Epiphany - Based on James Joyce’s ‘The Dead’
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Epiphany - Based on James Joyce’s ‘The Dead’

Anaverna Productions

Sat 15 Dec 2018 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €16 / €14 conc

A young Irish migrant tumbles upon James Joyce's 'The Dead' in a German library and borrows a copy to read over his first Christmas away from home. Declan Gorman's new solo show combines autobiography with a magical telling of Joyce's great story evoking a snow-coated festive evening in Edwardian Dublin. Reading 'The Dead' awakens unexpected emotions and literary longings in the mind of the would-be writer. Gorman's performance skilfully blends Joyce's masterpiece of a man falling apart with an honest and often hilarious look-back at a life spent chasing the wrong dreams. Long-awaited follow up to Gorman's internationally acclaimed 'The Dubliners Dilemma', this is the perfect pre-Christmas entertainment for theatre lovers.

Directed by Gerard Lee. Written and performed by Declan Gorman. Age 13+.
Developed with the support of bursaries from The Arts Council and Fingal County Council.

"Declan Gorman is a compelling performer." Irish Theatre Magazine

"Mesmerising – and not only for Joyce fans." Metro Herald

Singing for Survival

Singing for Survival

Run of the Mill Theatre In collaboration with St John of God Community Services Liffey Region

Tue 29 - Wed 30 Jan 2019 TUE 29 JAN 8PM / WED 30 JAN 1.30PM & 8PM Main Auditorium // €14 / €12 conc / €10 Groups 10+

TUE 29 JAN 8PM / WED 30 JAN 1.30PM & 8PM

A near future. A wasteland. In the time between Before and After, a group of contestants reside in a place known only as The Centre. When the promise of a better future beckons beyond the walls, they must prepare for the opportunity of a lifetime. But are they really singing for their shot? Or are they singing for their survival? Run of the Mill Theatre return to Draíocht with a new dystopian fable exploring politics, power and places in our world.

Written and Directed by Aisling Byrne
Assisted by Joan Somers Donnelly Ursula McGinn
Cast Includes: Wesley Fairbrother, Lauren Larkin, Mark Smith and Ella-Jane Moore. 
Film Design: Arcade Film Ltd
Sound Design by Sinéad Diskin
Stage and Costume by Sarah Foley 
Lighting by Eoin Winning

Supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.


This is the Funeral of Your Life
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This is the Funeral of Your Life

Louise White Performance

Fri 8 Feb 2019 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €18 / €16 conc / Early Bird: €15 (book before 07 January 2019)

Leave behind the emails, the bills, the deadlines. The quest for recognition, fame and glory.
We are here. Together. Now.
Watch us facilitate your funeral in real time, in this live event featuring an actor, a dancer and a mezzo-soprano.
Find out who you really are. No really ... You. Right in front of you. Like never before. I mean we’re all dying anyway.

After an original sell-out run at Project Arts Centre, Dublin, inventive theatre-maker Louise White brings This is the Funeral of Your Life to Draíocht. A poignant and heart-warming show about death and the challenges of living.

Originally funded through an Arts Council Theatre Project Award. This touring presentation is funded through an Arts Council Touring Grant.
Also funded by: Pavilion Artist Patron Donation Fund.
Developed as part of MAKE Artist Residency Programme.
Louise White is a Project Artist; an initiative of Project Arts Centre.

Early Bird: €15 (book before 07 January 2019)



"An unexpectedly funny and uplifting play about your own death. Elegant, dignified, skillfully put together." ★★★★ The Irish Times

"Louise White’s eclectic exploration of mortality is ebullient and profound." Exeunt Magazine

"Comical, moving and genuinely thought-provoking." 2paragraphs.com

The Matchmaker
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The Matchmaker

Directed by Michael Scott. Starring Mary McEvoy and Jon Kenny

Sat 16 Feb 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc

Michael Scott’s iconic production of John B Keane’s hit comedy play The Matchmaker returns starring two of Ireland’s favourite actors, Mary McEvoy and Jon Kenny. Together they play a myriad of characters in this hilarious and earthy dramatic comedy.

The play follows the efforts of Dicky Mick Dicky O Connor to make matches for the lonely and lovelorn. Keane, an avid observer of people and the cultures that bind and create their view of the world uses ‘The Matchmaker’ as an exploration of rural loneliness. Using his inimitable way with words and his sense of devilment and wit, Keane delves into the longings, hungers, fears and foibles of this collection of lonely country people and creates a marvellously colourful world, taking us back to a simpler time, when phones were few and far between and the only web was one left behind by spiders!


Practice, Policy and Possibilities: A Symposium

Practice, Policy and Possibilities: A Symposium

Tue 19 Feb 2019 11AM-4.30PM Draíocht Studio // FREE

Draíocht, Create and Fingal County Council partner to present this day-long event focusing on collaborative and participatory work, through showcasing practice, presenting current policy and exploring future possibilities.
The symposium will draw on two Draíocht Projects, Mulhuddart Satellite and Home Theatre (Ireland) as a springboard for discussion. This will be followed by presentations on perspectives and policy from a regional and national perspective, concluding with a keynote from Patrick Fox of the Heart of Glass initiative (heartofglass.org.uk).

Attendance is free but must be pre-booked through Box Office 01-8852622. Refreshments and light lunch will be provided.

Bat the Father Rabbit the Son
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Bat the Father Rabbit the Son

Written and performed by Donal O’Kelly - 30th Anniversary Tour

Sat 23 Feb 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc / Early Bird: €15 (book before 07 January 2019)

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)

Early Bird: €15 (book before 07 January 2019)



"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

From These Green Heights by Dermot Bolger

Coolmine Drama Circle

Thu 28 Feb - Sat 2 Mar 2019 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €16 / €13 conc

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 have 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


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Dolmen Productions

Thu 7 Mar 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

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
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I See You by Amy De Bhrún

Two Women. One Story. A Century Apart.

Fri 22 Mar 2019 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €18 / €16 conc / Early Bird: €15 (book before 07 January 2019)

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.

Early Bird: €15 (book before 07 January 2019)

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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

Grease The Musical

Grease The Musical

Cecilian Theatre Arts

Tue 9 - Fri 12 Apr 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €23

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

And This is My Friend Mr Laurel
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And This is My Friend Mr Laurel

By Gail Louw and Jeffrey Holland / KPS Productions & The Finishing Touch Company

Thu 25 Apr 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

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.


"Spellbinding and magically, timelessly funny." ★★★★ The Stage

"Simple, smart and sublimely performed." ★★★★ BroadwayBaby.com

"" ★★★★ ThePublicReviews / Three Weeks / Edinburgh Evening News / The Metro