Buy a Gift Voucher for 2021

December 13, 2020

Buy a Gift Voucher for 2021

The show will go on! We hope!
Thankfully our Gift Vouchers have no expiry date and can be use online as well as in person. 

Buy a Draíocht Gift Voucher Online or from the Box Office: 01 885 2622

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‘Between Us There Is…’ - that’s a wrap!

November 23, 2020

‘Between Us There Is…’ - that’s a wrap!!

The final stage of filming took place last week on our main stage with Draíocht’s Dance Artist in Residence Jess Rowell and dancer Brian McSweeney via zoom, from Theatre Royal in Waterford.


The work…

A new collaborative dance work, originally created for stage recently adapted for film, as part of Jess Rowell’s Dance Residency at Draíocht 2020. A short film featuring dance artist and project director Jess Rowell and Brian McSweeney a dancer with Down syndrome, from Traces Dance Ensemble Co. Waterford, with an original sound score written by Dublin based composer Stefan French, filmed by film artist Conor Donelan, with lighting design by Eamon Fox. The work explores and celebrates the unique 13 year movement relationship between Jess and Brian and their shared passion for dance. 


The making…

This collaboration between Jess, Brian and composer Stefan began earlier this year and was due to be performed live as part of ‘Threads’, an evening of live dance performance and film, focusing on disability and inclusiveness in arts practice. ‘Threads’ would have included the premiere of ‘Chance to Dance’, a film featuring members of ‘Create Dance’ Draíocht’s special needs dance programme, and marked the completion of Jess Rowell’s dance residency at Draíocht in late November.

During the initial stages of rehearsal for ‘Between Us There Is…’ new government restrictions were announced which meant that rehearsals could not go ahead in person. Despite these roadblocks, rehearsals were moved online with the support of the technical team at Draíocht. Jess, composer Stefan and project mentor Libby Seward worked from Draíocht and Brian attended the devising sessions via Zoom from a dance studio in Waterford. This enforced distance between the dancers began to inspire the theme of the work in very interesting ways. After further restrictions were announced in October Jess made the decision to continue the project virtually and adapt the existing work, making ‘Between Us There Is…’ into a dance film. The film captures the beauty of distance, connectivity and the unique movement relationship between two dancers.

We are very grateful to Theatre Royal in Waterford for hosting Brian during the project's final days of filming.


‘Between Us There Is…’ and ‘Chance to Dance’ will premiere online for public viewing in January 2021.

Jess Rowell’s Dance Residency was supported by The Arts Council, with additional funding provided by Fingal County Council.

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Artistic Collaborations Sept-Dec 2020

November 12, 2020

Draíocht and Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris

Draíocht is delighted to continue our partnership with CCI, supporting an artist to travel to Paris to participate in the 2021/2022 Residency Programme, tapping into the resources of the CCI and the city of Paris, as well as having the opportunity to showcase their work on an international stage. The recipients of Draíocht supported residencies are artists working in any discipline with a clear focus on children and/or young people.

To date, 4 people have been awarded Residencies; theatre makers Mary Lou McCarthy and Dan Colley (2018/2019); writer and theatre maker Sian Ní Mhuirí (2019/2020) and theatre artist Deirdre Dwyer (2020/2021).

Full guidelines, terms and conditions available on CCI's website
Applications to be made online by 12 January 2021


Arts Council Commission Award
Paul Curley and Ger Clancy

Draíocht is delighted to announce we have been awarded a Commission Award by The Arts Council to enable us work with Theatre-Maker Paul Curley and Designer Ger Clancy in 2021, in consultation with children in Dublin 15, to create a draft script and prototype puppet for a new theatre piece for young audiences about emotional intelligence: a heart-warming story about a wise and wily Parrot.


Further information about Artistic Collaborations from Emer McGowan, Director, 01-8098027 /

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Draíocht News Update: 30 October 2020

October 30, 2020

Not Everything is Cancelled!

It's been a rough old year! But what 2020 has given us is the gift of resilience as we forge ahead as best we can. And let's remember … Not everything is cancelled!

Music isn’t cancelled, or dance, or sunshine, or walking, or poetry, or Netflix, or reading, or drawing, or chatting with friends. 
Imagination isn’t cancelled. 
Kindness isn't cancelled. 
Nor most importantly… Hope!

