DRAIOCHT UPDATE: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 12, 2020


DRAIOCHT UPDATE: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

30 April 2020
 

A message of hope & inspiration from Emer McGowan, Director of Draíocht, as we deal with the current Covid19 crisis:
 
"Draíocht is about facilitating connections. Connections between our local community and our community of artists, between members of the public, from the youngest to those of more advanced years to the range of programmes we offer. Most importantly, we are about the connection between all of us, recognising and giving voice to our experiences, to our hopes and dreams, loves and losses. If the current crisis has highlighted anything, it’s how much we all value and need that. 

Draíocht’s staff team are working hard behind the scenes to maintain same. We are reaching out to you through every platform available to us, informing you of re-scheduled dates and future plans; we are available at the end of the phone to answer queries; we are making plans with artists, figuring out how we can get through the next few weeks or further if required. Thank you for your patience as we work through it. We really appreciate it. And until we can welcome you back in person, we will continue to share, not only the work that Draíocht has been directly involved in, but also links to online resources that will help us enjoy our own creativity at home with our families. It is at times like this that we realise just how much art and culture we engage with every day and how poorer our lives would be without it. Let’s never take it for granted but instead support all our amazing artists in any way we can, not only now, as they find ways to connect with us and bring some lightness and joy into our lives at a dark time, but into the future.

The reality for venues like Draíocht is that we walk a financial tightrope every year. We carefully manage our resources to ensure that we facilitate a range of  high quality and diverse arts experiences for all of our audiences and participants. These can only be delivered because we engage artists with the skills, talent, creativity and dedication to the development of their own practice, to work with us. Covid19 has pushed us off the tightrope. It is important to us that we honour our commitment to our artists and we have and will continue to do that. You can help us by buying tickets/vouchers for future events or coming to our re-scheduled performances. 

Please also consider responding to the brilliant initiative by our colleagues in The Civic as they raise funds  through their Artist Emergency Relief Fund to enable artists, whose fragile incomes have been directly impacted by Covid19,  receive some vital support.

Take care of yourselves and your families and we'll see you all back in Draíocht  as soon as possible."


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DRAÍOCHT UPDATE: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The safety of our staff and customers is of paramount importance and we are currently closed to the public until 20th April, as we await further instruction & information from Government and the HSE.

Rest assured that if you've booked a ticket for a show, and Draíocht cancels that show because of Covid19, we will be able to offer you the choice of a Full Refund, Moving to Another Date (if we can reschedule that show), or a Draíocht Gift Voucher, for use at a later date. Please continue to support our events if you see something you'd like to book, and we'll be working on a week by week basis.

For updates on show cancellations and re-scheduled dates, stay tuned to our Events page and Blog:

https://www.draiocht.ie/events

https://www.draiocht.ie/blog/entry/draiocht_update_coronavirus_covid_19


RE-SCHEDULED SHOWS:  https://www.draiocht.ie/events
19 Mar - Danny O’Brien – NEW DATE – 27 May 2020
20-21 Mar - An Evening of Dance – NEW DATES - 24-25 May 2020
25 Mar - A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood - NEW DATE - 09 Sep 2020
26 Mar - Halcyon Days - NEW DATE - 11 Sep 2020
26, 27, 28 Mar - I AM BABA - NEW DATES – 26 & 28 Apr, 10 May 2020
27 Mar - Tony Cantwell - NEW DATE - 02 May 2020
29 Mar - Legends of American Country - NEW DATE - 25 Aug 2020
03-04 Apr - Be Our Guest - Cancelled
07 Apr - Moana Screening - NEW DATE - 19 Sep 2020
08 Apr - Judy Screening - NEW DATE - 23 Sep 2020
09 Apr - Maura Laverty - This Was Your Life - Cancelled
15 Apr - Tiny Dancer - Cancelled
16 Apr - Luan Parle - NEW DATE - 11 Sep 2020
17 Apr - Don Baker - NEW DATE - 09 Oct 2020
30 Apr - The Glen Campbell Story - NEW DATE - 11 Feb 2021
01 May - Red Hurley - NEW DATE - 05 Sep 2020
02 May - The Windy Lady - Cancelled
07-09 May - Abigail's Party - Cancelled
09 May - What Would You Like? - Cancelled
10 May - Fingal Youth Orchestra - Cancelled
13 May - Kidkast Presentation 2020 - NEW DATE - 07 Oct 2020
15 May - The Classic Beatles - NEW DATE - 29 Aug 2020

Please be patient with our Box Office staff who are under considerable pressure and be assured that we will be in contact with all audience members as quickly as possible.

