Preparing For Section 3 - Art Appreciation

Preparing For Section 3 - Art Appreciation

SECONDARY SCHOOLS & LEAVING CERTIFICATE

Mon 3 Sep - Fri 30 Nov 2018 // €25 PER CLASS // Dur: 60 Mins

COST: €25 PER CLASS / Duration 1 hour

Section 3 of the Leaving Certificate Art exam paper often includes a question on visiting an exhibition or a gallery space. Facilitated by artist Andrew Carson, this tour gives students the opportunity to ask questions and explore Draíocht’s exhibitions, focusing on how we layout, install, display and light work. They will also have an opportunity to make notes, sketches and diagrams.

Contact Sarah on 01-8098029 to arrange a tour that will help students answer possible questions around gallery installation and exhibitions. All materials will be provided. Please give at least 2 weeks notice. Max 30 students per class with accompanying teacher.

B.A.S.S - Band And Song Support Autumn/Winter 2018

B.A.S.S - Band And Song Support Autumn/Winter 2018

Tue 4 Sep - Tue 4 Dec 2018 Draiocht Workshop Room

SEP-DEC 2018 
Select Tuesdays  6.45PM-9PM  Age: 14-18 Years

Draíocht will continue to offer supervised creative space for thinking, writing, collaboration and rehearsal for young people within the Dublin 15 area who are interested in spending time with other creatives in a shared space. If you like strumming a chord or rapping a word, then join other like-minded young people in Draíocht in a free creative space. Spend the time writing, jamming and collaborating.

Contact Box Office for confirmed dates through September-December 2018, tel: 01-8852622.

Exploring Theatre Craft 2018

Exploring Theatre Craft 2018

A Hartstown & Riversdale Theatre Project / OCT/NOV 2018

Mon 1 Oct - Fri 30 Nov 2018

Over a six week period, Eimear Morrissey will work with transition year students from Hartstown Community School and Riversdale Community College to introduce them to ideas of improvisation and theatre creation. While concentrating on the creation of short experimental performance pieces, participants will attend theatre shows and weekly workshops.

If you are a secondary school in Dublin 15 and are interested in finding out more about this project please contact sarah@draiocht.ie

Portfolio Preparation Guidance

Portfolio Preparation Guidance

With Artist Andrew Carson

Tue 2 Oct - Tue 4 Dec 2018 Draiocht Workshop Room

TUESDAYS   7PM-9PM  OCT-DEC 2018   
02 OCT, 06 NOV, 04 DEC
AGE: 5TH AND 6TH YEAR STUDENTS

FREE

Are you in 5th or 6th year and planning on going to art college? On the first Tuesday of every month, Draíocht will facilitate Portfolio Preparation Guidance sessions with artist Andrew Carson during October-December 2018. Bring along your portfolio every month for review and suggestions, drawing sessions and a suggested task to complete between sessions. All levels are welcome and these sessions are designed to be informal, drop in sessions. Sessions are free but space is limited, so please register at the Box Office in advance each month tel: 01-8852622.

Fingal Film Club Winter 2018

Fingal Film Club Winter 2018

Wed 10 Oct - Wed 28 Nov 2018

Funded by Fingal County Council Arts Office, Fingal Film Club offers young people the opportunity to learn all about film through a series of programmes and short courses throughout the year. 

Fingal Film Club: Stop Motion Movie
WED 10, WED 17, WED 24 OCT
6.30-9PM  Age: 14-18 yrs  €15  
With Create School
This stop-motion animation workshop involves plenty of hands-on learning, combined with some simple demonstrations. Students collaborate in small groups to design and create their movie set using paper, card and plasticine (all materials are supplied); then it’s on to the storyboard as they plan their stop-motion movies. They then film and produce them on iPads (also supplied). 
The creations will be screened as part of (Re)View Youth Screenings on 21 November.

Fingal Film Club: Making A Documentary        
WED 07, WED 14, WED 21 NOV 2018 7PM-9PM
WED 28 NOV 11AM-4PM & 7PM-9PM
Age: 14-18 yrs  €20
With Kilian Waters 
This hands-on practical course is designed to introduce participants to non-fiction documentary filmmaking. Over the course, filmmaker Kilian will guide you in the craft of researching, producing, shooting, directing and editing a documentary film. The resulting documentary will screen as part of (Re)View Youth Screenings on on 21 November.

