Dublin Theatre Festival 2019 in Draíocht - The Alternative by Fishamble

August 13, 2019

The Alternative - A PLAY FOR IRELAND
Fishamble: The New Play Company.
Presented as part of Dublin Theatre Festival 2019

What if Ireland was still part of the United Kingdom? What if Home Rule had passed? What if there was no War of Independence? No Civil War? No partition? What if the island had only one soccer team? The year is 2019 and it is the eve of the Referendum. British Prime Minister Ursula Lysaght is returning to her hometown of Dublin to convince voters to Remain. With the threat of chaos in the streets, and personal conflict behind the scenes, the final debate is set to begin at BBC Dublin: Should Ireland leave the UK?
The Alternative by Michael Patrick and Oisín Kearney is the chosen play from the A Play for Ireland project. As part of its 30th year in 2018, Fishamble set out to find one big, ambitious play, that bursts with humanity, and tackles a subject about which the playwright feels passionate - A PLAY FOR IRELAND. This was a two-year process, in association with Draíocht, The Everyman, Lime Tree Theatre/Belltable, Lyric Theatre, Pavilion Theatre, and Town Hall Theatre, which encouraged writers to create ambitious plays that burst with humanity.

Fishamble is an Olivier Award-winning internationally acclaimed Irish theatre company, dedicated to the discovery, development and production of new work.
Fishamble's A Play For Ireland programme is supported by Tesco Finest, and transportation partner Irish Rail. This production is funded by The Arts Council.

Creative team:
Cast: Karen Ardiff, Lorcan Cranitch, Maeve Fitzgerald, Fionntan Larney, Rory Nolan, Rachel O’Byrne and Arthur Riordan.
Written by Michael Patrick and Oisín Kearney
Directed by Jim Culleton
Set Design by Marie Kearns / Lighting design by Mark Galione / Costume Design By Saileóg O’Halloran / Sound Design by Denis Clohessy

FRI 4TH OCT  8PM / SAT 5TH OCT  2.30PM & 8PM
Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc / Groups 10+ €16
Early Bird: €16 (book before 06 Sept 2019)
Age suitability: 14yrs+ (contains scenes with strong language and depictions of violence.)

"Forward-thinking Fishamble." New York Times

"Excellent Fishamble… Ireland’s terrific Fishamble." The Guardian

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Culture Night at Draiocht 2019

August 9, 2019

FRI 20 SEP  4PM-10PM  All Events are Free but Ticketed
Pre-booking advised tel 01-8852622 or Register On The Day/Night

4PM / Shorts for Wee Ones – BOOK HERE
Dur 45 mins / Ages 3+ / CERT: G

5.30PM / Shorts for Middle Ones – BOOK HERE
Dur 55 mins / Ages 8+ / CERT: G
Enjoy tales of a mystery fish who will only swim at the surface of the sea, a large green bird having some difficulties with a big bell and a very frisky egg, plus the coolest, funkiest Tyrannosaurus Rex of all time. See how an old, forgotten Rubik’s Cube finds a whole new audience and visit a chic Parisian restaurant with a truly unique menu.

7PM-8PM   Ages 14-18 Yrs   Draíocht Workshop Room – BOOK HERE
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.

7PM-8PM  Draíocht Galleries – BOOK HERE
Join us for a curator’s tour of Estuary exploring key themes and artworks in this major exhibition. The curators Una Sealy RHA, James English RHA, Joshua Sex and Sanja Todorovic will guide you through the collection. 

6PM  Draíocht Foyer & Studio
7.30PM-8.30PM Draíocht Studio – BOOK HERE
Experience live performances and video stories from our 6 artist partners and their groups. Mulhuddart Men’s Shed (Shaun Dunne), Mulhuddart Boxing Academy (Junk Ensemble), Daughters of Charity, Blakestown (Jody O’Neill), Foroige (Colm Keegan), Olaedo - Nigerian’s Women’s Group and Maureens’ Group (FeiliSpeaks), Hartstown Community College and Pobal Scoil Setanta (Dylan Coburn Gray).

FREE MOVIE SCREENING: Gloria Bell (2018)
8.30PM / Dur 102 mins / Cert 15A – BOOK HERE
Gloria (Julianne Moore), a free spirited divorcée, spends her days selling insurance and her nights dancing to disco anthems at an LA singles club for the over fifties. She finds romance with newly-divorced Arnold (John Turturro), and embarks on the complicated, joyful journey of new found love.

