Light Up - Draíocht Building Projection Commissions 2021

February 1, 2021



We are delighted to launch ‘Light Up’, an artist led, community engagement Project, presented by Draíocht, in partnership with Fingal County Council. It sees Draíocht commission artists to create a series of images that will be projected on to our building over the darker months of 2021. It is one of a suite of responses from us to the challenges and opportunities that different levels of lockdown have presented around access to art for all and how we can continue to  support and work collaboratively with artists. 

Our building is currently closed to the public but these commissioned projections will provide points of connection between Draíocht, artists and the community we serve. They are a conversation starter, a focus for people of all ages to take a moment to look at something that is beautiful, that can bring joy, that is unexpected. They will be colourful, highly impactful and will make our building a living artwork, changing every few weeks.

Our first projections are works by illustrator Alan Nolan called ‘We Can Be Heroes’. Responding to a brief to create a work that was for children, that had a sense of new beginnings and optimism, Alan responded with a concept around 'kids as heroes'. 

He said  "We rightly laud our frontline staff as heroes for their work, but kids have been equally brave and have lost a huge chunks of their childhood -- they have missed out on birthdays, parties, school friends and school ceremonies; many have even lost loved ones. Yet they bounce back like heroes. Kids deserve to be honoured as such and to know that the coming year will be better."

We couldn’t have put it better!

Watch out for the downloadable sheet and accompanying instructional video designed by Alan around the ‘Super Hero’ theme. These can be done at home and in the classroom.
What will be on our building next? You’ll just have to wait and see!


Share your visit to our Projections with us ...  #5kmfromhome  #DraiochtProjections  #LightUp  
or email your images to  sarah@draiocht.ie 


Coming Soon ... The announcement of our new Zoom Poetry project for families called ‘Super POWer Poetry’. Details will be shared soon!

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Artistic Collaborations Sept-Dec 2020

November 12, 2020


Draíocht and Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris
ARTIST RESIDENCY PROGRAMME 2021-2022


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
http://www.centreculturelirlandais.com.
Applications to be made online by 12 January 2021

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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.

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

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Artistic Collaborations Apr-Aug 2020

March 5, 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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Image: Mary Lou McCarthy, Dan Colley, Sian Ní Mhuirí, Deirdre Dwyer

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


Draíocht is delighted to continue our partnership with CCI, supporting an artist to travel to Paris to participate in the 2020/2021 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).

During her Residency, Mary Lou McCarthy developed a show for audiences aged 10-12 years entitled, ‘The Dead Letter Office’. She researched the French postal system and the history of the Dead Letter Office in Europe and also worked with Paris based director John McIlduff. Dan Colley worked on ‘Dance Plague’, a dance/theatre piece aimed at teenagers, to be produced by Collapsing Horse. Sian Ní Mhuirí developed her piece, Knapsack, a survivalist romp for children aged 8+.   

Deirdre Dwyer is the 4th and latest Draíocht recipient of a CCI Residency (2020/2021). During her month long residency, Deirdre plans to research and explore the children’s stories of Charles Perraut and Madame d’Aulnoy with a view to creating a play for young audiences focusing on their female protagonists, investigating the similarities and differences between ‘Cinderella’ (Perraut) and ‘Finnette Cendron’ (d’Aulnoy).

http://www.centreculturelirlandais.com

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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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Dublin Regional Network
An informal coming together of Draíocht, Axis, Civic and Mermaid takes place to offer support and tours to invited artists enabling them develop a specific strand of practice. To date, we have worked with Anna Newell who makes work for children and young people with profound and complex needs as well as a range of work for babies aged 0 to 6 months, including shows ‘Sing Me to the Sea’, ‘I AM BABA’ (pictured above) and ‘GROOVE’ (see pg 25). 2020 will see us support both Anna Newell and Branar theatre to make new work for their respective audience demographics.

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THISISPOPBABY - Mrs Macushla
Draíocht and Axis Ballymun are supporting (through some seed funding) THISISPOPBABY and theatre artist, Thommas Kane Byrne to develop a new piece of work called ‘Mrs Macushla’. It will have an in development showing as part of the ‘Where We Live’ programme in March 2020 in Project Arts Centre. The Macushla Ballroom was situated between Foley St, Amiens St and Buckingham St in the heart of Dublin’s North Inner City. Once a dance hall haunt, it went on to become a Bingo Hall that was cherished by locals. This is the story of Gertrude Kelly, the bingo caller in Macushla. When she’s calling numbers, she’s untouchable. When she’s not, her story begins to fray.
http://www.thisispopbaby.com

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

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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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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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