Wed 3 Apr 2013 11AM-4PM Draíocht Workshop Room // €5

WED 03 APR // 11AM- 4PM

Do you think you like Theatre? Well this is your chance to find out. This workshop day will be a mixture of games, improvisation, voice work, working from script and performance. 

Bookable through Draíocht’s Box Office, tel 01-885 2622.

Women in Love
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Women in Love

Draíocht Film Club - Rescheduled to Wed 3 April

Wed 3 Apr 2013 7.30PM Draíocht Studio // €5 / €3 conc / €7 non members

Starring Glenda Jackson, Oliver Reed, Alan Bates and Jennie Linden this was Ken Russell’s first feature film. Set at the same time as Downton Abbey in the 1920s, the film tells the story of the love affairs of two sisters, Gudrun, a free spirited artist and Ursula a teacher, and their relationship with friends Gerald and Rupert.

Enjoy a brief intro by local film scholars Ann Downey and Mary Gillan who will also lead a free discussion afterwards.

Film Club Membership Fee: €10 / €5 conc (Valid from Sept 2012-June 2013) or pay as you go.

Contains adult content. Over 18s.

A Celebration of The Carpenters - SOLD OUT
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A Celebration of The Carpenters - SOLD OUT

The Greatest Love Songs

Wed 3 Apr 2013 8PM Main Auditorium // €22 / €20 conc

Toni Lee mesmerised audiences on ITV's Stars in their Eyes in her tribute performance to Karen Carpenter. The Carpenters recorded some of the greatest love songs in pop music history. Heartbreakers and tear-jerkers that captivated not one but three generations of popular music fans. Toni Lee is the voice of Karen Carpenter. The comparison is unreal & the hits are timeless including "Yesterday Once More", "Superstar", "We've Only Just Begun", "Please Mr. Postman", (They Long to Be) "Close To You", "It's Going To Take Some Time", "I Won't Last A Day Without You", "Rainy Days And Mondays", "Top of the World", "Ticket To Ride" and many more.


Swinging in the Sixties

Swinging in the Sixties

Coolmine Musical Society

Fri 5 - Sat 6 Apr 2013 8PM Main Auditorium // €16 / €14 conc

Feeling Groovy? Coolmine Musical Society invites you to step inside and relive the music of the 1960’s. From Swinging London to the Summer of Love, it will feature songs that capture the spirit of the golden decade. The show will include hits from Burt Bacharach, The Beatles, The Mamas and Papas, the Kinks and many other memorable artists ... songs include Proud Mary, Feelin Groovy, Let's Twist Again and many more 60's Hits!

Directed by John Furlong, MD & Chorus Master Eoghan Connolly and Choreographer Louise Dodrill.

Soloists include Paula Fay, Louise Hudson, Dolores Hughes, Robbie Kennedy, Liam Egan and many more!

So come let the sunshine in and bop right back to the Swinging Sixties!

The Bockety World of Henry and Bucket
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The Bockety World of Henry and Bucket

Barnstorm Theatre Company

Mon 8 - Wed 10 Apr 2013 Draíocht Studio // €5

What is friendship? What happens when it goes wrong? What do you have to do to make it work? The play explores friendship through a day in the life of Henry and Bucket, two friends who live in a bockety world of discarded objects.

By Sarah Argent, in collaboration with Barnstorm Theatre Company 

Age 4+  / Duration: 40 mins
TUES 09 APR 11.30AM   (SOLD OUT)
WED 10 APR 11.30AM   (SOLD OUT)

2 teachers free per class

Wired to the Moon
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Wired to the Moon

On Q Theatre Company

Fri 12 - Sat 13 Apr 2013 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €16 / €14 conc

In Ireland, it seems, you can't go wrong with Maeve Binchy, and these dramatisations of six stories from the 1980s capture the energetic essence of her best work - chatty, often hilarious depictions of the antiseptic pretensions of the middle classes, with their womenfolk forever in neurotic distress.

