Draíocht News Update: 30 October 2020

October 30, 2020

Not Everything is Cancelled!

It's been a rough old year! But what 2020 has given us is the gift of resilience as we forge ahead as best we can. And let's remember … Not everything is cancelled!

Music isn’t cancelled, or dance, or sunshine, or walking, or poetry, or Netflix, or reading, or drawing, or chatting with friends. 
Imagination isn’t cancelled. 
Kindness isn't cancelled. 
Nor most importantly… Hope!

We’re really sad that Draíocht is closed again, but we’re extremely hopeful that December and early 2021 brings better news for our audiences.
For now though, remember... Not everything is cancelled! Here’s what we’re up to behind closed doors as we try to keep the Magic going as best we can. 


Spooky Stories with Emily & Gen
SAT 31 OCT - SUN 1 NOV 2020 // Online

Something spooky is creeping up on us this weekend!

11am: Eye of Newt... Toe of Frog... Join Emily, if you dare, in an enchanted magical forest, where she'll show you how to make a real Witches Potion from materials found in nature.
11.30am: Join Genevieve in her Witches Workshop as she helps you make your own Mini Magic Broom, from materials found in nature, as well as a tiny Witches Broom Bucket.

12 noon: Wizards & Witches, Brooms & Wands, Potions & Pagans and Magic Beyond ... Join Emily, in an enchanted magical forest as she spins you a wonderful web of spooktacular poetry!

Join us on YouTube or Facebook from 11am this Saturday for these magical videos with Emily Matthews & Genevieve Harden.

Enjoy our spooky trailer!


Space to Create
Jess Rowell - Dance Artist in Residence

Continuously evolving, Jess Rowell’s Dance Residency hasn’t faltered, even in this extraordinary year of challenges. All of the footage compiled over the past few months will feature in two final films in December, which will mark the end of this incredible year of dance creation. 


Chance to Dance
A film which explores and captures the power of communication through movement and the exchange of gestures between dancers in space and on camera, working with senior members of Draíocht’s Create Dance project. 

Between Us There Is…
A dance film featuring dancers Jess Rowell and Brian Mc Sweeney, shot by Conor Donelan with music by composer Stefan French. A piece originally created for live performance, recently adapted for film. 



Artist ‘Show & Tell’ Zoom Sessions

Artist ‘Show & Tell’ Zoom Sessions - Artists Zoom into your Classroom
€10 Per Session Per Class // 40 mins // Book Now:  boxoffice@draiocht.ie

We are having so much fun with this programme, which allows primary school pupils to hear from interesting artists who work in a range of art forms in Ireland today. The artist will zoom right into your whiteboard to virtually meet and talk with pupils and teachers in your own classroom.

Here’s Laura Zooming into Castleknock National School last week:

Choose from:  

Hear all about the wonders of acting, making a movie, and being on stage. How did Emily decide to be an actor - how can you become one too?

What's it like to be a musician? What instruments can Kevin play? Has he ever been in a band? What's it like to be on stage? Do you really need to practice every day?

Andrew is a contemporary visual artist working with many materials and new technologies to create lots of different kinds of visual art works. What is a visual artist? What is it like to be an artist? What is his work about?

Ask one of Draíocht’s very own technicians, Laura, questions about the magic of the lights, the booming sounds, amazing sets and more!

Booking through Draíocht's Box Office: boxoffice@draiocht.ie / 083-084 7249 / 083-028 9771



Making Art Printing - Virtual Tour with Artist Bridget Flannery for Under 12s

Now you can virtually step through our gallery doors with our specially created child-centred video tour of our gallery exhibition 'MAKing Art: PRINTing', running until January 2021. Artist Bridget Flannery walks us through the gallery, telling us the stories of how prints are made and helping us to explore this beautiful exhibition. 

Make sure to download the accompanying worksheets, created by cartoonist Alan Nolan, helping you to further explore and enjoy the gallery from your own home or classroom, in your own time. It's full of tips, questions and ideas on how to talk about the works in a fun and easy way.


