Events

The Creative Crèche Programme

The Creative Crèche Programme

Artist Orla Kelly and Mulhuddart Community Centre

Fri 1 Sep - Tue 31 Oct 2017

Artist Orla Kelly, from Early Childhood Creativity, will work with pre-school groups from Mulhuddart Community Centre during September and October 2017. This programme will be made up of facilitated workshop visits, some in the crèche and some in Draíocht, exploring and responding to Draíocht’s Gallery exhibitions and theatre programme with storytelling, painting and an abundance of imagination.

If you are a crèche, playschool or Montessori in Dublin 15 and are interested in getting involved in our future Creative Crèche Programmes, please get in touch with sarah@draiocht.ie or on 01 8098029 for further information.



Draíocht’s Artist in Your Classroom Initiative Sept-Dec 2017

Draíocht’s Artist in Your Classroom Initiative Sept-Dec 2017

Workshops In Your Classroom With Draíocht’s Artists

Fri 1 Sep - Fri 1 Dec 2017

This programme aims to provide a range of high quality arts experiences for pupils and teachers in your own classroom, using Draíocht’s professional artists, at Primary level. Your school can choose from the range of specially selected and purposefully created school workshops below. This Season, pupils will have the opportunity to create and perform, to dance and move, and to play and squash clay. Workshops are tailored to your class’s age and abilities and will work with two separate classes each day.

Clay In Your Classroom
Age Range: 3rd-6th Class  Duration: 2 Class Group Workshops Of 2 Hours
Artist: Deirdre O’Reilly
Slap it, bang it, thump it, texture it! Create three dimensional animals and clay models with Ceramic Artist Deirdre O'Reilly. This in-depth ceramic workshop will concentrate on using 3-dimensional clay shapes as a starting point for model making. During these workshops, the children will be equipped with new skills and knowledge of how to create the most adventurous of 3D models with fine textured detail applied. A must-do cross curricular creative workshop for your class.

Drama In Your Classroom
Age Range: Adaptable To All Age Ranges
Duration: Junior/Senior Infants: 4 Class Group Workshops Of 45 Mins
2nd Class+: 2 Class Group Workshops Of 1.5 hours
Artist: Eimear Morrissey
Using some of our favourite fairytales as a starting point, facilitator Eimear introduces pupils to the wonderful world of theatre through imaginative storytelling and fun collective group games. The workshop will explore different ways of engaging the imagination, of thinking creatively, seeing, listening, new ways of communicating and expression, as well as building confidence. Pupils will work together towards a common goal of creating a short improvised performance piece, giving them the opportunity to experience the creation of something from nothing!

Dance In Your Classroom
Age Range: Adaptable To All Age Ranges
Duration: 4 Class Group Workshops Of 45 Mins
Artist: Antje O Toole
Leap like a frog, scurry like a mouse, strut like a peacock. Facilitator Antje will introduce pupils to the wonderful world of dance and movement through the use of animals and how they move and shake. The workshop will encourage your pupils to think about dance and movement in an imaginative and creative way, to have fun responding to music, to enjoy swinging your arms, bobbing your head and expressing themselves through the freedom of movement and dance.

Workshop Notes & Bookings:
Workshops can take place from 04 September-01 December 2017 on a date of your choosing.
Closing date for Bookings is Friday 20 October 2017 through Draíocht’s Box Office tel: 01-8852622.

The programme is offered on a first come first serve basis and is restricted to schools within the Dublin 15 area. Cost per day €150. All materials are provided. Schools are welcome to make multiple bookings, subject to artist availability, but due to budgetary constraints the above subsidised workshop rate is limited to two days per school. For further details please contact Sarah on 01-809 8029 or email sarah@draiocht.ie



Your Say, Your Way - Free Workshops for Young People aged 13-18 yrs

Your Say, Your Way - Free Workshops for Young People aged 13-18 yrs

A Collaboration between Draíocht and Creative Ireland

Sat 2 Sep 2017 10.30AM-4.30PM // FREE

Are you aged 13-18 Years?
Come to Draíocht Blanchardstown on Saturday 2nd September 2017 and try a FREE workshop of your choice to share YOUR thoughts about the arts with us!
Young people have something important to say and we want to hear it!

