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An Grianán @ 20: Birth of a Theatre

Architectural scale model of An Grianán Theatre.

Above: Architectural scale model of An Grianán Theatre.

As we celebrate 20 years of An Grianán here is an extract from the souvenir brochure which was published to mark the official opening of the theatre in 1999. It gives a brief history of the community effort to bring An Grianán Theatre into existence:

“As one might expect for a project of this importance, the dream of having a purpose built theatre for Letterkenny and the north of County Donegal has been around a long time. It was only in the late 1980s, however, that a number of factors came together which allowed the plans to eventually reach fruition.

“In 1985 a committee was formed in Letterkenny to promote the building of a theatre and arts centre. At the same time Donegal County Council was finalising plans for a new Central Library, and following a series of meetings over the winter of 1985/6 between the local committee – soon to evolve into the Earagail Arts Group – and the County Librarian and other Council officials, the then Assistant County Manager proposed to the council that a cultural complex, involving a theatre, arts centre and central library be built on a Council-owned site. The site in question was the Rectory field, where An Grianán Theatre is now located, and which had been bought in 1983 by the Council from the Representative Church Body of the Church of Ireland as the location from the Library. This proposal was endorsed by the Council and in September 1987 fully developed and costed plans – costing just over £2M (€2.5M) for the theatre and arts centre – were submitted to the Department of the Taoiseach, the Arts Council, Bord Fáilte and the new established International Fund for Ireland. The theatre design evolved from the expressed needs of the local community, the overall approach was greatly influenced by the late Ray McAnally, Donegal’s most accomplished actor, and the detailed design of the stage and backstage areas owed much to the people involved in the local drama movement.

“The National Lottery had been established earlier in 1987, and hopes were high that through a combination of this and other sources Letterkenny would receive the necessary funding. In the event, however, the allocation in November 1987 of £200,000 (approx €254,000) left the Council in somewhat of a quandary – enough to keep the project alive, but too little to begin work.

“when a preacher comes to town first he build his congregation, then he builds his church”. Brian Friel

“Instead of celebration it was back to the drawing board. A number of options were considered, including building the complex in the designated area of the town, with a view to attracting a major developer, but nothing came of the idea. There the matter rested until May 1990, when the council decided to proceed with the plan in two phases. The first phase, would be the building of the Central Library and Arts Centre on the site of the former Literary Institute at Lower Main St, and the second would be the building of the theatre. The Central Library and Arts Centre duly went ahead, and is now in its fifth year of service. While there was some concern that putting the theatre on the back burner might mean that it would not be built for a long time, if ever, local support for the project never wavered, and amongst other initiatives, Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce became involved in trying to turn that support into practical results. Happily the picture was to improve radically, just a few years later.

“The decision by the newly formed government in 1993 to create the first ever cabinet post of Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht, was to radically change the arts landscape of the country. Soon after taking office Michael D. Higgins, TD, the first Minister to fill the post, announced the Cultural Development Incentive Scheme, offering up to 75% funding for theatres, arts centres and museums. The Council quickly decided to seek funding under the CDIS, and commissioned new plans for a theatre at the Rectory Field, which had been enlarged by the purchase of the site fronting the Port Road. The plans were submitted to the government in February 1995, and following revisions suggested by the Department, and a visit to Letterkenny by the Minister – no stranger to Donegal as a frequent speaker at the MaGill Summer School in Glenties – Minister Higgins announced the allocation of £1.5M (approx €1.9M) to the project in February 1996.

“This was the cause of great celebration in the County, but still left a sizeable amount sum to be raised locally, by the local authorities, and the community. It was agreed that this would be borne more less equally by Donegal County, Letterkenny Urban District Council and local fund-raising. The North West Theatre Project had been formed in June 1995 form the various local drama groups and other interested parties, and it was this enterprising group which agreed to spearhead the fund-raising drive that everyone knew would be needed.

