drama

Meet the Kings of the Kilburn High Road

The Kings of the Kilburn High Road is our first drama of 2016 and what a way to kick off a season of outstanding plays here at An Grianán.

Director Padraic McIntyre and his company Livin’ Dred Theatre have assembled an stellar cast for this powerful Irish drama.

About the play

The Kings of the Kilburn High Road tells the story of group of young men who leave 1970s Ireland in the hope of making their fortunes in England.  Twenty-five years later only one, Jackie Flavin, makes it home, but does so in a coffin.  The Kings of the Kilburn High Road takes place on the day the winners and losers of the group meet up to drink to Jackie Flavin’s memory and looks at their lives, lost dreams and their place in the new Ireland.

The cast

Fresh from his excellent turn as Michael in the Lyric’s recent production of Dancing at Lughnasa, we are pleased to welcome back local actor Charlie Bonner to An Grianán so soon. A regular with the Abbey Theatre appearing in some 14 different productions since 1995 including the Friel plays Philadelphia, Here I Come! and Living Quarters, Charlie worked with us on our Rediscovering Friel project for the 2013 Earagail Arts Festival. He also recently appeared in RTE’s 1916 drama Rebellion.

Seamus O’Rourke is a writer, director and actor and his comedy drama Ride On! was performed at An Grianán in 2011, also from Livin’ Dred. He has been heav­ily involved in the ama­teur drama scene for more than twenty years, fea­tur­ing in the All Ire­land Drama finals in Athlone on fif­teen occa­sions.  In the finals, he has won: RTE Best Direc­tor in 2005 (Stolen Child by Yvonne Quinn & Deirdre Ní Chaoimh), RTE Best Actor in 2010 (for John in Con­nor McPherson’s Shin­ing City), RTE Best Sup­port­ing Actor in 2011 (Pato in the Beauty Queen of Leenane by Mar­tin McDon­agh), as well as being nom­i­nated for direc­tion and act­ing on eight other occasions.

One of Ireland’s best known actors, showbiz is in Phelim Drew’s blood – he is the son of the Dubliners’ Ronnie Drew. Recent roles include Billy in the hit musical Once at the Olympia. Phelim made his film debut in Oscar winning hit My Left Foot and has also appeared in movies such as The Commitments. Appearances at An Grianán include a memorable turn in the Abbey Theatre’s The Seafarer and Decadent Theatre’s Port Authority.

Arthur Riordan is a founder member of Rough Magic Theatre Co and has appeared in many of their productions, including Peer Gynt, Improbable Frequency, Solemn Mass for a Full Moon in Summer, and more. He has also worked with the Abbey & Peacock Theatres, Gaiety Theatre, Corcadorca, Pan Pan, Druid, The Corn Exchange, Bedrock Productions, Red Kettle, Fishamble, Project, Bewleys Café Theatre and many others.  Arthur has also written several plays including The Train, Improbable Frequency, Peer Gynt (a new adaptation) and The Emergency Session, all for Rough Magic; Slattery’s Sago Saga (adapted from the unfinished Flann O’Brien novel) for the Performance Corporation; Shooting Gallery (co-written with Des Bishop for Bedrock Productions); Rap Eire, (also with Des Bishop for Bickerstaffe); and Love Me?! for the Corn Exchange.

Originally from Cork, Malcolm Adams trained as an actor in The Actor’s Space in New York.  He was in the original cast of John Breen’s brilliant rugby drama Alone in Stands, touring with it for three years including stints in London’s West End. He also toured in Marie Jones’ Stones in his Pockets, performing in it more than 300 times in the West End and on a 40 city tour of the UK. Between 2005 and 2010 Malcolm was nominated four times for an Irish Times Theatre Award, once for Best Actor (for Arthur Riordan’s Slattery’s Sago Saga, Performance Corporation) and three for Best Supporting Actor (Belfry, Livin’ Dred; The Taming of the Shrew, Rough Magic; and Only an Apple, The Abbey Theatre).

