By Alice Mary Cooper / Presented as part of Spreacha – Fingal’s International Arts Programme for Children at Draiocht
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Waves is the story of Elizabeth Moncello, of her youth growing up on a small Australian island in the 1930s and how she came to be the unofficial inventor of the butterfly stroke. An intimate theatrical event combining highly expressive storytelling, delicate movement and splashes of humour to tell Elizabeth’s amazing tale of a life fully lived. Waves is about having an idea and the courage, drive and desire to follow it through - to swim against the tide of history and expectations, and to achieve something that is truly incredible.
A delight for audiences from 8 to 80.
Photo credit: Cristina Todaro
"An exciting glimpse of something truly beautiful." Broadway Baby
"Fifty glorious minutes … imperceptibly crafted, cleverly told tale with its feel-good twists." The Stage
"A born storyteller." The West Australian
SAVE THE DATES!
Spréacha is moving to April!
Wed 13 - Wed 20 April 2011
Welcome to Spréacha
Draíocht’s annual Spréacha Festival was first launched in 2004. Theatre shows for children aged 0-12 years are programmed during and outside school time so school groups and families can enjoy a range of magical performances together, from puppetry to storytelling and music to circus. Spréacha tickets are kept to a maximum price of €5 per ticket, thanks to the ongoing support of our funders, sponsors and donations received. Approximately 4000 young people and their families come every year to our festival, many from our local area in Dublin 15.
Draíocht prides itself on being a fully accessible family friendly venue. Our staff are welcoming, interactive, very hands on and ready to help when necessary. With such a huge population in the greater Blanchardstown area (over 100,000 and growing), and over 40% of that population aged 15 years and under, we are dedicated to catering for our younger audiences and their families in as many ways as we can. Draíocht boasts a wide and varied programme of activities for families and young people including family drama, panto and musicals, dance & drama classes, summer projects, our annual Children's Festival and our ever popular Free Family Art Days on various Saturdays throughout the year. We hope you’ll stay in touch with us long after your visit to our Festival.
For your convenience Draíocht amenities include:
FREE PARKING / COACH DROP OFF POINT / BETELNUT CAFÉ & PLAY AREA / FULLY ACCESSIBLE BUILDING WITH LIFT TO FIRST FLOOR / BABY CHANGING / ADAPTED TOILETS
Some Images from Spréacha June 2010
The Queen of Colours
Erfreuliches Theaterfurt, Germany
TUE 08 - THURS 10 JUNE 10AM & 12 NOON
Main Auditorium // €5 // Age 4+ yrs // Duration 45 mins
A play about a little Queen, who is determined to bring colour into a world of black and white. With the help of a few brushes, a lot of paper, a glass full of water, some colours, and the court musician and painter to help her, watch little Queen as she transforms her world. Live music and a story to make you smile, this charming play has everything including dancing flowers!
Katarsis, Educacion y Teatro S.L, Spain
TUE 08 & WED 09 JUNE 10.15AM & 11.45AM
Draíocht Studio // €5 // Age 1-5 yrs // Duration 30 mins
Two friends discover a world of adventure that distracts them from falling asleep. A cosy bedroom is the setting for this show about the joy of play and imagination. Join the friends as one game leads into another and watch as they discover pillows can become wings, sheets can transform into the sea and the tiniest puppets have eyes that kiss. A charming play about the magic of bedtime for young audiences.
Little Red Riding hood
Teater Patrasket, Denmark
THUR 10 & FRI 11 JUNE 10.15AM & 12.15PM
SAT 12 & SUN 13 JUNE 12 NOON & 2PM
Draíocht Studio // €5 // Age 5-10 yrs // Duration 45 mins
Horror, amusement and dead seriousness … this is a very well known fairy tale told in a new way! Two storytellers play with the story, each other and the audience. Accompanied by the banjo, harmonica... and that popular musical instrument ... the saw. A performance with a bite!
Madam Bach, Denmark
FRI 11 JUNE 2PM & 4PM
SAT 12 & SUN 13 JUNE 11.15AM & 1.15PM
Main Auditorium // €5 // Age 0-6 yrs // Duration 30 mins
Drip! Drip! Drip! Splash, slosh, pour, stream. It’s raining on stage, in front of, above and around the audience. At first it’s quiet, listen though ... is that the wind? Now the rain begins ... dripping and splashing, a thunderstorm ends as quickly as it begins. At last the sun comes out and the cycle is complete. Accompanied by live music, this sensory show is a must see for our very youngest audiences.
SCHOOL BOOKING INFORMATION
Two teachers will receive complimentary tickets per class group. Should your group include children with special needs please let us know on booking and additional complimentary seats will be provided.
A non-refundable deposit of 25% will be required within 14 days of the reservation.
The balance must be paid 7 days prior to the performance date. Please note that the numbers attending can be changed up to 7 days prior to the performance date subject to availability. After this, all seats booked must be paid for.
Please note that a space is available for class groups to eat their lunch before or after their attendance at a Spréacha performance. However, this room must be booked with Sarah Beirne, Draíocht’s Children & Youth Arts Co-ordinator. Sarah’s number is 01-8098029 and e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. As there is limited space available this booking must be confirmed in writing. Food and drink are not allowed into the auditorium at any time.
Coach Drop Offs
Coaches can drop off groups directly outside Draíocht’s front door by pulling into the slip road. Coaches can then relocate to a nearby car park until the performance is over and groups are ready for collection.Additional Information:
Should you have any queries on the performances please contact:
Emer McGowan, Director on 01 8098027 or email@example.com
HOW TO BOOK
Booking is through Draíocht's Box Office
Open Monday to Saturday 10am-6pm
In Person: Call in to us at Draíocht. We are located opposite the Blue Entrance of The Blanchardstown Shopping Centre.
You can pay by: Cash, Cheque, Laser or Credit Card.
Gift Vouchers are also available.
Online booking also available www.draiocht.ie (a booking fee applies for online booking).
Special Needs: We kindly ask that where possible any special needs or seating requirements are made known to us at time of booking.
Public Performances: For the safety and enjoyment of all, children under 12 must be accompanied to performances by a guardian.
Age Recommendations: We ask you to respect the age recommendations listed for performances. This will ensure the best possible experience for your child and others attending.
Spréacha reserves the right to alter any advertised programme if necessary.