News for teachers: Manny Man the stage show

John D Ruddy brings his creation Manny Man to the stage with An Grianán Theatre in 2018.A youtube sensation, a hit book and soon to be a stage show! See Ireland’s tumultuous millennia of history turned into a fun and easy-to-understand story.

We are currently developing a stage adaptation of John D Ruddy’s Manny Man Does the History of Ireland with a view to presenting it to schools audiences in May 2018.

Manny Man brings history to life with clarity and hilarity in videos that have amassed millions of views around the world.

Why did the Celts love stealing cows? What was the Norman Invasion, and were they all called Norman? From the Ice Age up to the present day, through the Vikings and Tudors, British rule and the fight for independence, he covers it all – with his tongue in his cheek, of course.

Ideal for 5th & 6th national school classes and second level history students.

Rehearsed reading

We will hold a rehearsed reading of the play with its cast John D Ruddy and Louise Conaghan on Thursday 19 October to an invited audience only. If you are a teacher interested in attending please get in touch with Nicola or Daithi at the box office on 0749120777. This will be a great chance to get a preview of the show and feedback and suggestions will be welcome.

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News for teachers: Christmas show and free workshops

An Grianán Theatre Productions in association with Zona Dance present The NutcrackerUPDATE: ALL AVAILABLE WORKSHOP SLOTS HAVE NOW BEEN FILLED.

Join us this December for a sparkling new version of Christmas favourite The Nutcracker, and our version is for boys every bit as much as it’s for girls!

Adapted by Guy Le Jeune from the folk tales of ETA Hoffman and Alexandre Dumas and directed by choreographer Jessica Peoples of ZoNa dance, our Nutcracker is set in Donegal and brings exciting drama and dialogue to the show while retaining some of the ballet version’s more famous dance pieces, and we think your students will love it.

Like last year’s production of Peter Pan, this will be a youth led cast ages 8 to 21 and with 30 acting roles and 26 dancers it’s going to be huge!

In school workshops

In addition, we are supporting the show with in-school movement workshops which are available free of charge and will be taught by our show’s director Jessica Peoples. The workshops will take place in October or November and will include movement theatre and dance suitable for boys and girls and will explore one of the scenes of the Nutcracker where the Nutcracker soldier meets his nemesis… The Mouse King!

We expect these workshops to be filled pretty quickly so to schedule one for your class please contact Jessica directly on 086 8222189 or by eMail.

Performances Schedule:
Tues 12 to Friday 15 December at 11am. Sat 16 at 2pm and 7pm.

Special rate for schools: €8, teachers/SNAs are free. Book now on 0749120777.

The Nutcracker is produced by An Grianán Theatre in association with ZoNa Dance Co.

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An Grianán Supports: Radio Rosario

Little John Nee in Radio Rosario.Developed through FUEL – Druids Artist Residency Programme. Supported by The Mick Lally Theatre and An Grianan Theatre. Funded through an Arts Council Theatre Project Award.

Little John Nee’s Radio Rosario. Developed through FUEL – Druids Artist Residency Programme. Supported by The Mick Lally Theatre and An Grianan Theatre. Funded through an Arts Council Theatre Project Award.

Little John Nee is a performer we’ve enjoyed a long, creative relationship with. In 2010/ 2011 he was our theatre artist in residence leading many workshops, performing shows, working on the book of his three ‘Donegal’ plays The Derry Boat, The Mental and Rural Electric, and creating a daily haiku. Subsequent to this work he recorded an album of songs with the Highly Strung Caledonian Orchestra. 

We are delighted to be able to support the making of his latest play, Radio Rosario, which is part of the Dublin Theatre Festival this September. Set in Galway city, in the very near future in Radio Rosario John plays Valve Hegarty, a man who sings audio jingles to pay the rent; a drudgery that weighs heavily on him. He has a hankering for something of substance and is drawn to the beauty of 20th-century valve radios. A chance meeting in Clifden leads him to the site of the Marconi Station where a soundscape of ghostly broadcasts begins. Meanwhile, Rosario is… well, Rosario is Rosario.

In Radio Rosario, Little John Nee brings his musical storytelling on another step with long-time collaborator and creator Laura Sheeran, who we last saw on our stage with Little John in The Mental, she also performed in the foyer at the Crash Cabaret with her band Nanu Nanu,  and a multi-award winning team. We very much hope to present Radio Rosario at An Grianán Theatre at some point during 2018.


