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Workshop for theatre practitioners and educators

Workshop with Cliodna Noonan for theatre practitioners, drama facilitators and educators

UPDATE 26/1/18: THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULLY BOOKED.

A special workshop for theatre practitioners and drama facilitators.

When: Monday 12 February 10 AM – 1 PM

Where: An Grianan Theatre.

Who is it for? Theatre practitioners, drama facilitators and educators who work with early years and younger children.

How much does it cost? It’s free but places are very limited so book quickly!

We are delighted to offer a free workshop with Cliodhna Noonan. Cliodhna has been funded through the Arts Council YPCE scheme to develop a new work for young children based on the theme of the book Swedish Fairy Tales illustrated by John Bauer.

To date she has worked with a mentor in Lithuania. Vitalijus Mazuras, a puppet maker of grotesque trolls to create a puppet experience for young babies and their families on the theme of John Bauer’s Swedish Fairy Tales.

In her workshop she aims to share these skills with educators and theatre practitioners and draw feedback for the development of the new work which will be produced later in the year.

Below is the outline of the workshop:

· Introduction of the YPCE bursary and the ideas I came up with. (10 mins)

· Presentation storytelling activity with the Troll landscape and the story (15 mins)

· Challenging artistic practice: learning to do something new like the children are asked to do daily

· Storyboard activity – Make a grotesque scene and present the story in groups of three with sounds. (30 mins)

· Video and explanation about my research – intergenerational expertise; perspectives on a different way of doing things in the past; (20 mins)

· The grotesque style and its place in Mazuras’ life history. (10 mins)

· Playing with the 3 puppets of Mazuras. Give a voice to something you want to say in 3 groups. (30 mins)

· “We all have the grotesque inside” Make your own troll and present it. Build the troll kingdom and take a photo. Use the lights provided. (45 mins)

· Feedback forms – Siolta reference : points to consider especially regarding artists and the bridge between education and culture/the arts. (30 mins)

The workshop is free but places are very limited. Please call the box office on 0749120777 to register.

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Theatre Lovett: World class theatre for children

We’re dedicated to bringing you the best artistic shows for your children to see, it’s lovely to have shows with mass appeal but it’s equally important to bring you shows that will warm your hearts and widen your children’s imaginations. Theatre Lovett are among the very best creators of child centred drama working today.

Their latest show They Called Her Vivaldi is currently touring Ireland once again due to popular demand and can be see here at An Grianán on Sat 4 Nov. The tour culminates at the Irish National Theatre on the Peacock Stage, 30 November – 23 December 2017. This acclaimed production was selected from 100’s of performances for young audiences to showcase in the USA at IPAY (International Performing Arts for Youth) in January 2017 and will undertake an extensive US tour in 2019.

Judges Special Award nominee Irish Times Theatre Awards 2017

They Called Her Vivaldi is an upbeat comedy adventure about a sensitive musical-prodigy who makes a quiet name for herself in a cacophonous world. As our young heroine journeys over cobblestones and canals, we learn about love, loss, the place of salt in our diet and the courage to lose our footing without losing our way.

The production stars the inimitable Louis Lovett, Ireland’s most experienced and critically acclaimed performer for young audiences and well known on the adult stage. Renowned for his natural, playful ability to entertain, engage and enthral, Louis most recently starring in ‘Dublin By Lamplight’ with Corn Exchange and ‘The Train’ with Rough Magic both at The Abbey Theatre.

About Theatre Lovett

Theatre Lovett produce work for all ages, both child and adult, young and old, chicken and egg.  Artist Directors Muireann Ahern and Louis Lovett believe that children and young people can enjoy and understand theatre that does not pretend the adult world is anything other than a complex and occasionally dark place where we must make moral choices for ourselves as individuals. THEATRE LOVETT WANT TO BRING MORE THEATRE TO MORE CHILDREN, MORE OFTEN, touring in Ireland and raising the bar for international touring of Irish theatre for young audiences.

Performance Date:
Sat 4 Nov at 12pm and 2pm.
Tickets: €10/€7, family of four €30
Suitable for children ages 7+ and adults of all ages.
BOOK NOW

See our Theatre Lovett event page for further information.

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Summer Schools at An Grianán Theatre

Love the performing arts? Want to learn more about acting, musical theatre, choreography and dance? And have lots of fun and make new friends at the same time? Then you should sign up for one of our summer schools.

McCool: A summer school of heroic proportions!

