Starkids on Stage 2019

Starkids on Stage 2019

Fri 24 - Sat 25 May 2019 3PM & 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €16 / €13 conc

Join the cast of Starkids for their end of year production. This talented cast of children aged 3 to 17 years will have you well entertained with their adaptation of Mamma Mia, The Greatest Showman, Willy Wonka, Toy Story and Moana. A superb evening of song, dance and drama is guaranteed from these amazingly talented children. A must for all the family. www.starkids.ie

The Toddler Take Over 2019

The Toddler Take Over 2019

A Little Event For The Youngest Citizens of Dublin 15

Thu 30 May 2019 9:50AM-3.15PM

BOOKING OPENS TUESDAY 16 APRIL 2019 AT 10AM

THURSDAY 30 MAY 2019   09:50AM-3.15PM   FOR TODDLERS!
With a Sensory Toddler Event on WEDNESDAY 29 MAY 10.30am - 1:30pm 
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Dancing, prancing, singing songs … playing, swimming, scribbling ...
Join us for our 5th Toddler Take Over Adventure in May!


A host of wonderful artists and art forms awaits you to see, hear and experience new adventures during our Toddler Take Over Adventure 2019! Draíocht’s Toddler Take Over, now in its 5th Year, celebrates the limitless imagination of the very young child and the magic that happens when it is combined with the world of artists and the arts. With a combination of book-in and free drop-in events, and the very special addition of a Sensory Toddler Day, children are invited to explore sounds and movement and think about really important questions:
Will the Sad Mermaid get to the party?
Can I shake to make music?
Can a tent dance?
Draíocht transforms into a big space for adventure through story, visual arts, music, circus and dance for the very young. Scribble and draw in our Gallery Spaces, dance, move and take part in a party under the sea, dancers will dance and musicians will play, scribble, build, invent. Children are invited to bring their insatiable curiosity and their adults to explore, discover new art forms, create, play, dance, draw, sing and nurture creative potential, while having fun too.

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Booking Notes for All Events:

BOOKING OPENS TUESDAY 16 APRIL 2019 AT 10AM
All Children must be accompanied by an Adult and all Adults must be accompanied by a child! Dress for Mess and we would ask you to please respect age limits on book-in workshops. This Event is designed for Toddlers, but older and younger siblings are welcome to join in the ROAM FREE areas and where stated in Book-In workshops. Booking is by phone via Box Office on 01-8852622 or in person at Box Office, open Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm, Draíocht, The Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15
http://www.draiocht.ie
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THE TODDLER TAKE OVER 2019 – THURSDAY’S PROGRAMME
(For Wednesday’s Sensory Day programme please see PDF

FREE EVENT
EVENT: ROAM FREE & DANCERS DANCE

Time:  9:50AM-3.15PM
Cost:   Free Event / REGISTER @ BOX OFFICE ON ARRIVAL FOR YOUR FREE TICKET
AGE:   18 months – 4 yrs
Activities are designed for ages 18 months - 4 years but younger and older siblings are welcome in the roam free areas too. Enjoy the open spaces for self-directed creative play and art making … Is that a dancer dancing? Why not dance too? Roam FREE includes a small area created for children under 18 months to explore. 
Location: Roaming all over Draíocht / Draíocht Galleries / Lobby / Draíocht’s workshop Room!
Additional notes: Enjoy spontaneous Dancers dance with an accompanying musician play in the Roam free spaces @ approx. 11:30am, 12:10pm and 12:50pm (these are approximate times only).

Event Information: Your Roam Free Ticket covers FREE admission across a combination of open spaces for self-directed play and inventiveness, along with short spontaneous interactive Dance performances that will happen in these spaces. With your Roam Free Ticket you can come and go as you please! You can also draw, investigate and discover the world of imagination we have created for you! With this ticket your child will have lots of fun - but if you want something more, you can purchase tickets for the additional Book In workshops or attend a theatre show (see timetable).

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BOOK IN EVENTS – TEL 01-8852622 OR BOOK IN PERSON AT BOX OFFICE

Places are restricted and must be booked in advance with the Box Office on 01-8852622.
Early booking advised as they usually sell out fast.
Tickets are €5 per child, with a free accompanying adult.

