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DramaCast: Rehearsals

DramaCast is an exciting new initiative created by An Grianán Theatre, and Workhouse Theatre Company,  to bring Shakespeare, and Friel, back into the classroom.

With Covid curtailing all live touring it’s been impossible for schools to take their classes to see plays as normal. DramaCast fills that gap by selecting scenes relevant to the school curriculum and filming them here in An Grianán to distribute to local schools.

Under the direction of Michael Kelly from Letterkenny’s St Eunan’s College and Iarla McGowan of Workhouse Theatre rehearsals got under way in earnest last week, in the fantastic studios at Zona Dance in Letterkenny.

 

The play excerpts will be from Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet and Philadelphia Here I Come.

This week the filming will take place on the stage here at An Grianán with Karen Quinn as Director of Photography.

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The actors taking part are:

Patrick McBrearty looking thoughtful in rehearsals for Dramacast       
Patrick McBrearty – Macbeth,  and others

Megan Armitage – Lady Macbeth and others
Troy Devaney – Friar Laurence  and others
Aoife Lennon – Juliet and others
Diarmaid Doherty – Romeo and others

 

 

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Little Acorns: The Radio Plays – Listen Now

At the end of January 2021 we put a call out for writers to submit short plays, 5 to 10 minutes long, that we could film and share on our social media platforms. We had over 50 plays submitted and chose 6 in all to turn into short films. The plays were filmed in April and May 2021 and shared for free online during summer 2021. In addition to the six filmed dramas we also produced these four audio dramas which were first broadcast on Highland Radio on Mon 16 to Fri 20 August 2021 and made available to listen on demand on our website from Fri 20 August 2021.

Save Our Ice

In this comedy drama an alien visits with a warning that if global warming is not averted the ice caps will melt and unleash long buried alien invaders with one mission in mind – eat the humans!

Written by SM Smyth
Directed by Ronan Carr

Cast:
The Pressydent: John D Ruddy
Silver Girl: Niamh Langan
Grown up Spokesperson: Anne Gallagher
The Voice Over: Binky Beaumont

Recorded at The Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny
Produced by An Grianán Theatre
With the kind support of The Arts Council of Ireland and The Donegal County Council

About the author
Seamus Smyth: Novelist, playwright, songwriter, composer, cartoon movie maker, entrepreneur, environmentalist, horse breeder, upholsterer, builder, tomato inspector, equestrian products manufacturer, crossword compiler, retailer, sales, tyre fitter, boatman, steel fixer, carpenter, plumber, landscape gardener….Worked on building sites in Holland, Germany, UK, Ireland. Born and raised on Belfast’s Falls Rd during The Troubles. No formal education.

J.A.D.E.

In a future where artificial intelligence uses algorithms to determine job placement a librarian is offered a very, very unexpected promotion.

Written by Patrick Hull
Directed by Ronan Carr

Cast:
J.A.D.E.: Geoff Coke
Angela: Valerie Bryce

About the author
Patrick Hull was born in London, grew up in Donegal, and is now based in Zagreb. His work has previously been featured on RTÉ Radio 1’s “Sunday Miscellany” and was shortlisted in Listowel Writers’ Week competitions. He is currently head coach of the Croatian Celts Gaelic football team and working on a play based on the life and death of Stjepan Radić.

Jack

A good Samaritan tries to help a young homeless man.

Written by Sam Ó Fearraigh
Directed by Ronan Carr

Cast:
Jack: Finn Carr
The Good Samaritan: Maggie Hannon
Cafe Manager: Sebastian Melmoth

About the author
Sam Ó Fearraigh is a writer and theatre-maker from Gort a’Choirce in the Donegal Gaeltacht. He works in both English and Irish. His poetry and short fiction have appeared in Poblachd nam Bàrd, Green Carnations | Glas na Gile, Splonk, ROPES, and the forthcoming anthology Bláth na dTulach from Éabhlóid. In 2020, Sam was commissioned to create a short play in Irish for the Ceangal | Dolen conference of minority-language theatre-makers. That play, Balbháin, as well as other works for performance, is available to watch online. Sam is a member of Aerach.Aiteach.Gaelach, a collective of queer Irish-language artists.

Scent of Burma

It’s amazing what you can order for home delivery these days.

