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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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Little Acorns – Online Mass WATCH NOW

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. Online Mass was written by Seamus McDermott and directed by Karen Quinn.

Commissioned by An Grianán Theatre

Cast

Charlie Bonner
Cathleen Bradley

Written by Seamus McDermott
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: Emory Ramsay
Credits/Captioning: Nicola Burns
Little Acorns animation: Daniel McGarrigle at Rezolve Media
Producer: Patricia McBride

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

Seamus McDermott lives in Convoy. This is Seamus’ first play. At school Seamus struggled with writing, reading and spelling. This resulted in a lack of confidence in his creative ability. Two years ago at the age of fifty-two Seamus completed a part-time creative writing course facilitated by Avril Meehan in Lifford Court House. It was here he discovered a passion for writing. Seamus’ main interest is in poetry and he has been shortlisted in the Allingham Arts Poetry Competition 2020, published in Little Gems magazine’s Spring and Winter editions, Pendemic (online), Stories From The Waterside (online), and had a video-poem selected for screening at Reel Poetry / Houston Texas 2021 Film Festival.

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 – The Author WATCH NOW

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.

The Author

Commissioned by An Grianán Theatre

Cast

Laura Douglas
Louise Conaghan

Written and directed by Andrew Tinney
Director of photography: Karen Quinn
Lighting and camera: Niall Cranney
Sound recordist and camera: Peter Rose
Set design/camera: Robert Attewell
Costume (An Grianán): Anne-Marie Kilfeather
Editor: Daithi Ramsay
Title/Credits/Captioning: Nicola Burns
Little Acorns animation: Daniel McGarrigle at Rezolve Media
Producer: Patricia McBride

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

Andrew Tinney is an actor and writer originally from Newtowncunningham who now lives in Strabane and is very well known on the Drama scene in the North West. He has penned numerous short plays, as well as the 3-act tragedy Silence, which premiered in 2018. He is also the creator and director of Bard Theatre. He holds an MA in Creative Writing and a BA Hons in Drama. His novels currently include Shadow Rises and Shadow Falls from the Thousand Paths Series, as well as A Ballad of Faith and Blood from the Immortal Bard Chronicles.

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 – Blue Roses WATCH NOW

Here’s the first of our Little Acorns short plays. Conspiracies abound in this comedy drama written by Anne Gallagher.

Blue Roses (or Bombay Gin by the Blue Bin)

Commissioned by An Grianán Theatre

Cast

Anne Gallagher
Ronan Carr
Cassie Riggs

Written by Anne Gallagher
Directed by Karen Quinn
Lighting and camera: Niall Cranney
Sound recordist and camera: Peter Rose
Set design/camera: Robert Attewell
Costume (An Grianán): Anne-Marie Kilfeather
Original songs: words and music by Ronan Carr
Editor: Daithi Ramsay
Title/Credits/Captioning: Nicola Burns
Little Acorns animation: Daniel McGarrigle at Rezolve Media
Producer: Patricia McBride

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

A special thanks to Paul Anthony Harkin

Recycling bins provided by DM Waste

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

About the author

Anne Gallagher is an actor and theatre-maker with over 20 years experience originally from Muff and now based in Bridgend. She first performed on the An Grianán stage in the 2007 production of The O’Neill and most recently in 2016’s Waving Not Drowning, both as an actor and contributing writer. She is one half of Mockingbird Theatre Group and has kept herself busy in lockdown making short films and sharing them online.

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: Short Play Selections Announced!

Little Acorns … 
Clockwise from top: Andrew Tinney, Anne Gallagher, Michelle Dennehy, Eve Li, Peggie Caldwell, Seamus McDermott

Clockwise from top: Andrew Tinney, Anne Gallagher, Michelle Dennehy, Eve Li, Peggie Caldwell, Seamus McDermott

An Grianán Theatre have announced the 6 writers from the North West whose Short Play Scripts will be filmed for broadcast on An Grianán’s Social Media channels. They come from Convoy, Newtowncunningham, Falcarragh, Carrigart, Muff and Greencastle in County Tyrone, and are Seamus McDermott, Andrew Tinney, Eve Li, Peggie Caldwell, Anne Gallagher and Michelle Dennehy.

