Holdfast PROJECT SPACE for Families

Holdfast PROJECT SPACE for Families

DEC 2019 - FEB 2020, First Floor Gallery

Thu 12 Dec - Sat 29 Feb 2020 First Floor Gallery

Come along and enjoy the interactive PROJECT SPACE in the First Floor Gallery, designed specifically for children by Orla Goodwin. There are free art activities for all to enjoy that connect to the exhibition ‘Holdfast’ by Ann Ensor, which is showing in the Ground Floor Gallery. You are invited to engage with the themes and ideas presented in ‘Holdfast’ in a creative, fun way. Explore the space with your child in your own time over the course of the exhibition or come along on a day when one of our artists will be on hand for some creative guidance (see times and dates below for guided engagement). You can draw, read, watch and make, as you learn more about the wonders of kelp and the important role we all play in keeping our kelp forests healthy.

TIMES AND DATES:

Holdfast PROJECT SPACE in Draíocht’s First Floor Gallery opens from 10AM- 4PM MON-FRI over the course of the exhibition. The space has been designed for self-lead creativity for children aged 5-10 years, but older and younger children are also welcome to explore. We ask that children are supervised at all times in the space. Please leave the space as you would like to find it.

Open for self-lead engagement, daily during the exhibition, Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm, THU 12 DEC 2019-SAT 29 FEB 2020.

Open for guided engagement by Draíocht's Artist's Team: 
January:
SAT 04 (1PM-2PM & 2.30PM-7PM) SUN 05 (12.30PM-5PM),
SAT 11 (1PM-2PM & 2.30PM-7PM), SUN 12 (12.30PM -5PM),
SAT 18 (1PM-2PM & 2.30PM-7PM), SUN 19 (12.30PM-3PM),
SAT 25 (11AM-3PM).
February:
SAT 01 (11AM-3PM), SAT 08 (11AM-3PM),
SAT 15 (11AM-3PM), SAT 22 (11AM-3PM).


Further enquires: paula@draiocht.ie

Holdfast - Ann Ensor - Amharc Fhine Gall 2019 - 12th Edition

Holdfast - Ann Ensor - Amharc Fhine Gall 2019 - 12th Edition

Curated by Sharon Murphy

Thu 12 Dec - Sat 29 Feb 2020 Ground & First Floor Galleries // FREE

Draíocht, in collaboration with Fingal County Council Arts Office, is delighted to announce a new commission from Ann Ensor for the 12th edition of Amharc Fhine Gall.

Holdfast is an immersive installation which explores the aesthetic properties and the environmental significance of kelp seaweed. Kelp has been around for millions of years and is hugely important in reducing and sinking carbon from the atmosphere to the sea floor bed. Kelp acts as a wave barrier and helps prevent coastal erosion. It shelters and feeds hundreds of marine entities in its holdfasts and fronds. Kelp is now coming under threat from excessive storm damage, pollution and mechanical cutting. This new commission continues to explore the aesthetic properties and the environmental significance of this natural material.

Ann Ensor is a visual artist based in Dublin 15 whose work combines sculpture, drawing, sound and text to explore environmental issues central to her practice. Ensor has just completed a residency at The Ballinglen Arts Foundation, North Mayo. Recent exhibitions include Matter Has No Density, Pallas Studios (2018); Heavy Weather at The Complex (2018); RHA Summer Show (2018); and Kfest, Kerry (2018). In 2017 she was a finalist in the RDS Visual Arts Awards Exhibition, curated by Nick Miller. Ensor holds an MFA Degree in painting (2017) from NCAD where she originally graduated in 2015 with a BA (1st Hons) in Fine Art/Sculpture.

Holdfast is accompanied by an interactive project space designed by Orla Goodwin for children in Draíocht’s First Floor Gallery, a public engagement programme facilitated by Draíocht’s Artist Team and an artist's book, designed by Siobhan Griffin, Alphabet Soup.This is Draíocht’s first formal exhibition addressing climate change.

Amharc Fhine Gall (Fingal Gaze) is an annual exhibition commissioned by Fingal County Council’s Arts Office and presented at Draíocht. Amharc Fhine Gall supports ambitious new artworks from artists at all stages of their career seeking to expand their practice through exploring new ideas, different media or variations in scale so as to take their work in new directions. The exhibition was initiated in 2004 by Fingal County Council Arts Office to celebrate the wealth of artistic talent in the county.  

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

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Explore More - Primary School Tours

Explore More - Primary School Tours

Fri 13 Dec - Fri 28 Feb 2020 Draíocht Galleries // FREE // Dur 50 mins

Visit Draíocht’s exhibition ‘Holdfast’ and its accompanying PROJECT SPACE. These tours will encourage pupils to examine and voice their opinion about the artist and their work as well as exploring the rest of the building including our two theatre spaces, backstage and dressing rooms. Please get in touch with paula@draiocht.ie. Tours will take 50 mins, are free and subject to availability, max 30 pupils with accompanying teacher.

Holdfast Sketch Tours - Secondary School Tours

Holdfast Sketch Tours - Secondary School Tours

Preparing For Section 3 Art Appreciation

Mon 6 Jan - Fri 28 Feb 2020 Draíocht Galleries // €25 Per Class / Dur: 60 mins

The exhibition ‘Holdfast’ by artist Ann Ensor provides an excellent opportunity for your students to engage with a local gallery, a local Dublin 15 artist and current public environmental concerns.

The exhibition explores the destruction of Ireland's kelp forest and the environmental impact of those actions. Facilitated by artist Bridget Flannery, this tour gives students the opportunity to ask questions and explore Draíocht’s exhibition, focusing on how we layout, install, display and light work, which can feed directly in to this section of the Leaving Certificate Art exam paper, which often includes a question on visiting an exhibition or a gallery space. Students will also have an opportunity to make notes, sketches and diagrams.

Contact Paula on t: 01-8098029 / e: paula@draiocht.ie  to arrange a time and date for your sketch tour that will help students answer possible questions around gallery installation and exhibitions. All materials will be provided. Please give at least 2 weeks notice. Max 30 students per class with accompanying teacher. Limited number of tours available, early booking advised.

Look, Talk, Draw, Play - Children’s Gallery Guide

Look, Talk, Draw, Play - Children’s Gallery Guide

JAN – MAR 2020

Mon 6 Jan - Tue 31 Mar 2020 // FREE

Come and pick up Draíocht’s new Children’s Gallery Guide (free from Draíocht’s Creative Corner during opening hours) to help you and your family explore our exhibitions and building at your own pace and in your own time. Our Box Office staff will assist you with paper, clipboards, colouring pencils and a cushion! Look around the building, talk about the artwork, draw with the viewfinder, play a game of I Spy in the gallery!

This gallery guide was designed and created with generous support from Creative Fingal’s Cruinniú na nÓg 2019 programme, an initiative of Creative Ireland, in collaboration with Kotryna Kotoviciute from TU Dublin Blanchardstown’s, Creative Digital Media Degree course. Draíocht’s Creative Corner was designed by Artist Andrew Carson.

Draíocht Artist in Your Classroom Initiative

Draíocht Artist in Your Classroom Initiative

Workshops In Your Classroom With Draíocht’s Artists

Mon 13 Jan - Fri 27 Mar 2020 // €120

This programme aims to provide a range of high quality arts experiences for primary school pupils and teachers in their own classroom, working with Draíocht’s professional artists. Your school can choose from the range of specially selected and purposefully created school workshops below. This Season, pupils will have the opportunity to perform, print and sing. Workshops are tailored to your class’s age and abilities.

