Dreamweavers Storyhoops Exhibition

Dreamweavers Storyhoops Exhibition

Fri 1 - Tue 5 Mar 2013 GROUND FLOOR GALLERY // FREE

DREAMWEAVER's STORYHOOPS is a project about life stories told through the use of a hula hoop and weaving fabric.

Draíocht has worked with 71, 6th class students from 3 local schools in Dublin 15; Ladyswell National School, Castleknock Educate Together & St. Philip Senior National School. This innovative project facilitated by textile artist Gina Faustino, focused on showing/telling each child's individual story in a very unique visual manner - with the use of a hula hoop and fabric!

VIDEO: See the finished work installed in our Gallery ... here ... 

Seize the David O’Doherty
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Seize the David O’Doherty

Lisa Richards Agency

Fri 1 Mar 2013 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €14 conc

David O’Doherty, Winner of the 2008 Edinburgh Comedy Award, returns to Draíocht in March with his show ‘Carpe DO'Diem’ or ‘Seize the David O’Doherty’. Life is a marathon, not a sprint. But it is a sort of marathon that you really have to sprint. And there are hurdles and weights to lift. And swimming. And shooting. Life is basically The Olympics. But at the end you don't get a medal, you die.

"A national treasure" The Irish Times

"A well executed catalogue of humorous anecdotes" The List

Isla Grant - The Hits Concert
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Isla Grant - The Hits Concert

Sat 2 Mar 2013 8PM Main Auditorium // €25 / €23 conc

Scotland’s most popular singer-songwriter Isla Grant makes a welcome return visit to Ireland. Isla is now established in Ireland, Austraila, the UK, Canada and America as a singer/songwriter of the highest quality. In the last year she has completed hugely successful tours of New Zealand, Australia and the UK and once again received a 'Gold Disc' for CD sales. Add this to nine 'Platinum Discs' already received in Ireland and you can see why this 'Scottish Lass' is so popular. Her highly entertaining concert show features all her wonderful 'Hit' songs.

Isla's interaction with her audience is second to none and the atmosphere at her 'Live' Shows is a joy to behold. As always her genial husband Al will feature in a guest spot in the show.

A Skull in Connemara
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A Skull in Connemara

Decadent Theatre / by Martin McDonagh

Mon 4 - Tue 5 Mar 2013 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €14 conc / Early Bird: €12 (book before 31 Dec 2012)

For one week each autumn, Mick Dowd is hired to disinter the bones in certain sections of his local cemetery, making way for new arrivals. As the time approaches for him to dig up those of his own late wife, strange rumours regarding his involvement in her sudden death seven years earlier begin to resurface. Winner of the Evening Standard & George Devine Awards for Most Promising Playwright 1996, Martin McDonagh’s brilliant black comedy, A Skull In Connemara is one of his funniest plays. Nominated for an Olivier award in 1997 the play is guaranteed to make you laugh, squirm and avoid graveyards!

Directed by Andrew Flynn and starring John Olohon (2011 Irish Times Theatre Award winner), Bríd Ní Neachtain, Jarlath Tivnan & Patrick Ryan.

Read a Review in The Irish Times ... here ... 

Read a Review in Irish Theatre Magazine ... here ... 

Read an interview with Andrew Flynn, Director, from ... here ... 

Early Bird: €12 (book before 31 Dec 2012)


Set Design: Owen MacCarthaigh
Costume Design: Petra Bhreatnach
Lighting Design: Sinéad McKenna
Composer and Sound Design: Carl Kennedy

See more pics ... here ... 

"McDonagh’s writing is pitiless but compassionate; he casts a cold, hard but understanding eye on relationships made of mistrust, hesitation, resentment and malevolence" The Sunday Times

Three Men Talking About Things They Kinda Know About
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Three Men Talking About Things They Kinda Know About

Fri 8 Mar 2013 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €16 / €12 conc

Three of Ireland’s leading performance poets - Colm Keegan, Kalle Ryan and Stephen James Smith - take the audience on a cathartic, emotional journey into the heart of who they are. Digging into subjects that men may not traditionally explore like love, relationships, loss, family and self doubt, they explore what it really means to be a man.

