Draíocht’s Artist in Your Classroom Initiative

Draíocht’s Artist in Your Classroom Initiative

Workshops In Your Classroom With Draíocht’s Artists

Mon 3 Sep - Fri 30 Nov 2018

This programme aims to provide a range of high-quality arts experiences for pupils and teachers in your own classroom, using Draíocht’s professional artists, at Primary level. Your school can choose from the range of specially selected and purposefully created school workshops below. This Season, pupils will have the opportunity to create and perform and to play and squash clay. Workshops are tailored to your class’s age and abilities and will work with two separate classes each day.

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 1.5hrs
Artist: Eimear Morrissey
Using a theme of your choice as a starting point, Eimear Morrissey 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 them the opportunity to experience the creation of something from nothing!

Clay In Your Classroom
Age Range: 3rd-6th Class
Duration: 2 Class Group Workshops Of 2 Hours
Artist: Deirdre O’reilly
Slap it, bang it, thump it, texture it! Create three dimensional animals and clay models with Ceramic Artist, Deirdre O'Reilly. This in-depth ceramic workshop will concentrate on using 3-dimensional clay shapes as a starting point for model making. During these workshops, the children will be equipped with new skills and knowledge of how to create the most adventurous of 3D models with fine textured detail applied. A must-do cross curricular creative workshop for your class.

Workshop Notes & Bookings:
Workshops can take place from 03 September-30 November 2018 on a date of your choosing.
Closing date for Bookings is Friday 19 October 2018 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

B.A.S.S - Band And Song Support Autumn/Winter 2018

B.A.S.S - Band And Song Support Autumn/Winter 2018

Tue 4 Sep - Tue 4 Dec 2018 Draiocht Workshop Room

SEP-DEC 2018 
Select Tuesdays  6.45PM-9PM  Age: 14-18 Years

Draíocht will continue to offer 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 like strumming a chord or rapping a word, then join other like-minded young people in Draíocht in a free creative space. Spend the time writing, jamming and collaborating.

Contact Box Office for confirmed dates through September-December 2018, tel: 01-8852622.

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Quintessence Theatre Company (in association with An Táin Arts Centre)

Sat 8 Sep 2018 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €16 / €14 conc

A powerful piece of devised theatre from An Tain Arts Centre’s Company-In-Residence exploring the issue of mental illness in Ireland.

I used to be just like everybody else: Whole. Complete. Unshattered, unbroken….normal. I’m falling between the cracks in myself, and I don’t know how to crawl back out…

Quintessence Theatre use their innovative physical ensemble story-telling techniques mingled with multi-media platforms of film and music to poignantly explore the profound struggle individuals with mental illness face on a daily basis in Ireland today.
In this darkly comical and deeply moving new play an unsuccessful suicide attempt leaves young Leanne Dowd estranged and attempting to pick up the pieces of a life still shattered by mental illness.
Devised by the company and directed by Anna Simpson, a Creative Associate of the Pleasance and Practitioner with the Globe, London, this brand new work seeks to expose the lived experience of battling a severe mental illness in an inefficient and unsympathetic system through the eyes of one young woman.

This islandwide tour of CRACKS is funded by the Arts Council (An Chomhairle Ealaíon) and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

CAST: Leah Rossiter / Anthony Kinahan / Fiona Keenan O’Brien
Dur: 90 mins + 20 min post show discusion
Please note that there will be a 20 minute post-show discussion which will feature founder of Pieta House and Irish presidential hopeful Joan Freeman.
Age: 14+

"Brave, daring and innovative…has a virtuoso flair and arresting boldness. A substantial piece of theatre." Peter Hughes, Northern Standard

"Went to see this amazing play last night! I have to say it was brilliant! It portrays a young persons struggle with their mental health and demonstrates how those around also struggle to understand." Bairbre Kelly, Counsellor and Psychotherapist

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Decadent Theatre Company / Dublin Theatre Festival Previews

Sat 15 - Sun 16 Sep 2018 Main Auditorium

It is with deep regret that Decadent Theatre Company have to cancel both shows in Draiocht (Friday 14th and Saturday 15th September) at such short notice, due to technical complexities with their set. Decadent would like to apologise for any inconvenience to Draíocht's audience and full refunds are now available from Draíocht's Box Office 01-8852622.

