Artistic Collaborations Sep-Dec 2018

September 3, 2018

3 September 2018

Included in Draíocht’s New 5 Year Strategy 2018-2022, is our commitment to building strong and effective collaborative partnerships, supporting artists to develop their practice and work.



Draíocht & Fishamble: The New Play Company
A PLAY FOR IRELAND

Autumn 2018 sees Draíocht continue our collaboration with Fishamble: The New Play Company and 5 other venues across the island of Ireland on ‘A PLAY FOR IRELAND’ (2017-2019), a major new playwriting initiative that supports new writing and encourages the citizens of Ireland and non-Irish citizens living on the island of Ireland, to write plays, engaging people from all communities throughout the country. A PLAY FOR IRELAND is the search for an idea for one, big, ambitious play that bursts with humanity and tackles a subject about which the playwright feels passionate, a play that captures the zeitgeist of the country. The two-year development process will work with playwrights throughout the island of Ireland and result in the production of a very special new play. Five writers have been chosen to take part in the initiative in each venue, making a total of 30 playwrights, to mark Fishamble’s 30th birthday, in 2018.
The 30 chosen projects include stories on political change and tension, rural communities, gap years, tourism and heritage, relationships with history, facing adulthood, Storm Ophelia, DNA testing, drunken walks home, the changing workplace and relationships within it, adoption and foster care, family crisis, alcoholic parents, health care reform, nursing homes, small business owners, humanity and community, Irish independence, republicanism and nationalism, the Irish language, rap music, donut chains, government departments, eviction, the concept of home, prophecy, broken hearts, and theatre. Draíocht is delighted to be supporting the writers, Catriona Daly, Jeda De Bri and Finbarr Doyle, Alice Murphy, Barry McStay and Ian Toner who, over the last few months, have been participating in group and one to one workshops and mentorship, working towards submission of a draft script at the end of the year. Phase 2 of the project begins in early 2019.




Draíocht and Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris
ARTIST RESIDENCY PROGRAMME 2018-2019

Centre Culturel Irlandais’ annual residency programme offers great opportunities for artists of all disciplines to tap into the resources of the CCI and the city of Paris, as well as being an important means of showcasing Ireland's dynamic contemporary culture on an international stage. Draíocht is partnering with CCI by supporting two one month residencies for artists working in any discipline with a clear focus on children and/or young people articulated in their proposal.

We are pleased to annouce that theatre makers Dan Colley and Mary Lou McCarthy are the inaugural recipients of the Residency, each enjoying a month-long Residency in the CCI in Spring 2019.

During her Residency, Mary Lou McCarthy will develop a show for audiences aged 10-12 years entitled, ‘The Dead Letter Office’. She will research the French postal system and the history of the Dead Letter Office in Europe and will also work with Paris based director John McIlduff.

Dan Colley will work on ‘Dance Plague’, a dance/theatre piece aimed at teenagers, which is being supported by Draíocht and produced by Dan’s company, Collapsing Horse. This piece came about from Dan’s Residency in Draíocht (2016 to 2018), collaborating with various artists including Liv O'Donoghue, Paul McDonnell, Dylan Coburn Gray and the members of D15 Youth Theatre. The show is about bodies, autonomy, fitting into society and one’s own skin.



Draíocht’s Network Collaborations
ShortWorks & Strollers Touring Networks

Draíocht is an active member of two venue networks.
ShortWorks is a four-member Network that focuses on multidisciplinary work for children from 0 to 12 years. 2018 will see this Network continue our relationship with theatre artist, Fionnuala Gygax to enable the further development of her theatre piece ‘Boy in a Boat’. The show was chosen to be part of the Cruinniú na nóg programme in The Ark by their Children’s Council and has had a recent showing to Network members.
October 2018 will see ShortWorks collaborate with the Next Stage programme of Dublin Theatre Festival by providing a Masterclass with Andy Packer, director of Slingsby Theatre Company. An Irish tour of Slingsby’s show  ‘The Young King’ (see page 16) was supported and facilitated by the Shortworks Network. 2018 also saw Fidget Feet’s new show ‘Hatch’, being developed with the support of ShortWorks.

Strollers is a 10 venue nationwide venue Network. An annual Production Award is granted to a company or artist to assist in the making and touring of work. 2018 sees Strollers work with Fishamble: The New Play Company and Pat Kinevane, supporting his new production ‘Before’. This piece will tour to all Stroller venues in Autumn 2018 and will be here in Draíocht from 23-24 November. The application process for the 2019 Production Award took place in the Summer of 2018 and an announcement of the Recipient will take place in the Autumn.