Set in various locations, including an agony aunt’s office, a wedding boutique and a school staff room, the play follows six characters who all allow problems in their lives to spiral out of control. The six stories are interwoven, as the characters try to come to terms with their dilemmas and confront the insecurities that cause them.

Each story kicks off with a first-person monologue of a woman in a dilemma, often of her own making. The supporting cast whirls through the blank, multi-purpose set, creating the world as seen through the typewriter of Maeve Binchy.

There are intriguing strands of autobiography mixed with the extremely sharp observations: a freelance agony aunt having an affair with her unhappily married editor, a self-sufficient, virgin journalist who suddenly discovers the rituals of marriage, femininity and sexuality in her late 30s, and a great listener and problem-solver who almost flings herself into an affair but narrowly escapes with dignity intact, protected by an unbridled wit.

Presented by OnQ Theatre Company. Written by Maeve Binchy. Adapted for the stage by Jim Culleton.

Read a review ... here ... 

"A belly laugh every few minutes ..." The Guardian

"... as insightful and clever as it is funny ... " Sunday Business Post

"very comical ... the laughs are frequent and happy ... " The Irish Times

"Gently hilarious ... excellent ... " Sunday Independent

Stand by Me - The Story of The Drifters
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Stand by Me - The Story of The Drifters

Sat 13 Apr 2013 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc

The Drifters were formed in 1953 in down Town New York. They were the most successful Black vocal harmony group of all time. “Stand By Me” The Story of The Drifters recreates to perfection the charisma and excitement they created on stage, all those years ago and tells their riveting history as well!

Richie Sampson’s Drifters Show has been touring for many years now, performing in theatres and festivals throughout Ireland, Britain and Europe to great acclaim! They have built up a faithful following for their show everywhere they go.

After having numerous hits in 50’s and 60’s, The Drifters gained chart success all over again through the 70’s and early 80’s, ensuring themselves a place in pop music history as one of the very few acts to have worldwide hit records in four decades. Today, some 50 odd years on, their music can still be heard on radio stations throughout the world.

At “The Drifters Story” you will have an evening of nostalgia, as the guys blast out hit after hit, in a show of glamour and good old showbiz pizzazz. So whether your favourite tune is “Saturday Night at the Movies” or “There Goes My First Love” you will be treated to a truly entertaining evening of electrifying hits spanning some 45 years. Take a trip down memory lane and hear the boys perform all the hits that made The Drifters a household name throughout the Universe.

Just look at this Hit List!

“Under The Boardwalk” “Save The Last Dance For Me” “Kissing in The Back Row”  “Come on Over To My Place”  “Saturday Night at The Movies” “This magic moment”  “Hello Happiness”  “Dance With Me”  “Up On The Roof”   “Like Sister And Brother” “Down At The Club”  “When My Little Girl Smiling” “There Goes My First Love”  “Stand By Me” ”Spanish Harlem” Dance With Me” “There goes my baby” “You’re More Than a Number In My Little Red Book” “Every night’s a Saturday Night With You”  “There Goes My First Love” “ and many more

A not to be missed extravaganza! Telling The Drifters story and singing those terrific hits.  

Drawing the History of Birds
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Drawing the History of Birds

With Michelle Hall

Mon 15 Apr - Sat 18 May 2013 7.30PM - 9.30PM Draíocht Workshop Room // €95 / €75 conc

MONDAYS 7.30-9.30PM / 4 WEEKS, 15 APR- 13 MAY (no class Monday 06 May) AND FINAL CLASS ON SATURDAY 18 MAY, 2-6PM

This course will look at the many ways birds have been visually depicted in history, along with the meanings and stories attached to them. We will explore drawing different types of birds using various materials such as pencil, charcoal, pastel and inks.

The bird is a fascinating, colourful creature and challenging subject matter that will provide a broad spectrum to work with. This course runs parallel to the current exhibition by Vincent Sheridan, whose work features depictions of birds.

