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D15 Youth Theatre Auditions 2017

D15 Youth Theatre Auditions 2017

SUNDAY 01 OCT 2017 11AM-2PM Draíocht Age: 14-18 Yrs

Sun 1 Oct 2017 11AM-2PM

Auditions will be held for new members for Draíocht’s highly successful Youth Theatre (D15YT), for those aged between 14-18 years with a love of theatre and trying new things. D15YT runs on Tuesday evenings 7pm-9pm, during school term times starting in October.

All are welcome to auditions, please drop into Draíocht to pick up an Application Form or phone 01-8852622 and we can post you one, or email you one. 

If you are interested in finding out more about D15YT, contact sarah@draiocht.ie or on 01 8098029 or read our Blog or follow us on Facebook



Exploring Theatre Craft 2017

Exploring Theatre Craft 2017

STATES OF PLAY: Hartstown & Riversdale Theatre Project

Tue 3 Oct - Tue 14 Nov 2017

OCT-NOV 2017
Over a six week period, theatre professionals will work with transition year students from Hartstown Community School and Riversdale Community College to introduce them to the magic of theatre. Using exhibitions in our gallery spaces, The Weight of Water and Lost State as a starting point, students will respond to themes of our sense of place and belonging, that are explored in these works through the medium of theatre; improvising and creating short performance pieces. Participants will attend workshops as well as attend theatre shows.

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



Frank Pig Says Hello / The Leaves of Heaven
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Frank Pig Says Hello / The Leaves of Heaven

Dublin Theatre Festival 2017 / Produced by Co-Motion. Directed by Joe O’Byrne

Wed 4 - Sat 7 Oct 2017 Main Auditorium // One Show: €18 / €16 conc / Two Shows: €28 / €22 conc

Twenty-five years after it was first presented as part of Dublin Theatre Festival 1992, Frank Pig Says Hello, the stage version of Pat McCabe's novel The Butcher Boy, returns alongside McCabe's follow up show, The Leaves of Heaven, in a unique double-bill.
Frank Pig Says Hello is a desperately funny and tragic depiction of the life of Francie Brady growing up in a small Irish town in the 1960s and his descent towards the brutal act that shocked the community. The Leaves of Heaven sees Francie many years later as he lives out his days in Dundrum Mental Hospital searching for forgiveness.

Frank Pig Says Hello (90 mins): BOOK NOW
Wed 4 Oct 8pm / Fri 6 Oct 7pm / Sat 7 Oct 2pm & 7pm
Starring: Darragh Byrne and John Ruddy

The Leaves of Heaven (80 mins): BOOK NOW
Thu 5 Oct 8pm * / Fri 6 Oct 9pm / Sat 7 Oct 4pm & 9pm
Starring: Brian Mallon and Mairead Devlin 


Single Show €18 / €16 conc  / Two Shows  €28 / €22 conc

*(to book for 2 shows please phone Draíocht Box Office on 01 8852622)

* The 8pm show of ‘The Leaves of Heaven’ on Thu 05 Oct, will be preceded by a Free Pre-Show New Writing Event at 7.15pm in our Ground Floor Gallery. MORE 

Presented by Draíocht and axis:Ballymun in Association with Dublin Theatre Festival.
Sponsored by Paddy Goodwin & Co., Solicitors, Drogheda.

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Exploring Clay with Deirdre O’Reilly

Exploring Clay with Deirdre O’Reilly

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

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

Squish, squash, mould, model with Deirdre, who will encourage little hands (and maybe feet!) to feel the fun and wonder of clay in a free and open environment.

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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Come To Where I’m From: Dublin

Come To Where I’m From: Dublin

Dublin Theatre Festival 2017

Thu 5 Oct 2017 7.15PM Ground Floor Gallery // FREE // Dur: 15 mins

Since 2010 writers from across the British Isles have returned to their home-towns to pen plays about the places that shaped them. These plays are performed by the playwrights themselves, coming home to tell their tale. Now COME TO WHERE I'M FROM visits The Fair City to invite five of the city’s finest playwrights to join this celebrated project.
The 130 previously penned plays are available in audio form, for free, on the App Store. Click here to download.

Join us before ‘The Leaves of Heaven’, for this free pre-show reading by the selected Fingal playwright, Elaine Murphy, who will share with us her own unique perspective on her home town.

A Paines Plough and Dublin Theatre Festival production in association with Draiocht, Axis Ballymun, Civic Theatre and Pavilion Theatre.

This is a free but ticketed event. Please phone Box Office on 01-8852622.




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"Conjures an intimacy between us that burns as bright and as potent as striking a match." Exeunt

"A reminder of the enormous tug that place has on us all." The Guardian

The Locksmith’s Song
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The Locksmith’s Song

By Eoin Lynch in Association with axis:Ballymun

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

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

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

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

"A visual delight." The Arts Blog

I am Baba

I am Baba

Anna Newell

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

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

Anna is now looking for some tiny experts to help the development of this piece at Draíocht! She needs babies aged 0-12 months (each of whom can bring one adult guest) to come along to an informal session.

Booking:
There’s no charge to be involved but capacity is limited to 6 babies per session, so booking is essential through Box Office, tel 01-8852622.


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

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

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



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The Graduate (1967)
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The Graduate (1967)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Donna Taggart And Her Musicians

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

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

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Duke Special - Hallow
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Duke Special - Hallow

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

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

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

Commissioned by Strollers Touring Network.


