Is múinteoir drámaíochta, dramaturg agus scríbhneoir í Aifric Ní Ruairc. Is brea léi cláracha drámaíochta a chur i láthair do pháistí. Bíonn idir óg agus aosta as gach cúlra ag freastal ar a cuid ranganna. Ba mhaith leí deis a thabhairt do gach éinne iad féin a léíriú tríd dráma agus Gaeilge.
Aifric Ní Ruairc is a drama facilitator, dramaturg and writer. She has a passion for developing drama programmes for children but works with people of all ages and backgrounds. Aifric is also a Gaeilgeoir who believes that the best way to learn a language is to live it. She has been running a successful Irish language drama club in Ballymun for six years and loves celebrating both theatre and Irish language. Aifric would love to give more people the opportunity to express themselves through Irish and through Drama and will do so through her residency in axis.
Time: 10am & 4pm
'Strange Feathers’ is an aerial dance show aimed at the youngest audiences. Two little birds are learning to fly with the help of their surroundings in nature. Feathers drop from the sky to the beautiful sounds of soft music.
Time: Various Times
Ballymun’s cultural calendar wouldn’t be the same without the annual ‘LiFT Youth Arts Festival’. For one week, the streets and venues of Ballymun will be taken over as young people aged 13-23, showcase and experience the very best in youth arts. Our fringe ‘Little LiFT’ programme is also back for younger festival goers (10-12 years). With a jam-packed week of shows, workshops, exhibitions and school engagement, Ballymun is the place to be this March.
Following the sell-out success of The Man In The Woman’s Shoes, Mikel Murfi returns with a new one man show. Late in his life, Pat Farnon, a cobbler and all-round contented man, marries the redoubtable Kitsy Rainey. It’s a match made in heaven, in more ways than one.
A school girl gets text bullied. A porn star argues with her babysitter. A TV presenter gets replaced by a younger model. A scorned wife looks for retribution and a lonely lap dancer misses home. Find out how these modern fables of a sexualized world are connected in the 2015 Tiger Dublin Fringe sell out hit.
London Ballymun Sydney is a journey of songs and music by Tony Mc Guiness. It is a reflection of his introduction to the world of music, and his musical journey to date. Tony Mc Guiness ,is probably best known for his years with one of Ireland's best ever rock bands Aslan.
Two elderly farmers, Eamon and Nashee, meet at a gate on a remote hillside. These men are old friends, old rivals, old neighbours. They are men of heart, of humour, of hardness. Their conversation is a throwback to a gentler time, when silence was as telling as declaration, and meaning was more often found between the lines than on them.
Time: 10am & 12pm
Fíbín and Áras Inis Gluaire present ‘Clann Lir’ by Dara McGee and Brendan Murray. ‘Clann Lir’ is based on the mythological story of 4 children turned into white swans when Aoife, Lir’s wife, puts them under a magic spell. Live art, music, and storytelling are used to portray this vivid story. Suitable 4+.
Time: 7pm (15th May) & 11am (16th May)
The Far Field tells the story of Farmer Lonán, who, one summer’s day discovers a magical whistle hidden in a hare’s nest. Suspecting that it belongs to the fairy folk who live at the edge of his farm, Lonán decides that the whistle should be returned to its rightful owners.
Time:11am & 7pm
Tickets: €5 (11am) or €15/10 (7pm)
St. Kevin’s College is breaking into the world of theatre with their production of 'War of the Buttons”'. Set during the economic recession, the poverty stricken Northsider boys take on the wealthy Southsiders from Castlerock.
Rita is tired of her humdrum existence. Her adult children are getting on her nerves and she misses her best pal Mary. It’s time to spice up her life! ’Creaking’ is based on the lives of real-life Irish people in later years. It explores the everyday challenges and pressures facing us as we age, and how we attempt to defy stereotypes.
