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Tue 26 Jun - Sat 13 Oct 2018 Ground & First Floor Galleries

More than Bricks and Mortar: Works from the IMMA Collection
Selected by the pupils from Room 13 Inquiry, in association with Draíocht
Ground Floor Gallery
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Carrier of Memories by Ella Bertilsson and Ulla Juske
Draíocht’s inaugural INCUBATE commission, curated by Sharon Murphy
First Floor Gallery


HOME consists of two distinct yet related exhibitions focusing on the theme of home.

More than Bricks and Mortar: Works from the IMMA Collection is a collaboration between Draíocht and the children from Room 13 Inquiry, providing a unique and exciting opportunity to reflect on meanings of home for children in contemporary Dublin 15, which has a very young, diverse and multi-ethnic population. It has, in fact, the fastest growing young people’s population under 30 in Ireland, with 26% of the population under 15 years of age. Nearly 25% of the population are described as the ‘new’ Irish which is double the national average. Through sharing experiences of home and exchanging skills and knowledge of contemporary art, collections and curating, this collaboration will result in an exhibition that expands perceived notions of home at personal, social and cultural levels and give voice to a new generation of Irish children. The Irish Museum of Modern Art Programme is designed to promote the widest possible involvement with the Museum’s Collection and programmes, through supporting access opportunities to the visual arts in a variety of situations and locations in Ireland. Room 13 Inquiry is an initiative of Fingal County Council’s Arts Office under the direction of Julie Clarke and led by resident artists Orla Kelly and Anne Cradden. Room 13 studios based in Scoil Bhríde Cailíní NS Blanchardstown and Tyrrelstown Educate Together NS are the first such school-based studios to open in the Republic of Ireland.

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Carrier of Memories by Ella Bertilsson and Ulla Juske, curated by Sharon Murphy, is a new commission by Draíocht arising from its INCUBATE programme, which supports young and early career artists to expand and develop their practice and make new work resonant with Draíocht’s context. 
Home can be looked upon as a structure confined between fixed points. It can be somewhere private between family members, a comfort zone, a secure place and a ‘carrier of memories’. Home can also be an experience of belonging, a concept beyond a fixed location. It can be a shelter one only sleeps in for the night, a place in transit across a variety of sites. This multi-media installation is the product of research and practice undertaken by the artist-duo Ella Bertilsson (b. Umeå, Sweden) and Ulla Juske (b. Pärnu, Estonia) during their recent residencies in Draíocht and Nordic Artists’ Centre Dale (Norway). The artists are based in Dublin since early 2000s. They started to collaborate during their postgraduate studies on the MFA; Art in the Digital World Programme at NCAD, Dublin (2015).

HOME is shown in the context of Draíocht’s major theatre initiative in October 2018, HOME THEATRE (IRELAND), funded by the Arts Council’s Open Call.


Image: Grace Henry, Les Maisons des Humbles, undated, oil on board, 29.5 x 39.5 cm, IMMA Collection, Heritage Gift.
Unanimously selected for invite card by the children of Room 13 Inquiry, an initiative of Fingal’s Arts Office.
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Exploring Yoga Stories with Joe Quinn

Exploring Yoga Stories with Joe Quinn

Draíocht and Early Years - Exploring More With Early Years Arts

Tue 14 Aug 2018 Draiocht Workshop Room // €5 Per Child (Accompanying Adult Free)

10.20AM-11.10AM & 11.30AM-12.20PM (50 MINS)
Joe Quinn will lead us through stories and yoga stretches … stretch like a tree, arch like a cat, stand like a warrior. Explore, relax and enjoy a stretch and a yarn.

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 printing, then charcoal, then painting and finally yoga. 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
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).

CRACKS
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CRACKS

Quintessence Theatre Company (in association with An Táin Arts Centre)

Fri 7 Sep 2018 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €16 / €14 conc

A powerful piece of devised theatre from An Tain Arts Centre’s Company-In-Residence exploring the issue of mental illness in Ireland.

