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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The Nasc Network is currently offering a bursary of €10,000 to a production company or producer interested in collaborating with the network to produce a new or existing piece of theatre with a view to touring to all Nasc venues in 2018.

The chosen production company/producer will receive the following support from the Nasc Network:
• A commissioning fee of €10,000 to part-fund the development/creation of the theatre piece.
• Nasc will act as lead applicant, or network support, on an application under the Arts Council’s touring and dissemination scheme to fund the costs of the production and tour to all Nasc venues.
• The Nasc venues will each offer a guaranteed fee in support of the production run at each venue.


• Productions with audience recognition i.e. production title, company, director, cast, and/or playwright to maximise audience potential for each show.
• Productions which are innovative, captivating and entertaining to maximise the potential for audience development.
• High quality, professional production values so that the investment by the Arts Council, stakeholders and the venue is apparent.


The Year of the Hiker – Druid Theatre Company (2006) | Improbable Frequency – Rough Magic Theatre Company (2007) | The Taming Of the Shrew – Rough Magic Theatre Company (2008) | The Cripple of Inishmaan – Druid Theatre Company (2008) | The Gigli Concert – Druid Theatre Company (2009) | Johnny Patterson, The Singing Clown – Barabbas (2010) | John O’Connor – (2010) | Out of Time – Colin Dunne (2011) | Druid Murphy Project: Whistle In The Dark and Conversations on a Home Coming (2013) | The Bridge Below the Town – Livin’ Dred Theatre Co (2014) | The Dead (Performance Corporation 2017) | The Wolf and Peter – CoisCéim (2017) | Anam – Siamsa Tíre (Autumn 2017)

Any interested parties should submit a proposal to the Nasc Network by Friday March 24th 2017 by  eMail to Hugh Murray at the Pavilion Theatre.

Click here to view the full Nasc Network Commission 2018 document as a PDF.

Nasc Network: An Grianán Theatre | Backstage Theatre | Dunamaise Arts Centre | glór | Lime Tree Theatre | Pavilion Theatre | Siamsa Tire | Town Hall Theatre

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Féile Ghaoth Dobhair 2017

Léireofar 26 dráma ag Féile Scoildrámaíochta Ghaoth Dobhairsa Ghrianán i Leitir Ceanainn ar an Luainagusar an Mháirt ,6ú agus 7ú Márta 2017.

Clárna Féile
Dé Luain Márta 6
10.15. Gaelscoil Adhamhnáin  ‘ClannLir’
10.45.Scoil N. Srath Mór An Chéad Fhaoistin’
11.15.Gaelscoil na gCeithre Máistrí ‘GilínSneachta’
11.40.Gaelscoil na gCeithre Máistrí    ‘OK,Google’
12.10.Gaelscoil na gCeithre Máistrí’Básna Banríona’
12.35.  S.N. Éadan Fhionn Fraoich   ‘An Eangach Thorthach’
1.45.Céim Aniar    ‘PlúirínBán’
2.15.Céim Aniar    ‘Cinderella’
3.00.Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair    ‘Ó Phríosún go Príosún’
3.30.Céim Aniar    ‘Shrek’
4.10.Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair    ‘In Aimsir an Mháirtinigh’
4.40.Céim Aniar    ‘An Drabhlasach’


6.00.Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair    ‘Amuigh Faoin Spéir’
6.40.Coláiste Ailigh    ‘Oh La La’
7.10.Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair    ‘Arís’
7.40Aisteoirí Ógana Crannóige    ‘Gabhlaagus an tAsgard’

Dé Máirt Márta 7
10.00.Scoil Bhríde,  Leitir Mac a Bhaird    ‘ÁrLáAmuigh’
10.40.Gaelscoil Adhamhnáin    ‘An Cearrbhach Mac Cába’
11.10.Scoil Naomh Dúigh,Anagaire    ‘Fuadach’
11.50. S.N. Chnocna Naomh, Doire Chonaire    ‘Alice id Tírnan Iontas’
12.20.Scoil Bhríde, Mín a Chladaigh   ‘ Níl aon Leigheas’
1.00. Scoil Adhamhnáin ,  An Luinnigh    ‘TírnanÓg’