Create Dance Project - Autumn/Winter 2018

Create Dance Project - Autumn/Winter 2018

OCT-DEC 2018

Sat 13 Oct - Sat 8 Dec 2018 Draíocht Studio

During this innovative dance project, dancers and facilitators Mark Rogers and Antje O’Toole continue to work their ‘dance magic’ with our group of children with an intellectual disability, their parents and siblings in weekly workshops.
If you have a child aged between 7-17 years with additional needs and a love of dance, please get in touch with Sarah Beirne, sarah@draiocht.ie / ph 01-8098029.

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The Silent Revolution / Das Schweigende Klassenzimmer (2018)

The Silent Revolution / Das Schweigende Klassenzimmer (2018)

Draiocht in Association with The Irish Film Institute

Tue 23 Oct 2018 10.30AM Main Auditorium // €5 per student / 2 teachers free per class of 20+

This season Draíocht will collaborate once again with the Irish Film Institutes Education Programme by screening the film 'The Silent Revolution / Das Schweigende Klassenzimmer'  for TY and Senior Cycle Secondary School Students, in German (with English subtitles). Recommended age: 15+

Based on true events, Silent Revolution is a captivating Cold War-era drama told from the perspective of two East-German high school students.  It’s 1956 and during a visit to West Berlin, Theo and Kurt witness dramatic footage of the Budapest uprising. Back at school in Stalinstadt, they spontaneously stage a silent protest in class. Set during the Soviet occupation of East Germany the film highlights the stifling grip that the authorities maintained in the region and the impact on those living there. 

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Dur 98 mins • Age 15+ • Suitable for TY, 5th & 6th year students
Germany • 2018 • Drama  • German with English Subtitles • Director: Lars Kraume
Writers: Dietrich Garstka (book), Lars Kraume (adaptation)
Stars: Jördis Triebel, Burghart Klaußner, Ronald Zehrfeld

Making the Grade (2017)
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Making the Grade (2017)

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 24 Oct 2018 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc / €5 children

From documentary maker Ken Wardrop (His & Hers, Mom & Me), comes ‘Making The Grade’, which invites us into the world of the piano lesson. Every year teachers and students throughout Ireland prepare for graded musical exams. These exams can be pleasing for some but daunting for others. Each student has their own goal but reaching Grade Eight is considered a pinnacle. This endearing and uplifting documentary explores the bond between piano teachers and their pupils as they struggle through these grades. This is a story of the transformative power of music and the pride and happiness it provides both the students and teachers. It may inspire us all to keep making the grade. The filmmakers travelled the length and breadth of the country to film with teachers and their students as they prepared for their piano grade exams. The film features characters from as far afield as Kylemore Abbey in the West, to Derry City in the North and down to Crosshaven, Cork in the South.

CERT: G  Language: English   Dur: 86 mins
In association with Access Cinema

My Heart and I - The Life and Loves of Josef Locke
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My Heart and I - The Life and Loves of Josef Locke

Starring Shane McDonagh & John White

Thu 25 - Sat 27 Oct 2018 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €16 / €14 conc / Groups of 10+ €14pp

'My heart and I' is a brand new show which traces the life and loves of the great Irish Tenor Josef Locke. Interwoven with many of the songs he made famous throughout his long and astonishingly dramatic career, there are performances of 'Goodbye'; 'Hear my Song'; 'Macushla'; 'I’ll walk beside you'; 'La Donna é Mobile'; 'We all have a song in our Hearts'; alongside dramatic recreations of the triumphs of his career as well as the tragedies of his many marriage break-ups, personal feuds, moments of self-doubt, and of course, his well -known run in with the British Inland Revenue.

Shane McDonagh, a young Tenor with an astounding voice takes the part of Locke while John White, writer and accompanist, fills in as the myriad of fellow artists, agents, and marriage partners of Locke’s long and eventful life. This is the many facets of Josef Locke, both good and not so good, with moments of transcendence by way of some of the most beautiful melodies ever written for the tenor voice.  

