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Dublin 15 Transition Year Dance Workshops

Dublin 15 Transition Year Dance Workshops

March/April 2019 - School Taster Workshops

Fri 1 Mar - Tue 30 Apr 2019

Dublin Youth Dance Company in collaboration with Draíocht and Fingal Arts Office will be hosting workshops for Transition Year students interested in dance and performance with the aim of developing a youth dance group affiliated to Dublin Youth Dance Company in the Fingal area. School Taster Workshops will run over March and April 2019 and offer a taste of creative dance, focusing on group work and developing individual skill sets for dance.

These free taster workshops are available to all Transition Year groups in Dublin 15.
If you are interested in your students having the opportunity to take part, please contact Sarah Beirne, t: 01-8098029 or e: sarah@draiocht.ie for further information.



The Chess Player / El jugador de ajedrez (2017)

The Chess Player / El jugador de ajedrez (2017)

Draíocht in Association with The Irish Film Institute

Wed 6 Mar 2019 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 Chess Player / El jugador de ajedrez' for TY and Senior Cycle Secondary School Students, in Spanish (with English subtitles). Recommended age: 15+

It is 1934 in Madrid, and champion chess-player Diego falls for a French journalist and starts a family. When the political landscape around them grows more threatening under Franco, the three make for Paris, only to find themselves in the midst of Nazi occupation years later. When Diego becomes falsely imprisoned, he must use chess to earn the trust of his cruel captor.
The Chess Player tells a humanistic story of an ordinary man caught up in extraordinary circumstances and offers students a Spanish perspective on this turbulent era of European history.

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Spain • 2017  •  English Subtitles  •  Drama • 91mins
Director: Luis Oliveros

Secondary Cycle Film Screenings Spring 2019
If you are interested in arranging a screening of a film for your school’s students, please do get in touch to discuss the possibility of this. Screening will be possible in accordance with the availability of the film and the auditorium and with a minimum number of 100 pupils. For further details please contact Sarah on 01-809 8029 or email sarah@draiocht.ie.

MUG (Twarz) (2018)
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MUG (Twarz) (2018)

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 6 Mar 2019 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

Jacek loves heavy metal, his girlfriend and his dog. He works at the construction site for what is supposed to become the tallest statue of Jesus in the world. When a severe accident disfigures him completely, all eyes turn to him as he undergoes the first facial transplant in the country.

MUG is a blackly comic, biting and emotional drama from award-winning director Małgorzata Szumowska (Body, Elles, In the Name Of) which won the Silver Bear Jury Grand Prix at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival and features stunning performances from Mateusz Kościukiewicz, Agnieszka Podsiadlik and Małgorzata Gorol.

CERT: CLUB  Language: Polish (Subtitled)  Dur: 91 mins
In Association with Access Cinema

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Weighing-In
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Weighing-In

Dolmen Productions

Thu 7 Mar 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

Weighing-In is a fast-paced comedy play about life, love and dieting. Set in the Easi-Slim diet club we meet the highly driven Pam and the motherly Breda. Easi-Slim’s newest member - upwardly mobile Pam has cruised into town in her sports car. Her lifestyle enchants Breda, whose gushing admiration for her new diet guru buddy only serves to make Pam all the more condescending and insufferable. But as Pam’s mask begins to slip Breda, is reminded that sometimes, you already have the life you wished for.

Starring Isobel Mahon (Glenroe, The Clinic) and Rose Henderson (Fair City, Father Ted).
Written by Ger Gallagher. Directed by Caroline FitzGerald.
Dur: 70 mins (no interval)
 

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"Pacey, tender and packed with laughs, Weighing-In is a calorie-free treat." Eithne Shortall, Sunday Times

"No flab on this weighty drama." Chris Wasser. The Herald

"Infectiously enjoyable." Michael Moffatt. Irish Mail on Sunday

Return of Spring
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Return of Spring

Ceol Connected

Fri 8 Mar 2019 10.15AM & 12.15PM Draíocht Studio // €7 adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class of 20+ / Age 3-5 yrs / Dur: 45 mins

Every year in Whistleberry Forest, the creatures of the forest look forward to the end of the frosty Winter, and to the beginning of Spring.  This year was a little different however, as Springtime had arrived much earlier than usual.  All the hibernating animals, except for Huggy the hedgehog, were still curled up fast asleep.  Huggy must go on an adventurous musical quest in search of evidence of Spring if he is to convince his friends that it is time to wake up!

Produced by Ceol Connected, this wonderfully interactive performance is led by Thomas Johnston (whistles, song, and uilleann pipes) and Púca Puppets’ Niamh Lawlor.  Set design by Eve Fisher.  
Suitable for children ages 3-5 and their adults. 