We’re really sad that Draíocht is closed again, but we’re extremely hopeful that December and early 2021 brings better news for our audiences.
For now though, remember... Not everything is cancelled! Here’s what we’re up to behind closed doors as we try to keep the Magic going as best we can. 


Spooky Stories with Emily & Gen
SAT 31 OCT - SUN 1 NOV 2020 // Online

Something spooky is creeping up on us this weekend!

11am: Eye of Newt... Toe of Frog... Join Emily, if you dare, in an enchanted magical forest, where she'll show you how to make a real Witches Potion from materials found in nature.
11.30am: Join Genevieve in her Witches Workshop as she helps you make your own Mini Magic Broom, from materials found in nature, as well as a tiny Witches Broom Bucket.

12 noon: Wizards & Witches, Brooms & Wands, Potions & Pagans and Magic Beyond ... Join Emily, in an enchanted magical forest as she spins you a wonderful web of spooktacular poetry!

Join us on YouTube or Facebook from 11am this Saturday for these magical videos with Emily Matthews & Genevieve Harden.

Enjoy our spooky trailer!


Space to Create
Jess Rowell - Dance Artist in Residence

Continuously evolving, Jess Rowell’s Dance Residency hasn’t faltered, even in this extraordinary year of challenges. All of the footage compiled over the past few months will feature in two final films in December, which will mark the end of this incredible year of dance creation. 


Chance to Dance
A film which explores and captures the power of communication through movement and the exchange of gestures between dancers in space and on camera, working with senior members of Draíocht’s Create Dance project. 

Between Us There Is…
A dance film featuring dancers Jess Rowell and Brian Mc Sweeney, shot by Conor Donelan with music by composer Stefan French. A piece originally created for live performance, recently adapted for film. 



Artist ‘Show & Tell’ Zoom Sessions

Artist ‘Show & Tell’ Zoom Sessions - Artists Zoom into your Classroom
€10 Per Session Per Class // 40 mins // Book Now:

We are having so much fun with this programme, which allows primary school pupils to hear from interesting artists who work in a range of art forms in Ireland today. The artist will zoom right into your whiteboard to virtually meet and talk with pupils and teachers in your own classroom.

Here’s Laura Zooming into Castleknock National School last week:

Choose from:  

Hear all about the wonders of acting, making a movie, and being on stage. How did Emily decide to be an actor - how can you become one too?

What's it like to be a musician? What instruments can Kevin play? Has he ever been in a band? What's it like to be on stage? Do you really need to practice every day?

Andrew is a contemporary visual artist working with many materials and new technologies to create lots of different kinds of visual art works. What is a visual artist? What is it like to be an artist? What is his work about?

Ask one of Draíocht’s very own technicians, Laura, questions about the magic of the lights, the booming sounds, amazing sets and more!

Booking through Draíocht's Box Office: / 083-084 7249 / 083-028 9771



Making Art Printing - Virtual Tour with Artist Bridget Flannery for Under 12s

Now you can virtually step through our gallery doors with our specially created child-centred video tour of our gallery exhibition 'MAKing Art: PRINTing', running until January 2021. Artist Bridget Flannery walks us through the gallery, telling us the stories of how prints are made and helping us to explore this beautiful exhibition. 

Make sure to download the accompanying worksheets, created by cartoonist Alan Nolan, helping you to further explore and enjoy the gallery from your own home or classroom, in your own time. It's full of tips, questions and ideas on how to talk about the works in a fun and easy way.


Magical Printing with Deirdre & Gen


Printing is a kind of magic. Join our artists Deirdre O'Reilly & Genevieve Harden for this wonderful workshop where you'll hear all about how printing works and what different techniques printers use. Then they'll show you how to use colours, inks, lines and shapes to create your own small magical print! 
Suitable for ages 5-10 years, but older & younger children are always welcome to try too.
Join us on YouTube or Facebook at 11am on 7 November.


The University of Wonder & Imagination

Online show Zooming Directly into Primary School Classrooms
Thursday 12th November 2020
€30 per class group / 8 Shows Available

This fun, interactive experience takes place live in your classroom via the magic of digital technology. Journey to the most unusual of universities, meet the mysterious Professor Bamberg, choose your subjects of study, enter themed rooms, encounter problems and puzzles and unlock your magical powers.

In this ambitious and unique undertaking, Cahoots NI, who previously entertained Draíocht's audiences with their delightful shows 'Egg' and 'Penguins', will broadcast from an extensive, purpose built set where magic and illusion have no boundaries, bringing a fun filled, immersive theatrical experience directly to you. 

