Michael McLoughlin - Mulhuddart Satellite

Michael McLoughlin - Mulhuddart Satellite

Curated by Sharon Murphy

Sat 17 Nov - Sat 23 Feb 2019 Ground & First Floor Galleries

Mulhuddart Satellite is a major exhibition by Michael McLoughlin, at the mid-point of his 3 year residency (2017 to 2019) in Mulhuddart, a community on the doorstep of Draíocht. The exhibition presents a number of mappings of Mulhuddart through drawings, soundscape, audio recordings and radio broadcasts.  

The artwork and accompanying engagement programme reflects the lived experience of people, groups, clubs and agencies who make Mulhuddart the community it is. Mulhuddart Satellite and the longer term relationship with Mulhuddart through McLoughlin's residency, exemplifies Draíocht's local participation focus in its new 2018-2022 Strategy - ‘Space For The Arts' and the community involvement central to the work of Mulhuddart Priority Task Group and the recently published Mulhuddart Strategic Development and Implementation Plan.

Mulhuddart has been a prominent west Dublin civil parish for hundreds of years. Along with Clonsilla and Castleknock it was one of the main three areas of what is now Dublin 15. With this exhibition we aim to present visons of Mulhuddart as presented by clubs, community networks and groups of friends who help define this continually developing vibrant area. McLoughlin has been Artist in Residence in Draíocht since 2017. The role we asked Michael to take on was that of ‘diviner’ (coined by Sharon Murphy) to spend time in Mulhuddart developing an understanding of the communities within it and in turn begin to suggest possible linkages between Draíocht, Mulhuddart residents and the participations that could build potential points of connection.
The Mulhuddart Satellite exhibition presents a number of ‘mappings’ of Mulhuddart, each presented as an installation in the gallery, drawings, or as public radio broadcasts. One piece for instance consists of a bank of wall mounted loudspeaker cones and was made from McLoughlin’s door to door calls to every home in Mulhuddart, in an attempt to record the names of every resident. Another draws on local archaeology and changes in what Mulhuddart is, several over centuries.

In the main gallery an installation that takes the name of the exhibition ‘Mulhuddart Satellite’ features spatial recordings of conversations between community groups in Mulhuddart and is made from banks of speakers hanging from the gallery ceiling through which the audience negotiate their way through conversation, chat and stories. Overall the exhibition explores place, belonging, friendships and the connections we have to the people around us. This sense of place is something we can’t take for granted and exhibitions like Mulhuddart Satellite can act as a gentle reminder of how our relationships with neighbours, friends and family define us and the place we live.  

Mulhuddart Satellite Radio Collaboration with 92.5 Phoenix FM

As part of the Mulhuddart Satellite exhibition programme we will be collaborating with 92.5 Phoenix FM to broadcast live from Draíocht’s Artist Studio. Phoenix FM is a Community Radio station which reflects the special interests and needs of the listenership of the Dublin 15 community that the Station is licensed to serve. For four Thursday mornings commencing January 31st, from 10am to 12 noon, the D15 Today show will take the name Mulhuddart Satellite, broadcasting stories, ideas and discussions relating to Mulhuddart. Presented by D15 Today’s Jeff Murphy and Charlie Kurtz, the show will entertain and provoke further conversation relating to the exhibition and the Mulhuddart area over the course of the month. Join us live in Draíocht, or tune to 92.5 Phoenix FM on January 31st, February 7th, 14th & 21st. 


You can contact Michael by email: info@mmcloughlin.org and he will be very happy to meet you for a chat and a cup of tea.
http://mmcloughlin.org/

http://www.mulhuddartsatellite.ie/

Draiocht's Galleries are open Monday to Saturday 10am-6pm. Admission is Free.

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Draíocht’s Artist in Your Classroom Initiative

Draíocht’s Artist in Your Classroom Initiative

Workshops In Your Classroom With Draíocht’s Artists

Mon 7 Jan - Fri 29 Mar 2019

This programme aims to provide a range of high-quality arts experiences for pupils and teachers, at Primary level, in their own classroom, using Draíocht’s professional artists. Your school can choose from the range of specially selected and purposefully created school workshops below. Workshops are tailored to your class’s age and abilities and artists will work with two separate classes each day.

Bringing The Stage Into Your Classroom
Age Range: Adaptable To All Age Ranges
Duration: Junior/Senior Inf: 4 Class Group Workshops of 45 mins
2nd Class Upwards: 2 Class Group Workshops of 1.5hrs
Artist: Eimear Morrissey
Using a theme of your choice as a starting point, Eimear Morrissey introduces pupils to the wonderful world of theatre through imaginative storytelling and fun collective group games. The workshop will explore different ways of engaging the imagination, of thinking creatively, seeing, listening, new ways of communicating and expression, as well as building confidence. Pupils will work together towards a common goal of creating a short improvised performance piece, giving them the opportunity to experience the creation of something from nothing.

Bringing Dance Into Your Classroom
Age Range: Infants to 1st class
Duration: 3 different class group workshops of 45 mins each
Artist: Mariam Ribon of Dublin Youth Dance Company
This Leaps & No Bounds workshop introduces your pupils to dance and movement in an imaginative and creative way. Pupils will learn to have fun responding to music, to enjoy swinging their arms, bobbing their head and expressing themselves through the freedom of movement and dance. The workshop focuses on kinaesthetic learning and uses movement as a method of reinforcing reading readiness, math, geography and science.

Bringing Print Into Your Classroom
Age Range: 3rd-6th Class
Duration: 2 Class Group Workshops Of 2 Hours
Artist: Deirdre O’Reilly
Deirdre will introduce your pupils to a number of different print making techniques, before they work together to plan, create and produce a series of limited edition original prints. Print making allows pupils to explore the endless possibilities of shape and colour, line and pattern and  offers opportunities to create individual and collaborative works of art. All materials will be provided. A must-do cross curricular creative workshop for your class.

Bringing Music and Song Into Your Classroom
Age Range: Adaptable to all age ranges
Duration:  3 Class Group Workshops of 60 mins each
Artist: Dónal Kearney
This music & singing workshop introduces pupils of all ages to the potential of making music with their own voice. The workshop focuses on building listening skills, encouraging creative play, and creating music using the voice and the instruments available in each school. Based on years of research in music education and practical choral training, Donal and his team at Fingal Academy of Music believe in the power of music engagement to transform lives.

Workshop Notes & Bookings:
Workshops can take place from 07 Jan - 29 Apr 2019 on a date of your choosing. Closing date for Bookings is 28 February 2019 through Draíocht’s Box Office tel: 01-8852622. The programme is offered on a first come first served basis and is restricted to schools within the Dublin 15 area. Cost per day €120. All materials are provided. Schools are welcome to make multiple bookings, subject to artist availability, but due to budgetary constraints, the above subsidised workshop rate is limited to two days per school.
For further details please contact Sarah on 01-809 8029 or email sarah@draiocht.ie

Explore More - Tours for Primary Classes

Explore More - Tours for Primary Classes

JAN – MAR 2019

Mon 7 Jan - Fri 29 Mar 2019 // FREE

Visit Draíocht’s two exhibitions this Season. From Jan-Feb Michael McLoughlin's Mulhuddart Satellite and from March onwards MAKing ART PAINTing. These tours will encourage pupils to examine and voice their opinion about the artist and their work and explore the rest of the building, including Draíocht’s two theatre spaces, backstage and dressing rooms.

Please get in touch with sarah@draiocht.ie. Tours will take approx 50mins, are free, but are subject to availability. Max 30 pupils with accompanying teacher.  

BASS - Band And Song Support

BASS - Band And Song Support

Tue 8 Jan - Tue 26 Mar 2019

JAN – MAR 2019  
Select Tuesdays  7PM-9PM Age: 14-18 Years


Draíocht will continue to offer supervised creative space for thinking, writing, collaboration and rehearsal for young people within the Dublin 15 area who are interested in spending time with other creatives in a shared space. If you like strumming a chord or rapping a word, then join other like-minded young people in Draíocht in a free creative space. Spend the time writing, jamming and collaborating. If you would like to find out more about this free musical support, please contact sarah@draiocht.ie or 01-8098029.

A Feast of Coolmine Talent 2019

A Feast of Coolmine Talent 2019

Coolmine Community School

Tue 22 Jan 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €10

Coolmine Community School‘s students are back and promise to entertain you again this season. Prepare to be dazzled by their musical, dance and dramatic abilities. This is the 18th year Coolmine Community School has staged the Feast of Talent show in Draíocht and it promises to be a night not to be missed. Tickets Available from Draíocht’s Box Office (not from the School).