Drama In Your Classroom
Age Range: Adaptable To All Age Ranges
Duration: Junior/Senior Inf: 4 Class Groups get 45 min Workshop Each / 1st Class Upwards: 2 Class Groups get 1.5hr Workshop Each
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 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!

Print In Your Classroom
Age Range: 3rd-6th Class
Duration: 2 Class Groups get 2 hr Workshop Each
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.

Music And Singing In Your Classroom
Age Range: Adaptable To All Age Ranges
Duration: 3 Class Groups get 60 min Workshop Each
Artist: Dónal Kearney
This music and singing workshop introduces pupils 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 and benefits of music engagement.


WORKSHOP NOTES & BOOKINGS:
Workshops can take place from 13 January - 27 March 2020 on a date of your choosing. Closing date for Bookings is Friday 31 January 2020 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. Each day is subsidised by Draíocht and costs the school €120 including all materials. 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 Paula on 01-809 8029 or email paula@draiocht.ie

Create Dance Project - Spring 2020

Create Dance Project - Spring 2020

JAN-MAR 2020

Sat 25 Jan - Sat 28 Mar 2020

Starting in January, Create Dance's dancers and facilitators are collaborating with Lámh Signs Ireland to create a new special piece of choreography for public show later in 2020. Create Dance 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, Antje O’Toole and Conor Donolan work together with participants and their parents to explore all types of dance and free movement.

If you have a child aged between 5-17 years with a love of dance, please get in touch with paula@draiocht.ie / 01-8098029. During term time workshops for Juniors are on 12.15pm-1.15pm (places available) and Seniors 1.30pm-2.30pm. Pre booking for this workshop is essential.

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Focus On Music - Workshops for Primary Schools - SOLD OUT

Focus On Music - Workshops for Primary Schools - SOLD OUT

Tue 28 Jan - Wed 12 Feb 2020 Draiocht Workshop Room // €45

These energy-filled, music workshops for primary schools are designed to immerse pupils into the wonderful world of music in a fun, activity-based and child-centred way, with Shay Lally and the team from The Mobile Music School.

Focus On Music … Samba Sounds
TUE 28 JAN  10.10AM-11.10AM OR 11.30AM -12.30PM
Draíocht Workshop Room  Cost: €45  Dur 60 mins  Age: 1st-6th Class
These dynamic samba workshops explore the magic of the traditional street samba of carnival. With each session, pupils will learn how to play samba’s Afro-Brazilian rhythms. Both exciting and soothing, these percussion workshops feature an introduction to a wide variety of percussion instruments.

Focus On Music … Let’s Sing
WED 05 FEB  10.10AM-11.10AM OR 11.30AM -12.30PM
Draíocht Workshop Room  Cost: €45  Dur 60 mins  Age: 1st-6th Class
These creative singing workshops explore the voice through games and activities, investigate the importance of breathing and posture whilst singing and develop each pupil’s aural awareness. ‘Let’s Sing’ is an excellent way of encouraging and improving each child’s singing abilities. Each session culminates in the performance of a new song learned by the class.

Focus On Music … Learn & Explore
WED 12 FEB  10.10AM-11.10AM OR 11.30AM -12.30PM
Draíocht Workshop Room  Cost: €45  Dur 60 mins  Age: 1st-6th Class
These interactive, fun and activity-based workshops aim to enhance each pupil's musical awareness. During the workshop, pupils discover that music tells a story, they explore the role of the conductor, investigate the importance of percussion, and learn about dynamics, tempo, mood, the beat and rhythm. Pupil's will learn and perform songs, compose music using set sounds and play along to music.

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 Paula (01) 8098029 if cost is an issue for your school. Max of 30 pupils per class. Booking through Box Office (01) 8852622.

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Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
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Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

Wed 29 Jan 2020 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor star in Singin' in the Rain, one of the greatest and most successful musicals ever filmed - filled with memorable songs, lavish routines and Gene Kelly's famous song-and-dance number performed in the rain. Clever, incisive, and funny, Singin' in the Rain is a masterpiece of the classical Hollywood musical.

Cert: PG  Language: English  Dur: 102 mins  Dir: Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly
In association with Access Cinema

"If you've never seen it and don't, you're bonkers!" Rotten Tomatoes

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!

Thu 30 - Fri 31 Jan 2020 8PM Main Auditorium // €32 / €30 conc

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 70s chart-topper Shaun O’Dowd.

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.

The Matchmaker by John B Keane - SOLD OUT
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The Matchmaker by John B Keane - SOLD OUT

Starring Mary McEvoy and Jon Kenny

Sat 1 Feb 2020 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!

Dublin 15 Transition Year Dance Workshops

Dublin 15 Transition Year Dance Workshops

Feb/May 2020 - School Taster Workshops

Mon 3 Feb - Fri 29 May 2020

Supported by Draíocht and Fingal Arts Office, Dublin Youth Dance Company dance artists will engage with a number of Dublin 15 secondary schools in a 10 week contemporary dance project. The project seeks to introduce contemporary dance to young people in Dublin 15.

The project will culminate in an exciting week-long residency in Draíocht’s dance studio, facilitated by DYDC dance artists, with a selection of students who wish to continue to explore dance. The residency group will work towards the creation of a new dance piece to form part of the Irish Youth Dance Festival showcase on Sunday 28th June 2020 in Draíocht.

If you are a transition year coordinator from any Dublin 15 based school and are interested in your transition year students taking part, please contact paula@draiocht.ie / ph: 01 8098029.

* IYDF Open Call for Dancers

A Viennese Strauss Gala
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A Viennese Strauss Gala

World on Stage - Producers of Mozart by Candlelight and Baroque by Candlelight

Wed 5 Feb 2020 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc

Now in its 15th year, and back on tour by popular demand, with a sparkling new anniversary production, comes A Viennese Strauss Gala. Recreating the romance of the Viennese Festive season, reminding you of a bygone age of glamorous soirees and Strauss waltzes. The Show features highlights from some of the great Operettas of the Strauss family, Kalman and Lehar; including Die Fledermaus, The Merry Widow and many more.
The European Orchestral Ensemble will accompany four Soloists from major Opera companies; including Opera North, English National Opera and D’Oyly Carte.
This wonderful production is cleverly staged and choreographed, and authentically costumed, and will appeal to the romantic as much as the music aficionado. It continues to be hugely popular all over the country. 

Starring Maria Kesselman, James Schouten and rising star Joe Partridge.

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Jason Byrne – Wrecked but Ready - SOLD OUT

Jason Byrne – Wrecked but Ready - SOLD OUT

The Star of ‘Ireland’s Got Talent’

Thu 6 - Fri 7 Feb 2020 8PM Main Auditorium // €23

Jason Byrne has had a hard year. But he doesn’t want to talk about that. He’s wrecked but ready. Ready for a laugh. This show is a celebration. A celebration of triumph over adversity. A celebration of the fact that everybody has their own crap going on and they don’t need to listen to someone else moaning about their problems. So, leave your worries at the door and find out why ‘The Times’ described Jason as ‘The Outright King of Live Comedy’.

"Unmissable." Evening Standard

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

"Full on, doubled up, gasping for oxygen, hilarious." Chortle.

Sharon Shannon - Celebrating 30 Years
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Sharon Shannon - Celebrating 30 Years

With Special Guest Alan Connor

Sat 8 Feb 2020 8PM Main Auditorium // €23 / €20 conc

Sharon Shannon has music at her fingertips ... literally! The Irish accordionist has achieved legendary status throughout the world and has made the much-maligned accordion 'cool' in her home country. She is renowned for her collaborations, not just in Irish traditional music, but through all musical genres, Hip-Hop, Cajun, Country, Classical and Rap. Sharon has recorded and toured with a who's who of the Irish and global music industry, including Bono, Adam Clayton, Sinead O’Connor, Jackson Browne, John Prine, Steve Earle, The RTE Concert Orchestra, The Chieftains, The Waterboys, Willie Nelson, Nigel Kennedy, Alison Krauss and Shane MacGowan - a list that is testament to Sharon's versatility as well as talent. Her album Galway Girl went 4 times platinum in Ireland with the title track winning her the Meteor award two years running for most downloaded song.

