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YOGA in the Park – Final Session, Wednesday 14th September

YOGA in the Park – Final Session, Wednesday 14th September

RADE would like to invite you to our final Wednesday morning yoga class in St Patrick’s Cathedral Park.


This nourishing practice will provide space for reconnection to ourselves, nature, as well as experiencing the support of a shared practice.

Suitable for all abilities, the practice will involve some conscious breathing, followed by gentle yoga postures and deep relaxation. Mats and props will be provided however feel free to bring your own if you prefer.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will also be provided and we encourage those to stay around for some post session socialising if they have the time!

The session is FREE and will run this Wednesday between 10.30am-11.30am

September
14th

Yoga is open to all levels however please take responsibility for your own practice, ensuring to seek a doctor’s advice where necessary.


Get more Information on our Eventbrite page.

“Everybody Get Stoned” showing as part of the Stop The Stigma Campaign on 27th February 2018 at 11.30am in Green Street Dublin 7.

“Everybody Get Stoned” showing as part of the Stop The Stigma Campaign

2017: ART EXHIBITION

SECOND CINEMA SCREENING OF OUR NEW FILM…

RADE will be screening our new film in the main cinema IFI in Temple Bar at 12.00pm on Wednesday 13th June. This screening is for Service Users and we welcome all the other projects to join us for another ‘cracker’ from the RADE team, probably their funniest offering yet. A great opportunity for the service users to meet up and a powerful demonstration of the social contribution, that can be made by people in recovery. Please contact RADE by email info@rade.ie or 014548733 and let us know how many people you wish to bring. Book early there are only 258 seats and they’re being snapped up fast.

This short film is an absurd comedy about the desperate state of Ireland’s housing crisis. From unscrupulous landlords to the ‘invisible homeless’ and politicians reverting to Victorian attitudes, there’s never been a worse time to be without a roof over your head.

‘Spare Change’ was developed from the true-life tales of the RADE participants and their first-hand accounts of the current housing crisis.

 

RADE will also screen their highly acclaimed hilarious film from 2017 “Irish Light V’s Tony”

FIRST CINEMA SCREENING OF OUR NEW FILM….

RADE will be screening our new film the second time in the main cinema IFI in Temple Bar at 12.00pm on Wednesday 23rd May. This screening is for Service Users and we welcome all the other projects to join us for another ‘cracker’ from the RADE team, probably their funniest offering yet. A great opportunity for the service users to meet up and a powerful demonstration of the social contribution, that can be made by people in recovery. Please contact RADE by email info@rade.ie or 014548733 and let us know how many people you wish to bring. Book early there are only 258 seats and they’re being snapped up fast.

This short film is an absurd comedy about the desperate state of Ireland’s housing crisis. From unscrupulous landlords to the ‘invisible homeless’ and politicians reverting to Victorian attitudes, there’s never been a worse time to be without a roof over your head.

‘Spare Change’ was developed from the true-life tales of the RADE participants and their first-hand accounts of the current housing crisis.

RADE will also screen their highly acclaimed hilarious film from 2017 “Irish Light V’s Tony”

Second Cinema Screening of our new Film…..

Spare change is another satirical take by RADE, this time on the housing crises in Dublin and it packs as strong a punch as ever!
Once again the cast is made up of the current RADE participants who deliver sterling performances all around.

Please join us for the Second Cinema screening of the Film.

Read more below

Book your seat as soon as possible!

RSVP is essential.   info@rade.ie

Comments from the Director Rodney Lee

‘Spare Change’ was developed from the true-life tales of the RADE participants and their first-hand accounts of the current housing crisis. The goal was to capture their experiences and shape them into an engaging narrative. Working on this film with the truly committed RADE staff and talented participants has been an exciting journey – not without its challenges – but ultimately hugely rewarding. Working with the participants to bring out their experiences and focus on the issues that really affected them, then developing a script which would encompass these issues was an inspiring and humbling experience. Improvised workshops based on the script brought humor and jokes funnier than anything I could ever write. And finally shooting the film and seeing the dedication and passion of everyone involved, many of them stepping well outside their comfort zone, proved to be one of the most creatively satisfying experiences I’ve ever been involved with. Rodney Lee, Director.

