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Little Acorns – Blue Roses WATCH NOW

Here’s the first of our Little Acorns short plays. Conspiracies abound in this comedy drama written by Anne Gallagher.

Blue Roses (or Bombay Gin by the Blue Bin)

Commissioned by An Grianán Theatre

Cast

Anne Gallagher
Ronan Carr
Cassie Riggs

Written by Anne Gallagher
Directed by Karen Quinn
Lighting and camera: Niall Cranney
Sound recordist and camera: Peter Rose
Set design/camera: Robert Attewell
Costume (An Grianán): Anne-Marie Kilfeather
Original songs: words and music by Ronan Carr
Editor: Daithi Ramsay
Title/Credits/Captioning: Nicola Burns
Little Acorns animation: Daniel McGarrigle at Rezolve Media
Producer: Patricia McBride

Filmed using equipment kindly funded by the Arts Council of Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaíon Capacity Building Support Scheme

A special thanks to Paul Anthony Harkin

Recycling bins provided by DM Waste

Recorded at An Grianán Theatre in April 2021. All rights reserved.

About the author

Anne Gallagher is an actor and theatre-maker with over 20 years experience originally from Muff and now based in Bridgend. She first performed on the An Grianán stage in the 2007 production of The O’Neill and most recently in 2016’s Waving Not Drowning, both as an actor and contributing writer. She is one half of Mockingbird Theatre Group and has kept herself busy in lockdown making short films and sharing them online.

About Little Acorns

At the end of January 2021 we put a call out for writers to submit short plays, 5 to 10 minutes long, that we could film and share on our social media platforms. We had over 50 plays submitted and chose 6 in all to turn into short films. We’ve been filming and editing them throughout April and May and will be sharing them over the next few weeks.

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Lasta – highlights at An Grianán

Actor Pat Kinevane holds a sign with 'Wonderful' written on it, in a scene from his play 'Silent.

An Grianán Theatre is delighted to be one of the participating venues presenting Lasta: a national arts programme for young people by young people. Lasta is presented by the NASC Network as part of Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, a nationwide, ten-day season of arts experiences brought to you by the Arts Council.

In a new innovative approach to programming, twenty-one young curators were engaged by the Nasc venues to programme a festival of work for children and young people from 11th to 20th June 2021, delivering for the first time, a national arts programme curated entirely by young people.

An Grianán’s young curators Fergal Lonergan and Ailis Cross Gorman have put together a great selection of events to appeal to all ages.

An Grianán Theatre Lasta Highlights

Highlights include Pat Kinevane’s Olivier Award winning masterpiece Silent, newly recorded by Fishamble to celebrate the play’s tenth anniversary – dare to laugh at despair and gasp at redemption in this brave, bleak, beautiful production. Watch it on demand Fri 18 to Sun 20 June.

Weekend Warrior is Tony Doyle’s one man comedy piece about alcoholism and addiction – trust us, it’s no laughing matter. Watch it on demand from Fri 11 to Sun 13 June.

This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing is a five part audio drama presented by The Everyman and Graffiti Theatre Company. Suitable for audiences ages 8 and over, this allegory about growing into your own skin is accompanied by a resource pack full of fun, interactive activities. Available on demand for the duration of the festival.

We’ve teamed up with our friends at the Regional Culture Centre to present Alone Together, a music festival featuring five emerging regional acts. Tune in to see Tramp, Happy Out, George Houston, Lunch Machine and Laytha perform some of their new material and find out what they have been up to over the lockdown period. Launches at 9pm on Cruinniú na nÓg (Fri 12 June).

We’ll also be going behind the scenes of Revved, a new drama written by Letterkenny born actor Patrick Quinn. Patrick will give us an insight into the challenges of making theatre during lockdown.

Banyan Theatre, a much loved audience favourite at the Earagail Arts Festival, joins Lasta to present a special online version of their show Little Red Riding Hood and will also present a puppet making workshop.

Other highlights include a showcase of locally produced animated shorts, a short documentary about Oona Doherty’s breakthrough show Hope Hunt, drawing and creative writing workshops, a skateboard documentary and Illuminate, an online exhibition of digital illustration and art from young and emerging artists. We’ll be announcing the full programme of events soon.

