March 23, 2010

Draíocht is offering rehearsal space FREE of charge to professional artists/performance companies from 26 July to 04 September 2010. 
There will be 3 spaces available (Main Auditorium, Draíocht Studio and Rehearsal Room). 
Spaces can be viewed on our virtual tour facility ...

As interest may outweigh availability, please write/e-mail:
Emer McGowan
Dublin 15

Direct Line: (01) 8098027

with the following information (no more than 2 A4 sheets double spaced)

1)      Name of company and/or artists involved
2)      Concise details of the project to be rehearsed and if there is/are performance(s) scheduled
3)      Dates that the rehearsal space is required and if there is flexibility within those dates
4)      Which space you are interested in using
5)      How the piece is being funded
6)      Benefit of free rehearsal space to the success of the project

Closing date for receipt of information is:  14th May 2010

Offers of space will be made at the end of May/beginning of June 2010

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

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Family Show coming 27th March - Tickets just 5 euro!

March 12, 2010

An Seanfhear Beag le Branar Dramaiochta
SAT 27 MAR 2PM & 4PM
Draíocht Studio // all tickets just €5 / Age 6-10 yrs / Dur: 45 mins /

‘The Story of the Little Old Man’ is the latest show from Galway based children’s theatre company Branar. It tells the delicate tale of friendship between a lonely old man and a stray dog that no one wanted, with the help of enchanting puppets (made by Suse Reibisch) and live music (by Morgan Cooke). This heart-warming story is told with grace and amazing attention to detail and can be understood in any language. Adapted for stage by Marc Mac Lochlainn. Artistic advisor Bjarne Sandborg, Teater Refleksion, Denmark.

Early Booking Advised, limited availability.
Book Now: tel: 01-8852622

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Draíocht’s New Artist in Residence Garvan Gallagher has started ...

March 12, 2010

Draíocht’s New Artist in Residence Garvan Gallagher has started (on 1 March 2010) and will stay with us until the end of June 2011, our first ever 15 month residency.Draíocht’s staff officialy welcomed Garvan with tea and buns this week and he showed us some of his past work.

Image: Garvan Gallagher /  ‘Sarah McGill, 1911’, Photography, 2008

Garvan will develop his own personal practice along side engaging in a specific community engagement project in the areas Youth Arts, an 'intergenerational' project involving young people and the elderly in Dublin 15. The residency will result in a solo exhibition of Gallagher’s personal work and a concluding exhibition for the Youth Arts Project to be held during the period of Spréacha, Fingal’s Annual International Arts Festival for Children, in 2011.

Gallagher’s practice is primarily through lens-based mediums, photography and film, frequently centralizing a single figure within a specific environment. His work often references the social body and investigates how society shapes people as human beings, as well as engaging with the fundamental issue of how trust comes to be mutually constituted between artist and subject.

Stay in touch with Garvan on his website and blog and see some of his past work: 

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February 23, 2010

Draíocht is currently welcoming submissions for its exhibition programme during 2011 and beyond. For more information please contact Niamh Ryan, Visual Arts Coordinator, Draíocht, tel: 01-8098026.

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February 19, 2010

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Friday 12th March 2010

Do you live or work in the Fingal area and are you over 18?
Have you thought about writing a play for the stage?
Then this is your chance to work with Fingal’s leading multi-disciplinary arts centre and Ireland’s only theatre company entirely dedicated to the production of new work.

Draíocht in partnership with Fishamble: The New Play Company wish to find new talent and encourage writers to produce new plays for the arts centre. This project will see the successful participants have access to workshop sessions to develop their own work and the opportunity to meet with established playwrights to learn from their experiences as they carve out their own careers. The project will also include attendance at a number of professional productions at Draíocht. The participants who are on the final shortlist will see all or part of their play have a rehearsed reading by professional actors directed by a professional director in Draíocht in Autumn 2010.

So, if you’re interested in play writing, here’s what you do.
Please forward an outline/treatment of a new play that you would be interested in writing. Tell us where the play is located, who the main characters are, what it’s all about and why you want to write it. The submission should take the format of one to two A4 pages typed and double-spaced. Please include your name, address, date of birth and place of birth/work/residence.
Final date for submission is Friday 12th March 2010.

What happens then:
Everyone who submits a treatment will be invited along to see Little Gem (Civic Theatre/Guna Nua production) in Draíocht the week of 15 March 2010. You will be given the opportunity to participate in a writing workshop and meet with a playwright that week. Each participant will then be asked to write 3-4 pages of dialogue based on ideas arising from the workshop.

The closing date for these will be Friday April 30th 2010.

From these submissions, a long list will be chosen. Participants on the long list will take part in a series of further workshops to develop their playwriting skills and their own personal style. At the end of these workshops (June 2010), a shortlist will be drawn up. The shortlisted participants will then be provided with further support to produce a short piece of theatre which will receive a rehearsed public reading in November 2010 as part of Draíocht’s autumn programme.

Participation at all levels of this project is free.
A contribution towards theatre tickets may be requested.

Please submit your outline/treatments by Friday 12 March 2010 to:
Emer McGowan, Director, Draíocht, The Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15
For further information phone Emer on: 01 8098027 or email

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