Dur 90 Mins / Age 12+

Myra’s Story
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Myra’s Story

Millennium Forum Productions / Written by Brian Foster

Fri 26 - Sat 27 Oct 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

Myra McLaughlin is a homeless Dublin street drinker. Foul-mouthed and feisty, she is also funny and self-deprecating. It’s a bitterly cold, December morning. Desperate for her first drink of the day, she begs from, insults, even dances for the passing throngs on Grafton Street. As she re-creates her life story, playing all the characters and acting out all the events that have led her to this pitiful existence, we see Dublin life and death at its funniest, rawest and cruellest. Myra’s Story is packed full of energy, humour and drama. We all know a Myra McLaughlin. She is our sister, our brother, our parent, our friend. She is us … there but for the grace of god.

Starring Fionna Hewitt-Twamley.

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"Magnificent." ★★★★★ Irish Examiner

"Spellbinding performance of pathos, power and poise." RTE Guide

"Warm, funny, exasperating and ultimately tragic." Belfast Telegraph

Red Hurley Love Is All

Red Hurley Love Is All

Thu 1 Nov 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €29.50

Red will perform his greatest hits from down through the years, including ‘Love Is All’, ‘When’, ‘Kiss Me Goodbye’, ‘Broken Promises’, ‘Isadora’, ‘A Poor Man's Roses’, ‘Let The Heartaches Begin’ and many more. Red is considered to be one of the finest performers Ireland has ever produced. His signature rich powerful voice, relaxed charm and energetic stage shows have captured the hearts of audiences everywhere. Performances throughout Europe and the United States have firmly established him as a truly exceptional entertainer.

The 4 Of Us - Acoustic Gig

The 4 Of Us - Acoustic Gig

With Brendan & Declan Murphy

Fri 2 Nov 2018 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €25

The 4 Of Us shot to fame with their debut album 'Songs for the Tempted', which featured the massive hits 'Mary' and 'Drag My Bad Name Down'. The follow up 'Man Alive' made Q Magazine's Top 50 albums and included the UK Top 30 single 'She Hits Me'. Notching up an enviable catalogue of timeless songs and six Top 20 Irish charting albums, their music has also been featured extensively on American, British and Irish TV soundtracks.
Last year the band celebrated their 25th anniversary with sold out shows North and South - and this year promises to be just as eventful with a new single, Bird's Eye View, and a new album, Sugar Island, released in September.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see the full band in action for this special acoustic night in Draíocht.

"Never before have I been to a gig where the atmosphere has been so electric …" The Irish News

"The music brims with the palpable sense of the past, the acoustic guitars evoking a grand old era of folk, blues and R&B ..." The Irish Times

"Musically deep, textured and multi-layered. Lyrically older, wiser and slightly more f****d up!" Hot Press

The Songs of Joni Mitchell with Clare O’Mahony
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The Songs of Joni Mitchell with Clare O’Mahony

Sat 3 Nov 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc

Following on from her recent sold out performances at The Everyman Palace, Cork singer songwriter Clare O'Mahony pays tribute to one of her favourite songwriters, Joni Mitchell. The Songs of Joni Mitchell will feature songs from Joni Mitchell's earlier albums (Clouds, Ladies of the Canyon) right through and up to her more recent recordings including the stunning A Case of You. Classics such as Chelsea Morning, You Turn Me On, I’m a Radio, Chinese Café, and Woodstock, to name just a few, will be performed.

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Colin Murphy - The Bald Ambition Tour 2018
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Colin Murphy - The Bald Ambition Tour 2018

Sat 3 Nov 2018 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €17 / €15 conc

25 years ago a young man had a dream and that dream was to perform. As an actor success came quickly with the National Youth Theatre and early TV appearances in Yorkshire Television’s Heartbeat and Drop The Dead Donkey for Channel 4. His starring role in Our Friends In The North led to him becoming a household name. Daniel Craig* has achieved everything he set out to do and has reached the very pinnacle of the entertainment industry.

25 years ago another young man had a dream. And hope. And hair. He is still hanging on to all three… just about.
Best known for his TV appearances on the award winning Blame Game, Murphy and O’Kane Do Le Football, The Panel, and The Blizzard of Odd, Colin has performed his stand-up all over the world from Montreal to Melbourne, Beijing to Ballybofey.

* Daniel Craig will not be appearing in this show.

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Cold War (2018)
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Cold War (2018)

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 7 Nov 2018 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

From the Director of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film ‘Ida’ (2015), Pawel Pawlikowski, comes Cold War, a passionate love story between two people of different backgrounds and temperaments, who are fatally mismatched and yet fatefully condemned to each other. Set against the background of the Cold War in the 1950s in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris – the film depicts an impossible love story in impossible times.
Winner – Best Director, Cannes Film Festival 2018.