Written by Brian Walsh
Directed by Ronan Carr

Cast:
Brenda: Anne Gallagher
Marty: Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhrighde

About the author
Brian Walsh lives in Letterkenny. His play, Is There Anybody There? has had productions in West Sussex, Belfast and Dublin while his play, The Wife, the Cat and all the Other Stuff is due to be performed later this year in both England and Ireland. He is delighted that An Grianán Theatre has decided to record this short piece. He does not presently own an elephant.

Recorded at The Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny
Produced by An Grianán Theatre
With the kind support of The Arts Council of Ireland and The Donegal County Council

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Little Acorns: The Radio Plays

UPDATE 20/08/2021: You can listen to the radio plays here.

Tune in to Highland Radio next week for a first listen to our Little Acorns audio dramas. They’ll be broadcast on the Nine til Noon Show all next week (Mon 16 to Fri 20 August 2021) with Donal Kavanagh standing in for regular host Greg Hughes.

They’ll each be broadcast during the final hour of the show.

On Monday and Tuesday you can listen to parts 1 and 2 of Save Our Ice by SM Smyth, on Wednesday J.A.D.E. by Patrick Hull, on Thursday Jack by Sam Ó Fearraigh and Scent of Burma by Brian Walsh on Friday.

We’ll also be making them available to listen on demand on our website from Friday 20 August.

Save Our Ice

In this comedy drama an alien visits with a warning that if global warming is not averted the ice caps will melt and unleash long buried alien invaders with one mission in mind – eat the humans!

Written by SM Smyth
Directed by Ronan Carr

Cast:
The Pressydent: John D Ruddy
Silver Girl: Niamh Langan
Grown up Spokesperson: Anne Gallagher
The Voice Over: Binky Beaumont

Recorded at The Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny
Produced by An Grianán Theatre
With the kind support of The Arts Council of Ireland and The Donegal County Council

About the author
Seamus Smyth: Novelist, playwright, songwriter, composer, cartoon movie maker, entrepreneur, environmentalist, horse breeder, upholsterer, builder, tomato inspector, equestrian products manufacturer, crossword compiler, retailer, sales, tyre fitter, boatman, steel fixer, carpenter, plumber, landscape gardener….Worked on building sites in Holland, Germany, UK, Ireland. Born and raised on Belfast’s Falls Rd during The Troubles. No formal education.

J.A.D.E.

In a future where artificial intelligence uses algorithms to determine job placement a librarian is offered a very, very unexpected promotion.

Written by Patrick Hull
Directed by Ronan Carr

Cast:
J.A.D.E.: Geoff Coke
Angela: Valerie Bryce

About the author
Patrick Hull was born in London, grew up in Donegal, and is now based in Zagreb. His work has previously been featured on RTÉ Radio 1’s “Sunday Miscellany” and was shortlisted in Listowel Writers’ Week competitions. He is currently head coach of the Croatian Celts Gaelic football team and working on a play based on the life and death of Stjepan Radić.

Jack

A good Samaritan tries to help a young homeless man.

Written by Sam Ó Fearraigh
Directed by Ronan Carr

Cast:
Jack: Finn Carr
The Good Samaritan: Maggie Hannon
Cafe Manager: Sebastian Melmoth

About the author
Sam Ó Fearraigh is a writer and theatre-maker from Gort a’Choirce in the Donegal Gaeltacht. He works in both English and Irish. His poetry and short fiction have appeared in Poblachd nam Bàrd, Green Carnations | Glas na Gile, Splonk, ROPES, and the forthcoming anthology Bláth na dTulach from Éabhlóid. In 2020, Sam was commissioned to create a short play in Irish for the Ceangal | Dolen conference of minority-language theatre-makers. That play, Balbháin, as well as other works for performance, is available to watch online. Sam is a member of Aerach.Aiteach.Gaelach, a collective of queer Irish-language artists.

Scent of Burma

It’s amazing what you can order for home delivery these days.

Written by Brian Walsh
Directed by Ronan Carr

Cast:
Brenda: Anne Gallagher
Marty: Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhrighde

About the author
Brian Walsh lives in Letterkenny. His play, Is There Anybody There? has had productions in West Sussex, Belfast and Dublin while his play, The Wife, the Cat and all the Other Stuff is due to be performed later this year in both England and Ireland. He is delighted that An Grianán Theatre has decided to record this short piece. He does not presently own an elephant.