Further information from Decadent t: 086-8924447 / e:

Explore More - Tours for Primary Classes

Explore More - Tours for Primary Classes

SEP-NOV 2018

Tue 18 Sep - Fri 30 Nov 2018 // FREE // Dur: 50 mins

Visit Draíocht’s two exhibitions spaces, encourage students to examine and voice their opinion about the artist and their work and explore the rest of the building including our two theatre spaces, backstage and dressing rooms.
Please book with Sarah, e: or phone 01-809 8029. Tours will take approx 50 minutes, are free, but are subject to availability. Class numbers are restricted to 30 students with accompanying teacher. 

My Left Nut
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My Left Nut

Pan Narrans Theatre / By Michael Patrick and Oisín Kearney

Thu 20 Sep 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

The True Story of a Belfast boy growing up with no father to guide him through, and a giant ball to weigh him down.

400 millilitres. That’s how much liquid was drained from Michael’s left testicle when he was a teenager. That’s more than a can of coke. He should have told someone sooner, but who could he turn to? His dad died ten years ago and besides, school is full of rumours about what the giant bulge in his trousers actually is. Who wants to stop that?

Initially created through the Show in a Bag programme, supported by Fishamble, The Irish Theatre Institute and The Dublin Fringe Festival with additional support from Prime Cut Production’s REVEAL programme.

Dur: 60 Mins / Age 12+

"Laughing one minute, crying the next… a terrific performance of a touching story." ★ ★ ★ ★ The Sunday Times Ireland

"Intimacy Through Comedy." ★ ★ ★ ★ The Irish Times

"My Left Nut is what fringe theatre is all about; it’s an hour of fresh, pure entertainment that shouldn’t be missed." ★ ★ ★ ★ The Reviews Hub

"Heart-warming and charming, a documentation of the struggle to find one’s true self in the face of personal trauma." ★ ★ ★ ★ TN2

Culture Night at Draiocht 2018

Culture Night at Draiocht 2018

Fri 21 Sep 2018 // FREE

All Events are Free but Ticketed
Pre-booking tel 01-8852622 or Register On The Day/Night

FREE SCREENING: Shorts for Wee Ones   4.30PM / Dur 45 mins / Age 3+
This collection of short films from around the world will delight anyone over the age of three. There are tales of tigers not eating their vegetables, a bear learning to sing and a very adventurous fish …

FREE SCREENING: Shorts for Middle Ones   6PM / Dur 55 mins / Age 8+
With stories of polar bears and shrinking ice caps, mad-cap gold heists and the weird and wonderful worlds of two very different chameleons, these short films offer a broad and brilliant world view - funny, sad, thrilling and emotional.

7PM-8PM   Ages 14-18 Yrs   Draíocht Studio
D15 Youth Theatre members welcome you into their world … bring a friend, introduce them to Draíocht and dip your toe into the waters of a fun Youth Theatre Workshop.

7PM-7.30PM  Draíocht Gallery
Members of the original Clown Choir created by Veronica Coburn as part of a Draíocht residency, just cannot stop singing. They invite you to enjoy a few numbers with them, to sing along, dance if you like, and, of course, smile.

FREE SCREENING: The Piano (1993)  8PM / 25th Anniversary Screening / Dur 121 mins / Cert 16+
‘The Piano’ is set in New Zealand’s wilderness as Ada McGrath (Holly Hunter), a mute woman, and her daughter Flora (Anna Paquin) arrive from Scotland to start a new life with frontiersman Alistair Stewart (Sam Neill) having been sold to him by her father. Written, directed and produced by Jane Campion and Winner of 3 Academy Awards, 3 BAFTA Awards and Cannes Palme d'Or Winner 1993.

Shorts for Wee Ones

Shorts for Wee Ones

Culture Night Free Screening / 4.30PM / Ages 3-7 yrs

Fri 21 Sep 2018 4.30PM Main Auditorium // FREE

These magical tales will delight children age 3+ and are a colourful introduction to the cinema experience. These short films from a whole host of countries, including Sweden, France, Russia, Germany, Switzerland…
For audiences aged three and older, we’re delighted to present a variety of short tales about going on adventures, making friends, trying out new things and learning new skills. We watch a hungry tiger find a tasty meal (and eat his carrots) and learn how a big, old bear finds his singing voice. A little boy has to save an adventurous fish during a water shortage, and someone desperate to go to sleep learns that there is music all around (whether he likes it or not!).
All these short films are in English or are dialogue-free (except for one with one word of German – and it’s very easy to understand!). These magical tales will delight children age 3+ and are a colourful introduction to the cinema experience as well as moving image literacy. 