The Wife (2017)
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The Wife (2017)

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 23 Jan 2019 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

In The Wife, Glenn Close gives voice to generations of brilliant, capable women who - because of backward gender roles - were relegated to supporting players in their own lives. The drama, an adaptation of Meg Wolitzer’s 2003 novel of the same name, stars the six-time Oscar nominee as Joan Castleman, the stoic, silent spouse of a world-renowned author Joe (Jonathan Pryce). 
Joan is a highly intelligent and still-striking beauty - the perfect devoted wife. Forty years spent sacrificing her own talent, dreams and ambitions to fan the flames of her charismatic husband Joe and his skyrocketing literary career. Ignoring his infidelities and excuses because of his "art" with grace and humour, their fateful pact has built a marriage upon uneven compromises and Joan's reached her breaking point. On the eve of Joe's Nobel Prize for Literature, the crown jewel in a spectacular body of work, Joan's coup de grace is to confront the biggest sacrifice of her life and secret of his career. THE WIFE is a poignant, funny and emotional journey; a celebration of womanhood, self-discovery and liberation.

CERT: 15A  Language: English  Dur: 100 mins
In Association with Access Cinema
 

"Close wordlessly articulates “the tragedy” of generations of overlooked women." Vanity Fair

Jason Byrne - You Can Come In, But Don’t Start Anything - SOLD OUT
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Jason Byrne - You Can Come In, But Don’t Start Anything - SOLD OUT

Thu 24 - Fri 25 Jan 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €22 / €20 conc

A brand new show from ‘The Outright King of Live Comedy’ The Times.
The star of ‘Irelands Got Talent’, Jason Byrne is one the most exciting live comedy performers in the world. What he achieves on a stage cannot be adequately described by audience members, critics or fellow comics. Thus his legendary shows become a secret shared experience among his audience. Every night stars are born, friendships are formed, mascara is ruined and pants are binned. Don’t miss the chance to become part of this unique comedy experience but don’t forget to bring spare pants.
This Show is for Over 15’s.

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"Unmissable." Evening Standard

"Watching a new Jason Byrne show is a bit like witnessing lightning in a bottle." Edinburgh Evening News

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Create Dance Project - Spring 2019

Create Dance Project - Spring 2019

JAN-MAR 2019

Sat 26 Jan - Sat 23 Mar 2019

Create Dance, now in its 8th year, is a core part of Draíocht’s programming; a fun, innovative dance project, where the dancers love to dance and move and also have an intellectual disability. Dancers and facilitators Mark Rogers and Antje O’Toole work together with participants and their parents to explore all types of dance and free movement, ending each workshop with the all-important solo dance.

If you have a child aged between 6-17 years with a love of dance, please get in touch with Sarah (e: sarah@draiocht.ie / t: 01-8098029).

During term time, workshops are on Saturdays:
Juniors (Age 6-12 yrs): 12.15PM-1.15PM (places available)
Seniors (Age 13-17 yrs): 1.30PM-2.30PM (waiting list only)
Pre-booking for this project is essential.

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Family Day: Strumming & Drumming

Family Day: Strumming & Drumming

Sat 26 Jan 2019 12 NOON-3PM Draíocht Galleries // FREE

Love to make and hear sound? Come and listen to the sounds of our exhibition Mulhuddart Satellite and generate some new sounds of your own. Make and bang a drum, string and strum your own guitar, put the shake into your own maraca. Using boxes, containers, string, paper and elastic, come and create some noise by inventing and decorating your own simple noise making machines. 

FAMILY DAY NOTES:
Sessions Are Free, But Space Is Limited. Max 50 per workshop.
Session 1: 12pm-12.50pm
Session 2: 1pm-1.50pm
Session 3: 2pm-2.50pm
Booking through Box Office 01-8852622
Dress for Mess/ Unless otherwise stated workshops are designed for children from 5-10 years, though younger and older siblings are welcome to take part/ Please be aware that Draíocht’s Family Days are not designed for groups/ Children must be accompanied by an adult… and all adults must be accompanied by a child!

First Fortnight - Arts Bites

First Fortnight - Arts Bites

European Mental Health Art & Culture Festival 2019

Sat 26 Jan 2019 12 NOON-6.30PM Draiocht Workshop Room // FREE

First Fortnight Arts Bites aims to enhance awareness about mental health and how engaging in the arts can help. These workshops are free so everyone can participate and find their inner artist. Facilitated by multilingual and multicultural therapists to reach and engage a diverse group of people, workshops in dance, music and colour will be used to overcome all barriers, including language! 

12 NOON – 2PM:
Mindfulness Through Art Workshop – SOLD OUT

Involves guided mindfulness meditation, visualization and creativity exercises designed to be educational, interactive, fun and easy to follow.

3PM – 4PM:
Sound Therapy Workshop – SOLD OUT

Uses vibrational sound and frequency to help reduce stress, alter consciousness and create a deep sense of peace and wellbeing for better mental fitness.

4.30PM – 6.30PM:
Tango Therapy Workshop – BOOK HERE

Facilitates self-awareness and awareness of others, teaches patience, active listening, empathy, forgiveness, ability to let go, to live in the here and now, ability to make decisions and live a full life even in situations with high levels of uncertainty.

Free Workshops in Association with Draíocht and Cairde.
Booking through Draíocht’s Box Office tel 01-8852622

For more information about the First Fortnight festival programme, see www.firstfortnight.ie

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An Evening With Aonghus McAnally
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An Evening With Aonghus McAnally

Sat 26 Jan 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €25 / €22.50 conc

Following on from his sold out tours celebrating the music of Christie Hennessy in 2016 and 2017, Aonghus McAnally is back with a brand new show. Along with his musical director Ivan McKenna, he is delighted to have the same team back on the road as he shares the songs and stories that have been important in his life and career in entertainment. From his teenage years as lead guitarist in Celtic rock group Mushroom, to his television, radio and live performances as a singer, comedian, musician and broadcaster, audiences are in for an entertaining evening of favourites old and new. All the songs in the show have personal stories attached to them from humorous to poignant; each delivered in his unique style. An entertaining evening not to be missed.

Singing for Survival

Singing for Survival

Run of the Mill Theatre In collaboration with St John of God Community Services Liffey Region

Tue 29 - Wed 30 Jan 2019 TUE 29 JAN 8PM / WED 30 JAN 1.30PM & 8PM Main Auditorium // €14 / €12 conc / €10 Groups 10+

TUE 29 JAN 8PM / WED 30 JAN 1.30PM & 8PM

A near future. A wasteland. In the time between Before and After, a group of contestants reside in a place known only as The Centre. When the promise of a better future beckons beyond the walls, they must prepare for the opportunity of a lifetime. But are they really singing for their shot? Or are they singing for their survival? Run of the Mill Theatre return to Draíocht with a new dystopian fable exploring politics, power and places in our world, after their last sold out success in 2016, Reason in Madness.

Written and Directed by Aisling Byrne
Assisted by Joan Somers Donnelly Ursula McGinn
Cast Includes: Wesley Fairbrother, Lauren Larkin, Mark Smith and Ella-Jane Moore. 
Film Design: Arcade Film Ltd
Sound Design by Sinéad Diskin
Stage and Costume by Sarah Foley 
Lighting by Eoin Winning
Photography by Vincent Lillis

Supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.

Reeling in the Showband Years - SOLD OUT
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Reeling in the Showband Years - SOLD OUT

It’s Back, it’s Bigger & it’s Better! 10th Anniversary Tour

Thu 31 Jan - Fri 1 Feb 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €32 / €30 conc

Its the 10th Anniversary Tour! Go back in time to this magical era and never to be repeated time in Irish popular music! Compere Ronan Collins will sing his renowned tributes to Joe Dolan, Dickie Rock, Eurovision hits and more. Joining Ronan is Linda Martin - A Superstar of Showbiz - Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest in 1992 with 'Why Me' and TV Presenter on multiple shows for RTE. Ireland’s greatest voice, Red Hurley will also be singing all his great hits. Also brother and Sister combo, Keith & Lorraine McDonald, with their fantastic tribute to all things Showband. Also the big sound of The Conquerors Showband and Eurovision stars Tommy and Jimmy Swarbrigg, as well as surprise hit from last year, Dave Lawlor, to complete this super line up.