Stars by the Pound / 100 kilos d’étoiles (2019)

Stars by the Pound / 100 kilos d’étoiles (2019)

Draíocht in Association with The Irish Film Institute

Wed 12 Feb 2020 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 'Stars by the Pound / 100 kilos d'étoiles' for Junior Cycle Secondary School Students, in French (with English subtitles). Recommended age: 12+

Lois, 16, has only one dream: becoming an astronaut. However, although she’s gifted in physics, she has a big problem: Lois weighs over 200 pounds – a family trait she’s inescapably stuck with. When Lois is told by her science teacher that her excess weight means she will never become an astronaut, she faces a battle with her own body image that leads to hospitalisation.Then, just when everything seems lost, Lois meets Amélie, Stannah, and Justine: three teenagers shattered, like her, by life’s tough breaks; yet ready for anything in order to leave with her for outer space…Together, they motivate each other to take a road trip and enter a science competition that could win them a zero gravity flight. A sweet, touching story about friendship and self-belief.

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France  •  2019 •  85 mins  •  Comedy
Director: Marie-Sophie Chambon
Produced by Koro Films

Secondary Cycle Film Screenings 2020
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

The Farewell (2019)
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The Farewell (2019)

Wed 12 Feb 2020 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

When a Chinese family discover their beloved Grandmother has only a short while left to live, they decide to keep her in the dark and schedule an impromptu wedding to gather everyone together, before she passes. This 2019 American comedy-drama film is written and directed by Lulu Wang and includes some of Wang's own life experiences. It stars Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin, Zhao Shuzhen, Lu Hong, and Jiang Yongbo. 

CERT: PG   Language: English   Dur: 98 mins
In association with Access Cinema

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"‘ … deftly captures complicated family dynamics with a poignant, well-acted drama that marries cultural specificity with universally relatable themes.’" Rotten Tomatoes

Bop And Boogie with Jess Rowell

Bop And Boogie with Jess Rowell

Exploring More With Early Years Arts

Fri 14 Feb 2020 10.10AM & 11.20AM Draíocht Workshop Room // €5 per child / Dur: 50 mins

10.10AM-11AM & 11.20AM-12.10PM (50 MINS)

Enjoy music and dance with your little one in this fun workshop specially designed for you and your toddler to bop and boogie. Dance artist Jess Rowell will guide you in an exploration of movement, colour and rhythm.

WORKSHOP NOTES
These workshops are designed for children aged 2-4 years.
This series of individual monthly workshops is intended to allow you and your child to explore different art mediums in an open and undirected way. There will be mess but there will also be fun! Cost: €5 per child per workshop (accompanying adult is free). Box Office on 01-8852622. Please respect age limits as each workshop has been designed especially for this age range. All children must be accompanied by an adult and all adults must be accompanied by a child. Where indicated please DRESS FOR MESS and bring a change of clothes. These sessions are only suitable for one parent/guardian and accompanying child (without siblings).

Neil Delamere - End of Watch - SOLD OUT
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Neil Delamere - End of Watch - SOLD OUT

Fri 14 Feb 2020 8PM Main Auditorium // €25 / €23 conc

Fresh from a sell-out tour, star of BBC’s the Blame Game, Fighting Talk and the Newsquiz Neil Delamere returns to Draíocht with a brand new show. Time waits for no man, especially one trying to buy a watch. Things always get complicated. 

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

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

Mary Coughlan in Concert

Mary Coughlan in Concert

Mary Coughlan & Band

Sat 15 Feb 2020 8PM Main Auditorium // €25

Mary Coughlan is arguably one of Ireland’s greatest female jazz and blues singers, a true artist who has carved out a timeless and highly regarded career and a legion of devoted fans worldwide. Described as 'Ireland’s Billie Holiday’, Mary has overcome childhood trauma, alcoholism & drug addiction to become a musical force like no other. 'Her life story gives weight to the truth that the best singers are the ones with the most painful lives' (The Guardian). Her seminal first album 'Tired and Emotional' rocketed her to overnight fame in 1985, and fifteen albums later, her ability to deeply connect with both the song and her audience remains undiminished, a testament to her inner strength and to the power of transformation and redemption.

Mary live is in a league of her own, her glorious husky voice pulling every ounce of emotion from the music. This is the real thing, sung from the depths of a woman’s heart and soul, a survivor who (to paraphrase Leonard Cohen’s famous words) 'was born with the gift of a golden voice'. This is why she is so loved. As the Observer rightly said, 'Mary Coughlan’s talent is awesome'. Resonant with the grief of Billie Holiday, the soul of Van Morrison and the defiance of Edith Piaf, to hear Mary sing is to be at the core of the human heart.

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"A song is not complete unless it has been sung by Mary Coughlan." Melody Maker

"The emotional purity in Mary Coughlan’s songs is so fragile that it is possible to become inconsolable when listening to her in a darkened room. " Q Magazine

"During one point in her set, Mary kept the audience transfixed as she sang ‘Strange Fruit’ without accompaniment. If you were to drop a pin, you would have been beaten up for it." The London Times

Monsters Inc (2001) - SOLD OUT

Monsters Inc (2001) - SOLD OUT

Sensory Friendly Family Screening

Sat 15 Feb 2020 3PM Draíocht Studio // €5 adults & children / Dur: 92 mins

In a world of monsters, best friends Sulley and Mike are the top scarers in the energy company they work in. However, their lives are hugely disrupted when a human girl enters the city.

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

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"Clever, funny, and delightful to look at, Monsters, Inc. delivers another resounding example of how Pixar elevated the bar for modern all-ages animation." Rotten Tomatoes

Patrick Feeney - Country and Gospel

Patrick Feeney - Country and Gospel

Sun 16 Feb 2020 8PM Main Auditorium // €25

Hailing from Gurteen in County Sligo, Patrick Feeney is highly regarded as one of Ireland’s finest vocal talents and performers and his forthcoming ‘Country and Gospel’ tour will feature many of his most popular songs like ‘I Believe’, ‘Someone to love me’ and his recent smash hit recording ‘Jerusalem’, which received nightly standing ovations on the hugely successful 3 Amigos Tour along with his great friends Jimmy Buckley and Robert Mizzell.

To coincide with the tour Patrick recently released a new Country and Gospel album which has received high critical acclaim all across Ireland and further afield. Patrick is really looking forward to his own tour and it’s a fantastic opportunity for fans to hear a collection of his biggest and most popular songs coupled with some new material selected for this exciting project. Joining Patrick on the tour will be his own band of fantastic musicians and a few of Ireland’s finest session players. Enhanced by state of the art sound and lighting this is certainly a show you won’t want to miss!
 

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Lords of Strut - ABSOLUTE LEGENDS
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Lords of Strut - ABSOLUTE LEGENDS

A Lords of Strut and THISISPOPBABY Co-production

Thu 20 Feb 2020 7PM Main Auditorium // €7 adults / €5 children / Dur: 60 mins / Age 6+

All their lives, Sean and Seamus have wanted to be famous. To get there they need to make the perfect dance routine; they need your help. In this dance fantasy adventure, the brothers rock out banging moves, run into trouble, have a few tantrums, cause a bit of mayhem and find out if fame is really what they’re looking for after all. Fusing their signature combination of dizzying acrobatics, riotous comedy and big heart, Street Performance World Champions, unlikely heroes of smash hit RIOT and Britain’s Got Talent favourites, Lords of Strut deliver their most ridiculous and sublime family show to date. Rip-roaringly funny, fantastically bizarre, they are absolute legends!

