Jason Byrne - You Can Come In, But Don’t Start Anything - SOLD OUT
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Jason Byrne - You Can Come In, But Don’t Start Anything - SOLD OUT

Thu 2 May 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €22 / €20 conc

Back by Popular Demand, following 2 Sell Outs Shows in January!

A brand new show from ‘The Outright King of Live Comedy’ The Times.
The star of ‘Irelands Got Talent’, Jason Byrne is one the most exciting live comedy performers in the world. What he achieves on a stage cannot be adequately described by audience members, critics or fellow comics. Thus his legendary shows become a secret shared experience among his audience. Every night stars are born, friendships are formed, mascara is ruined and pants are binned. Don’t miss the chance to become part of this unique comedy experience but don’t forget to bring spare pants.
This Show is for Over 15’s.

"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

Haughey | Gregory by Colin Murphy
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Haughey | Gregory by Colin Murphy

Fishamble: The New Play Company

Sat 4 May 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €25 / €23 conc

Fishamble’s Haughey|Gregory by Colin Murphy, directed by Conall Morrison, follows the deal made between Tony Gregory and Charles Haughey in 1982, when Gregory took a surprise Dáil seat - and suddenly found himself holding the balance of power. Can Gregory use his vote to achieve something for his constituents? To do so, he will have to face off against the dominant personality of Irish politics - Charles J Haughey.

Following a short, sold-out tour of Haughey|Gregory in 2018 to the Abbey Theatre, Mountjoy Prison, Dáil Éireann and Croke Park, Fishamble tours the production nationally in 2019.

Playwright Colin Murphy's previous work includes 'Inside the GPO', 'Guaranteed!', and 'Bailed Out!', all produced by Fishamble. He adapted the latter two for screen, as 'The Guarantee' and 'The Bailout' (TV3/Virgin Media One).

Starring Ruairi Heading, Morgan C. Jones, Janet Moran, Michael Glenn Murphy, and Jonathan White.

Dur: 80mins (no interval)
Age: 12yrs+ (occasional strong language)
Photo by Anthony Wood

"Irresistible… a fitting tribute… Thoughtful and thoroughly enjoyable." ★★★★ The Arts Review

"Funny and fascinating slice of recent political history." Irish Independent

"Incredible actors ... it delights the audience. The wit is razor-sharp ... brilliant."

A Star Is Born (2018)
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A Star Is Born (2018)

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 8 May 2019 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

In this new take on the iconic love story, Bradley Cooper, makes his directorial debut, and also stars alongside, music superstar Lady Gaga in her first leading role in a major motion picture. Cooper portrays seasoned musician Jackson Maine, who discovers and falls in love with struggling artist Ally. She has just about given up on her dream to become a successful singer, until she meets Jack, who immediately sees her natural talent and coaxes her reluctantly into the spotlight.
Theirs is a complex journey through the beauty and the heartbreak of a relationship, struggling to survive the pressures of fame, addiction and internal demons. With standout performances from both stars and an already iconic soundtrack, this is simply not to be missed on the big screen!

CERT: 15A  Language: English   Dur: 136 mins
In Association with Access Cinema

"… outrageously watchable ..." Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

"A Star is Born offers evidence that there is still a corner of the entertainment industry that belongs to cinema alone … it is made for a big screen, big sound and the comforting sorrow of the communal sob." Donald Clarke, The Irish Times

AFTER by Liv O’Donoghue
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AFTER by Liv O’Donoghue

In association with Dublin Dance Festival

Fri 10 May 2019 8PM Draíocht Studio // €16 / €14 conc

This is it. It’s over. Humanity and the world as we know it are ending. We are living with a sense of impending doom, forewarned that the state of the climate and the environment hang in the balance. But what will the end of the world look like? Feel like?

One of the hits of the 2018 Dublin Fringe Festival, AFTER dives head first into the unknown emotional landscape we might find ourselves in when the end is near. Using mockumentary film and live performance, AFTER is a rough cut investigation into the very human fear of endings. Through two characters, we witness the stages of breakdown, the fallout, and all that might pass, relaying an experience that is intensely dark, but shot with humour.  

