Draiocht Opening Hours: August 2012

July 31, 2012

Draiocht will be open as follows for the month of August 2012:

Monday to Friday: 10am-6pm
Saturday: 10am-4pm

We look forward to seeing you then!

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Early Bird - Book before 31 August 2012

July 31, 2012


Full price: €16 // Early Bird: €10 //

Full price: €20 // Early Bird: €14 //

Full price: €25 // Early Bird: €20 // 

Full price: €18 // Early Bird: €12 //

Full price: €18 // Early Bird: €10 //

Full price: €18 // Early Bird: €12 //

Tickets must be paid in full before 31 August 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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Draiocht Vacancies - Part Time Staff Required

July 27, 2012

Part Time Front Of House Staff

Draíocht Is Currently Recruiting Part Time Front Of House Staff
We are now searching for friendly, enthusiastic and outgoing people to join our team.
Do you have an interest in the arts? Like working in a team? Do you have good communication skills, a flexible approach and neat personal presentation?
Draíocht might be the place for you.

Applicants must be over 18 and previous bar work or customer service experience is an advantage but not a requirement.

To apply, simply fill in our application form and return to:
The Personnel Department, Draíocht, The Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15
(Opening Hours Mon-Fri 10am-6pm and Saturday 10am-4pm during August).

Application Forms available by email from, gail@draiocht.ie or download here.
Download Application Form
Download Job Description

Closing date for completed applications is 5pm on Friday 17 August 2012.

Applicants should be available for interview on Thursday 23 and Friday 24August.

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Experimenting with our changing landscapes

May 18, 2012

We are currently hosting two very beautiful, but very different landscape exhibitions. In our first floor gallery we have Dave West’s Nocturama

....and in our ground floor gallery Cathy Henderson’s Shore.  


These exhibitions presented a great opportunity for a workshop looking at the basics of painting background, middle and foreground, while exploring how man-made structures of modern life affect the world around us. So, this week we had 1st and 2nd classes in for tours and workshops with artist and facilitator Deirdre O’Reilly, as part of our Focus On... workshop series.  The workshops began with a facilitated tour of the gallery spaces.  With the students, we talked about how the exhibitions make the viewer feel: what sounds would you hear? Feel?: for Cathy’s works, it was calm, we’d hear the birds, smell the sea, feel the sand, upstairs, we’d wear raincoats, one student could see herself heading into the petrol station with her father, we’d hear the train at the railway, there would be car horns and engines…one student even thought they could probably hear an owl!


Fully inspired, we headed down to the workshop room to experiment with clear acetate, acrylics and permanent marker. After donning a selection of old aprons, father’s shirts and mothers t-shirts, Deirdre demonstrated what it was we were going to do.  A simple landscape was sketched out with a pencil (no erasers or extra pages supplied- there is no such thing as a mistake in our workshops!)

Using sponges, we then filled in the background and foreground, by mixing colours. Blues, greys and reds for the skies, greens and blues for the sea, greens and browns for the land and any other colours that you could mix as nature is not made with an unmixed palette.

We used a sponge to encourage the use of small amounts of paint, as we needed the paint to dry as fast as possible- acrylic works better than poster paint for this purpose. The sponges also create lovely lines and shapes for the landscapes.


Once the paintings were completed and relatively dry (with the help of a hair dryer in some cases) acetate was placed over the landscape. Using a permanent marker, each student traced over the main lines in their drawing.  Then they imagined that people began to move in and with them builders and so towns, cities, bridges, electricity, boats, trains all moved into and onto the landscape. 

What effect does this have on the land we had created, does it feel different?

What does it make us think about, how does our picture change? What story are we telling with our picture?




After creating some beautiful work the classes left their work with us whilst it dried and headed off back to their classes. Double sided tape can be used to attach the acetate to the very top edge of the finished landscapes so they can be flipped up and down. The classes did great work.


If you would like to keep informed abut our upcoming workshops please sign up for our ezine by adding your details in on our homepage. You can see past workshops from the Focus On.... series here.

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Dancing Sheep at Draiocht in June

May 15, 2012

Dancing Sheep at Draiocht in June

So Jo! 9 questions for Jo Hammett, Producer at Crying Out Loud, about 'Kindur - The Adventurous Life of Icelandic Sheep', coming to Draíocht as part of Spréacha 2012 this June ...

1. So Jo, tell me about PTO Company?

Erm, it’s TPO Company. TPO are an Italian children’s theatre company, their full name is Teatro di Piazza o d'Occasione and they call themselves TPO for short. Sometimes watching TPO’s work is more like watching a film or watching a dance piece or a painting then theatre and sometimes you have to stop watching and get up and have a go or be part of the performance from your seat.


2. So what does Kindur mean then?

Kindur is the Icelandic word for sheep and is the title of TPO’s new show. A few years ago they visited Iceland; to see the epic landscapes and to learn about the myths and legends of an ancient and majestic culture. The show you will see is about that journey, the images they saw, the sounds they heard and the elements they experienced. And it is lead by three graceful sheep.


3. Real sheep?

No! Touring with three real sheep would have been quite difficult. We have three dancers who take the roles of sheep and in addition virtual sheep.


4. Virtual Icelandic sheep?

Yep, TPO Company use motion capture sensors to help create the landscape of the Atlantic wilderness. Motion capture sensors are similar to the technology used inside the X-Box Kinect and Wii. There is a moment in the show when the dancers roll on the white dance mat and their movements are tracked by the sensors, which create beautiful colours so it looks like they are virtually painting with their arms and legs.



5. Cool.

Definitely. At the back of the theatre there are two large white screens, across which images of Iceland travel like a large moving image. And from time to time there is the occasional sheep.


6. That sounds fun. Is it fun?

Yep it’s fun, some of the audience are invited up on stage to play and if you’re not invited there are moments that you can interact from your seat.


7. How do ewe interact from your seat?

You (if you’re not an adult) are given a woolly heart to pin to your clothes. At times the heart will glow, which indicates that it’s time to get involved!


8. Wow! And Jo how do you fit into all this?

I work for a company called Crying Out Loud and we present and tour TPO Company. We’ve worked with them for ten years as we love their work.


9. And finally, what’s your favourite sheep joke?

What do you call a sheep with fangs? A Lamb-pire.


Now Booking at Draiocht:

Kindur - The Adventurous Life Of Icelandic Sheep
as part of Spréacha 2012


Main Auditorium Draiocht // Tickets €5 // Dur: 50 Mins

Booking Tel: 01-8852622
Or Online ... here ...

Read more here ... 

Watch a Video Clip here ...

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