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).