Archive for the ‘Opera’ Category

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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Opera on Friday: The Diary of Anne Frank

September 16, 2010

Droichead Arts Centre is looking forward to ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’, lined up in our venue on Friday. This fantastic opera is the very last production of the Opera Theatre Company which will be succeeded by the Irish National Opera next year. The production gets great reviews nationwide including the Irish Times.


It’s time to tell you some more about Anne Frank’s extraordinary life story.

The story of the Frank family began in Germany in the 1920’s when Otto and Edith Frank led a happy life, highlighted by the births of their daughters Margot and Anne. In 1933, in response to Hitler’s anti-Jewish decrees, Otto Frank opened a branch of his company, Opteka, in Amsterdam and began planning to bring his family there.

The Frank family finally moved to southern Amsterdam in 1933 and Anne began to attend the nearby Montessori school, where she excelled. Anne made many friends and was an exceptional student.

However, the family’s feeling of security collapsed when in 1940, Adolf Hitler and his troops conquered Holland and the freedom of the Jews began to be severely restricted. Dictates on where Jews could shop, swim or go to school became a part of everyday life. Aware of where those restrictions might ultimately lead, Otto Frank spent the year preparing and stocking an annex behind his business office at Prinsengracht 263 into a hiding place.

On her 13th birthday in 1942 Anne received a diary as a gift from her parents. She immediately took to writing her intimate thoughts and musings. On July 5th, 1942, Anne and the Frank family moved to the “Secret Annex” adjacent to Otto Frank’s former office on Prinsengracht. When the thirteen-year-old and her family went into hiding from the Nazis, the diary went with her. She called it Kitty, and for the two years she spent in hiding, the diary was her solace, her confidant, her friend. What she recorded there were, in many ways, the ordinary thoughts and feelings of a teenage girl. But she was a teenage girl living under extraordinary circumstances in ominous times.

Eight people eventually came to live in the secret annex. Anne’s famous diary captured two years of hiding in the attic above the store, but it ended on August 4, 1944, when their hiding place was betrayed, probably by one of the cleaning women working in the office in front of the annex. All those who lived there were arrested by the Nazis and deported to concentration camps.

A few weeks later, as the Allies began retaking Holland, the inhabitants of the camp were moved to Auschwitz and later to other camps. At the gates of Auschwitz, Otto Frank was separated from his family. He was the only one of the original 8 residents of the secret annex to survive. Anne and Margot ultimately ended up in the Bergen-Belsen camp in Germany, after being evacuated from Auschwitz in October 1944. As starvation, cold and disease swept through the camp’s population, Margot, developed typhus and died. A few days later Anne herself, in April 1945, succumbed to the disease only a few weeks before the camp was liberated by the British. She was 15 years old.

Though she never lived to see her 16th birthday, Anne Frank’s innermost thoughts scribbled on scraps of paper serve as an example to the millions of children who perished in World War II.

(Article based on a text published on http://www.annefrank.dk)

We still have some tickets available. For info and tickets, please contact our box office on 0419833946 or go to our 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.