D15 Youth Theatre Summer 2015

D15 Youth Theatre Summer 2015

Wed 1 Apr - Sat 4 Jul 2015

Throughout the Spring & Summer, D15 Youth Theatre members are working on script, performance, direction, settings and staging to bring you their first fully scripted performance in July. DNA, written by Dennis Kelly and co-directed by Eimear Morrissey and Mark Rogers will run on 3rd & 4th July 2015. Book Now! 

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

Sally-Anne Kelly

Sally-Anne Kelly

upon becoming aware of our Self

Fri 8 May - Sat 11 Jul 2015 Ground Floor Gallery

Sally-Anne’s work is based around the various projections of the self that are presented by a subject and how this can be reflected in the different faces and lives of a site or location. She is interested in exploring the trace people leave behind them in a space and what story this can tell. Her work is an exploration into the discarding of identity, the instability and interchangeability of the self and the curated subject; the different versions of a person that they choose to share with different people in different platforms or situations. Through several methods of mold making, casting and making copies of the subject she creates objects that are based on the subject themselves in a variety of different materials. A copy of a copy, or a version of a version, something that is made from the original, but in the process of making becomes forever altered.

Sally-Anne Kelly is a visual artist based in Dublin. She works in a variety of mediums including sculpture, photography and performance. In 2011 she graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London. In 2010 she studied experimental scenography and movement at the Jacques Lecoq International School in Paris after completing her BA in DIT.

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

MORE ... Read a review by artist Des Kenny

MORE ... Sally-Anne's exhibition featured in documentary video

Helen Mac Mahon

Helen Mac Mahon

Profero

Fri 8 May - Sat 11 Jul 2015 First Floor Gallery

The work in Profero is the result of a fascination with the phenomena of light, movement, perception and space. They are the result of observation and they function to reveal the artificial ecosystem that exists between the viewer and these intangible elements. They co-exist in a state of continual flux, changes occurring in one facet having a perceptible impact on the others. The pieces are experimental in nature and this exploratory process is as important as the finished piece. The unpredictability of the techniques used is key to discovery, revealing previously overlooked properties and characteristics. Commonplace materials, such as light, glass, and lenses are used, showing their potential to act in surprising ways, distorting and obscuring the very things it is their function to reveal. Maintaining the material's original form is important so it can be experienced in new ways, revealing the extraordinary residing within the heart of the ordinary. The curiosity of the viewer is rewarded as their interaction shows them to be a catalyst, 'activating' the works and bringing to light latent potential in the materials and the beauty of the natural laws that create them.

Helen Mac Mahon is a Dublin based artist working primarily with installation and sculpture. She graduated from Fine Art, DIT in 2013. She is currently a member of Ormond Studios, an artist run collective in Dublin City Centre.

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

MORE ... Read a review by artist Des Kenny

MORE ... Helen's exhibition featured in documentary video

Rainy Days

Rainy Days

July & August

Wed 1 Jul - Mon 31 Aug 2015 Draíocht Galleries

On a rainy day over the Irish summer you are very welcome to visit our galleries and explore our two exhibition spaces with your children.
Our friendly box office staff will assist you with paper, clipboards, colouring pencils and a handy page (and a cushion if you need one!) and give you ideas and games to help you while away a few hours.

DNA by Dennis Kelly

DNA by Dennis Kelly

D15 Youth Theatre

Fri 3 - Sat 4 Jul 2015 Draíocht Stage // €9 / €6 conc

Fri 03 July 7pm & Sat 04 July 2.30pm & 7pm

DNA by Dennis Kelly follows the consequences of a practical joke that ends in tragedy. It deals directly and powerfully with hard hitting, relevant issues, such as violence, guilt, unrequited love, tyranny and solidarity within a group of adolescents who have placed themselves at the edge of society. With a harrowing twist and a taste of the sinister that smacks of William Golding’s Lord of The Flies, DNA is a social comment that resounds with people of all ages.

Since the arrival of aggressive and volatile John Tate the rest of the school fears him, he is above the law and intends to stay that way. Social outcast and self proclaimed loner Alice would do anything to be accepted into the group, to be protected, to be safe, to hang out in the woods with them for just one afternoon. How far will she go? Being spat at? Being punched? Being bullied? Being murdered? The group discover how their tyranny presents them with cathartic repercussions and social developments within their clique.

