Strange Feathers - SOLD OUT
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Strange Feathers - SOLD OUT

A Magical Aerial Dance Show for Children

Sat 1 Apr 2017 12PM 2PM 4PM Main Auditorium Stage // €7 adults / €5 children / Age: 18 months-7 yrs / 60 mins

Two little birds are learning to fly with the help of their surroundings in nature. Feathers drop from the sky to the beautiful sounds of soft music. With two aerial dancers and a musician on stage Strange Feathers mixes contemporary dance, aerial dance and live music in a humorous way. It is beautifully crafted and exquisitely delivered, full of unexpected and colourful wonders, which invite the children to explore, interact and discover new things about their world!

Presented by Fidget Feet (Ireland) & the Bird & Bat (Iceland) in association with Riverbank Arts Centre.

Show includes a free Mask-Making workshop beforehand.

Draiocht’s Artist In Your Classroom Initiative April-June 2017

Draiocht’s Artist In Your Classroom Initiative April-June 2017

Workshops in your Classroom with Draiocht’s Artists

Mon 3 Apr - Mon 29 May 2017

This programme aims to provide a range of high quality arts experiences for Primary school pupils and teachers in your own classroom, facilitated by Draíocht’s professional artists. Your school can choose from two of specially selected and purposefully created school workshops below.
This Season, pupils will have the opportunity to create cartoons with Alan Nolan or bring out their dramatic side with drama with Eimear Morrissey. Workshops are tailored to your class’s age and abilities and will work with two separate classes each day.

Cartoons In Your Classroom
Age Range: 2nd-6th Class
Duration: 2 Class Group Workshops of 1.5 Hours
Artist: Alan Nolan
This Cartoons Capers workshop consists of a short, hilariously funny talk by author Alan Nolan  (who worked with Draíocht in 2016 on our Lucky Penny 2016 Project) and then the children join in as Alan gives a step-by-step drawing demonstration of one of the comical characters from his books. They then create their own mini-comic book using materials and help that Alan provides. Every pupil gets to bring home their own comic book.

Drama In Your Classroom
Age Range: Adaptable To All Age Ranges
Duration: Junior/Senior Inf: 4 Class Group Workshops of 45mins
2nd Class Upwards: 2 Class Group Workshops of 1.5hr Workshops
Artist: Eimear Morrissey
Using some of our favourite fairytales as a starting point, facilitator Eimear introduces pupils to the wonderful world of theatre through imaginative storytelling and fun collective group games. The workshop will explore different ways of engaging the imagination, of thinking creatively, seeing, listening, new ways of communicating and expression, as well as building confidence. Pupils will work together towards a common goal of creating a short improvised performance piece, giving pupils the opportunity to experience the creation of something from nothing!

Workshop Notes & Bookings:
Workshops can take place from April-June 2017 on a date of your choosing.
Closing date for Bookings is Friday 28 April 2017 through Draíocht’s Box Office tel: 01-8852622.
The programme is offered on a first come first serve basis and is restricted to schools within the Dublin 15 area. Cost per day €150. All materials are provided. Schools are welcome to make multiple bookings, subject to artist availability, but due to budgetary constraints the above subsidised workshop rate is limited to two days per school. For further details please contact Sarah on 01-809 8029 or email

D15 Youth Theatre Summer 2017

D15 Youth Theatre Summer 2017

April - July 2017

Tue 4 Apr - Sat 1 Jul 2017

Throughout the Spring & Summer terms, D15 Youth Theatre members are working on improvisation and scene creation with a focus on writing their own scripts for performance, to bring you their second self-scripted theatre piece. The piece will be co-directed by Eimear Morrissey and Mark Rogers and will be performed on 1 July.

Further performance details and ticket prices for iCourt here.      

Youth Theatre gives young people aged between 14-18 years a space to create, express themselves and explore ideas.

Transition Year Visual Arts Placement Programme 2017 - CANCELLED

Transition Year Visual Arts Placement Programme 2017 - CANCELLED

Tue 4 - Sat 8 Apr 2017

We are very sorry, but due to unforeseen circumstances, we've had to cancel our TY Visual Arts Placement Programme 2017.
We are hopeful to have a new Placement Programme for 2018. Details will be sent to all Secondary Schools in Dublin 15.

