‘A Night in November’ by Marie Jones, Starring Padraic McIntyre.
A review by Robert Glenn Baes, 5th Year, Coláiste Pobail Setanta
On Saturday 17th of May we went to see the play 'A Night in November' which was presented by Ramor Theatre at Draiocht. This hilarious one man show is about Kenneth McAllister’s rebellious journey as he travels from Windsor Park in Belfast which is his home county to Doran's Bar in New York to see 'Jacks Army' in their quest to win the 1994 World Cup. Kenneth is a regular middleclass man who seems to be in the middle of a midlife crisis and has to choose between what he thinks is right and what others want him to do.
Before entering the theatre I was unsure as to what to expect from ‘A Night in November’. I realised straight away that the play was going to surpass my expectations. ‘A Night in November' is about one man’s journey to find himself. This was portrayed beautifully by McIntyre. I was impressed by McIntyre’s dedication to his role in the play.
Kenneth seems to be a coward and is not able to express how he truly feels. One of the many characters McIntyre plays is Kenneth's inner voice and through a number of insightful soliloquies we see how frustrated Kenneth is with his life. It is a testament to McIntyre’s talent that he powerfully sustains this one man show with minimal props (a set of steps) and one costume change. McIntyre makes the most out of those three steps by turning them into a car, an office and stadium seating.
I would recommend this play to people who want to get inside the head of an average person. The entertaining and sometimes poignant insights into Kenneth’s thoughts will engage audiences of all ages. McIntyre’s convincing use of props combined with his powerful delivery made 'A Night in November' a night to remember.
‘A Night in November’ by Marie Jones, Starring Padraic McIntyre.
Just announced ... our first collaboration with the Irish Film Institute and their Primary School programme ... 'Believe' coming to Draiocht on 7 May, 10.30am ... tickets just e2 per student ... full details & booking here ...
Primary School Film Screening in Draiocht - In association with the Irish Film institute
WED 7 MAY 2014 10.30AM Main Auditorium // €2
Set in 1984 Manchester and inspired by real events, Believe is a funny and touching fictional tale about the legendary Manchester United football manager, Sir Matt Busby, who helps a wayward boy fulfil his dream. An act of petty crime by 11 year old Georgie becomes a collision of fate as Sir Matt tracks him down, only to discover that the boy is an extraordinarily gifted footballer and captain of a team of unruly talents.
Film details: UK ● 2013 ● Drama ● 94 min ● Director: David Scheinmann
School Booking Details:
Suitable for 4th, 5th & 6th class pupils
Cost:€2 per student. 2 teachers free per class.
Booking tel: 01-8852622
Please let us know about any special needs at time of booking.
Includes an Introduction on the morning by the Education Dept of the IFI.
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.
We look forward to seeing you at auditions and wish you luck on the day!
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 and have a 2lt bottle at home, why not try your hand at making 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 money 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 for 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!
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.