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Pinocchio, 2018

An Grianán Theatre's Pinocchio 2018. Photo by Paul McGuckin.

Pinocchio
December 2018
Featuring a cast of young actors (ranging from 12 to 21 years of age), our updated version of Pinocchio was set in a school with lots of colourful characters including magical mermaids, dancing crickets, Geppetto the woodwork teacher, the Blue Fairy and the not very nice Fox and Cat, the school prefects.
Written by Guy Le Jeune

Directed by Nora Kavanagh

Cast

Pinocchio – Aoife Doherty
Geppetto – Jasper Lee Kardos
Buddy – Lauren Kelly
Blue Fairy – Caitlin James
Fox – Bridget Salaja
Cat – Connor Mangan
Stromboli – Blathnaid Gallagher

THE CRICKETS

Aoife Breslin
Alice O’Connor
Clodagh McGinley

THE MARIONETTES

Jamie Spratt
Iga Blasyk
Frankie Wade
Ellie Moore

THE MERMAIDS

Orla Lloyd
Adithi Vijayakumar
Riona McFadden
Clodagh Friel

Goon – Amy Doherty

Crew

Directed by Nora Kavanagh
Adapted by Guy le Jeune
Production manager & lighting design – Niall Cranney
Technician – Peter Rose
Stage Managers – Louise Conaghan, Jude Barriscale
Set Design & Construction – Robert Attewell
Costume Design – Anne-marie Kilfeather
Make-up – Candice Devine
Marketing – Nicola Burns, Daithi Ramsay
Production Photography – Paul McGuckin

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Christmas Box Office Opening Hours 2018

Our gift vouchers make a lovely Christmas for the theatre-goer in your life and come wrapped up in these luxurious gift wallets. You can buy them online here or in person at our box office.

Mon 17 Dec 10am to 5pm

Tues 18 Dec 10am to 5pm –  Pinocchio at 10.30am

Wed 19 Dec 10am to 5pm –  Pinocchio at 10.30am and 12.30pm

Thur 20 Dec 10am to 5pm –  Pinocchio at 10.30am

Fri 21 Dec 10am to 5pm, 6pm to 7pm –  Pinocchio at 3pm and 7pm

Sat 22 Dec 10am to 6pm –  Pinocchio at 2pm and 4pm

Sun 23 Dec 6pm to 8pm  – Little Hours at 8pm

Christmas Eve Closed

Christmas Day Closed

St Stephen’s Day Closed

Thur 27 Dec Closed

Fri 28 Dec 6pm to 8pm – Seven Drunken Nights at 8pm

Sat 29 Dec 6pm to 8pm – In Their Thousands at 8pm

Sun 30 Dec Closed

Mon 31 Dec Closed

Tues 1 Jan Closed

Wed 2 Jan – Open as normal.

Please note that any box office queries received after Sat 22 December will not be dealt with until normal box office hours resume on Wed 2 January.

Any postal orders received after Thur 20 December will not be posted until normal box office hours resume on Wed 2 January.

You can buy gift vouchers online here.

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Pinocchio Relaxed Performances

An Grianán Theatre will hold two specially adapted relaxed performances of their Christmas Show Pinocchio on Wednesday 19 December at 12.30pm and Sat 22 December at 2pm.

What is a relaxed performance?

Relaxed Performances are specifically designed to welcome people who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, including, but not limited to, people with an Autism Spectrum Condition, sensory and communication disorders, or a learning disability.

  • There is a relaxed attitude to noise and movement and some small changes made to the light and sound effects.
  • Theatre lights will stay on and people will be warned of sudden noises.
  • For anyone overwhelmed during the performance, a “chill out” area will be provided in the upper foyer.
  • An easy way to understand the atmosphere is perhaps, ‘the opposite of the quiet carriage on a train’.

Why do a relaxed performances?

Many aspects of a standard theatre experience can cause difficulties for children. Busy foyers, unexpected music, lights going up and down and applause can all be unsettling. Even the interval can confuse because it may seem strange to leave the auditorium in the middle of an event.

These performances are for anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, including people with an autistic spectrum condition, sensory or communication disorders, or a learning disability, or just those who are uncomfortable being in a darkly lit room, or those who feel they can’t sit quietly for an extended period of time.

Can everyone come to this performance?

Yes everyone is welcome, it’s important that those for whom it is intended get to share the experience with their peers and siblings. That’s the joy of a relaxed performance!

