"RADE's innovative programme of combatting substance abuse through art introduces addicts to their own genius, their own best selves, it focuses on the buzz that living a positive life can bring,a buzz that is genuine and life enhancing"
President Mary McAleese
Join our Women’s Drum Circle starting Monday, December 4th
Women’s Drum Circle
RADE invites you to our Women’s Drum Circle
Time: Mondays, 2.15pm-4.15pm
Dates: December 4th, 11th /January 8th, 15th, 22nd
Location: RADE, OLV Building Cathedral View Court, Dublin D08 PW8Y
This drum circle will be an opportunity to explore Rhythm in a fun and accessible way.
Learning how to listen to each other, count beats and play polyrhythms together.
Drums provided, so just turn up & Sinead will guide you through the process.
Open to all women accessing health services in the Dublin inner city area.
Numbers are limited so please contact
firstname.lastname@example.org or 0858260817 to book your place!
RADE (Recovery through Art, Drama, Education) is an addiction recovery program based in Dublin 8. See www.rade.ie for more info
Readings from RADE
On 26th October 2023, RADE hosted a public reading to share the creative writing of RADE participants with the community.
Participants chose and read extracts from the writing that they had created over the course of an eight week long Creative Writing Workshop led by published author, Karl Parkinson. A good number of friends of RADE showed up to enjoy an afternoon of moving and entertaining readings. We are thankful to everyone who shared their writings and appreciate the courage it takes to stand up and share their stories. Thank you to everyone who joined us for this event. We hope to see you and many more of our friends in the future.
Here is a selection of some of the work produced in the workshop
NOTHING EVER CHANGES A poem by Will B
A timeless refrain,
In the halls of power, they play the same game.
Politicians cascade, making promises of gold,
While their bank balances soar, the secrets untold.
…And so, what was possibly the weirdest rave I ever attended, took place.
Everyone one on the landing and many prisoners much further a field that night were havin’ it large; all together, dancing and screaming like banshees, and banging on the doors every time a really good tune came on, but in the solitary of our cells with only a small radio each as a sound system. But twenty prisoners in each landing on a wing with hundreds of prisoners, many of which were high as fuck, all playing the same station at the same time can still kick up quite a racket. The screws would have seen clearly what was happening, but there’s another rule; Once the door is locked, it stays locked, unless there’s an emergency. And half the wing off their tits on speed and hash, dancing like lunatics alone in their cells like they were there, until the early hours, just didn’t breach that threshold.
So we danced and sang and took what life was available from the ether and eventually around 5am the noise quietened, with any late screamers being loudly told what to do by everyone else who was coming down. 7.30am rolled around. I had not slept and was short most of my belongings, having used them as currency to cover the expense of the night before. I was yet again ushered through the reception into a transport. When we got to the courthouse I was placed into a cell with all the others, spitting and smoking and using and waiting. My name was called first. I stood before the judge. He was reading silently from a large folder. This went on for several long minutes in which time The Argument started to shout. I was losing control and my solicitor could see it. He motioned to a screw, who came over to me and whispered kindly, and urgently, “Keep it together, you’re nearly there…”
After a conversation between the public prosecutor, my solicitor and the judge, which they didn’t feel any need to make me part of, the judge simply announced “You can go. Report to probation services sometime within the next forty eight hours” and that was it. I was free.
A Lesson in the Park by William McKenna
He was finally back to his favourite bench in Merrion Square. His little flying friends were already gathering by his feet, cooing and adjusting for position.
Well, I’ve been in Liverpool for the past two weeks so you must be starving he thought. He took a bag of crushed digestive biscuit crumbs from his jacket pocket and began spreading them amongst the eager flock. Pigeons have no manners, unlike my robin friends, he said lightly to himself. Peering through the hazy sunshine he could hear voices getting louder in the quiet surroundings. It was two young boys approaching. I hope they don’t disturb the birds’ dinnertime he thought.
“Sorry auld lad, you wouldn’t have a light on ye?”, the slightly taller boy asked.
