March 9, 2012
Here at d15 we're all a bit mad. We're all about theatre and we portray that as much as we can.
There's 23 of us here, ranging in ages 13 to 18. We all get on and we have become almost like a family.
At d15 you can be yourself, nobody judges you and you can let the worries of reality slip away. It acts as an escape for most members, a break from school work or annoying parents, we all know life can be a bit stressful every now and then, but no matter what mood I'm in I'm always looking forward to 7:00 Tuesdays!!
Last Tuesday we all received our scripts! We were all very exited because we have never worked with scripts before.
People grew very animated as we practiced our scripts using different techniques. The scripts range from popular girls to a nagging Italian housewife to dying ship-mates.
We are hoping to hold a showcase pretty soon, we need to keep in mind that some members have exams, so we will have to find a suitable time for it!
All stars have the ability to shine!
March 6, 2012
After my recent foray into the world of blogging (one blog so far!), I thought we could start a blog about our Youth Theatre- so everyone can see how fabulous they are! It’ll work as a record of what we’ve done and where we are going, while letting anyone who is interested in Youth Theatre know a bit about the mysterious inner workings of a Youth Theatre. To kick it off here’s a bit about the group.
Now in our second term of our first year, we currently have 23 young people aged between 13-18years. We meet every Tuesday evening, for sessions with Mark Rogers, Ann Ryan and Eimear Morrissey. So far we have worked on everything from improvisation to Stanislavski technique to dance, we have seen a number of productions: The brilliantly imaginative “Six Characters in Search Of a Author” in The Project Theatre performed by DYT (Dublin Youth Theatre), we have experienced Opera in the shape of “The Magic Flute” by Opera Theatre Company, and been introduced to Physical Theatre by Cois Ceim’s “Touch Me”. We were lucky enough to have a great follow up workshop with Philippa Donnellan from Cois Ceim.
Coming up we have a date to see “Wheelchair on my Face” by Fishamble: The New Play Company and have just begun working towards a showcase for the end of April.
Knowing how creative our Youth Theatre happens to be, it seems that the most qualified to write, review and record the Youth Theatre- is the Youth Theatre. So from next week they’ll do just that, one or two participants will take on reviewing what we are doing each Tuesday, as well as telling us a bit about themselves, what they think about theatre, what they thought of the plays we have seen or a technique they have learned… anything theatre-y really.
We are lucky to have a few bloggers in the groups, so after a bit of blog delegation, first up we’ll have Izzy Philips with a review of last week, followed by a short opinion piece….so lets see how we get on…
February 28, 2012
We hoped to get 20 people involved. But we got 60! Draíocht is delighted with the wonderful response to this community theatre project. Our Artist in Residence, theatre director Liam Halligan, is very excited about the possibilities that are arising from working with such a large, varied and smashing group of people. We are currently working through the second stage of the process. Stage 3 will take place in July. The objective is to build a group dynamic, to build confidence, to have fun, to collaborate, to share stories, to inspire each other and to create something that matters. The themes and content of the final piece are emerging … themes of faith, belonging, mistrust of our political, financial and religious institutions … what does the future hold? The project will culminate in a number of public performances in Draíocht taking place at the end of November 2012. Stay tuned for more info or email firstname.lastname@example.org
February 28, 2012
Draíocht is offering rehearsal space from 07 August to 01 September 2012 FREE of charge to professional artists/performance companies participating in the Absolut Dublin Fringe Festival 2012. 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: email@example.com / 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: 08 June 2012
Offers of space will be made at the end of June 2012.
Draíocht is generously funded by Fingal County Council with additional funding provided by the Arts Council.
February 11, 2012
We had 69 children and their families join us to NOT make Valentine cards for this Family Day. While everyone else was busy creating cards for those they love, we created works of art like an artist we love. After the great work that was produced during our Giacometti family Day, we decided to concentrate on another famous artist and his Starry Night and Sunflowers....
As we work in the gallery space, we usually use dry materials, so we attempted to recreate Van Gogh's painting techniques and brush strokes using some lovely quality oil pastels, instead of oil paint.
Our trusty team of artists prepared plenty of coloured paper, putting masking tape around the edge of the paper- this is a great technique for giving an art work a clean finish and border...
The whole page was then covered in lots of bright oil pastels...
....before being completely covered over again using black or dark oil pastels. Some of the top layer of black oil pastel was then scratched off using small strokes with a safety match (or paperclip). This action mimicked Van Gogh's brush strokes and revealed the colour underneath and produce some beautiful pieces of art work.
We also had some great direct reproductions of Van Gogh's work, again using small movements, creating texture and movement as this great artist did.
Next family day will run on Sat 24th of March 2012, we'll be making Rain Sticks, So I am busy collecting toilet rolls from everyone here in Draíocht at the moment. I reckon I have collected about 200 so far.....
...just about another 200 to go. So, if you are at a loose end come on in and try your hand at turning a toilet roll into a musical instrument. We hope to be very successful at creating some great sounds and hopefully not so successful at creating any great rains!