In Acting Shakespeare - Audience Reviews

September 29, 2014

Reviews from New York ... of 'In Acting Shakespeare' coming to Draiocht in 2 weeks on 15 October 2014 ...



I highly recommend this wonderful show!

'I loved this one man show. I found it clever, funny, touching, heartfelt and informative. I thought the stage craft was excellent. The interweaving of William Shakespeare's life with Mr DeVita's was satisfying. I enjoyed very much the imagined scene in which Shakespeare rehearses Hamlet with Richard Burbage. And I found touching Mr DeVita's reverence for listening in the theater. The theme that parents, especially fathers, are never happy when sons go into the theater, was effectively illustrated. Mr DeVita has given the audience a gift by demonstrating how it is that an actor works, overcoming obstacles both professional and personal, to be someone authentic and understandable on the stage ... I would highly recommend this show to everyone. Young people would enjoy it immensely. A great introduction to Shakespeare and the power and craft of the theater.
– Bill Merrill, New York ...


It's Passion that makes it work.
Mr. DeVita  ... is a very high energy person and one can only imagine what his energy must have been like when he was 19 years old ... it was a very moving evening of intelligent theatre. Mr. DeVita has a wonderful story to tell. He is a very talented actor. He uses his voice, his body, and WORDS to full advantage. He is funny. He is sincere. I am in the theatre myself and I could relate many times to his story. The ups and downs. The tenacity it takes. The hard work. The hours and hours of training that turn into years and years and then decades and decades. Mr. DeVita has a very obvious passion for Shakespeare. His passion, like most genuine passions, becomes infectious. Mr. DeVita is not aiming his show for the consumption of other Shakespearean actors. Or fancy reviewers. His show is aimed at those who might not be comfortable listening to Shakespeare. I see over 50 shows a year. I still have difficulty sitting through most productions of Shakespeare. He makes the point, using his own life experiences, that Shakepeare wrote about the same situations and emotions we deal with today. The human condition is much the same in many ways as it was in his day. Yes we are more comfortable, but we still mourn at loss and we still laugh when something is funny. If you prick us, do we not still bleed? I congratulate Mr. DeVita for his passion. If only more people had his passion for what they do. If only more people had the perseverance and tenacity Mr. DeVita has shown in his life, this world would be a better place.
– George Spelvin, NYC


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Clown Choir will Perform on Culture Night in City Centre

September 18, 2014



Draiocht's Hallelujah Clown Choir are travelling into Dublin's City Centre for Culture Night this Friday 19 September 2014.

You can catch them indoors in City Hall at 7.30pm, click here for more.

Followed by an outdoor slot in Barnardo's Square at 8.15pm.

We hope to see you there!

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Clown Choir Starts Back this Sunday

September 8, 2014

8 Sept 2014

We're delighted to welcome everyone back to Clown Choir this Sunday 14th September 2014, 11am-5pm. New Members are always welcome, so come along if you're interested and want to see what its all about.

Below is some information about the artistic focus of this year’s Clown Choir.

The artistic team has been streamlined and will be made up of:
Clown Director - Veronica Coburn
Choir Director - Debra Salem
Rehearsal Director - Louise Foxe

Veronica will lead all sessions, Debra will travel over to lead the choir musically every fourth week for the weekend sessions and Louise will take care of the notes on Mondays. 

Artistically, the choir is going to focus on building a musical repertoire suitable for performance in multiple contexts. They'll also look to build a repertoire of short clown sketches that can be interspersed with the songs. The idea is to have a store of adaptable material for use in any performance context. They will also investigate the idea of an original show for the choir built on participants' own experiences. This work will be of a more long term nature and will probably reach fruition in 2015.

SUBSCRIPTIONS:
There is a €100 euro participant fee for the Clown Choir for 2014. Payment can be made through Draíocht’s Box Office. Box Office opening hours are 10am-6pm Monday-Friday for Clown Choir Payments. Should you need to pay in weekly installments etc, please contact Emer by e-mail (emer@draiocht.ie) or phone (01 8098027) to make arrangements.

DATES:

September-December 2014 Rehearsal dates in Draíocht:

September 
Sunday 14th 11am – 5pm
Monday 15th 7pm – 10pm
Monday 22nd 7pm – 10pm
Monday 29th 7pm – 10pm

October 
Sunday 5th  11am – 5pm
Monday 6th 7pm – 10pm
Monday 13th 7pm – 10pm
Monday 20th  7pm – 10pm

November 
Sunday 2nd  11am – 5pm
Monday 3rd  7pm – 10pm
Monday 10th 7pm – 10pm
Monday 17th 7pm – 10pm
Sunday 23rd 11am – 5pm
Monday 24th  7pm – 10pm

December 
Monday 1st  7pm – 10pm
Saturday 6th  11am – 5pm
Sunday 7th 11am – 5pm
Monday 8th 7pm – 10pm
*Tuesday 16th 5.30pm – 7.30pm
(*Performance at Draíocht’s Christmas Drinks tbc)


For any further information, contact Emer McGowan, Director Draiocht, by e-mail (emer@draiocht.ie) or phone (01-8098027).

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