“No, sorry, I don’t smoke anymore”, the old man replied, “and neither should you two young men.”
“What would ye know auldie?”, the short boy chimed in.
“Well, I just returned from Liverpool after burying my best friend. The bestest friend I had in my whole life.”
“Sorry to hear that man”, they both said in unison.
“He was two years younger than myself, but he was a smoker to the bitter end.”
“Sounds like he was coolaboola”, the tall one sniggered, now putting the cigarette back in its box.
“If you think that taking over four years to die of lung cancer and being in intensive care for weeks on end is anything got to do with being cool, then go ahead, smoke yourself to death. I don’t care,” the old man said sternly.
The biscuit bag was almost empty now as the two boys stood still in silence. “That’s all we had in the end”, continued the old man, “silence.”
“Were youse not talking no more?”, the young one asked timidly.
“He couldn’t talk no more lads. He was a great singer back in the day, ye know. The girls used to go crazy for him, made me mad jealous.”
“Smoking is good for my voice, he would say.” The old man now visibly upset.
“Lads, the cancer had spread to his throat and after the operation he was a left with a hole right here, said the old man pointing to his neck. Didn’t stop the stubborn eejit from smoking through it though.”
“Jaysus wha?” Screamed the tall boy as his friend was already bent over gagging.
“Not a pretty site I can tell ya boys. Do yourselves a favour continued the old man, don’t smoke and you will have plenty of years to thank me later.”
“Yeah, grand, sound, no bother,” said the tall one. “So, see you around, so.”
“See ye around fellas and good luck”, the old man said while shaking their hands. He watched them both leave as they walked then along the gravel path.
“Right Stevo”, he could hear the tall one say. “Your Dad’s a bollix. So we’ll give him these and then get one of them vape yokes like what Sarah smokes.”
“Yeh, deadly whacker, she’ll be mad into you know.”
The old man gave out a wee chuckle as the boys voices faded out into the distance.
“You see”, he said looking down at the last remaining pigeon, “Bad habits are just as bad to kick as bad manners.”
Hands by Mark Gillan
Hands on, hands off, can I give you a hand, I need a hand, can you hand us a tenner please, give the person a big hand. They’re handy with their hands, but there is a time and a place for that. If you’re too handy in the wrong manner, your hands will be placed in cuffs. Handcuffs impede the very reason you have hands, like Malcom McClaren once said, ‘You need hands’, and I tend to agree for the most part.
It’s the people without hands that I most admire. For whatever reason having no hands, some people have overcome this condition with spectacular results; take Christy Brown for example. I’ve seen some of the most gifted foot or mouth artists create such beauty without any palms or ten digits. Me, I’m incredibly grateful for my pair of hands because by right, I should have only one. That’s why I am also grateful to the surgeon’s hands who saved mine.
So, take the time to reflect how lucky you are and how much you take for granted your hands and picture in everyday life the multitude of uses hands play. Holding, waving, shaking, slapping, pointing, rubbing. If I’m not getting my point across, think about the next time you’re wiping your arse.
To Those We Missby Noreen Flood
We were a young family coming here from England. My mother had been told she had breast cancer, as my father had already taken two massive heart attacks.
We arrived with nothing but a few suitcases mom dad and seven children.
We were split up.
My older sisters stayed with my mother’s sisters and never moved into our new home in Finglas. New is a word I wouldn’t use.
We were a very young family losing both parents. My oldest sister was 21. Jean looked after us the best she could but she fell pregnant and her partner wanted her to move in with him.
We all moved into town from Finglas as my mom’s family was all we knew. My sister Jackie was second oldest she was the mother hen of us. Not only to us, to everyone. She was overweight and this was her only downfall. She would dress us for the holidays the only way she knew, shoplifting. Jackie would have loved Evan’s Shop. Opened a few years after her death.
Jackie had an eye for fashion. Even though she couldn’t wear nice little dresses. She would dress all of us up. She would show the slim girls the clothes to wear.
I always remember her being called Alison Moyet because she had a big soft heart and loved all and only tried her best for everyone. She never let her size stop her from going to discos. How she loved to dance, and Jackie could move. Jackie would always say we only have each other so don’t let each other down, she was my Hero.