Created by: Liv O’Donoghue (in collaboration with the cast)
Performers: Kip Johnson, Clara Simpson, José Miguel Jiménez, Liv O’Donoghue
Filmmaker: José Miguel Jiménez
Sound Designer: Kevin Gleeson
Set Designer: Eugenia Genunchi
Lighting Designer: Sarah Jane Shiels

AFTER is funded by The Arts Council, and supported by Dublin City Council, Dance Ireland, Dansearena Nord (Norway), D.ID Dance Identity (Austria), Fringe LAB and Dublin Dance Festival, in association with Project Arts Centre.
70 mins (no interval) / Contains strobe lighting

"Extraordinarily impressive… Raw, visceral, and cuts through like a razor blade." ★★★★ The Arts Review

"Dark but shot with humour." ★★★★ The Irish Times

"Leaves you holding onto the edge of your seat." ★★★★

"Stylish and well-composed chaos." ★★★★ The Reviews Hub

Reach for the Stars 2019

Reach for the Stars 2019

The Norma Breen Theatre School

Sat 11 - Sun 12 May 2019 SAT 11 7.30PM / SUN 12 6PM Main Auditorium // €25

The Norma Breen Theatre School presents an energetic and fast-moving evening of song and dance, showcasing the children's talents with well-known celebrity guests.
Produced and Directed by Norma Breen.

FOCUS ON … Painting Still-Life With Geraldine O’Neill

FOCUS ON … Painting Still-Life With Geraldine O’Neill

Draíocht & Primary Schools

Mon 13 - Tue 14 May 2019 Draíocht Workshop Room // €45 Per Class

10.30AM-12.00PM or 12.30PM-2.00PM
Age Range: 3rd - 6th Class Pupils.  Cost: €45 Per Class 

After a facilitated exploration of the exhibition ‘MAKing Art: Painting’, featured artist Geraldine O’Neill will lead a workshop introducing still-life painting. Using a number of different techniques, pupils begin with seeing what is before them and responding with paint and paint brushes. Still-life encourages not only thoughts and ideas, but seeing the colours, shapes, lines and textures that are before you.

Limited to 1 class per school but other classes are welcome to be part of a waiting list. Please get in touch with Sarah Beirne 01-8098029 if cost is an issue for your school. Max of 30 pupils per class. 

David O’Doherty You Have To Laugh
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David O’Doherty You Have To Laugh


Thu 16 - Fri 17 May 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

Unhook your mindbras. David O’Doherty is back in Draíocht with a brand new show made up of talking and songs played on a crappy keyboard from 1986.
As seen on BBC2’s 'Live At The Apollo' and Channel 4’s '8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown'.

Family Day: Try Still-Life Drawing

Family Day: Try Still-Life Drawing

National Drawing Day 2019

Sat 18 May 2019 12 NOON - 3PM Draiocht Galleries // FREE

Look, respond, colour, explore and create a still-life masterpiece during this gallery based family day. Begin by exploring artist Geraldine O'Neill’s work in our exhibition ‘MAKing Art: PAINTing’. We will be using blending and colouring chalk techniques, to create still life chalk images of our own. 

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!

Ralph Breaks The Internet

Ralph Breaks The Internet

Sensory Friendly Family Screening

Sat 18 May 2019 3PM Draíocht Studio // €5 adults & children / Dur: 112 mins

Bad guy Ralph and girl-racer-glitch Vanellope are back! Ralph and Vanellope must travel beyond Litwak’s Arcade and into the expansive world of the internet in search of a missing part to save Sugar Rush. Along the way they encounter pop-up ads, high stakes online auctions, Disney princesses and a deadly online driving game.

Enjoy our Sensory Screening with lowered volume, lights on at low level, small audience size and the ability to make noise and move around freely during the screening if you wish.

In Association with Access Cinema

The Illegals with Niamh Kavanagh - SOLD OUT
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The Illegals with Niamh Kavanagh - SOLD OUT

Eagles and Fleetwood Mac 25 Tour / Oldshore Productions

Sat 18 May 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €16 conc

It’s 25 years since the Eagles came back with the magical Hell Freezes Over world tour and Fleetwood Mac reformed their most successful line-up for President Bill Clinton.

For 2019, The Illegals are putting a new show on the road to celebrate these two ground-shaking music events from the world’s two most iconic rock bands. Led by Niamh Kavanagh, she of the mesmerizing voice and mischievous spirit, The Illegals will take you on a journey for three hours of soulful harmonies, exciting riffs, blistering guitars and unforgettable songs. The best of two legendary bands in one night? It’s almost too good to be true.

Songs like  “Last Resort”, “Go Your Own Way”, “Life In The Fast Lane”, “Don’t Stop”, “Love Will Keep Us Alive”, “The Chain” and “Hotel California” – and many others: all in celebration of two of the greatest rock bands of all time who have sat at the top of the billboards for over 40 years. Aside from the headline albums, the show consists of many other Eagles and Fleetwood Mac hits, as well as some of the solo work from individual members and other ‘connected’ artists. The Illegals are a band of experienced musicians performing mostly in theatres and rock venues throughout the country, putting on a formidable show and giving thousands of fans an experience they won’t forget.

