#HomeTheatreIreland Evaluation Report

April 15, 2020


It arrived just before lockdown and we can’t wait any longer to unveil it ... at least digitally for now!

Our Home Theatre Ireland Evaluation Report is published and we look forward to circulating it when we reopen.

For now you can access the PDF Digitally HERE.

Here are some beautiful words from Veronica Coburn, Artistic Director of the project …

‘The drive to create art is the highest of callings precisely because our literal survival does not depend on it. If we did not shape ideas and feelings in words and clay and paint, we would not actually die as we would if we did not eat food or drink water. Our existence, however, would be far less interesting and rich. We would, without our creative impulses, exist as other animals do. We would be born, we would live and we would die, without commentary, or understanding, or joyful imagining’

‘Dublin 15 boasts a rich and multifaceted population containing a myriad of stories that deserve to be told. Origin stories, stories of hardship, stories of innocence, stories full of joy, stories that seek to explore and understand, a person, a community, a society, a world. In the telling of these stories, people and communities become visible, cultural synapses ignite, and the foundation of a creative society, valuing kindness, inclusivity, honesty, respect, and rigorous commentary, is laid. In a time when it is difficult to believe in our cultural and political leaders, the sincerity of this grass roots approach is immeasurable. Our cultural institutions then take on the responsibility of caring for people, how they live, and the holistic development of our communities.’

‘The beating heart of HOME THEATRE (Ireland) was performance night on Saturday October 6th. Ninety performances telling thirty stories to thousands of people in living rooms across Dublin 15 … At approximately nine thirty that night I followed Samir and Duke Special and stood in the cold night to watch a paper lantern float up into the sky. My heart was full. My soul sated. My belief in us as a community, a society, replenished. For me, art had come to pass in the rich collaboration between artist and host, each acting as catalyst, the host unlocking the artist and the artist framing the host.’ 

Veronica Coburn



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THANK YOUS from Emer McGowan, Director Draiocht

I want to thank our 30 hosts, who live right across Dublin 15, from our youngest, aged 10 to those more advanced in years and everyone in between. Thank you for coming on this adventure with us, for opening up your homes and more importantly for sharing your lives, your hopes and dreams with us. I want to thank our 30 ambassadors who gave us their time, energy and support. I want to thank our 19 theatre makers, 11 playwrights, 11 performers and 6 directors who engaged with us and our hosts with respect and integrity while producing 30 exceptional new theatre pieces.

I would also like to pay tribute to our funders, the Arts Council and Fingal County Council. 
Kerry Michael (UK) and Marcus Faustini (Brazil), the originators of HOME THEATRE projects.
I would like to thank Draiocht's Board of Directors, HOME THEATRE (Ireland) Project and Production teams, Draiocht's dedicated staff, both part time and full time, who work quietly in the background to make all our programmes happen.

And I would like to pay special tribute to my close collaborator, Veronica Coburn.

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11 Filmmakers captured all 30 shows which you can enjoy HERE.
 

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Home Theatre (Ireland) ... Documentary

April 8, 2019

Filmed and Edited by Arcade Film, we are so delighted to share our Home Theatre (Ireland) Documentary with you.​

 

Home Theatre (Ireland) ...
Our Place. Our Stories
On Saturday 6th October 2018, something amazing happened in Dublin 15.

30 brand new pieces of theatre, Written, Performed & Directed by 47 professional Theatre Artists, inspired by 30 Dublin 15 Stories were performed simultaneously all across Dublin 15 in 30 Homes, 3 times each, on the one night, totalling 90 Performances to over 1000 people. 11 Filmmakers captured all 30 shows. A selection of 24 of the plays then transferred to Draíocht's Main Stage as part of Dublin Theatre Festival 2018, 10-13 Oct.

