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Job Vacancy: Front of House Supervisor 2020

 

Come work with us in 2020!

An Grianán Theatre is currently celebrating our 20th Year with a busy programme of events and activities and we have a vacancy coming up for a Front of House Supervisor. This is a pivotal role in the provision of a positive customer experience in the theatre.

JOB DESCRIPTION

JOB TITLE Front of House Supervisor

EMPLOYER – An Grianán Theatre Management CLG, (An Grianán Theatre), Port Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal F92 RV1F

GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES

The main role of Front of House (FOH) Supervisor is to ensure that there is a safe, efficient and hospitable Front of House environment for all users of the theatre including patrons artists and companies. The FOH Supervisor will ensure that An Grianán is offering the highest level of customer care to all users. The Front of House includes the theatre’s bar, foyers, toilets, rehearsal room, stairs, lifts and auditorium.

This role is responsible directly to the Director and requires close liaison with the Box Office/Marketing Manager, the Community Employment Supervisor, the Cafe Bar Manager, the Technical Manager and technical staff.

The FOH Supervisor must also become familiar with the theatre’s box office system, Ticketsolve and with the internal telephone system. This training will be provided. A familiarity with the theatre’s programme of events is also expected.

SPECIFIC DUTIES

To supervise other FOH staff in the delivery of their duties eg. directing the audience to their seats, serving drinks, selling merchandise including programmes and confectionery and if necessary to step in to offer support to them at busy periods.  Front of House Staff includes Bar staff, Ushers, Box Office, and Cafe staff.  It is essential that the FOH Supervisor is familiar with other members of staff responsibilities and ensures that their duties are fulfilled to the highest standard.

Greet members of the public and visitors to the theatre, handle enquiriesin person and on the telephone

To ensure that all areas of FOH are operating efficiently –  ensuring all FOH areas including toilets are clean and tidy and stocked with materials promoting forthcoming shows

Direct members of the public to the theatre’s facilities.

To support the duties of the box office staff, handle cash, cheques and credit/debit card transactions reconciling sales to money taken at the end of each day for box office sales and merchandise sales where appropriate.

Liaise with the technical staff to ensure the prompt start of all performances.

To conjunction with the technical staff to ensure that the needs of patrons with physical or intellectual disabilities are met for their full enjoyment of their visit to An Grianán Theatre eg. Wheelchair users are accommodated, induction loop working etc.

When requested to assist with publicity mail shots, invitation lists etc. and help monitor the customer database for errors and changes

To act as the appointed officer in the theatre in the event of any emergency situation such as customer illness, fire and bomb alerts and to act as the Liaison officer with the emergency services on behalf of the theatre in such a situation and to evacuate the theatre if necessary

To deal with complaints or dissatisfied patrons and ensure any issues are communicated to the appropriate member of staff.

To write up an Incident Report detailing any incident or accident involving a member of staff for the public for the attention of the theatre’s Health and Safety Officer

To lock up the theatre buildings as required and ensure that the security alarm is activated.

To have an ongoing responsibility to undertake necessary training eg. First Aid, Box Office, Customer Care etc as appropriate

Carry out any other duties, which reasonably fall within the broad terms of the principle responsibilities

Terms : 20 hours per week, mainly evenings and weekend  work.

Person Specification

The ideal candidate will be a mature individual with previous experience in the hospitality sector.

Please apply in writing with your CV and a covering letter outlining your suitability for the role. Send your application for the attention of Patricia McBride, Director, An Grianán Theatre, Port Road, Letterkenny, Co Donegal F92 RV1F or by email to angrianandirector@gmail.com

Dead Line for applications: Monday 13th January 2020 at 2 PM.

 

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Photographs from our 20th Anniversary Gala

A selection of photos from An Grianán Theatre’s 20th Anniversary Gala Event: The Magical of The Musicals presented by Letterkenny Music and Drama Group. It took place on Saturday 30th November. All photos may be reproduced without further permission for publicity purposes. Photo Credit: David Faughnan.

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Acclaimed English Actor David Monteith joins the cast of The Winter’s Tale

Renown English actor David Monteith has joined the cast of An Grianan Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale which will take place in Letterkenny on 19th & 20th July and in Greencastle/ Magilligan on 23rd & 24th July. It is one of the highlights of this year’s Earagail Arts Festival. David has extensive experience performing Shakespeare on stage, as well as having been in numerous films and tv shows. He is also well known in the UK as a public speaker on the issue of stillbirth. An Grianan Theatre are delighted to have him on board with his obvious theatrical and emotional range adding to the company on so many levels. 

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English Actor David Monteith, photo by David Faughnan

Shaking The Tale: The Winter’s Tale is an ambitious community led project with a cast of over 30 local people performing, along with 8 musicians and a brass band. The company will lead the audience around Ballymacool Park in Letterkenny, and for the Inishowen performances around Greencastle and over to Magilligan and back ! Food and refreshments will be served, and given that it’s Donegal (and Derry) in July sunblock and rain ponchos will also be on hand ! 

Ballymacool House, Letterkenny, photo by David Faughnan

PERFORMANCE DATES

Ballymacool Park, Letterkenny

Fri 19 & Sat 20 July at 6pm

€15/€12

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Greencastle as seen from the ferry from Magilligan, photo by David Faughnan.

Greencastle/Magilligan

Tues 23 & Wed 24 July at 12.30pm

€20/€16*

*includes ferry crossing.

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Production partners and funders: Shaking the Tale is produced by An Grianán Theatre and Parrabbola as part of Shaking the Walls. Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programmed of the European Union. Additional support comes from Donegal County Council, the Arts Council of Ireland and the Earagail Arts Festival.

Shaking the Tale is part of Shaking the Walls, a project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. The project is led by Gdański Teatr Szekspirowski (Poland), the other partners are Parrabbola (UK), Cooltour Ostrava (Czech Republic) and Ratatam (Iceland). As well as Creative Europe, our co-funders for Shaking the Tale include the Donegal County Council, Arts Council of Ireland and the Earagail Arts Festival.

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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, and we’ve now raised €400 of that target ! 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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