I used to be just like everybody else: Whole. Complete. Unshattered, unbroken….normal. I’m falling between the cracks in myself, and I don’t know how to crawl back out…

Quintessence Theatre use their innovative physical ensemble story-telling techniques mingled with multi-media platforms of film and music to poignantly explore the profound struggle individuals with mental illness face on a daily basis in Ireland today.
In this darkly comical and deeply moving new play an unsuccessful suicide attempt leaves young Leanne Dowd estranged and attempting to pick up the pieces of a life still shattered by mental illness.
Devised by the company and directed by Anna Simpson, a Creative Associate of the Pleasance and Practitioner with the Globe, London, this brand new work seeks to expose the lived experience of battling a severe mental illness in an inefficient and unsympathetic system through the eyes of one young woman.

This islandwide tour of CRACKS is funded by the Arts Council (An Chomhairle Ealaíon) and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

CAST: Leah Rossiter / Anthony Kinahan / Fiona Keenan O’Brien
Dur: 90 mins + 20 min post show discusion
Age: 14+

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"Brave, daring and innovative…has a virtuoso flair and arresting boldness. A substantial piece of theatre." Peter Hughes, Northern Standard

"Went to see this amazing play last night! I have to say it was brilliant! It portrays a young persons struggle with their mental health and demonstrates how those around also struggle to understand." Bairbre Kelly, Counsellor and Psychotherapist

The Mai
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The Mai

Decadent Theatre Company

Fri 14 - Sat 15 Sep 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

Decadent Theatre Company returns with another powerful production.

The Mai is an epic tale of three generations of a family inspired by love but shattered by inescapable reality. It is both wildly funny and humorously tragic.

The play centres on a formidable forty-year-old woman, a teacher known as The Mai, whose husband Robert, a musician, has always felt stifled by her ideals of perfection. After seventeen years he leaves her, whereupon she sets about decorating a dream house in the hope that he will one day return to her. From her fairytale castle set in the West of Ireland, on the banks of the legendary Owl Lake, The Mai waits by the window for him to return. The play opens in this world on the day of Robert’s return after an absence of four years.

Throughout Mai’s and Robert’s troubled reunion appear the memorable characters that comprise the three generations of her family. These are her two sisters meddling in the affairs of her three daughters with comical tenacity while towering above them all is the irreverent matriarch, Grandma Fraochlan, who presides over all with her “ancient and fantastical memory”, reminding them that the past is looming over the present.

Directed by Andrew Flynn.
Starring Derbhle Crotty, Stella McCusker, Maeve FitzGerald.

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My Left Nut
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My Left Nut

Pan Narrans Theatre / By Michael Patrick and Oisín Kearney

Thu 20 Sep 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

The True Story of a Belfast boy growing up with no father to guide him through, and a giant ball to weigh him down.

400 millilitres. That’s how much liquid was drained from Michael’s left testicle when he was a teenager. That’s more than a can of coke. He should have told someone sooner, but who could he turn to? His dad died ten years ago and besides, school is full of rumours about what the giant bulge in his trousers actually is. Who wants to stop that?

Initially created through the Show in a Bag programme, supported by Fishamble, The Irish Theatre Institute and The Dublin Fringe Festival with additional support from Prime Cut Production’s REVEAL programme.

Dur: 60 Mins / Age 12+

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"Laughing one minute, crying the next… a terrific performance of a touching story." ★ ★ ★ ★ The Sunday Times Ireland

"Intimacy Through Comedy." ★ ★ ★ ★ The Irish Times

"My Left Nut is what fringe theatre is all about; it’s an hour of fresh, pure entertainment that shouldn’t be missed." ★ ★ ★ ★ The Reviews Hub

"Heart-warming and charming, a documentation of the struggle to find one’s true self in the face of personal trauma." ★ ★ ★ ★ TN2

Culture Night at Draiocht 2018

Culture Night at Draiocht 2018

Fri 21 Sep 2018 // FREE

All Events are Free but Ticketed
Pre-booking tel 01-8852622 or Register On The Day/Night

FREE SCREENING: Shorts for Wee Ones   4.30PM / Dur 45 mins / Age 3+
This collection of short films from around the world will delight anyone over the age of three. There are tales of tigers not eating their vegetables, a bear learning to sing and a very adventurous fish …

FREE SCREENING: Shorts for Middle Ones   6PM / Dur 55 mins / Age 8+
With stories of polar bears and shrinking ice caps, mad-cap gold heists and the weird and wonderful worlds of two very different chameleons, these short films offer a broad and brilliant world view - funny, sad, thrilling and emotional.