Magical Printing with Deirdre & Gen


Printing is a kind of magic. Join our artists Deirdre O'Reilly & Genevieve Harden for this wonderful workshop where you'll hear all about how printing works and what different techniques printers use. Then they'll show you how to use colours, inks, lines and shapes to create your own small magical print! 
Suitable for ages 5-10 years, but older & younger children are always welcome to try too.
Join us on YouTube or Facebook at 11am on 7 November.


The University of Wonder & Imagination

Online show Zooming Directly into Primary School Classrooms
Thursday 12th November 2020
€30 per class group / 8 Shows Available

This fun, interactive experience takes place live in your classroom via the magic of digital technology. Journey to the most unusual of universities, meet the mysterious Professor Bamberg, choose your subjects of study, enter themed rooms, encounter problems and puzzles and unlock your magical powers.

In this ambitious and unique undertaking, Cahoots NI, who previously entertained Draíocht's audiences with their delightful shows 'Egg' and 'Penguins', will broadcast from an extensive, purpose built set where magic and illusion have no boundaries, bringing a fun filled, immersive theatrical experience directly to you. 

Booking through Draíocht's Box Office: boxoffice@draiocht.ie / 083-084 7249 / 083-028 9771

9.30am / 10am / 10.30am / 11am / 11.30 / 1pm / 1.30pm / 2pm

Read more HERE!

Watch the amazing trailer here!


Support Our Artists + Buy A Work

Draíocht’s Galleries are once again closed, but we continue to feature the works of all artists on our Gallery Instagram page. You can also purchase some of the works online!

You can view all the 'Works from the Graphic Studio' in our Online Gallery, complete with Artists Biographies and Prices. The artists are all Fingal based.

You can view all the work from 'New Impressions' in our Ground Floor Gallery in the Attached PDF

If you are interested in supporting the artists by purchasing a work, please email teresa@draiocht.ie and we can take your payment by phone and organise swift payment to the artists and delivery to you when the exhibition closes after 16 January 2021. A 25% non-refundable deposit will secure the work for you. 


Halloween Dance Class with Conor

From Dead Insect Dancing to Killer Thriller Moves, Conor Donelan's latest online video class for our Create Dancers is as educational as is it hugely enjoyable!

Can you hear the 'Thriller' theme tune? Picture this... a creepy story, howling at the moon like a wolf and walking on creaking floorboards... then zombies everywhere! This Halloween Dance Class is high energy and super fun.

We are missing the very personal interactions we love so much with our favourite young dancers, but we will keep on dancing weekly, with Conor and Mark Rogers, online for now until we can have you all back in our building. 


Creative Resources for Families & Schools

We’ve quite the collection of video resources now for you to enjoy online. Over 35 Videos have been created this year alone, ready for you to explore at home or at school. Why not try your hand at something new with these 10 videos below and then check out the full list on our YouTube Channel Playlist

Salt Art with Deirdre O'Reilly

Playful Puppetry with Anne Cradden

Rebuilding Our Community with Andrew Carson

Movement and Dance with Conor Donelan

A Mindful Journey with Jo Quinn

The Drama Challenge with Emily Matthews

Printing for Toddlers with Anne Cradden

Rock Art with Genevieve Harden

Drawing Blind with Deirdre O'Reilly

Art Explorers Go Wild with Genevieve Harden


D15 Spook Theatre

"Puffs of magic, All spooky and tragic... "

D15 Youth Theatre has been back in action since early October, zooming weekly with Emily and Paula, and this week we worked on their Halloween Improv, showing great flair and skill as usual.

There were also conversations about stress levels among teenagers at this tough time and in response, we are going to work with Jo Quinn later this month to create a Mindfulness Video for Young People, so watch this space!

Our talented gang are also planning their next big project, which will take place in Draíocht's Gallery in June 2021. 



Things you might like to try...

The Rick O'Shea Book Club
This is Ireland's largest book club with 34,000 members in over 100 countries. It was started in 2014 by RTE broadcaster Rick O'Shea. Pop over, join the Facebook Group, and get reading!  If you find something you’d like to read, pop over to TheBookshop.ie and see if they have it second-hand, with most books priced at €2!