 

51 scripts were submitted in total. ‘It was fantastic to see the response we got to the call out’ said An Grianán’s Marketing Manager Daithí Ramsay, ‘and the quality of the plays blew us away. We had a really hard time whittling it down to the final selection, in the end we decided to do six instead of five, which means more work for us but they were too good to pass up! The ones we chose were the ones that really hit the criteria, there were others we thought were great too, but they presented more challenges for us to film them, considering the restrictions we are currently working under What’s been fantastic about both this call out, and the Let’s Make Some Noise one at the end of last year, and the recent Young Curators one, is we’ve engaged with so many talented people in the North West, many of whom we haven’t engaged with before. There’s an absolute wealth of talent out there, and it’s so great to be able to work with these people and to help them along to the next step in their artistic journey.

 

Seamus McDermott

 

Seamus lives in Convoy. This is Seamus’ first play. At school Seamus struggled with writing, reading and spelling. This resulted in a lack of confidence in his creative ability. Two years ago at the age of fifty-two Seamus completed a part-time creative writing course facilitated by Avril Meehan in Lifford Court House. It was here he discovered a passion for writing. Seamus’ main interest is in poetry and he has been shortlisted in the Allingham Arts Poetry Competition 2020, published in Little Gems magazine’s Spring and Winter editions, Pendemic (online), Stories From The Waterside (online), and had a video-poem selected for screening at Reel Poetry / Houston Texas 2021 Film Festival.

 

Peggie Caldwell

 

Peggie 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.

 

Andrew Tinney
Andrew Tinney is an actor and writer originally from Newtowncunningham who now lives in Strabane and is very well known on the Drama scene in the North West. He has penned numerous short plays, as well as the 3-act tragedy Silence, which premiered in 2018. He is also the creator and director of Bard Theatre. He holds an MA in Creative Writing and a BA Hons in Drama. His novels currently include Shadow Rises and Shadow Falls from the Thousand Paths Series, as well as A Ballad of Faith and Blood from the Immortal Bard Chronicles.

 

Eve Li

 

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.

 

Anne Gallagher 
Anne is an actor and theatre-maker with over 20 years experience originally from Muff and now based in Bridgend. She first performed on the An Grianán stage in the 2007 production of The O’Neill and most recently in 2016’s Waving Not Drowning, both as an actor and contributing writer.  She is one half of Mockingbird Theatre Group and has kept herself busy in lockdown making short films and sharing them online.

 

Michelle Dennehy 
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.

 

This was the call out :

We have an idea.

We want to broadcast some original short plays on our social media platforms, free to the general public. They should be between 5 and 10 minutes, and ideally uplifting and fun. Obviously the language used and subjects covered should be able to be broadcast on social media platforms such as Facebook.

Applicants should be over 18 and from the North West.

If chosen you’ll be given a budget of €1000 to create your play. It should have a maximum cast of 4, and a minimum of 2. An Grianán will provide the space and the team to record and edit it, if done in the theatre, adhering to the strictest coronavirus regulations and taking all possible health and safety steps.

The set and lighting design should be very simple, the actors will have to stay at least 2 metres apart, and come from within the permitted travel area under the regulations. Props should be kept to a minimum too.

The plays can be in any language, or indeed in a dialect. There’ll be up to five chosen for recording, hopefully, in March or April, and you can submit your script anytime from now on.

Send your script and a little bit about you to this address.

We’ll put a deadline of the end of February on, but if you miss the deadline we understand and will still consider your idea, we’re here to receive and work with good ideas not to exclude them.

We are particularly interested in receiving submissions from people we’ve never worked with before, of any age, any race or ethnicity, and any gender.

We’re also interested in hearing from people we have worked with before.

Please note: Our stage and backstage area are fully accessible to wheelchair users.

Some helpful hints for your script:

  • A general rule of thumb is one page of dialogue runs about 1.5 minutes long, so you should aim for 4 to 7 pages of dialogue.
  • You should ideally use line spacing between speakers and put stage directions in italics. It makes it much easier for us to read and understand.

And remember, from little acorns tall oak trees grow!

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