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Performance PLATFORM

Performance PLATFORM

Tue 3 Apr 2018 7PM Ground Floor Gallery // FREE

For one night only, Draíocht is delighted to present new site-specific work for the Gallery by artist and composer Robbie Blake, contemporary dancers Cian Coady and Mia DiChiaro, performance artist, Lisa Freeman, dance /video duo Landing Collective and D15 Youth Theatre. The evening includes an in-conversation with the curator, artists and Sara Muthi, Visual Arts Writer specialising in performance art.

Robbie Blake is an artist and composer working across many contexts of performance. Robbie is the artistic director of Tonnta, a music company and new-music vocal ensemble that champions new Irish music. With Tonnta, Robbie leads experimental collaborative projects with dance artists, visual artists and composers to create exceptional new music. For Performance PLATFORM Robbie will perform a new work solo.  

Cian Coady & Mia DiChiaro are contemporary dancers working together on a new work – Disrupting the Flow - made especially for Draíocht Gallery (2018). Performed within a matrix of floor line drawings, it explores ideas of time, temporality and present-ness. Dealing also with the ephemerality of performance, the visual markings act as a record and a memory of a once animated space. This piece explores a linear, yet warped flow of time and the yearning to escape time’s influence.

Landing Collective includes Aliina Lindroos and Moran Been-noon who are collaborators on an on-going project entitled Landing which focuses on ideas of ‘Belonging’ and ‘Foreign’. This new work for Performance PLATFORM is a new dance/video work in-progress which arises from their INCUBATE studio residency at Draíocht, 12 MAR-27 APR 2018.

Lisa Freeman is an Irish artist based in Berlin. Her practice is process-driven and research focused with the objective of gathering performative digital-based materials for video, performance and installation outcomes. This newly developed performance will be centered on a soundtrack and script, where a number of performers will engage in dialogue with each other and the audience. The narrative will aim to question the way that gender and politics intersect and bring into play modes of social exchange.

D15 Youth Theatre: Throughout this term, D15 Youth Theatre worked on investigating new ideas and horizons. Along with working with Theatre Artists in Residence, Collapsing Horse and film-maker Kilian Waters, D15YT engaged with Draíocht’s INCUBATE Artists to see and respond to contemporary art and are looking forward to performing on 03 April.

PLATFORM 2018 is an exhibition (21 FEB- 31 MAR) and a series of pop-up associated events showcasing the work of emerging and early career artists who use the Gallery as a playful, experimental and creative space. Using a wide range of visual media as well as sound, music, dance and food, PLATFORM provides an opportunity for the public to engage with artists, creatives and curators as they animate their ideas and practices.

Participating artists: Ella Bertilsson & Ulla Juske, Robbie Blake, Emma Brennan, Mark Buckeridge, Cian Coady & Mia DiChiaro, Gum Collective (Aaron Smyth, Alex de Roeck, Aimee Gallagher, Ciara O’Brien, Ciaran Gallen, Sadbh O’Brien, Sofya Mikhaylova, Stephen Lau), Sarah Farrell, Lisa Freeman with members of Dublin Youth Dance Company, Louis Haugh, Landing Collective (Aliina Lindroos & Moran Been-noon), Eve O’Callaghan.

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Curated by Sharon Murphy



Exploring Printing and Stamping with Deirdre O’Reilly

Exploring Printing and Stamping with Deirdre O’Reilly

Draíocht and Early Years - Exploring More With Early Years Arts

Tue 10 Apr 2018 Draiocht Workshop Room // €5 Per Child (Accompanying Adult Free)

10.15AM-11AM & 12PM-12.45PM (45 MINS)
Deirdre O’Reilly will help you explore inks and colours, as we create strange and beautiful images, using different objects to stamp with and objects to create new, strange and beautiful images. A lovely way to enjoy the magic of print in an explorative way.
DRESS FOR MESS

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 printing, then charcoal, then painting and finally yoga. There will be mess but there will also be fun!
Cost: €5 Per Child Per Workshop (Accompanying Adult is Free).
Booking and further information from Box Office on 01-8852622.

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Exploring Scribbling And Mark Making / June
Exploring Painting With Fingers And Toes / July
Exploring Yoga Stories / August

Workshop Notes:
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).



Condemned to Remember (2017)
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Condemned to Remember (2017)

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 11 Apr 2018 10.30AM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc / €5 per student / 2 Teachers Free per class of 20+ // Dur: 94 mins + 60 mins Q&A

In 1944, nine year old Tomi Reichental was one of over forty members of his family taken from his home in Nazi-run Slovakia and put on a train to Bergen-Belsen. Lucky to escape going to Auschitz, where he faced certain death, he was one of only six members of his family to survive the Holocaust.

