Romeo and Juliet
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Romeo and Juliet

Ballet Ireland

Fri 3 - Sat 4 Nov 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €22 / €18 conc / €16 Groups 10+

Based on Shakespeare's tale of the star-crossed lovers, Romeo & Juliet is one of the greatest love stories of all time. Against a backdrop of ancient feuds and gang warfare, the ill-fated young couple falls hopelessly in love, but their families are bitter enemies.  In order to be together the two lovers must be prepared to risk everything.

In Ballet Ireland's production, Shakespeare's tragic tale is transported from the streets of medieval Verona into the classrooms of a modern-day high school. It becomes a play within a play.
The Chaplain at a school divided by gangs and violence brings a fight to a close. He together with their form teacher attempts to show the futility of such behaviour by introducing the pupils to the play of Romeo & Juliet, with the feuding Montague and Capulet families. Each is assigned a character and the action ensues.

"Runacre-Temple taps into a zeitgeist so many other ballet companies desperately want to access right now, making relevant what is often seen as an elitist art form while still honouring its roots ... Runacre-Temple gets it. " The Irish Times

Exploring Musical Sounds with Mischa O’Mahony

Exploring Musical Sounds with Mischa O’Mahony

Exploring More With Early Years Arts - Ages 2-4 Yrs

Tue 7 Nov 2017 10AM-11AM & 11.30AM-12.30PM / €5 Per Child Draiocht Workshop Room

Bang, listen, hear, play. In an explorative way, Mischa will encourage little ears to listen to music and little hands to create some undirected musical sounds.

Workshop Notes:
This series of individual monthly workshops is intended to allow you and your child to explore different art mediums in an open and undirected way, starting with paint, then clay and finally music. There will be mess but there will also be fun!
These workshops are designed for children aged 2-4 years. Please respect age limits as each workshop has been designed especially for this age range.
All children must be accompanied by an adult and all adults must be accompanied by a child.
These sessions are only suitable for one parent/guardian and accompanying child (without siblings).
Booking tel: 01-8852622

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My Cousin Rachel (2017)
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My Cousin Rachel (2017)

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 8 Nov 2017 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc // Dur: 106 mins

A dark romance, ‘My Cousin Rachel’ tells the story of a young Englishman who plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms. Excellent cinematography and Rachel Weisz's entrancing performance keep ‘My Cousin Rachel’ alluring throughout.

Cert: 12A  Language: English  Dur: 106 mins  Dir: Roger Michell
In association with Access Cinema

Granuaile Pirate Queen

Granuaile Pirate Queen

Produced by axis:Ballymun / Directed by Veronica Coburn

Thu 9 - Fri 10 Nov 2017 Draiocht On Tour to Your School

This swashbuckling tale of adventure, rebellion and swordfights is an interactive storytelling performance piece inspired by the life of Granuaile, the world famous 16th Century female pirate, otherwise known as Grace O’Malley, one of the most infamous and fearless figures in Irish history.
Available on tour to D15 Schools, the story unfolds in front of and around the audience. It is educational, ageless and modern and follows thematic and theatrical lines of loyalty, honesty, bravery and equality.

School Booking Info:
4 School Shows Available On Tour To Your School
Age 7-10 yrs / Dur: 60 mins
Cost: €300 per school show for 60 students (so €5 per student)
Request our school booking information sheet by email from or by phoning Box Office 01-8852622.

This Beach
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This Beach

Brokentalkers in Association with Project Arts Centre

Fri 10 Nov 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc // Dur: 80 mins

A private beach inhabited by a family; a European family.
They are the owners of the beach. The beach has been in their family for generations. The family celebrate a wedding, a union between two sides; each of whom can offer something to the other. Security, prosperity, progeny. During the wedding celebration a stranger arrives on the shore of their beach. The family must decide how to deal with this stranger.

This Beach is a blistering satire of white western privilege made in response to the global refugee crisis, the notion of sovereignty of one people over a piece of land; and the lengths people will go to bar entry to their dominion. Brokentalkers (The Blue Boy, Silver Stars, Have I No Mouth, Circus Animals’ Desertion) have been acclaimed internationally for their pioneering approach to theatre and continue to explore the world we live in with honesty, originality and courage.

