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St Patrick’s Day Opening Hours

We will be closed Sat 14 March until 6pm.

Please note that the performance of Grease at 8pm is sold out.

We are closed Sunday, open Monday as normal and closed on St Patrick’s Day. The theatre will be open at 11.30am on St Patrick’s Day to take registrations for the 5k run/walk but the box office will not be open for bookings.

There will be no drama class or rehearsals on Saturday or Tuesday.

There will be no youth theatre on Wednesday.

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DruidShakespeare now open for booking

As announced at the official Druid press launch on Friday we are thrilled to be one of the venues that DruidShakepeare will visit on their Irish and American tour.

Druid are describing this project as their  “most ambitious ever undertaking” and it is a fitting marker for the company’s fortieth year making theatre.

With an ensemble cast of thirteen actors, this major new theatre event will tour to Letterkenny, Sligo, Castlebar, Limerick, Skibereen, New York and Kilkenny over the summer months.

Casting elements were also announced by Artistic Director Garry Hynes: “Acting is first and foremost an act of imagination, both on the part of the actors and the audience. That act of imagination transcends nationality, character, geography and background and we see no reason why it shouldn’t transcend gender too. Accordingly, our actors have been cast without regard to their own gender. For example, the three kings – Richard II, Henry IV and Henry V – are played by one male and two female actors.”

DruidShakespeare is an exploration of English history through an Irish lens. As Shakespeare was writing Richard II, Henry IV (Pts. 1 & 2), and Henry V, English forces were being sent to Ireland to quell rebellions and these expeditions are referred to throughout the plays.

Adapted by one of Ireland’s most exciting writers, Mark O’Rowe, DruidShakespeare distills the narratives of these four works into a unified dramatic action.

Shakespeare’s language has been preserved as has the chronology of the plays but O’Rowe’s adaptation removes ancillary characters and streamlines the narrative to harness the drama of these epic works.

The ensemble cast features many familiar faces to our patrons who have attended previous Druid productions at An Grianán.

Cast
Clare Barrett
Derbhle Crotty
Gavin Drea
Bosco Hogan
Garrett Lombard
Karen McCartney
Charlotte McCurry
Aaron Monaghan
Marie Mullen
Rory Nolan
John Olohan
Aisling O’Sullivan
Marty Rea

Director: Garry Hynes
Associate Director – Design: Francis O’Connor
Associate Director – Movement: David Bolger
Assistant Costume Designer: Doreen McKenna
Lighting Design: James F. Ingalls
Sound Design: Gregory Clarke
Music Director: Conor Linehan

DruidShakespeare at An Grianán

Wed 3 and Thur 4 June at 7.30pm

Sat 6 June at 2pm

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NB: Car Park Restrictions in effect from Mon 23 March

Patrons please note that due to intended site works at  An Grianán Theatre, our Upper Level Car Park will have restricted access from Monday 23rd March  2015 for a period of up to six weeks.

Patrons should also note that occasionally there may be a Traffic Management System in place during daylight hours.

Alternative car parking may be found a short distance from the theatre at the Grill Car Park and at McGinley’s Car Park below the Courthouse on Justice T Walsh Rd.

We would advise all our patrons to arrive earlier than normal in order to find suitable parking and avoid any delays or disappointment.

An Grianán Theatre apologises for any inconvenience caused.

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James Joyce classic this March

Next Saturday 7 March 2015 we have the acclaimed stage adaptation of James Joyce’s iconic novel A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. It comes from director Jimmy Fay (The Seafarer) and was produced by The New Theatre Dublin and Richard Ryan. Featuring a cast of five, this production makes full use of the stream of consciousness narrative that Joyce is famous for.

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man was James Joyce’s debut novel, published when he was 34. Strongly autobiographical, it recounts the religious and intellectual awakening of Stephen Dedalus, his fictional alter-ego.  First published in 1916, A Portrait of the Artist unleashed the incredible power of Joyce’s innovation and unconventionality upon the literary world in what was a remarkable reworking of the standard coming of age story.  It mirrors the author’s life up to age 20, when he left Dublin for Paris, challenging attitudes to family, homeland, and the Catholic Church.

