Events

Robin Hood The Panto

Robin Hood The Panto

Coolmine Panto Group

Sat 4 - Sun 19 Jan 2020 Main Auditorium // €22 / €19 conc / Relaxed performance €19

Coolmine Panto Group are back with a pantomime treatment of the Robin Hood legend for all the family. Join in the fun as Sir Robin of Locksley together with his Mother, Lady Rose Bud, draw swords and arrows with the money grabbing Sheriff of Nothingdoing, Sir Guy Sterling. Can Sir Robin rescue Maid Marion from the evil Sheriff? Fun and laughter are guaranteed with Robin’s Merry Men, Friar Tuck and his Snoring Monks and the Singing Nuns of Mirth.

SAT 04  2PM & 7.30PM / SUN 05 1PM & 5.30PM
WED 08  7PM (RELAXED PERFORMANCE €19)
THU 09  7.30PM / FRI 10  7.30PM
SAT 11  2PM & 7.30PM / SUN 12  1PM & 5.30PM
WED 15 7.30PM / THU 16  7.30PM
FRI 17  7.30PM / SAT 18  2PM & 7.30PM
SUN 19  2PM

Enjoy our Relaxed Performance on Wednesday 8th January which will have no sudden noises or bangs, restricted capacity, the ability to move around, softer and brighter lighting and music at a suitable level. We will also provide a chill-out area with low lighting for parents/guardians to bring children who may need to have a little break. All tickets for this performance are €19.

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Holdfast Sketch Tours - Secondary School Tours

Holdfast Sketch Tours - Secondary School Tours

Preparing For Section 3 Art Appreciation

Mon 6 Jan - Fri 28 Feb 2020 Draíocht Galleries // €25 Per Class / Dur: 60 mins

The exhibition ‘Holdfast’ by artist Ann Ensor provides an excellent opportunity for your students to engage with a local gallery, a local Dublin 15 artist and current public environmental concerns.

The exhibition explores the destruction of Ireland's kelp forest and the environmental impact of those actions. Facilitated by artist Bridget Flannery, this tour gives students the opportunity to ask questions and explore Draíocht’s exhibition, focusing on how we layout, install, display and light work, which can feed directly in to this section of the Leaving Certificate Art exam paper, which often includes a question on visiting an exhibition or a gallery space. Students will also have an opportunity to make notes, sketches and diagrams.

Contact Paula on t: 01-8098029 / e: paula@draiocht.ie  to arrange a time and date for your sketch tour that will help students answer possible questions around gallery installation and exhibitions. All materials will be provided. Please give at least 2 weeks notice. Max 30 students per class with accompanying teacher. Limited number of tours available, early booking advised.



Look, Talk, Draw, Play - Children’s Gallery Guide

Look, Talk, Draw, Play - Children’s Gallery Guide

JAN – MAR 2020

Mon 6 Jan - Tue 31 Mar 2020 // FREE

Come and pick up Draíocht’s new Children’s Gallery Guide (free from Draíocht’s Creative Corner during opening hours) to help you and your family explore our exhibitions and building at your own pace and in your own time. Our Box Office staff will assist you with paper, clipboards, colouring pencils and a cushion! Look around the building, talk about the artwork, draw with the viewfinder, play a game of I Spy in the gallery!

This gallery guide was designed and created with generous support from Creative Fingal’s Cruinniú na nÓg 2019 programme, an initiative of Creative Ireland, in collaboration with Kotryna Kotoviciute from TU Dublin Blanchardstown’s, Creative Digital Media Degree course. Draíocht’s Creative Corner was designed by Artist Andrew Carson.



D15 Youth Theatre - Spring 2020

D15 Youth Theatre - Spring 2020

JAN – MAR 2020

Tue 7 Jan - Tue 31 Mar 2020

Throughout the first section of the year, D15 Youth Theatre’s 30 strong membership will work on stagecraft with our new youth theatre facilitator, Emily Matthews. During February they will explore current environmental themes arising from the exhibition ‘Holdfast’ to create some short response films in collaboration with our youth film club later in 2020.
Youth Theatre and Fingal Film Club give young people aged between 14-18 years a space to create, express themselves and explore ideas.