D15 Youth Theatre is in its 4th year. Youth Theatre gives young people aged between 14-18 years a space to create, express themselves and explore ideas.

This is an amateur production of DNA, presented by special arrangement with Samuel French LTD.
The age range for the show is 14+ / there are violent themes and strong language.
Co-Directed by Eimear Morrissey & Mark Rogers.

Punch Lion Kids Comedy Club
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Punch Lion Kids Comedy Club

Stand-up Comedy Show for Little Kids and Big Kids

Sat 4 Jul 2015 2PM & 4PM / Age 6+ Draíocht Studio // €7 adults / €5 children

A family friendly stand-up comedy show for little Kids and BIG Kids (but no goats!). Enjoy top comedians with silly jokes that will make you giggle and grin and laugh out loud. MC is Andrew Stanley from ‘The Comedy Cellar’ and ‘The Laughter Lounge’. With special guests, award winning comedian and actor, Sharon Mannion; Kevin Gildea from ‘Father Ted’ and super funny sketches from Foil, Arms & Hog. The big kid behind this awesome, friendly, funny club is Mark Stanley a.k.a. Punch Lion, a finalist in Channel 4’s ‘So You Think You’re Funny’ Competition and co-producer of the first festival of comedy for children, ‘FunnyFest’ in The Ark (2014). Come to the shows for knock, knock jokes, silly songs, nonsense word play and stories of pongs! Big loud mime and funny faces. Laughing out loud at weird voices!

Dur 55 mins

Draiocht and The Connect Club 2015

Draiocht and The Connect Club 2015

Mon 6 - Fri 17 Jul 2015

This July Draíocht is delighted to be back, once again, working with the Daughters of Charity’s Summer Camp ’The Connect Club’ in Laurel Lodge. The camp, catering for young people with varying degrees of intellectual disability aims to provide an outlet that is fun and focused on the individual’s likes and interests.

Over the last number of years Draíocht has partnered with the Connect Club over the summer and our artists have facilitated drama, dance, music and visual art, encouraging participants to work on their individual creativity and style. Workshops are for ages 12-18 years.

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

Summer Projects 2015 - Summer Song School - SOLD OUT

Summer Projects 2015 - Summer Song School - SOLD OUT

With Song School

Mon 6 - Fri 10 Jul 2015 Draíocht Workshop Room

MON 06 - FRI 10 JULY 2015  10AM-4PM
THU 09 JULY 10AM - 8PM
AGE RANGE: 13-16 YEARS // €65

FREE CONCERT FOR FAMILY & FRIENDS ON THUR 09 JULY AT 7PM

For the third year, Song School return with this workshop for those who are interested in writing and recording songs, performing a concert, making a video, learning about music technology, and meeting people who love music as much as they do … not to mention forming bands and having fun! Participants receive a CD of their songs, a DVD of their videos, and a certificate of participation.
 

Beag - A Little Event Celebrating Early Arts

Beag - A Little Event Celebrating Early Arts

For 0-4 Year Olds

Wed 15 Jul 2015

Beag is a little event celebrating the limitless imagination of the very young and the magic that happens when it is combined with the world of the arts.

Sign up now to receive our Beag Updates and we'll let you know our exciting plans for 0-4 year olds over these 3 days in July … Email: sarah@draiocht.ie or phone Box Office on 01-885 2622.

Summer Projects 2015 - Crafty Adventures

Summer Projects 2015 - Crafty Adventures

With artist Genevieve Harden

Mon 20 - Fri 24 Jul 2015 Draíocht Workshop Room

MON 20 - FRI 24 JULY 2015
WORKSHOP A: 6-8 YEARS // 10AM-12.15PM // €35
WORKSHOP B: 9-12 YEARS // 1PM-3PM // €45

This year, crafty adventures will take us on an exploration of Irish art, from famous Newgrange carvings and Celtic books right up to Irelands living artists. Lead by artist Genevieve Harden, participants will work with lots of different mediums (paint, clay, paper work etc) and using Irish culture and history mixed with a limitless imagination will create a fun and creative environment. Please respect age limits and dress for mess.

