Audience Review - The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly

March 7, 2015

Audience Member Carmel Hogan is back again with another fantastic review, this time for 'The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly' by Theatre Lovett.

The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly

A review

On 28th February 2015, I had the pleasure of bringing my daughter and two granddaughters (aged 5 and 7) to The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly.

It was a delightful and highly innovative show. Louis Lovett who perform this one man show, engaged beautifully with the children AND adults in the audience.  He entranced and captivated us all. We were totally with him in his journey as Peggy O’Hegarty. There was even panto-like enthusiasm in the responses to the various questions s/he asked. The serial repetition of sequences – such as breakfast – was perfect as it led the children to predict what would come next and be charmed when they were correct or tickled when they were not.  The story line shows humour, pathos, tragedy and in the end, the overcoming of huge challenges.  Just the kind of narrative to appeal to children.  And we adults loved it too.

The set was clever and the way it was incrementally revealed added to its magic.  How something so innately simple could have such a sophisticated impact is still a wonder to me.  Each piece fitted beautifully into the next and as it changed, we all moved from being with Peggy at home to the van to the deserted city, to the floundering ship with ease.  The use of red lighting for the “bloody” scene was pure genius and highly effective. 

The show is beautifully written by Finegan Kruckemeyer and from start to finish a success. It engaged our two little ladies to the degree that although the elder child was evidently brewing something, she wouldn’t miss a moment.  Once we left the theatre, it was clear she was unwell and she spent the rest of the weekend in bed. However, she hung on valiantly till the very end before she expressed any distress. 

Once again, a big Thank You to Draiocht for presenting this wonderful show and to all those involved for the super production.


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Des Kenny Reviews Bartosz Kolata - Circus

March 6, 2015

06 March 2015 - Our Arty Blogger is back! Des Kenny gives a personal response to our current exhibition by Bartosz Kolata - Circus.

Bartosz Kolata's paintings occupy the walls of the Ground Floor Gallery space in Draíocht’s until 25 April 2015.
The artist combines old photographs of the Barnum and Bailey Circus with present day news events as a theatrical backdrop to explore the human condition. Past and present histories blur and merge seamlessly and a scene which may appear innocent and humorous has sinister undertones.

Bartosz Kolata - The Swank Assemble

In The Swank Assemble a monkey walks on stilts, a clown magically produces a bouquet of flowers and a dog owner tilts her dogs head joyfully for the photographer. This calm warm scene is upended by insidious interlopers seeking equal attention from the cameras phlegmatic eye. Two masked men stand menacingly above a kneeling hooded man, frozen in ragged fear, waylaid by a murderous fate. All the while the imperturbable ringmaster orchestrates the scenario for public consumption with emphatic attention to detail since all publicity is good for a cause.  

It is the combination of innocent and invidious imagery together in a painting which unsettles the spectator and makes viewing these works an edgy experience. Finale Parade incorporates all the usual imagery associated with a performance in a circus, an elephant sits obeying a female trainer while a dancing bear follows the compulsive rhythm of the band and a trapeze artist defies gravity. Yet in the foreground a youth jumps up and down on prostrate figures and the disconcerted audience wonder nervously if this is part of the entertaining act. Should they laugh and clap or cry stop. The boundaries between reality and theatricality are suspended and the audience search vainly for a ring master to take control and grant meaning to an absurd situation. Of course any ring master will suffice, as long as order is restored even if reason is circumvented and ignored.

Bartosz Kolata - Balloons Party

Unsettled, the viewer begins to question all seemingly benign imagery. Are the children in Balloons Party being groomed for indecent acts or is it just a normal happy celebration? Have all the recent abusive cases concerning children destroyed our discerning judgement when looking at a seemingly happy painting like this. Our natural equilibrium is destabilised and cultural certainty about what is benign and malign has no coherent value anymore and this uncertainty is filled with paranoia.

Sometimes the artist use of present day imagery is less provocative and disturbing when there is an indisputable narrative in the painting. In Spectacle a bust of Putin the Russian leader holds centre stage, surrounded by a yellow haired dancer and a female puppeteer. The metaphor is obvious as Putin invokes the puppeteer to pull the stings to his instructions and he controls events without direct involvement.

Bartosz Kolata - Generals' Feast

In Generals' Feast a young officer is about to be clubbed to death as he sits at the generals table. No doubt he has conveyed mutinous thoughts that do not equate with the Generals. The scene is filled with a clown a ballerina and various circus types who are impervious to the violence occurring. The story line follows the actor’s actions in a defined fashion leading to a conclusion that is predictable.

The tension is increased when the artist leaves no guideline to the paintings meaning and permits multiple interpretations. A woman is surrounded by eleven clowns who are all painted with smiling faces yet her face is vacant and not filled in by the artist. Each clown has his own identity and performs to that character in the circus but without their clown persona would they disappear into the anonymous ether of the unsung like the faceless dancer they encompass? They must maintain their masks to remain real. 

Bartosz Kolata - Her and clowns

This is one of many interpretations to this enigmatic work and another spectator may chronicle a separate explanation.


Read more on Bartosz's website ... here ... and ... here ... 
Draiocht's Galleries are open Monday to Saturday 10am-6pm. Admission is Free.

Desmond Kenny is an artist based in Hartstown, Dublin 15. He is a self taught painter, since he began making art in 1986 he has since exhibited widely in Ireland and abroad, solo shows include Draíocht in 2001, The Lab in 2006 and Pallas Contemporary Projects in 2008. His work is included in many collections including the Office of Public Works, SIPTU, and Fingal County Council. Kenny's practice also incorporates print making and he has been a member of Graphic Studio Dublin since 2004.

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Vacancy - Audience Development Assistant - JobBridge

March 2, 2015

Vacancy - Audience Development Assistant - JobBridge
Draíocht Blanchardstown, Dublin 15
Ref. INTE-913356

The intern will gain practical experience in Audience Development & Arts Marketing Practices. This is an opportunity for somebody with an interest in Arts Marketing and Arts Administration to work in a busy Arts Centre Marketing Department learning a variety of skills. The intern will receive formal/informal training in the following: Market Research, Data Cleansing and Audience Reactivation, Audience Mapping, Public Relations, ProVenue Databox Ticketing System & Reporting. The intern will learn directly from working with experienced professional staff. Full training and support will be given by the Marketing Department. On completion the intern will have attained skills in Audience Development, Arts Marketing Practices, Venue Ticketing and Customer Service.

Skills Requirements
A 3rd level graduate with a passion for and understanding of Marketing and the Arts would benefit most from this opportunity. The intern must have excellent teamwork, communication, time management and organisational skills; experience of dealing with the public; an understanding of customer service; experience of Microsoft Office; be self-motivated, enthusiastic and confident. Previous marketing and sales experience an advantage. Must be available for occasional evening and weekend work.

Please Note:
This is an Internship. An allowance of €50 per week will be paid in addition to your current Social Welfare payment.See eligibility criteria above.

Draíocht Arts Centre, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15

The Organisation will assign a mentor to support you during the Internship.

9 Months

Number of Positions: 1
Hours per week: 30 hrs
Experience Required: No Experience Required
Education Requirements:
Third Level - Third Level - Ideally Marketing and Communications Degree, but similar background. Mircosoft Office. 

How to Apply
Applicants should click on the link below to download the application form. Complete and send (along with a C.V.) by email to: or Post to: Fingal County Council, Human Resources Department, County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Co Dublin

Fingal County Council
Human Resources Department
Fingal County Council
Main Street
Swords, Co. Dublin

Phone: 01-8905456

Deadline for Application: 07 April 2015

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