DANCE THEATRE SHOW: A-do-Le-TA!
A dance theatre piece by Little Lion Dance Theatre
Performance 1:    10.30AM-11.15AM
Performance 2:    02.30PM- 03:15PM
Cost:                     €5 per child, with a free accompanying adult
AGE:                     2.5 years to 5 Years
Location:               Draíocht Studio Space
A-do-le-TA! is a dance theatre piece that joyously explores friendship and play. Come with Joy and Sky into a world where everything is possible - a tent can be a crab, an umbrella can be a cloud and the moon can sing! Through play, two friends overcome differences and together imagine, create and expand their reality and yours.

WORKSHOP: PLAY AROUND WITH SOUND
MUSIC and MUSIC MAKING With MUSICIAN EAMON SWEENEY
Workshop 1:         09.50AM-10.20AM  (2 years to 4 years)
Workshop 2:         11.30AM-12.00PM  (12 Months to 2.5 years)
Workshop 3:         01.10PM-01.40PM   (2 years to 4 years)
Cost:                     €5 per child, with a free accompanying adult
AGE:                    16 months to 4 Years
Location:               Draíocht Main Stage
Bop, pop and rock your way through this fun and explorative music workshop. Explore and create your own brand of music as only a child can! See and hear a live Musician play and sing and become one yourself with a range of musical instruments to bang, chime and shake.

WORKSHOP:  THE KING OF THE SEA'S PARTY
Interactive Drama workshop including storytelling and movement led by theatre practitioner Joanna Parkes
Workshop 1:         10.30AM-11.15AM
Workshop 2:         12.15PM- 01.00PM
Workshop 3:         01.45PM- 02.30PM
Cost:                     €5 per child, with a free accompanying adult
AGE:                     2 years to 4 Years
Location:               Draíocht Main Stage
It’s party time under the sea. All the fish and sea creatures are very excited and are busy practicing their dance moves for the annual event. Everyone is looking forward to the party apart from one sad mermaid who feels she can’t dance and doesn’t want to join in. Come and play with your child and show the mermaid there are many ways to dance. This workshop was originally commissioned by and performed at The Ark, A Cultural Centre for Children. 

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Booking is by phone via Box Office on 01-8852622 or in person at Box Office, open Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm, Draíocht, The Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15.    www.draiocht.ie.

The given schedule and content may be subject to alteration. The ROAM FREE concept allows for self-discovery together, supported by a facilitator. It will involve lots of opportunities for child-led individual creative freedom.

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

ALMOST SOLD OUT

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

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

Learn To Play Music Day 2019

Learn To Play Music Day 2019

With Castleknock School of Music / Mini Music & Instrumental Classes

Thu 6 Jun 2019 1.30PM-5.30PM / AGE: 6 MONTHS TO 8+ YEARS // €5 per child per session (accompanying adult free)

Ever wondered what it would be like to play a piano, pluck a violin string or blow into a saxophone? Well, now you can with Castleknock School of Music’s ‘Learn to Play Music Day’, where you can come and try a range of instruments. There are also ‘Mini Music Classes’ available for ages 6 months to 7 years. This promises to be a great afternoon to learn a little about music and have some fun. Advance booking essential on tel: 01-8852622.

Ages / Mini Music & Instrumental Classes / Times

6-24 mths / Mini Music: Busy Babies  / 1.30-2.00pm
2-3 Yrs   / Mini Music: Bonny Bluebirds / 2.10-2.40pm
3-4 Yrs   / Mini Music: Red Robins      / 2.50-3.20pm
4-5 Yrs   / Mini Music: Pink Bears      / 3.30-4.00pm
5-6 Yrs   / Try it Out: Pathway to Piano / 3.30-4.00pm
5-6 Yrs   / Mini Music: Yellow Bunnies   / 4.00-4.30pm
5-6 Yrs   / Try it Out: Adventures in Violin / 4.30-5.00pm
6-7 Yrs   / Try it Out: Adventures in Violin / 3.30-4.00pm
6-7 Yrs   / Try it Out: Gateway to Guitar  / 4.00-4.30pm
6-7 Yrs   / Mini Music: Green Frogs     / 4.30-5.00pm
6-7 Yrs   / Try it Out: Pathway to Piano  / 5.00-5.30pm
7+ Yrs   / Try it Out: Adventures in Violin  / 4.00-4.30pm
7+ Yrs   / Try it Out: Pathway To Piano   / 4.30-5.00pm
7+ Yrs   / Try it Out: Gateway to Guitar     / 5.00-5.30pm
8+ Yrs   / Try it Out: Flute/Clarinet/Sax   / 2.50-3.30pm

