Like snowflakes my Christmas memories gather and dance ...

November 16, 2010

Like snowflakes my Christmas memories gather and dance ...

We were delighted to welcome writer and actor Anthony O'Boyle, vocalist Paula Fay and director Fr Patsy Young to Draiocht last week to tell us a bit more about Anthony's forthcoming production, 'Christmas Memories', a nostalgic look back at Christmas in a small rural village in the west of Ireland. Comedy sparkles and illuminates a collection of stories that are rich in humour and pathos. This is a unique show with a homely heartwarming collection of tales by Anthony and the occasional song with vocalists Paula Fay and Aoife Parkes.

Enjoy an excerpt here ... including the beautiful song 'Teddy O'Neill' which you might remember from times gone by.

Christmas Memories
WED 1 - SAT 4 DEC 2010
Draíocht Studio
Tickets: €15 / €12 conc
Booking: 01-885 2622 

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Interview with Actor Myles Breen - 29 October 2010

October 29, 2010

Interview with Actor Myles Breen - 29 October 2010

Draiocht's Nicola Murphy caught up with actor, writer and director Myles Breen, ahead of his performance in Draiocht on 5 November 2010 in his play 'Language Unbecoming a Lady':

Q: Can you tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from?

I am from Limerick. Born and reared. Went to college in U.C.C, and graduated with a B. Comm. Much to my parents surprise after college I told them I didn’t want to be an accountant but an actor.

Q: How old were you when you got your start in acting?

As a child I did speech and drama and also was in a number of productions “as gaeilge” with Buion Phadraig an amateur Irish language theatre company in Limerick. My first big break was being cast in Clash of the Ash in 1986.

Myles Breen in Language Unbecoming a Lady

Q: Did you always know you wanted to act? Or What inspired you to become an actor?

My mother says I always wanted to act, and it is really her fault. She loves theatre and music so when me and my younger brother John (who also went into the business as a director and writer. He wrote Alone it Stands) were kids she dragged us to everything from musicals to plays.

Q: What other artists or people have influenced or inspired you in your life, and in what ways?

One of the performances that really inspired me was Donal McCann in the original production of The Faith Healer by Brian Friel. Even now nearly 20 years later I remember that performance vividly.

Myles Breen in Language Unbecoming a Lady

Q: What has been your favourite acting part to date?

Writing and performing my own one man show has been the biggest challenge I’ve had up to date, and I have been overwhelmed by the reaction of audiences gay, straight, young and old. A show which I am still all these years later proud to have been involved in is Island Theatre Co.’s production of Pig Town by Mike Finn.

Q: Do you have a favourite play?

Of course I would like to say my own play, but any time I have had the opportunity to see or perform in a Shakespeare play, I am amazed at his talent both for drama and poetry. A Midsummer Night’s dream is a particular favourite

Myles Breen in Language Unbecoming a Lady

Q: Are you a full time actor or do you have another job as well?

Like any actor you do a little bit of everything. I have worked as a director, choreographer, workshop leader, and performed on murder mysteries.

Q: What’s the hardest thing about being an actor?

In some ways the uncertainty about what’s going to come up next, though this is a downside it also means that surprises can happen.

Myles Breen in Language Unbecoming a Lady
Q: If you weren’t an actor, what would like your job to be?

Euro Lotto Multi Millionaire

Q: What inspired you to write ‘Language Unbecoming a Lady’?

The story started off with this image of a drag queen removing the costume, make up etc and revealing the man underneath the character. As I started writing it the drag queen persona and the real life of the man who created her developed. It covers one gay mans life from growing up in the 70’s to the present day, and so reflects the changes in society of how gay people are perceived and treated.

Q: How long did it take you to write?

The idea had been mulling around in my head for a year, but the whole play was written in about 2 months.

Myles Breen in Language Unbecoming a Lady

Q: What can audiences expect to experience at this show? Can you tell us a bit about the story?

The show covers many events and emotions in this one gay man’s life. Some funny, some sad, some ridiculous. Of course a big part of the story is his alter ego the Divine Diana. I hope audiences will like her take on life and love and also her taste in music, all the classics from Barbara Judy and Doris.