Booking through Draíocht's Box Office: / 083-084 7249 / 083-028 9771

9.30am / 10am / 10.30am / 11am / 11.30 / 1pm / 1.30pm / 2pm

Read more HERE!

Watch the amazing trailer here!


Support Our Artists + Buy A Work

Draíocht’s Galleries are once again closed, but we continue to feature the works of all artists on our Gallery Instagram page. You can also purchase some of the works online!

You can view all the 'Works from the Graphic Studio' in our Online Gallery, complete with Artists Biographies and Prices. The artists are all Fingal based.

You can view all the work from 'New Impressions' in our Ground Floor Gallery in the Attached PDF

If you are interested in supporting the artists by purchasing a work, please email and we can take your payment by phone and organise swift payment to the artists and delivery to you when the exhibition closes after 16 January 2021. A 25% non-refundable deposit will secure the work for you. 


Halloween Dance Class with Conor

From Dead Insect Dancing to Killer Thriller Moves, Conor Donelan's latest online video class for our Create Dancers is as educational as is it hugely enjoyable!

Can you hear the 'Thriller' theme tune? Picture this... a creepy story, howling at the moon like a wolf and walking on creaking floorboards... then zombies everywhere! This Halloween Dance Class is high energy and super fun.

We are missing the very personal interactions we love so much with our favourite young dancers, but we will keep on dancing weekly, with Conor and Mark Rogers, online for now until we can have you all back in our building. 


Creative Resources for Families & Schools

We’ve quite the collection of video resources now for you to enjoy online. Over 35 Videos have been created this year alone, ready for you to explore at home or at school. Why not try your hand at something new with these 10 videos below and then check out the full list on our YouTube Channel Playlist

Salt Art with Deirdre O'Reilly

Playful Puppetry with Anne Cradden

Rebuilding Our Community with Andrew Carson

Movement and Dance with Conor Donelan

A Mindful Journey with Jo Quinn

The Drama Challenge with Emily Matthews

Printing for Toddlers with Anne Cradden

Rock Art with Genevieve Harden

Drawing Blind with Deirdre O'Reilly

Art Explorers Go Wild with Genevieve Harden


D15 Spook Theatre

"Puffs of magic, All spooky and tragic... "

D15 Youth Theatre has been back in action since early October, zooming weekly with Emily and Paula, and this week we worked on their Halloween Improv, showing great flair and skill as usual.

There were also conversations about stress levels among teenagers at this tough time and in response, we are going to work with Jo Quinn later this month to create a Mindfulness Video for Young People, so watch this space!

Our talented gang are also planning their next big project, which will take place in Draíocht's Gallery in June 2021. 



Things you might like to try...

The Rick O'Shea Book Club
This is Ireland's largest book club with 34,000 members in over 100 countries. It was started in 2014 by RTE broadcaster Rick O'Shea. Pop over, join the Facebook Group, and get reading!  If you find something you’d like to read, pop over to and see if they have it second-hand, with most books priced at €2!

Support the Dirt Birds
We’ve loved supporting our favourite Dirt Birds with free space to create content and videos in our studio. You can now become a Dirt Birds' patron on their Patreon page!

Buy Irish This Christmas
We loved this Irish Times article and encourage you to explore their list of 200 Irish retailers for all your online Christmas shopping needs!


Sign Up to Keep in Touch

Is there someone you know who is missing Draíocht? Get them to sign up to our newsletters so we can keep in touch and share our news.!

Our programmes for the foreseeable future will be advertised digitally, so please do forward this email and encourage friends to Sign Up to Keep in Touch

Check out our website for our most up to date Covid19 guidelines HERE.

Stay Connected

We have two Covid19 Temporary Box Office Phone Numbers, for ticket enquiries, Monday-Friday 10am-6pm until early December:
083-084 7249 / 083-028 9771

Philippa & Cliona are at the end of the phones, happy to assist  or you can email
If you need something specific, the best way to contact any of our staff at the moment is by email. 

Stay well, stay safe and thank you for your continued support.
We miss you all.

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Jess Rowell’s Dance Residency Update

September 28, 2020

21st-25th September - Research & Development Week for Dance Artist in Residence Jess Rowell at Draíocht


R&D week for ‘Between Us There Is…’ which will premiere at ‘Threads’ an evening of dance, music and film focusing on disability and inclusiveness in arts practice on November 20th & 21st at Draíocht. ‘Threads’ will mark the completion of Jess’s residency and will also feature the premier of Create Dance’s film ‘Chance to Dance’ and a live performance by guest dance artist and Artistic Director of Croí Glan, Tara Brandel.