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Neil Delamere – Controlled Substance
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Neil Delamere – Controlled Substance

With Support from Gearoid Farrelly

Fri 8 Mar 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €25 / €23 conc

ALMOST SOLD OUT

Fresh from a sell-out tour, the star of BBC's The Blame Game and Soft Border Patrol, Neil Delamere, returns to Draíocht with a brand new show. This time he thinks he has that whole "illusion of control" idea sussed. Then again he would think that, wouldn't he?

"You'll be hard-pressed to find a more gifted comic at the Fringe." ★★★★★ Scotsman

"One lean, mean, comedy, killing machine." ★★★★★ Herald

Legally Blonde The Musical

Legally Blonde The Musical

Front Row Performing Arts School

Wed 13 - Thu 14 Mar 2019 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €17 / €12 conc

Based on the hit movie of the same name, Legally Blonde The Musical is an all singing, all dancing romantic comedy, a fun-filled, feel-good pink fest. College sweetheart and homecoming queen Elle Woods doesn’t take no for an answer. When her boyfriend dumps her for someone more serious, Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books and heads for Harvard Law School. Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style.
‘Omigod you guys’ like seriously have to see this!!

Front Row Performing Arts School Dunboyne teaches singing, dancing and acting in a fun and friendly environment with qualified and dedicated teachers.

MAKing Art: PAINTing

MAKing Art: PAINTing

Thu 14 Mar - Sat 18 May 2019 Ground & First Floor Galleries

Paintings by Susan Connolly, Bridget Flannery, Geraldine O'Neill & Liz Rackard
Ground Floor Gallery
&
Paintings from the Collection of The Arts Council
First Floor Gallery

Curated by Sharon Murphy

MAKing Art: PAINTing is the second in a series of exhibitions (2018-2022) particularly aimed at children and young people which explores a specific visual art discipline, its materials, processes and varied manifestations. Painting is the focus of this second exhibition (the first was drawing). It celebrates different approaches to the use of paint, to the act of painting and to the painting as finished artwork. Four contemporary artists with contrasting styles and subjects are featured in the Ground Floor Gallery: Susan Connolly, Bridget Flannery, Geraldine O'Neill and Liz Rackard. 

Paintings from the collection of The Arts Council will be exhibited in the First Floor Gallery and will feature works made between 1968 and 2018, some of which have never been shown publicly. Artists include: Berger Hammerschlag, Diana Copperwhite, Jacinta Feeney, Damien Flood, Genieve Figgis, Ramon Kassam, Richard Gorman, Roy Johnson, Mark Joyce and Paul Mosse.

MAKing Art: PAINTing will be accompanied by a programme of engagement for young people facilitated by participating artists.



Image: Geraldine O'Neill, Boy (2008), detail, oil on canvas, 240 x 130 cm. Kindly on loan from the Irish Museum of Modern Art Collection. Photo: Ronan McCrea.

Draiocht's Galleries are open Monday to Saturday 10am-6pm. Admission is Free.

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The Dubliners Tribute Show
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The Dubliners Tribute Show

‘All for me Grog’ – The songs and story of the Dubliners

Fri 15 Mar 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc

'All For Me Grog' is the Galway based show that has played to full houses and standing ovations on its first Irish and UK tours. The show brings you the songs and story of Irelands most successful folk band, The Dubliners. Presented by The Liberties, who are deeply honoured to become the bearers of the torch which has been borne with such power and dignity over the past decades by The Dubliners. The original line-up of Ronnie Drew, Luke Kelly, Barney McKenna, Ciaran Burke and John Sheehan is brought to life with the exact same instrumentation, songs and close as you will get vocals, bringing to the stage a show in sound and appearance of uncanny accuracy of the internationally renowned Dubliners. 

With his red hair, beard and magnetic charisma, five-string banjo maestro James Gallagher's powerful impressive voice is so reminiscent of Luke Kelly's golden vocal chords, that it has to be a fluke. Guitar picking Dublin man Anthony Rooney sings with gusto and a reality that encompasses the wonderful talent of the great Irish Balladeers and in doing so, he keeps alive a wonderful Dublin tradition. On whistles, guitar, vocals and some amusing chat is deep-voiced Dubliner, Jeremy Jenkinson, bringing to the show the magnificence of the contribution that Ciaran Burke and Ronnie Drew brought to the original Dubliners. From Lissacasey in County Clare, comes John Hill, a young man steeped in traditional music. His consummate skill on the tenor banjo just has to be seen and heard to be believed and appreciated. Bardan Johnston is the 'quiet man' of band, but his fiddle playing is a talking, singing, electrifying experience.