For further information please contact Paula on t:01-8098029 or e: paula@draiocht.ie
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Robin Hood The Panto Relaxed Performance

Robin Hood The Panto Relaxed Performance

Coolmine Panto Group

Wed 8 Jan 2020 7PM Main Auditorium // Relaxed performance €19

Coolmine Panto Group are back with a pantomime treatment of the Robin Hood legend for all the family. Join in the fun as Sir Robin of Locksley together with his Mother, Lady Rose Bud, draw swords and arrows with the money grabbing Sheriff of Nothingdoing, Sir Guy Sterling. Can Sir Robin rescue Maid Marion from the evil Sheriff? Fun and laughter are guaranteed with Robin’s Merry Men, Friar Tuck and his Snoring Monks and the Singing Nuns of Mirth.

Our Relaxed Performance on Wednesday 8th January will have no sudden noises or bangs, restricted capacity, the ability to move around, softer and brighter lighting and music at a suitable level. We will also provide a chill-out area with low lighting for parents/guardians to bring children who may need to have a little break. All tickets for this performance are €19.

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Create Dance Project - Spring 2020

Create Dance Project - Spring 2020

JAN-MAR 2020

Sat 11 Jan - Sat 28 Mar 2020

Starting in January, Create Dance's dancers and facilitators are collaborating with Lámh Signs Ireland to create a new special piece of choreography for public show later in 2020. Create Dance is a core part of Draíocht’s programming, a fun, innovative dance project, where the dancers love to dance and move- and also have an intellectual disability. Dancers and facilitators Mark Rogers, Antje O’Toole and Conor Donolan work together with participants and their parents to explore all types of dance and free movement.

If you have a child aged between 5-17 years with a love of dance, please get in touch with paula@draiocht.ie / 01-8098029. During term time workshops for Juniors are on 12.15pm-1.15pm (places available) and Seniors 1.30pm-2.30pm. Pre booking for this workshop is essential.



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Free Family Day: Seaweed Sculptures

Free Family Day: Seaweed Sculptures

Sat 11 Jan 2020 12 NOON-3PM Draíocht Galleries // FREE

Come and listen to the strange and wonderful sounds of our exhibition ‘Holdfast' and explore the artist's kelp seaweed sculpture before creating some weird and wonderful sculptural pieces of your own using materials from nature: clay, dried seaweed, sticks and stones. What wonders can you create?

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!

Booking by phone 01-8852622.



Draíocht Artist in Your Classroom Initiative

Draíocht Artist in Your Classroom Initiative

Workshops In Your Classroom With Draíocht’s Artists

Mon 13 Jan - Fri 27 Mar 2020 // €120

This programme aims to provide a range of high quality arts experiences for primary school pupils and teachers in their own classroom, working with Draíocht’s professional artists. Your school can choose from the range of specially selected and purposefully created school workshops below. This Season, pupils will have the opportunity to perform, print and sing. Workshops are tailored to your class’s age and abilities.

Drama In Your Classroom
Age Range: Adaptable To All Age Ranges
Duration: Junior/Senior Inf: 4 Class Groups get 45 min Workshop Each / 1st Class Upwards: 2 Class Groups get 1.5hr Workshop Each
Artist: Eimear Morrissey
Using a theme of your choice as a starting point, Eimear Morrissey introduces pupils to the wonderful world of theatre through imaginative fun collective group games. The workshop will explore different ways of engaging the imagination, of thinking creatively, seeing, listening, new ways of communicating and expression, as well as building confidence. Pupils will work together towards a common goal of creating a short improvised performance piece, giving them the opportunity to experience the creation of something from nothing!

Print In Your Classroom
Age Range: 3rd-6th Class
Duration: 2 Class Groups get 2 hr Workshop Each
Artist: Deirdre O’Reilly
Deirdre will introduce your pupils to a number of different print making techniques, before they work together to plan, create and produce a series of limited edition original prints. Print making allows pupils to explore the endless possibilities of shape and colour, line and pattern and offers opportunities to create individual and collaborative works of art. All materials will be provided. A must-do cross curricular creative workshop for your class.

Music And Singing In Your Classroom
Age Range: Adaptable To All Age Ranges
Duration: 3 Class Groups get 60 min Workshop Each
Artist: Dónal Kearney
This music and singing workshop introduces pupils to the potential of making music with their own voice. The workshop focuses on building listening skills, encouraging creative play, and creating music using the voice and the instruments available in each school. Based on years of research in music education and practical choral training, Donal and his team at Fingal Academy of Music believe in the power and benefits of music engagement.