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"Utterly Magical." Sunday Times

"Belly laughs all round." Irish Times

"Absolute Legends indeed." Irish Examiner

"A glorious mix of comedic gold and awe inspiring dance moves, it really should not be missed." Meg.ie

The Celtic Tenors 20th Anniversary Tour

The Celtic Tenors 20th Anniversary Tour

Fri 21 Feb 2020 8PM Main Auditorium // €25

With a polished international reputation and just over a million album sales under their belts, The Celtic Tenors offer something truly unique. The skill, range and ability of world-class tenors combined with the personality and fun of genuine performers. 

Matthew Gilsenan, James Nelson and Daryl Simpson have performed together as the Celtic Tenors for nearly twenty years, they offer more than beautiful voices and musical knowledge. Comfortable in all genres from classical and folk to Irish and pop, they bring their audience on a real musical voyage. A relaxing and wonderful evening’s entertainment is guaranteed.

The Celtic Tenors have broken new ground by stepping away from their classical roots, and adding a more contemporary edge. With this pioneering approach, they’ve welcomed a wider audience and fostered a fresh and invigorating style which has won them both critical acclaim and so many fans the world over. From their No. 1 Chart Positions in Ireland & Germany, (and No. 2 in the UK ) to their three platinum selling albums, their international reputation continues to grow.

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Mother Tongues Festival

Mother Tongues Festival

Fri 21 - Sat 22 Feb 2020

Draíocht is delighted to be working with Mother Tongues Festival for the first time in 2020 to present a range of workshops and performances in different languages for children, young people, families and adults. Pre-booking advised tel 01-8852622 or Online

Please also see https://mothertonguesfestival.com/ for Full Programme in All Venues.​

Click the links below to read more about each event and for direct booking link:

My Little Album of My Own City – Illustration Workshop
FRI 21 FEB 10AM-11.30AM Draíocht Workshop Room
Age: 8-10 yrs Cost: €5
Main Languages: Portuguese/English/Multilingual
With illustrator Tarsila Kruse

Drumming Workshop with The Akano Brothers
FRI 21 FEB 12.30PM-2PM Draíocht Workshop Room
Age: 11-13 yrs Cost: €5
Main Languages: Yoruba/Igbo/English
With Segun and Micheal Akano

‘BOX’ and ‘Parakayapravesham’ – Film Screenings
FRI 21 FEB 6PM-6.45PM Draíocht Studio
Age: All ages Cost: €0/FREE
Languages: Malayalam/English
With Film Maker, Jijo Sebastian Palatty

Feet To The Beat - Sean Nós Dancing
SAT 22 FEB 10.30AM-11.30AM Draíocht Studio
Age: 4-6 yrs Cost: €5 per child (accompanying adults free)
Main Language: Irish
With dancer and musician Sibéal Davitt

Physical Theatre with Simona
SAT 22 FEB 12.30PM-2PM Draíocht Studio
Age: 6-8 yrs Cost: €5
Main Language: Italian
With Simona Roveda

In My Own Words – Painting Workshop
SAT 22 FEB 12PM-1.30PM Draíocht Workshop Room
Age: 13-17 yrs Cost: €5
Main Language: Romanian
With artist Anca Danila

Super Power! - Interactive Workshop
SAT 22 FEB 2.30PM-3.15PM Draíocht Workshop Room
Age: Family Groups  Cost: €0/FREE
Main Languages: English
With Dr. Maria Garaffa and Rosa (age 9)

Present From The Future - Painting Workshop
SAT 22 FEB 4PM-5.30PM Draíocht Workshop Room
Age: 10-13 yrs  Cost: €5
Main Language: Polish
With environmental artist Beata Daly

Family Show With The Akano Brothers & Friends
SAT 22 FEB 5PM-6PM Draíocht Studio
Age: Family Groups  Cost: €7 adults / €5 children
Main Languages: Yoruba/Igbo/English
With Segun and Micheal Akano​

 

Mother Tongues Festival - BOX’ and ‘Parakayapravesham’ – Film Screenings

Mother Tongues Festival - BOX’ and ‘Parakayapravesham’ – Film Screenings

Main Languages: Malayalam/English

Fri 21 Feb 2020 6PM-6.45PM Draíocht Studio // Age: All ages Cost: FREE

​Draíocht is delighted to be working with Mother Tongues Festival for the first time in 2020 to present a range of workshops and performances in different languages for children, young people, families and adults. Pre-booking advised tel 01-8852622 or Online

Draíocht is delighted to show two films by Dublin 15 based collaborative Film Maker, Jijo Sebastian Palatty, both made with community casts. BOX (16 mins) was made in Dublin 15 in 2015 and was a collaboration between Palatty and ‘Neoron’ aka the Indo Irish Atheists. ‘BOX’ looks at themes of religious extremism, racial and religious practices, feminism and social freedoms amongst minority communities and the Irish Intercultural context where communities can find themselves increasingly ‘boxed’. Box was funded through the Art’s Council’s ‘Artist in the Community’ programme managed by Create, the agency for collaborative arts practice in Ireland.
‘Parakayapravesham’ (To Take Another Human Form) (15 mins) explores immigrant angst through the lens of a dark comedy.

മദർ ടങ്‌ ഫെസ്റിവലിൻറെ ഭാഗമായി ബ്ലാഞ്ചാർഡ്‌സ്‌ടൗൺ ഡ്രിയക്റ്റിൽ ഹസ്ര ചിത്രങ്ങൾ 'ബോക്സ് ' 'പരകായപ്രവേശം ' പ്രദർശിപ്പിക്കുന്നു. താൽപര്യമുള്ളവർ ദയവായി വന്ന് ഈ ഇവന്റ് വിജയിപ്പിക്കണം. നന്ദി

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A Holy Show
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A Holy Show

Written & Directed by Janet Moran

Sat 22 Feb 2020 8PM / Dur: 70 mins Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

A new comedy based on the 1981 hijacking of an Aer Lingus plane, by an ex-Trappist monk, with a bottle of water as his weapon, the Pope as his nemesis, and a burning desire to know The Third Secret of Fatima.

Step on the plane with us and experience this most Irish of hijackings. There’ll be music, nostalgia, heroism, praying, visions, romance (maybe), sex (maybe) and a special appearance by Our Lady (definitely). There’ll even be a miracle. I swear.

Funded by The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon. Created and produced by Mermaid County Wicklow Arts Centre. Play Development co-commissioned by Mermaid County Wicklow Arts Centre (Bray) and Pavilion Theatre (Dun Laoghaire) and supported by the Centre Culturel Irlandais (Paris) and Fishamble: New Play Clinic.

Starring Roseanna Purcell & Mark Fitzgerald.

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Mother Tongues Festival - Feet To The Beat - Sean Nós Dancing

Mother Tongues Festival - Feet To The Beat - Sean Nós Dancing

Main Language: Irish

Sat 22 Feb 2020 10.30AM-11.30AM Draíocht Studio // Age: 4-6 yrs Cost: €5 per child (accompanying adults free)

​Draíocht is delighted to be working with Mother Tongues Festival for the first time in 2020 to present a range of workshops and performances in different languages for children, young people, families and adults. Pre-booking advised tel 01-8852622 or Online

Renowned dancer and musician Sibéal Davitt, known for her appearances on RTÉ’s ‘Centenary’ and TG4’s ‘Glas Vegas’ will introduce children to the lively moves of sean nós. There will be lots of fun, games, movement, and laughter and a chance for children to create and show off their own brand new fancy footwork. Parents/guardians must stay and are welcome to join in!

