A Holy Show
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A Holy Show

Written & Directed by Janet Moran

Sat 22 Feb 2020 8PM / Dur: 70 mins Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

A new comedy based on the 1981 hijacking of an Aer Lingus plane, by an ex-Trappist monk, with a bottle of water as his weapon, the Pope as his nemesis, and a burning desire to know The Third Secret of Fatima.

Step on the plane with us and experience this most Irish of hijackings. There’ll be music, nostalgia, heroism, praying, visions, romance (maybe), sex (maybe) and a special appearance by Our Lady (definitely). There’ll even be a miracle. I swear.

Funded by The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon. Created and produced by Mermaid County Wicklow Arts Centre. Play Development co-commissioned by Mermaid County Wicklow Arts Centre (Bray) and Pavilion Theatre (Dun Laoghaire) and supported by the Centre Culturel Irlandais (Paris) and Fishamble: New Play Clinic.

Starring Roseanna Purcell & Mark Fitzgerald.

"Lovingly made, giddily nostalgic comedy." The Irish Times

"Deeply enjoyable and impeccable performances." ★★★★ The Arts Review

"Absolutely hilarious. Highly recommended." JOE.ie

Padraig Potts’ Guide to Walking
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Padraig Potts’ Guide to Walking

Writ­ten and per­formed by Sea­mus O’Rourke

Fri 6 Mar 2020 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc // Dur 90 mins

‘Padraig Potts’ Guide to Walking’ is a story full of nostalgia, innocence, Olympic standard sex and holy water salad dressing. Funny and tender, this latest show by Seamus O Rourke, follows the life of Padraig Potts McKeirnan, who has a habit of just eating whatever is on his plate… metaphorically that is… from growing up near the tiny rural village of Drumnamee, County Leitrim in the 70’s and 80’s to falling in love with Silvia Lang, a perfect protestant girl… to marrying Mary Tague, the priests housekeeper, who he never really liked… to getting rid of Mary Tague and her mother, who he claims invented vinegar… and eventually to the realisation that the world isn’t as big as he first thought.

Bursting with the vivacious wit that is the trademark of Seamus O’Rourke’s masterful play-writing, this show will tear at your heart and cripple you with laughter. Both playwright and actor Seamus not only gives us one hell of a script, he also executes a perfect delivery with superb timing, bringing to life through sweat, spittle and purest passion every exquisitely crafted and painfully familiar character to influence the journey of our antihero Padraig Potts. This is the tale of a generation lost between the old world ruled by religion and the new world ruled by hearts. Our unsung hero quietly shapes the world whilst accepting all that comes his way. However this is a crossover time. Could there be hope for Padraig yet?

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Halcyon Days by Deirdre Kinahan
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Halcyon Days by Deirdre Kinahan

Directions Out Theatre Company

Thu 26 Mar 2020 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc // Dur: 75 mins

Sean is languishing in a nursing home when in storms Patricia, with her zest for life, bringing her own chaos to challenge his quiet world. A funny, combative and charming friendship blossoms as they work out their past and contemplate their future. Halcyon Days is a delightful play about friendship, family & love and is a funny, charming and touching night at the theatre.

Starring Bryan Murray (Fair City, Irish RM and Bread) and Una Crawford (Fair City). Directed by Joe Devlin (In Search of Mr B by Brian McAvera and The Kiss by Jimmy Murphy). Deirdre Kinahan is one of Ireland's leading playwrights with recent hits such as Rathmines Road, The Unmanageable Sisters and the internationally renowned Moment.

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"… a gem and one of Kinahan's finest works." No More Workhorse

Maura Laverty - This Was Your Life
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Maura Laverty - This Was Your Life

Written by Yvonne Quinn and Bairbre Ní Chaoimh

Thu 9 Apr 2020 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

This sparkling new play tells of the rollercoaster life of a forgotten Irish celebrity and invites a modern audience to reassess her legacy as a freelance artist at a time in Ireland when most women were expected to be fulltime housewives.

