Vacancy - Part Time Front of House Staff

August 6, 2019

Draíocht Is Currently Recruiting Part Time Front Of House Staff

We are now searching for friendly, enthusiastic and outgoing people to join our team. Do you have an interest in the arts? Like working in a team? Do you have good communication skills, a flexible approach and neat personal presentation? Draíocht might be the place for you.

Applicants must be over 18. An interest in the Arts a distinct advantage (studying arts, media, theatre, dance etc. or past work experience in a similar organisation). Previous Bar work or customer service experience an advantage but not essential.

To apply, simply fill in our application form and return it with your CV to:
Philippa Cahill, Box Office Coordinator, Draíocht, The Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15 or by email:

An Application Form & Job Description are available by email from, or download here.
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Closing date for completed applications is 5pm on Friday 23 August 2019.
Applicants should be available for interview on Thursday 5th and Friday 6th September 2019.

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Artistic Collaborations Sep-Dec 2019

August 1, 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.


Sian Ní Mhuirí​

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 2019/2020 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. Sian Ní Mhuirí, a writer and theatre maker has been awarded the 2019/2020 Residency.

While there, Sian will develop her piece, Knapsack, a survivalist romp for children aged 8+.  Knapsack asks the audience ‘What would you pack in your bag if the world ended, and you had to run away?’  Unclear as to whether the central character is seeking shelter from rising seas, escaping a zombie apocalypse, a vengeful dragon, a war, or an evil step-parent, Knapsack instead focuses on whether a torch or a teddy is a better choice, whether sentimentality or brutality saves you in a crisis, and what tools children need when they’re far from home.


Draíocht and Slingsby (Australia)
03-07 JUN 2019

Draíocht supported a week long development (3-7 June 2019) of a new theatre piece for children and adults, by acclaimed Australian theatre company, Slingsby, based on the memoir 'The Boy Who Talked To Dogs'. This tells the true story of Martin McKenna growing up in Garryowen, Limerick in the 1970's. It is a powerful story of redemption and transformation from a boy who grew up in Ireland and eventually made his way to Byron Bay, Australia, where he now lives as a best-selling author and radio personality - celebrated as the 'Dog Man'. The Irish creative team which includes Amy Conroy (writer) and Lisa O’Neill (songwriter) worked with the Australian Creative team in Draíocht’s Studio and explored further the themes of the piece while working on script and song development. The piece will be a highlight of Draíocht’s Autumn 2020 programme. 


Draíocht & Fishamble: The New Play Company

October 2019 sees the culmination of Draíocht’s 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 supported new writing and encouraged 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 was the search for an idea for one, big, ambitious play that captures the zeitgeist of the country.

2019 began with 30 brand new finished scripts being submitted to the programme, which have been developed during 2019 with the support of dramaturgs, directors and designers from around the country. In Phase 2 of this programme, 6 plays were shortlisted, one per venue.  One play has now been chosen for full commission and production.

We look forward to the performances of ‘The Alternative’ by Michael Patrick and Oisín Kearney on 4th and 5th October 2019 as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival.
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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.

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 on November 2nd 2019 (see page 25 for more details)

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 sees the development and tour of a new show ‘BigKidLittleKid’ (see page 18 for further details), a non verbal show for 3 to 6 year olds. Tours of extant work ‘Sing Me To The Sea’, a show designed for children up to 12 years with complex needs took place with Draíocht working in partnership with the CRC to present same. ‘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 three venues and Axis Ballymun, have also come together with Helium Arts, an organisation whose mission is to empower children living with illness through their creativity and the arts, to examine provision and supports in our three catchment areas.



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).

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 have been working with their groups. Mulhuddart Men’s Shed (Shaun Dunne), Mulhuddart Boxing Academy (Junk Ensemble), Daughters of Charity, Blakestown (Jody O’Neill), Foroige (Colm Keegan), Olaedo - Nigerian’s women’s group and Maureens’ Group (FeiliSpeaks), Hartstown Community College and Pobal Scoil Setanta (Dylan Coburn Gray). A variety of performing art forms (spoken word, theatre, dance) have been used in the workshop process and the groups represented different communites of place or interest. Because of the young demographic of Dublin 15 and Draíocht's subsequent commitment to this age group, three groups are made up of young people (14yrs +). Each group explored what stories they needed and wanted to tell and how those stories can be told to ensure they achieve their full potential when they meet their audiences in Draíocht.

OUR PLACE OUR STORIES culminates on Culture Night. With the empasis for participants on articulation rather than performance, each outcome has been recorded and will be shown in Draíocht’s foyer as well as a special screening in our Studio Space at 6pm. This will be followed at 7.30pm by live performances of our 6 artists, who have been commissioned as part of the project to create a new 10 minute piece in repsonse to the their group(s).



Draíocht And Room 13 Inquiry

Room 13 Inquiry is in its fifth year in two primary schools in Fingal. Developed by Fingal Arts Office, the programme sees artists share an art studio space with children in the school environment, and the children visit exhibitions and places of cultural interest throughout the academic year. A partnership with Draíocht has resulted in some wonderful opportunities for the children and artists this year.

Once again we will partner to host a ‘Room 13 Midterm Art School’ for children wishing to pursue their interest in art outside of school time, with artist workshops, gallery visits and artist talks.