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Shaking the Walls: The Winter’s Tale Summer 2019

Creative Europe funding

This week we learned we were successful in receiving Creative Europe funding for an exciting new project called Shaking the Walls with partners from across Europe. The project is led by Gdański Teatr Szekspirowski (Poland), the other partners are Parrabbola (UK), Cooltour Ostrava (Czech Republic) and Ratatam (Iceland).

2019 marks An Grianan Theatre’s 20th anniversary and we are really pleased that the Creative Europe funding will allow us to engage so many artists and creatives in making a work of scale and spectacle, in an off site location. The Shaking the Walls project is a great opportunity for us to examine the political and economic context of our place in the borders of the North West in association with our international partners.

The Winter’s Tale

We will be producing an off-site, immersive presentation of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, in partnership with Parrabbola Theatre Company. The production will take place in July 2019, in Donegal and Derry, crossing the borders, the traditions and the waters of the North West.

Two Kingdoms, Sicilia and Bohemia divided by an ocean; two kings, raised together, but at odds over the love of a woman; lost princes, prison sentences, tragic deaths, bears and ocean voyages, and finally, a mysterious and magical ending that reconciles the kingdoms; It is a problem play, a text with multiple personalities, but ultimately it explores conflict, reconciliation and borders. It is Shakespeare’s Brexit masterpiece.

Following on from the production, the theatre’s writer in residence, Guy Le Jeune, will travel on to Gdańsk, Ostrava and Reykjavik, working with Parrabbola’s Director, Philip Parr, to create a new piece work that addresses the nature of the walls we build, both physical and metaphorical, to presented at the Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre in 2020.

 

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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Manny Man Does the History of Ireland on Stage, 2018

John D Ruddy and Louise Conaghan in An Grianán Theatre's Manny Man Does the History of Ireland, July 2018. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved.
Manny Man Does The History of Ireland On Stage
Based on the successful YouTube video and Book by John D Ruddy

An Grianán Theatre
Thur 19 & Fri 20 July 2018

The Village Green, Malin
Sat 21 & Sun 22 July 2018

First performed as a rehearsed reading in October 2017, Manny Man Does the History of Ireland on Stage premiered at An Grianán Theatre as part of the Earagail Arts Festival in July 2018. We also did a national tour in Spring 2019.

Manny Man the stage show brings history to life with the same clarity and hilarity as the videos that have amassed millions of views around the world.

Why did the Celts love stealing cows? What was the Norman Invasion, and were they all called Norman? From the Ice Age up to the present day, through the Vikings and Tudors, British rule and the fight for independence, he covers it all – with his tongue in his cheek, of course.

This high energy show guides the audience through thousands of years of Irish history, from the Ice Age to the present day, with the same tongue in cheek humour that Manny Man is know for.

Credits

Syn: John D Ruddy
Oppy: Louise Conaghan
Produced by: Patricia McBride for An Grianan Theatre Productions
Written By: John D Ruddy
Directed by: Rachael Devir
Production Manager: Niall Cranney
Lighting Design: Niall Cranney
Sound Design: Peter Rose
Stage Manager: Jude Barriscale
Costumes: Anne-Marie Kilfeather
Set Layout: Devised by Company based on the Manny Man Drawings of John D Ruddy.
Scenic Artist: Robert Attewell
Set Painters: Tegann Cranney, Jude Barriscale, AnneMarie Kilfeather, Tanya McLaughlin, John D Ruddy.
Publicity Design & Marketing: Nicola Burns
Production Photos: Paul McGuckin

Tour Dates 2019

Tuesday 5 & Wed 6 February at 11am
Fri 8 February at 8pm
An Grianán Theatre
Letterkenny
0749120777
www.angrianan.com

Sat 9 February at 8pm
Alley Theatre
Strabane
028 7138 4444
www.alley-theatre.com

Tues 12 February at 11am
Watergate Theatre
Kilkenny
056 776 1674
watergatetheatre.com

Wed 13 February at 8pm
Riverside Theatre
Coleraine
028 7012 3123
www.riversidetheatre.org.uk

Saturday 16 February at 2.30pm
Belltable
Limerick
061 953 400
www.limetreetheatre.ie

Thur 28 February at 8pm and Fri 1 March at 10am
Mullingar Arts Centre
044 934 7777
www.mullingarartscentre.ie

Sat 2 March at 8pm
Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair
074 953 2687
www.amharclann.com