Broadcaster, writer, cookery expert and agony aunt Maura Laverty was a household name in Ireland for three decades. She had her own ESB-sponsored radio show on RTE for thirty years, where she dispensed advice on relationships and cooking. She also toured the country giving cooking demonstrations and encouraging housewives to use electricity for cooking and other labour-saving devices. In the ‘60s her iconic cookbook ‘Full And Plenty’ with its unique blend of recipes and stories was to be found in nearly every home in Ireland. She also wrote novels and short stories. Her work was often controversial and her novels were banned by the censors for their sexual frankness. In the 1950s she wrote three plays that saved The Gate Theatre from financial ruin. She wrote Ireland’s first ever television soap opera for RTE, Tolka Row.

Maura Laverty died in tragic circumstance in 1966 and her body was not discovered for nearly a week. In the play, Maura will be spirited back from the dead to appear in front of a live and online contemporary audience on the surreal This Was Your Life show, where interviewer Rip Riley will get her to talk about her life and work and cook some recipes from her books. He will also get her to reveal secrets and stories from her tumultuous past and to confront the price she paid for her success. How will a live audience and an online community of tweeters, bloggers and texters evaluate her life and legacy?

Starring Malachy Mc Kenna (as Rip Riley) and Bairbre Ní Chaoimh (as Maura Laverty).
Directed by Joan Sheehy. Dur: 75 mins (no interval)

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Arts + Health: Check Up Check In 2020

Arts + Health: Check Up Check In 2020

Ireland’s leading national arts and health event

Thu 23 Apr 2020 9.30AM-5PM Main Auditorium // €30

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Ireland’s leading national arts and health event, Arts + Health: Check Up Check In is open to arts practitioners, healthcare professionals and anyone interested in learning more about this exciting field. Featuring a keynote address by Dr Jenny Elliott, Artistic Director of Arts Care (Belfast), plus presentations and workshops by some of the most innovative and creative practitioners working in arts and health in Ireland today, this is the ‘go to’ event to share ideas, exchange practice and be inspired.

Check Up Check In 2020 is organised by www.artsandhealth.ie, Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) and Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts, with local partners Draíocht and Fingal County Council Arts Office, and is funded by the Arts Council and the HSE.

Tickets on sale shortly from: www.artsandhealth.ie

The Windy Lady
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The Windy Lady

By Pom Boyd in association with Axis Ballymun

Sat 2 May 2020 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €16 / €14 conc / Early Bird €14 (Book before 07 April 2020)

A lesson in laughter and life ‘The Windy Lady’ invites you to share the contents of her mind, her shopping bag and her biscuit tin.
Original, anarchic and very funny ‘The Windy Lady’ dances at the crossroads where Stand Up and Theatre meet in this very special show – where you’ll be welcomed into her madcap world of hairnets, turkeys, the healing power of a cuppa and Vladimir Putin. Witty, warm and delightfully irreverent, Pom Boyd’s The Windy Lady is a subversively witty and charming celebration of animals, old-womanhood and ordinary life.

Presented in partnership with Age & Opportunity as part of the nationwide Bealtaine festival – celebrating the arts and creativity as we age.
‘The Windy Lady’ is an original character created by Pom Boyd. This production was commissioned by Axis Ballymun. This tour is presented in partnership with Age & Opportunity as part of the nationwide Bealtaine festival – celebrating the arts and creativity as we age, and was funded by the Arts Council and Age & Opportunity. Additional support by The Irish Theatre Institute. Axis is core funded by Dublin City Council.

Written and performed by Pom Boyd
Creative Director Mark O’ Brien
Production Design by Suzie Cummins
Produced by Niamh Ní Chonchubhair

Early Bird €14 (Book before 07 April 2020)

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What Would You Like? / Cu Ce Va Servesc?

