Free Rehearsal Space 2014

April 2, 2014

Free Rehearsal Space 2014

Draíocht is offering rehearsal space during July & August 2014 FREE of charge to professional artists/performance companies participating in the Dublin Fringe Festival 2014.

There will be 3 spaces available (Main Auditorium, Draíocht Studio and Rehearsal Room). Spaces can be viewed on our virtual tour facility here ...  

As interest may outweigh availability, please write to or e-mail: Emer McGowan, Director, Draíocht. The Blanchardstown Centre, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15. Email: / Direct Line Tel: 01-809 8027.


With the following information (no more than 2 A4 sheets double spaced)

- Name of company and/or artists involved

- Concise details of the project to be rehearsed and if there is/are performance(s) scheduled

- Dates that the rehearsal space is required and if there is flexibility within those dates

- Which space you are interested in using

- How the piece is being funded

- Benefit of free rehearsal space to the success of the project


Closing date for receipt of information is 20 June 2014. Offers of space will be made by 11 July 2014.


Draíocht is generously funded by Fingal County Council with additional funding provided by the Arts Council.

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We are currently welcoming new members to Hallelujah - Draiocht’s Community Clown Choir

April 1, 2014


Hallelujah! began in 2012 as part of Veronica Coburn’s Artist in Residency programme in Draíocht for 2012/2013. A Clown Choir is a group of people who gather together to sing and laugh – to sing in celebration of what it is to be human and to laugh at the ridiculousness of the world we live in. Hallelujah! is a choir like no other producing performances that are one part play to two parts song; one part concert to two parts clown theatre. Nobody is asked to do anything that s/he is not comfortable with but for those who are interested in stepping into the spotlight then there is ample opportunity for them to do so.

In 2013 Hallelujah! performed their signature tune, Smile written by Charlie Chaplin, in a variety of places including The Blanchardstown Town Centre, the annual Harvest Fair in Wolfe Tone Square and at The College of Surgeons for Culture Night. The choir also worked on a performance piece about road rage entitled The M50 Symphony. The M50 Symphony was an original work for human voice and car horn. And to finish the year the choir performed their Clown Nativity in The Main Space in Draíocht. 

In 2014, we’ll focus on building a musical & red nose repertoire, selection of songs and short clown sketches, suitable for performance in a variety of contexts. We also want to investigate the idea of an original show for the choir inspired by participants' own experiences.  This work will be of a more long-term nature to reach fruition in 2015.

We are currently welcoming new members to Hallelujah! If you are sociable, like to sing, like to laugh and are open to trying new things then WE WANT YOU! You don’t have to be a good singer to join Hallelujah! You don’t have to be a performer to join Hallelujah! You just have to be interested and willing. The ethos of Hallelujah! is accessibility, inclusiveness and artistic excellence.

Hallelujah!’s weekly rehearsals for 2014 begin on February 24th 2014. Come along see what it’s all about. You will be introduced to the basic concepts of Clown Theatre and you will learn Hallelujah!’s signature tune.

For Hallelujah! Veronica Coburn is Artistic & Clown Director. Choir Director is Debra Salem.  Rehearsal Director is Louise Foxe.

For further information please contact Leigh on or phone 01-8098026.

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Them that work the hardest are the least provided ...

March 31, 2014

The starting point for ‘Them that work the hardest…’ was in listening again to recollected lines from songs dealing with the experiences of people at work, while at the same time reflecting on personal, family and community history. Some of these lines (in no particular order) are:

‘Oh dear me the world is ill divided, them that work the hardest are the least provided’

from The Jute Mill Song by Mary Brookbank

‘In the morning we built the city, in the afternoon walked through its streets, evening saw us leaving’
from The Ballad of Accounting by Ewan MacColl

‘Laddie ye dinnae ken the danger that ye’re in, if yer horses wis tae flegg and your owsen wis tae rin’
from Twa Recruitin Sergeants, Traditional

‘I couldn’t hardly find, I couldn’t hardly find, I couldn’t hardly find my monday morning shoes’           
from Monday Morning Blues by Mississippi John Hurt

‘We’re a sat thigether here to sit and to crack, wi oor glasses in our hands and oor work upon oor back’           
from The Work of the Weavers, Traditional

