Stagezone on Stage 2018

Stagezone on Stage 2018

Stagezone Theatre School

Sat 23 - Sun 24 Jun 2018 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 Cinderella, Under the Sea, Oliver!, Matilda, Join the Circus, High School Musical, Rock of Ages, Jesus Christ Superstar and Chicago! 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.
www.stagezone.ie

Summer Projects 2018 - Fingal Film School - SOLD OUT

Summer Projects 2018 - Fingal Film School - SOLD OUT

Mon 25 - Fri 29 Jun 2018 Draíocht Studio // €35

Bookings: 01-8852622

10AM-4PM  Age: 13-17 Years   €35
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 workshops will conclude with a screening of the films. These workshops are funded by Fingal Arts Office.

The Death of Stalin (2017)
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The Death of Stalin (2017)

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 27 Jun 2018 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

The one-liners fly as fast as political fortunes fall in this uproarious, wickedly irreverent satire from Armando Iannucci (Veep, In the Loop). Moscow, 1953: when tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin drops dead, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to be the next Soviet leader. Among the contenders are the dweeby Georgy Malenkov (Jeffrey Tambor), the wily Nikita Khrushchev (Steve Buscemi), and the sadistic secret police chief Lavrentiy Beria (Simon Russell Beale). But as they bumble, brawl, and backstab their way to the top, just who is running the government? Combining palace intrigue with rapid-fire farce, this audacious comedy is a bitingly funny takedown of bureaucratic dysfunction performed to the hilt by a sparkling ensemble cast.

Cert: CLUB / Language: English / Dur: 107 min
In association with Access Cinema

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Silent by Pat Kinevane
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Silent by Pat Kinevane

Fishamble: The New Play Company

Thu 28 Jun 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc / Age 14+ / Dur: 90 mins (no interval)

‘Hopeless, helpless, in-the-way person’ … Homeless McGoldrig once had splendid things. But he has lost it all - including his mind. He now dives into the wonderful wounds of his past through the romantic world of Rudolph Valentino, in this brave, bold, beautiful production.
After more than ten years of touring nationally and internationally, to great critical acclaim, Fishamble: The New Play Company makes a welcome return to Draíocht with one of the trilogy of plays written and performed by Pat Kinevane and Directed by Jim Culleton. These plays are full of Kinevane's characteristic humour and darkness, matched with his unique performance style and the expertise of Fishamble.

Coming in November ... Pat's new show 'BEFORE' ... 

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"passionate one-man show… stunning." The New York Times

"dazzling theatricality." The Guardian

"Remarkable ... to be in that audience was to experience a rare synergy between performer and the performed-to ... Marvellous." Irish Independent

Summer Projects 2018 - Summer Song School

Summer Projects 2018 - Summer Song School

Mon 2 - Fri 6 Jul 2018 Draíocht Studio // €45

Bookings: 01-8852622

MON 02 - FRI 06 JUL 2018   10AM - 4PM   
THU 05 JUL 10AM - 8PM
Free Concert For Family & Friends On Thu 05 July At 7pm
Age: 13-17 Years   €45

The ever popular SongSchool return 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! 

And why not also join us for a follow-up one day workshop in August with SongSchool?

Summer Projects 2018 - Art Explorers: Adventures of Me

Summer Projects 2018 - Art Explorers: Adventures of Me

Mon 9 - Fri 13 Jul 2018 Draiocht Workshop Room // €35

Bookings: 01-8852622

WORKSHOP A: 4-8 YRS / 10AM-12PM  €35 - SOLD OUT
WORKSHOP B: 9-12 YRS / 1PM-3PM    €35   

Artist Deirdre O’Reilly will introduce the children to a range of art materials and artistic experiences. ‘Adventures of Me’ will be an artistic 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 panels, to making 21st century fossils, and looking at and responding to other artists work, all of which will be curated into their end of week exhibition for all to enjoy.

Exploring Painting With Fingers And Toes with Anne Cradden

Exploring Painting With Fingers And Toes with Anne Cradden

Draíocht and Early Years - Exploring More With Early Years Arts

Tue 17 Jul 2018 Draiocht Workshop Room // €5 Per Child (Accompanying Adult Free)

10.15AM-11AM & 12PM-12.45PM (45 MINS)
Anne Cradden will encourage you to feel and enjoy paint in this very messy, but really fun workshop. Along with finger and toe paining, we will also use brushes and other objects to see what shapes and images we might create in a free and open environment.
DRESS FOR MESS

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 Printing and Stamping / April
Exploring Scribbling And Mark Making / June
Exploring Yoga Stories / August

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).

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 Printing and Stamping / April
Exploring Scribbling And Mark Making / June 
Exploring Painting With Fingers And Toes / July

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

My Left Nut
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My Left Nut

Pan Narrans Theatre and Prime Cut Productions / 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

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 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 matt 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 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 €65,000 for a variety of charities, this night will be in aid of The Daughters of Charity Mission Fund.

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Dublin Theatre Festival 2018 in Draíocht

Dublin Theatre Festival 2018 in Draíocht

Wed 10 - Sat 13 Oct 2018 Main Auditorium

Dublin Theatre Festival is back in Draíocht in October.
Save the Dates & stay tuned for more!

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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

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

'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

Myra’s Story

Millennium Forum Productions / Written by Brian Foster

Fri 26 - Sat 27 Oct 2018 8PM Main Auditorium

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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.

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"Magnificent." ★★★★★ Irish Examiner

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

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

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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

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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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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How to Catch a Star

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

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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 Téatar do Pháistí are proud to present this adaptation that combines puppetry and a magical original score.

With puppetry by Grace Kiely and Neasa Ní Chuanaigh, stunning puppets designed by Suse Reibisch, a magical original score by Colm Mac Con Iomaire, beautiful set design by Maeve Clancy, the amazing costumes and fabric pieces by Elaine Mears and the atmospheric lighting design of Ciaran Kelly 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.

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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 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.   A 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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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)

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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 - created with multiple directors - examines the fractured and fragile personas we present to the world, who we might be behind them and what we could be instead. What Good is Looking Well When You’re Rotten on the Inside? is a piece about emotional inheritance and grief for wasted creativity that serves as both a tribute and a warning.

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

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

"... beautifully realised ... a feast of nostalgia, sentimentality, and a picture of relationships past and present. This is a play about family, but also about individuality. It makes for a great story. Paddy’s tapes are the focus of this piece, but it is Emma O’Grady’s skill as a performer that gives them new life ... 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

"O'Grady, in a slyly restrained performance, uses the arch effects of contemporary theatre to rebel against a superficial society in which artists are unwanted. Most ingeniously, she has crafted a play that can locate virtuosity hidden in the most allusive places." Exeunt Magazine

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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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