What Would You Like? / Cu Ce Va Servesc?

Romanian Community of Ireland

Sat 9 May 2020 6PM Main Auditorium // €35 / Language: Romanian / Age 7+

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Inspired by Eugene Ionesco, the French essay writer Pascal Bruckner created a frothy sitcom, an experience that each one of us would go through at some stage.
A customer (Maia Morgenstern) enters a coffee shop, however she does not know what to order. She hopes that the waiter (Rodica Mandache) will solve her dilemma. The waiter, a very good seller, leads her customer into a nervous breakdown. God (Chris Simion - Mercurian) meets with both of them, gives them a life lesson and sends them the bill. 
'What Would You Like?' can be found in our daily life, our dilemmas, our fears, our resemblances. We are the choices we make. What makes the difference? It’s our courage to change, as often as possible, our subjective perspective and the humour to see ourselves from the outside.

CU CE VA SERVESC? este prima piesa de teatru scrisa de celebrul eseist si romancier francez Pascal Bruckner pentru Grivita 53 - Primul teatru construit impreuna.
O distributie de exceptie:  Maia Morgenstern (clientul),  Rodica Mandache (chelnerul) si Chris Simion - Mercurian (la debut, in rolul lui Dumnezeu).
Avandu-l ca sursa de inspiratie pe dramaturgul Eugene Ionesco, Pascal Bruckner a creat o spumoasa comedie de situatie - in cheie  absurda - o experienta prin care, la un moment dat. va trece fiecare dintre noi. O clienta intra intr-o cafenea, nu stie ce sa comande si spera ca rezolvarea acestei dileme sa vina din partea chelnaritei. Chelnarita, o foarte buna vanzatoare, reuseste sa-si bage clienta in pragul depresiei. Dumnezeu se intalneste cu amandoua, le serveste cea mai simpla lectie de viata si le face nota de plata.  Piesa se regăsește în viața noastră de zi cu zi, în dilemele noastre, în fricile noastre, în asemănările noastre. Suntem suma alegerilor pe care le facem. Ne diferențiază curajul de a schimba cât mai des perspectiva subiectivă și umorul de a ne vedea din afara noastră.

The Experience of Being
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The Experience of Being

Written and performed by Carol Moore in association with An Grianán Theatre

Thu 21 May 2020 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €16 / €14 conc / Early Bird €14 (Book before 07 April 2020)

On her 60th birthday, Cathy should be celebrating but it rapidly goes downhill. This is an empowering story of a woman who decides to take back control.
‘In the shop they didn’t see me. They saw a warm cardigan and sensible shoes woman. An insignificant woman.’
The Experience of Being is a funny, absorbing and moving one-woman play about dwindling power, how to challenge it and why ageism makes growing older far harder than it needs to be.
Written and performed by Carol Moore. Directed by Patrick J. O’Reilly.
Dur: 60 mins

Early Bird €14 (Book before 07 April 2020)
 

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An Evening with Michael Harding

An Evening with Michael Harding

Thu 15 - Fri 16 Oct 2020 8PM Main Auditorium // €20

Join Ireland’s foremost storyteller as he takes to the roads, dispensing his unique take on ordinary and extraordinary life in Ireland today. Hear him speak with openness, honesty and great wit on how he continues to attempt to tame the unruly mind. Hilarious yet poignant, homespun yet profound, down-to-earth yet prone to amazing flights of fancy, there's nothing quite like an evening with Michael Harding. 

Back by popular demand, following his previous sold out nights in Draíocht, with 'Hanging with the Elephant', 'Talking to Strangers' and 'On Tuesdays I'm a Buddhist'.
Early Booking Advised.

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"A self-deprecating and winsome writer whose bittersweet musings on middle-age, loneliness and the search for spiritual enlightenment…are leavened by an incredibly dry and unforced wit." Metro Herald

"…an embattled hero for our times." The Sunday Times