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Shoot The Gear – new play about the fishing community in Killybegs

An Grianán on tour: Shoot the Gear by Guy Le JeuneAn Grianán Theatre is on the road South of the Gap as part of the Donegal Bay and Bluestacks Festival. Our new production Shoot The Gear created by our Theatre Artist in Residence Guy LeJeune celebrates the stories and experiences of the Killybegs fishermen. The play which will be performed in the Fish Auction Hall on Killybegs Quay is a celebration of the fishing industry in words and music. Featuring a cast of four multi talented performers Ronan Carr, Louise Conaghan, Orlaith Gilcreest and Fionn Robinson, the show runs from Thursday 28 to Saturday 30 September at 8 PM nightly.

The Shoot the Gear project has been facilitated by the Killybegs Fishermens Organization, whose support has proved crucial in gaining access to, and the trust of, a broad range of people connected to the industry, from fishermen and their wives and families, to buyers and sellers, net makers and menders, boatyard men, harbour staff, factory workers and more.

Tickets can be purchased on the door or in advance at our box office on 0749120777 or online here.

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4th Donegal Chamber Music Festival at Glenveagh

Tickets are now available from our box office for the 4th Donegal Chamber Music Festival.

Presented by Donegal Chamber Music Society in association with Donegal Music Education Partnership.

Thur 12 Oct at 8pm: Szabó-Yélamo String Duo, Glebe Gallery

Fri 13 Oct at 8pm: Donegal Chamber Orchestra, Glenveagh Castle

Sat 14 Oct at 12:30pm: Donegal Junior Strings Orchestra, Glebe Gallery

Sun 15 Oct at 6.30pm: Donegal Chamber Orchestra, Glenveagh Castle

Donegal Chamber Orchestra in concert

Venue: Glenveagh Castle

Friday 13th October, 8pm (Bus leaving car park at 7.30pm)
Sunday 15th October, 6.30pm (Bus leaving car park at 6.00pm)

Tickets: €15 Book online

Tea, Coffee and tray bakes afterwards at Glenveagh Tea Rooms.

Vivaldi – Concerto for strings in D Major, RV 121
Telemann – Overture-Suite “Burlesque de Quixotte,” TWV 55:G10
Handel – Concerto Grosso in a minor, Op 6 No 4
Delius – Two Aquarelles for string orchestra
Elaine Agnew (b.1967) – Take Off! (2010)
Toselli – Serenata ‘Rimpianto’ Op.6 No.1
Glazunov – Theme and Variations for Strings, Op.97
Bizet/Osborne – Suite from Carmen

The DONEGAL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, one of the Donegal Music Education Partnership’s performing groups, features classical string players from across county Donegal and is dedicated to helping students and amateur musicians achieve the highest level of excellence in performance. The Donegal Chamber Orchestra gives regular performances throughout the county during the year and previous seasons have included trips to Spain and Italy. Since its establishment the orchestra worked with guest artists, soloists and conductors.

The Orchestra was founded in 2006 by Hungarian violinist Orsolya Szabó-Yélamo (Violin resource tutor with Donegal Music Education Partnership) and Spanish cellist Víctor Yélamo (Artistic Director of the ensemble).

Szabó-Yélamo String Duo

Venue: The Glebe Gallery, Churchill

Date: Thursday 12th October, 8pm


Tickets: €16 Book online

Booking essential. An Grianán Theatre Box Office: 074 9120777

Orsolya Szabó-Yélamo, violin  / Víctor Yélamo, cello
A chamber music recital in the Glebe House to celebrate the Spanish National Day.
The programme will include works from the classical repertory, a piece by this year Festival’s featured composer Elaine Agnew and a selection of Spanish Classics, Latin American songs and well known popular tangos to commemorative the Hispanic Day Fiesta.
Wine and Tapas to follow!

The Szabó-Yélamo String Duo was founded in 2006 when its members were completing a Master in Classical String Performance at the University of Limerick. The wife and husband duo is comprised of the Hungarian violinist Orsolya Szabó-Yélamo (Violin Resource Tutor with Donegal Music Education Partnership) and the Spanish cellist Víctor Yélamo (Artistic Director of the Donegal Chamber Orchestra).
Both are professional musicians and regularly perform with the Spanish String Orchestra Concerto Málaga and the Donegal Camerata String Quintet. Orsolya and Víctor are are extensively involved in music education across the Northwest of Ireland, they are members of the European String Teachers Association (ESTA). The Duo presented a Series of Concerts at the Regional Cultural Centre in 2010 and offers a variety of performances and workshops for students in Donegal.

They play instruments by Hungarian maker Pétéri Károly and bows by Paolo Pamiro.

