Exploring Theatre Craft 2018

Exploring Theatre Craft 2018

A Hartstown & Riversdale Theatre Project / OCT/NOV 2018

Mon 1 Oct - Fri 30 Nov 2018

Over a six week period, Eimear Morrissey will work with transition year students from Hartstown Community School and Riversdale Community College to introduce them to ideas of improvisation and theatre creation. While concentrating on the creation of short experimental performance pieces, participants will attend theatre shows and weekly workshops.

If you are a secondary school in Dublin 15 and are interested in finding out more about this project please contact

Portfolio Preparation Guidance

Portfolio Preparation Guidance

With Artist Andrew Carson

Tue 2 Oct - Tue 4 Dec 2018 Draiocht Workshop Room

02 OCT, 06 NOV, 04 DEC


Are you in 5th or 6th year and planning on going to art college? On the first Tuesday of every month, Draíocht will facilitate Portfolio Preparation Guidance sessions with artist Andrew Carson during October-December 2018. Bring along your portfolio every month for review and suggestions, drawing sessions and a suggested task to complete between sessions. All levels are welcome and these sessions are designed to be informal, drop in sessions. Sessions are free but space is limited, so please register at the Box Office in advance each month tel: 01-8852622.

Night Light - Teater Refleksion, Denmark & Andy Manley, UK

Night Light - Teater Refleksion, Denmark & Andy Manley, UK

Presented as part of Spréacha – Fingal’s International Arts Programme for Children at Draíocht

Fri 5 Oct 2018 10.15AM & 12.15PM Draíocht Studio // €7 adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class of 20+ / Age 3-6 yrs / Dur: 40 mins

The blackbird sings to welcome the night. The day slows and soon all are asleep. All except one who cannot sleep. A child, curious to know who looks after the night. And so begins a magical journey through the dark and beautiful night until the black bird sings again to welcome a new day.

Teater Refleksion and Andy Manley are internationally regarded for their poignant and poetic shows for the very young; shows like ‘Goodbye Mr. Muffin’, ‘Songs from Above’ and ‘White’. Audiences will be immersed in a magical universe surrounded by a beautifully designed atmospheric set. 

Night Light was commissioned by Imaginate and is co-produced with Red Bridge Arts, and supported through the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund, The Danish Arts Foundation and the Municipality of Aarhus.

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"Quietly humorous and gentle, Night Light is a wonderfully imagined dream world. The entire team has created a cornucopia of wonder." ★★★★★ Edinburgh Guide

"A beautiful immersive experience." ★★★★ The Scotsman

"A delicate and delightful work of object theatre." ★★★★ Sunday Herald

"An exquisite, captivating instance of children’s theatre at its best." ★★★★ The Herald

Create Dance Project - Autumn/Winter 2018

Create Dance Project - Autumn/Winter 2018

OCT-DEC 2018

Sat 6 Oct - Sat 1 Dec 2018 Draíocht Studio

During this innovative dance project, dancers and facilitators Mark Rogers and Antje O’Toole continue to work their ‘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 7-17 years with additional needs and a love of dance, please get in touch with Sarah Beirne, / ph 01-8098029.

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Fingal Film Club Winter 2018

Fingal Film Club Winter 2018

Wed 10 Oct - Wed 28 Nov 2018

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

Fingal Film Club: Stop Motion Movie
WED 10, WED 17, WED 24 OCT
6.30-9PM  Age: 14-18 yrs  €15  
With Create School
This stop-motion animation workshop involves plenty of hands-on learning, combined with some simple demonstrations. Students collaborate in small groups to design and create their movie set using paper, card and plasticine (all materials are supplied); then it’s on to the storyboard as they plan their stop-motion movies. They then film and produce them on iPads (also supplied). 
The creations will be screened as part of (Re)View Youth Screenings on 21 November.

Fingal Film Club: Making A Documentary        
WED 07, WED 14, WED 21 NOV 2018 7PM-9PM
WED 28 NOV 11AM-4PM & 7PM-9PM
Age: 14-18 yrs  €20
With Kilian Waters 
This hands-on practical course is designed to introduce participants to non-fiction documentary filmmaking. Over the course, filmmaker Kilian will guide you in the craft of researching, producing, shooting, directing and editing a documentary film. The resulting documentary will screen as part of (Re)View Youth Screenings on on 21 November.

Home Theatre (Ireland) ... Our Place. Our Stories.
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Home Theatre (Ireland) ... Our Place. Our Stories.

Dublin Theatre Festival 2018 / Based on an original idea by Marcus Vinicius Faustini (Brazil) & Kerry Kyriacos Michael (UK)

Wed 10 - Sat 13 Oct 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc / Multiple Nights: €15 / Groups 10+ €15

Snapshot. This is life in Dublin 15 but it could be where you’re from.

