Exploring Baby Boogie with Jo Quinn

Exploring Baby Boogie with Jo Quinn

Draíocht and Early Years - Exploring More With Early Years Arts

Tue 27 Aug 2019 Draiocht Workshop Room // €5 Per Child Per Workshop (accompanying adult is free)

10.20AM-11.10AM & 11.30AM-12.20PM (50 MINS)

Baby Boogie is a fun movement class lead by Jo Quinn, with musical instruments, parachutes, bubbles, feather blowing and scarf dancing.

This series of individual monthly workshops are intended to allow you and your child to explore different art mediums in an open and undirected way. There will be mess and there will be fun. Cost: €5 Per Child Per Workshop (accompanying adult is free). Booking and further information from Box Office on 01-8852622.

WORKSHOP NOTES
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. These sessions are only suitable for one parent/guardian and accompanying child (without siblings).

Apollo 11 (2019)
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Apollo 11 (2019)

The cinematic event 50 years in the making!

Wed 11 Sep 2019 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc / €5 children

From director Todd Douglas Miller (Dinosaur 13) comes a cinematic event 50 years in the making. Crafted from a newly discovered trove of never-before seen footage and audio recordings, Apollo 11 takes us straight to the heart of NASA’s most celebrated mission - the one that first put men on the moon, and forever made Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin into household names. Immersed in the perspectives of the astronauts, the team in Mission Control, and the millions of spectators on the ground, we vividly experience those momentous days and hours in 1969 when humankind took a giant leap into the future.

CERT: G  Language: English  Dur: 93 mins
In association with Access Cinema

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"Find this film now...on the biggest possible screen. Sit back and marvel." ★★★★★ The Times

"Astonishing... takes your breath away." Indie Wire

Estuary

Estuary

An exhibition celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Fingal County Council Municipal Art Collection

Thu 12 Sep - Sat 16 Nov 2019 Ground & First Floor Galleries // FREE

Fingal County Council is proud to present this major exhibition curated by Una Sealy RHA, James English RHA, Joshua Sex and Sanja Todorovic. The collection comprises of works by national and international artists, graduates, emerging artists and local artists. Over 160 artworks have been acquired since the collection began in 1994 and it has been continually evolving since with new acquisitions being added when the opportunity and resources present themselves.

The curators are all Fingal artists, whose art also features in the collection. They describe their process of selecting work for this exhibition as taking in the physical and natural landscape of Fingal and celebrating local and visiting artists that have arrived to the county through the collection. The official motto of Fingal County Council is Flúirse Talaimh is Mara — the abundance of land and sea, which is reflected in some of the artworks featured in the exhibition.

Fingal has three estuaries, special places where the tide meets the stream. Such a simple phenomenon in nature carries powerful potential both metaphorically and as a prism through which to view art. In other words, the collection could be described as a mixing point or a meeting point. While the collection features plenty of significant works by national figures, the four of us agreed, quite instinctively, to focus primarily on Fingal artists. There is a strong flow of nature imagery: skies, birds, harbours, trees. We have also chosen works that we intend as counterpoints to this theme. These include unexpected pieces by artists such as Robert Russell and Eva Rothschild. It is our hope that this show will prove playful, thought-provoking and inspiring.” Joshua Sex

The exhibition will be accompanied by ‘Not in Alphabetical Order’ Vol 2, a publication highlighting this significant collection’s latest acquisitions. 

Autumn Sounds 2019
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Autumn Sounds 2019

Duo Chagall and The Fingal Ensemble

Thu 12 Sep 2019 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €12 / €8 conc

Duo Chagall, the celebrated partnership of Fingal-born violinist Gillian Williams and French cellist Arun Rao, are proud to present The Fingal Ensemble, a sensational 16-piece string group, officially launched on 28 March 2019 for the 25th Anniversary Celebrations of Co. Fingal. 
Audiences can look forward to Vivaldi’s ever-popular ‘The Four Seasons’ (Quattro Staggione), Mozart’s ‘Eine Kleine Nachtmusik’, as well as works by Piotr Tchaikovsky and Dublin-born composer Arthur Duff’s ‘Irish Suite for Strings’, written in 1940. Duo Chagall has run the popular classical music series ‘Autumn Sounds’ in Farmleigh since 2010 and we are delighted to welcome them to Draiocht for the first time.

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LEAF

LEAF

Ceol Connected in partnership with Draíocht

Fri 13 - Wed 18 Sep 2019 Draíocht Studio // €5 Per Child (Accompanying adults free) / Age 3-8 yrs / Dur 45 mins

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What is it like to live on a giant leaf? Prepare for whooshing winds, gigantic raindrops, busy bugs, and bursts of colourful canopy in this joyful multi-sensory performance designed for children with complex needs. With the gentle unfurling of a leaf, a soothing sensory world is brought to life through music and song, light, smell, movement, and touch. Devised and created by director Joanna Williams, and performers Orla Kelly and Thomas Johnston, LEAF is a captivating, fun-filled, and immersive theatre experience suitable for very young children with complex needs and their families/carers. Developed by Ceol Connected as Theatre Company in Residence at Draíocht and supported by Fingal County Council and The Arts Council.

FRI 13 SEP     10AM & 12 NOON
SAT 14 SEP     2PM & 4PM
TUE 17 SEP    10AM & 12 NOON
WED 18 SEP  10AM & 12 NOON

Booking Notes: Each show is limited to 6 children & their families/carers. LEAF is a joyful experience of multi-sensory play, music, relaxation and surprise for young children with complex needs and their families. It is, at its core very stimulating, with a range of sights, sounds, smells, and tactile experiences. Shows are suited to special needs crèches & pre-schools as well as for children and their carers/parents. Booking through Box Office tel 01-8852622.

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The Legend of Luke Kelly with Chris Kavanagh 2019
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The Legend of Luke Kelly with Chris Kavanagh 2019

Sat 14 Sep 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc

On 30th January 1984 it is said that the whole of Dublin grieved the early death of Dubliner legend Luke Kelly who has left an indelible mark as being the greatest folk artist of the 20th Century and whose music is widely regarded as one of Ireland's cultural treasures.