Irish Holocaust survivor Tomi Reichental now celebrates his 80th birthday in a Dublin Mosque and embarks on an epic journey across a Europe in turmoil. In Germany, Tomi concludes his long quest to bring the convicted SS war criminal Hilde Michnia to account for her secrets and lies. In Poland and Slovakia, he confronts the ‘crisis of shame’ that prevents an honest reckoning with the scale of local ‘collusion’ with the Nazi extermination project. In Bosnia, Tomi embraces Muslim survivors of genocide, who still search for the bones of their loved ones. Along the way he puts himself into the shoes of the ‘new Jews’ and discovers a strong common bond with refugees fleeing the hell that is Syria.

Directed by Emmy award-winner Gerry Gregg, 'Condemned to Remember' explores whether we have really learned from the evils of the past.

€7.50 / €6 conc / €5 per student / 2 Teachers Free per class of 20+
Dur: 94 mins + 60 mins Q&A / Cert: 15A
Includes FREE post-screening Q&A with Tomi Reichental and Gerry Gregg.
In association with Access Cinema

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"… this remains among the most moving films we will see this year." ★★★★ The Irish Times

"… fascinating and engrossing ..." Entertainment.ie

"I am condemned to remember the terrors of the past and compelled to resist the return of the evil that turned Europe into a wasteland." Tomi Reichental

Rosalie Blum (2016)
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Rosalie Blum (2016)

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 11 Apr 2018 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc // Dur: 95 mins

The biggest hit in the 27-year history of the Alliance Française French Film Festival, Julien Rappeneau's enchanting directorial debut ‘Rosalie Blum’ is a witty and ingeniously crafted comedy about a random encounter that has unexpected and life-changing consequences, based on the graphic novel trilogy by French artist Camille Jourdy. Thirty-something Vincent Machot (indelibly played by Kyan Khojandi) is a hairdresser, like his father before him. Life rotates around work, his overbearing mother who lives in the apartment upstairs, and a womanising cousin constantly trying to set him up. But one morning Vincent experiences a powerful déjà-vu when he meets the gaze of a grocery store clerk, Rosalie Blum (the fabulous Noémie Lvovsky). Intrigued by this mysterious woman, he begins a search to uncover the truth behind their connection. What follows is a series of coincidences - both hilarious and moving – which memorably brings together a group of lost souls in a manner reminiscent of Claude Berri's wonderful Hunting and Gathering.

Starring: Noémie Lvovsky, Kyan Khojandi, Alice Isaaz, Sara Giraudeau
Winner, Audience Award, Gijón International Film Festival 2016
Nominated for Best First Feature Film, César Awards 2017

Cert: Club / Language: French (English Subtitles) / Dur: 95 mins
Presented in partnership and with the support of the Embassy of France and Institut Français.
In association with Access Cinema

 

"… a quirky, cockles-warming adaptation of the eponymous graphic-novel trilogy." The Hollywood Reporter

"Whimsical, tender and original, Rosalie Blum is a fabulous debut." The New Zealand Herald

Let Us Entertain You - SOLD OUT

Let Us Entertain You - SOLD OUT

Coolmine Musical Society

Fri 13 - Sat 14 Apr 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €20

Come along and be entertained by Coolmine Musical Society where you’ll be treated to some broadway melodies, cockney classics and terrific tap on a night when anything goes! Sit back, relax and Let Coolmine Musical Society Entertain You, when they’ll leave you begging for more! 

Tóraíocht
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Tóraíocht

Fíbín presents a new bilingual version of Diarmuid agus Gráinne

Tue 17 - Wed 18 Apr 2018 TUE 17 APR 8PM / WED 18 APR 11AM Main Auditorium // Evening €18 / €16 conc / School show €10 (2 teachers free per class of 20+)

Léiríonn Fíbín Tóraíocht – leagan nua den scéal Tóraíocht Dhiarmada agus Ghráinne – curtha in oiriúint agus stiúrtha ag Mikel Murfi agus scríofa ag Philip Doherty. Is scéal grá lán le héachtaí aisteacha agus fathaigh é Tóraíocht a úsáideann amharcíomhánna cumhachtacha. Bogann an scéal ar aghaidh níos tapa ná haon rás carranna, léimeann an scéal níos airde ná haon léimneoir cuaille agus tá dhá oiread grá sa scéal agus a bheadh ag aon Fhrancach agus Diarmaid agus Gráinne ag déanamh iarracht a bheith céim chun tosaigh ar Fionn agus na Fianna!

