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Bag for Life – new thriller from Colin Bateman

“PAISLEY/McGUINNESS” SCREENWRITER RETURNS WITH TAUGHT NEW PYSCHOLOGICAL THRILLER BAG FOR LIFE.

An exciting new play from Colin Bateman is on tour through April and May 2017 taking in over 11 different venues and comes to An Grianán on Wed 10 May (Book now) .

‘Bag for Life’ is the second play from renowned Northern Irish writer Colin Bateman. In Colin’s career he has written 36 novels as well as writing TV show Murphy’s Law and BBC NI’s Scup. He has also recently garnered great acclaim for his screenplay ‘The Journey’ which explored the political relationship between Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness.

His second stage play asks the question, can forgiveness overcome the want for revenge in 21st century Northern Ireland? It’s a tense, gripping thriller as well as a study of modern psychosis, all shot through with Bateman’s trademark pitch black humour.

Bag for Life writer Colin Bateman

Above: Bag for Life writer Colin Bateman

“There is a lot of different aspects to it,” explains Bateman, “it is quite a dark piece but it’s also very funny. It’s a thriller but it will also make you think. You’ll come out asking questions about how you would deal in certain situations.”

The show tells the tale of Karen, a young bored mother, who is out shopping one Saturday when she turns and runs slap bang into a figure from her past. Initially unable to place the person it is with horror that it dawns on her that this happy family man is none other than the ex-paramilitary who 22 years earlier murdered her brother. Thus begins a cycle of revenge, psychosis and obsession.

Actress Julie Addy delivers a real tour de force performance as Karen. The characters thoughts, whims and delusions brought to sparkling life by an intricate series of video displays perfectly capturing her frantic fractured mindset.

“I think it’s a very exciting play,” explains director / producer Kieran Griffiths, “there is a tempo and pace to it… of course though the audience are given time to breathe and ask themselves questions… but it’s a ferocious episode in Karen’s life. Electric. Exciting. Captivating. And I think from its initial outing a lot of people are still talking about it and asking themselves questions.”

Julie Addy stars in Colin Bateman's Bag for Life, Wed 10 May at An Grianán Theatre.

Above: Julie Addy stars in Colin Bateman’s Bag for Life, Wed 10 May at An Grianán Theatre.

Commissioned as a legacy project for Derry Londonderry’s 2013 UK City of Culture, this powerful and captivating play received a hugely successful premiere at The Playhouse in April 2016 before going on to a sellout run at The Open House festival in Bangor and standing ovations at The Lyric Theatre Belfast.

WHAT THE CRITICS SAID:

“One of the strongest pieces of theatre ever produced in Derry…. believable, near the knuckle in places, entertaining and disturbing…”

– Derry Journal

“A raw, powerful and no-holds-barred journey through the deepest, darkest emotions we have all…Bag for Life will stir the darkest recesses of the Northern Irish soul”

– The Irish News

“Addy delivers a tour-de-force in her eighty minute monologue”

– Culture NI

“Intense, realistic and filled with mountains of black humour”

– PastieBap.com

“One of the most visually arresting plays of the year”

– alaninbelfast.blogspot.co.uk

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2018 NASC COMMISSION

The Nasc Network is currently offering a bursary of €10,000 to a production company or producer interested in collaborating with the network to produce a new or existing piece of theatre with a view to touring to all Nasc venues in 2018.

The chosen production company/producer will receive the following support from the Nasc Network:
• A commissioning fee of €10,000 to part-fund the development/creation of the theatre piece.
• Nasc will act as lead applicant, or network support, on an application under the Arts Council’s touring and dissemination scheme to fund the costs of the production and tour to all Nasc venues.
• The Nasc venues will each offer a guaranteed fee in support of the production run at each venue.

PRODUCTION CRITERIA

• Productions with audience recognition i.e. production title, company, director, cast, and/or playwright to maximise audience potential for each show.
• Productions which are innovative, captivating and entertaining to maximise the potential for audience development.
• High quality, professional production values so that the investment by the Arts Council, stakeholders and the venue is apparent.