Charlie is a kleptomaniac - the doctor told her. Reckons it stems from childhood trauma. But she has the robbin’ completely under control these days. For real. She has a bit of a mouth on her, but she’s only trying to be funny, give everyone a laugh, not cause trouble, like. Not today, of all days. She loves that little boy more than she ever thought it was possible to love another human. There’s a lot riding on these 24 hours, and if she keeps her head down, she’ll get him back.
A fast-paced and funny play about motherhood, messing up, and doing your best to make it up.
‘The Pictures’ is a monthly film club for over 55’s that screens in our 211 seater theatre on the last Monday of each month. This month we screen a surprised film as part of the Bealtaine Festival which will be announced in April along with the full festival programme.
Time: 1pm & 3pm
Tickets: €10 or €32 for a family of four
This much loved fairytale comes to life on stage in an unforgettable live production of song and laughter that children will love. Goldilocks, the Three Bears and Ruff the Dog perform this exciting and fun filled musical production which takes a few twists and turns along the way with other new puppet characters and hopefully a happy ever after.
Paddy Cullivan of Callan's Kicks and The Late Late Show Band brings you on an audio-visual spectacular. Using Satire, Imagery, Historical Insight and Song - (and Darkest Secrets) that happened during our Rising, Revolution and Counter-Revolution (Civil War).
We are delighted to announce this special event as part of Beo Ballymun 2017. Two giants of the Irish trad scene, Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny are uniting for an evening of great music, a mixture of traditional songs, and originals composed by Andy.
Strolling Through Ulysses! tells the fun-filled story of Bloomsday – June 16th 1904 – the iconic day around which James Joyce’s Ulysses is based, guiding you through the curious events and quirky characters of Ulysses, in a humorous, entertaining and informative manner, with extracts from the novel which best illustrate the various aspects of Joyce’s writing – the comical, the descriptive and the complex – without compromising the integrity of the great book.
Second show added on Thursday 22nd June. For one night only the Queen of the scene, the diva with the fever, the Ballymun Bombsite herself returns for an evening of pure 110% unadulterated entertainment, join Stuffy as she goes solo for the first time this summer. Grab the girls and treat yourselves to an hilarious night out to start the summer!
BROKEN WHISPERS is a short film written by Ballymun resident Michael Peel. The film follows Joshua, a 19 year old man suffering from Mental Health problems and a chaotic home life. Through his friendship with Riley, who suffers with similar problems, they try to help each other through their struggles.
Time: 3pm & 7.30pm
The students of Acting Academy take to the stage in their annual show. This year we will present a variety show suitable for all the family. Acting Academy is one of the longest established stage schools in Ireland and has produced many innovative and creative shows for children of all ages so come along, relax and enjoy the fun.
The acclaimed Irish duo of singer / actress Honor Heffernan and composer/ keyboard player Trevor Knight present their new Cabaret/Speakeasy-style show, “The Whistling Girl”. Trevor has transformed the poems of Dorothy Parker into songs, using her witty, droll and sometimes heart rending lyrics. With Garvan Gallagher bass, Tom Jamieson drums, Ed Deane electric guitar, Ciaran Wilde saxophone’s, Bill Blackmore horns.
By: Red Bear in association with Axis and Dublin Fringe Festival
We’re looking for ten bright sparks from the North West Area of Dublin, aged 16 - 21, with a hunger for theatre, live music, comedy and dance shows. We want to bring you, as our guests, to five different shows throughout the festival. We want you to experience them, talk about them and ultimately celebrate the power of live performance. All you need to know is that you want to go.
Dates: 17th - 21st July (10am to 12.30pm)
Play games, have fun with drama, make puppets, read stories and write your own book. Bain úsúaid as do chuid Gaeilge. This is a special camp for children aged 5 - 7 where they can engage with reading and literacy through Irish and English by having fun and playing games!
A surreal, black comedy of love, longing and one woman's intense rivalry with a Charolais heifer. Set on a farm in rural Ireland, Siobhan is forced to share the affections of her farmer boyfriend with the other women in his life - a sneering mother-in-law figure, and a sexy French cow. This is a muddy place of simmering desire, mixing the challenges of farming life and the joy of sex.
