Create Dance Project – Spring 2018

Create Dance Project – Spring 2018

FEB-MAR 2018

Thu 1 Feb - Thu 22 Mar 2018

Jnr Group (6-9 yrs) 12.30PM-1.15PM (WAITING LIST ONLY)
Snr Group (10-17 yrs) 2PM-3PM
€5 per class

Our Create Dancers will start off the year by investigating a very large, thick and very white roll of wool! How can we dance with this? How does it feel, what does it do, what’s it for!
Our dancers and facilitators, Mark Rogers and Antje O’Toole, will explore these very questions through the medium of dance and fun! In these workshops we create ‘dance magic’ with our group of children with an intellectual disability, their parents and siblings in weekly workshops.

If you have a child aged between 6-17 years with a love of dance, please get in touch with or on 01 8098029 for further information.

Jason Byrne – SOLD OUT
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Jason Byrne – SOLD OUT

The Man with Three Brains

Thu 1 - Fri 2 Feb 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €22 / €20 conc

‘The Man With Three Brains’ is a brand new show from the highly acclaimed and extremely funny, Jason Byrne.
Jason has three brains which kick into action when he hits the stage. His left brain scans the audience and room, looking for improv moments. His right brain collates stand-up material and stunts, poised to dish out the funnies at speed. His centre brain is Jason’s coach, pushing him to the limit.
This show will peel back the madness inside Jason Byrne’s head to reveal all three brains working individually. The fastest thinking comic around will not only trip himself up, but probably you too.
It’s been a busy few years for Byrne.  In addition to his extensive touring worldwide, his Radio 2 show was awarded the UK radio industry’s prestigious Sony Radio Gold Award.  As well as fronting a brand new studio based comedy chat show Jason Byrne's Snaptastic Show for TV3, he is co-host of Sky’s hugely popular new entertainment programme Wild Things on Sky1. Also seen on Live at the Apollo (BBC1), The Royal Variety Show (ITV1), The John Bishop Show (BBC1), and Father Figure (BBC1) of which he is creator and star.

"Unmissable." Evening Standard

"Watching a new Jason Byrne show is a bit like witnessing lightning in a bottle." Edinburgh Evening News

"Byrne is consistently brilliant." Metro

"The outright king of live comedy." Times

Family Day - Tree Bark Art

Family Day - Tree Bark Art

Sat 3 Feb 2018 12 NOON / 1PM / 2PM First Floor Gallery // FREE

Explore Yvonne McGuinness’ Ground Floor Gallery exhibition ‘Holding ground where the wood lands’. Feel, smell and see the trees and video installation, then make and recreate the greens, browns and reds of a forest collage using our tree rubbings, paper, glue and chalks.

Booking tel: 01-8852622

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 Time Machine
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The Time Machine

Dyad Productions & Rebecca Vaughan

Tue 6 Feb 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

From the creators of 'Jane Eyre: An Autobiography', 'Dalloway', 'The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe', 'Christmas Gothic', 'I, Elizabeth', 'Female Gothic' and 'Austen's Women', comes 'The Time Machine'.

2018: In this age of uncertainty, where the shadows of tyranny, intolerance and war darken the path into tomorrow, how much time do we have left? If civilisation falls today, what will become of us?
In producer Rebecca Vaughan and writer/director Elton Townend Jones' new and radical interpretation of the HG Wells classic, a Victorian time traveller transcends across the ages from 1900 to our own far future – from the fall of man to the end of the world – discovering the fate of our endeavours and uncovering our darkest fears. Can we change the future? Or has the end already begun?
A philosophical journey, a nightmare adventure, a cautionary tale – this is the story of us all.


"Outstanding... Amazing... Magic. " ★★★★★ Edinburgh Southside Advertiser

"Terrific ... grips the imagination ... ideas spit off the narrative like sparks from a welder’s torch." ★★★★ Quentin Letts, Daily Mail

"Brilliant... Captivates and amazes. " ★★★★ British Theatre Guide

The Florida Project (2017)
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The Florida Project (2017)

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 7 Feb 2018 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

Six-year-old Moonie (Brooklynn Prince) lives with her mother Halley (Bria Vinaite) in a Florida motel. Along with her friends, Moonie spends the summer exploring the urban wilderness and getting into every sort of mischief. Halley, meanwhile, desperately tries to make ends meet. Kind but stern manager Bobby (Willem Dafoe) tries to keep his patience as rent goes unpaid and the hyperactive kids run wild. The Florida Project is a deeply sympathetic portrait of one small, neglected community. Few films about childhood have ever felt this authentic.