NASC TOURS TO DATE

The Year of the Hiker – Druid Theatre Company (2006) | Improbable Frequency – Rough Magic Theatre Company (2007) | The Taming Of the Shrew – Rough Magic Theatre Company (2008) | The Cripple of Inishmaan – Druid Theatre Company (2008) | The Gigli Concert – Druid Theatre Company (2009) | Johnny Patterson, The Singing Clown – Barabbas (2010) | John O’Connor – (2010) | Out of Time – Colin Dunne (2011) | Druid Murphy Project: Whistle In The Dark and Conversations on a Home Coming (2013) | The Bridge Below the Town – Livin’ Dred Theatre Co (2014) | The Dead (Performance Corporation 2017) | The Wolf and Peter – CoisCéim (2017) | Anam – Siamsa Tíre (Autumn 2017)

Any interested parties should submit a proposal to the Nasc Network by Friday March 24th 2017 by  eMail to Hugh Murray at the Pavilion Theatre.

Click here to view the full Nasc Network Commission 2018 document as a PDF.

Nasc Network: An Grianán Theatre | Backstage Theatre | Dunamaise Arts Centre | glór | Lime Tree Theatre | Pavilion Theatre | Siamsa Tire | Town Hall Theatre

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Féile Ghaoth Dobhair 2017

Léireofar 26 dráma ag Féile Scoildrámaíochta Ghaoth Dobhairsa Ghrianán i Leitir Ceanainn ar an Luainagusar an Mháirt ,6ú agus 7ú Márta 2017.

Clárna Féile
Dé Luain Márta 6
10.15. Gaelscoil Adhamhnáin  ‘ClannLir’
10.45.Scoil N. Srath Mór An Chéad Fhaoistin’
11.15.Gaelscoil na gCeithre Máistrí ‘GilínSneachta’
11.40.Gaelscoil na gCeithre Máistrí    ‘OK,Google’
12.10.Gaelscoil na gCeithre Máistrí’Básna Banríona’
12.35.  S.N. Éadan Fhionn Fraoich   ‘An Eangach Thorthach’
Lón
1.45.Céim Aniar    ‘PlúirínBán’
2.15.Céim Aniar    ‘Cinderella’
3.00.Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair    ‘Ó Phríosún go Príosún’
3.30.Céim Aniar    ‘Shrek’
4.10.Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair    ‘In Aimsir an Mháirtinigh’
4.40.Céim Aniar    ‘An Drabhlasach’

Sos

6.00.Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair    ‘Amuigh Faoin Spéir’
6.40.Coláiste Ailigh    ‘Oh La La’
7.10.Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair    ‘Arís’
7.40Aisteoirí Ógana Crannóige    ‘Gabhlaagus an tAsgard’

Dé Máirt Márta 7
10.00.Scoil Bhríde,  Leitir Mac a Bhaird    ‘ÁrLáAmuigh’
10.40.Gaelscoil Adhamhnáin    ‘An Cearrbhach Mac Cába’
11.10.Scoil Naomh Dúigh,Anagaire    ‘Fuadach’
11.50. S.N. Chnocna Naomh, Doire Chonaire    ‘Alice id Tírnan Iontas’
12.20.Scoil Bhríde, Mín a Chladaigh   ‘ Níl aon Leigheas’
1.00. Scoil Adhamhnáin ,  An Luinnigh    ‘TírnanÓg’

Lón

2.15.Scoil Adhamhnáin, An Luinnigh ‘Sin deir Ella’
2.50.Scoil Phádraig, Dobhar ‘FuilagusFearthainn’
3.30.Coláiste Ailigh    ‘Fuadach’
4.00. Scoil Mhuire, Doirí Beaga    ‘Le Solasm oChroí.
5.00. Moltóireacht agus Ainmniúch ain chuig an Fhéile Cúige

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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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Another entry in the 100 Archive: Youth Theatre identity

In addition to our gift voucher wallets we learned today that our recently commissioned An Grianán Youth Theatre Logo has also been selected for inclusion in the 100 Archive of Irish graphic design.