Support the Dirt Birds
We’ve loved supporting our favourite Dirt Birds with free space to create content and videos in our studio. You can now become a Dirt Birds' patron on their Patreon page!

Buy Irish This Christmas
We loved this Irish Times article and encourage you to explore their list of 200 Irish retailers for all your online Christmas shopping needs!


Sign Up to Keep in Touch

Is there someone you know who is missing Draíocht? Get them to sign up to our newsletters so we can keep in touch and share our news.!

Our programmes for the foreseeable future will be advertised digitally, so please do forward this email and encourage friends to Sign Up to Keep in Touch

Check out our website for our most up to date Covid19 guidelines HERE.

Stay Connected

We have two Covid19 Temporary Box Office Phone Numbers, for ticket enquiries, Monday-Friday 10am-6pm until early December:
083-084 7249 / 083-028 9771

Philippa & Cliona are at the end of the phones, happy to assist  or you can email boxoffice@draiocht.ie
If you need something specific, the best way to contact any of our staff at the moment is by email. 

Stay well, stay safe and thank you for your continued support.
We miss you all.

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Draíocht News Update: 25 September 2020

September 25, 2020

Still Making Magic Behind Closed Doors

"Last year we had 1000 people through our building, tonight we have 44... it has been 190 days since our last live theatre performance & tonight we get to do one and then we’re closed for the next 3 weeks."

Our Director, Emer McGowan, commenting on the RTÉ News last Friday night, on Culture Night, as we were lucky enough to preview one of four planned performances of  'Birdboy' by United Fall/Emma Martin, as part of Dublin Fringe Festival. Unfortunately, like all other Dublin venues, we've had to close again for another 3 weeks, as a result of new government restrictions on indoor gatherings.  

We’re very thankful for your support and enthusiasm for returning to live events, and look forward to welcoming you back as soon as possible. Please bear with us while we try to reschedule event dates over the next 3 weeks and make contact with all audience members who've booked tickets.

For now, our Artist Support programmes will continue with all our enhanced protocols and procedures in place, and our Café will remain open (for take out only), Monday - Friday 10am-2.30pm.



Draíocht Café

We are operating a café on a temporary basis until new tenants are in situ.

We're open Monday - Friday 10am - 2.30pm for a selection of a high-quality range of fairtrade, hand-roasted coffee, organic teas, hot chocolate, fresh muffins and chocolate bars.

Please note that our café is currently take-away only.


Forthcoming Events



Draíocht Rocks

"Here in my hand is more than just a rock or a stone.      
It’s a little bit of magic, for our community to own..."

It's been a busy week so far for artists Genevieve Harden and Emily Matthews, who've been sharing the magic of rock art, poetry and treasure hunts with local children online.

After decorating stones and rocks with Gen, join Emily as she walks through Millennium Park hiding some very special Draíocht Rocks for you to find on our rock hunt. How about you bring some of your own decorated rocks to the park and leave them beside Draíocht's, for other treasure hunters to discover!

You can watch all of our videos so far here:
Rock Art with Genevieve Harden
‘A Little Bit of Magic’ with Emily Matthews
We’re Going on a Rock Hunt with Emily Matthews

And join us this Saturday for the final video from Genevieve, where we will be learning more tips and tricks to decorating our rocks.


MAKing Art: PRINTing

MAKing Art: PRINTing, Curated by Sharon Murphy, opened and closed on the same say, last Friday 18 September 2020, as a result of new Covid-19 government restrictions on indoor gatherings introduced for the Dublin region.

We’re very thankful for your support and enthusiasm for returning to our First Floor Gallery from 20th July, and we look forward to welcoming you back as soon as possible to both Galleries from 12th October.
Stay in touch across our social media channels, as we introduce the work of our Ground Floor Gallery Artists, Neil Dunne, Margot Galvin, Fiona Kelly and Aoife Scott. 

