October 10, 2017
Coming to Draíocht in November as part of its International Tour
The Woman is Present: Women’s Stories of WW2
Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company with
Playwrights Deirdre Kinahan, Mary Moynihan, Fiona Bawn Thompson and Paul Kennedy
A creative re-imagining of moments from the lives of women during WWII recalling stories of bravery, sacrifice and love amidst the horror of war, as women stood up against fascism and totalitarianism and refused to accept oppression. Each performance is followed by a post-show discussion with the artists and invited guest speakers to explore powerful women’s stories in history and themes of gender equality and peace in Ireland, Northern Ireland and internationally. The performance goes on national and international tour to Ireland, Northern Ireland and Germany from September 2017 to February 2018, and we are delighted to welcome it to Draíocht.
Women’s stories in the performance include Mary Elmes (1908-2002), a Cork woman who was the first Irish person honoured as ‘Righteous Among Nations’ for her work saving Jewish children from the Nazi gas chambers during World War II; Ettie Steinberg (1914-42) the only female Jewish Irish citizen known to have been murdered in Auschwitz; Marta Hillers (1911-2001) from Germany who wrote her autobiography Eine Frau in Berlin (A Woman in Berlin) under the name ‘Anonyma’ (Anonymous), detailing her experiences of the last days of WWII as she and over one million other women were raped and abused by Allied soldiers of the Red Army; Neus Català Pallejà (b.1915) from Spain, a member of the United Socialist Party of Catalonia during the Spanish Civil War, an active collaborator with the French Resistance during WWII and the only living Spanish survivor of Ravensbrück concentration camp for women; Maria Eugenia Jasińska (1906-43) from Łódź in Poland who worked for the resistance and gave up her own life rather than ‘name names’; and Dolores Ibárruri, or La Pasionaria (1895-1989), from Spain, a revolutionary leader, political activist, communist and crusader against Fascism during the Spanish Civil War who created the famous cry ‘They Shall Not Pass’.
‘Such a moving piece of theatre. The performances were excellent’. Sabina Coyne Higgins
‘Thanks Freda and all the cast and crew of The Woman is Present! What a wonderful evening’ Mary Duffin, Audience member
‘Saw ‘The Woman is Present’ last night, a call to the heart: Stop war and trumpet the heroism of women, missing from history’. Dr Eric Weitz, TCD
‘It was just brilliant! The two actors were phenomenal. Well done to everyone involved!’ Niamh Clowery, Audience member
‘Brilliant, moving, eye opening journey into stories of women’s bravery tonight. Well done to all involved’, Audience Member
The Woman is Present: Women’s Stories of WW2
Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company
Thursday 30 November 2017 8pm
Draíocht, The Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15
Booking: (0)1 885 2622 / Tickets: €16 / €14 conc
The women’s stories featured in the performance can be found in the Women War and Peace Digital Book, with a foreword by Marian Harkin, MEP, which contains 23 stories of women’s experiences during World War II and is now available online. The book was launched at the Mansion House, Dublin on 8 November 2016 by Mary Lawlor, Front Line Defenders and Cllr Rebecca Moynihan, Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin. The editor of the book is Mary Moynihan, Artistic Director, Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company and Lecturer, BA in Drama (Performance), Conservatory of Music and Drama, and key contributors are Edyta Pietrzak, Inga Kuzma, Fernando Benavente Tendillo, Kilian Cuerda Ros, Arne Schrader, Freda Manweiler, Mary Moynihan, Jessie Maguire, Bernard Wilson (writing about the life of Mary Elmes) and Nadia Clare Smith (writing about the life of Dorothy MacArdle).
March 1, 2017
THEATREclub are looking for men to Volunteer to help tell women's stories as part of 'The Game', a play coming to Draiocht that explores the act of buying sex - the rules, the language and the power structures. It’s a play that’s also a real-life game, with levels and consequences ... to register your interest in participating please email THEATREclub on firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be sent full details ... The Game comes to Draiocht on Sat 08 April 2017 8pm Tickets €18 / €16 conc from Box Office 01-8852622 or Online ... http://www.draiocht.ie/events/the_game
The Game explores the act of buying sex - the rules, the language and the power structures.
