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Blinkered – audience response

Blinkered comes to An Grianán on Wed 8 and Thurs 9 March.

Sole Purpose Productions’ Blinkered opened on Thursday 9th Feb in Derry’s Playhouse receiving standing ovations at both matinee and evening performances. Audience’s commented:

“Extremely powerful!”

“Absolutely outstanding performance of a very important play”

“Went tonight to see Blinkered with friends, there are no words to describe it. Amazing is all I can think of now.”

Audience members who stayed for the post show workshop commented:

“The idea of the audience setting the scene was great”

“Innovative, interactive – fantastic chance for audience to have input”

“I learned that it really is ok not to be ok, make the call…”

Blinkered will be with us on Wed 8 March at 8pm and Thur 9 March at 11 am. Book now.

Sole Purpose present Blinkered, March 2017

Patrick McBrearty plays Ryan in Sole Purpose’s Blinkered.

Local actor Patrick McBrearty takes the central role of Ryan. Patrick will be familiar to An Grianán audiences from roles in plays such as Frank Pig Says Hello, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Philadelphia, Here I Come!

Starring alongside him are Gemma Walker, Pat Lynch and Cathy Brennan Bradley. Written  by Patricia Byrne and directed by Shauna Kelpie, Blinkered follows the story of Ryan, a young man trying to cope with everyday life, and his family, who are busily doing the same. Promising another challenging performance, the play shines a light on the loneliness of depression and its impact on families. Professional representatives working in suicide prevention will be present at each performance.

Sole Purpose present Blinkered, March 2017

Sole Purpose Productions’ reputation for engaging theatre audiences in issues that are sometimes uncomfortable and raw continues with this latest production.

Recommended ages 16+. Find out more about the show here.

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Cast announced for Beneath An Irish Sky

We are pleased to announce our cast for this dramatic reading of Kieran Kelly’s new play.

This March as part of our season of events to commemorate the 1916 Rising we will be holding a dramatic reading of a new play by local author and historian Kieran Kelly. Beneath an Irish Sky looks at the events of 1916 from a Donegal perspective. It is a fictionalised account of one man’s journey through those those turbulent times, questioning what made him pick up a gun to fight for his country and how one moment in his youth affected the rest of his life.

CAST
Jack Quinn (Brendan McDaid)
Patrick McBrearty (Francis Doherty)
Charlie Bonner (Patrick McDaid)
Orla Carlin (Mary McDaid )
Hugh Carr (Michael McDaid)
Tomás Barriscale (Young Brendan)
Michael Leddy (Fr John McCafferty)
Jason Daly (Dr JP Mc Ginley)

Charlie Bonner in the Lyric Theatre 2015 production of Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel

Charlie Bonner in the Lyric Theatre 2015 production of Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel

A professional actor with 25 years experience, Charlie Bonner most recently appeared at An Grianán in the acclaimed Livin’ Dred production The Kings of the Kilburn High Road and in last year’s Lyric Theatre production of the Brian Friel classic Dancing at Lughnasa.

Patrick McBrearty in An Grianan Theatre's Frank Pig Says Hello touring Ireland Sept to Oct 2014. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved.

Patrick McBrearty in An Grianan Theatre’s Frank Pig Says Hello,  Irish Tour Ireland Sept to Oct 2014. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved.

From St Johnson, Patrick McBrearty made his professional debut in our production of Frank Pig Says Hello also with director David Grant. He is currently appearing in Sole Purpose’s Blinkered and will soon appear in Belfast Tempest, a huge Shakespearean production which will feature a cast of 200 performers.

Jack Quinn as Fr Jack in An Grianán Productions' Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel, Oct/Nov 2002. Photo: Declan Doherty

Jack Quinn as Fr Jack in An Grianán Productions’ Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel, Oct/Nov 2002. Photo: Declan Doherty

Jack Quinn has had a long and varied career and has appeared many times in An Grianán productions including our very first touring show, Brian Friel’s Translations in 1999. He also appeared in our Irish Times Theatre award winning production  of Dancing at Lughnasa in 2002.

Orla Carlin (right) in Fiesta, July 2014. Photo by Declan Doherty.

Orla Carlin (right) in Fiesta, July 2014. Photo by Declan Doherty.