Exhibition continues until Sat 16 January 2021

MAKing Art: PRINTing - New Impressions (Ground Floor Gallery) explores how traditional printmaking techniques have been re-imagined and re-worked and invites us to consider: what makes a print a print? 


Family Day: Magic Mono Print

Why not let the little ones enjoy the magic of printmaking?

Come along with your family and hear about our current printing exhibition, how printing works and what techniques printers use. Meet the artist Margot Galvin, see and hear about her work, and with the help of our artists experience the instant cause and effect of printing. By using colours, inks, lines and shapes, create a small print to feel this messy magic yourself!

Find out more about this free workshop on Saturday Oct 17th HERE.

Spaces are very limited, so book now to avoid disappointment.


Space to Create - Artist Support at Draíocht

Draíocht continues to support artists this September with free spaces to rehearse, write, create, film, dance, think & plan... whatever they need!

Sue and Sinead from the Dirtbirds used our rehearsal room to create new content, improvise new sketches, and prepare for the day when they can get back on stage.
Dirtbirds - No Filters will be performed in Draíocht on Friday March 5th.

Thomas Johnston & Ceol Connected visited for 3 days working on their Tradoodle Festival in our upstairs studio space.

Simona Roveda joined us to develop her one woman show, touching on the topics of being a woman, a mother, an emigrant, a clown...Using our rehearsal space, Simona sought to deepen her reflection in the territory of identity, ritual and language.


Jess Rowell - Dance Artist In Residence 2020

Jess Rowell, Draíocht’s Dance Artist in Residence 2020, has found innovative and exciting ways of moving forward with her residency this year. Jess has a specialism in working with children, young people and artists with an intellectual disability.

So far this year she has been facilitating and supporting members of Draíocht's 'Create Dance', our special needs dance programme, in a new film project ‘Chance to Dance’. The film explores and captures the power of communication through movement and the exchange of gestures between dancers in space and on camera.

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Draiocht News Update - 13 August 2020

August 13, 2020

The Show Must Go On!

Draíocht’s last live show was on Wednesday 11 March 2020!  180 days later, it is with great excitement, that we reopen our Main Auditorium for our September programme.

We are thrilled to welcome audiences back and to get people working again; our technicians, ushers, actors, comedians and musicians, have all been patiently waiting in the wings. We know there are still challenges ahead. But the show must and will go on!

For now, we have a maximum capacity of 50 tickets available (socially distanced). Additional customers will be placed on a Waiting List, until we can (hopefully) increase our capacity. We’ve worked really hard to put all the necessary safety protocols in place to ensure that your visit and those of our artists, is completely safe.

Our first live show is Birdboy by United Fall/Emma Martin, Co-presented by Dublin Fringe Festival and Draíocht. Performed by dancer Kévin Coquelard, this kaleidoscopic family show (for ages 8+) celebrates the power of imagination and offers a vision of hope and connection … something we all need right now. 

Enjoy this stunning video before Booking Tickets HERE!

We’ll be announcing more events over the coming weeks on our website and across our social media.
You can see some of our October highlights here and sign up to get reminders.

Welcome Back!




We ask that you please read our full Visitor Guidelines on our website before your arrive for a show:  https://www.draiocht.ie/blog/category/covid19

COVID-19 Self Screening Questions
If you answer ‘YES’ to any of the 5 questions below, please DO NOT attend the event. 
Instead, contact our Box Office to discuss options for a Credit Note or Refund, on 01 885 2622 before 1pm on event day.

In the past 14 days, have you or anyone in your party;
Q1. Had any Covid 19 symptoms, such as a cough, fever, high temperature, sore throat, runny nose, breathlessness or flu like symptoms?
Q2. Been diagnosed with a confirmed or suspected Covid 19 infection?
Q3. Been a close contact of a person who is a confirmed or suspected case of Covid 19?
Q4. Returned from another country, not on the safe travel list?
Q5. Been advised by a doctor to self-isolate at this time?