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

HALLELUJAH! A CLOWN CHORUS – Book Tickets HERE
7PM-7.30PM  Draíocht Gallery
Members of the original Clown Choir created by Veronica Coburn as part of a Draíocht residency, just cannot stop singing. They invite you to enjoy a few numbers with them, to sing along, dance if you like, and, of course, smile.

FREE SCREENING: The Piano (1993)  8PM / 25th Anniversary Screening / Dur 121 mins / Cert 16+
‘The Piano’ is set in New Zealand’s wilderness as Ada McGrath (Holly Hunter), a mute woman, and her daughter Flora (Anna Paquin) arrive from Scotland to start a new life with frontiersman Alistair Stewart (Sam Neill) having been sold to him by her father. Written, directed and produced by Jane Campion and Winner of 3 Academy Awards, 3 BAFTA Awards and Cannes Palme d'Or Winner 1993.

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Shorts for Wee Ones

Shorts for Wee Ones

Culture Night Free Screening / 4.30PM / Ages 3-7 yrs

Fri 21 Sep 2018 4.30PM Main Auditorium // FREE

These magical tales will delight children age 3+ and are a colourful introduction to the cinema experience. These short films from a whole host of countries, including Sweden, France, Russia, Germany, Switzerland…
For audiences aged three and older, we’re delighted to present a variety of short tales about going on adventures, making friends, trying out new things and learning new skills. We watch a hungry tiger find a tasty meal (and eat his carrots) and learn how a big, old bear finds his singing voice. A little boy has to save an adventurous fish during a water shortage, and someone desperate to go to sleep learns that there is music all around (whether he likes it or not!).
All these short films are in English or are dialogue-free (except for one with one word of German – and it’s very easy to understand!). These magical tales will delight children age 3+ and are a colourful introduction to the cinema experience as well as moving image literacy. 

List of Films:
Tiger, 2016, dir. Kariem Saleh, Germany (4') - no dialogue
Den lilla flykten (A Small Escape), 2016, dir. David Sandell, Sweden (2'40") - no dialogue
Ruhe. ZumDonnerwetterocheinmal (Silence! For Pete's Sake!), 2015, dir. Kai Pannen, Germany (7'30") - German with English subtitles (only one word…)
Der kleine Vogel und die Raupe (The Little Bird And The Caterpillar), 2017, dir. Lena von Dohren, Switzerland (4'20") - no dialogue
La cage (In A Cage), 2016, dir. Loic Bruyere, France, (6') - no dialogue
The Mole And The Earthworm, 2015, dir. Johannes Schiehsl, Germany  (3'20") - no dialogue
Water Path For A Fish, 2016, dir. Mercedes Marro, Spain (8'19") - no dialogue
Belchonok I sanki (The Sled), 2016, dir. Olesya Shchukina, Russia (4'20") - no dialogue
Kiwi & Strit: Football, 2016, dir. Esben Toft Jacobsen, Denmark (5') - no dialogue

In association with Access Cinema
Culture Night at Draiocht 2018

Shorts for Middle Ones

Shorts for Middle Ones

Culture Night Free Screening / 6PM / Ages 8+ Yrs

Fri 21 Sep 2018 6PM Main Auditorium // FREE

This collection of short films is a patchwork of experiences – funny, sad, thrilling, emotional and, in one particular case, a tad stomach-churning (in a very tasteful way, of course!). Polar bears cross their disappearing ice floes, a stylish cat and an impoverished artist learn to create beautiful artworks together, a perfect gold heist goes horribly awry and the Mona Lisa finds herself in entirely new surroundings. And then there are a couple of very unusual chameleons: one trying to impress a potential mate, and the other? Well, let’s just say it’s a documentary that David Attenborough clearly had no involvement in ... Most of these films are dialogue-free, proving words aren’t always necessary when telling exquisite stories. However, one story is in French with English subtitles and another has a French spoken in the background (subtitles not required). Suited to audiences aged eight and older, please be aware that they do include some cartoon violence, images of a decomposing rat and some very messy eating!

