Older Migrant Call Out - Louise White & Draiocht, Blanchardstown

January 8, 2020

Louise White & Draíocht, Blanchardstown Older Migrant Call Out

- Does your group or organisation provide services to migrant communities in Dublin 15?
- Do you engage elders in those communities?
- Are you interested in working with an experienced artist to provide creative activities for those elders at no cost to your organisation?

Story Work with Older Migrants
Louise White is a theatre artist who works with communities to provide accessible creative activities. She is funded by the Arts Council as part of their ‘Making Great Art Work’ strategy. This supports artists to engage people who may not normally take part in the arts. This means there is no cost to participants.

Blancharsdtown (and its surrounding areas) has a vibrant urban community. It has almost double the national average of migrant populations.  Louise is working with Draíocht and Bealtaine Festival to develop ways to invite older migrants to take part in Life Story Workshops. Life-story work offers a means of opening up communication, creating understanding between people from different cultures, and sharing commonalities among neighbours.

Project Timeline:
- November - December 2019 – Call-out to migrant groups in Dublin 15 area.
- January 2020 – Meeting with potential groups.
- February 2020 – Core group selected.
- March – April 2020 – Weekly 2hr workshop, time & venue TBC.
- May 2020 – Potential participation in Bealtaine Festival 2020 (not compulsory, TBC).

Are you or your group interested in working in this way?  Would you like to know more? 
Please contact Louise by email:   louisecwhite@gmail.com



More about Louise:

Louise White is a theatre-maker and facilitator. Her shows have taken place in theatres, arts venues, community halls, decrepit Georgian buildings, psychiatric hospitals and abandoned warehouses. Louise works with real people, stories and events in order to create performances. She has worked with Dublin Youth Theatre, The National Women’s Council of Ireland, The SAOL Project, The Abbeyleix Bog Project and The Lantern Centre’s International Women’s Group among others. Her theatre work includes: This is the Funeral of Your Life(National Tour 2019); Mother You, Way Back Home (winner Spirit of the Fringe), & From The Heart, all for Dublin Fringe Festival.  

http://www.louisewhiteperformance.com

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D15 Youth Theatre - Spring 2020 Activities

January 7, 2020


D15 Youth Theatre - Spring 2020
Throughout the first few months of 2020, D15 Youth Theatre’s 30 strong membership will work on stagecraft with our new youth theatre facilitator, Emily Matthews. During February they will explore current environmental themes arising from the gallery exhibition ‘Holdfast’ by Ann Ensor, to create some short response films in collaboration with our youth film club later in 2020.

Established in October 2011, Draíocht’s highly successful Youth Theatre (D15YT), gives young people aged between 14-18 years a space to create, express themselves and explore ideas. D15YT runs on Tuesday evenings 7pm-9pm, during school term times starting in early October each year.

“I’ve never felt so comfortable around a group of people in my life. Everyone in the group is friends, we get on so well we even joke and say that we’re a family. Being so comfortable around my fellow group members allows me to express myself, blossom and be creative and this in turn helps me to develop as an actress and writer all the time. Having such a supportive and constructive creative environment available is fantastic, and does wonders for your confidence and self-esteem. When you show up to a workshop on a Tuesday night having had a crap day or week, you know you’re going to leave with a smile on your face because the chemistry and energy in the group is amazing, it just lifts your spirits immediately when you step into the same room as them.”
Shauna, past D15YT Member

MORE ... Enjoy an Interview with Alex Cahill, one of our first members


For further information please contact Paula on t:01-8098029 or e: paula@draiocht.ie
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Draíocht is generously funded by Fingal County Council, with additional funding provided by The Arts Council. Draíocht also has a loyal network of Friends who contribute annually to the Company. You can also make a Donation to Draíocht of any amount from €2 upwards.

MAKE A DONATION TO D15 YOUTH THEATRE
 

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Create Dancers Springing Back in January

January 7, 2020


Create Dance is a core part of Draíocht’s programming, a fun, innovative dance project, where the dancers love to dance and move and also have an intellectual disability. Dancers and facilitators Mark Rogers, Antje O’Toole and Conor Donolan work together with participants and their parents, to explore all types of dance and free movement. Two groups of children with intellectual disabilities from the downs syndrome and autism spectrum, their parents and siblings have taken part in this innovative dance project through a series of weekly workshops since December 2013.

The response from participants has been overwhelmingly positive and the level of engagement increasingly impressive. This project represents a rare opportunity for these sometimes socially marginalised families to engage in the arts in a fun, creative and stress-free environment. 

Starting in January 2020, our Create Dance dancers and facilitators are collaborating with Lámh Signs Ireland, to create a new special piece of choreography for public show later in 2020. 

If you have a child aged between 5-17 years with a love of dance, please get in touch with paula@draiocht.ie / tel 01-8098029.
During term time, workshops are on Saturdays, for Juniors 12.15pm-1.15pm (places available) and Seniors 1.30pm-2.30pm.
Pre-booking for this workshop is essential via Paula or Sarah in our Children & Youth Arts Department.

Draíocht is generously funded by Fingal County Council, with additional funding provided by The Arts Council. Draíocht also has a loyal network of Friends who contribute annually to the Company. You can also make a Donation to Draíocht of any amount from €2 upwards.