Your support is greatly appreciated and we look forward to providing a safe experience for all our visitors.
It’s great to see you again!
The Team at Draíocht

Box Office 01 885 2622

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Draiocht News Update - 15 July 2020

July 15, 2020


An Exhibition of Works by Children from Dublin 15


Exhibition runs from Mon 20 July - Fri 28 August 2020
Ground Floor Gallery

An Initiative of Draíocht's Children/Youth Arts Programme during Covid19.

We are delighted to reopen Draíocht’s Ground Floor Gallery with an exhibition of 326 works made during lockdown by 164 children from 122 families living on the doorstep of Draíocht in Dublin 15.

An initiative of Draíocht’s Children and Youth Arts Programme, #ShowUsYourArt invited its young artists aged 2-13 to make paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations and photographic images as a way to stay close and positively engage during the pandemic.

Over a period of twelve weeks between 30 March and 19 June, portfolios of artworks by the children emerged which investigated and represented their ideas around a range of themes from the experience of different seasonal festivals to the built environment and from the natural world to best friends, family ties and even superheroes.

Each week Draíocht posted a selection of submissions online and, following the easing of restrictions, the artworks made their way to the Gallery for selection and installation. The Gallery has been designed to show the works on small shelves, on large round wooden wall based panels, in grid formations, on screens and a specially made soundscape of the children’s experience has been commissioned. We are indebted to the children and families for their extraordinary commitment and enthusiasm and look forward to welcoming everyone to see the work. 

Draíocht’s Galleries are open Monday-Friday 10am-6pm from 20 July 2020.
Visitor capacity has been reduced to allow for social distancing.
Please read our Current Guidelines HERE.

Keep up to date on our galleries through our Draíocht Gallery Instagram!


Works from the Graphic Studio - Members from Fingal
To mark its 60th Anniversary

Image: Graphic Studio Artist Niamh Flanagan with her work ‘the lost villages’

Exhibition runs from Mon 20 July - Fri 28 August 2020
First Floor Gallery

Works from the Graphic Studio is an exhibition which marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Graphic Studio and features members from Fingal who work across a range of processes including etching, woodcut/lino, screen print and lithography.

Artists include: Susan Early, Mary Grey, Julie Ann Haines, Michele Hetherington, Ernada Husic, Siobhan Hyde, Desmond Kenny, Michael Killen, Jennifer Lane, Pamela Leonard, Ned McLoughlin, Sorca O'Farrell and Una Sealy.

The exhibition will also feature work by master printmakers, Niamh Flanagan and Robert Russell.

Support Our Artists + Buy A Print
We are delighted to feature the work of the artists in our Online Gallery.

Draíocht’s Galleries are open Monday-Friday 10am-6pm from 20 July 2020.
Visitor capacity has been reduced to allow for social distancing.
Please read our Current Guidelines HERE.


Space to Create - Artist Support at Draíocht

Artists are the lifeblood of Draíocht, and we are so happy to be able to provide spaces for them to create during July and August.

So far, 27 days have been dedicated to Artist Support this Summer.


A Chance To Dance
Jess Rowell & Conor Donelan


We welcomed back Jess Rowell, our Dance Artist in Residence, to the building alongside Conor Donelan to prepare for their new project ‘A Chance To Dance’.
Conor and Jess will be working with the senior members of ‘Create Dance’ over the summer to prepare for a special project in November.

Via online video tutorials, our members will rehearse and learn their moves at home and then hopefully come back to the building in September to rehearse together.


Photos by Ste Murray

Paul Curley & John Currivan
From Zoom to Room!
We are delighted to have a great team of artists back in the building in development with a new theatre piece for young audiences! With Ian Cameron directing through Zoom from Scotland, nothing will stop these artists getting back to work!

Co-creators John Currivan & Paul Curley. Designer Ger Clancy, Music Composition and Sound Design Alma Kelliher, Lighting Design Sarah Jane Shiels, Stage Manager Martina Kavanagh, Producer Richie O'Sullivan. Supported by The Arts Council, Irish Theatre Institute and Draíocht.


