Posts Tagged ‘Music’

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

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 or contact our box office on 041 9833946.

New pricing policy @ Droichead: The early bird gets the deal

July 22, 2010


Let’s be honest most of us are at best mildly organised and at worst a disaster at forward planning!!

Well, this coming Autumn/Winter Season at Droichead Arts Centre being organised is going to reap rewards!!!

A broader pricing policy sees Droichead offering significant savings for advance booking and also a new pocket friendly pricing policy for unemployed, Oaps, Students and Family tickets.

From this July being organised and making an early ticket purchase for the event of your choice will see the customer receive up to 15% discount on tickets for shows at Droichead, the reverse side of this is that last minute decisions will incur a surcharge!!

Times are tough at the moment and Droichead realises that. We realise that there is not so much “play” money as before and that is why we aim to offer quality events at reasonable prices to make theatre, music, art and the arts accessible for all.

So the key to savings at Droichead… the early bird gets the deal!!

For information on the savings to be made for upcoming events and bookings or tel; 041 9833946

What exactly is aerial dance?

May 12, 2010

We are delighted at the prospect of having “Madam Silk” lined up in the programme of Droichead Arts Centre this month. Madam Silk is the new aerial dance performance by Fidget Feet. For a preview of the show and the making off, have a look below.

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Aerial dance, it sounds impossible, it looks amazing. What exactly is it? I was talking to Sheenagh Gillen, the general manager and Chantal McCormick, the artistic director of Fidget Feet, to get an insight in who they are and what they do.

What does Fidget Feet do?

Fidget Feet is Ireland’s foremost Aerial Dance Theatre Company, originally from Donegal.  The company creates spectacular indoor and outdoor work and has become renowned internationally as a company that stretches the boundaries between several arts forms, combining aerial skills with contemporary circus and creating theatre fused with aerial dance, music and video art. In short, making contemporary circus and aerial dance accessible is what we’re aiming for.

Fidget Feet create spectacular contemporary circus suspended from cranes, trees, buildings and boats. Fidget Feet also specialise in aerial dance, making site-specific work for theatres and festivals. Our mission is to invoke the imagination, provoke the senses and evoke the emotions of our audience.

What exactly can we expect from contemporary circus?

There is new contemporay circus movement happening in Europe, which is mainly taking place in  France, Belgium, UK and other countries. Using twenty years of circus traditions this new movement is bringing circus techniques out of the big top and into the theatres – no animals included, only the human body and a new circus artistic way of creating dance movement in the air. Fidget Feet and Drapés Aérien have co-produced a new aerial spectacle from this new contemporary movement. “Madam Silk” is a haunting and visual stunning piece of aerial dance, which combines a unique mixture of many art forms including dance, circus, video art alongside original music. This makes it something for everyone, from young to the not so young! Fidget Feet is influenced by Canada’s amazing aerial company Cirque du Soleil.

Could you explain what aerial dance is?

Contemporary circus is also known as aerial dance, so mixing circus traditions with dance, dancing in the air! Aerial dance is unique and fills the whole stage with aerial acrobatics.

What is Madam Silk about; is there a story or concept behind the performance?

Madam Silk is inspired by French writers such as Anaïs Nin and Gustave Flaubert from the romanticism period. The show evoles within a journey of time with each of the three performers representing some extraordinary woman from history. The piece rises and spirals through the past, the present and the future, not unlike one of Charles Dickens famous stories “Scrooge”.

The show opens in an empty house where the memories of Madam Silk lay forgotton under sheets of fabric. The winds of time blow through the window and awaken her and each scene represents a different century and has been influenced by different writers.

How do you create a performance like Madam Silk, from start to finish?

Chantal McCormick, the artistic director of Fidget Feet, met Fred Deb’ in America years ago when she was teaching at an aerial dance festival. After this she invited Fred to teach a 4 day aerial course in Newcastle in the UK and attend Fidget Feet’s “Remember her”. There and then Fred and Chantal decided to work together.

In November 2008 we started researching at Firkin Crane in Cork working on dances with fabric. Then in February and April 2008 we spent 3 weeks working on a 40 minute version, adding aerial hoop trousers and cocoons rigged from a spreader bar. That’s when we also started to include music in the performance. We improvised on the equipment and workshop ideas, then set choreography and worked with music. The fabric routine was added on and we then introduced a choreographic style to the moves.

In October and November 2008 we received a Blank Canvas residency in Frikin Crane and a Bursary Award to research adding film to aerial dance. A couple of new scenes were then created. We also worked on the creation of a new aerial piece of equipment called the hoop dress and the designing of all the costumes.

“Madam Silk” was finalized in 2010. We have spent plenty of time on each section adding new choreography and just keep improving the piece, even when we are on tour. The process never really ends.

How long did it take to make Madam Silk?

We started in November 2008 and finished the piece April 2010. We did approximately 3 months of rehearsals in Ireland over 2 years.

What should participants expect from a workshop in aerial dance?

We will be teaching aerial for beginners using fabric rigged like hammocks or cocoons. They will also be rigged vertically so you can climb up and suspend from the fabric. This is a very physical but fun class for anyone who has ever wanted to just give it a go. Some upper body strength can help. This is a safe and fun way to fly!!

We still have tickets available for this amazing show as well as for the workshops. For info and bookings ring 041 9833946.

Droichead @ the Drogheda Arts Festival

April 20, 2010

The countdown has begun, only one more week until the artistic fireworks will be unleashed to the town of Drogheda. And Droichead is busy, very busy to get everything ready to offer you a splendid weekend.

On the 30th of April Drogheda’s 6th Arts Festival kicks off and Droichead is once more very excited to be part of this vibrant cultural events weekend in the town.  The May Bank Holiday weekend offers something for everybody: Visual Arts, Music, Theatre, Performances, Workshops, Family Day… you name it.

Droichead has a range of events lined up. The Marienbad Palace exhibition, in conjunction with the Highlanes Gallery brings works together by Laura Buckley, Diana Copperwhite, Jorge De La Garza, Alicja Kwade, Haroon Mirza and Ian Monroe.  The works shown within the exhibition explore ideas of reality beyond our everyday experiences of space and time. We are also delighted to have ME (Mobile/Evolution) lined up. This show threads together humorous stories with amazingly challenging ways of using crutches. On Saturday the 1st of May West Street turns into Wonderland and Droichead also offers plenty of workshops for teenagers in film and music.

And this is only a selection of the wide range of activities lined up for the May Bank Holiday weekend. All the venues are in the town centre and on walking distance from each other so dive into the world of creative wonders and enjoy every bit of the Drogheda Arts Festival. Check out the website for full details of all the events.