Artistic Collaborations - January-March 2020

January 6, 2020

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


Draíocht and Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris

Draíocht is delighted to partner with CCI once again to support the 2020/2021 Residency Programme. 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. 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 month) for an artist working in any discipline with a clear focus on children and/or young people articulated in the proposal. Residencies will be awarded for the period August 2020-June 2021. Travel from Ireland, accommodation and a monthly stipend are included.

Full guidelines, terms and conditions available on CCI's website:
Applications to be made online by Wednesday 08 January 2020.


Louise White
Life Story Work with Older Migrants

Draíocht is delighted to be working with theatre-maker and facilitator Louise White. Her shows have taken place in theatres, arts venues, community halls, decrepit Georgian buildings, psychiatric hospitals and abandoned warehouses. Louise works with real people, stories and events in order to create performances. She has worked with Dublin Youth Theatre, The National Women’s Council of Ireland, The SAOL Project, The Abbeyleix Bog Project and The Lantern Centre’s International Women’s Group among others. 

Her theatre work includes: This is the Funeral of Your Life (National Tour 2019 which included Draíocht); Mother You, Way Back Home (winner Spirit of the Fringe), and From The Heart, all for Dublin Fringe Festival.

Louise is currently developing a programme of creative activities to engage older members of migrant communities in Dublin 15 to take part in Life Story Workshops. Life-story work offers a means of opening up communication, creating understanding between people from different cultures and sharing commonalities among neighbours.

If you or your group are interested in learning more about this project and are based in Dublin 15, please contact Louise by visiting her website or by emailing Emer McGowan, Director Draíocht,

This project is funded by The Arts Council and supported by Draíocht and Fingal County Council.



Sorcha Fox

The word addict comes from the Latin ‘Ad Dicere’, and means ‘Without Voice’. It came from slavery - when you were sold as a slave, you surrendered your voice. When you surrender your voice, other people get to tell your story.

‘Amplify’ is a 9 month collaboration with writer and actor Sorcha Fox, Ashleigh House addiction recovery centre in Damastown, Dublin 15 and Draíocht, Blanchardstown. Funded by CREATE and Arts Council Ireland, ‘Amplify’ is a devised piece of work that will come from and belong to the women in recovery in Ashleigh House. It is a project of empowerment and exploration through writing and performance and a reclamation of voice and narrative. ‘Amplify’ will culminate in a performance in Draíocht in 2020.

Sorcha Fox teamed up with Rachel, a woman in recovery in Ashleigh House, as part of Draíocht’s ‘Home Theatre Ireland’ project in 2018. The short play ‘2 Squirrels’ was the result of that collaboration and was one of 30 plays in total that were created and performed all over Dublin 15 on the same night in people’s homes. ‘2 Squirrels’ was also included in the selection of plays performed as part of Dublin Theatre Festival 2018 and can be seen in full on YouTube. Sorcha devised the concept for ‘Amplify’ as a result of meeting with Rachel and the other women in recovery during ‘Home Theatre Ireland’, in Ashleigh House.



Draíocht’s Network Collaborations
Venue Networks and Partnerships

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. 2020 will see the Network provide an Artist Development Bursary for an emerging artist in the field of TYA (Theatre for Young Audiences), to attend an international festival of arts for young audiences. The bursary will amount to €1200. The recipient of the award will be identified via a call out in early 2020. Through this award the recipient will be exposed to high quality international work, and provided with an opportunity to connect with others working in this field.

The Strollers Touring Network comprises of ten Theatre/Arts Centre venues located across Ireland. It is currently the largest touring network in the country. An annual Production Award is granted to a company or artist to assist in the making and touring of work. Details of the 2020 Production Award will be announced shortly (€10,000) with the selected piece touring to all Stroller venues in 2020.

The 10 venue members and their locations are:
Siamsa Tíre, Tralee; Hawkswell, Sligo; Watergate, Kilkenny; Solstice, Navan; GB Shaw Theatre Carlow; Draíocht, Blanchardstown; The Source Arts Centre Thurles; Belltable, Limerick; Riverbank, Newbridge; Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar.

Previous Award Winners include:
In 2010: Garter Lane and Lane Productions - ‘Brighton’ by Jim Nolan. 
In 2011: Julie Feeney - for a collaborative project working with regional choirs and new choral commission.
In 2012 - Theatre Lovett - ‘The House That Jack Filled’.
In 2013 - Fishamble: The New Play Company ‘Little Thing, Big Thing’ by Donal O’Kelly.
In 2014/2015 – Moonfish Theatre Company: ‘Star of the Sea’.
In 2016 - Monkeyshine Theatre - ‘Voyage’.
In 2017 - Duke Special – ‘Hallow’ – based on works by poet Michael Longley.
In 2018 - Fishamble: The New Play Company – Pat Kinevane’s ‘Before’ (pictured above).
In 2019 – Joanne Ryan – ‘Eggsistentialism’.

Further information about Artistic Collaborations from Emer McGowan, Director, 01-8098027 /


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