“Finalising the detailed plans, not least the cost plans, and examining the various tenders received took another two years – most of it spent cutting our cloth to suit our measure – the original cost of £3.3M (€4.2M) had to pared back to nearer £2M (€2.5M). The sense of achievement and anticipation was tangible when a large crowd of Councillors, officials and members of the North West Theatre Project gathered in the Rectory Field in April 1998 to witness the turning of the sod, and the beginning of the final phase of realising the dream of a theatre for Letterkenny and the Northwest.

“Back in 1987 two members of the Errigal Arts Group went to see Brian Friel to enlist his support. His advice was “when a preacher comes to town first he build his congregation, then he builds his church”. Looking at the programme for the first few months at An Grianán, Donegal can say it has its ‘congregation’ and its ‘church’.

“12 years in planning, 18 months in building, the dream is now a reality!”

Originally published in November 1999

The North West Theatre Project

Billy Patterson, President
Paddy O’Connor, Chairperson
Pluincéad Ó Fearraigh, Vice-Chairperson
Mary Harte, Secretary
Joe Glenfield, Treasurer
Edwin McCloughan PRO
Committee: Geraldine Callaghan, Phil Dalton, Kathleen Doherty, Danny McGlinchey, Dan McTeague, Damien O’Reilly.

The North West Theatre Project, made up entirely of volunteers, was central to making An Grianán Theatre a reality. As well as their success in fundraising – raising £225,000 (€285,700) in a town the size of Letterkenny was surely a stunning achievement – they inspired the local community about what a theatre can be in the life of the community.

Project Team

Liam Kelly, Assistant County Manager
Liam Ronayne, County Librarian
Patricia McBride, Director, An Grianán
Michael Swanton, Administrative Officer, Housing & Building
Peter Coyle, Town Clerk, Letterkenny
Traolach Ó Fionnáin, Arts Officer

An Grianán Board (1999)

Sean McCormick, Chairperson
Cllr. Jean Crossan
Cllr. Jim Lynch
Cllr. Bernard McGlinchey
Cllr. J.J. Reid
Tadhg Culbert
Phil Dalton
Pluincéad Ó Fearraigh
Liam Ronayne

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6th Donegal Chamber Music Festival

Saturday 12th to Sunday 20th of October 2019

Venues: Glebe Gallery and House, An Grianan Theatre, Rockhill House, Conwal Parish Church, Letterkenny.
Book online here

Saturday 12th October 12.30pm – The Glebe Gallery, Churchill.
Donegal Junior String Orchestra’s 10th Anniversary Concert – Festival’s Opening Concert
The Donegal Junior String Orchestra celebrate a decade of music-making at their popular annual family concert in the Glebe Gallery courtyard. Past and present members will play together and also in chamber groups. A special feature is a performance from the newly-formed Donegal Town String Quartet. This concert is part of Wainfest, Donegal’s arts and books festival for children.
Free Admission – No booking required

Sunday 13th October, 5pm – Glebe House, Churchill
“Tangos, Songs and Dances” with the Szabó-Yélamo String Duo
(Orsolya Szabó-Yélamo, violin; Víctor Yélamo, cello)
Donegal-based International String Duo return to the Glebe House for another intimate chamber music recital with a programme of classical pieces, well-known tangos and popular songs.
Admission: €15 (include wine and tapas at the Tea Rooms afterwards)
Booking essential. Tickets in advance only from An Grianán Box Office (074) 912 0777

Tuesday 15th of October, 8pm – An Grianán Theatre
Vivaldi: Griselda, RV 718 – Irish National Opera
The complications of royal marriage. A commoner become Queen. A King obsessed with testing her virtue. The brilliance of Venice’s most famous composer brought to the opera stage.
High jinks in high places in the first Irish production of an opera by Vivaldi (1678 – 1741), one of the world’s favourite composers. Irish National Opera features rising English mezzo-soprano Katie Bray in the title role, and also prize-winning Belfast mezzo Sinead O’Kelly, with music from the Irish Baroque Orchestra. Sung in Italian with English surtitles
Admission Tickets: €30 /€27

Athraonadh by Aisling Óir Harp Duo (Nodlaig Ní Bhrollaigh & Lucy Kerr)

