"Currently I’m developing a new piece of cabaret theatre inspired by my own experiences as a transgender woman in Ireland, dealing with how Ireland has changed as a country throughout my lifetime. I was delighted to be offered support from Draíocht in the development of this work. This assistance proved invaluable as it allowed our team to get into a room together for a week and play with music, text and movement in order to more fully realise the piece we’re making. Developing any form of musical theatre requires a kind of rolling, ongoing development with a team of creatives regularly checking in together to work on ideas, and current funding models in Ireland don’t really accommodate for that. So in order to make work like this it’s crucial for artists to be supported along the way by arts centres like Draíocht, and I feel incredibly lucky for Draíocht to have given us this opportunity to keep on creating."
Photo from left to right: Niamh McGowan (movement director), Paul Prior (musical director/arranger), Ronan Phelan (director), Pea Dinneen (writer/performer)
Draíocht is recognised as a creative hub and laboratory space and invests significantly in the development of artist's practice by the provision of benefit in kind support such as space, technical support, admin/marketing support and specialist expertise. We offer a wide range of opportunities to artists i.e. commissions, residencies, artist studios/rehearsal space, co-productions, co-commissions, seed funding, mentoring.
Our Artist Support Series, launched during Covid-19, has helped 79 artists in 2020, 50 artists in 2021 and 74 artists in 2022, with the provision of free rehearsal and creative space. Space to rehearse, write, create, film, dance, think & plan ... whatever is needed!
With thanks to our funders Fingal County Council & The Arts Council.
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