D15 Youth Theatre Auditions 2016

August 12, 2016

D15 Youth Theatre Auditions 2016
Sunday 25 September 2016
Draíocht Studio

11AM-2PM / Draíocht

Auditions will be held for new members for Draíocht’s highly successful Youth Theatre, for those aged between 14-18 years with a love of theatre and trying new things. D15 Youth Theatre runs Tuesday evenings 7-9pm, during schools term times starting in October.

All welcome to auditions.
Drop into Draíocht to pick up an application form or download HERE

If you are interested in finding out more about D15YT, contact sarah@draiocht.ie or on 01-8098029.


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Collapsing Horse’s Conor at the end of the Universe will premiere at Draiocht in October

August 10, 2016


Collapsing Horse are striding through this year’s Residency at Draíocht. We are delighted to announce that Collapsing Horse will be continuing their residency and partnership with Draíocht through 2017.

In May and June we worked with animator Jody Barker Rockett, AV designer Mick Cullinan, composer Dan Forde and performers Manus Halligan with Aoife Leonard on our new piece Conor: at the end of the Universe (previously titled 46 Billion Light Years From Home).

We are delighted to announce Conor: at the end of the Universe will premiere at Draíocht in October with a total of 4 performances. Part puppet show, part installation piece, part animated film, part immersive experience, part ballet; Conor is a sensory and artistic journey through space at time-bending speeds. This stunning and engaging production uses puppets, design, animation and music as Conor and his granddad bring you places that you've never seen before.

In other news from Collapsing Horse, we have been announced as the new Artistic Directors of the Kilkenny Cat Laughs Festival in 2017 and our new show The Aeneid has been announced as one of the Tiger Dublin Fringe programme highlights and will run from the 14-24 September. The support and resources of our Residency in Draíocht has allowed us to be bold and make work inside and outside of Draíocht itself.

Supported by Draíocht, Fingal County Council and the Arts Council through Collapsing Horse’s Theatre Artist in Residency programme at Draíocht.

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Early Bird - Book Before 09 September 2016

August 8, 2016



The Gallant John Joe
Full price: €18 / Early Bird: €15

OCTOBER - MUSIC                    
The Dermot Byrne Trio              
Full price: €18 / Early Bird: €15

Reason in Madness - A devised reworking of King Lear     
TUE 29 – WED 30 NOV  8PM 
Full price: €14 / Early Bird: €10

Eimear Quinn - O Holy Night
Full price: €22 / Early Bird: €17

Scrooge – A Christmas Carol
WED 07 DEC  7.30PM 
Full price: €7.50 / Early Bird: €5


Tickets must be paid in full before 09 September 2016 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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Des Kenny Reviews Any Observer by Jason Deans

July 8, 2016

04 July 2016 - Our Arty Blogger is back! Des Kenny Reviews Jason Deans 'Any Observer' ... 

Decay and impermanence are part of the natural order of existence and calculating the rate of dissolution and comprehending the process can prevent disaster. In 2008 the economic system collapsed because it expanded beyond its stable structure and like a bubble growing too big to contain itself it burst. The fall out of this disaster in both political and social terms have not receded beyond an unseen horizon of forgotten history but remains layered within touching distance throughout society.

Jason Deans' exhibition in the Ground Floor Gallery in Draiocht endeavours to understand and invoke the reality of our economic collapse. The sculptural forms act like props on a stage where choreographed decomposition is performed with theatrical pathos.

Gathered in a corner a number of pillars of various sizes bound together by a common fate, teeter on the edge of collapse. They have no binding agent to guard against crumbling decay. Irrepressible gravity will tug on them remorselessly and they will disintegrate becoming a mound of lustreless sand. The triumphant pillars of society will fall shapelessly down into a shameless state of mortal loss, created by their own hubris.

This theme exploring the dissolution of the building industry, where poor regularity inspections were a common practice, is examined in the piece Poor Foundation. Small bricks constructed with sand and cement seems to cling with geometric certainty to a corner of the gallery. The broad base holding up the pyramid form stands passively static but recent history informs us that the use of pyrite as a foundation material has caused great cracks to materialise in buildings. Already a straight edge begins to curve as the bricks in this sculpture move incrementally out of alignment reflecting the reality of the valueless homes people possess with such structural damage.

A work called Comes Tumbling Down consists of roughly moulded slabs of clay removed from barren Nama construction sites. It appears strong and assured but surrounding its base are great clods of earth which have fallen from the structure. The form is unstable, eroding before the viewer and the piece becomes a meditation on the overreaching and dysfunctional thinking of a privileged few during the Celtic Tiger era.

A drawing of electrical pylons copied from engineering plans appears to plot a course of conviction against the tide of uncertainty which echoes the arrested fragile psychological mood of the nation. On closer inspection the drawings are made with chalk, an unstable substance, whereas it’s normal for ink to be utilised. There is also hesitancy in their execution; lines waver outside their edges and at times are drawn loosely by hand instead of using mechanical drawing instruments. There are no regulators to inspect accurate plans so why produce them to the definitive standard required. Based on these drawing two electrical pylons are fabricated with elder wood. This is a soft wood that grows like a weed on empty construction sites. It has no monetary value since it cannot be utilised for kindling or making furniture. One pylon is called Powerless which is symptomatic of how the country was defenceless and unprepared for the approaching economic meltdown.

Yet throughout this economic storm the ship of state remained afloat and mass unemployment was eased by emigration. This is alluded to in the piece called Wandering were a ship made from elder wood, canvas and tar is lifted up on a parody of waves constructed by Ryanair boarding passes. Although at times the shows formal narrative is bleak and sombre, it is by confronting the harm done to society that the possibility to create an environment where collective healing may occur and the nation can recover from the trauma inflicted by the financial crash. 


Read more about Jason's show ... here ...

Desmond Kenny is an artist based in Hartstown, Dublin 15. He is a self taught painter, since he began making art in 1986 he has since exhibited widely in Ireland and abroad, solo shows include Draíocht in 2001, The Lab in 2006 and Pallas Contemporary Projects in 2008. His work is included in many collections including the Office of Public Works, SIPTU, and Fingal County Council. Kenny's practice also incorporates print making and he has been a member of Graphic Studio Dublin since 2004.

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Free Rehearsal Space 2016

April 18, 2016

Draíocht is offering rehearsal space from 25 July – 02 September 2016 FREE of charge to professional artists/performance companies participating in Tiger Dublin Fringe 2016.
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 Friday 01 July 2016.
Offers of space will be made by 15 July 2016.

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