It’s a play that’s also a real-life game, with levels and consequences.
Five new men have volunteered each night. These men have never played ‘The Game’ before. They’ve no idea what they’re about to do and they won’t be given a script. They are doing this to be part of an event – a symbolic act – that calls us all to consider, to think and to review.
All you have to do is watch.
The Game gives audiences an insight into a world that sits uncomfortably beneath the surface of our day-to-day lives. How we legislate makes a statement about our values. The legal status of prostitution and sex work is a measure of our society. Laws around the world are changing. We’re all affected by those changes.
Devised by Gemma Collins, Grace Dyas and Lauren Larkin with Rachel Moran, Mia deFaoite and other women who have exited prostitution and women currently involved in sex work.
Contains nudity, strong language, sexual references, violence and material that some may find disturbing.
This production is supported by The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaion and Mermaid Arts Centre.
THEATREclub are Project Artists, an initiative of Project Arts Centre.
MORE ... Irish Times Article 'I Want People to Come out of the theatre angry'
"Director Grace Dyas and her collaborators are determined to show how complex the subject is, and to ask us to think. They succeed, in a work that is brave, horrific and urgent."
The Irish Times
August 5, 2015
We're very excited to announce that Dublin Theatre Festival 2015 will tour 3 shows to Draíocht this September and October.
Tickets are now on sale with 2 Early Bird offers, if tickets are booked before 9 September 2015.
Read more about each show by clicking the link ...
STAR OF THE SEA ...
Moonfish Theatre & An Taibhdhearc
In the winter of 1847 the famine ship Star of the Sea sets sail for the Promised Land ...
THURS 24 - SAT 26 SEPT 2015 8PM / Main Auditorium //
Tickets: €18 / €16 conc / Groups of 10+: €14 / Early Bird: €14 (Book before 09 Sept 2015)
LUCK JUST KISSED YOU HELLO ...
HotForTheatre and Galway International Arts Festival / Written by Amy Conroy
Laura returns home for the death of her father, but Laura is now Mark ...
WED 07 - THURS 08 OCT 2015 8PM / Main Auditorium //
Tickets: €18 / €16 conc / Early Bird: €14 (Book before 09 Sept 2015)
Verdant Productions / Written by Gillian Grattan
Attractive young Dubliner, Lydia retreats to a small country village in an attempt to escape from her past and reinvent her future ...
SAT 10 OCT 2015 8PM Main Auditorium
Tickets: €18 / €14 conc
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May 27, 2015
Thanks to Mark Stanley from Punch Lion for giving us this superb insight into our recent 'Focus On ... Your Funny Bone' comedy workshops in May with 5th & 6th Class pupils.
Draíocht invited 5th and 6th class students to comedy workshops hosted by Punch Lion which would incorporate two art exhibitions currently on show. ‘Focus on ….Your Funny Bone’ integrated the ‘look and respond’ of the primary curriculum. Overall, the aim of the workshops was to awaken creativity, facilitate thoughts and opinions and introduce humour.
The two exhibitions with different styles, themes and colours challenged the students to express themselves and feel comfortable. The ground floor exhibition by Sally-Anne Kelly comprises of clay masks and photographs of the clay masks in pools of water. On the first floor, Helen MacMahons exhibition is an engaging mix of science and art. This was the start of the workshop for the students - it was a time to free their minds and develop an opinion.
Peter O’Byrne and Danny Kehoe were the two facilitators for these workshops. Trained actors and comedians. They have tricks up their sleeves for the students - “If you want to be funny. Don’t try to be funny”, Danny advised. Art and comedy have the same aim - be creative, express yourself and be true. The students were firstly asked about their opinion of the exhibitions and their feelings about them. Opinions were supported by the facilitators and reminders were given to the value of each opinion. The initial exercises aimed at making the students comfortable and free their minds. Comedy is a valued genre in performance arts. The students eagerly discussed their favourite stand-up comedians and comedy films, recited their best joke and giggled at the ‘bad’ jokes from Danny and Peter.