CERT: CLUB  Language: Polish, French (English Subtitles) Dur: 84 mins
In association with Access Cinema

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"Visually stunning, passionate, wistful, and thoughtful in equal measure." New York Magazine

Holy Mary by Eoin Colfer
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Holy Mary by Eoin Colfer

Breda Cashe Productions

Thu 8 - Fri 9 Nov 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc

Holy Mary is the story of two nine year old  girls on the days leading up to the social occasion of the year: Their First Holy Communion. Mary and Majella have been mortal enemies since baby infants, and things have gotten even worse since Mary’s daddy moved in with Majella’s mammy. Both girls are searching for a way to insult the other, and Majella thinks she has found a weak spot when she realises that Mary’s Communion dress is actually a second hand dress that she herself donated to the Vincent dePaul. Will Majella use this devastating information to publicly take down her nemesis with a vicious rhyme? Or will she realise that maybe she and Mary are not so different and that maybe they could be allies instead of enemies?

In typical Colfer fashion the characters are very real and very funny. The cast of two play two mothers, a benevolent priest, a patient teacher, a misguided father and two cheeky and lovable nine year olds. Holy Mary, a hilarious and heartbreaking tale of Communion, confusion and consternation.

Starring Mary Murray and Jacinta Sheerin.
Directed by Aoife Spillane-Hinks.
Suitable for age 12+

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Exploring Shadowy Things with Genevieve Harden

Exploring Shadowy Things with Genevieve Harden

Draíocht and Early Years - Exploring More With Early Years Arts

Tue 13 Nov 2018 Draiocht Workshop Room // €5 Per Child (Accompanying Adult Free)

10AM-11AM & 12PM-1PM  €5  (60 MINS)
Gen will lead you on this journey of experimentation, sticking and creating to make your own shadowy thing in our studio space. Loom large, move slow, what shadow shapes can you create!

This series of individual monthly workshops, designed for children aged 2-4 years, is intended to allow you and your child to explore different art mediums in an open and undirected way, starting with clay, then shadow play and finally music. There will be mess but there will also be fun! Cost: €5 Per Child Per Workshop (Accompanying Adult is Free). Booking and further information from Box Office on 01-8852622.

MORE:
Exploring Fantasy Creatures with Deirdre O’Reilly / Oct
Exploring Sound and Music with Mischa O Mahony / Dec

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).

Michael Collins - A Musical Drama

Michael Collins - A Musical Drama

Coolmine Musical Society

Tue 13 - Sat 17 Nov 2018 Main Auditorium // €25

TUE 13 – FRI 16 NOV 8PM / SAT 17 NOV 2PM & 8PM

Coolmine Musical Society are privileged to be taking to the stage with Michael Collins - A Musical Drama. It tells the story of turbulent events preceding the foundation of the State, from 1916, through the War of Independence and the Civil War, not to mention the love affair triangle between Collins, his fiancée Kitty Kiernan and top Republican firebrand Harry Boland. Since writer & composer Bryan Flynn’s masterpiece opened to critical acclaim in 2009, it has raised the bar with its visual and dramatic production. Coolmine Musical Society is proud to be flying this flag of freedom high.

Starring Kevin Fagan (Michael Collins), Nicole Lamb (Kitty Kiernan), Liam Egan (Harry Boland), Seamus Sullivan (Eamon De Valera) & Colin Flynn (Joe Emmet), with Niamh Carroll, Kathy Kelly, Jim Walsh, Orla Walsh, Matthew Williams and the Coolmine Chorus.
Book, Music & Lyrics by Bryan Flynn.
Produced by arrangement with Michael Collins Production Trust.
Director: Pat McElwain. Musical Director: Dave McGauran. Choreographer: Nicole McDonald.

Coolmine Musical Society has been in existence since 1981 and their mission has always been to bring musical theatre and entertainment to the community and further afield. Coolmine Musical Society originally performed their shows in Coolmine Community School, before they moved into Draìocht, opening the theatre in 2001 with Oliver!. Over the years they’ve taken to the stage in Draìocht with shows including My Fair Lady, Sweeney Todd, Jesus Christ Superstar and last year’s production of All Shook Up for which they were delighted to be shortlisted and indeed win a number of awards at the AIMS Awards in Killarney earlier this year. 

