Lasta – Young Curators Festival

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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Lasta Shorts: Tuna – Watch now

The fifth and final of our Lasta shorts is Tuna, a hand drawn animation by Cliona Noonan. A late-night supermarket cashier with a strange obsession is visited by a mysterious customer.

Cliona Noonan is an Irish animator and filmmaker. She graduated from The National Film School of Ireland in 2019 with a BA in Animation. Her graduation film ‘TUNA’ has screened at festivals internationally. She has since gone on to direct the short film ‘Wet & Soppy’ as part of the 2020 ‘Animation Studio Lab’ programme, supported by Animation Skillnet. She was selected for the 2020 OFFline Animation Residency and is currently completing her new short film.

Watch the other Lasta Shorts:

Fisherman and Dog

Roman Picante

The Electric Wizard Episode 1 (NB: strong language, recommended ages 14+)

The Electric Wizard Episode 2 (NB: strong language, recommended ages 14+)

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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Lasta Shorts: Fisherman and Dog – Watch now

Fisherman & Dog by Dylan Buter is a short animation aimed at children, but hopefully enjoyable at any age. If you are a fan of ‘Wallace and Gromit’ and ‘Adventure Time’ we think you’ll enjoy it.

Dylan Butter is from Donegal and studied animation for four years at the LYIT while also dabbling in film and motion graphics.

Watch the other Lasta Shorts:

Tuna

Roman Picante

The Electric Wizard Episode 1 (NB: strong language, recommended ages 14+)

The Electric Wizard Episode 2 (NB: strong language, recommended ages 14+)

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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Alone Together mini music festival – watch on demand now

An Grianán Theatre have teamed up with our friends at the Regional Culture Centre to present ‘Alone Together’,  a mini online music festival featuring five emerging regional acts. Tune in to see ‘Tramp’, ‘Happy Out’, ‘George Houston’ ‘Lunch Machine’ and ‘Laytha’ perform some of their new material and find out what they have been up to over the lockdown period.  Launches at 9pm on Cruinniú na nÓg (Fri 12 June) and will be available to watch online throughout the rest of the Lasta Festival.

Image: Two smiling young white women pose outside the empty window of a faded concrete building while two young white men look out through the window behind them.

Tramp

Combining elements of indie rock and grunge, Tramp’s sound is defined by the ethereal vocals of Siânna Lafferty, the impeccable drum skills of Steamy, bassist Ellie McFadden and guitarist Fionnbarr Doran. Hailing from Derry/Donegal, Tramp are fresh faces on the local music scene but with their unique sound and grunge energy are definitely a force to be reckoned with.

Happy Out: three young white men with long hair wearing casual clothes stand in front of a plain grey wall.

Happy Out

Having cut their teeth playing bars, parks, festivals and anywhere in between, post-indie rock trio Happy Out have chiselled themselves a place as an established crowd favourite within the Donegal/Derry scene. They can be identified by their blown out amplifiers, screaming vocals and decimated drumkits.

Musician George Houston

George Houston

Alone Together is proud to introduce George Houston, a young solo musician from Donegal. Inspired by the likes of First aid kit and Lana Del Rey, George’s style can be described as synth/folk. He kicked off his music career last year with his debut single ‘Boo F*cking Hoo’ and then went on to release his very own EP ‘Class of 2020’. With his newest track ‘Motions’ already garnering interest on Spotify we are very excited to see the heights this alternative singer songwriter will reach.

Laytha: Two young woman with long black hair pose in a forest.

Laytha

With a sound that is as beautiful and untamed as their home in the west of Ireland comes Laytha. An indie-folk duo from Enniskillen these Irish singer-songwriters specialise in weaving fiery tales and cold ballads. A fusion of contemporary indie melodies and harmonies with dark, traditional folkish rhythms, the roots of Laytha run deep speaks to a wide audience. On their debut EP Taobh Eile, the duo paint bright portraits and landscapes, lined with pain, wanderlust, and a sense of longing. The settings and characters that inhabit Laytha’s world are full of life and struggle, portrayed within rich imagery that incorporates folklore, nature, wilderness and a push back against modernity.

