Marc Guinan

Marc Guinan

"What is painting ...?"

Fri 24 Jul - Sat 3 Oct 2015 Ground Floor Gallery

This exhibition will present outcomes from Guinan’s current investigation into materiality. The painted forms are created using pva and various other types of paint, like gloss, metal paint, emulsions, industrial grade paints and oil paint. Layers of paint are let dry over time and peeled from various surfaces like acetate and glass. The forms created allow the work to divert away from the canvas and ask the question, what is a traditional painting display? The forms are free from any background support with the work intending to be read as a naturally formed entity, which links back to Guinan’s interest in American minimalism and his belief in the importance of the autonomous object. The painted forms invite’s the viewer’s eye to travel along the monochrome surfaces and identify the stillness they may hold whilst enjoying the playful folds that give a hint of tradition. Guinan’s work also likes to highlight the material qualities of the paint that have developed whilst drying, resisting and setting within the boundaries he has set up. 

Marc Guinan’s 14-year construction background continually enhances his process-based practice, which is grounded in painting and mainly focused through a Post Minimalist lens. This is enhanced by his recent completion of a Hons Degree BA Fine Art studies at the DIT this year. He has also been accepted for an MA in Art, Research Collaboration in IADT in September where he intends to further venture into the limitless world of materiality in painting. He is currently creating experimental and sculptural forms with paint and it is his intention to stretch the boundaries of conventional thinking about painting as a medium. Always exploring colour and texture, he invite’s a dialogue of provocation through proportion, form and fracture and question’s traditional ideas around the exhibition space and its relationship to painting.  His work explores the traditional limits of the physical properties of paint, pushing the boundaries between the medium, composition and modes of application whilst acknowledging the installation of the forms to be as important as the creation.

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

DON'T MISS ... Artist Talk - Marc Guinan in conversation with Maeve Connolly ... 03 October 1-2pm ... MORE ... 

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Create Dance Project Autumn 2015

Create Dance Project Autumn 2015

Dance workshops with dancers Mark Rogers and Philippa Donnollan

Tue 1 Sep - Sat 19 Dec 2015

September-December 2015
Jr Group: 5-8 Years / 12.30pm-1.15pm
Snr Group: 9-16 Years / 2pm-3pm

During this innovative dance project, dancers and facilitators Mark Rogers and Philippa Donnellan work with a group of children with an intellectual disability, their parents and siblings over the Autumn/Winter in weekly workshops. If you have a child aged between 5- 16 years with a love of dance, please get in touch with Sarah Beirne, e sarah@draiocht.ie or phone 01-8098029.

DATES TBC - Existing members will receive priority booking

The Contemporary Art Mystery

The Contemporary Art Mystery

With Artist in Residence Andrew Carson / For Junior & Senior Cycle Students

Mon 7 Sep 2015

MONDAYS 07 SEPT, 05 OCT, 02 NOV, 07 DEC
4.30PM-5.45PM // COST: FREE
JUNIOR AND SENIOR CYCLE STUDENTS

Using our gallery exhibitions as a starting place and followed by practical workshops in the Artist Studio, our Artist in Residence Andrew Carson invites Junior & Senior cycle students to gain a greater understanding of contemporary arts practice. All materials will be provided.

Free, but please pre-register and book through Box Office on 01-885 2622.

Alan Kelly Gang with Eddi Reader and John Douglas
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Alan Kelly Gang with Eddi Reader and John Douglas

Sheer Spellbinding Musical Synergy

Tue 8 Sep 2015 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc

Powerful, emotive and critically acclaimed Traditional Irish band, Alan Kelly Gang reunite with Scotland’s mesmerizing songstress, Eddi Reader (of Fairground Attraction fame) and Trashcan Sinatra’s guitarist and songwriter, John Douglas, performing all new material from their latest album The Last Bell. Sheer musical synergy in its most natural form, once a collaboration, now a band, their performances have been praised for leaving audiences spellbound; Scotland’s The Living Tradition magazine has described it as ‘an astonishing concert’.

Fronted by Ireland’s piano accordion maestro, the Alan Kelly Gang sit firmly at the cutting edge of the Traditional and World music scene. Their strong dynamics, driving rhythms and buoyant harmonies will draw even the most fainthearted listener into the passion that they put into the music they play. Taking influence from regions including Ireland, Brittany, Asturias and America and combining these with original compositions that stem from a deep traditional sensitivity, “the arrangements are world class, as are the musicians, and Ireland is always somewhere in the mix.” Irish Music Magazine.

From the traditional to the contemporary, Eddi Reader extinguishes the preordained boundaries of genre, bringing joyous life to all forms of song. Her rare blend of meltingly true vocals and towering romanticism combine with an astute and pragmatic nature to make her a unique and powerful figure in contemporary British music. Perhaps best known as former front woman for Fairground Attraction - who’s #1 single, Perfect and parent album, First of a Million Kisses, both topped the British charts, Eddi has had a long and varied career and has effortlessly developed into one of popular music’s most thrilling and affecting performers. 

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Ardal O’Hanlon
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Ardal O’Hanlon

Thu 10 Sep 2015 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc

Lurking beneath Ardal O’Hanlon’s mild-mannered demeanour resides a sharp and probing (and fairly mild-mannered) comic brain. Sometimes thoughtful, sometimes silly, but always punchy, he has tickled audiences all over the world. In a comprehensive set, he talks about not just the things that matter but also about the things that don’t matter at all. Which covers pretty much everything. Although best known for his starring roles in Father Ted and My Hero, Ardal’s other TV credits include SKY comedy-drama After Hours, Cucumber, London Irish & Skins.

May contain strong language.

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A Little (Jazz) Night Music
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A Little (Jazz) Night Music

A Stephen Sondheim Tribute with Stella Bass

Fri 11 Sep 2015 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €18 / €15 conc

Stella Bass celebrates Stephen Sondheim’s 85th year with a concert of his most popular songs – with a jazz twist! Featuring beautiful new arrangements, the programme includes Sondheim’s best-loved songs, bridging the worlds of musicals and jazz. The concert celebrates the music of the Academy Award-winning Broadway composer and lyricist who got his first big break in 1957 when hired as lyricist for Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story. Two of his own musicals, Sweeney Todd (2007) and the recent Into the Woods have been adapted for the big screen, and in this new show, Sondheim’s music – including iconic songs such as Send in the Clowns, Losing My Mind and the Oscar-winning Sooner or Later – are adapted wonderfully with new jazz arrangements. Don't miss this!

Joining Stella will be Cian Boylan (piano), Damian Evans (Double Bass), Dominic Mullan (Drums), Mark Adams (Trumpet) and Brendan Doyle (Saxophone).
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"A versatile singer who combines maturity with innocence, sophistication with sincerity." Sunday Independent

"…another level ..." Irish Times

"Bass is a class act...her voice possesses soul, swing and pizzazz." All About Jazz

Sharon Shannon
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Sharon Shannon

Sat 12 Sep 2015 8PM Main Auditorium // €25 / €22 conc

Sharon Shannon has music at her fingertips ... literally! The Irish accordionist has achieved legendary status throughout the world and has made the much-maligned accordion 'cool' in her home country. She is renowned for her collaborations, not just in Irish traditional music, but through all musical genres, Hip-Hop, Cajun, Country, Classical and Rap. Sharon has recorded and toured with a who's who of the Irish and global music industry, including Bono, Adam Clayton, Sinead O’Connor, Jackson Browne, John Prine, Steve Earle, The RTE Concert Orchestra, The Chieftains, The Waterboys, Willie Nelson, Nigel Kennedy, Alison Krauss and Shane MacGowan - a list that is testament to Sharon's versatility as well as talent. Her album Galway Girl went 4 times platinum in Ireland with the title track winning her the Meteor award two years running for most downloaded song. She has produced a new album for the High Kings released worldwide by Sony in September 2013 and is currently co-writing songs with many collaborators. She recently performed with reggae legend Dawn Penn and Lee Thomspon from Madness on the single’ Bangarang’.

Currently working on a book on her life, Sharon is a passionate animal lover and does a lot of voluntary work and fundraising for various animal rescues and supports many other charities.

