Free Rehearsal Space 2015

March 24, 2015

Free Rehearsal Space 2015

Draíocht is offering rehearsal space from 04 August - 04 September 2015 FREE of charge to professional artists/performance companies participating in the Dublin Fringe Festival 2015.

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 19 June 2015. Offers of space will be made by 10 July 2015.


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

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Early Bird - Book Before 07 April 2015

March 23, 2015



Full price: €18 // Early Bird: €12

Full price: €18 // Early Bird: €14

Full price: €18 // Early Bird: €14

Full price: €16 // Early Bird: €12

Full price: €20 // Early Bird: €16

Full price: €18 // Early Bird: €14

Tickets must be paid in full before 07 April 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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Dancing up a Storm with Create Dance at Draiocht

March 20, 2015

We've had an amazing year and a half with dancers Mark Rogers and Philippa Donnellan, who have been working with 2 groups of children with intellectual disabilities.
Our Junior dancers are aged 5-8 years and our Seniors are 9-12 years old.
Along with their parents and siblings, they've been dancing up a storm in Draiocht's innovative dance project, Create Dance, which started in December 2013

We've tried and succeeded in engaging all five senses, using a variety of methods. We've had some fun by using bubble wrap that pops, silk material that slides and music that bangs. Participants have watched, listened and felt, while dancing, laughing and creating.

The initial project ran from December 2013 to February 2014, made possible with the generous support of The Ireland Funds. The Project then continued through to now, when we had our final Dress Up Dance Class on Saturday 7th March 2015. We hope to continue our Create Dance Project next September.

If you would like to make a Donation to help us programme more Create Dance Workshops (which are free to the children & their families), please pop us a text.

Text ART to 50300 to donate €2 to Draíocht.
100% of your donation goes to Draíocht across most network operators. Some operators apply VAT which means that a minimum of €1.63 will go to Draíocht.
Service Provider: LIKECHARITY. Helpline: 0766805278.

Thank you so much for your generosity and enjoy some images below of our lovely dancers, along with Mark, Philippa and Leigh.

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Clown Through Mask - Professional Workshop with Veronica Coburn

March 16, 2015

Clown Through Mask - Professional Workshop with Veronica Coburn
4 WEEKS / 06 JULY – 01 AUGUST 2015 / 10AM – 3PM DAILY


Clown is the most beautiful art form. The red nose is a mask. All masks have an inherent character, a master that must be served. The red nose, the smallest mask in the world, articulates the character of the wearer. The clown.

The clown’s function is to say what needs to be said and do what needs to be done. The clown’s tool is the clown’s own humanity - the clown’s experience. The clown’s modus operandi is play - the clown’s innocence.

“If we ever faced all directions of ourselves at once we could only laugh at the beauty of our own ridiculousness.”  Richard Pochinko

Clown Through Mask was devised by Canadian Richard Pochinko (1946-1989), and draws from the Amerindian tradition of clown and modern European performance clown (Lecoq) to provide a comprehensive system of work that articulates:
A function for the modern performance clown
A definition of clown theatre

And provides:
The Building of a Personal Mythology to release the individual performer’s creativity
Exercises to allow students implement & practice new performance skills

Veronica Coburn is the author of Clown Through Mask – The Pioneering Work of Richard Pochinko as Practised by Sue Morrison. Written in collaboration with Sue Morrison, it is published by Intellect Press. She was a founder member of Barabbas - Ireland’s first dedicated physical theatre/clown company. As Draíocht’s Theatre Artist in Residence she runs Hallelujah! Draíocht’s Community Clown Choir. For Tiger Dublin Fringe 2014, Veronica wrote and directed Bernarda’s House, a poetic retelling of Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba for red nose, nominated for Best Production, Best Performer & Best Design.

About Veronica Coburn:
“The perfect facilitator: calm, clear, unbiased, and yet forthright and passionate.”
“..incredibly smart… emotionally as well as creatively astute. I felt totally safe in her hands from start to finish.”

The cost of the full 4 week workshop is an astonishingly reasonable €500.*
Applications by email stating name, contact details and reason for wanting to take part in the workshop. Further details phone 01-8098027.

*Supported by Artist in Residence Scheme

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Des Kenny Reviews Jenny Fox - Distant Thoughts and Faded Songs

March 11, 2015

09 March 2015 - Our Arty Blogger is back! Des Kenny gives a personal response to our current exhibition by Jenny Fox - Distant Thoughts and Faded Songs.

Place and time search for definition in the myopic whites and hazy blues of Jenny Fox’s paintings in the First Floor Gallery in Draíocht (until 25 April 2015). Form dissipates into a ghostly semblance and the landscapes shimmering presence haunts the canvas surface like half developed photographs.

Jenny Fox,  As I stand alone with memories of home

The title of one painting As I stand alone with memories of home is an act of remembrance without the factual need for the subject matter of home to starkly exist before the artist’s defining eye. It is an inner emotional landscape the artist conjures that makes reference to peripheral reality. A white cold sun dissolves the landscape into a few elementary lines. An arc scythes through the paint hinting perhaps a hill as it kisses the sky above a blue indiscriminate foreground.

Jenny Fox, The melody lingers on

Again this white cold sun appears within The melody lingers on and its pale ethereal bearing cannot impose colour on the land beyond neutral blues and greys. The artist with a flurry of marks, gouged into the wet pigment and plaster endeavours to map raw forms into the fading ember of reminiscence like a phonograph needle following grooves in a record and vibrates the still land with mournful abandon.

Jenny Fox, Those funny little plans

The artist abdicates clarity of form in the pursuit of something more poetically cryptic and allows her engagement with the land become marooned in the materiality of paint. In Those funny little plans a dark grey shape occupies the top third of the painting, evoking a church spire and a town dowsed in the misty distance of pouring rain. Large silver brushstrokes sweep across sky and land, obscuring the frigid horizon, creating a floating world surrounded by rising flood waters. Bleached blues increase the surging watery drama to an image viewed as if through steam smeared glass.

Jenny Fox, Everything was quiet

Everything was quiet
is a large painting composed primarily of silver grey paint with an ashen grey rectangle, registered on the lower third of the canvas. Vertical strokes carved into the paint surface indicate falling snow racing across an immense sky over a barely discernible terrain. Sound finds no echo and the land is enveloped in shuddering silence. The perpetual fluctuation of nature is momentarily stalled in stillness. It’s these transient junctures in time that fleetingly descend upon the land that captures the artist imaginative engagement with picture making.

Jenny Fox, The way it changed

In The way it changed we recognise a distinguishable coast line with the curve of a beach receding towards a faint headland. The white surf and the pale sky blend together, wedding each other’s elements into a singular essence. A large vertical X scoured onto the paint surface attempts to anchor the image before it dissolves into a recurring haze of constant change. Throughout these works the embattled scarred surfaces portray the artist’s vigorous attempt to capture a capricious subject that appears to disperse before it is possessed.


Draiocht's Galleries are open Monday to Saturday 10am-6pm. Admission is Free.

Desmond Kenny is an artist based in Hartstown, Dublin 15. He is a self taught painter, since he began making art in 1986 he has since exhibited widely in Ireland and abroad, solo shows include Draíocht in 2001, The Lab in 2006 and Pallas Contemporary Projects in 2008. His work is included in many collections including the Office of Public Works, SIPTU, and Fingal County Council. Kenny's practice also incorporates print making and he has been a member of Graphic Studio Dublin since 2004.

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