Bat the Father Rabbit the Son
Written and performed by Donal O’Kelly - 30th Anniversary Tour
It’s Dublin in the 1980s. Rabbit is a self-made haulage magnate. But something’s wrong. He cuts a deal with his underling Keogh to help him find his lost moorings. The quest is hampered by his dead father Bat, Citizen Army volunteer and pawn shop assistant, bubbling up. The struggle between father and son, past and present, imagination and reality, spans Dublin. Their voyage out of Howth and up the River Liffey builds to a climax described by The Guardian as “one of the strongest dramatic conclusions I’ve ever seen”. An explosive exposition of the generation that led us to Boom and Bust.
Written thirty years ago, ‘Bat the Father, Rabbit the Son’ is more pertinent than ever.
Age 12+ / Dur 80 mins (no interval)
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"A prose poem of magical beauties and plunging vulgarities …friends, it is purely brilliant." New York Post
"Magnificent script and performance." The Scotsman
"Superbly written and performed portrayal of a father/son relationship." The Irish Times
"A sobering, funny touching and frightening marvel .. O’Kelly’s manic performance is extraordinary." Sunday Independent
"A wild slapstick tour de force." New York Times
"A powerful and unforgettable show." The News, Adelaide
From These Green Heights by Dermot Bolger
Coolmine Drama Circle
Coolmine Drama Circle is back with Dermot Bolgers 'From These Green Heights'. This is a journey through the lives of two Dublin families. Spanning four decades, the action moves from the 1960s when Dessie first glimpses the landmark Ballymun Towers, to the night in 2004 when his young daughter packs up to leave the flat that has been their home. From These Green Heights is a hidden history of modern Dublin, exploring the relationship between a stigmatised suburb and the inhabitants who fought to reshape it and call it home.
Since its foundation in 1972 Coolmine Drama Circle has been entertaining audiences both young and old. Since then the group has presented no less than 65 productions locally, nationwide and in the UK. From small beginnings in the library of Coolmine Community School, the group has grown such that their last production 'Believing In Butterflies' was well received in both Draíocht and Westport Town Hall Theatre.
Suitable for age 14+
Photo credit: Philip Milne
Carmel / Sandra Murphy
Dessie / Paul Roban
Christy / Ger Memery
Jane / Bernadette Forde
Marie / Rebecca Grant
Tara / Sharon / Girl / Niamh Buckley
Director: Lorraine Walker
Producer: Cairin McIlkenny
Weighing-In is a fast-paced comedy play about life, love and dieting. Set in the Easi-Slim diet club we meet the highly driven Pam and the motherly Breda. Easi-Slim’s newest member - upwardly mobile Pam has cruised into town in her sports car. Her lifestyle enchants Breda, whose gushing admiration for her new diet guru buddy only serves to make Pam all the more condescending and insufferable. But as Pam’s mask begins to slip Breda, is reminded that sometimes, you already have the life you wished for.
Starring Isobel Mahon (Glenroe, The Clinic) and Rose Henderson (Fair City, Father Ted).
Written by Ger Gallagher. Directed by Caroline FitzGerald.
Dur: 70 mins (no interval)
"Pacey, tender and packed with laughs, Weighing-In is a calorie-free treat." Eithne Shortall, Sunday Times
"No flab on this weighty drama." Chris Wasser. The Herald
"Infectiously enjoyable." Michael Moffatt. Irish Mail on Sunday
I See You by Amy De Bhrún
Two Women. One Story. A Century Apart.
Lady Mary Heath: A Limerick-born trailblazer of aviation, lost and forgotten, trapped within the walls of time.
Mary: A middle-class Dublin woman, unseen and unheard, trapped in an abusive relationship that has just taken a turn for the worse.
This brand-new play by Amy De Bhrún weaves together poetry and an original soundscape by Jack Cawley to shed light on the hidden stories of Lady Mary Heath and her contemporary counterpart Mary – two women, one story, a century apart. A call to arms, I SEE YOU explores the dangerous cyclical nature of female oppression and the devastating consequences of allowing countless women’s voices to go unheard.