For an all round theatre experience join our pbm Performing Arts Summer School. Suitable for ages 9 to 21, this week long programme covers many aspects of what goes into bringing a theatre show to life. You will work alongside seasoned industry professionals and learn about choreography, acting, movement, vocals and stage craft.

pbm Performing Arts Summer School. Children taking part in a workshop at An Grianán Theatre. August 2015. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Please do not reproduce without permission.

pbm Performing Arts Summer School. Children taking part in a workshop at An Grianán Theatre. August 2015. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Please do not reproduce without permission.

At the end of the week you will perform in Paul Boyd’s rock musical McCool.

Commissioned in 2002 and first produced by Northern Ireland’s longest-running independent theatre producer Big Telly Theatre Company in association with the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, McCool celebrates Ireland’s superstar warrior, Finn McCool!

Staged as an exciting multi-media rock concert McCool charts the life of Finn McCool from his lowly beginning as an abandoned baby to his eventual position as Ireland’s first superstar. The show features an eclectic, non-stop mix of dance and pop music, culminating in a spectacular mega-mix finale. Songs include “Mythology”, “Gotta Grow Up”, “I Will Think of You” and “War”.

pbm Performing Arts Summer School at An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny, August 2015. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

pbm Performing Arts Summer School at An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny, August 2015. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

McCool toured Ireland extensively in 2002 and soon developed a cult following across the country.

The original 2002 cast included Rachel Tucker who went on to star as Wicked‘s Elphaba in both the West End and Broadway productions. Will we have any future West End stars in this year’s show? Only time will tell!

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Former pbm participant and An Grianán Youth Theatre member Patrick Quinn performing in Enda Walsh's Mistermen at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, February 2016.

Former pbm participant and An Grianán Youth Theatre member Patrick Quinn performing in Enda Walsh’s Mistermen at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, February 2016.

“PBM is where, many years ago, I found my love for Theatre. As a nine year old boy, I came to the camp unconfident, doubtful and shy. The PBM leaders installed a belief system in myself that I still rely on to this day.I will never forget the day when Christina told me that all that mattered was that I followed my heart and it’s the best advice I’ve ever received. I was part of PBM for 7 years, and I made friends that I cherish and consider some of my closest friends to this day. I cannot recommend PBM enough – the experience and the people I have met through this camp has had a huge influence on the person, and the actor, that I am today.”
Patrick Quinn, Drama Student at Queens University Belfast, Winner of Best Actor in a Leading Role at the Student Theatre Awards 2016.[/box]

pbm Performing Arts Summer School – Mon 1 to Sat 6 August – more info here.

Ballet Ireland Summer School

Our annual Ballet Ireland summer school gives you the opportunity to learn ballet alongside professional ballerinas from Ireland’s National Ballet.

Young dancers taking part in the annual Ballet Ireland Summer School, July 2015. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Please do not reproduce without permission.

Young dancers taking part in the annual Ballet Ireland Summer School, July 2015. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Please do not reproduce without permission.

Each day begins with class on stage with the dancers. Students become part of the creative process, helping to devise the choreography, create sets and costumes. This week will give aspiring performers a taste for all that goes into making a ballet and a peak into the life of a professional dancer.

Young dancers taking part in the annual Ballet Ireland Summer School, July 2015. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Please do not reproduce without permission.

The Ballet Ireland Summer School is suitable for ages 6 and older. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Please do not reproduce without permission.

Together with the dancers, the young performers play an important role in the creation of their own full length ballet which is performed on stage at the end of the week for family and friends to come and enjoy.

Ballet Ireland Summer School 2015

Young dancers taking part in the annual Ballet Ireland Summer School, July 2015. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Please do not reproduce without permission.

Novice and experienced dancers alike will learn loads about classical ballet and best of all you get to perform in a beautiful ballet at the end of the week in front of your family and friends. Suitable for ages 6+. Find out more here.

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Environment The Musical – rehearsals photos

Our cast has been working hard rehearsing for our production of Environment the Musical and here are a few snapshots of their first dress rehearsal. Our technicians are still building the set so the stage is looking a little bare here. But the show is coming together very nicely and we are looking forward to our first schools performance on Wed 20 May. Performed by children for children, Environment the Musical is a fun and informative show about looking after your local environment.

First dress rehearsal for Environment the Musical May 2015. Photo by Anne Marie Kilfeather.

First dress rehearsal for Environment the Musical May 2015. Photo by Anne Marie Kilfeather.

Our cast of 35 is drawn from our children’s drama class and bolstered by some of our youth theatre regulars. Since the beginning of the year we have been holding rehearsals twice a week under the direction of our drama tutor Nora Kavanagh who is also directing the show.

First dress rehearsal for Environment the Musical May 2015. Photo by Anne Marie Kilfeather.

First dress rehearsal for Environment the Musical May 2015. Photo by Anne Marie Kilfeather.

