Older Migrant Call Out - Louise White & Draiocht, Blanchardstown

December 10, 2019

Louise White & Draíocht, Blanchardstown Older Migrant Call Out

- Does your group or organisation provide services to migrant communities in Dublin 15?
- Do you engage elders in those communities?
- Are you interested in working with an experienced artist to provide creative activities for those elders at no cost to your organisation?

Story Work with Older Migrants
Louise White is a theatre artist who works with communities to provide accessible creative activities. She is funded by the Arts Council as part of their ‘Making Great Art Work’ strategy. This supports artists to engage people who may not normally take part in the arts. This means there is no cost to participants.

Blancharsdtown (and its surrounding areas) has a vibrant urban community. It has almost double the national average of migrant populations.  Louise is working with Draíocht and Bealtaine Festival to develop ways to invite older migrants to take part in Life Story Workshops. Life-story work offers a means of opening up communication, creating understanding between people from different cultures, and sharing commonalities among neighbours.

Project Timeline:
- November - December 2019 – Call-out to migrant groups in Dublin 15 area.
- January 2020 – Meeting with potential groups.
- February 2020 – Core group selected.
- March – April 2020 – Weekly 2hr workshop, time & venue TBC.
- May 2020 – Potential participation in Bealtaine Festival 2020 (not compulsory, TBC).

Are you or your group interested in working in this way?  Would you like to know more? 
Please contact Louise by email:   louisecwhite@gmail.com



More about Louise:

Louise White is a theatre-maker and facilitator. Her shows have taken place in theatres, arts venues, community halls, decrepit Georgian buildings, psychiatric hospitals and abandoned warehouses. Louise works with real people, stories and events in order to create performances. She has worked with Dublin Youth Theatre, The National Women’s Council of Ireland, The SAOL Project, The Abbeyleix Bog Project and The Lantern Centre’s International Women’s Group among others. Her theatre work includes: This is the Funeral of Your Life(National Tour 2019); Mother You, Way Back Home (winner Spirit of the Fringe), & From The Heart, all for Dublin Fringe Festival.  

http://www.louisewhiteperformance.com

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Artistic Collaborations - January-March 2020

December 10, 2019

Included in Draíocht’s 5 Year Strategy 2018-2022 ‘Space For The Arts’, is our commitment to building strong and effective collaborative partnerships and supporting artists to develop their practice and work.

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Draíocht and Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris
ARTIST RESIDENCY PROGRAMME 2020-2021


Draíocht is delighted to partner with CCI once again to support the 2020/2021 Residency Programme. Centre Culturel Irlandais’ annual residency programme offers great opportunities for artists of all disciplines to tap into the resources of the CCI and the city of Paris, as well as being an important means of showcasing Ireland's dynamic contemporary culture on an international stage. CCI and the partner organisations share the costs of residencies in CCI enabling the Centre to increase the number of residencies it can offer. 

Draíocht is supporting a residency (one month) for an artist working in any discipline with a clear focus on children and/or young people articulated in the proposal. Residencies will be awarded for the period August 2020-June 2021. Travel from Ireland, accommodation and a monthly stipend are included.

Full guidelines, terms and conditions available on CCI's website: www.centreculturelirlandais.com.
Applications to be made online by Wednesday 08 January 2020.
 

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Louise White
Life Story Work with Older Migrants


Draíocht is delighted to be working with theatre-maker and facilitator Louise White. Her shows have taken place in theatres, arts venues, community halls, decrepit Georgian buildings, psychiatric hospitals and abandoned warehouses. Louise works with real people, stories and events in order to create performances. She has worked with Dublin Youth Theatre, The National Women’s Council of Ireland, The SAOL Project, The Abbeyleix Bog Project and The Lantern Centre’s International Women’s Group among others. 

Her theatre work includes: This is the Funeral of Your Life (National Tour 2019 which included Draíocht); Mother You, Way Back Home (winner Spirit of the Fringe), and From The Heart, all for Dublin Fringe Festival.

Louise is currently developing a programme of creative activities to engage older members of migrant communities in Dublin 15 to take part in Life Story Workshops. Life-story work offers a means of opening up communication, creating understanding between people from different cultures and sharing commonalities among neighbours.

If you or your group are interested in learning more about this project and are based in Dublin 15, please contact Louise by visiting her website www.louisewhiteperformance.com/draiocht or by emailing Emer McGowan, Director Draíocht, emer@draiocht.ie

This project is funded by The Arts Council and supported by Draíocht and Fingal County Council.


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Sorcha Fox
AMPLIFY


The word addict comes from the Latin ‘Ad Dicere’, and means ‘Without Voice’. It came from slavery - when you were sold as a slave, you surrendered your voice. When you surrender your voice, other people get to tell your story.