Tá clú agus cáil ar Shibéal Davitt as a cuid rince agus as a cuid ceoil, agus í le feiceáil ar leithéidí ‘Centenary’ ar RTÉ agus ‘Glas Vegas’ ar TG4 roimhe seo. Múinfidh sí céimeanna bríomhara bunaidh an tsean-nóis do pháistí. Beidh go leor spraoi, cluichí, gluaiseachtaí, gáire, agus deis do na páistí céimeanna iontacha dá gcuid féin a chruthú agus a léiriú. Caithfidh tuismitheoirí/caomhnóirí fanacht ar an láthair agus fáiltítear rompu páirt a ghlacadh!

(capacity 20 children + their parents/guardians)

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Mother Tongues Festival - Super Power! - Interactive Workshop

Mother Tongues Festival - Super Power! - Interactive Workshop

Main Languages: English

Sat 22 Feb 2020 2.30PM-3.15PM Draiocht Workshop Room // Age: Family Groups Cost: FREE

​Draíocht is delighted to be working with Mother Tongues Festival for the first time in 2020 to present a range of workshops and performances in different languages for children, young people, families and adults. Pre-booking advised tel 01-8852622 or Online

Do you know that more than half of the world’s population is bilingual or multilingual but many are not aware of the super powers that bilingualism has on your brain and health. Join Dr. Maria Garaffa and her 9 year old daughter Rosa, for this interactive workshop for families, where we will explore the language system, discover mysterious languages and find out why bilingual brains are more flexible and how they can keep us healthy.

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Extra Ordinary (2019)
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Extra Ordinary (2019)

Wed 26 Feb 2020 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

Rose (Maeve Higgins) is a sweet, lonely driving instructor with supernatural abilities called ‘The Talents’ that allow her to communicate with spirits. She has a love/hate relationship with her gifts and ignores the community’s requests to investigate bizarre ghostly happenings in the town. However, when attractive widower Martin (Barry Ward), haunted by his nagging ex-wife contacts her for help, she has to at least consider the job! Meanwhile, across town, aging rock star Christian (Will Forte) has a sinister plan for success. This hilarious must-see comedy is filled with twists, turns, hilarity, exorcisms and haunted wheelie bins.

CERT: 15A Language: English Dur: 94 mins
In association with Access Cinema

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Baz Ashmawy - Family Matters
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Baz Ashmawy - Family Matters

Thu 27 Feb 2020 8PM Main Auditorium // €25 / €23 conc

Join Baz (50 Ways to Kill your Mammy, Wingman) for his brand new comedy show, where he talks about growing up in Dublin as a half Egyptian/half Irish boy in a council estate in Dublin and being raised by his single mother Nancy, who then found fame in her 70s! Baz will touch on his success and its benefits and losses ... and of course raising six children of his own.

Baz Ashmawy is an Emmy and IFTA Award Winning Radio and TV Broadcaster. Most recently, Baz’s show ‘Wingman’ aired to phenomenal praise on RTÉ One. The show saw Baz guide many different characters from all walks of life on a journey towards making their dreams a reality. In November 2015, 50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy won the Best Non-Scripted Entertainment award at the 2015 International Emmy Awards. The show is based on Baz inserting his mother Nancy into various dare-devil situations and documenting her typical Irish mammy reactions to the situations.

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Pure Imagination - Power Drama School

Pure Imagination - Power Drama School

Sat 29 Feb 2020 2PM & 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

Power Drama School are delighted to be returning to Draíocht for the second time and proudly present their new production 'Pure Imagination'. Join us on a magical journey in this upbeat show full of drama, comedy, charm & entertainment featuring songs from a variety of Musicals. Starring a fabulous cast of 84 children, 'Pure Imagination' is a feel good show suitable for all the family.

Sing, Bang, Jingle with Eamon Sweeney

Sing, Bang, Jingle with Eamon Sweeney

Exploring More With Early Years Arts

Tue 3 Mar 2020 10.15AM & 11.30AM Draíocht Studio // €5 per child // Dur 45 mins

10.15AM-11AM & 11.30AM-12.15PM (45 MINS)

Play music in a free and open environment with musician Eamon Sweeney. Have fun and embrace a variety of musical experiences using different instruments, songs exploring sound, colour and texture - using gongs, chimes, bells, ocean drums and simple percussion instruments.

WORKSHOP NOTES
This series of individual monthly workshops is intended to allow you and your child to explore different art mediums in an open and undirected way. There will be mess but there will also be fun! Cost: €5 per child per workshop (accompanying adult is free). Box Office on 01-8852622. These workshops are designed for children aged 2-4 years. Please respect age limits as each workshop has been designed especially for this age range. All children must be accompanied by an adult and all adults must be accompanied by a child. Where indicated please DRESS FOR MESS and bring a change of clothes. These sessions are only suitable for one parent/guardian and accompanying child (without siblings).

The Dubliners Tribute Show - All For Me Grog
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The Dubliners Tribute Show - All For Me Grog

Presented by The Liberties - The songs and story of the Dubliners

Thu 5 Mar 2020 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. 

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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Padraig Potts’ Guide to Walking
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Padraig Potts’ Guide to Walking

Writ­ten and per­formed by Sea­mus O’Rourke

Fri 6 Mar 2020 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc // Dur 90 mins

‘Padraig Potts’ Guide to Walking’ is a story full of nostalgia, innocence, Olympic standard sex and holy water salad dressing. Funny and tender, this latest show by Seamus O Rourke, follows the life of Padraig Potts McKeirnan, who has a habit of just eating whatever is on his plate… metaphorically that is… from growing up near the tiny rural village of Drumnamee, County Leitrim in the 70’s and 80’s to falling in love with Silvia Lang, a perfect protestant girl… to marrying Mary Tague, the priests housekeeper, who he never really liked… to getting rid of Mary Tague and her mother, who he claims invented vinegar… and eventually to the realisation that the world isn’t as big as he first thought.

Bursting with the vivacious wit that is the trademark of Seamus O’Rourke’s masterful play-writing, this show will tear at your heart and cripple you with laughter. Both playwright and actor Seamus not only gives us one hell of a script, he also executes a perfect delivery with superb timing, bringing to life through sweat, spittle and purest passion every exquisitely crafted and painfully familiar character to influence the journey of our antihero Padraig Potts. This is the tale of a generation lost between the old world ruled by religion and the new world ruled by hearts. Our unsung hero quietly shapes the world whilst accepting all that comes his way. However this is a crossover time. Could there be hope for Padraig yet?

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Catherine Bohart - Lemon

Catherine Bohart - Lemon

Sat 7 Mar 2020 8PM Main Auditorium // €15

Join the star of BBC2’s The Mash Report as she smashes stereotypes around sex, sexuality and relationships. As seen and heard on Roast Battle, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, The Stand Up Sketch Show, Jon Richardson: Ultimate Worrier and The Guilty Feminist Podcast.

Some adult content. Age 15+

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"Destined for stardom." Evening Standard

"The laughs keep coming and, finally, so does a tear or two. Marvellous." ★★★★ The Times

"A beautifully-delivered hour." ★★★★ Skinny

"Packed full of laughs." ★★★★ Herald

Honk! the Musical

Honk! the Musical

St Mochta's National School, Clonsilla

Tue 10 - Sat 14 Mar 2020 Main Auditorium // €18 / €12 conc

TUE 10-FRI 13 MAR 7.30PM / ​SAT 14 MAR 2PM & 7.30PM

Honk! is a musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Anderson story, The Ugly Duckling. The musical is set in the countryside and features Ugly – a cygnet who is mistaken as an ugly duckling upon falling into his mother's nest and is rejected by everyone but Ida (his mother); a sly tomcat who only befriends him out of starvation, and several other barnyard characters. Join the award wining St. Mochta's troop as they take to the stage with this delightful, funny and heartwarming musical.

