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Schedule Changes and COVID 19 | Coronavirus Update: 11/05/2020

At  An Grianan Theatre we are currently working away to reschedule events in our programme as well as ensuring that the theatre is ready to reopen as a safe environment for all our customers, staff, artists and performing groups. The Government’s announcement of a five-stage plan towards the gradual opening up of the economy advised 10 August as the date when theatres and cinemas would be allowed reopen – subject to social distancing measures being in place for staff, audiences and performers.

We are actively working to wards this deadline while awaiting the Government to issue a national protocol, currently being developed for businesses reopening, and we understand this will be published in the coming weeks. In the interim, we are actively working with other venues on an initiative led by Theatre Forum to address the issues specific to the protocols necessary for our venue.

We will keep you, our valued customers informed as we progress to reopening An Grianan Theatre and we look forward to welcoming you all back here soon.

The following are the latest changes to the status of our events;

  • Oliver Callan (16 May) – Postponed until 2021 – New date to be announced soon
  • The Marriage of Figaro (29 May) – Postponed until 2021 – New date to be announced soon
  • Lee Scratch Perry (31 May) – Cancelled
  • Sorry for Your Loss (4 June)- Rescheduled to 14 November 2020
  • John Grant (19 July) – Rescheduled 22 November 2020
  • Good Vibrations (23 – 26 July) – Cancelled
  • An Evening With Michael Harding (19 September) Rescheduled to Saturday 18 September 2021.
  • Ed Byrne (4 October) – Cancelled

If you have any queries about rescheduled events or refunds please contact us at marketing@angrianan.com

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World Theatre Day 2020

We are very sad to have our doors closed on World Theatre Day so we asked our good friend, actor and writer Seamus O Rourke to send a short message to our audience.

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COVID-19 | Coronavirus UPDATE 26|03|20

Coronavirus Covid 19 update

The building is now closed for the foreseeable future. This is in the interest of health and safety.

We are currently rescheduling as many of the shows we had scheduled to take place in this period for later in 2020, and in some cases early 2021. As soon as we have their new dates we will contact everyone who has booked for those shows and let them know. Anyone who is unable to attend the new dates will be offered a refund.

If you have any queries about refunds please contact us at marketing@angrianan.com

Please be patient. Everyone who has booked a ticket for a show during this period will be contacted as soon as we possibly can.

Youth Theatre and Children’s Drama classes are also postponed during this period.

Please follow us on social media or check our website for updates, and for fun things to do and watch.

This is a fast moving situation and things change quickly so please keep yourself informed.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank all our customers for their co-operation during this time.

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COVID-19 | Coronavirus UPDATE 12|03|20

Coronavirus Covid 19 update

Following today’s announcement by An Taoiseach that all cultural institutions will close and all indoor mass gatherings of 100 people should be cancelled until 29 March, we regret to inform you that all performances at An Grianán Theatre from today 12th March until 29th March are postponed and the building will be closed to the public. This is in the interest of health and safety.

We are currently rescheduling both the Letterkenny Musical Society’s The Addams Family shows, and The Lost Brothers concert, and as soon as we have their new dates we will contact everyone who has booked for those shows and let them know. Anyone who is unable to attend the new dates will be offered a refund.

The Youth Theatre and Children’s Drama classes are also postponed during this period.

It’s likely that it’ll be next week before we’ve worked things out properly, so please be patient. Everyone who has booked a ticket for a show during this period will be contacted as soon as we possibly can.

Please follow us on social media or check our website at angrianan.com for updates.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank all our customers for their co-operation during this time.

For more information and updates,
see www.hse.ie
and
www.gov.ie/health-covid-19

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COVID-19 | Coronavirus

Coronavirus Covid 19 update
An Grianán Theatre is monitoring the situation regarding COVID-19 and will continue to do so. We will follow the advice and direction of relevant authorities in all matters of public safety.