Theatre Artists Included:
Amanda Azams, Clare Barrett, Robbie Blake, Bryan Burroughs, Cathal Cleary, Annabelle Comyn, Dylan Coburn Gray, Jeda De Bri, Finbar Doyle, Shaun Dunne, Shadaan Felfeli, Fionn Foley, Sorcha Fox, Gavin Fullam, Liam Halligan, Nancy Harris, Eamonn Hunt, Roisin Ingle, Philip Judge, Sonya Kelly, Deirdre Kinahan, Gavin Kostick, Lauren Larkin, Ruth Lehane, Louise Lewis, Louise Lowe, Marc Mac Lochlainn, Sharon Mannion, Megan McDonnell, Fiona McGeown, Paul Mercier, Conall Morrison, John Morton, Colin Murphy, Elaine Murphy, Little John Nee, Eva O'Connor, Mary O'Driscoll, Natalya O'Flaherty, Felicia Olusanya, Jody O'Neill, Claire O'Reilly, Duke Special, Tom Swift, Neil Watkins, Ali White, Emma Willis.

Artistic Director: Veronica Coburn
Filmed and Edited by Arcade Film

Home Theatre (Ireland) was supported by an Arts Council Open Call Award. Additional funding was provided by Creative Fingal, Fingal County Council’s Creative Ireland programme.
Based on an original idea by Marcus Vinicius Faustini (Brazil) & Kerry Kyriacos Michael (UK)

Read more: https://www.draiocht.ie/events/home-theatre

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Relive Home Theatre Ireland in 30 Homes with 30 Videos

December 28, 2018

Home Theatre (Ireland) ... Our Place. Our Stories
On Saturday 6th October 2018, something amazing happened in Dublin 15.

30 brand new pieces of theatre, Written, Performed & Directed by 47 professional Theatre Artists, inspired by 30 Dublin 15 Stories were performed simultaneously all across Dublin 15 in 30 Homes, 3 times each, on the one night, totalling 90 Performances to over 1000 people.

11 Filmmakers captured all 30 shows which you can now begin to enjoy ... HERE

A selection of 24 of the plays transferred from homes to Draíocht's Main Stage as part of Dublin Theatre Festival 2018, 10-13 Oct.

Theatre Artists Included:
Amanda Azams, Clare Barrett, Robbie Blake, Bryan Burroughs, Cathal Cleary, Annabelle Comyn, Dylan Coburn Gray, Jeda De Bri, Finbar Doyle, Shaun Dunne, Shadaan Felfeli, Fionn Foley, Sorcha Fox, Gavin Fullam, Liam Halligan, Nancy Harris, Eamonn Hunt, Roisin Ingle, Philip Judge, Sonya Kelly, Deirdre Kinahan, Gavin Kostick, Lauren Larkin, Ruth Lehane, Louise Lewis, Louise Lowe, Marc Mac Lochlainn, Sharon Mannion, Megan McDonnell, Fiona McGeown, Paul Mercier, Conall Morrison, John Morton, Colin Murphy, Elaine Murphy, Little John Nee, Eva O'Connor, Mary O'Driscoll, Natalya O'Flaherty, Felicia Olusanya, Jody O'Neill, Claire O'Reilly, Duke Special, Tom Swift, Neil Watkins, Ali White, Emma Willis.

Artistic Director: Veronica Coburn
Video Projections: Kilian Waters
Sound Design & Composer: Sinead Diskin
Lighting Design: Mark Galione

All 30 Plays will be available on YouTube.
Enjoy our Home Theatre Ireland BLOG.

