Draiocht and 1916

March 9, 2016

Draíocht and 1916 – Our Programme during 2016 - January - December 2016


PERFORMANCES:


Me, Mollser - SOLD OUT
The Abbey Theatre on Tour, As part of Ireland 2016
WED 03 & THU 04 FEBRUARY 2016  
10.15AM & 12.15PM 
Draíocht Studio // e7 adults / e5 children / 2 teachers free per class / Age 10+ (5th & 6th class pupils & secondary students) / Dur: 60 mins

This performance will retell The Plough and the Stars by Sean O’Casey through the eyes of its youngest character, Mollser, a strong willed and passionate young 15 year old girl coping with consumption against the backdrop of the 1913 Lock-Out and the Easter Rising. Mollser is a proud Dub struggling to thrive in the overcrowded tenements but having lost none of her curiosity and idealism. She sees the adults in her world with a sharp eye and even has a sense of the ghosts who continue to haunt the building ...

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The Irish Language and 1916 - SOLD OUT
Teanga na Gaeilge agus 1916
TUE 15 MARCH  7-9PM  Draíocht Studio // Free Event - Pre Booking Essential - tel 01-8852622

Pobal Gaeilge 15 will be hosting a night to commemorate 1916. The integral role the Irish Language played in the events of the 1916 Rising will be presented by a panel of expert speakers and historians. There will be music on the night from Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. This event will be presented in Irish with simultaneous translation provided in English on the night.

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REBEL REBEL - SOLD OUT
THU 24 MARCH 8.15pm  Main Auditorium // €16 / €12 conc / Dur: 60 mins

Dublin, 24 April 1916. Dropping their costumes in the dressing room, two of lreland's leading actors abandon their matinee of Yeats’ Cathleen Ni Houlihan, the play which more than any other in the Abbey’s repertoire symbolised the link between the cultural revival and the Irish revolution. Instead, they take their revolvers and march to Dublin Castle. Inciting each other all the way, they fire the first shots of the rebellion changing the course of Irish history.This historical play (derived from real-life testimonies) chronicles the eventful first hour of the 1916 Easter Rebellion when two Abbey actors, Helena Molony and Sean Connolly take over Dublin Castle, leading to him being fatally shot in her arms on the roof of City Hall.

As featured on Trivago ... http://www.trivago.ie/

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Birth of a Nation - 1916 Ireland Film
Screening for Secondary Schools

WED 20 APR 2016 10.30AM-11.30AM Main Auditorium // €5 per students (teachers free)
See Ireland’s struggle for independence in this unique and original black and white film footage. Produced by Gerry MacCarthy for Senior Cycle Schools to mark the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising, the film shows students how Ireland went from being part of the British Empire to becoming an Independent State. The film includes some of the only known footage of James Connolly, Roger Casement and Padraig Pearse, along with close up footage of Countess Markievicz, Cathal Brugha, Rory O'Connor, Erskine Childers and Harry Boland.

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The Wind that Shakes the Barley
Film at Draiocht
WED 20 APR 2016 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc / Early Bird: €5 (Book before 08 April 2016)

In 1920, rural Ireland is the permanent battlefield of republican rebels against the British troops and their well-paid, local collaborator militia, a recipe for mutual cruelty. Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes, this thoughtful, powerful and moving political drama explores the turbulent events in early 1920s Ireland, during the War of Independence and the Civil War ...
Starring Cillian Murphy and Padraic Delaney


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Laochra Gael
The 1916 Rising and its Heroes

THU 21 APR 2016 8PM Main Auditorium // €16
Laochra Gael is the story of the 1916 Rising and its heroes through music, poetry, story and song. The play chronicles the tapestry that formed the background to the Rising, the insurrection itself and the heroes both celebrated and forgotten. Directed by Michael Byrne (Mrs. Browns Boys), with music and songs by The Druids, Uileann Piper Tommy Keane and more ... 