All events are currently scheduled to proceed, unless otherwise notified.

For more information and updates,
see www.hse.ie
and
www.gov.ie/health-covid-19

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Letterkenny’s New Cultural District: Have your say

Urban realm project to create Cultural District for Letterkenny

Letterkenny Cultural District

An architectural installation which will bring arts and culture onto the street is set to improve Letterkenny’s pedestrian connections in 2020. The new ‘cultural district’ will open up previously underutilised land to connect High Road and Port Road as part of the Irish Architecture Foundation’s Reimagine… project to enhance the local built environment of six towns across Ireland.

Led by Rathmullan-based Architects Pasparakis Friel, the IAF-commissioned Reimagine Letterkenny project will improve connections between The Donegal County Museum, An Grianán Theatre and The Regional Cultural Centre, with completion of phase one on schedule for May 2020.

Fidget Feet aerialists perform at the launch of the 2014 Earagail Arts Festival at An Grianán Theatre.

Spectators enjoying an outdoor aerial dance performance by Fidget Feet at An Grianán Theatre.

The architectural studio is working closely with the local community and Donegal County Council to develop a concept which they hope ‘will act as a catalyst for the growth of culture and arts in the wider region’.

Ronan Friel of Pasparakis Friel said: “A key component of our proposal is the adoption of the gables of existing buildings as ‘canvasses’ which will guide you through the Letterkenny Cultural District whilst celebrating and showcasing works of art and culture. The new Cultural  District destination holds immense potential for arts and culture in Letterkenny and the wider region. Our studio is excited about driving forward such an ambitious project.”

Commenting on the Donegal project, Nathalie Weadick, Director of the IAF, said: “We’re delighted to have architects Pasparakis Friel working with the local community in Letterkenny to develop an architectural solution which will better connect the town’s new Cultural District.

“This project will open up physical connections between Letterkenny’s cultural hubs. It’s an exciting opportunity for the local community to have their voices heard and to work with the architects to create an exciting new space in their town.”

Have your say

The public are invited to attend either of the following workshops to give their views and collaborate with the team in developing ideas for the project:

  • Wednesday 18th March 7.30pm-9.00pm at The Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny
  • Saturday 21st March 2.00pm-4.00pm at The Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny

You can also fill in the online survey here

For more information:

https://www.facebook.com/LKCD-Letterkenny-Cultural-District-102305154719376/

The ‘Reimagine…’ project is supported by the Creative Ireland Programme’s National Creativity Fund.
For further information on Reimagine…, visit: https://architecturefoundation.ie/news/reimagine/.

About the IAF

Established in 2005, the IAF is an independent organisation dedicated to the promotion of architecture as culture. The IAF seeks to champion the power of architecture to transform lives and improve the places where we live, learn, work and play. For further information on the IAF, visit: https://architecturefoundation.ie.

Follow the IAF on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

About the Creative Ireland Programme

The Creative Ireland Programme is guided by a vision that every person in Ireland will have the opportunity to realise their full crea ve potential. It is an all-of-government initiative, from 2017 to 2022, to place creativity at the centre of public policy. Further information is available here: https://www.creativeireland.gov.ie/en

The National Creativity Fund enables the Creative Ireland Programme to activate, enable and support genuinely ground-breaking and innovative initiatives, research projects and community programmes, which have creativity and wellbeing at their centre. Through a series of strategic partnerships with cultural organisations, education and academic institutions and healthcare specialists, the selected projects are ambitious, innovative and inclusive and will help inform and implement the vision of the Creative Ireland Programme right across Government. Over €1.2m will have been invested in the 30 initiatives over the duration of the Fund in 2018 and 2019.

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John Grant at the Earagail Arts Festival

This week we can announce another fantastic act for this year’s Earagail Arts Festival, acclaimed singer/songwriter John Grant.

Presented by Earagail Arts Festival in association with Paradigm, John Grant will close this year’s Donegal International Folk & Roots Weekend during the festival.