Fíbín presents “Tóraíocht” -  a new bilingual version of “Diarmuid agus Gráinne” – adapted and directed by Mikel Murfi and written by Philip Doherty. Using a bilingual text and stunning visuals “Tóraíocht” is a love story full of outlandish feats and monsters! The story moves faster than any car-chase, jumps higher than any vaulter, and loves twice as much as any Frenchman, as Diarmuid and Gráinne attempt to stay one step ahead of Fionn and the Fianna! All performances will be subtitled in English.

School Show:
Pre-engagement pack available to all schools who book tickets
Suitable for ages 12+ 
Especially suited to Leaving Cert Students
Dur: 1 hr 30 mins (no interval)
School Group Bookings

Danny O’Brien - RaconTour
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Danny O’Brien - RaconTour

Thu 19 Apr 2018 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €14 / €12 conc

Fresh from a sell out month long run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and a tour of South East Asia, award-winning comedian Danny O 'Brien returns with his most adventurous and unique solo show to date! After inheriting a broken-down, unreliable, older-than-he-is motorcycle, Danny decided to take to the road on a comedic expedition. Come hear the story of this RaconTour- in all its glory, failures and triumphs alike! The show will tour twenty four dates in six countries. After an incredible six week run with his show at the start of the year (with extra dates being added due to phenomenal demand) Danny is returning home fresh from his Australia tour to get back on the bike and back on the road!

Following in the footsteps of Simon Pegg, Dylan Moran and Dara O Briain - Danny was handpicked this year for the second time to perform as part of the iconic  “Best of The Edinburgh Fest” show in Australia, touring Perth World Fringe, Adelaide Fringe Festival and The Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Danny has also featured on The Comedy Channel’s "Brexit at Tiffany’s" show and is a regular on Irish TV and radio.  As well as this he has been providing tour support for Today FM's Dermot & Dave's nationwide "Ah Sure Look It" Tour.

Don't miss one of the most exciting and highly anticipated stand up shows of the year!

"O'Brien took to the stage like a force of nature ... one suspects it won’t be too much longer before stadiums come calling." ★★★★★ Irish Examiner

"O'Brien is genuinely, uproariously funny with a huge stage presence and wicked timing... He looks set to be one of the breakout comedy stars of 2017." The Sunday Independent

"A perfect mixture of brains, banter and brilliance." ★★★★ Great Scott

"Winner of the coveted Father Ted 'Tedfest' Award and voted FM104's 'Dublin's Funniest Comedian'"

As Time Goes By
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As Time Goes By

Stories & Songs From the far side of 65 / Susie Kennedy with Carole Nelson

Fri 20 Apr 2018 8PM Draíocht Studio // €20 / €18 conc

Susie Kennedy has delighted audiences over the years with her hugely successful musical plays including her performances of the songs of Sophie Tucker, which have been particularly popular.

In this brand new show, ‘As Time Goes By’, Susie explores through song and story, the ups and downs, the hilarity and the challenges of being an older woman. The show features new and original songs as well as many old favourites including some Sophie Tucker classics, Ella Fitzgerald, Bessie Smith and many more.
This show is directed by Bairbre Ní Chaoimh, with musical accompaniment from Carole Nelson.

Reach for the Stars 2018 - EXTRA DATE

Reach for the Stars 2018 - EXTRA DATE

The Norma Breen Theatre School

Sat 21 - Sun 22 Apr 2018 sAT 7.30PM / SUN 6PM Main Auditorium // €25

The Norma Breen Theatre School presents an energetic and fast-moving evening of song and dance, showcasing the children's talents with well-known celebrity guests.
Produced and Directed by Norma Breen.

Gallery Launch: MAKing Art: The DRAWing Exhibition

Gallery Launch: MAKing Art: The DRAWing Exhibition

Wed 25 Apr 2018 7PM Ground Floor Gallery

Please join us for the Launch of
MAKing Art: The DRAWing Exhibition

Wednesday 25 April 2018, 7pm in our Ground Floor Gallery

Join artist Sharon Kelly and Director/Curator, Limerick City Gallery of Art (LCGA), Úna McCarthy and Director of Draíocht, Emer McGowan in conversation with Sharon Murphy.

