Bealtaine at Draíocht during May 2012

April 30, 2012

Bealtaine at Draíocht during May 2012

Book now through Draíocht’s Box Office on 01-885 2622

Thousands of older people all over the country take part in the Bealtaine Festival each year during the month of May. 2012 is its 17th year and Draíocht has a variety of Special Offers for our over 65s. See the offers below and then find further information at the links. We hope you’ll join us!

A maximum of 2 tickets can be bought at these prices per person.
Not applicable to group bookings.
TEL BOX OFFICE 01 885 2622

Chrysalis Dance Company
TUES 08 MAY  8PM  Main Auditorium // Dur 60 mins (with interval)
Full price: €16 // Bealtaine: €8 // more info ... 

Cheerywild & Ten42 Productions
THURS 10 MAY  8.15PM  Draíocht Studio // Dur: 70 mins (no interval)
Full price: €15 // Bealtaine: €10 // more info ...

Draíocht Players
THURS 17 MAY  8.15PM  Draíocht Studio //
Full price: €15 // Bealtaine: €10 // more info ... 

WED 16 MAY 7.30PM Draíocht Studio //
Full price: €7 // Bealtaine: €5 // more info ... 
Join us for free tea and cake before the film at 6.45PM

Written and performed by Brendan MacQuaile
WED 23 MAY, 8.15PM  Draíocht Studio // Dur: 80 mins with interval
Full price: €16 // Bealtaine: €10 // more info ... 

Fil Cambell
THURS 31 MAY  8.15PM  Draíocht Studio
Full price: €14 // Bealtaine: €9 // more info ...

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D15 musical theatre blog by Dáire…...............

April 24, 2012

D15 musical theatre blog by Dáire…...............

Okay, Dáire here, I left it until today to do this because I wanted to be able to record the tremendously radiant and extravagant events of both Tuesday and Sunday, which was some of the best fun I personally have had in a long time.


On Tuesday, we did something different that a lot of people have wanted to do for a very long time, musical theatre! To make it even more amazing, we did THE TIME WARP, from the Rocky Horror Picture Show, which I know is a personal favourite to allot of us! So we spent the day singing and dancing, as Sarah said, is there anything we can't do? It was fun to do something different and I don’t think that there was a soul in the room who didn't agree that it was a great night for all of us.


Now Sunday. Best day ever! We had rehearsals for four hours, so we started off by practicing the time warp. But, its us, so since we where doing rocky horror, we all organised (thank you Izzy) to come to rehearsals dressed as characters from the show.. or at least attempt to ! It was so much fun to see how cool and crazy everyone looked! The fact that everyone was so comfortable to do that with each other shows just how close our group has become. We then practiced and blocked our scenes that we have been practicing for the last couple of weeks, for our showcase which is approaching very soon. We then went back and did the time warp again!

For me, the relationship that all of us have as a group is something that is hard to find. We have gotten so close and made a family as such. Through youth theatre, I have met some of the nicest people I have ever met in my entire life, and I am so thankful for everyone for making this such a great experience for me. I really do love all of yous. It is amazing how much everyone bonds so well and the friendships that are formed are something that is truly special. Draiocht must mean magic after all, because there is something magical going on when ever we go there.

Also, I would like to, on behalf of everyone, announce how sorry we all are that Latifah had to move, and that we all miss her so much, but we are so thankful that she is still coming on Tuesdays and that we will definitely meet up outside of it! We are a family after all!

The diversity in the group is also something that should not be overlooked. We have a mixture of everyone. It is a place where people can forget about what the world has to say about them or about what a minority they feel like and just come and be themselves with an open minded group of friends who all love each other regardless. We have gays and straights, whites and blacks, Christians and atheists, everyone all together and just accepting one another and having a good time. For me, this is a beautiful image.

In so many ways, the group has changed me. It has made me a much more creative and dramatically aware person, but also has made my life so much better because of all these wonderful people who are now in it. We have our own Ohana.

And I quote, “Ohana means family, and family means nobody gets left behind, or forgotten”.


