Culture Night at Draiocht - 21 September 2012

September 17, 2012



Stunning snippets from Dubliners by James Joyce ... LISTEN HERE ... 

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“She was … a little vulgar … sometimes she said ‘I seen’ and ‘if I had’ve known’ … but what would grammar matter if you really loved her (The Boarding House) …

Previewing before Dublin Theatre Festival all this week at Draiocht, Wed 19-Sat 22 Sept, 7.30pm ... Tickets from 10e ... Booking tel 8852622 ...

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Des Kenny Reviews Theresa Nanigian - not sorry

September 14, 2012

14 September 2012

Theresa Nanigian’s exhibition is situated in the Ground Floor Gallery of Draíocht. Titled “not sorry”, it is an exploration and insight into the lives and thoughts of teenage existence. The show entails cards with text and large photos. Theresa had placed a box in the foyer where teenagers could deposit their thoughts anonymously over the past year.

They were then collected and edited to a degree and printed onto card and placed on a corner wall. There are 65 cards which float in space slightly away from the wall. It all seems so reassuring; the cards written in lower case text, neatly placed forming a large rectangle. Capital letters are avoided, so one idea is supplanted by another. Then you begin to read - unearthed is a substrata of teenage consciousness. Swept along in a cascading torrent of teenage hopes, fears, triumphs and dreams, which although belonging to different personalities, they are connected by one emotional force - teenage angst.

At times uplifting and poignant “i am in love with penguins” and then disturbing,”I am afraid of dying” and “i wish my Dad had stayed”, to dreams awaiting fulfilment “i want to be a writer”. It is as if the electrical conduit conducting emotional life is not insulated and this sparks, burns and ignites the very air and space teenagers inhabit. Every neuron in the brain is firing together, creating a boundless thought storm.

The other theme of the show is large scale photos about 6x6 feet, investigating in loving detail, teenager’s bedrooms. These photos are fixed directly onto the wall with adhesive so the photo and wall occupy the same surface space. Creating the illusion of deep space on the gallery wall where the viewer becomes immersed in the content. The eye is sucked into photographic space and engages with every item, knowing this will reveal and describe the inner life of the teenager. Each bedroom is a portrait without the sitter’s presence. Their absence amplifies the space into a psychological realm in which we search for clues of identity. Barbells denote a masculine presence; pop stars festooned on walls indicate a female inhabitant. Clothes are scattered on floors with school books and chaos reigns.

On one wall is a large photo about 12 x 12feet in size and denotes a bedroom of a female. The composition hints at understanding by the artist of renaissance architecture and perspective. The bed takes centre stage and left and right are two wardrobes standing like two roman columns. The ceiling, an angled dome covered in graffiti arches over a tempestuous domain of a young female, stating her own individual persona. On the walls concert tickets mingle with pop stars and illegible written statements. A palm print declares ownership on a wardrobe door, a primordial display as found in caves of our distant ancestors. Yet the most telling psychological statement is found on the top of the wardrobes, all the childhood cuddly toys reside in plain view. Put away but not hidden, the childhood connection not yet severed.

Jacinta Shannon & daughter Sophie Shannon (owner of featured bedroom).

Under Theresa Nanigian’s gentle direction the participants grant us a glimpse into the heart rending turmoil of teenage life. The photographs, like continuity stills in films, denote the placement of each object on the set is correct and we await the actors return to act out their lines from the textual wall. We are granted permission to view their private realm as they reach out towards adult life. Theresa’s refined eye illuminates this endeavour and we leave the exhibition with a smile.

Des Kenny

Read more about Theresa Nanigian here

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.

Des Kenny, Rosie Fay and President of Ireland Mary McAleese

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September 6, 2012


Do you have an interest in Theatre and drama?

Do you like having fun?

Making new friends?

Would you like to try new things??

D15 Youth Theatre could be for you...........

D15 Youth Theatre is now going into its second year. We currently have 20 members aged between 13years-19years and now, we have room for a few more. So if you are intersted or would like to find out more, then come along to our group audition or you can also read more from our members on this blog.

The Audition will take place on Tuesday, 18th September @ Draíocht 7pm-9pm.


We will begin with a chat about the audition and what will be involved in participating in D15 Youth Theatre.  You will then take part in a group workshop.  This workshop will involve some group activities and some script work.  Don’t be nervous – being able to work as part of a group, take guidance and pick up new things is every bit as important as previous experience.


The Audition is NOT based on talent alone; participants are selected with regard to the following aim: 

We aim to establish a good gender mix, from a range of abilities and backgrounds and so, will select participants based on the following criteria: 

•Gender balance 

•Social/geographical mix 

•Inclusion of ages 13 years-18 years

•Interest and passion for theatre


If you are interested, you can drop into Draiocht, email or download an application form here and fill it in and then get it back to us by hand, by mail or by post.


We will let each participant know by letter if they have been selected by Tuesday 25th September 2012.  Should you be offered a place, the first term will run weekly from Tuesday 2nd October to Tuesday 11th of Dec 2012. There is a €10 membership fee for the term and a €2 weekly contribution. We have a number of access places available at no cost, should the price be a problem.  You can speak with me in confidence about this.


For further information join D15 Youth Theatre on facebook or contact me on 01 8098029 or if you have any further questions.


We look forward to seeing you at the auditions and wish you luck on the day!

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Theatre Artist in Residence Project 2011/2012 With Liam Halligan

August 3, 2012

Theatre Artist in Residence Project 2011/2012 With Liam Halligan
Final Performance Coming up in November

FRI 30 NOV - SAT 1 DEC 2012
8PM // 
Main Auditorium // Tickets: €10 / €8 conc // Dur: 60 mins (no interval)

We are all extraordinary! Despite an almost total lack of faith in our national institutions we manage to get on with our lives. The rituals of our seemingly everyday life keep us going. We sing, we dance and we pray in our own way. 

This piece of community theatre, ‘You, Yes You!’, looks at how the very ordinary aspects of life can take on a beauty of their own. Draíocht’s Theatre Artist in Residence, Theatre Director Liam Halligan, has worked on and developed this piece throughout the last year with numerous members of the local community from Dublin 15, ranging in age from 18-84. 

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Dublin Theatre Festival 2012 Comes to Draiocht

August 1, 2012

We have 3 amazing shows coming to Draiocht from Dublin Theatre Festival 2012.
Booking is now open, Tel our Box Office on 01-885 2622 or Book Online ...

Previewing in Draiocht before going to Dublin Theatre Festival
Dubliners by James Joyce
Presented by The Corn Exchange
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Beyond the Brooklyn Sky
Presented by Red Kettle
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Coming to Draiocht after Dublin Theatre Festival
The House that Jack Filled
Presented by Theatre Lovett
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Don't delay ... Book Today!
Tel our Box Office on 01-885 2622 or Book Online ...

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