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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By Draíocht. Tags: Draiocht Info, Strategy 2018-2022,

D15 Youth Theatre Auditions 2019

September 9, 2019

D15 Youth Theatre Auditions 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


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


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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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 (FeiliSpeaks), 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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Dublin Theatre Festival 2019 in Draíocht - The Alternative by Fishamble

August 13, 2019

The Alternative - A PLAY FOR IRELAND
Fishamble: The New Play Company.
Presented as part of Dublin Theatre Festival 2019

What if Ireland was still part of the United Kingdom? What if Home Rule had passed? What if there was no War of Independence? No Civil War? No partition? What if the island had only one soccer team? The year is 2019 and it is the eve of the Referendum. British Prime Minister Ursula Lysaght is returning to her hometown of Dublin to convince voters to Remain. With the threat of chaos in the streets, and personal conflict behind the scenes, the final debate is set to begin at BBC Dublin: Should Ireland leave the UK?
The Alternative by Michael Patrick and Oisín Kearney is the chosen play from the A Play for Ireland project. As part of its 30th year in 2018, Fishamble set out to find one big, ambitious play, that bursts with humanity, and tackles a subject about which the playwright feels passionate - A PLAY FOR IRELAND. This was a two-year process, in association with Draíocht, The Everyman, Lime Tree Theatre/Belltable, Lyric Theatre, Pavilion Theatre, and Town Hall Theatre, which encouraged writers to create ambitious plays that burst with humanity.

Fishamble is an Olivier Award-winning internationally acclaimed Irish theatre company, dedicated to the discovery, development and production of new work.
Fishamble's A Play For Ireland programme is supported by Tesco Finest, and transportation partner Irish Rail. This production is funded by The Arts Council.

Creative team:
Cast: Karen Ardiff, Lorcan Cranitch, Maeve Fitzgerald, Fionntan Larney, Rory Nolan, Rachel O’Byrne and Arthur Riordan.
Written by Michael Patrick and Oisín Kearney
Directed by Jim Culleton
Set Design by Marie Kearns / Lighting design by Mark Galione / Costume Design By Saileóg O’Halloran / Sound Design by Denis Clohessy

FRI 4TH OCT  8PM / SAT 5TH OCT  2.30PM & 8PM
Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc / Groups 10+ €16
Early Bird: €16 (book before 06 Sept 2019)
Age suitability: 14yrs+ (contains scenes with strong language and depictions of violence.)

"Forward-thinking Fishamble." New York Times

"Excellent Fishamble… Ireland’s terrific Fishamble." The Guardian

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