Danny O’Brien - Reformer
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Danny O’Brien - Reformer

Thu 19 Mar 2020 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €16 / €14 conc

What happens when a touring stand-up comedian can no longer stand up? After a near career-ending knee injury, O'Brien is too young for pilates and too unbalanced for yoga. This award-winning performer brings you his hilarious new hour of stand-up where self-destruction and self-discovery meet! ‘Reformer’ completely sold out its month-long run of shows at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Galway International Arts Festival, as well as a European and US tour and now he’s back touring the show nationwide and beyond! 

Following in the footsteps of Tommy Tiernan and Dylan Moran, Danny was handpicked this year to perform as part of the iconic ‘Best of the Edinburgh Fest’ show touring Australia. He has also featured on The Comedy Channel and is a regular on Irish TV and Radio. He has supported Today FM’s Dermot & Dave on three live tours and last year was asked to open for American comedian Bill Burr in front of over 7,000 people in Dublin.

Adult Content, Age 15+

Twitter & Instagram @dobcomedy 
dannyobriencomedy.com

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"Uproariously funny." ★★★★★ The Sunday Independent

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

"He opened for me at the 3Arena and he f*cking murdered it!" Bill Burr

An Evening of Dance 2020

An Evening of Dance 2020

Marian Lennon School of Ballet

Fri 20 - Sat 21 Mar 2020 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €14 conc / €56 Family Ticket (2 adults, 2 children)

Enjoy a wonderful Evening of Dance with the Marian Lennon School of Ballet. The young energetic dancers will demonstrate their skills in Classical ballet, Modern and Contemporary dance. There will be something for everyone to enjoy as the young dancers of all ages perform a rich and varied repertoire from Alice in Wonderland, the Musicals and a display of Classical Dance pieces. Don‘t miss this exciting show that will have you dancing in your seats!

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019)
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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019)

Wed 25 Mar 2020 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

Two-time Oscar-winner Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers, in a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod.
After a jaded magazine writer (Emmy winner Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his scepticism, learning about empathy, kindness, and decency from America's most beloved neighbour and children’s television host.

CERT: PG  Language: English    Dur: 108 mins
In association with Access Cinema

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"Much like the beloved TV personality that inspired it, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood offers a powerfully affecting message about acceptance and understanding." Rotten Tomatoes

"With clear-eyed rigour, Heller, Hanks and Rhys put aside cheap sentiment and earn this film's authentic heartfelt emotion." Bbc.com

MAKing Art: Printing

MAKing Art: Printing

Curated by Sharon Murphy

Wed 25 Mar - Sat 30 May 2020 Ground & First Floor Galleries

New Impressions
Neil Dunne, Margot Galvin, Fiona Kelly, Aoife Scott

Ground Floor Gallery
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Works from the Graphic Studio
Members from Fingal

First Floor Gallery

MAKing Art: PRINTing is the third in a series of exhibitions aimed at children and young people, which explores a particular visual art discipline, its materials, processes and varied manifestations. Printmaking is the focus of this third exhibition. It celebrates different techniques, styles and approaches to the use of print, to the act of printmaking and to the print as a finished artwork.

It includes two exhibitions: New Impressions (Ground Floor Gallery) explores how traditional printmaking techniques have been re-imagined and re-worked and invites us to consider: what makes a print a print? Common conceptions of printmaking are expanded, from two-dimensional to three-dimensional, from mass-produced to unique, from paper to mixed and digital media. The exhibition features artists whose work, though rooted in or referencing print, expands the boundaries of that medium. New Impressions includes artists Neil Dunne, Margot Galvin, Fiona Kelly and Aoife Scott.

Works from the Graphic Studio (First Floor Gallery) is an exhibition which marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Graphic Studio and features members from Fingal who work across a range of process including etching, woodcut/lino, screen print and lithography. Artists include: Susan Early, Mary Grey, Julie Ann Haines, Michelle Hetherington, Ernada Husic, Siobhan Hyde, Des Kenny, Michael Killen, Jenny Lane, Pamela Leonard, Ned McLoughlin, Sorcha O'Farrell and Una Sealy. The exhibition will also feature work by master printmakers, Niamh Flanagan and Robert Russell.

MAKing Art PRINTing will be accompanied by a programme of engagement for children and young people facilitated by participating artists and Draíocht’s Artist team.

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

Image: Aoife Scott, Three Bottles.



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I AM BABA - SOLD OUT
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I AM BABA - SOLD OUT

Anna Newell Theatre Adventures In Association with The Civic, Tallaght

Thu 26 - Sat 28 Mar 2020 11AM, 12 NOON, 1PM Draíocht Studio // €5 per baby (accompanying adult free)

THU 26 – SAT 28 MAR 11AM, 12 NOON, 1PM
Draíocht Studio €5 per baby (accompanying adult free) / Age 0-12 months / Dur 20 mins

I AM BABA is a theatre adventure for babies created by internationally renowned theatre director Anna Newell and composer David Goodall. Their shows for early years have been seen on five continents, off-Broadway and in every single Sure Start in Belfast.
I AM BABA is a magical adventure of song, lights and textures for babies aged 0-12 months. It’s a show about identity, agency and personhood. For babies. I AM BABA is full of gorgeous live harmony singing and playful objects – jellyfish-like scarves dance and tiny lights fly in this intimate immersive performance which happens inside a specially designed tent that holds just 6 babies – each with their one adult guest.

I AM BABA was the International Early Childhood Arts Commission funded by the 4 Dublin Local Authorities in 2017 through Arts Council Ireland’s Invitation to Collaboration Fund. This national tour was funded by the Arts Council. 
www.annanewell.co.uk

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Halcyon Days by Deirdre Kinahan
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Halcyon Days by Deirdre Kinahan

Directions Out Theatre Company

Thu 26 Mar 2020 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc // Dur: 75 mins

Sean is languishing in a nursing home when in storms Patricia, with her zest for life, bringing her own chaos to challenge his quiet world. A funny, combative and charming friendship blossoms as they work out their past and contemplate their future. Halcyon Days is a delightful play about friendship, family & love and is a funny, charming and touching night at the theatre.

Starring Bryan Murray (Fair City, Irish RM and Bread) and Una Crawford (Fair City). Directed by Joe Devlin (In Search of Mr B by Brian McAvera and The Kiss by Jimmy Murphy). Deirdre Kinahan is one of Ireland's leading playwrights with recent hits such as Rathmines Road, The Unmanageable Sisters and the internationally renowned Moment.

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"… a gem and one of Kinahan's finest works." No More Workhorse

Tony Cantwell - Pure GRÁ - SOLD OUT

Tony Cantwell - Pure GRÁ - SOLD OUT

Fri 27 Mar 2020 8PM Main Auditorium // €14

Fresh from sell-out shows at the Dublin and Edinburgh Fringe, and with over 5 millions views online, cult-comedian Tony Cantwell is taking to the road for his first-ever Irish tour. Join the comedian for a new night of standup, sketches, and songs all based on his meme-soaked social media page.

Age 15+. May contain strong language & adult content.