Thursday 17th October, 8pm – Rockhill House
Athraonadh by Aisling Óir Harp Duo (Nodlaig Ní Bhrollaigh & Lucy Kerr)
Athraonadh means the refraction of light or sound that creates a change in a celestial object. The repertoire’s source is Gaelic, re-invigorated by contemporary arrangements and alternative rhythms along with new works by Nodlaig & Lucy. The two classically and traditionally trained harpers are from the Roe Valley area and are the directors of the Ruaidhrí Dall Harp School based in Dungiven Castle.
Admission: €15 (include tea/coffee and tray bakes afterwards)
Booking essential. Tickets in advance only from An Grianán Box Office (074) 912 0777

Sunday 20th October, 2pm – Conwal Parish Church, Letterkenny
Donegal Chamber Orchestra at Conwal Church – Festival’s Closing Concert
The Donegal Chamber Orchestra returns to Conwal Church to close this year’s Chamber Music with a Sunday afternoon recital, the latest in the classical concert series ‘Sundays in Conwal’.
The programme will include music by Albinoni, Elgar, Kreisler and the world premiere of ‘Plan of a Piece’ for flute, strings and speaker, based on a text by Jane Austen, specially composed for the occasion by Derek Ball. The Orchestra will be joined on the stage by actress Maura Logue reading Jane Austen’s text. This concert is part of the 4th Letterkenny Cathedral Quarter Literary Festival.
Admission: €10/€5. Tickets will be available at the door from 1.30pm

The 6th Donegal Chamber Music Festival is presented by the Donegal Chamber Music Society and Donegal Music Education Partnership, in association with An Grianan Theatre, The Glebe Gallery and House, Rockhill House and Letterkenny Cathedral Quarter.

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Free Open Days: Circus and Bingo!

Bingo Wings Open Day. Photo by Caleb Purcell.

The Bingo Wings Project – bringing young and old together through circus and bingo!

Fidget Feet present their latest show Bingo Wings at An Grianan this October and as part of the build up to the show they are hosting free open days which promise to be lots of fun for all ages.

Come along to any of the open days where you will get to spend an afternoon trying out some fun circus skills, have a cuppa, make new friends and of course play some bingo!

This is suitable for all ages, everyone welcome, from children to senior citizens.

Open Days

Times: 4.30pm to 7pm

  • Sun 22 Sept An Grianán
  • Sun 29 Sept Loreto Convent
  • Sun 6 Oct An Grianán
  • Sun 13 Oct An Grianán

Bingo Wings Open Day. Photo by Caleb Purcell.

Bingo Wings is Fidget Feet’s new show which you can see at An Grianán on Fri 18 and Sat 19 October – find out more here.

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Want to work with us? Vacancies on our CE scheme.

Stage technician Peter Rose. Photo by Paul McGuckin.

We have a number of places available on our Community Employment Scheme in various departments including box office, house keeping and technical.

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.

To apply please send your CV and PPS number to:

Martina Murphy

Community Employment Supervisor

An Grianán Theatre

Port Rd

Letterkenny

Co Donegal

eMail

0749120777 (press 2 for admin)

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Want to join our youth theatre?

An Grianan Youth Theatre's The Delphi Dilemma. April 2017. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved.

We’ll be holding a free Taster workshop on Wed 28 August to recruit prospective members for our senior youth theatre. This is a great way to try out youth theatre and see if it’s for you. The workshop is open to young people ages 14 to 21.

The bad news! While we will do our best to accommodate everyone who attends the taster workshop, we only have a limited number of places available in our youth theatre so we cannot guarantee that everyone who attends the Taster workshop will subsequently be offered a place in the youth theatre. Unsuccessful candidates will be added to our waiting list in case of any cancellations.

What does our youth theatre do?

We run weekly classes for children and young people ages 7 to 21. Our senior classes are suitable for ages 14 to 21 and are held on Wednesday evenings during term time.

We believe strongly in learning through creative play and our classes are made up of an inventive mix of drama games and acting exercises.

