Archive for 2014

Buckets: The Book

A trip down memory lane of buckets


To celebrate our 10th Anniversary Cathy Coughlan researched RADE’s previous productions and publications before deciding on working from extracts from ‘Jack and Jill’ the play and using buckets as props in our 2014 dance – theatre production ‘Source’. This publication contains the original ‘Jack and Jill’ script and images from the 2014 production ‘Source’ staged during the Dublin Fringe Festival in the South Studios, Dublin 8

Here the full publication here: Buckets

RADE 2014 documentary

2014 marked the first decade of RADE. We celebrated our 10th birthday with a live performance and a stained-glass-art project. This documentary gives a great insight into how hard our participants worked during the year – and how rewarding that hard work was for them.


Check out our documentary showcasing participant’s two big projects for the year – a stained-glass-art project and the ‘Source’ dance-theatre production at the Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival.

This documentary was aired on Dublin Community Television (UPC channel 802) from 15th to 25th January 2015.

Source, Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival

Sold Out Success at  the Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival 


Source was a new piece of work created by dance artist Cathy Coughlan in collaboration with RADE participants. During 2014 participants delved into an arena of movement and working with Cathy created a dynamic interaction between dance-theatre and film.  Two contrasting worlds were presented simultaneously, with performers bouncing from stage to screen, from reality to fantasy, struggling to escape the linear patterns and habits that shape their everyday lives.

Cathy Coughlan on the production: ‘The inspiration for this work came from the conversations and banter in between workshops. Stories emerged of other lives lived and of dreams yet to be accomplished. My interpretation of these conversations was that there was no starting point to addiction or recovery, but rather a constant dialogue between two worlds and two voices inside one person. This piece tells the story of that conversation and of the most fundamental source of recovery for anyone in any situation – hope.’

This production was selected for the Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival 2014 programme.  Source sold out during the festival in South Studios, Dublin 8.  The critics raved about the production with The Irish Times Theatre Review giving the performance ****Stars Irish Times Theatre Review   and The Public Review gave ***** Stars The Public Review  

Following this sold out run ‘Source’ was nominated for 2 Fringe awards, Best Ensemble and First Fortnight.

Due to popular demand extra performance dates took place in the OLV building after the Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival.

Click here to see the Promo video



Source promotional video

Check out promotional video for ‘Source’ dance theatre production


Light Source: Stained-Glass Exhibition

The stained-glass windows were installed permanently in the OLV building following the successful exhibition in The Atrium in October 2014
Light Source celebrated RADE’s 10th anniversary with a show that developed service-users’ visual-arts skills by learning the medieval craft of stained glass. Facilitated by stained-glass artist Peter Young, participants designed and built two large stained-glass windows which are now permanently installed in RADE’s premises, the OLV Building.

Before the installation, the windows were exhibited in their entirety in The Atrium, Wood Quay, Dublin 8, from 25th August to 5th September 2014. The exhibition also included artwork from participants. Dean Victor Stacey of St. Patrick’s Cathedral officially opened the exhibition.

Permanent Installation

Following the successful exhibition in The Atrium, the windows returned to the OLV Building and were installed in the main space downstairs. To mark the occasion, Lord Mayor Christy Burke officially unveiled the windows and praised the group’s work. These windows, which add a touch of colour and brightness to RADE’s home, are now the first thing participants, staff and visitors see on entering the premises.

‘Get Stoned’, Dublin Simon Social Club

After a long rest Get Stoned was recast for a new audience


To mark the official handover of funds raised from our performance of A Hundred Years Ago we performed Get Stoned  in May 2014, at the Dublin Simon Social Club in Capel Street. For some participants this was their first live performance. The performance was warmly received by the Dublin Simon group.

The cheque of €1,487.30 was accepted by Sam McGuinness for Dublin Simon Community.

Get Stoned was written and directed by Mick Egan.

Féile na Bealtaine, Dingle

1913 Lockout inspired wood sculptures…..


Participants exhibited their sculptures A Hundred Years Ago: A Reflection on the 1913 Lockout in Sculptures at Féile na Bealtaine in Dingle, Co. Kerry in May 2014. RADE artists worked with Eoghan O’Neill to produce these original pieces. All sculptures contain a hand, marking the Red Hand Badge of the Union which each member of the union wore proudly during the 1913 Lockout. Underneath the hands, participants have carved their own personalised pieces representing themes of the Lockout.

RADERS to star in Love/Hate

RTE auditions 

RADErs auditioned for the next series of ‘Love/Hate’ on Friday 11th April. Casting director Maureen Hughes visited the project and worked through a small section of the script with participants. Eight participants in total were selected for Series 5, with two participants receiving speaking parts. Series 5 of ‘Love/Hate’ is due to be aired on RTÉ in the Autumn. Our lips are sealed on storylines!

Benefit for Dublin Simon Community

Service users of RADE took a direct role in supporting Dublin Simon Community

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Services users marked the end of the centenary celebrations of the 1913 Lockout with a final farewell performance of their acclaimed play A Hundred Years Ago in Liberty Hall Theatre, March 2014 with all proceeds donated to Dublin Simon Community.

A Hundred Years Ago explores the dramatic events that evolved through the autumn of 1913 when ordinary workers took a stand with Jim Larkin against the employers of Dublin city and the subsistent wages that held them in slavery. The play is delivered with bawdy humour and includes both jaunty and haunting ballad songs.

The performance was watched by a full house that included Tánaiste Joan Burton, who praised the production in the Dáil the following day: ‘I attended a fantastic production of A Hundred Years Ago in Liberty Hall by RADE. It was up to Abbey Theatre standards.’

NEAR FM Interviews

The ‘Reinterpreting 1913’ series


The series began broadcasting on Friday 24th January for three weeks. RADE artists and tutor Eoghan O’Neill featured in episode 1. The broadcast coincided with RADE’s painting and sculpture exhibition A Hundred Years Ago in the Atrium, Dublin City Council Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8.

You can listen to it on NearFM, which broadcasts across the North East of Dublin on 90.3FM. You can also stream it internationally live from