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Hello Dolly!

Hello Dolly!

Pioneer Musical Society - Celebrating 100 Years

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

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

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The Weight Of Water - Elaine Hoey

The Weight Of Water - Elaine Hoey

Thu 19 Oct - Sat 4 Nov 2017 Ground Floor Gallery

The Weight of Water is an extraordinary immersive animation that fuses virtual reality and gaming technology to address the ongoing global refugee crisis. For each viewer – one-at-a-time and for 8 minutes - that crisis is no longer an abstraction, an item on the news or a front-page photo. Instead it becomes a lived experience, collapsing the distance that normally protects us from the impact of such events and making us ‘witnesses’ rather than safely detached spectators. Wearing a virtual-reality headset, each viewer joins refugees on a boat and is both observer and fellow-traveler as they undertake a treacherous journey. Words, sound and images create a sensory field that enacts the perils of seeking asylum in Europe, offering us increased understanding of these traumatic and grim experiences.

Elaine Hoey creates interactive installations, appropriating gaming aesthetics and techniques, such as virtual reality, motion capture, 3d virtual avatars and environments. Her work explores the intersections between the media, technology and politics.

Hoey is an award-winning artist who recently completed a Masters in Fine Art at NCAD. In 2016 she was awarded the prestigious RDS Taylor Art Award for her virtual reality installation The Weight of Water which, following The Visual Arts Awards Exhibition at the RDS was exhibited at Futures at the RHA; Design and Violence, a collaboration between the  Science Gallery, Dublin and MoMA, New York. Hoey has recently exhibited new virtual reality works Stranger Than Fiction Is Fact at NCAD and Blueprint for a Virtual Nomad at Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda.

Booking Essential through Box Office tel 01-8852622.

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

Curated by Sharon Murphy, Draíocht Curator-in-Residence 2017



  • The Weight of Water Elaine Hoey video
Lost State - Hugh McCabe and Suzanne Walsh

Lost State - Hugh McCabe and Suzanne Walsh

Thu 19 Oct - Sat 4 Nov 2017 First Floor Gallery

Lost State, a mixed-media installation by Hugh McCabe and Suzanne Walsh, comprises of photography, voice, 3D animation and audio. The work centres around photographs of disused computer parts shot from the imagined point of view of future entities uncovering the technological detritus of our time. A soundtrack accompanying the photographs alludes to a speculative narrative about the circumstances of the discovery of these objects and their significance for those finding them. A short film using digital 3D modelling and rendering techniques simulates drone footage of the exploration of one of the discovered objects.

The photographs are all shot on a large format 4”x5” analogue film camera in order to make a connection with early photographic history and its use as a form of documentation and enquiry. The work aims to trouble the boundaries between various categories: the organic and the inorganic; the imagined future and the perceived past; the human and the technological; the analogue and the digital; the secular and the sacred.

Hugh McCabe is a Dublin-based lecturer, musician and artist. He is graduate of the MA ‘Art In the Contemporary World’ course at NCAD and teaches critical theory and 3D graphics at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown. Suzanne Walsh is an artist, writer and musician whose cross-disciplinary work moves between the literary, music and art worlds. Suzanne has an editorial practice, including the magazine Critical Bastards, and is currently a resident artist at Fire Station Artists’ Studios.
The artists wish to acknowledge Vincent O'Reilly for 3D modeling.

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

Curated by Sharon Murphy, Draíocht Curator-in-Residence 2017.



Dragster Lego Workshop - Create, Build and Play

Dragster Lego Workshop - Create, Build and Play

BRICKS4KIDS / Workshops for Ages 4-13 Years

Sat 21 Oct 2017 Draíocht Studio // €5 Per Child (Accompanying Adult Free)

BRICKS4KIDS has created this specially designed project kit and model, allowing participants to explore the world of engineering and model making by creating their own drag car, with all the fun of lego making and building.

Early booking advised at Box Office, tel 01-8852622.

WORKSHOP 1: 4-6 YEARS: 10:30AM-11:30AM (Accompanying adult)
WORKSHOP 2: 7-10 YEARS: 12PM-1PM (No adult)
WORKSHOP 3: 11-13 YEARS: 2PM-3PM (No adult)

Please note: Lego cannot be taken home.



Barbara Dickson
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Barbara Dickson

With Nick Holland and Anthony Toner / David Hull Promotions

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

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

Early Bird €25 (Book before 09 Sept 2017)

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Joanne McNally - Bite Me
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Joanne McNally - Bite Me

Directed by Una McKevitt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Aonghus McAnally Celebrating Christie Hennessy
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Aonghus McAnally Celebrating Christie Hennessy

The Platinum Collection

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

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

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Return to Titanic

Return to Titanic

With Diver, Speaker & Explorer Rory Golden

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Brendan Grace
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Brendan Grace

47 Years in the Comedy Business

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

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

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Felty Monster Making Workshop

Felty Monster Making Workshop

With Artist Gina Faustino / Workshops for Ages 4-9 Years

Tue 31 Oct 2017 Draiocht Workshop Room // €10 Per Child (Accompanying Adult Free)

Join Gina Faustino to start the scariest day of the year off by creating your own felted monster. Wearing old clothes or an overall is a good idea.

WORKSHOP 1: 4-6 YEARS: 10:00AM-11:30PM
WORKSHOP 2: 7-9 YEARS: 12:00AM-1:30PM

Early booking advised at Box Office, tel 01-8852622