Here comes A Christmas Carol !

a christmas carol

Our next live broadcast will be that much loved tale A Christmas Carol starring two of Ireland’s Best Stage Actors ! It will be streaming from on Thursday 17th December.

A Christmas Carol is Aaron Monaghan and Bryan Burroughs’ playful, physical storytelling, stage adaptation of Charles Dickens much loved novella.

Devised straight from Dickens classic text, the two award-winning actors- dressed in snazzy suits- play all the characters at break-neck speed using an array of colorful hats, scarves and an Ikea coat-rack!

The famous cautionary tale tells the story miserly Ebenezer Scrooge as he is visited by ghosts who take him on a journey through his past, present and future one fateful Christmas Eve.

This production is funny, slightly scary, utterly heart-warming and features a surprise special guest appearing as Tiny Tim…

Images by Ros Kavanagh. Used by kind permission of The Ark.

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Watching our live stream? Read on for ways to connect it to your tv ….

An Grianán Theatre has the fourth of its series of online shows broadcast this weekend and it’s very much a local affair. Ramelton based actor and playwright Maggie Hannon brings her first show to the stage, and to the audience, virtually.

But how best to watch it? You can simply watch it on your laptop, tablet or phone, we’ll send you the link, you click on it and play the video at the time that suits you.

We recommend watching it on a laptop for best quality.

But if you want to watch it on your tv, read on …


If your TV has an HDMI cable port, you should be able to connect you laptop, phone or tablet. One end of the HDMI cable will connect to your TV and the other will connect to your device – you’ll need to make sure you have the correct HDMI cable compatible with the device you’re using.

If you’re using a phone or tablet it’s likely that this will connect to the same socket you use to charge your phone. If you’re using a laptop you’ll see that it will have slots along the side of the keyboard and if you’re using a computer, you’ll either connect to a slot along the side of your monitor (screen) or in the computer itself. 

Once you have the right cable and your device is connected to your TV, it will either automatically begin sharing your screen or you will need to access your TV’s menu using your remote control to change the source or input to HDMI – this will correspond to the HDMI slot you’ve connected to on your TV and there may be more than one to choose from. 

Once you’re connected the sound should be coming out of your TV rather than your device. If not, check your audio settings by selecting the arrow next to ‘Mute’ in the bottom right of the screen and either choose ‘Same as system’ or your TV speakers if that appears as an option under ‘Select a speaker’.




Here’s a handy guide from BT


Chromecast does not work natively with the streaming service we use. You may be able to mirror your phone/ tanblet/ laptop to your TV over wifi depending on the TV you have.

See Sister Black online this weekend, 25th and 26th November – book here.


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Sister Black – watch online this weekend

An Grianán Theatre has the fourth of its series of online shows broadcast this weekend and it’s very much a local affair. Ramelton based actor and playwright Maggie Hannon brings her first show to the stage, and to the audience, virtually.

The play has been directed by the very experienced Gweedore actor Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhrighde. It’s been recorded by the team at An Grianån Theatre with assistance from the team at the RCC in Letterkenny, and the play is about Catherine Black, a nurse from Ramelton who became King George V’s private nurse in the last seven years of his life.

The show can be watched at any time on Saturday and Sunday and tickets are €10 each. You only need one ticket no matter how many people are watching with you.

‘It’s been a great learning experience’, explained Daithi Ramsay, Marketing Manager of An Grianán Theatre, Daithi is from Letterkenny and now lives in Ramelton.

‘I myself have been doing the video and sound editing, and it’s a steep learning curve! It’s great though at a time like this to be able to support a local artist in this way. We had Maggie’s show booked in but obviously in level 5 we couldn’t go ahead with an audience, but this way she will get paid, the audience can get to see her in the comfort of their own homes, and with the video she also has a calling card to take to other venues.’

‘Broadcasting has obviously come about as a stop gap until we can work at full capacity again but I really think it’s here to stay, I think it’ll go hand in hand with live performances in the future, which is why it’s so important for us to skill up in this way, and it’s been a fantastic way to connect with the Donegal diaspora all over the world. We’re getting a tremendous response from all over the world!’

Written and performed by Margaret Hannon. Catherine Black (1878-1949) MBE, was born in Ramelton. She trained as a nurse in England and worked in the slums of Whitechapel, at the Somme in World war 1, and as King George V’s private nurse in the last 7 years of his life. Her memoir ‘King’s nurse Beggar’s nurse’ was published in 1939 and there’s a copy in the library at Buckingham Palace. This one-woman play is based on that memoir. She is coming to the end of her remarkable life. She has been exposed to the best and worst of humanity, and has always focused valiantly on forgetting the latter. At last she realises that the past doesn’t go away, and that the only way to forget is to remember.