MAKing Art is the first in a series of exhibitions (2018-2022) aimed at children, young people and the child in us all which explores a particular visual art discipline, its materials, processes and varied manifestations. Drawing is the focus of the first exhibition in this series. It reveals aspects of drawing as a primary means of human expression. It consists of two complementary elements: Heartscapes, works by Sharon Kelly, a distinguished Belfast-based artist who uses drawing as the main form of her practice; and a selection of works from the National Collection of Contemporary Drawing presented in collaboration with Limerick City Gallery of Art.


Curated by Sharon Murphy
Assisted by Emma Brennan


Full exhibition details here ... 

Image: Nick Miller, Female Head, 1999
From The National Collection of Contemporary Drawing (NCCD)



MAKing Art: The DRAWing Exhibition

MAKing Art: The DRAWing Exhibition

Wed 25 Apr - Sat 16 Jun 2018 Ground & First Floor Galleries

Heartscapes: Drawings by Sharon Kelly 
Ground Floor Gallery
&
Works from the The National Collection of Contemporary Drawing (NCCD), Limerick City Gallery of Art
First Floor Gallery

MAKing Art is the first of a series of exhibitions (2018-2022) aimed at children, young people and the child in us all, which explores a particular visual art discipline, its materials, processes and varied manifestations. Drawing is the focus of the first exhibition in this series. It reveals aspects of drawing as primary means of human expression. It consists of two complementary elements: works by Sharon Kelly, a distinguished Belfast-based artist, who uses drawing as the main form of her practice; and a selection of images from the National Collection of Contemporary Drawing (NCCD), presented in collaboration with Limerick City Gallery of Art. In addition, Draíocht will commission a new drawing from Sharon Kelly informed by her engagement with the people of Dublin 15 through her artist’s residency and open studio. A specially designed programme of engagement will include family workshops, a school-based drawing residency and bespoke tours and talks. All of these elements are designed to offer a rich experience of various aspects of drawing.

Sharon Kelly is a visual artist whose practice centres on drawing and includes moving image, print and sound. The work explores themes relating to the human condition – contemplations on life, loss, healing, memory. Sharon’s work is held in public and private collections in Ireland, Britain, USA and The Netherlands. Alongside her studio-based practice, she has undertaken many residencies, site-specific projects in hospitals, collaborative projects with poets, dancers and choreographers and exploratory multimedia project in the field of education most notably with Kid’s Own Initiative, Virtually There. Sharon is a graduate of University of Ulster holding a BA and an MFA in Fine Art. She was co-founder of Paragon Studios/PS2 where she was co-director from 1993-2016 and where she continues to have her studio. Sharon is a full member of Royal Ulster Academy of Art.

The National Collection of Contemporary Drawing (NCCD) was officially founded by the Limerick Contemporary Art group, comprised of artists and business people of Limerick in 1987 with the aim of giving the city a distinctive collection of contemporary artwork. The NCCD collection is part of the permanent collection of Limerick City Gallery of Art and comprises of over 200 artworks, which embrace all forms of contemporary drawing practice reflecting in its constantly changing nature as it adapts to new technologies and artistic ideas.
The Artists included in this exhibition at Draíocht include: Dorothy Cross, Liadin Cooke, Brian Bourke, Piet Moog, Alan Keane, Brian Maguire, John Aiken, Felim Egan, Niamh O’Malley, Elizabeth McGill, Nigel Rolfe, Arno Kramer, Tjibbe Hooghemstra, Susan Dunne, Aileen McKeogh, Nick Miller, Siobhan Piercy, Chris Boland and Kyd & Kyde Konenyykb.   



Curated by Sharon Murphy
Assisted by Emma Brennan

Image: ‘Portrait of Self with White’, Sharon Kelly, (2008), Watercolour, gouache, pencil and graphite powder on paper, 35 x 25cm 
 

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Wonder (2017)
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Wonder (2017)

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 25 Apr 2018 10.30AM & 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc / €5 per student / 2 Teachers free per class of 20+

Based on the New York Times best-selling novel by R.J. Palacio, Wonder is the inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a young boy born with facial differences that have prevented him from going to a mainstream school. When Auggie enters the local fifth grade, he becomes the most unlikely of heroes. As his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to find their compassion and acceptance, Auggie's extraordinary journey will unite them all and prove you can't blend in when you were born to stand out. Starring: Julia Roberts, Jacob Tremblay, Owen Wilson

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Dur 113 mins • Cert: PG • Suitable for 5th & 6th Pupils - Jnr Cert Students
Schools/Groups: Book Now by phone 01-8852622

In association with Access Cinema

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Poetry Surprises with Colm Keegan & Guests

Poetry Surprises with Colm Keegan & Guests

National Poetry Day Open Mic

Thu 26 Apr 2018 7.30PM Draíocht Studio // €5

Join us for an evening of poetry in celebration of National Poetry Day. Taking the theme of Poetry Surprises, tonight will be programme of two halves. The first half is Spoken Word Poet, Colm Keegan plus guest poets, Kerrie O’Brien and Rob Buchanan, who will perform their work for us.