On the remote Siula Grande in Peru in June 1985, mountaineer Simon Yates found himself in a desperately unenviable position. He was slowly being pulled off the mountain face by his injured partner, Joe Simpson, dangling on the rope 50 metres below. His decision to cut the rope saved both their lives in the epic of survival that followed and with the publication of the book ‘Touching The Void’ and the later film, both climbers became household names.
Two couples. Two stories. One ending. A journey through the savagery and beauty of modern relationships from one of Dublin’s most exciting new writing companies. Putting the audience in the driver’s seat, playwright Lee Coffey investigates the influence that gender can have on our perception and judgement. You’ll meet two pairings dealing with abuse, adultery and love in equal measure.
In Galway City in the very near future Valve Hegarty sings audio jingles to pay the rent; a drudgery that weighs heavy on him. He has a hankering for something of substance and is drawn to the beauty of twentieth century valve radios. A chance meeting in Clifden leads him to the site of The Marconi Station where a soundscape of ghostly broadcasts begin. Meanwhile Rosario is… well Rosario is Rosario.
Children across crèches in the northside of Dublin will get a chance to work with early year’s arts practitioner and visual artist, Orla Kelly. This 6 week interactive storytelling project for 2 – 5 year olds begins and ends with a visit to axis theatre for two quality early years performances.
Twenty- five years after it was first presented as part of Dublin Theatre Festival 1992, Frank Pig Says Hello, the stage version of Pat McCabe's novel The Butcher Boy, returns alongside McCabe's follow up show, The Leaves of Heaven, in a unique double-bill.
Ticket Price €12.50 - Teachers go free!
Times: 10:30am & 12:30pm
Fíbín presents its highly acclaimed version of the modern Irish classic, 'An Triail' by Máiréad Ní Ghráda as you have never seen it before! Fíbín addresses issues highlighted by both teachers and students alike, by bringing a seeming outdated plot into the context of modern society using, puppets, masks, engaging visuals and physical performances to appeal particularly to a younger audience, making it current and more accessible. This production goes beyond the black and white nature of the dialogue and helps to overcome these obstacles to learning in a snappy, engaging and humorous show.
Tickets: €2 members/€4 non-members/€3 membership
Sing Street’ takes us back to 1980s Dublin seen through the eyes of a
14-year-old boy named Conor, while trying to adjust to his new inner-city
public school where the kids are rough and the teachers are rougher. With
the aim of winning a girl’s heart he invites her to star in his band’s music
videos. There’s only one problem: he’s not part of a band...yet.
It is 21 years since recorder classes began in St Josephs Junior School in Poppintree, Ballymun as part of a “Breaking the Cycle“ initiative that was to become the DIT Ballymun Music Programme.
To mark this occasion, Ireland’s foremost conductor and long time Ballymun music supporter, David Brophy, will host an evening of music featuring special guests and contributions from members of the music programme.
Time: 5 & 7pm
Fred is a VIG (Very Important Ghost) better known as the Glimmer man. Fred hasn’t had a body in over a hundred years. It’s Halloween again and Natalie has one night to help the Glimmer Man to bring the light back. A piece of interactive storytelling for audiences aged 9+.
Philippa works as a choreographer/teacher and is the Director of CoisCéim BROADREACH dance participation programme. Taking up her residency this October, exploring themes and stories about ‘work’, Philippa will work towards the choreographic development of a new piece next May 2018 entitled BODY OF WORK | WHAT’S THE STORY?
This is the story of Joanne’s amaaaaaaazing diet. She didn’t just lose weight though; she lost jobs, friends and fellas, but she didn’t care because she could wear bangles as belts and that’s all that mattered. Then one day, over her morning carrot, Joanne realized she’d lost her mind. Trying to entice it back became the hardest, funniest, greatest and weirdest time of her life.
Tickets: €10 (incl. soup and sandwiches) or €6 (ticket only)
Les loves Dublin, his wife and cowboy songs... but his real loves are diminished by pain. You see he is on the waiting list for hip replacement, both of them. All of this on top of the stents placed in his weakened arteries. If life was not cruel enough his doctor told him he has acne. It’s no wonder he has ended up talking to himself.