The Black Velvet Band, McAlpines Fusiliers, The Spanish Lady, The Irish Rover, The Auld Triangle, The Parting Glass and of course, the song that made The Dubliners international stars - Seven Drunken Nights - plus all their other hits, will have you clapping your hands, stomping your feet and joining in the chorus of the well known and much-loved songs at this uplifting and exciting two hour show. 

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"From the moment they struck up 'Whiskey In The Jar' you knew you were in for a good night and indeed it was." Liam Murphy, The Munster Express

Mystic Rhythm 2019

Mystic Rhythm 2019

Bolton School of Irish Dancing

Sat 16 Mar 2019 2PM & 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

Mystic Rhythm returns to Draíocht for their fifth performance, featuring young people from ages 4 and upwards this is a wonderful show suitable for all the family.
Irish Dancing both traditional and modern will be depicted through music and well-known theatre pieces. A fun and exciting performance will portray the dancers' love and enjoyment of Irish dancing. The dancers are all very talented and represent their community at many social, charity and competitive events. The teachers of the Bolton Academy will choreograph, stage manage, direct and produce the show.

Rosie (2018)
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Rosie (2018)

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 20 Mar 2019 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc / €5 children

From the pen of Roddy Doyle and directed by Paddy Breathnach (Viva), Rosie is the story of a family without a home. Rosie (Sarah Greene) a mother of four, alongside her partner John Paul, do everything in their power to protect their children and maintain their dignity as the Irish housing crisis threatens their family’s safety and unity. With grace and tenderness, Rosie balances the care of her four children alongside the increasingly futile and frustrating search for a new home.

CERT: PG  Language: English  Dur: 86 mins
In Association with Access Cinema

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I See You by Amy De Bhrún
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I See You by Amy De Bhrún

Two Women. One Story. A Century Apart.

Fri 22 Mar 2019 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €18 / €16 conc

Lady Mary Heath: A Limerick-born trailblazer of aviation, lost and forgotten, trapped within the walls of time.
Mary: A middle-class Dublin woman, unseen and unheard, trapped in an abusive relationship that has just taken a turn for the worse.
This brand-new play by Amy De Bhrún weaves together poetry and an original soundscape by Jack Cawley to shed light on the hidden stories of Lady Mary Heath and her contemporary counterpart Mary – two women, one story, a century apart. A call to arms, I SEE YOU explores the dangerous cyclical nature of female oppression and the devastating consequences of allowing countless women’s voices to go unheard.

Starring Amy De Bhrún & Roxanna Nic Liam.
Directed by Helena Browne.

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"… an exciting piece of theatre." No More Workhorse

"It pulsates with righteous anger … a passionate plea for female self-empowerment." Sunday Business Post

"… this is a play about oppression. And fear. And misogyny. But it is also a play about strength. And moxie. And hope." Writing.ie

Family Day: Meet, Make & Draw

Family Day: Meet, Make & Draw

Sat 23 Mar 2019 12 NOON-3PM Draíocht Galleries // FREE

MEET artist Bridget Flannery, featured in our MAKing ART: PAINTing exhibition.
See how she paints and why she paints. Inspired by her process MAKE a small artist notebook. Work collaboratively to DRAW on a large scale. Come along, Meet, Make & Draw.

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!



Dirtbirds Self Help Tour - SOLD OUT
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Dirtbirds Self Help Tour - SOLD OUT

With Sinead Culbert and Sue Collins

Sat 23 Mar 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc

If making the school lunches, doing the jaysus homework and dodging the guards because your NCT is out by two years is sending you over the edge, you are not alone. Come and join the Dirtbirds as they navigate the stresses and strains of modern life in their brand new comedy show ‘Dirtbirds Self Help Tour’.
This rip-roaring two hours of comedy gold is a unique blend of hilarious sketch comedy and stand up. Brand new characters take to the stage along with some of the well-known favourites. Don’t miss this side-splitting show from the queens of sketch comedy.

"Irish comedy duo's hilarious tips from the town beauty tutorial will have you in stitches." The Sun.

"Sinead and Sue identify a gap in comedy that women can relate to, they are passionate mothers themselves and have first-hand experience of life’s challenges. " The Independent



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Focus On Workshops ... Visual Notebooks

Focus On Workshops ... Visual Notebooks

March 2019 / For Primary & Secondary Schools

Mon 25 - Thu 28 Mar 2019 Draiocht Workshop Room // Cost: €45 Per Class

This series of Focus On Workshops incorporates elements of the school curriculum. The emphasis will be on seeing and responding to art, with a focus on visual notebooks and sketchbooks, a core part of art practice. Artists use visual notebooks to remember things they have seen, heard or read, to tease out how they might make their work, to remind themselves of future or past projects, to play with ideas, textures and colours. During these workshops, pupils will get the opportunity to work alongside artists Bridget Flannery and Liz Rackard, both exhibiting artists this season in the exhibition Making Art: Painting.