The course will run on four Monday evenings, culminating in one four-hour Saturday workshop to allow more time and energy to explore our ongoing work. This course welcomes improvers and participants with some basic drawing skills. Materials provided.

BOOKING TEL: 01-885 2622

Draíocht has a number of Access Places available on all its courses. If you would like to nominate someone to participate who may not have the fee, please contact Emer McGowan on 01-8098027 or in confidence. Draíocht’s is committed, within its resources, to access to the arts for all.

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Draíocht Film Club

Wed 17 Apr 2013 7.30PM Draíocht Studio // €7 (non members) / €5 / €3 conc (members)

Rita Hayworth sizzles in this noir classic with her co-star, Glenn Ford. With overtures of Casablanca’s reunited lovers, this film deals more with the bitterness of love turned sour but which never quite goes away. An exotic location, Buenes Aires, a casino with a crooked proprietor, sinister Germans and dodgy gamblers- all fade to insignificance when Hayworth takes to the stage with Put the Blame on Mame!

Enjoy a brief intro by local film scholars Ann Downey and Mary Gillan who will also lead a free discussion afterwards.

Film Club Membership Fee: €10 / €5 conc (Valid from Sept 2012-June 2013) or pay as you go.

Big Maggie - SOLD OUT
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Big Maggie - SOLD OUT

Draíocht Players

Thu 18 Apr 2013 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €15

Another classic from one of Ireland’s best loved playwrights, John B. Keane’s play 'Big Maggie' is set in rural Ireland in the late 60’s. Maggie Polpin has just buried her husband, and after thirty years of suffering his waywardness, she sets about laying down the law for her grown up children. Convinced she has their best interests at heart, Maggie will go to any lengths to ensure they don’t travel the same rocky road she did.

Man of Valour
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Man of Valour

Corn Exchange Theatre Company

Fri 19 - Sun 21 Apr 2013 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €14 conc / Early Bird: €13 (book before 31 March 2013) // Dur: 1hr 20 mins (no interval)

Farrell Blinks is an office drone. His imagined heroic adventures offer violent release from the pressures and boredom of his ordinary life — until one day his past comes knocking, and the border between fantasy and reality begins to blur. Man of Valour is a breathtaking virtuosic performance by Paul Reid supported by stunning collaborative design in the unique transformational style of The Corn Exchange. Sell-out hit of Edinburgh Fringe and Dublin’s Absolut Fringe, Man of Valour raised the audience to its feet with every performance.

Best Lighting Design, Irish Times Theatre Awards 2011
Paul Reid nominated Best Actor, Irish Times Theatre Awards 2011
Best Design Absolut Fringe Festival 2011
Created by performer Paul Reid, director Annie Ryan and writer Michael WestSet and lighting by Aedín Cosgrove
Video by Jack PhelanMusic and sound design composed by Denis Clohessy 

Early Bird: €13 (book before 31 March 2013)

Audio described and captioned performance on Sunday 21 April, 8pm
Audio described and captioned performances give audiences with sensory impairments full access to theatre. Audio description is for people who are blind and visually impaired, and captioning is for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. These performances are facilitated by Arts & Disability Ireland with funding from the Arts Council.


Dur: 1hr 20 mins (no interval)

"One of the best things to be performed on a stage. Anywhere. Ever." The Sun

"Another inventive triumph from Corn Exchange" **** The Irish Times

"As ever with Corn Exchange, it’s the way they tell it that lifts things into the truly extraordinary … a deep-set psychological noir of increasingly impressive style as well as substance" **** The Herald Scotland

"This is soaring theatre, at times coming close to being mind-bending." Sunday Independent

"Magnificent" ***** Irish Examiner

"Astounding energy ... unmistakable skill. " *****

Are There More of You?
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Are There More of You?

