Draíocht’s Artist in Your Classroom Initiative

Draíocht’s Artist in Your Classroom Initiative

Workshops In Your Classroom With Draíocht’s Artists

Mon 3 Sep - Fri 30 Nov 2018

This programme aims to provide a range of high-quality arts experiences for pupils and teachers in your own classroom, using Draíocht’s professional artists, at Primary level. Your school can choose from the range of specially selected and purposefully created school workshops below. This Season, pupils will have the opportunity to create and perform and to play and squash clay. Workshops are tailored to your class’s age and abilities and will work with two separate classes each day.

Drama In Your Classroom
Age Range: Adaptable To All Age Ranges
Duration: Junior/Senior Inf: 4 Class Group Workshops of 45mins
2nd Class Upwards: 2 Class Group Workshops of 1.5hrs
Artist: Eimear Morrissey
Using a theme of your choice as a starting point, Eimear Morrissey introduces pupils to the wonderful world of theatre through imaginative storytelling and fun collective group games. The workshop will explore different ways of engaging the imagination, of thinking creatively, seeing, listening, new ways of communicating and expression, as well as building confidence. Pupils will work together towards a common goal of creating a short improvised performance piece, giving them the opportunity to experience the creation of something from nothing!

Clay In Your Classroom
Age Range: 3rd-6th Class
Duration: 2 Class Group Workshops Of 2 Hours
Artist: Deirdre O’reilly
Slap it, bang it, thump it, texture it! Create three dimensional animals and clay models with Ceramic Artist, Deirdre O'Reilly. This in-depth ceramic workshop will concentrate on using 3-dimensional clay shapes as a starting point for model making. During these workshops, the children will be equipped with new skills and knowledge of how to create the most adventurous of 3D models with fine textured detail applied. A must-do cross curricular creative workshop for your class.

Workshop Notes & Bookings:
Workshops can take place from 03 September-30 November 2018 on a date of your choosing.
Closing date for Bookings is Friday 19 October 2018 through Draíocht’s Box Office tel: 01-8852622.

The programme is offered on a first come first serve basis and is restricted to schools within the Dublin 15 area. Cost per day €150. All materials are provided. Schools are welcome to make multiple bookings, subject to artist availability, but due to budgetary constraints, the above subsidised workshop rate is limited to two days per school. For further details please contact Sarah on 01-809 8029 or email sarah@draiocht.ie.

Preparing For Section 3 - Art Appreciation

Preparing For Section 3 - Art Appreciation


Mon 3 Sep - Fri 30 Nov 2018 // €25 PER CLASS // Dur: 60 Mins

COST: €25 PER CLASS / Duration 1 hour

Section 3 of the Leaving Certificate Art exam paper often includes a question on visiting an exhibition or a gallery space. Facilitated by artist Andrew Carson, this tour gives students the opportunity to ask questions and explore Draíocht’s exhibitions, focusing on how we layout, install, display and light work. They will also have an opportunity to make notes, sketches and diagrams.

Contact Sarah on 01-8098029 to arrange a tour that will help students answer possible questions around gallery installation and exhibitions. All materials will be provided. Please give at least 2 weeks notice. Max 30 students per class with accompanying teacher.

B.A.S.S - Band And Song Support Autumn/Winter 2018

B.A.S.S - Band And Song Support Autumn/Winter 2018

Tue 4 Sep - Tue 4 Dec 2018 Draiocht Workshop Room

SEP-DEC 2018 
Select Tuesdays  6.45PM-9PM  Age: 14-18 Years

Draíocht will continue to offer supervised creative space for thinking, writing, collaboration and rehearsal for young people within the Dublin 15 area who are interested in spending time with other creatives in a shared space. If you like strumming a chord or rapping a word, then join other like-minded young people in Draíocht in a free creative space. Spend the time writing, jamming and collaborating.

Contact Box Office for confirmed dates through September-December 2018, tel: 01-8852622.

Explore More - Tours for Primary Classes

Explore More - Tours for Primary Classes

SEP-NOV 2018

Tue 18 Sep - Fri 30 Nov 2018 // FREE // Dur: 50 mins

Visit Draíocht’s two exhibitions spaces, encourage students to examine and voice their opinion about the artist and their work and explore the rest of the building including our two theatre spaces, backstage and dressing rooms.
Please book with Sarah, e: sarah@draiocht.ie or phone 01-809 8029. Tours will take approx 50 minutes, are free, but are subject to availability. Class numbers are restricted to 30 students with accompanying teacher. 