A short time was allocated for these workshops and Peter and Danny quickly directed the students to challenge their comedy performance skills and the students enthusiastically played their parts. Teamwork, respect, individuality and silliness were all encouraged. Creativity is important for children’s development. Comedy and art are equally important disciplines allowing you to create and stimulate your mind. They are also subjective and we hope we conveyed that message to the students.
Charlie Chaplin had his own opinion - “I do not have much patience with a thing of beauty that must be explained to be understood. If it does need additional interpretation by someone other than the creator, then I question whether it has fulfilled its purpose.”
Mark Stanley, Punch Lion
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Now Booking ... Punch Lion Kids Comedy Club ... Sat 4th July 2015 2pm & 4pm ...
A family friendly stand-up comedy show for little kids and big kids!
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March 20, 2015
Audience Member Carmel Hogan is back again with another fantastic review, this time for 'Little Gem' ...
We saw Little Gem at Draiocht on Friday, 13th March 2015. I know people say Friday 13th is an unlucky day, but for us, this year, it was an especially good one.
The play is a beautifully crafted piece of writing. It incorporates humour (of the laughing out loud variety!), pathos (tears were shed), insight (Elaine Murphy knows how women think) and the mundanity of life. The three characters on stage in the play are superbly drawn. The off screen characters – stroke-ridden Gem, Ray, the drug addict, Paul – the Deb’s partner and on-off boyfriend, as well as the new Salsa partner/love interest, Neil, and the other transitory characters are all so well drawn that their absence from the stage is not noticed at all.
Her decision to give the positive attitude to and experience of sex to Kay, the grandmother, was pure genius as so many younger people think sex was invented by their generation. We laughed till we cried at the introduction of Kermit – (I won’t go into any more detail as this aspect of the play really has to be experienced in order to get the full benefit. So find out where Little Gem is playing and book seats now!) Kay’s wisdom and generous spirit were inspirational and the fact that she still loved and cherished her husband was a delight.
The youngest character, Amber, broke my heart. She thinks she’s so cool and so on top of it all. Whereas from my perspective, she was tragically overindulging in all sorts of ways which would greatly limit her future life. Life happened to her rather than her taking decisions on what she wanted from it. She had it all – she was beautiful, bright if not very intellectual – but unevolved – and despite the limitations, we see that she has a support network that would be the envy of many. So while the actress had terrific comic timing and created an unforgettable image of the young, chaotic life of Amber, she left a sadness in our hearts which lingers.
Lorraine, her Mam and daughter of Kay, grabbed our hearts with her description of her obsessive irritation at work. We’ve all seen “The Wrecker” in shops, but Lorraine was the one who had to clear up the havoc after her. Her brittleness was so acute that even the superior “Suit” and “Woman from HR” saw through it to her vulnerability. Considering her life experience, Lorraine is a hero to actually get out of bed at all. While the descriptions of “Counselling” made us laugh, it also rang true and, thankfully, Lorraine really tried to follow the recommendations and “do something nice for herself”. This led her through the Salsa night to a whole new positive experience of a man who actually cared about her and despite angst, saw a woman who blossomed like a flower when loved. The “sex scene” made us wince through our laughter as anyone will know who has had a relationship end and has to think about “being with someone new”.
Elaine Murphy’s play is sharp, funny and thought provoking. The casting was so appropriate that the characters of Amber, Lorraine and Kay came to life in front of us. Draiocht is an excellent venue as despite its capacity, everyone is close enough to the stage to see the expressions on the faces and to hear the voices without excessive amplification.
Once again, Draiocht’s impeccable record of excellent theatre production remains unbroken!
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