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An Grianán Ambassadors

“A theatre at the heart of the community”

The line above is from An Grianán’s initial mission statement back in 1999.

Over the years we’ve had many brochure covers, usually featuring one or more of the upcoming shows. This, it became clear, wasn’t ideal for two reasons, one, it was almost impossible to reflect the breadth of the programme this way, and two, we were at the mercy of the promotional photos we were sent for that season’s shows.

Taking a new approach, and in line with reflections on our 20 years in existence, we realised that what matters most, and so should be celebrated, is our relationship with the local community. While theatre shows and theatre companies come and go, the community is always here, and without them, and their support we have nothing.

So we wanted to reflect this in our brochure covers and we set about thinking about who could be our ‘ambassadors’. We wanted people of all genders, all ages and from all areas of the county, who had a strong grá for An Grianán. We also wanted to avoid people who might be performing in the current season as that would muddy the message.

So we drew up a list and set about taking photographs of members of our community who have a strong relationship with the theatre, some are performers, some are regular attenders, some eat regularly in the cafe. Angel, our first ambassador is a former youth theatre member from Portsalon in the north west of the county, John, our second is a performer, writer, artist whose first stage play we produced and toured and is from Letterkenny, with very strong family ties in Culdaff in the Inishowen Peninsula.

And we reinforce this through other media ..

 

John, our second ambassador, talked about his relationship to An Grianán here in a blog he wrote for our website …

and as I turned pro, it was even more satisfying to return not just to the home stage, but the team behind the magic, the family of An Grianán Theatre that keeps this stage in the North West one of the best!”

https://www.angrianan.com/an-grianan-ambassador-john-d-ruddy-2/

You can see a lovely short clip from Jasper, our sixth ambassador, here in a video we put out on social media…

“You meet the kindest, most supportive and most creative people here, it really is just a beacon of light in the town”

https://www.facebook.com/ANGRIANANTHEATRE/videos/1692461860857342/

 

This organically led to a lovely blog from a theatre/ film professional who is also a former youth theatre member, Karen Quinn …

“it’s the endless support from An Grianan that makes me realise that I’ll always be a part of their family, and every time I walk through the doors I feel like I never left. It’s a diamond of a theatre that has given me memories that will last forever.”

You can read Karen’s blog post here … https://threebagsofsugar.com/the-home-stage

About the brochure design :

 

The brochure cover retains the form of our logo, here are the logo guidelines which was originally created by Carton LeVert, who have gone on to form the highly successful Kinnegar Brewing Co., so successful that they no longer do any outside Graphic Design despite being the winners of many awards, not least a European Design Award in 2006 for this logo for An Grianán.

 

The logo is  a typographic visualisation of performers on a stage. It has four components: 1. The Auditorium – the rectangle/block. 2. The Stage – the coloured square within the black Auditorium. 3. The Audience – the letters of the name ‘An Grianán Theatre’ represent the audience viewing the show. 4. The Performer ‘g’ – represents the character on the stage. There is an extensive family of Performers and they appear at random. There is therefore no one single An Grianán Theatre logo, rather a family of logos from which any one may be selected. The Performer-g represents the diversity of theatre and performance at An Grianán.

 

For the cover design, our current Graphic Designers, OD Design wrote that:

 

This approach affords the opportunity to showcase the diversity and far reaching influence of the theatre and the engaging nature/community it represents – placing the audience at the centre of the the logo therefore at the centre of An Grianan. Our intention with this solution was to “strengthen the sense of closeness with the people of An Grianan”. As the Ambassador changes seasonally with the brochure the story changes too allowing this solution to talk to a variety of different audiences.

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Can You help raise €1000 for An Grianán Youth Theatre?

Over the next month we’re trying to raise €1000 towards An Grianán Youth Theatre. You can read a lovely testimonial about what the youth theatre means to one of the people who was a member, writer Karen Quinn, here. It really has, and continues to, mean so much to so many young people.

You can make your donation by clicking here and picking the amount you’d like to donate

We have these lovely prints of the illustration Jacob Stack did for us last year for the Youth Theatre presentation of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase and anyone who donates €25 or more will receive one.

They are A3 lithograph prints on Novatech Matt 250gsm Art Card. Obviously you are free to donate as much or as little as you can, we appreciate every single donation!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are three main activities coming up for which we need your support for:

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are delighted to be able to say that Emory Ramsay has been chosen as a member of the prestigious National Youth Theatre Ensemble. 16 young people have been chosen from all the people who auditioned throughout the country to work with Artistic Director Veronica Coburn and playwright Dylan Coburn Gray to perform Ask Too Much Of Me from 19th to the 24th August on the Peacock Stage at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. As part of our commitment to this project we need to raise €350. You can read more about this project here.