Alison Skilbeck

Tue 23 Apr 2013 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €15 / €12 conc

'This is the best solo writing since 'Talking Heads'. Alison Skilbeck's characters - an embittered middle-class wife, the proprietress of an Italian Cafe, an Aquarian spiritual therapist, and a bluff business woman, are all sharply differentiated, and all reveal themselves to have their own sort of courage in the face of life's disappointment. 'Are there more of you?' is by turns achingly funny, thought provoking and deeply moving'. David Tucker, TV & Theatre Director

Described by playwright Alan Ayckbourn as "brilliantly observed, richly comic characters, all played to painful perfection, a wonderful evening'", Are There More of You? is a tale of four women, living utterly different lives, linked, it seems, only by a postcode, though all on the 'verge of a nervous breakthrough'. First there is CLAIRE, bright, abandoned Ambassador's wife, with blood on her hands; Italian SOPHIA, serving egg 'n' chips by day and osso bucco and Verdi by night, while upstairs Mamma seems set to last forever; SARA, the local Spirit Weaver, all sweetness and light, unless you tangle with her; and SAM, bluff northern business woman, who's always got on with men, but seems to be going home alone.

The late great Alan Plater described 'Are There More of You?' as "a lovely piece of work: four diverse, original characters, telling their highly original stories. Funny, painful, and surreal - very like life." Skilbeck's enormously varied stage career has taken her to the West End and all over the UK, and on tour to the USA and Europe: early on she created roles in no fewer than six Ayckbourn premieres at Scarborough. On radio she was 'Polly Perks' in the Archers until the character's tragic death; while television credits include Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple, The Beiderbecke Affair, Soldier Soldier, Head Over Heels, Dr Who, New Tricks, Law and Order UK, and Midsomer Murders. She is an Associate Teacher at RADA specialising in Shakespeare and serving on the Admissions Panel.

Directed by Jeremy Stockwell (The Speaker, for BBC2), Are There More of You? played to 4 star reviews at the Brighton Fringe Festival, and sold out performances at the Oxford Playhouse and Yvonne Arnaud Theatre.


"Go see how character comedy acting is done! " Miranda Hart

"... the script and performance that brings these four women to vivid life are sharply funny, often poignant and always engaging" Oxford Times

Cinderella – After the Ball
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Cinderella – After the Ball

Ballet Ireland

Thu 25 Apr 2013 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €15 conc / €12 (Under 16s)

Ever wondered what happened to Cinderella and Prince Charming after they got married? Well Ballet Ireland takes up the story when the pair return from their honeymoon! Our Ballet starts after the Ball and the most famous incident of a lost shoe in history. We meet the not quite so 'happily ever after' Cinderella and Prince Charming. The ballet opens with hilarious scenes as Buttons and the 'Ugly Sisters' prepare for the homecoming of the couple. Home come the ultimate fairytale couple, struggling to overcome their different backgrounds and Cinderella's humble beginnings as she settles in to being a ‘Princess’. 
What Cinderella doesn't realise is that the Prince is bankrupted and he plans to auction off The Glass Slippers! Her fairy Godmother comes to the rescue once again and needless to say all's well that ends well and the pair truly are on the road to happily ever after.

Enjoy a video snippet Here ... 

Croí á Mhúscailt - Awakening a Heart
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Croí á Mhúscailt - Awakening a Heart

Branar Drámaíochta

Fri 26 - Sat 27 Apr 2013 Draíocht Studio // €5

FRI 26 APR, 10.15AM & 12.15PM
SAT 27 APR, 1.30PM & 3.30PM 

Grandad is not in his chair anymore. Granny packs away the memories of their life in suitcases. The girl unpacks them and breathes new life into them. The show centres on the relationship between a young girl and her elderly Grandmother, exquisitely told with puppetry, music and a wonderful chair. With this magical story, Branar will take you on a beautifully heart-warming journey into the world of a girl and her Granny. 

