Draíocht Events November 2018 on in Draíocht

Red Hurley Love Is All

Thu 1 Nov 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €29.50

Red will perform his greatest hits from down through the years, including ‘Love Is All’, ‘When’, ‘Kiss Me Goodbye’, ‘Broken Promises’, ‘Isadora’, ‘A Poor Man’s Roses’, ‘Let The Heartaches Begin’ and many more. Red is considered to be one of the finest performers Ireland has ever produced. His signature rich powerful voice, relaxed charm and energetic stage shows have captured the hearts of audiences everywhere. Performances throughout Europe and the United States have firmly established him as a truly exceptional entertainer.

The 4 Of Us – Acoustic Gig

With Brendan & Declan Murphy

Fri 2 Nov 2018 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €25

The 4 Of Us 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.

Last year the band celebrated their 25th anniversary with sold out shows North and South – and this year promises to be just as eventful with a new single, Bird’s Eye View, and a new album, Sugar Island, released in September.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see the full band in action for this special acoustic night in Draíocht.


The Songs of Joni Mitchell with Clare O’Mahony

Sat 3 Nov 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc

Following on from her recent sold out performances at The Everyman Palace, Cork singer songwriter Clare O’Mahony pays tribute to one of her favourite songwriters, Joni Mitchell. The Songs of Joni Mitchell will feature songs from Joni Mitchell’s earlier albums (Clouds, Ladies of the Canyon) right through and up to her more recent recordings including the stunning A Case of You. Classics such as Chelsea Morning, You Turn Me On, I’m a Radio, Chinese Café, and Woodstock, to name just a few, will be performed.


Colin Murphy – The Bald Ambition Tour 2018

Sat 3 Nov 2018 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €17 / €15 conc

25 years ago a young man had a dream and that dream was to perform. As an actor success came quickly with the National Youth Theatre and early TV appearances in Yorkshire Television’s Heartbeat and Drop The Dead Donkey for Channel 4. His starring role in Our Friends In The North led to him becoming a household name. Daniel Craig* has achieved everything he set out to do and has reached the very pinnacle of the entertainment industry.

25 years ago another young man had a dream. And hope. And hair. He is still hanging on to all three… just about.

Best known for his TV appearances on the award winning Blame Game, Murphy and O’Kane Do Le Football, The Panel, and The Blizzard of Odd, Colin has performed his stand-up all over the world from Montreal to Melbourne, Beijing to Ballybofey.


Cold War (2018)

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 7 Nov 2018 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

From the Director of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film ‘Ida’ (2015), Pawel Pawlikowski, comes Cold War, a passionate love story between two people of different backgrounds and temperaments, who are fatally mismatched and yet fatefully condemned to each other. Set against the background of the Cold War in the 1950s in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris – the film depicts an impossible love story in impossible times.

Winner – Best Director, Cannes Film Festival 2018.


Holy Mary by Eoin Colfer

Breda Cashe Productions

Thu 8 – Fri 9 Nov 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc

Holy Mary is the story of two nine year old  girls on the days leading up to the social occasion of the year: Their First Holy Communion. Mary and Majella have been mortal enemies since baby infants, and things have gotten even worse since Mary’s daddy moved in with Majella’s mammy. Both girls are searching for a way to insult the other, and Majella thinks she has found a weak spot when she realises that Mary’s Communion dress is actually a second hand dress that she herself donated to the Vincent dePaul. Will Majella use this devastating information to publicly take down her nemesis with a vicious rhyme? Or will she realise that maybe she and Mary are not so different and that maybe they could be allies instead of enemies?

In typical Colfer fashion the characters are very real and very funny. The cast of two play two mothers, a benevolent priest, a patient teacher, a misguided father and two cheeky and lovable nine year olds. Holy Mary, a hilarious and heartbreaking tale of Communion, confusion and consternation.