The show’s exciting finale is an ALL Cast Salute to the Showband Era. All of the stars join in for a medley of songs from the unique Showband Years!  Bringing you back in time to this magical musical period. It will send you home with great memories of wonderful and never to be repeated time in Irish popular music

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Miss Impossible / Jamais contente (2016)

Miss Impossible / Jamais contente (2016)

Draiocht in Association with The Irish Film Institute

Wed 6 Feb 2019 10.30AM Main Auditorium // €5 per student / 2 teachers free per class of 20+

This season Draíocht will collaborate once again with the Irish Film Institutes Education Programme by screening the film 'Miss Impossible / Jamais contente'  for Junior Cycle Secondary School Students, in French (with English subtitles). Recommended age: 12+

Some would say Aurore lives a boring life. But when you are a 13 year-old girl, and just like her have an uncompromising way of looking at boys, school, family or friends, life takes on the appearance of a merry psychodrama. Especially with a new French teacher, the threat of being sent to boarding school, repeatedly falling in love and the crazy idea of going on stage with a band ... This fresh coming-of-age drama centres on thirteen-year-old Aurore, trying to find a sense of belonging in the world stuck between a beautiful older sister and a brainy younger one. Léna Magnien excels as the prickly teen, rebellious and full of smart answers. Her parents threaten boarding school, but an empathetic teacher and an offer to join a band give her new possibilities. The band’s friendship helps her open up, realise her own talent and prompts her family to see her in a different light.

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Dur 90 mins • Age 12+ • Suitable for 1st-3rd Year students
French Release  • 2016 • Fiction • French with English Subtitles • Director: Émilie Deleuze
Produced by : Agat Films & Cie / Ex Nihilo 
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Secondary Cycle Film Screenings Spring 2019
If you are interested in arranging a screening of a film for your school’s students, please do get in touch to discuss the possibility of this. Screening will be possible in accordance with the availability of the film and the auditorium and with a minimum number of 100 pupils. For further details please contact Sarah on 01-809 8029 or email sarah@draiocht.ie.

C’est La Vie! (2017)
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C’est La Vie! (2017)

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Wed 6 Feb 2019 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

Max is a veteran wedding planner who is thinking about selling on his business. For now, however, there’s something more pressing to worry about: organising a lavish wedding in a 17th century chateau. It’s no small task: there are dozens of people to manage, unreliable electricity, a last-minute musician change, and an increasingly demanding groom. Soon, things start going very wrong indeed. Can Max and his team sort everything out without the guests noticing?
The latest film from Intouchables directors Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano is a gloriously manic French comedy. It hits the ground running and barely takes a breath as wedding disaster after disaster unfolds. With larger-than-life characters and laugh-out-loud set pieces, C’est La Vie! is a delight.

CERT: 15  Language: French (Subtitled)  Dur: 117 mins
In Association with Access Cinema

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"This is an expertly assembled, tartly played and hugely enjoyable romp from directors Éric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, whose Intouchables became a monster hit a few years ago." The Hollywood Reporter

"Co-directors and screenwriters Éric Toledano and Olivier Nakache (Intouchables) pull another magical trick out of the hat with a ruthlessly-plotted breeze of ensemble good humour." Screen International

This is the Funeral of Your Life
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This is the Funeral of Your Life

Louise White Performance

Fri 8 Feb 2019 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €18 / €16 conc / Age 15+

Leave behind the emails, the bills, the deadlines. The quest for recognition, fame and glory.
We are here. Together. Now.
Watch us facilitate your funeral in real time, in this live event featuring an actor, a dancer and a mezzo-soprano.
Find out who you really are. No really ... You. Right in front of you. Like never before. I mean we’re all dying anyway.

After an original sell-out run at Project Arts Centre, Dublin, inventive theatre-maker Louise White brings This is the Funeral of Your Life to Draíocht. A poignant and heart-warming show about death and the challenges of living.

Originally funded through an Arts Council Theatre Project Award. This touring presentation is funded through an Arts Council Touring Grant.
Also funded by: Pavilion Artist Patron Donation Fund.
Developed as part of MAKE Artist Residency Programme.
Louise White is a Project Artist; an initiative of Project Arts Centre.

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"An unexpectedly funny and uplifting play about your own death. Elegant, dignified, skillfully put together." ★★★★ The Irish Times

"Louise White’s eclectic exploration of mortality is ebullient and profound." Exeunt Magazine

"Comical, moving and genuinely thought-provoking." 2paragraphs.com

The Fureys - SOLD OUT
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The Fureys - SOLD OUT

Sat 9 Feb 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €30 / €28 conc

Legends of Irish music & song The Fureys, renowned for their hit songs ‘I Will Love You’, ‘When You Were Sweet 16’, ‘The Green Fields Of France’, ‘The Old Man’, ‘Red Rose Café’, ‘From Clare To Here’, ‘Her Father Didn’t Like Me Anyway’, ‘Leaving Nancy’, ‘Steal Away’ and many more, are back in Draiocht this Season. The Fureys have been entertaining audiences worldwide for 41 years, audiences that have included former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, Former Irish President Mary McAleese and the late Pope John Paul while Tony Blair has publicly stated his favourite peace song of all time is the Fureys “Green Fields of France”. President Michael D Higgins attended their last concert in Dublin’s National Concert Hall. 
The Fureys are responsible for some of the most stirring music ever to capture the public imagination. Their folk based music has received standing ovations in some of the biggest concert halls of the world and they credit their musical ability to their parents, Ted and Nora, who were well-known musicians themselves. They encouraged their sons to play music from a very early age and there was live traditional music in their house almost nightly. Their emotive songs stir many emotions….tears and laughter, sadness and joy. A Fureys concert is always a night to remember!

Starring Eddie Furey, George Furey, Pio Ryan, Camillus Hiney and Tony Murray.

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The Man in Black Johnny Cash Tribute Show
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The Man in Black Johnny Cash Tribute Show

Tommy Swarbrigg Productions / Featuring Terry Lee Goffee

Thu 14 Feb 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €22 / €20 conc

Direct from the USA, the No. 1 Johnny Cash Tribute right across America 'The Man In Black' returns to Ireland. He was a sensation and a complete sell out when he appeared in Draiocht previously, so we are really excited to have him back. Featuring Terry Lee Goffee and his band, this is one show you won’t want to miss.

He sings like Johnny and he looks like Johnny and he performs just like the great man, with energy, charisma and vitality! Featuring songs from all periods of Johnny's career, Terry regularly performs in Theatres all over the USA to great acclaim. This not to be missed night which celebrates the music and power of The Man in Black, features 34 classic songs from all periods of his career such as ‘Sunday Morning Coming Down’, ‘I Walk The Line’, ‘Ring Of Fire’ and ‘Folsom Prison Blues’.

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"The show is great, my brother would be proud." Tommy Cash.

Alison Spittle MAKES A SHOW OF HERSELF - SOLD OUT

Alison Spittle MAKES A SHOW OF HERSELF - SOLD OUT

Fri 15 Feb 2019 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €12

Tatler comedian of the year and the star and writer of RTE's 'Nowhere Fast' and 'Culchie Club'.

Alison is doing a second tour and a second night in Vicar street, She's very excited and has warned her family not to heckle her this time. She's looking forward to discovering new towns, friendly people and the fresh delights of the new service stations across the country.
As seen on RTÉ (Brendan O'Connor's Cutting Edge, Big Week On The Farm, Republic of Telly, Des Bishop: This Is Ireland, Bridget and Eamon), TV3 and Sky Arts. As heard on The Guilty Feminist and The Alison Spittle Show podcast.

This is Alison’s hilarious follow up to her smash-hit tours and multi fringe award nominated shows, Worrier Princess and Discovers Hawaii.
Support from the hilarious Julie Jay.

"What makes Spittle such a unique performer is her truly authentic material. There’s no nonsense with Alison Spittle, no pretence, and when she performs it is truly just her on stage." **** ED Fest Magazine

"Whether character or citizen, Spittle comes across as a kind of genius." **** Irish Times

"Breezily chatty and effusively funny, Alison Spittle is a likeable combination of openness and chortling mischief." Scotsman

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COCO (2017) - Sensory Friendly Family Screening

COCO (2017) - Sensory Friendly Family Screening

Cinema at Draiocht

Sat 16 Feb 2019 3PM Draíocht Studio // €5 adults & children

In Disney Pixar's vibrant tale of family, fun and adventure, an aspiring young musician named Miguel embarks on an extraordinary journey to the magical land of his ancestors. There, the charming trickster Héctor becomes an unexpected friend who helps Miguel uncover the mysteries behind his family's stories and traditions.