The Kings of the Kilburn High Road by Jimmy Murphy
Wed 16 and Thur 17 February 2016 at 8pm
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Brian Friel 1929-2015

[box style=”red” closable=”un-closable”]We welcome members of the public to come and sign the book of condolence. We will pass this on to Brian’s family. If you would like to sign it it please call in to the theatre’s box office.[/box]

We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of Ireland’s greatest playwright and proud resident of Donegal, Brian Friel. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to his wife Anne and their children and extended family and friends.

We will feel Brian’s loss very deeply.  He was a great friend and patron of An Grianán Theatre.  We admired his work and made it part of our brief to celebrate his close association with the theatre over the years. We took a special pride in producing his many works.  Our first An Grianán production was his play Translations which was part of our opening season in 1999. Since then we have continued to produce many of his other plays over the years including major productions of Dancing at Lughnasa, Making History as part of the Flight of the Earls Commemorations and The Home Place to celebrate his 80th birthday. We have also had productions and readings of many of other plays including Faith Healer and Molly Sweeney, Aristocrats and The Freedom of the City as well as lesser known works such as Volunteers and The Gentle Island.

Cast and crew celebrate the opening night of Translations at An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny with its playwright Brian Friel (third from left). November 1999

Cast and crew celebrate the opening night of Translations with its playwright Brian Friel (third from left). November 1999

We were delighted to have had the opportunity this summer with our other arts partners to initiate the first ever Brian Friel Festival, the Lughnasa International Friel Festival,  a unique festival based in both Donegal and Belfast celebrating his life and legacy.  We are so pleased that Brian was able to experience that and to know the high esteem in which we hold him.

Brian Friel with director of An Grianán Theatre, Patricia McBride, at the Donegal Person of the Year Awards in 2010.

Brian Friel with director of An Grianán Theatre, Patricia McBride, at the Donegal Person of the Year Awards in 2010.

We will treasure our memories of Brian and the generous support he gave the theatre and the happy nights he spent here in the company of the theatre staff and actors. He was an inspiration to us in our work and we are proud to have had his friendship. Thank you Brian for the beautiful legacy of work and for putting Donegal on the international stage. “Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”

Patricia McBride,
Director, An Griánan Theatre

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Paul Boyd was kind enough to share  this lovely story of a memorable encounter with Brian shortly after the theatre opened in 1999:

In 1999 I met Brian Friel at An Grianan Theatre. It was the theatre’s inaugural season, and “Translations” was the first in-house production (my “Alice The Musical” was to be its second a month or two later).

I sat next to Brian and his wife Anne at the opening night of “Translations” – we were all skulking at the very back row, in a kind of writers hide.

At one point, Brian stood up, and the brand new seat he was sitting on had such a hair-trigger tip-up that it just wasn’t there when he sat back down again. Anne and I had to discretely pick him up off the floor and much giggling ensued, which lead to our interval and post-show chats.

He was an incredibly gracious man and over the following years when we would be in the same venue at the same time (we shared many a season) he always made a point of saying hello and claimed to be aware of my most recent work; I have no idea if he did, or if he had just scanned the brochure minutes before, but either way it was always an honour and a pleasure to be in his company.

He was our greatest living playwright. Sitting next to him at a function felt akin to sitting next to Beckett or O’Casey – nothing less than an historic privilege.

He always looked exactly how you imagined he would, he spoke fondly of his beloved Donegal, which is possibly why he always looked so much at home at An Grianan, more so than at any other theatre at which I met him.

An Grianan (which has a soft spot in my own heart anyway) will always remind me of Friel. And I can still identify the offending seat in the back row that sent the “Irish Chekov” crashing to the floor that night in 1999. And as it happens, I’m very glad that it did.

Today both Ireland and the global theatre community lost a giant of a man.

Paul Boyd,  via Facebook

 


(Portrait of Brian Friel ‘Renouncing Chance’ by Colin Davidson, 2010 used by kind permission of the artist for our Rediscovering Friel project for the Earagail Arts Festival, July 2011).

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Auditions: Saint Joan

AUDITIONS – WEDNESDAY 30th Sept & SATURDAY 3rd Oct 2015.

Auditions for SAINT JOAN by G.B. Shaw will take place on Wednesday 30th September at 7.30pm and Saturday 3rd October at 2.00pm in the Regional Cultural Centre.

The play will be performed in An Grianán Theatre in January 2016.