Orla Carlin’s previous roles with An Grianán include Fiesta, Brian Friel’s Aristocrats. She has also performed with the Letterkenny Pantomime Society and in the Letterkenny Music & Drama Group’s Don’t Tell the Wife.

Cast members Martin McGinley, Michael Leddy, Valerie Bryce and Eoghan MacGiolla Bhride.

Michael Leddy (second from left) in Bread and Roses Theatre’s Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay, July 2015. Photo by Rik Walton.

Originally from Leitrim but now based in Letterkenny, Michael Leddy’s recent acting roles include Puddle Alley’s Bookworms and last year’s Earagail Arts Festival hit Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay!

Jason Daly in Fiesta, July 2014. Photo by Declan Doherty.

Jason Daly in Fiesta, July 2014. Photo by Declan Doherty.

Jason Daly appeared in our production of The Freedom on the City in 2013 before going to Dublin to study at the Lir Academy of Performing Arts. He also had one of the principal roles in our original production of Fiesta in 2014.

Hugh Carr and Tomás Barriscale are both graduates of our Youth Theatre programme. Tomás is currently studying science in Cork while Hugh is getting ready for his Leaving Cert and planning to study theatre and acting at college.

A Terrible Beauty: Remembering 1916

Tues 22 March at 8pm
Beneath An Irish Sky – rehearsed reading
Tickets: €5 Book now

Wed 23 March at 8pm
The Rising
Tickets: €15/€12 Book now

Fri 1 April
Left Behind: The Widows of 1916
Tickets: €15/€12 Book now

This performance supported by Donegal County Council and the Ireland 1916 Cetenary programme.

This performance supported by Donegal County Council and the Ireland 1916 Centenary programme.

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Frank Pig Says Hello Again

After last year’s highly successful tour (standing ovations for every performance!) we’re very pleased to be taking our production of Frank Pig Says Hello out on tour again this April and May. In case you missed it last time here’s what audiences said about it:

“Congratulations on an absolutely amazing performance of Frank Pig says Hello in Monaghan last night. The interpretation was brilliant. Well done to everybody involved but especially Patrick and Stefan who told it all ‘perfectly’. They are so talented and can only have a great future to look forward to. I work in St Davnet’s complex – ‘The Garage’ so couldn’t stop thinking about it all day. ” Mary McArdle

 

 

Tour Dates 2015

Tues 21 April

Waterside Theatre, Glendermott Road, Derry/Londonderry, BT47 6BG

Box Office +44 (0) 2871 31 4000

http://www.watersidetheatre.com/

 

Thur 23 April

Pavilion Theatre, Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire

Box Office 01 231 2929

http://www.paviliontheatre.ie

 

Tues 28 and Wed 29 April

Everyman Theatre, 15 MacCurtain Street, Cork

Box Office 021 450 1673

http://www.everymancork.com

 

Thur 30 April

Mullingar Arts Centre, Lower Mount Street, Mullingar

Box Office 044 47777

http://www.mullingarartscentre.ie

 

Wed 6 May

Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street, Newbridge, Co.Kildare

Box Office 045 448327

http://www.riverbank.ie/

 

Thur 7 to Sat 9 May

Civic Theatre, Tallaght, Dublin 12

Box Office 01 4627477

http://www.civictheatre.ie

 

Tues 12 to Thu 14 May

Lyric Theatre (in The Naughton Studio), 55 Ridgeway Street, Belfast, BT9 5FB

Box Office 028 9038 1081

http://www.lyrictheatre.co.uk

 

Fri 15 May

Alley Theatre, Railway Street, Strabane, BT82 8EF

Box Office 028 7138 4444

http://www.alley-theatre.com/

 

Sat 16 May

An Grianán Theatre

Box Office 0749120777

 

Tues 19 May

Strule Arts Centre, Townhall Square, Omagh BT78 1BL

Box Office 028 8224 7831

http://www.struleartscentre.co.uk/

 

Fri 22 May

Town Hall Theatre, Courthouse Square, Galway

Box Office 091 569777

http://tht.ie

 

Sat 23 May

Íontas Centre, Conabury, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan

Box Office 042 9753400

http://www.iontascastleblayney.ie

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Final Donegal dates: Last chance to see Frank Pig Says Hello this week.

