Artistic Collaborations Sep-Dec 2018

September 3, 2018

3 September 2018

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

Draíocht & Fishamble: The New Play Company

Autumn 2018 sees Draíocht continue our collaboration with Fishamble: The New Play Company and 5 other venues across the island of Ireland on ‘A PLAY FOR IRELAND’ (2017-2019), a major new playwriting initiative that supports new writing and encourages the citizens of Ireland and non-Irish citizens living on the island of Ireland, to write plays, engaging people from all communities throughout the country. A PLAY FOR IRELAND is the search for an idea for one, big, ambitious play that bursts with humanity and tackles a subject about which the playwright feels passionate, a play that captures the zeitgeist of the country. The two-year development process will work with playwrights throughout the island of Ireland and result in the production of a very special new play. Five writers have been chosen to take part in the initiative in each venue, making a total of 30 playwrights, to mark Fishamble’s 30th birthday, in 2018.
The 30 chosen projects include stories on political change and tension, rural communities, gap years, tourism and heritage, relationships with history, facing adulthood, Storm Ophelia, DNA testing, drunken walks home, the changing workplace and relationships within it, adoption and foster care, family crisis, alcoholic parents, health care reform, nursing homes, small business owners, humanity and community, Irish independence, republicanism and nationalism, the Irish language, rap music, donut chains, government departments, eviction, the concept of home, prophecy, broken hearts, and theatre. Draíocht is delighted to be supporting the writers, Catriona Daly, Jeda De Bri and Finbarr Doyle, Alice Murphy, Barry McStay and Ian Toner who, over the last few months, have been participating in group and one to one workshops and mentorship, working towards submission of a draft script at the end of the year. Phase 2 of the project begins in early 2019.

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 partnering with CCI by supporting two one month residencies for artists working in any discipline with a clear focus on children and/or young people articulated in their proposal.

We are pleased to annouce that theatre makers Dan Colley and Mary Lou McCarthy are the inaugural recipients of the Residency, each enjoying a month-long Residency in the CCI in Spring 2019.

During her Residency, Mary Lou McCarthy will develop a show for audiences aged 10-12 years entitled, ‘The Dead Letter Office’. She will research the French postal system and the history of the Dead Letter Office in Europe and will also work with Paris based director John McIlduff.

Dan Colley will work on ‘Dance Plague’, a dance/theatre piece aimed at teenagers, which is being supported by Draíocht and produced by Dan’s company, Collapsing Horse. This piece came about from Dan’s Residency in Draíocht (2016 to 2018), collaborating with various artists including Liv O'Donoghue, Paul McDonnell, Dylan Coburn Gray and the members of D15 Youth Theatre. The show is about bodies, autonomy, fitting into society and one’s own skin.

Draíocht’s Network Collaborations
ShortWorks & Strollers Touring Networks

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. 2018 will see this Network continue our relationship with theatre artist, Fionnuala Gygax to enable the further development of her theatre piece ‘Boy in a Boat’. The show was chosen to be part of the Cruinniú na nóg programme in The Ark by their Children’s Council and has had a recent showing to Network members.
October 2018 will see ShortWorks collaborate with the Next Stage programme of Dublin Theatre Festival by providing a Masterclass with Andy Packer, director of Slingsby Theatre Company. An Irish tour of Slingsby’s show  ‘The Young King’ (see page 16) was supported and facilitated by the Shortworks Network. 2018 also saw Fidget Feet’s new show ‘Hatch’, being developed with the support of ShortWorks.

Strollers is a 10 venue nationwide venue Network. An annual Production Award is granted to a company or artist to assist in the making and touring of work. 2018 sees Strollers work with Fishamble: The New Play Company and Pat Kinevane, supporting his new production ‘Before’. This piece will tour to all Stroller venues in Autumn 2018 and will be here in Draíocht from 23-24 November. The application process for the 2019 Production Award took place in the Summer of 2018 and an announcement of the Recipient will take place in the Autumn.

Draíocht, Civic Theatre and Mermaid Arts Centre have come together to support an 18 month long programme of work by Early Year’s Theatre Artist, Anna Newell. Funded by The Arts Council, ‘Baby’s First Xmas’ and ‘Little Tiny Xmas’ are the first productions supported by this partnership.

Draíocht’s Artist Panel

With the development of The Artist Panel in 2018, Draíocht will continue 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.


Draíocht and Room 13 Inquiry
Room 13 Inquiry is an initiative of Fingal County Council’s Arts Office under the direction of Julie Clarke and led by resident artists Orla Kelly and Anne Cradden. There are two Room 13 studios, based in Scoil Bhríde Cailíní NS Blanchardstown and Tyrrelstown Educate Together NS, the first such school-based collaborative art studios to open in the Republic of Ireland. Recently the fifty pupils from Room 13 Inquiry selected the works for ‘More than Bricks and Mortar - Works from the IMMA Collection’, currently exhibiting in Draíocht’s Ground Floor Gallery (see page 48). Summer 2018 saw a new development in this programme, in the form of a new Summer School hosted in Draíocht for these 6th Class pupils, now finished primary school and their Room 13 experience. Over the Autumn period, this partnership between Room 13 past pupils and Draíocht will continue to develop with artist workshops, gallery visits and artist talks, with the aim of continuing to support the Room 13 participants in their future artistic development.

This programme is a partnership between Fingal County Council’s Arts Office and Draíocht.
Further information from Julie Clarke, Youth & Education Officer, Fingal Arts Office, or Sarah Beirne, Children & Youth Arts Coordinator, Draíocht,

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


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