Each audition will take the form of a workshop (approx 90 mins).

This is an excellent opportunity for all actors across Donegal and the North-West to come and audition for a large cast in what promises to be a great production of a fantastic play. Celebrating existing and emerging talent.

For further information please visit www.workhouse.ie or see their Facebook page

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Environment the Musical on RTE tonight.

Last May children from our youth theatre programme presented a new production of Annette McNelis’ litter awareness show Environment the Musical. Tonight RTE1’s Nationwide will present a special report on the show:

ENVIRONMENT THE MUSICAL/REPORT BRIAN MCVEIGH
“We all share responsibility for protecting our environment, be it in the home recycling or by keeping our streets litter free. All over the country teams of volunteers in Tidy Town groups have the unenviable task of picking up other people’s litter. In Donegal the environmental cleanup is hitting all the right notes and it’s down to one lady who has come up with a novel idea to get litter in the bin. Mary Harte joined the young people of the “Mean, Green, Anti-Litter Machine”.

It will be broadcast at 7pm on RTE 1 and will also be available online on the RTE Player.

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Casting Call: Fiesta Auditions

We are reviving our very successful production of Fiesta this autumn and will be holding auditions to recast three of the main roles as well as some chorus positions.

Date and time:

Thursday 13th August at 7pm in An Grianan Theatre

Main Cast
2 female
1 male

Plus chorus roles

Adults only roles available.

The performance dates are Wednesday 4 to Saturday 7 November 2015.

A sell out hit at the 2014 Earagail Arts Festival, Fiesta is a celebration of the dancers, the chancers and the lovers who graced the Fiesta Ballroom, Letterkenny – the famous dancehall venue that formed a hugely important part of the social history of Donegal and the wider North West region.

Fiesta was originally commissioned for the Earagail Arts Festival as a co-production with Earagail Arts Festival, An Grianán Theatre and Donegal County Council Arts Office and supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Failte Ireland and Donegal County Council.
IMPORTANTeMail with name and contact number if you are interested in auditioning.

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Ireland Celebrates Its Greatest Living Playwright With New Two-Part Festival

The inaugural Lughnasa International Friel Festival (LIFF) will take place between 20-31st August 2015, in celebration of Ireland’s greatest living playwright, Brian Friel. In what is to become the only cross-border annual cultural festival celebration, the LIFF festival, directed by Sean Doran, will feature an extensive multi-arts and multi-disciplinary programme of performances, talks, discussions, music, dance and food in both Donegal (20-23rd August) and Belfast (27-31st August).

Given our long association with the work of Brian Friel, we at An Grianán Theatre are very pleased to be a partner in this exciting new festival as our director Patricia McBride explains: “I am delighted to see the launch of the inaugural Friel Festival this August. An Grianán Theatre was supportive of the festival from the start and was instrumental in its development. We have enjoyed a very warm relationship with Brian Friel and have produced many of his plays since the theatre first opened and it is a pleasure to see the man and his work honoured in this way.  The Festival will make a wonderful addition to Donegal’s cultural calendar.”

At the heart of the programme every year will be a signature production of one of Friel’s key plays presented in both locations, and from which the themes and tone of the festival will be drawn. This year it will be Dancing At Lughnasa, and the Lyric Theatre Belfast will present a major new production which will premiere in  An Grianán on Thur 20 August and run for four days before transferring to the Lyric in Belfast.

Celebrating the life and work of Friel in the two places most important and most influential to his work, Donegal and Northern Ireland, the two-part festival will respectively be entitled ‘Donegal, Welcome to Friel Country’ and ‘Belfast, Here I Come!’. The physical landscape of these places will be an important element to the overall festival experience with programming in sites including community halls, a pier, a peace wall, an island, a bridge, schools and churches.

President Michael D Higgins said “It is entirely fitting that this festival is taking place on a cross-border basis, given (Brian) Friel’s experience of living north and south of the border. In a certain sense, Ballybeg is a metonym for the island of Ireland, if not the wider world – a literary device through which universal questions are addressed by examining the individual and the local.  I wish all those involved in this project every success.”

Ireland celebrates Brian Friel, its greatest living playwright with  new two-part festival:  the Lughnasa International Friel Festival (LIFF),  Donegal and Belfast August 2015.  Photo by Bobbie Hanvey.

