December 12, 2012
The Participants have their say after a year long Theatre project in Draiocht with Liam Halligan, culminating in an end of year performance 'You Yes You' ...
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I just want to say the last year being involved in Liam Halligans community project was amazing and something I won't forget in a hurry. Before this, I had always wanted to try an acting class but could never find something that suited, until this that was. After our first meeting I knew I wanted to be involved to the very end even if it was just doing props back stage and the community feeling was amazing. No one held back, which I think was largely due to Liam being such an open person, he didn't want you to do anything other than be yourself and create characters when needed.
Because of this experience I am looking into doing another acting group, though I dont know if it will be as good as the classes that Liam and Draoicht supplied to all of us in the cast. I would recommend anyone to look into any of the future projects Draiocht or Liam have, because honestly it is one of the best things you will ever sign yourself up to, even if I was sick with nerves before each performance :D
When I went to the first ‘You Yes You’ workshop, I hadn’t a clue what was in store. All the people who were doing the workshop were a few years older than me and being honest I was a bit overwhelmed that there was no one around the same age as me there. Not that I had a problem with that but I’d been so used to having everyone I did drama with being either younger or the same age as me and always competing for parts. But with the ‘You Yes You’ cast there was none of that. Everyone was behind everyone else. If you felt you couldn’t do something the cast was always behind you supporting you 100%. And the same goes for the amazing director Liam Halligan who kept the project so interesting and fun to do. He was open to any ideas the cast had. Everyone came out smiling and couldn’t wait for the next workshop. It was the highlight of my week - I couldn’t wait for Wednesday to come so I could just go to Draiocht and do the ‘You Yes You’ workshops with Liam and the rest of the cast. Liam always had the cast laughing at all of the workshops which made it so easy to get up on stage and act. ‘You Yes You’ is going to be missed and it’s a pity it was only a year long project. Because it was the best ever project in my opinion that has been done in Draiocht. And that’s thanks to Liam who was incredible to work with.
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December 10, 2012
We're sad to say goodbye to Liam Halligan after his year working with Draiocht and our D15 participants ... the final performances of 'You, Yes You' were amazing ...
Enjoy some video snippets advertising the shows here ... and some from the Final Performances here ...
Also on hand was photographer Tom Lawlor who took some stunning pictures so we can remember this project for ever! More to follow ...
Liam wrote this lovely Director’s Note for the Printed Programme on the night:
The piece of theatre you will see tonight is the result of an Artist-in-Residency project which began in November of last year.
This residency provided me with a wonderful opportunity to make something new and different - a piece based on what the community have to say. It allowed me time to work with a large group of non actors in a large theatre with constant administrative support. The objective was to bring a diverse group of individuals together, to build confidence, to have fun, to collaborate, to inspire each other and to create something that mattered.
I was hoping to spend the year working with a group of about 15 individuals from the local area but then Draíocht received over 100 enquiries! So this quickly changed the shape and the possibilities of what we could create. The last thing I wanted to do was to turn people away. So, we began in February and created 4 groups of approx 12 participants. We continued with 4 week sessions in April, July and October/November.
The themes and content of the piece slowly emerged. The sequences you will see are based on the improvisations and exercises that the group really enjoyed doing. The final group of 28 ‘die hards’ selected themselves naturally. A strong group dynamic developed and the themes took on more depth. All the text and the songs you will hear were suggested by the group.
As a theatre maker I wanted to hear the voices of people who are often airbrushed out of theatre, voices that are too quiet to be heard. I hope we have achieved that.
I am hugely grateful to everyone who came along and I am delighted that such a smashing group of people stayed with it to the very end. Thank you for all your commitment, energy and bravery. It will be very difficult to ‘say goodbye’.
Very Special Thank You To:
Fingal County Council and The Arts Council who funded the project.
August 3, 2012
Theatre Artist in Residence Project 2011/2012 With Liam Halligan
Final Performance Coming up in November
FRI 30 NOV - SAT 1 DEC 2012
8PM // Main Auditorium // Tickets: €10 / €8 conc // Dur: 60 mins (no interval)
We are all extraordinary! Despite an almost total lack of faith in our national institutions we manage to get on with our lives. The rituals of our seemingly everyday life keep us going. We sing, we dance and we pray in our own way.
This piece of community theatre, ‘You, Yes You!’, looks at how the very ordinary aspects of life can take on a beauty of their own. Draíocht’s Theatre Artist in Residence, Theatre Director Liam Halligan, has worked on and developed this piece throughout the last year with numerous members of the local community from Dublin 15, ranging in age from 18-84.
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April 23, 2012
UPDATE: THEATRE ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROJECT 2011/2012
So what exactly happens during an acting workshop? Well, just about anything as I discovered over the past few months as part of Draíocht’s Theatre Project with Liam Halligan.
So far we have had a few sessions with the group as a whole and have just completed 5 sessions in smaller groups that took place over the months of March and April.
Never having acted before I had no idea what to expect; would we be reading from scripts or doing improv? Not quite, in a class with Liam you do things that are a little bit outside the box. The first thing is an icebreaker … a chance to learn one another’s names. We do this by standing in a circle and throwing balls at each other. It’s unusual but it works, you quickly learn who you are in class with when you have balls flying around the room. From there it’s a quick warm up, a few gentle exercises to get the blood flowing and some vocal exercises and then the real fun begins.
We spend the rest of the session going through a variety of different exercises. On one occasion Liam had us singing a newspaper ad for a mobile phone company, on another we worked with chairs, following each other around the room and placing our chairs in response to our partners; we've danced, we've talked … it can be a bit embarrassing at first but you soon get into the swing of things and forget all your inhibitions. Sometimes we just sit down and talk about our experiences of life, our fears for the future and the realities of living in Dublin 15 in 2012.
All in all it’s been a great experience so far and a wonderful way to spend a few hours. I can't wait to see what's in store over the coming months.
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 email@example.com