List of Short Films:
Spring Jam, 2016, dir. Ned Wenlock, New Zealand (5'35") - no dialogue
Sabaku, 2016, dir. Marlies van der Wel, The Netherlands (2'18") - no dialogue
Nanuuq, 2016, dir. Jim Lachasse, France (3'26") - no dialogue
The Cat And Its Artist, 2015, dir. Maike Koller, Germany (5'30") – no dialogue
Moroshka, 2016, dir. Polina Minchenok, Russia (7'46") - no dialogue
Darrel, 2016, dirs.  Marc Briones and Alan Carabantes ,Spain (3'20") - no dialogue
Pautinka (Spider Web), 2016, dir. Natalia Chernysheva, Russia (4') - no dialogue
Amour Fou, 2015, dir. Florian Werzinski, Germany (4'15") – no dialogue
Un plan d'enfer, 2016, dirs. Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol, France/Belgium (5'50") - in French with English subtitles
Wrapped, 2015, dirs. Roman Kälin, Falko Paeper and Florian Wittman, Germany (4') - no dialogue
Alike, 2015, dirs.  Rafa Cano Méndez and Daniel Martínez Lara, Spain (8') - no dialogue
Our Wonderful Nature: The Common Chameleon, 2016, dir. Tomer Eshed, Germany (3'32") - in English

In Association with Access Cinema
Culture Night at Draiocht 2018

The Piano (1993) - 25th Anniversary Screening

The Piano (1993) - 25th Anniversary Screening

Culture Night Free Screening / 8PM

Fri 21 Sep 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // FREE

Starring Holly Hunter (‘The Big Stick’ and ‘Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?’), Harvey Keitel (‘Mean Streets’) and Sam Neill (‘Dead Calm’, ‘Sirens’, and ‘Jurassic Park’) as well as Anna Paquin (‘X-Men’ and ‘True Blood’), ‘The Piano’ is set in New Zealand’s wilderness as Ada McGrath (Hunter), a mute woman, and her daughter Flora (Paquin) arrive from Scotland to start a new life with frontiersman Alistair Stewart (Sam Neill) having been sold to him by her father.
Ada, a talented pianist, and Flora take an immediate dislike to Alistair when he refuses to carry Ada’s beloved piano and sells it to his overseer, George Baines (Harvey Keitel). Both Holly Hunter and Anna Paquin received Oscars for their roles in this masterpiece, written, directed and produced by Jane Campion.

Winner of 3 Academy Awards including Best Actress and Best Screenplay.
Winner of 3 BAFTA Awards including Best Actress.
Cannes Palme D’Or Winner 1993.
Dur 121 mins. Cert 16+

In association with Access Cinema
Culture Night at Draiocht 2018

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Family Day: Funky Junk City

Family Day: Funky Junk City

Sat 22 Sep 2018 12 NOON-3PM Draíocht Galleries // FREE

Tape, bind and build to create your own funky sculpture and then work collaboratively with others to place your funky building alongside others to create a new and imagined city scape. Who lives there? What lives there? Let’s find out! 

FAMILY DAY NOTES:
Sessions are Free, but space is limited. Max 50 Per Workshop.
Session 1: 12:00pm-12:50pm
Session 2: 01:00pm-01:50pm
Session 3: 02:00pm-02:50pm
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!

The Nualas Glam Slam
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The Nualas Glam Slam

Sat 22 Sep 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €22 / €20 conc

Bam! Pow! Biff! Shazam! They are back in the ring for a glittering bout of knock-out, body slamming comedy gold. They dance like a butterfly and sing like a bee, they’ll have you flat out on the mat with laughter, they will literally punch you right in the kisser with their gloves of gags and gaiety. 
Who? The Nualas!
What? Their new show Glam Slam!
Where? At a reputable entertainment outlet near you.
Don’t miss this slug fest of musical genius from Ireland’s First Ladies of Comedy.