FAMILY CONCERT at Glebe Gallery Courtyard 
featuring the Donegal Junior Strings Orchestra – WAINFEST 2017

Venue: The Glebe Gallery, Churchill

Date: Saturday 14th October, 12:30pm – FREE ADMISSION

Treat yourself and your little ones to a free family concert led by the Donegal Junior Strings Orchestra as part of the 4th Donegal Chamber Music Festival. Classical works, new music by the Festival’s composer Elaine Agnew and music from Disney movies performed by the talented youth of Donegal Music Education Partnership, will delight and stimulate the senses. No booking is necessary.

How to book

Book online here, by phone on 0749120777 or call in and buy tickets in person at our box office. Opening hours are 9.30am to 5.30pm Mon to Fri, 10am to 5.30pm Sat, closed Sundays & bank holidays. If you book online or by phone you do not need to collect your tickets in advance as we will send them out to the venues on the day.


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Open Auditions for An Grianán Theatre’s Christmas 2017 Production


We are holding open auditions for our December production of The Nutcracker on Sun 17 September.

About the show

This is a fresh new version of the magical Christmas tale. Our Nutcracker is set in Donegal and blends drama, comedy and dance in a colourful story for family and school audiences.

There will be speaking and dance roles.

Like last year’s Christmas show Peter Pan, this will be a youth led production so we are looking for male and female performers from ages 8 to 21.

Audition date: Sun 17 September

10am to 12pm – children ages 8 to 11

12pm to 2pm – ages 12+

There is no need to prepare anything in advance.

NB: You will need to get permission to take time off school as the performance dates are during term time.

If you are not available for the performance dates below please do not audition!

Performance dates

Tues 12 to Fri 15 December at 11am

Sat 16 Dec at 2pm and 7pm

The Nutcracker is produced by An Grianán Theatre Productions in association with Zona Dance Co. Adapted by Guy Le Jeune, directed by Jessica Peoples.

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Job Vacancies: Community Employment Scheme

We wish to recruit the following staff under the Community Employment Scheme:

Box Office Assistants

Technical Assistants

Front of House Ushers


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


Co Donegal


The next CE scheme start date is Mon 11 Sept 2017.


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Theatre Artist in Residence County Donegal, 2017/2018

Thanks to the Arts Council, Donegal has successfully secured a Theatre Artist in Residence for the third year running. This theatre artist residency is a three-way partnership between the artist Guy Barriscale, Donegal County Council Arts Office and An Grianán Theatre.

The residency is based on previous work devised and created by Guy Barriscale, who writes as Guy Le Jeune. Guy has created many projects celebrating the stories and history of the people of Donegal including ‘Fiesta’, a joyful celebration of the famous Ballroom of Romance; ‘I Would Walk These Fields Again about the life and times of Canon James McDyer and ‘Unified the Musical’ about the infamous yarn factory which was the highlight of last year’s Earagail Arts Festival.

I Would Walk These Fields Again, a play by Guy Le Jeune about Father McDyer of Glencolmcille, An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny

John D Ruddy and Louise Conaghan in I Would Walk These Fields Again, a play by Guy Le Jeune about Father McDyer  will be performed on 19  & 20 July 2017 in Glencolmcille.

In the forthcoming year Guy will be collaborating with the Killybegs Fisherman’s Organisation to create a new work called “Shoot The Gear” for the Donegal Bay and Bluestacks Festival. This will be premiered in Killybegs at the end of September. He will also be working with the University of Ulster, in researching and devising a piece of touring theatre exploring the experiences of people with dementia and their primary carers, with a view to a production in 2018. He is also excited to be working with Ionad an Chrois Bhealaigh, Árainn Mhór, to create a work celebrating their unique island life experience.

Next week in Glencolmcille there will be two more performances of “I Would Walk These Fields Again”. This celebration of the life of James McDyer, featuring the acting talents of John Ruddy and Louise Conaghan will be shown in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Folk Village. Performances are on 19 and 20 July.

The girls recreate a night at the Fiesta ballroom. Photo by Declan Doherty. Fiesta, July 2014

The girls recreate a night at the Fiesta ballroom. Photo by Declan Doherty. Fiesta, July 2014

Guy is a writer, theatre maker and reminiscence facilitator who has lived and worked in Donegal for almost 20 years. He has over thirty years of experience in professional theatre in a wide variety of roles. He is also a writer of short stories and is working on the drafts of a number of novels. His short story Jamesy was commended in the 2011 Sean O’Faolain Prize. 22 Kilos was short listed for the Fish Short Story Prize 2012. Small Town Removal was placed third in the inaugural Costa Book Awards, short story prize in January 2013. He has recently completed a second draft of a novel with the working title The Swimmers, which explores emigration and the experiences of the Irish in England. He is also working on a further draft of Essex Road, a bleak comedy set in the London-Irish community. A previous draft of Essex Road was Highly Commended in the 2014, Irish Writers’ Centre, Novel Fair Competition. An early draft of The Cake and Condiment Rules, a satirical and caustic crime novel, was long listed for the 2016 Irish Writers’ Centre, Novel Fair Competition.