WORKSHOP NOTES & BOOKINGS:
Workshops can take place from 13 January - 27 March 2020 on a date of your choosing. Closing date for Bookings is Friday 31 January 2020 through Draíocht’s Box Office tel: 01-8852622.
The programme is offered on a first come first served basis and is restricted to schools within the Dublin 15 area. Each day is subsidised by Draíocht and costs the school €120 including all materials. Schools are welcome to make multiple bookings, subject to artist availability, but due to budgetary constraints, the above subsidised workshop rate is limited to two days per school. For further details please contact Paula on 01-809 8029 or email paula@draiocht.ie



Super Sea Snails & Sea Slugs with Deirdre O’Reilly

Super Sea Snails & Sea Slugs with Deirdre O’Reilly

Exploring More With Early Years Arts

Wed 15 Jan 2020 10.15AM & 12PM Draiocht Workshop Room // €5 per child / Dur: 60 mins

10.15AM-11.15AM & 12PM-1PM (60 MINS)

Explore the squish and squash of clay to create some imagined clay sea snails and sea slugs inspired by listening to the wonderful sounds and sights of Ann Ensor's exhibition ‘Holdfast’. Clay is fun, and is also messy, so make sure to dress for mess (bring spare clothes if you wish). Remember to come along another day to engage with the exhibition's specially designed HOLDFAST PROJECT SPACE in our First Floor Gallery.

WORKSHOP NOTES
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. Where indicated please DRESS FOR MESS and bring a change of clothes. These sessions are only suitable for one parent/guardian and accompanying child (without siblings).



A Feast of Coolmine Talent 2020

A Feast of Coolmine Talent 2020

Coolmine Community School

Tue 21 Jan 2020 8PM Main Auditorium // €10 / Early Bird: 2 tickets for €10 until 23 December 2019

Coolmine Community School‘s students are back and promise to entertain you again this season. Prepare to be dazzled by their musical, dance and dramatic abilities. This is the 19th year Coolmine Community School has staged the Feast of Talent show in Draíocht and it promises to be a night not to be missed. Tickets Available from Draíocht’s Box Office (not from the School).

Early Bird: 2 tickets for €10 until 23 December 2019

Moon Woke Me Up

Moon Woke Me Up

Little Bigtop in Association with The Civic

Wed 22 - Thu 23 Jan 2020 Draíocht Studio & Workshop Room

WED 22 - THU 23 JAN 2020
10AM & 11.15AM (creche bookings)
12.30PM (public booking)
€7 adults / €5 children / Teachers Free with groups of 15+
Age 2-4 yrs / Dur: 40 mins show + 40 mins play
To book for a creche group please phone 01 8852622


Moon Woke Me Up Nine times. It was still 4am. 
So I built a rocket with my friends. And went on a journey that never ends. 
Come up and away with us. Come and play with us. Come build a rocket that will BLAST OFF and take us on a magical journey to the moon. All the way, up there, in outer space. 
I wonder if it smells of cheese? I wonder if it will make me sneeze? Let’s find out! 

Inspired by a Haiku of the same title by Basho Matsuo, Moon Woke Me Up is an interactive theatrical adventure to outer space for ages 2-4 years, using a wonderful blend of performance and interactive drama, construction play and sensory explorations. The performance runs alongside SPACE TO PLAY, an interactive, free-play space designed by Orla Kelly of Early Childhood Creativity in collaboration with Little Bigtop.

Commissioned by The Civic. Original production funded by The Civic, Creative Ireland and South Dublin County Council in a partnership supported by South Dublin Libraries and Rua Red.

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"My 3 year old daughter was totally captivated." Audience Member

"The show was so interactive, it was absolutely great for the children." Audience Member

Foster & Allen – Timeless Memories Tour

Foster & Allen – Timeless Memories Tour

Thu 23 Jan 2020 8PM Main Auditorium // €30

In their 40-year career, Foster & Allen have released over 30 albums. Along with ‘A Bunch of Thyme’, entering the Irish chart in 1979 and becoming their first No. 1 single, ‘Maggie’ became a No. 1 in New Zealand for four weeks, making the two songs their signature tunes. They started in the 1970s as a duo, but in 1982 they added a band to their show. Since then Mick Foster and Tony Allen have toured the UK & Ireland every year playing to sell-out concerts wherever they go. In addition, they’ve successfully toured the USA, Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Tasmania and achieved album and video sales in excess of 22 million worldwide. This 2020 tour is supported by a special edition new release ‘Timeless Memories’, a 10 CD Collection featuring 182 tracks of their most popular and favourite songs and albums, including ‘Maggie’, ‘After all These Years’, ‘Reminiscing’, ‘Reflections’, ‘Remember You’re Mine’ and many more.

