Growing Up: D15

Growing Up: D15

Dublin 15 Youth Theatre & FeliSpeaks 

You can watch this beautiful documentary here 

Dublin 15 Youth Theatre will present two new poetry works on June 12th.  Created by the members while working with poet, performer and playwright  FeliSpeaks aka Felicia Olusanya, and actor and facilitator Emily Matthews, these works reflect the lives of these young people living in Dublin 15 today.

FeliSpeaks guided the group through thought provoking discussions, meditation practices and word association games before introducing some of her own work and the work of others such as poetry duo Sarah Kay & Philp Kay to give inspiration. After composing eight individual poems the group decided to create two collectives with four members in each.

A symbiotic relationship evolved where both collectives thrived with the support of each other and guidance from Felicia and wrote two unique poems. Further consideration was given to the physical presentation and translation of these works to an audience. The group worked with filmmaker Kilian Waters of Arcade Film to create these empowering visual and audio works which we hope you enjoy in celebration of Cruinniu na nOg 2021.

FeliSpeaks’ contribution to the Irish contemporary art scene is widely acknowledged and is currently featured on the Leaving Cert English curriculum with her poem ‘For Our Mothers’ for examination year 2023. This is a partnership project between Draíocht's D15 Youth Theatre, Fingal County Council Arts Office, with funding from Creative Ireland as part of the Cruinniú Na nOg 2021.

For more information please contact Julie Clarke