Our latest touring production, the Pat McCabe classic Frank Pig Says Hello, returns to its home county for its final performances after its very successful tour of Ireland. The play has been receiving a great reception from audiences around the country with plenty of standing ovations and praise for its two actors, Donegal’s Patrick McBrearty and Stefan Dunbar from Fermanagh, both of whom are making their professional stage debuts.

“Outstanding – Theatre the way it should be” Dan Gordon

Our final Donegal dates are:

Wed 1 Oct: Abbey Centre, Ballyshannon Box Office 071 9851375

Fri 3 Oct: Glenties Community Centre Box Office 071 9851375

Sat 4 Oct:  An Grianán Theatre Box Office 074 9120777

Humorous yet harrowing, Frank Pig Says Hello is a black comedy with an inventive fusion of storytelling and role play which sees the two actors play 30 characters between them. Adapted from Pat McCabe’s acclaimed novel The Butcher Boy, the play is set in 1960s rural Ireland and is a poignant and provocative journey into the heart and mind of Francie Brady, a young man struggling with life.

Check out what audiences have been saying about Frank Pig right here!

 

 

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Frank Pig Says Hello: Here’s what audiences have been saying

 

“Congratulations on an absolutely amazing performance of Frank Pig says Hello in Monaghan last night. The interpretation was brilliant. Well done to everybody involved but especially Patrick and Stefan who told it all ‘perfectly’. They are so talented and can only have a great future to look forward to. I work in St Davnet’s complex – ‘The Garage’ so couldn’t stop thinking about it all day. “ Mary McArdle

Our tour of Frank Pig Says Hello continues until Sat 4 October. Check out the tour dates and further info here.

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Now on tour – Frank Pig Says Hello

Our latest inhouse production is the Pat McCabe classic Frank Pig Says Hello. We opened at the Brian Friel Theatre at Queen’s University, Belfast last weekend and enjoyed standing ovations and great feedback from the audience.

Our tour continued last night in Monaghan in the Garage Theatre, very appropriate as the venue is named after The Butcher Boy, the novel that Frank Pig Says Hello is based on.  In The Butcher Boy, Francie’s mother has a breakdown and he says she has gone into the Garage to get it fixed. (The theatre is located in a disused ward in St Davnet’s Psychiatric Hospital,  Monaghan).

Stefan Dunbar and Patrick McBrearty in An Grianan Theatre's Frank Pig Says Hello touring Ireland Sept to Oct 2014. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved.

Stefan Dunbar and Patrick McBrearty in An Grianan Theatre’s Frank Pig Says Hello touring Ireland Sept to Oct 2014. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved.

First performed in 1992, Frank Pig Says Hello tells the story of a young man’s breakdown in a rural Irish town. Challenging but rewarding, humorous yet harrowing, Frank Pig Says Hello is at times breath taking, often haunting and always hugely entertaining. It features an inventive fusion of storytelling and role play where over 30 characters are played by two versatile actors in a highly theatrical experience that is frequently very funny and occasionally shocking.

Directed by David Grant, it features local actor Patrick McBrearty in his professional stage debut and fellow Central School of Drama graduate Stefan Dunbar. Patrick will be familiar to An Grianán regulars as he made his way through the amateur ranks in productions such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Philadelphia, Here I Come before moving to London to become a professional actor.

Patrick McBrearty in An Grianan Theatre's Frank Pig Says Hello touring Ireland Sept to Oct 2014. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved.

Patrick McBrearty in An Grianan Theatre’s Frank Pig Says Hello touring Ireland Sept to Oct 2014. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved.

This is Stefan Dunbar’s first role in an An Grianán production. Stefan comes from an acting background (his uncle is well known theatre and TV actor Adrian Dunbar) and he has appeared in many roles at his local theatre, the Ardhowen in Enniskillen.

We’ll be doing four dates in Donegal staring this Saturday 20 Sept right here in An Grianán, then we’ll be in the Abbey Centre, Ballyshannon on Wed 1 October, Glenties Community Centre on Fri 3 and we have our last night back at An Grianán on Sat 4 October.

