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

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 / 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

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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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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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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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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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