Age 7+ / Dur: 40 mins
2 Teachers free per class

The show is mostly non-verbal with just a couple of lines in both English & Irish.
This show was created by Branar, it is directed by the company's artistic director, Marc Mac Lochlainn & Bjarne Sandborg of Denmark's Teater Refleksion.

Peter Sheridan - Break a Leg
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Peter Sheridan - Break a Leg

Verdant Productions

Sat 27 Apr 2013 8PM Main Auditorium // €17 / €15 conc / Early Bird: €14 (book before 31 March 2013)

A new show from acclaimed playwright and director Peter Sheridan based on his memoir, ‘Break A Leg’, which tells the story of his life in the theatre and touches on so much more, delving deeply into Sheridan’s life, as well as the wider culture and politics of Ireland in the 1960s and 1970s. The theatre, seen through Sheridan’s eyes, can do much more than entertain; it can itself be a vehicle of social change. Honestly confronting his emerging problems with panic attacks and alcohol and blending social history with memoir, Sheridan’s story is written in gutsy, fresh prose that captures your attention from the start. 

Early Bird: €14 (book before 31 March 2013) 

Read a review from The Buffalo News, 14th March 2013 ... here ... 

"a witty, incisive show ... it is a Tour de Force" Joe Duffy, RTE

"... truly brilliant, vividly capturing a vibrantly radical period in Irish theatre when the old rule book was torn up and Irish society, kicking and screaming, was forced to examine itself in the mirror. No other writer has captured this time so accurately and with such insight and humour ..." Dermot Bolger

"Peter Sheridan earns big laughs with ‘Break a Leg’ ... Dubliner Sheridan’s one-man play is a joy to watch ... " The Buffalo News

Pastel Workshop - SOLD OUT
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Pastel Workshop - SOLD OUT

With Dave West

Sat 27 Apr 2013 2-5.30pm Draíocht Workshop Room // €25 / €20 conc

This one day workshop in pastel will look at this highly versatile medium which perfectly bridges the gap between drawing and painting. We will look at the various pigments and papers that can be used in addition to experimenting with a wide variety of different marks and combining colours.  Participants will then put this theory into practice and can expect to produce several small pieces during the workshop. Cost of workshop includes a box of pastels which participants can keep.

The workshops will be facilitated by artist Dave West. Dave is a professional artist and instructor who has exhibited widely in the UK and Ireland including a recent solo show at Draiocht in 2011. Dave is a former member of Cork printmakers and also regularly exhibits at the Pastel Society Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London. He has also exhibited at the Royal Hibernian Academy, Royal Ulster Academy, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Eigse, Royal Society of Marine Artists, Royal Society of British Artists and the New English Art Club.

Price to attend all 3 Dave West classes: €65 / €50 conc
Pastel Workshop / Sat 27 April, 2-5.30pm
Monoprint Workshop / Sat 04 May, 2-5.30pm
Relief Print Workshop / Sat 25 May, 2-5.30pm

BOOKING TEL: 01-885 2622

Draíocht has a number of Access Places available on all its courses. If you would like to nominate someone to participate who may not have the fee, please contact Emer McGowan on 01-8098027 or in confidence. Draíocht’s is committed, within its resources, to access to the arts for all.

Ellie’s New Kicks

Ellie’s New Kicks

Chead Cheim Academy

Tue 30 Apr 2013 7.30PM Draíocht Studio // €5

This is the story of Ellie, a little girl who loves to sing and dance. Join Ellie on her journey to learn who her real friends are, to value her own abilities and above all to always believe in herself.

CCA, founded in 2012, is based on the Navan Road, D7, and provides classes to children in the local area. Children of all ages and abilities are welcomed to learn to sing, act and dance, as well as to make lots of friends and have lots of fun. It is currently providing hip hop classes for primary and secondary school students, with plans to launch musical theatre, singing and drama classes in September 2013. The Chéad Chéim Academy is delighted to have their first production in Draíocht.