Spring Has Sprung

Happy New Year to you from all here at the dlr Mill Theatre

The venue is taking a very deep breath after a seriously busy December. With this breath comes reflection on a 2016 programme which brought so much to so many.

On a wider context, 2016 has been a year of great change in our Arts community. The year in itself brought the opportunity to reflect on a hundred years of national development and few would argue the impact the Arts has had on our ‘national identity’. The ‘1916 Commemoration’ marked  throughout the country exhibited our wide cultural landscape and highlighted the significant role the arts play in all our lives. Our thoughts now turn to 2017 and what the next 100 years will bring. We here at the Theatre support and applaud the shift in thought and practice and endeavour to reflect this in our programme going forward.

Our young audience will be well catered for as always, Ofegus bring their usual sprinkling of fun and mystery and we have Bosco returning with Hansel and Gretel. We are launching a new festival ‘Klassics for Kids’ which will run throughout March. This is a classical music festival aimed at children of all ages and will include a ballet, opera and concerts.

Music enthusiasts are sure to be happy with Mary Coughlan, Declan Sinnott, Paddy Casey, Declan O’Rourke, Pat Coldrick and April Verch all gracing the Main Auditorium before May. The up and coming Danny O’Brien along with Joe Rooney, Emma Doran and the Dirt Birds will guarantee to bring a smile to your face. Of course, Foil Arms & Hog need no introduction to the Mill audience and we are thrilled to have them for two nights in February and March. Be quick-tickets are selling like hot cakes.

If you have read and loved Donal Ryan’s novel ‘The Spinning Heart’ then I would recommend the drama adaptation of the book which will be staged here in January. Other theatre includes Bronte, God has no Country, The Quiet Land, My Aunt Bee, along with Rathmines and Rathgar’s staging of Frank McGuinness’s The Factory Girls, Balally Players’ ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and Rathfarnham Drama Group’s ‘Juno and the Paycock’. Kilmacud Musical Society and Glencullen Dundrum Musical and Dramatic Society also return with their musical productions.

I hope there is something for you. The staff, volunteers and I look forward to welcoming you to dlr Mill Theatre during 2017.