The NASC Network Venues are Backstage Theatre (Longford) www.backstage.ie,  Dunamaise Arts Centre (Portlaoise) www.dunamaise.ie, glór (Ennis) www.glor.ie,  An Grianán (Letterkenny) www.angrianan.com,  Lime Tree Theatre (Limerick) www.limetreetheatre.ie, Pavilion Theatre (Dún Laoghaire) www.paviliontheatre.ie,  Siamsa Tíre (Tralee) www.siamsatire.com and Town Hall Theatre (Galway) www.tht.ie.

Lasta is based on an original project conceived and delivered by Backstage Theatre, Longford in 2020.

To find out more about Lasta events happen nationally check out this link: https://linktr.ee/lastafestival2021.

Join the conversation here:

Instagram @lastafestival2021 │ Facebook.com/lastafestival2021 │ TikTok @lastafestival21 | Twitter.com @lfestival2021

For more information on Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh go to www.brighteningair.com. Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh is brought to you by the Arts Council, funded by the Government of Ireland and produced by Schweppe Curtis Nunn.

www.angrianan.com/lasta/

Logos:Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, Lasta, Nasc Touring Network, An Grianán Theatre, Donegal County Council, Arts Council of Ireland, Government of Ireland

Lasta is presented by NASC as part of Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, a nationwide, ten day season of arts experiences brought to you by the Arts Council. To see the full Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh programme, visit www.brighteningair.com

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Lasta – First events announced

NASC in association with Brightening Air/ Coiscéim Coiligh
presents
Lasta: A national arts programme for young people by young people
From Friday 11th to Sunday 20th June 2021

The Nasc network of venues is delighted to present Lasta: A national arts programme for young people by young people. Lasta is presented as part of Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, a nationwide, ten-day season of arts experiences brought to you by the Arts Council.

In a new innovative approach to programming, twenty-one young curators were engaged by the Nasc venues to programme a festival of work for children and young people from 11th to 20th June 2021, delivering for the first time, a national arts programme curated entirely by young people.

Under the guidance of theatre artists Maisie Lee and Fionn Foley, these young people have worked collaboratively to deliver an ambitious programme of work for young people across the country.

The Curators have delivered a unique and diverse programme of events to take place within the 10-day festival featuring theatre, dance, visual art, music, film, spoken word along with innovative site specific and multi-disciplinary events.

Highlights of the Festival include AfroPopCity, a Limerick based Afrobeat and Hip-Hop Collective; celebrating 10 years of Silent, Pat Kinevane’s Olivier Award-winning play; What Moves You, featuring Snowflake-author Louise Nealon in conversation with movement artist Douglas Reddan; NewDad, recorded live on the main stage of the Town Hall Theatre Galway specially for the Lasta Festival; Owen Colgan, star of the hit show The Hardy Bucks, brings you The Dance of Life a collection of videos that some have been saying are the best collection of videos since Gran turismo on Playstation 1!; Aoife Meade; Lisa Canny; and Drifting, set in a small midlands town, and featuring Paul Mescal and Dafhyd Flynn.

Featuring multiple disciplines and reflecting the diversity of modern Ireland, this pioneering project will showcase the breadth of creativity of our future arts programmers and producers.

This promises to be a fresh, fun, diverse, accessible, and exciting festival of events. Booking is now open with many events free to attend.

Further information and booking can be found on venue websites or https://linktr.ee/lastafestival2021

The NASC Network Venues are Backstage Theatre (Longford) www.backstage.ie,  Dunamaise Arts Centre (Portlaoise) www.dunamaise.ie, glór (Ennis) www.glor.ie,  An Grianán (Letterkenny) www.angrianan.com,  Lime Tree Theatre (Limerick) www.limetreetheatre.ie, Pavilion Theatre (Dún Laoghaire) www.paviliontheatre.ie,  Siamsa Tíre (Tralee) www.siamsatire.com and Town Hall Theatre (Galway) www.tht.ie.

Lasta is based on an original project conceived and delivered by Backstage Theatre, Longford in 2020.

Please click on the link https://linktr.ee/lastafestival2021 to find out more about all Lasta events nationally.

Join the conversation here:

Instagram @lastafestival2021 │ Facebook.com/lastafestival2021 │ TikTok @lastafestival21 | Twitter.com @lfestival2021

For more information on Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh go to www.brighteningair.com. Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh is brought to you by the Arts Council, funded by the Government of Ireland and produced by Schweppe Curtis Nunn.

www.angrianan.com/lasta/

Logos:Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, Lasta, Nasc Touring Network, An Grianán Theatre, Donegal County Council, Arts Council of Ireland, Government of Ireland

Lasta is presented by NASC as part of Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, a nationwide, ten day season of arts experiences brought to you by the Arts Council. To see the full Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh programme, visit www.brighteningair.com

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An Grianán’s stage moves to the St. Bernadette’s School!