Recorded at The Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny
Produced by An Grianán Theatre
With the kind support of The Arts Council of Ireland and The Donegal County Council

About Little Acorns

At the end of January 2021 we put a call out for writers to submit short plays, 5 to 10 minutes long, that we could film and share on our social media platforms. We had over 50 plays submitted and chose 6 in all to turn into short films. The plays were filmed in April and May 2021 and shared for free online during summer 2021. In addition to the six filmed dramas we also produced 4 audio dramas which will be broadcast on Highland Radio this August and made available to listen on demand at angrianan.com from Fri 20 August.

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Little Acorns – short plays to watch for free on demand

Earlier this year we commissioned 6 local writers to write short plays for us. We shared them online over the summer on our social media channels. You can catch up with them all on demand right here.

The Hug

Written by Michelle Dennehy, The Hug is a tender story about the flights of fancy a little girl and her grandmother enjoy as they play together. Cast: Gemma Walker-Farren and Sorcha Shanahan. More info.

Joss Paper and Roast Duck

In Joss Paper and Roast Duck a man is startled when his wife presents a shopping list – for her afterlife. Written by Eve Li and directed by Karen Quinn. Cast: Diana Cheung and John D Ruddy. More info.

Taster Session

For some life is a rollercoaster, for others it’s a treadmill of discontent. And for Annette? Well, maybe the gym isn’t for her. Cast: Valerie Bryce and Maggie Hannon. Written by Peggie Caldwell. More info.

Online Mass

Mass in the time of Covid – Packie is unimpressed when his wife Kathleen starts to deliver mass at the breakfast table. Charlie Bonner and Cathleen Bradley star in the third of our Little Acorns commissions. Written by Seamus McDermott.  More info.

The Author

The second of our Little Acorns short plays is The Author by Andrew Tinney. Louise Conaghan plays a character demanding better character development from author Laura Douglas. More info.

Blue Roses

Conspiracies abound in this comedy drama written by Anne Gallagher. Cast: Anne Gallagher, Ronan Carr and Cassie Riggs. More info.

About Little Acorns

At the end of January 2021 we put a call out for writers to submit short plays, 5 to 10 minutes long, that we could film and share on our social media platforms. We had over 50 plays submitted and chose 6 in all to turn into short films. The plays were filmed in April and May 2021 and shared for free online during summer 2021.

Little Acorns was filmed using equipment kindly funded by the Arts Council of Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaíon Capacity Building Support Scheme.

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Little Acorns: The Hug – Watch now


One to watch with the little ones, The Hug is the sixth and final play of our Little Acorns short dramas. Written by Michelle Dennehy, The Hug is a tender story about the flights of fancy a little girl and her grandmother enjoy as they play together.

Commissioned by An Grianán Theatre

Cast

Granny: Gemma Walker-Farren
Nora: Sorcha Shanahan

Written by Michelle Dennehy,
Directed by Karen Quinn
Camera: Charlie Joe Doherty
Lighting: Niall Cranney
Sound recordist and camera operator: Peter Rose
Set design/camera operator: Robert Attewell
Costumes: Anne-Marie Kilfeather
Video Editor: Emory Ramsay
Sound Editor: Reuben Boylan
Captioning: Nicola Burns
Little Acorns animation: Daniel McGarrigle at Rezolve Media
Producer: Patricia McBride
Administration: Helene McMenamin, Laura Ferry

Filmed using equipment kindly funded by the
Arts Council of Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaíon
Capacity Building Support Scheme

Recorded at An Grianán Theatre in May 2021.
All rights reserved.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michelle lives in the Sperrin mountains in County Tyrone, and is a passionate environmentalist. She studied English at Oxford University, and holds a Masters degree in Novel Writing from Manchester Metropolitan University. Her plays have been performed by theatre groups on both sides of the border, and her poetry has been published in Irish and U.K. journals.

ABOUT LITTLE ACORNS

At the end of January 2021 we put a call out for writers to submit short plays, 5 to 10 minutes long, that we could film and share on our social media platforms. We had over 50 plays submitted and chose 6 in all to turn into short films. The plays were filmed in April and May 2021 an and shared for free online over the summer.