Órla Kelly - Early Childhood Creativity

Visual artist Órla Kelly and drama facilitator Joanna Parkes are collaborating to design a set that will accompany Joanna's stories for children aged 2 to 5 years.
This will tour to libraries, courtesy of the Exploring & Thinking Bursary Award, supported by the four Dublin Local Authorities.
This tour won’t happen for some time, but taking advantage of some down time in the large spaces of Draíocht, Órla will begin to paint a very large, quirky and magical backdrop to set the scene.


Image: Theatre Lovett, They Called her Vivaldi. Photo by Ros Kavanagh

Theatre Lovett

Theatre Lovett are developing a new work for all ages based on Hans Christian Andersons The Steadfast Tin Soldier. Cast for this development includes Conor Linehan (pianist), Kevin Coquerlard (dancer), Louis Lovett (actor). Directed by Muireann Ahern. 


Selma Daniel, Dance Artist

Selma Daniel is a Dance Artist making Dance Theatre for young audiences.
Selma will be in residence in Draíocht in August researching family diversity and the benefits of being part of a family with different structures, in collaboration with 2 dancers and visual artist Órla Kelly.

Read more about the Paper Plane Project on her website HERE.


Photos: Clare Barrett / Louise Lowe / Ursula McGinn

Gap Days at Draíocht 

As lockdown begins to ease, venues and cultural organisations across the country are re-opening their doors to independent theatre artists for the Gap Day programme. 

Draíocht is thrilled to welcome three local freelance theatre artists over July and August; Clare Barrett, Louise Lowe, and Ursula McGinn.

A Gap Day allows a freelance theatre maker to dedicate a day to the creative research and thinking they have put on the long finger. It’s up to them what they spend the day doing – reading, writing, thinking, drawing, walking, dreaming. Whatever they don’t normally have time to do; whatever they think is needed.

Theatre makers are paid to spend a day working creatively, hosted by a cultural organisation close to their home, and in 2020 there are 39 artists who will take 59 Gap Days in approximately 30 venues across the island. Gap Day has been run by creative producer Lian Bell and Mermaid Arts Centre since 2015.



Is there someone you know who is missing Draíocht? Get them to sign up to our newsletters so we can keep in touch and share our news.!

Our programmes for the foreseeable future will be advertised digitally, so encourage friends to Sign Up to Keep in Touch HERE


Opening Hours

Box Office Opening Hours From 29 June 2020
Monday to Friday 10am-6pm

Gallery Opening Hours From 20 July 2020
Monday to Friday 10am-6pm

Check out our website for our new Covid-19 guidelines HERE

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Draiocht News Update - 26 June 2020

June 26, 2020

Welcome back to Draíocht!

"Monday 29th June is a big day for all of us at Draíocht. We reopen our much loved building, 105 days after closing it to the public on March 16th. We are opening it carefully and with consideration, adhering to Government guidelines and with all our signage and ppe in place. Over the next weeks and months, we will open our two Gallery Spaces (July 20th) and begin a programme of cinema screenings and live performances (September 9th)  for all of our audiences to enjoy.  We are delighted to be supporting  a number of artists over July and August through the provision of space and other supports, to enable them develop their incredible work for future presentation/engagement. We have always known the importance of Draíocht to our community, the role we play, the connections we make that can have real impact on people’s lives. The lockdown has given us the opportunity to value that even more and to hear from you about how much you want  to come back. As this is our last Ezine prior to our re-opening, I would like to take this opportunity to thank our funders, Fingal County Council and The Arts Council, Draíocht’s Board and Staff, and all the artists who have worked with us through the lockdown. And I want to thank you so much for engaging with us all the way through, for your feedback and support. It has kept us going. We are open and looking forward to seeing you. Come visit us (but in a socially distanced kinda way!)."

