Thing', 'I Won’t Forget You', 'It Hurts So Much', 'Moonlight & Roses' and, of course, 'Welcome To My World' and many others.
Special guest on the night will be renowned singer/songwriter Isla Grant who played a sold-out concert here last February.

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The Man in Black Johnny Cash Tribute Show
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The Man in Black Johnny Cash Tribute Show

Tommy Swarbrigg Productions / Featuring Terry Lee Goffee

Thu 22 Feb 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €22 / €20 conc

Direct from the USA, the No. 1 Johnny Cash Tribute right across America 'The Man In Black' returns to Ireland. He was a sensation and a complete sell out when he appeared in Draiocht in 2009 & 2017, so we are really excited to have him back. Featuring Terry Lee Goffee and his band, this is one show you won’t want to miss.

He sings like Johnny and he looks like Johnny and he performs just like the great man, with energy, charisma and vitality! Featuring songs from all periods of Johnny's career, Terry regularly performs in Theatres all over the USA to great acclaim. This not to be missed night which celebrates the music and power of The Man in Black, features 34 classic songs from all periods of his career such as ‘Sunday Morning Coming Down’, ‘I Walk The Line’, ‘Ring Of Fire’ and ‘Folsom Prison Blues’.

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"The show is great, my brother would be proud." Tommy Cash.

Sandy Kelly Sings Patsy Cline - Music and Memories
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Sandy Kelly Sings Patsy Cline - Music and Memories

With Special Guests Gerry Guthrie & Band

Thu 22 Mar 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €25 / €23 conc

This wonderful evening of nostalgia brings the audience on a trip down memory lane to listen to the music of the great Patsy Cline. The classic songs such as 'Crazy' and 'Sweet Dreams' are timeless. Sandy had the first and only Patsy Cline show in London's West End with an extended run playing to full houses. Special guest on the show is Gerry Guthrie with a brilliant live band. This is a show not to be missed. Sandy Kelly is looking forward to meeting her many friends in this truly nostalgic evening in celebration of the music and memories of Patsy Cline.

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