Vincent - A Play by Leonard Nimoy
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Vincent - A Play by Leonard Nimoy

Red Alchemy Theatre Company / Directed by Christine Scarry & Starring Peter McCamley

Tue 2 Apr 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

In this Irish première, against the visual backdrop of over one hundred of his greatest masterpieces, director Christine Scarry and actor Peter McCamley gloriously recreate the world of the misunderstood genius, giving the audience a moving insight into the turbulent life and times of the great painter. Anyone who loves art, passion and life itself should see this play; it is a renewing experience and an insight into one of history’s most gifted, haunted masters.

Based on more than 500 letters exchanged between van Gogh and his brother Theo, the play examines the passion and torment of the extraordinary artist's life and death as seen through his brother's eyes. As van Gogh's paintings are projected in the background, Peter McCamley becomes both Theo van Gogh and Vincent in this compelling, touching portrayal that has thrilled theater-goers across the world.

This powerful, moving play was written and originally performed on Broadway by Leonard Nimoy (better known to audiences as Star Trek’s Mr. Spock), for which he garnered a Tony Award.

"A theatrical triumph!"

"Peter McCamley was exceptional as Theo and Vincent Van Gogh."

"Direction by Christine Scarry was inspired and inspirational."

The Man Who Wanted to Fly (2018)
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The Man Who Wanted to Fly (2018)

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 3 Apr 2019 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

Bobby and Ernie Coote are brothers from County Cavan who lead relaxed rural lives content in their daily routines of fixing watches, making violins from old furniture and talking to distant friends on ham radio. All's well and good, except Bobby has a dream, a dream he’s had all his life – at eighty-something he’s decided he’s going to fly. Bobby left school at 13 and says his reading and writing isn't great. Not fussed too much by technical details he has an intuitive grip on all things mechanical and buys a microlite which he tinkers with. He finds a friendly engineer who recognises a flying bug when he sees it and resolves to help to repair the plane to make it airworthy. With no encouragement from his brother Ernie, who thinks the whole thing is mad, Bobby says he’ll make this happen … even if it’s the last thing he does.
Capturing the wonder of one man’s dreams, this seat-of-the-pants documentary film is a unique journey into a disappearing Irish border hinterland. Directed by Frank Shouldice, an award winning journalist and playwright, ‘The Man Who Wanted to Fly’, is an affectionate character portrait but with an unexpected Hollywood twist. A published author and winner of Prix Europa for his radio documentary work, Frank’s plays have graced stages all over the world.

CERT: 12A  Language: English   Dur: 82 mins
Director:  Frank Shouldice
In Association with Access Cinema

Revision Day: Meeting The Artists, Exploring The Art

Revision Day: Meeting The Artists, Exploring The Art

Secondary Cycle Art Exam Preparation

Thu 4 Apr 2019 10.30AM-1.30PM Draíocht Studio // FREE

This unique revision day is designed for Leaving Certificate art students and teachers. Using the exhibition ‘MAKing Art: PAINTing', we will explore and support art student’s preparation for the Leaving Certificate Art Appreciation section, through a series of talks and hands-on activities.

The day is balanced by a series of talks by Draíocht’s gallery curator, Sharon Murphy, exhibition artists, Geraldine O’Neill (currently on the Leaving Cert Art Syllabus) and Susan Connolly and a hands-on exploration of the gallery exhibition with Draíocht technicians and gallery educators. Through these talks, we will concentrate on different aspects of a gallery exhibition, from the selection of work to its installation. We will facilitate mediated sketching tours, encouraging pupils to explore the act of painting, its materials, processes and varied manifestations, by seeing and responding to four contemporary artists with contrasting styles and subjects. We will also explore paintings from the collection of The Arts Council, featuring works by 10 artists, some of which have never been shown publicly.

Places are free, but limited and must be booked in advance with Draíocht’s Box Office on 01-8852622.

It’s a Kinda Magic

It’s a Kinda Magic

Coolmine Musical Society

Fri 5 - Sat 6 Apr 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €17 conc

Coolmine Musical Society invite you to be their guest for a whole new world of entertainment, from Disney melodies to Queen anthems and some surprises along the way. We’ll provide the magic you need for a great night out! 

