BASS - Band And Song Support

BASS - Band And Song Support

Spring & Summer 2017

Wed 1 Mar - Tue 23 May 2017

AGE: 14-18 YEARS

Draíocht will continue to offer up supervised creative space for thinking, writing, collaboration and rehearsal for young people within the Dublin 15 area who are interested in spending time with other creatives in a shared space. If you would like to find out more about this free musical support please contact or 01 8098029 .
Free space will be offered on  select Tuesdays through Jan, Feb and Mar from 6.45 pm to 9pm. Pre-registration is recommended, but not necessary. Tuesdays are dependent on availability of space.

Focus On ... Irish Artists

Focus On ... Irish Artists

Multi Media Workshops for Transition to 6th Year Students with Genevieve Harden

Wed 1 - Thu 2 Mar 2017 10AM-11.30AM OR 12PM-1.30PM // €45 PER CLASS

Artist Genevieve Harden will lead these workshops that will give your students the opportunity to engage and respond to the work of some of Irelands most renowned artists. The touring exhibition, 30 Years, Artists, Places, features the work of 30 artists including Tony O’Malley, Alice Maher, Robert Ballagh and John Kindness, alongside emerging Irish artists. This exhibition provides a unique experience for Leaving Certificate students to answer a Leaving Certificate question. After discussing the exhibition, pupils will return to the Workshop Room to create a multi-media work, incorporating some transfer methods exploring their own sense of place.

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 if cost is an issue for your school.


Pulp Fiction (1994)
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Pulp Fiction (1994)

Wed 1 Mar 2017 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

One of the most influential films of the 1990s (and nominated for 7 Oscars), the outrageously violent, time-twisting Pulp Fiction is a delirious mix of thrills, pitch-black humour and pop-culture touchstones. The Oscar-winning script by Tarantino and Roger Avary intertwines three stories, featuring Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta as hit men; Bruce Willis as a boxer out of a 1940s B-movie; and such other stalwarts as Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Christopher Walken, Eric Stoltz, Ving Rhames, and Uma Thurman, whose dance sequence with Travolta proved an instant classic.

Cert: 18  Language: English  Dur: 154 mins   Dir: Quentin Tarantino
In association with Access Cinema


Doomdah by Foil Arms and Hog - SOLD OUT
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Doomdah by Foil Arms and Hog - SOLD OUT

Thu 2 Mar 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

Foil Arms and Hog are Ireland's top comedy sketch group. Called ‘Pure Brilliant’ by Tommy Tiernan, the group have over four million hits on YouTube and have sold out five shows at Dublin's Vicar street. With regular sketches on RTE, viral comedy hits like 'How to Speak Dublin' and over 70,000 online followers, Foil Arms and Hog have established themselves amongst the new breed of Irish comedy stars.

"The comedy sketch trio have never lost their original flavour, but simply gained in dexterity and showmanship." ★★★★★ The Irish Times

"" ★★★★★ The Examner

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Jane Eyre An Autobiography
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Jane Eyre An Autobiography

Dyad Productions Starring Rebecca Vaughan

Fri 3 Mar 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

From the creators of 'Austen’s Women', 'I, Elizabeth', 'The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe' and 'Dalloway', comes 'Jane Eyre An Autobiography'.

Struggling to think, live and love beyond the stifling expectations of duty, class and convention, governess Jane Eyre and Master Edward Rochester take a dark journey towards sensual and intellectual liberation. Told through Jane’s eyes, English literature’s most celebrated autobiographical novel shocked the Victorians, and Charlotte Brontë’s gothic subversion of fairy-tale romance is now distilled for the stage – under its full title – by writer/director Elton Townend Jones.  Performer Rebecca Vaughan embodies everywoman Jane – and several other characters – in this intimate study of love’s realities.

"Hands down the best adaptation of Jane Eyre, in any medium." ★★★★★ Broadway Baby

"Truly extraordinary… one of the most exciting young performers on the British Stage." ★★★★★ British Theatre Guide

"A theatrical masterpiece." ★★★★★ Edinburgh Guide

Mystic Rhythm 2017

Mystic Rhythm 2017

Bolton School of Irish Dancing

Sat 4 Mar 2017 2PM & 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc


Mystic Rhythm is an Irish Dancing Show consisting of dance, music and song. Performers in the show range in age from 4 years upwards. It's a great opportunity for the girls, boys and young adults of the class to experience the modern theatre and stage atmosphere. The most important part of the show is for the performers to work together as a team and to enjoy the excitement of dancing on one of Dublin's foremost and busiest stages. Highly qualified and experienced Irish dance teachers will choreograph, stage manage, direct and produce the show. We hope that you will enjoy the experience.