Enjoy our Sensory Screening with lowered volume, lights on, small audience size and the ability to make noise and move around freely during the screening if you wish.

CERT: PG  Language: English  Dur: 105 mins
In Association with Access Cinema

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The Matchmaker – SOLD OUT
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The Matchmaker – SOLD OUT

Directed by Michael Scott. Starring Mary McEvoy and Jon Kenny

Sat 16 Feb 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc

Michael Scott’s iconic production of John B Keane’s hit comedy play The Matchmaker returns starring two of Ireland’s favourite actors, Mary McEvoy and Jon Kenny. Together they play a myriad of characters in this hilarious and earthy dramatic comedy.

The play follows the efforts of Dicky Mick Dicky O Connor to make matches for the lonely and lovelorn. Keane, an avid observer of people and the cultures that bind and create their view of the world uses ‘The Matchmaker’ as an exploration of rural loneliness. Using his inimitable way with words and his sense of devilment and wit, Keane delves into the longings, hungers, fears and foibles of this collection of lonely country people and creates a marvellously colourful world, taking us back to a simpler time, when phones were few and far between and the only web was one left behind by spiders!

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Practice, Policy and Possibilities: A Symposium

Practice, Policy and Possibilities: A Symposium

Tue 19 Feb 2019 11AM-4.30PM Draíocht Studio // FREE

Draíocht, Create and Fingal County Council partner to present this day-long event focusing on collaborative and participatory work, through showcasing practice, presenting current policy and exploring future possibilities.
The symposium will draw on two Draíocht Projects, Mulhuddart Satellite and Home Theatre (Ireland) as a springboard for discussion. This will be followed by presentations on perspectives and policy from a regional and national perspective, concluding with a keynote from Patrick Fox of the Heart of Glass initiative (heartofglass.org.uk).

Attendance is free but must be pre-booked through Box Office 01-8852622. Refreshments and light lunch will be provided.

Family Day: We’re Going On A Sound Hunt!

Family Day: We’re Going On A Sound Hunt!

Mulhuddart Community Centre

Wed 20 Feb 2019 12PM-2PM Mulhuddart Community Centre // FREE

Working together with Draíocht’s Artist In Residence Michael McLoughlin and inspired by his current exhibition Mulhuddart Satellite, let the sound hunt adventure through Mulhuddart begin. Armed with a recording device, stomp on leaves, bang on logs, ping on pipes, listen to water, seek, gather and make some noise.

Free event, all are welcome but please register in advance with Box Office on 01 8852622 (limited places).
All sound equipment will be supplied. Suitable for ages 5-10 yrs.

Under The Clock (2018)
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Under The Clock (2018)

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 20 Feb 2019 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

From Snackbox Films, creators of ‘Older Than Ireland’, comes ‘Under The Clock’, an exploration of the social history of Ireland, told through the prism of ordinary people whose relationships began at one of Ireland's most famous meeting places, Clerys Clock. Be it the romance of a first date, a nostalgic reunion of old friends or the curious excitement of a visiting tourist, ‘Under The Clock’ shares stories of love and loss, hope and disappointment that all began under this cherished historic landmark.

Includes a free post-screening Q&A with the writer/producer.

CERT: 12A  Language: English  Dur: 76 mins
In Association with Access Cinema

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Chris Kent - Looking Up

Chris Kent - Looking Up

Thu 21 Feb 2019 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €12

Cork comedian Chris Kent returns with his 6th solo show Looking Up. Chris has spent the past year balancing comedy with being a stay at home dad and trying to grow a beard. He has also removed the word “mate” from his vocabulary as it takes too much effort to say in an Irish accent.
TV appearances include the RTÉ 2 panel show Next Year’s News, The Craig Doyle Show and Conor's Dad in the hit series The Young Offenders. In the UK, he has appeared on Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central for Comedy Central.
On radio, he has been a regular panellist for the RTE Radio 1 show The Second Republic and a guest panellist on BBC’s The Blame Game.
In 2010 he was the recipient of the Comedy Smack Down Award at the Galway Comedy Festival and Winner of the Bulmer’s Nuttin’ But Funny Comedy Award 2009. Following on from being listed as “One to Watch” in The Dublin magazine’s “Red Hot and Rising” for 2012, Chris Kent was voted as one of the Top Five Irish Comedians by Hot Press Magazine in 2013. 

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"Among the best acts I’ve seen," ★★★★★ The Mirror

"Fresh and original material, extremely endearing performer." ★★★★ Broadway Baby

"Unequivocally talented raconteur." ★★★★ EdFest Magazine

"Compelling storyteller, truly surprising, beautifully delivered." The Scotsman

"Carefree comedic bulls-eye." Dubliner Magazine

Isla Grant 2019 Irish Hits Tour
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Isla Grant 2019 Irish Hits Tour

With Special Guests Al Grant, Glen Flynn and Willie Dunne

Fri 22 Feb 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €30 / €28 conc

Highly respected singer and prolific songwriter, Isla Grant makes a welcome return visit to Ireland after an absence of two years with a beautifully constructed show. Isla is now established in Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, America and Canada as a singer/songwriter of the highest quality. Over the last few years she has completed hugely successful tours of New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the UK and received five 'Gold Discs' for CD sales. Add this to six 'Platinum Discs' already received in Ireland and you can see why this 'Scottish Lass' is so popular. 
Her highly entertaining concert show features all her wonderful hit songs and some new from her latest album. Isla's interaction with her audience is second to none and the atmosphere at her live shows is a joy to behold. Together with an excellent band which includes Al Grant, Glen Flynn and Willie Dunne the ingredients are there for a concert of the highest quality.

A treat for all Isla Grant fans!

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Bat the Father Rabbit the Son
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Bat the Father Rabbit the Son

Written and performed by Donal O’Kelly - 30th Anniversary Tour

Sat 23 Feb 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

It’s Dublin in the 1980s. Rabbit is a self-made haulage magnate. But something’s wrong. He cuts a deal with his underling Keogh to help him find his lost moorings. The quest is hampered by his dead father Bat, Citizen Army volunteer and pawn shop assistant, bubbling up. The struggle between father and son, past and present, imagination and reality, spans Dublin. Their voyage out of Howth and up the River Liffey builds to a climax described by The Guardian as “one of the strongest dramatic conclusions I’ve ever seen”. An explosive exposition of the generation that led us to Boom and Bust.
Written thirty years ago, ‘Bat the Father, Rabbit the Son’ is more pertinent than ever.

Age 12+ / Dur 80 mins (no interval)

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"A prose poem of magical beauties and plunging vulgarities …friends, it is purely brilliant." New York Post

"Magnificent script and performance." The Scotsman

"Superbly written and performed portrayal of a father/son relationship." The Irish Times

"A sobering, funny touching and frightening marvel .. O’Kelly’s manic performance is extraordinary." Sunday Independent

"A wild slapstick tour de force." New York Times

"A powerful and unforgettable show." The News, Adelaide

Stories, Music & Movement - With Leah Moore

Stories, Music & Movement - With Leah Moore

Draíocht and Early Years - Exploring More With Early Years Arts

Tue 26 Feb - Tue 26 Mar 2019 Draiocht Workshop Room // €30 For 5 Weeks

TUESDAYS / 5 WEEKS   26 FEB – 26 MAR 2019
10AM: Age 8-17 Months (Dur: 45 Mins)
11AM: Age 18 Months-3.5 Years (Dur: 45 Mins) SOLD OUT
Cost: €30 For 5 Weeks Or €7 Pay As You Go (Subject To Availability)

Join Leah Moore for this series of experimental early years workshops.  Hear and sing songs, move and dance as Leah introduces you and your baby to the sound of live musical instruments. Together, explore and become part of wonderful stories. These workshops are designed to allow you and your child to explore sounds, songs, music, movement and rhythm in a fun and creative environment.  

Workshop Notes:
These workshops are designed for children aged 8 months to 3 and a half years. Please respect age limits as each workshop has been designed especially for these age ranges. 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).

