Eggsistentialism by Joanne Ryan
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Eggsistentialism by Joanne Ryan

A funny, tender and moving exploration of reproduction in 21st-Century Ireland

Sat 2 Nov 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

Joanne Ryan's internationally acclaimed, multi award-winning show is a funny, tender and moving exploration of reproduction in 21st-Century Ireland. Looking down the barrel of her final fertile years, one modern Irish woman goes on a comical quest to uncover the ifs, hows and crucially the whys of reproducing her genes.

Mixing animation with stand-up, monologue and hilarious recorded interjections from Ryan's mother, Eggsistentialism takes a light-hearted but unflinching look at one of life's most compelling dilemmas: should making a life for oneself involve making another?

Winner of The Lustrum Award, The Melbourne Fringe Tour Ready Award, Sydney Fringe's Critics’ Pick Award, Best Storytelling Bouquet at Edinburgh Festival and nominated for Best Performance at Melbourne Fringe.

Funded by The Strollers Network Touring Production Award.
Supported by Limerick Culture and Arts Department, Limerick City and County Council.
Dur 60 mins / Age 14+. Some strong language.
Written & Performed by Joanne Ryan.
Directed by Veronica Coburn.

"An absolute gem of a show ... A must-see; a deeply personal play with universal appeal. Don’t miss it." ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Bouquets and Brickbats

"Deeply relatable. Universally political." ★ ★ ★ ★ The Scotsman

"Close to a masterpiece; intelligent, thoughtful, wry, funny, and above all, loving." The Sunday Independent

Exploring Theatre Craft 2019

Exploring Theatre Craft 2019

NOV-DEC 2019

Mon 4 Nov - Mon 9 Dec 2019 Draíocht Studio

Over a six week period, theatre professionals Eimear Morrissey and Jo Quinn will once again work with transition year students from Hartstown Community School and Riversdale Community College to introduce them to the magic of theatre. This year we are concentrating on the creation of physical theatre, from the perspectives of performer and audience. Students will attend workshops, create their own performance, as well as attending CoisCéim’s new show ‘Francis Footwork’. If you are a secondary school in Dublin 15 and are interested in finding out more about this project please contact

Francis Footwork
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Francis Footwork

CoisCéim Dance Theatre

Tue 5 - Wed 6 Nov 2019 Main Auditorium // €7 adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class of 20+ / Age 6+ yrs / Dur: 55 mins

“Dancing is like dreaming with your feet. Colonel Headbanger doesn’t like dreams as they can give people ideas. People with ideas can be dangerous.”
Once upon a dance floor ... in a kingdom not so far away, lived Francis Footwork.

Now, Francis Footwork is no ordinary girl - she is an extraordinary dancer. When young King Two Lefties ascends to the throne, he is convinced by trusted adviser Colonel Headbanger to rule the land with an iron fist. He wants to end all dancing. Francis and her friends come together to teach him a dance lesson he will never forget!

From the company that brought you the award-winning 'The Wolf and Peter'.

Written & Directed by David Bolger
Cast includes: Cristian Enmanuel Dirocie, Ivonne Kalter, Jonathan Mitchell & Emma O’Kane.

Family Show: Tues 5th Nov 7pm
School Shows: Wed 6th Nov 12 noon

Age: 6yrs+

Leaving Certificate Art History Appreciation  Revision Day - SOLD OUT

Leaving Certificate Art History Appreciation Revision Day - SOLD OUT

Tue 5 Nov 2019 10.30AM-1.30PM Draíocht Studio // FREE

This unique revision day is designed for Leaving Certificate art students and teachers. Using the exhibition ‘Estuary’, we will explore and support art student’s preparation for the Leaving Certificate Art Appreciation section, through a series of talks and practical activities.
Guided by artist Bridget Flannery, as well as Estuary exhibition curators, Una Sealy and Joshua Sex, participants will gain an understanding of the curatorial process and installation considerations. Students will then meet with artist Martin Gale, whose work features in the exhibition and on the Leaving Certificate curriculum, to hear about his processes, techniques and inspiration. A facilitated tour of the exhibition will focus on two art works, to compare and contrast style, subject matter and artistic techniques.

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

Magical Mozart by Candlelight
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Magical Mozart by Candlelight

European Baroque Ensemble presents an evening of Mozart Masterpieces!

