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.
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.
Following yesterday evening’s announcement by An Taoiseach that Donegal will be moving into Level 3 of the government’s Plan for Living with COVID-19, we regret that this means audiences will not be permitted to attend the performances we have planned between now and the 16th October. Please bear with us as we rearrange those shows, we will be in touch with all ticket holders as soon as we can.
We currently have places available on our Community Employment Scheme for house keeping and front of house staff.
Community Employment Rates and Conditions apply. Please note the eligible age for participation on Community Employment is 21 years. Please contact your local Department of Social Protection office for details of any exceptions to this.
Donegal County Council Culture Division is proud to present their 12th annual programme of events for Culture Night, the all-island public event that celebrates culture, creativity and the arts.
We invite people of all ages to take time out to explore the richness and joy of Irish culture and heritage. In response to the restrictions posed by the on-going Covid 19 pandemic, this year’s programme will be presented in both physical and online events allowing for people at home and abroad to connect with Donegal culture.
Culture Night County Ambassador
We are delighted that the inimitable Donegal playwright, performer and musician Little John Nee represents us as our county Ambassador for 2020. He had this to say about his role.
“I am happy for this opportunity to do what I love doing; celebrating Donegal artists and the beautiful odd way we go about things in this beautiful odd place”.
Highlights of events from the Donegal programme include:
Although we have had to reimagine the event for this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have still been able to work with many of our venues artists and programmers to create a programme that combines online and safe offline activities, on Friday 18th of September!
Here are just a few of the Online events.
Biodiversity in Your Back Garden
For Culture Night, Donegal County Council’s Culture Division has commissioned a series of short videos of ways in which you can care for the nature on your doorstep or the biodiversity in your back garden. Featured local gardens and experts include Liz and Ralph Sheppard on their farm at Carnowen House, Raphoe; Elizabeth Temple at Salthill Gardens, Mountcharles; George McDermot, Buncrana Town Gardener; Joanne Butler at OURganic, Gort a’ Choirce and Angus Kennedy of Nature North West, Ramelton.
Featuring Anne Gallagher and Ronan Carr, Mockingbird Theatre presents a short (back and sideways) film – The Final Cut – about two barbers who reunite for one last haircut during the Lockdown Crisis – proving that we are never truly apart from the one we love. Written and directed by Ronan Carr
Where I’m From
A short piece documenting this transatlantic youth writers workshop facilitated by Donegal County Council Cultural Services who worked with Chicago based Young Chicago Authors (YCA) and young people from Donegal Youth Service, the KidsOwn young writers group and young people from the YCA summer artistic internship program.
2020 Live Offline events include
Donegal County Museum
Donegal County Museum present the ‘Railways of County Donegal’ exhibitionWhich features the photographs of A M Davies, who travelled the lines around County Donegal during the 1950’s and 1960’s.
Regional Cultural Centre
The Regional Cultural Centre’s current exhibition on plastics – Can’t Live With It, Can’t Live Without It – will feature newly created artworks by Ed Devane, as well as an exhibition of new work by painter Liz Doyle and Wild Swans: ‘Forgotten Places’ Online Exhibition .They will also screen the RCC Sessions, a Late night music broadcaster where Paul McDevitt and Jimmy Stafford curate a selection of specially filmed live sets by a host of their local favourites. Featuring Maria McCormack, Jonathan Smeaton, Sheerbuzz, Mark Black and Without Willow.
An Grianán Theatre
An Grianán Theatre are pleased to host the first performances of a new comic drama by Louise Conaghan – The Morrigan
The Central Library presents Jessica Harkin’s Family Magic Show as well as a series of special guided tours of the Library’s unique Donegal Studies section.
Full Programme and Information
This, however, is only a taste of what’s on offer. To get the full programme and all booking details, please log onto www.culturenight.ie and select the programme for Donegal.
Further information contact Sally Murphy, Murphy Communications on 0871476339.
Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook @CulturenightDonegal
Culture Night is brought to you by The Arts Council in partnership with Donegal County Council
Contact: Sally Murphy, Culture Night Co-Ordinator T: 0871476339. E : email@example.com
Youth theatre! We’re so happy to you have you back. It’s been a long, lonely summer here at An Grianán. Here’s Nora with a little overview of our new Covid precautions to keep us all as safe and sound as we can be.
Prior to starting classes you and your parent/guardian need to fill in our online registration form here.
If you haven’t already done so you can pay your course fee of €60 online here.