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Little John Nee on the silver screen

Little John Nee has been our theatre artist (not quite!) in residence during the pandemic. The first of his projects presented as part of the residency is his film Drone Bone Jetty.

A collaboration with Laura Sheeran, Drone Bone Jetty, like their last collaboration Radio Rosario, is set in a not too distant dystopian future in the west of Ireland.

It will be screened at this year’s Earagail Arts Festival on Wed 21 July at Century Cinemas – tickets are very limited, advanced booking is essential.

About Bone Drone Jetty

Puck Tyrrell is waiting for a boat. He hasn’t gone to work today. He has probably lost his job anyway. Puck’s had a run of good luck lately; first the allotment, then the free ticket to Heebie Jeebies and the new job; the newest recruit at the Academy of Holodramatic Arts, where algorithms do all the heavy thinking; those algorithms just can’t get enough in the Unity quest to create “art without artists”; studying the freaks, creating the data.

Production Partners for Drone Bone Jetty are  Arts Council of Ireland, Siamsa Tire (Tralee), Town Hall Theatre (Galway), An Grianán Theatre (Letterkenny), Donegal Arts Office, Aras Eanna Inis Oirr.

Congratulations to John, Laura and the rest of the team for winning Best Indie Film for Drone Bone Jetty at the Silk Road Film Awards Cannes.

There will be more to come from Little John as the residency continues into the autumn. Watch out for future announcements.

Little John Nee’s residency at An Grianán is supported by the Arts Council and is a partnership between An Grianán, Town Hall Theatre Galway, Galway Co. Arts Office, Donegal Arts Service and Árus Éanna Arts Centre Inis Oírr Island, Galway.

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Looking ahead to 2021 with Little John Nee

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Little Acorns: Joss Paper and Roast Duck – Watch Now

In Joss Paper and Roast Duck a man is startled when his wife presents a shopping list – for her afterlife. Written by Eve Li and directed by Karen Quinn.

Commissioned by An Grianán Theatre

Cast

Wife: Diana Cheung
Husband: John D Ruddy

Written by Eve Li
Directed by Karen Quinn
Camera: Charlie Joe Doherty
Lighting: Niall Cranney
Sound recordist and camera operator: Peter Rose
Set design/camera operator : Robert Attewell
Costumes: Anne-Marie Kilfeather
Video Editor: Emory Ramsay
Sound Editor: Reuben Boylan
Captioning: Nicola Burns
Little Acorns animation: Daniel McGarrigle at Rezolve Media
Producer: Patricia McBride
Administration: Helene McMenamin, Laura Ferry
Music:
Jig of Slurs Dublin Reel by Sláinte
Autumn Walk by Alexander Nakarada

Filmed using equipment kindly funded by the Arts Council of Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaíon Capacity Building Support Scheme

Recorded at An Grianán Theatre in May 2021.
All rights reserved.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Originally from London, Eve now lives in Falcarragh and is a member of the Donegal Intercultural Platform and the Pobail le Cheile committee. Her interests are writing and using theatre to bring awareness to social issues such as human right violations, racism, homelessness and mental health. She has recently completed a Community Development course with Maynooth University and has provided voluntary assistance to asylum seekers in Donegal and around Ireland.

ABOUT LITTLE ACORNS

At the end of January 2021 we put a call out for writers to submit short plays, 5 to 10 minutes long, that we could film and share on our social media platforms. We had over 50 plays submitted and chose 6 in all to turn into short films. We’ve been filming and editing them throughout April and May and will be sharing them over the next few weeks.

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Little Acorns: Taster Session – Watch Now

The fourth of our Little Acorns short play commissions is Taster Session by Peggy Caldwell. For some life is a rollercoaster, for others it’s a treadmill of discontent. And for Annette? Well, maybe the gym isn’t for her.

