Hallelujah! A Clown Chorus - Back in Draiocht for Culture Night 2018

September 10, 2018

7PM-7.30PM  Draíocht Gallery
Members of the original Clown Choir created by Veronica Coburn as part of a Draíocht residency, just cannot stop singing. They invite you to enjoy a few numbers with them on Culture Night, to sing along, dance if you like, and, of course, smile.

All Events on Culture Night are Free but Ticketed
Pre-booking tel 01-885 2622 or Register On The Day/Night

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D15 Youth Theatre Auditions 2018

September 4, 2018

D15 Youth Theatre Auditions 2018
11AM-2PM  Draíocht Studio
Age 14-18 Years

Auditions will be held for new members for Draíocht’s highly successful Youth Theatre (D15YT), for those aged between 14-18 years with a love of theatre and trying new things. D15YT runs on Tuesday evenings 7pm-9pm, during school term times starting in early October.

All are welcome to auditions, please drop into Draíocht to pick up an Application Form or phone 01-8852622 and we can post you one, or email you one or download now

If you are interested in finding out more about D15YT, contact sarah@draiocht.ie or on 01-8098029 or read our Blog or follow us on Facebook


Before the Auditions, why not dip your toe into a Free Youth Theatre Workshop on Culture Night on 21 September? 


The Audition will take place on Sunday, 23 September 2018 @ Draíocht 11am-2pm.

Please arrive at 10.45am to sign in. You do not need to prepare anything or bring anything with you.

We will begin with a chat about the auditions and what will be involved in participating in D15 Youth Theatre. You will then take part in a group workshop. This workshop will involve some group activities and some script work. Don’t be nervous – being able to work as part of a group, take guidance and pick up new things is every bit as important as previous experience.

The Audition is NOT based on talent alone; participants are selected with regard to the following aim: 

We aim to establish a good gender mix, from a range of abilities and backgrounds and so, will select participants based on the following criteria: 

• Gender balance 

• Social/geographical mix 

• Inclusion of ages 14 years-18 years

• Interest and passion for theatre

We will let each participant know by letter if they have been selected.
Should you be offered a place, the first term will run weekly onTuesdays, starting early October. There is a €10 membership fee for the term and a €2 weekly contribution.

We look forward to seeing you at auditions and wish you luck on the day!

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Meet Maureen, one of Draiocht’s Home Theatre Ireland Hosts

September 4, 2018


Meet Maureen, one of Draiocht's Home Theatre Ireland Hosts ... On the 6th of October, a brand new piece of theatre, written by a professional writer, inspired by Maureen's story, will be performed 3 times in her home, to an invited audience of her guests ... This will happen simultaneously all across Dublin 15 in 30 Homes on the one night ... a selection of these plays then transfers to Draiocht's Main Stage as part of Dublin Theatre Festival 2018, 10-13 Oct.

90 Performances - 46 Theatre Artists - 30 New Plays - 30 Dublin 15 Homes
Home Theatre Ireland ... Our Place. Our Stories.

Snapshot. This is life in Dublin 15 but it could be where you’re from.

Join us for a feast of new writing by some of Ireland’s leading theatre-makers. Plays inspired by conversations with people who live in Dublin 15. Children, young people, adults, people new to Ireland, people who have always been here. People with stories. Join us for a night of freshly minted theatre pieces inspired by people just like you.

Home Theatre (Ireland) pairs 30 Dublin 15 ‘hosts’, with 30 leading theatre-makers. After spending time together, in the hosts’ homes, in their lives, each theatre maker writes a piece of theatre that will be performed in the host’s home. Home Theatre (Ireland) democratises the voices in Irish theatre. 

Home Theatre (Ireland) happens over two weeks and culminates on Saturday, October 6th, when 30 new plays will be performed 3 times in houses across Dublin 15. A selection of these plays will be presented in Draíocht as part of Dublin Theatre Festival nightly from 10-13 October 2018.

Each night a programme of 6 newly commissioned plays.
Each night a different programme of work.
Each night a unique theatrical event.

