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I Am Wall Project…We Need YOU!!

August 11, 2011

Locals are being asked to participate in the biggest ever celebration of Drogheda’s town wall. We are looking for volunteers to join us in bringing together over 2,000 people to join hands and form a ‘Human Wall’. The event will take place on Sunday the 21st of August at 11.30am and will last for just one hour. The event will be recorded by aerial footage and each participant will be given a free red T-Shirt and a certificate stating their involvement in the event.
The event will be covered by local and national newspapers, radio and television including RTE’s Nationwide.

Please contact Drogheda Art Centre for more information
email: iamwall@droichead.com
call:041 9875140
For info: Marcella Bannon – 0868278170

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Mix Tape by Droichead Youth Theatre

April 19, 2011

The Drogheda Arts Festival will welcome Mix Tape to their stage on Saturday the 30th of April for three nights. Mix Tape is a collection of short plays written, devised and directed by Droichead Youth Theatre. With a cast full of fun and energy Mix Tape is definitely one not to be missed!

Mix Tape

Interview with Niall Cleary, Director and Co-ordinator of  Droichead Youth Theatre.

Hi Niall, so can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you came to be involved in Droichead Youth Theatre?

I’d been working as an actor for a few years when the Director of the Galway Youth Theatre asked me to direct a show for GYT.  I was quite reluctant at first but it was one of these scary things you got to do!  I did and I loved it.  I’ve been working with youth theatres ever since.  I then  did a course called ArtsTrain with NAYD, shortly after the post as Director of Droiched YT came alone.  I applied  and here I am!

So whats Mix Tape all about?

Good question!  The nature of any devised piece is that you are constantly searching for it until you perform.  We put a proposal together for NYCI to create unconnected scenes written and directed by the youth theatre and put them together and we’re amazed to find that we all felt like we we’re watching a tv chat show.  We persued that idea and we’re still chasing it.  Richard and Judy meets the Front Line meets MTV!

What are the cast like that you work with?

The cast are fantastic to work with.  The challenge of working with a big group is hearing all the voices and sharing ideas without descending into chaos!  The group are from the town and surrounding areas.  All aged between 14 and 18.  We’ve got a very mixed bag of personalities working on Mixed Tape.  Pardon the pun.  They are a talented group that keep on surprising me.

If you could describe Mix Tape in three words what would they be?

Live. Controlled. Chaos.

Is everyone looking forward to the show and what is it like now in rehearsals with only a little over two weeks left until they preform?

Two Weeks aaaggghhhh!  We’re looking forward to the the show.  It’s exciting to engage with an audience.  You need that interaction to motivate you towards the final push.  It’s hard work at times, easy to get carried away having fun.  I’m starting to put my serious face on.  The group aren’t fazed.  We want to have fun with our audience!

19th of February, a day full of exciting events in Droichead

January 27, 2011

It is still January, but in Droichead we are already very excited about the 19th of February. Not only because from then the evenings will finally start to stretch again, but mostly because we are delighted to present 2 high quality film events on that day: Wishful Thinking and 140. Wishful Thinking will particularly be interesting for artists and art lovers in the town. 140 is a true gem by local director Frank Kelly, so just come and see what talent we have right here in Drogheda. Did I mention that both events are FREE?

Wishful Thinking is a curated programme of artists’ film, bringing together a selection of 16mm films by contemporary international artists: Luke Fowler, Jaki Irvine, Ursula Mayer, Rosalind Nashashibi, Roman Ondak, João Maria Gusmão & Pedro Paiva, Deborah Stratman, and Moira Tierney.

Borrowing its title from the common phrase to describe an optimistic and ever hopeful outlook, Wishful Thinking presents artists’ films that look beyond the surfaces and circumstances of the world as we find it. Whether by casting into the future, back to the past, or by re-approaching things that are all too familiar, the selected artists employ the particular characteristics of 16mm film to reshape our experiences of time through moving images.

One of the selected artists, Jaki Irvine, is based in Ireland, living and working in Dublin. Her works in film and video, whether in single-screen format or in more complex multi-screen installations, weave together enticing, though ultimately elusive narratives in which image, voice-over and musical score variously overlap, coalesce and diverge. These languid explorations of human interaction with the natural world, the built environment, and with other humans are suffused with a melancholic lyricism and leavened by a dark, dreamlike humour.

140 is the new film by director Frank Kelly, who lives and works in Drogheda. Frank was born in 1977 in Drogheda and studied Animation Production in Ballyfermot College of Further Education. His first film, Emily’s Song, which he co-wrote/directed/produced, was screened at over 30 International Film Festivals and received various awards.

