Earlier this month the Droichead gang met up with our longtime pals Mad Youth Theatre and Dundalk Youth theatre for the Conclave in Cooley! Organised by Create Louth, the Conclave in Cooley saw members from all three youth theatres take part in some masterclass workshops with Raymond Keane and Declan Gorman! Here are some of our members testimonials of the weekend
Despite the misleading name, Conclave in Cooley is quite a simple idea, bring the three Louth youth theatres together and see what kind of madness ensues. On arriving at the Carlingford Adventure Centre, we found ourselves quickly thrown into a room together in an attempt that all 45 names would be learned. After a quick look at a game each youth theatre preferred, we jumped into our workshop. The junior group had the luck of receiving Raymond Keane as our facilitator. With his guidance we studied the four temperaments, sanguine, choleric, melancholic and phlegmatic. With each temperament Raymond Keane made us feel in our bones ending each temperament by placing one of the four fabulous masks on a person he felt embodied the temperament and allowing them to walk around the room generating that temperament. In some cases it caused fear and in others sadness so strong some tears could easily have been shed. On the Sunday Raymond Keane introduced us to the idea of breaking the fourth wall in theatre. On the handful of people who volunteered a hat was placed and a red nose, they then broke the fourth wall by having a conversation with us with their eyes. Over the course of the workshop we played many games including the penguin game. As well as having the magical experience of working with Raymond Keane, we also had the pleasure of seeing a short play performed by the senior group. As if that was not enough drama, on the Saturday night we also had the pleasure of seeing Declan Gorman’s “The Dubliners Dilemma”. Which was an amazing piece of theatre. The weekend was one of pure drama and I think many people myself included were gutted that the workshop couldn’t stretch into the week.
– Sorcha Mooney
I took part in the most fascinating workshop with Raymond Keane about clowns. It started off a bit slowly with some games to try and get your mind thinking differently which I found frustrating at first but then once I got the hang of it I really enjoyed it. We played the slap game which takes a while to get the hang of, but it really is a great game so what you do is you stand closely in a circle and when your name is called you lightly slap (or hard if Ronan or Cathal are either side of you) the person beside you, and if you’re slapped you call a name. The rules sound easy but as soon as your slapped you always draw a blank. Raymond played other fun games such as learning secret hand and feet shakes and a clapping and clicking sequence game which I’m always doing now. Then we learned about The four masks of the temperaments. We learned first about the Choleric mask which represented an ordering anger whose phrase was “This way follow me!!” We then learned about the Sanguine mask who represented happiness whose line was “Wow”. Then we learned about the Melancholic mask who represented sadness its phrase was “No pain, No gain, I will overcome” the girl who presented this one put so much sadness into it and it was brilliant. The last one we learned about was the Phlegmatic mask who represented a sort of living in the moment attitude and Its phrase which luckily I was chosen to present was “I like things, just the way they are” I presented it very loudly and made myself as big as possible and waved my arms all around, it was great fun. We then did a thing where someone had to put on a clown nose and funny hat and go in front of everyone else, for the first one I was the only one to put my hand up, I went out and put a funny hat and clown nose on and when I came in Raymond made me stare at him in the eyes for long which at first made me a bit nervous and I found quite difficult then I got the hang of it and I could move on to other people and I had to see what I could feel. This was all fascinating after I was done other people did it and it wasn’t as fun being stared at by the clown as it was being the clown. This was the last thing we did with Raymond. I wish we could have done more because he is just brilliant. I had an amazing weekend in Carlingford because Raymond Keane is out of this world.
– Daniel Gibbons
Raymond Keane is a clown, actor, and marvellous facilitator. His skills in his work bring amazement to all that witness and experience it, somewhat similarly to his hair. His hair flows like the Niagara Falls down his neck. It shines an almighty white colour that could blind an unsuspecting passerby. He could shake it all over his head and misplace it but with one simple flick, or with a brush with his hand, it goes back to perfection. His voice could put a baby to sleep in seconds if he wanted. It could calm down a teenager panicking about exams that are coming up in two days that he hasn’t studied for and will decide what he does for the rest of his life. His masks could instill fear, happiness, depression or indifference to anyone who saw them in all of their beauty.
– Ronan O’Gara
On our trip to Carlingford the DYT group was joined with Dundalk youth theatre and MAD. On the 1st day we had dinner and went straight into workshop. The 3 groups were mixed together but we were separated depending on age. The younger group, I was in and we were taught by Raymond. It was awesome at the start as for the first few minutes he didn’t say a word so we were in complete silence. Raymond taught us over the 3 days we learned about clown, the 4 temperaments choleric (red), melancholic (blue), sanguine (yellow), and phlegmatic (green), and above all we all had great fun except for when i got lost and accidentally went down a fire escape. This was one of the greatest weekends I had and had great fun, the meals were great and everyone from the youth theatres got along with everybody else, we were all lively and cheerful and the meals served were very nice and we had a hearty breakfast lunch and dinner This was a great weekend cant wait for the next outing with Droichead youth theatre.
– Glyn Kenny
And there you have it folks! Some very happy drama kids after a very great weekend! Til the next one!