Originally produced as a teachers’ resource for in-school practice by local teacher and facilitator Annette McNelis, we have adapted the show for the stage thanks to the hard work of director Nora Kavanagh and musical director Trudy O’Donnell.

First dress rehearsal for Environment the Musical May 2015. Photo by Anne Marie Kilfeather.

First dress rehearsal for Environment the Musical May 2015. Photo by Anne Marie Kilfeather.

Environment the Musical complements the fabulous work of Green-Schools in Ireland. It is ideal for children aged between 6 and 11 and the story conveys the importance of looking after your environment and your community.

It also reinforces the messages of “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle”.

The aim of the musical was to come up with catchy melodies and lyrics that would convey clear messages which everyone might easily understand. Although written with children in mind, the aim was to create songs that would entertain young and old alike.

First dress rehearsal for Environment the Musical May 2015. Photo by Anne Marie Kilfeather.

First dress rehearsal for Environment the Musical May 2015. Photo by Anne Marie Kilfeather.

This production has been kindly supported by the following: Alcorns Garden Centre, An Taisce (local branch), Brownes Printers, David Donnelly – Letterkenny Town Gardener, Donegal County Council, Ferry’s Refuse, Glenard Plant, Letterkenny Tidy Towns and Lurgybrack Open Farm.

School performance dates and times are:
Wed 20th May – 10 am and 12 noon
Thur 21st May – 10 am and 12 noon
Public show dates are:
Sat 23rd May at 11 am and 1 pm

Call the box office on 0749120777 for further information or to book tickets.

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Cast

Adam Hadi
Oscar Murtagh
Leah Smith
Ciara Chernick
Alicia Miranda
Adam Boyle
Jack Gallagher
Sean Kenny
Mark Connolly
Jack Brady
Kira Mills
Niamh Lyster
Ciaran Doyle
Adam Grady
Amelie Gavin Mc Ivor
Sinead O’Doherty
Meave Foley
Madeline Edmonds
Lee Kardos
Sarah Gallagher
Niamh Wilkin
Erinn Sweeney
Anu  NicRuairi
Beatrice Miranda
Vieka Boyle
Chloe Diver
Iga Blaszyk
Sarah Cannon
Anastazja Kimel
Sindhuija Shankar
Rachel coyle
Angelique Mourier
Isabell Miranda

Special guest stars: Captain Environment and Lord Litter

Written by Annette McNelis

Director/Choreography: Nora Kavanagh

Musical Director: Trudy O’Donnell

Production Manager: Peter Rose

Set Construction: Peter Rose, Eoghan Mac Ghiolla Bhride

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12 Days of An Grianán: Day 7 Ballet Ireland Summer School

We’re closed for our Christmas holidays but we’ve lined up a few extra special online offers to tempt you over the festive period.

Starting on Christmas Day our ’12 Days of An Grianán’ will offer you a huge discount on a selection of shows including drama, music, comedy and summer schools! It’s a different offer every day so keep an eye on your inbox or follow us on twitter to make sure you don’t miss out on some substantial savings!

For day 7 of our 12 Days of An Grianán we are offering 20% off our Ballet Ireland Summer School in July.

Suitable for aspiring dancers from ages 6 and older, the Ballet Ireland Summer School is a great introduction to classical ballet for beginners and also a superb opportunity for more experienced dancers to further their skills. Over 5 days of workshops, participants will work towards a performance of a specially created ballet under the expert tuition of Ballet Ireland’s education officer Stephen Brennan and professional ballet dancers from our national ballet company.

Ballet Ireland Summer School
Mon 27 to Fri 31 July 2015 Book now!

We have free online booking until we re-open on Mon 5 January.

NB: Offer only available for one day only. Only available on online bookings (discount automatically applied when you add tickets to cart).

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Drama Classes for Children at An Grianán Theatre

Our next drama course for children starts on Saturday 26 April and is now open for booking.

Our classes are suitable for children 7 to 13 years old and beginners are always welcome! At An Grianán Theatre our emphasis is firmly on creative play. Our classes feature an inventive and fun mix of drama games and exercises, voice work, movement and basic stage craft. Children are encourage to improvise and creatively engage with the material provided by our tutor Nora Kavanagh.

The course will run for 10 weeks every Saturday until the end of June. You can book over the phone by calling us on 074 912 0777 or book online here.

Our current  drama course reaches its conclusion this Sat 12 April. We are holding an open house starting with a viewed  rehearsal of the Grimm fairytale Fearless John on stage with the 7 to 9 year old group.  From 11.15am the 10 to 13 year old class will perform rehearsed readings of short plays on the stage and in the upper and lower foyers.  Events in the auditorium will finish no later than 1pm to allow the stage to be prepared for our  evening show by Ruby Wax.

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