Join us for a feast of new writing by some of Ireland’s leading theatre-makers. Plays inspired by conversations with people who live in Dublin 15. Children, young people, adults, people new to Ireland, people who have always been here. People with stories. Join us for a night of freshly minted theatre pieces inspired by people just like you.

Home Theatre (Ireland) pairs 30 Dublin 15 ‘hosts’, with 47 leading theatre-makers. After spending time together, in the hosts’ homes, in their lives, each theatre maker writes a piece of theatre that will be performed in the host’s home. Home Theatre (Ireland) democratises the voices in Irish theatre. 
Home Theatre (Ireland) happens over two weeks and culminates on Saturday, October 6th, when 30 new plays will be performed in houses across Dublin 15. A selection of these plays will be presented in Draíocht as part of Dublin Theatre Festival.
Each night a programme of 6 newly commissioned plays.
Each night a different programme of work.
Each night a unique theatrical event.

Theatre Artists Include: 
Louise Lewis, Bryan Burroughs, Clare Barrett, Peter Wilson (Duke Special), Dylan Coburn Gray, Felicia Olusanya, Fiona McGeown, Fionn Foley, Jody O'Neill, John Morton, Little John Nee, Sharon Mannion, Natalya O'Flaherty, Neil Watkins, Robbie Blake, Shaun Dunne, Sorcha Fox, Eva O'Connor, Elaine Murphy, Gavin Kostick, Marc Mac Lochlainn, Nancy Harris, Paul Mercier, Roisin Ingle, Sonya Kelly, Colin Murphy, Deirdre Kinahan, Tom Swift, Annabelle Comyn, Claire O'Reilly, Conall Morrison, Liam Halligan, Louise Lowe, Cathal Cleary. 
Artistic Director: Veronica Coburn
Video Projections: Kilian Waters
Sound Designer & Composer: Sinead Diskin
See Full List Here

Talking Theatre:
Oct 11 & 12 post-show discussions with Veronica Coburn, Kerry Kyriacos Michael and participating artists.

Home Theatre (Ireland) plays are all 20 minutes duration.
Details of each night’s programme will be available on 01 October.
Suitable for ages 13+. May contain strong language
Home Theatre (Ireland) is supported by an Arts Council Open Call Award. Additional funding has been provided by Creative Fingal, Fingal County Council’s Creative Ireland programme.


Dublin Theatre Festival 2018 in Draíocht
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Dublin Theatre Festival 2018 in Draíocht

Wed 10 - Sat 13 Oct 2018 Main Auditorium // Early Bird: €15 (book before 07 September 2018)

Dublin Theatre Festival is back in Draíocht in October with Home Theatre Ireland.
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Exploring Fantasy Creatures with Deirdre O’Reilly

Exploring Fantasy Creatures with Deirdre O’Reilly

Draíocht and Early Years - Exploring More With Early Years Arts

Thu 11 Oct 2018 Draiocht Workshop Room // €5 Per Child (Accompanying Adult Free)

THU 11 OCT 10AM-11AM & 12PM-1PM  €5  (60 MINS)
Using air drying clay, driftwood and other found materials, Deirdre will help little hands mould and build a fantasy creature, while exploring the squishy, squashy nature of clay.

This series of individual monthly workshops, designed for children aged 2-4 years, is intended to allow you and your child to explore different art mediums in an open and undirected way, starting with clay, then shadow play and finally music. 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 Shadowy Things with Genevieve Harden / Nov
Exploring Sound and Music with Mischa O Mahony / Dec

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 Young King By Oscar Wilde, adapted for the stage by Nicki Bloom

The Young King By Oscar Wilde, adapted for the stage by Nicki Bloom

Slingsby, Australia / Presented as part of Spréacha – Fingal’s International Arts Programme for Children at Draíocht

Tue 16 - Wed 17 Oct 2018 10AM & 12PM Main Auditorium Stage // €7 adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class of 20+ / Age 8+ yrs / Dur: 50 mins

What kind of King would you be? A naïve boy raised by goatherds is discovered to be heir to the kingdom. Treasures and privileges are laid at his feet, but at what cost to others? The achingly beautiful and tender language of Oscar Wilde joins the intimate and magical world of internationally acclaimed Adelaide theatre company, Slingsby. Journey in wonder, to a land of challenging choices and rich rewards.

Image by Andy Elli
Starring: Tim Overton and Jacqy Phillips with live music performed by Quincy Grant
Director: Andy Packer

Education Pack and other Resources for Download

Slingsby is supported by the Government of South Australia through Arts South Australia, and by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.