Nominated for Best Production and winner of Best Design at Dublin Fringe Awards, nomination for Best Supporting Actor at the Irish Times Theatre Awards
Written and Directed by Feidlim Cannon and Gary Keegan
Cast: Pom Boyd, Daniel Reardon, Neimhin Robinson & Bryan Quinn.

Brokentalkers are Project Artists, an initiative of Project Arts Centre.
National Tour 2017 is co-produced by Project Arts Centre.
This Beach was originally co-produced by Goethe Institut,  Munich Kammerspiele before it’s sold out run at Dublin Fringe Festival 2016 

"One of the country’s most fearless and path breaking theatre companies." The Irish Times

"… a strong and self-reflexive performance with strong moments of humour throughout." The Reviews Hub

"… a satire of shrugging consciences." The Irish Times

All Shook Up

All Shook Up

Coolmine Musical Society

Tue 14 - Sat 18 Nov 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €17 Opening Night / €20 Wed-Sat

Coolmine Musical Society are delighted to be once again taking to the stage in Draiocht from Tuesday 14th to Saturday 18th of November at 8pm each night.
Based on William’s Shakesphere’s 12th Night and set to the Music of Elvis, Coolmine Musical Society can promise you a great night out where music is the food of love and we’ll be getting our hips moving and shaking.
With the wonderful cast of Kevin Hartnett (Chad), Kelia Whelan ( Natalie/Ed), Kathryn Gibbons (Mayor Matilda), Louise Hudson (Lorraine) to name a few and our fantastic chorus who are working hard to make sure we give you one night with us and leave you wanting to shout C’mon Everybody to get your tickets.
The dedicated and talented team of Pat McElwain (Director), Dave McGuaran (Musical Director&Chorus Master) and Nicole McDonald (Choreographer) have been making sure that the cast all fall in love like the king and it’s a hunk hunk of burning fun for the Audience and Cast alike!

Tickets are selling FAST so don’t delay shake off those blue suede shoes and get booking!

Coolmine Annual Gala Concert

Coolmine Annual Gala Concert

With Blanchardstown Brass Band and St Brigid's Senior & Junior Choir with guest artists Mary McGabhann and Bob Linehan

Tue 21 Nov 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €15 / €12 conc

Come and enjoy an evening of easy listening with songs old and new, favourites from Musical Theatre, the Movies and popular tunes that will be familiar to you.  All brought to you by the magic combination of Blanchardstown Brass Band and St Brigid's Choirs who have come together to entertain audiences in recent years with great success. Add to that the melodious tones of Mary McGabhann, who has charmed with her effortless style and grace, and Bob Linehan's warm lilting voice, and you have an unmissable evening all in aid of Coolmine, a charity that helps people overcome addiction and supports recovery. 

Gallery Launch: Yvonne McGuinness - Amharc Fhine Gall 11th Edition

Gallery Launch: Yvonne McGuinness - Amharc Fhine Gall 11th Edition

Draíocht in collaboration with Fingal County Council Arts Office

Wed 22 Nov 2017

You are invited to the opening of
Amharc Fhine Gall XI
‘Holding ground where the wood lands’ 
Yvonne McGuinness

On Wednesday 22 Nov 2017 at 7pm
Ground Floor Gallery
To be opened by Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Mary McCamley

‘Holding ground where the wood lands’ is a new commission by Draíocht for the 11th edition of Amharc Fhine Gall (Fingal Gaze) funded by Fingal County Council. The annual exhibition was initiated by Fingal County Council’s Arts Office in 2004 to provide a platform for visual artists from or living in Fingal.
‘Holding ground where the wood lands’ is an immersive two-channel film installation by artist Yvonne McGuinness who grew up in Portmarnock, Co Dublin. Close to her family home there was a field where she often played. For this newly-commissioned work she has revisited this location and its surrounding area. Employing an auto-ethnographic approach, she worked with a group of male teenagers from Dublin 15 to create the film installation. McGuinness navigates this territory through the use of writing, performance, video, sound and sculptural elements. 