Exploring Theatre Craft 2018

Exploring Theatre Craft 2018

A Hartstown & Riversdale Theatre Project / OCT/NOV 2018

Mon 1 Oct - Fri 30 Nov 2018

Over a six week period, Eimear Morrissey will work with transition year students from Hartstown Community School and Riversdale Community College to introduce them to ideas of improvisation and theatre creation. While concentrating on the creation of short experimental performance pieces, participants will attend theatre shows and weekly workshops.

If you are a secondary school in Dublin 15 and are interested in finding out more about this project please contact sarah@draiocht.ie

Portfolio Preparation Guidance

Portfolio Preparation Guidance

With Artist Andrew Carson

Tue 2 Oct - Tue 4 Dec 2018 Draiocht Workshop Room

02 OCT, 06 NOV, 04 DEC


Are you in 5th or 6th year and planning on going to art college? On the first Tuesday of every month, Draíocht will facilitate Portfolio Preparation Guidance sessions with artist Andrew Carson during October-December 2018. Bring along your portfolio every month for review and suggestions, drawing sessions and a suggested task to complete between sessions. All levels are welcome and these sessions are designed to be informal, drop in sessions. Sessions are free but space is limited, so please register at the Box Office in advance each month tel: 01-8852622.

Fingal Film Club Winter 2018

Fingal Film Club Winter 2018

Wed 10 Oct - Wed 28 Nov 2018

Funded by Fingal County Council Arts Office, Fingal Film Club offers young people the opportunity to learn all about film through a series of programmes and short courses throughout the year. 

Fingal Film Club: Stop Motion Movie
WED 10, WED 17, WED 24 OCT
6.30-9PM  Age: 14-18 yrs  €15  
With Create School
This stop-motion animation workshop involves plenty of hands-on learning, combined with some simple demonstrations. Students collaborate in small groups to design and create their movie set using paper, card and plasticine (all materials are supplied); then it’s on to the storyboard as they plan their stop-motion movies. They then film and produce them on iPads (also supplied). 
The creations will be screened as part of (Re)View Youth Screenings on 21 November.

Fingal Film Club: Making A Documentary        
WED 07, WED 14, WED 21 NOV 2018 7PM-9PM
WED 28 NOV 11AM-4PM & 7PM-9PM
Age: 14-18 yrs  €20
With Kilian Waters 
This hands-on practical course is designed to introduce participants to non-fiction documentary filmmaking. Over the course, filmmaker Kilian will guide you in the craft of researching, producing, shooting, directing and editing a documentary film. The resulting documentary will screen as part of (Re)View Youth Screenings on on 21 November.

Create Dance Project - Autumn/Winter 2018

Create Dance Project - Autumn/Winter 2018

OCT-DEC 2018

Sat 13 Oct - Sat 8 Dec 2018 Draíocht Studio

During this innovative dance project, dancers and facilitators Mark Rogers and Antje O’Toole continue to work their ‘dance magic’ with our group of children with an intellectual disability, their parents and siblings in weekly workshops.
If you have a child aged between 7-17 years with additional needs and a love of dance, please get in touch with Sarah Beirne, sarah@draiocht.ie / ph 01-8098029.

I Am Baba / Baby’s First Xmas / Little Tiny Xmas

I Am Baba / Baby’s First Xmas / Little Tiny Xmas

Draíocht Touring Shows To Our Communities

Thu 25 Oct - Thu 13 Dec 2018 // FREE

In line with our 2018-2022 Strategy ‘A Space for the Arts’, Draíocht is committed to both developing programmes that take us out of the building and into our communities and to increasing equality of access to all children. This autumn sees us partnering with Dublin 15 Community Centres to bring the shows detailed below to where you are. All three shows are created by Anna Newell and composer David Goodall, whose work for early years audiences have been seen on all five continents.