The band Lunch Machine: three young men and a woman wearing casual clothes lounge together happily on a boho sofa.

Lunch Machine

Donegal based ‘granny flat thrunge rock four-piece’ Lunch Machine are a deftly talented group led by vocalist Jude Barriscale, who’s laconic delivery is evocative of that of Courtney Barnett’s. Barriscale’s knack for injecting personal, universal truths with a detached sincerity elevates what could be slack meanderings to poignant social commentary while simultaneously transporting the listener to a peaceful, contemplative state of mind.

Lasta, a festival curated by young people for young people across the eight Nasc venues, 10 to 21 June 2021

This event is part of Lasta, an exciting arts programme curated by young people in eight Nasc Network venues across Ireland. Lasta is based on an original project conceived and delivered by Backstage Theatre, Longford in 2020.

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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Lasta Shorts: Roman Picante – Watch now

The third of our Lasta animated shorts: World renowned sleuth Roman Picante investigates a mysterious art theft, the truth of which will shake him to his impeccably dressed core.

Matthew Donnelly is an illustrator and animator from Donegal whose limitless imagination combines a refined artistic quality with humorous storytelling.

Watch the other Lasta Shorts:

Tuna

Fisherman and Dog

The Electric Wizard Episode 1 (NB: strong language, recommended ages 14+)

The Electric Wizard Episode 2 (NB: strong language, recommended ages 14+)

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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Lasta Shorts: The Electric Wizard Episode 2 – Watch now

NB: The Electric Wizard contains strong language. Not recommended for under 14s.

Lasta Shorts. The Electric Wizard Episode 2 from AnGrianan Theatre on Vimeo.

The second of our Lasta Shorts, a showcase of animated shorts made by local creators. Episode 2 of The Electric Wizard was created by Eoin O’ Kane, a 2D animator from Letterkenny who studied animation at LYIT. Eoin animates using Flash and other 2D animation software, using traditional frame-by-frame animation techniques. He likes to make colourful cartoons that you might see on tv at 4 a.m.

Watch the other Lasta Shorts:

Tuna

Fisherman and Dog

Roman Picante

The Electric Wizard Episode 1 (NB: strong language, recommended ages 14+)

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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Lasta Shorts: The Electric Wizard – Watch now

NB: The Electric Wizard contains strong language. Not recommended for under 14s.

Here’s the first of five short animations we’re presenting as as part of Lasta Shorts, a showcase of animated shorts made by local creators. The Electric Wizard was created by Eoin O’ Kane, a 2D animator from Letterkenny who studied animation at LYIT. Eoin animates using Flash and other 2D animation software, using traditional frame-by-frame animation techniques. He likes to make colourful cartoons that you might see on tv at 4 a.m.

Watch the other Lasta Shorts:

Tuna

Fisherman and Dog

Roman Picante

The Electric Wizard Episode 2 (NB: strong language, recommended ages 14+)

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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Lasta – download the programme now.

Click to view the Lasta programme

The Lasta festival kicks off this Thursday evening with a special launch concert from Soda Blonde.

Over the ten days of the festival we have a huge variety of events to enjoy online from Olivier award winning dramas to puppet workshops! You can download the programme here or check out our events page for all our Lasta shows and workshops.

An Grianán Theatre is delighted to be one of the participating venues presenting Lasta: a national arts programme for young people by young people. Lasta is presented by the NASC Network as part of Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, a nationwide, ten-day season of arts experiences brought to you by the Arts Council.

In a new innovative approach to programming, twenty-one young curators were engaged by the Nasc venues to programme a festival of work for children and young people from 11th to 20th June 2021, delivering for the first time, a national arts programme curated entirely by young people.