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D15 Youth Theatre Auditions 2019

August 9, 2019

D15 Youth Theatre Auditions 2019
11AM-1PM  Draíocht Workshop Room
Age 14-18 Years

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 early 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 or download now

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


Before the Auditions, why not dip your toe into a Free Youth Theatre Workshop on Culture Night on 20 September


The Audition will take place on Sunday, 06 October 2019 @ Draíocht 11am-1pm.

Please arrive at 10.45am to sign in. You do not need to prepare anything or bring anything with you.

We will begin with a chat about the auditions and what will be involved in participating in D15 Youth Theatre. You will then take part in a group workshop. This workshop will involve some group activities and some script work. Don’t be nervous – being able to work as part of a group, take guidance and pick up new things is every bit as important as previous experience.

The Audition is NOT based on talent alone; participants are selected with regard to the following aim: 

We aim to establish a good gender mix, from a range of abilities and backgrounds and so, will select participants based on the following criteria: 

• Gender balance 

• Social/geographical mix 

• Inclusion of ages 14 years-18 years

• Interest and passion for theatre

We will let each participant know by letter if they have been selected.
Should you be offered a place, the first term will run weekly onTuesdays, starting early October. There is a €10 membership fee for the term and a €2 weekly contribution.

We look forward to seeing you at auditions and wish you luck on the day!

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Early Bird New Season Offers – Book Before 06 September 2019

August 8, 2019

Be an early bird and book before 06 September for these new season shows and get these great discounts!

The Alternative – Fishamble & DTF
FRI 04 OCT 8PM / SAT 05 OCT 2.30PM & 8PM
Full price: €20 / Early Bird: €16

Full price: €20 / Early Bird: €16

Eggsistentilalism by Joanne Ryan
Full price: €18 / Early Bird: €15

Magical Mozart by Candlelight
Full price: €22 / Early Bird: €18

Christmas Gothic
Full price: €18 / Early Bird: €15

Tickets must be paid in full before 06 September to avail of these Early Bird Offers.
A maximum of 6 tickets can be bought at these prices per person.
Not applicable to group bookings.
BOX OFFICE 01 885 2622       

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Our Place Our Stories - Shaun Dunne and Mulhuddart Men’s Shed

August 8, 2019

08 August 2019

We couldn’t miss an opportunity to snap the lovely gang from Mulhuddart Men’s Shed today, after a morning of work with their artist partner Shaun Dunne here in Draíocht, as part of 'Our Place, Our Stories', Draíocht’s ongoing project for 2019.

Supported as part of the Creative Ireland Programme’s National Creativity Fund, with additional funding being provided by Fingal County Council, OUR PLACE, OUR STORIES is a project which facilitates a collaboration between 6 leading artists and 6 key communities of interest in Dublin 15, under the artistic directorship of Veronica Coburn (Home Theatre Ireland; Hallelujah!, Draíocht’s Community Clown Choir).

OUR PLACE, OUR STORIES, is about facilitating people to explore themes that are relevant to them, to recognise their uniqueness, their shared experiences and to see their community in a way they wouldn’t have done before.

Over 2019, our 6 artist partners have been working with their groups. Mulhuddart Men’s Shed (Shaun Dunne), Mulhuddart Boxing Academy (Junk Ensemble), Daughters of Charity, Blakestown (Jody O’Neill), Foroige (Colm Keegan), Olaedo - Nigerian’s women’s group and Maureens’ Group (FeiliSpeaks), Hartstown Community College and Pobal Scoil Setanta (Dylan Coburn Gray). A variety of performing art forms (spoken word, theatre, dance) have been used in the workshop process and the groups represented different communites of place or interest. Because of the young demographic of Dublin 15 and Draíocht's subsequent commitment to this age group, three groups are made up of young people (14yrs +). Each group explored what stories they needed and wanted to tell and how those stories can be told to ensure they achieve their full potential when they meet their audiences in Draíocht.

OUR PLACE OUR STORIES culminates on Culture Night. With the empasis for participants on articulation rather than performance, each outcome has been recorded and will be shown in Draíocht’s foyer as well as a special screening in our Studio Space at 6pm. This will be followed at 7.30pm by live performances of our 6 artists, who have been commissioned as part of the project to create a new 10 minute piece in repsonse to the their group(s).

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