‘Amplify’ is a 9 month collaboration with writer and actor Sorcha Fox, Ashleigh House addiction recovery centre in Damastown, Dublin 15 and Draíocht, Blanchardstown. Funded by CREATE and Arts Council Ireland, ‘Amplify’ is a devised piece of work that will come from and belong to the women in recovery in Ashleigh House. It is a project of empowerment and exploration through writing and performance and a reclamation of voice and narrative. ‘Amplify’ will culminate in a performance in Draíocht in 2020.

Sorcha Fox teamed up with Rachel, a woman in recovery in Ashleigh House, as part of Draíocht’s ‘Home Theatre Ireland’ project in 2018. The short play ‘2 Squirrels’ was the result of that collaboration and was one of 30 plays in total that were created and performed all over Dublin 15 on the same night in people’s homes. ‘2 Squirrels’ was also included in the selection of plays performed as part of Dublin Theatre Festival 2018 and can be seen in full on YouTube. Sorcha devised the concept for ‘Amplify’ as a result of meeting with Rachel and the other women in recovery during ‘Home Theatre Ireland’, in Ashleigh House.
 

   
 

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Draíocht’s Network Collaborations
Venue Networks and Partnerships


Draíocht is an active member of two venue networks.

ShortWorks is a four member Network that focuses on multidisciplinary work for children from 0 to 12 years. 2020 will see the Network provide an Artist Development Bursary for an emerging artist in the field of TYA (Theatre for Young Audiences), to attend an international festival of arts for young audiences. The bursary will amount to €1200. The recipient of the award will be identified via a call out in early 2020. Through this award the recipient will be exposed to high quality international work, and provided with an opportunity to connect with others working in this field.

The Strollers Touring Network comprises of ten Theatre/Arts Centre venues located across Ireland. It is currently the largest touring network in the country. An annual Production Award is granted to a company or artist to assist in the making and touring of work. Details of the 2020 Production Award will be announced shortly (€10,000) with the selected piece touring to all Stroller venues in 2020.

The 10 venue members and their locations are:
Siamsa Tíre, Tralee; Hawkswell, Sligo; Watergate, Kilkenny; Solstice, Navan; GB Shaw Theatre Carlow; Draíocht, Blanchardstown; The Source Arts Centre Thurles; Belltable, Limerick; Riverbank, Newbridge; Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar.

Previous Award Winners include:
In 2010: Garter Lane and Lane Productions - ‘Brighton’ by Jim Nolan. 
In 2011: Julie Feeney - for a collaborative project working with regional choirs and new choral commission.
In 2012 - Theatre Lovett - ‘The House That Jack Filled’.
In 2013 - Fishamble: The New Play Company ‘Little Thing, Big Thing’ by Donal O’Kelly.
In 2014/2015 – Moonfish Theatre Company: ‘Star of the Sea’.
In 2016 - Monkeyshine Theatre - ‘Voyage’.
In 2017 - Duke Special – ‘Hallow’ – based on works by poet Michael Longley.
In 2018 - Fishamble: The New Play Company – Pat Kinevane’s ‘Before’ (pictured above).
In 2019 – Joanne Ryan – ‘Eggsistentialism’.
 


Further information about Artistic Collaborations from Emer McGowan, Director, 01-8098027 / emer@draiocht.ie

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Early Bird New Season Offers - Book Before 07 January 2020

December 1, 2019

Be an early bird and book before 07 January for these new season shows and get these great discounts!



FEB - MUSIC
Patrick Feeney - Country and Gospel
SUN 16 FEB 8PM
Full price: €25 / Early Bird: €22

FEB - FILM
Extra Ordinary
WED 26 FEB 7.30PM 
Full price: €7.50 / Early Bird: €5

MAR - DRAMA
Padraig Potts’ Guide to Walking
FRI 06 MAR 8PM
Full price: €18 / Early Bird: €15

MAR - FILM
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
WED 25 MAR 7.30PM 
Full price: €7.50 / Early Bird: €5

MAR - DRAMA
Halcyon Days by Deirdre Kinahan
THU 26 MAR 8PM
Full price: €18 / Early Bird: €15

Tickets must be paid in full before 07 January to avail of these Early Bird Offers.
A maximum of 6 tickets can be bought at these prices per person.
Not applicable to group bookings.
BOX OFFICE 01 885 2622                   

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#OurPlaceOurStories Artists Videos

November 29, 2019

Filmed and Edited by Arcade Film, we are delighted to share our #OurPlaceOurStories project videos with you, made by our 6 artists in response to working with their local groups in Dublin 15.