Inspired by our main logo which is a typographic visualisation of a performer on stage, our youth theatre logo replaces the performer ‘G’ with an animated ‘Youth’ which breaks out of the normal confines of the stage.

Left: An Grianán Theatre's logo designed by Carton LeVert) and our new Youth Theatre logo by OD Design.

On the left is An Grianán Theatre’s main logo designed by Carton LeVert and on the right is  our new Youth Theatre logo by OD Design.

Dan and Crona of OD Design consulted directly with members of our youth theatre in the creation of the new identity which like our main logo is variable and available in different colours.

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The 100 Archive

We were pleased to learn that our recently redesigned gift voucher wallets have been selected for inclusion in the 100 Archive for 2016.

100 is a living archive which maps the past, present and future of Irish graphic design. Each year an independent panel is asked to choose 100 significant projects from the pool of submissions which becomes that year’s Archive Selection.

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Last autumn we commissioned OD Design to come up with a fresh new look for our voucher wallets.

Their solution was inspired by our existing award winning logo. They have directly referenced the mark with the outer wallet using a die cut square not only to the create the logo’s form but also to offer a sneak peek or preview into something special.

Inside reveals a luxurious greeting card finished with spot metallic ink in a choice of four geometric designs to reflect a variety of occasions.

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Coirm Gael Linn 2017

Déardaoin 9 Feabhra 2017

CLÁR NA FÉILE

SEISIÚN 1

9.45 a.m.
Gaelscoil Adhamhnáin

10.15 a.m.
Gaelscoil Uí Dhochartaigh

10.45  a.m.
SN Mhínna Gabhainn

11.15 a.m.
SN na Dúchoraidh
Plúirín Sneachta agus na Seachta Rógaire

11.45 a.m.
SN Cholmcille
Tubáiste an Bháid

BronnadhnanGradamagus
SlánAbhaile

SEISIÚN 2

12.45 p.m.
Scoil Bhríde, Mín a’ Chladaigh

1.15 p.m.
Scoil Phádraig, Dobhair
SubhCloiche

1.45 p.m.
S.N Éadan Fhionn Fhraoich

2.15 p.m.
SN Rann an Feirsde

BronnadhnanGradamagus
SlánAbhaile

Léirmheastóir: Seán Mac Labhraí

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Letterkenny Trad Week 2017

The 3rd annual Letterkenny Trad Week takes place from January 20th to 30th 2017 with concerts here at An Grianán and in the Regional Cultural Centre.

The event goes from strength to strength each year and the 2017 festival has an expanded programme featuring five great concerts, music workshops and artists-in-residence The Rheingans Sisters from England. A brilliant series of folk and traditional music concerts includes performances by some of the world’s leading musicians including: Billy Bragg and Martin & Eliza Carthy from England, Julie Fowlis and Kris Drever from Scotland, Na Mooneys, Lynched and No Crows from Ireland and Joe Henry and Special Consensus from America.

All concerts start at 8pm and tickets can be booked at An Grianán Theatre on 00353 74 9120777, or online at www.angrianan.com  Tickets for RCC concerts are priced €12 / €10 concessions, Martin & Eliza Carthy is €20 and Billy Bragg & Joe Henry is €25.

Regional Cultural Centre Concerts

Letterkenny Trad Week kicks off with three concerts at RCC Letterkenny. There’s a blistering double-bill with classic US Grammy nominated Bluegrass band Special Consensus and the first Letterkenny visit by Sligo’s dynamic folk orchestra No Crows on Friday January 20th. Leading Scottish outfit Lau’s frontman Kris Drever teams up with the exquisite Hebridean singer Julie Fowlis and two of Ireland’s leading traditional musicians Aoife Ní Bhriain (fiddle) and Padraig Rynne (concertina) as part of a Music Network organised Irish Tour on Sunday 22nd. There is another incredible double-bill on Friday 27th with leading Donegal traditional music family group Na Mooneys, featuring sisters Mairéad and Anna Ní Mhaonaigh, their brother Gearóid and his son Ciarán, and the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards winning Rheingans Sisters from Sheffield.