Theatre Artists Include: 
Amanda Azams, Clare Barrett, Robbie Blake, Bryan Burroughs, Cathal Cleary, Annabelle Comyn, Dylan Coburn Gray, Jeda De Bri, Finbar Doyle, Shaun Dunne, Shadaan Falfeli, Fionn Foley, Sorcha Fox, Gavin Fullam, Liam Halligan, Nancy Harris, Eamonn Hunt, Roisin Ingle, Philip Judge, Sonya Kelly, Deirdre Kinahan, Gavin Kostick, Lauren Larkin, Ruth Lehane, Louise Lewis, Louise Lowe, Marc Mac Lochlainn, Sharon Mannion, Megan McDonnell, Fiona McGeown, Paul Mercier, Conall Morrison, John Morton, Colin Murphy, Elaine Murphy, Little John Nee, Eva O'Connor, Mary O'Driscoll, Natalya O'Flaherty, Felicia Olusanya, Jody O'Neill, Claire O'Reilly, Duke Special, Tom Swift, Neil Watkins, Ali White, Emma Willis.
Artistic Director: Veronica Coburn
Video Projections: Kilian Waters
Sound Design & Composer: Sinead Diskin
Lighting Design: Mark Galione

Talking Theatre:
Oct 11 & 12 enjoy free post-show discussions with Veronica Coburn, Kerry Kyriacos Michael and participating artists.

Home Theatre (Ireland) plays are all 20 minutes duration.
Details of each night’s programme will be available on 01 October.
Suitable for ages 13+. May contain strong language

Based on an original idea by Marcus Vinicius Faustini (Brazil) & Kerry Kyriacos Michael (UK)

WED 10 - SAT 13 OCT 2018 8PM 
Main Auditorium, Draíocht Blanchardstown
Tickets: €18 / €16 conc
Attend Multiple Nights €15 per ticket
Groups of 10+ €15 per ticket
Early Bird Tickets: €15 (book before 07 September 2018)
Book Online; https://draiocht.ticketsolve.com/shows/1173588758
Book By Phone or in Person at Box Office: 01-8852622

Home Theatre (Ireland) is supported by an Arts Council Open Call Award. Additional funding has been provided by Creative Fingal, Fingal County Council’s Creative Ireland programme.

#HomeTheatreIreland  #DublinTheatreFestival

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Collapsing Horse - Residency comes to an end

September 3, 2018

Collapsing Horse
Theatre Artists in Residence 2016-2018

Draíocht is delighted to have worked with Collapsing Horse as Theatre Artists in Residence since 2016. As that comes to an end, we look back at what they've done, achieved here and contributed to the Draíocht community.

In this time, they've made use of our facilities to develop, hone and show their work to Draíocht audiences and to exchange with D15 Youth Theatre over a series of workshops that spanned areas of puppetry, illusion, performance and dance. They rehearsed and presented their show ‘Human Child’ in our Studio before it embarked on a tour of Ireland and Russia. They made use of our technical facilities to develop ‘Conor: at the end of the Universe’, a piece for 4-6 years olds about relativity and time travel which made extensive use of animation and audiovisual elements. They've recently been working with actors and dancers to develop ‘Dance Plague’, a piece inspired by the dancing mania in Strasbourg in 1518 and the life of Isadora Duncan the ‘grandmother of contemporary dance’.

This is not the end though of Collapsing Horse's relationship with Draíocht. Writer/Director Dan Colley will write the script of ‘Dance Plague’ while in the Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris as part of the Draíocht and CCI Artist Residency Programme 2018-2019 and Draíocht will support and present the production here next year.

The Collapsing Horse Draíocht Residency was supported by Fingal County Council and The Arts Council.

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Artistic Collaborations Sep-Dec 2018

September 3, 2018

3 September 2018

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

Draíocht & Fishamble: The New Play Company

Autumn 2018 sees Draíocht continue our collaboration with Fishamble: The New Play Company and 5 other venues across the island of Ireland on ‘A PLAY FOR IRELAND’ (2017-2019), a major new playwriting initiative that supports new writing and encourages the citizens of Ireland and non-Irish citizens living on the island of Ireland, to write plays, engaging people from all communities throughout the country. A PLAY FOR IRELAND is the search for an idea for one, big, ambitious play that bursts with humanity and tackles a subject about which the playwright feels passionate, a play that captures the zeitgeist of the country. The two-year development process will work with playwrights throughout the island of Ireland and result in the production of a very special new play. Five writers have been chosen to take part in the initiative in each venue, making a total of 30 playwrights, to mark Fishamble’s 30th birthday, in 2018.
The 30 chosen projects include stories on political change and tension, rural communities, gap years, tourism and heritage, relationships with history, facing adulthood, Storm Ophelia, DNA testing, drunken walks home, the changing workplace and relationships within it, adoption and foster care, family crisis, alcoholic parents, health care reform, nursing homes, small business owners, humanity and community, Irish independence, republicanism and nationalism, the Irish language, rap music, donut chains, government departments, eviction, the concept of home, prophecy, broken hearts, and theatre. Draíocht is delighted to be supporting the writers, Catriona Daly, Jeda De Bri and Finbarr Doyle, Alice Murphy, Barry McStay and Ian Toner who, over the last few months, have been participating in group and one to one workshops and mentorship, working towards submission of a draft script at the end of the year. Phase 2 of the project begins in early 2019.