You’ll be encouraged to improvise and creatively engage with the material provided by our tutors, sometimes from prepared scripts and sometimes from work devised entirely by the students.

Being a member of a youth theare allows opportunities for both creative and personal development through acting, drama and other performance techniques. Students will learn more about their own voices and movements as well as observing others through play and theatre games. Drama can also help to build confidence and to develop communication and co-operation skills.

Being a member of An Grianán Youth Theatre offers you the added bonus of learning theatre skills and stage craft in a professional theatre environment with access to highly trained facilitators, technical crew and equipment.

With an emphasis on performance, you’ll be offered an insight into many aspects of professional theatre production. Our youth theatre is also an ideal stepping stone for those of you wishing to go on to study acting, theatre and performing arts at third level.

An Grianan Youth Theatre: rehearsals for Blackadder Goes Forth, July 2017.

Our recent projects include Blackadder Goes Forth, 2017, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, 2018, The Selkie, 2018, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (site specific performance at Glenveagh National Park), 2019. Plans for this year include working with a guest tutor from Fidget Feet Theatre for their upcoming production Bingo Wings.

We are an affiliate member of Youth Theatre Ireland, the national organisation for youth theatres in Ireland, which means our members get the opportunity to take part in YTI events like the National Festival of Youth Theatres, the National Youth Theatre and the Young Critics programme.

Our taster workshop will be on Wed 28 Aug at 4.30pm and will be 90 minutes long. You can reserve a place by calling the box office on 074 912 0777, or leave a message on our facebook page.

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The Winter’s Tale cast

Sicilia

The Royal Family

Leontes, King of Sicilia – David Monteith
Hermione, his Queen, daughter of the Emperor of Russia – Katie Prinsloo
Mamillius, their son, a Prince – Darragh Dunne O’Sullivan

The Court

Camillo, chief of staff to Leontes and his closest friend and adviser – Sean Donegan
Solius, the most senior of the lords and First Minister to the King – Aiden O’Shea
Antigonus, a noble lord, member of the inner cabinet and husband to Paulina – Cathal Stephens
Adamus, a young nobleman, and keeper of the prison – Anthony Redmond
Paulina, a noble lady, friend to Leontes and Hermione and wife to Antigonus – Maggie Hannon
Cleomenes, a noble lady, member of the court and the King’s ambassador – Razan Elnaim
Dion, a noble lady member of the court and the King’s ambassador – Saja Elnaim

Part of our cast of The Winter’s Tale, left to right: Sean Donegan, Tom Nelis, David Monteith, Siobhan Coyle, Anthony Redmond and director Philip Parr.

In the Palace

Emilia, principal lady in waiting to Hermione – Marie Kelly
Iras, a singer, and lady in waiting – Christiona McGettigan
Samina, nurse to the Prince Mamillius, and a valued member of the Royal household – Laura Dunne

Bohemia

The Royal Family

Polixenes, King of Bohemia, childhood friend of Leontes – Tom Nelis
Florizel, his son, a prince – Jasper Lee Kardos
Narcisa, a noble woman in the Bohemian court and the Kings trusted messenger – Louise McCrossan
Theodora, a noble woman in the Bohemian court, sent as emissary to Sicilia – Triona Burke
Archidamus, captain of the King’s private ship, and a respected member of his entourage – Fionn Robinson

In the country

The Shepherd, an unlearned old man, farming and living simply in a remote rural community – Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhrigdhe
The Clown, his son, an honest but simple man full of hard work and loyalty – Oscar Murtagh
Perdita, a foundling, taken in by the Shepherd and brought up as his daughter and The Clown’s sister – Laramie Carey
Tereza, a country lass who sings very sweetly and prefers making music to making hay – Maryann McDonnell
Autolycus, a rogue – Patrick Quinn

In both countries

The Guides, who lead us through the story, and police Sicilia and Bohemia – Siobhan Coyle, Ciara Cunnane, Nicky Peeters, Guy Le Jeune

Musicians

Matthew Melia
Siobhan Shiels
Donall McGinley
Stephen Doohan
Guy Le Jeune
Fionn Robinson

Performance Dates

Ballymacool Park, Letterkenny
Fri 19 & Sat 20 July at 6pm
€15/€12

Greencastle/Magilligan
Tues 23 & Wed 24 July at 12.30pm
€20/€16*
*includes ferry crossing.