His latest film 140 went into première on 10/10/10 in the Irish Film Institute in Dublin. 140 filmmakers in 140 locations around the world shot 140 seconds each on June 21st 2009, in 23 countries on 5 continents, simultaneously, capturing the same moment around the planet. This film is a true gem and Droichead is delighted to be showing it.


Plenty of reasons to join us at Droichead during mid-term break

October 27, 2010

This week we have lots of exciting events lined up in Droichead Arts Centre so plenty of reasons for you to visit our venue during mid-term break.


This Friday and Saturday we have the fantastic family show “A spell of Cold weather” scheduled. This play is produced by Little Duke Theatre in partnership with Droichead Arts Centre. The play is set on a farm, which is the home of two down in the mouth farmers, Betty and Bob. They have lost touch with each other, their animals and their own culture. In the time between Christmas and New Year, Betty and Bob get a surprise. Together Holly and Tomos bring the farm back to spiritual health and the play ends with an unforgettable, magical, New Year’s night party.

The renowned artist Maureen Finn will facilitate clay workshops for our youngest artists this Saturday in her studio at Millmount. Create new masterpieces and learn the skills of working with clay, with a hand on and fun approach workshop. No reason for kids to be bored during mid-term.

Definitely worth a stop when in the neighbourhood is Magnhild Opdøl’s exhibition “Until the end” running in our gallery in Stockwell Street. This exhibition displays the most amazing detailed drawings.

And last but not least we have WWE Style Wrestling” scheduled for this Sunday. With this show you are guaranteed a night of family entertainment, high octane action and a high energy spectacle.

For more info and tickets, contact our box office on 041 9833946 or go to our website.

 

Leanbh Arts Festival for Children 2010

October 13, 2010

Droichead is getting all ready for its 7th Leanbh Arts Festival for Children and we are so excited here to see lots of happy children coming to our shows. Plenty of music, workshops, puppetry and plays are being organised in Droichead Arts Centre and some shows will even travel to primary schools in and around Drogheda. The Festival is on from Monday the 18th until Sunday the 25th of October.

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What the folk?

September 30, 2010

Droichead Arts Centre is very much looking forward to the site-specific interactive performance by Siamsa Tire Theatre Company called ‘What the Folk?’ It will take place in the drawing room areas of An Grianan in Termonfeckin, Drogheda on the 5th, 6th and 7th of October.

Originally commissioned for the Fringe Festival in Dublin, this piece gives an insight into the beautiful world of traditional folk songs and dance in Kerry as opposed to the competitive music and dance industry. Siamsa Tire Theatre Company describes it as ‘…an intimate and revealing session for the culturally curious – part storytelling, part impromptu knees-up, looking beyond the clichés to the passion and pain of a lifetime of practice, graft and dedication.  Find out about the bubble wrap horses, how the steps talk and fingers dance, the 40 sheep, the embarrassing scenes and the amorous undertones. ‘

The performance gets a great review in the Irish Theatre Magazine. ‘As the representatives of the National Folk Theatre speak informally of their repertoire, deliver songs as casually and proudly as party pieces and gingerly trace step dances from armchairs, we are treated like guests for a discreet display of tradition. What is surprising is that this gentle introduction soon becomes an unbridled release of genuine feeling’. Click here to read more.

There are only 25 places per performance, but all 3 nights have shows on at both 6.30pm and 8.30pm. Tea and some delightful cakes are also part of the performance! For more info and tickets call our box office 041 9833946 or check out of website www.droichead.com.

Exciting times for culture vultures in September

August 23, 2010

Let’s face it, the summer is almost over. But never mind, because there is no reason for the culture vultures to be bored in September. A new cultural year starts and Droichead’s line up for autumn is loaded with great events. Did you know that we have a world class opera coming to Droichead? Are you aware of the free events in our venue? Did you hear the new film club is about to kick off again? Keep reading to learn more about all this…

The Viaduct Bards presents Poetry in Motion on the last Wednesday of each month between 7.30 and 9.30pm in the café bar, starting off with A Jam session for Poets on the 25th of August. This is a free event and you are invited to come along and listen to local writers and poets read and perform from their work.  Special guests include Marie MacSweeney, Patrick Dillon, John O’Rourke and the Boyne Writers Group from Trim.

Southern Tenant Folk Union

On the 4th of September we are delighted to welcome the Folk/Bluegrass band Southern Tenant Folk Union. Folk music is having a moment right now, because this is a brilliant band. The most highly acclaimed folk/bluegrass band in the UK today, Southern Tenant Folk Union has just released their third album ‘The New Farming Scene’. Formed by Belfast born five-string banjo player Pat McGarvey, this seven piece all acoustic band with banjo, mandolin, fiddle and harmony vocals will have you stomping your feet and clapping your hands. You can listen to some of their great new songs by clicking on the following link: TA9 by Southern Tenant Folk Union.

