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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Welcome to d15’s Youth Theatre blog by Izzie Philips!!

March 9, 2012



Here at d15 we're all a bit mad. We're all about theatre and we portray that as much as we can.

There's 23 of us here, ranging in ages 13 to 18. We all get on and we have become almost like a family.

At d15 you can be yourself, nobody judges you and you can let the worries of reality slip away. It acts as 
an escape for most members, a break from school work or annoying parents, we all know life can be a bit stressful every now and then, but no matter what mood I'm in I'm always looking forward to 7:00 Tuesdays!!

Last Tuesday we all received our scripts! We were all very exited because we have never worked with scripts before.

People grew very animated as we practiced our scripts using different techniques. The scripts range from popular girls 
to a nagging Italian housewife to dying ship-mates.

We are hoping to hold a showcase pretty soon, we need to keep in mind that some members have 
exams, so we will have to find a suitable time for it!

All stars have the ability to shine!


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Some D15 Youth Theatre Blogging…

March 6, 2012

Some D15 Youth Theatre Blogging…

After my recent foray into the world of blogging (one blog so far!), I thought we could start a blog about our Youth Theatre- so everyone can see how fabulous they are! It’ll work as a record of what we’ve done and where we are going, while letting anyone who is interested in Youth Theatre know a bit about the mysterious inner workings of a Youth Theatre. To kick it off here’s a bit about the group. 

Now in our second term of our first year, we currently have 23 young people aged between 13-18years. We meet every Tuesday evening, for sessions with Mark Rogers, Ann Ryan and Eimear Morrissey. So far we have worked on everything from improvisation to Stanislavski technique to dance, we have seen a number of productions: The brilliantly imaginative “Six Characters in Search Of a Author” in The Project Theatre performed by DYT (Dublin Youth Theatre), we have experienced Opera in the shape of “The Magic Flute” by Opera Theatre Company, and been introduced to Physical Theatre by Cois Ceim’s “Touch Me”. We were lucky enough to have a great follow up workshop with Philippa Donnellan from Cois Ceim.


With Philippa from CoisCeim

Coming up we have a date to see “Wheelchair on my Face” by Fishamble: The New Play Company and have just begun working towards a showcase for the end of April.

working on Scripts

Knowing how creative our Youth Theatre happens to be, it seems that the most qualified to write, review and record the Youth Theatre- is the Youth Theatre. So from next week they’ll do just that, one or two participants will take on reviewing what we are doing each Tuesday, as well as telling us a bit about themselves, what they think about theatre, what they thought of the plays we have seen or a technique they have learned… anything theatre-y really.


We are lucky to have a few bloggers in the groups, so after a bit of blog delegation, first up we’ll have Izzy Philips with a review of last week, followed by a short opinion piece….so lets see how we get on…

Sarah (sarah@draiocht.ie)

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February 28, 2012

We hoped to get 20 people involved. But we got 60! Draíocht is delighted with the wonderful response to this community theatre project. Our Artist in Residence, theatre director Liam Halligan, is very excited about the possibilities that are arising from working with such a large, varied and smashing group of people. We are currently working through the second stage of the process. Stage 3 will take place in July. The objective is to build a group dynamic, to build confidence, to have fun, to collaborate, to share stories, to inspire each other and to create something that matters. The themes and content of the final piece are emerging … themes of faith, belonging, mistrust of our political, financial and religious institutions … what does the future hold? The project will culminate in a number of public performances in Draíocht taking place at the end of November 2012. Stay tuned for more info or email emer@draiocht.ie 


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Free Rehearsal Space 2012

February 28, 2012

Free Rehearsal Space 2012

Draíocht is offering rehearsal space from 07 August to 01 September 2012 FREE of charge to professional artists/performance companies participating in the Absolut Dublin Fringe Festival 2012. There will be 3 spaces available (Main Auditorium, Draíocht Studio and Rehearsal Room). Spaces can be viewed on our virtual tour facility here ...

As interest may outweigh availability, please write to or e-mail: Emer McGowan, Director, Draíocht. The Blanchardstown Centre, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15 / Email: emer@draiocht.ie / Direct Line Tel: 01-809 8027.

With the following information (no more than 2 A4 sheets double spaced)
- Name of company and/or artists involved
- Concise details of the project to be rehearsed and if there is/are performance(s) scheduled
- Dates that the rehearsal space is required and if there is flexibility within those dates
- Which space you are interested in using
- How the piece is being funded
- Benefit of free rehearsal space to the success of the project

Closing date for receipt of information is: 08 June 2012
Offers of space will be made at the end of June 2012.

Draíocht is generously funded by Fingal County Council with additional funding provided by the Arts Council.

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