Dublin singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Chris Kavanagh was raised on Irish music and has been singing Irish folk songs since he was three years old. He learned to play the piano by ear when he was five and his love and passion for Luke Kelly's music led him to learn to play the 5 string long neck banjo. Over the past sixteen years he has amazed audiences following powerful sell-out performances in prominent Irish venues such as Vicar Street & the Cork Opera House with the regular attendance of Luke Kelly's family. He has also toured this show abroad in England, Switzerland, Germany and Australia and in November 2011 Chris stood in with folk legends The Dubliners on their German tour and also made a guest appearance on their 50th anniversary concert DVD recorded in Vicar Street. When Chris sings, his talents capture the depth and passion of the great man that he was so heavily influenced by. He is joined on stage by one of Irelands leading guitarist/composers, Michael Howard and traditional musician Joe Finn on Uilleann pipes, Whistle, Flute & fiddle and Hilary Kavanagh, singer, songwriter and bass player.

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Shorts for Wee Ones – Magical Tales for Ages 3+

Shorts for Wee Ones – Magical Tales for Ages 3+

Culture Night Free Screening

Fri 20 Sep 2019 4PM Main Auditorium // FREE // Dur: 45 mins

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This collection of short films from around the world will delight anyone over the age of three. there are tales of a mystery fish who will only swim at the surface of the sea, a large green bird having some difficulties with a big bell and a very frisky egg, plus the coolest, funkiest Tyrannosaurus Rex of all time…
longer: There’s a penguin whose attempts to serve drinks at a birthday party lead to utter chaos, a mystery fish who will only swim at the surface of the sea, and a little girl who insists on moving in to live with the animals at the zoo. A large green bird has some difficulties with a big bell and a very frisky egg, and we learn what happens when some dots start thinking (and eating) outside the box. Plus – and this is an absolute first for Discovery Film Festival – screen giant Samuel L. Jackson gives us his finest, funkiest, flashiest Tyrannosaurus Rex in a truly jaw-dropping, mind-boggling and foot-tapping four minutes

Shorts for Middle Ones – Exquisite Stories for Ages 8+

Shorts for Middle Ones – Exquisite Stories for Ages 8+

Culture Night Free Screening

Fri 20 Sep 2019 5.30PM Main Auditorium // FREE // Dur: 55 mins

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We watch relationships develop through the power of sport (gymnastics and basketball), the paper-based genesis of a new canine superhero and visit a chic Parisian restaurant with a truly unique menu for its most discerning clientele. We watch a fresh way of interpreting art in a gallery, and see how an old, forgotten Rubik’s Cube finds a whole new audience. Plus there are some madcap antics in two very different films about what happens when a pair of budgerigars suddenly discover their freedom… A mix of  both live action and animation, these films offer some very distinctive world views. 

Estuary - Adult Engagement Programme

Estuary - Adult Engagement Programme

An exhibition celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Fingal County Council Municipal Art Collection

Fri 20 Sep - Thu 7 Nov 2019 // FREE

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All events are free. For bookings and further information contact the Box Office 01 885 2622

Estuary Exhibition Tour
FRI 20 SEP, 7PM-8PM

Join us on Culture Night for a curator’s tour of Estuary, exploring key themes and artworks in this major exhibition. The curators Una Sealy RHA, James English RHA, Joshua Sex and Sanja Todorovic will guide you through the artworks from the collection. 

Estuary Exhibition Tour & Visit to The Hide Sculpture
SAT 28 SEP, 12PM-2PM

Join the curators of Estuary for a tour of the exhibition followed by a site visit to The Hide Sculpture, Rogerstown Park for an artist talk with Garett Phelan and the opportunity to observe birdlife along Rogerstown Estuary with the Fingal branch of Birdwatch Ireland. www.thehideproject.com 
Courtesy bus provided for return journey from Draíocht to The Hide Sculpture.

Where the Tide Meets the Stream 
Printmaking Workshop in Association with Graphic Studio Dublin
SAT 26 OCT, 2PM-4PM

Create your own handmade intaglio print. Join Clare Henderson for this drypoint and monoprint workshop which will focus on the horizon line. Clare will guide participants through the drawing and making of a drypoint plate, finishing with monoprint techniques. All levels welcome.  All materials provided.

Estuary Life - Still-Life Painting Workshop
THU 07 NOV, 10.30AM–1.30PM

This still-life painting workshop with Una Sealy RHA will look at objects and aspects referencing the Estuary exhibition. Participants will be led through the painting process from composition planning, tonal underpainting, second pass with colour, to finishing touches. Una will demonstrate each step of the process and guide participants individually. All levels welcome. All materials provided.

Gloria Bell (2018)

Gloria Bell (2018)

Free Movie Screening for Culture Night

Fri 20 Sep 2019 8.30PM Main Auditorium // FREE

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Gloria (Julianne Moore), a free spirited divorcée, spends her days selling insurance and her nights dancing to disco anthems at an LA singles club for the over fifties. She finds romance with newly-divorced Arnold (John Turturro), and embarks on the complicated, joyful journey of new found love.

CERT: 15A  Language: English  Dur: 102 mins
In association with Access Cinema

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Culture Night at Draiocht 2019

Culture Night at Draiocht 2019

Fri 20 Sep 2019 // FREE

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

FREE SCREENINGS FOR CHILDREN
4PM / Shorts for Wee Ones /
Dur 45 mins / Ages 3+ / CERT: G
5.30PM / Shorts for Middle Ones /
Dur 55 mins / Ages 8+ / CERT: G
Enjoy tales of a mystery fish who will only swim at the surface of the sea, a large green bird having some difficulties with a big bell and a very frisky egg, plus the coolest, funkiest Tyrannosaurus Rex of all time. See how an old, forgotten Rubik’s Cube finds a whole new audience and visit a chic Parisian restaurant with a truly unique menu.

YOUTH THEATRE CULTURE
7PM-8PM   Ages 14-18 Yrs   Draíocht Workshop Room
D15 Youth Theatre members welcome you into their world … bring a friend, introduce them to Draíocht and dip your toe into the waters of a fun Youth Theatre Workshop.

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

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

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

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Sinatra - Best of the Best
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Sinatra - Best of the Best

Rat Pack Promotions presents Ken Kirwan & his Swing Band

Sat 21 Sep 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €22 / €20 conc

Start Spreading The News ... Following a SOLD OUT nationwide tour in 2018, Ken Kirwan & his Swing Band is bringing his show back to Draiocht. 
He will take you back to the days of Vegas with his ‘Sinatra – Best of the Best’ show. From full-throttle belters that will bring the house down to whispered speech level songs Frank was famous for. 
Ken's delivery is always right and befitting of the originals, featuring hits such as 'My Way', 'Lady is a Tramp', 'That's Life', 'New York, New York', 'Mac the Knife', 'Leroy Brown' and many more.