‘This boat we’re sailing in was built by many hands and the sea we are sailing on, it touches many lands’
From Somos El Barco by Pete Seeger

‘O dear me the mill is gaen fast, puir wee shifters cannae get nae rest’              
from The Jute Mill Song by Mary Brookbank

‘Friday, friday morning, come on friday its been to long. Friday, friday morning, come on friday I want to go home’
from Friday by JJ Cale

‘If you were a bird, if you were a buffalo, they’d paint your silhouette against the sky’
from Bye Bye Big Blue by Brian McNeill

‘And it’s not the fights you dreamed of but those you really fought, it’s not what you’ve been given, it’s what you do with what you’ve got’
from What You Do With What You’ve Got by Si Khan

Jim Cathcart has been living and working in Dublin since 1998. As a visual artist, Jim’s work has included printmaking, drawing, painting, murals, banners and poster design. In addition to exhibiting in galleries in Scotland and Ireland, his work has found its way into a variety of public, community and commercial spaces. As an arts activist, Jim has been involved in a long term quest for socially relevant approaches to art. This led to a number of roles in community based arts such as tutor and facilitator; artist in residence; project and event manager; arts co-ordinator; researcher and consultant. Jim currently works from a studio in Rua Red, South Dublin Arts Centre. If you are interested in visiting the studio contact Jim on 087 6923127 or

Read more ... here ... 

Further information about this exhibition or the Visual Arts programme:  Emer McGowan, Director at 01-8098027 or email

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Early Bird - Book Before 06 April 2014

March 18, 2014


Full price: €14 // Early Bird: €10 //

Full price: €15 // Early Bird: €10 // 

Full price: €17 // Early Bird: €14 //

Full price: €16 // Early Bird: €10 //

Full price: €17 // Early Bird: €14 //

Full price: €18 // Early Bird: €12 //

Tickets must be paid in full before 06 April 2014 to avail of these Early Bird Offers.

A maximum of 6 tickets can be bought at these prices per person.

Not applicable to group bookings.

BOX OFFICE 01 885 2622

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CoisCeim Duets at Draiocht in March

March 13, 2014

Experience an evening of unforgettable storytelling from CoisCeim Dance Theatre. The award-winning ‘Swimming With My Mother’ and ‘Missing’ are two extraordinary shows by David Bolger.

A joyful celebration of things we pass on and the things we inherit, ‘Swimming With My Mother’ is performed by David and his mother Madge. In this intimate dance, their life stories are told with humour to the sultry tones of Nat King Cole.

Can you imagine what it might feel like if a loved one went missing? The dance poem, ‘Missing’, is a reminder of the fragility and beauty of moments shared. Performed by the outstanding dancers Emma O’Kane and Tom Pritchard, ‘Missing’ sold out completely when it premiered at the Dublin Dance Festival last year.

Book Now for Coisceim's 'Swimming with my Mother' & 'Missing', coming to Draiocht on Tuesday 25 March, 8.15pm ... more info ... 

This is the programme note that David wrote for the premiere of MISSING in 2013:

A year and a half ago I started to research this new work, Missing. It took me a long time to navigate the subject matter. It’s so enormous, so varied, with so many difficult issues.

The more I research missing persons the more the subject matter moves me. I deeply feel for the families of the missing. The constant searching for loved ones, the non-closure, the “what ifs”. Imagine the pain of not being able to find a loved one, it must be unbearable. I believe this issue of missing people affects us all on a deep level. We might not be aware of the extent of its reach, but we all have crossed paths with it at some stage or another.

Each day on my way to the studio I pass a missing persons poster taped to a lamppost, and each day I watch as the image on the poster fades due to the weather. It makes me think of the importance of remembering the missing - that this person has loved ones whose lives have been completely changed forever by a disappearance.

My time researching with the dancers and the many organisations that help support loved ones of the missing has been a real eye opener. I have endeavoured to create a work that honours the memory of those missing, while being sensitive to those left behind– a dance poem than engages with a massive subject matter, while remaining human and resonating on a personal level. My hope is that this performance may trigger your own engagement with one of the most deeply affecting issues we face as a society today.

I dedicate this work to the missing and their families, mums, dads, sisters, brothers, relatives, and friends of the missing. I offer our dance to you in the hope that you find answers to the many questions left unresolved. 

David Bolger, May 2013

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