An Grianán’s young curators Fergal Lonergan and Ailis Cross Gorman have put together a great selection of events to appeal to all ages.

The NASC Network Venues are Backstage Theatre (Longford) www.backstage.ie,  Dunamaise Arts Centre (Portlaoise) www.dunamaise.ie, glór (Ennis) www.glor.ie,  An Grianán (Letterkenny) www.angrianan.com,  Lime Tree Theatre (Limerick) www.limetreetheatre.ie, Pavilion Theatre (Dún Laoghaire) www.paviliontheatre.ie,  Siamsa Tíre (Tralee) www.siamsatire.com and Town Hall Theatre (Galway) www.tht.ie.

Lasta is based on an original project conceived and delivered by Backstage Theatre, Longford in 2020.

To find out more about Lasta events happen nationally check out this link: https://linktr.ee/lastafestival2021.

Join the conversation here:

Instagram @lastafestival2021 │ Facebook.com/lastafestival2021 │ TikTok @lastafestival21 | Twitter.com @lfestival2021

For more information on Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh go to www.brighteningair.com. Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh is brought to you by the Arts Council, funded by the Government of Ireland and produced by Schweppe Curtis Nunn.

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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Lasta – highlights at An Grianán

Actor Pat Kinevane holds a sign with 'Wonderful' written on it, in a scene from his play 'Silent.

An Grianán Theatre is delighted to be one of the participating venues presenting Lasta: a national arts programme for young people by young people. Lasta is presented by the NASC Network as part of Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, a nationwide, ten-day season of arts experiences brought to you by the Arts Council.

In a new innovative approach to programming, twenty-one young curators were engaged by the Nasc venues to programme a festival of work for children and young people from 11th to 20th June 2021, delivering for the first time, a national arts programme curated entirely by young people.

An Grianán’s young curators Fergal Lonergan and Ailis Cross Gorman have put together a great selection of events to appeal to all ages.

An Grianán Theatre Lasta Highlights

Highlights include Pat Kinevane’s Olivier Award winning masterpiece Silent, newly recorded by Fishamble to celebrate the play’s tenth anniversary – dare to laugh at despair and gasp at redemption in this brave, bleak, beautiful production. Watch it on demand Fri 18 to Sun 20 June.

Weekend Warrior is Tony Doyle’s one man comedy piece about alcoholism and addiction – trust us, it’s no laughing matter. Watch it on demand from Fri 11 to Sun 13 June.

This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing is a five part audio drama presented by The Everyman and Graffiti Theatre Company. Suitable for audiences ages 8 and over, this allegory about growing into your own skin is accompanied by a resource pack full of fun, interactive activities. Available on demand for the duration of the festival.

We’ve teamed up with our friends at the Regional Culture Centre to present Alone Together, a music festival featuring five emerging regional acts. Tune in to see Tramp, Happy Out, George Houston, Lunch Machine and Laytha perform some of their new material and find out what they have been up to over the lockdown period. Launches at 9pm on Cruinniú na nÓg (Fri 12 June).

We’ll also be going behind the scenes of Revved, a new drama written by Letterkenny born actor Patrick Quinn. Patrick will give us an insight into the challenges of making theatre during lockdown.

Banyan Theatre, a much loved audience favourite at the Earagail Arts Festival, joins Lasta to present a special online version of their show Little Red Riding Hood and will also present a puppet making workshop.

Other highlights include a showcase of locally produced animated shorts, a short documentary about Oona Doherty’s breakthrough show Hope Hunt, drawing and creative writing workshops, a skateboard documentary and Illuminate, an online exhibition of digital illustration and art from young and emerging artists. We’ll be announcing the full programme of events soon.