If you would prefer to pay by phone you can do so during box office opening hours which are 9.30am to 4pm Mon to Fri. The phone number is 0749120777. The box office will not be open during class time so make sure you have paid your fees in advance.
NB: if you have missed out on a place and want to be added to the waiting list please send an email with your details here.
Our guidelines have changed a little:
Please arrive no more than 10 minutes before class time.
Entry – Students will enter and exit the building by the dock bay at the side of stage. This is the large roller door to the rear of the building. Please do not enter by the usual front entrance.
Masks. It is the policy of An Grianán Theatre that all people entering the building wear masks. However as we can maintain the recommended 2 metre distance on stage, it is optional to wear your mask while in the performing space. But once you leave the performing please put your mask on.
Tables at the back of the stage will be used for storing of students’ personal belongings.
The stage has been divided into 2 meter squares. Each student will have their own 2 metre performing square that will allow for the recommended minimum 2 metres social distancing.
Toilet breaks – students will use the toilet facilities in Dressing Room 2. Do not use the public toilets downstairs. NB: No more than 2 people can enter Dressing Room 2 at a time.
No entry elsewhere in the building. Our designated youth theatre area is the dock, stage and dressing room 2. Please do not leave this area.
Contact tracing – students will follow our Covid protocols. Hand sanitiser will be provided at entry and exit points. To avoid cross contamination you must bring you own pen to sign in with.
Parents/guardians will not able to stay in the building during class.
The stage will be cleaned and sanitised before each class.
A certified first aider will be available on site at all times.
Isolation room – Dressing 3 (beside the Green Room) is now our isolation room. if you are feeling unwell during class you will be escorted to this room where you can safely wait until we can contact your parent/guardian.
Zoom – parents must give their consent for students to participate in online activities. This is part of your registration form. Make sure that you have filled it in before starting term.
In addition to the facilitator another member of An Grianán’s staff will sit in on Zoom classes as per child safe guarding recommendations from Youth Theatre Ireland.
And folks, if you are feeling unwell please don’t come to class.
NB: Covid19 guidelines can change at very short notice – please make sure we have your most up to date contact information so that we can get in touch quickly.
Wed 9 Sept to Thur 10 Dec 2020 (no class midterm break)
Class 1: 4.30pm to 5.30pm
Class 2: 6.30pm to 7.30pm
A maximum of 9 students per class.
We’re teaming up with the digital media at the Regional Cultural Centre to film your monologues. We’ll determine those filming dates later on but assume for now that we’ll probably have to fit in a few extra sessions in December to get those all done.
The stage is quiet, the lights are dim and the dressing rooms empty… it’s time to make some noise and shine the lights.
We are offering 4 bursaries of up to €4000 each for theatre artists from the North West.
At An Grianán Theatre we’ve always supported local artists. Our stage was always busy and behind the scenes, we were also busy offering time and support to local artists, with advice, networking opportunities, finance, technical and marketing support as well as production and touring work. We’ve maybe not shouted enough about our artists’ supports, but we’re shouting now.
If you are based in the North West, or from the North West or have some connections with here, we want to hear from you. Maybe you have a show you’re writing that needs some development, we’re here for you. Maybe you need to work with a Director, or a Lighting Designer, we’re here for you. Maybe you have an idea that is just starting out and you need time and space to evolve your idea. Whatever stage you are at, we’re here for you.
We welcome applications from all artists and encourage applications by artists from a diversity of national, ethnic or cultural groups (including, but not limited to, Asian, Black, Traveller and minority ethnic, refugees, people with disabilities, working-class and LGBTQI+ artists). If you’re an artist who usually works in a production context we also want to hear from you. If you’ve never worked with us before, we want to hear from you, if you have worked with us before we still want to hear from you.
We intend to award 4 commissions and each commission is valued up to €4000. Additional production support, promotion and documentation will be provided by An Grianán.
The work can be developed with any space, physical or online, in mind but we’d like some of the development work to take place here in An Grianán.
We’d like you to send us your idea in whatever form works best for you, text (no more than 1 page), audio, video etc. Please submit them by email here (we will accept Dropbox or WeTransfer links). You can also send any questions and queries to this email address.
Applications are due by 12pm on Monday 28 September 2020. We will communicate decisions to artists by Friday 2 October 2020. Applications will be shortlisted by the Director and the theatre’s core team.
If you miss the deadline we still want to hear from you.
Fáilte go dtí Amharclann An Ghrianán! Located in Letterkenny, Co Donegal, An Grianán Theatre is an integral part of the county’s thriving cultural life and a flagship venue in the North West of Ireland.
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