Commissioned by An Grianán Theatre

Cast

Orla: Valerie Bryce
Annette: Maggie Hannon

Written by Peggie Caldwell
Directed by Karen Quinn
Lighting and camera: Niall Cranney
Sound recordist and camera: Peter Rose
Set design/camera: Robert Attewell
Costumes: Anne-Marie Kilfeather
Editor: Karen Quinn
Sound Design and Audio Editing Daithí Ramsay.
Captioning: Nicola Burns
Little Acorns animation: Daniel McGarrigle at Rezolve Media
Producer: Patricia McBride
Music used Creative Commons from the Free Music Archive
Marc Burt – Amazonia
Marc Burt – Caledonia
Administration: Helene McMenamin, Laura Ferry

Spin cycles supplied by Rushe Fitness

Filmed using equipment kindly funded by the
Arts Council of Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaíon
Capacity Building Support Scheme

Recorded at An Grianán Theatre in April 2021.
All rights reserved.

About the author

Peggie Caldwell grew up in Carrigart, Co. Donegal. She currently lives and works in Dublin, but Donegal will always be home. She has been writing drama and poetry for a number of years. She says that people and places influence her greatly because we are all connected through our shared experiences and we can learn a lot from the ordinary, everyday moments in the lives of others, as well as our own.

About Little Acorns

At the end of January 2021 we put a call out for writers to submit short plays, 5 to 10 minutes long, that we could film and share on our social media platforms. We had over 50 plays submitted and chose 6 in all to turn into short films. We’ve been filming and editing them throughout April and May and will be sharing them over the next few weeks.

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Revved WIP: documentary short – Watch Now

A short documentary which takes a look at the making of Revved, a new play by local writer and actor Patrick Quinn.

Revved is set around the Donegal International Rally and looks at themes such as belonging, loneliness, obsession, and cars. In the documentary we’ll take a look at the process of bringing a play from script to stage as Patrick works with director Emily Foran and stage manager Jude Barriscale.

As a child Patrick, who is from Newmills in Letterkenny, was an active participant in our junior drama classes and An Grianán Youth Theatre. Now a drama graduate of Queen’s University, and currently studying for his MA at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Patrick has also appeared in a number of productions at An Grianán most recently in our outdoor production of The Winter’s Tale. Revved is his first play.

Revved WIP was produced by our young curators Ailis Cross Gorman and Fergal Lonergan for the Lasta Festival.

www.angrianan.com/lasta/

Logos:Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, Lasta, Nasc Touring Network, An Grianán Theatre, Donegal County Council, Arts Council of Ireland, Government of Ireland

Lasta is presented by NASC as part of Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, a nationwide, ten day season of arts experiences brought to you by the Arts Council. To see the full Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh programme, visit www.brighteningair.com

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A Live show for a Real Live Audience, in the theatre!

Orson Sterritt stars in The Adventures of the Exotic Dr. Proctor

For the first time since September 2020 An Grianán Theatre are preparing to welcome a live audience back into the building. Orson Sterritt’s The Adventures of the Exotic Dr. Proctor will bring the curtain up on the stage again this coming Friday 25th and Saturday June 26th June with two shows on each day. 

‘It’s a big moment for us’ said Marketing Manager Daithí Ramsay. `We’ve been busy producing and sharing online content throughout but live is where we really shine, and our main purpose is to bring performers and audiences together. All the technology in the world still has nothing that can replicate that experience of a room full of people enjoying a show together’. 

The current Covid Guidelines mean that up to 50 people can attend each show and Covid safety will be strictly adhered to. 

‘We’ll be announcing some outdoor shows for the Summer soon’, said Daithí, ‘and those will have a capacity of 100. We very much see these as positive steps along the way to when we will be safely allowed to go back to packed houses and sold out shows and we hope that isn’t too far off’’. 

The Adventures of the Exotic Dr. Proctor is a family show recommended for ages 5 and up. It’s the story of an intrepid explorer who travels through different worlds in his magic Horsebox. Follow the magical doctor as he tries to create his camp, so that he can continue his adventures while exploring the exotic land that he has arrived in. This is a fun family show with a twist of magic and a hint of circus and tickets are only €5 and you can book online now at angrianan.com.

Creator of the Exotic Dr Proctor, Orson Sterritt has been juggling from a young age. He learned his craft performing in parades and as a walk around act. He has been performing in theatre for many years in musicals and various other shows. This is the first show he has written and also his first solo performance. The show is presented by Giddy Up Theatre in association with An Grianán Theatre and Directed by Sinéad O’Donnell-Carey.

This production is a recipient of a bursary award from An Grianán’s Make Some Noise scheme.

Pre-booking essential – find out more here.

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