Further information: marketing@draiocht.ie

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Home Theatre Ireland in Print and Media

October 11, 2018

A handy place to pop mentions of our wonderful #HomeTheatreIreland Project

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NoMoreWorkhorse Review - 14 October 2018


'Our Place, Our Story is more than an enjoyable evening; it presents a wide-angle shot of an entire community in all its rich diversity. It is hard to imagine a more appropriate use of Arts Council funding for “public” projects and deserves its support'

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The Arts Review - 14 October 2018



“Home Theatre (Ireland)” is community theatre at its creative and communal best. Created for, and with, the community, “Home Theatre (Ireland)” gives voice where often there has been none, as well as opening up theatre as a place of engagement and entertainment for all. If six shows presented back to back can make for a long night, it is a night made all the more worthwhile for revealing what is often unnoticed, taken for granted, or misunderstood, in the world we live in. So major kudos to producer, Emer McGowan, and Artistic Director, Veronica Coburn. “Home Theatre (Ireland)” is an exciting way of making exciting new theatre that should be embraced throughout the length and breadth of the country."
 

Read Full Review

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Radio: Walk in my Shoes - 11 October 2018
St Patrick's Mental Health Services Broadcast

WIMS Presenter Tara Flynn, Sorcha Fox - Theatre Artist & WIMS Presenter Dil Wickremasinghe.

Listen to the Programme

See full list of Podcasts

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Irish Times Review - 11 October 2018



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Declan Gorman - Review 11 October 2018



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Radio: Walk in my Shoes - 08 October 2018
St Patrick's Mental Health Services Broadcast



Emer McGowan, Director Draiocht, WIMS Presenters Kelly Keogh - Social Worker & Jenny Greene - 2FM DJ, Claire O'Reilly, Theatre Director


WIMS Presenters Kelly Keogh - Social Worker & Jenny Greene - 2FM DJ, Emer McGowan, Director Draiocht & Claire O'Reilly, Theatre Director.
 

Listen to the Programme

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Irish Independent - 06 October 2018



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Irish Independent - 05 October 2018



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Irish Daily Mail - 05 October 2018



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Phoenix FM - 05 October 2018



Listen on Soundcloud

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The Times UK - 04 October 2018



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Dublin Gazette - 04 October 2018



Read The Dublin Gazette Here
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Six One News, RTE 1 - 03 October 2018



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Morning Ireland, RTE Radio 1 - 03 October 2018




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Northside People - 03 October 2018





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Totally Dublin - October 2018 Issue





Read Totally Dublin Here
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Meet Farouq - Promotional Video / 21 September 2018
 


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Flyers & Posters arrive! 17 Sept 2018
8000 Flyers going Door to Door in D15.




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Meet Adaku - Promotional Video / 10 September 2018



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Meet Maureen - Promotional Video / 04 September 2018
 

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Little Village Magazine - Sept-Oct 2018 Issue



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The Sunday Times / 19 August 2018



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Draíocht Season Brochure September-December 2018
07 Aug 2018



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Dublin Theatre Festival Launch / 24 July 2018



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Dublin Gazette North / 11th January 2018

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Dublin People / 02 August 2017



Read the full article:
http://www.dublinpeople.com/news/northsidewest/articles/2017/08/02/4143726-new-theatre--project-makes-home-a-stage/

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Blanch Gazette / 20 July 2017



Read the full article:
https://dublingazette.com/news/draiocht-seeking-hosts-home-theatre-project/

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Arts Council Ireland Website / 13 July 2017


Read the full article:
http://www.artscouncil.ie/News/Arts-Council-announces-funding-worth-over-%E2%82%AC1-million-for-11-new-projects-around-the-country-under-the-Open-Call-programme/

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24 Plays - 4 Nights - Home Theatre Ireland - Dublin Theatre Festival 2018 10-13 October

October 10, 2018



Home Theatre (Ireland) ... Our Place. Our Stories.
We did it ... On Saturday 6th October, here's what happened in Dublin 15 ... 90 Performances ... 30 Homes ... 47 Theatre Artists ... 30 Ambassadors ... 11 Filmmakers ... all in 1 Night ... And now one HUGE D15 Family ... Bonded through laughter & tears by this emotional roller coaster project!

NOW we bring the plays from YOUR homes to OUR home, to Draiocht's Main Stage for DTF18. It's going to be AMAZING! Thank you to every single person so far!