‘Spare Change’ is a comedy about people faced with the most impossible, desperate struggle known to modern man; navigating the rental market in Ireland today… Ed gets a shock when his landlord raises his rent without warning. Already stretched to the limit and only just making ends meet, things look grim until Ed decides to sublet his flat to the multitude of homeless people looking for somewhere to stay. As long as the landlord doesn’t find out, everything will be fine… but Ed doesn’t count on the crazy tenant who claims to have stolen the housing list, suspicious neighbours and an unexpected visit from the Minister for Housing… This short film is an absurd comedy about the desperate state of Ireland’s housing crisis. From unscrupulous landlords to the ‘invisible homeless’ and politicians reverting to Victorian attitudes, there’s never been a worse time to be without a roof over your head. What can be done?

Date for your Diary!

RADE’s new film Spare Change will be launched in St. Patrick’s Cathedral.   8.00pm 1st May.

More details to follow!  This will be a ticketed event.

This is a follow up film from RADE’s hilarious Irish Light V’s Tony the same writer and director Rodney Lee.
Spare change is another satirical take by RADE, this time on the housing crises in Dublin and it packs as strong a punch as ever from RADE.
Once again the cast is made up from the current RADE participants who deliver sterling performances all round.
Trevor Knight has again provided an exciting and original music score.

 

Date

Memorial for Eoghan O’Neill RIP

6:30pm, Tuesday 20th March 2018
St. Patrick’s Cathedral

RADE will celebrate the memory of our dear friend, Art Trainer and colleague, who passed away on 16th March 2017.

An exhibition of wood sculptures from Eoghan’s students in RADE will be exhibited.
Music from classical guitarist Arash Kazemi.

 

There will also be a film screening of the 2017 Film “Irish Light vs Tony” at 7pm

ART EXHIBITION – St. Patrick’s Cathedral – 20 March 2018

To mark the first years Anniversary at the loss of our dear friend and long-time art trainer, Eoghan O’Neill, we are sending this shout out to all ex-RADERs and all the services that have known Eoghan. St. Patrick’s Cathedral will host an exhibition of wood carvings from the RADE students going back to 2005. The exhibition of wood sculpture will run in the Cathedral for two weeks from 20th March.

Ex-RADERs get in touch as soon as possible if you have a sculpture at home you would like re-exhibit

RADE’s hilarious hit film Irish Light V’s Tony on the big screen: The Five Lamps Festival!

A great chance to see RADE’s hilarious hit film Irish Light V’s Tony on the big screen: The Five Lamps Festival!
Friday 9 March at 4.45pm

One man’s struggle through a bureaucratic nightmare as he fights for his right to natural light. Tony is being charged by a new semi-state body, ‘Irish Light’, for access to the sun. When he refuses to pay, workmen board up his windows. But Tony won’t take this lying down. He marches to the headquarters and navigates his way through a madhouse of delusional propaganda, rampant capitalism and sheer insanity to get an exemption.

RADE Production.

09/03 4.45pm (Duration 22 mins) 5€
Odeon Cinema Point Village (Point Village, North Dock, Dublin 1)

“Everybody Get Stoned” showing as part of the Stop The Stigma Campaign on 27th February 2018 at 11.30am in Green Street Dublin 7.

RADE participants will perform the play ‘Everybody Get Stoned’ written by Michael Egan, as part of the Stop The Stigma Campain on 27th February 2018 at 11.30am in Green Street Dublin 7.
The event will include testimony on experiences of drug-related stigma from the SAOL Project and from John Devoy of UISCE; an extract from the play Love in the Wild by Lisa Walsh, directed by Peter Sheridan and a performance by RADE (Recovery through Arts and Drama Education); Charlie Lloyd, University of York, will give an overview of the international research into the impact of stigma on people who use drugs and the implications for policy.

New Film “Any Spare Change”

RADE started shooting a new film “Any Spare Change” this week, 29 January 2018.

 

Writer Rodney Lee is back, directing his new script about homelessness.  Also working with the RADE participants in the development and production have been Adrienne Greenhalgh , Emma Wall, Nelli Conroy and Jodi Jones  (1st Assist Director). Jodi will also be making a cameo appearance.  RADE has been delighted to welcome back Gary Boyd and Tomas Donaghty on camera, lights and sound for the production.  Filming has been going well and  the final product is expected to be every bit as good as the  very well received “Irish Life vs Tony.”

The new film is the result of ten weeks collaboration and improvisation with Rodney Lee and the RADE Participants.  The workshops and script development was funded through the CREATE Artist In The Community Scheme. A huge thanks also goes to the Simon Community and St. Patrick’s Cathedral for their support with the film production.