See Sister Black online this weekend, 25th and 26th November – book here.

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Shaking the Walls: Shake Fear | Break Walls

Maggie Hannon in Shaking the Tale, July 2019. Photo by David Faughnan.

Shaking the Tale performer Maggie Hannon sends a despatch from Gdańsk where she is taking part in the final Shaking the Walls project, Shake Fear | Break Walls.

“We’ve been busy the last couple of days. Meeting in small groups to work on individual scenes as well as all getting together in the evenings. We’re learning lines, trying out moves, connecting with the play, our roles and each other. We did a full run through last night, there were some transcendent moments and at the end, singing the final song, a palpable joy and energy. It was as if the group was transformed.

“The keys? Music (Shakespeare, Gummi and Philip have written great songs, catchy and deep simultaneously) and us, the participants, together, working, listening and open. There is fun and there are deep conversations about things that matter- walls we want to break, what this project means to us, how we connect with the text. I feel that there is a real opportunity for growth here if I have the courage. I would like to live up to my role.

I had an interesting conversation with one participant yesterday about masks (we use the the transparent ones in rehearsal). She shared that she felt a lot more comfortable with her face hidden. ‘Behind the wall’; Where you can’t see the expressions. And then she proceeded to play her role sublimely. It’s that courage that inspires me everyday – to give my best and step out from these walls that comfort and oppress at the same time. They build up in our minds first.”

Maggie Hannon, 14 November, Gdansk

Shake Fear | Break Walls

Authoritarianism, Borders, Censorship, Domestic violence, Equality.
The barriers and walls that divide us are everywhere; some you can see and some you can’t.

This Parrabbola project, co-created with all of the Shaking the Walls partners and with community participants from Gdansk, looks at these walls and how to break some of them down. It will be presented at the Gdansk Shakespeare Festival on 21, 22, 23 November 2020.

Production partners and funders: Shaking the Tale is produced by An Grianán Theatre and Parrabbola as part of Shaking the Walls. Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programmed of the European Union. Additional support comes from Donegal County Council, the Arts Council of Ireland and the Earagail Arts Festival.

Shaking the Tale is part of Shaking the Walls, a project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. The project is led by Gdański Teatr Szekspirowski (Poland), the other partners are Parrabbola (UK), Cooltour Ostrava (Czech Republic) and Ratatam (Iceland). As well as Creative Europe, our co-funders for Shaking the Tale include the Donegal County Council, Arts Council of Ireland and the Earagail Arts Festival.

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Announcing the Let’s Make Some Noise ! Bursary Recipients

An Grianán Theatre has announced the five recipients of its Let’s Make Some Noise Bursaries. Each recipient will receive up to €4000 to develop their work as well as time in An Grianán Theatre’s auditorium, production support, promotion and documentation.


The five recipients are Brenda Kelly, Eirú Dance Company, Lorcan Strain, Miranda Rosenberg and Orson Sterritt. 


48 different projects from 36 different artists were put forward and it proved a very difficult process to create a final short list.  Patricia McBride, Director of An Grianan Theatre said ”‘What stood out in these five applications was that we could see how they would use the bursary right now to further the work they proposed, and how the theatre could make a positive contribution to that process. This money will go to support not just the named artists, but it will enable them to provide further employment for other artists and arts professionals.’ 


 Daithi Ramsay, Marketing Manager of An Grianán Theatre added , ‘What’s really wonderful about this is that we’ve started conversations with so many people, from all over the North West. It’s not just these five who will receive our support. There will be other projects arising from the bursary submissions which will form part of our work in 2021 and beyond. This is the start of something very special. We’re very excited about the breadth of talent which is here in our community, and it’s given us all a great lift to be able to be able to support it in what is such a difficult time.” 


Ériu Dance Company


Ériu Dance Company’s latest initiative, The Village, will be a play with music and dance, and is a further development of Ériu’s ever-evolving aesthetic and dance-making practice under its Artistic Director, Gweedore’s Breandán de Gallaí. The Village sees 5 people gather on a hill looking down on the townland where they all grew up. As they watch the lights go out over the village, it’s not clear what brings them together now, and what connects them, other than The Village. 


Lorcan Strain 


Lórcan Strain is a young Actor, Musician, Drag Artist and Writer from Milford. He graduated with a BA Hons in Performing Arts from IT Sligo and is also a graduate of Acting for Screen at the prestigious Bow Street Academy, Dublin. He has trained with The Blue Raincoats, Sligo and Theatre Lovett, Dublin and can also be seen in the final series of Game of Thrones. Lorcan will be developing a fast paced theatre piece that will give the audience a glimpse into what it is like to be gay in the countryside.


