The Lucky Penny 1916 Literature Project & Exhibition

The Lucky Penny 1916 Literature Project & Exhibition

D15 Primary School Artists With Illustrator/Author Alan Nolan & Writer Brian Gallagher

Tue 19 Apr - Sat 19 Nov 2016 First Floor Gallery

This exhibition is the result of a large scale innovative and fun filled arts and literature schools project which ran from November 2015-to April 2016, to commemorate 1916.

With initial inspiration from local author Brian Gallagher and his book ‘Friend or Foe’, reaching over 3000 Dublin 15 pupils, three 6th Classes were chosen to work with illustrator, writer and cartoonist, Alan Nolan. 
Inspired by a specific moment in ‘Friend or Foe’, pupils were introduced to the concept of how a coin could move across a revolutionary Dublin of 1916, making its way through the misery, chaos and upheaval of war. Pupils worked exhaustively, using themes and hints from Brian’s book, along with learning from tours to Collins Barracks and thorough research with their fantastic class teachers, to begin to shape and build characters and stories that, with the help of Alan would slowly develop into a full length cartoon, full of adventure and peril.

The resulting cartoon strips are now exhibited in large scale vinyl in our First Floor Gallery. The exhibition is accompanied by a full colour published comic book, along with a short film documentary which will be screened at the exhibition opening.

This project has been made possible with generous funding from Fingal County Council and Centenary Committee Funding.

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Summer Projects 2016 - Fingal Film School

Summer Projects 2016 - Fingal Film School

With CreateSchool

Mon 27 Jun - Fri 1 Jul 2016

Mon 27 Jun-Fri 01 Jul 2016 // 10am-4pm 
Age Range: 14-18 Years / Cost: €65

Want to learn how to make your own films? Over these 5 days, facilitated by CreateSchool, you will collaborate with other creatives to plan, script, storyboard, film, edit and learn how to effectively add audio to produce your own short films.  Using mobile digital devices and a selection of apps you will gain skills and tips that you can take home and master with your own projects. The workshop will conclude with a screening of the films. These workshops are an initiative of Fingal Arts Office.

Bookings: 01-8852622.

Rainy Days

Rainy Days

July & August

Fri 1 Jul - Wed 31 Aug 2016 Draíocht Galleries

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

Summer Projects 2016 - Summer Song School - SOLD OUT

Summer Projects 2016 - Summer Song School - SOLD OUT

With SongSchool

Mon 4 - Fri 8 Jul 2016

Mon 04- Fri 08 July 2016 / 10am-4pm
Thu 07 July 10am-8pm
Free Concert For Family & Friends On Thu 07 July At 7pm

Age Range: 14-18 Years / Cost: €65

Want to create songs and learn what it’s like to preform your songs live? Facilitated by SongSchool, these workshops are for those who are interested in just that: writing and recording songs, performing a concert, making a video, learning about music technology and meeting people who love music as much as they do ... not to mention forming bands and having fun! Participants receive a CD of their songs, a DVD of their videos and a certificate of participation.

Bookings: 01-8852622.

Summer Projects 2016 - Crafty Adventures: Make A Puppet Theatre

Summer Projects 2016 - Crafty Adventures: Make A Puppet Theatre

Mon 11 - Fri 15 Jul 2016 // €45

Mon 11-Fri 15 July 2016 // €45
Workshop A:  6-8 Yrs  // 10am-12pm - SOLD OUT

Workshop B: 9-13 Yrs // 12.45pm-2.45pm

During this year’s Crafty Adventures, we will scribble magnificent designs, cut amazing shapes, paint, splatter and print in blobs and splashes to create a magnificent puppet theatre. We will then glue together, doodle, shade and dress and decorate a puppet so, on the final day we can amaze with a marvelous puppet performance for family. Please respect age limits, dress for mess and don’t worry about coloring inside the lines.

Bookings: 01-8852622.

Culture Night at Draiocht 2016

Culture Night at Draiocht 2016

Fri 16 Sep 2016 // Free Admission


Draíocht Workshop Room  // 7PM-8PM
Ages: 14-18 years
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. Come along and experience Youth theatre Culture this Culture Night.

Artist Studio // 7PM-8PM

Main Auditorium // 8PM-10PM

All Events Free but ticketed – 7PM-10PM – Pre-booking tel 01-885 2622 or register on the night.


The Secret Life of Suitcases
  • Friends Special Price Event

The Secret Life of Suitcases

Spreacha 2016 - Ailie Cohen Puppet Maker

Fri 14 - Sat 15 Oct 2016 Draíocht Studio // €7 adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class / Age 4+ yrs / Dur: 50 mins

FRI 14 OCT 10.15AM & 12.15PM
SAT 15 OCT 2PM & 4PM
Draíocht Studio  €7 adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class / Dur: 50 mins / Age: 4+

Larry works in an office and he likes it very much. He likes sorting and tidying and generally putting things in order. Everything in its place, a place for everything. But one day, a suitcase suddenly appears at his door. A suitcase with a tiny label. A tiny label with Larry’s name on it. And this suitcase has a mission …
Join Larry in ‘The Secret Life of Suitcases’ as his world gets turned upside down by a fantastical flying suitcase taking him further than he ever thought possible. Follow Larry’s journey as he discovers the thrill of adventure and the joy of coming home again.
This funny and enchanting puppet show was originally co-produced by the Unicorn Theatre, London.

Spréacha is presented by Draíocht in partnership with Fingal County Council.


"Completely Delightful." Scotsman

"A charming, ingenious piece of puppet theatre infused with a spirit of adventure." The List

"A fantastical life-changing journey... the sheer craft and invention is a constant stream of delightfully quirky surprises." The Herald



Monkeyshine Theatre Company

Fri 28 Oct 2016 10AM & 12.30PM Main Auditorium // €7 adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class / Age 8+ / Dur 50 mins

The Tide is high, the wind is blowing and adventure is calling! Get ready for ropes, pulleys and power tools, wild stories, ferocious storms and far off lands. With their unique style and signature charm, Monkeyshine create an astonishing world where nothing is quite what it seems and life becomes a miraculous journey. Inspired by Jonathan Swift’s fantastic tales of Gulliver’s Travels. Voyage is an electrifying, big hearted epic for everyone over eight.
Monkeyshine Theatre present spell binding, warm hearted theatre for audiences of all generations, made with wonder and passion and sprinkled with magic!

Produced by Monkeyshine Theatre in partnership with the Strollers Touring Network.