Photo credit: Aidan Oliver Photography

To Hell In a Handbag
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To Hell In a Handbag

The Secret Lives of Canon Chasuble and Miss Prism / Written and Performed by Helen Norton & Jonathan White

Fri 10 Mar 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination” – Oscar Wilde

While others are preoccupied with cucumber sandwiches and railway cloakrooms, two minor characters from 'The Importance of Being Earnest' are up to their necks in something else. A country rector and a governess, models of Victorian propriety in public. But in private? This is the play behind the play: a tale of blackmail, false identity … and money. A subversively funny new take on an Irish theatrical classic.

Director – Conor Hanratty.
Developed as part of Show in a Bag (2016), an artist development initiative of Dublin Fringe Festival, Fishamble: The New Play Company and the Irish Theatre Institute.

"Helen Norton and Jonathan White have pulled off a coup with their enchanting visit to the outer rim of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest ... packs extraordinary amounts of plot and top-notch gags into a compact package." ★ ★ ★ ★ The Irish Times

"Wickedly, side-splittingly funny, in a sophisticated, witty and elegant way ... a joyous romp not to be missed, a worthy homage to its master and progenitor." Sunday Independent

"Helen Norton plays a surprisingly devious Miss Prism while Jonathan White inhabits the bumbling vicar to perfection." Sunday Times

The Legend of Luke Kelly with Chris Kavanagh - SOLD OUT
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The Legend of Luke Kelly with Chris Kavanagh - SOLD OUT

Celebrating the memory and music of a true Irish musical legend

Sat 11 Mar 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €15 conc

On 30th January 1984 it is said that the whole of Dublin grieved the early death of Dubliner legend Luke Kelly who has left an indelible mark as being the greatest folk artist of the 20th Century and whose music is widely regarded as one of Ireland's cultural treasures.

Dublin singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Chris Kavanagh was raised on Irish music and has been singing Irish folk songs since he was three years old. He learned to play the piano by ear when he was five and his love and passion for Luke Kelly's music led him to learn to play the 5 string long neck banjo. Over the past fifteen years he has amazed audiences following powerful sell-out performances in prominent Irish venues such as Vicar Street & the Cork Opera House with the regular attendance of Luke Kelly's family. He has also toured this show abroad in England, Switzerland, Germany and Australia and in November 2011 Chris stood in with folk legends The Dubliners on their German tour and also made a guest appearance  on their 50th anniversary concert DVD recorded in Vicar Street. When Chris sings, his talents capture the depth and passion of the great man that he was so heavily influenced by.
He is joined on stage by one of Irelands leading guitarist/composers, Michael Howard and traditional musician Joe Finn on Uilleann pipes, Whistle, Flute & fiddle.

Panti Bliss - High Heels in Low Places - ALMOST SOLD OUT
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Panti Bliss - High Heels in Low Places - ALMOST SOLD OUT


Sun 12 Mar 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc Age 16+

Join national treasure, performance legend and accidental activist Panti in her hit comedy High Heels in Low Places following a sensational (and scandalous) national tour. Charting brushes with infamy, near misses with fame, and adventures in the seedy underbelly, the ‘High Queen of Ireland’ invites you in to her ultra-padded, hyper-real, stiletto-shaped world, as she swaps stories from the gutter and trades secrets of the stars. Come join Auntie Panti as she embraces you in her over-inflated bosom and promises that you can ask her anything.

"Hilarious. " Hotpress.

"Wickedly funny." The Independent

"Impeccable one-liners." The Herald

Explore and Respond - 30 Years, Artists, Places

Explore and Respond - 30 Years, Artists, Places

Free Primary School Gallery Tours

Wed 15 - Thu 16 Mar 2017 10.15AM-11.15AM OR 11.30AM-12.30PM Draíocht Galleries // FREE

Age Range: 1st – 6th Class Pupils

Our artists will lead these tours for this must see exhibition, 30 Years, Artists, Places, which runs over our two floors and will introduce your young pupils to some of the most renowned living Irish artists, along with a range of arts mediums, from printing and painting to sculpture. The tour will encourage pupils to examine and voice their opinion about the artists and will include an opportunity for pupils to respond in a hands-on way using view finders and sketch pads.