JOIN IN!
If you're on Social Media, come and join us as we keep the content flowing on our FACEBOOKTWITTER and INSTAGRAM accounts. We've postponed our next Gallery Launch, but will be featuring the artists and their work on our GALLERY INSTAGRAM account from next week. We also have a range of content on our YOUTUBE channel for you to enjoy, including all our HOME THEATRE IRELAND videos, and OUR PLACE OUR STORIES videos, as well as all Gallery Exhibitions from recent years.

Perhaps you'd like to make a donation to Draíocht, anything from €2 upwards is very gratefully received, to help us cope with the uncertainty of the coming months. You can donate HERE.
Or why not buy a Gift Voucher and choose to print at home!

This is going to be a tough time for everyone concerned and we want to thank all our stakeholders for their continued support and well wishes; all our promoters, performers, funders and audience members; our project participants, suppliers and facilitators; all our industry colleagues, local schools & colleges … thank you all for your understanding as we take these unprecedented measures.

Ultimately, we want to keep you all safe and well.
Look after each other, stay safe, stay well and we’ll see you all on the other side!

Best wishes and keep in touch!
Draíocht's Team
Emer, Teresa, Cliona, Philippa, Nicola, Alex, Paula, Dylan, Laura & John, our Curator Sharon & all our part time bar staff & ushers.


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16 March 2020, 12pm


Due to ongoing concerns around COVID-19 and to protect the health and safety of our staff and customers, Draíocht & Betelnut Café will close to the public today at 2pm.

Box Office will remain open by phone 01-885 2622 and online http://www.draiocht.ie and you can still email our staff:  https://www.draiocht.ie/about/staff_board

This is going to be a tough time for everyone concerned and we want to thank all our stakeholders for their continued support and well wishes; all our promoters, performers, funders and audience members; our project participants, suppliers and facilitators; all our industry colleagues, local schools & colleges … thank you all for your understanding as we take these unprecedented measures.
Ultimately, we want to keep you all safe and well.
Look after each other, stay safe, stay well and we’ll see you all on the other side!

You can show your support and stay tuned to our social media and we’ll keep the content flowing!

 

For updates on show cancellations and rescheduled dates, stay tuned to our events page and Blog:
https://www.draiocht.ie/events
https://www.draiocht.ie/blog/entry/draiocht_update_coronavirus_covid_19


Our box-office team will be in touch with all ticket holders over the coming days to offer refunds or transfer of credit into Draiocht Gift Vouchers.
We are currently working with our promoters to reschedule events that are programmed between now and 29th March and we will confirm new dates shortly where possible.
Audiences can avail of full refunds or transfer to new show dates.

Please be patient with our Box Office staff who are under considerable pressure and be assured that we will be in contact with all audience members as quickly as possible.

You can make a €2 donation to Draiocht here: https://draiocht.ticketsolve.com/products/donation

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Early Bird New Season Offers - Book Before 07 April 2020

March 11, 2020

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


 

MAY - DRAMA
The Windy Lady by Pom Boyd
SAT 02 MAY 8.15PM
Full price: €16 / Early Bird: €14

MAY - FILM
La Belle Époque
WED 06 MAY 7.30PM
Full price: €7.50 / Early Bird: €5

MAY - DRAMA
The Experience of Being
THU 21 MAY 8.15PM 
Full price: €16 / Early Bird: €14

JUNE - FILM
The Peanut Butter Falcon
WED 03 JUN 7.30PM
Full price: €7.50 / Early Bird: €5

JUNE - FILM
Military Wives
WED 17 JUN 7.30PM
Full price: €7.50 / Early Bird: €5

 

Tickets must be paid in full before 07 April 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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Artistic Collaborations Apr-Aug 2020

March 5, 2020

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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Image: Mary Lou McCarthy, Dan Colley, Sian Ní Mhuirí, Deirdre Dwyer

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


Draíocht is delighted to continue our partnership with CCI, supporting an artist to travel to Paris to participate in the 2020/2021 Residency Programme, tapping into the resources of the CCI and the city of Paris, as well as having the opportunity to showcase their work on an international stage. The recipients of Draíocht supported residencies are artists working in any discipline with a clear focus on children and/or young people. To date, 4 people have been awarded Residencies; theatre makers Mary Lou McCarthy and Dan Colley (2018/2019); writer and theatre maker Sian Ní Mhuirí (2019/2020) and theatre artist Deirdre Dwyer (2020/2021).