Three Men Talking has had hugely successful sold out runs at ABSOLUT Fringe 2011, the Turnaround Rep Season in Project Arts Centre 2012, as well as the 2012 Kinsale Arts Festival. The show has been nominated for the ‘Bewleys Cafe Theatre Little Gem’ award in 2011 and is currently in development to be made into a feature film.

Colm, Kalle and Stephen James are all award winning writers and slam-poetry champions in their own right, having performed at several prestigious literary festivals & venues across Ireland and around the world. This is their first play.

Read a review on ... here ... 



Sat 9 Mar 2013 12-3PM Draíocht Galleries // FREE

We are going to join in the fun of St. Patrick's day by making a Fancy Top Hat that you can parade around in on the day itself. We’ll use feathers, paper and card, so we cannot guarantee it’ll keep the rain off!

Family Day Notes:
No booking necessary – just drop in at any stage / Dress for Mess/ Unless otherwise stated these activities 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!

There's a family show too ... Monster/Clock ... at 1pm & 4pm ... tickets are just €5 ... find out more here ... 

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Collapsing Horse Theatre

Sat 9 Mar 2013 1PM & 4PM Main Auditorium // €5 // Dur: 90 mins (no interval)

Toby, monster and apprentice watchmaker, finds his world blown apart by a raid on his workshop, and the kidnapping of his mentor and guardian. He is forced to flee from the safety of his desk into the vast fantasy world that awaits him outside his door. In so doing, Toby discovers that there are many more hands at work than he suspected.
Join Toby on his quest as he meets all kinds of weird and wonderful characters. This show has puppets, songs and laugh out loud moments for both adults and children. A must see for all the family.

Collapsing Horse Theatre returns with it's 5 star 2012, sell-out run of MONSTER/CLOCK: A Play on Time.

Meet some characters from Collapsing Horse on Grafton Street ... 

Age 7+ / Dur: 90 mins

Draiocht has a FREE Family Day that day ... why not come along before or after a show? Find out more here ... 

"Monster/Clock is a stand-alone triumph ... nothing short of astounding" *****

"This production is wise beyond its years. Brisk, smart and immersive, Monster/Clock could travel as far as the adventures that lie within it. " The Irish Times

"If you want to measure your life in adventures, then I can think of no better way than to begin with Monster/Clock"

"Excellently, suspensefully crafted, stuffed with dry with, and performed with unflagging exhuberance" Irish Independent

"... each four part harmony leaving the audience aurally agape ... a work of inspired theatrical invention and beautious wonder" Le Cool

"The pace never dropped in the sixty plus minutes of this feat of imagination which, through the commitment of the performers and the bravery of the production team, made a whole world come to life before our eyes, feeding our imagination and trusting that we could do the rest ourselves." Irish Theatre Magazine

Veronica’s Room

Veronica’s Room

Coolmine Drama Circle / by Ira Levin

Tue 12 - Sat 16 Mar 2013 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €16 / €13 conc

Students Susan and Larry find themselves as guests enticed to the Brabissant mansion by its caretakers, the lonely Mackeys. Struck by Susan’s strong resemblance to Veronica Brabissant, the long-dead daughter of the family for whom they work, the older couple gradually convince her to impersonate Veronica briefly to solace the only living Brabissant, her addled sister who believes Veronica alive. Once Susan dresses as the dead heiress - things take a shocking twist! Enter Veronica's Room if you dare! 

Starring Shaun O 'Reilly, Rebecca McCormack & Conor Cadigan.
Directed by Lorraine Cleary.

Contains adult content. Over 18s.

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CoisCéim Dance Theatre

Thu 14 Mar 2013 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €14 conc / Early Bird: €12 (book before 31 Dec 2012)

Have you ever made a spectacle of yourself? Walking the tightrope of life, jumping through hoops, bending over backwards to please, there is pageantry in everything we do. Inspired by life and the extra-ordinary of the everyday, Pageant celebrates the performer in us all.

