Early Bird New Season Offers - Book Before 05 April 2019

March 6, 2019

Be an early bird and book before 05 April for these new season shows and get these great discounts!

AFTER by Liv O’Donoghue
Full price: €16 / Early Bird: €12

Shoplifters (2018)
WED 12 JUNE 7.30PM
Full price: €7.50 / Early Bird: €5

Brendan Galileo for Europe
Full price: €18 / Early Bird: €15

Ladies in the Blues
Full price: €25 / Early Bird: €21

Wild Rose (2019)
WED 26 JUN 7.30PM
Full price: €7.50 / Early Bird: €5

Tickets must be paid in full before 05 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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Ceol Connected - Theatre Company in Residence 2019

March 5, 2019

5 March 2019

Draíocht is delighted to continue working with Ceol Connected as Theatre Company in Residence during 2019 and by doing so respond to our 2018-2022 Strategy ‘Space for the Arts’ and in particular our commitment to expand equality of access to more children.

Ceol Connected is a young and impassioned theatre company that strives to create meaningful, beguiling, virtuosic, fantastical, and gloriously joyful work for young audiences that is of the highest quality and that draws inspiration and intrigue from the world of traditional arts. They are the makers of ‘The Quiet Tree’, The Far Field’, ’The Wonderful Tune’, ‘A Winter Wish’, ‘Whistle in the Wind’, and most recently ‘Return of Spring’.  

A core creative team comprised of Ceol Connected’s Dr. Thomas Johnston (traditional artist and theatre-maker), Orla Kelly (visual artist), and Joanna Williams (Director) are developing, with Draíocht’s support, a new inclusive and highly participatory theatrical performance, specifically designed for young children with special educational needs. At the heart of this process is their exploration of how multisensory experiences - sound, touch, taste, smell, light, movement, etc. – can be meaningfully embedded in a theatrical performance to most effectively engage children who have a range of additional needs.  This journey began at Draíocht in January 2018 with Ceol Connected’s development of A Winter Wish, a multisensory traditional music performance.  Importantly, Ceol Connected’s residency at Draíocht will also involve close collaboration with Oakridge Preschool to ensure that children’s voices and experiences are central to the creative process.

Ceol Connected’s Draíocht Residency is supported by Fingal County Council and The Arts Council. 

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Artistic Collaborations Apr-Aug 2019

March 5, 2019

5 March 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.

Draíocht and Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris

Draíocht is delighted to partner with CCI once again to support the 2019/2020 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. The application process is now closed. The recipients of the Draíocht supported residencies (one to two months) for an artist working in any discipline with a clear focus on children and/or young people articulated in the proposal for the period August 2019-June 2020 will be announced on both Draíocht’s and CCI’s websites shortly.  http://www.centreculturelirlandais.com


Draíocht and Slingsby (Australia)
03-07 JUN 2019

Draíocht is supporting a week long development (3-7 June 2019) of a new theatre piece for children and adults, by acclaimed Australian theatre company, Slingsby, based on the memoir  'The Boy Who Talked To Dogs'. This tells the true story of Martin McKenna growing up in Garryowen, Limerick in the 1970's. It is a powerful story of redemption and transformation from a boy who grew up in Ireland and eventually made his way to Byron Bay, Australia, where he now lives as a best selling author and radio personality - celebrated as the 'Dog Man'. With an Irish and Australian Creative team, Draíocht is looking forward to programming this new work in October 2020.


Draíocht & Fishamble: The New Play Company

2019 sees Draíocht continue its 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, supported by Tesco Finest. This initiative 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. Fishamble’s A PLAY FOR IRELAND is the search for an idea for one, big, ambitious play that captures the zeitgeist of the country.
2019 began with 30 brand new finished scripts being submitted to the programme, which have been developed during 2018 with the support of dramaturgs, directors and designers from around the country.
In Phase 2 of this programme, 6 plays have now been shortlisted, one per venue, and later in 2019, one play will be commissioned and will receive a full production and national tour, including performances at Draíocht!

We are delighted to announce that Caitríona Daly is the chosen A PLAY FOR IRELAND playwright from Draíocht, with her play ‘Duck, Duck, Goose’, a play about loyalty, love and doubt, as Chris Quinn, in an attempt to help his friend, becomes deeply embroiled in a rape allegation. Dublin playwright Caitríona Daly graduated from both The Lir's MFA in playwriting and the Royal Court's Young Playwright programme. Her plays have been produced in Ireland, England and Scotland. Most recently she was nominated for the Fishamble New Writing Award at the Dublin Fringe Festival for Normal in 2017 and an Irish Times Theatre Award for Best New Play for Test Dummy in 2016. Caitríona is currently a participant of Six in the Attic, an Irish Theatre Institute Resource Sharing Initiative, from 2018-2019.


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. 2019 will see Fidget Feet’s new show ‘Hatch’, developed with support from ShortWorks in 2018, embark on a national tour. 2019 will also see ShortWorks announce a Mentorship Bursary (awarded through an Open Call process), to enable a young practitioner shadow and be mentored by an international artist over a week.

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. The application process for the 2019 Production Award took place in the Summer of 2018 with the award going to Joanne Ryan to support a remount and tour of her show ‘Eggsistentialism’. This piece will tour to all Stroller venues in Autumn 2019 and will be here in Draíocht in November 2019.

Draíocht, Civic Theatre and Mermaid Arts Centre came together in 2018 to support an 18 month long programme of work by Early Years Theatre Artist, Anna Newell. Funded by The Arts Council, ‘Baby’s First Xmas’ and ‘Little Tiny Xmas’ were the first productions (December 2018) supported by this partnership. 2019 will see the development and tour of a new show ‘BigKidLittleKid’, a non verbal show for 3 to 6 year olds as well as tours of extant work e.g. ‘Sing Me To The Sea’, a show designed for children up to 12 years with complex needs. ‘Sing Me To The Sea’ was originally funded by Wicklow County Arts Office with design funded by Riverbank Arts Centre, in consultation with Mid Kildare Network Disability Team and St Catherine’s School, Newcastle, County Wicklow.

Our three venues and Axis Ballymun, have also come together with Helium Arts, an organisation whose mission is to empower children living with illness through their creativity and the arts, to examine provision and supports in our three catchment areas.



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). We are thrilled to announce our 6 artist partners: Shaun Dunne, FeliSpeaks, Dylan Coburn Gray, Colm Keegan, Junk Ensemble and Jody O’Neill. (pictured above)

Supported as part of the Creative Ireland Programme’s National Creativity Fund, with additional funding being provided by Fingal County Council, this project will take place in 2019, culminating on Culture Night. With the emphasis for participants on articulation rather than performance, each outcome will be recorded with live performances facilitated if the group decides that. The Culture Night programme  will include a screening of the Project documentary and the recorded participant performances. It will also include live performance of new 10 minute works created by each artist in response to their group. 

Each group will work through a variety of performing art forms and each will focus on a different community of place or interest. Because of the young demographic of Dublin 15 and Draíocht's subsequent commitment to this age group, two groups will be made up of young people (14yrs +). Each group will explore what stories they need and want to tell and how those stories can be told to ensure they achieve their full potential when they meet their audiences in their communites and in Draíocht.

OUR PLACE, OUR STORIES, is about facilitating people in an exploration of 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.


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

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