Jackie’ places us in the world of First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy
following her husband’s assassination. Known for her extraordinary
dignity and poise, here we see a psychological portrait of the First Lady as
she struggles to maintain her husband’s legacy.
It’s the 10th anniversary of SING. A huge part of the success of this project has been the opportunity for people who don’t know one another to come together and sing not just for themselves but in the Sing Gala Concert. We’re taking this idea and going further this year by adding more voices to the stage then ever with local choirs and groups getting a chance to SING shine on the axis stage.
EXTRA SHOW ADDED SATURDAY 9TH DECEMBER AS THE FRIDAY SOLD OUT
Santa may only visit once a year… but ‘Giz A Laugh’ creator Enya Martin doesn’t need a sleigh to land in Ballymun so she’s popping back to axis with her hilarious show ‘Giz A Laugh: Live comedy show’.
Pure Gold will feature Phil’s personal favourites as he trawls through his 50 years of creativity. A he says himself, “It will be a different and interesting collection – some of the big hits alongside some that I thought should have been hits! Some songs that meant a lot to my bank manager as well as some that simply meant a lot to me”
Tickets: €2 members/€4 non-members/€3 membership
The Jungle Book’ is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli, a
man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is
no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan promises
to eliminate what he sees as a threat.
axis Ballymun is pleased to announce the third year of our performing arts residency, ‘Playground’ for artists with disabilities. This residency is designed to support the professional development and creation of new work by performing artists with disabilities. Click for more information on how to apply.
Tickets: €15 / €12
Tom and Trish have celebrated their silver wedding anniversary but what happens when he wakes up with a strange woman beside him and she tells him she’s his wife? Trish has to make a choice. Which she does, armed only with humour, music and love.
Tickets: €2 members/€4 non-members/€3 membership
Comedy feature inspired by Ireland’s biggest cocaine seizure of €440
million off the coast of Cork in 2007, ‘The Young Offenders’ follows two
Cork inner-city teenagers, Conor and Jock, as they embark on a 160km road
trip on stolen bikes in the hopes of finding an unrecovered bale of cocaine.
Standup Comedy fundraiser for Ruthe Phoenix. Eric Lalor will MC a benefit comedy gig alongside the outstanding talents of Willie White (laughter lounge), Colm O’Regan (Irish Mammies), Alison Spittle (Nowhere Fast), David O’ Doherty (8 Out Of 10 Cats) and many more.
Tina and Bernadette, are digging a hole in the ground. They dig every day, methodically, looking for what has been hidden from them. They are Magdalene Ghosts. They heard about Tuam on the radio. One of them is digging to find her baby's bones, the other is digging to expose the truth.
Lives in Translation celebrates the human survival instinct through the story of one woman; who in fleeing conflict becomes trapped in a different struggle. She is trapped within the suffocating bureaucracy of the asylum system. From Mogadishu to Dublin, Belfast to London, it explores one woman’s fight for a life free from constant fear and a place to call home.
The axis studio is an initiative to develop creative voices and skills, focussing on, but not exclusive to, new work from the Northside of the Liffey. This programme launches in March 2018 and includes mentorship, residency, theatrical start-up, bursaries and free space opportunities.
The Glasnevin Musical Society are delighted to be returning to the Axis theatre with "One Enchanted Evening". Help us celebrate our 60th Anniversary and join us for a night of musical favourites .. some old, some new ... proudly presented by the Chorus and Soloists of GMS with Musical Director David Wray.
Time: 10.30am & 12.30pm
Tickets: €8 (Teachers Free)
High Rock Productions presents Caith Amach É, A smash hit comedy based on the Leaving Cert Irish Oral picture sequences. Seó grinn den chéad scoth bunaithe ar an sraith pictiúr don Ardteistiméireacht. Clúdaítear gach sraith don Bhéaltriail 2018 i seó bríomhar, barúil agus spreagúil, lán le stíleanna éagsúla drámaíochta: ceol, puipéid, idirghníomhaíocht agus aisteoireacht fhisiciúil.
