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Monday, 18th October 2021

Droichead preparing for a Spook-Tacular Haloween

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A scene from Barnstorm Theatre’s production of Alice and the Wolf playing at Droichead Theatre on October 30th.

 

Droichead Arts Centre is planning a spooktacular Halloween for all ages between 22-31 October . A number of events are taking place in Droichead’s Theatre in Stockwell Street and Barlow House including Candle Lit Tales, in association with Púca Festival, Tailtiu’s Tall TalesLost Hearts and Alice and The Wolf. Funded by the Arts Council, Louth County Council, Meath County Council, and sponsored by Flogas Ireland.  

Droichead’s Spooks Parade returns, led by Kieran Gallagher of Kada Ka Boom Arts on Saturday, 30th October!   As part of Leanbh Children’s Festival activity, 30 children from St. Brigid's & St. Patrick's National School, Drogheda, will march a short spooktastic route through the town at 3pm. 

Back in the Groove – Friday 22 October Online

Working with over 150 children from primary schools in Drogheda and East Meath, KadaKaBoom Art’s Kieran Gallagher has facilitated an online and live programme of workshops over the last number of weeks.

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Teachers have rehearsed with their students, and the final performances have been filmed in schools, and one GIANT GROOVE will be launched online on Fri 22 Oct on Droichead’s Youtube channel and across all our social Media channels.

Special thanks to participating schools – Le Chéile ETNS, Mornington, St Joseph’s NS. Mell, Bunscoil Buachaillí Réalt Na Mara (Donecarney Boys NS), St Oliver’s NS, and Aston Village ETNS, Drogheda, and film maker Brian Connolly. 

TAILTIU'S TALL TALES

29, 30 & 31 October  | Droichead Arts Centre | 6pm, 7pm, 8pm|€5  |Age 15+

Tailtiu Theatre invite you to be intrigued, mystified, and spooked, as we open the doors of Barlow House for a weekend of the arcane, the supernatural, and the downright ghoulish.

This collection of original spooky short stories will be brought to life as several audio installations throughout the house, come and listen to tales of demons, of ghosts, and of all things bizarre. 

This is an interactive theatre event, where the experience involves spending some of the performance away from your original party! Ooooooh spooky!

Produced in association with Droichead Arts Centre, as Company in Residence 2021.

Narrated by: Ruth Campbell, David Thornton, Molly Downey, Michael Tient, Robin Barnes, Niall O’Brien, and Grainne Rafferty

Directed by: Barry Morgan & Cathal Thornton

With Stories by Kevin Sweeney. 

ALICE AND THE WOLF | PRESENTED BY BARNSTORM THEATRE

Sat 30 Oct | 12pm & 2.30pm |€8 | Age: 9+

A beguiling new production for audiences (9+ years) directed by Philip Hardy,  presented by Barnstorm Theatre Company. 

Alice spends virtually all her time in Wolf Wood. You know, the world’s deepest, darkest online game. Why not? Her dad isn’t around, her mother’s gone to Canada to meet a lumberjack and her best friend’s dumped her for a YouTube star. 

But what happens when the people you meet online come looking for you in real life? Who can you trust, and who is the Big Bad Wolf? This re-telling of the Little Red Riding Hood story is a digital fairy tale that's deliciously funny and full of dangerously dark twists. 

LOST HEARTS

29, 30 & 31 October | Droichead Online | 8pm |€10

Droichead are delighted to partner with Bewley's Cafe Theatre and The Lock Inn to present a streamed online event by The Curious Ensemble.

Adapted for the stage by Michael James Ford and Stewart Roche, and starring Michael James Ford, Bairbre Ni Chaoimh and Kyle Hixon.   Filmed in the magnificent setting of Roundwood House, Mountrath, Co. Laois. 

London, 1903. Stephen Elliot is rapidly descending into madness and opium addiction. In an attempt to arrest his decline, psychiatrist DoctorOlsen utilises hypnosis to delve deep into the young man’s suppressed memories. What is revealed is a terrifying episode from Stephen’s childhood, when, as a traumatised orphan, he was sent to live with his reclusive Uncle at the remote Aswarby Hall.

‘with the wonderful setting (filmed in the gorgeous Roundwood House), interesting performances and brilliant sound design… From sun-kissed green fields to dark, dank and ominous cellars lit only by candle-light, the piece looks terrific throughout... the minimalist cast all pull double duty and rise to the challenge well’ London Horror Society. 

Music adapted, arranged and performed by Philip Dodd (violin) and Donal Wallace (cello)

Film maker: Naoise Kettle

Sound Engineer: Nick Anton

Camera Operator and Lighting: Reuben Harvey. 

PÚCA FESTIVAL – CANDLELIT TALES

31 October | Droichead Arts Centre | 8pm | €15 | Age 18+

Masters of storytelling, Candlelit Tales weaves a magical world around their audience with fresh, fine-tuned stories that bring folklore and fantasy to life. 

For further information and bookings, go to www.droichead.com

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