You can choose from one of these 4 Workshops:
Spoken Word / Stop Motion / Dance / Comic Book Creation
Free Lunch Provided

Fill in a participation form now and return to Draiocht by Wednesday 30th August.

This event is a collaboration between Draíocht and Creative Ireland. The Creative Ireland Programme is an invitation to the entire country to get involved in something truly inspirational. This culture-based programme is designed to promote individual, community and national wellbeing by enabling creativity for all citizens. We want YOU to share YOUR THOUGHTS about the arts and what you would like to see happen WITHIN YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY by taking part in a FUN, FREE WORKSHOP OF YOUR CHOICE on 2ND September here in Draíocht. So please fill in and return a Participation Form by 30th August and come on the day with an open mind and your own opinion.

To find out more, please email sarah@draiocht.ie



Exploring Paint with Anne Cradden

Exploring Paint with Anne Cradden

Exploring More With Early Years Arts - Ages 2-4 Yrs

Tue 5 Sep 2017 10AM-11AM & 11.30AM-12.30PM / €5 Per Child Draiocht Workshop Room

Brush, slather, draw, explore.  Anne will allow participants to explore simple painting on big sheets of paper in an open and explorative way.

Workshop Notes:
This series of individual monthly workshops is intended to allow you and your child to explore different art mediums in an open and undirected way, starting with paint, then clay and finally music. There will be mess but there will also be fun!
These workshops are designed for children aged 2-4 years. Please respect age limits as each workshop has been designed especially for this age range.
All children must be accompanied by an adult and all adults must be accompanied by a child.
These sessions are only suitable for one parent/guardian and accompanying child (without siblings).
Booking tel: 01-8852622

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Gallery Launch: Claiming Space & SYNERGY

Gallery Launch: Claiming Space & SYNERGY

Claiming Space: Red Bird Youth Collective / SYNERGY: Draíocht's Project History with Young People in D15

Wed 6 Sep 2017 7PM Ground Floor Gallery // FREE

You are invited to the opening of

Claiming Space by Red Bird Youth Collective
Curated by Maeve Mulrennan, Galway Arts Centre
Ground Floor Gallery
&
SYNERGY: An exhibition of work representing Draíocht's project history with young people in Dublin 15
Curated by Sarah Beirne, Children & Youth Arts Officer, Draíocht
First Floor Gallery

On Wednesday 06 September 2017 at 7pm
Ground Floor Gallery


Join exhibition curators Maeve Mulrennan and Sarah Beirne together with members of Red Bird Youth Collective, Draíocht associate artist, Genevieve Harden and members of Draíocht's Youth Theatre in conversation with Sharon Murphy, Draíocht Curator-in-Residence 2017.

Exhibitions continue until 07 October 2017

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Claiming Space - Red Bird Youth Collective

Claiming Space - Red Bird Youth Collective

Wed 6 Sep - Sat 7 Oct 2017 Ground Floor Gallery

Draíocht is delighted to present Claiming Space by Red Bird Youth Collective, a youth-led visual art group based in Galway Arts Centre. Working collaboratively with professional artists and architects, Red Bird make innovative projects, programmes youth events for their peers and contributes to youth policies and strategies in Galway Arts Centre. Claiming Space showcases Red Bird’s collaborative methodology, both with each other and with professional artists and architects and features work made since 2009. Over the years Red Bird has worked with artists such as Louise Manifold, Ruby Wallis and Dominic Thorpe and with architects Bláithín Quinn and Dominic Stevens. Although created by different Red Bird members and different professionals, all the artworks in this exhibition are rooted in exploring and challenging the world from a young person’s point of view, whilst claiming artistic and public space for young people.