Christy Dignam and Joe Jewell
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Christy Dignam and Joe Jewell

Some Songs and Stories

Thu 28 Feb 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €22.50 / €20 conc

Christy Dignam, Aslan’s extraordinary frontman, plus Joe Jewell, Aslan’s lead guitarist and songwriter - childhood pals, lifelong friends and the founding members of Aslan - bring their very special and intimate acoustic show ‘Some Songs and Stories‘ to Draíocht for one more special night, back by popular demand. This show features some new and many of Aslan’s best-known songs plus some classic covers. There is good banter with the audience, as the lads explain the background of some of the songs plus stories of 30 plus years in Aslan.
Early booking advised - ALMOST SOLD OUT.

From These Green Heights by Dermot Bolger

From These Green Heights by Dermot Bolger

Coolmine Drama Circle

Thu 28 Feb - Sat 2 Mar 2019 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €16 / €13 conc

Coolmine Drama Circle is back with Dermot Bolgers 'From These Green Heights'. This is a journey through the lives of two Dublin families. Spanning four decades, the action moves from the 1960s when Dessie first glimpses the landmark Ballymun Towers, to the night in 2004 when his young daughter packs up to leave the flat that has been their home. From These Green Heights is a hidden history of modern Dublin, exploring the relationship between a stigmatised suburb and the inhabitants who fought to reshape it and call it home.
Since its foundation in 1972 Coolmine Drama Circle has been entertaining audiences both young and old. Since then the group have presented no less than 65 productions locally, nationwide and in the UK. From small beginnings in the library of Coolmine Community School, the group has grown such that their last production 'Believing In Butterflies' was well received in both Draíocht and Westport Town Hall Theatre.

Suitable for age 14+
Photo credit: Philip Milne

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Dublin 15 Transition Year Dance Workshops

Dublin 15 Transition Year Dance Workshops

March/April 2019 - School Taster Workshops

Fri 1 Mar - Tue 30 Apr 2019

Dublin Youth Dance Company in collaboration with Draíocht and Fingal Arts Office will be hosting workshops for Transition Year students interested in dance and performance with the aim of developing a youth dance group affiliated to Dublin Youth Dance Company in the Fingal area. School Taster Workshops will run over March and April 2019 and offer a taste of creative dance, focusing on group work and developing individual skill sets for dance.

These free taster workshops are available to all Transition Year groups in Dublin 15.
If you are interested in your students having the opportunity to take part, please contact Sarah Beirne, t: 01-8098029 or e: sarah@draiocht.ie for further information.

The Chess Player / El jugador de ajedrez (2017)

The Chess Player / El jugador de ajedrez (2017)

Draíocht in Association with The Irish Film Institute

Wed 6 Mar 2019 10.30AM Main Auditorium // €5 Per Student / 2 Teachers Free per Class of 20+

This season Draíocht will collaborate once again with the Irish Film Institutes Education Programme by screening the film 'The Chess Player / El jugador de ajedrez' for TY and Senior Cycle Secondary School Students, in Spanish (with English subtitles). Recommended age: 15+

It is 1934 in Madrid, and champion chess-player Diego falls for a French journalist and starts a family. When the political landscape around them grows more threatening under Franco, the three make for Paris, only to find themselves in the midst of Nazi occupation years later. When Diego becomes falsely imprisoned, he must use chess to earn the trust of his cruel captor.
The Chess Player tells a humanistic story of an ordinary man caught up in extraordinary circumstances and offers students a Spanish perspective on this turbulent era of European history.

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Spain • 2017  •  English Subtitles  •  Drama • 91mins
Director: Luis Oliveros

Secondary Cycle Film Screenings Spring 2019
If you are interested in arranging a screening of a film for your school’s students, please do get in touch to discuss the possibility of this. Screening will be possible in accordance with the availability of the film and the auditorium and with a minimum number of 100 pupils. For further details please contact Sarah on 01-809 8029 or email sarah@draiocht.ie.

MUG (Twarz) (2018)
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MUG (Twarz) (2018)

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 6 Mar 2019 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

Jacek loves heavy metal, his girlfriend and his dog. He works at the construction site for what is supposed to become the tallest statue of Jesus in the world. When a severe accident disfigures him completely, all eyes turn to him as he undergoes the first facial transplant in the country.

MUG is a blackly comic, biting and emotional drama from award-winning director Małgorzata Szumowska (Body, Elles, In the Name Of) which won the Silver Bear Jury Grand Prix at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival and features stunning performances from Mateusz Kościukiewicz, Agnieszka Podsiadlik and Małgorzata Gorol.

CERT: CLUB  Language: Polish (Subtitled)  Dur: 91 mins
In Association with Access Cinema

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Weighing-In
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Weighing-In

Dolmen Productions

Thu 7 Mar 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

Weighing-In is a fast-paced comedy play about life, love and dieting. Set in the Easi-Slim diet club we meet the highly driven Pam and the motherly Breda. Easi-Slim’s newest member - upwardly mobile Pam has cruised into town in her sports car. Her lifestyle enchants Breda, whose gushing admiration for her new diet guru buddy only serves to make Pam all the more condescending and insufferable. But as Pam’s mask begins to slip Breda, is reminded that sometimes, you already have the life you wished for.

Starring Isobel Mahon (Glenroe, The Clinic) and Rose Henderson (Fair City, Father Ted).
Written by Ger Gallagher. Directed by Caroline FitzGerald.
Dur: 70 mins (no interval)
 

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"Pacey, tender and packed with laughs, Weighing-In is a calorie-free treat." Eithne Shortall, Sunday Times

"No flab on this weighty drama." Chris Wasser. The Herald

"Infectiously enjoyable." Michael Moffatt. Irish Mail on Sunday

Return of Spring
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Return of Spring

Ceol Connected

Fri 8 Mar 2019 10.15AM & 12.15PM Draíocht Studio // €7 adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class of 20+ / Age 3-5 yrs / Dur: 45 mins

Every year in Whistleberry Forest, the creatures of the forest look forward to the end of the frosty Winter, and to the beginning of Spring.  This year was a little different however, as Springtime had arrived much earlier than usual.  All the hibernating animals, except for Huggy the hedgehog, were still curled up fast asleep.  Huggy must go on an adventurous musical quest in search of evidence of Spring if he is to convince his friends that it is time to wake up!

Produced by Ceol Connected, this wonderfully interactive performance is led by Thomas Johnston (whistles, song, and uilleann pipes) and Púca Puppets’ Niamh Lawlor.  Set design by Eve Fisher.  
Suitable for children ages 3-5 and their adults. 

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Neil Delamere – Controlled Substance
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Neil Delamere – Controlled Substance

With Support from Gearoid Farrelly

Fri 8 Mar 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €25 / €23 conc

Fresh from a sell-out tour, the star of BBC's The Blame Game and Soft Border Patrol, Neil Delamere, returns to Draíocht with a brand new show. This time he thinks he has that whole "illusion of control" idea sussed. 
Then again he would think that, wouldn't he?

ALMOST SOLD OUT

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"You'll be hard-pressed to find a more gifted comic at the Fringe." ★★★★★ Scotsman

"One lean, mean, comedy, killing machine." ★★★★★ Herald

Legally Blonde The Musical

Legally Blonde The Musical

Front Row Performing Arts School

Wed 13 - Thu 14 Mar 2019 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €17 / €12 conc

Based on the hit movie of the same name, Legally Blonde The Musical is an all singing, all dancing romantic comedy, a fun-filled, feel-good pink fest. College sweetheart and homecoming queen Elle Woods doesn’t take no for an answer. When her boyfriend dumps her for someone more serious, Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books and heads for Harvard Law School. Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style.
‘Omigod you guys’ like seriously have to see this!!

Front Row Performing Arts School Dunboyne teaches singing, dancing and acting in a fun and friendly environment with qualified and dedicated teachers.

MAKing Art: PAINTing

MAKing Art: PAINTing

Curated by Sharon Murphy

Thu 14 Mar - Sat 18 May 2019 Ground & First Floor Galleries

Paintings by Susan Connolly, Bridget Flannery, Geraldine O'Neill & Liz Rackard
Ground Floor Gallery
&
Paintings from the Collection of The Arts Council
First Floor Gallery

MAKing Art: PAINTing is the second in a series of exhibitions (2018-2022) particularly aimed at children and young people which explores a specific visual art discipline, its materials, processes and varied manifestations. Painting is the focus of this second exhibition (the first was drawing). It celebrates different approaches to the use of paint, to the act of painting and to the painting as finished artwork. Four contemporary artists with contrasting styles and subjects are featured in the Ground Floor Gallery: Susan Connolly, Bridget Flannery, Geraldine O'Neill and Liz Rackard. 