An Grianán Theatre Concerts

The final two Letterkenny Trad Week concerts take place in the wonderful surroundings of An Grianán Theatre. The ‘A Family Affair, Gala Concert’ on Saturday January 28th features an amazing line-up of Martin & Eliza Carthy, Lynched, Rheingans Sisters and young local musicians Coirm. Martin Carthy ‘the greatest English folk song performer of them all’ (Q Magazine) and his twice Mercury nominated daughter Eliza, will be joined by brothers Lynched ‘the most convincing folk band to come out of Ireland in years’ (The Guardian), 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winners (Best Original Track) and Folk Award Nominees (Best Newcomer), the Rheingans Sisters and Coirm, the wonderful young ensemble from Letterkenny’s Ceol na Coille traditional music school.

The final concert on Monday 30th features Billy Bragg & Joe Henry. In March this year Bragg and Henry, boarded a Los Angeles-bound train looking to reconnect with music inspired by the railroad. On this ‘Shine A Light’ tour, they’ll be playing songs from that journey, along with favourites from their own considerable back catalogues.

Letterkenny Trad Week 2017

Fri 20 January at 8pm
Special Consensus and No Crows
Regional Cultural Centre
€12/€10 Book now!

Sun 22 January at 8pm
Kris Drever, Julie Fowlis, Aoife Ní Bhriain, Padraig Rynne
Regional Cultural Centre
€12/€10 Book now!

Fri 27 January at 8pm
Na Mooneys / The Rheingans
Regional Cultural Centre
€12/€10 Book now!

Sat 28 January at 8pm
A Family Affair Gala Concert featuring Martin & Eliza Carthy, Lynched, The Rheingans Sisters and Coirm
An Grianán Theatre
€20 Book now!

Mon 30 January at 8pm
Billy Bragg and Joe Henry
An Grianán Theatre
€25 Book now!

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Radio Short Waves Showcase

Our Radio Short Waves writing course reached its conclusion on Thursday 15 December with a showcase performed to an invited audience of family and friends. Facilitated by playwright Tara McKevitt our group of 9 writers have been working since September on these short radio plays, each approximately 10 minutes in duration.

The Plays

A Chain of Events by John Logue
Windows by Michael Leddy
The Seventh Wall by Edwin Masterson
Pulse by Marie Kelly
The Lad’s Night Out by Pauric Gallagher
Rain by Fergal Lonergan
Cake by Meg Grehan
Clean by Averil Meehan
Sorry Wrong Target by Paul McCollum

Our Radio Short Waves cast: Fionn Robinson, Orlaith Gilchreest, Valerie Bryce and John D Ruddy.

Our Radio Short Waves cast: Fionn Robinson, Orlaith Gilchreest, Valerie Bryce and John D Ruddy.

The Cast

Valerie Bryce
Orlaith Glicreest
Fionn Robinson
John D. Ruddy

The Crew

Director: Guy Le Jeune

Stage Manager & Sound: Jude Barriscale

The Writers

John Logue was born in Derry, and has lived in Letterkenny for the past 30 years. He is married to Siobhan, and has two children, John F and Ali. John is a cabinet maker by trade, and a former Gaelic and Rugby footballer. He is currently Captain of Portsalon Golf Club. During the winter months he likes to enroll in night classes that challenge him. This Radio Play is his latest endeavour.

Marie Kelly has previously undertaken Creative Writing courses with Denise Blake, Ronan Carr and Patrick Kearney. She also has an interest in drama and has taken part in productions with Worklab, Bread and Roses, An Grianan Theatre, and An Grianan Actor’s Studio. This is her first radio drama.