List of Films:
Tiger, 2016, dir. Kariem Saleh, Germany (4') - no dialogue
Den lilla flykten (A Small Escape), 2016, dir. David Sandell, Sweden (2'40") - no dialogue
Ruhe. ZumDonnerwetterocheinmal (Silence! For Pete's Sake!), 2015, dir. Kai Pannen, Germany (7'30") - German with English subtitles (only one word…)
Der kleine Vogel und die Raupe (The Little Bird And The Caterpillar), 2017, dir. Lena von Dohren, Switzerland (4'20") - no dialogue
La cage (In A Cage), 2016, dir. Loic Bruyere, France, (6') - no dialogue
The Mole And The Earthworm, 2015, dir. Johannes Schiehsl, Germany  (3'20") - no dialogue
Water Path For A Fish, 2016, dir. Mercedes Marro, Spain (8'19") - no dialogue
Belchonok I sanki (The Sled), 2016, dir. Olesya Shchukina, Russia (4'20") - no dialogue
Kiwi & Strit: Football, 2016, dir. Esben Toft Jacobsen, Denmark (5') - no dialogue

In association with Access Cinema
Culture Night at Draiocht 2018

Shorts for Middle Ones

Shorts for Middle Ones

Culture Night Free Screening / 6PM / Ages 8+ Yrs

Fri 21 Sep 2018 6PM Main Auditorium // FREE

This collection of short films is a patchwork of experiences – funny, sad, thrilling, emotional and, in one particular case, a tad stomach-churning (in a very tasteful way, of course!). Polar bears cross their disappearing ice floes, a stylish cat and an impoverished artist learn to create beautiful artworks together, a perfect gold heist goes horribly awry and the Mona Lisa finds herself in entirely new surroundings. And then there are a couple of very unusual chameleons: one trying to impress a potential mate, and the other? Well, let’s just say it’s a documentary that David Attenborough clearly had no involvement in ... Most of these films are dialogue-free, proving words aren’t always necessary when telling exquisite stories. However, one story is in French with English subtitles and another has a French spoken in the background (subtitles not required). Suited to audiences aged eight and older, please be aware that they do include some cartoon violence, images of a decomposing rat and some very messy eating!

List of Short Films:
Spring Jam, 2016, dir. Ned Wenlock, New Zealand (5'35") - no dialogue
Sabaku, 2016, dir. Marlies van der Wel, The Netherlands (2'18") - no dialogue
Nanuuq, 2016, dir. Jim Lachasse, France (3'26") - no dialogue
The Cat And Its Artist, 2015, dir. Maike Koller, Germany (5'30") – no dialogue
Moroshka, 2016, dir. Polina Minchenok, Russia (7'46") - no dialogue
Darrel, 2016, dirs.  Marc Briones and Alan Carabantes ,Spain (3'20") - no dialogue
Pautinka (Spider Web), 2016, dir. Natalia Chernysheva, Russia (4') - no dialogue
Amour Fou, 2015, dir. Florian Werzinski, Germany (4'15") – no dialogue
Un plan d'enfer, 2016, dirs. Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol, France/Belgium (5'50") - in French with English subtitles
Wrapped, 2015, dirs. Roman Kälin, Falko Paeper and Florian Wittman, Germany (4') - no dialogue
Alike, 2015, dirs.  Rafa Cano Méndez and Daniel Martínez Lara, Spain (8') - no dialogue
Our Wonderful Nature: The Common Chameleon, 2016, dir. Tomer Eshed, Germany (3'32") - in English

In Association with Access Cinema
Culture Night at Draiocht 2018

The Piano (1993) - 25th Anniversary Screening

The Piano (1993) - 25th Anniversary Screening

Culture Night Free Screening / 8PM

Sat 22 Sep 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // FREE

Starring Holly Hunter (‘The Big Sick’ and ‘Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?’), Harvey Keitel (‘Mean Streets’) and Sam Neill (‘Dead Calm’, ‘Sirens’, and ‘Jurassic Park’) as well as Anna Paquin (‘X-Men’ and ‘True Blood’), ‘The Piano’ is set in New Zealand’s wilderness as Ada McGrath (Hunter), a mute woman, and her daughter Flora (Paquin) arrive from Scotland to start a new life with frontiersman Alistair Stewart (Sam Neill) having been sold to him by her father.
Ada, a talented pianist, and Flora take an immediate dislike to Alistair when he refuses to carry Ada’s beloved piano and sells it to his overseer, George Baines (Harvey Keitel). Both Holly Hunter and Anna Paquin received Oscars for their roles in this masterpiece, written, directed and produced by Jane Campion.

