Your Say, Your Way - 2nd Sept 2017 - Free Workshops for Young People aged 13-18 yrs

July 21, 2017

Your Say, Your Way - Free Workshops for Young People aged 13-18 yrs
A Collaboration between Draíocht and Creative Ireland

SAT 02 SEPTEMBER 2017  // 10.30AM-4.30PM // FREE

Are you aged 13-18 Years?
Come to Draíocht Blanchardstown on Saturday 2nd September 2017 and try a FREE workshop of your choice to share YOUR thoughts about the arts with us!
Young people have something important to say and we want to hear it!

You can choose from one of these 4 Workshops:
Spoken Word with Colm Keegan
Stop Motion Lego With Create School
Dance With Philippa Donnellan
Cartoon / Comic Book Creation with Alan Nolan

Free Lunch Provided

Fill in a Participation Form now and return to Draíocht by Wednesday 30th August 2017.

This event is a collaboration between Draíocht and Creative Ireland. The Creative Ireland Programme is an invitation to the entire country to get involved in something truly inspirational. This culture-based programme is designed to promote individual, community and national wellbeing by enabling creativity for all citizens. We want YOU to share YOUR THOUGHTS about the arts and what you would like to see happen WITHIN YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY by taking part in a FUN, FREE WORKSHOP OF YOUR CHOICE on 2ND September here in Draíocht. So please fill in and return a Participation Form by 30th August and come on the day with an open mind and your own opinion.

To find out more, please email

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Beastly Bookmarks Family Day

April 12, 2016

Monsters, elephants, frogs, owls, cats … We made some amazingly Beastly Bookmarks at Family Day on Saturday 9th April. 

We used a mixture of magazines (for cutting out images), drawing, coloured paper, sticky on eyes, lots of imagination and then finally our trusty laminator to stick it all together!
We even made our own tassles with wool!

Super enjoyable and very easy to make!! Hopefully you'll be inspired to try your own! 

Stay tuned to our Youth Arts Programme ... here ... 

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D15 Youth Theatre and Collapsing Horse Mid-Term Workshop Feb 2016

February 15, 2016

Mid-Term Workshop - 15-19 February 2016
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10.15am – 5.00pm
Half-day Wednesday 10.15am – 1pm

Collapsing Horse - Human Child

Collapsing Horse are Draiocht's Theatre Artists in Residence for 2016 ... read more HERE ... 
They'll be working over the Mid-term with Draiocht's D15 Youth Theatre members ... read more HERE ... 

Collapsing Horse is a production company that’s serious about play. We make work that embraces the simple, spectacular and the magic of theatre. We’re really excited about when people come together they suspend their disbelief, they transform the imaginary into the very nearly real.

Collapsing Horse - Monster Clock

Watch a snippet of Collapsing Horse in Action ... 

For 5 days over mid-term, Draiocht's D15 Youth Theatre members will get a chance to work with Collapsing Horse, learn the principals of what makes a Collapsing Horse show, and learn skills including puppetry, music/sound design, “complicity” ensemble work, devising, design and large-scale spectacle puppetry.

The workshop will explore the tension between "Illusion" and "the thing you can't fake" in performance for theatre. The “Illusion” in theatre is that a cloth, with eyes painted on, is a sentient being. The illusion is that beds are ships, that actors are characters, that masks are faces, that cloth is the sky, and that the same cloth, when used a different way, is the sea, that journeys take moments and that stories have endings.

Collapsing Horse - Aeneid

There will be 3 specialist facilitators across the week who will introduce an extra skill that we can use towards our goals for the week.

Introduction to Collapsing Horse, puppetry and basic principles of ensemble work. In the afternoon Cathal McGuire, of Game Theory Theatre Company, will work on “complicity” – the game that actors play with the audience and each other.

Asking; what have we got for free? How do you use the space you’re in, the people you have and the people you’re working with to get material for your show? In the afternoon Paul McDonnell, from Macnas and tutor in IADT, will show us large scale puppetry and ask; what are the principles of bringing a puppet to life when the stage is as big as a street?

D15 Youth Theatre

Wednesday (half day)
Taking myth and fairytale and using them as a launch-pad for devising, asking ourselves; what’s in those early stories that’s of interest to us today?

Musician and Associate Director of Pan Pan Theatre, Maeve Stone, will give a workshop exploring music, song and sound design and how it can be used to create the illusion of the world of show.

In the afternoon we will give a short presentation of the work we’ve done over the week. 

D15 Youth Theatre

D15 Youth Theatre

D15 Youth Theatre

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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

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


10AM-11.30AM OR 12PM-1.30PM

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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