Draíocht, Civic Theatre and Mermaid Arts Centre have come together to support an 18 month long programme of work by Early Year’s Theatre Artist, Anna Newell. Funded by The Arts Council, ‘Baby’s First Xmas’ and ‘Little Tiny Xmas’ are the first productions supported by this partnership.
 

Draíocht’s Artist Panel

With the development of The Artist Panel in 2018, Draíocht will continue to support a small group of ten artists with whom we have worked over a sustained period of time. Made up of dancers, musicians, visual arts and theatre practitioners, these artists are the backbone of Draíocht’s artistic projects and programming.
 

 


Draíocht and Room 13 Inquiry
Room 13 Inquiry is an initiative of Fingal County Council’s Arts Office under the direction of Julie Clarke and led by resident artists Orla Kelly and Anne Cradden. There are two Room 13 studios, based in Scoil Bhríde Cailíní NS Blanchardstown and Tyrrelstown Educate Together NS, the first such school-based collaborative art studios to open in the Republic of Ireland. Recently the fifty pupils from Room 13 Inquiry selected the works for ‘More than Bricks and Mortar - Works from the IMMA Collection’, currently exhibiting in Draíocht’s Ground Floor Gallery (see page 48). Summer 2018 saw a new development in this programme, in the form of a new Summer School hosted in Draíocht for these 6th Class pupils, now finished primary school and their Room 13 experience. Over the Autumn period, this partnership between Room 13 past pupils and Draíocht will continue to develop with artist workshops, gallery visits and artist talks, with the aim of continuing to support the Room 13 participants in their future artistic development.

This programme is a partnership between Fingal County Council’s Arts Office and Draíocht.  www.room13inquiry.ie
Further information from Julie Clarke, Youth & Education Officer, Fingal Arts Office, julie.clarke@fingal.ie or Sarah Beirne, Children & Youth Arts Coordinator, Draíocht, sarah@draiocht.ie


Further information about Artistic Collaborations from Emer McGowan, Director, 01-8098027 / emer@draiocht.ie

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Strollers Touring Network Production Award 2019

June 8, 2018


SUPPORTING ARTISTS - DEVELOPING AUDIENCES

The Strollers Touring Network (STN) comprises of ten Theatre/Arts Centre venues located across Ireland. In order to support artists and our audiences STN has introduced a PRODUCTION AWARD which encourages companies, producers etc. to make work with the cooperation and collaboration of the ten venue partners. A total award of up to €10,000 will be offered to assist with the financing of one production. The awarded work will then tour to each of the venue partners in 2019. The proposed work may be in any art form.
Deadline for applications for Production Award 2019 is 5pm, Friday 06 July 2018.​


PREVIOUS AWARD WINNERS
The Strollers Touring Network Production Awards over the last nine years (2010-2018) total just over €160,000 in investment and touring guarantees to touring production companies and artists.


Previous Award Winners include:

2010     Garter Lane and Lane Productions - for All Ireland Tour of ‘Brighton’ by Jim Nolan.

2011     Julie Feeney - for a collaborative project working with regional choirs and new choral commission.

2012     Theatre Lovett -  ‘The House That Jack Filled’  - A new commission for a touring production

2013     Fishamble: The New Play Company ‘Little Thing, Big Thing’ a new play by Donal O’Kelly.

2014/2015 – Moonfish Theatre Company: ‘Star of the Sea’.

2016     Monkeyshine Theatre - ‘Voyage’

2017     Duke Special – ‘Hallow’ – music performance based on works by poet Michael Longley

2018     Fishamble: The New Play Company – for Pat Kinevane’s ‘Before’


HOW TO APPLY FOR THE PRODUCTION AWARD
Companies/Producers who wish to be considered for the PRODUCTION AWARD 2019 should complete an application form available from strollersnetwork@gmail.com


Information required includes:
Information on the production: including cast lists, project personnel, producer and director, synopsis, style of presentation, content etc. (scripts can be included if you wish)
A detailed marketing plan
A detailed audience development plan 
A company or Artist Biog/History
Any current or previous reviews
Any YouTube, Vimeo or online video links of current or previous work. (Maximum 3 links)
Additional touring terms – a guarantee, split or fee per performance - can be offered by each of the ten venue partners to the winning production. This should be identified by the applicant.