"The funniest Irish sketch of all time. Simple as." JOE.ie

"His unconventional take on comedy belongs on the Adult Swim network." The Irish Times

"One of the city's most exciting emerging comics." Totally Dublin

The Legends of American Country Show

The Legends of American Country Show

Sun 29 Mar 2020 8PM Main Auditorium // €25

Now seen by over 300,000 fans live and watched by millions on social media, Europe's No.1 multi award winning Country music show "The Legends of American Country" returns for another fantastic night of toe tapping Country classics. The 2020 tour will showcase highly acclaimed tributes to Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Don Williams, Patsy Cline and Kenny Rogers and new tributes to icons Hank Williams, Charley Pride, Glen Campbell, Tammy Wynette and Jim Reeves with countless other well-known hit songs in this must see musical extravaganza. The show features 4 fantastic singers who are all backed by a superb live band and coupled with authentic stage set and state of the art sound and lighting that will transport you all the way hand clapping and toe tapping to Nashville and back in one night. One thing’s for sure if its Country music you like, then this is the only show in town!

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"As good as Country show that you will see live anywhere outside Nashville. " Country Music Northern Ireland

"Fantastic show of nostalgic country at its best with superb vocalists and musicians." Hot Country TV

Be Our Guest

Be Our Guest

Coolmine Musical Society

Fri 3 - Sat 4 Apr 2020 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €17 conc

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Come along and be our guest as Coolmine Musical Society brings some razzle-dazzle to your season. We will give you the greatest show and come what may we’ll add some sparkle to your night out.

Maura Laverty - This Was Your Life
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Maura Laverty - This Was Your Life

Written by Yvonne Quinn and Bairbre Ní Chaoimh

Thu 9 Apr 2020 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

This sparkling new play tells of the rollercoaster life of a forgotten Irish celebrity and invites a modern audience to reassess her legacy as a freelance artist at a time in Ireland when most women were expected to be fulltime housewives.

Broadcaster, writer, cookery expert and agony aunt Maura Laverty was a household name in Ireland for three decades. She had her own ESB-sponsored radio show on RTE for thirty years, where she dispensed advice on relationships and cooking. She also toured the country giving cooking demonstrations and encouraging housewives to use electricity for cooking and other labour-saving devices. In the ‘60s her iconic cookbook ‘Full And Plenty’ with its unique blend of recipes and stories was to be found in nearly every home in Ireland. She also wrote novels and short stories. Her work was often controversial and her novels were banned by the censors for their sexual frankness. In the 1950s she wrote three plays that saved The Gate Theatre from financial ruin. She wrote Ireland’s first ever television soap opera for RTE, Tolka Row.

Maura Laverty died in tragic circumstance in 1966 and her body was not discovered for nearly a week. In the play, Maura will be spirited back from the dead to appear in front of a live and online contemporary audience on the surreal This Was Your Life show, where interviewer Rip Riley will get her to talk about her life and work and cook some recipes from her books. He will also get her to reveal secrets and stories from her tumultuous past and to confront the price she paid for her success. How will a live audience and an online community of tweeters, bloggers and texters evaluate her life and legacy?

Starring Malachy Mc Kenna (as Rip Riley) and Bairbre Ní Chaoimh (as Maura Laverty).
Directed by Joan Sheehy. Dur: 75 mins (no interval)

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Luan Parle - Never Say Goodbye

Luan Parle - Never Say Goodbye

With Clive Barnes

Thu 16 Apr 2020 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €15

Meteor & Tatler Award winner Luan Parle has had numerous hits & accolades including Meteor Award for Best Irish Female. Her top 10 hit single 'Ghost' spent three months in the Irish Charts and was the most played Irish single of that year. Parle signed her first record deal at just 12 years of age before later signing with Sony Music & Elton John's management company Twenty First Artists.  Luan has written and recorded with some of the world’s most successful songwriters & producers including Grammy award winning Bill Bottrell (Sheryl Crow, Michael Jackson, Prince, Travelling Wilburys, Elton John) & Billy Steinberg (Madonna, Roy Orbison, Cyndi Lauper, The Pretenders, Whitney Houston, The Bangles, Celine Dion).

Luan will be playing songs from her new album 'Never Say Goodbye', (released February 2020). The album features 10 original tracks including two co-writes with Dire Straits guitarist Hal Lindes. This will be the fourth album release from the Wicklow born songstress. She will be accompanied by renowned guitarist Clive Barnes. 
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"Luan Parle is quite simply one of the most exciting singers to emerge from Ireland, or any other country for that matter! She is a superb song smith as well." The Herald

Don Baker Band - The Blues Man Tour

Don Baker Band - The Blues Man Tour

Fri 17 Apr 2020 8PM Main Auditorium // €25

To star opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in “In the Name of the Father”, headline with Tom Jones and Van Morrison at The Marlay Park Festival, have his songs recorded by scores of artists including Sinead O’Connor, Charlie McCoy, Damien Dempsey, Finbar Furey, tour at home and internationally for 50 years; it can clearly be seen that Don Baker’s career in the entertainment industry has been amazing.

But it is in his love of The Blues, of the harmonica and of performing live that Don really shines. Bono’s favourite harmonica player is first and foremost a true entertainer.

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Laughter Lounge LIVE Tour
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Laughter Lounge LIVE Tour

With Eric Lalor, John Colleary & Gar Murran

Sat 18 Apr 2020 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc

The Laughter Lounge opened its doors in Dublin in December 1997 and quickly established itself as Ireland's premier comedy venue. Over the years, 4,000 comedians have performed in 3,000 live shows to an audience of over 1 million. They've been in the comedy business a long, long, LONG time and for 21 years only delivered their premier brand of comedy to the good folks of Dublin town. But, they want to make the whole of Ireland laugh so guess what? They're going on tour! Come see the Laughter Lounge’s most requested acts - Eric Lalor, John Colleary and Gar Murran for one craic’in night out!
Smell that? That’s the sweet scent of Comedy in the air … and we can’t wait!

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The Illegals with Niamh Kavanagh 2020
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The Illegals with Niamh Kavanagh 2020

The Ultimate Classic Rock Double Tribute - Eagles and Fleetwood Mac

Sat 25 Apr 2020 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €16 conc

Let us take you back to 1980: you had your Rubic’s Cube for Christmas, Mount Saint Helen’s erupts, The Undertones are demonising their Perfect Cousin and… Eagles and Fleetwood Mac served-up two of the best live double-albums of all time.

Widely regarded as one of the best live tribute acts in the country, The Illegals are back at in 2020 with their ever-popular classic-rock revival show replicating the sound of the world’s two greatest 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 – and a little more besides…

Songs like  “Hotel California”,  “Go Your Own Way”, “Life In The Fast Lane”, “Don’t Stop”, “Take It Easy”, “Say That You Love Me”, “Love Will Keep Us Alive”, “The Chain” and “New Kid In Town”.
If you missed out last year, book your ticket early through the box office for the 2020 gig. You won’t be disappointed.

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

"Simply Stunning." BBC

The Glen Campbell Story - Gentle on My Mind

The Glen Campbell Story - Gentle on My Mind

Starring Ciarán Rosney & his 5 Piece Band

Thu 30 Apr 2020 8PM Main Auditorium // €25

J and C Promotions is proud to present ‘Gentle on My Mind, The Glen Campbell Story’, starring master guitarist and well known country music personality, Ciarán Rosney. Joining Ciarán is his 5 piece band, featuring such well known musicians as Billy Burgoyne (ex-Daniel O'Donnell) and fiddle player extraordinaire Denise Boyle.

With state of the art video projection and lighting, the show will take you on a truly amazing journey with some of Glen Campbells best known hits, from 'Rhinestone Cowboy' to 'Wichita Lineman' and unique to this show will be Ciarán's unrivalled interpretation of Glen's guitar playing abilities.

