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Open Auditions for An Grianán Theatre’s Christmas 2017 Production

 

We are holding open auditions for our December production of The Nutcracker on Sun 17 September.

About the show

This is a fresh new version of the magical Christmas tale. Our Nutcracker is set in Donegal and blends drama, comedy and dance in a colourful story for family and school audiences.

There will be speaking and dance roles.

Like last year’s Christmas show Peter Pan, this will be a youth led production so we are looking for male and female performers from ages 8 to 21.

Audition date: Sun 17 September

10am to 12pm – children ages 8 to 11

12pm to 2pm – ages 12+

There is no need to prepare anything in advance.

NB: You will need to get permission to take time off school as the performance dates are during term time.

If you are not available for the performance dates below please do not audition!

Performance dates

Tues 12 to Fri 15 December at 11am

Sat 16 Dec at 2pm and 7pm

The Nutcracker is produced by An Grianán Theatre Productions in association with Zona Dance Co. Adapted by Guy Le Jeune, directed by Jessica Peoples.

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Job Vacancies: Community Employment Scheme

We wish to recruit the following staff under the Community Employment Scheme:

Box Office Assistants

Technical Assistants

Front of House Ushers

Housekeeping/Caretaker

Community Employment Rates and Conditions apply. Please note the eligible age for participation on Community Employment is 21 years. Please contact your local Department of Social Protection office for details of any exceptions to this.

To apply please send your CV and PPS number to:

Martina Murphy

Community Employment Supervisor

An Grianán Theatre

Port Rd

Letterkenny

Co Donegal

eMail

The next CE scheme start date is Mon 11 Sept 2017.

 

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Theatre Artist in Residence County Donegal, 2017/2018

Thanks to the Arts Council, Donegal has successfully secured a Theatre Artist in Residence for the third year running. This theatre artist residency is a three-way partnership between the artist Guy Barriscale, Donegal County Council Arts Office and An Grianán Theatre.

The residency is based on previous work devised and created by Guy Barriscale, who writes as Guy Le Jeune. Guy has created many projects celebrating the stories and history of the people of Donegal including ‘Fiesta’, a joyful celebration of the famous Ballroom of Romance; ‘I Would Walk These Fields Again about the life and times of Canon James McDyer and ‘Unified the Musical’ about the infamous yarn factory which was the highlight of last year’s Earagail Arts Festival.

I Would Walk These Fields Again, a play by Guy Le Jeune about Father McDyer of Glencolmcille, An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny

John D Ruddy and Louise Conaghan in I Would Walk These Fields Again, a play by Guy Le Jeune about Father McDyer  will be performed on 19  & 20 July 2017 in Glencolmcille.

In the forthcoming year Guy will be collaborating with the Killybegs Fisherman’s Organisation to create a new work called “Shoot The Gear” for the Donegal Bay and Bluestacks Festival. This will be premiered in Killybegs at the end of September. He will also be working with the University of Ulster, in researching and devising a piece of touring theatre exploring the experiences of people with dementia and their primary carers, with a view to a production in 2018. He is also excited to be working with Ionad an Chrois Bhealaigh, Árainn Mhór, to create a work celebrating their unique island life experience.

Next week in Glencolmcille there will be two more performances of “I Would Walk These Fields Again”. This celebration of the life of James McDyer, featuring the acting talents of John Ruddy and Louise Conaghan will be shown in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Folk Village. Performances are on 19 and 20 July.

The girls recreate a night at the Fiesta ballroom. Photo by Declan Doherty. Fiesta, July 2014

The girls recreate a night at the Fiesta ballroom. Photo by Declan Doherty. Fiesta, July 2014

Guy is a writer, theatre maker and reminiscence facilitator who has lived and worked in Donegal for almost 20 years. He has over thirty years of experience in professional theatre in a wide variety of roles. He is also a writer of short stories and is working on the drafts of a number of novels. His short story Jamesy was commended in the 2011 Sean O’Faolain Prize. 22 Kilos was short listed for the Fish Short Story Prize 2012. Small Town Removal was placed third in the inaugural Costa Book Awards, short story prize in January 2013. He has recently completed a second draft of a novel with the working title The Swimmers, which explores emigration and the experiences of the Irish in England. He is also working on a further draft of Essex Road, a bleak comedy set in the London-Irish community. A previous draft of Essex Road was Highly Commended in the 2014, Irish Writers’ Centre, Novel Fair Competition. An early draft of The Cake and Condiment Rules, a satirical and caustic crime novel, was long listed for the 2016 Irish Writers’ Centre, Novel Fair Competition.

 

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Earagail Arts Festival Box Office Hours

We are your official box office for the Earagail Arts Festival.

Here are our opening hours for in person or telephone bookings for the duration of the festival. Please note that we may not be able to take your calls in the 30 minutes preceding our shows.