We had our children the same day. And Jackie had her third and me my first. Jackie had her baby two hours later. She is down back in the delivery room with me. She done everything for me and my son. Even getting her partner to go to Pennrey’s to buy me underwear, etc.
Jackie was a earth angel taken by a drunk driver. She died talking about her three babies aged 3, 2 and 1. How cruel is life. She was so beautiful, yet she made everyone close to her look beautiful. She had a way even with make-up.
God, she didn’t know just how much she was loved because she never believed in any fairytales.
She even seen her death, always saying I won’t see Gemma her three-year-old make her first communion and she didn’t.
Not a day goes by Jackie that I don’t think of all that you did for us and anyone who needed a good friend. My sister Jackie was the best. Gone, but never forgotten.
Open Call for an Artist in Residence Now Closed
20th September 2023
Artist in Residence
Socially Engaged Arts Practice at RADE CLG
RADE Recovery through Arts Drama and Education are inviting artists to apply for a new artist residency to be based at RADE’s premises in Dublin 8. The aim of the residency is to provide an opportunity for an emerging or established artist to embed with a community group through socially engaged arts practice. By working collaboratively with RADE participants and staff, the AIR will bring professional arts practice into the heart of RADE’s activities. Both the artist and the RADE community will benefit from this collaboration, serving RADE’s vision that ‘creativity is open to everyone’.
This AIR is supported by Dublin City Council’s Neighbourhood Grant.
Who are We? What do we do?
Established in 2004, RADE is an addiction service that runs a daily arts-based recovery service for regular participants in Dublin 8. Daily activities include yoga and meditation, creative workshops and relapse prevention sessions. RADE has worked with many professional artists over the years producing numerous films, theatre, dance productions, art exhibitions and other arts-based events with RADE participants. In this residency, RADE is seeking to broaden the relationship with a professional artist in order to integrate the artist more fully into the RADE community.
What you can expect on this residency:
2 days per week over 12 weeks at RADE (24 days)
Group Facilitation Mentorship from Project Arts Centre *see below
Creative workshop participation and leadership
Daily contact with RADE participants during creative workshops
An artist fee of €4,800 to include materials
Access to workshop space for individual arts practice each afternoon
RADE staff liaison for support and integration
Ongoing evaluation and feedback
Hot desk and laptop in RADE office with access to administrative resources and materials
Option to take part in daily yoga and meditation
Gradual introduction into the RADE community to allow for time to learn workshop facilitation skills
* Project Arts Centre have been working in partnership with RADE throughout 2023, through the Project Potential Programme. As part of this offering, Head of Project Potential, Cathy Coughlan, will provide 3 mentoring sessions to the selected artist around community facilitation in this specific context.
Who Should Apply?
Artist of any discipline who is interested in socially engaged arts practice
Early career or established artist
Artist with ambition to see their arts practice as part of recovery through engagement with the arts
Artists who want to be part of a strong community that values personal growth through arts activity
Artists with availability on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9am to 5pm from 21st November 2023 to 14th February 2024
You must be over 18 years of age and have legal status to work in the Republic of Ireland
In order to apply please send a copy of your CV or a bio (max 500 words) along with an answer to the following questions to the email address below:
How would you describe your practice? (100 words max)
Describe your experience (if any) of working collaboratively with a community? (100 words max)
How would you adapt your approach to meet the varied needs of this community group? (100 words max)
What interests you about working on this project and how will it inform your existing practice? (100 words max)
What interests you about the mentorship and exchange elements of the project? (100 words max)
Please note: applicants are not expected to have a fully formed idea at this stage of the application process, as this will be developed in collaboration with the community. However, we would like to see a clear outline of methodology and approach to working in this context.
Please include: a link (max 3) to an example of your work and/or any social media handles that you want us to see.
You can contact us in writing, by audio or on video. Please send all queries to Karen Pierce at email@example.com.