Brief Encounter (1945)
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Brief Encounter (1945)

Wed 5 Apr 2017 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

In a cafe at a railway station, housewife Laura Jesson meets Dr. Alec Harvey. Although they are already married, they gradually fall in love with each other. They continue to meet every Thursday in the small cafe, although they know that their love is impossible.

Cert: GEN  Language: English  Dur: 86 mins  Dir: David Lean
In association with Access Cinema

"One of cinema's classic love stories. " Times UK.

"One of the most vivid, impassioned and painfully believable love stories ever committed to celluloid." Time Out.

I Hear You and Rejoice
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I Hear You and Rejoice

Loco & Reckless Productions with Mikel Murfi

Thu 6 Apr 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

Following the sellout success of 'The Man In The Woman’s Shoes', Mikel Murfi returns with a new one man show.

Late in his life, Pat Farnon, a cobbler and all-round contented man, marries the redoubtable Kitsy Rainey. It’s a match made in heaven, in more ways than one. Written and performed by Mikel Murfi  'I Hear You and Rejoice' is a tender and joy filled account of a most unlikely marriage.
Meet Huby Patterson and Magic Mick as well as Sylvie, Eugene and Tony Cleary - the amazing no instrumental man. You may never look at life in quite the same way again. This show is the 2nd collaboration between Sligo County Council Arts Service, The Hawk’s Well Theatre Sligo and Mikel Murfi. It was created for the Bealtaine Festival - Celebrating Creativity As We Age.

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Gallery Launch: A History of Play - Eamon O’Kane

Gallery Launch: A History of Play - Eamon O’Kane

Fri 7 Apr 2017 7PM Ground Floor Gallery // FREE

You are invited to the opening of
A History of Play - Eamon O’Kane

On Friday 07 April 2017 at 7pm
Ground Floor Gallery
With Sharon Murphy, Draíocht Curator-in-Residence in Conversation with Artist Eamon O’Kane. 

Exhibition continues until 13 May 2017
Read more ...

A History of Play is on loan from The Model, home of The Niland Collection, Sligo

A History of Play - Eamon O’Kane

A History of Play - Eamon O’Kane

Fri 7 Apr - Sat 13 May 2017 Ground & First Floor Galleries

Artist Eamon O’Kane transformed the Ground Floor Gallery space into an interactive playful installation inspired by the educational play objects devised by educator and inventor of Kindergarten, Friedrich Fröbel. The installation comprises a number of elements including drawings, paintings and educational play materials known as Fröbel Gifts – colourful spheres, cylinders and tubes. These ‘gifts’ are used for unlocking creativity at an early age by teaching children about three-dimensional shapes and colours and their relationship to the environment and nature. The installation continues in the First Floor Gallery with projected animations and a response/play area.

A History of Play is on loan from The Model, home of The Niland Collection, Sligo.

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Curated by Sharon Murphy, Draíocht Curator-in-Residence 2017

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Sinead Culbert and Sue Collins

Fri 7 Apr 2017 8.15PM Main Auditorium // €16 / €14 conc

Catch the Dublin Dirtbirds, Carmel and Debs as they chat about life, love and the ever changing size of Kim Kardashian's arse. The Southsiders Eleanor and Emer will be there competing with each other about everything from personal trainers to who has the smallest Shitzu. And last but not least, the not so beautiful beauty bloggers, Dee and Andrea will be live to give you some of the latest make-up tips from 'da town'.

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Family Day - Build and Play

Family Day - Build and Play

A History of Play

Sat 8 Apr 2017 12 NOON-3PM Draíocht Galleries // FREE

Further explore the brightly coloured and engaging  exhibition ‘A History of Play’ for young children and get involved in some creative experimentation making playful and colourful 3D constructions and models.

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!