"Niamh is outstanding - The Rolls-Royce of Irish Rock." RTE

"Simply Stunning." BBC

Fingal Youth Orchestra - Annual Celebration Concert 2019

Fingal Youth Orchestra - Annual Celebration Concert 2019

Sun 19 May 2019 7PM Main Auditorium // €15 / €10 conc

Comprising of just under 60 members, FYO nurtures the orchestral playing of musicians ranging from 8 to 18 years of age. The four musical staff members, including new senior conductor and tutor, work together tirelessly to bring out the best in each and every player. FYO fosters a love for orchestral playing, cultivating musical talent and musical appreciation in an atmosphere of enjoyment and teamwork. Spanning a huge repertoire of music, from concertos to pop songs, FYO adopts a non-competitive and motivational approach to all its activities.

Fairport Convention With Special Guests The Four of Us

Fairport Convention With Special Guests The Four of Us

David Hull Promotions

Tue 21 May 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €30

Fairport Convention has been making great music for over fifty years. Credited with originating British folk-rock music, the band has been through many changes, but the current members retain a passion for live performance. Whether you’re a long-time fan or a newcomer to their music, an evening with Fairport Convention is sure to surprise and delight you.

The concert will feature an opening performance by wonderful Irish singer/songwriter sibling duo The 4 of Us, who shot to fame with their debut album 'Songs for the Tempted', which featured the massive hits 'Mary' and 'Drag My Bad Name Down'. The follow up 'Man Alive' made Q Magazine's Top 50 albums and included the UK Top 30 single 'She Hits Me'. Notching up an enviable catalogue of timeless songs and six Top 20 Irish charting albums, their music has also been featured extensively on American, British and Irish TV soundtracks.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see both bands share the stage for one night only.

"Impressive musicians with a great back catalogue... (they) take chances and clearly enjoy themselves." The Guardian

"Vigorous and confident...the music leapt around the room." The Mirror

Finding Your Feet - Free Bealtaine Movie Screening

Finding Your Feet - Free Bealtaine Movie Screening

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 22 May 2019 7.30PM Main Auditorium // FREE

When ‘Lady’ Sandra Abbott discovers that her husband of thirty-five years is having an affair with her best friend, she seeks refuge with her estranged, older sister Bif, who lives in an inner city tower-block in North London. As a fish out of water, heartbroken Sandra is confronted by her sister's bohemian and irreverent lifestyle but is eventually persuaded to join Bif's senior citizens community dance class.

In this hilarious and heart-warming romantic comedy, the colorful group of defiant and energetic third-agers show Sandra that retirement is in fact only the beginning, and that divorce might just give her a whole new lease of life and love. Starring: Imelda Staunton, Celie Imrie, Timothy Spall, Joanna Lumley. 

Thousands of older people all over the country take part in the Bealtaine Festival each year during the month of May, celebrating creativity in older age. Draíocht in association with access>CINEMA are delighted to host the Bealtaine Film Tour here on 22 May, a programme of curated films specially selected with older audiences in mind. Tickets are free and early booking is advised by phone 01-8852622 or online.

In Association with Access Cinema
Dir: Richard Loncraine / UK / 2018 / 111 mins / Cert: 12A / Language: English

Starkids on Stage 2019

Starkids on Stage 2019

Fri 24 - Sat 25 May 2019 3PM & 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €16 / €13 conc

Join the cast of Starkids for their end of year production. This talented cast of children aged 3 to 17 years will have you well entertained with their adaptation of Mamma Mia, The Greatest Showman, Willy Wonka, Toy Story and Moana. A superb evening of song, dance and drama is guaranteed from these amazingly talented children. A must for all the family.

The Toddler Take Over 2019 - SOLD OUT

The Toddler Take Over 2019 - SOLD OUT

A Little Event For The Youngest Citizens of Dublin 15

Thu 30 May 2019 9:50AM-3.15PM

THURSDAY 30 MAY 2019   09:50AM-3.15PM   FOR TODDLERS!
With a Sensory Toddler Event on WEDNESDAY 29 MAY 10.30am - 1:30pm 
Download Full Programme Here

Dancing, prancing, singing songs … playing, swimming, scribbling ...
Join us for our 5th Toddler Take Over Adventure in May!