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Artistic Collaborations - January-March 2020

January 6, 2020

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.

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Draíocht and Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris
ARTIST RESIDENCY PROGRAMME 2020-2021


Draíocht is delighted to partner with CCI once again to support the 2020/2021 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. CCI and the partner organisations share the costs of residencies in CCI enabling the Centre to increase the number of residencies it can offer. 

Draíocht is supporting a residency (one month) for an artist working in any discipline with a clear focus on children and/or young people articulated in the proposal. Residencies will be awarded for the period August 2020-June 2021. Travel from Ireland, accommodation and a monthly stipend are included.

Full guidelines, terms and conditions available on CCI's website: www.centreculturelirlandais.com.
Applications to be made online by Wednesday 08 January 2020.
 

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Louise White
Life Story Work with Older Migrants


Draíocht is delighted to be working with theatre-maker and facilitator Louise White. Her shows have taken place in theatres, arts venues, community halls, decrepit Georgian buildings, psychiatric hospitals and abandoned warehouses. Louise works with real people, stories and events in order to create performances. She has worked with Dublin Youth Theatre, The National Women’s Council of Ireland, The SAOL Project, The Abbeyleix Bog Project and The Lantern Centre’s International Women’s Group among others. 

Her theatre work includes: This is the Funeral of Your Life (National Tour 2019 which included Draíocht); Mother You, Way Back Home (winner Spirit of the Fringe), and From The Heart, all for Dublin Fringe Festival.

Louise is currently developing a programme of creative activities to engage older members of migrant communities in Dublin 15 to take part in Life Story Workshops. Life-story work offers a means of opening up communication, creating understanding between people from different cultures and sharing commonalities among neighbours.

If you or your group are interested in learning more about this project and are based in Dublin 15, please contact Louise by visiting her website www.louisewhiteperformance.com/draiocht or by emailing Emer McGowan, Director Draíocht, emer@draiocht.ie

This project is funded by The Arts Council and supported by Draíocht and Fingal County Council.


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Sorcha Fox
AMPLIFY


The word addict comes from the Latin ‘Ad Dicere’, and means ‘Without Voice’. It came from slavery - when you were sold as a slave, you surrendered your voice. When you surrender your voice, other people get to tell your story.

‘Amplify’ is a 9 month collaboration with writer and actor Sorcha Fox, Ashleigh House addiction recovery centre in Damastown, Dublin 15 and Draíocht, Blanchardstown. Funded by CREATE and Arts Council Ireland, ‘Amplify’ is a devised piece of work that will come from and belong to the women in recovery in Ashleigh House. It is a project of empowerment and exploration through writing and performance and a reclamation of voice and narrative. ‘Amplify’ will culminate in a performance in Draíocht in 2020.

Sorcha Fox teamed up with Rachel, a woman in recovery in Ashleigh House, as part of Draíocht’s ‘Home Theatre Ireland’ project in 2018. The short play ‘2 Squirrels’ was the result of that collaboration and was one of 30 plays in total that were created and performed all over Dublin 15 on the same night in people’s homes. ‘2 Squirrels’ was also included in the selection of plays performed as part of Dublin Theatre Festival 2018 and can be seen in full on YouTube. Sorcha devised the concept for ‘Amplify’ as a result of meeting with Rachel and the other women in recovery during ‘Home Theatre Ireland’, in Ashleigh House.
 

   
 

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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. 2020 will see the Network provide an Artist Development Bursary for an emerging artist in the field of TYA (Theatre for Young Audiences), to attend an international festival of arts for young audiences. The bursary will amount to €1200. The recipient of the award will be identified via a call out in early 2020. Through this award the recipient will be exposed to high quality international work, and provided with an opportunity to connect with others working in this field.

The Strollers Touring Network comprises of ten Theatre/Arts Centre venues located across Ireland. It is currently the largest touring network in the country. An annual Production Award is granted to a company or artist to assist in the making and touring of work. Details of the 2020 Production Award will be announced shortly (€10,000) with the selected piece touring to all Stroller venues in 2020.

The 10 venue members and their locations are:
Siamsa Tíre, Tralee; Hawkswell, Sligo; Watergate, Kilkenny; Solstice, Navan; GB Shaw Theatre Carlow; Draíocht, Blanchardstown; The Source Arts Centre Thurles; Belltable, Limerick; Riverbank, Newbridge; Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar.

Previous Award Winners include:
In 2010: Garter Lane and Lane Productions - ‘Brighton’ by Jim Nolan. 
In 2011: Julie Feeney - for a collaborative project working with regional choirs and new choral commission.
In 2012 - Theatre Lovett - ‘The House That Jack Filled’.
In 2013 - Fishamble: The New Play Company ‘Little Thing, Big Thing’ by Donal O’Kelly.
In 2014/2015 – Moonfish Theatre Company: ‘Star of the Sea’.
In 2016 - Monkeyshine Theatre - ‘Voyage’.
In 2017 - Duke Special – ‘Hallow’ – based on works by poet Michael Longley.
In 2018 - Fishamble: The New Play Company – Pat Kinevane’s ‘Before’ (pictured above).
In 2019 – Joanne Ryan – ‘Eggsistentialism’.
 


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

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