The first screening  will take place on May 1 in  St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

2017 Film accepted for screening in Five Lamps Festival in Dublin in March 2018

We here in Rade are all very excited about the film “Irish Light vs Tony”.  As soon as the date is confirmed we will update you.

 

 

Rapping Rade

Rade participants are currently enjoying rapping classes on a Wednesday.    John Cummins, rapper is working with participants on the fine art of rapping.  The end product will be a CD that will include the participants own creations.

Rapping (or rhyming, spitting, emceeing, MCing is a musical form of vocal delivery that incorporates “rhyme, rhythmic speech, and street vernacular”,  which is performed or chanted in a variety of ways, usually over a backbeat or musical accompaniment.

New Grant – New Film

Breaking News!

Rade in collaboration with writer Rodney Lee was awarded a grant from CREATE.  The Artist in the Community Grant gives Rodney the opportunity to write another script and work with RADE participants to produce a film next year. This follows on the huge success of  “Irish Light vs Tony”   that was produced in 2017.  Acting workshops are to begin in November 2017 and shooting will be in January. Very exciting times for RADE.

Quotes about “Irish Light vs Tony”

It is fabulously written. Clever, incisive, political, it is on the money. It reminded me of Monty Python with its wonderful attack on bureaucracy and capitalism. The concept of paying for the light is superb……. Brilliant………. And it works because it takes it seriously and never descends into silliness.  The production is excellent and all aspects of film making are there, realised at the highest level.   

Peter Sheridan

Irish Light vs. Tony; all the actors in it are from the programme.  It’s a parody and comical satire on the government’s Irish Water fiasco, and on modern-day bureaucracy, that endless torture of form-filling and departments and managers, and overseers, and the wrong office, and the wrong building.

Karl Parkenson

RADE in the News

KARL PARKINSON recently completed a series of creative writing workshops with participants here in RADE.

There was great feedback from the tutor and all participants. We hope to include some of the stories written by participants in the comic book to be launched next year.
Karl recently had an article published about his experience in RADE.

Please READ the article as we would like to share RADE’s stories.

New Comic Book coming soon!

RADE is currently working with Elida Maiques, a cartoon artist. The RADE participants are working on Mondays and Tuesdays (September/October) towards the production of a Comic Book. If things go as planned we hope to have the launch of the book in February 2018.  Watch this space!

More about our wonderful tutor Elida HERE

Click here for an example of the work we are doing in the Cartoon Workshops

 

Art Exhibition 24 July 2017

“Cathedral View”

Second Screening of Short Film – 8 June

‘Irish Light Vs Tony’ written and directed by Rodney Lee

Date:                    Thursday 8th June 2017

Time:                    1 – 2pm  Location:             IFI Cinema, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

 

‘Irish Light Vs. Tony’ is about one man’s struggle through a bureaucratic nightmare as he fights for his right to natural light. Tony is being charged by a new semi-state body, ‘Irish Light’, for access to the sun. When he refuses to pay, workmen board up his windows. But Tony won’t take this lying down. He marches to the headquarters and navigates his way through a madhouse of delusional propaganda, rampant capitalism and sheer insanity to get an exemption. This short film is an absurd satire about the government’s shameless attempt to squeeze more money out of a beleaguered people. Please note, any resemblance to actual semi-state bodies such as, for example, ‘Irish Water’ is absolutely 100% purely coincidental!

Our latest film, a HUGE success!

Introduction Note for film debut


‘Irish Light V’s Tony’ by Rodney Lee,  The Irish Film Institute,  Friday 12th May 2017.

Thank you all for coming today and joining us for the launch of our film.  We are especially pleased to welcome the Minister Catherine Byrne here today.   We are bursting with pride about our latest production. I also want to welcome Cllr. Dermot Lacey.
RADE owes such an enormous debt of gratitude to the many artists that have provided such good will towards our project over the years.  Many of whom are here today and we also wish you a warm welcome.  ‘Irish Light Vs. Tony’ is about one man’s struggle and any resemblance to actual semi-state bodies such as, ‘Irish Water’ is absolutely 100% purely coincidental!

Regardless of what anyone’s feelings are about water charges, I think the most powerful message that comes with this film is that it now exists.  It has given a voiceless people a platform and an opportunity to contribute to the social community.