As part of Cruinniú na nÓg, Ireland’s national day of youthful creativity, An Grianán Youth Theatre will perform a special performance inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in the gardens of Glenveagh Castle on Saturday 15th June between 1pm and 4pm. Created specifically for Glenveagh, this promenade style show has been devised by youth theatre members with director Nora Kavanagh, and will feature many of Lewis Carroll’s memorable characters while incorporating elements from Glenveagh’s history to create a Donegal Wonderland. Follow the white rabbit, catch a tea party and watch out for border control! See more about it here.

In the first week of July we are sending 8 young people to Kilkenny, with two supervisors, to the 2019 National Festival of Youth Theatres in Kilkenny. The National Festival is a unique experience. It provides young people with a fantastic opportunity to learn new skills, work with specialist facilitators and get to know young people from youth theatres all around the country.
Read more about this activity here.

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The Americans are Coming !

There are five shows coming to An Grianán Theatre this season direct from America, (and we’ve another show Directed and Choreographed by an American resident of Letterkenny) … It certainly is a stateside season !

All the American shows

The God Box is on 17th June, Mary Lou Quinlan’s engaging one woman, one act play based on her New York Times bestselling book, The God Box, a daughter’s story.

The excellent Bluegrass band Sideline are coming all the way from North Carolina on 9th July.

The Earagail Arts Festival proudly presents Joan As Police Woman on 14th July. 

The big Comedy star Jim Gaffigan will be joined by local comedian Aoife O’Connor on 24th July.

And the biggest name of them all … the legendary Ed Asner will be here on 25th July.

and … Director and Choreographer Jessica People of Zona Dance will present The Lion King on 8th June.

Here’s all the shows together 

 

 

 

 

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Féile Uladh Timetable

Féile Uladh – An Cumann Scoildrámaíochta 2019

Amharclann An Ghrianáin, Leitir Ceanainn

Déardaoin 21ú & Dé hAoine 22ú Márta

Moltóir:  Pluincéad Ó Fearraigh

Déardaoin 21ú Márta:

Seisiún 1   Comórtas

10.00 ‘Plúirín Sneachta’ 3

Scoil Cholmcille, Maigh Rua

10.40 ‘Winnie Wonka’ 6

Scoil Naomh Dúigh, Anagaire

11.10 *Ní mar a chítear a bítear* 9 *

Gaelscoil Eadáin Mhóir, Doire Cholmcille

11.40 *Blitz Bhéal Feirste* 9 *
Gaelscoil na bhFál, Beal Feirste

12.10 ‘Na Criáin Chráite’ 18

Gaelscoil Ultáin, Muineachán

12.40 ‘Glórtha ón Ghorta’ 6

Scoil Phádraig Naofa, Crois Mhic Lionnáin

1.10 ‘Grá an tSamhraidh’ 15
Bunscoil Cholmcille, An Charraig Mhór

1.40 ‘Turas Chailín Óig’ 6
Bunscoil Bheanna Boirche, Caisleán Uidhilín

Seisiún 2

3.00 *Stad den Flasáil*   4 *

Gaelscoil na gCeithre Máistir

3.30 *Lán Tí* 6 *

Gaelscoil na gCeithre Máistir

4.00 ‘An Corp’ 6

Scoil Mhuire, Na Doirí Beaga

4.30 *An Teachín Crainn* 2 *

Céim Aniar

Déardaoin 21ú Márta:

Seisiún 3   Comórtas

6.00 ‘An Cearrbhach Mac Cába’ 10

Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair

6.30 *Cé hé mo Valintín?* 17 *

Club Óige na Crannóige

7.00 ‘Tadhg Soineanta’ 12

Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair

7.40 *Faigh Grimm Ar Mo Bhrionglóid* 17 *

Club Óige na Crannóige

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Dé hAoine, 22ú Márta

Seisiún 4

10.00 ‘An tOráiste’ 2

Scoil Bhríde, Leitir Mhic a Bhaird

10.40 *Laochra Scoil Bhríde*   2 *

Scoil Bhríde, Mín an Chladaigh

11.10 ‘Draíodóir Oz’ 6

Gaelscoil an Lonnáin, Béal Feirste

11.40 *An Seancheann Críonna* 3 *

Scoil Naisiúnta Iorball Sionnaigh, Muineachán

12.10 ‘Oíche na Gaoithe Móire’ 9

Gaelscoil na gCrann, An Ómaigh

12.40 ‘Cat sa Hata’ 15

Gaelscoil Ultáin, Muineachán

1.10 ‘Píobaire Breac’ 15

Gaelscoil Aodha Rua, Dún Geanainn

1.40 ‘Cinnín Oír’ 18

Scoil Chnoc na Naomh

2.10            ‘Áille agus Gránna’ 15              

Bunscoil Naomh Proinsias, An Lorgain

Dé hAoine, 22ú Márta

Seisiún 5   Comórtas

3.30 ‘Alladán’ 2
Scoil Mhuire, Caiseal

4.00 ‘Áilleacht agus Brúid’ 6

Scoil Chnoc na Naomh

4.40 ‘Misneach Pheatsaí’ 5

Scoil Adhamhnáin, An Luinnigh.