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Maloney’s Dream / Brionglóid Maloney      
Branar Téatar do Pháistí
THURS 28 & FRI 29 APRIL - 10AM & 12 NOON // SAT 30 APR - 2PM
Main Auditorium // €7 adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class / Age 8+ yrs / Dur: 60 mins

Maloney's Dream is a theatre show which is set against the background of Easter week 1916. Thaddeus Maloney has a dream to open a new hotel on Sackville St (now O’Connell Street) on the Easter Monday … little did he realise that his dream of a new beginning would collide with the birth of a nation … With a fantastically talented ensemble cast, this will be a treat of a show for all ages. It’s a bilingual show that is jam packed with live music, physical theatre and puppetry.
 

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The Big Fellow by Declan Gorman - SOLD OUT
Based on Frank O’Connor’s Biography of Michael Collins

FRI 29 APRIL 2016 8.15PM 
Draíocht Studio // €10 / €8 conc

With original sound design by ex-Waterboys composer, Colin Blakey,The Big Fellow is a non-stop, edge-of-your-seat theatrical adventure, laced with humour and scenes of daring and intrigue. It presents the compelling story of Michael Collins: his rise from unknown volunteer in the GPO to military leader who brought down an empire only to meet his untimely death at the hands of former comrades. 

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On Sackville Street
Mount Sackville Secondary School

MON 12 - TUE 13 SEP 2016 8.15PM
Draíocht Studio // €10 // Dur 60 mins (no interval)

On Sackville Street is a play set in two classrooms during two different time frames - 1916 - 2016.  The classroom of 1916 lives through the actual events of the Easter Rising as they unfolded. Their great grandchildren are in the 2016 classroom contemplating the historical contribution of those who have gone before them. The two classrooms are overseen by the 7 Signatories of the Proclamation who act as a 4th Wall. The play is a tribute to all those men and women who sacrificed so much for Irish Freedom. Mount Sackville Secondary School of 2016 applauds them.
Written by Clodagh Havel and Directed by Niamh Dowling. 
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ADULT CLASSES


THE 1916 RISING - ART, IMAGERY AND CULTURE

WITH DES MCGUINNESS - SOLD OUT
THURSDAYS 11AM-12.30PM / 8 WEEKS / 04 FEB-25 MARCH 2016
DRAÍOCHT WORKSHOP ROOM / COURSE FEE: €65/€55 CONC

This 8 week course will focus on the visual representation of the Rising, events preceding it, its immediate aftermath and subsequent key commemorations.
The range of visual representation to be explored will include badges, cartoons, crafts, emblems, film, flags, graffiti, illustration, medals, photography, postage stamps and television.
The politics and power of visual representation will be considered as will methods of visual analysis.

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DRAIOCHT & SECONDARY SCHOOLS


FOCUS ON … 1916 LETTERS, DRAWING ON THE PAST

MON 25 & TUE 26 JAN // AGE RANGE: SENIOR CYCLE STUDENTS
10AM-11.30AM OR 12PM-1.30PM
WED 27 JAN // AGE RANGE: TRANSITION YEAR STUDENTS
10AM-11.30AM OR 12PM-1.30PM

These innovative drawing and writing workshops look at creative ways to engage with original 1916 letters as primary source materials. The aim of “Letters of 1916” is to give an intimate sense of what it was like to live in Ireland during one of the most significant years in modern Irish history. By engaging with original primary documents, pupils will find a wide range of experiences and learn that the history of 1916 was complex and fascinating. Facilitated by artist Genevieve Harden, participants will explore a selection of letters, they will create and illustrate handwritten letters in response to the excitement and turmoil expressed through the thoughts and feelings and words of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary events.

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DRAIOCHT & PRIMARY SCHOOLS


PENNY ADVENTURES 1916 LITERATURE PROJECT

NOVEMBER 2015 – APRIL 2016
WITH AUTHOR BRIAN GALLAGHER & ILLUSTRATOR ALAN NOLAN

Poets and writers featured strongly amongst the leaders of the Rising, so it seems fitting that literature play a prominent part in Draíocht’s commemoration event for 2016.
Our commemoration project began with an epic tour of Dublin 15 Schools, both 6th and 1st year classes, by local historical fiction author Brian Gallagher, back in November 2015. Over 1 month, Brian visited 30 schools and talked to just shy of 2,500 pupils about what it’s like to be an author, how to research and write a book and read excerpts from his thrilling novel ‘Friend or Foe’, a thought provoking, fast-moving tale that captures the atmosphere of revolutionary Dublin and the misery and chaos of war.