Tues 5 March at 11am
Backstage Theatre
Longford
043 3347888
www.backstage.ie

Thur 7 March at 8pm
The Playhouse
Derry/Londonderry
028 7126 8027
www.derryplayhouse.co.uk

Fri 8 March at 7pm
The Market Place Theatre
Armagh
028 3752 1821
www.visitarmagh.com/marketplacetheatre

Sat 9 March at 8pm
Balor Arts Centre
Ballybofey
074 913 1840
www.balorartscentre.com

Tues 12 March at 7pm & Wed 13 March at 10am
Dunamaise Arts Centre
Portlaoise
057 866 3355
www.dunamaise.ie

Fri 15 March at 10am, 12pm, 7pm
Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge
045 448 327
www.riverbank.ie

Sat 16 March at 3pm
Wexford Arts Centre
053 912 3764
www.wexfordartscentre.ie

Sun 17 March at 12.30pm
glór
Ennis
065 684 3103
glor.ie

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#SaveStageLighting

If a proposed ban on the use of tungsten lamps in the entertainment industry comes into force the future will be dark for many theatres, An Grianán included.

The European Commission has begun the process of changing the regulations (EC) 244/2009, (EC) 245/2009 and (EU) 1194/2012 on EcoDesign Requirements and (EU) 874/2012 on the labelling of electrical lamps and luminaries, including those used in performance lighting.

These proposals pose an enormous threat to the way theatrical productions are presented. The impact of these proposals across Europe would be immediate, and overwhelming.

These new regulations, which come into effect in September 2020, will ban the production, sale or purchase of replacement tungsten bulbs for lighting fixtures such as those used in theatre lighting. This is being carried out in a bid to reduce energy usage across the sector by forcing the industry to move towards LED equivalents. While this may seem like a laudable endeavour, a number of key issues arise.

Tungsten and Arc light bulbs would rapidly become unavailable. This would mean that the majority of lighting fixtures in the majority of theatres – big theatres, small theatres, amateur theatres, colleges, schools, clubs, pubs, village halls – would immediately become obsolete. Fixtures that have given tireless service for years, sometimes for decades, with just a little regular maintenance and a new bulb every now and again would become yet more scrap metal and glass.

High-quality LED lighting units, which have made their way onto the market in recent years would also be banned under the proposals.

The entertainment industry will have almost no tools whatsoever with which to light plays, musicals or concerts.

Even if it was within the possibilities of physics to create a lighting unit that was capable of meeting these proposals, it would be completely unreachable in a financial sense. It would require the immediate overhaul of infrastructure and stock of almost every venue in Europe.

For larger venues, this would be both hard to budget for and impossible to implement within the next two years. For smaller venues, it would be ruinous. They would, quite literally, go dark.

Phil Jennings of the Riverbank Arts Centre, Kildare, outlines the likely impact of the proposed legislation on their venue:

Expense:
Riverbank Arts Centre is estimating an incurred cost of approximately €400,000 to replace its current infrastructure with an LED equivalent. It is important to note that this does not necessarily constitute an upgrade or improvement in quality to the current equipment but merely the installation of an LED equivalent. The extent of the re-fit will not be confined to the individual lighting fixtures. New lighting infrastructure including control consoles, dimmers and improved cable and data management would also be required. This change will also mean that the number of personnel required to to fit-up a production will increase.

Time Frame:
For small to medium sized venues, it is unlikely that adequate, standalone funding could be arranged before 2020. The larger venues, for whom budgets may not be a problem, will find it difficult to implement sufficient ‘dark time’ to carry out such works before 2020.

Quality of the Product:
Currently, this is no commercially available LED lighting fixture that meets with the proposed regulations of 85 Lumens per Watt.

Assumed Energy Usage:
Studies at Seattle Rep and for the Mayor of London showed that on average, performance lighting forms less than 5% of the total power consumption of a theatre building. This is because performance lighting is only ever used for a small number of hours daily (typically between 8pm and 10pm) and even then, the lighting fixtures are never at full output or all operational at the same time.

This problem is far bigger than just Riverbank Arts Centre and will effect schools, colleges, town halls, cultural organisations, places of worship, tv studios and theatres locally, nationally and internationally.

For Riverbank Arts Centre, I estimate that from September 2020 when the ban is introduced, the theatre will continue to function unaffected for a period of approximately 18 months on pre-purchased, stockpiled tungsten bulbs. After this point however – and as supplies of pre-purchased tungsten bulbs diminish, the theatre will have fewer and fewer lanterns available for use until it gets to a point where there are simply not enough fixtures to light a production adequately. It is at this point that we will no longer be capable of receiving performances.