The deadline for applications is 12pm Friday 13th October
RADE is a registered charity funded by the Department of Social Protection and the HSE through SICDATF (South Inner City Drug and Alcohol Task Force).
Applications are now closed.
We Are Hiring
Recovery Through Arts Drama and Education
We are currently seeking a Manager/Project Director who will work with the Board of Management to drive forward the organisation’s services and who will provide strong management, direction, and leadership to RADE.
The Manager/Project Director will be responsible for the strategic development and overall management and performance of RADE, managing the RADE team and overseeing and developing quality and effective service delivery in all aspects of the RADE Programme.
This role will report to the RADE Board of Directors.
Applications are welcomed from candidates holding a relevant third level qualification; with experience/demonstrated interest in the Creative Arts, 3yrs+ management experience in a relevant sector, including 3yrs+ experience managing a team in a human service delivery context.
or by post to Chairperson, RADE, OLV Building, Cathedral View Court, Off New Street, Dublin 8, D08PW8Y.
Closing date for applications is midday Monday 9th October 2023.
Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held on 1st, 2nd, 3rd November 2023.
Established in 2004, RADE is an arts-based addiction service in Dublin 8. At RADE, creativity is open to all, and this ethos is the foundation of our day programme. People at all stages of drug recovery attend Monday – Friday, participating in a wide range of arts activities, benefiting also from therapeutic supports and education. RADE is funded by the Department of Social Protection and the HSE (Health Service Executive). RADE has produced numerous films, theatre productions, art exhibitions and events for participants on the RADE programme.
This job is an opportunity to lead a thriving community where creativity and education come together to support individuals on their path to recovery.
For further information please explore this website (www.rade.ie).
RADE IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES EMPLOYER
The Garden Project – Ó Liath go Glas
Ó Liath go Glas, (From Grey to Green) is a new community project emerging from 2022’s Rhizome Green Arts project run by the Project Arts Centre, and which inspired RADE to establish a garden at our inner city premises.
Over the course of spring and early summer 2023 the courtyard at RADE has been transformed into an urban oasis thanks to the efforts of RADE participants in partnership with artist Louis Haugh through the Project Arts Centre and horticultural instructor Andrew Jordan.
RADE participants worked with Louis and Andrew to design raised beds and an archway connecting two of the raised beds. Participants then selected which plants they were interested in growing with Andrew. Over the course of the 8 week workshop, the participants have grown vegetables, herbs and flowers from seed and transplanted them into the raised beds. With support from the CDETB (City Of Dublin Education and Training Board) the project also included an educational element in basic gardening skills with the potential for participants to complete the QQI Level 3 course in Basic Gardening.
In a short period of time the courtyard has evolved into an inviting space. It has become a natural place to spend time outside of workshops and a peaceful spot for quiet reflection.
Please come and join us at RADE for our upcoming Garden Launch celebration on Thursday, the 17th of August from 12-2 pm. There will light refreshments available.
RADE would like to take this opportunity to thank our partners and funders on the project. It has been kindly supported by the Project Arts Centre, BAM’s Community Benefit Fund for the new children’s hospital, CDETB and Dublin City Council.
RADE MY MIND Booklet Launch
RADE MY MIND was launched on 5th July 2023. This book of RADE participant’s creative work in 2022 had been kept under wraps for at least a month until its official launch at the OLV Building, Dublin 8.
From the book’s introduction:
“2022 was another busy and creative year for RADE participants and staff. Capturing the creativity of participants’ work in a book only shows half the story but we hope you will get a sense of the energy and productivity amongst these pages”
We were delighted to be joined by many guests for this special occasion which was a celebration of talent and creativity. Participants put together a performance of readings taken from the book for a captivated audience who joined us in applauding the creative work that goes on at RADE. The readings ranged from witty and playful to serious and thought provoking. It was a beautiful but brief interlude in the regular week at RADE and we were grateful to all those who gave up their lunch hour to be with us. A lucky break in the rain meant we could linger outside after the event and enjoy refreshments together.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to the occasion both creatively and behind the scenes and to everyone who came to give their support.
