Events

Family Day: Colourful Creatures

Family Day: Colourful Creatures

Sat 1 Feb 2014 12-3PM Draíocht Galleries // FREE

Explore and create colourful imagined and real creatures using chalk pastel techniques and sugar paper. Draíocht’s artists will show you how to use, blend and draw with chalks to create fabulous birds of paradise or creepy critters. All you need to bring is your imagination.

Family Day Notes: No booking necessary/ Dress for Mess/ Unless otherwise stated workshops are designed for children from 5-10 years, though younger and older siblings are welcome to take part/ Please be aware that Draíocht’s Family days are not designed for groups/ All children must be accompanied by an adult… and all adults must be accompanied by a child!
 



Katie O’Neill - Artist Talk

Katie O’Neill - Artist Talk

Sat 1 Feb 2014 3PM FIRST FLOOR GALLERY // Free

Join Artist Katie O'Neill in our First Floor Gallery for a Free Gallery Walk Through & Artist Talk on Saturday 01 February, 3pm.

No advance booking required.

Read more about Katie's current exhibition ... here ... 
 



FOCUS ON … Shakespeare

FOCUS ON … Shakespeare

SECONDARY SCHOOLS - JUNIOR & LEAVING CERTIFICATE

Mon 3 Feb - Sun 30 Mar 2014 Draíocht Workshop Room // €5 per student (Accompanying Teachers Free)

These workshops are designed for Junior (90 minute) and Leaving Certificate (120 minute) students by Director and Actor Liam Halligan. They represent a performance-based approach to teaching Shakespeare to students of all abilities. In an engaging and interactive way, it will touch on language structure, character interpretation and some scene work.

Workshop Notes:
Workshops take place in Draíocht and can be arranged to suit school timetables / Please allow at least two weeks notice / Workshops must be paid in full before the workshop date / Please get in touch with Sarah Beirne (01) 809 8029 if cost is an issue for your school. Booking is subject to availability, tel Box Office on (01) 885 2622 / Min 30, Max of 60 students per workshop.
 



Oliver - SOLD OUT

Oliver - SOLD OUT

Sacred Heart of Jesus National School, Huntstown

Wed 5 - Sat 8 Feb 2014 Main Auditorium // €15 / €10 conc

Following the sell out successes of ‘The Wizard of Oz’, ‘Honk!’ and ‘Bugsy Malone’, the 4th, 5th and 6th class girls and boys of Sacred Heart of Jesus N.S. Huntstown return to Draíocht, with their production of ‘Oliver!’. Lionel Bart’s musical adaptation of the well-known Charles Dickens novel includes the songs ‘Food, Glorious Food’, ‘Consider Yourself’, ‘I’d Do Anything’, ‘Oom Pah Pah’, ‘Who Will Buy?’ and ‘As Long As He Needs Me’. 

WED 05-FRI 07 FEB, 8PM / SAT 08 FEB 2PM & 8PM - SOLD OUT

The Man in the Woman’s Shoes
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The Man in the Woman’s Shoes

Written by and starring Mikel Murfi

Thu 13 Feb 2014 8.15PM Main Auditorium // €16 / €12 conc // Dur: 70 mins (no interval)

Back to Draíocht by popular demand.

It’s October 1978. Pope John Paul the First is not long dead, autumn is closing in and Pat Farnon has ‘some business’ to do in town. The Man in the Woman’s Shoes follows Pat Farnon as he walks the 5 miles from his wee white cottage to town and back again and the marvels that he meets along the way. It’s a charming encounter - an ageing man with a boundless enthusiasm for life. Hilariously funny, tender and at times downright daft, The Man in the Woman’s Shoes, will leave you uplifted and in love with life again. The show was written by and stars Mikel Murfi. Mikel created the show with Sligo County Council Arts Service and the Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo as part of the Bealtaine Festival.

Presented by Loco & Reckless Productions Ltd.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to demand, this show has been moved to our Main Auditorium.
 

"Most people live ordinary day to day lives … I wanted to find some way of making something sweet and very special out of one day and one life ..." Mikel Murfi

Jim Cathcart

Jim Cathcart

Them that work the hardest ...

Fri 14 Feb - Sat 19 Apr 2014 GROUND & FIRST FLOOR GALLERIES

‘Them that work the hardest …’ - Ground Floor Gallery
'Selected Works on Paper' - First Floor Gallery

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See some of the song titles that inspired the work ... here ... 

Video Archive ... here ... and here ... 



Jezebel by Mark Cantan
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Jezebel by Mark Cantan

Rough Magic Theatre Company

Fri 14 - Sat 15 Feb 2014 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €14 conc / Early Bird: €12 (book before 05 Jan 2014) // 80 mins (no interval)

A clever comedy about the dumb consequences of hot sex meeting cold statistics. Alan and Robin are a go-getting couple who want to spice up their sex life. Jezebel is a woe-fretting singleton who’s looking to get one. Could a threesome be the answer to all their problems? Follow this unlikely trio on a fast-paced adventure of misunderstandings and unexpected complications. Jezebel is a light-hearted lesson in what not to do when your sex life needs saving. “Dating is always worth a shot. If they like you great. If not, well, it’s been a learning experience. Apart from that one guy who wanted to get a guide dog so he could text while he was walking. I learned nothing from that encounter.”