The early years of Stephen Dedalus’s childhood is recounted at a vocabulary level of Stephen’s own as he grows, in a voice not his own but sensitive to his feelings. The audience experiences Stephen’s fears and bewilderment as he comes to terms with the world in a series of disjointed episodes. Growing up against a background of Irish nationalism, Stephen is intellectually gifted but ostracised at school. He goes through phases of religiosity while also seeking out more sensual pleasures, squandering a school prize on visiting prostitutes.

This production received public and critical acclaim during its 2014 Irish and Paris Tours.

‘imaginative and graceful…Jimmy Fay’s direction of this in-house production at the New Theatre in Dublin plays a great part in the success with its quirky and highly visual approach.’ Emer O’ Kelly, Sunday Independent

Here is some background information on this iconic novel:

Once upon a time and a very good time it was there was a moocow coming down along the road and this moocow that was coming down along the road met a nicens little boy named baby tuckoo …

His father told him that story: his father looked at him through a glass: he had a hairy face.

He was baby tuckoo. The moocow came down the road where Betty Byrne lived: she sold lemon platt.
—James Joyce, Opening to A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

The early youth of Stephen Dedalus is recounted at a vocabulary level of Stephen’s own as he grows, in a voice not his own but sensitive to his feelings. The audience experiences Stephen’s fears and bewilderment as he comes to terms with the world in a series of disjointed episodes.

Stephen attends school at Jesuit-run, Clongowes College where the apprehensive, intellectually gifted boy suffers the ridicule of his classmates while he learns the schoolboy codes of behaviour. While he cannot grasp their significance, at a Christmas dinner he is witness to the social, political, and religious tensions in Ireland involving Charles Stewart Parnell that drives bitter wedges between members of his family, leaving Stephen with doubts over which social institutions he can place his faith in.

Back at Clongowes, word spreads that a number of older boys have been caught “smugging”; discipline is tightened, and the Jesuits increase use of Corporal Punishment.

Stephen is strapped when one of his instructors believes he has broken his glasses to avoid studying; prodded by his classmates, Stephen works up the courage to complain to the rector Father Conmee, who assures him there will be no such recurrence, leaving Stephen with a sense of triumph.

Stephen’s father’s debts see the family return to Dublin and Stephen realises he will likely not return to Clongowes.

Thanks to a scholarship obtained for him by Father Conmee, Stephen is able to attend Belvedere College, where he excels academically and becomes a class leader.

Stephen squanders a large cash prize from school, and begins to see prostitutes, as a distance grows between him and his drunken father.

As Stephen abandons himself to sensual pleasures, his class is taken on a religious retreat, where the boys sit through sermons; Stephen pays especial attention to those on pride, guilt, punishment, and the ‘Last Judgement’.

He feels the words directed at himself, and overwhelmed comes to desire forgiveness.

Overjoyed at his return to the Church, he devotes himself to acts of repentance, though they soon devolve to mere acts of routine with his thoughts elsewhere than on spiritual matters.

His devotion comes to the attention of the Jesuits, and they encourage him to consider entering the Jesuit priesthood.

Stephen takes time to consider, during which he has a crisis of faith, a conflict between his spiritual beliefs and his aesthetic ambitions.

Along Dollymount Strand he spots a girl wading, and has an epiphany in which he is overcome with the desire to find a way to express her beauty with his writing.

While a student at UCD, Stephen grows increasingly wary of the institutions around him—Church, school, politics, and family. In the midst of the disintegration of his family’s fortunes, his father berates him and his mother urges him to return to the Church.

An increasingly dry, humourless Stephen explains his alienation from the Church and the aesthetic theory he has developed to friends, who find they cannot accept Stephen’s positions.

“I go to encounter for the millionth time the reality of experience and to forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race.”

Source: http://www.thenewtheatre.com/tnt_php/scripts/page/spare1.php?gi_sn=54d8d4d2a176f|0

 

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Sat 7 March 2015. Book now!