5.20 ‘Péire Speacláidí’ 12

Pobalscoil Chloich Cheann Fhaola

5.50 ‘Na Fianna & An tOchtar Fear Maith’ 6

Scoil Adhamhnáin, An Luinnigh.

6.30 Moltóireacht, Ainmniúcháin agus Bronnadh na nDuaiseanna.

*Nua-dhráma*

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Féile Náisiúnta

An Muileann gCearr

3ú – 10ú Aibreán

Moltóir: Neasa Ní Laoire

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Letterkenny Trad Week 2019

Letterkenny Trad Week brings top talent to town

Letterkenny Trad Week 2019, the week-long festival presented by the Regional Cultural Centre and An Grianán Theatre takes place from 19th to 27th January.

The festival features a great mixture of new talent on the rise, stalwarts of Irish and other Celtic traditional music, as well as a Grammy-nominated bluegrass band from the United States.Kicking off the week on Saturday, January 19 will be an exciting collaboration presented by Music Network – Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Siobhan Miller, Damien Mullane & Anna Massie in the RCC.
The ethereal voice of award-winning Scottish songstress Siobhan Miller (vocals) and the honeyed tones of Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh (vocals/flute), recent winner of RTÉ Folk Awards ‘Best Traditional Folk Track of the Year’ will be complemented by gifted accordionist Damien Mullane (accordion/melodeon and fleet-fingered guitarist and banjo player Anna Massie (guitar/banjo/mandolin).
On Tuesday, January 22 the RCC will host a double delight of duos in husband and wife Zoë Conway and John McIntyre, as well as Seamus McGuire and John Lee. This gig is now Sold Out !
There is huge excitement around the artist taking to the stage in the RCC on Wednesday, 23rd. A former electrician who decided to become a musician after seeing Christy Moore perform on Irish TV, Dublin-born traditional singer and bouzouki player Daoirí (pronounced ‘Derry’) Farrell has been described by some of the biggest names in Irish folk music as one of most important singers to come out of Ireland in recent years.
The high calibre of music continues on Thursday, 24th when Mike McGoldrick (flute) and Dezi Donnelly (fiddle) perform together in the RCC. Between them they have been members of Toss the Feathers, Stockton’s Wing, Capercaillie, Flook and Lunasa and have performed with Mark Knopfler, Eddi Reader, Sharon Shannon and Kate Rusby to name just a few.
On Friday night, 25th the RCC is delighted to welcome back Special Consensus who have appeared in Letterkenny on a number of occasions and are sure to attract a great crowd. Special Consensus is a superb bluegrass outfit in a classic vein but with more than enough modern sensibilities to attract every ear in this now pleasantly fractionating genre.
The vocals are spotless, the playing as shiny as a newly minted penny, and music like this is the reason people come to love bluegrass.
Bringing the 2019 Letterkenny Trad Week to a close, our partners An Grianán Theatre will host world famous group Altan on Sunday, January 27.
Founded by Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and her late husband Frankie Kennedy, the group has been bringing Irish traditional music and song to fans around the world for over three decades.
In May, 2018 Donegal County Council honoured the group with a civic reception at the County House in Lifford, celebrating the group’s achievements bringing Donegal music to the worldwide masses over the years.
All concerts begin at 8pm. For ticket bookings or further information go to www.regionalculturalcentre.com or call An Grianán Theatre Box Office on Tel +353 (0) 7491 20777.

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Earagail Arts Festival 2018 Box Office Opening Hours

Every ticket purchased is subject to a €1 booking fee. There are no extra fees for booking online. Online booking is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at eaf.ie.

Opening Hours for Telephone Bookings and In Person Booking at the Official Festival Box Office in An Grianán Theatre

Mon 9th July 9.30am to 5pm.

Tues 10th July 9.30am to 5pm.

Wed 11th July 9.30am to 5pm.

Thurs 12th July 9.30am to 5pm.

Fri 13th July 9.30am to 5pm.

Sat 14th July 6pm to 8pm.

Sun 15th July 12pm to 2pm.

Mon 16th July 9.30pm to 5pm.

Tues 17th July 9.30am to 5pm.

Wed 18th July 9.30am to 5pm.

Thurs 19th July 9.30am to 5pm, 6pm to 8pm.

Fri 20th July 9.30am to 5pm, 6pm to 8pm.