Q: What’s it like acting in a play that you’ve also written? Do you ever disagree with the Director because it’s so personal to you as a writer and actor?

As both the writer and the performer there really is no place to hide. Liam O’ Brien my director is also a good friend so his response to the material and his ability to push me without me knowing it has been brilliant. Though some of the piece is semi autobiographical other elements are taken from friends experiences as well as just imagined.

Myles Breen in Language Unbecoming a Lady

Q: What's the best bit of advice anyone has ever given you?

It’s a quote from the movie the Dresser. “Struggle and Survive”

Q: What advice would you in turn give to someone thinking of acting as a career or who is just starting out?

When I started it was possible to train on the job. However today it is important to go for professional training. It’s a very competitive world and the more skills you have the better.

Q: So what’s coming up next for you after this show?

After the tour I start rehearsals for panto. I have been playing the Dame in panto in Limerick since 1997. It is one of my favourite roles as an actor. It is hard work because it uses every skill you have. There is singing, dancing, comedy and pratfalls. Also panto is most people’s first experience of the theatre and I know that as a child I was blown away by it.


Thanks to Myles Breen for taking some time out of rehearsals to chat to Nicola Murphy.

You can find more information about Myles and Bottom Dog Theatre Company at:

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Booking Update: 2 September 2010

September 2, 2010

The Opposite Sex / OnQ Theatre Co (3 & 4 Sept) /
Meet the Author Derek Landy (15 Sept) /
Basket Making Evening Course (Starts 20 Sept) /
Make Your Own Pinhole Camera Course (24 Sept) /
Nuala Ni Chonchuir Creative Writing Workshops (16 Oct) /
The Tall Tale of Mr Punch (2pm on 20 Nov - still tickets for ...the 4pm show available) ...

Don't forget, we can reserve your tickets for up to 24 hours while you make up your mind and check with your friends!

Book Now, tel: 01-8852622 /


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Online Booking Fees Reduced!

April 20, 2010

We've reduced our Online Booking Fees from €4.70 per transaction to €1 per ticket.
We regret having this fee but unfortunately there are security and bank fees associated with online card purchases.

You can book tickets online here:


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February 19, 2010

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Friday 12th March 2010

Do you live or work in the Fingal area and are you over 18?
Have you thought about writing a play for the stage?
Then this is your chance to work with Fingal’s leading multi-disciplinary arts centre and Ireland’s only theatre company entirely dedicated to the production of new work.

Draíocht in partnership with Fishamble: The New Play Company wish to find new talent and encourage writers to produce new plays for the arts centre. This project will see the successful participants have access to workshop sessions to develop their own work and the opportunity to meet with established playwrights to learn from their experiences as they carve out their own careers. The project will also include attendance at a number of professional productions at Draíocht. The participants who are on the final shortlist will see all or part of their play have a rehearsed reading by professional actors directed by a professional director in Draíocht in Autumn 2010.

So, if you’re interested in play writing, here’s what you do.
Please forward an outline/treatment of a new play that you would be interested in writing. Tell us where the play is located, who the main characters are, what it’s all about and why you want to write it. The submission should take the format of one to two A4 pages typed and double-spaced. Please include your name, address, date of birth and place of birth/work/residence.
Final date for submission is Friday 12th March 2010.

What happens then:
Everyone who submits a treatment will be invited along to see Little Gem (Civic Theatre/Guna Nua production) in Draíocht the week of 15 March 2010. You will be given the opportunity to participate in a writing workshop and meet with a playwright that week. Each participant will then be asked to write 3-4 pages of dialogue based on ideas arising from the workshop.

The closing date for these will be Friday April 30th 2010.

From these submissions, a long list will be chosen. Participants on the long list will take part in a series of further workshops to develop their playwriting skills and their own personal style. At the end of these workshops (June 2010), a shortlist will be drawn up. The shortlisted participants will then be provided with further support to produce a short piece of theatre which will receive a rehearsed public reading in November 2010 as part of Draíocht’s autumn programme.

Participation at all levels of this project is free.
A contribution towards theatre tickets may be requested.

Please submit your outline/treatments by Friday 12 March 2010 to:
Emer McGowan, Director, Draíocht, The Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15
For further information phone Emer on: 01 8098027 or email

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