Book Launch RADE MY MIND
Wednesday 5th July 1-2pm at RADE, OLV Building, Cathedral View Court, Dublin 8. All welcome
Project Arts Centre 7th June 2023
Apartment Block C is a short play created by RADE participants and writer / actor Liam Wilson Smyth. It was presented at the Project Arts Centre, Essex Street, Dublin 2 on June 7th 2023 during a one-day residency. Apartment Block C was devised during a 10 week series of workshops at RADE in which Liam developed a script in collaboration with RADE participants and introduced them to the craft of acting. The play follows a group of apartment residents as they attempt to negotiate their way to claim a lottery winning ticket that has been found in the block. Needless to say, everyone feels sure that the ticket is theirs but not one person has any evidence.
During a post-show feedback session, one RADE participant commented on how they felt as a result of taking part in the process:
‘I took drugs to feel confident and looked outside myself to feel good, but through RADE I have found an alternative and have discovered that I am good from the inside. There are other avenues out there and RADE is one of them. I can express myself authentically and hold my head high as I walk down the road’.
RADE was delighted to be invited by the Project Arts Centre to spend this residency day in the Cube theatre, providing participants with an invaluable opportunity to work and perform in a professional theatre space. Cathy Coughlan, Director of Project Potential and her team gave RADE a magnificent welcome. One day in the theatre and we could feel its magic.
With thanks to:
Project Arts Centre
SICDATF – South Inner City Drug and Alcohol Task Force
RADE’S accordion book project is finished
RADE’S accordion book project is finished! It was a lot of fun mark making and experimenting with materials!
David Stone- In Memoriam
RADE notes the recent passing of film maker, David Stone.
David worked with RADE in 2019 when we were putting together ideas for what would become RADE’s most recent film, ‘The Tapper’s Opera’.
Unfortunately, David had to step away from our collaboration because of his health. All of us at RADE, including former director and founder Mick Egan, extend our condolences to David’s family and friends. We are glad that we got to work, albeit for a limited time, with such a fine person.
Work continues in the collage workshop ‘Inside Outside my Head’ with Dermot Byrne in R.A.D.E.
Culture Night 2022
Celebrated Culture Night in RADE 2022 with Ivana Bacik and RADE staff members, Ruaidhri Auliffe, Dermot Byrne, Gill McCaw, and Ivana Bacik second from the right.
YOGA in the Park – Final Session, Wednesday 14th September 2022
YOGA in the Park – Final Session, Wednesday 14th September 2022
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
Yoga is open to all levels however please take responsibility for your own practice, ensuring to seek a doctor’s advice where necessary.
RADE would like to invite you to our 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. The sessions are FREE and suitable for all abilities. Mats and props will be provided however feel free to bring your own if you prefer.
Delighted to have a visit from Mary Murray on 19th April 2022. Pictured here with staff after her drama workshop with RADERS.
2022 Screening of the “Tapper’s Opera” in March
If you haven’t caught RADE’s entertaining 2020 film “The Tapper’s Opera” we are delighted to screen it in RADE on Thursday, 24th March 2022. Please choose the slot and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to book your group (max 10 per group).
2pm – 2:45 pm
3pm – 3:45 pm
Final recording of Song
Led by Music Therapist, Musician and Song Writer Clara Monahan, RADE participants are thrilled to finally be recording the song today, 11th Feb 2022 at Yellow Door Music Studios, Dublin 3. With a backing track recorded by 4 professional musicians, 9 singers and staff from RADE will see all their hard work come to fruition in this final recording.
RELICS 2021 AD: A Ceramics Project by RADERS
RADE is currently recruiting for the position of:
Community Employment Scheme
C.E. Trainee Participants : Referral Forms for C.E. Trainee Participants are-
If interested, please contact RADE on 01 454 6406 or by email to email@example.com to book an assessment.