The Game
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The Game


Sat 8 Apr 2017 8PM Draíocht Studio // €18 / €16 conc // Dur: 80 mins (no interval)

The Game explores the act of buying sex - the rules, the language and the power structures.
It’s a play that’s also a real-life game, with levels and consequences.
Five new men have volunteered each night. These men have never played ‘The Game’ before. They’ve no idea what they’re about to do and they won’t be given a script. They are doing this to be part of an event – a symbolic act – that calls us all to consider, to think and to review.
All you have to do is watch.
The Game gives audiences an insight into a world that sits uncomfortably beneath the surface of our day-to-day lives. How we legislate makes a statement about our values. The legal status of prostitution and sex work is a measure of our society. Laws around the world are changing. We’re all affected by those changes.

Devised by Gemma Collins, Grace Dyas and Lauren Larkin with Rachel Moran, Mia deFaoite and other women who have exited prostitution and women currently involved in sex work.


Contains nudity, strong language, sexual references, violence and material that some may find disturbing.

This production is supported by The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaion and Mermaid Arts Centre.
THEATREclub are Project Artists, an initiative of Project Arts Centre.

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"Director Grace Dyas and her collaborators are determined to show how complex the subject is, and to ask us to think. They succeed, in a work that is brave, horrific and urgent." The Irish Times

SongSchool One Day B.A.S.S. Blast

SongSchool One Day B.A.S.S. Blast

Thu 13 Apr 2017

Draíocht Studio   Age: 14-18 Years  Cost: €10

Building on our November 2016 SongSchool Blitz, we are again calling all creative music types! If you like strumming a chord or rapping a word, then join us for this awesome experience. Working with the experienced SongSchool crew you’ll spend the day writing and jamming up ideas. Collaborating with likeminded folk to write, arrange, rehearse and perform original material that will then be performed in a one off showcase that very evening in Draíocht’s Studio space. All levels and interests welcome, whether you’re a beginner or a Beethoven come along, collaborate, create and perform! The more eclectic the mix the more electric the music!

Booking is through Box Office, tel: 01-8852622
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The Successful TD by John B Keane - SOLD OUT
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The Successful TD by John B Keane - SOLD OUT

Starring Jon Kenny and Mary McEvoy and Directed by Michael Scott

Thu 13 Apr 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc

One of your own – a vote for Tull is a vote for yourself!
Starring Jon Kenny and Mary McEvoy and Directed by Michael Scott, John B Keane’s ‘The Successful TD’ follows the trials, tribulations, misadventures and hilarious antics of Tull McAdoo as he seeks re-election to the Dail in the October Elections. Peppered with Keane's gallery of madcap characters this show will have you laughing at politics (in a good way) from the start.

A History Of Play - Mid Term Artist In The Gallery

A History Of Play - Mid Term Artist In The Gallery

Tue 18 - Fri 21 Apr 2017 Ground & First Floor Galleries

10.30AM-12.30PM  Free   Age: 2+ yrs

See the Ground Floor Gallery transformed into an interactive playful installation. The exhibition 'A History of Play' includes drawings, paintings and educational play materials known as Fröbel Gifts – colourful spheres, cylinders and tubes. A response / play area will run for the duration of the exhibition for self-directed play.
Over the Easter holidays pop in and meet artist Andrew Carson who will give you and your children an extra hand or chat further about the exhibition.

These sessions are free and intended for self-directed play and you can come and go as you please.
No pre booking required.

A History of Play is on loan from The Model, home of The Niland Collection, Sligo

Youth Film Club - Film Making With Just Your Tablet or Phone

Youth Film Club - Film Making With Just Your Tablet or Phone

Draiocht, Fingal County Council Arts Office & CreateSchool

Tue 18 - Wed 19 Apr 2017

Age Range: 14-18 Years

Can you make a quality short film with the technology you already have in your home? This hands-on practical course is designed to introduce participants to pared down film making. Over the two days, in a fun and creative environment our facilitators will guide you in the craft of staging, shooting, directing, editing and producing a short film with just the use of a phone or ipad! 

We’re delighted to continue Fingal Film Club this Season. Funded by Fingal County Council Arts Office, the Club offers young people the opportunity to learn all about film through a series of programmes and short courses throughout the year.