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The Harlequin / Paiata

The Harlequin / Paiata

Romanian Community of Ireland

Sat 8 Jun 2019 5.30PM Main Auditorium // €20

Harlequin is a comedy play based on A.P Cehov's 'The harmful effect of Tobacco', with main character, Nikita Ivanovici, returning again (was also in the last production, The Buffon).
Starring Nicolae Urs, Victoria Cocias and Olimpia Urs.
Duration: 1 hr 45 mins / no age restrictions

Shoplifters (2018)
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Shoplifters (2018)

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 12 Jun 2019 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

Director Kore-Eda Hirokazu’s new film Shoplifters, is a subtle and moving drama about the forces holding a struggling family together. Osamu (Lily Franky), his wife Nobuyu (Sakura Andô) and grandma Hatsue (Kirin Kiki) are the Shibatas, a family living just above the poverty line. When they take in what appears to be an abandoned little girl, this brittle and unconventional family unravels. Shoplifters is a brilliant and nuanced moral inquiry. Tender, compassionate but also enduringly humorous, Kore-Eda unfolds a drama which is profoundly moving. In the process conspicuously revealing a Japan rarely seen.

CERT: 15A  Language: Japanese (English Subtitles)  Dur: 121 mins
In Association with Access Cinema

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KidKast Castleknock Showcase 2019

KidKast Castleknock Showcase 2019

Thu 13 Jun 2019 7PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €12 conc

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.

Brendan Galileo for Europe
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Brendan Galileo for Europe

Starring Fionn Foley

Fri 14 Jun 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc / Groups 10+ €15

Brendan Galileo is a young aspiring politician determined to join the ranks of the European Parliament. Alas, in the City of Tribes he is a man without a spear, his previous electoral efforts little more than a novelty act. In a last-ditch attempt to dramatically improve his public profile, he must represent his country in the most vicious diplomatic catfight in the continent, the Eurovision Song Contest.

A hilarious and warm-hearted solo performance by Fionn Foley about keeping your integrity at the world's foremost convention of kitsch.
Winner of the 'Bewley's Little Gem' and 'Best Performer' Awards at the Dublin Fringe Festival 2018.

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"A wonderful, joyous celebration of a show." ★★★★ The Arts Review

"Foley's performance is irresistible." The Irish Times

"Fast-paced, witty and terribly funny..sixty minutes of mental gymnastics and belly laughter." Broadway World

Family Art Day: Create and Celebrate!

Family Art Day: Create and Celebrate!

Celebrating Cruinniú na nÓg 2019

Sat 15 Jun 2019 12 NOON - 3PM Draíocht Galleries // FREE

Ages 5-10 years

Join our gallery artists for a very special Family Art Day to celebrate Cruinniú na nÓg and launch our Children’s Gallery Guide! Just like a detective, follow the Rocketship to our First Floor Gallery, find and draw a masterpiece using the view finder! What else is there in a gallery to see and explore?! Why not come back another day and use our guide in a relaxed, self directed and fun way to explore a new Draíocht exhibition!

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

Booking tel 01-8852622

Creative Music Making - Early Years Music Sessions

Creative Music Making - Early Years Music Sessions

Celebrating Cruinniú na nÓg 2019

Sat 15 Jun 2019 Draíocht Studio // FREE

At the heart of this music workshop lie the infinite possibilities of creative expression when we use our voices and imaginations to celebrate selfhood and explore the world around us. Join early years music specialist Julie Tiernan as she creates a wonderful world of magical encounters using song and musical activities that support creative development and well-being in early years children.

Workshop times: 10.30am-11.10am & 11.30am – 12.10pm  

Suitable for ages 3-5 years and accompanying adults.
Please respect this age category as the workshop is designed especially for 3-5 years only.
Booking is essential through Draiocht Box Office 01-8852622.