With very special guests on the night Joe Monks, Hazel Peters & Hannah Roddy, and a 12 piece Gospel Choir, this show is a must see and will sell out quickly.

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The Songs & Poems of Percy French

The Songs & Poems of Percy French

The Percy French Troubadours & Guests

Tue 24 Sep 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €15

Laugh, sing and maybe even shed a tear with the 18 strong Percy French Troubadours, who invite you to join with them again for this evening of songs, poems and sketches by Percy French. Featuring all-time favourites ‘Are ye right there Michael?’, ‘The Darling Girl from Clare’, ‘To The West’, ‘The Four Farrellys’ and ‘Abdul Abulbul Amir’ (Percy’s first successful song), they’ll even give you a sheet with all the words to sing along!
The Percy French Troubadours have clocked up an impressive number of gigs as they continue fundraising for a variety of local charities. Having already raised over €80,000 for a variety of charities, this night will be in aid of CASA.

Crowman starring Jon Kenny
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Crowman starring Jon Kenny

By Katie Holly

Fri 27 Sep 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc

Following the sell-out success of The Matchmaker last season, Jon Kenny (D’Unbelievables) is back with his intimate one-man show.
Crowman is a window into the soul of lonely bachelor, Dan. Feeling like an outsider looking in on the community, Dan soon discovers that he is not as much an outsider as he thinks.
At times poignant and tragic but filled with warmth and humour, Jon slips seamlessly in and out of numerous, uproariously funny characters with his own unique and hilarious humour.

Age 15+ / Dur 65 mins (with interval)

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"Kenny is brilliant in the role." Irish Examiner

"Jon Kenny gave a masterclass in characterisation and physical acting in Crowman by Katie Holly." Munster Express

"Brilliant." ARENA, RTE 1

Finding Dory (2016)

Finding Dory (2016)

Sensory Friendly Family Screening

Sat 28 Sep 2019 3PM Draíocht Studio // €5 adults & children / Dur: 97 mins

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Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) is a wide-eyed, blue tang fish who suffers from memory loss every 10 seconds or so. The one thing she can remember is that she somehow became separated from her parents as a child. With help from her friends Nemo and Marlin, Dory embarks on an epic adventure to find them. Her journey brings her to the Marine Life Institute, a conservatory that houses diverse ocean species. Dory now knows that her family reunion will only happen if she can save mom and dad from captivity. Enjoy our Sensory Screening with lowered volume, lights on at low level, small audience size and the ability to make noise and move around freely during the screening if you wish.

CERT: G  Language: English  Dur: 97 mins
In association with Access Cinema

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Ross Browne - Bojangle
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Ross Browne - Bojangle

Sat 28 Sep 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

Ross Browne brings his hilarious brand new stand up show 'Bojangle' to Draiocht. Star of RTE's The Fear and as seen on Young Offenders, Ross is just back from touring L.A and is now on an Ireland and UK tour.

Sit back and enjoy the tragedy of a man struggling to cope with the world around him. Physically out of step, mentally off balance and instinctively at odds with everything around him. Whether it’s responsibilities, parenting, marriage, death, losing the ability to dance, or coming to terms with a body that feels like a melting candle; Ross shines a comedy torch on the world and brings light to any situation. Life is a pratfall and his is in mid-air.

Ross is a juggernaut of a performer with hysterically sharp material and a clown’s bones.

Age 15+. Some strong language & adult content.

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"He's going to be huge." The Sun

"Genius!" Jason Byrne

"Outstanding." David MacSavage

"Ross is utterly bonkers ... balls of steel." Lucy Kennedy

Jimmy Buckley With Special Guest Claudia

Jimmy Buckley With Special Guest Claudia

Thu 3 Oct 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €25

Jimmy Buckley is without a doubt one of Ireland's best loved and most respected performers. Jimmy has enjoyed many years at the top of his profession and received numerous awards including the prestigious Entertainer of the Year in the RTE Music Awards. Jimmy possesses a very rare talent, not only as a phenomenal singer but also as a hilarious mimic of other major stars. Jimmy’s show contains  a wide variety of material, Country, Big Ballads and tribute medleys to the greats of country music Hank Williams & Charlie Pride. Along with his magnificent band Jimmy will entertain you superbly and looks forward to meeting friends old & new.

Jimmy's Special Guest on the night is his daughter Claudia Buckley.

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The Alternative - A PLAY FOR IRELAND
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The Alternative - A PLAY FOR IRELAND

Fishamble: The New Play Company. Presented as part of Dublin Theatre Festival 2019

Fri 4 - Sat 5 Oct 2019 / FRI 8PM / SAT 2.30PM & 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc / Early Bird: €16 (book before 06 Sept 2019) / Groups 10+ €16

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

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

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

Presented as part of Dublin Theatre Festival 2019


FRI 4TH OCT  8PM / SAT 5TH OCT  2.30PM & 8PM
Age suitability: 14yrs+ (contains scenes with strong language and depictions of violence.)

Early Bird: €16 (book before 06 Sept 2019)

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"Forward-thinking Fishamble." New York Times

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

Fred Cooke - Fred Space

Fred Cooke - Fred Space

Sat 5 Oct 2019 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €15

Fred Cooke is leaving his twinkle toes behind him from “Dancing with the Stars” and taken to the road for his new comical tour of musical madness. Becoming “Irish Comedian of the Year 2018” (Tatler Magazine), he has supported Irish Comedy Legend Tommy Tiernan on his Nationwide Tour. Cooke’s guitar plucking panache enables him to paint comical situations before delivering unexpected killer-punch lines that leave his audience “elevated to hilarity”. The Scotsman.
His new Nationwide Tour “Fred Space” has brought Cooke to a whole new level of Comical Mayhem placing him in the “Premier league of Irish funnymen.” HOT PRESS. 
Sit back and enjoy a performer with enough “energy to power a small village in the west of Kerry” THE LAUGHTER LOUNGE.

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"Priceless" Chortle

"Very impressive performer" Short Com

"I love Fred. He has the spirit of the Clown in him. " Tommy Tiernan

Red Joan (2018)
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Red Joan (2018)

Wed 9 Oct 2019 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

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In a picturesque village in England, Joan Stanley (Academy award winner Dame Judi Dench), lives in contented retirement. Then suddenly her tranquil existence is shattered as she's shockingly arrested by MI5. For Joan has been hiding an incredible past; she is one of the most influential spies in living history ...