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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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Take a journey with us this July.

 

Bohemia and Sicilia are two nations separated by an ocean. You are invited on a journey to both Kingdoms to see how the story unfolds. Come and join Kings, Queens, Princes, Shepherds, Rogues, Seafarers and All Sorts. Along the way there shall be feasting, merriment, a sea crossing, a brass band, dancing, music, song, disguises and surprises, intrigue and deception, as we present to you an outdoor production of William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. A Cautionary Tale for our times.

Ballymacool House forms the backdrop for part of the performance in Letterkenny.

The first journeys shall take place in Ballymacool Park, Letterkenny where the beautiful gardens shall be the formal palace of Leontes, King of Sicilia, set in the shadow of Ballymacool House.  The next journeys start in Greencastle, in Inishowen, in which the participants and the audience will travel across the sea to Magilligan and back again!

The scenic town of Greencastle in Inishowen.

Depending on location refreshments may include Irish Stew, chowder, sandwiches and fruit punch, and of course vegetarians will be suitably catered for. Local currency will be provided for this fare, but watch out for hawkers and snatch-purses. We would also remind you that wild animals are at large in Bohemia.

Catch the ferry to Magilligan, our Bohemia for The Winter’s Tale.

As the show has several settings it’s expected that you will be walking about 2 kilometres on pavements and grass, and we recommend wearing appropriate clothing and footwear for the weather and terrain, whatever that may be. It’s Donegal in July so we recommend sunblock and light rain jackets!

Performance Dates

Ballymacool Park, Letterkenny
Fri 19 & Sat 20 July at 6pm
€15/€12

Greencastle/Magilligan
Tues 23 & Wed 24 July at 12.30pm
€20/€16*
*includes ferry crossing.

Book now!

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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Music for Shaking the Tale

Live music is a big feature of our open air production of The Winter’s Tale.

Here’s a little snippet of the band in rehearsals, playing an original composition by Guy Le Jeune.

To book tickets or to find out more about the show visit this link.

Performance dates:

Fri 19 & Sat 20 July at 6pm
Ballymacool Park, Letterkenny

Tues 23 and Wed 24 July at 12.30pm
Greencastle/Magilligan

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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An Grianán Ambassadors

“A theatre at the heart of the community”

The line above is from An Grianán’s initial mission statement back in 1999.

Over the years we’ve had many brochure covers, usually featuring one or more of the upcoming shows. This, it became clear, wasn’t ideal for two reasons, one, it was almost impossible to reflect the breadth of the programme this way, and two, we were at the mercy of the promotional photos we were sent for that season’s shows.

Taking a new approach, and in line with reflections on our 20 years in existence, we realised that what matters most, and so should be celebrated, is our relationship with the local community. While theatre shows and theatre companies come and go, the community is always here, and without them, and their support we have nothing.

So we wanted to reflect this in our brochure covers and we set about thinking about who could be our ‘ambassadors’. We wanted people of all genders, all ages and from all areas of the county, who had a strong grá for An Grianán. We also wanted to avoid people who might be performing in the current season as that would muddy the message.

So we drew up a list and set about taking photographs of members of our community who have a strong relationship with the theatre, some are performers, some are regular attenders, some eat regularly in the cafe. Angel, our first ambassador is a former youth theatre member from Portsalon in the north west of the county, John, our second is a performer, writer, artist whose first stage play we produced and toured and is from Letterkenny, with very strong family ties in Culdaff in the Inishowen Peninsula.

And we reinforce this through other media ..