“I laughed until I cried.”
“I laughed until my face hurt.”
“I have never laughed so much.  An absolutely brilliant show.”
(Real quotes from real people who actually saw the show.  Fair play to them.)

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"The cult queens of Ireland who put the ‘b’ in bejaysus!" Metro, London

"... wackily original ..." The New York Times

"Genius! Kill to get a ticket!" The Scotsman

The Songs & Poems of Percy French

The Songs & Poems of Percy French

The Percy French Troubadours & Guests

Wed 26 Sep 2018 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 €72,000 for a variety of charities, this night will be in aid of The Daughters of Charity Mission Fund.

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Aslan’s Christy Dignam and Joe Jewell
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Aslan’s Christy Dignam and Joe Jewell

Some Songs and Stories

Thu 27 Sep 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €22.50 / €20 conc

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

On the Late Late Show recently, Christy performed this ballad with Finbar Furey and the video  footage of this went viral – achieving over 4 million views on YouTube so far.

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Declan O’Rourke
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Declan O’Rourke

Fri 28 Sep 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €22.50 / €20 conc

Declan O’Rourke is a highly successful Irish artist, acclaimed by his peers, and having achieved many plaudits with his five albums released to date. Declan’s soulful music, rooted in folk and trad, has attracted the praise of countless industry giants, including John Prine, and Paul Weller, among others. The Dubliner’s legend John Sheahan, declared recently that, “after 50 years I have decided it’s time to put a lid on the ‘The Dubliners,’ but I’m sure you’ll all agree that with Declan, and Damien (Dempsey), the future is in good hands.” A dynamic performer, he is at once as comfortable fronting a 50-piece orchestra, as playing solo with a guitar.

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"Declan O'Rourke is one of the rare breed, he arrived fully formed, his songs, and delivery belie his age, and ours. He's a timeless troubadour with a voice that breaks through all your defences and gets to the heart of the matter. One of the true greats of our island." Glen Hansard

Night Light - Teater Refleksion, Denmark & Andy Manley, UK

Night Light - Teater Refleksion, Denmark & Andy Manley, UK

Presented as part of Spréacha – Fingal’s International Arts Programme for Children at Draíocht

Fri 5 Oct 2018 10.15AM & 12.15PM Draíocht Studio // €7 adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class of 20+ / Age 3-6 yrs / Dur: 40 mins

The blackbird sings to welcome the night. The day slows and soon all are asleep. All except one who cannot sleep. A child, curious to know who looks after the night. And so begins a magical journey through the dark and beautiful night until the black bird sings again to welcome a new day.

Teater Refleksion and Andy Manley are internationally regarded for their poignant and poetic shows for the very young; shows like ‘Goodbye Mr. Muffin’, ‘Songs from Above’ and ‘White’. Audiences will be immersed in a magical universe surrounded by a beautifully designed atmospheric set. 

Night Light was commissioned by Imaginate and is co-produced with Red Bridge Arts, and supported through the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund, The Danish Arts Foundation and the Municipality of Aarhus.

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"Quietly humorous and gentle, Night Light is a wonderfully imagined dream world. The entire team has created a cornucopia of wonder." ★★★★★ Edinburgh Guide

"A beautiful immersive experience." ★★★★ The Scotsman

"A delicate and delightful work of object theatre." ★★★★ Sunday Herald

"An exquisite, captivating instance of children’s theatre at its best." ★★★★ The Herald

Home Theatre (Ireland) ... Our Place. Our Stories.
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Home Theatre (Ireland) ... Our Place. Our Stories.

Dublin Theatre Festival 2018 / Based on an original idea by Marcus Vinicius Faustini (Brazil) & Kerry Kyriacos Michael (UK)

Wed 10 - Sat 13 Oct 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc / Multiple Nights: €15 / Groups 10+ €15 / Early Bird: €15 (book before 07 September 2018)

Snapshot. This is life in Dublin 15 but it could be where you’re from.