Contains adult content, strong language and sexual references. Age: 16+

Starring Peter Daly, Margaret McAuliffe and Valerie O’Connor. Director José Miguel Jiménez. Revival Director Lynne Parker.

 Early Bird: €12 (book before 05 Jan 2014)

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"One of the most enjoyable night’s theatre I've had all year … not in recent memory has there been so perfect a comedy on the Irish stage" ***** Entertainment.ie

"Brilliantly bizarre" **** The Irish Times

"Razor-sharp comic performances … raucously funny" Irish Examiner

"As captivating as it is hilarious " Herald

"A breathless, laugh-a-line comedy … highly recommended" Le Cool

"Sly, clever and chic" Sunday Independent

"A non-stop effervescent farce" Irish Independent

"Clever and very funny ..." Sunday Times

"Cantan’s play is brilliantly written, and performed with impeccable comic timing by the whole cast." No More Workhorse

The Henry Girls - SOLD OUT
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The Henry Girls - SOLD OUT

Louder than Words / Word of Mouth Productions

Fri 14 Feb 2014 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €18 / €14 conc / Early Bird: €12 (book before 05 Jan 2014)

The Henry Girls are three sisters from Donegal who have been playing music together since childhood. Their music loving parents introduced them to an eclectic array of sounds such as The Everly Brothers, The Bothy Band, The Beatles, Johnny Cash and Ella Fitzgerald as well surrounding them with traditional Irish music. In their own music, they have a unique rootsy sound which blends their native traditional Irish folk music with hints of americana, bluegrass and blues. They are renowned for their fine close harmonies and musical arrangements, and have been likened to such great musical acts as Crosby, Stills & Nash, The Dixie Chicks and The Be Good Tanyas. They write songs that are tuneful, catchy, and warm, captivating audiences on worldwide stages and earning rapturous encores and standing ovations wherever they play. 

Join The Henry Girls as they launch their new album 'Louder Than Words'.

With Support from Lynda Lucas.



Early Bird: €12 (book before 05 Jan 2014)

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"A thing of beauty ... a gem ..." Hot Press Magazine

"... lead single 'Maybe' being all kinds of wonderful ..." 2 U I Bestow

"Brilliant new Irish music ..." Cathal Murray, RTE1

"Its just so beautiful ..." Arena, RTE1

FILM CLUB Age of Innocence (1993)
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FILM CLUB Age of Innocence (1993)

Draíocht Film Club

Wed 19 Feb 2014 7.30PM Draíocht Studio // €5 / €3 conc / €7 non members

Newland Archer couldn't be more pleased with his recent engagement to the beautiful debutante May Welland. However, his world is thrown upside down by the sensational arrival of May's cousin, Countess Ellen Olenska. Recently returned to America after separating from her husband, a philandering Polish count, Countess Olenska shocks the staid New York aristocracy with her revealing clothes, carefree manners, and rumors of adultery.

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

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Jason Byrne 2014 - SOLD OUT
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Jason Byrne 2014 - SOLD OUT

Fri 21 Feb 2014 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €16 conc

Jason Byrne was cooped up in the BBC for months this year writing and recording his brand new sitcom ‘Father Figure’. He is bursting for a chat. Jason is the biggest ever selling act at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for a very good reason. He is one of the most exciting live performers you will ever see. Nothing can compare to seeing Jason in full flow on the live stage. His live shows are part of comedy folklore. Join Jason and become part of that folklore. Watch comedy history being rewritten by ‘The outright King of Live Comedy’ - The Times. This show is ‘So good it hurts’, - The Metro. It will leave you, ‘Gasping for breath, and rolling on the floor with laughter’ - Broadway Baby. Because it turns out Jason is ‘A Comedy God’ – The Mirror.

Adult content & strong language.
 

EXTRA SHOW NOW ADDED

Thurs 27 Feb at 8pm. SOLD OUT

Happy Days by Samuel Beckett
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Happy Days by Samuel Beckett

The Godot Company, London in association with Richard Ryan Promotions

Sat 22 Feb 2014 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €10

Happy Days is the 3rd of Samuel Beckett's great comic/tragic full length plays on the human condition; Waiting for Godot and Endgame being the others. Our heroine Winnie, a housewife who is married to Willie, find themselves alone in a barren wilderness. In this often hilarious play, Winnie depends on Willie for company and support even though he spends most of his time sleeping. She finds comfort in her literary quotations and in the contents of her black bag which she delves into throughout her Happy Day.

Starring Colette Kelly (Rockaby, Beckett x3 (2012), Footfalls, Beckett x3 (2013) and Oengus MacNamara who has performed in every Irish Tour by The Godot Company.

Read a Review ... here ... 