 

John, our second ambassador, talked about his relationship to An Grianán here in a blog he wrote for our website …

and as I turned pro, it was even more satisfying to return not just to the home stage, but the team behind the magic, the family of An Grianán Theatre that keeps this stage in the North West one of the best!”

https://www.angrianan.com/an-grianan-ambassador-john-d-ruddy-2/

You can see a lovely short clip from Jasper, our sixth ambassador, here in a video we put out on social media…

“You meet the kindest, most supportive and most creative people here, it really is just a beacon of light in the town”

https://www.facebook.com/ANGRIANANTHEATRE/videos/1692461860857342/

 

This organically led to a lovely blog from a theatre/ film professional who is also a former youth theatre member, Karen Quinn …

“it’s the endless support from An Grianan that makes me realise that I’ll always be a part of their family, and every time I walk through the doors I feel like I never left. It’s a diamond of a theatre that has given me memories that will last forever.”

You can read Karen’s blog post here … https://threebagsofsugar.com/the-home-stage

About the brochure design :

 

The brochure cover retains the form of our logo, here are the logo guidelines which was originally created by Carton LeVert, who have gone on to form the highly successful Kinnegar Brewing Co., so successful that they no longer do any outside Graphic Design despite being the winners of many awards, not least a European Design Award in 2006 for this logo for An Grianán.

 

The logo is  a typographic visualisation of performers on a stage. It has four components: 1. The Auditorium – the rectangle/block. 2. The Stage – the coloured square within the black Auditorium. 3. The Audience – the letters of the name ‘An Grianán Theatre’ represent the audience viewing the show. 4. The Performer ‘g’ – represents the character on the stage. There is an extensive family of Performers and they appear at random. There is therefore no one single An Grianán Theatre logo, rather a family of logos from which any one may be selected. The Performer-g represents the diversity of theatre and performance at An Grianán.

 

For the cover design, our current Graphic Designers, OD Design wrote that:

 

This approach affords the opportunity to showcase the diversity and far reaching influence of the theatre and the engaging nature/community it represents – placing the audience at the centre of the the logo therefore at the centre of An Grianan. Our intention with this solution was to “strengthen the sense of closeness with the people of An Grianan”. As the Ambassador changes seasonally with the brochure the story changes too allowing this solution to talk to a variety of different audiences.

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Can You help raise €1000 for An Grianán Youth Theatre?

Over the next month we’re trying to raise €1000 towards An Grianán Youth Theatre, and we’ve now raised €400 of that target ! You can read a lovely testimonial about what the youth theatre means to one of the people who was a member, writer Karen Quinn, here. It really has, and continues to, mean so much to so many young people.

You can make your donation by clicking here and picking the amount you’d like to donate

We have these lovely prints of the illustration Jacob Stack did for us last year for the Youth Theatre presentation of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase and anyone who donates €25 or more will receive one.

They are A3 lithograph prints on Novatech Matt 250gsm Art Card. Obviously you are free to donate as much or as little as you can, we appreciate every single donation!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are three main activities coming up for which we need your support for:

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are delighted to be able to say that Emory Ramsay has been chosen as a member of the prestigious National Youth Theatre Ensemble. 16 young people have been chosen from all the people who auditioned throughout the country to work with Artistic Director Veronica Coburn and playwright Dylan Coburn Gray to perform Ask Too Much Of Me from 19th to the 24th August on the Peacock Stage at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. As part of our commitment to this project we need to raise €350. You can read more about this project here.

As part of Cruinniú na nÓg, Ireland’s national day of youthful creativity, An Grianán Youth Theatre will perform a special performance inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in the gardens of Glenveagh Castle on Saturday 15th June between 1pm and 4pm. Created specifically for Glenveagh, this promenade style show has been devised by youth theatre members with director Nora Kavanagh, and will feature many of Lewis Carroll’s memorable characters while incorporating elements from Glenveagh’s history to create a Donegal Wonderland. Follow the white rabbit, catch a tea party and watch out for border control! See more about it here.

In the first week of July we are sending 8 young people to Kilkenny, with two supervisors, to the 2019 National Festival of Youth Theatres in Kilkenny. The National Festival is a unique experience. It provides young people with a fantastic opportunity to learn new skills, work with specialist facilitators and get to know young people from youth theatres all around the country.
Read more about this activity here.

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