Cert: 15A / Language: English / Dur: 115 mins
In association with Access Cinema

An Evening of Dance – 25th Anniversary

An Evening of Dance – 25th Anniversary

Marian Lennon School of Dance

Fri 9 - Sat 10 Feb 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €14 conc / Family €56 (2 adults, 2 children)

This year the Marian Lennon School of Ballet celebrates their 25th  anniversary. These young energetic dancers will demonstrate their skills in classical ballet, modern and contemporary dance, showing extracts from past productions over the last 25 years. There will be something for everyone to enjoy as the dancers of all ages perform a rich and varied repertoire of extracts from previous shows: Carnival of the Animals, Alice in Wonderland, The Sleeping Beauty, Phantom of the Opera and Moulin Rouge to name but a few. Don’t miss this exciting show that will have you dancing in your seats!

Believing in Butterflies - SOLD OUT

Believing in Butterflies - SOLD OUT

Coolmine Drama Circle

Thu 15 - Sat 17 Feb 2018 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €16 / €13 conc

Bobby, a brash Dubliner, Brendan, the local priest and Anna, a young UK philosophy professor, are unexpectedly thrown together for a night in a B&B, run by islander Margaret, on a small island in the West of Ireland. With escalating intensity, difficult truths surface as the four confront each other in facing their personal demons. Laced with humour and startling honesty, the story explores contemporary Irish issues and the final outcome is both unexpected and deeply poignant.

Believing in Butterflies is the debut play by Coolmine local John Haskins, an award-winning poet and short story writer. Local amateur drama group Coolmine Drama Circle has been running for over forty years, thanks to long standing members and the commitment of its participants. Since Draiocht opened in 2001, Coolmine Drama Circle has graced both the Studio and Main Stages with over 30 productions. 

John Haskins, Playwright; Clare Walsh, Director; Ger Memory as Bobby; Ruth Moloney as Anna; Barrington Cullen as Brendan; Winifred Walsh as Margaret; John Gavin, Production Manager.

Sharon Shannon - Sacred Earth - SOLD OUT
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Sharon Shannon - Sacred Earth - SOLD OUT

With Sharon Shannon and Alan Connor

Fri 16 Feb 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €23 / €20 conc

Sharon Shannon has music at her fingertips ... literally! The Irish accordionist has achieved legendary status throughout the world and has made the much-maligned accordion 'cool' in her home country. She is renowned for her collaborations, not just in Irish traditional music, but through all musical genres, Hip-Hop, Cajun, Country, Classical and Rap. Sharon has recorded and toured with a who's who of the Irish and global music industry, including Bono, Adam Clayton, Sinead O’Connor, Jackson Browne, John Prine, Steve Earle, The RTE Concert Orchestra, The Chieftains, The Waterboys, Willie Nelson, Nigel Kennedy, Alison Krauss and Shane MacGowan - a list that is testament to Sharon's versatility as well as talent. Her album Galway Girl went 4 times platinum in Ireland with the title track winning her the Meteor award two years running for most downloaded song. She has produced a new album for the High Kings released worldwide by Sony in September 2013.

Newly signed to Irish record label Celtic Collections, ‘Sacred Earth’ is Sharon’s first new studio album in 3 years and her tenth studio album to date. Produced by Justin Adams, this album mixes Irish music with African and blues and features celebrated African Musicians Abass Dodoo and Seikou Keita as well as special guests including Finbar Furey and Alyra Rose.

Al Grant – The Life & Music of Jim Reeves
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Al Grant – The Life & Music of Jim Reeves

With Special Guest Isla Grant

Sat 17 Feb 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €25 / €23 conc

Al GRANT presents a unique insight into the Life and Music of the legendary singer Jim Reeves with a wonderful concert of his classic hit songs. With narration of Jim's life together with video screen footage this will be a unique evening of Songs and Story. Renowned for his classic interpretation of Jim Reeves songs with unerring similarity to the voice of the Great Man, Al will perform all of Jim Reeves classic hit songs including: 'I Love You Because', 'He’ll Have To Go', 'Adios Amigo', 'Distant Drums', 'Danny Boy', 'You are The Only Good Thing', 'I Won’t Forget You', 'It Hurts So Much', 'Moonlight & Roses' and, of course, 'Welcome To My World' and many others.
Special guest on the night will be renowned singer/songwriter Isla Grant who played a sold-out concert here last February.

Wish Upon A Star

Wish Upon A Star

St Patricks Junior National School

Mon 19 - Tue 20 Feb 2018 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €10

St Patrick’s Junior National School, Corduff is proud to present its musical extravaganza ‘Wish Upon a Star’. Children from First and Second Classes invite you to join them for an evening of music and dance, where you will follow the adventures of Max and Lizzy. Their journey to find each other will take you to exciting places and introduce you to new friends. ‘Wish Upon a Star’ promises to be a fun-filled evening for all ages, with much-loved songs you’re sure to be singing along with!

