D15 Youth Theatre finishes up for the Summer ...

June 26, 2020

D15 Youth Theatre finishes up for the Summer and we asked Emily and our young members to reflect on how lockdown was for them. We were so delighted to be able to continue our weekly sessions every Tuesday night on Zoom. Have a lovely Summer and we'll see you guys Next Term!

"Moving to zoom was a strange transition but I have to thank our members for their resilience and drive to keep our wonderful Youth Theatre alive. We’ve had some laughs, some tears and some really bad wifi connections ... but we did it! Our zoom calls have come to an end but I cannot wait to get back into Draíocht and explore our new way of working. I know for sure that a powerful piece of theatre will bud from all this. The future is bright for D15YT and the stage is waiting for us!" 
Emily Matthews, D15YT Facilitator



A few words from our members ...

"We are surviving a global pandemic and are still smiling through it. We will be in the history books and that's something to be proud of."

"Lockdown was hard, it was really hard actually but all of D15YT, my parents and boyfriend, you guys made it that little bit easier and things will continue to get better."

"Even though the restrictions are preventing us from meeting up with our friends in the real world, we've all found ways to keep in contact.”

“I love that we work as a team and we're all very inclusive."

 "What kept me going through the Lockdown and not seeing anybody was this Youth Theatre, having a laugh and keeping up my spirits, something to look forward to every week."

"We've survived a global Pandemic we can do anything!"

See you guys Next Term!
Have a lovely Summer!
Emily, Paula & all the Team at Draíocht


ENJOY SOME YOUTH THEATRE EXERCISES WITH EMILY!


 

 

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D15YT - Manifesting in New and Innovative Ways

April 14, 2020



It’s safe to say things have been abnormal lately. Only a month ago the term “corona virus” was associated with a few sick people half way across the world and every day that statistic grew and more shapes on the map had an impending red dot decorating their surface. The last time the D15 Youth Theatre met was roughly a month ago when we joked about shaking elbows and not hands, masking the pandemic barrelling towards us like a truck with improv games. For just two hours the statistics were out of mind, we were smiling from ear to ear and running around Draiocht giddy and invincible to what we didn’t know was coming. Since then school has been carried out through email, our theatre’s home in Blanchardstown has become a ghost town, the strangers we pass on the street must stand six feet away and our hands are raw from washing them.

On Tuesday, April seventh a handful of us had our inaugural video class. Our meeting was sprinkled with pixelated faces, muzzy audio, a cowboy hat and some smooth jazz. Instead of standing in our circle formation on the blue-green linoleum floor of our usual headquarters, we sat in our bedrooms scattered all around Dublin. We all caught up and talked about how our time was being spent in our isolation, the consensus was a lot of Netflix, Animal Crossing but school work? Not so much.

Most Tuesdays we can simply reach out and there is another person at our fingertips, and another person at theirs, and so on and so on, but now there are miles between us. We are all quickly learning that social isolation can become emotional isolation all too soon. I think we are all very lucky to have such a tight knit group. Our youth theatre isn’t just an extra-curricular, ask anyone from our group and they will tell you we are a family. Our group chat has been lively with regular check ups and brainteasers over the past month. We plan to make the most of this time and find the silver lining in this dystopian disaster.

It is times like these that we turn to arts the most. Our TV sets are on, Netflix and Disney+ memberships are higher than they have been in a while, we are reading new books and listening to music. The worlds population is creating and consuming art as if it is oxygen, sharing and spreading ideas, shedding light on the worlds problems while simultaneously acting as an escape. Art is a need not a luxury, it enlightens our souls and surrounds us in our everyday lives. The D15 Youth Theatre will continue to create in this adversity. The possibilities are endless for us. Then and now, we will write and perform and manifest in new and innovative ways because that is what art does; it adapts, overcomes and connects.

Kate, D15YT Member

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GO QUARAN-TEAM! … 'D15 Youth Theatre had their first Zoom meeting on 7 April ... it was great to see some familiar faces! It’s so important that we keep our hobbies going and our creativity flowing. We'll continue our weekly meetings online, as we create, challenge and communicate from our homes. Our plans include writing monologues, acting and recording some individual pieces. Stay tuned for more!'
Emily Matthews D15 Youth Theatre Facilitator

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GO QUARAN-TEAM!