The first time I worked with drug users was almost 30 years ago, in the early 1990s, making theater with the clients of MQI. It was an amazing awakening: Engaging people with drama and performance worked as a temporary distraction and an attractive focus for people whose lives were compromised with issues of addiction.
RADE has developed out of that time. We do theater plays, but we also do art exhibitions, publish books, Comics, Music CD’s, Films, Dance, Radio, Opera, musicals, and it still works:   The project provides a window of opportunity to escape the snares and traps of every day drug using.   The proof is in the pudding.   And we are going to taste some of the pudding today.    The period in the 90’s that we grew out of was a different time. FAS was the boss. And we were a CE scheme, I think we were the very first of, what was called ‘Special CE Schemes”. Later the first drugs Minister, Eoin Ryan, who is also here today, Eoin ring fenced 1000 places for drug recovery projects. In those days there was scope and room for invention. Times change and they say you have to move with the changes. Well we try. We’re with a new department now, the Department of Social Protection. And I think we’re like round plugs in square holes. We’re water and oil. We don’t fit. The original idea had been to get CE to adapt and fit the needs of recovery services. Now the emphasis is all about how to get drug services to meet the needs of CE and fit into a mainstream framework of ‘work activation programmes’.
We are particularly grateful to our DSP Officers, Adedolapo Odukoya, Tony Hayden and Monica Alonso, helping us through our recent difficulties and our huge loss, due to the untimely death of our friend and colleague Eoghan O’Neill. I want to publicly thank them for their invaluable goodwill. However I understand that their hands are tied and that they are confined to working within the policies and structure of their department. It’s not their responsibility that drug services don’t fit the boxes.
This current scenario is causing a crushing and unnecessary strain and difficulty for everyone. And if there is one ask we have Minister, it is to ask you to use whatever influence you can at the cabinet table, to affect some change in this regard that is impacting on all of the frontline services.
Now, back to the film and what today is really about: The first time I heard the RADE group reading the screenplay for this film, the script crackled to life immediately and the participants made it their own. And as usual everything went wrong that could go wrong: seriously wrong, our strongest actor, Andrew Talbot died tragically a week before we were about to shoot. Two other of our participants, had learnt their lines, but they got seriously ill and were also out of the picture. But we kept going forward and with the cool heads of our writer/ director, crew and participants, we made it. The composer and member of Aosdana, Trever Knight came on board and put a classy music score together for us. Rodney Lee, our writer/director, practiced pure magic in the editing room and Sine Lynch attended to all the production detail. Sine gets my Oscar, for keeping the head and delivering this film, with all of the extra work that smothered our project, when we had so sadly and suddenly lost our key colleague Eoghan O’Neill. And Sine, eight months pregnant too.
I want to pay tribute to all of the RADE staff: To our Rehab coordinator Averyl Swords, and the keyworkers working with Averyl: Lucy Cullen and Monica Rampal. Also thanks to our visiting Councillors, Tom O’Connor, Hannah Kelleher and Pat Kennedy. The work of our rehab team is at the core of what RADE is about: to help people who are struggling to make progress in their lives.
We are very grateful to our voluntary Board of Directors, who have been so generous and giving of their time, care and attention to the project. I want to also single out Teresa Weafer for coming to our assistance and finding a pathway through our recent difficulties recruiting a replacement Supervisor.
We owe a considerable debt of gratitude to the City Council, our landlords in the OLV building, and we particularly recognise and thank Brendan Kenny, Assistant Chief Executive, for his support.
I want to welcome Chantelle Maritz, who is taking over for Sine, on maternity leave and our new support worker, John Gavin who joined us last week. Also I want to welcome our new programme Participants and let them know that next year we’re going to be doing it all again.
Finally I want to mention again the 2 people that passed away in the last two months. We are still reeling from the shock and loss. RADE participant Andrew Talbot, who had so much talent and promise and Eoghan O’Neill who designed the film set and guided Ray Doyle and Steven Cumerford through the building of the set. Eoghan had given so much over his 12 years with us to make RADE the colourful and exciting project that we are so proud of today.

Michael Egan (Programme Director of RADE)

Eoghan O’ Neill RIP

Our dear friend and long time staff member Eoghan O’Neill, has died (suddenly) on Thursday last 16th March.

We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Eoghan’s family for their great loss.   We will always remember Eoghan for his humanity, kindness and who gave in abundance to everyone that knew him. Details of funeral arrangements 3:00PM Thursday 23rd March in Mount Jerome Cemetery.