Notes:
The Network will prioritise applications that can demonstrate the following criteria:
* Work of Quality 
* Work that has a detailed marketing plan to develop sales in tandem with each venue. 
* Work that has a detailed audience development plan for our audiences 
* Work from companies and practitioners with a reputation for excellence 
* Audience Driven Work (work that will appeal to our audiences) 


COMPLETED APPLICATIONS TO BE SENT BY EMAIL ONLY TO: strollersnetwork@gmail.com  
Deadline for applications for Production Award 2019 is 5pm, Friday 06 July 2018.
Successful candidates will be notified by Friday 3rd of August in order to allow time for any other funding applications.


WHAT IS THE STROLLERS TOURING NETWORK (STN)?
The Strollers Touring Network (STN) comprises of ten Theatre/Arts Centre venues located across Ireland. It is currently the largest touring network in the country.

The network has five key functions:
To establish a touring network of performance venues across Ireland
To support/co-produce work for touring (across all artforms)
To receive touring works from artists and production companies (across all artforms)
To sustain, develop and nurture our audiences for the arts practice
To develop relationships with artists and production companies that we work with.


The 10 venue members and their respective capacities, dimensions & websites are:

 

Siamsa Tire, Tralee (350)  W10.5m D11.2m H10.3m
http://www.siamsatire.com

Hawkswell, Sligo (340)  W13.2m D8.25m  H6m
http://www.hawkswell.com

Watergate, Kilkenny (328)  W9.12m D7.88m  H12.5m
http://www.watergatetheatre.com ;

Solstice, Navan (320)  W12m   D12m   H12m
http://www.solsticeartscentre.com

GB Shaw Theatre Carlow (294)  W13.1m D9m  H7-10m
http://www.gbshawtheatre.ie

Draiocht, Blanchardstown (286)  W13.41m  D11.58m  H13.5m
https://www.draiocht.ie

The Source Arts Centre Thurles (250)   W10m  D8m  H6-8m
http://www.thesourceartscentre.ie

Belltable, Limerick (220)   W7.7m  D9m  H6m
https://www.limetreetheatre.ie

Riverbank, Newbridge (180)   W7.3m  D5m  H4.8m
http://www.riverbank.ie

Linenhall Arts Centre Castlebar (144)   W9m   D6.75m  H7.9m
http://www.thelinenhall.com

NB
Please ensure that your prospective production can fit into each of the venue spaces.

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Strollers Touring Network - Draiocht Blanchardstown Collaboration

January 1, 2016

Strollers

Draíocht Blanchardstown is very pleased to be part of Strollers Touring Network - ‘Supporting artists, Developing audiences’

The Strollers Touring Network (STN) comprises of 10 Theatre/Arts Centre venues located across Ireland. It is currently the largest touring network in the country. The network has five key functions:

  • To establish a touring network of performance venues across Ireland
  • To support/co-produce work for touring (across all artforms)
  • To receive touring works from artists and production companies (across all artforms)
  • To sustain, develop and nurture our audiences for the performing arts.
  • To develop relationships  with artists and production companies that we work with.


The 10 venue members and their respective capacities and dimensions are:

Siamsa Tire, Tralee (350)  W10.5m D11.2m H10.3m
Hawkswell, Sligo (336)  W13.2m D8.25m  H6m
Watergate, Kilkenny (328)  W9.12m D7.88m  H12.5m
Solstice, Navan (320)  W12m   D12m   H12m
GB Shaw Theatre Carlow (294)  W13.1m D9m  H7-10m
Draiocht, Blanchardstown (286)  W13.41m  D11.58m  H13.5m
The Source Arts Centre Thurles (250)   W10m  D8m  H6-8m
Belltable, Limerick (220)   W7m  D9m  H6.75m
Riverbank, Newbridge (180)   W7m-11m D4.85m H4.8m
Linenhall Arts Centre Castlebar (144)   W9m   D6.75m  H7.9m


Strollers Theatre Network operates in two distinct ways:

  • The first is a ‘Touring Platform’ providing touring opportunities for companies, producers and artists.
  • The second is a ‘Production Award’ (€10,000) to assist companies in making work for touring.

Supported by The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon

 




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Further information from Emer McGowan, Director, Draíocht, tel: 01-8098027 / email: emer@draiocht.ie
 

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