Hallelujah! Clown Choir Continues into 2015

January 21, 2015


HALLELUJAH! DRAÍOCHT’S COMMUNITY CLOWN CHOIR
With Veronica Coburn – Theatre Artist in Residence 2014/2015


Hallelujah! began in 2012 as part of Veronica Coburn’s Artist in Residency in Draíocht for 2012/2013. A Clown Choir is a group of people who gather together to sing and laugh – to sing in celebration of what it is to be human and to laugh at the ridiculousness of the world we live in. You don’t have to be a good singer or a performer to join Hallelujah! You just have to be interested and willing - the ethos is one of accessibility, inclusiveness and artistic excellence.

In 2013 Hallelujah! performed their signature tune, Smile written by Charlie Chaplin, in a variety of places . The choir also worked on a performance piece about road rage entitled The M50 Symphony, an original work for human voice and car horn. And to finish the year the choir performed their Clown Nativity on Draíocht’s Main Stage

2014 saw the Choir focus on building a musical and red nose repertoire including a selection of songs and short clown sketches. We performed at a number of events throughout 2014 including in City Hall as part of Culture Night and we recorded our show, Clown Nativity, for local Radio to be broadcast on Phoenix FM.

2015 will see Hallelujah! develop a new show for performance on Draíocht’s Main Stage in the Autumn. The piece will be created through the workshop process and written by Veronica Coburn inspired by the participants own experiences. The red nosed performers will explore themes of personal ambition, fate and courage or lack thereof.


We are currently welcoming new members to Hallelujah!
If you are sociable, like to sing, like to laugh and are open to trying new things then WE WANT YOU!
Deadline for joining is the end of February 2015.
Cost for 1 year, February-December: €100 (payable in instalments).
For further information about joining please contact Emer McGowan on emer@draiocht.ie


For Hallelujah! Veronica Coburn is Artistic & Clown Director. Choir Director is Debra Salem. Rehearsal Director is Louise Foxe.
Veronica Coburn’s 2014/2015 Residency is supported by The Arts Council’s Theatre Artist in Residence Scheme with additional support from Fingal County Council.



WATCH ... The choir singing in Draiocht Dec 2014

WATCH ... A typical Clown Choir Warm Up Exercise! Fun!!

WATCH ... The choir singing in Farmleigh, Phoenix Park Dec 2014

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Clown Choir will Perform on Culture Night in City Centre

September 18, 2014



Draiocht's Hallelujah Clown Choir are travelling into Dublin's City Centre for Culture Night this Friday 19 September 2014.

You can catch them indoors in City Hall at 7.30pm, click here for more.

Followed by an outdoor slot in Barnardo's Square at 8.15pm.

We hope to see you there!

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We are currently welcoming new members to Hallelujah - Draiocht’s Community Clown Choir

April 1, 2014

DRAÍOCHT IS DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE ITS CONTINUED SUPPORT OF HALLELUJAH! IT’S COMMUNITY CLOWN CHOIR


Hallelujah! began in 2012 as part of Veronica Coburn’s Artist in Residency programme in Draíocht for 2012/2013. A Clown Choir is a group of people who gather together to sing and laugh – to sing in celebration of what it is to be human and to laugh at the ridiculousness of the world we live in. Hallelujah! is a choir like no other producing performances that are one part play to two parts song; one part concert to two parts clown theatre. Nobody is asked to do anything that s/he is not comfortable with but for those who are interested in stepping into the spotlight then there is ample opportunity for them to do so.


In 2013 Hallelujah! performed their signature tune, Smile written by Charlie Chaplin, in a variety of places including The Blanchardstown Town Centre, the annual Harvest Fair in Wolfe Tone Square and at The College of Surgeons for Culture Night. The choir also worked on a performance piece about road rage entitled The M50 Symphony. The M50 Symphony was an original work for human voice and car horn. And to finish the year the choir performed their Clown Nativity in The Main Space in Draíocht. 

In 2014, we’ll focus on building a musical & red nose repertoire, selection of songs and short clown sketches, suitable for performance in a variety of contexts. We also want to investigate the idea of an original show for the choir inspired by participants' own experiences.  This work will be of a more long-term nature to reach fruition in 2015.

We are currently welcoming new members to Hallelujah! If you are sociable, like to sing, like to laugh and are open to trying new things then WE WANT YOU! You don’t have to be a good singer to join Hallelujah! You don’t have to be a performer to join Hallelujah! You just have to be interested and willing. The ethos of Hallelujah! is accessibility, inclusiveness and artistic excellence.

Hallelujah!’s weekly rehearsals for 2014 begin on February 24th 2014. Come along see what it’s all about. You will be introduced to the basic concepts of Clown Theatre and you will learn Hallelujah!’s signature tune.

For Hallelujah! Veronica Coburn is Artistic & Clown Director. Choir Director is Debra Salem.  Rehearsal Director is Louise Foxe.