David Bolger and Muirne Bloomer, are two dance makers, friends, two people who can argue about how to count the same piece of music. Dancing to a powerful score with music from Bowie to Ravel, Pageant’s stellar cast will delight audiences with their passion and pathos as they weave an exhilarating journey from choreographic mayhem through to military precision. Served up with a side order of humour, this show is not to be missed from the award-winning CoisCéim Dance Theatre.

CoisCéim were last in Draiocht with their beautiful and moving show 'Swimming with My Mother'.

Read a review from and enjoy some production pics ... here ...


 Early Bird: €12 (book before 31 Dec 2012)

"... producing some of the most thought-provoking theatre around ..." Scotland on Sunday

"Pageant is a five-star production that is inspiring and hugely emotive" Eithne Shortal, Sunday Times Culture Magazine

Vincent Sheridan

Vincent Sheridan

Animation to Murmuration

Fri 15 Mar - Sat 25 May 2013 GROUND & FIRST FLOOR GALLERIES

Birds (especially crows and starlings) continue to feature largely in Sheridan's work. He is concerned with the social behaviour, flight dynamics and subliminal 'brushstroke' patterns of birds in flight. His images often mirror human group dynamics, modes of communication and social interactions.

MORE ... Read an interview with the artist Vincent Sheridan on our Blog ... here ... 
MORE ... An Irishwoman's Diary ... Arminta Wallace talks to Vincent Sheridan ... here ... 
MORE ... Read Marianne Hartigan's Opening Night Speech ... here ... 
MORE ... Read a review by Artist Des Kenny ... here ... 
MORE ... Enjoy snippets from the video piece Murmuration ... here and here ... 

Brendan Grace

Brendan Grace

Celebrates 41 Years of Comedy

Wed 20 - Thu 21 Mar 2013 8PM Main Auditorium // €30 / 2 for €50

The greatest family comedian of his generation proudly presents 41 years in the comedy business and most of this time at the very top of his profession. Brendan's latest show features some of the most requested pieces from his vast repertoire over the last 41 years including the masterpiece 'Father of the Bride' and the hilarious 'Chinese Takeaway'. His sense of timing and ability to read an audience is without equal. A brilliant character actor, his 'Bottler' character is legendary and is now featured at every performance. Apart from his obvious 'star quality' in all aspects of his performance Brendan's drawing power is enormous and the 'House Full' sign is the norm rather than the exception at his concerts. The genial Dubliner has a very special bond with Irish audiences and is much loved by young and old not least because he gives very generously of his time after each Concert. The 'Meet and Greet' is now very much part and parcel of each show and Brendan's very down to earth approach is much appreciated by all.

May contain some adult content & strong language.

Battle of the Bands

Battle of the Bands

Fri 22 Mar 2013 7.30PM Draíocht Studio // €8

After a successful first year, Miniature Jack will be hosting a second local Battle of the Bands and it promises to be as good as the last!
This heat will showcase some of our local, young talent with performances from Carmine, Ryan Bhasker and The Tracks. Miniature Jack will also be performing on the night and are getting ready to record their first EP together ‘A Man’s Best Friend’. This is the perfect opportunity to get behind our talented youth and support them in what they love.



Dancing with Mark Rogers

Mon 25 Mar 2013 3-5PM // FREE

This is a unique family day for children with an intellectual disability between the ages of 5-7 years and 8-13 years and their families. Facilitated by Draíocht’s artists, families work together to create art in a hands-on way, focusing on a different themes and exploring various artworks in the galleries. If you are unsure if this day is suitable for your family please contact Sarah on 01 8098029.

Please Note: Draiocht is a fully accessible building.

Please Note: Change from Printed Season Brochure which says 'Glass Painting'. This Family Day is now 'Dancing'.

3.00-3.45pm - Ages 5-7 years
4.00-5.00pm - Ages 8-13 years