PRIMARY SCHOOL:
FOCUS ON … EXPLORING CREATIVE JOURNALING
WITH LIZ RACKARD

MON 25 & THU 28 MAR Draíocht Workshop Room
10AM-11.30AM or 12.15PM-1.45PM
Age Range: 5th & 6th Class Pupils
Cost: €45 Per Class 
After a facilitated exploration of the exhibition MAKing Art: Painting, artist Liz Rackard will lead a workshop introducing creative journaling. Using a number of different techniques and a range of arts supplies, pupils begin with a blank book. Each pupil will leave with the beginnings of their visual journal in which they can continue to work on at home or school. Visual journaling emphasises not only thoughts and ideas, but colours, shapes, lines and textures.

SECONDARY SCHOOL:
FOCUS ON ... CREATING VISUAL NOTEBOOKS
WITH BRIDGET FLANNERY

TUE 26 & WED 27 MAR  Draíocht Workshop Room
10AM-12.30PM
Age Range: Junior Cert, TY And Leaving Cert Students
Cost: €45 Per Class 
Beginning with a facilitated tour of the exhibition MAKing Art: Painting, painter Bridget Flannery will introduce pupils to her range of visual notebooks and explore with pupils how these inform her work. Her visual notebooks are filled with colour samples, notes on her reading and listening, images that intrigue, alongside collages and drawings which help bring her painting projects to conclusions. This workshop aims to help students develop and experiment with ideas in making their art work. Each student will receive a blank notebook and will make it their own, filling it with images, words, lyrics, drawings and collages that reflect and echo their personal imagination.

Workshop Notes:
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 of 30 pupils per class. 



The Bee Gees Story - Nights on Broadway
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The Bee Gees Story - Nights on Broadway

ALMOST SOLD OUT

Wed 27 Mar 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €25 / €23 conc

Back by Popular Demand after their SOLD OUT show in November 2018!
The Bee Gees Story - Nights On Broadway present a tribute to the Bee Gees through a fantastic live concert, featuring their incredible songs, from over four decades, from the 60s to the 90s. With musical authenticity and the accurate recreation of the vocal talents and harmonies of the Bee Gees, this show gives the audience the experience of being at a Bee Gees concert. The six-piece live band blend the classic hits, acoustic medleys, songs written for other major artists and dance floor fillers to tell the story of the Bee Gees from start to finish.
www.nightsonbroadway.net

The Legends of American Country Show

The Legends of American Country Show

Thu 28 Mar 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €25

The Legends of American Country is now firmly established as Europes No 1 Live Country Music stage show and is enjoying phenomenal success in this the 5th year of full time touring. Each year the content of the show is changed due to the huge list of available Legends and the popularity of Country Music with the current production featuring highly acclaimed tributes to Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Patsy Cline, Don Williams, Alan Jackson and Kenny Rogers in this must-see Country musical extravaganza. The show features 3 fantastic and respected singers in Rod Mc Auley, Joe Moore and Tracey Mallon who between them have a wealth of experience and glittering career that span over 4 decades and are all accompanied on the show by one of Ireland's supergroups ‘Keltic Storm’, who recreate that original Tennessee sound and coupled with an authentic stage set and state of the art sound and lighting equipment this show is guaranteed to transport you all the way to Nashville and back in one night.

2018 has been a fantastic year to date with over 100,000 people attending live performances in some of the most prestigious theatres including The Eden Court Inverness, The Pavilion Theatre Glasgow and Wexford’s National Opera House to name but a few, to sell-out crowds and rave reviews. One thing is for sure if you like Country music, then this is the only show in town!

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Hatch - A Story Of Transformation And New Beginnings
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Hatch - A Story Of Transformation And New Beginnings

Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Theatre in association with Siamsa Tíre and the Shortworks Network

Sat 30 Mar 2019 12 NOON, 2PM & 4.30PM Main Auditorium // €7 adults / €5 children / Dur: 80 mins / Age 4-8 yrs

Meet Bláithín. She loves caterpillars, moths and butterflies. Follow her on her adventurous journey with Uncle Rusty to find Pearl, the most extraordinary butterfly with the most exquisite colorful wings. Learn all about two little caterpillars and their journey to fly as butterflies and moths. Hatch is full of Fidget Feet’s unique blend of live music, comedy, theatre, contemporary dance and aerial dance.  Hatch also weaves craft workshops, Irish language and dancing into this wonderful story. If you enjoyed their other work for children, ‘Elves and the Shoemaker’ and ‘Strange Feathers’, then you will thoroughly enjoy Hatch, an immersive aerial dance children’s show, perfect for young audiences and their families.

Dur: 80 mins - includes arts & crafts session before each show