January 30, 2013
Since we’ve last updated, D15 Youth Theatre has acquired many new members. We are now well into another year and the group is just as excited as we were on day one.
Over the past few weeks we’ve been introduced to may new faces, most of which were also attached to the heads of the new members, and while the group has been getting acquainted we’ve also been dancing, creating, space jumping and shouting at people on invisible ponies.
For those of you who are still not too sure of what we’re about, let me explain how I see our group:
These are the times we will talk to our kids and friends (and anyone who will listen) about when we’re older. That time Leanne was a cow for no adequately explored reason. That piece with masks when Daire’s scream stopped my heart. That time we did ‘The Time Warp’ and ‘We Go Together’ on constant repeat until we fell over each-other. That time when they were all in a pool and Heather laughed to the point of tears.
To paraphrase my favorite book of 2012: Right now these moments are not stories, this is happening, I‘m here. I can see it, this one moment when you know you’re not just a sad story, you are alive and you stand up and see the lights on the buildings and everything that makes you wonder and you’re listening to that song on that drive with the people that you love the most in the world. In that moment, we are infinite.
I know there are people who forget what its like to be sixteen when they turn seventeen. But this time and these things will be so much more memorable and important than anything we could possibly learn from a textbook.
And on that note, with the plan of world domination well in motion, D15 Youth Theatre are set to dominate the mortal inhabitants of Dublin, then, the world.
Your future leader, Heather Fitzpatrick, Signing off.
September 6, 2012
Do you have an interest in Theatre and drama?
Do you like having fun?
Making new friends?
Would you like to try new things??
D15 Youth Theatre could be for you...........
D15 Youth Theatre is now going into its second year. We currently have 20 members aged between 13years-19years and now, we have room for a few more. So if you are intersted or would like to find out more, then come along to our group audition or you can also read more from our members on this blog.
The Audition will take place on Tuesday, 18th September @ Draíocht 7pm-9pm.
We will begin with a chat about the audition and what will be involved in participating in D15 Youth Theatre. You will then take part in a group workshop. This workshop will involve some group activities and some script work. Don’t be nervous – being able to work as part of a group, take guidance and pick up new things is every bit as important as previous experience.
The Audition is NOT based on talent alone; participants are selected with regard to the following aim:
We aim to establish a good gender mix, from a range of abilities and backgrounds and so, will select participants based on the following criteria:
•Inclusion of ages 13 years-18 years
•Interest and passion for theatre
If you are interested, you can drop into Draiocht, email firstname.lastname@example.org or download an application form here and fill it in and then get it back to us by hand, by mail or by post.
We will let each participant know by letter if they have been selected by Tuesday 25th September 2012. Should you be offered a place, the first term will run weekly from Tuesday 2nd October to Tuesday 11th of Dec 2012. There is a €10 membership fee for the term and a €2 weekly contribution. We have a number of access places available at no cost, should the price be a problem. You can speak with me in confidence about this.
For further information join D15 Youth Theatre on facebook or contact me on 01 8098029 or email@example.com if you have any further questions.
We look forward to seeing you at the auditions and wish you luck on the day!
April 24, 2012
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”.
April 10, 2012
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!
April 2, 2012
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.