Catch A Star

Mon 12 – Fri 30 Nov 2018

Artist Orla Kelly will work with Barnardo’s pre-school crèche in Mulhuddart. The pre-schoolers will come and enjoy the show ‘How to Catch a Star’, based on the beloved book by award-winning Irish author Oliver Jeffers and presented by Branar Téatar do Pháistí.

The visit will be followed by a series of specially designed ‘Star Workshops’ that will engage the children in storytelling, making their own stars and outer space experimentation.

If you are a crèche in Dublin 15 and are interested in getting involved in a future Creative Crèche Programme, please get in touch with sarah@draiocht.ie


Draíocht and Early Years – Exploring More With Early Years Arts

Tue 13 Nov 2018 Draiocht Workshop Room // €5 Per Child (Accompanying Adult Free)

10AM-11AM & 12PM-1PM  €5  (60 MINS)

Gen will lead you on this journey of experimentation, sticking and creating to make your own shadowy thing in our studio space. Loom large, move slow, what shadow shapes can you create!

This series of individual monthly workshops, designed for children aged 2-4 years, is intended to allow you and your child to explore different art mediums in an open and undirected way, starting with clay, then shadow play and finally music. There will be mess but there will also be fun! Cost: €5 Per Child Per Workshop (Accompanying Adult is Free). Booking and further information from Box Office on 01-8852622.


Michael Collins – A Musical Drama

Coolmine Musical Society

Tue 13 – Sat 17 Nov 2018 Main Auditorium // €25

TUE 13 – FRI 16 NOV 8PM / SAT 17 NOV 2PM & 8PM

Coolmine Musical Society are privileged to be taking to the stage with Michael Collins – A Musical Drama. It tells the story of turbulent events preceding the foundation of the State, from 1916, through the War of Independence and the Civil War, not to mention the love affair triangle between Collins, his fiancée Kitty Kiernan and top Republican firebrand Harry Boland. Since writer & composer Bryan Flynn’s masterpiece opened to critical acclaim in 2009, it has raised the bar with its visual and dramatic production. Coolmine Musical Society is proud to be flying this flag of freedom high.

Starring Kevin Fagan (Michael Collins), Nicole Lamb (Kitty Kiernan), Liam Egan (Harry Boland), Seamus Sullivan (Eamon De Valera) & Colin Flynn (Joe Emmet), with Niamh Carroll, Kathy Kelly, Jim Walsh, Orla Walsh, Matthew Williams and the Coolmine Chorus.

Book, Music & Lyrics by Bryan Flynn.

Produced by arrangement with Michael Collins Production Trust.

Director: Pat McElwain. Musical Director: Dave McGauran. Choreographer: Nicole McDonald.


Michael McLoughlin – Mulhuddart Satellite

Sat 17 Nov – Sat 23 Feb 2019 Ground & First Floor Galleries

Mulhuddart Satellite is an exhibition by Michael McLoughlin that projects a piece of Mulhuddart into Draíocht; particularly the stories and chat between friends that happen every day and celebrates how important this interaction is in making sense of where we live.

Mulhuddart has been a prominent West Dublin civil parish for hundreds of years. Along with Clonsilla and Castleknock, it was one of the main three areas of what is now Dublin 15. With this exhibition, we aim to present visions of Mulhuddart as presented by clubs, community networks and groups of friends who help define this continually developing vibrant area.

McLoughlin has been Artist in Residence in Draíocht since 2017. The role we asked Michael to take on was that of ‘diviner’ (coined by Sharon Murphy, Curator in Residence), to spend time in Mulhuddart developing an understanding of the communities within it and in turn begin to suggest possible linkages between Draíocht, Mulhuddart residents and the participations that could build potential points of connection.

The Mulhuddart Satellite exhibition presents a number of ‘mappings’ of Mulhuddart, each presented as an installation in the gallery, drawings, or as public radio broadcasts. One piece, for instance, consists of a bank of wall mounted loudspeaker cones and was made from McLoughlin’s door to door calls to every home in Mulhuddart, in an attempt to record the names of every resident. Another draws on local archaeology and changes in what Mulhuddart is, over several centuries.