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(Re)View Youth Screenings

(Re)View Youth Screenings

21 NOV & 08 DEC 2018

Wed 21 Nov - Sat 8 Dec 2018 Draíocht Studio // FREE

These informal screening evenings include film premieres, documentaries and live performances and will each be followed by a short youth peer-to-peer panel discussion with tea and biscuits. These screenings, created by participants of Dublin 15 and Draíocht’s youth engagement programmes, form part of a series of events running in tandem with Artist Michael McLoughlin’s exhibition ‘Mulhuddart Satellite’.

WED 21 NOV  5.30PM  FREE  Draíocht Studio
This evening’s screening will include documentaries of the Blakestown/Riversdale HOMESPUN project, created in collaboration with Artist in Residence Michael McLoughlin and Poet Colm Keegan. There will be feature documentaries by Fingal Film Club along with ‘More than Bricks and Mortar’: the story of Room 13 Inquiry’s selection of work for HOME. We will also launch ‘Dreamweavers; A Picture Book’, designed and illustrated by Philippa Cahill, documenting a Gina Faustino project with 3 local primary schools.

SAT 08 DEC  7PM  FREE  Draíocht Studio
Building on the November Youth Screenings, this evening will see projects developed since September 2018 and will feature a live filming and theatre performance by D15 Youth Theatre, along with premieres from Fingal Film Club and the developmental HOMESPUN work created in collaboration with Michael McLoughlin, Draíocht’s Artist in Residence.

Screenings are free but space is limited, so please register at the Box Office tel: 01-8852622.
Find out more about our youth projects by contacting sarah@draiocht.ie

The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid (2018)
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The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid (2018)

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 21 Nov 2018 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

For years, Thomas Reid, a Co. Kildare farmer, has been locked in a gruelling battle with his neighbour, U.S. microchip manufacturer, Intel, who want to expand into Reid’s land. A lyrical and unconventional approach brings an added layer of interest to this ’David and Goliath’ tale of an eccentric Irish farmer who takes on the might of an American computing corporation in a battle through the courts. Feargal Ward’s handsome documentary explores the clash between tradition and progress; between the rights of the individual and the perceived good of society.

CERT: CLUB  Language: English   Dur: 76 mins
In association with Access Cinema

MORE ... Interview with Director Feargal Ward

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How to Catch a Star
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How to Catch a Star

Branar Téatar do Pháistí

Thu 22 - Sat 24 Nov 2018 Draíocht Studio // €7 adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class of 20+ / Age 4+ yrs / Dur: 45 min

Once There was a boy who was always looking up. He dreamt of having a star as a friend. This is the story of his adventure.

Based on the beloved book by award-winning Irish author Oliver Jeffers, Branar Teatar do Pháistí are proud to present How to Catch a Star.

This adaptation combines puppetry by Grace Kiely and Neasa Ní Chuanaigh with stunning puppets by Suse Reibish. With a magical original score by Colm Mac Con Iomaire and directed by Marc Mac Lochlainn. Branar’s signature storytelling creates a show which reminds us all to follow our dreams.

THU 22-FRI 23 NOV  10.15PM & 12.15PM
SAT 24 NOV 2PM* (relaxed perf)  & 4PM – SOLD OUT
Non-verbal show. Ages 4 upwards. Dur: 45 mins

BOOK HERE for Relaxed Performance

* Ask at Box Office for our Relaxed Performance pre-show guide (available early November).

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Deirdre O’Kane - A Line of O’Kane
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Deirdre O’Kane - A Line of O’Kane

Thu 22 Nov 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc

Deirdre O'Kane has really hit her stride. Footloose following a star turn on Dancing with the Stars and reveling in her return to stand-up, don't miss Deirdre at her hilarious best in a straight-talking look at twelve frantic months in the life of this fandango tripping, family minding, telly making, comedy dynamo. 

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"Unique star quality." The Guardian.