Gallery Preview: Marc Guinan

Gallery Preview: Marc Guinan

"What is painting ...?"

Thu 23 Jul 2015

Please join us for the Preview of "What is painting ...?" by Marc Guinan.

7pm on Thursday 12 July 2015 in our Ground Floor Gallery.

Full exhibition details here ... 

Marc Guinan

Marc Guinan

"What is painting ...?"

Fri 24 Jul - Sat 3 Oct 2015 Ground Floor Gallery

Guinan’s physical exploitation of paint forces the viewer to reconsider the difference between paint and illustration. His work directly questions the space in which his paintings are shown, whilst unlocking the possibilities concerning the materiality of paint. Throughout his practice, paint becomes a conjuring tool and coupled with preconceived human ideas on traditional aesthetics, Guinan is at home. He creates schematic, sculptural environments through the medium of paint that invite a dialogue of provocation through proportion, form and colour. Guinan’s intention is to unfold a series of questions around the traditional and conventional ways of thinking concerning painting and its presentation within the gallery space. By diverting his paintings away from the canvas, each piece develops an organic feel. Guinan invites the viewer’s eye to travel between movement and stillness. Each piece of work is independent and autonomous, altering the material qualities of paint and yet each work is also part of a series in which a mode of action and reaction may be experienced.

Marc Guinan is a local artist living in Ongar, Dublin 15. A final year student in DIT, with a background in construction, he has continually allowed this combined experience to influence and inform his art making practice. This experience has also complimented and defined his line of inquiry and his ability to experiment and push the boundaries of paint.

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

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Family Workshop: Deadly Dyes

Family Workshop: Deadly Dyes

With Jenny Cleary

Fri 7 Aug 2015 Draíocht Workshop Room // €10 per child per workshop

DEADLY DYES // FRI 07 AUG 2015
DRAÍOCHT WORKSHOP ROOM
€10 PER CHILD PER WORKSHOP

Workshop 1: 7-10 years / 11AM-12.30PM
Workshop 2: 11-13 years / 1-2.30PM

Join artist Jenny Cleary in August to turn an old white T-shirt into an artistic masterpiece using Tie-Dye techniches. All materials will be provided but wearing old clothes or an overall is a good idea. Early booking advised as these workshops will sell out fast!

Phone Draíocht's Box Office on 01-885 2622. Please adhere to age recommendations as workshops have been especially catered for this age range.

Also coming on 14 August:
Family Workshop: Paper Animation
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Family Workshop: Paper Animation

Family Workshop: Paper Animation

With Jenny Cleary

Fri 14 Aug 2015

DRAÍOCHT WORKSHOP ROOM
€10 PER CHILD PER WORKSHOP

Workshop 1: 7-10 years / 11AM-12.30PM
Workshop 2: 11-13 years / 1-2.30PM

Join artist Jenny Cleary in August to create your own paper animation at Draíocht. All materials will be provided but wearing old clothes or an overall is a good idea. Early booking advised as these workshops will sell out fast!

Phone Draíocht's Box Office on 01-885 2622. Please adhere to age recommendations as workshops have been especially catered for this age range.

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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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) as well as guests on trumpet and saxophone.
www.stellabass.com

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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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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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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.

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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

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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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+

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"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

GOING ON SALE SHORTLY

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

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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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Bagatelle - The Farewell Tour
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Bagatelle - The Farewell Tour

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

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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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 7+ 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 7 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.

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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.

"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)

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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 award-winning CoisCéim Dance Theatre brings this timeless story of courage and imagination to the stage this autumn. And this time ... the story is told through the eyes of the WOLF. Filled with dance and live music, this fun and richly theatrical adaptation by David Bolger brings the classic characters Bird, Cat, Duck, Grandfather, Hunters, Peter, and of course the WOLF to life. The extraordinary pianist Conor Linehan will play both the classic score and his own new compositions live on stage. The Wolf and Peter will take children and their families on a thrilling adventure to explore and discover contemporary dance and performance at its best.

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

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Tom Crean Antartic Explorer
  • Friends Special Price Event

Tom Crean Antartic 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