Hello Blogging World :D by Leanne

March 20, 2012

Hello Blogging World :D by Leanne

So this week in the wonderful world of d15 youth theatre Ann and Eimear began to take us through our scripts.

Each group was given the chance to be creative with the scripts as we blocked more or less the first page of our scenes. It was really great to start putting actions to words. Everyone has different ideas of where the script should go and under our "mentors" the creative juices are flowing nicely.

The whole "creative" thing in our youth theatre is truely amazing. The ideas and concepts and jokes that come from a simple title or phrase is unbelievable. More often than not we surprise ourselves and laugh 'til we're sore.

D15 Youth Theatre has proven a great place to be unique and creative time and time again. I remember at my audition being shocked at how open everyone was. Every single person was creative and confident and,most surprisingly, genuinly nice people. Here everyone can be exactly who they are and I think that greatly contributes to , for want of a better word, awesomeness.

So to sum up for today:

    D15 Youth Theatre is amazing...deal with it : )

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A very different colour wheel…

March 14, 2012

A very different colour wheel…

We’ve done lots of painting workshops……and still my grasp on the primary and secondary colours is questionable! I reckon I am not alone in that, so instead of filling in another colour wheel, we found another way of helping to develop awareness of colour and at the same time experience another art form- dance! With the ever fantastic facilitator and choreographer Mark Rogers we created a dance workshop based around the primary colours. We are lucky enough to have access to a studio, technicians, coloured lights and a sprung wooden floor for dance, but these workshops could be replicated in any PE or large hall, with just some coloured material, a CD player and some simple exercise techniques for building up a short movement piece. If you are interested in replicating some of the ideas in the workshop please drop me a mail (sarah@draiocht.ie) and I can forward you a more comprehensive outline of the workshop.…


We used a couple of meters of lining material in the primary and secondary colours (we also used a few extra colours for group work-depends on the size of the group) for these workshops.


Mark works by encouraging the students to 'get their thinking caps on' to create or devise their own dance piece in groups and then each group performs in front of their follow students. The ‘audience’ discusses what they liked and what they thought the performers where trying to portray and why.


So, to get going, after introducing ourselves and warming up as one large group, we had a bit of chat about the primary colours, what are these colours? Why are they important, what do they do? The answers to these questions fed directly into the creation of their dance piece…


We talked about what kind of feelings or images the particular colours gave us…. what does RED make you think about, what does it remind you of? Fire! Strawberries! Stop signs! Anger! The group decided which element they wanted to use and then created an action/movement to represent each primary colours.

So Red= Stop = both hands out- stretched, with palms up.

Yellow=the Sun= both arms stretching out like the rays of the sun rising.

Blue= the Sea= swimming movement with arms.


We did exercises to help recognise the beat in a piece of music, to become more aware of our body’s movement to music....



....and experimented with how the material moves...



Some students really got into it....before the group were split into smaller groups...


Each of the smaller groups then got to work creating their own movement pieces for the secondary colours… and incorporating a sheet of colour into their movement piece. These group exercises gave the opportunity for plenty of discussion, a lesson in democracy, leadership...  


and experimentation! 


All the ideas and dance moves where put together and there was time for a quick practice before the house lights went down and each group performed their devised movement piece with the aid of coloured lights and music. They looked great and we had lot of positive feedback from participants and teachers, and I’m sure that all the students will now remember all the primary and secondary colours ... for a while, at least!


Next in the Focus On...Series we will concentrate on Landscapes and Urbanscapes. Find out more here.

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By Draíocht. Tags: Youth Arts, Mark Rogers,

Take a Child to the Theatre Today

March 14, 2012

20 March 2012

Every year ASSITEJ centres across all continents celebrate the World Day of Theatre for Children and Young People on 20th March. For the next three years, the global association will be uniting theatres across the world in conveying one message: TAKE A CHILD TO THE THEATRE TODAY.

The main purpose of the World Day is to attract the attention of a wider public to the art of theatre for children and young people. The TAKE A CHILD TO THEATRE TODAY campaign aims to engage with the theatre community, government departments, the private sector, and the general public to advocate for the value of theatre in the lives of children and young people. The TAKE A CHILD TO THEATRE TODAY campaign goes to the heart of what ASSITEJ is all about, working to ensure that all children and young people have access to the arts.

Events during the World Day may be special performances, open rehearsals, lectures, exhibitions, articles in newspapers and magazines etc. Events are primarily organised by national ASSITEJ centres or by theatre companies or theatre organisations.

TYA (Theatre for Young Audiences) Ireland, the ASSITEJ Centre here, will use this year’s World Day to launch the campaign TAKE A CHILD TO THEATRE TODAY which will run throughout the year and see companies and venues promote professional theatre experiences for all young citizens in Ireland. “Unless children are given the opportunity to fall in love with the theatre experience, we will have no theatre industry in the future,” Yvette Hardie, President of ASSITEJ.

On the day members are encouraged to create events to celebrate theatre for young audiences throughout the country: Graffiti Theatre Company in Cork will present 2 performances of Walking Man by Jody O’Neill in its theatre in Blackpool / Púca Puppets will be celebrating World Day of Theatre for Children on the 22nd of March with a special performance of Tic Teac for the Rutland Street Preschool / Barnstorm is on national tour with A Murder of Crows by Mike Kenny in theatres throughout the country (they will be in Glór in Ennis on 20th March). We would also encourage theatres, arts centres and cultural institutions to open their doors to young citizens on the day and encourage participation in our cultural heritage (for some a first step!).

Each year a significant world leader/artist in theatre for young people is asked to write the message for the ASSITEJ World Day. This year, it is Suzanne Lebeau, celebrated and multiple award-winning French-Canadian playwright who is the author of over 20 plays (translated into 13 languages) and co-founder of Montreal's Le Carrousel Theatre Company. Supported by creative research that breaks through limits and boundaries, artistic directors Suzanne Lebeau and Gervais Gaudreault have used their passion to form a repertoire of original works that are considered to be milestones in the history of theatre for young audiences. Her significant contribution to children's theatre has earned her numerous awards and honours in Canada and abroad, including being named a Knight of the Ordre de la Pléiade.

ASSITEJ International is a world network of Theatre for Children and Young People. It was created to facilitate the development of this vibrant sector to the highest artistic level. The World Day happens every year on 20th March and is a celebration of the diversity of our work in this field.'
Further information: Philip Hardy, TYA Ireland (Chair), Tel: 056-7751266 / e: philip@tya-ireland.org

Draiocht has a number of events programmed for Families and Schools during March to June, including Free Family Art Days, shows for families 'Under a Different Light' from Italy, 'Walking Man' from Graffiti, 'Kindur' from Italy and many more events. Find out more at these links or email sarah@draiocht.ie :

For a list of Draiocht's Family Events go here
For School and Youth Arts Events go here

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

Early Bird - Book before 31 March 2012

March 13, 2012


Full price: €14 // Early Bird: €9 //

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Tickets must be paid in full before 31 March 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 Opening Hours: St Patrick’s Weekend 2012

March 13, 2012

Draíocht will be open as follows this weekend:

Friday 16 March: 10am-6pm
Saturday 17 March: Closed
Sunday 18 March: Closed
Monday 19 March: Closed
Tuesday 20 March: Re-opens as normal, 10am-6pm 

You can still book tickets online 24 hrs a day.

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