Vacancy - Marketing & Corporate Hires Co-ordinator

May 29, 2015

Draíocht Blanchardstown seeks a full-time Marketing & Corporate Hires Co-ordinator.

Deadline for Applications: 6pm Friday 26 June 2015.

Interviews will be held on: Friday 17 July 2015.

Draíocht Blanchardstown seeks a full-time Marketing & Corporate Hires Co-ordinator, with proven experience in a similar role (or complementary environment with clearly transferable skills). Experience of or other ticketing system an advantage.

Cover Letter, Application Form and CV must be submitted by 5pm Friday 26th June 2015 to The Peronnel Dept, Draíocht, The Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15 by post or email to Please refer to the job description and person specification when telling us about yourself as these are the criteria we will use when short-listing.

Marketing & Corporate Hires Co-ordinator Job Description
Marketing & Corporate Hires Co-ordinator Application Form
Marketing & Corporate Hires Co-ordinator Person Specification

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Comedy Workshop review from the wonderfully funny pupils from Rathregan NS Batterstown Dunboyne

May 29, 2015

29 May 2015
We were delighted to receive this workshop review from pupils from Rathregan National School, Dunboyne who visited us last week for Focus On Your Funny Bone, a comedy workshop for Primary schools with Punch Lion Comedy Club: Thanks for taking the time to write such a great review and send it in to us. Hopefully we will see you back in Draíocht again soon!

Our Visit to the Draíocht

Dear Sarah,
We would like to thank you for our trip to the Draíocht. 5th and 6th class of Rathregan National School did a comedy workshop and enjoyed it tremendously. Here are some opinions on this enjoyable trip to the Draíocht.

Oran O’Mahony said:
“I would like to thank you for our trip to the Draiócht. The comedy workshop was an interesting experience. We visited the Draíocht on the 20th of May 2015. When we walked into the Draíocht we received a warm welcome. Before we started the comedy workshop, we had a look at the art that was on display. We started the comedy workshop at 12:00. We split up into two groups and my group went with Danny. We played games and did loads of comedy, and I hope we can come again soon.”

Gemma Padden said:
“I thought the comedy workshop was hilarious. First, Peter asked us to write down some words to describe what we looked at in the art gallery before we did the comedy workshop. Then he asked us to jog around the room in a circle and he would shout “freeze!” then he’d point at two people and they would make a scene from where they were standing. So overall, I thought the comedy workshop was comical.”

James Padden said:
“Peter was very funny, and he was an extra in “Fair City” but I think he deserved more than that. When he was doing the comedy he was hilarious and he makes it look so easy! Most of the class enjoyed it and Peter and Danny were great.”

Róisín O’Connor and Rachel O’Neill said:
“Peter was a great comedian and gave us loads of advice like when you are acting don’t be embarrassed because you pretending to be another person. And have confidence in yourself. It was a fun packed day.”

Thank you for reading this email, maybe we will be lucky enough to see you again sometime in the near future.

Yours sincerely,
Rachel O’Neill and Róisín O’Connor.
Rathregan NS Batterstown Dunboyne

Now Booking ... Punch Lion Kids Comedy Club ... Sat 4th July 2015 2pm & 4pm ...
A family friendly stand-up comedy show for little kids and big kids!

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Clown Through Mask - Professional Workshop with Veronica Coburn

May 28, 2015

Clown Through Mask - Professional Workshop with Veronica Coburn
4 WEEKS / 06 JULY – 01 AUGUST 2015 / 10AM – 3PM DAILY


Clown is the most beautiful art form. The red nose is a mask. All masks have an inherent character, a master that must be served. The red nose, the smallest mask in the world, articulates the character of the wearer. The clown.

The clown’s function is to say what needs to be said and do what needs to be done. The clown’s tool is the clown’s own humanity - the clown’s experience. The clown’s modus operandi is play - the clown’s innocence.

“If we ever faced all directions of ourselves at once we could only laugh at the beauty of our own ridiculousness.”  Richard Pochinko

Clown Through Mask was devised by Canadian Richard Pochinko (1946-1989), and draws from the Amerindian tradition of clown and modern European performance clown (Lecoq) to provide a comprehensive system of work that articulates:
A function for the modern performance clown
A definition of clown theatre

And provides:
The Building of a Personal Mythology to release the individual performer’s creativity
Exercises to allow students implement & practice new performance skills

Veronica Coburn is the author of Clown Through Mask – The Pioneering Work of Richard Pochinko as Practised by Sue Morrison. Written in collaboration with Sue Morrison, it is published by Intellect Press. She was a founder member of Barabbas - Ireland’s first dedicated physical theatre/clown company. As Draíocht’s Theatre Artist in Residence she runs Hallelujah! Draíocht’s Community Clown Choir. For Tiger Dublin Fringe 2014, Veronica wrote and directed Bernarda’s House, a poetic retelling of Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba for red nose, nominated for Best Production, Best Performer & Best Design.

About Veronica Coburn:
“The perfect facilitator: calm, clear, unbiased, and yet forthright and passionate.”
“..incredibly smart… emotionally as well as creatively astute. I felt totally safe in her hands from start to finish.”

The cost of the full 4 week workshop is an astonishingly reasonable €500.*
Applications by email stating name, contact details and reason for wanting to take part in the workshop.
Further details phone 01-8098027.

