June 2, 2014
8 May 2014 - Our Arty Blogger is back! Des Kenny gives a personal response to our current exhibition by Margo Banks ...
Margo Banks - My Mother's Home
Friday 02 May - Saturday 05 July 2014
GROUND FLOOR GALLERY
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Margo Banks, Amy Conroy HotForTheatre, Emer McGowan Draiocht.
The family home and land, long abandoned, engulfed by nature, acts as a touchstone for the artist to reengage with her past and the bonds that chronicle the relationship between mother and daughter. Pulled by the gravitational force of memory, towards the shadow land of the past, the artist mines the rich folklore of her mother’s community and her intimate affinity with nature. The artist depicts her mother as a young child engaged in mysterious conversation with a Hare. The language of ancestors long forgotten is uttered in a fog of black and white mark making. The furious traces of charcoal and frenzied white strokes of paint try to reveal the wisdom passing from Hare to wondering child but the past hides its clotted secrets jealously and its guardian grants enlightenment only to the chosen.
Margo Banks, 'Hares at Rest'
The Hare is granted a unique position In Celtic folklore dispensing, love, fertility and growth to believers. Celts believed the female goddess Eostre returned to earth as a Hare during the full moon and was associated with death, redemption and resurrection. In 'Hares at Rest', four keepers of the cult of Eostre emerge from their mark making consumed by the profound laws of Mother Nature, preparing to enact her rule on emerald fields.
Margo Banks, 'The Animal That Dwells In The Corn'
'The Animal That Dwells In The Corn' stands erect gauging the cruel horizon for approaching menace, surrounded by the stalking words of man. The hare in 'Sweet Verde' spreads great ears like wings of an elemental spirit and under an orange breathing sun, dissolves in the mists of a primal dawn. Yet these marvellous creatures are not immune from humilities of captivity.
Margo Banks, 'Pet Hare' & 'Jack Hare'
In 'Pet Hare' the animal depicted in sickly yellow and tortured greens bows in servitude, disconnected from the lore of its brethren and becomes an empty vassal. While in 'Jack Hare' the creature stands proudly erect, free, a guardian of ancient history dancing beneath sun and moon, shaping the land in wordless song.
Margo Banks, 'Lone Crow'
Crows also populate the artist’s vision with their wing beating tales under bristling silver skies. In two large drawings carrion crows jostle and argue, swallow the silence with black shuddering wings, disdainly croaking about tales of battlefields and great feasting on mans bones. The crow knows mans folly and flesh will feed and satiate hunger for generations of the crow family. The spectre of 'Lone Crow', stares from pitch black eyes shimmering in dark prophecy, for he knows the date of mans last day. In another drawing a mischievous crow balances on the head of a child, croaking about beginnings, thresholds and trials that arrive with aimless certainty and proclaims the trembling future is not a fearful country. The crow bestows fragments of innate wisdom imparted from black talons and needle beak for trusting ears to comprehend. In another drawing a magpie communes with a young girl on the threshold of womanhood. He tells tales of the great goddess found in all nature and she is now part of this fecund cycle of life.
The dark sodden Bog of Teeromoyle reveals itself through a swirl of fervent mark making. Sombre sky and dark earth meld together on an indistinguishable horizon. Shadows do not harbour influence on this land; only grey skies find a home in bog pools that suck light downwards to nourish primeval forests, where nothing and darkness reign.
In a glass vitrine stand five sculptures of hares, attentively sculpted in wax and cast in bronze. Each hare has an individual character and entity, disembodied guardians of ancient lore, purposeful earth sprits protecting the land. Through these works the artist has become the Keeper of her mother’s history, not allowing the remorseless dust of time past gain purchase on her memory.
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.
May 19, 2014
‘A Night in November’ by Marie Jones, Starring Padraic McIntyre.
A review by Robert Glenn Baes, 5th Year, Coláiste Pobail Setanta
On Saturday 17th of May we went to see the play 'A Night in November' which was presented by Ramor Theatre at Draiocht. This hilarious one man show is about Kenneth McAllister’s rebellious journey as he travels from Windsor Park in Belfast which is his home county to Doran's Bar in New York to see 'Jacks Army' in their quest to win the 1994 World Cup. Kenneth is a regular middleclass man who seems to be in the middle of a midlife crisis and has to choose between what he thinks is right and what others want him to do.
Before entering the theatre I was unsure as to what to expect from ‘A Night in November’. I realised straight away that the play was going to surpass my expectations. ‘A Night in November' is about one man’s journey to find himself. This was portrayed beautifully by McIntyre. I was impressed by McIntyre’s dedication to his role in the play.
Kenneth seems to be a coward and is not able to express how he truly feels. One of the many characters McIntyre plays is Kenneth's inner voice and through a number of insightful soliloquies we see how frustrated Kenneth is with his life. It is a testament to McIntyre’s talent that he powerfully sustains this one man show with minimal props (a set of steps) and one costume change. McIntyre makes the most out of those three steps by turning them into a car, an office and stadium seating.
I would recommend this play to people who want to get inside the head of an average person. The entertaining and sometimes poignant insights into Kenneth’s thoughts will engage audiences of all ages. McIntyre’s convincing use of props combined with his powerful delivery made 'A Night in November' a night to remember.
April 1, 2014
DRAÍOCHT IS DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE ITS CONTINUED SUPPORT OF HALLELUJAH! IT’S COMMUNITY CLOWN CHOIR
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01-8098026.
March 31, 2014
Just announced ... our first collaboration with the Irish Film Institute and their Primary School programme ... 'Believe' coming to Draiocht on 7 May, 10.30am ... tickets just e2 per student ... full details & booking here ...
Primary School Film Screening in Draiocht - In association with the Irish Film institute
WED 7 MAY 2014 10.30AM Main Auditorium // €2
Set in 1984 Manchester and inspired by real events, Believe is a funny and touching fictional tale about the legendary Manchester United football manager, Sir Matt Busby, who helps a wayward boy fulfil his dream. An act of petty crime by 11 year old Georgie becomes a collision of fate as Sir Matt tracks him down, only to discover that the boy is an extraordinarily gifted footballer and captain of a team of unruly talents.
Film details: UK ● 2013 ● Drama ● 94 min ● Director: David Scheinmann
School Booking Details:
Suitable for 4th, 5th & 6th class pupils
Cost:€2 per student. 2 teachers free per class.
Booking tel: 01-8852622
Please let us know about any special needs at time of booking.
Includes an Introduction on the morning by the Education Dept of the IFI.