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Music and Me Autumn Workshops

Music and Me Autumn Workshops

With Mischa O'Mahony

Mon 14 Sep - Mon 19 Oct 2015

MONDAYS / 6 WEEKS / 14 SEPT – 19 OCT 2015
COST: €36 for 6 WEEKS OR €6 PAY AS YOU GO
(SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY)

WORKSHOP 1: 3 MTHS - 1.5 YEARS 10AM (DURATION 40 MINS)
WORKSHOP 2: 1.5 - 4 YEARS 11AM (DURATION 60 MINS)


Mischa O Mahony is back with a new series of music classes created especially to playfully introduce you and your child to the joy of making music together and the fantastic fun of singing. Come on this lively journey where you will stamp your feet to the beat, wiggle to the rhythm, dance around, play instruments and meet puppet friends. Get inspired to do it all again when you get home.

www.meandyoumusic.com

Early booking advised. Phone Draíocht's Box Office on 01-8852622.

The Grandeur of Delusions

The Grandeur of Delusions

Heart & Soul Theatre Company

Tue 15 Sep 2015 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €12 / €10 conc

The Grandeur of Delusions depicts an alcoholic talking to himself through the medium of his delusion, a girl. The absence of love and hugs in childhood is sufficient to manifest itself in oblivion drinking, as they try to fill the void of 'Lacking' which they don't understand - and which only the temporary solution of blackouts can redress, and relieve their suffering. This play deals in an ironic and funny fashion with the trials and tribulations of families in desperation.
Written by Hugh Murphy. Directed by Ann Brophy . Cast: Noelle Brogan and Aaron Jenner.

Age: 15+

Heart & Soul Theatre Company was formed in 2014 by concerned individuals .Our Artistic Policy is to pursue Truth in Theatre and to promote full length plays that has something to say about the world that surrounds us - and to hopefully encourage young people to attend theatre more often. You can follow them on Twitter and Facebook.


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The Ultimate Big Band Show with Special Guest Paddy Cole
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The Ultimate Big Band Show with Special Guest Paddy Cole

Directed by Saxophonist Daire O'Reilly

Thu 17 Sep 2015 8PM Main Auditorium // €24 / €22 conc

This explosive 20 piece Jazz orchestra has made a huge name for themselves bringing the big band swing era back to life. Directed by saxophonist Daire O'Reilly and featuring some of the countries best musicians such as Gene Bannon, Pat Glynn, Paul Cox and Bobby Lynch you are guaranteed a night of incredible music and great craic.
Among other things, the show includes big band classics from composers such as Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Louis Prima, Count Basie, the Rat Pack and even a few by Daire O'Reilly himself.
In addition The Ultimate Big Band Show will be joined by the legendary musician Paddy Cole who will entertain with well known classics and anecdotes from his years on the road. Having joined The Ultimate Big Band Show on stage at the Electric Picnic and The Ramor Theatre Co. Cavan, a great relationship has developed between the two and this is very evident as they play side by side.

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Gallery Preview: Andrew Carson

Gallery Preview: Andrew Carson

Pilgrim

Fri 18 Sep 2015 7PM First Floor Gallery

Please join us for the Preview of Pilgrim by Andrew Carson.

7pm on Friday 18 September 2015 in our First Floor Gallery.

Full exhibition details here ... 

Andrew Carson

Andrew Carson

Pilgrim

Fri 18 Sep - Sat 17 Oct 2015 First Floor Gallery

Pilgrim is an exhibition of new work by Andrew Carson developed as part of his time as Artist-In-Residence at Draíocht. Following on from Andrew’s research into the use and effects of digital devices and social media as the modern ubiquitous means of contact, the work is an exploration of social structures, systems, and methods of interaction. Drawing from elements of science fiction and ancient religious cultures, the works form contemporary shrines, analogous to prehistoric worship centres. These shrines create an arena in which to engage and re-connect with each other. Andrew is a Dublin based artist and graduated from DIT with a BA Fine Art in 2010. He has shown in solo and group exhibitions extensively around Ireland and also in the UK, Greece, Italy, Spain, Poland and Japan.

Join us for the Launch, by Artist Anita Groener on Wednesday 23 September 7pm ... 

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

Nebraska (2013)

Nebraska (2013)

Film at Draíocht - Free Culture Night Screening

Fri 18 Sep 2015 8PM Main Auditorium // FREE / Pre Booking Advised

A poor old man living in Montana escapes repeatedly from his house to go to Nebraska to collect a sweepstakes prize he thinks he has won. Frustrated by his increasing dementia, his family debates putting him into a nursing home -- until one of his two sons finally offers to take his father by car, even as he realizes the futility.
En route the father is injured, and the two must rest a few days in the small decaying Nebraska town where the father was born and where, closely observed by the son, he re-encounters his past. (Don’t worry -- it’s a comedy.) Shot in black and white across four American states, the film blends professional actors with non-actors and aspires to mirror the mood and rhythms of its exotic locations. - Cannes Film Festival 2013

Starring: Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, Bob Odenkirk, Stacy Keach, Mary Louise Wilson, Rance Howard, Tim Driscoll, Devin Ratray, Angela McEwan
Cert: 12A / Language: English / Dur: 114 mins

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Culture Night at Draiocht 2015

Culture Night at Draiocht 2015

Youth Theatre / Exhibition Launch / Clown Choir / Film Screening

Fri 18 Sep 2015 7-10PM // FREE

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

EXHIBITION PREVIEW - PILGRIM
First Floor Gallery // 7PM-8PM
Andrew Carson’s exhibition ‘Pilgrim’ opens on Culture Night and will show until 17 October. Pilgrim is an exhibition of new work developed as part of Andrew’s time as Artist-in-Residence at Draíocht (May-December 2015). Read more ... here ... 

CLOWN CHOIR PERFORMANCE
Ground Floor Gallery // 7.30PM-8PM
Hallelujah! Draíocht’s Community Clown Choir will perform a selection of songs from their extensive repertoire. This will be the last time the Clown Choir will perform publicly until their show ‘A Ship of Fools’ by Veronica Coburn in October 2015. Read more ... here ... 

FREE FILM SCREENING - NEBRASKA
Main Auditorium // 8PM-10PM
An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million-dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize. The ultimate father and son road trip; the story of a son trying to get through to a father he doesn't understand. Read more ... here ... 

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

Stagezone Singing Dancing & Drama Classes at Draiocht

Stagezone Singing Dancing & Drama Classes at Draiocht

Stagezone Theatre School - Fridays & Saturdays

Sat 19 Sep - Sat 19 Dec 2015

Singing Dancing & Drama Classes at Draíocht
With an emphasis on Musical Theatre
Ages 4+


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Stagezone Registration Day 2015
19 September 2015 at 10am in Draiocht
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Fridays
Stagezone Dance & Drama Classes (Children)
3.00pm-9.00pm


Saturdays
Stagezone Dance & Drama Classes (Children) 
10.30am-11.30am

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/

Lock Up Your Husbands
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Lock Up Your Husbands

The Nualas

Sat 19 Sep 2015 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €15 conc

Ireland’s favourite all-girl music-comedy sexy-singing -sensation trio are hitting the road again with an all-new show ...

In their most dangerous show ever The Nualas break the mould they made previously with a deluge of new songs, higher harmonies, different keys and slightly shorter dresses, if that’s possible! And there’s more: Expect new Nuala revelations, harder laughs, slicker riffs, and even tighter foundation wear... if that’s possible! When this show previewed in Dolan’s of Leitrim, at least three Gardai and a relationship counsellor had to be called. As part of their ensuing community service (six weeks scooping out litter from the Shannon) the girls were obliged, as a warning, to call this sweltering new show, LOCK UP YOUR HUSBANDS. You have been warned!

Last year The Nualas stormed the Edinburgh fringe Fest (The Scotsman nominated them one of the top five comedy shows of the 1000s at the festival), they sold-out their headline gigs at Dublin’s Vodafone Comedy Festival, and spread the glam all over from Antrim to Bantry.

May contain strong language.