*Supported by Artist in Residence Scheme

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Focus On ... Your Funny Bone

May 27, 2015

Thanks to Mark Stanley from Punch Lion for giving us this superb insight into our recent 'Focus On ... Your Funny Bone' comedy workshops in May with 5th & 6th Class pupils.


Draíocht invited 5th and 6th class students to comedy workshops hosted by Punch Lion which would incorporate two art exhibitions currently on show.   ‘Focus on ….Your Funny Bone’ integrated the ‘look and respond’ of the primary curriculum. Overall, the aim of the workshops was to awaken creativity, facilitate thoughts and opinions and introduce humour.

The two exhibitions with different styles, themes and colours challenged the students to express themselves and feel comfortable. The ground floor exhibition by Sally-Anne Kelly comprises of clay masks and photographs of the clay masks in pools of water. On the first floor, Helen MacMahons exhibition is an engaging mix of science and art. This was the start of the workshop for the students - it was a time to free their minds and develop an opinion.

Peter O’Byrne and Danny Kehoe were the two facilitators for these workshops. Trained actors and comedians. They have tricks up their sleeves for the students - “If you want to be funny. Don’t try to be funny”, Danny advised. Art and comedy have the same aim - be creative, express yourself and be true. The students were firstly asked about their opinion of the exhibitions and their feelings about them. Opinions were supported by the facilitators and reminders were given to the value of each opinion. The initial exercises aimed at making the students comfortable and free their minds. Comedy is a valued genre in performance arts. The students eagerly discussed their favourite stand-up comedians and comedy films, recited their best joke and giggled at the ‘bad’ jokes from Danny and Peter.

A short time was allocated for these workshops and Peter and Danny quickly directed the students to challenge their comedy performance skills and the students enthusiastically played their parts. Teamwork, respect, individuality and silliness were all encouraged. Creativity is important for children’s development. Comedy and art are equally important disciplines allowing you to create and stimulate your mind. They are also subjective and we hope we conveyed that message to the students.

Charlie Chaplin had his own opinion - “I do not have much patience with a thing of beauty that must be explained to be understood. If it does need additional interpretation by someone other than the creator, then I question whether it has fulfilled its purpose.”


Mark Stanley, Punch Lion

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Des Kenny Reviews Helen MacMahon - Profero

May 18, 2015

18 May 2015 - Our Arty Blogger is back! Des Kenny gives a personal response to our current exhibition by Helen MacMahon - Profero…

Art and science find common ground in Helen Mac Mahon’s show in the First Floor Gallery of Draíocht. These two divergent disciplines combine to form a dialogue which illuminates their parallel search for truth and beauty. The placement of the art works in the gallery seems to follow a hidden mathematical theorem for defining exhibition space. An ordered harmony of coherent intervals places each work exactly where it is required to satisfy a luminous eye.

Radii is placed on a slender white pedestal in a corner of the gallery. A square mirror painted in a medative black reveals a silver star in the heart of the equitable form. The black absorbs light while the silver mirror reflects light causing a shimmering tension on the surface and a sense of movement appears to occur as the viewer circulates the form. The act of looking transforms the indolent object into a twinkling illusion.

On the wall are four images created with the aid of heat cast by a variety of different light bulbs upon a heat sensitive material. The light source is on a timer which comes on and off in fifteen minutes cycles. Notional forms appear on the heated surfaces and fade like a spectrical entity when the surface cools. Steely blues and purples gather in the centre while emerald greens and toxic oranges flare out towards the edges. Pulsating cycles of presence and absence articulate these works with the parallel patterns of life and death that is part of life’s convulsive existence.

A sculptural arrangement of metal slinkies holds center stage on the gallery floor. The slinkies appear to float upon the white parapet and there surface ripples with illusory movement. A wave like pattern rolls across the undulating surface as the observer approaches the installation. The false sense of motion is triggered by the moving spectator. Our formulation of reality depends on retinal information that unfortunately provides false data to the brain. The perception of the world formulated by our glaring eyes is untrustworthy and doubt begins to gather on the abundant shores of reason.

Placed in a gentle curve are four Magnographs, beautifully crafted devices which display the effects of magnetic energy upon a receptive film. The inner workings of the device are displayed which of course raises the natural curiosity level of a visitor. The lid of the apparatus is tilted forward revealing a mirror showing the inverted image of magnetic material placed on the underside of the display surface. The bowels of the mechanism are exposed to inquisitive investigation awakening a beckoning call that lays deep within the human psyche, a desire for knowledge. The inclination to understand the unknown lifts a species beyond the control of its environment to controlling its habitat. The exquisite pleasure derived from comprehending the concept of these mechanisms is perhaps uniquely human.

While black is the predominant colour for the objects in this exhibition allowing light to focus on the viewing surfaces this technique is absent when looking at a group of digital photographs examining the luminous property of light. The white gallery walls surround the gleaming images with bordered neutrality, transporting the inner light of the photographs to flutter towards the visitors receptive eyes. Silver spectral shapes emerge from gloomy depths and float eloquently like snowflakes unwinding in the air. Circular shapes materialise from an ethereal blue as phosphorescent oranges and yellows simmer in the darkness.

All in all science and art collaborate on equal terms to present an engaging show from the thoughtful vision of Helen Mac Mahon. 

Draíocht'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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