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Red Hurley - The Music of my Life

Red Hurley - The Music of my Life

Fri 1 May 2020 8PM Main Auditorium // €29.50

Multi-award-winning Irish vocalist Red Hurley is one of Ireland's most enduring entertainers whose career has spanned several decades to the present day. Affectionately referred to as “The Voice” amongst his peers, Red has the gift of singing all genres of Music. Several decades of adapting to the many varieties of entertainment and entertaining thousands of people around the World has made Red the consummate concert artist.

Red sets off on his “The Music of my Life” concert tour for 2020, accompanied by his chosen musicians and guests travelling around Ireland to perform at his favourite intimate theatres.

Outspoken journalist Kevin Myers, wrote in the Irish Independent, “Red’s intuitive sense of the beautiful is one reason why he is such a wonderful singer. He will find the key element of any song – a single note or phrase – and elevate that into an unexpected little musical jewel.”

Red’s ‘The Music of my Life’ concert tour promises to be an evening of pure enjoyment.

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Fingal Youth Orchestra - Annual Celebration Concert 2020

Fingal Youth Orchestra - Annual Celebration Concert 2020

Sun 10 May 2020 7PM Main Auditorium // €15 / €10 conc

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Comprising of just under 60 members, FYO nurtures the orchestral playing of musicians ranging from 8 to 18 years of age. The four musical staff members, including new senior conductor and tutor, work together tirelessly to bring out the best in each and every player. FYO fosters a love for orchestral playing, cultivating musical talent and musical appreciation in an atmosphere of enjoyment and teamwork. Spanning a huge repertoire of music, from concertos to pop songs, FYO adopts a non-competitive and motivational approach to all its activities.
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Kidkast Presentation 2020

Kidkast Presentation 2020

Kidkast Castleknock

Wed 13 May 2020 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €14 conc

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Kidkast Castleknock are delighted to be showcasing their year's work in Draíocht this year. Come see their fantastic students, ranging in age from 3-14 years, demonstrate their dancing, singing and acting skills. It's guaranteed to be a fun night of entertainment with something for everyone. Under the direction of Eunice McMenamin.

The Classic Beatles - Let it Be - 50 Years On
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The Classic Beatles - Let it Be - 50 Years On

Fri 15 May 2020 8PM Main Auditorium // €25 / €23 conc

The only Beatles tribute act endorsed by Sir George Martin, the Classic Beatles make a welcome return to Draíocht with ‘Let it Be – 50 Years On’.
‘Let It Be’ was the twelfth and final studio album from the world’s greatest band. It was released on 8 May 1970, almost a month after the group's break-up, in tandem with the motion picture of the same name. The Classic Beatles will perform the album from start to finish, followed by a collection of the fab fours greatest hits.
A Classic Beatles show brings all the joys of Beatledom to a whole new generation and allows first-generation fans to relive the music that changed our lives forever. As well as many costume changes, the band also partake in the witty banter for which The Beatles were equally famous. Early booking advised.

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Reach for the Stars 2020

Reach for the Stars 2020

The Norma Breen Hurley Theatre School

Sat 16 - Sun 17 May 2020 16th 8PM / 17th 6PM Main Auditorium // €25

Sat 16th May 8PM / Sun 17th May 6PM

The Norma Breen Hurley Theatre School presents an energetic and fast-moving evening of song and dance, showcasing the children's talents with well-known celebrity guests.
Produced and Directed by Norma Breen Hurley.

SAVE THE DATE: THE TODDLER TAKEOVER

SAVE THE DATE: THE TODDLER TAKEOVER

A Little Event for the Youngest Citizens of Blanchardstown

Wed 10 - Thu 11 Jun 2020

10-11 JUNE / 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 2020! Draíocht’s Toddler Take Over, now in its 6th 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.

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Tom Cole Jr - Songs that Shaped the World

Tom Cole Jr - Songs that Shaped the World

An Evening with Mr Sunshine Swing & The Shane O'Connor Quartet

Fri 12 Jun 2020 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc

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PUTTING THE ZING BACK INTO SWING. 
If you are of the age who remembers the nostalgic years of the thirties, forties, fifties, and sixties, the great songs of Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, The Rat Pack, Nat King Cole, The great big band and swing hits of the sixties, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, and many more, then you have to experience the man they are calling the new King of Swing.

Tom Cole Jr. has forged out a very nice niche for himself on the cabaret scene in Dublin with his unique style of swing, combined with his distinctive vocal tones. Tom Jr. endeavours to keep alive the timeless evergreen songs from the golden age of swing and The Great American songbook. He surrounds himself with the very best of top seasoned musicians who embellish his unique performing style and infectious stage presence. 

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Dirtbirds - No Filters
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Dirtbirds - No Filters

Sat 13 Jun 2020 8PM Main Auditorium // €24 / €22 conc

In a world where women are expected to have the patience of Mother Teresa, the arse of Jennifer Lopez, the social media profile of Kim Kardashian and the BMI of Elle McPherson, the pressure is relentless. Dirtbirds, the comedy duo and internet sensation, present their hilarious new show ‘No Filters’ which takes a close look at the barrage of bullshit we are subjected to on a daily basis and reminds us that despite what we’re told, there is NO SUCH THING AS PERFECT ... (except maybe Jamie Dornan’s arse in Fifty Shades Darker.)

So.. if you need answers to questions like:
How do I have confidence when I feel lower than a snake’s arse?
How do I learn to love my muffin top?
When the kids wreck my head how do I stop myself from selling them on Done Deal?

… then this is definitely the show for you. (Perfect women not allowed in)

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"Their comedy is based on observing normal-life situations and turning them into very intelligent quips, sketches and stories." The Independent

"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 Times

An Evening with Michael Harding

An Evening with Michael Harding

Thu 15 - Fri 16 Oct 2020 8PM Main Auditorium // €20

Join Ireland’s foremost storyteller as he takes to the roads, dispensing his unique take on ordinary and extraordinary life in Ireland today. Hear him speak with openness, honesty and great wit on how he continues to attempt to tame the unruly mind. Hilarious yet poignant, homespun yet profound, down-to-earth yet prone to amazing flights of fancy, there's nothing quite like an evening with Michael Harding. 

Back by popular demand, following his previous sold out nights in Draíocht, with 'Hanging with the Elephant', 'Talking to Strangers' and 'On Tuesdays I'm a Buddhist'.
Early Booking Advised.

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"A self-deprecating and winsome writer whose bittersweet musings on middle-age, loneliness and the search for spiritual enlightenment…are leavened by an incredibly dry and unforced wit." Metro Herald

"…an embattled hero for our times." The Sunday Times

Des Bishop - Mia Mamma
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Des Bishop - Mia Mamma

Thu 19 Nov 2020 8PM Main Auditorium // €28 / €26 conc

I am often asked “where do you get your material from?” The truth is really that I try to see the funny in everything. My mother died in March 2019 and of course it was sad, and grief can be tough sometimes, but I saw a lot of funny in that too. Since death comes to us all and grief is something most of us will experience, I thought there must be plenty of people who would like that funny to be shared. Also, I did a show about my Dad being sick back in 2010 and I couldn’t face my mother in the afterlife because I know her first question would be “your Father got a show, how come I didn’t get one?”
I think it’s tougher to lose your mum. My Dad was best supporting actor. My mother was the actress in a leading role. You are never ready when the star of the show dies. So this is a show about My mother. It’s a show about motherhood and sacrifice, anxiety and grief, the mistakes you make as a mother and a son and the hard road to forgiveness and finally it’s about loss, grief and the chaos that surrounds it.
Where do I get my material from?
Life and death!

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