Starring Amy De Bhrún & Roxanna Nic Liam.
Directed by Helena Browne.
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"… an exciting piece of theatre." No More Workhorse
"It pulsates with righteous anger … a passionate plea for female self-empowerment." Sunday Business Post
"… this is a play about oppression. And fear. And misogyny. But it is also a play about strength. And moxie. And hope." Writing.ie
Vincent - A Play by Leonard Nimoy
Red Alchemy Theatre Company / Directed by Christine Scarry & Starring Peter McCamley
In this Irish première, against the visual backdrop of over one hundred of his greatest masterpieces, director Christine Scarry and actor Peter McCamley gloriously recreate the world of the misunderstood genius, giving the audience a moving insight into the turbulent life and times of the great painter. Anyone who loves art, passion and life itself should see this play; it is a renewing experience and an insight into one of history’s most gifted, haunted masters.
Based on more than 500 letters exchanged between van Gogh and his brother Theo, the play examines the passion and torment of the extraordinary artist's life and death as seen through his brother's eyes. As van Gogh's paintings are projected in the background, Peter McCamley becomes both Theo van Gogh and Vincent in this compelling, touching portrayal that has thrilled theater-goers across the world.
This powerful, moving play was written and originally performed on Broadway by Leonard Nimoy (better known to audiences as Star Trek’s Mr. Spock), for which he garnered a Tony Award.
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"A theatrical triumph!"
"Peter McCamley was exceptional as Theo and Vincent Van Gogh."
"Direction by Christine Scarry was inspired and inspirational."
Grease The Musical
Cecilian Theatre Arts
The renowned Award Winning Cecilian Theatre Arts have entertained audiences for years and have staged many award winning productions at Draíocht, including: ‘Oklahoma’, ‘Wonderful World of Disney’, ‘A Little Princess the Musical’, ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’, 'Meet Me in St Louis’. Their most recent triumphant sell out productions were, ‘Let Me Entertain You' and ‘Applause’.
The Cecilian’s are affiliated to AIMS (Association of Irish Musical Societies) and they have many nominations & awards under their belt.
Cecilian’s return to Draíocht with the No.1 greatest musical! ‘GREASE’, celebrating 40 years of the smash hit movie which taught the world to hand jive. It’s the original high-school musical, featuring all the unforgettable songs from the hit movie including ‘You’re The One That I Want’, ‘Grease Is The Word’, ‘Summer Nights’, ‘Hopelessly Devoted To You’, ‘Sandy’, ‘Greased Lightnin’ and many, many more.
Grease is STILL the word! A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop, a-wop-bam-boom!
Directors/Producers: Jennifer O'Dowd & Rosalind O'Dowd.
Musical Director: Ivan McKenna
Chorus Master: Dave McGauren
Choreographer: Jules McNamara
A Day in May by Colin Murphy
In Association with Pat Moylan Productions
Based on RTÉ journalist Charlie Bird's book of the same name, A Day in May charts the journey of Ireland's LGBT+ community from the dark days of 1983 right up to 2015's historic Marriage Equality referendum in the drama-documentary style Colin Murphy (Haughy|Gregory. Bailed Out!, Guaranteed!) has become famous for.
On 23 May 2015 the people of Ireland made history by becoming the first nation in the world to introduce marriage equality by popular vote. Of the almost 2 million Irish people that went to the polls to cast their vote, a staggering 62% of people voted Yes. As the historic vote was declared, the joyous scenes from Dublin Castle and across Ireland made headlines across the world. Charlie Bird, inspired by the extraordinary "Yes Equality" campaign, travelled the length and breadth of Ireland to meet some of the people most deeply affected by the referendum result. In his book, their stories of living in the shadow of inequality and oppression were brought to life in a poignant record of their lives.
From these stories playwright Colin Murphy has created a drama documentary charting the 35-year-old struggle for equality for the LGBT+ community in Ireland, which culminated in the Marriage Equality referendum. Directed by Gerard Stembridge, the theatrical version of A Day In May is an often-hilarious emotional rollercoaster, as the political drama is interwoven with the true stories of ordinary gay people, their families and friends. Starring Mark O'Regan, Arthur Riordan, Amy Conroy, Anthony Kinahan, Clodagh Mooney Duggan, Conor Gormally and Mary Murray.