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Discover Theatre / Production Talk: Costume and Set Design

Discover Theatre / Production Talk: Costume and Set Design

Theatre Talks And Workshops for 14-18 Year olds

Sun 23 Feb 2014 Draíocht Workshop Room

This is a chance to find out more about Theatre. Each session will be a mixture of games, improvisation, voice works, technical theatre, working from scripts and production talks. Keep an eye on our website over the next few months for upcoming talks and practical workshops, as well as facilitated visits to professional shows:

Sunday 26 Jan  12pm-2pm // Workshop: Introduction to Theatre // €2

Sunday 23 Feb  12pm-1pm // Production Talk: Costume and Set Design // Free

Sunday 30 Mar  12pm-2pm // Workshop: Introduction to Physical Theatre // €2

Booking through Draíocht’s Box Office on 01-885 2622. Limited availability.



FOCUS ON … MAKING MUSIC

FOCUS ON … MAKING MUSIC

Draíocht and Primary Schools

Mon 24 Feb - Tue 11 Mar 2014 Draíocht Workshop Room

These workshops, in association with The Mobile Music School, incorporate elements of the primary school curriculum with a considerable emphasis on listening, performing and composing – three core strands of the National Council for Curriculum & Assessment.

Mon 24 – Tue 25 Feb 2014: String Along Workshop
10am-11.15am or 11.45am-1pm // Age range: 5th to 6th Class
Fusing storytelling, arts, crafts and composition, this workshop introduces students to the instruments and sounds of the string family. Students will learn to visualise the difference between instruments and will be encouraged to compose their own piece of music, as well as make their own string instrument with twine, string, bamboo and cardboard.

Mon 03 – Tue 04 Mar 2014: Let’s Sing Workshop
10am-11.15am or 11.45am-1pm // Age range: 3rd to 4th Class
Regardless of ability, experience or knowledge, these sessions will bring the entire class together to sing in harmony as a once off Gospel Choir.

Mon 10 – Tue 11 Mar: Let’s Drum Workshop
10am-11.15am or 11.45am-1pm // Age range: 3rd to 4th Class
After a brief demonstration of a range of percussion instruments, students are given the opportunity to play the instruments and perform as a member of a percussion ensemble. By the end of each session, students will perform a piece of percussion ensemble music as a class.

Workshop Notes:Limited to 1 class per school but other classes are welcome to be part of a waiting list. Cost per class €45. Please get in touch with Sarah Beirne (01)8098029 if cost is an issue for your school. Max of 30 pupils per class.
 



BACK TO THE 80’s!

BACK TO THE 80’s!

Adamstown Community College

Tue 25 - Wed 26 Feb 2014 Main Auditorium

Adamstown Community College is delighted to present Back to the 80’s! Join the graduating class of William Ocean High School as they live through their final senior year. Experience the fun, the heartbreak, the loves and the loneliness of growing up … all set to the biggest hits of the 80's!

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited.

TUES 25 FEB, 12 NOON / €5
TUES 25 – WED 26 FEB, 7.30PM / €10 / €8 conc
 

Artist at Work - Jim Cathcart

Artist at Work - Jim Cathcart

Wed 26 - Thu 27 Feb 2014 10am-6pm GROUND FLOOR GALLERY // Free

As part of the exhibition, ‘Them that work the hardest…’ Jim will be in the Ground Floor Gallery of Draíocht from 10am to 6pm on both days constructing a sculpture ‘The Raft of the Misused’. This would be a good opportunity for interested individuals or groups to come along and meet the artist. Some of the preparity work for the exhibition will also be on view.
For further information phone Leigh on 01-8098026 or email admin@draiocht.ie
 



Jason Byrne - Extra Date - SOLD OUT
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Jason Byrne - Extra Date - SOLD OUT

Thu 27 Feb 2014 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €16 conc

Jason Byrne was cooped up in the BBC for months this year writing and recording his brand new sitcom ‘Father Figure’. He is bursting for a chat. Jason is the biggest ever selling act at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for a very good reason. He is one of the most exciting live performers you will ever see. Nothing can compare to seeing Jason in full flow on the live stage. His live shows are part of comedy folklore. Join Jason and become part of that folklore. Watch comedy history being rewritten by ‘The outright King of Live Comedy’ - The Times. This show is ‘So good it hurts’, - The Metro. It will leave you, ‘Gasping for breath, and rolling on the floor with laughter’ - Broadway Baby. Because it turns out Jason is ‘A Comedy God’ – The Mirror.

Adult content & strong language.

The Three Tenors 2014 - SOLD OUT

The Three Tenors 2014 - SOLD OUT

With Star Violinist & Local Guest Choir Scoil Thomais, Laurel Lodge

Fri 28 Feb 2014 8PM Main Auditorium // €27.50 / €25 conc

This thrilling concert is packed with the world’s most beautiful and magical feel-good songs, from Sinatra (My Way/New York, New York), Michael Jackson (Heal The World), Simon & Garfunkel (Bridge Over Troubled Water), Leonard Cohen (Hallelujah) and The Dubliners (Song for Ireland), to Pavarotti (Nessun Dorma) and Elvis (Love Me Tender) plus a rousing Irish Selection. The trio, Declan Kelly, Ray O’Hare and Dominic McGorian bring a very warm atmosphere to their concert and encourage their audience to join in with them.

The Three Tenors will be joined on the night by a star violinist and local guest choir Scoil Thomais, Laurel Lodge.

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