Artistic Collaborations Sep-Dec 2019

August 1, 2019

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.


Sian Ní Mhuirí​

Draíocht and Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris

Draíocht is delighted to continue our partnership  with CCI supporting an artist to travel to Paris to participate in the 2019/2020 Residency Programme, tapping  into the resources of the CCI and the city of Paris, as well as having the opportunity to showcase their work on an international stage. The recipients of Draíocht supported residencies are artists working in any discipline with a clear focus on children and/or young people. Sian Ní Mhuirí, a writer and theatre maker has been awarded the 2019/2020 Residency.

While there, Sian will develop her piece, Knapsack, a survivalist romp for children aged 8+.  Knapsack asks the audience ‘What would you pack in your bag if the world ended, and you had to run away?’  Unclear as to whether the central character is seeking shelter from rising seas, escaping a zombie apocalypse, a vengeful dragon, a war, or an evil step-parent, Knapsack instead focuses on whether a torch or a teddy is a better choice, whether sentimentality or brutality saves you in a crisis, and what tools children need when they’re far from home.


Draíocht and Slingsby (Australia)
03-07 JUN 2019

Draíocht supported a week long development (3-7 June 2019) of a new theatre piece for children and adults, by acclaimed Australian theatre company, Slingsby, based on the memoir 'The Boy Who Talked To Dogs'. This tells the true story of Martin McKenna growing up in Garryowen, Limerick in the 1970's. It is a powerful story of redemption and transformation from a boy who grew up in Ireland and eventually made his way to Byron Bay, Australia, where he now lives as a best-selling author and radio personality - celebrated as the 'Dog Man'. The Irish creative team which includes Amy Conroy (writer) and Lisa O’Neill (songwriter) worked with the Australian Creative team in Draíocht’s Studio and explored further the themes of the piece while working on script and song development. The piece will be a highlight of Draíocht’s Autumn 2020 programme. 


Draíocht & Fishamble: The New Play Company

October 2019 sees the culmination of Draíocht’s 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, supported by Tesco Finest. This initiative supported new writing and encouraged 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. Fishamble’s A PLAY FOR IRELAND was the search for an idea for one, big, ambitious play that captures the zeitgeist of the country.

2019 began with 30 brand new finished scripts being submitted to the programme, which have been developed during 2019 with the support of dramaturgs, directors and designers from around the country. In Phase 2 of this programme, 6 plays were shortlisted, one per venue.  One play has now been chosen for full commission and production.

We look forward to the performances of ‘The Alternative’ by Michael Patrick and Oisín Kearney on 4th and 5th October 2019 as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival.
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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.

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. The application process for the 2019 Production Award took place in the Summer of 2018 with the award going to Joanne Ryan to support a remount and tour of her show ‘Eggsistentialism’. This piece will tour to all Stroller venues in Autumn 2019 and will be here in Draíocht on November 2nd 2019 (see page 25 for more details)

Draíocht, Civic Theatre and Mermaid Arts Centre came together in 2018 to support an 18 month long programme of work by Early Years Theatre Artist, Anna Newell. Funded by The Arts Council, ‘Baby’s First Xmas’ and ‘Little Tiny Xmas’ were the first productions (December 2018) supported by this partnership. 2019 sees the development and tour of a new show ‘BigKidLittleKid’ (see page 18 for further details), a non verbal show for 3 to 6 year olds. Tours of extant work ‘Sing Me To The Sea’, a show designed for children up to 12 years with complex needs took place with Draíocht working in partnership with the CRC to present same. ‘Sing Me To The Sea’ was originally funded by Wicklow County Arts Office with design funded by Riverbank Arts Centre, in consultation with Mid Kildare Network Disability Team and St Catherine’s School, Newcastle, County Wicklow.

Our three venues and Axis Ballymun, have also come together with Helium Arts, an organisation whose mission is to empower children living with illness through their creativity and the arts, to examine provision and supports in our three catchment areas.



Supported as part of the Creative Ireland Programme’s National Creativity Fund, with additional funding being provided by Fingal County Council, OUR PLACE, OUR STORIES is a project which facilitates a collaboration between 6 leading artists and 6 key communities of interest in Dublin 15, under the artistic directorship of Veronica Coburn (Home Theatre Ireland; Hallelujah!, Draíocht’s Community Clown Choir).

OUR PLACE, OUR STORIES, is about facilitating people to explore themes that are relevant to them, to recognise their uniqueness, their shared experiences and to see their community in a way they wouldn’t have done before.

Over 2019, our 6 artist partners have been working with their groups. Mulhuddart Men’s Shed (Shaun Dunne), Mulhuddart Boxing Academy (Junk Ensemble), Daughters of Charity, Blakestown (Jody O’Neill), Foroige (Colm Keegan), Olaedo - Nigerian’s women’s group and Maureens’ Group (FeiliSpeaks), Hartstown Community College and Pobal Scoil Setanta (Dylan Coburn Gray). A variety of performing art forms (spoken word, theatre, dance) have been used in the workshop process and the groups represented different communites of place or interest. Because of the young demographic of Dublin 15 and Draíocht's subsequent commitment to this age group, three groups are made up of young people (14yrs +). Each group explored what stories they needed and wanted to tell and how those stories can be told to ensure they achieve their full potential when they meet their audiences in Draíocht.

OUR PLACE OUR STORIES culminates on Culture Night. With the empasis for participants on articulation rather than performance, each outcome has been recorded and will be shown in Draíocht’s foyer as well as a special screening in our Studio Space at 6pm. This will be followed at 7.30pm by live performances of our 6 artists, who have been commissioned as part of the project to create a new 10 minute piece in repsonse to the their group(s).



Draíocht And Room 13 Inquiry

Room 13 Inquiry is in its fifth year in two primary schools in Fingal. Developed by Fingal Arts Office, the programme sees artists share an art studio space with children in the school environment, and the children visit exhibitions and places of cultural interest throughout the academic year. A partnership with Draíocht has resulted in some wonderful opportunities for the children and artists this year.

Once again we will partner to host a ‘Room 13 Midterm Art School’ for children wishing to pursue their interest in art outside of school time, with artist workshops, gallery visits and artist talks.

Further information contact Julie Clarke, Youth & Education Officer, Fingal Arts Office,  or Sarah Beirne, Children & Youth Arts Officer,


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


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