 

An Grianán’s stage moves to St. Bernadette’s School !

The stage of An Grianán Theatre moves to the St Bernadette’s School in Letterkenny next week. From Tuesday 25th May to Friday 28th, theatre maker Anna Newell will be in the school to perform her show Groove for the students at the school, organised and paid for by An Grianán Theatre. Anna has previously performed her shows I Am Baba and Baby’s First Christmas at An Grianán. 

Groove is a chilled out 70’s inspired happening for audiences of children and young people with complex needs and is full of blissful harmony singing and soothing immersive video. Groove is specifically designed to be performed in school, for small audiences.

Anna’s work for children/young people with complex needs was the first of its kind in Ireland and she continues to create theatre adventures for this diverse audience that is immersive, sensory and above all responsive.  With the same number of audience members as performers, each show is constantly nuanced in response to its individual audience members, creating a situation where deep and joyful connection can be created with the audience.  Anna has been making professional theatre adventures since 1989 and her award-winning work has been seen on 6 continents and off-Broadway.

The show is being presented in partnership with The Network For Extraordinary Audiences, a new initiative that Anna is developing with 7 venues across Ireland – The Civic, Tallaght; Draiocht, Blanchardstown; The Mermaid, Bray; Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge; Roscommon Arts Centre; An Grianan Arts Centre, Letterkenny; Hawks Well Theatre, Sligo.  This Network has been funded by Arts Council of Ireland to create and advocate for high quality theatre work created specifically for babies, early years and children/young people with complex needs

“Theatre and drama can be so accessible for children with additional needs when done the right way. And this show epitomises how.”

Principal, St Michael’s School.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lasta Open Call – Virtual Exhibition June 2020

 

Open call for entries for our Illuminate exhibition for digital artists and illustrators

Lasta’s Illuminate open submission will feature digital artworks selected by a guest curator. This showcase offers an opportunity to create exciting visual dialogues and conversations from the breadth and depth of artistic expression by emerging and established artists who take part.

Prize (One artist will be awarded) – €400
Opportunity for a showcase exhibition, subject to programme:
Dunamaise Arts Centre Cafe in 2022, dates to be agreed between venue and winner; An Grianán Theatre in 2022, dates to be agreed between venue and winner; Siamsa Tire in 2022, dates to be agreed between venue and winner.

About the Exhibition

Illuminate is about handing the torch to young digital illustrators to illuminate a path into the era of digital art. It will be showcased on the websites:

Dunamaise Arts Centre: https://www.dunamaise.ie/

An Grianan Theatre: https://www.angrianan.com/

Siamsa Tire: https://www.siamsatire.com/

Selector: Barry Quinn

About Lasta

Lasta is a national arts programme for young people by young people, in association with the NASC venues network around Ireland and is part of Brightening Air / Coiscéim Coiligh, a nationwide ten-day season of arts experiences brought by the Arts Council.

In this new innovative approach to programming, twenty-one young curators have been engaged by the NASC venues to programme a festival of work for children and young people from 11th to 20th June 2021, delivering for the first time, a national arts programme curated entirely by young people.

Dunamaise Arts Centre, An Grianán Theatre and Siamsa Tíre are delighted to collaborate to launch the inaugural Lasta Open Call.

The Nasc Network is a group of 8 venues across Ireland. The Network consists of: Backstage Theatre, Longford; Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise; glór, Ennis; An Grianán, Letterkenny; Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick; Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire; Siamsa Tíre, Tralee and Town Hall Theatre, Galway.

Guidelines For Submission:

  • Artists must be 18+ on the 17th of May 2021.
  • Submission is open to artists living in ROI and NI.
  • Submission deadline is the 17th of May 2021 at 23:59.
  • Artists may submit up to 2 pieces.
  • Only applications & artwork submitted via jotform link below will be considered for inclusion.
  • The image submitted must be fit for digital display as is, and must meet the following criteria:
    – In the following formats (.png. jpeg, RAW)
    – Resolution of at least: 300 dpi
    – Files no larger than 5MB

Please supply hi-res images. We will use these assets to promote this exhibition via our social media channels, email and when pitching to the media. They will also be used on our websites. Where possible via our media partners, we will help to coordinate the production of editorial video content to promote your artwork within the exhibition for distribution on our media partners channels.