Join us for a feast of new writing by some of Ireland’s leading theatre makers. Plays inspired by conversations with people who live in Dublin 15. Children, young people, adults, people new to Ireland, people who have always been here. People with stories. Join us for a night of freshly minted theatre pieces inspired by people just like you.

Home Theatre (Ireland) pairs 30 Dublin 15 ‘hosts’, with 30 leading theatre makers. After spending time together, in the hosts’ homes, in their lives, each theatre maker writes a piece of theatre that will be performed in the host’s home. Home Theatre (Ireland) democratises the voices in Irish theatre. 
Home Theatre (Ireland) happens over two weeks and culminates on Saturday, October 6th, when 30 new plays will be performed in houses across Dublin 15. A selection of these plays will be presented in Draíocht as part of Dublin Theatre Festival.
Each night a programme of 6 newly commissioned plays.
Each night a different programme of work.
Each night a unique theatrical event.

Theatre Artists include: Robbie Blake, Shaun Dunne, Sorcha Fox, Dylan Coburn Gray, Annabelle Comyn, Deirdre Kinahan, Gavin Kostick, Fiona McGeown, Paul Mercier, Elaine Murphy, Felicia Olusanya, Little John Nee, Natalya O’Flaherty, Jody O’Neill, Neil Watkins.

Artistic Director: Veronica Coburn
Video Projections: Kilian Waters

Talking Theatre:
Oct 11 & 12 post-show discussions with Veronica Coburn, Kerry Kyriacos Michael and participating artists.

Home Theatre (Ireland) plays are all 20 minutes duration.
Details of each night’s programme will be available mid-September.
Suitable for ages 13+. May contain strong language
Home Theatre (Ireland) is supported by an Arts Council Open Call Award. Additional funding has been provided by Creative Fingal, Fingal County Council’s Creative Ireland programme.

Early Bird: €15 (book before 07 September 2018)



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Dublin Theatre Festival 2018 in Draíocht
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Dublin Theatre Festival 2018 in Draíocht

Wed 10 - Sat 13 Oct 2018 Main Auditorium // Early Bird: €15 (book before 07 September 2018)

Dublin Theatre Festival is back in Draíocht in October with Home Theatre Ireland.
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Exploring Fantasy Creatures with Deirdre O’Reilly

Exploring Fantasy Creatures with Deirdre O’Reilly

Draíocht and Early Years - Exploring More With Early Years Arts

Thu 11 Oct 2018 Draiocht Workshop Room // €5 Per Child (Accompanying Adult Free)

THU 11 OCT 10AM-11AM & 12PM-1PM  €5  (60 MINS)
Using air drying clay, driftwood and other found materials, Deirdre will help little hands mould and build a fantasy creature, while exploring the squishy, squashy nature of clay.
(DRESS FOR MESS)

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.

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Exploring Shadowy Things with Genevieve Harden / Nov
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).

The Young King By Oscar Wilde, adapted for the stage by Nicki Bloom

The Young King By Oscar Wilde, adapted for the stage by Nicki Bloom

Slingsby, Australia / Presented as part of Spréacha – Fingal’s International Arts Programme for Children at Draíocht

Tue 16 - Wed 17 Oct 2018 10AM & 12PM Main Auditorium Stage // €7 adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class of 20+ / Age 8+ yrs / Dur: 50 mins

What kind of King would you be? A naïve boy raised by goatherds is discovered to be heir to the kingdom. Treasures and privileges are laid at his feet, but at what cost to others? The achingly beautiful and tender language of Oscar Wilde joins the intimate and magical world of internationally acclaimed Adelaide theatre company, Slingsby. Journey in wonder, to a land of challenging choices and rich rewards.

