We are delighted to welcome our friends from Slingsby Australia to Ireland for the Dublin Theatre Festival premiere of 'The Boy Who Talked to Dogs' (5-7 October 2023 in Draíocht, followed by an Irish Tour).
Since 2014 Slingsby and Draíocht have collaborated on bringing Slingsby’s productions to audiences in Ireland. In 2014 'The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy' enjoyed its Irish premiere at Dublin Theatre Festival at The Ark before touring to Draíocht and other Irish venues. In 2018 Slingsby’s production of Oscar Wilde’s story 'The Young King' repeated this touring success. All of this touring in Ireland has been the result of extensive advocacy for Slingsby’s work by Draíocht’s Director Emer McGowan.
In 2017 Slingsby’s Andy Packer and Emer McGowan met at IPAY Showcase in Madison Wisconsin and first discussed the possibility of a collaboration on Martin McKenna’s memoire 'The Boy Who Talked to Dogs'. It is thrilling to see that that initial conversation is now leading to an Irish tour, including a Dublin Theatre Festival premiere at Draíocht.
Andy and Emer first met in 2006 at the Danish Children’s Theatre Festival in Nykøbing Falster, Denmark.
Slingsby’s success and growing audience in Ireland is the result of sustained relationship building and market development since 2007 when the company was established. Draíocht, as an arts centre with a proven track record in quality arts provision for children and young people, is delighted to partner with a company of international renown and to bring their work to our audiences in Dublin 15.
"First night back in Dublin and it is all about brilliant Emer McGowan. Without this incredible person Slingsby would never have come to Ireland. Yet here we are, at Draíocht Blanchardstown, preparing our 4th tour in Ireland and our 3rd Dublin Theatre Festival season. Thank you Emer for inviting and supporting us over almost a decade and for showing me your local neck of the woods tonight including the timeless Gravediggers Pub, Glasnevin, Dublin." - Andy Packer, Artistic Director, Slingsby
"Little did we know when we met nearly 20 years ago that we would be having a pint in my local to celebrate bringing your fourth show to Ireland. And what a show this one is. Can’t wait to see it with our audiences." - Emer McGowan, Director Draíocht
Draíocht, Blanchardstown / Dublin Theatre Festival / 5 – 7 October
Lime Tree Theatre / Bualadh Bos Children’s Festival, Limerick / 13 – 14 October / Tickets
Baboró International Arts Festival for Children, Galway / 19 – 21 October / Tickets
Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Mayo / 26 October / Tickets
Mermaid County Wicklow Arts Centre, Wicklow / 3 – 4 November / Tickets
"Should be made compulsory viewing ..."- The Arts Review
Pictured left to right: Andy Packer, Director Slingsby; Bryan Burroughs, Performer; Emer McGowan, Director Draíocht; Amy Conroy, Playwright and James Hazell, Deputy Head of Mission from Australian Embassy Ireland, at the Dublin Theatre Festival premiere of 'The Boy Who Talked to Dogs' by Slingsby Theatre Australia on 5th October 2023 in Draíocht. #dtf23
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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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