On the 14th of September the kick-off of our new Film Club programme is scheduled, starting off with “Departures” by the Japanese director Yôjirô Takita. This is a totally eccentric, lushly scored, moving, and funny drama that uses the rituals of death to foster a greater appreciation of life. The film won several international prizes including the Academy Award in 2009 for Best Foreign language Film

On the 17th of September a world class opera is coming all the way to Drogheda: The Diary of Anne Frank by Opera Theatre Company. Vivid and insightful, this heartrending opera recreates the world of 13 year-old Anne Frank in hiding, living in hope and fear, longing for normality for herself and her family. Sung in English, the focus is on Anne’s original words – her profound thoughts and her courageousness find moving and eloquent expression in the poignant score.

The ‘Early Bird catches the Deal’ remains our motto this season so booking in advance is recommended. For more info and tickets go to our website www.droichead.com or contact our box office on 041 9833946.

THE SEPTEMBER PROGRAMME: PLENTY OF EXCITING EVENTS LINED UP

August 17, 2010

I barely dare to acknowledge, but the summer is coming to an end and we are very busy finalising our autumn programme. We have plenty of exciting events lined up, when re-opening our doors after a 3 week summer break. A selection from our September programme, and there is a lot more to come…

We have a fantastic new exhibition ‘Looking into the light of dark matters…’ lined up with installation work by the artist James Hays, opening on Friday the 3rd of September. ‘Looking into the light of dark matters…’ is a new large-scale multimedia installation created for Droichead Arts Centre. The work consists of numerous wax and bronze casts of iconic objects, which run, in co –ordination with a multi-screen digital video projection twinned with additional digital sound components.

Psycho Spaghetti

On the 16th of September we have the brilliant comedy Psycho Spaghetti programmed. This comedy by Ger Carey’s is written specifically for teenagers. It’s a hilarious one-man show which attempts to answer the age-old question:  “Just what is going on inside the teenage brain?” The show is 100 minutes of laugh-out-loud comedy aimed at getting teenagers to laugh at themselves and view themselves as part of a bigger picture. The show is perfect for Transition Year students, LCA, Youth Reach and even grown-ups!

On the 24th of September we are celebrating Culture Night. Droichead Arts Centre is delighted to be taking part in the first culture night celebration in Drogheda. Culture night began as a small Dublin event organised in Temple bar in 2006, and this year is spreading to towns around Ireland. Droichead will team up with Highlanes Gallery, The Barbican, Calipo Theatre Co., Upstate Theatre Project, Droichead Youth Theatre and Nexus Arts to present a wonderful line up of exhibitions, music, poetry, film, theatre and open studios.  All events will run from 6pm -10pm unless stated otherwise. A programme schedule will be released on our website closer to the date.

The ‘Early Bird catches the Deal’ is our motto this season so booking early is recommended. For info and tickets go to our website www.droichead.com or contact our box office on 041 9833946.

Outdoor events @ Oldbridge: the pictures

July 29, 2010

We are delighted to share some wonderful pictures of our outdoor events organised at Oldbridge this summer. Relive the buzz, the drama and the magic.

Open-air garden theatre at Oldbridge – what a success

July 21, 2010

Droichead was very excited about its 2nd outdoor event of this summer last Sunday. ‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Chapterhouse Theatre Company was lined up at the site of Oldbridge House. It turned out to be another exciting, lively family night.  ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’, which was on the 3rd of July, was an overwhelming success with a turnout of no less than 450 people.  Despite the torrential rain during the day on Sunday, it stayed dry during the actual event and there was still a turnout of 353 people.

Chapterhouse Theatre Company, which produced ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ as well as ‘Pride and Prejudice’, is a professional touring theatre company, bringing a wide range of plays to venues all across Great-Britain and Ireland. The company prides itself on fully accessible, traditional, but innovative productions. They have built up quite a name over the past eleven years by mainly specialising in open air productions. Both plays were just amazing and beautiful. The actors were very engaging and came down into the crowd several times. This is a thoroughly hard-working cast. We can now understand why they have such a great reputation.

The setting was also quite impressive. Oldbridge House is situated on the famous Battle of the Boyne site, which is not only a major historical reference in Irish history but the site also offers spectacular views on the beautiful Louth/ Meath countryside. Imagine plenty of people picnicking in the grass on comfy blankets while watching a marvellous play. Turns out, this is a successful formula and a great way to spend a lovely summer night. Droichead is over the moon with the success of these events and is hoping to organise more open air theatre next summer.

Keep an eye out on our blog for pictures from both events.