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By Draíocht. Tags: D15 Youth Theatre, Education, Youth Arts, Mark Rogers,

Acting Project - A wonderful way to spend a few hours

April 23, 2012


Maggie's Blog

So what exactly happens during an acting workshop? Well, just about anything as I discovered over the past few months as part of Draíocht’s Theatre Project with Liam Halligan.

So far we have had a few sessions with the group as a whole and have just completed 5 sessions in smaller groups that took place over the months of March and April.

Never having acted before I had no idea what to expect; would we be reading from scripts or doing improv? Not quite, in a class with Liam you do things that are a little bit outside the box. The first thing is an icebreaker … a chance to learn one another’s names. We do this by standing in a circle and throwing balls at each other. It’s unusual but it works, you quickly learn who you are in class with when you have balls flying around the room. From there it’s a quick warm up, a few gentle exercises to get the blood flowing and some vocal exercises and then the real fun begins.

We spend the rest of the session going through a variety of different exercises. On one occasion Liam had us singing a newspaper ad for a mobile phone company, on another we worked with chairs, following each other around the room and placing our chairs in response to our partners; we've danced, we've talked … it can be a bit embarrassing at first but you soon get into the swing of things and forget all your inhibitions. Sometimes we just sit down and talk about our experiences of life, our fears for the future and the realities of living in Dublin 15 in 2012.

All in all it’s been a great experience so far and a wonderful way to spend a few hours. I can't wait to see what's in store over the coming months.

Maggie Walsh

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By Draíocht. Tags: Theatre, Workshops, Liam Halligan,

Youth Theatre, The Greatest Place on Earth… by Ciara Louise

April 10, 2012

Youth Theatre, The Greatest Place on Earth… by Ciara Louise

Last week in Youth Theatre, the greatest place on earth (yes, even better then Disneyland) we started off with a concentration game, Ninja, this proved difficult for me as I have a very poor attention span. After that, we split up into our separate groups to run our lines. I’m in a parody of the Greek tragedy “Medea” with Leanne and Louise. We play 3 drama school graduates who are staging a production of the Greek play. Louise and I play the chorus, Medea’s “sidekicks”. After running lines, the entire group got together to do another concentration game and do some character work, we gave our characters prized positions which varied from diamond-encrusted ballet shoes to old copies of “The Three Musketeers” handed down as a family heirloom. I learned that my characters inspiration for going to drama school came from her grandmother, a dancer, and that her family are wealthy enough to buy a safe with three doors, each with unique codes, to keep a pair of shoes safe…


I’m going to be totally honest here; Youth theatre is the highlight of my week! It’s great to be around people who share similar interests as you and aren’t afraid to be themselves! I’ve made loads of friends here, and no matter how I felt before walking into Draíocht, the crazies that inhabit our youth theatre never fail to put a smile on my face, and make me laugh so hard I end up crying. Everyone here is amazing! I Love you guys!

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By Draíocht. Tags: D15 Youth Theatre, Education, Youth Arts, Mark Rogers,

Jumping for Theresa Nanigian…

April 2, 2012

Jumping for Theresa Nanigian…

In autumn 2012 the Artist Theresa Nanigian will exhibit her work in our first floor Gallery space. Her current visual arts practice concentrates on identities of young adults. For this exhibition she has taken numerous large scale photographs of young adult’s bedrooms. On one tall wall in the gallery space, along side these photographs, will run about 70 reproductions of her “I am” surveys, which have been anonymously filled in by people aged 13-24years from around Ireland for the last year or more. They were filled in by respondents repeatedly completing the sentence I am..., for example  “I am often irritated by other peoples opinions” and so on for about 25 sentences. For a third element of the exhibition, Theresa came to D15 Youth Theatre with a request to take photographs of our members Jumping. The idea being that a person’s jump could represent their personality…..   

....and because we have such a brilliant youth theatre, full of fabulous personalities- we obviously did a brilliant job!


Keep an eye out for this exhibition later in the year.   

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By Draíocht. Tags: D15 Youth Theatre, Youth Arts,

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