2.15.Scoil Adhamhnáin, An Luinnigh ‘Sin deir Ella’
2.50.Scoil Phádraig, Dobhar ‘FuilagusFearthainn’
3.30.Coláiste Ailigh    ‘Fuadach’
4.00. Scoil Mhuire, Doirí Beaga    ‘Le Solasm oChroí.
5.00. Moltóireacht agus Ainmniúch ain chuig an Fhéile Cúige

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Blinkered – audience response

Blinkered comes to An Grianán on Wed 8 and Thurs 9 March.

Sole Purpose Productions’ Blinkered opened on Thursday 9th Feb in Derry’s Playhouse receiving standing ovations at both matinee and evening performances. Audience’s commented:

“Extremely powerful!”

“Absolutely outstanding performance of a very important play”

“Went tonight to see Blinkered with friends, there are no words to describe it. Amazing is all I can think of now.”

Audience members who stayed for the post show workshop commented:

“The idea of the audience setting the scene was great”

“Innovative, interactive – fantastic chance for audience to have input”

“I learned that it really is ok not to be ok, make the call…”

Blinkered will be with us on Wed 8 March at 8pm and Thur 9 March at 11 am. Book now.

Sole Purpose present Blinkered, March 2017

Patrick McBrearty plays Ryan in Sole Purpose’s Blinkered.

Local actor Patrick McBrearty takes the central role of Ryan. Patrick will be familiar to An Grianán audiences from roles in plays such as Frank Pig Says Hello, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Philadelphia, Here I Come!

Starring alongside him are Gemma Walker, Pat Lynch and Cathy Brennan Bradley. Written  by Patricia Byrne and directed by Shauna Kelpie, Blinkered follows the story of Ryan, a young man trying to cope with everyday life, and his family, who are busily doing the same. Promising another challenging performance, the play shines a light on the loneliness of depression and its impact on families. Professional representatives working in suicide prevention will be present at each performance.

Sole Purpose present Blinkered, March 2017

Sole Purpose Productions’ reputation for engaging theatre audiences in issues that are sometimes uncomfortable and raw continues with this latest production.

Recommended ages 16+. Find out more about the show here.

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Another entry in the 100 Archive: Youth Theatre identity

In addition to our gift voucher wallets we learned today that our recently commissioned An Grianán Youth Theatre Logo has also been selected for inclusion in the 100 Archive of Irish graphic design.

Inspired by our main logo which is a typographic visualisation of a performer on stage, our youth theatre logo replaces the performer ‘G’ with an animated ‘Youth’ which breaks out of the normal confines of the stage.

Left: An Grianán Theatre's logo designed by Carton LeVert) and our new Youth Theatre logo by OD Design.

On the left is An Grianán Theatre’s main logo designed by Carton LeVert and on the right is  our new Youth Theatre logo by OD Design.

Dan and Crona of OD Design consulted directly with members of our youth theatre in the creation of the new identity which like our main logo is variable and available in different colours.


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The 100 Archive

We were pleased to learn that our recently redesigned gift voucher wallets have been selected for inclusion in the 100 Archive for 2016.

100 is a living archive which maps the past, present and future of Irish graphic design. Each year an independent panel is asked to choose 100 significant projects from the pool of submissions which becomes that year’s Archive Selection.


Last autumn we commissioned OD Design to come up with a fresh new look for our voucher wallets.

Their solution was inspired by our existing award winning logo. They have directly referenced the mark with the outer wallet using a die cut square not only to the create the logo’s form but also to offer a sneak peek or preview into something special.

Inside reveals a luxurious greeting card finished with spot metallic ink in a choice of four geometric designs to reflect a variety of occasions.