The curated selection also represents different media and different ways to communicate ideas. The overall aims of Red Bird - to make work to a high standard, to engage their peers in the production of art and to participate in policy making for young people - are also visible in the exhibition. Red Bird aims to present youth arts alongside professional Irish arts practice, not to ghettoise it. A special publication with images of all Red Bird projects to date and commissioned essays accompanies this exhibition.

This exhibition is presented in tandem with SYNERGY in our First Floor Gallery, Curated by Sarah Beirne, Children & Youth Arts Officer, Draiocht.

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

Claiming Space received a touring grant from the Arts Council in 2016 and was exhibited at Galway Arts Centre, The Dock, Carrig-on-Shannon and Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge.

Curated by Maeve Mulrennan, Galway Arts Centre.



SYNERGY

SYNERGY

An exhibition of work representing Draíocht’s project history with young people in Dublin 15

Wed 6 Sep - Sat 7 Oct 2017 First Floor Gallery

First coined by the philosopher Aristotle, ‘The whole is greater than the sum of its parts’, aptly defines the concept of Synergy; when working together accomplishes more than could have been apart. Each of the selected works in this exhibition and the projects from which they come are unique. Each its very own creative experience. There is diversity in content, medium and materials, with a range of artistic facilitators and creative practice, with distinctive themes, ideas, successes and occasionally disappointments. Project participants are drawn from Dublin 15 schools, families and youth groups. Alone, each project creatively and imaginatively engages our young people from babies to teenage years. As a whole, they represent a generation of young people across Dublin 15, their interests, thoughts, opinions and stories. They represent Draíocht’s core values: our on-going commitment to young people and the creation of opportunities to engage in high quality arts experiences.

Most significantly these projects allow younger members of our community to become cultural producers themselves: part of an artistic process that puts them at the very centre of Draíocht’s programming and projects. In their uniqueness there remains a similar process from conception to reality for each project. Each intends to challenge, to inspire, to be fun, to bring a sense of pride, learning and opportunity. They each begin with a sense of excitement and curiosity. When an artist and their young participants meet, they are unknown to each other and yet they will create something very special, not only making, creating and imagining art, they will also create relationships and understanding about themselves, their work and the world around them. This is SYNERGY; each of the parts fostered, supported and brought together by Draíocht, to create something greater, something special; to create magic.

This exhibition is presented in tandem with CLAIMING SPACE in our Ground Floor Gallery, Curated by Maeve Mulrennan, Galway Arts Centre.

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

Curated by Sarah Beirne, Children & Youth Arts Officer, Draíocht



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

Presented by The Ultimate Big Band Show with Support from Sacred Heart of Jesus National School

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

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

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

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

With Support from Sacred Heart of Jesus National School

Red Hurley Love Is All

Red Hurley Love Is All

Sat 9 Sep 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €27.50

Red will perform his greatest hits from down through the years, including ‘Love Is All’, ‘When’, ‘Kiss Me Goodbye’, ‘Broken Promises’, ‘Isadora’, ‘A Poor Man's Roses’, ‘Let The Heartaches Begin’ and many more. Red is considered to be one of the finest performers Ireland has ever produced. His signature rich powerful voice, relaxed charm and energetic stage shows have captured the hearts of audience’s everywhere. Performances throughout Europe and the United States have firmly established him as a truly exceptional entertainer.

Shakespeare On The Loose

Shakespeare On The Loose

Mount Sackville Secondary School

Wed 13 Sep 2017 8PM * Main Auditorium // €15 / €12 conc

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

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

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

*please note that the 3pm performance has been cancelled. Apologies for any inconvenience.