Image by Andy Elli
Starring: Tim Overton and Jacqy Phillips with live music performed by Quincy Grant
Director: Andy Packer

Education Pack and other Resources for Download
https://www.slingsby.net.au/production/the-young-king/

Slingsby is supported by the Government of South Australia through Arts South Australia, and by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

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"The attention to detail is phenomenal…majestic and utterly delightful." Limelight

"Slingsby’s beautifully staged adaptation of Wilde’s visionary parable has woven a spell that offers hope for a better world." Canberra Critics Circle

"... an immersive, otherworldly show, punctured with serious life lessons." Sydney Morning Herald

Last Breath - A filmic artwork by Marie Brett

Last Breath - A filmic artwork by Marie Brett

Thu 18 Oct 2018 7.30PM Draíocht Studio // FREE

Last Breath is a short film exploring ideas of an ultimate great unknown: the experience of death and dying. Inspired by Epic poetry, Irish folklore and time spent with palliative care staff, the artwork draws viewers into a multi-layered narrative, where time slows and metaphysical landscapes unfold.

Artist Marie Brett produced the work following a residency at UCD’s College of Social Science and Law and a participatory project with staff at St Francis Hospice Dublin. The work was supported by IMMA and UCD Parity Studios and received an Arts Council AIC award, coordinated by Create the national development agency for collaborative arts in Ireland.

Following the film, audience members will be invited to join in discussion about the work with special guests Dr. Regina McQuillan, Medical Director at St Francis Hospice Dublin and Helen O'Donoghue, Senior Curator at IMMA, together with Consultant Penny Monaghan and Artist Marie Brett.
An Irish film premier, this event is free and all are welcome.

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

Music From The 40’s To Today

Fri 19 Oct 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €22 / €20 conc / Early Bird: €18 (book before 07 Sept 2018)

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

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

Early Bird: €18 (book before 07 Sept 2018)


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

Lords Of Strut – Absolute Legends
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Lords Of Strut – Absolute Legends

Sat 20 Oct 2018 4PM Main Auditorium // €7 adults / €5 children / Dur: 60 mins / Age 6+

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

A LORDS OF STRUT & THISISPOPBABY production.
Supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Cork County Council, Pavilion Theatre, Greywood Arts, the Ark and Exchange House.

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"Gorgeous explosive two-hander ... Utterly magical and a victory for raw fusion." ★★★★ The Sunday Times

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

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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+

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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 / Early Bird: €15 (book before 07 September 2018)

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 working class 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.

Early Bird: €15 (book before 07 September 2018)

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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.

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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.

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"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 Maeve Fitzgerald and Mary Murray.
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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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 / Early Bird: €5 (Book before 07 September 2018)

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

Early Bird: €5 (Book before 07 September 2018)

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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
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

A Winter Wish - Ceol Connected

A Winter Wish - Ceol Connected

Thu 29 - Fri 30 Nov 2018 10.15AM & 12.15PM Draíocht Studio // €5 Per Child (Accompanying SNA Free) / Age 3+ / Dur 45 mins

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Every winter in Whistleberry Forest, a little robin comes to visit and grants the creatures of the forest their very own wish - they can wish for whatever they want! As Ornaith the owl, Sorley the snail and Faoiláin the frog sing the magic words, the forest is transformed before their eyes into an enchanting wintry wonderland.
From dripping icicles to gentle snowfall, the delight of skating on an icy river or flying high on a moonlit night, discover the mysteries of Whistleberry Forest in a mesmerising traditional music performance made especially for children with sensory and complex needs.

With musicians Thomas Johnston and Stephen Markham and visual artist Orla Kelly, Ceol Connected’s 'A Winter Wish' is a highly interactive, multisensory and immersive musical adventure that has been specifically developed to engage children with special educational needs. From the makers of 'A Wonderful Tune' and 'The Quiet Tree'.

Phone Draíocht Box Office on 01 8852622 to Book

This show is limited to 8 children & their SNA's per performance.
Developed with the kind support of Draíocht.

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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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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 / Early Bird €14 (Book before 7th Sept 2018)

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.

 Early Bird €14 (Book before 7th Sept 2018)

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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

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: 15A  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+ / Early Bird: €10 (Book before 7th Sept 2018)

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.

Early Bird: €10 (Book before 7th Sept 2018)

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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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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!

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