"The attention to detail is phenomenal…majestic and utterly delightful." Limelight

"Slingsby’s beautifully staged adaptation of Wilde’s visionary parable has woven a spell that offers hope for a better world." Canberra Critics Circle

"... an immersive, otherworldly show, punctured with serious life lessons." Sydney Morning Herald

Last Breath - A filmic artwork by Marie Brett

Last Breath - A filmic artwork by Marie Brett

Thu 18 Oct 2018 7.30PM Draíocht Studio // FREE

Last Breath is a short film exploring ideas of an ultimate great unknown: the experience of death and dying. Inspired by Epic poetry, Irish folklore and time spent with palliative care staff, the artwork draws viewers into a multi-layered narrative, where time slows and metaphysical landscapes unfold.

Artist Marie Brett produced the work following a residency at UCD’s College of Social Science and Law and a participatory project with staff at St Francis Hospice Dublin. The work was supported by IMMA and UCD Parity Studios and received an Arts Council AIC award, coordinated by Create the national development agency for collaborative arts in Ireland.

Following the film, audience members will be invited to join in discussion about the work with special guests Dr. Regina McQuillan, Medical Director at St Francis Hospice Dublin and Helen O'Donoghue, Senior Curator at IMMA, together with Consultant Penny Monaghan and Artist Marie Brett.
An Irish film premier, this event is free and all are welcome.


Route 66 Big Band Live in Concert
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Route 66 Big Band Live in Concert

Music From The 40’s To Today

Fri 19 Oct 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €22 / €20 conc

Route 66, a 16 piece Big Band with a real difference, make a welcome return to Draíocht following their great success last year. Their show, which has been a huge success with theatre audiences all over Leinster for the past three years, takes you on a magical musical tour from the 40’s right up to date with numbers made famous by Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Glen Miller, Tom Jones, Adele, Joe Dolan, Tina Turner, Van Morrison, Ella Fitzgerald and many more. 

Route 66 Big Band were formed in 1998 and over the years have played at weddings, festivals, charity fundraisers as well as at the Rose of Tralee Festival Ball in the Dome in Tralee. Made up of experienced musicians from Dublin, Meath and Kildare, with a fabulous brass and saxophone section, they are perfectly blended together to produce the very best in Big Band entertainment.


"I can’t wait for this band to come back, they were truly fantastic, great show / It was a great show, great music, class / A really entertaining show, the Route 66 Band were superb in every sense of the word." Audience Feedback From Previous Shows

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A Lords of Strut and THISISPOPBABY Production

Sat 20 Oct 2018 4PM Main Auditorium // €7 adults / €5 children / Dur: 60 mins / Age 6+

All their lives they wanted to be famous. To get there they need to make the perfect dance routine, but they need your help. In this dance fantasy adventure brothers Sean and Seamus rock out some banging moves, run into trouble, have a few tantrums, cause a teensy bit of mayhem and find out if fame is really what they’re looking for after all. Street Performance World Champions, unlikely heroes of smash hit RIOT and Britain’s Got Talent favourites, Lords of Strut deliver their most ridiculous and sublime family show to date. Riproaringly funny, fantastically bizarre, and absolute legends!

Supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Cork County Council, Pavilion Theatre, Greywood Arts, the Ark and Exchange House.



"Gorgeous explosive two-hander ... Utterly magical and a victory for raw fusion." ★★★★ The Sunday Times

The Silent Revolution / Das Schweigende Klassenzimmer (2018)

The Silent Revolution / Das Schweigende Klassenzimmer (2018)

Draiocht in Association with The Irish Film Institute

Tue 23 Oct 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 Silent Revolution / Das Schweigende Klassenzimmer'  for TY and Senior Cycle Secondary School Students, in German (with English subtitles). Recommended age: 15+

A group of sixth-grade pupils decide to show their solidarity with the victims of the 1956 Hungarian uprising by staging a minute's silence during lessons.
Director: Lars Kraume
Writers: Dietrich Garstka (book), Lars Kraume (adaptation)
Stars: Jördis Triebel, Burghart Klaußner, Ronald Zehrfeld
Country: Germany Language: German

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Dur 108 mins • Age 15+ • Suitable for TY, 5th & 6th year students
Germany • 2018 • Drama  • German with English Subtitles • Director: Lars Kraume

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Making the Grade (2017)
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Making the Grade (2017)

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 24 Oct 2018 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc / €5 children

From documentary maker Ken Wardrop (His & Hers, Mom & Me), comes ‘Making The Grade’, which invites us into the world of the piano lesson. Every year teachers and students throughout Ireland prepare for graded musical exams. These exams can be pleasing for some but daunting for others. Each student has their own goal but reaching Grade Eight is considered a pinnacle. This endearing and uplifting documentary explores the bond between piano teachers and their pupils as they struggle through these grades. This is a story of the transformative power of music and the pride and happiness it provides both the students and teachers. It may inspire us all to keep making the grade. The filmmakers travelled the length and breadth of the country to film with teachers and their students as they prepared for their piano grade exams. The film features characters from as far afield as Kylemore Abbey in the West, to Derry City in the North and down to Crosshaven, Cork in the South.