Max of 32 pupils, accompanying teacher must remain with the class at all times.
Booking is essential through Box Office on 01-8852622.
Gallery Catalogue available for each school booked in.


Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
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Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

Wed 15 Mar 2017 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor star in Singin' in the Rain, one of the greatest and most successful musicals ever filmed - filled with memorable songs, lavish routines and Gene Kelly's famous song-and-dance number performed in the rain. Clever, incisive, and funny, Singin' in the Rain is a masterpiece of the classical Hollywood musical.

Cert: PG  Language: English  Dur: 102 mins  Dir: Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly
In association with Access Cinema

"If you've never seen it and don't, you're bonkers!" Rotten Tomatoes

About a Girl / Charleen macht Schluss

About a Girl / Charleen macht Schluss

Secondary School Screening in Association with the Irish Film Institute

Thu 16 Mar 2017 10.30AM Main Auditorium // €5 Per Student / 2 Teachers Free per Class of 20+

Working part-time in an undertakers, and listening repeatedly to Kurt Cobain, Charleen focuses on the darker side of life. Her mother think she’s depressed but all she wants is some peace, so she decides to end it all. Waking up in the hospital, she realises that she can change her life for the better. With sharp dialogue and terrific performances, this is a comedy that deals with teen suicide. Through its highly engaging character, it explores issues of growing up, falling in love and finding meaning in life.

German • 2014 • Subtitled • Drama • 104mins • Directed by: Mark Monheim
Recommended age: 15+
Presented in co-operation with the Goethe-Institut Irland the Irish Film Institutes Education Programme.
This film is accompanied by an IFI Study Guide for teachers available HERE.

School Booking Details:
Suitable for Students age 15+
Cost:€5 per student. 2 teachers free per class of 20+
Booking tel: 01-8852622
Please let us know about any special needs at time of booking.

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Image © Imbissfilm / Bastian Fischer


All Shook Up

All Shook Up

Front Row Performing Arts School

Sat 18 Mar 2017 2.30PM & 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €17 / €15 conc

Front Row Performing Arts School is proud to present ‘All Shook Up’. Built around the songs made famous by Elvis Presley, All Shook Up tells the story of a small town girl with big dreams and the motorcycle-riding stud she falls for. It’s 1955 and into a square little town in a square little state rides a guitar-playing roustabout who changes everything and everyone he meets. This hip-swiveling, lip-curling musical fantasy will have you jumpin’ out of your blue suede shoes with such classics as ‘Heartbreak Hotel’, ‘Jailhouse Rock’ and ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’.
This is a fun loving musical for all the family!

Toddler Thursdays – Get Creative with Orla Kelly and Anne Cradden - SOLD OUT

Toddler Thursdays – Get Creative with Orla Kelly and Anne Cradden - SOLD OUT

March 2017

Thu 23 Mar 2017 10.30AM-11.30AM Draiocht Workshop Room // €5 Per Child (Accompanying Adult Free)

Booking Opens: 09 Mar 10am (Booking for each session opens 2 weeks before session date)

Ages 2-3 Years

Artists Orla Kelly and Anne Cradden bring more excitement and fun by creating both magic and curious environments in our workshop room. These sessions are aimed at supporting parents to get creative with their children and so are un-themed allowing parents and children to work spontaneously with the materials provided. This hour, which has become really popular in Draíocht, offers a creative and artistic experience to support parents in encouraging the creative growth of their children.

Places are limited so advanced booking is advised.
Please respect age limits. These sessions are designed for one-on-one parent and child time without accompanying siblings. Children must be accompanied at all times.