Short Film Screening

‘Irish Light Vs Tony’ written and directed by Rodney Lee

All  participants took part in the production both infront and behind the camera.  The film was shot over 5 days mainly in RADE’s own premises.  Eoghan, Ray and Stephen crafted the sets while Mick, Síne and Derek worked behind the scenes preparing participants for their performances in drama workshops. Special thank you to Rodney, Tomas Donaghy, Gary Boyd, Derek Dunleavy, Jody Jones, Ray Doyle, Stephen Comerford and all the cast for making this a successful production.

Save the Date!  Film Launch scheduled

Date:                           Friday 12th May

Time:                          1pm

Location:                  IFI Cinema, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Minister of State for Communities and the National Drugs Strategy, Catherine Byrne TD will be guest speaker

Further details to follow closer to event

The Year Ahead

following a productive 2016 we are ready to start some new projects

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To begin writer and film editor Rodney Lee has developed a short film script with the working title No. Readings and rehearsals will commence 17th January with the film shoot scheduled for Spring. Mick Egan and Síne Lynch will continue running weekly workshops in drama and facilitate the direction and coordination of the film production.  Derek Dunleavy will co-facilitate drama workshop.  Eoghan O’Neill is back working with the groups artistically to develop a new collection of art work to be exhibited in the summer.  Averyl Swords and her team will continue developing the rehab and training programme within  RADE.  Monika is back after a short break to facilitate weekly yoga and acupressure.

Let Me Tell You

A collection of comic stories from 2017

Participants worked with comic creator Elida Maiques who facilitated workshops to produce the graphic novel Let Me Tell You. RADERS are determined to heal and make positive changes in their lives. Clink on the picture to see their work.

‘A Hundred Years Ago’ Revival Success

throughout December 2016 in the OLV Studio, D8

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Invited audiences watched many new participants take to the stage to perform  our acclaimed play A Hundred Years Ago.   Participants sang, danced and acted for this production.  The play 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 subsistence wages that held them in slavery.

RADE’s recent exhibition of Oak wood sculpture was also on display.  The carving by participants are reflections of their thoughts on 1916 to 2016.

 

Senator Lynn Ruane launches Drawn from Memory

A graphic novel by RADE participants, facilitated by Paddy Lynch

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The comic novel contains stories from RADE’s graphic novel workshops in 2016. The launch coincided with the revival of A Hundred Years Ago, RADE’s acclaimed play surrounding the events of the 1913 Lock Out in Dublin. Senator Lynn Ruane attended the performance and provided words of enjoyment and support afterwards.

Read the full publication here.

‘1916 Kids’

was staged in the OLV Building in July 2016

Over 2 days participants presented ‘1916 Kids’ to a full house.  Participants spent the majority of 2015 researching the 1916 Rising.  The production involved performances from many newcomers.  Tommy KD opened the show with a rap about the Rising.

Watch a short video from production above.

Live performance of ‘Get Stoned’

on Grafton Street in June 2016 as part of the Decriminalising Drugs Campaign

This was RADE’s first live street theatre performance.  We were asked to partake in the awareness campaign by students from University College Dublin. 

RADE Art available on loan

to brighten up your world!

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We are currently rotating our various art exhibitons throughout many projects in Dublin.  All you need is some exhibtion space and for a small fee we will supply, fit and rotate previous and current participants art creations.  Currently we are offering this service in Coolmine Therapeutic Community, Ana Liffey Project, Merchants Quay Ireland and Rialto Community Drug Team in St. Andrews.

Contact Eoghan on 01 4548733 for further details.

‘1916/2016’ art exhibition

in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral

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took place from Monday 3rd Oct to Wednesday 19th Oct 2016.

The exhibition was themed on the aspiration contained within the 1916 Proclamation of “Cherishing all of the children of the nation equally…”.  The group discussed this aspiration and applied it to their lived experience. Following their discussion each member of the group designed a symbol of an important aspect to their lives. They then carved the symbols in oak.

The symbols covered areas such as Homelessness, Education, Poverty, Health Care and Justice.

European Best Practice

in outreach educational counselling and

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low-threshold learning opportunities for disadvantaged learners profiled RADE among other European projects in a recent study.

‘Get Stoned’ staged in Croke Park

as part of the Drugs Awareness Conference

 

Annual Report 2016/2017

An exploration of a year of recovery, art, drama and education

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The annual report highlights the work undertaken by both the rehab and training team, creative departments and particpants in RADE. RADERS were busy celebrating our nation’s centenary throughout the year and presented their work in many formats, from a graphic novel to canvas paintings to sculptures to stage productions throughout the year.