Winner of 3 Academy Awards including Best Actress and Best Screenplay.
Winner of 3 BAFTA Awards including Best Actress.
Cannes Palme D’Or Winner 1993.
Dur 121 mins. Cert 16+

In association with Access Cinema
Culture Night at Draiocht 2018

Family Day: Funky Junk City

Family Day: Funky Junk City

Sat 22 Sep 2018 12 NOON-3PM Draíocht Galleries // FREE

Tape, bind and build to create your own funky sculpture and then work collaboratively with others to place your funky building alongside others to create a new and imagined city scape. Who lives there? What lives there? Let’s find out! 

Sessions are Free, but space is limited. Max 50 Per Workshop.
Session 1: 12:00pm-12:50pm
Session 2: 01:00pm-01:50pm
Session 3: 02:00pm-02:50pm
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 Nualas Glam Slam
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The Nualas Glam Slam

Sat 22 Sep 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €22 / €20 conc

Bam! Pow! Biff! Shazam! They are back in the ring for a glittering bout of knock-out, body slamming comedy gold. They dance like a butterfly and sing like a bee, they’ll have you flat out on the mat with laughter, they will literally punch you right in the kisser with their gloves of gags and gaiety. 
Who? The Nualas!
What? Their new show Glam Slam!
Where? At a reputable entertainment outlet near you.
Don’t miss this slug fest of musical genius from Ireland’s First Ladies of Comedy.

“I laughed until I cried.”
“I laughed until my face hurt.”
“I have never laughed so much.  An absolutely brilliant show.”
(Real quotes from real people who actually saw the show.  Fair play to them)

"The cult queens of Ireland who put the ‘b’ in bejaysus!" Metro, London

"... wackily original ..." The New York Times

"Genius! Kill to get a ticket!" The Scotsman

D15 Youth Theatre Auditions 2018

D15 Youth Theatre Auditions 2018

SUN 23 SEP 11AM-2PM Age 14-18 Years

Sun 23 Sep 2018 Draíocht Studio

Auditions will be held for new members for Draíocht’s highly successful Youth Theatre (D15YT), for those aged between 14-18 years with a love of theatre and trying new things. D15YT runs on Tuesday evenings 7pm-9pm, during school term times starting in October.

All are welcome to auditions, please drop into Draíocht to pick up an Application Form or phone 01-8852622 and we can post you one, or email you one. 

If you are interested in finding out more about D15YT, contact or on 01 8098029 or read our Blog or follow us on Facebook

Before the Auditions, why not dip your toe into a Free Youth Theatre Workshop on Culture Night on 21 September?


Aslan’s Christy Dignam and Joe Jewell - SOLD OUT
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Aslan’s Christy Dignam and Joe Jewell - SOLD OUT

Some Songs and Stories

Thu 27 Sep 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €22.50 / €20 conc


Christy Dignam, Aslan’s extraordinary frontman, plus Joe Jewell, Aslan’s lead guitarist and songwriter - childhood pals, lifelong friends and the founding members of Aslan - bring their very special and intimate acoustic show ‘Some Songs and Stories‘ to Draíocht for one special night. This show features some new and many of Aslan’s best known songs plus some classic covers. There is good banter with the audience, as the lads explain the background of some of the songs plus stories of 30 plus years in Aslan. Early booking advised.

On the Late Late Show recently, Christy performed this ballad with Finbar Furey and the video  footage of this went viral – achieving over 4 million views on YouTube so far.

Declan O’Rourke
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Declan O’Rourke

Fri 28 Sep 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €22.50 / €20 conc

Declan O’Rourke is a highly successful Irish artist, acclaimed by his peers, and having achieved many plaudits with his five albums released to date. Declan’s soulful music, rooted in folk and trad, has attracted the praise of countless industry giants, including John Prine, and Paul Weller, among others. The Dubliner’s legend John Sheahan, declared recently that, “after 50 years I have decided it’s time to put a lid on the ‘The Dubliners,’ but I’m sure you’ll all agree that with Declan, and Damien (Dempsey), the future is in good hands.” A dynamic performer, he is at once as comfortable fronting a 50-piece orchestra, as playing solo with a guitar.

"Declan O'Rourke is one of the rare breed, he arrived fully formed, his songs, and delivery belie his age, and ours. He's a timeless troubadour with a voice that breaks through all your defences and gets to the heart of the matter. One of the true greats of our island." Glen Hansard