Exploring Make Believe with Eimear Morrissey- SOLD OUT

Exploring Make Believe with Eimear Morrissey- SOLD OUT

Draíocht and Early Years - Exploring More With Early Years Arts

Tue 20 Feb 2018 Draiocht Workshop Room // €5 Per Child (Accompanying Adult Free)

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 dance, then fairytales and finally storytelling. There will be mess but there will also be fun!
Cost: €5 Per Child Per Workshop (Accompanying Adult is Free).
Booking and further information from Box Office on 01-8852622.

Exploring Make Believe with Eimear Morrissey
10.15AM-11AM & 11.30AM-12.15PM
Dur: 45 mins
Changing hats, wearing glasses, a lovely cloak, a dragon’s tail, a giant’s voice, a fairy spell. Explore fairy tale characters and stories in this fun theatre based exploration session with Eimear.


Exploring Wiggling and Wobbling to Music with Antje O’Toole

Exploring Wonder and Imagination with Orla Kelly

Workshop Notes:
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).

The Golden Dream / La Juala de Oro

The Golden Dream / La Juala de Oro

Draiocht in Association with The Irish Film Institute

Wed 21 Feb 2018 10.30AM Main Auditorium // €5 Per Student / 2 Teachers Free per Class of 20+

This season Draíocht will collaborate once again with the Irish Film Institutes Education Programme by screening the film 'The Golden Dream / La Juala de Oro'  for TY and Senior Cycle Secondary School Students, in Spanish (with English subtitles). Recommended age: 15+

A group of Guatemalan teenagers attempt to make their way to the U.S.A., dreaming of the better life that the country promises, but they are ill equipped, both physically and emotionally, for the challenges they face getting there. Sara attempts to pass as a boy, thinking that will make her less vulnerable; Juan positions himself as the group’s guide and cheerleader, but he proves himself as naïve as the others; Samuel struggles from the start of the adventure, while Chauk, an indigenous Indian, speaks no Spanish.
Diego Quemada-Díez has previously worked with Ken Loach, and there’s evidence of that in the film’s raw realism and its committed social concerns. It’s a brilliant and effecting debut, which has won numerous prizes on the festival circuit, including an award for its young ensemble cast at Cannes 2013.

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Dur 108 mins • Age 15+ • Suitable for TY, 5th & 6th year students
Guatemala/Spain/ Mexico  • 2013 • Drama  • Spanish with English Subtitles • Director: Diego Quemada-Díez

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"Absorbing and suspenseful " ★★★★ The Guardian

"A beautiful film, full of human warmth, compassion and truth. The struggle of the innocent is caught with precision. Terrific!" Ken Loach

Gallery Launch: PLATFORM 2018

Gallery Launch: PLATFORM 2018

Wed 21 Feb 2018 7PM Ground Floor Gallery

You are invited to the opening of
Participating artists: Ella Bertilsson & Ulla Juske, Robbie Blake, Emma Brennan, Mark Buckeridge, Cian Coady & Jessica Kelly Hannon, Gum Collective (Aaron Smyth, Alex de Roeck, Aimee Gallagher, Ciara O’Brien, Ciaran Gallen, Sadbh O’Brien, Sofya Mikhaylova, Stephen Lau), Sarah Farrell, Lisa Freeman with members of Dublin Youth Dance Company, Louis Haugh, Landing Collective (Aliina Lindroos & Moran Been-noon), Eve O’Callaghan.

Opening night performances by Mark Buckeridge, Robbie Blake and Tonnta Music and Cian Coady & Jessica Kelly Hannon.
Curated by Sharon Murphy

Wednesday 21 February 2018 from 7pm-9pm

PLATFORM is an exhibition and a series of associated events showcasing the dynamic and eclectic work of 21 young and early career artists whose practice spans across visual and performance media. PLATFORM is one of Draíocht’s strategic artist development initiatives which supports artists to explore their current practice through research, studio space, exhibition, residencies, performance and public engagement.

Hotel Salvation (2018)
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Hotel Salvation (2018)

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 21 Feb 2018 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

Faced with his father's untimely and bizarre demand to go and die in the holy city of Varanasi and attain salvation, a son is left with no choice but to embark on this journey with him. An ominous dream convinces 77 year old Dayanand Kumar that his end could be near. Daya and Rajiv check into Mukti Bhawan (Hotel Salvation) in Varanasi, a guesthouse devoted to people in their last days. But as the days go by, Rajiv struggles to juggle his responsibilities back home, while Daya starts to bloom in the hotel and gets a new lease of life.