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

Image credit: Michael Kelly


Yvonne McGuinness - Holding ground where the wood lands

Yvonne McGuinness - Holding ground where the wood lands

Amharc Fhine Gall 11th Edition - Draíocht in collaboration with Fingal County Council Arts Office

Wed 22 Nov - Sat 3 Feb 2018 Ground Floor Gallery

Draíocht, in collaboration with Fingal County Council Arts Office, is delighted to announce a new commission from visual artist Yvonne McGuinness for the 11th edition of Amharc Fhine Gall. McGuinness’ practice encompasses performance, video, photography, sewing, writing, sculpture and context-specific installations. She has an interest in embodied experience of place and in re-imagining the everyday by devising projects that create dynamic moments of connection to place and community. Her work is immersive, collaborative and is often a catalyst to generate other narratives for its participants.

For this commission, McGuinness will work with a culturally diverse group of local young people from D15's Foroige, exploring themes of identity, place and their connection to it. This collaboration during the autumn months will result in a site-specific performance and film installation to be shown in Draíocht’s Ground Floor Gallery - itself a two-way mirror between ‘the art world’ and ‘the real world’

Amharc Fhine Gall (Fingal Gaze) is an annual exhibition funded by Fingal County Council’s Arts Office, in collaboration with Draíocht. The exhibition was initiated in 2004 to provide a platform for visual artists from or living in Fingal. Yvonne McGuinness grew up in Portmarnock, Co Fingal.

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

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The Midwife
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The Midwife

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 22 Nov 2017 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc // Dur: 117 mins

Two of French cinema's biggest stars shine in this bittersweet drama about the unlikely friendship that develops between Claire (Catherine Frot), a talented but tightly wound midwife; and Béatrice (Catherine Deneuve), the estranged, free-spirited mistress of Claire's late father. Though polar opposites in almost every way, the two come to rely on each other as they cope with the unusual circumstance that bring them together in this sharp character study by award winning director Martin Provost.

Cert: 15A  Language: English Subtitles  Dur: 117 mins  Dir: Martin Provost
In association with Access Cinema

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"Throbbing with truthful understanding of women, and sorrow, regret, salvation and vegetable gardening." Daily Mail UK

Adventures With Colour - SOLD OUT

Adventures With Colour - SOLD OUT

An Early Years Project With Orla Kelly

Thu 23 Nov - Thu 7 Dec 2017 10.30AM-11.30AM / Ages 2-4 Years Draiocht Workshop Room // Cost: €20 (Plus Show Tickets at €5)

Artist Orla Kelly has carefully designed these two explorative pre and post show workshops to explore a variety of creative and playful elements from the show ‘White’, which you will attend on Thursday 30 Nov at 11am. The workshops will include storytelling, movement and painting, creative investigation of colour and what happens when things start out white, but then red, yellow and blue begin to appear!

THURSDAYS: 23 NOV, 30 NOV (SHOW), 7 DEC 2017
10.30AM-11.30AM  Ages 2-4 Years   Cost: €20 (Plus Show Tickets at €5)
Booking tel: 01-8852622

If you are interested in your crèche taking part, please contact or on 01 8098029.
Crèches must be within the Dublin 15 area.

Alison Spittle & Gearóid Farrelly
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Alison Spittle & Gearóid Farrelly

Worrier Princess & Home Truths

Thu 23 Nov 2017 8PM Draíocht Studio // €17 / €15 conc

Alison worries. She worries so much she's decided to do a show about it and now she can worry about making it a good show. One of Ireland's fastest rising comedians,the star and writer of RTE's new major series 'Nowhere Fast' , join Alison on her first tour. As seen on RTÉ (Brendan O'Connor's Cutting Edge, Republic of Telly, Des Bishop, this is Ireland), TV3, Sky Arts and heard on Newstalk (George Hook), this is Alison’s hilarious follow up to her smash-hit Fringe success …Discovers Hawaii.

Comedian Gearóid Farrelly’s show will address everything from Trump to decluttering and explain why you shouldn't toilet train a cat. Gearóid has appeared at comedy festivals all over the world. He has supported the likes of Joan Rivers and Sarah Millican in the UK. This year he toured Ireland with Neil Delamere and appears every week on his Sunday Best show on Today FM. 