Cambridge University in the 1930s, and the young Joan (Sophie Cookson), a demure physics student, falls intensely in love with a seductively attractive Russian saboteur, Leo. Through him, she begins to see that the world is on a knife-edge and perhaps must be saved from itself in the race to military supremacy. Post-war and now working at a top secret nuclear research facility, Joan is confronted with the impossible: Would you betray your country and your loved ones, if it meant saving them? What price would you pay for peace? Inspired by an extraordinary true story, Red Joan is the taut and emotional discovery of one woman's sacrifice in the face of incredible circumstances. A woman to whom we perhaps all owe our freedom.

CERT: 15A  Language: English   Dur: 110 mins
In association with Access Cinema
Dir: Trevor Nunn. Starring: Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson, Stephen Campbell Moore, Tom Hughes

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Romeo & Juliet (1996)

Romeo & Juliet (1996)

Thu 10 Oct 2019 10.30AM Main Auditorium // €7 adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class of 20+

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The classic Shakespearean romantic tragedy is updated by director Baz Luhrmann to a post-modern Verona Beach where swords are merely a brand of gun and bored youths are easily spurred toward violence. Longtime rivals in religion and business, the Montagues and the Capulets share a page from the Jets and Sharks of West Side Story when they form rival gangs. At a party thrown by the Capulets, their teenage children, Romeo Montague (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Juliet Capulet (Clare Danes), meet and quickly fall in love. They race towards a secret marriage, and when it seems that there may be some hope to bring the two warring sides together, events take a tragic turn.
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, Brian Dennehy, John Leguizamo, Pete Postlethwaite. 

This season Draíocht collaborates with Access Cinema to bring 'Romeo & Juliet' for Secondary School Students. Recommended age: 12+
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CERT: 12  Language: English   Dur: 120 mins
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BigKidLittleKid

BigKidLittleKid

Anna Newell Theatre Adventures

Fri 11 - Sat 12 Oct 2019 Draíocht Studio // €7 adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class of 20+ / Age 3-6 yrs / Dur: 30 mins + 10 mins playtime

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FRI 11 OCT 12 NOON & 2PM
SAT 12 OCT  12 NOON, 2PM & 4PM


BigKidLittleKid is a quirky, playful, energetic and engaging look at being on your own and being with someone else; and how size can really matter.
Are you a big kid or a little kid?  Or both?
Created by Anna Newell, described by The Guardian as “a hero of children’s theatre” and by the Irish Times as an “early years theatre pioneer” with music by David Goodall, with whom Anna has created shows for early years audiences that have been seen on 5 continents and off-Broadway, BigKidLittleKid promises to delight and enchant its audiences with its unique take on the complicated world of sibling rivalry.

A new show for audiences aged 3-6 years and their adults.
Created by Anna Newell with music by David Goodall.

2019 full production funded by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon in partnership with The Civic, Tallaght; the Mermaid, Bray and Draiocht, Blanchardstown. (Initial R&D funding by the Pavilion, Dun Laoghaire & the Mermaid, Bray).

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SPLICED
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SPLICED

Chalk it Down Productions

Wed 16 Oct 2019 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €18 / €16 conc

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In a handball alley between three concrete walls, a conversation is taking place between a hurler, an artist and a musician. Timmy is contemplating life outside the sporting institution that raised him: the GAA. Must he go back to fully understand? Where is the individual within the team? Why are emotions suppressed for a stronger exterior? Can we talk about this?

‘Spliced' is an autobiographical multi-disciplinary piece from one of the country's most exciting upcoming writers and performers, Timmy Creed. Hard-hitting, honest and brave; this new collaboration by Creed, along with David Mathúna (visual artist), Chris Somers (composer), produced by Mags Keohane, and directed by Gina Moxley, shines a light on the fragility of the sportsman behind the mask, and begins a conversation about identity and mental health in Ireland's largest sporting institution, the GAA.

Written & Performed by Timmy Creed
Directed by Gina Moxley
Age 14+ / Dur: 60 mins

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"A love song to the GAA." Tim Crouch

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The Dig by Paul Curley
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The Dig by Paul Curley

Fri 18 - Sat 19 Oct 2019 Draíocht Studio // €7 adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class of 20+ / Age 7-10 yrs / Dur: 45 mins

FRI 18 OCT - 10.15AM & 12.15PM
SAT 19 OCT - 2PM & 4PM


All his life Mac has wanted to be an Archaeologist, to be an expert in finding things and working out what they mean. If only he could stick to the facts and not get carried away with his highfalutin stories. But in a world where facts and figures mean so much more than fairy tale and fantasy, Mac has to dig deeper to prove what he finds is what he thinks it is. Will people believe him, or is this just another of his tall tales?
Performer and writer Paul Curley, designer Ger Clancy and director Robert Alan Evans, bring this brand new adventure to life. THE DIG spins a classic yarn into a brand new light that will delight and charm audiences young and old.

Supported by The Arts Council Theatre Touring Award and Irish Theatre Institute.


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Jake Carter
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Jake Carter

Fri 18 Oct 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €22

Fresh off the back of what has been a roller coaster 18 months for Jake Carter, the pop singer and Dancing With The Stars 2018 winner has enjoyed enormous success in recent times with his recent single releases, as well as packing out venues across the country including Dublin’s Vicar St. and Cork Opera House.

With multiple TV projects also on the go, the 20 year old pop singer is delighted to be getting back on stage with his live band and showcasing his latest music in what promises to be a fun filled live concert with plenty of surprises!

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Route 66 Big Band Live in Concert
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Route 66 Big Band Live in Concert

Music From The 40’s To Today

Sat 19 Oct 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €22 / €20 conc

Route 66, a 16 piece Big Band with a real difference, make a welcome return to Draíocht following their great success last year. Their show, which has been a huge success with theatre audiences all over Leinster for the past four years, takes you on a magical musical tour from the 40’s right up to date with numbers made famous by Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Glen Miller, Tom Jones, Adele, Joe Dolan, Tina Turner, Van Morrison, Ella Fitzgerald and many more. 

Route 66 Big Band were formed in 1998 and over the years have played at weddings, festivals, charity fundraisers as well as at the Rose of Tralee Festival Ball in the Dome in Tralee. Made up of experienced musicians from Dublin, Meath and Kildare, with a fabulous brass and saxophone section, they are perfectly blended together to produce the very best in Big Band entertainment.