I Am Baba
A theatre adventure of song, lights and textures for babies aged 0-12 months. I Am Baba is comprised of gorgeous live harmony singing and playful objects – jellyfish-like scarves dance and tiny lights fly in this intimate immersive performance which happens inside a specially designed tent (6 babies + 6 adults). Presented in association with the Civic Theatre, Tallaght.
Available: 25th and 26th October 2018

Baby’s First Xmas
A gentle magical wonderland of gorgeous harmony singing, little lights and enticing textures, this brand new Xmas show promises to delight and entrance the very tiniest of audience members. Each baby can bring one adult guest with them and to make this a very special experience, audience capacity is very limited (8 babies + 8 adults).
Available: Wednesday 12th December 2018

Little Tiny Xmas
A magical and calming world of sensory experiences and beautiful live singing designed especially for children under 5 with complex needs. Each child can bring one adult guest with them to this playful and gentle show; audience capacity is very limited (6 children + 6 adults). 
Available: Thursday 13th December 2018

Please note these shows are not open for public booking and don't take place in Draíocht.
All shows are 20 mins long and can be performed a maximum of 4 times in the day. Shows are being offered for free to our partnering community centres in Dublin 15 and their audiences. If you are interested in having these shows in your community centre, please call Sarah Beirne on 01-8098029 or email sarah@draiocht.ie to apply. Deadline for applications 28th September 2018. Baby’s First Xmas & Little Tiny Xmas are funded by Arts Council Ireland. This programme is a partnership between the Civic Theatre, Draíocht and the Mermaid Arts Centre.

The Creative Crèche Project - Autumn/Winter 2018

The Creative Crèche Project - Autumn/Winter 2018

Catch A Star

Fri 9 - Fri 30 Nov 2018

Artist Orla Kelly will work with Barnardo’s pre-school crèche in Mulhuddart. The pre-schoolers will come and enjoy the show ‘How to Catch a Star’, based on the beloved book by award-winning Irish author Oliver Jeffers and presented by Branar Téatar do Pháistí.
The visit will be followed by a series of specially designed ‘Star Workshops’ that will engage the children in storytelling, making their own stars and outer space experimentation.

If you are a crèche in Dublin 15 and are interested in getting involved in a future Creative Crèche Programme, please get in touch with sarah@draiocht.ie

Michael McLoughlin - Mulhuddart Satellite

Michael McLoughlin - Mulhuddart Satellite

Sat 17 Nov - Sat 23 Feb 2019 Ground & First Floor Galleries

Mulhuddart Satellite is an exhibition by Michael McLoughlin that projects a piece of Mulhuddart into Draíocht; particularly the stories and chat between friends that happen every day and celebrates how important this interaction is in making sense of where we live. 

Mulhuddart has been a prominent West Dublin civil parish for hundreds of years. Along with Clonsilla and Castleknock, it was one of the main three areas of what is now Dublin 15. With this exhibition, we aim to present visions of Mulhuddart as presented by clubs, community networks and groups of friends who help define this continually developing vibrant area. 

McLoughlin has been Artist in Residence in Draíocht since 2017. The role we asked Michael to take on was that of ‘diviner’ (coined by Sharon Murphy, Curator in Residence), to spend time in Mulhuddart developing an understanding of the communities within it and in turn begin to suggest possible linkages between Draíocht, Mulhuddart residents and the participations that could build potential points of connection.

The Mulhuddart Satellite exhibition presents a number of ‘mappings’ of Mulhuddart, each presented as an installation in the gallery, drawings, or as public radio broadcasts. One piece, for instance, consists of a bank of wall mounted loudspeaker cones and was made from McLoughlin’s door to door calls to every home in Mulhuddart, in an attempt to record the names of every resident. Another draws on local archaeology and changes in what Mulhuddart is, over several centuries.

In the Ground Floor Gallery, an installation that takes the name of the exhibition ‘Mulhuddart Satellite’ features spatial recordings of conversations between community groups in Mulhuddart and is made from banks of speakers hanging from the gallery ceiling through which the audience negotiate their way through conversation, chat and stories.

Overall the exhibition explores place, belonging, friendships and the connections we have to the people around us. This sense of place is something we can’t take for granted and exhibitions like ‘Mulhuddart Satellite’ can act as a gentle reminder of how our relationships with neighbours, friends and family define us and the place we live.  

Throughout the exhibition, there will be opportunities to explore some of these themes through workshops, talks and screenings. 

Meet the Artist
A Meet the Artist event will take place on Saturday 24 November at 12pm in our Ground Floor Gallery, with Michael McLoughlin in conversation with Caroline Cowley, Public Art Co-ordinator, Fingal Arts Office. All welcome.

Michael McLoughlin works in a wide variety of media including drawing, video, sculpture and sound and is interested in new ways of making and presenting work that reflects particular social contexts. His work explores the relationship between public spaces, institutions and the public they serve and seeks to create a common meeting ground between them.