Email lastafestopencall@gmail.com for more information.

All submissions must then be made through the following link:

https://form.jotform.com/211214458747053

Selection Process & Exhibition Notes:

  • Selection will be based on the work submitted; submissions will not be accepted after the deadline.
  • Up to 2 but as few as none may be selected for exhibition
  • No works previously exhibited.
  • The decision made by the selectors is final; they have sole discretion on final display
    and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Artists will be informed about selection via email by 21st May 2021.
  • Lasta Festival and the associated venues reserve the right to use the submitted images in any publicity surrounding the exhibition or festival.
  • Delivery of sold prints is the responsibility of the artist.
  • Lasta Festival reserves the right not to include work it considers unsuitable for public exhibition.

Relevant Dates:

  • Submissions by: Monday 17th May
  • Notification of Selection: Friday 21st May
  • Exhibition Opens From: Friday 11th June

 

www.angrianan.com/lasta/

Logos:Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, Lasta, Nasc Touring Network, An Grianán Theatre, Donegal County Council, Arts Council of Ireland, Government of Ireland

Lasta is presented by NASC as part of Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, a nationwide, ten day season of arts experiences brought to you by the Arts Council. To see the full Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh programme, visit www.brighteningair.com

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Coming soon: Postcards from the Ledge

Ross O’Carroll-Kelly in Postcards from the Ledge

Ross O’Carroll-Kelly is having a one-night stand – with the whole world! And you’re invited!

Presented by Landmark Productions, Ross O’Carroll-Kelly’s hilarious Postcards from the Ledge starring Rory Nolan is coming to your gaff with a guarantee of ‘laugh out loud, hilarious good fun’. (★★★★ The Arts Review)

Broadcast live on one night only, and beamed into homes across the globe, don’t miss a date with the ledge and ‘two hours of unadulterated fun’ (★★★★ Irish Daily Mail) on Saturday 15 May.

The year is 2029 and Ireland is in the midst of an economic boom. Ross O’Carroll-Kelly is about to turn 50 – and life could not be better for him. His wife, Sorcha, is the Taoiseach. His triplet boys are the backbone of the Castlerock College Junior Cup team. And he still does alright with the ladies. But Ross’s daughter, Honor, is about to get married and that’s when the trouble really begins.

Ross O’Carroll-Kelly is the star of the much-loved, best-selling series of books, and a weekly column in the Irish Times, by the award-winning writer, Paul Howard. Rory Nolan’s masterful performance as Ross has been drawing standing ovations since he first brought Ross to life on stage 14 years ago. Now you can applaud him from every room in your house!

A must-see, don’t miss your chance to make a date with the Ledge this Saturday 15 May.

Presented by Landmark Productions, Postcards from the Ledge is broadcast live from Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray.

“The Rossmeister General is coming to your gaff! And the lockdown isn’t going to stop me! That’s right, people! I’m taking my act from the stage – and into your bedroom! Or your living room! As a matter of fact, you could go totally mad and enjoy me in every single room in the house! My one-man show,‘Postcards from the Ledge’, is returning – and it’s being live-streamed. So whether you live in Foxrock or New York, Cork or Cape Town, Limerick or Sydney, you can have me over for the night. Call it a date. And as usual, there are no strings attached.”

Paul Howard’s character Ross O’Carroll-Kelly started life in a newspaper column almost twenty years ago. He has since become the star of a critically acclaimed series of books that satirised Ireland during the years of its economic boom and bust and have sold well over one million copies in Ireland alone. He was named Irish Newspaper Columnist of the Year in 2013 for his weekly column in the Irish Times, one of the most widely read in the newspaper, and has received a record three Irish Book Awards.

“I’m absolutely thrilled that ‘Postcards from the Ledge’ is going to be staged again and that it’s going to be done for an online audience. I’m particularly happy that people will get another chance to marvel at Rory Nolan’s masterful, two-hour performance, which drew standing ovations in live venues all over the country. He is a truly world class actor and I feel privileged that he’s going to be stepping into Ross O’Carroll-Kelly’s Dubes once again.”

Booking info available here.

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Lasta: Meet our young curators

Our young curators for Lasta are Ailis Cross Gorman, a film artist from Inishowen and Fergal Lonergan, a third year drama student at Trinity College Dublin.

