#OurPlaceOurStories Participants Videos

October 15, 2019

Filmed and Edited by Arcade Film, we are delighted to share our #OurPlaceOurStories project videos with you.

Mulhuddart Men’s Shed worked with Shaun Dunne

Daughters of Charity, Adult Day Services, Blakestown worked with Jody O’Neill

Foróige Dublin 15 worked with Colm Keegan



Umunwanyi Olaedo (Igbo Union Women Wing) worked with FeliSpeaks

D15 Women worked with FeliSpeaks






OUR PLACE, OUR STORIES, is about facilitating people to explore 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.

Over 2019, our 6 artist partners worked with one or two key community groups. Mulhuddart Men’s Shed & Menitation (Shaun Dunne), Mulhuddart Boxing Academy (Megan Kennedy & Jessica Kennedy of Junk Ensemble), Daughters of Charity, Blakestown (Jody O’Neill), Foróige (Colm Keegan), Umunwanyi Olaedo (Igbo Union Women Wing) and D15 Women (FeliSpeaks), Hartstown Community College and Coláiste Pobail Setanta (Dylan Coburn Gray). Because of the young demographic of Dublin 15 and Draíocht's subsequent commitment to this age group, three groups were made up of young people (14yrs +). The key community groups represent different communities of place or interest. A variety of performing art forms (spoken word, theatre, dance) have been the focus of the workshop process exploring what stories each group felt they needed and wanted to tell and began the process of individual and collective artistic empowerment to shape those stories in dramatic form, poetic word and physical body.

OUR PLACE OUR STORIES culminated on Culture Night, 20th September 2019. With the emphasis for participants on articulation rather than performance, each outcome was recorded on film and was shown in Draíocht’s foyer as well as at a special screening in our Studio Space. This was followed at 7.30pm by a live performance by our 6 artists, who were commissioned as part of the project to create a new 10 minute piece in response to the experience of working with their group(s).

Supported as part of the Creative Ireland Programme’s National Creativity Fund, with additional funding being provided by Fingal County Council, 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).

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Ceol Connected’s LEAF for children with complex needs

October 15, 2019

Enjoy the absolute wonderment of this gorgeous video! Draíocht is so delighted to have worked with Ceol Connected as Theatre Company in Residence during 2019 to develop LEAF, a multi-sensory performance for children with complex needs, performed during September. In doing so, we are responding to our 2018-2022 Strategy ‘Space for the Arts’ and in particular our commitment to expand equality of access to more children. At the heart of this process was Ceol Connected's exploration of how multi-sensory 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. 


And here are a few words from Thomas Johnston, from Ceol Connected:

"Here we have it... a little glimpse into the world of LEAF. I really couldn't be prouder of all we achieved this year during our development of LEAF. It was an absolute pleasure to create, collaborate, and perform with such an inspiring team - Jo Williams, Orla Kelly, Claire Crehan, Sebastian Pizarro Olivera, and several others (see video credits for the full rundown of everyone involved). We pushed ourselves in all sorts of weird and wonderful directions, dreamt and reflected, devised and crafted, went down the odd cul-de-sac, came over the brow of many's the hill - all the while guided by the steady hand of Director Jo Williams.

A huge thanks to the children and staff at children and staff at Oakridge Children's Service Centre who we linked in with during the devising stage, to the children and staff at the Central Remedial Clinic for working with us on the video (and to Blue Hue Video Production for capturing the magic), and to everyone at Draiocht Blanchardstown for being so welcoming and helpful.
Check out the video - I hope you enjoy."


Further information from marketing@draiocht.ie or https://ceolconnected.ie/

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