The Shape of Things

The Shape of Things

Starcatchers & Branar Téatar do Pháistí

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Her talent is awesome." The London Observer

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

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

The Classic Beatles
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The Classic Beatles

Celebrating Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

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

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

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

Stagezone Singing Dancing & Drama Classes at Draiocht

Stagezone Singing Dancing & Drama Classes at Draiocht

Stagezone Theatre School - Fridays & Saturdays

Sat 16 Sep - Sat 23 Dec 2017

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


Next Registration Date: Sat 16 Sept 2017

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


Saturdays
Stagezone Dance & Drama Classes (Children) 
9.30am-11.30am

Contact information for Stagezone
Phone: Gladys Coyle  087 419 0165
Email: stagezonedub15@gmail.com
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Would you like to run a class or workshop at Draíocht?
Draíocht has spaces available for hire which are suitable for most functions including conferences, presentations, meetings, auditions, rehearsals, classes and workshops.

Please call Ciara Corrigan on 01-8098024 for more information and hire fees or email ciara@draiocht.ie or go to our Room Hires Section  http://www.draiocht.ie/about/room_hire/



O noapte furtunoasă  / A Stormy Night

O noapte furtunoasă  / A Stormy Night

Romanian Community of Ireland

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

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

Romanian:
Aflată în patrimoniul comediei românești, inovatoarea piesă a lui I.L.Caragiale are parte de o haină nouă, binemeritată. Umorul inefabil, personajele puse în situații absurde datorate diferenței între aparență și esență. Comicul ridicat la rang de artă, respectarea cu sfințenie a textului original, doar câteva direcții ale noului spectacol "O noaptefurtunoasă".
Măiestria regizorală a lui Dan Tudor este susținută impecabil de cunoscuții actori ai teatrelor bucureștene: Dan Tudor, Dragoș Ionescu, Afrodita Androne, Tudorel Filimon, Orodel Olaru, Oana Drăghici, Florin Dobre, conduși surprinzător în ideea redescoperirii lumii și a adevărului piesei - actorii creează adevărate puncte de referință în istoria interpretării celebrelor personaje Caragialești: Dumitrache, Chiriac, Ipingescu, Veta, Zița, Spiridon, Rică - sunt reevaluați, reîncărcați pentru întâlnirea cu publicul. Regia spectacolului este semnată de Dan Tudor,  iar scenografia de Mihai Pastramagiu.

Please Note: This show is in Romanian

The Songs & Poems of Percy French - SOLD OUT

The Songs & Poems of Percy French - SOLD OUT

The Percy French Troubadours & Guests

Wed 20 Sep 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €15

Laugh, sing and maybe even shed a tear with the 18 strong Percy French Troubadours, who invite you to join with them again for this evening of songs, poems and sketches by Percy French. Featuring all-time favourites ‘Are ye right there Michael?’, ‘The Darling Girl from Clare’, ‘To The West’, ‘The Four Farrellys’ and ‘Abdul Abulbul Amir’ (Percy’s first successful song), they’ll even give you a sheet with all the words to sing along!
The Percy French Troubadours have clocked up an impressive number of gigs as they continue fundraising for a variety of local charities. Having already raised over €65,000 for a variety of charities, this night will be in aid of The Daughters of Charity Mission Fund.



Mary and Me
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Mary and Me

Pat Talbot Productions in association with Wild Productions

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

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

Written & Performed by Irene Kelleher. Directed by Belinda Wild. 
 

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

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

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

"Kelleher’s performance is riveting ... she wrings every emotion from her own script in this outstanding solo show. " ★★★★ Edinburgh Guide

Shorts for Wee Ones

Shorts for Wee Ones

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

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

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

List of Short Movies:

Perfect Houseguest, 2015, dirs. Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata, USA (1'35")
Hey Deer!, 2015, dir. Örs Bárczy, Hungary (6')
Cats & Dogs, 2015, dirs. Gerd Gockell, Jesús Pérez, Switzerland/Germany (6'09")
Sugar Rush, 2015, dir. Reno Armanet, France (4'04")
One, Two, Tree, 2015, dir. Yulia Aronova, France/Switzerland (7')
Crocodile, 2015, dir. Julia Ocker, Germany (3'48")
(un)Sunny, 2014, dir. Victor Nores, Spain (7'05")
Achoo!, 2015, dir. Yuki Hirakawa, Japan (3')
Looks, 2014, dir. Susann Hoffmann, Germany (3'14")
Perfect Piggies, 2015, dir. Sandra Boynton, USA (3'24")

