Artistic Collaborations Jan-March 2018

January 5, 2018


Included in Draíocht’s New 5 Year Strategy 2018-2022, is our commitment to building strong and effective collaborative partnerships, to ensure our sustainability and to continue to support other arts organisations and artists. In January, as part of our early years programme, Draíocht will be supporting Ceol Connected to re imagine ‘The Quiet Tree’ for children with disabilities. We’ve established a new Artists Panel to support a small group of ten artists with whom we have worked over a sustained period of time. Draíocht and Youth Theatre Ireland will partner in February to present a free one day seminar, ‘Youth at the Centre‘, for those with an interest in developing new youth theatre opportunities in their venue. We will support First Fortnight, Ireland’s Mental Health Arts Festival 2018 by running Free Workshops. Draíocht will also partner this Season with Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris to support the 2018 Residency Programme. We also continue our collaborations with Collapsing Horse and the Irish Film Institute’s Education Department.

The Quiet Tree
January 2018 will see Draíocht support Ceol Connected to re imagine ‘The Quiet Tree’. This show, originally made for children aged between 3 to 6 years, includes traditional storytelling and music together with puppetry. This process will see two artists (Thomas Johnston and Orla Kelly) and an expert in Early Year’s education for children with disabilities, explore and develop this extant piece as a music and theatrical performance for very young children with additional educational needs. In particular, they will develop the show as a multi-sensory experience using sound, movement, light, smell, touch and taste. The artists will reimagine ‘The Quiet Tree’ as an immersive installation where children and their adults have a truly mutli-dimensional experience. The development period (15-26 January 2018), supported by Draíocht, through financial, space and technical assistance, will include a Work in Progress showing to an invited audience. Taking place on Friday 26th January 2018 in Draíocht’s Studio Space, this event will showcase the work and process as well as give the artists the opportunity to get some feedback on work done.  

Draíocht and Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris

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 delighted to partner with CCI to support the 2018/2019 Residency Programme. CCI and the partner organisations share the costs of residencies in CCI enabling the Centre to increase the number of residencies it can offer. Draíocht is supporting a residency (one to two months) for an artist working in any discipline with a clear focus on children and/or young people articulated in the proposal. Residencies of 1 to 2 months will be awarded for the period August 2018-June 2019. Travel from Ireland, accommodation and a monthly stipend are included.
Full guidelines, terms and conditions available on CCI's website:
Applications to be made on-line by Wednesday 10 January 2018.

The Artist Panel
JAN-DEC 2018

With the development of The Artist Panel, Draíocht aims 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. Through facilitated meetings and invited guests, we will support and nurture these artists by providing time and space to explore, think and reflect on both their personal and facilitative arts practice, consider cross disciplinary engagements and collaborative practices as well as the evaluation of the quality and type of engagement they have with Draíocht’s programmes and with the community of young people whom we serve.



Putting Young People At The Heart Of Your Arts Venue
Youth Theatre Ireland in partnership with Draíocht

THU 22 FEB  11AM–4.30PM   Draiocht Studio   FREE
"A room with a youth theatre in it is a machine for generating happiness".
Join us for a day-long seminar exploring how your venue can become a home for quality youth theatre work and create opportunities for young people to engage in excellent arts experiences. This is an opportunity for staff and practitioners from arts venues to:
- Share best practice approaches from youth theatres around the country;
- Explore current national and local arts strategies that will impact on the future development of youth arts initiatives in venues;
- Discover from youth theatre members how your venue can become a real ‘home’ for creative young people;
- Find solutions with your peers to some of the practical challenges you’ve faced running a youth theatre in your venue.

The seminar will include inputs from: Arts Council staff members Val Ballance (Head of Venues) and Seóna Ní Bhriain (Head of Young People Children and Education); a Local Authority Arts Officer; staff, practitioners and members from venue-led youth theatres. The seminar is aimed broadly at staff and practitioners who are running youth theatres in arts venues, as well as those with an interest in developing new youth theatre opportunities in their venue.
Attendance at the seminar is free of charge, however registration is essential. Booking will open on January 10th via the Youth Theatre Ireland website:
For more information, please contact Rhona Dunnett ( at Youth Theatre Ireland.

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Collapsing Horse - September-December 2017

July 1, 2017


Draíocht is delighted to continue working with Collapsing Horse as Theatre Artists in Residence during 2017-2018.

Their work with D15 Youth Theatre over the mid-term with choreographer Liv O'Donoghue explored areas of dance, movement and choreography in theatre. Later this year they will be working with Liv and D15 Youth Theatre again, this time to develop a new Collapsing Horse dance/theatre show for teenagers called ‘Dance Plague’, inspired by the dancing plagues of the middle ages.

Collapsing Horse, the makers of ‘MONSTER/CLOCK’; ‘Distance from the Event’; ‘Bears in Space’; ‘The Aeneid’ and ‘Conor: at the end of the Universe’, recently presented their brand new comedy show in Project Arts Centre, ‘The Water Orchard’.

One of Collapsing Horse’s strengths is its commitment to theatrical fundamentals … executed with wit and skill … there’s no shortage of emotion, intricacy or craft … One of the finest groups of artists to emerge in recent years’.
Irish Times

‘One of the most exciting collectives on the Irish theatre scene.’
Totally Dublin

The Collapsing Horse Draíocht Residency is supported by Fingal County Council and The Arts Council.

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Collapsing Horse - April-August 2017

March 3, 2017


In February Collapsing Horse continued working with Draíocht’s very talented and dedicated D15 Youth Theatre. Last year we worked with puppetry and the idea that theatre is a combination of ‘illusion and the thing you can't fake’. This year, participants will be working with Choreographer, Liv O'Donoghue and Collapsing Horse Director, Dan Colley to explore movement, expression and storytelling. We'll be asking; What can be communicated through the movement of the body that can't be communicated through words? What does it feel like to dance and to watch people dancing? And how can we create beautiful, interesting and moving choreography ourselves?

This is all just the start of a year of activity which will include workshops for primary school students, rehearsals of our new show The Water Orchard, the beginnings of a Dance/Theatre piece for children and performances of Collapsing Hose shows from our repertoire.

The Collapsing Horse Draíocht Residency is supported by Fingal County Council and the Arts Council.

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Collapsing Horse - Draíocht’s New Theatre Artists in Residence 2015/2016

September 28, 2015

Our 3 year Hallelujah! Clown Choir Project with Veronica Coburn ends with a bang in October with their final production, Ship of Fools and we are delighted to be welcoming our new Theatre Artists in Residence to Draíocht, Collapsing Horse ...

‘We’re Collapsing Horse, we’re a young theatre company from Dublin and we’ll be the new Theatre Artists in Residence in Draíocht 2015/2016. From January 2016 we’ll be working with D15 Youth Theatre, sharing our skills in puppetry and using theatrical illusion to bring ordinary objects to life. We will also be utilizing Draíocht’s Studio and technical facilities to develop a new play called Conor, about a child who journeys up to the sky. We use projections, animated backgrounds and live puppetry to create the experience of seeing the scale of the universe for the first time. We’ve had a great relationship with Draíocht since they presented our first show, Monster/Clock in 2013. We were back again in March 2015 with our creepy fairytale Human Child. We’re thrilled to be supported by Draíocht, Fingal County Council and the Arts Council to be making new work while engaging with Draíocht’s young audience.’

To find out more about this Residency, email Emer McGowan, Director Draiocht,

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