President Michael D. Higgins Opens Documentary

at the Irish Film Institute

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RADE patron and President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins honoured us by officially launching the documentary RADE Rising and RADE’s comic book A RADE in Dublin on 19th April 2016.  This is the Presidents third visit to the project.  The event was attended by present and past participants as well as board members, the Lord Mayor of Dublin Criona Ni Dhalaigh, poet Paula Meehan, Dublin Simon CEO Sam McGuinness and participants from many Dublin projects.

RADE Rising

A documentary of the art practices in RADE for 2015 exploring the Easter Rising through art, drama and creative writing.

After an exciting year exploring the Easter Rising we have produced a short documentary film of our work throughout the year. The documentary has footage from workshops, outings and interviews with staff and participants. RADE Rising provides a sneak peak of what we do day to day.

A RADE in Dublin

is a graphic novel of 1916

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Working with comic creator and graphic designer Paddy Lynch the group engaged in a number of workshops developing their stories around The Rising and learning how to present these tales in graphic format.  The end result is a colourful read.

Read the full publication here: A RADE in Dublin

Lord Mayor’s Speech at RADE Art Exhibition

in The Atrium, Dublin City Council Civic Offices, July 2015

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Comhgairdeachas libh go léír a ghlac páírt san taispéantais seo inniu. Ba chóir go mbeadh sibh thar a bheith bródúil. Is cúis áthas agus bród dom a bheith anseo inniu libh agus go raibh míle maith agaibh as ucht an chuireadh a bheith libh.

I have had the great pleasure to view the fantastic exhibition here today and I commend and congratulate all of you who have participated in this fantastic exhibition. You all should be very proud of yourself and I am genuinely very proud and honoured to be invited here today to speak at the launch of your work. This whole area is steeped in republican history. Many ordinary men and women from Dublin 8 took part in the Rising and it is appropriate and fitting that you commemorate their heroic contribution to Irish freedom and their fight for equality, and we are still fighting for equality.

I have for many years been a supporter of RADE and believe in RADE’s approach to engage participants with the arts and therapeutic supports and provide a platform for their artistic expression. What is blatantly obvious for all to see when visiting a RADE exhibition or performance is the absolute pride, joy and sense of accomplishment that the participants express but also the pride their family and friends feel. There is no drug on earth that can give the feeling.

Sometimes it can be difficult to prove the value of Community Employment programmes such as RADE, to government funding bodies but it just takes a visit to any RADE production to fully appreciate the value of such schemes. RADE instils confidence, stability and structure into participants lives. RADE improves participant’s quality of life and addresses their sense of isolation and boredom through the use of cultural activities and make each participant believe that they have the capacity to contribute to society. Community based rehabilitation projects like RADE provide an essential service to both the participants and to the wider community.

RADE continue to produce some of the best art, poetry, theatre and film in this city. This not only contributes to the participants lives but also contributes to the culture of Dublin

The focus towards the showcasing of the art product each year not only gives a meaningful motivation to participants but also helps to change societal perception of drug-users which I believe is very important.

RADE has managed to not only stay afloat through the slashes and cuts of these austere times, but to continue their programme of quality productions demonstrating that ‘creativity is open to everyone’ and that engagement in arts activities, combined with therapeutic supports, does have a profound impact for making positive change in the lives of people affected by problem drug use. I would like to take this opportunity to call on the government and other agencies to recognize the contribution that special CE schemes make. It is vital to maintain the existing funding and to also increase the resources available to ensure all participants benefit fully from these schemes.

It takes courage to put your artistic work on show, it takes guts to get up on stage and perform and it takes everything you have to fight addiction and come through the other side. I wish you all the very best now and into the future and once again congratulations on such a great exhibition. Molaim sibh agus RADE. Ádh mór.

‘In Dublin’s Fair City’

Kevin Bohan’s photo exhibition, in aid of RADE

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In Dublin’s Fair City is the title of the Dublin urban graffiti and street artist Kevin Bohan’s exhibition. Kevin donated proceeds from the opening to RADE and Fountain Youth Project.

The event was launched in Film Base, Temple Bar, on 18th June and ran until Saturday 20th June.