Grease The Musical - SOLD OUT

Grease The Musical - SOLD OUT

Cecilian Theatre Arts

Tue 9 - Fri 12 Apr 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €23

The renowned Award Winning Cecilian Theatre Arts have entertained audiences for years and have staged many award winning productions at Draíocht, including: ‘Oklahoma’, ‘Wonderful World of Disney’, ‘A Little Princess the Musical’, ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’, 'Meet Me in St Louis’. Their most recent triumphant sell out productions were, ‘Let Me Entertain You' and ‘Applause’. 
The Cecilian’s are affiliated to AIMS (Association of Irish Musical Societies) and they have many nominations & awards under their belt.

Cecilian’s return to Draíocht with the No.1 greatest musical! ‘GREASE’, celebrating 40 years of the smash hit movie which taught the world to hand jive. It’s the original high-school musical, featuring all the unforgettable songs from the hit movie including ‘You’re The One That I Want’, ‘Grease Is The Word’, ‘Summer Nights’, ‘Hopelessly Devoted To You’, ‘Sandy’, ‘Greased Lightnin’ and many, many more.
Grease is STILL the word! A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop, a-wop-bam-boom!

Directors/Producers: Jennifer O'Dowd & Rosalind O'Dowd.
Musical Director: Ivan McKenna
Chorus Master: Dave McGauren 
Choreographer: Jules McNamara

Family Day: Salt Painting Is Awesome

Family Day: Salt Painting Is Awesome

Sat 13 Apr 2019 12 NOON-3PM Draiocht Galleries // FREE

Starting with a blank page, our artists will show you how to create shapes using glue … circles, lines, anything you feel inspired by. Then sprinkle with salt and watch the magic happen. Why not visit our exhibition for some inspiration, where there are many processes, materials, styles and subjects to explore.

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!

Easter Workshops for Ages 5-15 Yrs

Easter Workshops for Ages 5-15 Yrs

Scribble Bots / Pencil Power / Dance

Tue 16 - Thu 18 Apr 2019 Draiocht Workshop Room // €5 per child per workshop

Exploring Motion with Motors: Scribble Bots
  Draiocht Workshop Room  €5 per child
Workshop 1: Age 9-12 yrs    10.30AM-12.30PM (2 hrs)
Workshop 2: Age 13-15 yrs  1PM-3PM  (2 hrs)
Join artists from ‘Make Create Innovate’, who will introduce participants to robot-making using recycled materials and motors. This hands-on, fun workshop will give participants the opportunity to explore the connection between STEAM (science, technology, engineering art and maths) subjects. At the end of the session, participants will have made their own Scribble Bot, a simple robot that creates art!

Exploring Electricity: The Power In Your Pencil
 Draiocht Workshop Room  €5 Per child
Workshop 1: Age 6-8 yrs   10.30AM-11.30AM (1 hr)
Workshop 2: Age 9-12 yrs 12PM-1.30PM (1.5 hrs)
Join artists from ‘Make Create Innovate’ who will introduce participants to the pencil as a tool that can conduct electricity. This hands-on, fun workshop will give participants the opportunity to explore circuitry and graphite and its potential to make drawings that trigger sound and music. An exciting workshop, which helps participants to understand the world of science in everyday materials.

Exploring Kinaesthetic Learning: Leaps & No Bounds
Thu 18 APR
  Draiocht Workshop Room  €5 Per child
Workshop 1: Age 5-8 yrs  10.30AM-11.30AM (1 hr)
Workshop 2: Age 9-12 yrs  12PM-1PM (1 hr)
Mariam Ribon of Dublin Youth Dance Company introduces dance and movement in an imaginative and creative way. Kinaesthetic Learning is a whole body learning experience that uses movement to explore science, maths and more in new ways!