This is an initiative of the four Dublin Local Authorities in partnership with The National Concert Hall, Draíocht, The Lab and funded by Creative Ireland Cruinniú na nÓg programme.Julie Tiernan will welcome three professional musicians to observe her deliver this workshop for professional development purposes.

Ladies in the Blues
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Ladies in the Blues

Presented by Hot Spot Music Club

Sat 15 Jun 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €25 / €23 conc

A spectacular music theatre show celebrating the power of women in blues history, from the gospel roots of the 1920s, through vaudeville & jazz to the blues rock of the 1960s. Immerse yourself in songs by all those great women – Big Mama Thornton, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Janis Joplin, Bessie Smith and many more.
After sell-out shows at Cork Jazz Festival and standing ovations across the country, Ladies in the Blues pays homage to these female artists who transformed the blues from local folk music into the art form it is today, bringing black culture into American mainstream music.

With singers Clara Rose, Emma Nicolai, Jhil Quinn & Grainne Hunt.
Featuring the band, Eoghan O'Neill, James Delaney, Ed Deane & Kevin Malone.

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"A spectacular, opening night stage production, featuring four female singers and a cracking band of blues’ sidemen performing songs written and recorded by women in the history of the blues." Music journalist, Dermot Hayes

Exploring Sound and Technology with Make Create Innovate

Exploring Sound and Technology with Make Create Innovate

Draíocht and Early Years - Exploring More With Early Years Arts

Tue 18 Jun 2019 Draíocht Workshop Room // €5 Per Child Per Workshop (accompanying adult is free)

10.15AM-11.15AM & 11.45AM-12.45PM (60 MINS)

Join artists from ‘Make Create Innovate’, who will introduce the children to different tactile materials and how they can be used to trigger sound. What does a feather sound like for instance? Explore the relationship between sound and everyday materials and how conductivity can be used to make them interactive.

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, starting with painting, then sound and finally yoga. 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).

Stagezone on Stage 2019

Stagezone on Stage 2019

Stagezone Theatre School

Sat 22 - Sun 23 Jun 2019 2PM & 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €17 / €15 conc

Join the energetic young stars of Stagezone Theatre School with a show for all the family packed with great songs and dance routines from Humpty Dumpty, Superheroes, Willy Wonka, School of Rock, The Greatest Showman, All Shook Up, Mamma Mia, 42nd Street and We Will Rock You!  This is a wonderful opportunity for all our students to showcase their talents in musical theatre, hip hop dancing and comedy. Stagezone Theatre School is based in Draíocht with classes for boys and girls from 5-20 years of age.

Irish Youth Dance Festival 2019 at Draíocht

Irish Youth Dance Festival 2019 at Draíocht

Presented by Dublin Youth Dance Company (DYDC) in collaboration with Draíocht and Fingal Arts Office

Mon 24 - Sun 30 Jun 2019

2019 sees the Irish Youth Dance Festival celebrate its 19th year – making it Ireland’s longest running youth dance festival. This unique and hugely popular event will offer audiences the opportunity to see the most exciting up-and-coming young dance talent Ireland has to offer, alongside International guests, masterclasses, workshops and performance opportunities! Draíocht is delighted to host IYDF 2019 for the first time.

Youth Dance Residency
MON 24 - FRI 28 JUN  Draíocht Studio

This week-long residency with teacher and choreographer Justine Doswell (DYDC), is for young people selected from D15 Transition Year Secondary School Taster sessions, held earlier this year. Over 5 days, participants will work together with DYDC facilitators exploring and creating a contemporary dance piece for performance. The resulting dance piece will be performed at the Young Creators Platform on Sunday 30th June.

Irish Youth Dance Festival 2019
SAT 29 JUN  8PM  Main Auditorium 
€14 / €12
conc / Family of 4  €40
Audiences are promised the most exciting up-and-coming young dance talent Ireland has to offer in this fully staged production on Draíocht’s Main Stage.

Dancers Day: Masterclasses
SUN 30 JUN 11AM-3.15PM  €10 per class
As part of the IYDF 2019 activities, there are masterclasses available in Contemporary Dance, Jazz and Hip-Hop.
11AM-12.15PM / Jazz with Anderson De Souza (Brasil) 
12.30PM-1.45PM / Contemporary Dance with Toni Bravo (US)          
2PM-3.15PM / Hip-Hop Fusion with Matt Szczerek (Ireland)
These Masterclasses are FREE for festival participants.