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"Deceptively dark, twisted and wonderfully witty songs." Scotsman

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

"The songs are brilliantly and beautifully crafted. My word, this is a laugh of a show." Chortle

"Saucy, sassy, racy, ridiculous." EdFringereview

"The stuff of legends." Sunday Mail, UK

Gallery Launch: Andrew Carson

Gallery Launch: Andrew Carson

Pilgrim

Wed 23 Sep 2015

Please join us for the Launch of Pilgrim by Andrew Carson.

7pm on Wednesday 23 September 2015, 7pm in our First Floor Gallery.

To be opened by Artist Anita Groener.

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Star of the Sea
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Star of the Sea

Moonfish Theatre & An Taibhdhearc / Dublin Theatre Festival on Tour 2015

Thu 24 - Sat 26 Sep 2015 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc / Groups: €14 / Early Bird: €14 (Book before 09 Sept 2015)

In the winter of 1847 the famine ship Star of the Sea sets sail for the Promised Land. Among the passengers are a maidservant, a ruined lord and a ruthless murderer. Moving between the wild landscape of Connemara and the claustrophobic confines of the famine ship, this sweeping production charts the lives of the three characters, from the childhoods that shaped them to their final, fateful journey. The voyage comes to life as six performers use projection, physicality, live sound effects and music to conjure the worlds of the characters on a bare stage. Based on the best-selling novel by Joseph O’Connor and a sell-out hit of the 2014 Galway International Arts Festival, Star of the Sea is an inspiring new work told through Moonfish Theatre’s signature bilingual style. Performed through English and Irish.

Devised and performed by Máiréad Ní Chróinín, Ionia Ní Chróinín, Morgan Cooke, Grace Kiely, Zita Monahan & Simon Boyle.
​Contains nudity. Age: 15+

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

   



A Moonfish Theatre and An Taibhdhearc Co-Production / Presented by the Strollers Touring Network. Funded through an Arts Council Touring Grant, with support from Foras Na Gaeilge and Galway City Council. Moonfish Theatre Company is a member of Ag Roinnt, a Branar Téatar theatre resource sharing initiative funded by the Arts Council.

"A lesson in theatre magic … an extraordinary and devastating story." Irish Daily Mail

D15 Youth Theatre Auditions 2015

D15 Youth Theatre Auditions 2015

Sun 27 Sep 2015 11AM - 2PM Draíocht Studio

11AM-2PM // DRAÍOCHT

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

Drop into Draíocht to pick up an Application Form or email sarah@draiocht.ie.

If you are interested in finding out more about D15YT, contact sarah@draiocht.ie or tel Sarah 01 8098029 or check out D15YT on Facebook ... or on their BLOG ... 

The Songs & Poems of Percy French

The Songs & Poems of Percy French

The Percy French Troubadours & Guests

Tue 29 Sep 2015 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. Their total now exceeds €47,000 raised for charity since they performed in Draiocht last April.

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Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
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Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Film at Draíocht

Wed 30 Sep 2015 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc / Early Bird: €6 (Book Before 09 Sept 2015)

As the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has only a single remaining vacancy - posing a rooming predicament for two fresh arrivals - Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel) and his co-manager Muriel Donnelly (Maggie Smith), pursue their expansionist dream of opening a second hotel while also sweeping everyone up in the irresistible intoxication of his Indian wedding to Sunaina. Super fun with an all-star cast: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, Celia Imrie and Richard Gere.

Cert: PG / Language: English / Dur: 122 mins

Early Bird: €6 (Book Before 09 Sept 2015)

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Preparing For Section 3 - Art Appreciation

Preparing For Section 3 - Art Appreciation

SECONDARY SCHOOLS – LEAVING CERTIFICATE

Thu 1 Oct - Fri 18 Dec 2015 // €25 PER CLASS // Dur: 60 Mins

COST: €25 PER CLASS / Duration 1 hour

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

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

Exploring Theatre Craft 2015

Exploring Theatre Craft 2015

Draiocht and Hartstown Community School

Thu 1 Oct - Mon 30 Nov 2015

Over a six week period, theatre professionals will work with transition year pupils from Hartstown Community School to introduce them to the magic of theatre. Concentrating on the creation of theatre and the experience of performance, participants will attend workshops, as well as attend theatre shows. This project is now in its 9th year.

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

Engaging Visual Culture

Engaging Visual Culture

With Des McGuinness

Thu 1 Oct - Thu 5 Nov 2015

THURSDAYS, 11AM–12.15PM
6 WEEKS / 01 OCT - 05 NOV 2015
Draíocht Workshop Room
Course Fee: €45 / €35 conc

This 6 week course is designed for those interested in gaining new insights into contemporary Visual Culture. The weekly illustrated sessions will focus on the art of Weimar Germany, contemporary architecture, avant-garde photography and new digital media forms. Group discussion will be a feature of the course. There will be inputs from artists exhibiting in Draíocht’s Galleries and a guided tour of an exhibition in another Dublin art gallery. Des McGuinness loves sharing his interest in art and art history. He has already taught a course in Draíocht entitled ‘Understanding Modern Art for Beginners’ and previously taught modules on Visual Culture in The School of Communications, DCU.

BOOK NOW through Draíocht's Box Office, tel 01-8852622.
 

Youth Filmmaking Club

Youth Filmmaking Club

Draiocht, Fingal County Council Arts Office & CreateSchool

Thu 1 Oct - Fri 18 Dec 2015

OCTOBER-DECEMBER 2015

Youth Film Club is back this Winter. Draíocht in Partnership with Fingal County Council Arts Office is offering young people the opportunity to learn all about film. This course will be delivered on Tuesday evenings by multimedia experts CreateSchool for ages 14-18 years. Keep an eye here for further information and dates or register your interest with sarah@draiocht.ie.

We ran this course in February 2015 ... read about it here ... 

  

Kindness - A One Man Comedy Show by Sam Brady

Kindness - A One Man Comedy Show by Sam Brady

Heart-warming, Thought-provoking, Soul-searching Comedy!

Thu 1 Oct 2015 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €12

Award winning comedian and failed Buddhist monk Sam Brady explores his ongoing struggle to be a ‘good person’ and asks why ‘kindness’ is so undervalued and so hard to practise. Join Sam for this heart-warming, thought-provoking, soul-searching night of comedy.
“With this naturally funny and charismatic man, there wasn’t one moment of this show that felt contrived or forced. We heard hilarious (and some quite poignant) anecdotes that drove home his point that even though humans are flawed, the little acts of kindness really do make a difference ... emotional and uplifting.” (Three Weeks)
Sam Brady is an award-winning comedian and a failed Buddhist monk. He has a story-telling style that is friendly, warm, enthusiastic and candid. His one man shows are moving, thought-provoking and soul-searching (as well as being very funny!), as he continues to try and figure out how to live a meaningful life. 

Age suitability: 16+ / May contain strong language.

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www.sambrady.co.uk

"Sam Brady’s life has taken many twists and turns… but somehow he manages to find humour in even the most challenging circumstances. " Matthew Bannister, BBC

"Life presented in its true form with highs and lows and much self-deprecating laughter throughout... Go see for yourself and maybe feel a little less cynical about life." Broadway Baby

"... emotional and uplifting." **** Three Weeks

Red Hurley - The Classic Hits Concert

Red Hurley - The Classic Hits Concert

Fri 2 Oct 2015 8PM Main Auditorium // €27.50

Red Hurley and his band take to the Main Stage for what promises to be a great nights entertainment.
Once the King of Ireland's Pop Music Scene in the 1970s and early 80s, he has of late been enjoying a huge career resurgence both in Ireland and the USA. In 2010 he celebrated over 40 years in show business with a sell out tour of Ireland. Included in the tour was the sold out show at Dublin's Bord Gais Theatre where Red was joined on stage by legendary US singer Rita Coolidge and many of his friends, with the audience packing the venue and giving the veteran star multiple standing ovations. He delivered knockout performances of his many chart hits while dipping into pop history to showcase how his amazing voice can breathe new life into classic pop songs.