Paintings from the collection of The Arts Council will be exhibited in the First Floor Gallery and will feature works made between 1968 and 2018, some of which have never been shown publicly. Artists include: Berger Hammerschlag, Diana Copperwhite, Jacinta Feeney, Damien Flood, Genieve Figgis, Ramon Kassam, Richard Gorman, Roy Johnson, Mark Joyce and Paul Mosse.

MAKing Art: PAINTing will be accompanied by a programme of engagement for young people facilitated by participating artists.



Image: Geraldine O'Neill, Boy (2008), detail, oil on canvas, 240 x 130 cm. Kindly on loan from the Irish Museum of Modern Art Collection. Photo: Ronan McCrea.

Draiocht's Galleries are open Monday to Saturday 10am-6pm. Admission is Free.

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The Dubliners Tribute Show
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The Dubliners Tribute Show

‘All for me Grog’ – The songs and story of the Dubliners

Fri 15 Mar 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc

'All For Me Grog' is the Galway based show that has played to full houses and standing ovations on its first Irish and UK tours. The show brings you the songs and story of Irelands most successful folk band, The Dubliners. Presented by The Liberties, who are deeply honoured to become the bearers of the torch which has been borne with such power and dignity over the past decades by The Dubliners. The original line-up of Ronnie Drew, Luke Kelly, Barney McKenna, Ciaran Burke and John Sheehan is brought to life with the exact same instrumentation, songs and close as you will get vocals, bringing to the stage a show in sound and appearance of uncanny accuracy of the internationally renowned Dubliners. 

With his red hair, beard and magnetic charisma, five-string banjo maestro James Gallagher's powerful impressive voice is so reminiscent of Luke Kelly's golden vocal chords, that it has to be a fluke. Guitar picking Dublin man Anthony Rooney sings with gusto and a reality that encompasses the wonderful talent of the great Irish Balladeers and in doing so, he keeps alive a wonderful Dublin tradition. On whistles, guitar, vocals and some amusing chat is deep-voiced Dubliner, Jeremy Jenkinson, bringing to the show the magnificence of the contribution that Ciaran Burke and Ronnie Drew brought to the original Dubliners. From Lissacasey in County Clare, comes John Hill, a young man steeped in traditional music. His consummate skill on the tenor banjo just has to be seen and heard to be believed and appreciated. Bardan Johnston is the 'quiet man' of band, but his fiddle playing is a talking, singing, electrifying experience.

The Black Velvet Band, McAlpines Fusiliers, The Spanish Lady, The Irish Rover, The Auld Triangle, The Parting Glass and of course, the song that made The Dubliners international stars - Seven Drunken Nights - plus all their other hits, will have you clapping your hands, stomping your feet and joining in the chorus of the well known and much-loved songs at this uplifting and exciting two hour show. 

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"From the moment they struck up 'Whiskey In The Jar' you knew you were in for a good night and indeed it was." Liam Murphy, The Munster Express

Mystic Rhythm 2019

Mystic Rhythm 2019

Bolton School of Irish Dancing

Sat 16 Mar 2019 2PM & 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

Mystic Rhythm returns to Draíocht for their fifth performance, featuring young people from ages 4 and upwards this is a wonderful show suitable for all the family.
Irish Dancing both traditional and modern will be depicted through music and well-known theatre pieces. A fun and exciting performance will portray the dancers' love and enjoyment of Irish dancing. The dancers are all very talented and represent their community at many social, charity and competitive events. The teachers of the Bolton Academy will choreograph, stage manage, direct and produce the show.

Rosie (2018)
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Rosie (2018)

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 20 Mar 2019 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc / €5 children

From the pen of Roddy Doyle and directed by Paddy Breathnach (Viva), Rosie is the story of a family without a home. Rosie (Sarah Greene) a mother of four, alongside her partner John Paul, do everything in their power to protect their children and maintain their dignity as the Irish housing crisis threatens their family’s safety and unity. With grace and tenderness, Rosie balances the care of her four children alongside the increasingly futile and frustrating search for a new home.

CERT: PG  Language: English  Dur: 86 mins
In Association with Access Cinema

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I See You by Amy De Bhrún
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I See You by Amy De Bhrún

Two Women. One Story. A Century Apart.

Fri 22 Mar 2019 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €18 / €16 conc

Lady Mary Heath: A Limerick-born trailblazer of aviation, lost and forgotten, trapped within the walls of time.
Mary: A middle-class Dublin woman, unseen and unheard, trapped in an abusive relationship that has just taken a turn for the worse.
This brand-new play by Amy De Bhrún weaves together poetry and an original soundscape by Jack Cawley to shed light on the hidden stories of Lady Mary Heath and her contemporary counterpart Mary – two women, one story, a century apart. A call to arms, I SEE YOU explores the dangerous cyclical nature of female oppression and the devastating consequences of allowing countless women’s voices to go unheard.

Starring Amy De Bhrún & Roxanna Nic Liam.
Directed by Helena Browne.

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"… an exciting piece of theatre." No More Workhorse

"It pulsates with righteous anger … a passionate plea for female self-empowerment." Sunday Business Post

"… this is a play about oppression. And fear. And misogyny. But it is also a play about strength. And moxie. And hope." Writing.ie

Family Day: Meet, Make & Draw

Family Day: Meet, Make & Draw

Sat 23 Mar 2019 12 NOON-3PM Draíocht Galleries // FREE

MEET artist Bridget Flannery, featured in our MAKing ART: PAINTing exhibition.
See how she paints and why she paints. Inspired by her process MAKE a small artist notebook. Work collaboratively to DRAW on a large scale. Come along, Meet, Make & Draw.

FAMILY DAY NOTES:
Sessions Are Free, But Space Is Limited. Max 50 per workshop.
Session 1: 12PM-12.50PM
Session 2: 1PM-1.50PM
Session 3: 2PM-2.50PM
Dress for Mess. Unless otherwise stated workshops are designed for children from 5-10 years, though younger and older siblings are welcome to take part. Please be aware that Draíocht’s Family Days are not designed for groups. All children must be accompanied by an adult and all adults must be accompanied by a child!

Dirtbirds Self Help Tour - SOLD OUT
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Dirtbirds Self Help Tour - SOLD OUT

With Sinead Culbert and Sue Collins

Sat 23 Mar 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc

If making the school lunches, doing the jaysus homework and dodging the guards because your NCT is out by two years is sending you over the edge, you are not alone. Come and join the Dirtbirds as they navigate the stresses and strains of modern life in their brand new comedy show ‘Dirtbirds Self Help Tour’.
This rip-roaring two hours of comedy gold is a unique blend of hilarious sketch comedy and stand up. Brand new characters take to the stage along with some of the well-known favourites. Don’t miss this side-splitting show from the queens of sketch comedy.

"Irish comedy duo's hilarious tips from the town beauty tutorial will have you in stitches." The Sun.

"Sinead and Sue identify a gap in comedy that women can relate to, they are passionate mothers themselves and have first-hand experience of life’s challenges. " The Independent

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Focus On Workshops ... Visual Notebooks

Focus On Workshops ... Visual Notebooks

March 2019 / For Primary & Secondary Schools

Mon 25 - Thu 28 Mar 2019 Draiocht Workshop Room // Cost: €45 Per Class

This series of Focus On Workshops incorporates elements of the school curriculum. The emphasis will be on seeing and responding to art, with a focus on visual notebooks and sketchbooks, a core part of art practice. Artists use visual notebooks to remember things they have seen, heard or read, to tease out how they might make their work, to remind themselves of future or past projects, to play with ideas, textures and colours. During these workshops, pupils will get the opportunity to work alongside artists Bridget Flannery and Liz Rackard, both exhibiting artists this season in the exhibition Making Art: Painting.

PRIMARY SCHOOL:
FOCUS ON … EXPLORING CREATIVE JOURNALING
WITH LIZ RACKARD

MON 25 & THU 28 MAR Draíocht Workshop Room
10AM-11.30AM or 12.15PM-1.45PM
Age Range: 5th & 6th Class Pupils
Cost: €45 Per Class 
After a facilitated exploration of the exhibition MAKing Art: Painting, artist Liz Rackard will lead a workshop introducing creative journaling. Using a number of different techniques and a range of arts supplies, pupils begin with a blank book. Each pupil will leave with the beginnings of their visual journal in which they can continue to work on at home or school. Visual journaling emphasises not only thoughts and ideas, but colours, shapes, lines and textures.

