Christmas is a GO in Draíocht and although 2020 has been a very different year for us all, we are determined to bring some magic to your little elves this season with our online events.
As a special gift to families and schools, Draíocht commissioned an online show 'Quest for the Jingle', available FREE to everyone during December. Book online and tell your friends and help us share the magic far and wide. With real footage from Lapland and a big wave from SANTA CLAUS at the end (no really, it's actually him!), we hope you will love it just as much as we loved making it! It’s perfect for school and families and everyone who believes in Christmas magic!
Please also support our other shows this month - the wonderful 'Rockin Christmas Rhymes' from Branar in Galway (just €10 per household) and 'The Stories of Hans Christian Andersen' from Verdant Productions (just €12 per household).
Fingal County Council have animated the outside of our building with a gorgeous light showand if you're out and about this side of Christmas, take a wander past and check out our magical window installation created by Orla Kelly.
We have transformed our windows into an enchanted festive tale, filled with lights, colour... and festive mice! Enjoy a little unexpected magic and imagination by peeking through our windows, into miniature homes and the very busy lives of these hand-crafted mice... pulling crackers, sporting festive jumpers, going on a train ride, eating Christmas dinner and having so much fun, day and night!
We also had a visit from a much-missed Panto Dame last week!
She misses you all very much and will have a Christmas present for you in the New Year! Stay Tuned!
The final stage of filming took place last week on our main stage with Draíocht’s Dance Artist in Residence Jess Rowell and dancer Brian McSweeney via zoom, from Theatre Royal in Waterford.
‘Between Us There Is…’ and ‘Chance to Dance’ will premiere online for public viewing in January 2021. Jess Rowell’s Dance Residency was supported by The Arts Council, with additional funding provided by Fingal County Council.
You may also have noticed that our large banner has been removed from the building. We have some exciting news ahead, which we’ll share with you soon, involving a range of artists and a very big projector!
For now, we hope you have a restful and peaceful Christmas,
Take care, stay safe and we'll see you soon,
From all the team in Draíocht ❤️
Making Music to Save Christmas
TUE 01 - THU 31 DEC 2020 ONLINE // FREE
Draíocht has teamed up with DabbledooMusic to create a special online theatre show called 'Quest for the Jingle', with Emily Matthews & Jo Quinn, where you will join in with the elves on-screen to make music that might just save Christmas.
Enhance your enjoyment of the show by popping over to DabbledooMusic's Blog in advance, to get some ideas for sounds you can create at home or in the classroom, to help save Christmas with the Elves! When you are ready with your sounds, sign up to receive your FREE SHOW LINK for 'Quest for the Jingle'.
Quest for the Jingle - A Christmas GIFT from Draíocht
Created by Jo Quinn, Emily Matthews & Shane McKenna in Association with Draíocht & DabbledooMusic
TUE 01 - THU 31 DEC 2020 10AM ONLINE // FREE (But booking essential)
Oh No! There's a problem in the North Pole. Santa's Sleigh won’t move. There's no Jingle in any of the Bells! Chief Irish Elves, Fluffy Fiona & Nollaig Shona, need your help to get the sleigh moving, so Santa can get gifts to children all over the world.
Expect to see plenty of snow and some crazy elves, as you sing along and get into the magical spirit of Christmas with this gorgeous online experience, with live footage from Lapland.
Enjoy the promo video:
Rockin Christmas Rhymes
Branar in association with the Town Hall Theatre, Galway
SUN 20 DEC 3PM // €10 PER DEVICE
Are you ready to get Christmas started? It’s time to Jingle Bells and Rock around the Christmas Tree!
Live from the Black Box in Galway, you can enjoy this Online musical treat for the whole family, with a merry mix of festive favourites and rocking rhymes performed by a fantastic 5 piece band.
This festive feel-good live music show-Ho-Ho will have everyone jiving all the way to Christmas!
The Stories of Hans Christian Anderson
TUES 22 DEC - TUE 5 JAN 2PM // €12 PER DEVICE
From the greatest storyteller in the world, comes Thumbelina, The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Ugly Duckling, The Little Mermaid and many more, in this one-hour fantastical journey made for all ages to enjoy together.
These stories have stood the test of time for generations. Now is the time to surround ourselves with great stories with music, songs, dancing and maybe even a love story.
The Secrets of Primrose Square
Pat Moylan Productions. Written by Claudia Carroll
FRI 22 - SAT 23 JAN 2021 8PM // €12 PER DEVICE
Welcome to Primrose Square. At number eighteen, there’s Susan - an ordinary woman dealing with the unimaginable, while her teenage daughter Melissa desperately tries to keep the family together. Next door we have sixty-something Jayne, who’s found love again - or has she? A visit to Primrose Square provides us with tears, laughter and gossip in equal proportions.
The Secrets of Primrose Square is three interwoven stories based on a simple quote by Eleanor Roosevelt:
‘A woman is like a tea bag. You can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.’
The show will go on!
Get your loved ones a gift voucher this Christmas, and promise them a happy new year in Draíocht.