From those 30 schools, three 6th classes were selected and using themes from Brian’s book and hints from his talk, they are now engaged in a ten week literature and visual arts project learning about the 1916 experience in an innovative and challenging way. Working with writer, illustrator and cartoonist Alan Nolan, classes experience a mix of hands-on workshops, tours and talks learning about story writing and cartooning, all building towards creating a full length cartoon book. The project also includes a 1916 Dublin City Tour and a visit from historians from Collins Barracks. By March 2016 the finished cartoon strips will be professionally edited and the project will culminate in an opening celebration and exhibition of the children’s work in Draíocht’s First Floor Gallery, running from April-May 2016. The work the children produce will also be published in a comic book, along with a short film documentary which will be screened at the exhibition opening.
This project has been made possible by additional generous funding by Fingal Arts Office.
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DRAIOCHT GALLERIES


The Lucky Penny 1916 Literature Project Exhibition
D15 Primary School Artists With Illustrator/Author Alan Nolan & Writer Brian Gallagher
TUE 19 APR - SAT 19 NOV 2016 
First Floor Gallery

Gallery open Mon-Sat 10am-6pm - Free Admission

This exhibition is the result of a large scale innovative and fun filled arts and literature schools project which ran from November 2015-to April 2016, to commemorate 1916.

With initial inspiration from local author Brian Gallagher and his book ‘Friend or Foe’, reaching over 3000 Dublin 15 pupils, three 6th Classes were chosen to work with illustrator, writer and cartoonist, Alan Nolan. Inspired by a specific moment in ‘Friend or Foe’, pupils were introduced to the concept of how a coin could move across a revolutionary Dublin of 1916, making its way through the misery, chaos and upheaval of war. Pupils worked exhaustively, using themes and hints from Brian’s book, along with learning from tours to Collins Barracks and thorough research with their fantastic class teachers, to begin to shape and build characters and stories that, with the help of Alan would slowly develop into a full length cartoon, full of adventure and peril.
The resulting cartoon strips are now exhibited in large scale vinyl in our First Floor Gallery. The exhibition is accompanied by a full colour published comic book, along with a short film documentary which will be screened at the exhibition opening.
This project has been made possible with generous funding from Fingal County Council and Centenary Committee Funding.
 

WATCH ... A short documentary about this Project

READ ... Published Comic Book

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For further information about any of these events, please contact Nicola Murphy, Marketing Press & PR Manager, Draiocht, tel: 01-8098021 / nicola@draiocht.ie

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Penny Adventures - Draiocht’s Largest Education Project To Date

January 10, 2016

1 Month
31 Schools
107 Classes

2590 pupils

Penny Adventures 1916 Literature Project
With Author Brian Gallagher and Illustrator Alan Nolan

NOVEMBER 2015 – APRIL 2016

Poets and writers featured strongly amongst the leaders of the Rising, so it seems fitting that literature play a prominent part in Draíocht’s commemoration event for 2016.

Our commemoration project began with an epic tour of all Dublin 15 Schools, both 6th class pupils in the Primary Schools and 1st year students in the Secondary Schools, by local historical fiction author Brian Gallagher, starting in November 2015. Over the month of November, Brian visited 31 schools and talked to more than 2,500 pupils about what it’s like to be an author, how to research and write a book and then he read excerpts from his thrilling novel ‘Friend or Foe’, a thought provoking, fast-moving tale that captures the atmosphere of revolutionary Dublin and the misery and chaos of war.



From those 31 schools, three 6th classes have been selected and using themes from Brian’s book and hints from his talk, they will engage in a 10 week literature and visual arts project, learning about the 1916 experience in an innovative and challenging way. Working with writer, illustrator and cartoonist Alan Nolan, classes will experience a mix of hands-on workshops, tours and talks learning about story writing and cartooning, all building towards creating a full length cartoon book. The project also includes a 1916 Dublin City Tour and a visit from historians from Collins Barracks.
 

