Archive for 2012

2012 Round-up

The staging of The Last Ten Years at the Dublin Fringe Festival was the highlight of 2012. 

The production ran over four nights in St. Patrick’s Cathedral,with full houses each night. The production received rave reviews, with the Irish Times Theatre Festival Review giving the production **** stars!

See the full production:

Cutting D8 was the theme for 2012’s art exhibition, with the group focusing on wood sculpturing. Check out this short documentary to see how we put it all together.

Video President Michael D. Higgins Visit

Following the President’s recent appointment he visited our project.  We performed  Get Stoned


Rough Cuts – book

Images and writing from 2012


Niamh pictured reading from Rough Cuts

Writer Dominique Cleary worked with RADErs to produced this insightful collection of short stories and tales. The group read ‘extracts of great personal essays, fiction and poetry: the work of Joan Didion, Annie Dillard, G.K. Chesterton, Jorge Luis Borges, Scott Russell Sanders, Raymond Carver, Sylvia Platt, Ted Hughes, Wendell Berry and W.B. Yeats, to name a few’.

On speaking about her experiences teaching the class, Dominique says, ‘RADErs don’t shy away from telling things as they are. Often simplicity brought the deepest truths, and there was realism, resilience and insight that comes from a life of self-challenge.”

Read stories from Rough Cuts


Imeal Documentary – TG4

TG4 get a feel for what RADE get up to on a daily basis


Cutting D8 Exhibition

Our first year wood carving


The group began hand carving in December 2011. Their beautiful mastery, entitled Cutting D8, was displayed for all to see in The Atrium, Dublin City Council Civic Offices, in September, moving then to Smock Alley Theatre and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Eoghan O’Neill, sculpture artist, trained the group in wood-carving. The inspiration for these pieces was the local area, Dublin 8.

Cllr Jim O’Callaghan officially opened the exhibition on Monday 17th September in Dublin City Council Civic Offices.


The Last Ten Years – song cycle for theatre

Choral tunes rang out during rehearsals in RADE


Musician and composer Séan Millar collaborated with RADE on a songcycle for theatre, entitled The Last Ten Years, which combines choral music and ritual performance to consider various aspects of our attitudes towards pain relief, medication and the legal and illegal drug trade. The atmospheric St. Patrick’s Cathedral was the setting for the performance which sonically creates something magical crossing the line between theatre and actual living experience.

This production was also performed in Liberty Hall Theatre with Minister Róisín Shorthall TD in attendance.

The first staging of The Last Ten Years in May was a great success. The feedback was very positive and supportive. This prompted us to enter the Dublin Fringe Festival.