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Coirm Gael Linn 2017

Déardaoin 9 Feabhra 2017



9.45 a.m.
Gaelscoil Adhamhnáin

10.15 a.m.
Gaelscoil Uí Dhochartaigh

10.45  a.m.
SN Mhínna Gabhainn

11.15 a.m.
SN na Dúchoraidh
Plúirín Sneachta agus na Seachta Rógaire

11.45 a.m.
SN Cholmcille
Tubáiste an Bháid



12.45 p.m.
Scoil Bhríde, Mín a’ Chladaigh

1.15 p.m.
Scoil Phádraig, Dobhair

1.45 p.m.
S.N Éadan Fhionn Fhraoich

2.15 p.m.
SN Rann an Feirsde


Léirmheastóir: Seán Mac Labhraí

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Letterkenny Trad Week 2017

The 3rd annual Letterkenny Trad Week takes place from January 20th to 30th 2017 with concerts here at An Grianán and in the Regional Cultural Centre.

The event goes from strength to strength each year and the 2017 festival has an expanded programme featuring five great concerts, music workshops and artists-in-residence The Rheingans Sisters from England. A brilliant series of folk and traditional music concerts includes performances by some of the world’s leading musicians including: Billy Bragg and Martin & Eliza Carthy from England, Julie Fowlis and Kris Drever from Scotland, Na Mooneys, Lynched and No Crows from Ireland and Joe Henry and Special Consensus from America.

All concerts start at 8pm and tickets can be booked at An Grianán Theatre on 00353 74 9120777, or online at  Tickets for RCC concerts are priced €12 / €10 concessions, Martin & Eliza Carthy is €20 and Billy Bragg & Joe Henry is €25.

Regional Cultural Centre Concerts

Letterkenny Trad Week kicks off with three concerts at RCC Letterkenny. There’s a blistering double-bill with classic US Grammy nominated Bluegrass band Special Consensus and the first Letterkenny visit by Sligo’s dynamic folk orchestra No Crows on Friday January 20th. Leading Scottish outfit Lau’s frontman Kris Drever teams up with the exquisite Hebridean singer Julie Fowlis and two of Ireland’s leading traditional musicians Aoife Ní Bhriain (fiddle) and Padraig Rynne (concertina) as part of a Music Network organised Irish Tour on Sunday 22nd. There is another incredible double-bill on Friday 27th with leading Donegal traditional music family group Na Mooneys, featuring sisters Mairéad and Anna Ní Mhaonaigh, their brother Gearóid and his son Ciarán, and the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards winning Rheingans Sisters from Sheffield.

An Grianán Theatre Concerts

The final two Letterkenny Trad Week concerts take place in the wonderful surroundings of An Grianán Theatre. The ‘A Family Affair, Gala Concert’ on Saturday January 28th features an amazing line-up of Martin & Eliza Carthy, Lynched, Rheingans Sisters and young local musicians Coirm. Martin Carthy ‘the greatest English folk song performer of them all’ (Q Magazine) and his twice Mercury nominated daughter Eliza, will be joined by brothers Lynched ‘the most convincing folk band to come out of Ireland in years’ (The Guardian), 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winners (Best Original Track) and Folk Award Nominees (Best Newcomer), the Rheingans Sisters and Coirm, the wonderful young ensemble from Letterkenny’s Ceol na Coille traditional music school.

The final concert on Monday 30th features Billy Bragg & Joe Henry. In March this year Bragg and Henry, boarded a Los Angeles-bound train looking to reconnect with music inspired by the railroad. On this ‘Shine A Light’ tour, they’ll be playing songs from that journey, along with favourites from their own considerable back catalogues.

Letterkenny Trad Week 2017

Fri 20 January at 8pm
Special Consensus and No Crows
Regional Cultural Centre
€12/€10 Book now!

Sun 22 January at 8pm
Kris Drever, Julie Fowlis, Aoife Ní Bhriain, Padraig Rynne
Regional Cultural Centre
€12/€10 Book now!

Fri 27 January at 8pm
Na Mooneys / The Rheingans
Regional Cultural Centre
€12/€10 Book now!

Sat 28 January at 8pm
A Family Affair Gala Concert featuring Martin & Eliza Carthy, Lynched, The Rheingans Sisters and Coirm
An Grianán Theatre
€20 Book now!

Mon 30 January at 8pm
Billy Bragg and Joe Henry
An Grianán Theatre
€25 Book now!

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