Kerrie O'Brien is a poet from Dublin. Her debut collection of poetry ‘Illuminate’ was published by Salmon Poetry in October 2016 and was made possible by a Literature Bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland. She was the editor of ‘Looking at the Stars’, a limited edition anthology of Irish writing which raised over €21,000 for homelessness in Dublin. She holds a BA in History of Art and Classics from Trinity College Dublin.

Rob Buchanan is a freelance journalist, playwright and LGBT activist. He is one of the winners of the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series and his debut collection ‘The Cost of Living’ won several awards.

The second half of the evening is over to you! MC’d by Colm Keegan, Draíocht invites you to our first Open Mic Session, where you the audience are encouraged to take to the Mic and share your work with us. Have you a piece scribbled on a note pad or on an iphone? Then this is your time! A prize of a 90 minute one-to-one session with Colm to support and develop a piece will be awarded on the evening to one Open Mic poet. This event is over 15’s and the one-to-one session is available to anyone 18 years and over.

The Good Father
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The Good Father

Rise Productions

Thu 26 Apr 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

New Year’s Eve. A house party like any other, in a suburb like any other. Two very different strangers meet, each looking for a new start and to shake off the disappointments of the past. But champagne, cheap lager and their chance encounter leads this unlikely couple to an unplanned pregnancy. Against all odds, can they make their newfound family a success? Winner of the Stewart Parker Award, this heartfelt, moving drama charts their journey of love, loss, and redemption.
After the international success of Fight Night and The Games People Play, the multi award-winning Rise Productions returns to Draíocht with this touching story celebrating the triumph of hope.

Starring Marie Ruane and Daniel Monaghan.

"Two outstanding performances ... Breathtakingly brilliant ... Not to be missed." ★★★★ The Arts Review

"Both performances are first rate ... This is a thoroughly enjoyable evening at the theatre." Irish Independent

"Two winning performances. Catch it if you can." ★★★★ Sunday Business Post

"Perfectly pitched ... sensitive and powerful ... never put a foot wrong." Sunday Independent

Johnny Duhan - The Irishman’s Finest Collection
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Johnny Duhan - The Irishman’s Finest Collection

Fri 27 Apr 2018 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €18 / €15 conc

In a career spanning 50 years, his greatest achievement is a quartet of epic song collections - Just Another Town, To The Light, The Voyage and Flame - which correspond to the four chapters of his lyrical autobiography, TO THE LIGHT.
Sylvie Simmons (author of the acclaimed Leonard Cohen biography I’m Your Man) had this to say about Johnny’s prose autobiography 'There is a Time'; “When I started to read it I couldn’t put it down. He has such a way with words...”
Johnny’s songs are sung worldwide in a variety of languages, thanks to the focus put on them by Christy Moore, The Dubliners, Mary Black and hosts of other Irish and international singers. His song The Voyage has become a modern classic. Christy Moore has termed Johnny “One of our greatest songwriters.” And the late Ronnie Drew described him as “one of my favourite songwriters.”
Join Johnny for an evening of songs from his newest album 'The Irishman's Finest Collection'.

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Ferdinand (2017)
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Ferdinand (2017)

Cinema at Draiocht

Sat 28 Apr 2018 3PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc / €5 children

Ferdinand tells the story of a giant bull with a big heart. After being mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. Set in Spain, Ferdinand proves you can’t judge a bull by its cover. From Blue Sky Studios and Carlos Saldanha, the director of Rio and inspired by the beloved book The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson, Ferdinand is a heart-warming animated comedy adventure with an all-star cast that include John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Gina Rodriguez, Anthony Anderson, David Tennant and many more.

Cert: G  Language: English   Dur: 106 mins
In association with Access Cinema

"A flower-sniffing bull goes on a journey of self-discovery in this fun adaptation." ★★★★ The Observer

"A sweet - and hilarious - tale of a bull who won’t fight." ★★★★ The Times