Sat 21st July 6pm to 8pm.

Sun 22nd July Closed.

Mon 23rd July 9.30am to 5pm.

Tues 24th July 9.30am to 5pm, 6pm to 8pm.

Wed 25th July 9.30am to 5pm.

Thurs 26th July 9.30am to 5pm.

Fri 27th July 9.30am to 5pm, 6pm to 8pm.

Sat 28th July Closed.

Sun 29th July Closed.

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Hyemi Shin: Costume Designer – Swan Lake / Loch na hEala

Korean-born designer Hyemi Shin won The Irish Times Theatre Award 2017 for Best Costume Design for her work on Michael Keegan Dolan’s Swan Lake/ Loch na hEala.

Shin studied at Hongik University in Seoul and Wimbledon College of Arts and is also a Set Designer as well as a Costume Designer. She was the overall winner of the 2011 Linbury Prize. Her design credits include The SeagullHeronsMorningDesire under the Elms (costumes only) and Secret Theatre for Lyric Hammersmith, A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Lyric Hammersmith and Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, Once in a LifetimeDirty Butterfly and Sizwe Banzi is Dead for Young Vic, The Brink for Orange Tree Theatre, Made Visible for The Yard and He Wore a Red Hat and Playland for New Perspectives Theatre/Nottingham Academy. The Kreutzer Sonata for Russian Chamber Ballet Moscow and Unearth for National Ballet of Canada.

(information from Royal Opera House, London, http://www.roh.org.uk/people/hyemi-shin)

Here we display some of the stunning initial costume sketches, kindly sent to us by Michael Keegan-Dolan. They clearly display the breathtaking talent and clarity of image that is present throughout all the elements of this production of Swan Lake/Loch na hEala which you can see at An Grianán on 31st Jan & 1st Feb.

Swan Lake / Loch na hEala is here for two nights only, Wed 31 Jan and Thur 1 Feb. Tickets available at our box office on 0749120777 or online at www.angrianan.com.

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Christmas and New Year Opening Hours

We are open:

Saturday 23rd December 10am to 5pm
Sunday 24th December Online Only
Christmas Day Online Only
St. Stephen’s Day Online Only
Wednesday 27th December 6pm to 8pm
Thursday 28th December 6pm to 8pm
Friday 29th December 6pm tp 8pm
Saturday 30th December to Monday 1 January Online Only
Tuesday 2 January 9.30am to 5.30pm

 

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Christmas Posting and Christmas Holidays Opening Hours

The last day for guaranteed Christmas posting (within Ireland) is Wednesday 20th December before midday.

We close on Sat 23rd December at 5pm

We will be open for 2 hours from 6pm- 8pm on December 27th, 28th & 29th. We then close again until Tuesday 2nd January at 9.30am.

you can still book online at any time during the holidays, and there will be no online booking fees during the time we are closed.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at An Grianan Theatre.

 

 

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An Grianán Ambassador: John Ruddy

You may have noticed our new series of brochure covers, featuring local people, our first was Angel Humm from Portsalon and the current brochure features Letterkenny man John D. Ruddy.

We asked John what An Grianán means to him.

I grew up in a house watching the John Player Tops and Little Shop of Horrors. I grew up in a house of the Rainbow Theatre Group and variety shows in the Community Games. I grew up in the house with the woman who helped bring Caisleáin Óir to the stage and brought us all along for the ride! I remember the opening night of An Grianán Theatre. I was 10 years old and I remember the LMDG’s Magic of the Musicals. I remember LMS’s Jesus Christ Superstar. I remember Familie Flöz’s Teatro Delusio and Restorante Immortale. I remember so many shows on that stage. I first performed on that massive stage in 2000 in children’s chorus of Caisleáin Óir. In 2013, I’d play Cearrbhach in the same show, and get my favourite photo with me and my wee mammy taken in the green room! I’ve long lost count of how many times I’ve performed on that stage; pantomimes, musicals with the LMDG, and of course The 39 Steps. When we were out on tour, it was always a pleasure to play the home pitch. I knew the dimensions, I knew the acoustics, and as I turned pro, it was even more satisfying to return not just to the home stage, but the team behind the magic, the family of An Grianán Theatre that keeps this stage in the North West one of the best! An Grianán has always supported me as I have grown professionally; through my acting in their many productions, directing the Youth Theatre in Black Adder Goes Forth, and now writing, with my upcoming Manny Man Does the History of Ireland On Stage in October 2018! An Grianán is the theatre of Letterkenny and the theatre of my heart!

John D. Ruddy, December 2017.

Want to know more about John and his work?

Here’s Manny Man’s history of Ireland

Here’s His Book https://www.collinspress.ie/manny-man-does-the-history-of-ireland.html

And here’s his facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/JohnDRuddy/

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