April 8, 2020



GO QUARAN-TEAM! … 'D15 Youth Theatre had their first Zoom meeting last night ... it was great to see some familiar faces! It’s so important that we keep our hobbies going and our creativity flowing. We'll continue our weekly meetings online, as we create, challenge and communicate from our homes. Our plans include writing monologues, acting and recording some individual pieces. Stay tuned for more!'
Emily Matthews D15 Youth Theatre Facilitator
 

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D15 Youth Theatre - Spring 2020 Activities

January 7, 2020


D15 Youth Theatre - Spring 2020
Throughout the first few months of 2020, D15 Youth Theatre’s 30 strong membership will work on stagecraft with our new youth theatre facilitator, Emily Matthews. During February they will explore current environmental themes arising from the gallery exhibition ‘Holdfast’ by Ann Ensor, to create some short response films in collaboration with our youth film club later in 2020.

Established in October 2011, Draíocht’s highly successful Youth Theatre (D15YT), gives young people aged between 14-18 years a space to create, express themselves and explore ideas. D15YT runs on Tuesday evenings 7pm-9pm, during school term times starting in early October each year.

“I’ve never felt so comfortable around a group of people in my life. Everyone in the group is friends, we get on so well we even joke and say that we’re a family. Being so comfortable around my fellow group members allows me to express myself, blossom and be creative and this in turn helps me to develop as an actress and writer all the time. Having such a supportive and constructive creative environment available is fantastic, and does wonders for your confidence and self-esteem. When you show up to a workshop on a Tuesday night having had a crap day or week, you know you’re going to leave with a smile on your face because the chemistry and energy in the group is amazing, it just lifts your spirits immediately when you step into the same room as them.”
Shauna, past D15YT Member

MORE ... Enjoy an Interview with Alex Cahill, one of our first members


For further information please contact Paula on t:01-8098029 or e: paula@draiocht.ie
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Draíocht is generously funded by Fingal County Council, with additional funding provided by The Arts Council. Draíocht also has a loyal network of Friends who contribute annually to the Company. You can also make a Donation to Draíocht of any amount from €2 upwards.

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D15 Youth Theatre Auditions 2019

September 30, 2019



D15 Youth Theatre Auditions 2019
SUNDAY 06 OCTOBER 2019
11AM-1PM  Draíocht Workshop Room
Age 14-18 Years


Auditions will be held for new members for Draíocht’s highly successful Youth Theatre (D15YT), for those aged between 14-18 years with a love of theatre and trying new things. D15YT runs on Tuesday evenings 7pm-9pm, during school term times starting in early October.

All are welcome to auditions, please drop into Draíocht to pick up an Application Form or phone 01-8852622 and we can post you one, or email you one or download now

If you are interested in finding out more about D15YT, contact sarah@draiocht.ie or on 01-8098029 or read our Blog or follow us on Facebook

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Before the Auditions, why not dip your toe into a Free Youth Theatre Workshop on Culture Night on 20 September

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The Audition will take place on Sunday, 06 October 2019 @ Draíocht 11am-1pm.

Please arrive at 10.45am to sign in. You do not need to prepare anything or bring anything with you.

We will begin with a chat about the auditions and what will be involved in participating in D15 Youth Theatre. You will then take part in a group workshop. This workshop will involve some group activities and some script work. Don’t be nervous – being able to work as part of a group, take guidance and pick up new things is every bit as important as previous experience.

The Audition is NOT based on talent alone; participants are selected with regard to the following aim: 

We aim to establish a good gender mix, from a range of abilities and backgrounds and so, will select participants based on the following criteria: 

• Gender balance 

• Social/geographical mix 

• Inclusion of ages 14 years-18 years

• Interest and passion for theatre

We will let each participant know by letter if they have been selected.
Should you be offered a place, the first term will run weekly onTuesdays, starting early October. There is a €10 membership fee for the term and a €2 weekly contribution.

We look forward to seeing you at auditions and wish you luck on the day!

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