The Curious Scrapbook of Josephine Bean
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The Curious Scrapbook of Josephine Bean

Shona Reppe / Presented as part of Spreacha – Fingal’s International Arts Programme for Children at Draiocht

Fri 24 - Sun 26 Mar 2017 Draíocht Studio // €7 adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class of 20+

Everything is flat, pressed, squished.
A dusty, musty smell mixes with the scent of old lavender and a string lifts a flap to reveal a hidden door. Slowly, page-by-page, the scrapbook becomes the window into a secret world and a curious life unfolds before us.
Who was Josephine Bean?
The clues are in its pages …
Winner of Theatre UK (TMA) Award for Best Childrens Show 2012

FRI 24 MAR  - 10am / 12 noon
SAT 25 MAR - 2pm / 4pm 
SUN 26 MAR  - 2pm / 4pm
​Age 7+ yrs / Dur: 50 mins

Also on Saturday ... Free Family Art Day

"This show is, quite simply, wonderful." Edinburgh Spotlight

"A highly original, beautifully delicate and thoroughly engaging piece of children's theatre." The Sunday Herald

"A truly wonderful show that will charm parents as much as their children." The Stage

"Part-detective story, part-journey into the imagination." Mark Fisher, Carnegie Hall

An Evening with Coolmine Musical Society - SOLD OUT

An Evening with Coolmine Musical Society - SOLD OUT

Fri 24 - Sat 25 Mar 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €16 / €14 conc

Join Coolmine Musical Society as they welcome you to an evening night which will celebrate the great tapestry of musicals down through the years. From jazz to jazz hands, musical classics to musical moderns and all that comes from spending an evening in our company. We’ll get your feet tapping, your head nodding and who knows you might even join in with a song or two.

Family Day: Explore and Respond to Abstract Art

Family Day: Explore and Respond to Abstract Art

Sat 25 Mar 2017 12 NOON-3PM Draíocht Galleries // FREE

Explore the wide collection of work, mediums and ideas presented in this major touring exhibition, 30 Years, Artists, Places, featuring some of Ireland’s most renowned artists. Each session will begin with an interactive tour exploring different elements of the exhibition, followed by a chance to respond to the work in a hands on and fun way, supported by Draíocht Artists.

Family Day: Explore and Respond to Abstract Art
Drawings, installation, film … we will try to figure out some of the more abstract work in the exhibition and then create some abstract print work of our own.

Booking tel: 01-8852622

Family Day Notes:
Sessions Are Free, But Space Is Limited. Max 50 per workshop
Session 1: 12pm-12.50pm
Session 2: 1pm-1.50pm
Session 3: 2pm-2.50pm
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!

Vocile Curajului

Vocile Curajului

Catalin Josan & Pasha Parfeni

Sun 26 Mar 2017 6pm Main Auditorium // €30 Adults / €20 Children Under 12

Va invitam la un concert extraordinar, sa sarbatorim Martisorul si sa ne simtim bine.
Catalin Josan si Pasha Parfeni au pregatit cele mai frumoase piese care ne vor alina dorul de casa.

Fargo (1996)
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Fargo (1996)

Wed 29 Mar 2017 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

Fargo is a 1996 American dark comedy crime thriller written, produced, edited and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, one of the most consistently inventive moviemaking teams of the last decade. Frances McDormand stars as a pregnant Minnesota police chief investigating roadside homicides that ensue after a desperate car salesman (William H. Macy) hires two criminals (Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare) to kidnap his wife in order to extort a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law (Harve Presnell).

Cert: 18  Language: English  Dur: 97 mins   Dir: Joel Coen
In association with Access Cinema

Edwin Sammon Vs Cancer
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Edwin Sammon Vs Cancer

With Andrea Farrell

Fri 31 Mar 2017 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €14 / €12 conc

Performing stand up for ten years now, Offaly native Edwin Sammon has established himself as one of the most popular comedians in the country. His unpredictable and immensely likeable style saw audiences award him the Tedfest Golden Toilet Duck in 2011 for best comedian and led to him supporting the likes of Jason Byrne, Fred Cooke and Ardal O'Hanlon on their nationwide tours. Edwin has been solidly building new fans at every major festival in the country and comedy clubs across Ireland and the U.K. In 2013 he was part of the sold out nationwide "Lads Of Comedy" tour.

Now gaining more fans in his role as Fr. Gabriel in RTE's popular sitcom "Bridget and Eamon"  and as Co- Presenter on "Republic Of Telly" he is bringing his first stand up special "Edwin Sammon vs Cancer" to Draiocht for one night.

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"Edwin Sammon was the find of the night, deploying some perfectly described imagery which should offer something for everyone."

"Sharply Written, Brilliantly Performed." Totally Dublin.