Time: 11am & 8pm
Tickets: €12/10. (11am: €5)
By: Diane O'Connor
Diane O’Connor is breastfeeding but she won’t let that keep her indoors. Join her in this fun and informative stand-up comedy show inspired by breastfeeding, motherhood and related adventures!
Diane is a stand-up comedian and performer from Dublin who has performed around Ireland, London and Edinburgh and is a regular on the Dublin comedy circuit. Directed by Tara Derrington.
LiFT Youth Arts Festival kicks off this March with a week-long programme of events for young people aged 13-23 years. The festival is hosted by axis this year and offers a range of free shows, workshops, gallery exhibitions, master classes and longer lead in projects.
What Would Ma Say is a hilarious play based on the best-seller of the same name. Kathleen Doyle tells the true story of her remarkable family and their exploits growing up in Dublin in the tenements in the1950’s and her teenage years in Crumlin in the early1960’s.
Time: 12am, 8pm
‘Lean on Me’ a heartwarming, funny and hard hitting play centering around five participants and Paula the facilitator of a weekly support group for people dealing with various mental health issues. Laugh and cry alongside Rachel, Fiachra, John and Breda as they welcome new member Sarah into the fold by sharing their deepest darkest secrets and fears.
Time: 10am, 12pm, 3pm
A show about courage, trying new things and stepping outside...whatever the weather!
A drop of sunshine, a sprinkle of rain, a dollop of snow and a whoosh of wind. Whatever the Weather it can be fun to go outside! But that's not what Worried Wendy thinks, she hides away inside, afraid of what the weather may bring.
Tickets: €7 / €5
Time: 12pm, 2pm
Little Folk on Tour is a fun filled exploration of music and movement perfectly suited for your energetic under 6’s. Join Kyle Riley as he leads the children (and their adults) through a variety of music that gets them singing, jumping and shaking.
St. Aidan's CBS Transition Year proudly presents 'Shmoomanji', an adventure story like no other, live on stage with a live student band. Definitely not like any other, not like any films or anything. Definitely. Join us as we solve the puzzle of Shmoomanji!
Tickets available for purchase directly via the school only
A Classic Beatles show brings all the joys of Beatlemania to a whole new generation and allows first generation fans the chance to relive the music that changed our lives forever. The show features all tracks from what is arguably the greatest album The Beatles ever produced as well as all the obvious big hits, many costume changes and plenty of witty scouse banter.
Maz and Bricks tells the story of two young people who meet over the course of a day in Dublin. Maz is attending a ‘Repeal the 8th’ demonstration, while Bricks is going to meet the mother of his young daughter. As the day unfolds, the two become unlikely friends, changing each other in ways they never thought possible.
Tickets: €10 /€8
One night tiny Tom overhears Mum and Dad talking - there's nothing left to eat so they are going to leave him and his six brothers in the forest!
Tickets: €12 / €10
Set on Meath Street, ‘My Son My Son’ tells the story of THE MOTHER. Backwards. In seven year intervals. Through her story we witness her ‘working class community’. We need to stop pretending that class isn’t a real thing. It is. Still.
Time: 2pm & 6.30pm (16th & 17th June - LUSK SHOWS), 2pm & 6.30pm (23rd & 24th June - ARTANE SHOWS)
The Showbiz Academy Stage School proudly present their production ‘Hopelessly Devoted’. Set in the 1950’s, this exciting production showcases the acting, singing and dancing talents of the students of The Showbiz Academy Stage School. Suitable for audiences of all ages, this show is jam packed with classic and modern tunes to have you on your feet and dancing in the aisles.
Karl Dawson is delighted to bring Dame Stuffy back to Axis Ballymun for another side splitting sell-out night to remember! Join Stuffy for a night of stories, song and witty innuendo sure to keep you entertained and coming out smiling. Special guests to be announced.