Dancing up a Storm in Blanchardstown

December 1, 2016

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Draíocht’s Create Dance Project has been running since December 2013. Along with Draíocht’s Dancers Mark Rogers, Philippa Donnellan and Antje O'Toole, two groups of children with intellectual disabilities from the downs syndrome and autism spectrum, their parents and siblings have taken part in this innovative dance project through a series of weekly workshops. 
The response from participants has been overwhelmingly positive and the level of engagement increasingly impressive. This project represents a rare opportunity for these sometimes socially marginalised families to engage in the arts in a fun, creative and stress free environment.

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August 14, 2013


It’s a very exiting time of year for the D15 Youth Theatre, as its Audition Time again! If you are interested please find an application form here, fill it in and drop it back to Draíocht. Places are limited, open to 14-18 year olds and admittance is by audition only.


The Audition will take place on Sunday, 22nd September 2013 @ 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 by Thursday 26th September 2013.  Should you be offered a place, the first term will run weekly from Tuesday 1st October to Tuesday 10th of Dec 2013. There is a €10 membership fee for the term and a €2.00 weekly contribution.

For further information join D.15 Youth Theatre on facebook or contact Sarah on 01 8090829 or sarah@draiocht.ie.

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

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By Draíocht. Tags: D15 Youth Theatre, Workshops, Youth Arts, Mark Rogers,

D15 musical theatre blog by Dáire…...............

April 24, 2012

D15 musical theatre blog by Dáire…...............

Okay, Dáire here, I left it until today to do this because I wanted to be able to record the tremendously radiant and extravagant events of both Tuesday and Sunday, which was some of the best fun I personally have had in a long time.


On Tuesday, we did something different that a lot of people have wanted to do for a very long time, musical theatre! To make it even more amazing, we did THE TIME WARP, from the Rocky Horror Picture Show, which I know is a personal favourite to allot of us! So we spent the day singing and dancing, as Sarah said, is there anything we can't do? It was fun to do something different and I don’t think that there was a soul in the room who didn't agree that it was a great night for all of us.


Now Sunday. Best day ever! We had rehearsals for four hours, so we started off by practicing the time warp. But, its us, so since we where doing rocky horror, we all organised (thank you Izzy) to come to rehearsals dressed as characters from the show.. or at least attempt to ! It was so much fun to see how cool and crazy everyone looked! The fact that everyone was so comfortable to do that with each other shows just how close our group has become. We then practiced and blocked our scenes that we have been practicing for the last couple of weeks, for our showcase which is approaching very soon. We then went back and did the time warp again!

For me, the relationship that all of us have as a group is something that is hard to find. We have gotten so close and made a family as such. Through youth theatre, I have met some of the nicest people I have ever met in my entire life, and I am so thankful for everyone for making this such a great experience for me. I really do love all of yous. It is amazing how much everyone bonds so well and the friendships that are formed are something that is truly special. Draiocht must mean magic after all, because there is something magical going on when ever we go there.

Also, I would like to, on behalf of everyone, announce how sorry we all are that Latifah had to move, and that we all miss her so much, but we are so thankful that she is still coming on Tuesdays and that we will definitely meet up outside of it! We are a family after all!

The diversity in the group is also something that should not be overlooked. We have a mixture of everyone. It is a place where people can forget about what the world has to say about them or about what a minority they feel like and just come and be themselves with an open minded group of friends who all love each other regardless. We have gays and straights, whites and blacks, Christians and atheists, everyone all together and just accepting one another and having a good time. For me, this is a beautiful image.

In so many ways, the group has changed me. It has made me a much more creative and dramatically aware person, but also has made my life so much better because of all these wonderful people who are now in it. We have our own Ohana.

And I quote, “Ohana means family, and family means nobody gets left behind, or forgotten”.