Thu 7 Nov 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €22 / €20 conc

From the producers of A Viennese Strauss Gala, this sumptuous fully costumed show immerses us in the wonderful music and the classical baroque world of one of the world’s greatest romantic composers - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. With beautiful settings, costumes, lighting, and of course candles, the European Baroque Ensemble and world class opera singers transport you back to the sumptuous past.
A packed programme of classical music and song, which includes excerpts from the most memorable of Mozart’s operas, such as: The Magic Flute; The Marriage of Figaro; Cosi Fan Tutte, and many more. Mozart’s most popular and famous operas are all beautifully sung by world class soloists who, alongside the ensemble, perform some of his most memorable pieces of music, including: Symphony no. 40; Lacrimosa (Requiem D minor) and Eine Kleine Nacht Musik.

"A Sublime evening…Magical, it certainly was!" Jersey Evening Post

Exploring Sound & Music with Eamon Sweeney

Exploring Sound & Music with Eamon Sweeney

Exploring More With Early Years Arts

Fri 8 Nov 2019 10.15AM & 11.30AM Draíocht Studio // €5 per child // Dur 45 mins

See and play music in a free and open environment with musician Eamon Sweeney, using gongs, chimes, bells, ocean drums, simple percussion instruments and song.

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. There will be mess but there will also be fun! Cost: €5 per child per workshop (accompanying adult is free). 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). 

Des Bishop - Take The Points - SOLD OUT
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Des Bishop - Take The Points - SOLD OUT

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

That’s good advice on the pitch but an even better metaphor for life especially when you don’t take advice well. How hard can it be for a man to say “point taken!” Des Bishop’s new show tries to digest the incredible changes we have seen in society in the last year and a half. Me too, consent, trump, the 8th and how divided everyone is online.
Everyone welcome, snowflakes, the easily offended, those that complain about people being offended, PC and non P.C. people, religious people and atheists. We all have points to take and goals to come!

Made in Dagenham The Musical

Made in Dagenham The Musical

Coolmine Musical Society

Tue 12 - Sat 16 Nov 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €25

Set in the swinging sixties Made in Dagenham is based on a real life strike in the Ford factory in Dagenham in June 1968. It is more than 50 years since these amazing characters stood up for their rights, which led to the Equal Pay Act of 1970. Coolmine Musical Society is delighted to be taking to the stage with the Dublin Premiere of this show. This ideal show will bring everybody out for a great night’s entertainment! 

CAST: Rita: Bronwyn Andrews / Eddie: Ian Rountree / Beryl: Michelle Harris / Cass: Kathryn Gibbons / Clare: Niamh Kiernan / Sandra: Karen McCourt / Connie: Niamh Carroll / Harold Wilson: Justin Parkes / Barbara Castle: Dolores Hughes / Lisa Hopkins: Amie Preston  / Monty: Robbie Kennedy  / Tooley: Eddie Brady / Mr Hopkins: Ciaran Lenehan  / Buddy Cortina: Stuart Pollock  / Greg Hubble: Nathan Everett Patterson / Stan: Andrew Hayes

* PLEASE NOTE: Some songs contain strong adult language. May not be suitable for very young children. Age Recommendation: 8+

FOCUS ON… Drawing With Atsushi Kaga - SOLD OUT

FOCUS ON… Drawing With Atsushi Kaga - SOLD OUT

An Appetite For Adventure

Thu 14 Nov 2019 10AM OR 12.30PM Draíocht Workshop Room // FREE // Dur 90 mins

As Part of the Estuary exhibition programme, join us in the gallery for ‘An Appetite for Adventure’. Exhibiting artist, Atsushi Kaga, is here to guide you on an adventure that explores the development of fictional characters through drawing. You will create and develop your own unique fictional character, revealing their individuality through the exploration of symbols, line, form, tone, texture and narrative. 

Limited to 1 class per school but other classes are welcome to be part of a waiting list. Cost per class is FREE as this programme is funded by Fingal Arts as part of the Estuary Exhibition programme. Booking is essential, tel Box Office on (01) 8852622 / Max of 30 students per class.

Robert Mizzell and the Country Kings
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Robert Mizzell and the Country Kings

Tue 19 Nov 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €25 / €23 conc

Robert Mizzell has made Ireland his home for over 20 years. He served his apprenticeship in Country Music since he first arrived here and is now one of the top Country Music Artists in Ireland, enjoying huge success all around the country. He has released 12 solo studio albums and 2 full length DVD’s to date and is constantly touring Ireland and the UK with his band. Robert was voted ‘Ireland’s Favourite Country Music Singer’ in a poll conducted by RSVP magazine.

‘Kick Ass Country’ was Robert’s first major hit, but it was the song ‘Say You Love Me’ that made him a household name in Ireland. More of his hit songs include ‘Mama Courtney’, Day Job’, ‘John Deer Beer’, ‘Louisiana Saturday Night’ and Wham Bam’ to name a few.

