There’s fun lined up for everyone at Draiocht next year

by Gazette Reporter

Draiocht in Blanchardstown will fling open its doors in the New Year with a staggering 100-plus events to choose from in Spring 2020.

The line-up includes comedy, music, theatre and movies with a full programme for families and young children, starting with Robin Hood by Coolmine Panto Group.

Panto season starts on January 4 with 17 fun-filled shows as Sir Robin of Locksley and his mother, Lady Rose Bud, draw swords and arrows with the money-grabbing Sheriff of Nothingdoing, Sir Guy Sterling.

Fun and laughter are guaranteed with Robin’s Merry Men, Friar Tuck and his Snoring Monks and the Singing Nuns of Mirth.

There will also be a ‘relaxed performance’ on Wednesday, January 8 at 7pm, minus any sudden noises or bangs, with restricted capacity, the ability to move around, softer and brighter lighting and music at a suitable level.

February sees the return of Jon Kenny and Mary McEvoy in John B Keane’s The Matchmaker, while Seamus O’Rourke brings his nostalgic production, Padraig Pott’s Guide to Walking, to the main auditorium on March 6.

Deirdre Kinahan’s play, Halcyon Days, which centres on the relationship between patient and carer in a nursing home, will also come to Draiocht in March.

The theatre will host Foster & Allen and The Celtic Tenors for the first time, as well as a return of the brilliant production The Bee Gees Story – Nights on Broadway on, Friday January 24 and Saturday, January 25.

Stand-up comedy comes courtesy of Neil Delamere’s latest show, End of Watch, on Valentine’s Day, with Baz Ashmawy bringing his tour of Family Matters and The Laughter Lounge Live Tour in April.

From January, you’ll be able to pick up a free children’s gallery guide to explore Draiocht’s exhibitions and public spaces.

The guide was designed by a local TU Dublin Blanchardstown student, and comes complete with paper, clipboards, colouring pencils and a cushion.

Saturday, January 11 is the first of two free family art days at the centre, with the second on January 25.

Saturday, February 15 sees a sensory-friendly family screening of the classic Disney Pixar animation, Monsters Inc, where the volume and lights will be lowered.

There is also plenty on the visual arts horizon with Dublin 15 artist Ann Ensor bringing an immersive installation exploring the aesthetic properties of kelp seaweed.

The project space runs until Saturday, February 29, and you can see a full list of details in Draiocht’s season brochure or online at www.draiocht.ie.

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