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"I can’t wait for this band to come back, they were truly fantastic, great show / It was a great show, great music, class / A really entertaining show, the Route 66 Band were superb in every sense of the word." Audience Feedback From Previous Shows

Float Like A Butterfly (2018)
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Float Like A Butterfly (2018)

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

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From the producers of ‘Once’ and ‘Sing Street’, comes ‘Float Like a Butterfly’, a powerful and timely story of a girl's fight for freedom and belonging. In a gender-reversal of classic film Billy Elliot and inspired vaguely by Katie Taylor, the film concerns a young 15 year old Traveller girl who, as a huge fan of Mohammad Ali, trains herself into a state of boxing excellence. Frances (Hazel Doupe) is determined to make her ex-convict father Michael (Dara Devaney) proud, but she soon comes to realize he's got other plans for her. Patriarchal and controlling, her father, once her greatest ally, is too defeated himself to imagine any better for his daughter. Michael demands that Frances adhere to tradition and leave her love of boxing behind. But Frances was not born to be broken. In the mother of all fights, she must dig deep to find in herself the Champion her father once knew her to be.

Director Carmel Winters has crafted a warm celebratory film giving voice to an independent, fun and determined young woman. Float Like a Butterfly is a crowd-pleasing delight.
Winner, Audience Award, Best Film, Cork International Film Festival 2018.

CERT: 15A  Language: English   Dur: 101 mins
In association with Access Cinema

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"This is a grim but lyrical film, a stern rebuke to those who like to talk about the good old days." ★ ★ ★ ★ The Irish Independent

"Carmel Winters attacks important social issues with a mainstream energy that stirs the blood in her award-winning follow-up to the mysterious Snap." ★ ★ ★ ★ The Irish Times

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Just for Old Times Sake - The Farewell Tour
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Just for Old Times Sake - The Farewell Tour

An Evening of Variety with Dickie Rock, Paddy Cole & Friends

Fri 25 Oct 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €30 / €27.50 conc

Dickie Rock is one of Ireland’s most loved and recognised singers and still attracts a huge following of fans from all around the world. He has been performing and packing out venues throughout Ireland and Europe for over fifty years and is still going as strong as ever! From 1963 to 1983, Dickie had 25 Irish hits, surpassed only by the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Cliff Richard, David Bowie and the Rolling Stones. During his time with the Miami Showband, Dickie attracted the kind of mass hysteria normally reserved for boybands like Westlife.

Star of Sunshine Radio, Paddy Cole is legendary in Irish show business, ever since he first came to prominence in the 1960s with the Capitol Showband. He still attracts many of the people who danced in those days to his shows today. Paddy is renowned for giving audiences a good time - whether it’s jazz, rock ‘n roll, sixties or swing – the result is always the same – a thrilled and ecstatic reaction.

Joining Dickie and Paddy will be very special guests Funny Friday’s Sil Fox with host and compere George Hunter.
Presented by George Hunter Entertainment

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MadHouse by Una McKevitt & PJ Gallagher
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MadHouse by Una McKevitt & PJ Gallagher

Starring Katherine Lynch & Shane O’Reilly

Sat 26 Oct 2019 8PM / Dur: 65 mins / Age: 14+ Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc / Early Bird: €16 (book before 06 Sept 2019) / Groups 10+ €16

When Bobby was 10, his Ma moved 6 men with schizophrenia into the family home to look after. Like things weren’t mad enough already. Confronted with memories of his childhood after his Da dies, Bobby’s past begins to collide with the present. It’s raining outside and he’s stuck indoors; Ma’s restocking the industrial-sized pill cabinet, Da’s in the pub, Martin’s doing laps of the garden, Marv is missing and Mump can see a gorilla in the hall.

Madhouse is based on the true life story of comedian PJ Gallagher.

Madhouse premiered at the Abbey Theatre on the Peacock stage during Dublin Fringe Festival 2018 and is supported by The Arts Council, Project Arts Centre and The Pavilion Theatre.
Written by Una McKevitt & PJ Gallagher
Story by Una McKevitt
Starring Katherine Lynch & Shane O’Reilly

Please note this performance contains strong language and scenes of a sexual nature. Suitable for 14+​

Early Bird: €16 (book before 06 Sept 2019)

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"Madhouse is crazy good. It's a pacy, brilliantly written production full of PJ's trademark humour - honest and observational without ever being cruel." ★★★★★ www.dublinlive.ie

"It's a joyously kind, touching piece and very funny." Sunday Independent

"Comic coming of age story." ★★★★ Irish Times

"Madhouse transitions and balances the funny with the dark excellently well. Strong performances easily captivate the audience throughout." Meg.ie

"The story is a fusion of penetrating insights of behaviour patterns and standup - the spirited yet loving mother-son portrayal works exceptionally well." The Sunday Times

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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Eggsistentialism by Joanne Ryan
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Eggsistentialism by Joanne Ryan

A funny, tender and moving exploration of reproduction in 21st-Century Ireland

Sat 2 Nov 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc / Early Bird: €15 (book before 06 Sept 2019)

Joanne Ryan's internationally acclaimed, multi award-winning show is a funny, tender and moving exploration of reproduction in 21st-Century Ireland. Looking down the barrel of her final fertile years, one modern Irish woman goes on a comical quest to uncover the ifs, hows and crucially the whys of reproducing her genes.

Mixing animation with stand-up, monologue and hilarious recorded interjections from Ryan's mother, Eggsistentialism takes a light-hearted but unflinching look at one of life's most compelling dilemmas: should making a life for oneself involve making another?

Winner of The Lustrum Award, The Melbourne Fringe Tour Ready Award, Sydney Fringe's Critics’ Pick Award, Best Storytelling Bouquet at Edinburgh Festival and nominated for Best Performance at Melbourne Fringe.

Funded by The Strollers Network Touring Production Award.
Supported by Limerick Culture and Arts Department, Limerick City and County Council.
Dur 60 mins / Age 14+. Some strong language.
Written & Performed by Joanne Ryan.
Directed by Veronica Coburn.

Early Bird: €15 (book before 06 Sept 2019)

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"An absolute gem of a show ... A must-see; a deeply personal play with universal appeal. Don’t miss it." ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Bouquets and Brickbats

"Deeply relatable. Universally political." ★ ★ ★ ★ The Scotsman

"Close to a masterpiece; intelligent, thoughtful, wry, funny, and above all, loving." The Sunday Independent

Francis Footwork
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Francis Footwork

CoisCéim Dance Theatre

Tue 5 - Wed 6 Nov 2019 5th Nov 7pm / 6th Nov 10am & 12 noon Main Auditorium // €7 adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class of 20+ / Age 6+ yrs / Dur: 55 mins

“Dancing is like dreaming with your feet. Colonel Headbanger doesn’t like dreams as they can give people ideas. People with ideas can be dangerous.”
 