"To be an audience member in Farrelly’s crowd is a joy. Impeccable comic timing." ★★★★★ Broadway Baby

"Breezily chatty and effusively funny, Alison Spittle is a likeable combination of openness and chortling mischief." The Scotsman

Close To The Sun
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Close To The Sun

The Corps Ensemble / Written by Philip Doherty

Fri 24 Nov 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

Perth, Australia – home to a generation of lost children of Ireland, an isolated city in a land of myth and music. Irishman Colin prepares for his wedding to Australian sweetheart, Sophie. But things take a turn when his estranged brother Rory appears, bringing demons from their shared past. In this new ensemble play by Philip Doherty, two ancient cultures clash in an epic battle for one Irishman’s loyalty. Will Colin remain in this parched paradise or return to the lush land of his childhood? You know what they say, you can’t go back to a place that doesn’t exist anymore.

Developed at FRINGE LAB with support from Dublin Fringe Festival and in association with Civic Theatre.
This work premiered at Dublin Fringe Festival 2017

Starring Mary Murray, Neill Fleming, Toni O’Rourke, Edwin Mullane, Sean Doyle, Jed Murray & Michael Bates.

* please note the Saturday night of this show has been cancelled.

"A young, energetic and fearless company." The Examiner

Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)
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Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

Cinema at Draiocht

Sat 25 Nov 2017 12PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc / €5 children // Dur: 101 mins

Kubo and the Two Strings is an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed animation studio LAIKA. Young Kubo's peaceful existence comes crashing down when he accidentally summons a vengeful spirit from the past. Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey and Beetle to unlock a secret legacy. Armed with a magical instrument, Kubo must battle the Moon King and other gods and monsters to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known.

Cert: PG  Language: English  Dur: 101 mins  Dir: Travis Knight
In association with Access Cinema

"Genuinely casts a spell on viewers." Rolling Stone

HOME THEATRE (IRELAND) - Information Session

HOME THEATRE (IRELAND) - Information Session

With Veronica Coburn

Sat 25 Nov 2017 2PM-5PM Draíocht Studio // FREE

HOME THEATRE (IRELAND) is an ambitious, large scale and innovative way of making theatre. It will pair 40 leading playwrights/theatre-makers with 30 community hosts. We will ask them to spend time together in the host’s home to chat and talk, after which the artists will write an original play inspired by the host and performed in the host’s own home to an invited audience. All 30 plays will be simultaneously performed across Dublin 15, on one night (6th October 2018) and a selection of the plays will be performed in Draíocht over 4 nights (10th to 13th October 2018).  HOME THEATRE (IRELAND) will be led by Artistic Director, Veronica Coburn, who worked with Draíocht on the 3 year project, Hallelujah! Draíocht’s Community Clown Choir (2013 to 2015).
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Draíocht is seeking 30 hosts across all of Dublin 15 that will work with us on this Project. It doesn’t matter if you live in a big house or a little house, an apartment, out on your own or in a housing estate. It doesn’t matter if you live alone or with a few people or with lots of people. If you are interested in meeting with an artist, having a conversation with them with a view to hosting 3 performances of the 20 minute piece in your home on October 6th 2018, then we want to hear from you. The performances will be at 5pm, 7pm and 9pm and will be for an audience size dictated by your home. We will work with you to decide who those audience members are and we will support you with volunteer staff on the night.

Perhaps you would like to get involved in a different way? We are also looking for Community Ambasador’s who will partner with one host/home and act as a support to them. You will be their point of contact and be present for the visit and discussion between playwright/theatre maker and host. On the night of the performance, the Ambassador will be present for all three performances and will be the HOME THEATRE (IRELAND) representative. The Community Ambassadors will be supported by Draíocht staff.

An Information Session with Veronica Coburn will take place on Saturday 25 November at 2pm where you can learn more about the project.
If you are interested in attending, please pre-register with Box Office on 01-8852622.

This project was awarded a grant through The Arts Council’s Open Call Fund.
We want to both acknowledge and thank them for their support.

Focus On … Festive Felty Elf - SOLD OUT

Focus On … Festive Felty Elf - SOLD OUT

With Felt Artist Gina Faustino

Mon 27 Nov - Wed 6 Dec 2017 Draiocht Workshop Room // Cost per class €45

Get your class into the swing of festive fun with this felt making workshop with Felt Artist Gina Faustino. In this fun and hands on workshop, your pupils will each learn the exciting process of felting, before turning their piece of felt into their own Christmas Felt Elf to bring home.