"She dazzles the audience from start to finish." The Sunday Times

Before - A new play with much music by Pat Kinevane
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Before - A new play with much music by Pat Kinevane

Fishamble: The New Play Company

Fri 23 - Sat 24 Nov 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

From the team that brought you Forgotten, Underneath and the Olivier Award-winning Silent, Before is a new play with much music, set in Clery’s of Dublin, on the very day this iconic department store shuts - for good.  Pontius is inside, trying to choose a gift for his estranged daughter, whom he hasn’t seen for almost 20 years.  He will meet her in an hour.  This father’s journey is both beautiful and strange, from the isolation of his Midlands home, to the madness of O’Connell Street.  Some folk are impossible to buy for…

Before was commissioned by Fishamble and has been in development with the support of the Arts Council, National Theatre Studio (London), Pavilion Theatre and The Strollers Touring Network. 
Touring Nationwide

Created By
Written & Performed by Pat Kinevane
Directed by Jim Culleton
Composed by Denis Clohessy
Costume Stylist Catherine Condell
Choreographer Emma O’Kane

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The Nutcracker
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The Nutcracker

Ballet Ireland

Tue 27 - Wed 28 Nov 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €22 / €20 conc / Groups of 10+ €18

With its fairy tale magic, Tchaikovsky’s beloved & sumptuous score, beautiful costumes and a tale of wondrous adventure combined, The Nutcracker takes audiences on a wondrous adventure full of quintessential Christmas magic.
It’s Christmas Eve. A marvellous party is taking place where the mysterious Uncle Drosselmeyer brings gifts for all the children. When midnight strikes, very strange things start to happen … The Christmas tree grows to incredible heights … Clara’s magical Christmas gift, her Nutcracker, leads them into a fairy-tale world … With her heroic Nutcracker at her side, Clara defeats the Mouse King and his army of mice, and they journey to the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets together.

This holiday season, experience the beauty and magic of Ballet Ireland’s Nutcracker, performed by an international cast of world-class dancers, with the whole family.

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"Luscious, luxurious and a sheer delight, The Nutcracker is a perfect Christmas treat." theartsreview.com

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

Thu 29 Nov 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €25 / €23 conc

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

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Frankie’s Guys

Frankie’s Guys

A celebration of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

Fri 30 Nov - Sat 1 Dec 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €25

'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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Family Day: Mapping Sounds

Family Day: Mapping Sounds

Avondale Community Centre, Mulhuddart

Sat 1 Dec 2018 1-3PM Draiocht Outreach // FREE

Linking with Michael McLoughlin’s exhibition ‘Mulhuddart Satellite’, Draíocht will once again bring Family Day out of our building and into your community. This time we come to Avondale Community Centre in Mulhuddart, where we will experiment with sounds and spaces. All are welcome.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS WORKSHOP TAKES PLACE IN AVONDALE, MULHUDDART.

Phil Coulter - Gold & Silver Days
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Phil Coulter - Gold & Silver Days

Tue 4 Dec 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €30 / €27.50 conc

Phil’s long career as a songwriter, producer and recording artiste has been recognised over the years with so many gold discs that the theme is totally appropriate.
Very few in the music business can boast of having chart entries in every decade since the sixties. Even fewer can match the range of Phil’s output – from Eurovision winners to folk classics, from tender ballads to sporting anthems, from Luke Kelly to Elvis Presley!

His new show, Gold & Silver Days, will feature Phil’s personal favourites as he trawls through his 50 years of creativity.   As he says himself, “It will be a different and interesting collection – some of the big hits alongside some that I thought should have been hits!   Some songs that meant a lot to my bank manager as well as some that simply meant a lot to me”.
An original retrospective on the work of one of our finest, it’s a show for every lover of good music.

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The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)
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The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 5 Dec 2018 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc / €5 children

Its 1843 London and author Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) finds himself in financial trouble after writing three unsuccessful novels in a row. Desperate for a hit, Dickens relies on real-life inspiration and his vivid imagination to bring Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer), Tiny Tim and other classic characters to life in ‘A Christmas Carol’, forever changing the holiday season into the celebration we know today. Directed by Bharat Nalluri (Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day) don’t miss this classic yuletide tale full of holiday magic.

CERT: PG  Language: English   Dur: 104 mins
In Association with Access Cinema

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What Good is Looking Well When You’re Rotten on the Inside?
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What Good is Looking Well When You’re Rotten on the Inside?

Written and performed by Emma O'Grady

Thu 6 Dec 2018 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €16 / €14 conc

One month before his death, retired civil servant and man of few words Paddy O’Grady had a sudden urge to talk. Using a portable cassette tape recorder, he recorded 15 hours of material: stories about leprechauns, aliens and lonely pharmacists; absurdist political satire; musings on life, love and death; radio shows with advertisements for products that never existed; ballads and poetry and memories of life as a civil servant.