Ireland celebrates Brian Friel, its greatest living playwright with new two-part festival: the Lughnasa International Friel Festival (LIFF), Donegal and Belfast August 2015. Photo by Bobbie Hanvey.

Donegal, Welcome to Friel Country

Starting on Thursday 20 August, the first chapter of the celebration will open with a journey across the Foyle estuary from Magilligan to Greencastle, Co Donegal, where Brian Friel lives, launching four days of unique events and performances that evoke the relationship between the writer and the place. These include an opening lecture given by Fintan O’Toole at The Guildhall Derry, the setting for Friel’s play, Freedom of the City introduced by Gary McKeone*.

Belfast, Here I Come

The festival then moves on to Belfast from 27 – 31 August, with celebrations, many of them free, including classical and traditional music, five open air stages for dancing, a harvest food festival, Belfast’s first ever kite flying festival and Amongst Women. Curated by Deputy Artistic Director, Liam Browne, Amongst Women is an all women talks programme featuring amongst many others, Shami Chakrabarti, Director, UK Liberty; Kamila Shamsie, Pakistani novelist and commentator; Kathy Lette, comedian and author; Mary Portas, retail guru; Ahdaf Soueif, Egyptian novelist and political and cultural commentator, and Sandi Toksvig, writer, presenter, comedian and politician.

“universal appeal”

President Bill Clinton, Founder of the Clinton Foundation & 42nd President of the United States who has quoted Friel in his speeches said “Friel’s work is an Irish treasure for the entire world. Although many of his plays are set in his small town of Ballybeg, the themes and issues explored in them—identity, family, and conflict—have a universal appeal. It is his extraordinary understanding of people, their motivations and their dreams, and their sense of themselves and others that keeps pulling us back to Friel again and again.”

During the festival, Queen’s University Belfast will launch the first Brian Friel Summer School in Redcastle, Inishowen, County Donegal from 24 – 26 August, providing opportunities for students to experience the work of the writer, right in the heart of ‘Friel Country’. Queen’s has the only theatre in the world named after Brian Friel.

Cast and crew celebrate the opening night of Translations at An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny with its playwright Brian Friel (third from left). November 1999

An Grianán Theatre has a long association with Brian Friel. Pictured is the cast and crew celebrating the opening night of An Grianán’s production of Translations with Brian Friel (third from left) in November 1999.

‘Donegal County Council is delighted to support and to work with the inaugural Lughnasa International Friel Festival to explore, interpret and celebrate the work of one Ireland’s finest living playwrights. A much-loved and valued member of our community, we are proud that he has made his home here. There is no better way to enjoy the plays of Friel than here among the townlands of Donegal, that have so inspired his writing.’  Mícheál Uas. ó hÉanaigh, Director of Service, Community, Culture and Planning Development, Donegal County Council.

Northern Ireland’s Culture Minister Carál Nί Chuilίn said; “It is fitting that one of Ireland’s greatest ever playwrights is being honoured with an annual festival and I congratulate Sean Doran on making this happen in an innovative and exciting manner.  Brian Friel’s rich storytelling prowess has enriched all our lives and I’m sure that this will be a festival that will do him proud.”

Commenting on the festival programme Brian Friel said, “If you want a festival that is tame and conventional and mildly entertaining don’t ask Sean Doran to organise it. Witness his Beckett Festival in Enniskillen – it is wild and imaginative and creative and riveting. I have total confidence he’ll do the same with the Friel Festival.”

Left to right: Miche Doherty, Conleth Hill, Ian McElhinney and Stuart Graham in Brian Friel's 'The Home Place at An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny. The Home Place was a co-production with the Lyric Theatre, Belfast and was the major drama highlight of our tenth anniversary celebrations. Jan/Feb 2009.Photo: Declan Doherty . All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

Left to right: Miche Doherty, Conleth Hill, Ian McElhinney and Stuart Graham in Brian Friel’s ‘The Home Place at An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny in Jan 2009. The Home Place was a co-production with the Lyric Theatre, Belfast and was the major drama highlight of our tenth anniversary celebrations.  We are delighted to welcome the Lyric back this August with Dancing at Lughnasa. Photo: Declan Doherty. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