Lasta Young Curators Ailis Cross Gorman and Fergal Lonergan.

Ailis Cross-Gorman

Hello! I’m Ailís Cross-Gorman, a film artist from the tiny village of Muff, Co. Donegal which -contrary to popular belief- actually does exist. I say film artist, but I like to experiment with a range of practices including painting, installation, animation and filmmaking. I am also interested in poetry and sculpture and how art can bridge the gap between disciplines. For as long as I can remember I have had a flair for creating which can partly be attributed to my dad’s influence. My father is an oil painter by trade and has instilled in me a desire to communicate through imagery and an awareness of the significance a visual experience can have for people.

At University I studied Creative Arts and took modules in Fine Art, Film, Creative Writing and Theatre. This gave me a better understanding of the various creative disciplines and I discovered that despite their differences; the common goal of all artforms is to connect with people and to enrich our human experience by doing so, an ethos which has become central to my practice. Growing up surrounded by the stunning landscape of rural Ireland –and being away from it- has given me a deep appreciation for the beauty of the natural world and an innate desire to protect it, which has undoubtedly had an impact on my art and filmmaking.

My film ‘Freshly Clicked’ is an exploration of the effects of consumerism on the environment and was awarded ‘Best no Budget Film’ at the Wales International Film Festival and the ‘Northern Exposure Award’ at the ‘Disappear Here’ Film Festival in Ballyliffin, Co. Donegal. In my filmmaking practice I am interested in breaking away from traditional, narrative methods of filmmaking. Also central to both my filmmaking and curatorial practice is prioritising the immersive experience.

 

Fergal Lonergan

Eyo, I’m Fergal Lonergan. I like theatre and I don’t really like talking about myself so we’ll keep this brief.

I was born in Letterkenny about one year after the Grianán opened, and have since spent the better part of life in the building in some form or another. My theatrical career started in An Grianán Youth Theatre, and from there I’ve done bits and pieces for all kinds of shows over the years. I’ve performed in a couple of shows for the Earagail Arts Festival, such as An Grianán’s productions of Blackadder Goes Forth and The Selkie, both of which gave me the privilege of working with people far more talented than myself.

More recently I’ve resigned myself to more backstage roles such as stage management, tech and now I guess the wonderful world of programming. I’m currently studying Drama in Trinity College Dublin, where I’ve discovered I enjoy academic work quite a bit, focusing on digital form and application of theatrical phenomenology to video games. My hobbies include having questionable taste in games (lmao play moon) and machine knitting.

www.angrianan.com/lasta/

Logos:Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, Lasta, Nasc Touring Network, An Grianán Theatre, Donegal County Council, Arts Council of Ireland, Government of Ireland

Lasta is presented by NASC as part of Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, a nationwide, ten day season of arts experiences brought to you by the Arts Council. To see the full Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh programme, visit www.brighteningair.com

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Announcing Lasta – Young Curators Festival

Promotion image for Lasta festival shows a motion blurred image of a sparkler against a black background.

Lasta is an exciting arts programme curated by young people for young people in eight Nasc Network venues across Ireland

In a new innovative approach to programming, twenty-one young curators have been engaged by the Nasc venues to programme a festival of work for children and young people from 11th to 20th June 2021, delivering for the first time, a national arts programme curated entirely by young people.

Under the guidance of theatre artists Maisie Lee and Fionn Foley, these young people will work collaboratively to deliver an ambitious programme of work for young people across the country.

Featuring multiple disciplines and reflecting the diversity of modern Ireland, this pioneering project offers a unique opportunity to develop our future arts programmers and producers.

Lasta Young Curators Ailis Cross Gorman and Fergal Lonergan.

An Grianán’s young curators are Ailis Cross Gorman and Fergal Lonergan. As well as programming events especially for An Grianán, they will collaborate with the other young curators to help programme events to be shared across the eight partner venues. Fergal is a former member of An Grianán Youth Theatre and is currently studying Drama at Trinity College Dublin. Ailis is an award winning film artist from Inishowen with a BA in Creative Arts from Aberystwyth University. Find out more about our young curators here.

Background

Lasta has evolved from a young curators’ programme originally created by the Backstage Theatre in Longford in 2020. That project engaged four young curators with an aim of giving young people a voice in programming at the venue. Such was the success of the project that in 2021 it was decided to expand the festival across all eight venues in the Nasc Network.