Michael Leddy, originally from Leitrim, has lived in Donegal since 1999. He has been writing and acting on stage, and short films for thirty years. He collects various Old Time Radio shows from American radio, as well as Marvel Comics and rare, hard-to-find TV series. He wrote and directed a short film in 2013 Firefall. He previously had two short stories broadcast by RTE in the 90s. This is his first script for radio.

Edwin Masterson is from Northern Ireland and started writing with the Derry rehabilita- tion writers group after recovering from a serious illness. He is now an active member of Scribophile.com. An avid film aficionado and poetry enthusiast, he recently finished the NaNoWriMo challenge in November. He has previously completed an advanced course in scriptwriting at the Letterkenny Culture Centre as well as an International literary course at the L.Y.I.T.

Averil Meehan writes radio drama, poetry and fiction. Her radio play, “A Family Christmas” was broadcast twice by RTE. Her poetry collection, “Until Stones Blossom” is published by Summer Palace Press. Her writing has been published in literary journals and placed in various writing competi- tions.

Pauric Gallagher has been performing stand-up comedy all over Ireland since October 2013. He was a finalist in Forbidden Fruit Comedy Compe tition in 2015 and has played support for such names as Gearoid Farrelly, Pat McDonnell and Andrew Maxwell. He has recently returned from a tour of Canada. He is also a long standing mem- ber of the Diamond Writers group based in Raphoe and was a writer and director on the AyeTV1 webseries ‘Letterkenny People’.

Fergal Lonergan is a 16 year old nerd in 5th year in St. Eunans College. He first got into theatre with Letterkenny Youth Theatre and is focusing on comedy, writing sketches and directing for youth theatre the most notable being a stage adaptation of Blackadder. Fergal performs stand-up regularly, mainly in the Voodoo Vintage. After the Leaving Cert, he’s hopes to go on to study thea- tre and media, and eventually end up doing something in entertainment, be it comedy or writing weird, precipitation-based tragedies.

Meg Grehan is a writer and stage manager originally from Louth and now living in Letterkenny with too many pets, all with ridiculous names (Starbuck, Ororo, Catgar and Doctor George O’Malley). Likes include cake and pink things. Dislikes include the patriarchy and going outside. Meg’s first book The Space Between will be published in 2017 by Little Island.

 

Radio Short Waves course facilitator Tara McKevitt with its youngest participant Fergal Lonergan. A member of our youth theatre, Fergal was given a bursary by An Grianán to attend the course.

Radio Short Waves course facilitator Tara McKevitt with its youngest participant Fergal Lonergan. A member of our youth theatre, Fergal was given a bursary by An Grianán to attend the course.

The Facilitator

Tara McKevitt is from Moville, and has written for stage and radio, including RTE Radio 1, the Abbey Theatre, and Traverse Theatre. She has facilitated workshops in Higher Education, (NUIG VEC Galway), Youth Groups, Schools, Prisons, as well as various other community groups.

Project kindly supported by the Donegal County Council Arts Office.

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Christmas Postal dates for Gift Vouchers & Ticket gifts

Intending to send a gift of theatre tickets or vouchers by post?

Here are the all important postal cutoff dates.

Republic of Ireland
Standard Post Letters & Parcels December 21, 2016

Northern Ireland 
Standard Post Letters & Parcels December 20, 2016

Great Britain 
Standard Post Letters & Parcels December 19, 2016

See AnPost.ie for more info.

When buying tickets as a gift don’t forget to ask for a complimentary gift wallet. If you are booking online just leave a booking comment with any other instructions such as a personal greeting and we can mail the tickets or voucher directly to the recipient. Find out more about buying gift vouchers for An Grianán here.

CHRISTMAS 2016 BOX OFFICE OPENING HOURS

Gift voucher cards & wallets for An Grianán Theatre. Choose between Birthday, Anniversary, Christmas or Any Occasion.

Gift voucher cards & wallets for An Grianán Theatre. Choose between Birthday, Anniversary, Christmas or Any Occasion.

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