In the Ground Floor Gallery, an installation that takes the name of the exhibition ‘Mulhuddart Satellite’ features spatial recordings of conversations between community groups in Mulhuddart and is made from banks of speakers hanging from the gallery ceiling through which the audience negotiate their way through conversation, chat and stories.

Overall the exhibition explores place, belonging, friendships and the connections we have to the people around us. This sense of place is something we can’t take for granted and exhibitions like ‘Mulhuddart Satellite’ can act as a gentle reminder of how our relationships with neighbours, friends and family define us and the place we live.


 (Re)View Youth Screenings

21 NOV & 08 DEC 2018

Wed 21 Nov – Sat 8 Dec 2018 Draíocht Studio // FREE

These informal screening evenings include film premieres, documentaries and live performances and will each be followed by a short youth peer-to-peer panel discussion with tea and biscuits. These screenings, created by participants of Dublin 15 and Draíocht’s youth engagement programmes, form part of a series of events running in tandem with Artist Michael McLoughlin’s exhibition ‘Mulhuddart Satellite’.

WED 21 NOV  5.30PM  FREE  Draíocht Studio

This evening’s screening will include documentaries of the Blakestown/Riversdale HOMESPUN project, created in collaboration with Artist in Residence Michael McLoughlin and Poet Colm Keegan. There will be feature documentaries by Fingal Film Club along with ‘More than Bricks and Mortar’: the story of Room 13 Inquiry’s selection of work for HOME. We will also launch ‘Dreamweavers; A Picture Book’, designed and illustrated by Philippa Cahill, documenting a Gina Faustino project with 3 local primary schools.


SAT 08 DEC  7PM  FREE  Draíocht Studio

Building on the November Youth Screenings, this evening will see projects developed since September 2018 and will feature a live filming and theatre performance by D15 Youth Theatre, along with premieres from Fingal Film Club and the developmental HOMESPUN work created in collaboration with Michael McLoughlin, Draíocht’s Artist in Residence.

Screenings are free but space is limited, so please register at the Box Office tel: 01-8852622.


The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid (2018)

Cinema at Draiocht

Wed 21 Nov 2018 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

For years, Thomas Reid, a Co. Kildare farmer, has been locked in a gruelling battle with his neighbour, U.S. microchip manufacturer, Intel, who want to expand into Reid’s land. A lyrical and unconventional approach brings an added layer of interest to this ’David and Goliath’ tale of an eccentric Irish farmer who takes on the might of an American computing corporation in a battle through the courts. Feargal Ward’s handsome documentary explores the clash between tradition and progress; between the rights of the individual and the perceived good of society.


How to Catch a Star

Branar Téatar do Pháistí

Thu 22 – Sat 24 Nov 2018 Draíocht Studio // €7 adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class of 20+ / Age 4+ yrs / Dur: 45 min

Once There was a boy who was always looking up. He dreamt of having a star as a friend. This is the story of his adventure.

Based on the beloved book by award-winning Irish author Oliver Jeffers, Branar Teatar do Pháistí are proud to present How to Catch a Star.

This adaptation combines puppetry by Grace Kiely and Neasa Ní Chuanaigh with stunning puppets by Suse Reibish. With a magical original score by Colm Mac Con Iomaire and directed by Marc Mac Lochlainn. Branar’s signature storytelling creates a show which reminds us all to follow our dreams.

THU 22-FRI 23 NOV  10.15PM & 12.15PM

SAT 24 NOV 2PM* (relaxed perf)  & 4PM – SOLD OUT

Non-verbal show. Ages 4 upwards. Dur: 45 mins


Deirdre O’Kane – A Line of O’Kane

Thu 22 Nov 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc

Deirdre O’Kane has really hit her stride. Footloose following a star turn on Dancing with the Stars and reveling in her return to stand-up, don’t miss Deirdre at her hilarious best in a straight-talking look at twelve frantic months in the life of this fandango tripping, family minding, telly making, comedy dynamo.