Junk Ensemble - Mandatory 8-Count 
 


Written and performed by Megan Kennedy & Jessica Kennedy of Junk Ensemble in response to their work with 5 Girls from Mulhuddart Boxing Academy. Commissioned by Draíocht, with support from Creative Ireland's National Creativity Fund, and funding from Fingal County Council. ​
Filmed and Edited by Arcade Film.
Music composition: Denis Clohessy


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Colm Keegan – Volcano - A Blanchardstown Kishotenketsu
Written and performed by Colm Keegan in response to his work with Foróige. Commissioned by Draíocht, with support from Creative Ireland's National Creativity Fund, and funding from Fingal County Council.
Filmed and Edited by Arcade Film.


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Dylan Coburn Gray - If I Were A Dog
Written and performed by Dylan Coburn Gray in response to his work with students from Coláiste Pobail Setanta and Hartstown Community School.
Commissioned by Draíocht, with support from Creative Ireland's National Creativity Fund, and funding from Fingal County Council.
Filmed and Edited by Arcade Film.


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FeliSpeaks - The Powder Room
Written and performed by FeliSpeaks in response to her work with Umunwanyi Olaedo - Igbo Union Women Wing and D15 Women.  Commissioned by Draíocht, with support from Creative Ireland's National Creativity Fund, and funding from Fingal County Council.
Filmed and Edited by Arcade Film.


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Jody O'Neill - Saying the words
Written and performed by Jody O'Neill in response to her work with members of the Daughters of Charity community, Blakestown Road.  Commissioned by Draíocht, with support from Creative Ireland's National Creativity Fund, and funding from Fingal County Council.
Filmed and Edited by Arcade Film.


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Shaun Dunne - Menitation
Written and performed by Shaun Dunne, featuring Pat Farrell, in response to Shaun's work with Pat Farrell and with the Mulhuddart Men's Shed.  Commissioned by Draíocht, with support from Creative Ireland's National Creativity Fund, and funding from Fingal County Council.
Filmed and Edited by Arcade Film.

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OUR PLACE, OUR STORIES, is about facilitating people to explore themes that are relevant to them, to recognise their uniqueness, their shared experiences and to see their community in a way they wouldn’t have done before.

Over 2019, our 6 artist partners worked with one or two key community groups. Mulhuddart Men’s Shed & Menitation (Shaun Dunne), Mulhuddart Boxing Academy (Megan Kennedy & Jessica Kennedy of Junk Ensemble), Daughters of Charity, Blakestown (Jody O’Neill), Foróige (Colm Keegan), Umunwanyi Olaedo (Igbo Union Women Wing) and D15 Women (FeliSpeaks), Hartstown Community College and Coláiste Pobail Setanta (Dylan Coburn Gray). Because of the young demographic of Dublin 15 and Draíocht's subsequent commitment to this age group, three groups were made up of young people (14yrs +). The key community groups represent different communities of place or interest. A variety of performing art forms (spoken word, theatre, dance) have been the focus of the workshop process exploring what stories each group felt they needed and wanted to tell and began the process of individual and collective artistic empowerment to shape those stories in dramatic form, poetic word and physical body.

OUR PLACE OUR STORIES culminated on Culture Night, 20th September 2019. With the emphasis for participants on articulation rather than performance, each outcome was recorded on film and was shown in Draíocht’s foyer as well as at a special screening in our Studio Space. This was followed at 7.30pm by a live performance by our 6 artists, who were commissioned as part of the project to create a new 10 minute piece in response to the experience of working with their group(s).

Supported as part of the Creative Ireland Programme’s National Creativity Fund, with additional funding being provided by Fingal County Council, OUR PLACE, OUR STORIES is a project which facilitates a collaboration between 6 leading artists and 6 key communities of interest in Dublin 15, under the artistic directorship of Veronica Coburn (Home Theatre Ireland; Hallelujah!, Draíocht’s Community Clown Choir).

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Irish Youth Dance Festival (IYDF) 2020 - Open Call for Dancers

November 27, 2019



Dublin Youth Dance Company in collaboration with Draíocht and Fingal Arts Office are looking for youth dance groups and companies from the locality interested in participating at the Irish Youth Dance Festival 2020, to be presented at Draíocht on Saturday 27th June 2020.

This is Draíocht’s 2nd year to host this fantastic festival, which started in the year 2000, delivering exciting, highly physical and uplifting performances from a selection of up-and-coming Irish and International Youth Dance Companies. Each year, IYDF programmes masterclasses, workshops, informal showings and outdoor performances. If you are interested in presenting your group or company at the festival, please send an email to Artistic Director of the festival Mariam Ribon to info.dydc@gmail.com with a digital link of the work intended for the festival or a previous work.

Criteria: No longer than 7 mins for group pieces. Up to 4 mins for solo work. Maximum of 15/18 dancers. Original dance choreography. Although the Irish Youth Dance Festival aims to develop contemporary dance, other dance styles will also be considered. Applications by email are free (no entry fee) and should be received by 30th April 2020 to info.dydc@gmail.com

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