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Wednesday Night - 10 OCT 2018 8PM 
Tickets: €18 / €16 conc / Multiple Nights: €15 / Groups 10+ €15
 

The World According To Richard
For Richard Dixon by Sonya Kelly
Performed by Philip Judge  
Directed by Conall Morrison
Richard Dixon is a man from Tyrrelstown who has seen the world. Then he got married, had triplets, got a dog and a turtle, and he saw the world all over again. In his very own living room.

Machine Learning
For Rucha Sohoni by Tom Swift
Performed by Emma Willis
Directed by Cathal Cleary
Sometimes Rucha is shy, sometimes she just can’t cope with being sociable. But when she downloads a digital replica of herself to stand in for those awkward social situations, it gets complicated. What happens when your temporary replacement wants to replace you for good?

We’re a Long Way from Home
For Jean Grey by Louise Lewis
Performed by Louise Lewis  
Directed by Annabelle Comyn
‘I should’ve kicked up but I wasn’t that way ye know.’ What does it take to change things, a daydream, a theatre show, a self-assertiveness course? Life isn’t always what it seems behind our own front doors. 

The Good Woman
For Adaku Ezeudo by Nancy Harris
Performed by Amanda Azams
Directed by Conall Morrison
The story of one woman's journey from Nigeria to Ireland. And the myriad of stories within stories that one story can contain.

Caroline’s Wedding
For Rose Emmet by Elaine Murphy
Performed by Elaine Murphy
Directed by Cathal Cleary
Caroline is finally getting married but the stress of planning the perfect day is taking it’s toll. Luckily her new neighbours in Mulhuddart are on hand to keep her calm. Can they convince her to let it go and let the day unfold? 

Linnets & Phibbles
For Oscar Hogan by Little John Nee
Performed by Little John Nee
Directed by Claire O’Reilly
‘Linnets and Phibbles’ was written as a gift to Oscar Hogan, a glimpse of my glimpse into his world, I hope it is a worthy celebration of the time we spent together, I have no idea how to describe it, Samuel Beckett meets Ivor Cutler meets Daniel Johnson in Legoland.

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Thursday Night - 11 OCT 2018 8PM 
Tickets: €18 / €16 conc / Multiple Nights: €15 / Groups 10+ €15


Number 14
For Farouq Raheem by Natalya O’Flaherty
Performed by Natalya O’Flaherty
Directed by Louise Lowe
From young boy to young man, this piece uses the contemporary spoken word style to capture the glowing essence of 20 year old Farouq's rich and highly relevant life story. From his sporting passions to his experience of homelessness, Number 14 is a carefully crafted homage to its muse's unfathomable positivity in the face of hardship.

One Fish, Two Fish, Bella Fish, Killian
For Bella Estie by Finbarr Doyle
Performed by Megan McDonnell
Directed by Claire O’Reilly
Bella is 10. She's from ... well, she's from a lot of places. And she's going to tell you all about them. 

‘Strangertown’
For Christy Muldoon by Paul Mercier
Performed by Eamonn Hunt
Directed by Conall Morrison
A play about home and belonging. A man struggles to hold onto the sense of the place that defines him and the memory that sustains him.

Grizzly
For Michelle O’Connor by John Morton
Performed by John Morton
Directed by Conall Morrison
Henry likes living in Carpenterstown. But he's worried that some wildlife might be taking over. He's got some survival tips for you.

PAT
For Pat Farrell by Shaun Dunne
Performed by Shaun Dunne & Pat Farrell
Directed by Claire O’Reilly
Manifestation, meditation and Iron Man.  Pat is on a journey. This is his true story.

Sisters of Fortlawn Drive
For Sisters’ Mary & Anne by FeliSpeaks
Performed by FeliSpeaks
Directed by Liam Halligan
A homage to the work of two presentation sisters in their community and to the spiritual self that lives in all of us.