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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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Roof Repairs scheduled for April 2015

We will be closing to the public during April 2015 to undertake essential maintenance to our roof. Online booking will be available throughout this time.

The planned remedial work to the roof of An Grianán Theatre will go ahead in April this year, and will take four weeks to complete. The theatre building will be closed to the public for the month, reopening in time for the hit dieting comedy Weighing In on Wednesday 29th April.

Director of An Grianán Theatre, Patricia McBride, explained that the works have been planned for a while: ‘The important thing has been to find a time which will minimise the disruption to those who come to shows, the companies who put on the shows, and to our own staff. After extensive investigation work the problem was identified, the tender to do the remedial work was advertised last August and the Contractor has been appointed but obviously you aren’t going to start work on the roof in the middle of Winter so April is the first reasonable time available to us. While the leak has meant there has been some minor inconvenience to the people working here corrective work has meant that all our shows have gone ahead as normal, and will continue to do so right up until April. Which means that yes, the new Conal Gallen show A Bit on The Sunny Side will definitely go ahead on the 27th & 28th March!”

Daithi Ramsay, Marketing Manager, added: ‘There’s no extended holidays for the staff, we’ll be back in after the Easter fortnight, selling tickets on the phone and online and getting prepared for the incoming shows. We’ll also have our production of Frank Pig Says Hello on an extensive nationwide tour at that time so we’ll be very busy with that.”

Weighing In will kick off a very busy period for the theatre as in addition to our touring production of Frank Pig Says Hello, we will be producing a musical with our drama class participants in May which we will be performing for schools. We will also have a major project from Druid Theatre as part of their 40th anniversary celebrations, as well as the popular Irish Aerial Dance Fest, both happening in June, and of course the annual arts extravaganza that is the Earagail Arts Festival in July.

NB: Drama classes, youth theatre and Environment! The Musical rehearsals will not be affected by the closure.

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12 Days of An Grianán: Will you be our winner?

Happy new year! It’s the last day of our 12 days of An Grianán promotion.

Today we’re not offering any special discounts but we are putting everyone who have booked tickets online in the past 12 days into a draw to win a voucher for €200! We’ll be including people who book up until midnight tonight. Good luck! We’ll notify the winner later this week.

 

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12 Days of An Grianán – day 11. All aboard the good ship Catalpa!

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!

Today you can get 20% off tickets for hit play Catalpa. Step aboard the whaling ship Catalpa as Donal O’Kelly takes us on a wild adventure across the high seas in the true story of the daring rescue of six Irish prisoners in 1875, culminating in New York City’s first ever ticker-tape parade!

Catalpa
Wednesday 28 January 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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12 Days of Christmas: Day 10! Get Literary

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!

It’s the third last day of our 12 days of Christmas and this is one is for the literary fans. We are offering a 20% discount on tickets for acclaimed Irish author Michael Harding who will be reading from his latest book Hanging with the Elephant.

It follows on from where Staring at Lakes  finished – with the author back in Leitrim. His wife has left for a six-week trip to Poland and he is alone for the first time since his illness two years earlier. Hilarious yet poignant, homespun yet profound, down-to-earth yet prone to amazing flights of fancy, there’s nothing quite like an evening with Michael Harding.

An Evening with Michael Harding
Friday 13 February 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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12 Days of Christmas: Day 9! Get the scales out.

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!

How are those new year’s resolutions working out for you? Trying to shift those extra holiday pounds? Then you’ll probably sympathise with the characters is our upcoming comedy drama Weighing-In, a comedy all about trying to lose weight. We are offering 20% off tickets for this fast paced comedy about life, love and dieting – and how we all need to adjust the scales to find the right balance.

Set in an Easi-Slim clinic we meet the highly driven Pam and the motherly Breda. Both attend the weekly clinic for the weigh-in and strike up an unlikely friendship. While the voice of conscience booms from on high, the Easi-Slim instructor reigns over all.

Weighing-In
Wednesday 29 April 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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