600 Children Enjoy Lifeboat by Catherine Wheels Theatre Company

March 31, 2015

Leigh Hussey had a wonderful time last week out in schools with Catherine Wheels Theatre Company’s ‘Lifeboat’ which toured Fingal schools as part of Draíocht’s Spréacha Festival, Fingal’s International Arts Programme for Children. We were thrilled to play to almost 600 children in 3 days.

Lifeboat is the extraordinary true story of Bess Walder and Beth Cummings. Set in World War II, it is a story of courage, a story of survival and a story of enduring friendship. On Friday 13 September 1940, a ship, The City of Benares, set sail from Liverpool for Canada. On board were 90 evacuees escaping the relentless bombing and dangers of war torn Britain. Four days into the crossing, the ship was torpedoed and sank. Only eleven of the evacuees survived. Two fifteen year old girls, Bess Walder and Beth Cummings, spent 19 terrifying hours in the water on an upturned lifeboat. They willed each other to survive. Lifeboat tells their story.

On Tuesday we were in St Francis Xavier’s Senior School, Wednesday we travelled to Malahide to St Oliver Plunkett’s and Thursday we finished off in Scoil Oilibheir. A big congratulations to the cast; Lois Makie who played Bess and Amy McGregor who played Beth and Stage manager Sian Mac Gregor who marked the end of a three month tour of ‘Lifeboat’ with us. Thank you to all at Catherine Wheels Theatre Company for all your hard work and bringing Bess and Beth’s incredible story to life.

It was great to spend time with all the classes to hear their thoughts on the show. If you saw the show and would like to share your thoughts please follow the link below to leave a comment.



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Spréacha is presented by Draíocht in partnership with Fingal County Council.

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Dancing Sheep at Draiocht in June

May 15, 2012

Dancing Sheep at Draiocht in June

So Jo! 9 questions for Jo Hammett, Producer at Crying Out Loud, about 'Kindur - The Adventurous Life of Icelandic Sheep', coming to Draíocht as part of Spréacha 2012 this June ...

1. So Jo, tell me about PTO Company?

Erm, it’s TPO Company. TPO are an Italian children’s theatre company, their full name is Teatro di Piazza o d'Occasione and they call themselves TPO for short. Sometimes watching TPO’s work is more like watching a film or watching a dance piece or a painting then theatre and sometimes you have to stop watching and get up and have a go or be part of the performance from your seat.


2. So what does Kindur mean then?

Kindur is the Icelandic word for sheep and is the title of TPO’s new show. A few years ago they visited Iceland; to see the epic landscapes and to learn about the myths and legends of an ancient and majestic culture. The show you will see is about that journey, the images they saw, the sounds they heard and the elements they experienced. And it is lead by three graceful sheep.


3. Real sheep?

No! Touring with three real sheep would have been quite difficult. We have three dancers who take the roles of sheep and in addition virtual sheep.


4. Virtual Icelandic sheep?

Yep, TPO Company use motion capture sensors to help create the landscape of the Atlantic wilderness. Motion capture sensors are similar to the technology used inside the X-Box Kinect and Wii. There is a moment in the show when the dancers roll on the white dance mat and their movements are tracked by the sensors, which create beautiful colours so it looks like they are virtually painting with their arms and legs.



5. Cool.

Definitely. At the back of the theatre there are two large white screens, across which images of Iceland travel like a large moving image. And from time to time there is the occasional sheep.


6. That sounds fun. Is it fun?

Yep it’s fun, some of the audience are invited up on stage to play and if you’re not invited there are moments that you can interact from your seat.


7. How do ewe interact from your seat?

You (if you’re not an adult) are given a woolly heart to pin to your clothes. At times the heart will glow, which indicates that it’s time to get involved!


8. Wow! And Jo how do you fit into all this?

I work for a company called Crying Out Loud and we present and tour TPO Company. We’ve worked with them for ten years as we love their work.


9. And finally, what’s your favourite sheep joke?

What do you call a sheep with fangs? A Lamb-pire.


Now Booking at Draiocht:

Kindur - The Adventurous Life Of Icelandic Sheep
as part of Spréacha 2012


Main Auditorium Draiocht // Tickets €5 // Dur: 50 Mins

Booking Tel: 01-8852622
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Spreacha 2012

January 1, 2012

Spreacha 2012

Spréacha 2012

During 2012 you can enjoy Spréacha shows throughout the year, starting with ‘Under a Different Light’, travelling to Fingal from Italy in March, and then 'Kindur - The Adventurous Life of Icelandic Sheep', travelling to Fingal from Italy in June.

Spréacha shows are perfect for school groups and families with events programmed in and out of school time. Phone our Box Office now on 01-8852622.

Spréacha is presented by Draíocht in partnership with Fingal County Council.

"It was magical, they were mesmerized – it was the best school tour we were ever on."

"They loved it, one child (hard of hearing) doesn’t communicate very much and he communicated about it at home, this is very unusual for him, he only does this with things that he has really enjoyed."

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RAIN ... another 10 tickets for sale per show to keep up with demand ...

May 27, 2010

RAIN ... another 10 tickets for sale per show to keep up with demand ...

Do you know or have kids aged 0-6 ... The weekend show of 'RAIN' as part of our Spreacha Children Festival on Sat 12 & Sun 13 June (11.15am and 1.15pm) has just released another 10 tickets for sale per show to keep up with demand, so if you want them get them fast .. tickets just 5 euro each, show lasts 30 mins, ph Box Office now on 8852622 ... // Drip! Drip! Drip! Splash, slosh, pour, stream. It’s raining on stage, in front of, above and around the audience. At first it’s quiet, listen though ... is that the wind? Now the rain begins ... dripping and splashing, a thunderstorm ends as quickly as it begins. At last the sun comes out and the cycle is complete. Accompanied by live music, this sensory show is a must see for our very youngest audiences.

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