Once upon a dance floor ... in a kingdom not so far away, lived Francis Footwork.

Now, Francis Footwork is no ordinary girl - she is an extraordinary dancer. When young King Two Lefties ascends to the throne, he is convinced by trusted adviser Colonel Headbanger to rule the land with an iron fist. He wants to end all dancing. Francis and her friends come together to teach him a dance lesson he will never forget!

From the company that brought you the award-winning 'The Wolf and Peter', CoisCéim is proud to be funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and supported by Dublin City Council and Culture Ireland.

Written & Directed by David Bolger
Cast includes: Cristian Enmanuel Dirocie, Ivonne Kalter & Emma O’Kane.
Tues 5th Nov 7pm / Wed 6th Nov 10am & 12 noon
Age: 6yrs+

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Magical Mozart by Candlelight
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Magical Mozart by Candlelight

European Baroque Ensemble presents an evening of Mozart Masterpieces!

Thu 7 Nov 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €22 / €20 conc / Early Bird: €18 (book before 06 Sept 2019)

From the producers of A Viennese Strauss Gala, this sumptuous fully costumed show immerses us in the wonderful music and the classical baroque world of one of the world’s greatest romantic composers - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. With beautiful settings, costumes, lighting, and of course candles, the European Baroque Ensemble and world class opera singers transport you back to the sumptuous past.
A packed programme of classical music and song, which includes excerpts from the most memorable of Mozart’s operas, such as: The Magic Flute; The Marriage of Figaro; Cosi Fan Tutte, and many more. Mozart’s most popular and famous operas are all beautifully sung by world class soloists who, alongside the ensemble, perform some of his most memorable pieces of music, including: Symphony no. 40; Lacrimosa (Requiem D minor) and Eine Kleine Nacht Musik.

Early Bird: €18 (book before 06 Sept 2019)

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"A Sublime evening…Magical, it certainly was!" Jersey Evening Post

Des Bishop - Take The Points
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Des Bishop - Take The Points

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

That’s good advice on the pitch but an even better metaphor for life especially when you don’t take advice well. How hard can it be for a man to say “point taken!” Des Bishop’s new show tries to digest the incredible changes we have seen in society in the last year and a half. Me too, consent, trump, the 8th and how divided everyone is online.
Everyone welcome, snowflakes, the easily offended, those that complain about people being offended, PC and non P.C. people, religious people and atheists. We all have points to take and goals to come!

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Made in Dagenham The Musical

Made in Dagenham The Musical

Coolmine Musical Society

Tue 12 - Sat 16 Nov 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €25

Set in the swinging sixties Made in Dagenham is based on a real life strike in the Ford factory in Dagenham in June 1968. It is more than 50 years since these amazing characters stood up for their rights, which led to the Equal Pay Act of 1970. Coolmine Musical Society is delighted to be taking to the stage with the Dublin Premiere of this show. This ideal show will bring everybody out for a great night’s entertainment! 

CAST: Rita: Bronwyn Andrews / Eddie: Ian Rountree / Beryl: Michelle Harris / Cass: Kathryn Gibbons / Clare: Niamh Kiernan / Sandra: Karen McCourt / Connie: Niamh Carroll / Harold Wilson: Justin Parkes / Barbara Castle: Dolores Hughes / Lisa Hopkins: Amie Preston  / Monty: Robbie Kennedy  / Tooley: Eddie Brady / Mr Hopkins: Ciaran Lenehan  / Buddy Cortina: Stuart Pollock  / Greg Hubble: Nathan Everett Patterson / Stan: Andrew Hayes

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Robert Mizzell and the Country Kings
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Robert Mizzell and the Country Kings

Tue 19 Nov 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €25 / €23 conc

Robert Mizzell has made Ireland his home for over 20 years. He served his apprenticeship in Country Music since he first arrived here and is now one of the top Country Music Artists in Ireland, enjoying huge success all around the country. He has released 12 solo studio albums and 2 full length DVD’s to date and is constantly touring Ireland and the UK with his band. Robert was voted ‘Ireland’s Favourite Country Music Singer’ in a poll conducted by RSVP magazine.

‘Kick Ass Country’ was Robert’s first major hit, but it was the song ‘Say You Love Me’ that made him a household name in Ireland. More of his hit songs include ‘Mama Courtney’, Day Job’, ‘John Deer Beer’, ‘Louisiana Saturday Night’ and Wham Bam’ to name a few.

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Photograph (2019)
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Photograph (2019)

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

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A struggling Mumbai street photographer pressured to marry by his grandmother convinces a shy stranger to pose as his fiancée during a family visit. Despite vast cultural differences, the pair develop a surprising connection that challenges their worldviews in a wistful and funny romance from Ritesh Batra (The Lunchbox). Starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sanya Malhotra.

CERT: 15A  Language: Indian (English Subtitles)  Dur: 110 mins
In association with Access Cinema

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"A quiet charmer." The Hollywood Reporter

"… feels like a throwback to the old-fashioned big screen romances of yore." Screen International

"A lush ... romantic drama." The Film Stage

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Swan Lake
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Swan Lake

Ballet Ireland

Fri 22 - Sat 23 Nov 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €25 / €23 conc / €18 (under 16s)

Ballet Ireland is delighted to present a national tour of Swan Lake, one of the greatest love stories of classical ballet, to 19 theatres throughout Ireland.

This most famous of ballets, combines romantic themes, classical technique and ethereal imagery together with Tchaikovsky's majestic score, to ensure this masterpiece’s immortality.

Swan Lake tells the story of Odette, a beautiful princess, who by day is turned into a swan by evil magician Von Rothbart, only to regain her human form at night. Out hunting by the Lakeside, Prince Siegfried encounters her and falls madly in love with her. But will he be able to break Von Rothbart’s spell…? 

This enduring story of love and tragedy, good and evil, has enthralled audiences since it premiered in 1877.  
This autumn 25 leading professional dancers from Ireland and abroad will perform in this breath-taking production which was loved by audiences and critics when last produced by Ballet Ireland.