All profits from this performance will go to Pieta House.
Approx. Duration: 70mins (no interval)
Age Guidance: 15yrs+
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"You’re guaranteed laughter, tears, and waves of that unnamable collective feeling we had on May 23, 2015, once more." Gay Community News
"A powerful play about a triumph of civil and human rights, that arguably changed Ireland forever." Sunday Independent
"Don't miss if you've a tither of sense." Peter Sheridan
And This is My Friend Mr Laurel
By Gail Louw and Jeffrey Holland / KPS Productions & The Finishing Touch Company
Fulfilling a long-held desire to pay tribute to his hero Stan Laurel, Jeffrey Holland tells this intriguing, funny and often poignant tale of friendship, love and dedication about one of Hollywood’s great film comedians.
Jeffrey (Hi-de-Hi, You Rang M'Lord) stars in this one-man show about friendship, memories and a couple of remarkable lives. Set in the bedroom of a sick Oliver Hardy the show takes place during Laurel's visit to the dying man. Recounting their past success as the comedy double act Laurel and Hardy, this is a humorous and touching look at one of the great cinematic partnerships of the last century.
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"Spellbinding and magically, timelessly funny." ★★★★ The Stage
"Simple, smart and sublimely performed." ★★★★ BroadwayBaby.com
"" ★★★★ ThePublicReviews / Three Weeks / Edinburgh Evening News / The Metro
Michael Harding - On Tuesdays I’m a Buddhist
Back by popular demand, 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."
"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
Haughey | Gregory by Colin Murphy
Fishamble: The New Play Company
Fishamble’s Haughey|Gregory by Colin Murphy, directed by Conall Morrison, follows the deal made between Tony Gregory and Charles Haughey in 1982, when Gregory took a surprise Dáil seat - and suddenly found himself holding the balance of power. Can Gregory use his vote to achieve something for his constituents? To do so, he will have to face off against the dominant personality of Irish politics - Charles J Haughey.
Following a short, sold-out tour of Haughey|Gregory in 2018 to the Abbey Theatre, Mountjoy Prison, Dáil Éireann and Croke Park, Fishamble tours the production nationally in 2019.
Playwright Colin Murphy's previous work includes 'Inside the GPO', 'Guaranteed!', and 'Bailed Out!', all produced by Fishamble. He adapted the latter two for screen, as 'The Guarantee' and 'The Bailout' (TV3/Virgin Media One).
Starring Peter Coonan, Ruairi Heading, Morgan C. Jones, Janet Moran, Jonathan White.
Dur: 80mins (no interval)
Age: 12yrs+ (occasional strong language)
Photo by Anthony Wood
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"Irresistible… a fitting tribute… Thoughtful and thoroughly enjoyable." ★★★★ The Arts Review
"Funny and fascinating slice of recent political history." Irish Independent
"Incredible actors ... it delights the audience. The wit is razor-sharp ... brilliant." Politics.ie
Brendan Galileo for Europe
Starring Fionn Foley
Brendan Galileo is a young aspiring politician determined to join the ranks of the European Parliament. Alas, in the City of Tribes he is a man without a spear, his previous electoral efforts little more than a novelty act. In a last-ditch attempt to dramatically improve his public profile, he must represent his country in the most vicious diplomatic catfight in the continent, the Eurovision Song Contest.
A hilarious and warm-hearted solo performance by Fionn Foley about keeping your integrity at the world's foremost convention of kitsch.
Winner of the 'Bewley's Little Gem' and 'Best Performer' Awards at the Dublin Fringe Festival 2018.
Early Bird: €15 (book before 05 April 2019)
"A wonderful, joyous celebration of a show." ★★★★ The Arts Review
"Foley's performance is irresistible." The Irish Times
"Fast-paced, witty and terribly funny..sixty minutes of mental gymnastics and belly laughter." Broadway World