August 14, 2013
It’s a very exiting time of year for the D15 Youth Theatre, as its Audition Time again! If you are interested please find an application form here, fill it in and drop it back to Draíocht. Places are limited, open to 14-18 year olds and admittance is by audition only.
The Audition will take place on Sunday, 22nd September 2013 @ Draíocht 11am-1pm.
Please arrive at 10:45am to sign in. You do not need to prepare anything or bring anything with you.
We will begin with a chat about the auditions 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 14 years-18 years
•Interest and passion for theatre
We will let each participant know by letter if they have been selected by Thursday 26th September 2013. Should you be offered a place, the first term will run weekly from Tuesday 1st October to Tuesday 10th of Dec 2013. There is a €10 membership fee for the term and a €2.00 weekly contribution.
For further information join D.15 Youth Theatre on facebook or contact Sarah on 01 8090829 or email@example.com.
We look forward to seeing you at auditions and wish you luck on the day!
February 2, 2013
Last Saturday we had the first Family Day of the year and it was BUSY, BUSY, BUSY!
Some lovely Draíocht workers had been collecting 2 litre plastic bottles since well before Christmas and we used every single one of the 80 odd bottles that had taken over in and around my desk.
Now those bottles have relocated to homes all over Dublin 15 and beyond as piggy banks and tigers banks… and cats and dogs, there was even an octopus......
........not to mention the giraffe and crocodile!
If you missed our family day, but have a 2lt bottle and a willingness to save, why not make your own animal bank. You’ll need a glue stick, some coloured paper, a scissors and some toilet roll tubes.
Give your bottle a bit of a rinse and let it dry. Cut a slot in the side of the plastic bottle- an older person with a blade can come in handy here, but a scissors can do the job. Glue paper around the middle of the bottle, covering the slot and about 2/3rds of the central area of the bottle. Feel the slot you had created earlier and cut away the paper that has covered it over. Now, start to cut out the other features for your animal, like ears, eyes, and nostrils from construction paper. When making ears, leave a little extra paper (or tabs) so you have something to stick to the bottle. You can attach all your features with double-sided tape or glue. Cut legs from the toilet roll tubes, making each one about 1.5inches, you can shape these to the contours of the bottle, collage or cover with paper and tape all four to the bottle. Make a hole in back to insert a pipe-cleaner or art straw tail. If its a pig, make the tail curly, with a bit of a twist. Now start to save your money! Simple!
If you would like further instructions on this, or any of our workshops, please free to contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org). Or you can come along and ask us in person at the next family day on 9th March 2013- we will be making some fancccy hats for St. Patricks Day.
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.
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.
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.