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"Perfectly formed and translucent production of the romantic classic ... Clever touches with the choreography, performances and staging." The Irish Times

"Moving production…beautifully choreographed." The Sunday Business Post

"Exuberant and beautiful production." Irish Mail on Sunday

ABBA Forever - The Christmas Show 2019
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ABBA Forever - The Christmas Show 2019

Tue 26 - Wed 27 Nov 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc

It’s always party time when abba are about, but when it’s the Christmas Show,  then that’s a real excuse for a party! This happy sing-a-long tribute celebrates with a loud and proud fanfare! It’s the perfect way to start your Christmas celebrations! Simply the best party in Town! So, MAMMA MIA, here we go again! My My How can we resist you!! A cracker of a show. Great Vocals from the girls, Lucinda and Marie, great playing from the guys, Denis and Rae and terrific audiovisuals to bring you back in time and share seminal ABBA moments with you!

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CLASS by Iseult Golden and David Horan
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CLASS by Iseult Golden and David Horan

Fri 29 - Sat 30 Nov 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

A parent-teacher meeting goes very wrong in CLASS - a new play about learning difficulties: in school, in life, wherever. Brian and Donna’s son is nine years old, and he’s struggling. That’s what his teacher says. Says he should see a psychologist. But Brian and Donna – recently separated – never liked school, never liked teachers. So are they going to trust this one? And should they?

CLASS is an explosive triple confrontation in a classroom over learning difficulties, love and entitlement. Funny, heartbreaking and beautifully observed, with rave reviews and a sold-out run at the Abbey Theatre, CLASS is new Irish writing at its finest.

CLASS by Iseult Golden and David Horan was the hit of the Dublin Theatre Festival 2017 and was then invited to play on the Peacock Stage at the Abbey Theatre in January 2018 before transferring to the Galway International Arts Festival and the Traverse Edinburgh Fringe in the Summer of 2018. The show sold out before opening in Dublin and Galway and has had an extraordinary response from audiences and critics alike wherever it plays.

Cast includes Stephen Jones and Will O'Connell.

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"With an outstanding cast, a laugh-out-loud yet gut-wrenching story this thoroughly enjoyable show reflects our fractured zeitgeist brilliantly." ★★★★★ SUNDAY TIMES IRELAND

"Three terrific performances, two exceptional writers and directors, and one extraordinarily brilliant script." ★★★★★ THE ARTS REVIEW

Love Actually (2003)
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Love Actually (2003)

Wed 4 Dec 2019 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

Love Actually is the ultimate romantic comedy from the makers of Bridget Jones's Diary and Notting Hill. Funny, irresistible and heart-warming, an all-star cast (Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Alan Rickman, Colin Firth, Keira Knightley, Laura Linney and Emma Thompson, to name a few!) will take you on a breathtaking tour of love's delightful twists and turns. Fall under the spell of Love Actually and share the laughs and charm again and again.

Director: Richard Curtis
CERT: 15PG  Language: English   Dur: 129 mins
In association with Access Cinema

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Dirt Birds Self Help Tour
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Dirt Birds Self Help Tour

With Sinead Culbert and Sue Collins

Thu 5 Dec 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. Back by popular demand.

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"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

Baby’s First Xmas

Baby’s First Xmas

Anna Newell Theatre Adventures

Fri 6 - Sat 7 Dec 2019 11AM / 12 NOON / 1PM Draíocht Studio // €5 Per Child (Accompanying Adult Free) / Ages 0-12 months / Dur: 20 mins

Baby's First Xmas is a gentle magical wonderland of gorgeous harmony singing, little lights and enticing textures. Created for babies under one year old by Anna Newell and David Goodall, whose work for Early Years audiences has been seen on five continents. This brand new Xmas show promises to delight and entrance the very tiniest of audience members. Each baby can bring one adult guest with them and, to make this a very special experience, audience capacity is very limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. (max capacity 8 babies / 8 guardians per show).

Baby's First Xmas is funded by Arts Council Ireland and this programme is a partnership between the Civic Theatre, Draiocht and the Mermaid Arts Centre.

Phone Draíocht Box Office on 01 8852622 to Book

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"My baby was entranced – literally transfixed! Fantastic and so unique We absolutely loved it. I smiled the whole way through it! Such a lovely experience! The singing was beautiful" Audience Reactions

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Blanchardstown School of Music Christmas Showcase

Blanchardstown School of Music Christmas Showcase

Fri 6 Dec 2019 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €8

December 6th see’s Blanchardstown School of Music return to Draíocht for their Christmas Concert. The concert will showcase the talent of the students ranging from Singing, Piano, Drums, Violin and Guitar. With some festive inspired pieces along with some of the students exam preparation work, it will be an evening of fantastic music and upbeat performances!

Blanchardstown School of Music is based in Coolmine Industrial Estate, Blanchardstown and was established in 2008 and has steadily grown since then with a wide variety of music lessons available in all instruments.
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Christmas Gothic
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Christmas Gothic

Dyad Productions starring Rebecca Vaughan

Tue 10 Dec 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc / Early Bird: €15 (book before 06 Sept 2019)

Christmas: a time to remember the past, celebrate the present, and look to the future; a time of feasts and festivities; of holly and mistletoe; a time of visits and visitations. A time of ghosts.

Come in from the cold and enter into the Christmas spirit as a dark and spectral woman tells haunting tales of the festive season, lighting a candle to the frailties of human nature and illuminating the cold and chilling depths of the bleak, wintry dark...
Following the international touring success that was Female Gothic, Dyad Productions resurrects a Victorian tradition by presenting three seasonal tales of terror to scintillate the gooseflesh for dark Christmas nights. This dark celebration of Christmas is adapted and performed by Rebecca Vaughan (Dalloway, Austen’s Women, I, Elizabeth, Female Gothic).

Directed by Elton Townend Jones (Dalloway, The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe)
From the creators of Dalloway, The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe, Austen’s Women, I, Elizabeth, The Diaries of Adam and Eve and Female Gothic.

Early Bird: €15 (book before 06 Sept 2019)

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"A macabre masterpiece. Ghostly, grisly and gorgeous. Don’t miss it." ★★★★★ Three Weeks

"Truly extraordinary… one of the most exciting young performers on the British stage." ★★★★★ British Theatre Guide

"Holds the audience in the palm of its hand... a near perfect piece of theatre." ★★★★ The Scotsman

"Perfection... Vaughan is simply sublime." Huffington Post

Coolmine Christmas Gala Concert – Merry Christmas

Coolmine Christmas Gala Concert – Merry Christmas

Thu 12 Dec 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €15

Christmas is a time to come together. It is a time to reflect on all the good in our lives – to enjoy all those who we have in our lives and to let them know what they mean to us. Coolmine invites you to join them for what has become a Christmas tradition, a night of yuletide music and some other favourite songs from the stage and screen. All are welcome to this evening where the importance of community, friends and family will be celebrated with fantastic musical acts such as the Blanchardstown Brass Band, Mary McGahann, Bob Linehan, the St Brigid’s Choirs and other surprise acts on the night. All proceeds on the night will go towards the vital addiction recovery services provided by Coolmine. Join us for a very special night of hope and song. Merry Christmas!