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"His is without a doubt one of the best male voices of all time and his international success is long overdue." Kevin Myers, Irish Independent

The Whistling Girl
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The Whistling Girl

Honor Heffernan & Trevor Knight

Sat 3 Oct 2015 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €14 conc / Early Bird: €10 (book before 09 Sept 2015)

“I shall stay the way I am, because I do not give a damn!”  Dorothy Parker

Composer Trevor Knight and singer Honor Heffernan are delighted to present “The Whistling Girl”, featuring new musical settings of the poetry of the great Dorothy Parker.
Audiences can expect  a darkly sardonic evening’s entertainment in which the American wit and critic’s words are given a sonic face-lift fusing ‘dirty’-cabaret, electronic-vaudeville, rock and jazz. A band of top Irish musicians including Garvan Gallagher/bass, Tom Jamieson/drums, Conor Brady/guitar and Trevor Knight/keyboards, will be fronted by internationally acclaimed vocalist and actress Honor Heffernan.

Dorothy Parker was an American poet, short story writer, critic and satirist, best known for her wit, wisecracks, and eye for 20th-century urban foibles (1893-1967).

MORE ... Enjoy Anne Hathaway reading a snippet from Dorothy Parker's short story, "The Garter," first published in The New Yorker in 1928.
MORE ... 25 of Dorothy Parker's Best Quotes

 Early Bird: €10 (book before 09 Sept 2015)

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Artist Talk - Marc Guinan in conversation with Maeve Connolly

Artist Talk - Marc Guinan in conversation with Maeve Connolly

Sat 3 Oct 2015 1-2PM Ground Floor Gallery // FREE

Draíocht invites you to join us for a closing discussion, with artist Marc Guinan and Maeve Connolly (Co-Director MA in Art and Research Collaboration, IADT Dun Laoghaire). Using his current exhibition in Draíocht entitled ‘What is Painting ...?’ as a springboard for discussion, Guinan and Connolly will explore the artist’s own practice including questioning the traditional and conventional ways of thinking about painting and its presentation within gallery spaces. Guinan will also touch on his experience of working with a publicly-funded Gallery, and the transition from being a recent graduate to professional artist.

All welcome: Places are free but seating is limited so booking is essential through Draíocht’s Box Office, telephone  01 8852622, through our website www.draiocht.ie or by email at marketing@draiocht.ie


MARC GUINAN is a local artist living in Dublin 15.  A recent Fine Art graduate of DIT with a background in construction, he continually allows this combined experience to influence and inform his art practice. This experience has also complimented and defined his line of enquiry and his ability to experiment and push the boundaries of paint. His physical exploitation of paint forces the viewer to reconsider the difference between paint and illustration. His work directly questions the space in which it is shown, whilst unlocking the possibilities of the materiality of paint. Guinan is commencing an MA in Art and Research Collaboration in IADT this autumn. www.marcguinan.com

DR. MAEVE CONNOLLY is a writer, lecturer and researcher whose work explores changing cultures and economies of art and media practice. Since 2003 she has been a full time faculty member of Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology (IADT) where she contributes to undergraduate and graduate programmes on art and media. Her book ‘TV Museum: Contemporary Art and the Age of Television’ (Intellect/University of Chicago Press, 2014) charts the changing status of television as cultural form, object of critique and site of artistic intervention. Connolly is a member of a number of editorial advisory boards and has contributed as a visiting lecturer to art and media programmes at various international institutions. www.maeveconnolly.net
 

The Contemporary Art Mystery

The Contemporary Art Mystery

With Artist in Residence Andrew Carson / For Junior & Senior Cycle Students

Mon 5 Oct 2015

MONDAYS 07 SEPT, 05 OCT, 02 NOV, 07 DEC
4.30PM-5.45PM // COST: FREE
JUNIOR AND SENIOR CYCLE STUDENTS

Using our gallery exhibitions as a starting place and followed by practical workshops in the Artist Studio, our Artist in Residence Andrew Carson invites Junior & Senior cycle students to gain a greater understanding of contemporary arts practice. All materials will be provided.

Free, but please pre-register and book through Box Office on 01-885 2622.

Pastel Classes

Pastel Classes

With Dave West

Tue 6 Oct - Tue 17 Nov 2015

TUESDAYS, 11AM-1PM
6 WEEKS / 06 OCT – 17 NOV 2015 (no class 27 OCT)
Draíocht Workshop Room
Course Fee: €110 / €90 conc (includes materials)

This 6 week course in Pastel will look at this versatile medium which combines aspects of both drawing and painting. The course will cover the use of different papers and pastels, how to choose a subject in addition to experimenting with the different marks and techniques that can be achieved with pastel. Dave is a professional Artist who works in both oil and pastel. He has exhibited widely in Ireland and the UK including an exhibition at Draíocht in 2011.

BOOK NOW through Draíocht's Box Office, tel 01-8852622.
 

Luck Just Kissed You Hello by Amy Conroy
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Luck Just Kissed You Hello by Amy Conroy

HotForTheatre and Galway International Arts Festival / Dublin Theatre Festival on Tour 2015

Wed 7 - Thu 8 Oct 2015 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc / Early Bird: €14 (Book before 09 Sept 2015)

‘You’ve stopped fighting now and are standing beside me. Here we are. My twin, my friend, my me. All gathered to say goodbye.’

How do you say goodbye to your nemesis, your genesis? Laura returns home for the death of her father, but Laura is now Mark. He, along with Gary and Sullivan, must decide on how he is remembered. They must find a way to forgive, find a way to each other and find a way to recognise themselves again. Luck Just Kissed You Hello is a beautiful, relentless and fiercely funny play, exploring the delicate strength it takes to be all that is expected of you.

HotForTheatre creates theatre that provokes, moves and delights in equal measures. Since 2010 the company has enthralled audiences with shows including I ♥ Alice ♥ I, Eternal Rising of the Sun and Break. Having toured their work across three continents they return to Dublin with this anticipated new production.

Contains strong language – Age 14+.

Funded through an Arts Council Theatre Project Award.
Directed by Caitriona McLaughlin. Cast: Amy Conroy, Mark Fitzgerald & Will O’Connell.

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Early Bird: €14 (Book before 09 Sept 2015)

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"The most ferociously brilliant performer I saw… writes with such passion, conviction, sincerity, humour and attention to detail." The Scotsman

"Some intense truth-telling, reminiscent of David Mamet and Neil LaBute’s blistering confrontations." ★★★★ Helen Meany - The Guardian

Bagatelle - The Farewell Tour
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Bagatelle - The Farewell Tour

Fri 9 Oct 2015 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc

It's their Final Year Tour, the Farewell Tour, and Irish Band Bagatelle can certainly look back with pride on a lifetime of Achievements:
35th Anniversary Tour: Just completed!
Multi Platinum Album sales!
6 No. 1 Singles!
Worldwide Tours: US, China, Saudi Arabia, Europe!
“Summer In Dublin”: in Irish Charts almost every summer since 1980.
“Summer In Dublin”: Voted No 3 “Best Irish Song “.
Shared Stages with: Bob Marley, Van Morrison, Thin Lizzy, John, Denver, U2 , Jose Feliciano etc.
Worked with – Top Producers like Gus Dudgeon, Steve Lilywhite, Nick Graham, John Etchells, Phil Coulter etc.etc.
Honoured: Streets of New York …. written by Liam Reilly – adopted & honoured by NYPD.
Flights of Earls: written by Liam Reilly - voted one of Irelands Top 10 “Best Ever Irish Emigrations Songs“ and the list goes on and on!

Join Bagatelle for this wonderful farewell concert and sing along to all your favourites.

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Martina O’Brien

Martina O’Brien

Continuum

Fri 9 Oct - Sat 21 Nov 2015 Ground Floor Gallery

The role of climate scientists, environmentalists and futurists - the seers of contemporary society – are explored by Martina O’ Brien in Continuum. These figureheads are turned to, to make sense of the increasingly unsure nature of our changing climate, and this can transform our understanding of our future landscape and our place within it. Naturalist book illustrations of the past, such as those seen in Gilbert White’s 1789 Natural History of Selborne and the Collins’ New Naturalist Series of the 1960s, offered environmental information to the public through pictures. Using the aesthetics of naturalist illustration, O’ Brien examines the role climate science plays in the public imagination, and the powerful effect it has in shaping how people see the world.

Martina O’Brien holds an MA in Visual Art Practice at the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire, 2013, having previously studied at undergraduate level at both Dun Laoghaire College of Art and Design and the National College of Art and Design.