In association with Access Cinema

Culture Night at Draiocht 2017

Shorts for Middle Ones

Shorts for Middle Ones

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

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

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

List of Short Movies:
Paniek!, 2015, dirs. Joost Lieuwma, Daan Velsink, The Netherlands (5'53")
The Short Story Of A Fox And A Mouse, 2015, dirs. Camille Chaix, Hugo Jean, Juliette Jordan, Marie Pillier, Kevin Roger, France  (6'18")
Pipopingviini (The Red Herring), 2015, dir. Leevi Lemmetty, Finland/Ireland (6'30")
Riceballs, 2015, dir. Shingo Usami, Australia (10')
Messages dans l'air (Air Mail), 2015, dir. Isabelle Favez, Switzerland/France (6'08")
Once Upon A Blue Moon, 2015, dir. Steve Boot, UK (3'29")
Jonas And The Sea, 2015, dir. Marlies van der We, The Netherlands (12'02")
Dji. Death Sails, 2014, dir. Dmitri Voloshin, Moldova (5'18")

In association with Access Cinema

Culture Night at Draiocht 2017

The Farthest (2017)

The Farthest (2017)

Culture Night Free Screening / 8PM / PG

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

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

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

Culture Night at Draiocht 2017

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

"Dazzling." The New York Times

Culture Night at Draiocht 2017

Culture Night at Draiocht 2017

22 September 2017 - Free Events

Fri 22 Sep 2017 // Free Admission

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


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

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

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

YOUTH THEATRE CULTURE
7PM-8PM   Ages 14-18 Yrs
D15 Youth Theatre members welcome you into their world … bring a friend, introduce them to Draíocht and dip your toe into the waters of a fun Youth Theatre Workshop.

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


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



Family Day - SandSation Creation - SOLD OUT

Family Day - SandSation Creation - SOLD OUT

Sat 23 Sep 2017 12 NOON-3PM Draíocht Galleries // FREE

Dying, pouring, gluing, planning and creating. Sand is not just for making sandcastles - join our artists for this unique sand art workshop. 

Booking tel: 01-8852622

Family Day Notes:
Sessions Are Free, But Space Is Limited.
Max 50 per workshop
Session 1: 12pm-12.50pm
Session 2: 1pm-1.50pm
Session 3: 2pm-2.50pm
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!



Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny
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Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny

Legends of Irish Music

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

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

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

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

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

Their Finest (2017)
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Their Finest (2017)

'One of the smartest, funniest.. most surprising movies in years' Wall Street Journal

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

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

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

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

"One of the smartest, funniest.. most surprising movies in years." The Wall Street Journal

Des Bishop - Stand Up Special - SOLD OUT

Des Bishop - Stand Up Special - SOLD OUT

Compilation Show Recording for Broadcast

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

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


This ‘Stand up Special’ is a Best Of Compilation show, including elements of 'Grey Matters' and 'One Day You'll Understand' and is being recorded for Broadcast.
Over 18s Only. Adult Content.



Create Dance Project - Autumn/Winter 2017

Create Dance Project - Autumn/Winter 2017

SEP-NOV 2017

Sat 30 Sep - Sat 11 Nov 2017 Draiocht Workshop Room // €5 per class

Jnr Group (5-8 yrs) 12.30PM-1.15PM
Snr Group (9-16 yrs) 2PM-3PM


During this innovative dance project, dancers and facilitators Mark Rogers and Antje O’Toole continue to work their ‘dance magic’ with our group of children with an intellectual disability, their parents and siblings 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, sarah@draiocht.ie / ph 01-8098029.

Priority is given to our existing group of children, but we sometimes take a waiting list for any spaces that arise.



Meetings With Ivor
  • Friends Special Price Event

Meetings With Ivor

Film Screening and Meditation Session

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

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

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

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

The Four of Us Acoustic Gig

The Four of Us Acoustic Gig

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

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

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

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

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