Paddy’s granddaughter, Emma O’Grady, later discovered he had written plays, poems and short stories in the 1950s and until now his work has been without an audience. This one-woman show examines the fractured and fragile personas we present to the world, who we might be behind them and what we could be instead. A piece about emotional inheritance and grief for wasted creativity that serves as both a tribute and a warning.

Supported by the Arts Council, Galway City Council, Galway Theatre Festival, Mermaid Arts Centre and Áras Éanna (Inis Oírr)
Directed by: Jonathan Gunning, Catherine Ireton, Caroline Lynch, Andy Smith.

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"...a multi-layered theatrical mosaic ... [Emma] created a deep, warm, and rewarding conversation with this departed and fascinating man ... a compelling, bravura performance." Galway Advertiser

"... a striking piece of theatrical work, which will ensure O’Grady’s well-earned place in the Irish theatre canon. This is a playwright to watch." Reviews Hub

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

Fri 7 - Sat 8 Dec 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc

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

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

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

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

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

ABBA Forever
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ABBA Forever

It’s Christmas! It’s Party Time! It’s ABBA!

Tue 11 - Wed 12 Dec 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €17 conc

Their music is still the most played on radio stations around the world; the musical based on their life is still packing theatres from Waterloo to Timbuktu and Mamma Mia was a huge cinema hit. This terrific show celebrates their success with the finest ABBA voices you will ever hear. Expect a dazzling, fantastic party night out! Get your glad rags on, brush up on the lyrics, don the dancing boots and come to the best party in town!

Abba Forever was formed and is lead by Dennis Scally, with Lead Guitar by Rae Daniel and on lead vocals are Lucinda O’Connell and Marie O’Hara.

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Exploring Sound and Music with Mischa O Mahony

Exploring Sound and Music with Mischa O Mahony

Draíocht and Early Years - Exploring More With Early Years Arts

Tue 11 Dec 2018 Draiocht Workshop Room // €5 Per Child (Accompanying Adult Free)

10AM-10.50AM & 11AM-11.50AM  €5  (50 MINS)
Move, bang, play. Mischa will encourage you to use your ears, imagine sounds, stop and listen. What do you hear! See and play music in a free and open environment.

This series of individual monthly workshops, designed for children aged 2-4 years, is intended to allow you and your child to explore different art mediums in an open and undirected way, starting with clay, then shadow play and finally music. There will be mess but there will also be fun! Cost: €5 Per Child Per Workshop (Accompanying Adult is Free). Booking and further information from Box Office on 01-8852622.

MORE:
Exploring Fantasy Creatures with Deirdre O’Reilly / Oct
Exploring Shadowy Things with Genevieve Harden / Nov

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).

Coolmine Christmas Gala Concert - All is Bright

Coolmine Christmas Gala Concert - All is Bright

Coolmine Therapeutic Community

Thu 13 Dec 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €15

Christmas is a time of celebration and joy! 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 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. 

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Christmas with the Dublin Gospel Choir
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Christmas with the Dublin Gospel Choir

Fri 14 Dec 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €16 conc

This December, on the back of their newly recorded Christmas album, 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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Epiphany - Based on James Joyce’s ‘The Dead’
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Epiphany - Based on James Joyce’s ‘The Dead’

Anaverna Productions

Sat 15 Dec 2018 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €16 / €14 conc

A young Irish migrant tumbles upon James Joyce's 'The Dead' in a German library and borrows a copy to read over his first Christmas away from home. Declan Gorman's new solo show combines autobiography with a magical telling of Joyce's great story evoking a snow-coated festive evening in Edwardian Dublin. Reading 'The Dead' awakens unexpected emotions and literary longings in the mind of the would-be writer. Gorman's performance skilfully blends Joyce's masterpiece of a man falling apart with an honest and often hilarious look-back at a life spent chasing the wrong dreams. Long-awaited follow up to Gorman's internationally acclaimed 'The Dubliners Dilemma', this is the perfect pre-Christmas entertainment for theatre lovers.

Directed by Gerard Lee. Written and performed by Declan Gorman. Age 13+.
Developed with the support of bursaries from The Arts Council and Fingal County Council.