Grant will perform solo playing songs from across his celebrated career in a rare stripped–back live show at An Grianán Theatre on Sunday, 19th July at 8pm.

A former member of the Denver-based alternative rock band The Czars, the American singer songwriter embarked on a solo career in 2010 with his debut solo album (Queen of Denmark) being named Best Album of the Year by Mojo.

With his fourth solo album Love Is Magic, Grant continues to evolve, creating his most electronic record yet, in collaboration with Benge (Ben Edwards), analogue synth expert/collector and a member of electronic trio Wrangler, Grant’s collaborators earlier this year under the collective name of Creep Show on the album Mr Dynamite.

Tickets go on sale at 10am on Fri 28 February. Booking info here.

Grant joins hit musical Good Vibrations as part of a very strong programme for this year’s festival. More events to be announced.

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Good Vibrations is coming to An Grianán & Earagail!

We are thrilled to announce that we’ll be presenting the Lyric Theatre’s hit stage musical version of Good Vibrations as part of July’s Earagail Arts Festival.

“New York has the haircuts, London has the trousers, but Belfast has the reason!”

★★★★ ‘The full-throated spirit of punk is alive and roaring in the auditorium.’ The Irish Times

Good Vibrations tells the story of Terri Hooley, a radical, rebel and music-lover in 1970s Belfast. When the conflict shuts down his city, and all his friends take sides and take up arms, Terri opens a record shop on ‘the most bombed half-mile in Europe’ and calls it Good Vibrations. Through it he discovers a compelling voice of resistance in the city’s underground punk scene. Galvanising the young musicians into action, he becomes the unlikely leader of a motley band of kids and punks who join him in his mission to create a new community, an alternative Ulster, and to bring his city back to life.

‘Good Vibrations is as intense and big-hearted as Terri Hooley himself.’ The Irish News

It has been adapted for the stage by the same writing team behind the film biopic – Colin Carberry and Glenn Patterson – for which the pair were nominated for Outstanding Debut at the 2014 BAFTA Film awards.

Please note this performance contains strong language and some references to violence. Age recommendation 15+

Thurs 23rd July at 8pm
Fri 24th July at 8pm
Sat 25th July at 8pm
Sun 26th July at 3pm

Evenings: €25, 4 for €90, groups of 10 or more €20 each.

Matinee: €20, 4 for €70, groups of 10 or more €15 each.

Book now!

★★★★★ ‘Sometimes you watch a piece of theatre and you just know you are witnessing something special, something everyone should see, and Good Vibrations is just that. A show good for the soul.’ Belfast Live

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Hansel and Gretel: Take a closer look

Hansel and Gretel opened its national tour at the Abbey Theatre on 8 February, a tour which will conclude here at An Grianán on Saturday 7 March.

As you would expect from our national opera company this is a gorgeous production with very high production values as you can see from these images taken by Patrick Redmond. Set & Costume Design is by Jamie Vartan, and lighting is by Sarah-Jane Shiels.

Hansel and Gretel is a co-production by Irish National Opera, Theatre Lovett and Abbey Theatre.

L-R: Raymond Keane (The Night Watchman), Raphaela Mangan (Hansel), Miriam Murphy (Mother), Ben McAteer (Father). Photo by Patrick Redmond.

L-R: Raymond Keane (The Night Watchman), Raphaela Mangan (Hansel), Miriam Murphy (Mother), Ben McAteer (Father). Photo by Patrick Redmond.

L-R: Conductor Richard Peirson (at piano), Amelie Metcalfe and Ronan Millar (Yellow Coats, The Lost Children), Raymond Keane (The Night Watchman). Photo by Patrick Redmond.

L-R: Conductor Richard Peirson (at piano), Amelie Metcalfe and Ronan Millar (Yellow Coats, The Lost Children), Raymond Keane (The Night Watchman). Photo by Patrick Redmond.