Follow the festival happenings on Twitter @LughnasalntFF and on Facebook/lughnasainternationalfrielfestival using #LIFF2015

 BOX OFFICES OPEN 29TH JULY – DETAILS:

·         Tickets for ‘Donegal, Welcome to Friel Country’ Events

An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny. + 353 (0) 74 9120777. https://www.angrianan.com/

·         Tickets for ‘Belfast, Here I Come!’ Events

Visit Belfast Welcome Centre, Belfast, + 44 (0) 28 90246609. http://visit-belfast.com/

PRINCIPAL FUNDING PARTNER : Belfast City Council

FUNDING SUPPORTERS : Donegal County Council, Tourism NI, DHA (Department of Heritage and the Arts ROI), DARD (Department of Agriculture and Rural Development NI), Arts Council Ireland, Arts Council Northern Ireland, An Grianan Theatre, Lyric Theatre Belfast.

*Brian Friel dedicated his last and final play ‘The Home Place’ to Gary McKeone.

 

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Theatre makers! Dreamers of Dreams! Don’t miss Beyond the Pale.

Calling all makers and practitioners of theatre. The Earagail Arts Festival have invited a host of international and local makers of community theatre to Letterkenny for a weekend of workshops, talks and performances.

It’s a fantastic opportunity to meet like minded people and to explore fresh ways of working, make new connections and creative partnership.

You never know – this time next year it might be you performing at the festival!

While the majority of the events will be next door in the Regional Cultural Centre, we will be hosting performances by some of the speakers and participants.

Little John Nee & The Highly Strung Orchestra at An Grianan Theatre Letterkenny July 2015 Earagail Arts Festival. Music. Comedy. Storytelling.

Little John Nee & The Highly Strung Orchestra at An Grianan Theatre Letterkenny July 2015 Earagail Arts Festival. Music. Comedy. Storytelling.

Little John Nee and his Highly Strung Orchestra will present an evening of music, story and comedy inspired by their crowd funded album Songs from the Lough Swilly Delta on Sat 18 July.

Little John Nee will also be one of the speakers at Meet the Makers – Local Theatre for Local People: The Donegal Experience on Sun 19 July at 2.30pm in the RCC, a talk which will also feature An Grianán Theatre, Guy Le Jeune who is the author of community theatre productions Fiesta and On the Camel’s Hump,  LUXe are a local theatre company which specialises in big outdoor visually spectacular theatre. The line up is completed by newcomers Bread and Roses who are presented their first production, Dario Fo’s Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay, as part of this year’s festival.

Actor Declan Gorman will be doing a couple workshops over the weekend in the RCC before presenting his acclaimed one man show The Dubliners’ Dilemma with us on Sun 19 July. The play recounts the behind the scenes drama of  attempting to publish James Joyce’s remarkable first book The Dubliners.

Dario Fo's political comedy farce Can't Pay Won't Pay. Bread and Roses Theatre Company, An Grianan Theatre, Earagail Arts Festival, July 2015. Theatre. Comedy. Letterkenny.

Dario Fo’s political comedy farce Can’t Pay Won’t Pay. Bread and Roses Theatre Company, An Grianan Theatre, Earagail Arts Festival, July 2015. Theatre. Comedy. Letterkenny.

And if you fancy a laugh then come see Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay. Bread and Roses might be new but the talent behind this new venture are all hugely experienced local theatre practioners. Find out more about the production here.

Beyond The Pale – Meet the Makers Symposium, 17 to 19 July, Letterkenny ~View the event flyer here.

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The Earagail Arts Festival at An Grianán

Part of the Earagail Arts Festival, 10 to 26 July 2015 - two weeks of music, theatre, visual arts, film, literature, circus & carnival on Ireland’s North West Atlantic seaboard. More at www.eaf.ie. width=

Part of the Earagail Arts Festival, 10 to 26 July 2015 – two weeks of music, theatre, visual arts, film, literature, circus & carnival on Ireland’s North West Atlantic seaboard.

It’s nearly arts festival time again! Have you downloaded the programme yet?