Check out this link for a piece about Stefan Dunbar in the Impartial Reporter and here’s a piece by Sean Feeny from Monday’s Donegal News.

Find out more about the production here.

Tour Dates

Sat 20 September at 8pm

Mon 22 September at 11am

Sat 4 October at 8pm

An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny

Box Office 074 912 0777

 

Fri 12 and Sat 13 September at 7.30pm,  Tues 23 Sept at 7.30pm

The Brian Friel Theatre, 20 University Square, Belfast, BT7 1NN

Booking 028 9097 1382 or studentshows@qub.ac.uk

www.brianfrieltheatre.co.uk

 

Tues 16 September at 8pm

The Garage Theatre, Old Armagh Road, Monaghan

Box Office 047 81597

www.garagetheatre.com

 

Thur 18 September at 8pm

Ardhowen Theatre, 97 Dublin Road, Derrychara, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, BT74 6FZ

Box Office 028 663 25440

www.ardhowentheatre.com

 

Wed 24 September at 8.30pm

Backstage Theatre, Farneyhoogan, Longford

Box Office 043 3347888

www.backstage.ie

 

Thur 25 September at 8pm

Market Place Theatre, Market St, Armagh BT61 7BW

Box Office 028 3752 1821

www.marketplacearmagh.com

 

Fri 26 September at 8.30pm

Droichead Arts Centre, Stockwell St, Drogheda, Co. Louth

Box Office 041 9833946

www.droicheadartscentre.com

 

Sat 27 September at 8pm

Roscommon Arts Centre, Circular Rd, Roscommon

Box Office 090 662 5824

www.roscommonartscentre.ie

 

Tues 30 September at 8.30pm

The Dock, St Georges Terrace, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim

Box Office 071 96 50828

www.thedock.ie

 

Thur 2 October at 8pm

The Hawk’s Well Theatre, Temple Street, Sligo

Box Office 071 9161518

www.hawkswell.com

 

Donegal Bay & Bluestacks Festival 2014

Wed 1 Oct at 8.30pm

Abbey Arts Centre, Ballyshannon

 

Fri 3 Oct at 8.30pm

Glenties Community Centre, Glenties

Box Office 071 9851375

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Frank Pig Says Hello – Coming Sept 2014

After our Earagail Arts Festival show Fiesta our next inhouse production will be the Pat McCabe drama Frank Pig Says Hello. Adapted from Pat McCabe’s novel The Butcher Boy, Frank Pig Says Hello tells the story of a young boy’s breakdown in a rural Irish town.

Pat McCabe is one of Ireland’s most daringly original writers. Frank Pig Says Hello is his stage version of his highly acclaimed novel The Butcher Boy which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Set in 1960s rural Ireland, it is a poignant and provocative journey into the heart and mind of Francie Brady, a young man driven beyond the boundaries of his mental and emotional health. Over 30 characters are played by two versatile actors, Patrick McBrearty and Stefan Dunbar, in a powerfully evocative and rewarding theatre experience. Directed by David Grant.

Donegal born actor Patrick McBrearty

Donegal born actor Patrick McBrearty

Local actor Patrick McBrearty will be familiar to An Grianán regulars as he has performed many times here including a memorable turn as Puck in our 2008 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Patrick recently graduated from the prestigious  Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London and is now based in Belfast. In 2013 whilst in his final year of training, he was cast in a feature film called Still Waters starring John Hannah. He has also written and performed his one-man show The Just Jack Depression. Frank Pig Says Hello sees him reunite with director David Grant who directed our productions of The O’Neill and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Actor Stefan Dunbar

Actor Stefan Dunbar

Joining him in the production is fellow Central School of Speech and Drama graduate Stefan Dunbar.  Stefan began acting at the Ardhowen Theatre in Enniskillen in productions such as Dancing at Lughnasa, Beauty Queen of Leenane and The Playboy of the Western World. After performing as the lead in The Pajama Game (a cross-community production), Stefan was offered a scholarship to attend Walnuthill School for the Arts in Boston USA.

Frank Pig Says Hello will embark on a tour of  twelve venues this September and October. You can see it in An Grianán on Sat 20 Sept and Sat 4 October. There will also be a schools matinee on Mon 22 September.

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