Michael continues his Draíocht Artist’s Residency into 2019 and this work is central to his practice-based doctoral studies in UCD School of Sociology, focused on participation, ethics and relationship building in the context of arts-based practices. 

'Mulhuddart Satellite', curated by Sharon Murphy, is a Draíocht commission arising from Michael's three year residency, 2017-2019.

You can contact Michael by email: info@mmcloughlin.org and he will be very happy to meet you for a chat and a cup of tea.


(Re)View Youth Screenings

(Re)View Youth Screenings

21 NOV & 08 DEC 2018

Wed 21 Nov - Sat 8 Dec 2018 Draíocht Studio // FREE

These informal screening evenings include film premieres, documentaries and live performances and will each be followed by a short youth peer-to-peer panel discussion with tea and biscuits. These screenings, created by participants of Dublin 15 and Draíocht’s youth engagement programmes, form part of a series of events running in tandem with Artist Michael McLoughlin’s exhibition ‘Mulhuddart Satellite’.

WED 21 NOV  5.30PM  FREE  Draíocht Studio
This evening’s screening will include documentaries of the Blakestown/Riversdale HOMESPUN project, created in collaboration with Artist in Residence Michael McLoughlin and Poet Colm Keegan. There will be feature documentaries by Fingal Film Club along with ‘More than Bricks and Mortar’: the story of Room 13 Inquiry’s selection of work for HOME. We will also launch ‘Dreamweavers; A Picture Book’, designed and illustrated by Philippa Cahill, documenting a Gina Faustino project with 3 local primary schools.

SAT 08 DEC  7PM  FREE  Draíocht Studio
Building on the November Youth Screenings, this evening will see projects developed since September 2018 and will feature a live filming and theatre performance by D15 Youth Theatre, along with premieres from Fingal Film Club and the developmental HOMESPUN work created in collaboration with Michael McLoughlin, Draíocht’s Artist in Residence.

Screenings are free but space is limited, so please register at the Box Office tel: 01-8852622.
Find out more about our youth projects by contacting sarah@draiocht.ie

How to Catch a Star
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How to Catch a Star

Branar Téatar do Pháistí

Thu 22 - Sat 24 Nov 2018 Draíocht Studio // €7 adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class of 20+ / Age 4+ yrs / Dur: 45 min

Once There was a boy who was always looking up. He dreamt of having a star as a friend. This is the story of his adventure.

Based on the beloved book by award-winning Irish author Oliver Jeffers, Branar Teatar do Pháistí are proud to present How to Catch a Star.

This adaptation combines puppetry by Grace Kiely and Neasa Ní Chuanaigh with stunning puppets by Suse Reibish. With a magical original score by Colm Mac Con Iomaire and directed by Marc Mac Lochlainn. Branar’s signature storytelling creates a show which reminds us all to follow our dreams.

Thu 22 Nov 10.15am – Almost Sold Out
Thu 22 Nov 12.15pm
Fri 23 Nov 10.15am – Selling Fast
Fri 23 Nov 12.15pm – SOLD OUT
Sat 24 Nov 2pm* (relaxed perf) – SOLD OUT
Sat 24 Nov 4pm – SOLD OUT

Non-verbal show. Ages 4 upwards. Dur: 45 mins

BOOK HERE for Relaxed Performance

* Ask at Box Office for our Relaxed Performance pre-show guide (available early November).


Before - A new play with much music by Pat Kinevane
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Before - A new play with much music by Pat Kinevane

Fishamble: The New Play Company

Fri 23 - Sat 24 Nov 2018 8PM 8PM Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

From the team that brought you Forgotten, Underneath and the Olivier Award-winning Silent, Before is a new play with much music, set in Clery’s of Dublin, on the very day this iconic department store shuts - for good.  Pontius is inside, trying to choose a gift for his estranged daughter, whom he hasn’t seen for almost 20 years.  He will meet her in an hour.  This father’s journey is both beautiful and strange, from the isolation of his Midlands home, to the madness of O’Connell Street.  Some folk are impossible to buy for…

Before was commissioned by Fishamble and has been in development with the support of the Arts Council, National Theatre Studio (London), Pavilion Theatre and The Strollers Touring Network. 
Touring Nationwide

Created By
Written & Performed by Pat Kinevane
Directed by Jim Culleton
Composed by Denis Clohessy
Costume Stylist Catherine Condell
Choreographer Emma O’Kane

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