Irish Youth Dance Festival - Open Call for Dancers

February 1, 2019

Irish Youth Dance Festival (
IYDF) 2019
Open Call for Dancers

Dublin Youth Dance Company in collaboration with Draíocht and Fingal Arts Office are looking for youth dance groups and companies from the locality interested in participating at the Irish Youth Dance Festival 2019, to be presented at Draíocht on Saturday 29th June 2019.

The festival started in the year 2000, delivering exciting, highly physical and uplifting performances from a selection of up-and-coming Irish and International Youth Dance Companies and each year programmes masterclasses, workshops, informal showings and outdoor performances.

If you are interested in presenting your group or company at the festival, please send an email to Artistic Director of the festival Mariam Ribon to, with a digital link to the work intended for the festival or a previous work.

Criteria for the group/company dance pieces: No longer than 7 mins for group pieces. Up to 4 mins for solo work. Maximum of 15/18 dancers. Original dance choreography. Priority given to contemporary dance works. Although the Irish Youth Dance Festival aims to develop contemporary dance, other dance styles will also be considered. Applications by email are free (no entry fee) and should be received by 15th March 2019.

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Artistic Collaborations Jan-March 2019

January 7, 2019

7 Jan 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. 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 to two months) for an artist working in any discipline with a clear focus on children and/or young people articulated in the proposal. Residencies of 1 to 2 months will be awarded for the period August 2019-June 2020. Travel from Ireland, accommodation and a monthly stipend are included.
Full guidelines, terms and conditions available on CCI's website:
Applications to be made online by Thursday 10 January 2019.

Draíocht & Fishamble: The New Play Company

Throughout 2019, Draíocht continues our 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 begins 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 will be shortlisted and, later in 2019, one play will be commissioned and receive a full production and national tour, including at Draíocht!
Draíocht is delighted to be supporting the writers, Catríona Daly, Jeda De Brí and Finbarr Doyle, Alice Murphy, Barry McStay and Ian Toner who, over the last year, have been participating in group and one to one workshops and mentorship, and have now submitted drafts of their new plays. Fishamble is humbled and delighted by the standard of work received from all the participating playwrights.
‘Draíocht is delighted to be working in a developmental way with our colleagues in Fishamble on the A Play For Ireland Project. This two year ambitious project has been supporting writers in a considered way through mentoring and peer support at its core, as well as providing audiences with the opportunity to see a fully produced piece that will reflect and interrogate contemporary Ireland. We welcome the opportunity to work in this way not only with Fishamble but with the 6 writers who are working from Draíocht.’ Emer McGowan, Director

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 in 2019.  2019 will also see ShortWorks announce a Development Bursary (awarded through an Open Call process) to enable a practitioner develop a new piece for children.

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 PLACE, OUR STORIES is a project which facilitates a collaboration between 6 leading artists and 6 key communities in Dublin 15, under the artistic directorship of Veronica Coburn (Hallelujah!, Draíocht’s Community Clown Choir, Home Theatre (Ireland) project).

Supported as part of the Creative Irelands 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 participating groups presenting their pieces to a local audience.

Each group will have 15-20 participants, 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. It is about recognising our truths and celebrating the positives. 

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

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Relive Home Theatre Ireland in 30 Homes with 30 Videos

December 28, 2018

Home Theatre (Ireland) ... Our Place. Our Stories
On Saturday 6th October 2018, something amazing happened in Dublin 15.

30 brand new pieces of theatre, Written, Performed & Directed by 47 professional Theatre Artists, inspired by 30 Dublin 15 Stories were performed simultaneously all across Dublin 15 in 30 Homes, 3 times each, on the one night, totalling 90 Performances to over 1000 people.

11 Filmmakers captured all 30 shows which you can now begin to enjoy ... HERE

A selection of 24 of the plays transferred from homes to Draíocht's Main Stage as part of Dublin Theatre Festival 2018, 10-13 Oct.

Theatre Artists Included:
Amanda Azams, Clare Barrett, Robbie Blake, Bryan Burroughs, Cathal Cleary, Annabelle Comyn, Dylan Coburn Gray, Jeda De Bri, Finbar Doyle, Shaun Dunne, Shadaan Felfeli, Fionn Foley, Sorcha Fox, Gavin Fullam, Liam Halligan, Nancy Harris, Eamonn Hunt, Roisin Ingle, Philip Judge, Sonya Kelly, Deirdre Kinahan, Gavin Kostick, Lauren Larkin, Ruth Lehane, Louise Lewis, Louise Lowe, Marc Mac Lochlainn, Sharon Mannion, Megan McDonnell, Fiona McGeown, Paul Mercier, Conall Morrison, John Morton, Colin Murphy, Elaine Murphy, Little John Nee, Eva O'Connor, Mary O'Driscoll, Natalya O'Flaherty, Felicia Olusanya, Jody O'Neill, Claire O'Reilly, Duke Special, Tom Swift, Neil Watkins, Ali White, Emma Willis.

Artistic Director: Veronica Coburn
Video Projections: Kilian Waters
Sound Design & Composer: Sinead Diskin
Lighting Design: Mark Galione

All 30 Plays will be available on YouTube.
Enjoy our Home Theatre Ireland BLOG.

Further information:

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OPEN CALL - Draíocht Incubate Studio Residency

December 21, 2018

Emerging/Early-Career Visual Artists
04 MARCH - 19 APRIL 2019
Draíocht’s Artists Studio

Draíocht continues its INCUBATE studio residency programme for emerging/early-career visual artists, who wish to have time and space to research, test new ideas, and develop new work.

This Open Call is for artists whose practice - in any medium - is focused on children/young people or the theme of childhood. The six-week residency at Draíocht’s Artist Studio will be offered to a single artist or a small collective between 04 March and 19 April 2019. 

The context for this residency is Draíocht’s commitment to the visual arts/visual culture through its Gallery, Studio and young people’s programme.
These sit within the frame of ‘A Space For The Arts’, Draíocht’s 2018-2022 Strategy.
A plan of the studio plan is available HERE.

If you wish to be considered please send the following information to: by 5pm Friday 25 January 2019.
A current CV (2 pages maximum). Expression of interest to include: artist statement; a clear indication of the focus of the studio residency; website and/or other links to your work and/or up to ten images of relevant work in jpeg format. Please send all in a single PDF. 

Recipient Announcement: 30.01.19

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Early Bird New Season Offers - Book Before 07 January 2019

December 11, 2018

Be an early bird and book before 07 January 2019 for these New Season shows and get these great discounts!

This is the Funeral of Your Life
Full price: €18 / Early Bird: €15

Bat the Father Rabbit the Son
Full price: €18 / Early Bird: €15

The Dubliners Tribute Show
Full price: €20 / Early Bird: €17

WED 20 MAR 7.30PM 
Full price: €7.50 / Early Bird: €5

I See You by Amy De Bhrún
FRI 22 MAR 8.15PM 
Full price: €18 / Early Bird: €15

Tickets must be paid in full before 07 January 2019 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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