Further information contact Julie Clarke, Youth & Education Officer, Fingal Arts Office,  or Sarah Beirne, Children & Youth Arts Officer,


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

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Vacancy - Full Time Technical Stage Manager

July 15, 2019

Draíocht is currently recruiting a full-time Technical Stage Manager.

Proficiency is desirable in one or more of the following technical theatre areas: Lighting, Sound & Sound Engineering, Staging & Carpentry, AV & Projection, IT Skills and Health & Safety.

Cover Letter and CV must be submitted by 5pm Thursday 1st August 2019 to Emer McGowan, Director, Draíocht, The Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15 by post or email to Please refer to the Job Description and Person Profile when telling us about yourself, as these are the criteria we will use when short-listing.

Deadline for Applications: 5pm Thursday 1st August 2019.
​Interviews will be held on: Wednesday 7th August 2019.

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Celebrating Cruinniú na nÓg 2019 at Draíocht

June 7, 2019

Local children and young people are being called upon to fire up their imaginations and take part in one of the free Cruinniú na nÓg events taking place around the county on Saturday 15 June 2019. Now in its second year, Cruinniú na nÓg celebrates and encourages participation by children and young people in creative activities in their local neighbourhoods and communities. 

For a list of Fingal Events, click here:

Draíocht has 2 events this year:

Family Art Day: Create and Celebrate!
Celebrating Cruinniú na nÓg 2019

SAT 15 JUNE 2019 12 NOON - 3PM
Draíocht Galleries // FREE
Ages 5-10 years

Join our gallery artists for a very special Family Art Day to celebrate Cruinniú na nÓg and launch our Children’s Gallery Guide! Just like a detective, follow the Rocketship to our First Floor Gallery, find and draw a masterpiece using the view finder! What else is there in a gallery to see and explore?! Why not come back another day and use our guide in a relaxed, self directed and fun way to explore a new Draíocht exhibition!

Sessions Are Free, But Space Is Limited. Max 50 per workshop.
Session 1: 12PM-12.50PM
Session 2: 1PM-1.50PM
Session 3: 2PM-2.50PM
Dress for Mess. Unless otherwise stated workshops are designed for children from 5-10 years, though younger and older siblings are welcome to take part. Please be aware that Draíocht’s Family Days are not designed for groups. All children must be accompanied by an adult and all adults must be accompanied by a child!
Booking tel 01-8852622

Creative Music Making - Early Years Music Sessions
Celebrating Cruinniú na nÓg 2019

SAT 15 JUNE 2019  10.30am-11.10am & 11.30am – 12.10pm
Draíocht Studio // FREE
Ages 3-5 years

At the heart of this music workshop lie the infinite possibilities of creative expression when we use our voices and imaginations to celebrate selfhood and explore the world around us. Join early years music specialist Julie Tiernan as she creates a wonderful world of magical encounters using song and musical activities that support creative development and well-being in early years children.

Suitable for ages 3-5 years and accompanying adults. Please respect this age category as the workshop is designed especially for 3-5 years only.
Booking is essential through Draiocht Box Office 01-8852622.

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Ahead of this year’s event, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan TD said:   “Ireland is the only country in the world to have a dedicated day of free creativity for our children and young people. Although only in its second year, Cruinniú na nÓg has already grown in ambition and scale with almost double the number of free activities taking place across the length and breadth of the country this year. This unique and important initiative helps us to deliver on our promise to enable the creative potential of every child and to give them the sense of accomplishment that comes with participating in a creative project that really triggers their imaginations.”

Dee Forbes, Director-General, RTÉ, said:  “Creativity and community are at the heart of RTÉ’s new mission statement.  They are also core principles of the Creative Ireland Programme’s Cruinniú na nÓg, which makes this partnership especially important for us. Encouraging and supporting opportunities for children and young people to come together to experience and explore their creative potential is a brilliant initiative. RTÉ supports over 130 arts and cultural events every year so recognizing and enabling artistic endeavour and creativity is something we take very seriously. We look forward to sharing in the excitement and fun on Saturday June 15 when the next generation of Ireland’s future creatives take centre stage on this very special day.”

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Full event details for Cruinniú na nÓg are available at

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Apply Now for Irish Youth Dance Festival Residency - Ages 14-16 Years

May 31, 2019

Irish Youth Dance Festival Residency 2019 at Draíocht

Presented by Dublin Youth Dance Company (DYDC) in collaboration with Draíocht and Fingal Arts Office
MON 24 - FRI 28 JUNE 2019
Draíocht Studio // 10.30AM-3:30PM // FREE

This week-long residency, with teacher and choreographer Sue Malone (DYDC), is for young people selected from Dublin 15, aged 14-16 years of age, with an interest in dance. Over 5 days, participants will work together with DYDC facilitators, exploring and creating a contemporary dance piece for performance. The resulting dance piece will be performed at the Young Creators Platform on Sunday 30th June (an informal showing). No previous experience is necessary, just an interest in dance and working with others to create something new.

Places are FREE, but Limited.
Please apply with your name, age and address by email to
Please include a short description of why you would like to take part.
For further information please contact Sarah on 01 809 8029
DEADLINE TO APPLY: Friday 7th June 2019

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