A host of wonderful artists and art forms awaits you to see, hear and experience new adventures during our Toddler Take Over Adventure 2019! Draíocht’s Toddler Take Over, now in its 5th Year, celebrates the limitless imagination of the very young child and the magic that happens when it is combined with the world of artists and the arts. With a combination of book-in and free drop-in events, and the very special addition of a Sensory Toddler Day, children are invited to explore sounds and movement and think about really important questions:
Will the Sad Mermaid get to the party?
Can I shake to make music?
Can a tent dance?
Draíocht transforms into a big space for adventure through story, visual arts, music, circus and dance for the very young. Scribble and draw in our Gallery Spaces, dance, move and take part in a party under the sea, dancers will dance and musicians will play, scribble, build, invent. Children are invited to bring their insatiable curiosity and their adults to explore, discover new art forms, create, play, dance, draw, sing and nurture creative potential, while having fun too.

Booking Notes for All Events:

All Children must be accompanied by an Adult and all Adults must be accompanied by a child! Dress for Mess and we would ask you to please respect age limits on book-in workshops. This Event is designed for Toddlers, but older and younger siblings are welcome to join in the ROAM FREE areas and where stated in Book-In workshops. Booking is by phone via Box Office on 01-8852622 or in person at Box Office, open Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm, Draíocht, The Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15

(For Wednesday’s Sensory Day programme please see PDF


Time:  9:50AM-3.15PM
AGE:   18 months – 4 yrs
Activities are designed for ages 18 months - 4 years but younger and older siblings are welcome in the roam free areas too. Enjoy the open spaces for self-directed creative play and art making … Is that a dancer dancing? Why not dance too? Roam FREE includes a small area created for children under 18 months to explore. 
Location: Roaming all over Draíocht / Draíocht Galleries / Lobby / Draíocht’s workshop Room!
Additional notes: Enjoy spontaneous Dancers dance with an accompanying musician play in the Roam free spaces @ approx. 11:30am, 12:10pm and 12:50pm (these are approximate times only).

Event Information: Your Roam Free Ticket covers FREE admission across a combination of open spaces for self-directed play and inventiveness, along with short spontaneous interactive Dance performances that will happen in these spaces. With your Roam Free Ticket you can come and go as you please! You can also draw, investigate and discover the world of imagination we have created for you! With this ticket your child will have lots of fun - but if you want something more, you can purchase tickets for the additional Book In workshops or attend a theatre show (see timetable).



Places are restricted and must be booked in advance with the Box Office on 01-8852622.
Early booking advised as they usually sell out fast.
Tickets are €5 per child, with a free accompanying adult.

A dance theatre piece by Little Lion Dance Theatre
Performance 1:    10.30AM-11.15AM
Performance 2:    02.30PM- 03:15PM
Cost:                     €5 per child, with a free accompanying adult
AGE:                     2.5 years to 5 Years
Location:               Draíocht Studio Space
A-do-le-TA! is a dance theatre piece that joyously explores friendship and play. Come with Joy and Sky into a world where everything is possible - a tent can be a crab, an umbrella can be a cloud and the moon can sing! Through play, two friends overcome differences and together imagine, create and expand their reality and yours.

Workshop 1:         09.50AM-10.20AM  (2 years to 4 years)
Workshop 2:         11.30AM-12.00PM  (12 Months to 2.5 years)
Workshop 3:         01.10PM-01.40PM   (2 years to 4 years)
Cost:                     €5 per child, with a free accompanying adult
AGE:                    16 months to 4 Years
Location:               Draíocht Main Stage
Bop, pop and rock your way through this fun and explorative music workshop. Explore and create your own brand of music as only a child can! See and hear a live Musician play and sing and become one yourself with a range of musical instruments to bang, chime and shake.

Interactive Drama workshop including storytelling and movement led by theatre practitioner Joanna Parkes
Workshop 1:         10.30AM-11.15AM
Workshop 2:         12.15PM- 01.00PM
Workshop 3:         01.45PM- 02.30PM
Cost:                     €5 per child, with a free accompanying adult
AGE:                     2 years to 4 Years
Location:               Draíocht Main Stage
It’s party time under the sea. All the fish and sea creatures are very excited and are busy practicing their dance moves for the annual event. Everyone is looking forward to the party apart from one sad mermaid who feels she can’t dance and doesn’t want to join in. Come and play with your child and show the mermaid there are many ways to dance. This workshop was originally commissioned by and performed at The Ark, A Cultural Centre for Children. 


Booking is by phone via Box Office on 01-8852622 or in person at Box Office, open Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm, Draíocht, The Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15.

The given schedule and content may be subject to alteration. The ROAM FREE concept allows for self-discovery together, supported by a facilitator. It will involve lots of opportunities for child-led individual creative freedom.

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