We’re gearing up for a very busy and arts filled July here at An Grianán. We’re the official box office for the Earagail Arts Festival so you can buy tickets for events happening here in An Grianán and right across the county!

Comedy with Neil Delamere

Neil Delamere in a crown

Neil Delamere. Sat 11 July

Our festival events kick off on Sat 11 July with a night of stand up comedy from Neil Delamere who is back with his show The Fresh Prince of Delamere. He sold out last time to this is one to book your tickets in advance for!

Overture: A Magical Italian Bubble Concerto

Full of bubbles and all the way from Italy is the wonderful family show Overture. From odd instruments giant bubbles appear, bouncing bubbles, portable bubbles, bunches of bubbles, so many bubbles! If you are very lucky you might even get to stand inside a giant, people-sized bubble!

Comedy Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay!

Dario Fo's political comedy farce Can't Pay Won't Pay. Bread and Roses Theatre Company, An Grianan Theatre, Earagail Arts Festival, July 2015. Theatre. Comedy. Letterkenny.

Dario Fo’s political comedy farce Can’t Pay Won’t Pay. Bread and Roses Theatre Company, An Grianan Theatre, Earagail Arts Festival, July 2015. Theatre. Comedy. Letterkenny.

Next up we have the farcical comedy Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay! from newly formed local company Bread and Roses Theatre. Directed by Katheen McCreery, the excellent cast features Valerie Bryce, Margaret Hannon and Eoghan Mac Ghiolla Bhríde from last year’s hugely successful festival play, Fiesta, along with Paul Bonar (The 39 Steps) and Martin McGinley, best known as one of Donegal and Ireland’s finest fiddle players. Written by Dario Fo, the only actor to ever win a Nobel Prize, his plays are as fiercely provocative as they are funny, and as relevant today in Donegal as in Fo’s native Italy.

Little John Nee and the Caledonia Highly Strung Orchestra

Perennial favourite Little John Nee has reassembled his Caledonia Highly Strung Orchestra to present “Lough Swilly Delta Live”.  In addition to songs from their  debut album “Songs from the Lough Swilly Delta the show will feature their latest new compositions, musical stories, comedy and the drama of being highly strung on the road.A mixture of comic blues and haunted ballads, featuring songs from “The Derry Boat”, “The Mental”, “Dead Rooster Blues”, “Sparkplug” and others all given the “Highly Strung” treatment; the warm earthy guitars of Fionn Robinson, the Ella-mental voice and kaleidoscopic clarinets of Orlaith Gilcreest, the pulsing piano and hair-blowing Hammond of Jeremy Howard as well and Little John’s trademark ukulele and cigar box guitar.

The Dubliners’ Dilemma

Bachelors Walk Productions presents The Dubliners Dilemma based on Dubliners by James Joyce. An Grianan Theatre Letterkenny July 2015. Earagail Arts Festival. Drama.

Bachelors Walk Productions presents The Dubliners Dilemma based on Dubliners by James Joyce. An Grianan Theatre Letterkenny July 2015. Earagail Arts Festival. Drama.

The Dubliners’ Dilemma is an acclaimed one man show that brings the stories and controversies of James Joyce’s remarkable first book “Dubliners” to vivid life. The year is 1914. London publisher Grant Richards has determined to re-read Joyce’s controversial manuscript, eight years after rejecting it over fears it might breach strict British and Irish obscenity laws. Should Richards be the one to risk everything now, second time around, and launch this volatile but brilliant genius on a world about to descend into the madness of war?

Fairytale favourites from Banyan Puppet Theatre

Banyan Theatre present The History of Tom Thumb at An Grianan Theatre Letterkenny Earagail Arts Festival Family Puppets Children July 2015

Banyan Theatre present The History of Tom Thumb at An Grianan Theatre Letterkenny Earagail Arts Festival Family Puppets Children July 2015

We’re delighted to welcome back Banyan Puppet Theatre. Banyan’s beautifully crafted and imaginative shows were one of the talking points of our festival shows last year, delighting young and old alike. This year they are presenting  two new shows: The Elves and the Shoemaker and The History of Tom Thumb. Ideal for younger audiences and their families.

