Ceol Connected’s LEAF for children with complex needs

October 15, 2019

Enjoy the absolute wonderment of this gorgeous video! Draíocht is so delighted to have worked with Ceol Connected as Theatre Company in Residence during 2019 to develop LEAF, a multi-sensory performance for children with complex needs, performed during September. In doing so, we are responding to our 2018-2022 Strategy ‘Space for the Arts’ and in particular our commitment to expand equality of access to more children. At the heart of this process was Ceol Connected's exploration of how multi-sensory experiences - sound, touch, taste, smell, light, movement, etc. – can be meaningfully embedded in a theatrical performance to most effectively engage children who have a range of additional needs. 


And here are a few words from Thomas Johnston, from Ceol Connected:

"Here we have it... a little glimpse into the world of LEAF. I really couldn't be prouder of all we achieved this year during our development of LEAF. It was an absolute pleasure to create, collaborate, and perform with such an inspiring team - Jo Williams, Orla Kelly, Claire Crehan, Sebastian Pizarro Olivera, and several others (see video credits for the full rundown of everyone involved). We pushed ourselves in all sorts of weird and wonderful directions, dreamt and reflected, devised and crafted, went down the odd cul-de-sac, came over the brow of many's the hill - all the while guided by the steady hand of Director Jo Williams.

A huge thanks to the children and staff at children and staff at Oakridge Children's Service Centre who we linked in with during the devising stage, to the children and staff at the Central Remedial Clinic for working with us on the video (and to Blue Hue Video Production for capturing the magic), and to everyone at Draiocht Blanchardstown for being so welcoming and helpful.
Check out the video - I hope you enjoy."


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