Draíocht and Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris

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. Draíocht is partnering with CCI by supporting two one month residencies for artists working in any discipline with a clear focus on children and/or young people articulated in their proposal.

We are pleased to annouce that theatre makers Dan Colley and Mary Lou McCarthy are the inaugural recipients of the Residency, each enjoying a month-long Residency in the CCI in Spring 2019.

During her Residency, Mary Lou McCarthy will develop a show for audiences aged 10-12 years entitled, ‘The Dead Letter Office’. She will research the French postal system and the history of the Dead Letter Office in Europe and will also work with Paris based director John McIlduff.

Dan Colley will work on ‘Dance Plague’, a dance/theatre piece aimed at teenagers, which is being supported by Draíocht and produced by Dan’s company, Collapsing Horse. This piece came about from Dan’s Residency in Draíocht (2016 to 2018), collaborating with various artists including Liv O'Donoghue, Paul McDonnell, Dylan Coburn Gray and the members of D15 Youth Theatre. The show is about bodies, autonomy, fitting into society and one’s own skin.

Draíocht’s Network Collaborations
ShortWorks & Strollers Touring Networks

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. 2018 will see this Network continue our relationship with theatre artist, Fionnuala Gygax to enable the further development of her theatre piece ‘Boy in a Boat’. The show was chosen to be part of the Cruinniú na nóg programme in The Ark by their Children’s Council and has had a recent showing to Network members.
October 2018 will see ShortWorks collaborate with the Next Stage programme of Dublin Theatre Festival by providing a Masterclass with Andy Packer, director of Slingsby Theatre Company. An Irish tour of Slingsby’s show  ‘The Young King’ (see page 16) was supported and facilitated by the Shortworks Network. 2018 also saw Fidget Feet’s new show ‘Hatch’, being developed with the support of ShortWorks.

Strollers is a 10 venue nationwide venue Network. An annual Production Award is granted to a company or artist to assist in the making and touring of work. 2018 sees Strollers work with Fishamble: The New Play Company and Pat Kinevane, supporting his new production ‘Before’. This piece will tour to all Stroller venues in Autumn 2018 and will be here in Draíocht from 23-24 November. The application process for the 2019 Production Award took place in the Summer of 2018 and an announcement of the Recipient will take place in the Autumn.

Draíocht, Civic Theatre and Mermaid Arts Centre have come together to support an 18 month long programme of work by Early Year’s Theatre Artist, Anna Newell. Funded by The Arts Council, ‘Baby’s First Xmas’ and ‘Little Tiny Xmas’ are the first productions supported by this partnership.

Draíocht’s Artist Panel

With the development of The Artist Panel in 2018, Draíocht will continue to support a small group of ten artists with whom we have worked over a sustained period of time. Made up of dancers, musicians, visual arts and theatre practitioners, these artists are the backbone of Draíocht’s artistic projects and programming.


Draíocht and Room 13 Inquiry
Room 13 Inquiry is an initiative of Fingal County Council’s Arts Office under the direction of Julie Clarke and led by resident artists Orla Kelly and Anne Cradden. There are two Room 13 studios, based in Scoil Bhríde Cailíní NS Blanchardstown and Tyrrelstown Educate Together NS, the first such school-based collaborative art studios to open in the Republic of Ireland. Recently the fifty pupils from Room 13 Inquiry selected the works for ‘More than Bricks and Mortar - Works from the IMMA Collection’, currently exhibiting in Draíocht’s Ground Floor Gallery (see page 48). Summer 2018 saw a new development in this programme, in the form of a new Summer School hosted in Draíocht for these 6th Class pupils, now finished primary school and their Room 13 experience. Over the Autumn period, this partnership between Room 13 past pupils and Draíocht will continue to develop with artist workshops, gallery visits and artist talks, with the aim of continuing to support the Room 13 participants in their future artistic development.

This programme is a partnership between Fingal County Council’s Arts Office and Draíocht.  www.room13inquiry.ie
Further information from Julie Clarke, Youth & Education Officer, Fingal Arts Office, julie.clarke@fingal.ie or Sarah Beirne, Children & Youth Arts Coordinator, Draíocht, sarah@draiocht.ie

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

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