Mon 3: 9.30am to 5.30pm
Tues 4: 9.30am to 5.30pm
Wed 5: 9.30am to 5.30pm
Thur 6 9.30am to 5.30pm. Show: Blackadder Goes Forth 8pm
Fri 7: 9.30am to 8pm. Show: Blackadder Goes Forth 8pm
Sat 8: 10am to 8pm. Show: Blackadder Goes Forth 8pm
Sun 9: CLOSED

Mon 10: 9.30am to 8pm Show: Silent 8pm
Tues 11: 9.30am to 5.30pm
Wed 12: 9.30am to 5.30pm. Show: Kindur 12pm and 3pm
Thur 13: 9.30am to 5.30pm. Show: Kindur 12pm and 3pm
Fri 14: 9.30am to 5.30pm. Show: Kindur 12pm and 3pm
Sat 15: 10 am to 5.30pm
Sun 16: 6pm to 8pm. Show: Atlantic Arc Orchestra 8pm

Mon 17: 9.30am to 5.30pm. Show: The Merman’s Tale 3pm
Tues 18: 9.30am to 8pm. Show: Hope Hunt 8pm
Wed 19: 9.30am to 8pm Show: Green and Blue 8pm
Thur 20: 9.30am to 5.30pm
Fri 21: 9.30am to 8pm. Show: Every Brilliant Thing 8pm
Sat 22: 10am to 8pm. Show: Frank Carson 8pm
Sun 23: CLOSED

You can book online anytime at www.eaf.ie. Pre-booked tickets will be available for collection on the door at the venue the event is taking place in. Alternatively you can collect tickets in advance at our box office during the above opening hours or have them posted to you at a charge of €1.50.

Earagail Arts Festival 4 to 23 July 2017. Three weeks of music, theatre, visual arts, film, literature, circus & carnival on Ireland’s North West Atlantic seaboard.

This event is part of the Earagail Arts Festival – 4 to 23 July 2017. Three weeks of music, theatre, visual arts, film, literature, circus & carnival on Ireland’s North West Atlantic seaboard.

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Bingo Wings!

We were delighted to welcome some of our favourite people – Jym and Chantal from Fidget Feet and Little John Nee to An Grianán for a week’s residency in April as they worked on their brand new show Bingo Wings which is due to make its debut in 2018.

They spend the week visiting day centres, swapping stories and playing bingo – not a bad way to spend a week! They also introduced members of our youth theatre to the joys of the bingo!

An Grianán Youth Theatre members Amybeth, Eoin, Ryan, Jasper and Laramie with Chantal McCormick from Fidget Feet at a workshop in April 2017. The workshop is part of the research work for a brand new show called Bingo Wings which Fidget Feet are making with Little John Nee. Watch out for it in 2018.

An Grianán Youth Theatre members Amybeth, Eoin, Ryan, Jasper and Laramie with Chantal McCormick from Fidget Feet at a workshop in April 2017. The workshop is part of the research work for a brand new show called Bingo Wings which Fidget Feet are making with Little John Nee. Watch out for it in 2018.

An Grianán Youth Theatre members Amybeth, Eoin, Evin, Darragh, Oscar, Emory, Ryan, Jasper and Laramie with Chantal McCormick from Fidget Feet at a workshop in April 2017.

An Grianán Youth Theatre members Amybeth, Eoin, Evin, Darragh, Oscar, Emory, Ryan, Jasper and Laramie with Chantal McCormick from Fidget Feet at a workshop in April 2017.

Little John Nee and Chantal McCormick playing bingo - it's work! Honest!

Little John Nee and Chantal McCormick playing bingo – it’s work! Honest!

Little John performing at one of the day centres they visiting as part of the research week for Bingo Wings. April 2017.

Little John performing at one of the day centres they visited as part of the research week for Bingo Wings.

This research was supported by the Arts Council and 5 regional venues: Lime Tree Theatre Limerick,  Town Hall Theatre Galway, Hawk’s Well Theatre Sligo, An Grianan Theatre Letterkenny and Backstage Theatre Longford.

 

 

 

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Job Vacancy: Housekeeping Assistant

We have the following position available on An Grianán Theatre’s Community Employment scheme:

Housekeeping Assistant

JOB DESCRIPTION
Location – An Grianán Theatre

General Statement of Responsibilities
Reporting directly to the Community Employment Supervisor, the main responsibilities of this role will be to ensure that An Grianán Theatre is cleaned and maintained to the highest possible standard.

Job description – Specific Duties
1. Clean all areas of the theatre including auditorium, back stage, front of house and all office areas.
2. Use the floor buffer to maintain the marmoleum floors.
3. Maintain outside bin store and ensure it is kept in good order.
4. Through the Community Employment Supervisor order cleaning equipment and products as required
5. Maintain toilets and ensure they are fully supplied with soap, tissue and hand towels.
6. Assist the setting up of rooms for commercial users of the theatre
7. Clear litter from the car park and grounds of the theatre
8. Remove “Smoking Litter” from Front of building and monitor ash bins
9. Maintain Flower beds watering, weeding and pruning as necessary
10. Cleaning windows and plate glass
11. General maintenance e.g. change light bulbs, etc.
12. To observe An Grianán Health and Safety policy and to wear PPE where required and necessary.
13. Carry out any other duty which falls within the general range of responsibilities of the role.

NB: Please only apply if you meet the eligibility criteria below. You will not be considered for interview if you do not meet the eligibility requirements.

Eligibility Criteria for Participants

The criteria for participating on the Community Employment programme are based on age and length of time in receipt of various social welfare payments. In general, this opportunity is for people of 25 or over who are receiving social welfare payments for 1 year or more, and people of 18 years or over in receipt of disability-related payments.

Please note that eligibility to participate on the Community Employment programme is linked to those in receipt of an Irish social welfare payment (where specified). Those persons not meeting the criteria under the Part-time Integration or Part-time Job Options, or who are signing for credits, or are receiving social welfare benefits from a different country, are not eligible to participate on Community Employment.

To apply please send your CV and PPS number to:

Martina Murphy

Community Employment Supervisor

An Grianán Theatre

Port Rd

Letterkenny

Co Donegal

eMail

 

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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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