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

Hooked! by Gillian Grattan
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Hooked! by Gillian Grattan

Verdant Productions / Dublin Theatre Festival on Tour 2015

Sat 10 Oct 2015 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €14 conc // Dur: 80 mins (no interval)

Attractive young Dubliner Lydia retreats to a small country village in an attempt to escape from her past and reinvent her future. She moves in next door to Tom and Mary, the typical country neighbours, or are they? Lydia quickly becomes the object of curiosity not only for Tom and Mary but the community at large. Tension mounts between the two women, setting in motion a gripping and unexpected chain of events that threatens to expose the secrets and lies bubbling beneath the surface in this small, close-knit rural community.

Starring Steve Blount, Tina Kellegher & Séana Kerslake / Directed by Don Wycherley.

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"Hooked! is a cracker." Emer O’Kelly, Sunday Independent

"Performances are all superb … funny, engaging … more twists than you’d find in a walnut whip!" Waterford News & Star

Jane Eyre (2011)
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Jane Eyre (2011)

Film at Draíocht

Wed 14 Oct 2015 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

After a bleak childhood, Jane Eyre (Mia Wasikowska) goes out into the world to become a governess. As she lives happily in her new position at Thornfield Hall, she meets the dark, cold, and abrupt master of the house, Mr. Rochester (Michael Fassbender). Jane and her employer grow close in friendship and she soon finds herself falling in love with him. Happiness seems to have found Jane at last, but could Mr. Rochester's terrible secret be about to destroy it forever?

Cert: 12A / Language: English / Dur: 120 mins

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Two Brothers
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Two Brothers

Vladimir & Anton Jablokov

Thu 15 Oct 2015 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

Following their hugely successful debut Irish tour Violin maestro Vladimir is once again delighted to share the stage with his equally gifted younger brother Anton. Two Brothers celebrates popular classical music by the great composers - where Vladimir and Anton highlight pieces from their Russian heritage - mixed with well-known favourites from the stage and screen.
During the last ten years, Vladimir Jablokov has established himself as one of the brightest young stars on the Irish classical scene, with concerts and recordings that show his love of both Viennese music and contemporary pop / crossover.
Now the talented maestro joins forces with his brother Anton, himself a dazzling violinist with a flair for daring improvisation, which showcases their almost telepathic skills and intuition as sibling musicians. Sons of a gifted Russian violinist and conductor the brothers have been playing together for almost twenty years. Pushing each other on to greater heights of artistic expression, joyful harmony and thrilling clashes, this is sibling rivalry soundtracked like you have never heard it before.
Completing the gifted trio for these concerts will be pianist Adam Kuruc, Vladimir’s longtime arranger and co-producer. Hear pieces such as, ‘If I were a Rich Man’, ‘Sunrise Sunset’, ‘Dark Is The Night’, ‘Kalinka’ and ‘Those Were The Days’ as well as well known themes from Dr Zhivago, The Godfather, Scent of a Woman and other cinema favourites.

More info www.vladviolin.com/

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Bláth / The Flower
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Bláth / The Flower

Branar Téatar do Pháistí / Directed by Marc Mac Lochlainn

Fri 16 - Sat 17 Oct 2015 Draíocht Studio // €7 adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class / Age 6+ yrs / Dur: 40 mins

Friday 16 Oct / 10.15am & 12.15pm *
Saturday 17 Oct / 2pm & 4pm


Bláth - The Flower - is set in a world that has decided colour and plants are no longer needed. A boy finds a magical book and sees flowers for the first time. He then discovers a packet of flower seeds in a junk shop and must learn how to bring the flower to life.

Bláth is based on the children's book The Flower by John Light & Lisa Evans. Designed by the artist Maeve Clancy with original music by Colm Mac Con Iomaire (The Frames), Bláth is a non verbal show that will enchant audiences as they enter a world made entirely of paper. Combining, puppetry, object theatre and original score, Bláth promises to a show that will be unforgettable. 

Non-verbal show
For audiences aged 6 years & upwards
Running Time – Approx 40mins

* Free School Workshop with visual artist Maeve Clancy for the first 2 classes who book in for this show. Workshops only available to D15 schools.
More Video here of Maeve at work. 

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Separated at Birth
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Separated at Birth

PJ Gallagher & Joanne McNally

Fri 16 Oct 2015 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

Fresh from his latest sell out tour, PJ Gallagher returns to the stage with Ireland’s fastest rising star Joanne McNally. This hilarious comedy duo is bringing their new stand up show; ‘Separated at Birth’ to venues across Ireland and it’s being heralded as comedy gold. One show, two mics. Separated at birth offers an original and fresh alternative to the traditional standup gig. You don’t have to be adopted to be funny. But it definitely helps!

Separated at Birth. 
Written by PJ Gallagher, Una McKevitt and Joanne McNally
UMCK Productions in association with Lisa Richards.

May contain strong language.

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Family Day: Wing Making

Family Day: Wing Making

Sat 17 Oct 2015

Plan, design, cut and glue, then on wings of gold swoop like a dragon, fly like a fairy, flutter like a butterfly.

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!

Booking by phone: 01-8852622.

Focus On … Horrible Hats

Focus On … Horrible Hats

Primary School Workshops / 3rd-6th Classes

Wed 21 - Fri 23 Oct 2015

Wed 21 & Thur 22 Oct 2015
10am - 11.15am Or 12pm-1.15pm
Age Range: 3rd & 4th Class

Fri 23 Oct 2015
10am – 11.15am Or 12pm-1.15pm
Age Range: 5th & 6th Class

Cost per class €45

Bring some spooky Halloween fun into your classroom with artist Gen Harden’s help. During workshops each student will use their imagination to design and construct their own crazy hats, with sharp fangs and crazy hair.


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

Booking through Box Office on 01-8852622.

Ship of Fools

Ship of Fools

Hallelujah! Draíocht’s Community Clown Choir

Wed 21 - Sat 24 Oct 2015 8PM Main Auditorium // €16 / €13 conc / €10 (under 12s)

“Welcome to the Ship of Fools. A ship that is neither here nor there. A ship that has left but has not yet arrived. A ship that exists in a moment in time. A moment when you stop being who you are. And you have yet to become who you might be. A ship that sails through the night because that’s when you dream.”

Ship of Fools, a red nose re-telling of Alessandro Baricco’s Novecento, performed by thirty five clowns was developed with Hallelujah! Draíocht’s Community Clown Choir and scripted by Veronica Coburn. A culmination of Coburn’s three year Residency in Draíocht, Ship of Fools is a full blown red nose piece of theatre featuring song and original score. Performed in an intimate setting, Ship of Fools promises to make you laugh, it will make your heart sing and it will most certainly make you consider a journey of your own.

Director Veronica Coburn, Original Score & Musical Arrangement by Debra Salem, Choir Director Louise Foxe, Design Kieran McNulty, Lighting Paul Doran, Production Eamon Fox. 

Rear Window (1954)
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Rear Window (1954)

Film at Draíocht

Wed 28 Oct 2015 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

Professional photographer L.B. 'Jeff' Jeffries breaks his leg while getting an action shot at an auto race. Confined to his New York apartment, he spends his time looking out of the rear window observing the neighbours. He begins to suspect that a man across the courtyard may have murdered his wife. Jeff enlists the help of his high society fashion-consultant girlfriend Lisa Freemont and his visiting nurse Stella to investigate.
Starring: Grace Kelly, James Stewart, Judith Evelyn, Wendell Corey. Director: Alfred Hitchcock.

Cert: PG / Language: English / Dur: 112 mins

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The 4 Of Us - Acoustic Gig
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The 4 Of Us - Acoustic Gig

With Brendan & Declan Murphy

Fri 30 Oct 2015 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €20

The 4 Of Us shot to fame with their debut album '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 Top 50 albums and included the UK Top 30 single 'She Hits Me'. Notching up an enviable catalogue of timeless songs and six Top 20 Irish charting albums, their music has also been featured extensively on American, British and Irish TV soundtracks.
Last year the band celebrated their 25th anniversary with sold out shows North and South - and this year promises to be just as eventful with a new single, Bird's Eye View, and a new album, Sugar Island, released in September.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see the full band in action for this special acoustic night in Draíocht.

