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:
•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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to seeing you at auditions and wish you luck on the day!
February 2, 2013
Last Saturday we had the first Family Day of the year and it was BUSY, BUSY, BUSY!
Some lovely Draíocht workers had been collecting 2 litre plastic bottles since well before Christmas and we used every single one of the 80 odd bottles that had taken over in and around my desk.
Now those bottles have relocated to homes all over Dublin 15 and beyond as piggy banks and tigers banks… and cats and dogs, there was even an octopus......
........not to mention the giraffe and crocodile!
If you missed our family day, but have a 2lt bottle and a willingness to save, why not make your own animal bank. You’ll need a glue stick, some coloured paper, a scissors and some toilet roll tubes.
Give your bottle a bit of a rinse and let it dry. Cut a slot in the side of the plastic bottle- an older person with a blade can come in handy here, but a scissors can do the job. Glue paper around the middle of the bottle, covering the slot and about 2/3rds of the central area of the bottle. Feel the slot you had created earlier and cut away the paper that has covered it over. Now, start to cut out the other features for your animal, like ears, eyes, and nostrils from construction paper. When making ears, leave a little extra paper (or tabs) so you have something to stick to the bottle. You can attach all your features with double-sided tape or glue. Cut legs from the toilet roll tubes, making each one about 1.5inches, you can shape these to the contours of the bottle, collage or cover with paper and tape all four to the bottle. Make a hole in back to insert a pipe-cleaner or art straw tail. If its a pig, make the tail curly, with a bit of a twist. Now start to save your money! Simple!
If you would like further instructions on this, or any of our workshops, please free to contact me (email@example.com). Or you can come along and ask us in person at the next family day on 9th March 2013- we will be making some fancccy hats for St. Patricks Day.
January 30, 2013
Since we’ve last updated, D15 Youth Theatre has acquired many new members. We are now well into another year and the group is just as excited as we were on day one.
Over the past few weeks we’ve been introduced to may new faces, most of which were also attached to the heads of the new members, and while the group has been getting acquainted we’ve also been dancing, creating, space jumping and shouting at people on invisible ponies.
For those of you who are still not too sure of what we’re about, let me explain how I see our group:
These are the times we will talk to our kids and friends (and anyone who will listen) about when we’re older. That time Leanne was a cow for no adequately explored reason. That piece with masks when Daire’s scream stopped my heart. That time we did ‘The Time Warp’ and ‘We Go Together’ on constant repeat until we fell over each-other. That time when they were all in a pool and Heather laughed to the point of tears.
To paraphrase my favorite book of 2012: Right now these moments are not stories, this is happening, I‘m here. I can see it, this one moment when you know you’re not just a sad story, you are alive and you stand up and see the lights on the buildings and everything that makes you wonder and you’re listening to that song on that drive with the people that you love the most in the world. In that moment, we are infinite.
I know there are people who forget what its like to be sixteen when they turn seventeen. But this time and these things will be so much more memorable and important than anything we could possibly learn from a textbook.
And on that note, with the plan of world domination well in motion, D15 Youth Theatre are set to dominate the mortal inhabitants of Dublin, then, the world.
Your future leader, Heather Fitzpatrick, Signing off.
January 7, 2013
We are starting off the New Year with a fantastic project for local 5th and 6th classes. There is only one week to apply, so if you are interested please find further details and an application form below.
Dreamweavers- STORYHOOPS is a Draíocht Arts Education Project for 5th and 6th class students, created and facilitated by textile artist Gina Faustino.
The project consists of a series of workshops carried out by Gina, with three classes in their school. The STORYHOOPS will be created using a hula-hoop, wool fiber, a variety of colourful fabrics, textures, and a meaningful/symbolic fabric/ribbon/yarn belonging to each participant. The wool fiber will be used to create hand-felted ropes which will be the backbone of the STORYHOOP. Each ’Dreamweaver’ will then weave their life story, or a story they would like to tell, in coloured fabric-(ie. each year of their life might be a different colour; an important event might be marked with a change of fabric, ribbon, a button, a stitch) Dreams and aspirations are woven intermittently or at the end. This project supports the arts curriculum’s Fabric and Fibers strand, as well as touching on storytelling and composition.
The Dreamweaver’s STORYHOOPS and written stories will then be collectively exhibited in a short term gallery installation in Draíocht’s first floor gallery space in late February 2013.
After exhibition, schools can chose to install the work as a permanent/semi-permanent abstract art work in their school, or each student can take their own piece home as a keepsake from the project.
5th and 6th classes in Dublin 15 primary schools are eligible to participate, but places are limited to 3 classes, so an application process is in place. One class from a school can participate.
The project will have the following elements:
- 6 (1.5hr) visual arts sessions with Gina Faustino in the school class room (1 per week of project), beginning the week of Monday 22nd January 2013.
- 1 Gallery installation and launch with invited families and guests
Dates and times for sessions will be confirmed with schools when their participation is confirmed this month. Please take into account that the class must be free to participate in all sessions of each element of the project, schedules will be made available in advance of the project’s start.
This project will be managed and resourced by Draíocht. Schools will be asked to contribute €45 participation fee. All other costs will be met by Draíocht. (If this cost is an issue for your school please do get in touch with Sarah Beirne)
- If you are interested in participating please download and complete the application form here and return it to Sarah in Draíocht by post or hand-alternately, feel free to fill answers into the body of an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you have any questions or would like to discuss this project in more detail, please contact Sarah on 01 8098029.
- The closing date for receipt of applications is Tuesday, 15th January 2013. Successful schools will be informed by phone on Thursday 17th January 2013.
December 17, 2012
Unlike most years, we had a pretty quiet Family Day on the 8th of December... it could be because it coincided with probably one of the busiest Christmas shopping days of the year! But those that joined us in our first floor gallery printed some very beautiful cards with the help of our artists Jenny, Deirdre, Gen and Andrew.
If you want to make some printed Christmas cards like these at home, you can make a version of what we did with the help of a bit of recycling! Just keep the polystyrene trays that fruit and vegetables sometimes come in and any wrapping, posters or sheet of paper that have a plastic feel to them that might come in your letter box.
Start by using a pen to draw into the Polystyrene, marking out whatever picture you would like to print. Then roll out some paint- we used printing ink and perspex, but acylic paint would do the job and you could spread it onto the plastic coated advertisment that came through your door. This is so the paint is nice and thin...
Best to get you hands on a roller, which you can get from most art supply shops- but a paintbrush will work too.
Next, roll the paint out on to the polystyrene picture (as shown above), thinly and evenly and then press it down onto some paper.
Give it a good rub, pull it off and hey presto, you have a print!
Another idea is to cut up the polystyrene (or thick cardboard would do), then arrange and glue your cut out shapes onto a square of carboard, in a design you like. Roll over your design with an inked up roller. The paint will attach only to the design, as it is raised away from the cardboard base. You have created a stamp. Place your inked stamp down onto a sheet of paper and once again, give it a good rub. When you take it off, only your design should remain.
You can print these stamps over and over again in as many coloures as you would like. Once the print has dried you can glue it on to some card and discover that you will never have to buy a Christmas card again!
We also improvised & made some Christmas decorations for our tree with the left over print templates…
Any Questions, feel free to give drop me a mail (email@example.com) or drop into our next FREE family Day on Sat 26th of January 2013- We will be making piggy banks.