Booking tel: 01-8852622

A Day in May by Colin Murphy
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A Day in May by Colin Murphy

In Association with Pat Moylan Productions

Thu 18 Apr 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

Based on RTÉ journalist Charlie Bird's book of the same name, A Day in May charts the journey of Ireland's LGBT+ community from the dark days of 1983 right up to 2015's historic Marriage Equality referendum in the drama-documentary style Colin Murphy (Haughy|Gregory. Bailed Out!, Guaranteed!) has become famous for. 
On 23 May 2015 the people of Ireland made history by becoming the first nation in the world to introduce marriage equality by popular vote. Of the almost 2 million Irish people that went to the polls to cast their vote, a staggering 62% of people voted Yes. As the historic vote was declared, the joyous scenes from Dublin Castle and across Ireland made headlines across the world. Charlie Bird, inspired by the extraordinary "Yes Equality" campaign, travelled the length and breadth of Ireland to meet some of the people most deeply affected by the referendum result. In his book, their stories of living in the shadow of inequality and oppression were brought to life in a poignant record of their lives.

From these stories playwright Colin Murphy has created a drama documentary charting the 35-year-old struggle for equality for the LGBT+ community in Ireland, which culminated in the Marriage Equality referendum. Directed by Gerard Stembridge, the theatrical version of A Day In May is an often-hilarious emotional rollercoaster, as the political drama is interwoven with the true stories of ordinary gay people, their families and friends. Starring Mark O'Regan, Arthur Riordan, Amy Conroy, Anthony Kinahan, Clodagh Mooney Duggan, Conor Gormally, Norma Sheahan and Mary Murray.

All profits from this performance will go to Pieta House.

Approx. Duration: 70mins (no interval)
Age Guidance: 15yrs+

"You’re guaranteed laughter, tears, and waves of that unnamable collective feeling we had on May 23, 2015, once more." Gay Community News

"A powerful play about a triumph of civil and human rights, that arguably changed Ireland forever." Sunday Independent

"Don't miss if you've a tither of sense." Peter Sheridan

Room 13 Easter Art School at Draíocht

Room 13 Easter Art School at Draíocht

Wed 24 - Fri 26 Apr 2019 10am - 12:30pm Draíocht Workshop Room // FREE

For pupils from Tyrellstown Educate Together NS and Scoil Bhríde Cailiní NS Room 13 Inquiry initiative.

Each morning the children will meet with professional artist Anne Cradden – lead artist on the Room 13 Inquiry initiative, and participate in creative workshops at Draíocht. 
To book a child in for ‘Room 13 Easter Art School’ please email: Art materials will be supplied. 

This is a Free Event - All costs covered by Fingal County Council Arts Office. 
For information please contact: 
Julie Clarke, Youth & Education Officer, Fingal Arts Office, / T:01 8905960 
or Sarah Beirne, Youth Arts Officer, Draíocht, T: 01 8098029

This programme is a partnership between Fingal County Council’s Arts Office and Draíocht

The Favourite (2018)
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The Favourite (2018)

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 24 Apr 2019 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

A frail and capricious Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) governs an 18th Century England at war with France. At her side is Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz), her carer, confidant, lover and de facto ruler of England. As the politics of war consume Lady Sarah, a new servant to the Queen, Abigail (Emma Stone), cunningly usurps the beleaguered Lady Sarah. Illuminated by outstanding performances from Colman, Weisz and Stone, each portray complex, flawed, entirely distinctive women. The Favourite is a black comedy about status and power, it is at times bizarre but always utterly distinct. Director Yorgos Lanthimos’s (The Lobster, The Killing of a Sacred Deer).

CERT: R Language: English   Dur: 120 mins
In Association with Access Cinema

And This is My Friend Mr Laurel
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And This is My Friend Mr Laurel

Starring Jeffrey Holland

Thu 25 Apr 2019 8PM Draíocht Studio // €18 / €16 conc

Fulfilling a long-held desire to pay tribute to his hero Stan Laurel, Jeffrey Holland tells this intriguing, funny and often poignant tale of friendship, love and dedication about one of Hollywood’s great film comedians.