Mirenda Rosenberg 


Singer-songwriter Mirenda Rosenberg, who is originally from the United States, blends African American roots with contemporary Irish musical textures. She is known for her dynamic, emotionally provocative performances. She will be doing further development on her one woman show, in which she details how she overcame a religiously sheltered childhood, and controlling relationships, to become the powerhouse performer she is today. A short version of the show debuted online at this year’s Donegal Bay and Bluestacks’ Festival. 


Orson Sterritt 


Orson Sterritt has been involved in the local theatre scene for most of his adult life, making his drama debut at the age of 17 in An Grianan Theatre with the LMDG production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Discovering an avid affection for theatre and the entertainment industry, he continued on to spend years working backstage at various events, leading him to eventually set up his own businesses North West Events, and The Big Top Circus Workshop. The bursary will enable Orson to develop his ‘Giddy Up Theatre Show’, a street theatre and magic show which will travel in a horse box. 


Brenda Kelly 


Brenda Kelly is a writer, playwright & filmmaker. She is inspired to create compelling stories and explore quirky situations with the written word. This has led to successful work in both film and theatre. With a background in Architecture, she has an eye for the theatrical and a clear vision for each piece of work. She uses humour and honesty to bring stories to life.
The An Grianán bursary will allow Brenda to write and develop her short musical play ‘ODD’ into a full length musical with new music by Fionn Robinson. The original short was written in 2016 as a part of Waving not Drowning: The Mental Health Roadshow under the umbrella of Bread and Roses Theatre Company. It is a comic and poignant play that follows a man and a woman with debilitating self-consciousness and social awkwardness as they overcome obstacles to fulfil their need for love and connectedness. 


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Celebrate Halloween with the Morrigan online

Louise Conaghan in The Morrigan, performed at An Grianán for Culture Night 2020. Photo by Paul McGuckin.

A treat for Samhain! We are busy recording this show right now in readiness to screen it this weekend.

Written and performed by Louise Conaghan, The Morrigan is a fun show suitable for family audiences.

The Ancient Irish Gods and Goddesses have been roused from their slumber! This clown…ahem…goddess must find a way back to the Otherworld but before she does, she wants to know what on earth has been happening since she last walked it.

We’re offering this show on a pay what you can basis – you are very welcome to watch this show for free however if you are able to make a donation we would appreciate it so much. We suggest a price of €5 per person.

It will be streaming from 12pm on Sat 31 Oct to midnight on Sun 1 November.

How to book

Just follow the booking link, book your ticket – you only need to book one ticket per household, and then add a donation if you can (if you do choose to make a donation please leave your free ticket in the cart too)  – and we’ll send you details on how to watch the show.

If you don’t see the confirmation email in your inbox please check if it has gone into your spam folder or your social and promotional folders.

NB: our phone lines are currently closed while we remain under level 5 restrictions – we can be contacted by email here if you have any queries about the show.

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Halloween Zoom class – new link

Youth Theatre members – we’re using a different link for this week’s special Halloween zoom class. We’ve emailed it out this afternoon. If you have not received it yet please drop us an email here.

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Closed but work continues…Revved

The ongoing Covid restrictions are keeping our doors closed to the public but our work continues.

Recently we had local actor Patrick Quinn in for a development week on his new play Revved.

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.

It was wonderful to be able to offer him the space and time to work on his new play, a drama set around the Donegal Rally. He was joined by director Emily Foran and stage manager Jude Barriscale to help him transition his play from page to stage.

We also had puppeteer Karen Torley of Banyan Theatre come into help Patrick infuse life into the props he’s planning to use in the play.

Watch out for Revved next year!

Side note: We should have been spending this winter working with Karen Torley on our big Christmas show, a special seasonal adaption of her show The Selkie called The Selkie’s Christmas Wish but alas Covid put an end to that. Here’s hoping that wishes really can come true and we can do it for Christmas 2021 instead.

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Level 4 Closure

Following yesterday evening’s announcement by An Taoiseach that Donegal will be moving into Level 4 of the government’s Plan for Living with COVID-19, we will be remaining closed to the public until 15 November at earliest.

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Manny Man Does the History of Ireland – Free Online Screening

Manny Man Does the History of Ireland on Stage Online - streaming 19 to 25 October 2020

We are making our production of John D Ruddy’s Manny Man Does The History of Ireland On Stage available to watch free online from Monday 19th through Sunday 25th October.

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