As part of this project, our young curators will also deliver events for children during Cruinniú na nÓg which this year will take place on Saturday 12 June.

Lasta promise to be a fresh, fun, diverse, accessible and exciting festival of events. Watch this space for future updates.

About NASC

Established in 2006, the Nasc Network is a partnership of eight venues who work together to present touring projects and share marketing and other areas of expertise.

The NASC Network Venues are An Grianán (Letterkenny), Backstage (Longford), Dunamaise (Port Laoise), Glór (Ennis), The Lime Tree (Limerick), The Pavilion (Dun Laoghaire), Siamsa Tíre (Tralee) and Town Hall Theatre (Galway).

Lasta is presented by NASC as part of Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh.

Logos:Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, Lasta, Nasc Touring Network, An Grianán Theatre, Donegal County Council, Arts Council of Ireland, Government of Ireland

For more information on Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh go to www.brighteningair.com. Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh is brought to you by the Arts Council, funded by the Government of Ireland and produced by Schweppe Curtis Nunn.

www.angrianan.com/lasta

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This Week: Two World Premieres

Title graphics for The Gate Theatre's The Visiting Hour by Frank McGuinness, Boland: Journey of a Poet by Druid Theatre.

An exciting week for lovers of Irish theatre as we are digital tour partners for two world premieres.

Streaming live from the Gate Theatre is Donegal playwright Frank McGuinness’ lockdown inspired drama The Visiting Hour which stars Stephen Rea and Judith Roddy. It is directed by Inishowen native Catriona McLaughlin.

And streaming live from the Mick Lally Theatre in Galway is Boland: Journey of a Poet featuring the words of the late Eavan Boland and directed by theatre legend Garry Hynes.

Title graphic for the Gate Theatre's livestream of The Visiting Hour by Frank McGuinness. Pictured on left is Stephen Rea and to his right is Judith Roddy

This moving new play about an Irish father (Stephen Rea) and daughter (Judith Roddy) at visiting hour in a nursing home during the pandemic, will be performed and recorded in the Gate auditorium, and streamed to audiences on Thur 22 to Sat 24 April at 7.30pm.

BOOKING: For further info or to book please visit this page.

Title graphic for Druid Theatre's Boland: Journey of a Poet. Image features a painting of poet Eavan Boland as a child painted by her mother Frances Kellly.

Performed by Siobhán Cullen (Once Upon a Bridge, The Cherry Orchard, DruidShakespeare: Richard III), and live streamed from The Mick Lally Theatre in Galway, this world premiere production examines Boland’s relationships with family, poetry, memory, womanhood and national identity.  Inspired by Eavan Boland’s mother, the expressionist painter Frances Kelly, Boland: Journey of a Poet will feature the Irish artist Debbie Chapman live on stage who will create a piece of art in response to the production.

You can watch the play live from Galway on Thu 22 to Sat 24 Apr at 7.30 (additional 2pm matinee on Sat also) while it will also be available on demand from Tue 27 Apr – Sun 2 May.

BOOKING: For further info or to book please visit this page.

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Little Acorns: Short Play Selections Announced!

Little Acorns … 
Clockwise from top: Andrew Tinney, Anne Gallagher, Michelle Dennehy, Eve Li, Peggie Caldwell, Seamus McDermott

Clockwise from top: Andrew Tinney, Anne Gallagher, Michelle Dennehy, Eve Li, Peggie Caldwell, Seamus McDermott

An Grianán Theatre have announced the 6 writers from the North West whose Short Play Scripts will be filmed for broadcast on An Grianán’s Social Media channels. They come from Convoy, Newtowncunningham, Falcarragh, Carrigart, Muff and Greencastle in County Tyrone, and are Seamus McDermott, Andrew Tinney, Eve Li, Peggie Caldwell, Anne Gallagher and Michelle Dennehy.

 

51 scripts were submitted in total. ‘It was fantastic to see the response we got to the call out’ said An Grianán’s Marketing Manager Daithí Ramsay, ‘and the quality of the plays blew us away. We had a really hard time whittling it down to the final selection, in the end we decided to do six instead of five, which means more work for us but they were too good to pass up! The ones we chose were the ones that really hit the criteria, there were others we thought were great too, but they presented more challenges for us to film them, considering the restrictions we are currently working under What’s been fantastic about both this call out, and the Let’s Make Some Noise one at the end of last year, and the recent Young Curators one, is we’ve engaged with so many talented people in the North West, many of whom we haven’t engaged with before. There’s an absolute wealth of talent out there, and it’s so great to be able to work with these people and to help them along to the next step in their artistic journey.