During her Residency, Mary Lou McCarthy developed a show for audiences aged 10-12 years entitled, ‘The Dead Letter Office’. She researched the French postal system and the history of the Dead Letter Office in Europe and also worked with Paris based director John McIlduff. Dan Colley worked on ‘Dance Plague’, a dance/theatre piece aimed at teenagers, to be produced by Collapsing Horse. Sian Ní Mhuirí developed her piece, Knapsack, a survivalist romp for children aged 8+.   

Deirdre Dwyer is the 4th and latest Draíocht recipient of a CCI Residency (2020/2021). During her month long residency, Deirdre plans to research and explore the children’s stories of Charles Perraut and Madame d’Aulnoy with a view to creating a play for young audiences focusing on their female protagonists, investigating the similarities and differences between ‘Cinderella’ (Perraut) and ‘Finnette Cendron’ (d’Aulnoy).

http://www.centreculturelirlandais.com

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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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Dublin Regional Network
An informal coming together of Draíocht, Axis, Civic and Mermaid takes place to offer support and tours to invited artists enabling them develop a specific strand of practice. To date, we have worked with Anna Newell who makes work for children and young people with profound and complex needs as well as a range of work for babies aged 0 to 6 months, including shows ‘Sing Me to the Sea’, ‘I AM BABA’ (pictured above) and ‘GROOVE’ (see pg 25). 2020 will see us support both Anna Newell and Branar theatre to make new work for their respective audience demographics.

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THISISPOPBABY - Mrs Macushla
Draíocht and Axis Ballymun are supporting (through some seed funding) THISISPOPBABY and theatre artist, Thommas Kane Byrne to develop a new piece of work called ‘Mrs Macushla’. It will have an in development showing as part of the ‘Where We Live’ programme in March 2020 in Project Arts Centre. The Macushla Ballroom was situated between Foley St, Amiens St and Buckingham St in the heart of Dublin’s North Inner City. Once a dance hall haunt, it went on to become a Bingo Hall that was cherished by locals. This is the story of Gertrude Kelly, the bingo caller in Macushla. When she’s calling numbers, she’s untouchable. When she’s not, her story begins to fray.
http://www.thisispopbaby.com

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

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OPEN CALL - INCUBATE

February 28, 2020

OPEN CALL - INCUBATE
Draíocht Incubate Studio Residency Programme 2020/2021


Draíocht invites applications for INCUBATE, its Studio Residency Programme for the 2020/2021 season, from practicing artists. Artists are invited to apply for an opportunity to research and develop their practice, test new ideas, develop new work and to engage in dialogue with Draíocht. This is a non-accommodation residency.
 

The studio provides space for artists to engage in a programme of work over a period of up to 6 months, to interact with the exhibiting artists, and to facilitate access to their studio practice for specific groups working with the children/young people's programme and with the general public. Draíocht is open to applications from professional artists working in any visual art discipline, practice or context. However it is recommended that artists acquaint themselves with Draíocht’s 5 Year Strategy 2018-2022 ‘Space For The Arts’, available on its website or in print form.

Residency dates 2020/21

There are two fixed 6 months INCUBATE residency periods.

1) 23 November 2020 – 21 May 2021

2) 05 July - 31 December 2021

Artists are expected to take up residency for the duration.


To apply please submit:

- An expression of interest to include your proposal for the studio residency (max 500 words)

- CV

- Artist's statement

- Up to 10 images of your work (jpegs no larger than 2mb each)

- A list of images with relevant information


 A written proposal which clearly states the following:

- An outline of your project / programme of work.

- The dates that you are available to avail of the opportunity

- What you hope to achieve during your residency.

- Any ideas that you may have about ways to engage with participants on the children/youth arts programme or with the local community /general public or communities of interest.

- Details of any public engagement activity (workshops, masterclasses, talks, discussions etc) proposed during your residency.
 

Applications by email only to     draiochtincubate@gmail.com

Please submit as PDF.


Deadline for submissions is Friday 24 April 2020.

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Older Migrant Call Out - Louise White & Draiocht, Blanchardstown

January 8, 2020

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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