Culture Night 2021
This Culture Night RADE will be showcasing projects our artists have worked on over the last year. We’ll be unveiling our mural project ‘Righting on the Wall’ created in collaboration with artist Holly Pereira and funded by IHREC; launching our radio play ‘A Proper Da’, written by Maeve Ingoldsby, and screening our latest film ‘The Tapper’s Opera’ both on-site and online. Doors will be open from 17:00 to 22:00 for hour-long time slots that can be booked in advance. Walk-ins are allowed so long as there’s space – come along and say hello! For more information and to book your time slot, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our online content will be accessible on our Vimeo from 17:00 to 22:00 on Culture Night, link below: https://vimeo.com/user5128967
Mural Project 2021
Our Irish Human Rights & Equality Commission mural “Righting On the Wall” is now complete, thanks to the work of muralist Holly Pereira in collaboration with our participants, and with the generous support of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission”
Dear Friends and Supporters
RADE are immensely proud to announce the launch of our latest film ‘TheTappers’ Opera’, which will have its virtual premiere via the IFI’s website from Friday 2nd until Monday 5th July.
In the coming week we will be sending you out a link
with a free promotional code to book your virtual cinema seat ahead of the
general public. Viewing will be limited to 200 seats per day so please
reserve your spot early!
This link will also give you access to the trailer and
interviews from the cast and crew, including a lovely interview of Mick Egan –
who retired from RADE in the midst of the pandemic in February 2021, and handed
over his “Director’s Cap” to Sinead Moloney.
In the lead up to the launch we will increase our social media presence so please follow/share/tag/like via our Facebook and Twitter accounts if you are a follower! If not, you can find us on…Facebook: recoveryartdramaeducation and Twitter: @RADEDUBLIN
Deirdre O’Kane Award for Best Irish short Film
JOINT AWARD: The Man in the Chair – RADE
Sneak Preview! RADE 2020 Film
We will update the information as new information comes through.
Please find the 24 forms Beijing style Tai-Chi music and video to practice daily.
RADE in the Oireachtas!
From the Oireachtas today: Mick, Dan, Mervyn, Mary and Patrick answering questions today after wowing the Senators and TD’s with the screenings of RADE’s recent films.
RADE has begun the process of recruitment for CE positions after the COVID-19 emergency:
“If interested, please contact RADE on 01 454 6406 or by email to email@example.com”
ART & DRAMA Volunteers
RADE is currently seeking volunteers with backgrounds in the visual and dramatic arts to assist in facilitating art & drama workshops. This is a chance to engage in exciting group projects and gain experience in group facilitation. Volunteers will be required to undergo Garda clearance and in-house induction prior to commencing. If interested, please contact RADE on 01 454 6406 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
RADE in the Oireachtas!
Independent Senator Lynn Ruane has invited RADE to give a talk about our project to the politicians in the Oireachtas at 3.00 pm on December 4th, 2019.
We will also be screening
our two very funny latest films there. A great chance to demonstrate
social inclusion in the arts and to challenge the stigma associated with drug
Further showings of RADE’s new films!
The RADE film screenings were a fantastic success on Monday
the 23rd at the Irish Film Institute.
Over 200 people attended the launch; a wonderful
inter-agency experience of coming together and participation in the arts for
Since the Launch, RADE has already received several requests regarding further showings.
We are delighted to announce that you can still catch RADE’s 2 new films from 2019 “The Man In the Chair” and “The Girl In The Window” on the big screen in RADE’s studio space at the OLV Building, every Wednesday at 2:00 pm. (These 2 new films will not go online till November 2020).
We can seat up to 50 people, so booking in advance is essential.
FILM LAUNCH 2019
Culture Night at RADE 2019
It’s that time of year again! Culture Night will soon again be upon us on Friday the 20th September 2019, from 4 pm to 9 pm.
RADE will open its door to the public to display a collection of artwork by their participants. Throughout the evening, RADE will screen a series of original short films, starring RADE participants.
RADE’s vision: Creativity is open to everyone
Summer Outing to Glendalough
Production Wraps on Latest RADE Film Project
by Marc McDonnell, 24th June 2019
RADE is proud to announce that it has just wrapped filming on its latest two shorts “The Girl in the Window” and “The Man in the Chair”.