Sign the petition: “Keep stage lighting exempt from proposed legislation changes.”

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The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, 2018

Alanna Sweeney and Laura Foy in An Grianan Youth Theatre's The Wolves of Willoughby Chase. April 2018. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved.

An Grianán Youth Theatre followed up their well received production of Blackadder Goes Forth with this thrilling and funny adaptation of Joan Aiken’s classic children’s novel, perfectly suited for family audiences.

Performance dates: 12 & 13 April 2018

Written By Joan Aiken
Adapted by Russ Tunney
Directed by Nora Kavanagh

On the face of it things are looking up for impoverished orphan Sylvia. She’s just been invited to go and live with her rich cousin Bonnie at the family’s ancestral home at Willoughby Chase. However the dastardly Miss Slighcarp, newly installed as the girls’ governess, plans to make Willoughby Chase her own and hatches a wicked plan to get rid of the two girls. Together with their friend Simon the girls set off on a wild adventure across a wintry England as they battle to outwit Slighcarp and her evil henchman Grimshaw and reclaim Willoughby Chase.

Originally written as a spoof of the Victorian Gothic adventures that Joan Aiken read as a child, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase is a funny and exciting adventure story set in Aiken’s alternative version of 19th century England, where wolves roam the land. It’s full of larger than life Dickensian villains, mysterious plot twists and as ever with the best young adult stories, brave and resourceful children.

Cast

Jasper Lee Kardos – James/Simon

Alanna Sweeney – Bonnie

Shannen Wilkin – Miss Slighcarp

Laura Foy – Sylvia

Adam Boyle – Mr Grimshaw/Abednego Gripe/Mrs Brisket

Fergal Lonergan – Sir Willoughby/Doctor Field/Dr Morne/Mr Wilderness/Storyteller

Tadhg Brennan – Wolf/Chorus/Guard

Ryan Cunningham – Wolf/Chorus

Maeve Foley – Wolf/Chorus/Emma/Aunt Jane

Kayleigh Gallagher Kenny – Wolf/Chorus

Praise Adetuyi – Wolf/Chorus

Niamh Langan – Wolf/Chorus

Christopher Kilmartin  – Wolf/Chorus

Paul Gillespie – Musical Director/Cellist

 

Production Team

Amy McClintock – Production Assistant

Oscar Murtagh – Production Assistant

Eoin O’Donnell – Production Assistant

Nora Kavanagh – Director

Niall Cranney – Production Manager/Lighting Designer

Tanya McLaughlin – Stage Manager

Jude Barriscale – Assistant Stage Manager

Pete Rose – Sound Technician

Anne-Marie Kilfeather – Costume

Robert Attewell – Set/Prop Designer

Jacob Stack: Poster Illustration

Nicola Burns: Graphic Design

Paul McGuckin: Production Photography

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An Grianán Xtra

Pick up a copy of our magazine An Grianán A Little Bit Extra the next time you call in.

Or download a pdf copy now:

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NASC Network 2019 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 2019.

The Nasc Network is a partnership of eight venues, including An Grianán Theatre, which was conceived in 2006 when a number of venue directors met to harness joint programming and marketing opportunities and develop touring projects. To date, Nasc has collaborated with Druid Theatre Company, Rough Magic Theatre Company, Cois Ceim and Livin’ Dred Theatre Company (amongst others), on many successful productions and tours.

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.

Please note deadline to submit applications is Fri 27 Apr 2018.

See the pdf for further information and submission details.

The NASC Network: An Grianan Theatre / Backstage Theatre / Dunamaise Arts Centre / glór / Lime Tree Theatre / Pavilion Theatre / Siamsa Tíre / Town Hall Theatre Galway

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We’re making some changes …

From Monday 9th April our online booking fee will be reduced from €1.50 per ticket to €1 per ticket, and it will now apply equally to all telephone and in person bookings. That means that all tickets sold by An Grianán Box Office will be subject to a €1 booking fee.

Our new box office opening hours for telephone and walk in bookings will be from 10 am to 5pm Monday to Friday, and also on the days when we have a show it will be open from 6pm to 8pm, this includes Saturdays and Sundays.

The Eatery Cafe hours will not be affected by these changes. Its opening hours are 9.30am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday.

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