 

Seamus McDermott

 

Seamus lives in Convoy. This is Seamus’ first play. At school Seamus struggled with writing, reading and spelling. This resulted in a lack of confidence in his creative ability. Two years ago at the age of fifty-two Seamus completed a part-time creative writing course facilitated by Avril Meehan in Lifford Court House. It was here he discovered a passion for writing. Seamus’ main interest is in poetry and he has been shortlisted in the Allingham Arts Poetry Competition 2020, published in Little Gems magazine’s Spring and Winter editions, Pendemic (online), Stories From The Waterside (online), and had a video-poem selected for screening at Reel Poetry / Houston Texas 2021 Film Festival.

 

Peggie Caldwell

 

Peggie grew up in Carrigart, Co. Donegal. She currently lives and works in Dublin, but Donegal will always be home. She has been writing drama and poetry for a number of years. She says that people and places influence her greatly because we are all connected through our shared experiences and we can learn a lot from the ordinary, everyday moments in the lives of others, as well as our own.

 

Andrew Tinney
Andrew Tinney is an actor and writer originally from Newtowncunningham who now lives in Strabane and is very well known on the Drama scene in the North West. He has penned numerous short plays, as well as the 3-act tragedy Silence, which premiered in 2018. He is also the creator and director of Bard Theatre. He holds an MA in Creative Writing and a BA Hons in Drama. His novels currently include Shadow Rises and Shadow Falls from the Thousand Paths Series, as well as A Ballad of Faith and Blood from the Immortal Bard Chronicles.

 

Eve Li

 

Originally from London, Eve now lives in Falcarragh and is a member of the Donegal Intercultural Platform and the Pobail le Cheile committee. Her interests are writing and using theatre to bring awareness to social issues such as human right violations, racism, homelessness and mental health. She has recently completed a Community Development course with Maynooth University and has provided voluntary assistance to asylum seekers in Donegal and around Ireland.

 

Anne Gallagher 
Anne is an actor and theatre-maker with over 20 years experience originally from Muff and now based in Bridgend. She first performed on the An Grianán stage in the 2007 production of The O’Neill and most recently in 2016’s Waving Not Drowning, both as an actor and contributing writer.  She is one half of Mockingbird Theatre Group and has kept herself busy in lockdown making short films and sharing them online.

 

Michelle Dennehy 
Michelle lives in the Sperrin mountains in County Tyrone, and is a passionate environmentalist. She studied English at Oxford University, and holds a Masters degree in Novel Writing from Manchester Metropolitan University. Her plays have been performed by theatre groups on both sides of the border, and her poetry has been published in Irish and U.K. journals.

 

This was the call out :

We have an idea.

We want to broadcast some original short plays on our social media platforms, free to the general public. They should be between 5 and 10 minutes, and ideally uplifting and fun. Obviously the language used and subjects covered should be able to be broadcast on social media platforms such as Facebook.

Applicants should be over 18 and from the North West.

If chosen you’ll be given a budget of €1000 to create your play. It should have a maximum cast of 4, and a minimum of 2. An Grianán will provide the space and the team to record and edit it, if done in the theatre, adhering to the strictest coronavirus regulations and taking all possible health and safety steps.

The set and lighting design should be very simple, the actors will have to stay at least 2 metres apart, and come from within the permitted travel area under the regulations. Props should be kept to a minimum too.

The plays can be in any language, or indeed in a dialect. There’ll be up to five chosen for recording, hopefully, in March or April, and you can submit your script anytime from now on.

Send your script and a little bit about you to this address.

We’ll put a deadline of the end of February on, but if you miss the deadline we understand and will still consider your idea, we’re here to receive and work with good ideas not to exclude them.

We are particularly interested in receiving submissions from people we’ve never worked with before, of any age, any race or ethnicity, and any gender.

We’re also interested in hearing from people we have worked with before.

Please note: Our stage and backstage area are fully accessible to wheelchair users.

Some helpful hints for your script:

  • A general rule of thumb is one page of dialogue runs about 1.5 minutes long, so you should aim for 4 to 7 pages of dialogue.
  • You should ideally use line spacing between speakers and put stage directions in italics. It makes it much easier for us to read and understand.

And remember, from little acorns tall oak trees grow!

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