-Emer McGowan, Director

Opening hours from June 29th
Box Office Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 10am-6pm
Betelnut Cafe Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9am-4pm

Check out our website for our new Covid-19 guidelines HERE


#CruinniunanOg - It's Week 3

Cruinniú na nÓg
Presented by Draíocht in collaboration with Creative Fingal and Creative Ireland

With 35,000 Facebook views so far of our first 12 Videos, 18 Illustrated Activity Sheets, and 18 Commissioned Videos in total, we’re thrilled to reach Week 3 of our Creative Celebrations!

Thanks to the support of Creative Ireland and Fingal County Council, join us one last time this Saturday on our Facebook and YouTube Channels to enjoy another 6 free workshops, with artists Andrew Carson, Anne Cradden, Conor Donelan, Genevieve Harden, Emily Matthews and Jo Quinn.

Alan Nolan’s incredible Activity Sheets are available to download directly from our website HERE.

Try your hand at some Mindfulness with Jo Quinn!
Especially for ages 10+, but all ages welcome to try!


D15 Youth Theatre finishes up for the Summer

"We've survived a global Pandemic - we can do anything!" 
...Just some of the feedback from our Youth Theatre members, who finished up for the Summer last week with a final Zoom call.

"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

Read more from our members HERE

Why not try your hand at one of Emily’s Tongue Twisters:
Buh-Deh-Geh… Geh-Deh-Buh…



ARTIST RESIDENCIES RESUME - Susan Buttner is back!

Artist Susan Buttner returns to Draíocht's Studio next week and will stay until the end of the year.
She writes for us about her experience of working from home. Susan had just started her residency with us in early March, just before the Covid-19 lockdown and closure of Draíocht on 16 March.

Within the Covid 19 lockdown parameters, with no access to my studio, I began working from my kitchen, with my family and dog around, clothes drying and meals being cooked..."



We have been dancing up a storm for 10 weeks now, fully committed to continuing our weekly lessons digitally, for our Create Dance families.

You can read more about one of our all time favourite projects, Create Dance HERE.

We will see you all next term and leave you with this gorgeous feedback from one of our parents:  

“Please let Conor know we think he’s awesome. Conor is the equivalent to Elmo in our house. Please let him know we appreciate all his efforts, he is a superstar. And thank you Draíocht for still working and sending us emails. There has been a lot of feelings of abandonment for people with special needs (and parents). Thank you for not forgetting about us, we are grateful for you.”

The pleasure is all ours!



Mindful Activity Book

Jo Quinn from JogaYoga, and one of our Cruinniú na nÓg artists, has recently published her first mindful activity book! There are 12 pages of yoga poses to colour in and mindful exercises for the whole family.

'Sometimes when we're out for walks my kids just stop and sit down into their mindful body pose and tune into their senses' -Feedback from a parent about JogaYoga

Get yours here


Stagezone End of Year Video

Stagezone Theatre School has presented a show in Draíocht every year since 2002 and we have some amazing memories, from ‘Les Miserables’, ‘Oliver’, ‘Hot Mikado’, ‘Jungle Book’ and ‘The King and I’, to name but a few. In addition, Stagezone students present an annual end of year showcase. As they couldn't have their 2020 showcase last week in Draíocht, they’ve produced a video instead featuring some of their students, and we think they did a fantastic job working remotely.  Well done guys & we miss you all. ❤️


Many of our venue colleagues are reopening on Monday 29th June for the first time since March, just like us! We’d like to wish them all well! We hope to see you all soon!



These are tough times for arts venues all around the country. If you can support us at this time with a donation, no matter the amount, it would mean the world to us, or you can purchase a Gift Voucher for future use. We've been blown away by your generosity so far, so a huge thank you from all of us.

Do support our exhibiting Artists if you can by purchasing a print in our Online Gallery. You can secure a print with a 25% deposit or pay in full, so we can pay the artist promptly.

Is there someone you know who is missing Draíocht? Get them to sign up to our newsletters so we can keep in touch, share our news, and get ready for our live shows soon!


Keep in Touch

From Monday our Box Office is open again 01-885 2622.

If you need something specific, the best way to contact any of our staff at the moment is by email. 

From our homes to your homes, when you need us, we will be there.
Tell us how we can help? Email marketing@draiocht.ie

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