MON 27 NOV  10.15AM-11.30AM OR 12PM-1.15PM

TUE 28 - WED 29 NOV  10.15AM-11.30AM OR 12PM-1.15PM

TUE 05 - WED 06 DEC   10.15AM-11.30AM OR 12PM-1.15PM

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 30 pupils.
Book Now through Box Office 01-8852622

The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz

Adamstown Community College

Tue 28 - Wed 29 Nov 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €10

Follow the yellow brick road, as we definitely aren’t in Kansas anymore! Join Adamstown Community College as they present the classic tale of innocence, friendship, and following your dreams. With some of the most beautiful songs to grace the stage, and a band of friends off on an adventure, you’re sure to be entertained.

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Catherine Wheels Theatre Co / Presented as part of Spréacha – Fingal’s International Arts Programme for Children at Draiocht

Thu 30 Nov - Sat 2 Dec 2017 Draiocht Studio // €7 adults / €5 children // Dur: 45 mins

Welcome to the beautifully strange world of White.
Full of birdsong and birdhouses, it gleams and dazzles and shines in the night. Two friends look after the birds and make sure the eggs stay safe. The world is bright, ordered and white. But high up in the trees, all is not white. Colour appears. First red … then yellow … then blue! White is a playful, highly visual new show for very young children and is a perfect first-time theatre experience.

THU 30 NOV  11AM * & 2PM
FRI 01 DEC    11AM & 2PM
SAT 02 DEC   11AM, 2PM ** (RELAXED PERF) & 4PM
Draíocht Studio   €7 adults / €5 children  Age 2-4 yrs / Dur: 45 mins

* Maybe you'd like also to take part in our 'Adventures With Colour' project as well as come to this 11am show?

** Our Relaxed Performance on Saturday 02 December at 2pm will have no sudden noises or bangs, restricted capacity, the ability to move around, softer and brighter lighting and music at a suitable level. We will also provide a chill-out area with low lighting for parents/guardians to bring children who may need to have a little break.
We have prepared a Pre-Visit Guide in advance which you can access as a PDF  

The Woman is Present: Women’s Stories of WW2
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The Woman is Present: Women’s Stories of WW2

Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company / Playwrights Deirdre Kinahan, Mary Moynihan, Fiona Bawn Thompson and Paul Kennedy​

Thu 30 Nov 2017 8PM Main Auditorium // €16 / €14 conc

The Woman is Present: Women’s Stories of WWII is a creative re-imagining of moments from the lives of women during WWII recalling stories of bravery, sacrifice and love amidst the horror of war, as women stood up against Fascism and totalitarianism and refused to accept oppression.  The performance is followed by a post-show discussion with the artists and invited guest speakers to explore powerful women’s stories in history and themes of gender equality and peace.
The performance features Ode to Ettie Steinberg by internationally-acclaimed playwright Deirdre Kinahan; My Name is Neus by Mary Moynihan and performances including Mary Elmes and Dolores Ibarurri by Mary Moynihan, Fiona Bawn Thompson and Paul Kennedy, remembering stories of powerful women during WWII.

Women’s stories in the performance include Mary Elmes (1908-2002), a Cork woman who was the first Irish person honoured as ‘Righteous Among Nations’ for her work saving Jewish children from the Nazi gas chambers during World War II; Ettie Steinberg (1914-42) the only female Jewish Irish citizen known to have been murdered in Auschwitz; Marta Hillers (1911-2001) from Germany who wrote her autobiography Eine Frau in Berlin (A Woman in Berlin) under the name ‘Anonyma’ (Anonymous), detailing her experiences of the last days of WWII as she and over one million other women were raped and abused by Allied soldiers of the Red Army; Neus Català Pallejà (b.1915) from Spain, a member of the United Socialist Party of Catalonia during the Spanish Civil War, an active collaborator with the French Resistance during WWII and the only living Spanish survivor of Ravensbrück  concentration camp for women;  and Dolores Ibárruri, or La Pasionaria (1895-1989), from Spain, a revolutionary leader, political activist, Communist and crusader against Fascism during the Spanish Civil War who created the famous cry ‘They Shall Not Pass’.

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