The NASC Network Venues are Backstage Theatre (Longford) www.backstage.ie,  Dunamaise Arts Centre (Portlaoise) www.dunamaise.ie, glór (Ennis) www.glor.ie,  An Grianán (Letterkenny) www.angrianan.com,  Lime Tree Theatre (Limerick) www.limetreetheatre.ie, Pavilion Theatre (Dún Laoghaire) www.paviliontheatre.ie,  Siamsa Tíre (Tralee) www.siamsatire.com and Town Hall Theatre (Galway) www.tht.ie.

Lasta is based on an original project conceived and delivered by Backstage Theatre, Longford in 2020.

To find out more about Lasta events happen nationally check out this link: https://linktr.ee/lastafestival2021.

Join the conversation here:

Instagram @lastafestival2021 │ Facebook.com/lastafestival2021 │ TikTok @lastafestival21 | Twitter.com @lfestival2021

For more information on Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh go to www.brighteningair.com. Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh is brought to you by the Arts Council, funded by the Government of Ireland and produced by Schweppe Curtis Nunn.

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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Lasta – First events announced

NASC in association with Brightening Air/ Coiscéim Coiligh
presents
Lasta: A national arts programme for young people by young people
From Friday 11th to Sunday 20th June 2021

The Nasc network of venues is delighted to present Lasta: A national arts programme for young people by young people. Lasta is presented as part of Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, a nationwide, ten-day season of arts experiences brought to you by the Arts Council.

In a new innovative approach to programming, twenty-one young curators were engaged by the Nasc venues to programme a festival of work for children and young people from 11th to 20th June 2021, delivering for the first time, a national arts programme curated entirely by young people.

Under the guidance of theatre artists Maisie Lee and Fionn Foley, these young people have worked collaboratively to deliver an ambitious programme of work for young people across the country.

The Curators have delivered a unique and diverse programme of events to take place within the 10-day festival featuring theatre, dance, visual art, music, film, spoken word along with innovative site specific and multi-disciplinary events.

Highlights of the Festival include AfroPopCity, a Limerick based Afrobeat and Hip-Hop Collective; celebrating 10 years of Silent, Pat Kinevane’s Olivier Award-winning play; What Moves You, featuring Snowflake-author Louise Nealon in conversation with movement artist Douglas Reddan; NewDad, recorded live on the main stage of the Town Hall Theatre Galway specially for the Lasta Festival; Owen Colgan, star of the hit show The Hardy Bucks, brings you The Dance of Life a collection of videos that some have been saying are the best collection of videos since Gran turismo on Playstation 1!; Aoife Meade; Lisa Canny; and Drifting, set in a small midlands town, and featuring Paul Mescal and Dafhyd Flynn.

Featuring multiple disciplines and reflecting the diversity of modern Ireland, this pioneering project will showcase the breadth of creativity of our future arts programmers and producers.

This promises to be a fresh, fun, diverse, accessible, and exciting festival of events. Booking is now open with many events free to attend.

Further information and booking can be found on venue websites or https://linktr.ee/lastafestival2021

The NASC Network Venues are Backstage Theatre (Longford) www.backstage.ie,  Dunamaise Arts Centre (Portlaoise) www.dunamaise.ie, glór (Ennis) www.glor.ie,  An Grianán (Letterkenny) www.angrianan.com,  Lime Tree Theatre (Limerick) www.limetreetheatre.ie, Pavilion Theatre (Dún Laoghaire) www.paviliontheatre.ie,  Siamsa Tíre (Tralee) www.siamsatire.com and Town Hall Theatre (Galway) www.tht.ie.

Lasta is based on an original project conceived and delivered by Backstage Theatre, Longford in 2020.

Please click on the link https://linktr.ee/lastafestival2021 to find out more about all Lasta events nationally.

Join the conversation here:

Instagram @lastafestival2021 │ Facebook.com/lastafestival2021 │ TikTok @lastafestival21 | Twitter.com @lfestival2021

For more information on Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh go to www.brighteningair.com. Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh is brought to you by the Arts Council, funded by the Government of Ireland and produced by Schweppe Curtis Nunn.

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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