Our pick of the festival! How to Keep an Alien

On the heels of the marriage equality referendum, Rough Magic’s How to Keep an Alien is very topical! The List have named this as one of the must see shows of the upcoming Edinburgh Fringe Festival – but why go  all the way to Scotland when you can come and see it here! ‘How to Keep an Alien’ is a funny and tender autobiographical tale in which Irish Sonya and Australian Kate meet and fall in love, but Kate’s visa is up and she must leave the country.  Together they must find a way to prove to the Department of Immigation that they have the right to live together in Ireland. And it isn’t going to be easy!

Visual Arts: Donegal – Home

Exhibition: Earagail Arts Festival 2015 July

Exhibition: Earagail Arts Festival 2015 July

Our visual arts exhibition this year is ‘Donegal – Home‘ and features work by artists who are either from Donegal or have chosen the county as their home. Artists include Paul Rooney, Richard Wayman, Declan Doherty, Simon Birch, Denzil Browne, Jan Voster, Katrina Quille, Cathal McGinley, Ian Gordon, Johnny Boyle, Una Campbell and Caitlin Gallagher.

There are loads more events happening across the county – check out the official Earagail website for the full list of events!

Festival events at An Grianán at a glance:

Sat 11 July, 8pm: Neil Delamere

Tues 13 July, 3pm: Overture

Thur 16 & Fri 17 July, 8pm: Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay!

Sat 18 July, 8pm: Little John Nee and the Highly Strung Orchestra

Sun 19 July, 8pm: The Dubliners’ Dilemma

Wed 22 July, 11am and 3pm: Banyan Puppet Theatre: The Elves and the Shoemaker | The History of Tom Thumb

Fri 24 July, 8pm: How to Keep an Alien

Friday 10 July 2015 – Saturday 8 August 2015: Donegal: Home

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Something big is happening…

A message from Druid’s director Garry Hynes:

“Something big is happening in Letterkenny this summer and we want to make sure you know about it: DruidShakespeare tours to An Grianán from 3rd – 6th June. The production is not only one of our most ambitious undertakings ever, it also marks our fortieth year making theatre!

Above:  Marty Rea who also appeared in DruidMurphy at An Grianán (photo by Catherine Ashmore) plays Richard II in DruidShakespeare (photo by Matthew Thompson).

Above: Marty Rea who appeared in DruidMurphy at An Grianán (photo by Catherine Ashmore) plays Richard II in DruidShakespeare (photo by Matthew Thompson).

“Druid has toured the length and breadth of the country, and all over the world. Our relationship with Donegal goes back to 1983 when we brought M.J. Molloy’s Wood of the Whispering to Ballyshannon and Ballybofey. Over the next twenty years we performed regularly throughout the county, from Buncrana to Aranmore, and in recent years, An Grianán Theatre in Letterkenny has provided us with a home away from home. In 2013 we staged DruidMurphy – Plays by Tom Murphy at An Grianán, and now DruidShakespeare heads north to celebrate the mastery of the bard in our fortieth year.

“Mark O’Rowe, one of Ireland’s most exciting writers, has condensed four Shakespeare plays – Richard II, Henry IV (Pts. 1 & 2) and Henry V – in this new action-packed adaptation for Druid. The production features an exceptional cast, including some of Ireland’s most acclaimed actors: Clare Barrett, Derbhle Crotty, Gavin Drea, Bosco Hogan, Garrett Lombard, Karen McCartney, Charlotte McCurry, Aaron Monaghan, Marie Mullen, Rory Nolan, John Olohan, Aisling O’Sullivan and Marty Rea. You can expect singing, thrilling dramatic moments and a rousing parade of characters including one of Shakespeare’s greatest comic creations, Falstaff.

“I hope you will join us for this epic theatrical event, and help us celebrate forty fantastic years producing and touring theatre.”

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DruidShakespeare: What audiences have been saying

DruidShakespeare is an epic theatre event that condenses four action-packed plays – Richard II, Henry IV (Parts 1 & 2), and Henry V – into one thrilling drama played out over six hours.

It had its official opening  last Saturday night in the Mick Lally Theatre and here’s a little sample of what audiences have been saying about it.

DruidShakespeare comes to An Grianán Theatre this June. Buy tickets now or find out more about the production here.

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