SECONDARY SCHOOL:
FOCUS ON ... CREATING VISUAL NOTEBOOKS
WITH BRIDGET FLANNERY

TUE 26 & WED 27 MAR  Draíocht Workshop Room
10AM-12.30PM
Age Range: Junior Cert, TY And Leaving Cert Students
Cost: €45 Per Class 
Beginning with a facilitated tour of the exhibition MAKing Art: Painting, painter Bridget Flannery will introduce pupils to her range of visual notebooks and explore with pupils how these inform her work. Her visual notebooks are filled with colour samples, notes on her reading and listening, images that intrigue, alongside collages and drawings which help bring her painting projects to conclusions. This workshop aims to help students develop and experiment with ideas in making their art work. Each student will receive a blank notebook and will make it their own, filling it with images, words, lyrics, drawings and collages that reflect and echo their personal imagination.

Workshop Notes:
Limited to 1 class per school but other classes are welcome to be part of a waiting list. Cost per class €45. Please get in touch with Sarah Beirne (01) 8098029 if cost is an issue for your school. Max of 30 pupils per class. 

The Bee Gees Story - Nights on Broadway
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The Bee Gees Story - Nights on Broadway

Wed 27 Mar 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €25 / €23 conc

Back by Popular Demand after their SOLD OUT show in November 2018!
The Bee Gees Story - Nights On Broadway present a tribute to the Bee Gees through a fantastic live concert, featuring their incredible songs, from over four decades, from the 60s to the 90s. With musical authenticity and the accurate recreation of the vocal talents and harmonies of the Bee Gees, this show gives the audience the experience of being at a Bee Gees concert. The six-piece live band blend the classic hits, acoustic medleys, songs written for other major artists and dance floor fillers to tell the story of the Bee Gees from start to finish.
www.nightsonbroadway.net

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The Legends of American Country Show

The Legends of American Country Show

Thu 28 Mar 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €25

The Legends of American Country is now firmly established as Europes No 1 Live Country Music stage show and is enjoying phenomenal success in this the 5th year of full time touring. Each year the content of the show is changed due to the huge list of available Legends and the popularity of Country Music with the current production featuring highly acclaimed tributes to Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Patsy Cline, Don Williams, Alan Jackson and Kenny Rogers in this must-see Country musical extravaganza. The show features 3 fantastic and respected singers in Rod Mc Auley, Joe Moore and Tracey Mallon who between them have a wealth of experience and glittering career that span over 4 decades and are all accompanied on the show by one of Ireland's supergroups ‘Keltic Storm’, who recreate that original Tennessee sound and coupled with an authentic stage set and state of the art sound and lighting equipment this show is guaranteed to transport you all the way to Nashville and back in one night.

2018 has been a fantastic year to date with over 100,000 people attending live performances in some of the most prestigious theatres including The Eden Court Inverness, The Pavilion Theatre Glasgow and Wexford’s National Opera House to name but a few, to sell-out crowds and rave reviews. One thing is for sure if you like Country music, then this is the only show in town!

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Hatch - A Story Of Transformation And New Beginnings
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Hatch - A Story Of Transformation And New Beginnings

Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Theatre in association with Siamsa Tíre and the Shortworks Network

Sat 30 Mar 2019 12 NOON, 2PM & 4.30PM Main Auditorium // €7 adults / €5 children / Dur: 80 mins / Age 4-8 yrs

Meet Bláithín. She loves caterpillars, moths and butterflies. Follow her on her adventurous journey with Uncle Rusty to find Pearl, the most extraordinary butterfly with the most exquisite colorful wings. Learn all about two little caterpillars and their journey to fly as butterflies and moths. Hatch is full of Fidget Feet’s unique blend of live music, comedy, theatre, contemporary dance and aerial dance.  Hatch also weaves craft workshops, Irish language and dancing into this wonderful story. If you enjoyed their other work for children, ‘Elves and the Shoemaker’ and ‘Strange Feathers’, then you will thoroughly enjoy Hatch, an immersive aerial dance children’s show, perfect for young audiences and their families.

Dur: 80 mins - includes arts & crafts session before each show

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Vincent - A Play by Leonard Nimoy
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Vincent - A Play by Leonard Nimoy

Red Alchemy Theatre Company / Directed by Christine Scarry & Starring Peter McCamley

Tue 2 Apr 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

In this Irish première, against the visual backdrop of over one hundred of his greatest masterpieces, director Christine Scarry and actor Peter McCamley gloriously recreate the world of the misunderstood genius, giving the audience a moving insight into the turbulent life and times of the great painter. Anyone who loves art, passion and life itself should see this play; it is a renewing experience and an insight into one of history’s most gifted, haunted masters.

Based on more than 500 letters exchanged between van Gogh and his brother Theo, the play examines the passion and torment of the extraordinary artist's life and death as seen through his brother's eyes. As van Gogh's paintings are projected in the background, Peter McCamley becomes both Theo van Gogh and Vincent in this compelling, touching portrayal that has thrilled theater-goers across the world.

This powerful, moving play was written and originally performed on Broadway by Leonard Nimoy (better known to audiences as Star Trek’s Mr. Spock), for which he garnered a Tony Award.

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"A theatrical triumph!"

"Peter McCamley was exceptional as Theo and Vincent Van Gogh."

"Direction by Christine Scarry was inspired and inspirational."

The Man Who Wanted to Fly (2018)
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The Man Who Wanted to Fly (2018)

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 3 Apr 2019 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

Bobby Coote left school at 13 and says his reading and writing isn't great. He fixes clocks and spends a lot of time in his back shed making violins from old furniture. But he’s never lost sight of a lifelong dream to fly. His neighbour Sean has also caught the bug. Setting aside their own field of dreams they have cut out a runway and even built a hangar in a small rural border community. And now Bobby has used all his savings to buy a plane! He’ll get no encouragement from his brother Ernie. Ernie thinks the whole thing is mad but Bobby says he’ll make this happen … even if it’s the last thing he does.

CERT: TBC  Language: English   Dur: 82 mins
Director:  Frank Shouldice
In Association with Access Cinema

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It’s a Kinda Magic

It’s a Kinda Magic

Coolmine Musical Society

Fri 5 - Sat 6 Apr 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €17 conc

Coolmine Musical Society invite you to be their guest for a whole new world of entertainment, from Disney melodies to Queen anthems and some surprises along the way. We’ll provide the magic you need for a great night out! 

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Grease The Musical

Grease The Musical

Cecilian Theatre Arts

Tue 9 - Fri 12 Apr 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €23

The renowned Award Winning Cecilian Theatre Arts have entertained audiences for years and have staged many award winning productions at Draíocht, including: ‘Oklahoma’, ‘Wonderful World of Disney’, ‘A Little Princess the Musical’, ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’, 'Meet Me in St Louis’. Their most recent triumphant sell out productions were, ‘Let Me Entertain You' and ‘Applause’. 
The Cecilian’s are affiliated to AIMS (Association of Irish Musical Societies) and they have many nominations & awards under their belt.

Cecilian’s return to Draíocht with the No.1 greatest musical! ‘GREASE’, celebrating 40 years of the smash hit movie which taught the world to hand jive. It’s the original high-school musical, featuring all the unforgettable songs from the hit movie including ‘You’re The One That I Want’, ‘Grease Is The Word’, ‘Summer Nights’, ‘Hopelessly Devoted To You’, ‘Sandy’, ‘Greased Lightnin’ and many, many more.
Grease is STILL the word! A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop, a-wop-bam-boom!

Directors/Producers: Jennifer O'Dowd & Rosalind O'Dowd.
Musical Director: Ivan McKenna
Chorus Master: Dave McGauren 
Choreographer: Jules McNamara

And This is My Friend Mr Laurel
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And This is My Friend Mr Laurel

By Gail Louw and Jeffrey Holland / KPS Productions & The Finishing Touch Company

Thu 25 Apr 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

Fulfilling a long-held desire to pay tribute to his hero Stan Laurel, Jeffrey Holland tells this intriguing, funny and often poignant tale of friendship, love and dedication about one of Hollywood’s great film comedians.