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"Never before have I been to a gig where the atmosphere has been so electric …" The Irish News

"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

"Musically deep, textured and multi-layered. Lyrically older, wiser and slightly more f****d up!" Hot Press

How to Keep an Alien
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How to Keep an Alien

Rough Magic Theatre Company / Written & Performed by Sonya Kelly

Sat 31 Oct 2015 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €14 conc / Early Bird: €14 (book before 09 Sept 2015)

A story about falling in love and proving it to the government.
Sonya Kelly (The Wheelchair on my Face) is back with a tearfully funny, hilariously tender and exquisite new memoir about securing an Irish visa for her Australian partner on the cusp of deportation.
They met. They fell in love. Now all they have to do is prove it to the government.
Join her madcap odyssey from the stony townlands of Offaly to the leafy depths of the Queensland bush.
It’s a tricky business coming from opposite ends of the earth. It takes an Olympian will and the heart of whale, but above all else, paperwork. It takes a hell of a lot of paperwork.

WINNER Best Production (Tiger Dublin Fringe 2014)

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

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"Exquisite." ★★★★★ The Irish Times

"Inventive and delightfully magnetic theatre." ★★★★★ The Herald

"Unflaggingly hilarious." Sunday Independent

"This show is simply 'beautiful' and you won't want to miss it." ★★★★★ The Public Reviews

"" ★★★★★ The Outmost

The Wolf and Peter
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The Wolf and Peter

CoisCéim Dance Theatre / by David Bolger

Mon 2 - Tue 3 Nov 2015 Main Auditorium // €7 adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class / Age 6+ yrs / Dur: 55 mins

Mon 02 Nov 7pm / Tues 03 Nov 10am & 12 noon

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

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

Free School Workshop: The first 2 Dublin 15 Schools to book into The Wolf & Peter will receive a free school workshop with CoisCéim Dance Theatre.


€7 adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class / Age 6+ yrs / Dur: 55 mins

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The Contemporary Art Mystery

The Contemporary Art Mystery

With Artist in Residence Andrew Carson / For Junior & Senior Cycle Students

Mon 2 Nov 2015

MONDAYS 07 SEPT, 05 OCT, 02 NOV, 07 DEC
4.30PM-5.45PM // COST: FREE
JUNIOR AND SENIOR CYCLE STUDENTS

Using our gallery exhibitions as a starting place and followed by practical workshops in the Artist Studio, our Artist in Residence Andrew Carson invites Junior & Senior cycle students to gain a greater understanding of contemporary arts practice. All materials will be provided.

Free, but please pre-register and book through Box Office on 01-885 2622.

Beyond the Brooklyn Sky

Beyond the Brooklyn Sky

Coolmine Drama Circle

Tue 3 - Sat 7 Nov 2015 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €16 / €13 conc

Set in a fishing village in Kerry, the play centres around a reunion of a select number of friends from home and abroad some 20/25 years after ‘emigrating ‘ to New York. Not everyone is a winner but some have more to lose than others. Regret and deceit mixed with envy and the odd Springstein song make for some emotional exchanges with chilling consequences.

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To Kill a Mocking Bird (1962)
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To Kill a Mocking Bird (1962)

Film at Draíocht

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

Starring Gregory Peck in his defining role as the wise and just small-town lawyer and father Atticus Finch, who in an atmosphere of hostility and racial prejudice takes on the case of a black man wrongly accused of raping a white woman. Set in 1930’s Alabama the tale is interwoven around his children Jem and Scout and their active imaginations, captured by tales of their reclusive neighbour, Boo Radley (Robert Duvall). Academy Award winning adaptation of Haper Lee’s acclaimed novel.

Cert: Club / Language: English / Dur: 129 mins

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Tom Crean Antarctic Explorer
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Tom Crean Antarctic Explorer

Play on Words Theatre / Written and Performed by Aidan Dooley

Thu 5 - Fri 6 Nov 2015 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €14 conc / Early Bird: €14 (book before 09 Sept 2015)

Tom Crean, the intrepid Antarctic explorer and one of Ireland’s unsung heroes, is brought to life in this dramatic and humorous solo performance by Aidan Dooley. Hear the riveting true stories of Crean’s Antarctic explorations as one of the few men to serve with both Scott and Shackleton and to survive the three famous expeditions: Discovery (1901 – 1904); Terra Nova (1910 – 1913); and Endurance (1914 - 1916). Crean’s story is a testament of human fortitude against all the elements of the Antarctic, his 36 mile, solitary trek to base camp during the Terra Nova expedition to rescue his comrades Teddy Evans and William Lashly has been described by Antarctic historians as “the finest feat of individual heroism from the entire age of exploration”. He was subsequently awarded the Albert Medal for his bravery.

This multi-award winning show has now played critically acclaimed sell-out performances throughout Ireland, USA, Australia, Europe and the UK.
Fringe First Award Winner - Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2006
Best Solo Performance Award Winner - New York International Fringe Festival 2003
Outstanding Performance Award nomination - Elliot Norton Theatre Critics Award Boston 2006
Best Actor nomination - Dublin Fringe Festival 2003
Adelaide Fringe Award nomination - Best Theatre Work by Established Artiste 2007

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

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"A remarkable and uplifting piece of theatre, gives everything and asks nothing." Emer O’Kelly, Sunday Independent Dublin

"This magnificent revelation of a fascinating character simply compels a standing ovation." Gerry Colgan, The Irish Times

"You will go to the end of the earth to find theatre this rewarding." Murray Bramwell, The Australian

"An unparalleled portrayal." Gina Bellafante, New York Times

White Christmas

White Christmas

Coolmine Musical Society

Tue 10 - Sat 14 Nov 2015 8PM Main Auditorium // €17 Tuesday / €20 Wed-Sat

Coolmine Musical Society is delighted to present the Irish amateur première of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas - the stage musical based on the classic 1954 film. The story concerns two ex-army pals, who team up with two sisters, to save the Vermont Inn run by their former commanding officer. Friendship, a little mischief, a few misunderstandings and a lot of romance will give you a magical evening of laughter, tears, dance and some of the greatest songs ever written – including the legendary White Christmas.

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Tiny Tots Snow Play Arts Experience

Tiny Tots Snow Play Arts Experience

With Orla Kelly / 4 Week Art Project plus a Show

Thu 12 Nov - Thu 3 Dec 2015

THURSDAYS 10.30AM-11.30AM / 4 WEEKS
12 NOV – 03 DEC 2015 / AGES 3-4 YEARS
COST: €35 for 4 weeks (12 Nov-03 Dec) plus theatre tickets for show on 10 Dec.

Artist Orla Kelly has carefully designed this series of 4 pre-show workshops exploring a variety of creative and playful elements from the show ‘Snow Play’ (read more here), which you will attend on Thursday 10 December at 11am. Snow Play Arts Experience includes storytelling, movement, painting, creative investigation, exploration of colours, drawing and much more, spread over 4 weeks, culminating in the theatre show for children ‘Snow Play’ by Lyngo Theatre.

Early booking advised with Box Office, tel 01-8852622.
All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Show attendance at ‘Snow Play’ forms part of this project and is at an additional cost of €5 per child and €7 per adult, bookable through Box Office.


 

Castleknock Community College

Castleknock Community College

Celebrating Twenty Years

Wed 18 - Thu 19 Nov 2015 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €15

Castleknock Community College students have been encouraged to foster a love of music, cultivate musical talent and musical appreciation in an atmosphere of enjoyment and teamwork. The College aims to create a positive and relaxed atmosphere to allow students flourish and enjoy their experience of performing. This performance promises to be highly entertaining and energetic, as past and present students and staff come together and invite you to join with them in their 20th anniversary celebrations.

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The Legend of Luke Kelly 2015
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The Legend of Luke Kelly 2015

With Chris Kavanagh

Fri 20 Nov 2015 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €14 conc

Dublin singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Chris Kavanagh was born and raised on Irish music and has been singing Irish folk songs since he was 3 years old. He learned to play the piano by ear when he was 5 and his love and passion for Luke Kelly's music led him to learn to play the 5 string long neck banjo in 2001. Chris bears a remarkable resemblance to Luke, while his singing talents capture the depth and passion of the great man. 