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Clonee Music Tuition Centre 10th Anniversary Concert

Clonee Music Tuition Centre 10th Anniversary Concert

Fri 13 Dec 2019 7.30PM Draíocht Studio // €10

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Clonee Music Tuition Centre returns to Draíocht to celebrate 10 years of music making in the community.  Join them for what promises to be a most enjoyable evening of music showcasing the talents of current and former students. Celebrating their 10th Anniversary, soloists and ensembles will perform an exciting selection of music and songs from different genres with some Christmas favourites for audience participation!

Clonee Music Tuition Centre, established in 2009 provides instrumental and vocal tuition for students of all ages and Pre-Instrumental Courses for younger children.  It is based in Coláiste Pobail Setanta secondary school in Dublin 15. As a community based music school, Clonee Music Tuition Centre endeavours to meet the individual needs of the diverse range of students that attend the music school whether learning purely for fun or with a specific goal in mind.  Students enhance their performance skills with opportunities to perform at the Annual Summer Recitals and Christmas Concert. 

Christmas with The Dublin Gospel Choir
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Christmas with The Dublin Gospel Choir

Sat 14 Dec 2019 3PM €15 / 8PM €20 / €18 conc Main Auditorium

Dublin Gospel Choir return to Draíocht, bringing a selection of Christmas favourites; some joyful, some uplifting, some nostalgic and some just downright funky! Dublin Gospel Choir have long been a household name in Ireland – versatile, passionate and vibrant, they uplift and energise with powerful voices and rich harmonies They have shared the stage with industry heavyweights such as Rod Stewart, John Legend, Kodaline, Outkast, Damien Rice and Ennio Morricone, to name but a few. Start the Christmas season in style with Dublin Gospel Choir!

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Elf (2003)

Elf (2003)

Primary School Film Screening in Draiocht

Mon 16 Dec 2019 11.30AM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class of 20+

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Will Ferrell stars as Buddy, a human baby raised in the North Pole to be an Elf. After wreaking havoc in the elf community due to his size, Buddy heads to New York City to find his place in the world, and track down his father. But everyone has forgotten the true meaning of Christmas, and it’s up to Buddy and his simple elf ways to win over his family, realise his destiny and ultimately, save Christmas!

CERT: PG  Language: English   Dur: 97 mins
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Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)

Primary School Film Screening in Draiocht

Tue 17 Dec 2019 11.30AM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class of 20+

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In this sequel to the highly successful Home Alone, child-star Macaulay Culkin returns, in the role that made him famous, as Kevin McCallister, a precocious Chicago boy who mistakenly boards a plane to New York while the rest of his large family wings to Florida. In Manhattan, he takes up residency at the Plaza Hotel, but his posh holiday is disrupted when he discovers that the Sticky Bandits (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) are on the loose. Can he foil their plan to rob an elderly man's toy store just before Christmas?

CERT: PG  Language: English   Dur: 120 mins
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It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
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It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Wed 18 Dec 2019 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc / €5 children

This moving and beautifully told film is a true masterpiece of cinema. George Bailey (James Stuart) is in turmoil, having been framed by his arch rival. He’s torn between his own desires and aspirations, but struggling to always do the right thing. This inner conflict proves too much for Bailey, who sees suicide as the only option. In classic Hollywood style, Heaven sends a guardian angel to remind him how worthwhile his life has been and to treasure the good times.

CERT: G  Language: English   Dur: 129 mins
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"Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without it." ★★★★★ Empire

"Funny, compelling and moving." ★★★★★ Time Out

Robin Hood The Panto

Robin Hood The Panto

Coolmine Panto Group

Sat 4 - Sun 19 Jan 2020 Main Auditorium // €22 / €19 conc / Relaxed performance €19

Coolmine Panto Group are back with a pantomime treatment of the Robin Hood legend for all the family. Join in the fun as Sir Robin of Locksley together with his Mother, Lady Rose Bud, draw swords and arrows with the money grabbing Sheriff of Nothingdoing, Sir Guy Sterling. Can Sir Robin rescue Maid Marion from the evil Sheriff? Fun and laughter are guaranteed with Robin’s Merry Men, Friar Tuck and his Snoring Monks and the Singing Nuns of Mirth.

SAT 04  2PM & 7.30PM / SUN 05 1PM & 5.30PM
WED 08  7PM (RELAXED PERFORMANCE €19)
THU 09  7.30PM / FRI 10  7.30PM
SAT 11  2PM & 7.30PM / SUN 12  1PM & 5.30PM
WED 15 7.30PM / THU 16  7.30PM
FRI 17  7.30PM / SAT 18  2PM & 7.30PM
SUN 19  2PM

Enjoy our Relaxed Performance on Wednesday 8th January which will have no sudden noises or bangs, restricted capacity, the ability to move around, softer and brighter lighting and music at a suitable level. We will also provide a chill-out area with low lighting for parents/guardians to bring children who may need to have a little break. All tickets for this performance are €19.

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

Fri 24 - Sat 25 Jan 2020 8PM Main Auditorium // €25 / €23 conc

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You can't see the Bee Gees anymore, but you can see ‘Nights on Broadway’ and still experience a concert of the incredible music written by the brothers Gibb.

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, costume changes 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.

Back by Popular Demand after their SOLD OUT shows in November 2018 & March 2019. www.nightsonbroadway.net

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Reeling in the Showband Years
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Reeling in the Showband Years

It’s Back, it’s Bigger & it’s Better!

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

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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.

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The Matchmaker by John B Keane
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The Matchmaker by John B Keane

Starring Mary McEvoy and Jon Kenny

Sat 1 Feb 2020 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc

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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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Jason Byrne – Wrecked but Ready

Jason Byrne – Wrecked but Ready

The Star of ‘Ireland’s Got Talent’

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

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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’d got 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’.

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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

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

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Sharon Shannon
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Sharon Shannon

With Special Guest Alan Connor

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

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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. 

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Neil Delamere - End of Watch
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Neil Delamere - End of Watch

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

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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. 

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

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

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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

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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 Caitríona Ennis & Patrick Moy.

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Catherine Bohart - Lemon

Catherine Bohart - Lemon

Sat 7 Mar 2020 8PM Main Auditorium // €16

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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.

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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

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