Young Creators Platform
SUN 30 JUN 4PM  Draíocht Studio  Free
Young dancers aged 12-25 years will perform their own choreographic works and share their creativity in front of a supportive audience. Its a great opportunity for young dancers to present their work and get feedback from the audience at the Q&A session after the performance.
Further information about applying for Young Creators Platform from Mariam Ribon at info.dydc@gmail.com

Booking through Draíocht’s Box Office tel 01-8852622.
For more information about IYDF at Draíocht, contact Sarah Beirne, sarah@draiocht.ie

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Shrek (2001) - The Greatest Fairy Tale Never Told!

Shrek (2001) - The Greatest Fairy Tale Never Told!

Primary School Summer Screening

Tue 25 Jun 2019 10.30AM Main Auditorium // €5 per pupil / 2 teachers free per class of 20+

Once upon a time, in a faraway swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek whose precious solitude is suddenly shattered by an invasion of fairy tale magical creatures, banished from their kingdom by the evil Lord Farquaad. Determined to save their home, not to mention his swamp, Shrek cuts a deal with Farquaad and sets out to rescue Princess Fiona to be Farquaad's bride.
Featuring the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and John Lithgow, Shrek sparked a motion picture phenomenon and captured the world’s imagination back in 2001.

CERT: G  Language: English  Dur: 89 mins
In Association with Access Cinema

Wild Rose (2019)
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Wild Rose (2019)

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 26 Jun 2019 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

Rose-Lynn Harlan, played by BAFTA Rising Star nominee, Killarney actor, Jessie Buckley, is bursting with raw talent, charisma and cheek. Fresh out of jail and with two young kids, all she wants to do is get out of Glasgow and make it as a country singer in Nashville. Her mum Marion (Julie Walters) has had a bellyful of Rose-Lynn’s Nashville nonsense. Forced to take responsibility, Rose-Lynn gets a cleaning job, only to find an unlikely champion in the middle-class lady of the house (Sophie Okonedo). Directed by Tom Harper, Wild Rose is an uplifting story with an original soundtrack about family, dreams and reality … and three chords and the truth.

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

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"Irresistible … in Jessie Buckley, a true star is born." The Telegraph

"A must-see … funny, moving and brilliantly uplifting." Stylist

"A happy-sad drama of starstruck fever that lifts you up and sweeps you along, touching you down in a puddle of well-earned tears." Variety

"Jessie Buckley gives a stand-out performance in Wild Rose, an identity story about choice, sacrifice and knowing who you really are." Daily Mirror

"By the end of Wild Rose, you’ll be teary-eyed, homesick and desperate to go download some Dolly Parton." Totally Dublin

Irish Youth Dance Festival 2019

Irish Youth Dance Festival 2019

Dublin Youth Dance Company

Sat 29 Jun 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €14 / €12conc / Family of 4 €40

2019 sees the Irish Youth Dance Festival celebrate its 19th year – making it Ireland’s longest running dance festival. This unique and hugely popular event will offer audiences both new to and familiar with contemporary dance the opportunity to see the most exciting up-and-coming young dance talent Ireland has to offer - along with masterclasses, workshops and performance opportunities!
 
The programme for 2019 will feature dancers aged from 12 to 25, and offer a real variety of performances showcasing dancers, choreographers and companies from across Ireland. Dublin Youth Dance Company (DYDC), who present the festival together with Dance Ireland, is Ireland’s premiere contemporary youth dance group, and are known for their passionate, imaginative and often cross-disciplinary work.
 
The festival will also be presenting work by international artists, including new work by Mexican American choreographer Toni Bravo, whose career has included experience with London’s Royal Ballet and with contemporary dance legend Pina Bausch. She currently holds the title of the Artistic Director Diverse Space Youth Dance theatre in Austin, Texas. Some of her work with dancers here and from the US will be presented during IYDF. The festival will also include a dance residency by Toni Bravo in collaboration with Dance Ireland.