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Béirín Beagbuí Lullaby Film & Workshop

Béirín Beagbuí Lullaby Film & Workshop

With Púca Puppets

Sat 21 Nov 2015 10AM & 12PM Draíocht Studio // €5 Per Child (Accompanying Adult Free)

Made with rod, string and shadow puppets as well as live action, Béirín BeagBuí is about difficulties sleeping and the magical world of dreams between sleep and waking. Produced by Púca Puppets, children are invited to relax and embark on a journey of imagination and stories which will bring them safely to morning. Following the film children will meet the Little Yellow Bear and respond creatively to the film in a workshop activity. Teddies or other special ‘friends’ are welcome … you can even wear night clothes if you wish!

The film is 8 minutes long and the whole experience will last 45 minutes.

Winner of Dingle International Film Festival’s Fisín Award, supported by Vast Valley Ltd & Dublin City Council Arts Office. 

For Ages 3-6 Years
€5 Per Child (Accompanying Adult Free)

Sensory/Autism Friendly Show At 12pm

Booking by phone: 01-8852622.
 

The Unlucky Cabin Boy
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The Unlucky Cabin Boy

Gúna Nua Theatre Company

Sat 21 Nov 2015 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €14 conc / Early Bird: €14 (book before 09 Sept 2015)

The Unlucky Cabin Boy is a new musical based on a true story devised by Gúna Nua Theatre Company in conjunction with playwright Mike Finn and The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra. Young Patrick O’Brien of Limerick in 1835 desperately wanted to escape his life of poverty, so he signed himself aboard the Francis Spaight ship as a cabin boy on the voyage to the New World. On the ship’s return it encountered a terrible storm and capsized, drowning several crew members. The remaining sailors are utterly stranded in the vast ocean without provisions. After 2 weeks of struggling to survive in severely grim conditions, the crew’s despair drove them to desperate measures and Captain Gorman resolved that one crew member should die in order to prolong the lives of the others. This chilling tale of hardship, sacrifice, and the will to survive is brought to life by the compositions of The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra.

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

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Love is Strange
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Love is Strange

Film at Draíocht

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

Ben and George, from Manhattan, get married after 39 years together. George is a Catholic school music teacher, and when word of the marriage reaches the archdiocese, he is fired. Without his salary, the couple can no longer afford their New York apartment and are forced to ask their friends and family for shelter, resulting in their separation. Ira Sachs follows up last year’s acclaimed, Keep the Lights On, with another take on modern love. With John Lithgow & Alfred Molina.

Cert: 15A / Language: English / Dur: 94 mins

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Will Work 4 WiFi

Will Work 4 WiFi

Cormac Moore

Fri 27 Nov 2015 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €12.50

Will Work 4 WiFi is a brand new stand up show by Cormac Moore, dealing with the growing social problem of internet addiction. Having developed a tolerance to 56k dial up early in his life, the Spin1038 breakfast presenter found himself needing stronger and faster batches of WiFi to get the same buzz as before. A dependency and dangerous addiction soon followed. This highly entertaining and thought provoking show will deal with everything from sleep deprivation to the Illuminati and hopefully inspire more people to take back control of their lives!

May contain strong language.

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Elf
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Elf

Family Film at Draíocht

Sat 28 Nov 2015 3PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc / €5 children

Will Ferrell stars as Buddy, a human raised in the North Pole to be an Elf. After wreaking havoc in the elf community due to his size, Buddy heads to New York City to find his place in the world, and track down his father. But everyone has forgotten the true meaning of Christmas, and it’s up to Buddy and his simple elf ways to win over his family, realise his destiny and ultimately, save Christmas!

Cert: PG / Language: English / Dur: 95 mins

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The Muppet Christmas Carol
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The Muppet Christmas Carol

Family Film at Draíocht

Sun 29 Nov 2015 3PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc / €5 children

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: G / Language: English / Dur: 85 mins

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Chicago (2002)
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Chicago (2002)

Film at Draíocht

Wed 2 Dec 2015 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

Aspiring vaudeville star Roxie Hart (Rene Zellweger) lands in Chicago’s infamous Cook County jail after killing her no-good lover. In the same cellblock is Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta-Jones), the vaudeville star whose career the ambitious Roxie covets most. The competition between the two begins, exacerbated by the prison matron (Queen Latifah) and their lawyer, the slick Billy Flynn (Richard Gere). Chicago won six Academy Awards in 2003, including Best Picture. The film was critically lauded, and was the first musical to win Best Picture since Oliver! in 1969.

Cert: 15PG / Language: English / Dur: 113 mins

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Phil Coulter Celebrates 50 Years in 2015
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Phil Coulter Celebrates 50 Years in 2015

Thu 3 Dec 2015 8PM Main Auditorium // €27.50 / €25 conc

Phil Coulter has long been regarded as one of Ireland’s greatest song writers and musical legends. As the only Irishman to have had one of his songs ‘My Boy’ recorded by Elvis Presley, Phil’s legendary status is assured. When you add the classics ‘Congratulations’, and ‘Puppet on a String’, you get some insight into just how big an impact Phil has made to popular music in the 60s/70s/80s and beyond. But it was in the 90s that he became a star performer in his own right and his solo career really took off. He has written at least four titles that can be added to the list of Great Irish Songs - the anthems ‘The Town I Loved So Well’ and ‘Ireland’s Call’ and the haunting ‘Scorn Not His Simplicity’ and ‘Steal Away’.
Phil will be joined by his special guest Geraldine Branagan for an unforgettable evening of music & song.

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Jack L 2015
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Jack L 2015

Northern Lights – Songs of The Season

Fri 4 Dec 2015 8PM Main Auditorium // €22 / €20 conc

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

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

"A gorgeous, versatile Baritone." The Washington Post

"Jack L’s voice is an irresistible force of nature." The Irish News

Family Day: A Beard for Christmas

Family Day: A Beard for Christmas

Sat 5 Dec 2015

Santa, the three wise men, lots of elves and maybe even your grandfather all have beards for Christmas … so should you!

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!


Booking by phone: 01-8852622.

Christmas Elf Making Workshop 2015

Christmas Elf Making Workshop 2015

Sat 5 Dec 2015 Draiocht Workshop Room // €10 PER CHILD (ACCOMPANYING ADULT FREE)

WORKSHOP 1: 4-6 YEARS: 11AM-12.30PM
WORKSHOP 2: 7-9 YEARS: 1PM-2.30PM

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

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

Jimmy White

Jimmy White

In Conversation with Paul Kimmage

Sat 5 Dec 2015 Main Auditorium

Unfortunately, this event has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. Apologies for any inconvenience.

The Contemporary Art Mystery

The Contemporary Art Mystery

With Artist in Residence Andrew Carson / For Junior & Senior Cycle Students

Mon 7 Dec 2015

MONDAYS 07 SEPT, 05 OCT, 02 NOV, 07 DEC
4.30PM-5.45PM // COST: FREE
JUNIOR AND SENIOR CYCLE STUDENTS

Using our gallery exhibitions as a starting place and followed by practical workshops in the Artist Studio, our Artist in Residence Andrew Carson invites Junior & Senior cycle students to gain a greater understanding of contemporary arts practice. All materials will be provided.

Free, but please pre-register and book through Box Office on 01-885 2622.

Christmas Gala Concert 2015

Christmas Gala Concert 2015

Coolmine Therapeutic Community Fundraiser

Tue 8 Dec 2015 8PM Main Auditorium // €12

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

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Focus On … Merry Print Making

Focus On … Merry Print Making

Primary School Workshops / 1st & 2nd & 5th & 6th Classes

Wed 9 - Fri 11 Dec 2015

Wed 09 & Thur 10 Dec 2015
10am – 11.15am Or 11.45am - 1pm
Age Range: 1st & 2nd Class

Fri 11 Dec 2015
10am – 11.15am Or 11.45am - 1pm
Age Range: 5th & 6th Class

Cost per class €45

Working with artist Andrew Carson, pupils will etch and print unique Christmas cards of their own design using Draíocht’s new professional printing press. During this workshop, participants will experience using professional inks and printing materials.