Places are limited and early booking is advised on 01 8852622.
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A Date for Mad Mary (2016)
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A Date for Mad Mary (2016)

Wed 19 Apr 2017 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

'Mad' Mary McArdle (Seana Kerslake) returns to Drogheda after a short spell in prison - for something she'd rather forget. Back home, everything and everyone has changed. Her best friend, Charlene, is about to get married and Mary is to be her maid of honour. When Charlene refuses Mary a 'plus one' on the grounds that she probably couldn't find a date, Mary becomes determined to prove her wrong. 'A Date for Mad Mary' is a tough and tender story about friendship, first love, and letting go of the glory days.

Cert: 15a  Language: English  Dur: 82 mins  Dir: Darren Thornton
In association with Access Cinema

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Stockton’s Wing - Celebrating 40 Years 1977-2017
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Stockton’s Wing - Celebrating 40 Years 1977-2017

Thu 20 Apr 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €22 / €20 conc

After their hugely successful run of gigs at The Temple Bar TradFest 2016 and a headline show at the Fleadh in Ennis, Stockton’s Wing will play Draíocht's Main Stage this Season, Celebrating 40 Years 1977-2017 and performing from their vast and eclectic back catalogue of recordings.

Stockton’s Wing was the sound of progressive Irish music during the 80’s and early 90’s. Their eclectic mix of traditional, contemporary and original music along with their powerful energetic and creative live shows guaranteed national and international success. Their hit song ‘Beautiful Affair’ was voted into the all-time top 75 songs on RTE radio and reached no 7 in a similar poll on Today FM.
They recorded 8 studio albums, 1 live album and several compilations, singles and collaborations with artists such as The Dubliners and Finbar Furey. They played a supporting role to Michael Jackson and Prince at Pairc Ui Chaoimh, performed with Sammy Davis Junior at Lansdowne Road and Richard Harris, Tom Berenger and Sean Bean danced to their music on the set of The Field.
The current line-up has Mike Hanrahan – vocals & guitar, Steve Cooney - didgeridoo, bass guitar, Tommy Hayes - percussion, Paul Roche – flute, whistles, Tara Breen - fiddle and Karol Lynch on banjo and mandolin.

In the words of the band's producer, PJ Curtis after a recent reunion gig “What an extraordinary, amazing, mind-blowing concert the Wing delivered last night. I'm still spinning from it. It was TRIUMPHANT! ... no other word for it ... such an incredible turn-out ... and the music and the vibe made it a NIGHT TO REMEMBER!!! It rates as one of the top gigs of the decade for me!"

Luan Parle and Clive Barnes
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Luan Parle and Clive Barnes

Sat 22 Apr 2017 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €16 / €14 conc

Two of Ireland's finest songwriters and performers Luan Parle and Clive Barnes have for many years been gaining an international reputation as solo performers. For the past two years they have been performing together to sold out audiences across Ireland, US & Europe.

Meteor & Tatler Award winner Luan Parle has had numerous hits & accolades. Her top 10 hit single 'Ghost' spent three months in the Irish Charts and was the most played Irish single of that year.
Parle signed her first record deal at just 12 years of age and has written and recorded with some of the world’s most successful songwriters & producers including Grammy award winning Bill Bottrell (Sheryl Crowe, Michael Jackson, Prince, Travelling Wilburys, Elton John) & Billy Steinberg (Madonna, Roy Orbison, Cyndi Lauper, The Pretenders, Whitney Houston, The Bangles, Celine Dion).
Parle signed with Elton Johns Management Company Twenty First Artists and opened for Elton three nights at the London Hammersmith Apollo. Signing to Sony Records, Parle released her critically acclaimed album 'Free' in 2007. To date she has released 3 studio albums and is currently working on her latest material due for release during 2017.