Photograph (2019)
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Photograph (2019)

Wed 20 Nov 2019 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

A struggling Mumbai street photographer pressured to marry by his grandmother convinces a shy stranger to pose as his fiancée during a family visit. Despite vast cultural differences, the pair develop a surprising connection that challenges their worldviews in a wistful and funny romance from Ritesh Batra (The Lunchbox). Starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sanya Malhotra.

CERT: 15A  Language: Indian (English Subtitles)  Dur: 110 mins
In association with Access Cinema

"A quiet charmer." The Hollywood Reporter

"… feels like a throwback to the old-fashioned big screen romances of yore." Screen International

"A lush ... romantic drama." The Film Stage

Swan Lake
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Swan Lake

Ballet Ireland in association with EY Ireland

Fri 22 - Sat 23 Nov 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €25 / €23 conc / €18 (under 16s)

Ballet Ireland, in association with EY Ireland, is delighted to present a national tour of Swan Lake, one of the greatest love stories of classical ballet, to 19 theatres throughout Ireland.

This most famous of ballets, combines romantic themes, classical technique and ethereal imagery together with Tchaikovsky's majestic score, to ensure this masterpiece’s immortality.

Swan Lake tells the story of Odette, a beautiful princess, who by day is turned into a swan by evil magician Von Rothbart, only to regain her human form at night. Out hunting by the Lakeside, Prince Siegfried encounters her and falls madly in love with her. But will he be able to break Von Rothbart’s spell…? 

This enduring story of love and tragedy, good and evil, has enthralled audiences since it premiered in 1877.  
This autumn 25 leading professional dancers from Ireland and abroad will perform in this breath-taking production which was loved by audiences and critics when last produced by Ballet Ireland.

"Perfectly formed and translucent production of the romantic classic ... Clever touches with the choreography, performances and staging." The Irish Times

"Moving production…beautifully choreographed." The Sunday Business Post

"Exuberant and beautiful production." Irish Mail on Sunday

Free Family Day: Winter Printer

Free Family Day: Winter Printer

Sat 23 Nov 2019 12PM-3PM Draíocht Galleries // FREE

Create your reindeer and print him green, etch an elephant and add a red nose, stamp a tree with purple snow. Our artists will be on hand to show you the techniques to print a Christmas Card and you can show us just how crazy your festive imagination can be!

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!

ABBA Forever - The Christmas Show 2019
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ABBA Forever - The Christmas Show 2019

Tue 26 - Wed 27 Nov 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc

It’s always party time when abba are about, but when it’s the Christmas Show,  then that’s a real excuse for a party! This happy sing-a-long tribute celebrates with a loud and proud fanfare! It’s the perfect way to start your Christmas celebrations! Simply the best party in Town! So, MAMMA MIA, here we go again! My My How can we resist you!! A cracker of a show. Great Vocals from the girls, Lucinda and Marie, great playing from the guys, Denis and Rae and terrific audiovisuals to bring you back in time and share seminal ABBA moments with you!

CLASS by Iseult Golden and David Horan
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CLASS by Iseult Golden and David Horan

Fri 29 - Sat 30 Nov 2019 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

A parent-teacher meeting goes very wrong in CLASS - a new play about learning difficulties: in school, in life, wherever. Brian and Donna’s son is nine years old, and he’s struggling. That’s what his teacher says. Says he should see a psychologist. But Brian and Donna – recently separated – never liked school, never liked teachers. So are they going to trust this one? And should they?

CLASS is an explosive triple confrontation in a classroom over learning difficulties, love and entitlement. Funny, heartbreaking and beautifully observed, with rave reviews and a sold-out run at the Abbey Theatre, CLASS is new Irish writing at its finest.

CLASS by Iseult Golden and David Horan was the hit of the Dublin Theatre Festival 2017 and was then invited to play on the Peacock Stage at the Abbey Theatre in January 2018 before transferring to the Galway International Arts Festival and the Traverse Edinburgh Fringe in the Summer of 2018. The show sold out before opening in Dublin and Galway and has had an extraordinary response from audiences and critics alike wherever it plays.

Starring Stephen Jones, Will O'Connell & Sarah Morris.

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"With an outstanding cast, a laugh-out-loud yet gut-wrenching story this thoroughly enjoyable show reflects our fractured zeitgeist brilliantly." ★★★★★ SUNDAY TIMES IRELAND

"Three terrific performances, two exceptional writers and directors, and one extraordinarily brilliant script." ★★★★★ THE ARTS REVIEW