#OurPlaceOurStories ... FeliSpeaks

September 18, 2019


"I had the pleasure of working with these two groups of women that reflect monumental parts of who I am as a Irish-Nigerian living in Ireland. They gave me the chance to see women in several onion layers through the power of listening and the gift of art; for that I am eternally grateful. I felt really really humble and blessed to be able to soak in older minds. There’s something so beautiful about people who have lived further and longer than you, just pouring into you. That has been amazing. I hope I was able to impact them as much as they did, me." FeliSpeaks

Over 2019, Draiocht’s 6 artist partners have been working with one or two key community groups in Dublin 15 for OUR PLACE OUR STORIES. Felicia worked with Umunwanyi Olaedo (Igbo Union Women Wing) and D15 Women.

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 one or two key community groups. Mulhuddart Men’s Shed & Menitation (Shaun Dunne), Mulhuddart Boxing Academy (Megan Kennedy & Jessica Kennedy of Junk Ensemble), Daughters of Charity, Blakestown (Jody O’Neill), Foróige (Colm Keegan), Umunwanyi Olaedo (Igbo Union Women Wing) and D15 Women (FeliSpeaks), Hartstown Community College and Coláiste Pobail Setanta (Dylan Coburn Gray). 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 +). The key community groups represent different communities of place or interest. A variety of performing art forms (spoken word, theatre, dance) have been the focus of the workshop process exploring what stories each group felt they needed and wanted to tell and began the process of individual and collective artistic empowerment to shape those stories in dramatic form, poetic word and physical body.

OUR PLACE OUR STORIES culminates on Culture Night, 20th September 2019. With the emphasis for participants on articulation rather than performance, each outcome has been recorded on film 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 a live performance by our 6 artists, who have been commissioned as part of the project to create a new 10 minute piece in response to the experience of working with their group(s).


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