The 3 schools are:
Scoil Thomais Laurel Lodge, Castleknock

Scoil Nais Mhuire, Blakestown, Mullhuddart
Mary Mother Of Hope Senior National School Littlepace, Castaheany


By March 2016 the finished cartoon strips will be professionally edited and the project will culminate in an opening celebration and exhibition of the children’s work in Draíocht’s First Floor Gallery, running from April-May 2016. The work the children produce will also be published in a comic book, along with a short film documentary which will be screened at the exhibition opening.

This project has been made possible by additional generous funding by Fingal County Council Arts Office.



For further information about Penny Adventures, please contact Sarah Beirne, Children & Youth Arts Officer, tel 01-8098029 or email sarah@draiocht.ie



Brian Gallagher and pupils from Scoil Thomais, Nov 2015



Brian Gallagher and students from Riversdale, Nov 2015

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Draiocht and 1916 - Workshops for Secondary School Students

January 7, 2016


Focus On ... 1916 Letters, Drawing On The Past
Draiocht & Secondary Schools

MON 25 - WED 27 JAN 2016 Draiocht Workshop Room // €45 per class

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MON 25 & TUE 26 JAN 2016 // AGE RANGE: SENIOR CYCLE STUDENTS
10AM-11.30AM OR 12PM-1.30PM

WED 27 JAN 2016 // AGE RANGE: TRANSITION YEAR STUDENTS
10AM-11.30AM OR 12PM-1.30PM

These innovative drawing and writing workshops look at creative ways to engage with original 1916 letters as primary source materials. The aim of “Letters of 1916” is to give an intimate sense of what it was like to live in Ireland during one of the most significant years in modern Irish history. By engaging with original primary documents, students will find a wide range of experiences and learn that the history of 1916 was complex and fascinating. Facilitated by artist Genevieve Harden, participants will explore a selection of letters, they will create and illustrate handwritten letters in response to the excitement and turmoil expressed through the thoughts and feelings and words of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary events.

Workshop Notes:
Limited to 1 class per school but other classes are welcome to be part of a waiting list.
Cost per class €45. Please get in touch with Sarah Beirne 01-8098029 if cost is an issue for your school.

Booking is essential: Contact box office on 01-885 2622.

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Penny Adventures - Brian Gallagher Author

December 11, 2015

Author Brian Gallagher reflects on his epic D15 school tour for Draiocht during November 2015 ..

 

1 month,  31 schools, 107 classes,  2590 pupils – and 1 hoarse author!



It’s been an amazing month as I visited almost every school in Dublin 15, some of them in new suburbs that I had barely heard of, despite the fact that I live in Castleknock.

Wherever I went though, one thing was the same – I got a warm welcome and huge engagement from the pupils.

With  ‘Friend or Foe’ being an adventure story set at  the time of the1916 Rising, the timing was good for the coming centenary, but what the pupils seemed to really relate to was the fact that all of the story is told through the eyes of a group of children – children their own age,  who lived in Dublin 100 years ago.

My school visits entailed talking about the creative process, life as a professional writer, the challenges involved in weaving fiction around factual events, a reading by the author and generally culminating with a Question Answer session – and what questions!

“If Id been alive in 1916 which side would I have been on?”

“If stranded on a desert island, which three characters from ‘Friend or Foe’ would I want with me?”

“If I was a superhero, who would I like to be?”

“Was I alive in 1916?” (Do I really look 100 years old?!)

The questions were insightful, challenging and funny and overall the tour was a wonderful opportunity to meet young readers and to hear what matters most in a novel, from their perspective.

I’d like to thank Sarah Beirne, Nicola Murphy and Emer McGowan from Draiocht for all the work and support involved in organising this tour, and also Sarah O’Neill, Arts Officer with Fingal for additional financial support.

And finally a word of gratitude to all the pupils and teachers I met.  Thanks for the hospitality – it made for a really memorable month!

Brian Gallagher.

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