Jeffrey (Hi-de-Hi, You Rang M'Lord) stars in this one-man show about friendship, memories and a couple of remarkable lives. Set in the bedroom of a sick Oliver Hardy the show takes place during Laurel's visit to the dying man. Recounting their past success as the comedy double act Laurel and Hardy, this is a humorous and touching look at one of the great cinematic partnerships of the last century.

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"Spellbinding and magically, timelessly funny." ★★★★ The Stage

"Simple, smart and sublimely performed." ★★★★ BroadwayBaby.com

"" ★★★★ ThePublicReviews / Three Weeks / Edinburgh Evening News / The Metro

Michael Harding - On Tuesdays I’m a Buddhist
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Michael Harding - On Tuesdays I’m a Buddhist

Fri 26 Apr 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc

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Back by popular demand, join Michael Harding as he reads from his latest memoir, ruminates on the difference between psychotherapy and religion and relates the story of his pilgrimage to Skellig Michael, in his ongoing search for meaning.

After many therapy sessions focused on an effort to uncover personal truth, and long solitary months on the road with a one man show, Harding is finally led to an artists' retreat in the shadow of Skellig Michael. Mixing stories from the road with dispatches from his Irish Times columns, On Tuesdays I'm a Buddhist is a spell-binding and powerful book about the human condition, the narratives we weave around the self, and the ultimate bliss of living in the present moment.

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"What happens between one story and the next? That's the really interesting part. That's the space where we find bliss; where we float sometimes, suspended, and only for a brief moment. Perhaps only for a few scarce moments in an entire life."

"Harding’s latest attempt to find meaning in life is searingly honest, funny and self-deprecating." The Irish Times

"A spell-binding and powerful book about the human condition, the narratives we weave around the self, and the ultimate bliss of living in the present moment." Books.ie

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Beyond The Horizon - Ireland’s New Pink Floyd Tribute Show

Beyond The Horizon - Ireland’s New Pink Floyd Tribute Show

Played by Pink Floyd fans for Pink Floyd fans

Sat 27 Apr 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €22 / €20 conc

Beyond The Horizon brings together session musicians and singers from what's best on the current Irish music scene, for this Pink Floyd Tribute Show. Everyone in the band is a life-long Pink Floyd fan and it comes across in their set-lists and stage show.
Combining great musicianship, amazing singers and their own custom light/laser show, Beyond The Horizon promises a top class Irish Pink Floyd experience while making lots of new friends along the way.

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Danny O’Brien – Lock-In
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Danny O’Brien – Lock-In

Sat 27 Apr 2019 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €14 / €12 conc

Award-winning Irish comedian Danny O' Brien went to prison. Three times to perform. Once again by accident. He's performed relentlessly worldwide and taken up a new religion through the medium of a hangry hangover.
Danny was handpicked this year to perform as part of the iconic Best of the Edinburgh Fest show touring Australia, has featured on The Comedy Channel and is a regular on Irish TV and Radio. He recently opened for American comedian Bill Burr in front of over 7,000 people in Dublin.
'Lock-In' has already sold out at Galway International Arts Festival, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, A European tour in over 10 cities as well a tour in Dubai and South East Asia.
Book tickets now to avoid disappointment!
Adult Content, Age 15+

Twitter & Instagram @dobcomedy 
dannyobriencomedy.com

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

Jason Byrne - You Can Come In, But Don’t Start Anything
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Jason Byrne - You Can Come In, But Don’t Start Anything

Thu 2 May 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €22 / €20 conc

Back by Popular Demand, following 2 Sell Outs Shows in January!

A brand new show from ‘The Outright King of Live Comedy’ The Times.
The star of ‘Irelands Got Talent’, Jason Byrne is one the most exciting live comedy performers in the world. What he achieves on a stage cannot be adequately described by audience members, critics or fellow comics. Thus his legendary shows become a secret shared experience among his audience. Every night stars are born, friendships are formed, mascara is ruined and pants are binned. Don’t miss the chance to become part of this unique comedy experience but don’t forget to bring spare pants.
This Show is for Over 15’s.

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"Unmissable." Evening Standard

"Watching a new Jason Byrne show is a bit like witnessing lightning in a bottle." Edinburgh Evening News

"Byrne is consistently brilliant." Metro

David O’Doherty You Have To Laugh
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David O’Doherty You Have To Laugh

Thu 16 - Fri 17 May 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

Unhook your mindbras. David O’Doherty is back in Draíocht with a brand new show made up of talking and songs played on a crappy keyboard from 1986.
As seen on BBC2’s 'Live At The Apollo' and Channel 4’s '8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown'.

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The Illegals with Niamh Kavanagh - Eagles and Fleetwood Mac 25 Tour
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The Illegals with Niamh Kavanagh - Eagles and Fleetwood Mac 25 Tour

Oldshore Productions

Sat 18 May 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €16 conc

It’s 25 years since the Eagles came back with the magical Hell Freezes Over world tour and Fleetwood Mac reformed their most successful line-up for President Bill Clinton.

For 2019, The Illegals are putting a new show on the road to celebrate these two ground-shaking music events from the world’s two most iconic rock bands. Led by Niamh Kavanagh, she of the mesmerizing voice and mischievous spirit, The Illegals will take you on a journey for three hours of soulful harmonies, exciting riffs, blistering guitars and unforgettable songs. The best of two legendary bands in one night? It’s almost too good to be true.

Songs like  “Last Resort”, “Go Your Own Way”, “Life In The Fast Lane”, “Don’t Stop”, “Love Will Keep Us Alive”, “The Chain” and “Hotel California” – and many others: all in celebration of two of the greatest rock bands of all time who have sat at the top of the billboards for over 40 years. Aside from the headline albums, the show consists of many other Eagles and Fleetwood Mac hits, as well as some of the solo work from individual members and other ‘connected’ artists. The Illegals are a band of experienced musicians performing mostly in theatres and rock venues throughout the country, putting on a formidable show and giving thousands of fans an experience they won’t forget.

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"Niamh is outstanding - The Rolls-Royce of Irish Rock." RTE

"Simply Stunning." BBC

SAVE THE DATE: THE TODDLER TAKEOVER

SAVE THE DATE: THE TODDLER TAKEOVER

A Little Event For The Youngest Citizens of Blanchardstown

Thu 30 - Fri 31 May 2019

30-31 MAY 2019   Ages 0-4 Years
A host of wonderful artists and art forms awaits you to see, hear and experience new adventures during our Toddler Take Over Adventure 2019! Draíocht’s Toddler Take Over, now in its 5th Year, celebrates the limitless imagination of the very young child and the magic that happens when it is combined with the world of artists and the arts. With a combination of book-in and free drop-in events, children are invited to explore all the creativity that awaits them. Draíocht transforms into a big space for adventure through story, visual arts, music and dance for the very young.

Ensure you get an email reminder, by emailing marketing@draiocht.ie with Toddler Takeover in the subject field.

The Classic Beatles - Abbey Road 50th Anniversary Tour
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The Classic Beatles - Abbey Road 50th Anniversary Tour

Sat 1 Jun 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €23 / €21 conc

The only Beatles tribute act endorsed by Sir George Martin, and the stars of the multi-award winning ‘Get Back’ show, the Classic Beatles are set to go on the road in 2019 to celebrate the iconic 'Abbey Road' album as it reaches the 50th anniversary of its release. The band will play the album in its entirety, featuring memorable songs including ‘Come Together’, ‘Something’, ‘Golden Slumber’ and ‘Here comes the sun’.
This is a show not to be missed by any Beatles fan, so come together and join us for what promises to be a memorable fab four experience.

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Frankie’s Guys

Frankie’s Guys

A celebration of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

Thu 31 Oct - Fri 1 Nov 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €25

Back by popular demand ... 'Frankie's Guys - A celebration of 'Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons' is a fast paced, energetic production with an authentic live concert feel. Putting their own charismatic stamp on timeless classics such as, 'Big Girls Don't Cry', 'Walk Like A Man', ‘Sherry’ & 'Oh What A Night', the boys take you on a nostalgic trip down memory lane and remind you exactly why ‘The Four Seasons’ sold over 100 million records and earned themselves a place in the prestigious 'Rock and Roll Hall of Fame'. With slick choreography, charm, charisma, brilliant audience participation and amazing live vocals, it’s clear to see why ’Frankie's Guys’ are receiving standing ovations up and down the country.

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