Cert: 18 / Language: Hindi (subtitled) / Dur: 99 mins
In association with Access Cinema

"Full of warmth and tenderness." The Hollywood Reporter

"A warm, sweet film."



Early Career Artists, Curators And Collectives / Curated by Sharon Murphy

Wed 21 Feb - Sat 31 Mar 2018 Ground Floor Gallery

PLATFORM 2018 is an exhibition and a series of associated events showcasing the work of emerging and early career artists who will use the Gallery as a playful, experimental and creative space. Using a wide range of visual media as well as sound, music, dance and food, PLATFORM provides an opportunity for the public to engage with artists, creatives and curators as they animate their ideas and practices.
Participating artists: Ella Bertilsson & Ulla Juske, Robbie Blake, Emma Brennan, Mark Buckeridge, Cian Coady & Jessica Kelly Hannon, Gum Collective (Aaron Smyth, Alex de Roeck, Aimee Gallagher, Ciara O’Brien, Ciaran Gallen, Sadbh O’Brien, Sofya Mikhaylova, Stephen Lau), Sarah Farrell, Lisa Freeman with members of Dublin Youth Dance Company, Louis Haugh, Landing Collective (Aliina Lindroos & Moran Been-noon), Eve O’Callaghan.

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Date Night
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Date Night

Niamh Kavanagh with Paul Megahey (The Illegals)

Sat 24 Feb 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

Join Niamh Kavanagh as she celebrates the 25th anniversary of her Eurovision win with a retrospective of special songs highlighting memorable moments from her extensive career. Expect familiar favourites interpreted in Niamh's inimitable fashion and accompanied by guitarist Paul Megahey. Think acoustic versions of Crazy by Gnarls Barkely, Richard Thompson’s Dimming of the Day and of course the one and only, In Your Eyes. An intimate evening of gorgeous sounds awaits, with a sprinkle of chat and craic for good measure!

Chris Kent - Moving On

Chris Kent - Moving On

Sat 24 Feb 2018 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €12

Cork comedian Chris Kent presents his 5th solo show, Moving On. 
Returning with his charming and surreal style, Chris has a new perspective on life. Having moved to the UK and recently becoming a dad for the first time, adult life is leaving him more confused than ever ...

"Original hilarious material...Among the best acts I’ve seen." ★★★★★ The Mirror

"Carefree, comedic bulls-eye." The Dubliner Magazine

"Fresh and original material, extremely endearing performer." Broadway Baby

"A truly gifted storyteller with a deceptively naturalistic style." Chortle

Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me by Frank McGuinness - CANCELLED
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Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me by Frank McGuinness - CANCELLED

Decadent Theatre Company

Tue 27 - Wed 28 Feb 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

For the safety of our staff & audiences, Draiocht will close today, 28 Feb at 12.30pm and re-open on Saturday 3 March at 10am. Our show has been cancelled tonight (Someone Who'll Watch Over Me, 28 Feb), our Gallery Launch has been postponed on Thursday 1 March (Homespun, until 22 March) and our Friday night show 'The Three Tenors' on 2 March will now be rescheduled to a date in April (Box Office will contact you to transfer you to the new date once confirmed). We are hopeful that 'Dirtbirds' will go ahead on Saturday night 3rd March, but will update again as we know more.
Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

We are in a decidedly perilous position, to put it mildly’.  
Adam, an American doctor, Edward, an Irish journalist, and Michael, an English academic, have little to unite them beyond being human in the same small space. Yet somehow, together, they determine to ward off madness and forestall despair.
Somewhere lurk their unseen captors yet, in the cell, there are stories of adventure and love, there is song and laughter, and even a surge of writing, cocktail-drinking and movie-making.
Inspired by the abduction of Brian Keenan taken hostage in Lebanon in the 1980s, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me is playwright Frank McGuinness’s hymn to the defiant power of the human spirit and the creative imagination. 

Since 2013, Decadent Theatre Company has produced 9 national tours including Eden, A Skull in Connemara, Defender of the Faith, The Dead School and The Weir.

PLEASE NOTE: The Wednesday night performance has been cancelled by the Venue. Audience members can either transfer to Tuesday night's show or be refunded. Please contact Box Office 01-8852622 if you haven't heard from us.

MORE ... Audience Reaction

"Brings its own light touch to grim matters. " The New York Times

"A beautiful play. " The New Yorker

"Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me sees Frank McGuinness at the very top of his form, extracting from the depths of the human condition uncrushable determination, passion and compassion, anger and jealousy, spite and fear and lashings of black subversive humour." ★ ★ ★ ★ The Irish Times