Written by frequent RADE collaborator Rodney Lee (Irish Light Vs Tony) and directed by Gary Boyd, both films use an art gallery in the inner city of Dublin to examine how addicts and the homeless are perceived by the upper echelon of society through Lee’s dry satirical style.
The launch of our new book of art and poetry entitled ‘Raidin’ Writing & Drawing’.
The launch will take place at our premises, The OLV Building, Cathedral View Court, New Street, Dublin 8, at 11:30am on both Tuesday 30th April and Wednesday 1st May. Anne Buckley will formally launch the book on the 30th of April. We will be screening our most recent film ‘Spare Change’, and performing a RADE signature drama piece ‘Get Stoned’, on both dates.
2019 Aontas Star Awards ceremony
The 2019 Aontas Star Awards ceremony took place in the Pillar Room at the Rotunda Hospital on Monday, 4th March. As recipients of a 2018 Star Award, RADE was invited to present awards to this year’s winners in the Social Inclusion category.
RADE is currently seeking volunteers with backgrounds in the visual and dramatic arts to assist in facilitating art & drama workshops. This is a chance to engage in exciting group projects and gain experience in group facilitation. Volunteers will be required to undergo Garda clearance and in-house induction prior to commencing. If interested, please contact RADE on 01 454 6406 or by email to email@example.com
“SWIFT FEST”- Film Screening
Nov 29th, Thursday, 6 PM – 9 PM
Irish Light vs Tony + Spare Change screening
Location: Kevin Street Library
Minister Catherine Byrne’s Visit to RADE Art Exhibition
Catherine Byrne, Minister of State for Health Promotion is coming to view RADE’s Art Exhibition on Monday, 19th November 2018 at 1:30 pm.
RADE annual art exhibition Launch
RADE would like to cordially invite you to the opening of our latest art exhibition in the OLV Building at 1:00 pm on Monday 5th November.
This exhibition is called “One Wish” and will feature the first showing of our fantastic new sculpture from 6000-year-old bog oak called “Moving Family”. There will also be many of the sculptures created under the supervision of Eoghan O’Neill RIP, through the RADE years.
Contemporary Paintings and drawings from our current programme participants will also be on show.
This will be a first production that will include inter agency participants and participants working with RADE through the new HSE initiative.
If you would like to expand your knowledge and broaden your mind on a number of different topics, drop by at 2:15 pm Thursday to be part of the new RADE Book Club. In our new Book Club, we will join together to read a book and then discuss it. Just give it a chance! You’ll really benefit from it and we know you’ll enjoy it…
We’d love to see you there!
FILM CLUB at RADE, EVERY MONDAY 2:30pm – 5:00pm,
Facilitated by David Sullivan
The Film Club at RADE gives the opportunity to participants to stay after the Day Programme to enjoy and discuss a film chosen by the group.
The first Film Club took place on the 1st of October 2018 with the screening of “Dog Day Afternoon“, starring Al Pacino and John Cazale.
RADE’s 2017 Film- Irish Light Vs Tony
“Irish Light Vs Tony” is now available to watch on RADE’s Playback Year2017.
Current Workshops From August 2018- December 2018
Creative Writing with Karl Parkinson (August)
Comic Book with Elida Maiques (September)
Art Exhibition from 15th Oct – 26th Oct
100 Years Ago show in RADE (Nov-Dec)
“SWIFT FEST”- (Film Screening)
Place: Kevin Street Library
Date: 29th NOVEMBER
Time- 18:30 Hours
RADE is currently working with Karl Parkinson, a creative writing Trainer.
RADE will start working with Elida Maiques, a cartoon artist in September 2018. The RADE participants will work on Mondays and Tuesdays (September,October, and November) towards the production of a Graphic Novel. If things go as planned we hope to have the launch of the book in January 2019. Watch this space!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
‘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
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
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.
European Best Practice
in outreach educational counselling and
low-threshold learning opportunities for disadvantaged learners profiled RADE among other European projects in a recent study.
Annual Report 2016/2017
An exploration of a year of recovery, art, drama and education
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.