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

Booking through Box Office on 01-8852622.

It’s a Wonderful Life (1947)
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It’s a Wonderful Life (1947)

Film at Draíocht

Wed 9 Dec 2015 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €8.50 / €7 conc (includes a small hot chocolate from Betelnut Cafe)

This moving and beautifully told film is a true masterpiece of cinema. George Bailey (James Stuart) is in turmoil, having been framed by his arch rival. He’s torn between his own desires and aspirations, but struggling to always do the right thing. This inner conflict proves too much for Bailey, who sees suicide as the only option. In classic Hollywood style, Heaven sends a guardian angel to remind him how worthwhile his life has been and to treasure the good times.

Ticket price includes a small hot chocolate from Betelnut Cafe.

Cert: 15A / Language: English / Dur: 129 mins

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Amharc Fhine Gall X

Amharc Fhine Gall X

Curated by Linda Shevlin

Wed 9 Dec - Sat 13 Feb 2016 Ground & First Floor Galleries

Marking the 10th edition of Amharc Fhine Gall, this exhibition will present a slice of a scene, a scan of a particular moment and reveal the position of Draíocht as an organisation firmly rooted in the Fingal community. Linda Shevlin’s interest lies in lesser-known aspects of history, their intersection with the present and how conceptual traditions in art can be unpicked through research in archaeology, history and ethnography. By presenting the work of artists who bring into play memory, hearsay, oral and archival history so as to construct new readings of the past, the exhibition aims to lay emphasis on the idea that the visual is an assimilatory process continuously at work in the construction of cultural, political, personal, and national identities.

Fingal Arts Office is delighted to showcase recent local art college graduates with its annual exhibition opportunity Amharc Fhine Gall. The show seeks to increase the profile of emerging Fingal artists by giving them the chance to show in a professional, contemporary art space.

Image detail: Extract from John Taylor’s Map of Dublin, 1816. Courtesy of The Map Library, Trinity College Dublin.

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

Snow Play
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Snow Play

Lyngo Theatre

Thu 10 - Sat 12 Dec 2015 Draíocht Studio // €7 adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class // Dur: 55 mins

THURS 10 DEC 11AM
FRI 11 DEC 10AM & 12 NOON
SAT 12 DEC 2PM & 4PM

Age 3+ / Draíocht Studio / Dur: 55 mins

What would you do if one year Winter decided to stay and moved into your house? Well that’s what happens in our snowy spectacular show where you are guaranteed a white Christmas, no matter what the weather or the time of year! Snow Play is a showdown between Winter and Spring over who gets to stay and who has to go away. Help Mr Green against Mr White in this highly interactive smash-hit London production. You get to make a giant snowman, cover a whole house in snow and have a super snowball fight!

In collaboration with the Lyric Hammersmith. A show by Marcello Chiarenza. Adapted and performed by Patrick Lynch, with Carlo Rossi. Original music by Carlo ‘Cialdo’ Capelli.

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ABBA Forever
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ABBA Forever

Tommy Swarbrigg Productions

Thu 10 Dec 2015 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €17 conc

It’s Christmas! It’s Party Time! It’s ABBA! Their music is still the most played on radio stations around the world; the musical based on their life is still packing theatres from Waterloo to Timbuktu and Mamma Mia was a huge cinema hit. This terrific show celebrates their success with the finest ABBA voices you will ever hear. Expect a dazzling, fantastic party night out! Get your glad rags on, brush up on the lyrics, don the dancing boots and come to the best party in town!

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SINATRA 100
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SINATRA 100

A Centenary Celebration of the Greatest Songs and Music Ever - On Sinatra's Birthday!

Sat 12 Dec 2015 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc

Starring THE RAT PACK LIVE, singing all the classic songs of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Junior. The Rat Pack Live – with a vocal and visual delivery that has to be seen and heard to be believed, Martin Joseph (Frank Sinatra), Dave Lee (Dean Martin) and Thomas Henry (Sammy Davis Jnr) effortlessly recreate the style, elegance and “pizzazz” of the las Vegas “Rat Pack” era.
That’s right, it’s las Vegas 1964, the dice are rolling, the bartenders are pouring and the atmosphere is electric because the boys are in town and there’s gonna be a party!
This dynamite show encompasses the personalities and unbeatable music of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr, at the very height of their profession in the swinging 60’s. This is not just three guys singing like Frank, Dean and Sammy, this is three guys being Frank, Dean and Sammy. From the bar-room gags to the non-stop banter, the iconic humour is as impressive as the impeccable delivery of the musical repertoire. 
And what a repertoire! Come fly with me, That’s Amore!, Mr Bojangles, Me and My Shadow, Volare, New York, New York, it’s all there in one sumptuous trip into the era of The Rat Pack.

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Grease

Grease

Adamstown Community College

Tue 15 - Wed 16 Dec 2015 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €10

GOING ON SALE SHORTLY

Join the 1959 graduating class of Rydell High where the T Birds and the Pink Ladies live life to the full in their senior year. Experience the highs and lows, romance and heartbreak in a time of fast cars, fast food and some electrifying moves! Go Greased Lightening!

Grease – School Edition Book, Music, and Lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW).

Coppélia
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Coppélia

Ballet Ireland

Fri 18 Dec 2015 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €16 conc / €12 (under 12s)

Young lovers create comic chaos in this witty ballet. Franz and his financee Hildy are curious about the beautiful girl, Coppélia. Jealous of Franz’s infatuation with Coppélia, Hildy begins to suspect things are not all that they seem. She and her friends decide to follow the perfect starlet home, eventually arriving at Dr Copplius laboratories. Inside, they stumble upon a magical and strange world, uncovering secrets that will change them forever! Setting the much-loved story at a County Fair choreographer Morgann Runacre-Temple (Carmen, Romeo & Juliet), with writer Stella Feehily, (actor on Fair City), has created a witty and pertinent ballet inspired by our own obsession with youthful perfection. With its nod to the movie glamour of yesteryear, its captivating dance and the charming music of Léo Delibes and Tom Lane, Coppélia will enchant and enthral audiences of all ages.

Principal dancers include: Duncan Anderson, Clare Basset, Richard Bermange, Celine Le Grelle, James Löffler, Maria Ledesma & Kesi Olley-Dorey.

Choreography: Morgann Runacre-Temple / Librettist: Stella Feehily / Music: Leo Delibes / Set design: Lorna Ritchie / Costume design: Sarah Mae White / Sound design and arrangement: Tom Lane / Sound design: Rob Moloney.

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Carols for Christmas 2015
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Carols for Christmas 2015

New Dublin Voices

Sat 19 Dec 2015 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.

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Beauty and The Beast Panto

Beauty and The Beast Panto

Coolmine Panto Group

Sat 2 - Sun 17 Jan 2016 Main Auditorium // €20 / €16 conc

Be our Guest and let the music, dancing and laughter cast a spell over you in this glittering Pantomime for all the family. Follow the adventures of Beauty and the mysterious Beast, who’s spell can only be lifted by true love. Beauty’s father and his friend Dame Edna Beverage come to their rescue and soon Beauty learns the most important lesson of all – that true love comes from within.

1PM SHOWS: 03, 10, 17 JAN
2PM SHOWS: 02, 09, 16 JAN
5PM SHOWS: 03, 10, 17 JAN
7.30PM SHOWS: 02, 07-09, 14-16 JAN


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Jason Byrne - Twenty Years a Clown
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Jason Byrne - Twenty Years a Clown

Sat 23 - Sun 24 Jan 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €16 conc

The Star of Wild Things - SKY and The Snaptastic Show - TV3 celebrates 20 years of stand up with a brand new hilarious show. Jason Byrne's Shows have been getting better every year and his first one was brilliant. So don't miss the show that is 20 times better than brilliant.

May contain strong language.

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"The Outright King of Live Comedy." The Times

"Full-on, doubled up, gasping for oxygen hilarious." Chortle

"A Comedy God." The Mirror

Reeling in the Showband Years 2016
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Reeling in the Showband Years 2016

It’s Back, it’s Bigger & its Better!

Tue 26 - Wed 27 Jan 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €32 / €30 conc

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

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