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

Fri 24 - Sat 25 Jan 2020 8PM Main Auditorium // €25 / €23 conc

You can't see the Bee Gees anymore, but you can see ‘Nights on Broadway’ and still experience a concert of the incredible music written by the brothers Gibb.

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, costume changes 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.

Back by Popular Demand after their SOLD OUT shows in November 2018 & March 2019. www.nightsonbroadway.net

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Free Family Day: Octopus, Clown-Fish, Crazy-Fish

Free Family Day: Octopus, Clown-Fish, Crazy-Fish

Sat 25 Jan 2020 12PM-3PM Draíocht Galleries // FREE

Explore the kelp seaweed forest in the exhibition ‘Holdfast’, listen to the sounds the sea creatures make and with the help of our artists and lots of interesting recycled materials, stick, cut and create real or imagined many-eyed-many-legged crazy sea creatures of your own.

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!

Booking by phone 01-8852622.



Focus On Music - Workshops for Primary Schools

Focus On Music - Workshops for Primary Schools

Tue 28 Jan - Wed 12 Feb 2020 Draiocht Workshop Room // €45

These energy-filled, music workshops for primary schools are designed to immerse pupils into the wonderful world of music in a fun, activity-based and child-centred way.

Focus On Music … Samba Sounds
TUE 28 JAN  10.10AM-11.10AM OR 11.30AM -12.30PM
Draíocht Workshop Room  Cost: €45  Dur 60 mins  Age: 1st-6th Class
These dynamic samba workshops explore the magic of the traditional street samba of carnival. With each session, pupils will learn how to play samba’s Afro-Brazilian rhythms. Both exciting and soothing, these percussion workshops feature an introduction to a wide variety of percussion instruments.

Focus On Music … Let’s Sing
WED 05 FEB  10.10AM-11.10AM OR 11.30AM -12.30PM
Draíocht Workshop Room  Cost: €45  Dur 60 mins  Age: 1st-6th Class
These creative singing workshops explore the voice through games and activities, investigate the importance of breathing and posture whilst singing and develop each pupil’s aural awareness. ‘Let’s Sing’ is an excellent way of encouraging and improving each child’s singing abilities. Each session culminates in the performance of a new song learned by the class.

Focus On Music … Learn & Explore
WED 12 FEB  10.10AM-11.10AM OR 11.30AM -12.30PM
Draíocht Workshop Room  Cost: €45  Dur 60 mins  Age: 1st-6th Class
These interactive, fun and activity-based workshops aim to enhance each pupil's musical awareness. During the workshop, pupils discover that music tells a story, they explore the role of the conductor, investigate the importance of percussion, and learn about dynamics, tempo, mood, the beat and rhythm. Pupil's will learn and perform songs, compose music using set sounds and play along to music.

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 Paula (01) 8098029 if cost is an issue for your school. Max of 30 pupils per class. Booking through Box Office (01) 8852622.



Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
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Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

Wed 29 Jan 2020 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor star in Singin' in the Rain, one of the greatest and most successful musicals ever filmed - filled with memorable songs, lavish routines and Gene Kelly's famous song-and-dance number performed in the rain. Clever, incisive, and funny, Singin' in the Rain is a masterpiece of the classical Hollywood musical.

Cert: PG  Language: English  Dur: 102 mins  Dir: Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly
In association with Access Cinema

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"If you've never seen it and don't, you're bonkers!" Rotten Tomatoes

Reeling in the Showband Years
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Reeling in the Showband Years

It’s Back, it’s Bigger & it’s Better!

Thu 30 - Fri 31 Jan 2020 8PM Main Auditorium // €32 / €30 conc

Go back in time to this magical era and never to be repeated time in Irish popular music! Compere Ronan Collins will sing his renowned tributes to Joe Dolan, Dickie Rock, Eurovision hits and more. Joining Ronan is Linda Martin - A Superstar of Showbiz - Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest in 1992 with 'Why Me' and TV Presenter on multiple shows for RTE. Ireland’s greatest voice, Red Hurley will also be singing all his great hits. Also brother and Sister combo, Keith & Lorraine McDonald, with their fantastic tribute to all things Showband. Also the big sound of The Conquerors Showband and Eurovision stars Tommy and Jimmy Swarbrigg, as well as 70s chart-topper Shaun O’Dowd.

The show’s exciting finale is an ALL Cast Salute to the Showband Era. All of the stars join in for a medley of songs from the unique Showband Years!  Bringing you back in time to this magical musical period. It will send you home with great memories of wonderful and never to be repeated time in Irish popular music.

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