Jeffrey (Hi-de-Hi, You Rang M'Lord) stars in this one-man show about friendship, memories and a couple of remarkable lives. Set in the bedroom of a sick Oliver Hardy the show takes place during Laurel's visit to the dying man. Recounting their past success as the comedy double act Laurel and Hardy, this is a humorous and touching look at one of the great cinematic partnerships of the last century.

By Gail Louw and Jeffrey Holland / KPS Productions & The Finishing Touch Company

"Spellbinding and magically, timelessly funny." ★★★★ The Stage

"Simple, smart and sublimely performed." ★★★★

"" ★★★★ ThePublicReviews / Three Weeks / Edinburgh Evening News / The Metro

Michael Harding - On Tuesdays I’m a Buddhist - SOLD OUT
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Michael Harding - On Tuesdays I’m a Buddhist - SOLD OUT

Fri 26 Apr 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc

Back by popular demand, join Michael Harding as he reads from his latest memoir, ruminates on the difference between psychotherapy and religion and relates the story of his pilgrimage to Skellig Michael, in his ongoing search for meaning.

After many therapy sessions focused on an effort to uncover personal truth, and long solitary months on the road with a one man show, Harding is finally led to an artists' retreat in the shadow of Skellig Michael. Mixing stories from the road with dispatches from his Irish Times columns, On Tuesdays I'm a Buddhist is a spell-binding and powerful book about the human condition, the narratives we weave around the self, and the ultimate bliss of living in the present moment.

"What happens between one story and the next? That's the really interesting part. That's the space where we find bliss; where we float sometimes, suspended, and only for a brief moment. Perhaps only for a few scarce moments in an entire life."

"Harding’s latest attempt to find meaning in life is searingly honest, funny and self-deprecating." The Irish Times

"A spell-binding and powerful book about the human condition, the narratives we weave around the self, and the ultimate bliss of living in the present moment."

Beyond The Horizon - Ireland’s New Pink Floyd Tribute Show
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Beyond The Horizon - Ireland’s New Pink Floyd Tribute Show

Played by Pink Floyd fans for Pink Floyd fans

Sat 27 Apr 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €22 / €20 conc

Beyond The Horizon brings together session musicians and singers from what's best on the current Irish music scene, for this Pink Floyd Tribute Show. Everyone in the band is a life-long Pink Floyd fan and it comes across in their set-lists and stage show.
Combining great musicianship, amazing singers and their own custom light/laser show, Beyond The Horizon promises a top class Irish Pink Floyd experience while making lots of new friends along the way.

Danny O’Brien – Lock-In
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Danny O’Brien – Lock-In


Sun 28 Apr 2019 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €14 / €12 conc

Award-winning Irish comedian Danny O' Brien went to prison. Three times to perform. Once again by accident. He's performed relentlessly worldwide and taken up a new religion through the medium of a hangry hangover.
Danny was handpicked this year to perform as part of the iconic Best of the Edinburgh Fest show touring Australia, has featured on The Comedy Channel and is a regular on Irish TV and Radio. He recently opened for American comedian Bill Burr in front of over 7,000 people in Dublin.
'Lock-In' has already sold out at Galway International Arts Festival, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, A European tour in over 10 cities as well a tour in Dubai and South East Asia.
Book tickets now to avoid disappointment!
Adult Content, Age 15+

Twitter & Instagram @dobcomedy

"A perfect mix of brains, banter and brilliance" ★★★★ Great Scott

Exploring Painting with Anne Cradden

Exploring Painting with Anne Cradden

Draíocht and Early Years - Exploring More With Early Years Arts

Tue 30 Apr 2019 Draíocht Workshop Room // €5 Per Child Per Workshop (accompanying adult is free)

10.00AM-10.50AM & 11.45AM-12.35PM (50 MINS)

Working alongside artist Anne Cradden, the children will explore texture and colour, creating prints using stamps and found objects. Watch as shapes and colours mix together to create strange and beautiful images while you enjoy the magic of paint in an explorative way.

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 painting, then sound and finally yoga. There will be mess and there will be fun. Cost: €5 Per Child Per Workshop (accompanying adult is free). Booking and further information from Box Office on 01-8852622.

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).