Before – A new play with much music by Pat Kinevane

Fishamble: The New Play Company

Fri 23 – Sat 24 Nov 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

From the team that brought you Forgotten, Underneath and the Olivier Award-winning Silent, Before is a new play with much music, set in Clery’s of Dublin, on the very day this iconic department store shuts – for good.  Pontius is inside, trying to choose a gift for his estranged daughter, whom he hasn’t seen for almost 20 years.  He will meet her in an hour.  This father’s journey is both beautiful and strange, from the isolation of his Midlands home, to the madness of O’Connell Street.  Some folk are impossible to buy for…

Before was commissioned by Fishamble and has been in development with the support of the Arts Council, National Theatre Studio (London), Pavilion Theatre and The Strollers Touring Network.


The Nutcracker

Ballet Ireland

Tue 27 – Wed 28 Nov 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €22 / €20 conc / Groups of 10+ €18

With its fairy tale magic, Tchaikovsky’s beloved & sumptuous score, beautiful costumes and a tale of wondrous adventure combined, The Nutcracker takes audiences on a wondrous adventure full of quintessential Christmas magic.

It’s Christmas Eve. A marvellous party is taking place where the mysterious Uncle Drosselmeyer brings gifts for all the children. When midnight strikes, very strange things start to happen … The Christmas tree grows to incredible heights … Clara’s magical Christmas gift, her Nutcracker, leads them into a fairy-tale world … With her heroic Nutcracker at her side, Clara defeats the Mouse King and his army of mice, and they journey to the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets together.

This holiday season, experience the beauty and magic of Ballet Ireland’s Nutcracker, performed by an international cast of world-class dancers, with the whole family.

A Winter Wish – Ceol Connected

Thu 29 – Fri 30 Nov 2018 10.15AM & 12.15PM Draíocht Studio // €5 Per Child (Accompanying SNA Free) / Age 3+ / Dur 45 mins


Every winter in Whistleberry Forest, a little robin comes to visit and grants the creatures of the forest their very own wish – they can wish for whatever they want! As Ornaith the owl, Sorley the snail and Faoiláin the frog sing the magic words, the forest is transformed before their eyes into an enchanting wintry wonderland.

From dripping icicles to gentle snowfall, the delight of skating on an icy river or flying high on a moonlit night, discover the mysteries of Whistleberry Forest in a mesmerising traditional music performance made especially for children with sensory and complex needs.

With musicians Thomas Johnston and Stephen Markham and visual artist Orla Kelly, Ceol Connected’s ‘A Winter Wish’ is a highly interactive, multisensory and immersive musical adventure that has been specifically developed to engage children with special educational needs. From the makers of ‘A Wonderful Tune’ and ‘The Quiet Tree’.

This show is limited to 8 children & their SNA’s per performance and is ideally suited to special needs creches & preschools. All enquiries to Sarah Beirne sarah@draiocht.ie or phone Box Office on 01-8852622.

Developed with the kind support of Draíocht.


The Bee Gees Story – Nights on Broadway

Thu 29 Nov 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €25 / €23 conc

The Bee Gee’s 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.


Frankie’s Guys

A celebration of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

Fri 30 Nov – Sat 1 Dec 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €25

‘Frankie’s Guys – A celebration of ‘Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons’ is a fast paced, energetic production with an authentic live concert feel. Putting their own charismatic stamp on timeless classics such as, ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’, ‘Walk Like A Man’, ‘Sherry’ & ‘Oh What A Night’, the boys take you on a nostalgic trip down memory lane and remind you exactly why ‘The Four Seasons’ sold over 100 million records and earned themselves a place in the prestigious ‘Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’. With slick choreography, charm, charisma, brilliant audience participation and amazing live vocals, it’s clear to see why ’Frankie’s Guys’ are receiving standing ovations up and down the country.