L-R: Conductor Richard Peirson (at piano), Raphaela Mangan (Hansel) and Amy Ní Fhearraigh (Gretel), and Raymond Keane (The Night Watchman). Photo by Patrick Redmond.

L-R: Conductor Richard Peirson (at piano), Raphaela Mangan (Hansel) and Amy Ní Fhearraigh (Gretel), and Raymond Keane (The Night Watchman). Photo by Patrick Redmond.

L-R: Amy Ní Fhearraigh (Gretel) and Raphaela Mangan (Hansel). Photo by Patrick Redmond

L-R: Amy Ní Fhearraigh (Gretel) and Raphaela Mangan (Hansel). Photo by Patrick Redmond

Carolyn Dobbin (Witch. Photo by Patrick Redmond.

Carolyn Dobbin (Witch. Photo by Patrick Redmond.

L-R: Conductor Richard Peirson (at piano), Raphaela Mangan (Hansel, above in cage) Carolyn Dobbin (Witch, in white), Amy Ní Fhearraigh (Gretel), and Raymond Keane (The Night Watchman). Photo by Patrick Redmond.

L-R: Conductor Richard Peirson (at piano), Raphaela Mangan (Hansel, above in cage) Carolyn Dobbin (Witch, in white), Amy Ní Fhearraigh (Gretel), and Raymond Keane (The Night Watchman). Photo by Patrick Redmond.

L-R_-Conductor-Richard-Peirson-(at-piano),-Carolyn-Dobbin-(Witch,-in-cage),--Raphaela-Mangan-(Hansel,-above-on-balcony),-Amy-Ní-Fhearraigh-(Gretel)

L-R_-Conductor-Richard-Peirson-(at-piano),-Carolyn-Dobbin-(Witch,-in-cage),–Raphaela-Mangan-(Hansel,-above-on-balcony),-Amy-Ní-Fhearraigh-(Gretel). Photo by Patrick Redmond.

 

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The Songbirds

Songbirds Promotional Video from Guy Le Jeune on Vimeo.

The script for ‘The Songbirds’, an innovative new piece of theatre developed by An Grianán Theatre, has been informed by interviews involving people living with dementia who participated in an Ulster University research study on reminiscence led by the School of Nursing.

The Songbirds is a play about memory, humanity, love and life. It is also a play that explores the lived experience of people living with dementia and celebrates their lives and stories.

The piece is a two hander, performed by Donegal actors Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhridge and Valerie Bryce, and was written and directed by Guy Le Jeune (Shaking the Tale, Fiesta), whose practice is in the area of reminiscence theatre and theatre from memory.

It has already received remarkable audience feedback from student nurses, junior doctors, consultant psychiatrists, secondary school students and from people living with dementia themselves.

February 2020 dates

06-Feb: Engage with Age, The East Belfast Network Centre
07-Feb: University of Ulster, Magee First Year Nursing Students
11-Feb: Malone Sports Hall, Belfast Forward South Partnership
26-Feb: Courtyard Theatre, Newtownabbey
27-Feb: Riverside Theatre, Coleraine Institute of Nursing and Health Research

Audience Feedback

“Two brilliant actors presented the paly SongbirDs to the members of Dementia NI at Shaftsbury Square, and to be honest, I was totally overwhelmed. Every action mirrored the day to day life of having a family member with dementia. So much of our time is repetition and reminding my husband of things that happen in our lives and the actors portrayed this. It also showed that just take each day as it comes, still try to make memories and above all, laugh and have fun. The writer and everyone involved deserve recognition for the brilliant job they have done and hopefully it cab be televised and put out there as it really can help families. Take plenty of tissues as I am still crying with sadness and laughter, 3 days later.” Linda Marmion

“The Songbirds was absolutely brilliant. I thought it looked really good on the video but live it was terrific. The end of the piece of so moving, everyone loved it.” Eamon Quinn, Director, Engage With Age

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