Exploring Sound and Technology with Make Create Innovate

Exploring Sound and Technology with Make Create Innovate

Draíocht and Early Years - Exploring More With Early Years Arts

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

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

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

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

WORKSHOP NOTES
These workshops are designed for children aged 2-4 years. Please respect age limits as each workshop has been designed especially for this age range. All children must be accompanied by an adult and all adults must be accompanied by a child. These sessions are only suitable for one parent/guardian and accompanying child (without siblings).

* Please note date change from printed Season Brochure

Stagezone on Stage 2019

Stagezone on Stage 2019

Stagezone Theatre School

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

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

Irish Youth Dance Festival 2019 at Draíocht

Irish Youth Dance Festival 2019 at Draíocht

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

Mon 24 - Sun 30 Jun 2019

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

Youth Dance Residency
MON 24 - FRI 28 JUN  Draíocht Studio

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Primary School Summer Screening

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

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

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

Wild Rose (2019)
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Wild Rose (2019)

Cinema at Draiocht

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Irish Youth Dance Festival 2019

Irish Youth Dance Festival 2019

Dublin Youth Dance Company

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

2019 sees the Irish Youth Dance Festival celebrate its 19th year – making it Ireland’s longest running dance festival. This unique and hugely popular event will offer audiences both new to and familiar with contemporary dance the opportunity to see the most exciting up-and-coming young dance talent Ireland has to offer - along with masterclasses, workshops and performance opportunities! The programme for 2019 will feature dancers aged from 12 to 25, and offer a real variety of performances showcasing dancers, choreographers and companies from across Ireland. Dublin Youth Dance Company (DYDC), who present the festival together with Dance Ireland, is Ireland’s premiere contemporary youth dance group, and are known for their passionate, imaginative and often cross-disciplinary work.

The festival will also be presenting work by international artists, including new work by Mexican American choreographer Toni Bravo, whose career has included experience with London’s Royal Ballet and with contemporary dance legend Pina Bausch. She currently holds the title of the Artistic Director Diverse Space Youth Dance theatre in Austin, Texas. Some of her work with dancers here and from the US will be presented during IYDF. The festival will also include a dance residency by Toni Bravo in collaboration with Dance Ireland.

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Performers include: Limerick Youth Dance Company / RISE Youth Dance Bristol / Laois Youth Dance Ensemble / 

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Draiocht and The Connect Club 2019

Draiocht and The Connect Club 2019

JULY 2019

Mon 1 - Wed 31 Jul 2019

This July will be Draíocht’s 12th year working with the Daughters of Charity’s Summer ’Connect Club’ in Laurel Lodge. The camp, catering for young people with varying degrees of intellectual disability, aims at providing an outlet that is fun and focused on the individuals likes and interests. In the past our Artists have facilitated drama, dance, music and visual art workshops, encouraging participants to work on their individual creativity and style. Workshops are for ages 12-18 years.

The Artful Classroom

The Artful Classroom

A CPD Programme for Primary School Teachers

Mon 1 - Fri 5 Jul 2019 10AM–3PM Draiocht Workshop Room // €45 (includes lunch each day)

We are delighted to present this programme aimed at primary school teachers and delivered by professionally trained creative professionals, artists and educators - Architect Aoife Banim (Construction), Artists Beth O’Halloran (Paint & Colour), Clare Breen (ICT, Clay, Fabric, Fibre), Anne Bradley (Drawing), and Catriona Leahy (Print).
The programme takes place in Draíocht and includes visits to IMMA.

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A partnership between Fingal Arts Office & Superprojects

Sing Me To The Sea

Sing Me To The Sea

Anna Newell Theatre Adventures

Mon 1 - Fri 5 Jul 2019

Draiocht will be out and about for a week in July with 9 shows of  'Sing Me To The Sea', taking place in St. Michael’s House Leisure Centre and Swimming Pool and the Central Remedial Clinic.  

Sing Me To The Sea is a multisensory adventure for children and young people with complex needs, created by Bray-based theatre director Anna Newell, in collaboration with composer David Goodall, whose work together has been seen off-Broadway and in South Africa as well as touring extensively in the UK and Ireland.

Sing Me To The Sea is performed in a hydropool with 3 audience members per show, each with an adult companion – with everyone in the water! Three performers take the audience on a magical journey of exquisite harmony singing and gentle water play designed especially for children with complex needs that embraces and celebrates the sensory dialogue that they have with the world around them.

Sing Me To The Sea was created in 2018 funded by Wicklow County Arts Office with design funded by Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge. 2019 tour funded by Arts Council Ireland.

Funded by the Arts Council Ireland, this programme is a partnership between The Civic, Draiocht and the Mermaid Arts Centre presented in association with Cheeverstown House. Created by Anna Newell.

Presented by Anna Newell Theatre Adventures
Duration: 20 minutes + 20 minutes of free play.
Suitable for Ages  1-12 yrs

www.annanewell.co.uk / www.dgoodall.co.uk

Further information email sarah@draiocht.ie

Summer Projects 2019 - Summer Song School

Summer Projects 2019 - Summer Song School

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

Bookings: 01-8852622

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

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

Summer Projects 2019 - Art Explorers Artistic Adventures - SOLD OUT

Summer Projects 2019 - Art Explorers Artistic Adventures - SOLD OUT

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

Bookings: 01-8852622

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


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

Summer Projects 2019 - Fingal Film School

Summer Projects 2019 - Fingal Film School

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

Bookings: 01-8852622

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


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

Exploring Baby Boogie with Jo Quinn

Exploring Baby Boogie with Jo Quinn

Draíocht and Early Years - Exploring More With Early Years Arts

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

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

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

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

WORKSHOP NOTES
These workshops are designed for children aged 2-4 years. Please respect age limits as each workshop has been designed especially for this age range. All children must be accompanied by an adult and all adults must be accompanied by a child. These sessions are only suitable for one parent/guardian and accompanying child (without siblings).