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Earagail Arts Festival Box Office Hours

We are your official box office for the Earagail Arts Festival.

Here are our opening hours for in person or telephone bookings for the duration of the festival. Please note that we may not be able to take your calls in the 30 minutes preceding our shows.

Mon 3: 9.30am to 5.30pm
Tues 4: 9.30am to 5.30pm
Wed 5: 9.30am to 5.30pm
Thur 6 9.30am to 5.30pm. Show: Blackadder Goes Forth 8pm
Fri 7: 9.30am to 8pm. Show: Blackadder Goes Forth 8pm
Sat 8: 10am to 8pm. Show: Blackadder Goes Forth 8pm

Mon 10: 9.30am to 8pm Show: Silent 8pm
Tues 11: 9.30am to 5.30pm
Wed 12: 9.30am to 5.30pm. Show: Kindur 12pm and 3pm
Thur 13: 9.30am to 5.30pm. Show: Kindur 12pm and 3pm
Fri 14: 9.30am to 5.30pm. Show: Kindur 12pm and 3pm
Sat 15: 10 am to 5.30pm
Sun 16: 6pm to 8pm. Show: Atlantic Arc Orchestra 8pm

Mon 17: 9.30am to 5.30pm. Show: The Merman’s Tale 3pm
Tues 18: 9.30am to 8pm. Show: Hope Hunt 8pm
Wed 19: 9.30am to 8pm Show: Green and Blue 8pm
Thur 20: 9.30am to 5.30pm
Fri 21: 9.30am to 8pm. Show: Every Brilliant Thing 8pm
Sat 22: 10am to 8pm. Show: Frank Carson 8pm
Sun 23: CLOSED

You can book online anytime at Pre-booked tickets will be available for collection on the door at the venue the event is taking place in. Alternatively you can collect tickets in advance at our box office during the above opening hours or have them posted to you at a charge of €1.50.

Earagail Arts Festival 4 to 23 July 2017. Three weeks of music, theatre, visual arts, film, literature, circus & carnival on Ireland’s North West Atlantic seaboard.

This event is part of the Earagail Arts Festival – 4 to 23 July 2017. Three weeks of music, theatre, visual arts, film, literature, circus & carnival on Ireland’s North West Atlantic seaboard.

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Job Vacancy: Housekeeping Assistant

We have the following position available on An Grianán Theatre’s Community Employment scheme:

Housekeeping Assistant

Location – An Grianán Theatre

General Statement of Responsibilities
Reporting directly to the Community Employment Supervisor, the main responsibilities of this role will be to ensure that An Grianán Theatre is cleaned and maintained to the highest possible standard.

Job description – Specific Duties
1. Clean all areas of the theatre including auditorium, back stage, front of house and all office areas.
2. Use the floor buffer to maintain the marmoleum floors.
3. Maintain outside bin store and ensure it is kept in good order.
4. Through the Community Employment Supervisor order cleaning equipment and products as required
5. Maintain toilets and ensure they are fully supplied with soap, tissue and hand towels.
6. Assist the setting up of rooms for commercial users of the theatre
7. Clear litter from the car park and grounds of the theatre
8. Remove “Smoking Litter” from Front of building and monitor ash bins
9. Maintain Flower beds watering, weeding and pruning as necessary
10. Cleaning windows and plate glass
11. General maintenance e.g. change light bulbs, etc.
12. To observe An Grianán Health and Safety policy and to wear PPE where required and necessary.
13. Carry out any other duty which falls within the general range of responsibilities of the role.

NB: Please only apply if you meet the eligibility criteria below. You will not be considered for interview if you do not meet the eligibility requirements.

Eligibility Criteria for Participants

The criteria for participating on the Community Employment programme are based on age and length of time in receipt of various social welfare payments. In general, this opportunity is for people of 25 or over who are receiving social welfare payments for 1 year or more, and people of 18 years or over in receipt of disability-related payments.

Please note that eligibility to participate on the Community Employment programme is linked to those in receipt of an Irish social welfare payment (where specified). Those persons not meeting the criteria under the Part-time Integration or Part-time Job Options, or who are signing for credits, or are receiving social welfare benefits from a different country, are not eligible to participate on Community Employment.

To apply please send your CV and PPS number to:

Martina Murphy

Community Employment Supervisor

An Grianán Theatre

Port Rd


Co Donegal



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