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By Draíocht. Tags: D15 Youth Theatre, Youth Arts, Mark Rogers,

Youth Theatre, The Greatest Place on Earth… by Ciara Louise

April 10, 2012

Youth Theatre, The Greatest Place on Earth… by Ciara Louise

Last week in Youth Theatre, the greatest place on earth (yes, even better then Disneyland) we started off with a concentration game, Ninja, this proved difficult for me as I have a very poor attention span. After that, we split up into our separate groups to run our lines. I’m in a parody of the Greek tragedy “Medea” with Leanne and Louise. We play 3 drama school graduates who are staging a production of the Greek play. Louise and I play the chorus, Medea’s “sidekicks”. After running lines, the entire group got together to do another concentration game and do some character work, we gave our characters prized positions which varied from diamond-encrusted ballet shoes to old copies of “The Three Musketeers” handed down as a family heirloom. I learned that my characters inspiration for going to drama school came from her grandmother, a dancer, and that her family are wealthy enough to buy a safe with three doors, each with unique codes, to keep a pair of shoes safe…


I’m going to be totally honest here; Youth theatre is the highlight of my week! It’s great to be around people who share similar interests as you and aren’t afraid to be themselves! I’ve made loads of friends here, and no matter how I felt before walking into Draíocht, the crazies that inhabit our youth theatre never fail to put a smile on my face, and make me laugh so hard I end up crying. Everyone here is amazing! I Love you guys!

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By Draíocht. Tags: D15 Youth Theatre, Youth Arts, Mark Rogers,

Hipsters, Jumping, Music and Blogging by Heather:

March 29, 2012

Hipsters, Jumping, Music and Blogging by Heather:

On the nicest day we’re probably going to get in Ireland, the group did some pretty interesting character work. We tried to stand as our characters would, this varied from strong Lord Capulet, to shy teenagers, leading from every point of the body. After doing a walk that Tyra Banks would be proud of, we explored different spaces that the characters would be in.

With plenty of in-character teenagers in the space, we were all given the task of introducing ourselves to each other. There were some very impolite people, some shy people, Shakespearian people and some rather nice characters about.

Personally, I learned that my character (Lady Capulet) does love her husband, but she is afraid of him, that’s why I don’t rush to help Juliet (Played by the lovely and fabulous Shauna) the second time. She feels the most comfortable in a party in her own house, because she can pretend to be whoever she wants. She feels uncomfortable near her angry husband (My partner in crime Conor plays Lord Capulet)

During breaks and/or lapses of concentration, some of us started singing. We started off with Hakuna-Matata and then got onto the deeper depths of musical fantabulousness. It’s a personal mission of mine to spread good music and try to stop less than great music from taking over the world. (No music is terrible, it’s just… Not perfect)

Since this is my time to shout and rant, I don’t care so shut up and listen!

Because I play a million and one instruments, I think music is very important. The ever-growing list of instruments include: Piano (poorly), Kalimba (Well-enough), Banjo (If I needed to)  Bodhrán (Very well), Ukulele, Harmonica and Guitar. So if anyone wants a musical conversation, come find me.


“What does the music we listen to say about ourselves?”-My boring teacher 2012

I have over 10,000 songs on my iTunes, 1,425 on my iPod, dozens of CDs and far too much time on my hands. There are playlists for when I’m happy, sad, when the world seems to be coming to an end and for when I’m supposed to be studying. I’ve now decided that our taste in music does not reflect who we are but how we’re feeling.

Thanks to our insane moods, music is deathly important, it can make me happy when skies are grey, Dance with spiders from mars (or even Lucy in the sky with diamonds), Think we’re rock stars or fireworks, little monsters or Dirty little freaks, we can reach for the stars and even over the rainbow. Sometimes we can even be so excited for Friday that we gotta get down on Friday. (FunFunFunFun)

I now feel the need to tell you some artists/ songs that everyone should hear (and possibly even some reasons! Oh the excitement!)

Lelia Broussard: Hipster Bitch/ Satellite (because you’re probably a hipster/ this one is very cute)

Tegan and Sara (Just in general they rock, Listen to them and you’re on the list of people I love forever)

Sara Bareilles: Uncharted

Rise against

Mayday Parade

And loads more, but I have music to listen to so I must finish up. Come talk to me about music, I implore you.

Jumping, Shouting, Scene rehearsal, Character work and some (fabulous but not asked for) singing. Another great day in the youth theatre. I honestly love you all, thank you for existing and making my weeks very entertaining!

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By Draíocht. Tags: D15 Youth Theatre, Youth Arts, Mark Rogers,

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