Autumn Sounds 2019
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Autumn Sounds 2019

Duo Chagall and The Fingal Ensemble

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Culture Night at Draiocht 2019

Culture Night at Draiocht 2019

Fri 20 Sep 2019 // FREE

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

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

Rat Pack Promotions presents Ken Kirwan & his Swing Band

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

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

With very special guests on the night and a 12 piece Gospel Choir, this show is a must see and will sell out quickly.

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The Songs & Poems of Percy French

The Songs & Poems of Percy French

The Percy French Troubadours & Guests

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

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

Crowman starring Jon Kenny
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Crowman starring Jon Kenny

By Katie Holly

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

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

Age 15+ / Dur 65 mins (with interval)

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"Kenny is brilliant in the role." Irish Examiner

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

"Brilliant." ARENA, RTE 1

Ross Browne - Bojangle
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Ross Browne - Bojangle

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

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

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

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

Age 15+. Some strong language & adult content.

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

"Genius!" Jason Byrne

"Outstanding." David MacSavage

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

Jimmy Buckley With Special Guest Claudia

Jimmy Buckley With Special Guest Claudia

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

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

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

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

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

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

What if Ireland was still part of the United Kingdom? What if Home Rule had passed? What if there was no War of Independence? No Civil War? No partition? What if the island had only one soccer team? The year is 2019 and it is the eve of the Referendum. British Prime Minister Ursula Lysaght is returning to her hometown of Dublin to convince voters to Remain. With the threat of chaos in the streets, and personal conflict behind the scenes, the final debate is set to begin at BBC Dublin: Should Ireland leave the UK?

The Alternative by Michael Patrick and Oisín Kearney is the chosen play from the A Play for Ireland project. As part of its 30th year in 2018, Fishamble set out to find one big, ambitious play, that bursts with humanity, and tackles a subject about which the playwright feels passionate - A PLAY FOR IRELAND. This was a two-year process, in association with Draíocht, The Everyman, Lime Tree Theatre/Belltable, Lyric Theatre, Pavilion Theatre, and Town Hall Theatre, which encouraged writers to create ambitious plays that burst with humanity.
Fishamble is an Olivier Award-winning internationally acclaimed Irish theatre company, dedicated to the discovery, development and production of new work.
 

Creative team:
Written by Michael Patrick and Oisín Kearney
Directed by Jim Culleton
Set Design by Marie Kearns
Lighting design by Mark Galione
Costume Design By Saileóg O’Halloran
Sound Design by Denis Clohessy

Presented as part of Dublin Theatre Festival 2019


FRI 4TH OCT  8PM / SAT 5TH OCT  2.30PM & 8PM
Age suitability: 14yrs+ (strong language and depictions of violence and self-harm)

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

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"Forward-thinking Fishamble." New York Times

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

Fred Cooke - Fred Space

Fred Cooke - Fred Space

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

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

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"Priceless" Chortle

"Very impressive performer" Short Com

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

The Dig by Paul Curley
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The Dig by Paul Curley

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

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


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

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


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

Music From The 40’s To Today

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

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

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


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

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

Starring Katherine Lynch & Shane O’Reilly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Frankie’s Guys

Frankie’s Guys

A celebration of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

Thu 31 Oct - Fri 1 Nov 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €25

Back by popular demand ... 'Frankie's Guys - A celebration of 'Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons' is a fast paced, energetic production with an authentic live concert feel. Putting their own charismatic stamp on timeless classics such as, 'Big Girls Don't Cry', 'Walk Like A Man', ‘Sherry’ & 'Oh What A Night', the boys take you on a nostalgic trip down memory lane and remind you exactly why ‘The Four Seasons’ sold over 100 million records and earned themselves a place in the prestigious 'Rock and Roll Hall of Fame'. With slick choreography, charm, charisma, brilliant audience participation and amazing live vocals, it’s clear to see why ’Frankie's Guys’ are receiving standing ovations up and down the country.

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Eggsistentialism by Joanne Ryan
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Eggsistentialism by Joanne Ryan

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

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

Looking down the barrel of her final fertile years, one modern Irish woman goes on a comical quest to uncover the ifs, hows and crucially the whys of reproducing her genes. Eggsistentialism tells us the story of her consultations with family, fertility experts, fortune tellers, philosophers, daytime radio and the dark recesses of the internet.

Joanne Ryan’s acclaimed, multi-award winning show is a funny, tender and moving exploration of reproduction in 21st-Century Ireland.
Mixing animation with stand-up, monologue and hilarious recorded interjections from Ryan’s mother, Eggsistentialism takes a light-hearted but unflinching look at one of life’s most compelling dilemmas: should making a life for oneself involve making another?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Made in Dagenham The Musical

Made in Dagenham The Musical

Coolmine Musical Society

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Swan Lake
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Swan Lake

Ballet Ireland

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Exuberant and beautiful production." Irish Mail on Sunday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dirt Birds Self Help Tour
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Dirt Birds Self Help Tour

With Sinead Culbert and Sue Collins

Thu 5 Dec 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc

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

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"Irish comedy duo's hilarious tips from the town beauty tutorial will have you in stitches." The Sun.

"Sinead and Sue identify a gap in comedy that women can relate to, they are passionate mothers themselves and have first-hand experience of life’s challenges. " The Independent

Baby’s First Xmas

Baby’s First Xmas

Anna Newell Theatre Adventures

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

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

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

Phone Draíocht Box Office on 01 8852622 to Book

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

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Christmas Gothic
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Christmas Gothic

Dyad Productions starring Rebecca Vaughan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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