Clive Barnes is highly regarded as one of the finest performers on the roots circuit and has been gaining a worldwide reputation as one of the finest songwriters and guitarists on today's scene.
Having released four critically acclaimed albums of his own, he has played and recorded with some of the finest musicians on the world stage including Joe Cocker, Taj Mahal and Eric Bibb and also shared stages with Dr John, Jeff Beck, Solomon Burke, The Blind Boys of Alabama, & Gary Clark Jr to name but  few.
Barnes has played numerous US, UK and European Tours and taken various awards, Including Album of the Year for ‘Welcome to Farewell’ in the US magazine ‘Acoustic Guitar'. His new album 'Get Low' is due for release during 2017.

"Luan Parle is quite simply one of the most exciting singers to emerge from Ireland, or any other country for that matter! She is a superb song smith as well." Evening Herald

"She seamlessly blends various American genres and styles including country, blues, jazz and pop on a dozen tunes, any of which would stand up in it’s own right. ‘Is This Goodbye’ showcases her voice & songwriting prowess to terrific effect. The Full Circle is a real winner." ★★★★ Hot Press

The Wolf and Peter
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The Wolf and Peter

CoisCéim Dance Theatre / by David Bolger

Thu 27 - Fri 28 Apr 2017 Main Auditorium // €7 adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class of 20+ / Age 6+ yrs / Dur: 55 mins

Thu 27 Apr  7pm / Fri 28 Apr  10am & 12 noon* 

Prokofiev’s PETER AND THE WOLF is one of the most famous pieces of music ever written. The classic story has been interpreted by many artists from Disney to the Marx Brothers and won a Grammy award for Bill Clinton, Mikhail Gorbachov and Sofia Loren.

CoisCéim Dance Theatre takes this timeless story of courage and imagination as inspiration. Here… the story is told through the eyes of a WOLF. Filled with dance and live music, this fun and richly theatrical production by David Bolger gives life to a Bird, a Cat, a Duck, a Boy, and of course a WOLF in a highly energetic original work. This production features the extraordinary pianist Conor Linehan playing live on stage as THE WOLF AND PETER takes children and their families on a thrilling adventure to explore and discover contemporary dance and performance at its best.

* After the 12 noon school show you will have the chance to 'Meet the Wolf' for free.
Directly following the 12 noon performance, the audience will be invited to meet the different characters from the story, and get to ask any questions they might have about the show. The cast will then guide the audience through some of the key movement sequences from the performance, where the children will be able to explore and practice some of the choreographic interpretation in lively, fun and interactive way from their seats (Dur 15 mins).

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Creative Dance Tales with CoisCéim Dance Theatre - SOLD OUT

Creative Dance Tales with CoisCéim Dance Theatre - SOLD OUT

Free Primary School Dance Theatre Workshops

Thu 27 - Fri 28 Apr 2017 // FREE

APR-MAY 2017

For an added dimension to your engagement with our schools theatre programme we are offering CoisCeim’s 'Creative Dance Tales' workshops in your school.
Guided by a CoisCeim choreographer, the young participants will explore themes from the show ‘The Wolf and Peter’, share and exchange ideas and invent a unique creative dance tale of their own.

Two class workshops are offered for free to each of the first two schools to book and pay a deposit for performances of The Wolf and Peter (Fri 28 April 10am & 12noon).
Please enquire about the availability of these workshops at the time of booking on 01-8852622.

Confessions of an Immigrant
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Confessions of an Immigrant

Peadar de Burca / MorWax Productions

Sat 29 Apr 2017 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €15 / €12 conc // Dur: 60 mins (no interval)

Writer and comedian Peadar de Burca is an Irishman who gave up his life on the west coast of Ireland to raise a family in the Silesian region of Poland. Since going there he has developed asthma, earns the equivalent of 200 euro a month and has tried and failed four times to learn Polish.

But this is comedy show.

You might remember Peadar from his sold out stand up shows in Draíocht before, 'What Men Want' and 'Why Men Cheat'.

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"A natural storyteller with a great comedic gift." The Scotsman

Reach for the Stars 2017 - SOLD OUT

Reach for the Stars 2017 - SOLD OUT

The Norma Breen Theatre School

Sun 30 Apr 2017 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €25

The Norma Breen Theatre School presents an energetic and fast-moving evening of song and dance, showcasing the children's talents with well-known celebrity guests. Produced and Directed by Norma Breen.