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Friday Night - 12 OCT 2018 8PM 
Tickets: €18 / €16 conc / Multiple Nights: €15 / Groups 10+ €15


The Ballad of Betty Bolger
For Betty Bolger by Marc MacLochlainn
Performed by Ruth Lehane
Directed by Louise Lowe
The remarkable story of Betty’s childhood in Dublin. A childhood that was glorious at times but not without its hardships. We remember this time and the friendships she made with people who are still her best friends. 

Hungry for the win
For Milica Stankovic by Eva O’Connor
Performed by Eva O’Connor
Directed by Cathal Cleary
It's 4 am and Milica can't sleep. Tomorrow she'll play the biggest basketball match of her life. She excited, sick with nerves, and wearing her lucky socks. To pass the time she sends a voice note to the playwright who has been hassling her for info on her life. 

2 Squirrels
For Rachel Galvin by Sorcha Fox
Performed by Sorcha Fox
Directed by Cathal Cleary
A short play about one woman's journey from addiction to recovery. It's about starting again, struggle, big sisters, great strength and squirrels. 

We Are Humans First
For Jagan Muttumula by Gavin Kostick
Performed by Shadaan Falfeli
Directed by Conall Morrison
Jagan stood the entire time we talked. He on his side of the breakfast bar and I seated on the other. Now and then he referenced a picture on the wall or an ornament on a window-sill. I think we got on. I listened and asked questions and he answered them all. One exchange I didn't use. I asked him when was he happiest? He said, 'you mean when I was young, or any time?' I said 'any time'. He looked liked the question was odd. 'I'm always happy', he said wistfully.

‘It’ll never happen to me’
For Sarah Kehoe by Sharon Mannion
Performed by Sharon Mannion
Directed by Liam Halligan
A new mother and a troubled youth share their stories, in a comedic look at how we deal with mental health issues in Ireland. 

An Audition
For James O’Higgins Norman by Fionn Foley
Performed by Fionn Foley
Directed by Liam Halligan
The audition can be a gruelling experience. But what if the role you're auditioning for is something that will never fit you? What happens to those who fall outside the prescribed system? 

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Saturday Night - 13 OCT 2018 8PM 
Tickets: €18 / €16 conc / Multiple Nights: €15 / Groups 10+ €15


YES
For Maureen Penrose by Deirdre Kinahan
Performed by Mary O’Driscoll
Directed by Claire O’Reilly
After the sudden death of a dominating and deeply controlling husband, Rose finally thinks to open up her front door and finds a world of possibilities! A poignant and funny little play performed by the wonderful Mary O'Driscoll.

Chance
For Zaida Fernandez by Clare Barrett
Performed by Clare Barrett
Directed by Louise Lowe
Who knows what way any game will end?  But if you don’t take a seat at the table you’ll never know! Want to play? 

Yellow
For Mark O’Reilly by Jody O’Neill
Performed by Jody O’Neill
Directed by Louise Lowe
Lizzie, a listener, is a creature of habit. She sticks to the same routine, day after day after day after month after month after year until … The Day That Everything Changes. But we’ll come back to that later …

Make America Great Again
For Donagh Corby by Colin Murphy
Performed by Gavin Fullam
Directed by Cathal Cleary
A would-be boxer finds an alternative ambition in sports writing. But his journey into journalism leads him into dark places and he contemplates going off to war. Join him for his farewell party.

To Us, From Us
For Natasha Estie by Jeda de Brí
Performed by Ali White
Directed by Claire O’Reilly
Natasha traces her roots all over the world from South Africa to Dublin 15. 

My Daughters, Our Mother
For Haleemat Inaoliji by Dylan Coburn Gray
Performed by Dylan Coburn Gray
Directed by Annabelle Comyn
My Daughters / Our Mother is about a family. It's about what they have in common, both with each other and with the rest of the world. It's about how language is like music, music DNA, DNA food, food a child.

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