Between Us There Is….

A week full of generosity, openness, flexibility and ingenuity. The main focus of our time together was for myself, dancer Brian Mc Sweeney, composer Stefan French and mentor Libby Seward to settle into our collaboration. We instantly established a harmonious working interaction and rhythm. We listened, explored, witnessed and responded in the most sensitive of ways.

Although this week was the first time I met Stefan in person it truly felt as if we’d worked together before. There was sensitivity, understanding and openness in our dialogue. Our creative preparation and musical theme discussions over the past few months really paid off, enabling a very productive week on all levels. The various musical themes discussed prior to the week were inspired by aspects of my movement relationship with Brian.

Growing, creating and moving with Brian over the past twelve years has been an incredible experience, we have a deep movement bond and share a passion for dance. It is such a pleasure to be creating a piece of work acknowledging our movement relationship.

In conversation with Brian I asked him how he felt when he’s dancing. He replied with “Electricity”, “Let it go – like the rain falling down from the sky”, “Back to being myself / ourselves again”.

On this occasion our interaction has been informed and influenced by the times we are moving through. This enforced distance has influenced my creative vision and I have explored ways for us to embody that space in a tangible way.

Stefan and I worked together with mentor Libby in Draíocht studio for the first half of the week. Brian was unable to join us in person for the first 3 days, however with the help of the wonderful technical team at Draíocht, a zoom link, a projector and the cyc, he was very much present in the space. Libby stood in for Brian in the studio at times which helped me to get a physical sense of the duet as it evolved. Brian’s virtual presence and his ‘can do’ attitude were tangible at all times – even at a distance. I feel the themes took on an even more powerful significance with this enforced separation.

As the week progressed, the space between us as two bodies moving in space, the distance, connection, ripples was present in my mind. Ideas began to emerge of how the lighting design could enhance the sense of distance and boundaries in a shared space by the interplay of light dividing the performance space.

For the second half of the week Libby and I joined Brian in a separate studio where we began expanding our online choreographic ideas. Stefan stayed connected with us and continued to work from his home studio sending us on music files to inspire our movement creation. 

Throughout the week interesting lighting design, staging plans and costume ideas began to emerge. Our creative process was documented daily with video recordings and reports written by our mentor Libby. Film artist Conor Donelan joined us for a day to capture raw footage of the rehearsal room in action and some publicity shots that will be used to document the residency and promote ‘Threads’ on Nov 20th & 21st at Draíocht.

All in all our first week in the studio was a wonderfully satisfying and creatively rich experience, which is reflected in the work produced. Huge thanks to the creative team and all at Draíocht for the continued support and to our funders Fingal County Council and The Arts Council for making this possible.

‘Threads’ - Guest artist update:


UNSEEN’ by guest dance artist and Co Artistic Director of Croí Glan Tara Brandel.

Last week Tara was also immersed in her own R&D week at Ballina Arts Centre.

An ongoing research project by abstract painter and environmental artist Stacey White, and contemporary dancer Tara Brandel.

Drawing on research into plankton (a life giving microscopic organism that produces 50% of the world's oxygen), Unseen looks at benevolent and less benevolent invisible forces and the unseen. (A hidden disability. An invisible virus. A life giving microscopic organism). Layering video projection, movement, sound and painting, Unseen reveals that which is invisible.

Threads’ - Chance to Dance update:

‘Chance to Dance’ with Jess Rowell & film artist Conor Donelan

Our dance film project with Draíocht’s Create Dance members featuring dancers from Traces Dance Ensemble Co. Waterford continues online through weekly emails. Each participant receives a new creative task each week from Jess. Last week Brian McSweeney introduced himself ‘virtually’ to all the participants and we are awaiting their individual video responses. We are gearing up for the final stage of filming with the participants live in Draíocht in mid-October. All the footage we have compiled over the past few months will feature in the final film ‘Chance to Dance’. A film which explores and captures the power of communication through movement and the exchange of gestures between dancers in space and on camera.


Threads’ Triple Bill - Novemeber 20th & 21st at Draíocht - tickets on sale soon.


Jess Rowell’s Residency is supported by Fingal County Council and The Arts Council.

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