CERT: G  Language: English   Dur: 86 mins
In association with Access Cinema


I Am Baba / Baby’s First Xmas / Little Tiny Xmas

I Am Baba / Baby’s First Xmas / Little Tiny Xmas

Draíocht Touring Shows To Our Communities

Thu 25 Oct - Thu 13 Dec 2018 // FREE

In line with our 2018-2022 Strategy ‘A Space for the Arts’, Draíocht is committed to both developing programmes that take us out of the building and into our communities and to increasing equality of access to all children. This autumn sees us partnering with Dublin 15 Community Centres to bring the shows detailed below to where you are. All three shows are created by Anna Newell and composer David Goodall, whose work for early years audiences have been seen on all five continents.

I Am Baba
A theatre adventure of song, lights and textures for babies aged 0-12 months. I Am Baba is comprised of gorgeous live harmony singing and playful objects – jellyfish-like scarves dance and tiny lights fly in this intimate immersive performance which happens inside a specially designed tent (6 babies + 6 adults). Presented in association with the Civic Theatre, Tallaght.
Available: 25th and 26th October 2018

Baby’s First Xmas
A gentle magical wonderland of gorgeous harmony singing, little lights and enticing textures, this brand new Xmas show promises to delight and entrance the very tiniest of audience members. Each baby can bring one adult guest with them and to make this a very special experience, audience capacity is very limited (8 babies + 8 adults).
Available: Wednesday 12th December 2018

Little Tiny Xmas
A magical and calming world of sensory experiences and beautiful live singing designed especially for children under 5 with complex needs. Each child can bring one adult guest with them to this playful and gentle show; audience capacity is very limited (6 children + 6 adults). 
Available: Thursday 13th December 2018

Please note these shows are not open for public booking and don't take place in Draíocht.
All shows are 20 mins long and can be performed a maximum of 4 times in the day. Shows are being offered for free to our partnering community centres in Dublin 15 and their audiences. If you are interested in having these shows in your community centre, please call Sarah Beirne on 01-8098029 or email to apply. Deadline for applications 28th September 2018. Baby’s First Xmas & Little Tiny Xmas are funded by Arts Council Ireland. This programme is a partnership between the Civic Theatre, Draíocht and the Mermaid Arts Centre.

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My Heart and I - The Life and Loves of Josef Locke
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My Heart and I - The Life and Loves of Josef Locke

Starring Shane McDonagh & John White

Thu 25 - Sat 27 Oct 2018 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €16 / €14 conc / Groups of 10+ €14pp

'My heart and I' is a brand new show which traces the life and loves of the great Irish Tenor Josef Locke. Interwoven with many of the songs he made famous throughout his long and astonishingly dramatic career, there are performances of 'Goodbye'; 'Hear my Song'; 'Macushla'; 'I’ll walk beside you'; 'La Donna é Mobile'; 'We all have a song in our Hearts'; alongside dramatic recreations of the triumphs of his career as well as the tragedies of his many marriage break-ups, personal feuds, moments of self-doubt, and of course, his well -known run in with the British Inland Revenue.

Shane McDonagh, a young Tenor with an astounding voice takes the part of Locke while John White, writer and accompanist, fills in as the myriad of fellow artists, agents, and marriage partners of Locke’s long and eventful life. This is the many facets of Josef Locke, both good and not so good, with moments of transcendence by way of some of the most beautiful melodies ever written for the tenor voice.  

Dur 90 Mins / Age 12+


Myra’s Story
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Myra’s Story

Millennium Forum Productions / Written by Brian Foster

Fri 26 - Sat 27 Oct 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

Myra McLaughlin is a homeless Dublin street drinker. Foul-mouthed and feisty, she is also funny and self-deprecating. It’s a bitterly cold, December morning. Desperate for her first drink of the day, she begs from, insults, even dances for the passing throngs on Grafton Street. As she re-creates her life story, playing all the characters and acting out all the events that have led her to this pitiful existence, we see Dublin life and death at its funniest, rawest and cruellest. Myra’s Story is packed full of energy, humour and drama. We all know a Myra McLaughlin. She is our sister, our brother, our parent, our friend. She is us … there but for the grace of god.

Starring Fionna Hewitt-Twamley.


"Magnificent." ★★★★★ Irish Examiner

"Spellbinding performance of pathos, power and poise." RTE Guide

"Warm, funny, exasperating and ultimately tragic." Belfast Telegraph