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"Declan Gorman is a compelling performer." Irish Theatre Magazine

"Mesmerising – and not only for Joyce fans." Metro Herald

Home Alone (1990)

Home Alone (1990)

Primary School Film Screening in Draiocht

Mon 17 Dec 2018 11.30AM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class of 20+

When bratty 8-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) acts out the night before a family trip to Paris, his mother (Catherine O'Hara) makes him sleep in the attic. After the McCallisters mistakenly leave for the airport without Kevin, he awakens to an empty house and assumes his wish to have no family has come true. But his excitement sours when he realizes that two con men (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) plan to rob the McCallister residence, and that he alone must protect the family home.

CERT: PG  Language: English   Dur: 103 mins
In Association with Access Cinema

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The Santa Clause (1994)

The Santa Clause (1994)

Primary School Film Screening in Draiocht

Tue 18 Dec 2018 11.30AM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class of 20+

Divorced dad Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) has custody of his son Charlie (Eric Lloyd) on Christmas Eve. After he accidentally causes the death of a man in a Santa suit, they are magically transported to the North Pole, where an elf explains that Scott must take Santa's place before the next Christmas arrives. Scott thinks he's dreaming, but over the next several months he gains weight and grows an inexplicably white beard. Maybe that night at the North Pole wasn't a dream after all and maybe Scott has a lot of work to do.

CERT: PG  Language: English   Dur: 97 mins
In Association with Access Cinema

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It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
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It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 19 Dec 2018 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
In association with Access Cinema

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The Wizard of Oz - The Pantomime

The Wizard of Oz - The Pantomime

Coolmine Panto Group

Fri 4 - Sun 20 Jan 2019 Main Auditorium // €22 / €18 conc / Relaxed Performance €15

Join Dorothy and her dog Toto as they are transported from their home in Kansas to the land of Oz where they meet some very strange characters – a Strawman, a Tinman and a cowardly Lion. Lovely Witch of the North greets them and advises that they should follow the Yellow Brick Road to find the Wizard who will solve all their problems. Hot in pursuit is Dorothy’s Auntie Gertie and a variety of colourful characters who will delight and entertain you. But Wicked Witch of the West has other plans and will do her best to stop them.

Book HERE for Relaxed Performance Wed 09 Jan 7pm


FRI 04    7.30PM
SAT 05   2PM & 7.30PM / SUN 06  1PM & 5.30PM
WED 09  7PM (RELAXED PERFORMANCE €15)
THU 10   7.30PM / FRI 11  7.30PM
SAT 12    2PM & 7.30PM / SUN 13  1PM & 5.30PM
THU 17   7.30PM / FRI 18  7.30PM
SAT 19   2PM & 7.30PM / SUN 20  2PM​

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A Feast of Coolmine Talent 2019

A Feast of Coolmine Talent 2019

Coolmine Community School

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

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

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The Wife (2017)
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The Wife (2017)

Cinema at Draiocht

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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"Unmissable." Evening Standard

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

"Byrne is consistently brilliant." Metro

An Evening With Aonghus McAnally
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An Evening With Aonghus McAnally

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

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

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Singing for Survival

Singing for Survival

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

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

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

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

Supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.

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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! 10th Anniversary Tour

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

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

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

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Miss Impossible / Jamais contente (2016)

Miss Impossible / Jamais contente (2016)

Draiocht in Association with The Irish Film Institute

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

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

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

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Dur 90 mins • Age 12+ • Suitable for 1st-3rd Year students
French Release  • 2016 • Fiction • French with English Subtitles • Director: Émilie Deleuze
Produced by : Agat Films & Cie / Ex Nihilo 

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The Fureys
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The Fureys

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

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

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

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

Tommy Swarbrigg Productions / Featuring Terry Lee Goffee

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

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

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

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

Alison Spittle MAKES A SHOW OF HERSELF

Alison Spittle MAKES A SHOW OF HERSELF

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chris Kent - Looking Up

Chris Kent - Looking Up

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Carefree comedic bulls-eye." Dubliner Magazine

The Chess Player / El jugador de ajedrez (2017)

The Chess Player / El jugador de ajedrez (2017)

Draíocht in Association with The Irish Film Institute

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

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

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

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

Neil Delamere – Controlled Substance
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Neil Delamere – Controlled Substance

With Support from Gearoid Farrelly

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

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

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

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

Dirtbirds Self Help Tour
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Dirtbirds Self Help Tour

With Sinead Culbert and Sue Collins

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

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

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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

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

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

Played by Pink Floyd fans for Pink Floyd fans

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

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

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