Our Place Our Stories - Shaun Dunne and Mulhuddart Men’s Shed

September 17, 2019

08 August 2019

We couldn’t miss an opportunity to snap the lovely gang from Mulhuddart Men’s Shed today, after a morning of work with their artist partner Shaun Dunne here in Draíocht, as part of 'Our Place, Our Stories', Draíocht’s ongoing project for 2019.

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).

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Draíocht Visitor Survey 2019 – Help Us Get Even Better!

September 10, 2019

Draíocht Visitor Survey 2019 – Help Us Get Even Better!

It’s one of our goals to review and reimagine the experience we offer our audience through our communications, both online and physically when you’re in our building, as well as dealing with us in person. This survey is anonymous, and we’d like you to be as honest as possible – it’s your chance to tell us what we do well, and what we could improve on. The survey will take about 10-15 minutes to complete, and has 3 sections with mostly tick-box questions. 

On completion you can choose to enter a competition to win one of 2 Draíocht Gift Vouchers worth €50 each (your survey answers will remain anonymous, we'll take you to a separate page).

CLICK HERE to complete the Survey.
Thank you in advance for your time, we really do appreciate it.

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Culture Night at Draiocht 2019 - Our Place, Our Stories

September 8, 2019

FRI 20 SEP  4PM-10PM  All Events are Free but Ticketed
Pre-booking advised tel 01-8852622 or Register On The Day/Night

4PM / Shorts for Wee Ones – BOOK HERE
Dur 45 mins / Ages 3+ / CERT: G

5.30PM / Shorts for Middle Ones – BOOK HERE
Dur 55 mins / Ages 8+ / CERT: G
Enjoy tales of a mystery fish who will only swim at the surface of the sea, a large green bird having some difficulties with a big bell and a very frisky egg, plus the coolest, funkiest Tyrannosaurus Rex of all time. See how an old, forgotten Rubik’s Cube finds a whole new audience and visit a chic Parisian restaurant with a truly unique menu.

7PM-8PM   Ages 14-18 Yrs   Draíocht Workshop Room – BOOK HERE
D15 Youth Theatre members welcome you into their world … bring a friend, introduce them to Draíocht and dip your toe into the waters of a fun Youth Theatre Workshop.

7PM-8PM  Draíocht Galleries – BOOK HERE
Join us for a curator’s tour of Estuary exploring key themes and artworks in this major exhibition. The curators Una Sealy RHA, James English RHA, Joshua Sex and Sanja Todorovic will guide you through the collection. 

6PM  Draíocht Foyer & Studio
7.30PM-8.30PM Draíocht Studio – BOOK HERE
Experience live performances and video stories from our 6 artist partners and 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 (FeliSpeaks), Hartstown Community College and Pobal Scoil Setanta (Dylan Coburn Gray).

FREE MOVIE SCREENING: Gloria Bell (2018)
8.30PM / Dur 102 mins / Cert 15A – BOOK HERE
Gloria (Julianne Moore), a free spirited divorcée, spends her days selling insurance and her nights dancing to disco anthems at an LA singles club for the over fifties. She finds romance with newly-divorced Arnold (John Turturro), and embarks on the complicated, joyful journey of new found love.

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LEAF by Ceol Connected, Theatre Company in Residence 2019

September 6, 2019

Draíocht is delighted work with Ceol Connected as Theatre Company in Residence during 2019 to develop LEAF, a multi-sensory performance for children with complex needs.  In doing so, we are responding to our 2018-2022 Strategy ‘Space for the Arts’ and in particular our commitment to expand equality of access to more children.

Ceol Connected is a young and impassioned theatre company that strives to create meaningful, beguiling, virtuosic, fantastical, and gloriously joyful work for young audiences that is of the highest quality and that draws inspiration and intrigue from the world of traditional arts. They are the makers of ‘The Quiet Tree’, The Far Field’, ’The Wonderful Tune’, ‘A Winter Wish’, ‘Whistle in the Wind’, and most recently ‘Return of Spring’.  

A core creative team comprised of Ceol Connected’s Dr. Thomas Johnston (traditional artist and theatre-maker), Orla Kelly (visual artist), and Joanna Williams (Director) are developing, with Draíocht’s support, a new inclusive and highly participatory theatrical performance, specifically designed for young children with complex needs. At the heart of this process is their exploration of how multisensory experiences - sound, touch, taste, smell, light, movement, etc. – can be meaningfully embedded in a theatrical performance to most effectively engage children who have a range of additional needs. This journey began at Draíocht in January 2018 with Ceol Connected’s development of ‘A Winter Wish’, a multisensory traditional music performance. Importantly, Ceol Connected’s residency at Draíocht will also involve close collaboration with Oakridge Preschool to ensure that children’s voices and experiences are central to the creative process.

Ceol Connected in partnership with Draíocht

FRI 13 - WED 18 SEP 2019 Draíocht Studio
€5 Per Child (Accompanying adults free) / Age 3-8 yrs / Dur 45 mins

What is it like to live on a giant leaf? Prepare for whooshing winds, gigantic raindrops, busy bugs, and bursts of colourful canopy in this joyful multi-sensory performance designed for children with complex needs. With the gentle unfurling of a leaf, a soothing sensory world is brought to life through music and song, light, smell, movement, and touch. Devised and created by director Joanna Williams, and performers Orla Kelly and Thomas Johnston, LEAF is a captivating, fun-filled, and immersive theatre experience suitable for very young children with complex needs and their guardian/carer. Developed by Ceol Connected as Theatre Company in Residence at Draíocht and supported by Fingal County Council and The Arts Council.

FRI 13 SEP     10AM & 12 NOON
SAT 14 SEP     2PM & 4PM
TUE 17 SEP    10AM & 12 NOON
WED 18 SEP  10AM & 12 NOON

Booking Notes: Each show is limited to 6 children & their guardian/carer. LEAF is a joyful experience of multi-sensory play, music, relaxation and surprise for young children with complex needs. It is, at its core very stimulating, with a range of sights, sounds, smells, and tactile experiences. Shows are suited to special needs crèches & pre-schools as well as for children and their guardian/carer. . To check suitability, please phone Sarah Beirne, Children & Youth Arts Officer, 01-8098029. Booking through Box Office tel 01-8852622.

Ceol Connected’s Draíocht Residency is supported by Fingal County Council and The Arts Council

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Early Bird New Season Offers – Book Before 06 September 2019

August 8, 2019

Be an early bird and book before 06 September for these new season shows and get these great discounts!

The Alternative – Fishamble & DTF
FRI 04 OCT 8PM / SAT 05 OCT 2.30PM & 8PM
Full price: €20 / Early Bird: €16

Full price: €20 / Early Bird: €16

Eggsistentilalism by Joanne Ryan
Full price: €18 / Early Bird: €15

Magical Mozart by Candlelight
Full price: €22 / Early Bird: €18

Christmas Gothic
Full price: €18 / Early Bird: €15

Tickets must be paid in full before 06 September 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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