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Summer Projects 2019 - Summer Song School

Summer Projects 2019 - Summer Song School

Mon 1 - Fri 5 Jul 2019 Draíocht Studio // €45

Bookings: 01-8852622

MON 01- FRI 05 JUL 10AM-4PM 
THU 04 JUL 10AM-8PM
Free Concert For Family & Friends on THU 04 JUL at
7PM
AGE: 13-17 YEARS  €45

The ever popular SongSchool returns for what will undoubtedly be another sold out week of music based curiosity, collaboration and creativity. SongSchool is a week-long project that is ideal for those who are interested in writing and recording songs, performing a concert, making a video, learning about music technology and meeting people who love music as much as they do … not to mention forming bands and having fun!
 

Summer Projects 2019 - Art Explorers Artistic Adventures

Summer Projects 2019 - Art Explorers Artistic Adventures

Mon 8 - Fri 12 Jul 2019 Draiocht Workshop Room // €35

Bookings: 01-8852622

WORKSHOP A: 4-8 YEARS 10AM-12PM €35
WORKSHOP B: 9-12 YEARS 1PM-3PM €35


Artist Deirdre O’Reilly will introduce the children to a range of art materials and artistic experiences. ‘Artistic Adventures’ will be a creative journey for children to explore a wide range of techniques which will stimulate their imaginations to be inventive and harness their curiosity. From print making, to painting, to creating their own clay masterpiece, the workshop will culminate in an exhibition of work on the last day for all to enjoy.

Summer Projects 2019 - Fingal Film School

Summer Projects 2019 - Fingal Film School

Mon 15 - Fri 19 Jul 2019 Draíocht Studio // €45

Bookings: 01-8852622

MON 15 – FRI 19 JUL
10AM-4PM  AGE: 13-17 YEARS  €45


Want to learn how to make your own films? Over these 5 days, facilitated by CreateSchool, you will collaborate with other creatives to plan, script, storyboard, film, edit and learn how to effectively add audio to produce your own short films. Using mobile digital devices and a selection of apps, you will gain skills and tips that you can take home and master with your own projects. The workshop will conclude with a screening of the films.
These workshops are funded by Fingal Arts Office.

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).

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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Culture Night at Draiocht 2019

Culture Night at Draiocht 2019

Fri 20 Sep 2019 // FREE

Culture Night will take place on Friday 20 September 2019, from 4pm till late. It will be a night of entertainment, discovery and adventure across the city as arts organisations and cultural and historic houses open their doors with hundreds of free events for all to enjoy.
Stay tuned for details of Draiocht's programme of events, coming soon!

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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 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 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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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. Written by Oisín Kearney and Michael Patrick.

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.

Directed by Jim Culleton
Presented as part of Dublin Theatre Festival 2019
FRI 4TH OCT  8PM / SAT 5TH OCT  2.30PM & 8PM
Age: 14+

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

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

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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 at finding things and working out what they mean. If only he could stick to the facts and not get carried away with his Grandmother’s 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?

From the team that brought you BAKE! writer and performer Paul Curley with designer Ger Clancy, in collaboration with award-winning theatre artist 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, Roscommon Arts Centre and Irish Theatre Institute.

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

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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. Eggsistentialism tells us the story of her consultations with family, fertility experts, fortune tellers, philosophers, daytime radio and the dark recesses of the internet.

Joanne Ryan’s acclaimed, multi-award winning show is a funny, tender and moving exploration of reproduction in 21st-Century Ireland.
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?

Dur 60 mins / Some strong language.
Directed by Veronica Coburn.

AWARDS: Best Storytelling Bouquet, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017 / Melbourne Fringe Tour Ready Award 2017 / The Lustrum Award for Best Festival Moment, Edinburgh Fringe 2017 / Strollers Touring Network Award 2018 / Critics’ Pick Award, Sydney Fringe 2018 / Nominated Best Performance, Melbourne Fringe 2018

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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

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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 Main Auditorium

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Coolmine Musical Society are back with 'Made in Dagenham The Musical' - with music by David Arnold, lyrics by Richard Thomas, and a book by Richard Bean. Based on the 2010 film of the same name, which in turn was based on the real events of the Ford sewing machinists strike of 1968, the musical made its West End and world premiere at the Adelphi Theatre in 2014.

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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. The father and husband 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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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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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

Christmas Gothic
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Christmas Gothic

Dyad Productions starring Rebecca Vaughan

Tue 10 Dec 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

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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.

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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