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  • Northside West

New theatre project makes home a stage

Wednesday, 2nd August, 2017 2:00pm
New theatre  project makes home a stage

Pictured at the launch of Home Theatre Ireland were Emer McGowan, Director of Draiocht, Veronica Coburn, Artistic Director of Home Theatre Ireland, Rory O’Byrne, Fingal Arts Officer and Mary McCamley, Mayor of Fingal.

New theatre  project makes home a stage

Pictured at the launch of Home Theatre Ireland were Emer McGowan, Director of Draiocht, Veronica Coburn, Artistic Director of Home Theatre Ireland, Rory O’Byrne, Fingal Arts Officer and Mary McCamley, Mayor of Fingal.

DRAÍOCHT in Dublin 15 is looking for 30 locals to open up their homes for an ambitious new theatre project.

The Blanchardstown arts centre wants to pair leading playwrights and top theatre-makers with community hosts who are willing to have bespoke theatre pieces performed in their homes.

Funding for Home Theatre Ireland was approved recently as part of the €1 million Arts Council Open Call Programme for innovative arts projects.

“Draíocht is seeking 30 hosts across all of Dublin 15 who will work with us on this Project,” the local art centre’s marking manager Nicola Murphy said.

“It doesn’t matter if you live in a big house or a little house, an apartment, out on your own or in a housing estate.

“It also doesn’t matter if you live alone or with a few people or with lots of people.

“If you are interested in meeting with an artist, having a conversation with them with a view to hosting three performances of the 20 minute piece in your home, then we want to hear from you.”

All 30 plays will be simultaneously performed across Dublin 15, on the night of October 6, 2018, and there will be three performances at 5pm, 7pm and 9pm.

There’s no need to worry about space as the plays will be for an audience size dictated by the home its performed in.

A selection of the plays will be performed later in Draíocht over four nights from October 10-13, 2018. 

The 30 community hosts will be asked to spend time with the playwrights or theatre-makers in their home to chat and talk about what is important to them, what they hope for and fear, and what makes them laugh.

After that, the artists will write an original play inspired by the host and performed in the host’s own home to an invited audience. 

Draíocht is also looking for community ambassadors who will partner with one host and act as a support to them.

The ambassadors will be the hosts’ point of contact and be present for the discussion with the playwright or theatre maker.

On the night of the performance, the ambassadors will also be present and will be the Home Theatre Ireland representative.

Draíocht staff will provide support for the community Ambassadors.

Kerry Michael from Theatre Royal in London originally developed the Home Theatre movement in collaboration with Festival Internacional de Cenas em Casa, Brazil.

It has had other UK and international partners including Birmingham Rep and the State Theatre, South Africa. 

Home Theatre Ireland at Draíocht will be led by Artistic Director, Veronica Coburn, who worked with Draíocht on the three-year project, Hallelujah! Draíocht’s Community Clown Choir from 2013 to 2015.

Anybody interested in getting involved as a host or an ambassador can email Emer McGowan at emer@draiocht.ie or call on 01-8098027.


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