For further information please contact Leigh on admin@draiocht.ie or phone 01-8098026.

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Break - A review by Blogger Darragh Doyle

September 10, 2013



Break in 13 words by Darragh Doyle ... "Captivating, physical, sympathetic, pity invoking, challenging, perfectly cast, brilliantly performed believable tragicomedy. Wow." ...

Read Darragh's full review below ... 



I really liked this show.


Do you remember what age you were when you first realised your teachers were people and that what they did was "only" their job? I was probably 14 or 15 when it hit me first and I'd like to think it changed the way I dealt with them and made me give them a bit more respect. I'd like to think that. It's probably not true.

BREAK, as you'll read, is a staffroom show and presents a situation few of us would be able to deal with. What happens when something goes wrong at work? What happens when despite best intentions, what should happen doesn't happen? Can't happen? Are teachers the best people to deal with some things that happen? If not, who is?

Anyone who has seen 'I Alice I' or 'Eternal Rising of the Sun' will know Amy Conroy is a great writer and performer. In BREAK she has gathered other great performers and delivered one of the more realistic, intense and terrific shows I've seen in quite a while. She's made a staff room interesting and delivered a new insight into what teachers have to deal with. I found this play to be very well written, expertly cast and performed and very much one that gave me a different insight into a teacher's role.

There's laughter, romance, jealousy, frustration, shopping, screaming, fighting, kissing and more in the play - more than enough to satisfy the most demanding of audiences. There's a build up too to two events that you'll want to see happen, but will they? 

//"How in the name of God did it come to this? Unacceptable. Do you think this is reasonable at a time like this? Do you think I like having to come in and face this? Give out? I'm not paid enough for this. You're teachers for God's sake".//

There's clever staging in BREAK - the sounds of the schoolyard, the sound effects, the lighting all give the show a substantial feel. Simple dialogue introduce Jan, Jeff, John, Karl and Margaret/Mags who have to deal with Kelly, an external person brought in to deal with the third years after an event.

And so let's talk about Kelly, played by Elayne Harrington.

Those familiar with Temper-Mental MissElayneous will know she has a distinct, independent and forceful style of delivery and BREAK capitalises on this, delivering one of the most enthralling Irish characters on stage in ages. It's difficult to imagine anyone else playing the role and Elayne does it with an enviable comfort, almost ignoring the fact she's on stage at all. She was perfectly cast and acted expertly. She was, quite simply, great to watch.

Similarly all cast played their roles with credible and quite often personal details. Some I'd seen in roles before - Clare Barrett has a great knack of picking believable characters - and others I hadn't but I wrote "Perfectly cast" in my notes four times last night. They're delivering demanding performances and doing it well.

//"There are always kids that you don't like. Nobody prepares you for this. The ones who want you to like them but you can't".//

While a tragedy is at the heart of BREAK, there are many comic parts. Teachers - for who else could guffaw so loudly at the Croke Park reference - dotted the audience last night and were distinguishable by their knowing laughs, sighs and exclamations. It's not just for teachers though - anyone interested in what goes on for people dealing with teenagers should watch. 

See it for the laughs, for the buzz between Kelly and the teachers, for the build up to two revelations, for the pure laugh-out-loud moments and the divilment in the show. Bring a teacher if you know one. They'll love it too. 

Thanks Christine/HotForTheatre for the invite. Very much appreciated.
Darragh saw BREAK by HotForTheatre at Project Arts Centre.
Runs until Saturday 21 September 2013 in Project and then travels to Draiocht Blanchardstown for 2 shows, Friday Sept 27 and Saturday Sept 28, 8pm, Main Auditorium, as part of Dublin Fringe Festival on Tour. Tickets €16/€14 conc.

Book Here or phone Box Office 01-8852622


Break is written by Amy Conroy
Directed by Veronica Coburn
Lighting & Set Design by Paul Keogan
Cast includes: Clare Barrett, Amy Conroy, Elayne Harrington (Temper-Mental MissElayneous), Damien Devaney, Tom Lane and Mark Fitzgerald.

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HALLELUJAH! 20 New Places Available in Draíocht’s Community Clown Choir

August 12, 2013



Draíocht's Community Clown Choir is delighted to welcome 20 new participants to its existing group of 60 members. The choir meets every Monday night and is starting work on its forthcoming production 'Hallelujah! A Clown Nativity' ... more here ... 

If you are sociable - like to sing - like to laugh - and are the type of person who is open to trying new things - THEN WE WANT YOU! No singing experience is required. You just have to be over 16.

Deadline for Applications: Wed 11 Sept 2013, 6pm ... Call in to Draíocht's Box Office for an Application Form Now!

Or email marketing@draiocht.ie and we will email one to you.

Or Download one now.


For further enquiries, please contact Emer on 01 8098027 or emer@draiocht.ie 

 

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