‘Get Stoned’

was staged at Merchants Quay Ireland

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In July RADE’s engaging production and cast entertained clients of Merchants Quay Ireland.  The performance coincided with the loaning of artwork by previous participants to the MQI premises.

If you would like us to bring a show to you please contact Averyl on 01 4548733 to make arrangements.

 

Paula Meehan, Ireland Professor of Poetry

finishes delivering a series of  writing workshops 

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We were delighted to have professor Paula Meehan faciliate a number of creative writing workshops in 2015.  Paula engaged the group in the literary works of  Yeats and they explored some writing from the 1916 Rising.  Paula’s workshops will blend nicely with our theme for 2015 which is the 1916 Rising.

Star Award Announced

For the fourth consecutive year 

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we were shortlisted for a Star Award for the Leinster region.  Mick, Síne, Derek and Kevin attended the award ceremony on 23rd February in the Ballsbridge Hotel but were unsuccessful.  ‘Positive 2 Work’ took home the prize for the Leinster region.  We’d a wonderful day at the ceremony where we met and exchanged ideas with other nominees and winners.

Aontas Star Awards recognise organisation’s outstanding contribution to adult education.  This year we were judged on our stained glass windows project and dance production ‘Source’. 

Stuart Carolan, creator of Love/Hate

Special performance of ‘Get Stoned’ was staged on Friday 13th February 

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Stuart was extremely generous with his time engaging in a a questions and answers discussion after the performance.   It was excellent for participants to chat with Stuart about his influences and future aspirations for Love/Hate.  It was particularly wonderful for those who stared in Series 5 to chat with Stuart about their scene and performances.

Stuart has agreed to facilitate masterclass writing classes with the group around the award winning TV series ‘Breaking Bad’ commencing in the summer of 2015

FETAC Level 4

Health and Safety Training

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Congratulations to all RADE participants who achieved merits and distinctions in their Health and Safety Fetac level 4 – Well done, a great achievement

2015 New Year New Plans

to coincide with the 1916 centenary celebrations happening next year

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RADE will embark on a historical and creative exploration of the 1916 Rising.  We aim to produce a new theatre play later in 2015, an original art project and comic book showcasing the stories and events that affected the lives of those living in Dublin in 1916.  This year we will work with Ireland Professor of Poetry, Paula Meehan, historian Kevin McKenna, RADE director Michael Egan, Síne Lynch and RADE artists Eoghan O’ Neill and Cathal O’ Grady.

Buckets: The Book

A trip down memory lane of buckets

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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

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Sold Out Success at  the Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival 

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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

 

Video President Michael D. Higgins Visit

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

 

Imeal Documentary – TG4

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

 

RADE Promotional Video – Better Together

RADE entry into 2010 Better Together competition 

 

Today’s D8 – book

 Short stories, artwork and images from 2009

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RTÉ writer Joe O’Donnell facilitated 2009’s publication, which focused on the theme of Dublin 8. Outings and visits were planned to local areas of interest, including St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Christchurch. Many participants went back to their roots and spoke to family members about the history of Dublin 8, giving this collection an authenticity.

Read Todays D8

Raders of the Táin – Play

Bringing old Irish Myth to the Stage

RADE performance of Raiders of the Lost Art (Tain) at the Project Arts Centre

Using  Thomas Kinsella’s Tain Bó Cuailgne,  wirter/director Mick Egan transformed this legendary tale from early Irish history to create a funny and engaging stage play.  The production premiered in The Project Arts Centre and later played in numerous venues throughout Dublin including Axis Theatre Ballymun, Draiocht Blanchardstown, Pavilion Dun Laoghaire and Ballyfermot Community Centre to name a few.  

RADEr’s designed and created the props, set and costumes for this production.

President Mary McAleese

Guest of Honour in 2007

Cast with President

Cast with President

President McAleese was RADE’s 2007 guest of honour at our annual showcase in the Project Arts Centre. The group performed their Tai Chi demonstration and performed the play These People, written and directed by Pom Boyd (actress/writer). Pom worked closely with the group, facilitating drama workshops to devise this clever witty script.  RADErs also exhibited their artwork on the evening and read stories from their creative writing publication ‘Somewhere to Flap Your Wings’

Art Exhibition 2006

Mosaics on boards

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Participants used RADE as their theme for these artistic boards focusing on tai chi, Dublin 8 area with it’s Vikings history and the projects creative activities.  Eoghan O’ Neill worked with the group to create these pieces.