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Auditions: Bugsy Malone

The Letterkenny Music and Drama Group are holding auditions here at An Grianán for their winter production of the gangster musical classic Bugsy Malone.

Audition Dates: Wed 18 & Sat 21 June at An Grianan Theatre

The cast will be primarily made up of 13-18 year olds but this is only a general guide. If you fall slightly outside of the age bracket, don’t worry, they won’t be checking birth certs!

They are looking for the best young local talent available to stage this hilarious and energy packed production which will include actors, singers, dancers and of course plenty of splurge!

If you think you’ve got what it takes, send a quick email to bugsymaloneletterkenny@gmail.com stating your name and your age. You will then be given a specified time to audition.

This is a two day process so if you are not available for either of these dates please specify clearly in the email.

Bugsy Malone performance dates are Tues 2 to Sat 6 December 2014.

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Job Vacancy: Community Employment Supervisor (Maternity Cover)

COMMUNITY EMPLOYMENT SUPERVISOR – SIX MONTH TEMPORARY POSITION MATERNITY LEAVE COVER

Job Description

  • To draw up a personal profile for each participant of the Community Employment Project.
  • To prepare a Participant Development Plan for each member of the Community Employment Scheme.
  • To supervise the implementation of each development plan.
  • To source appropriate training for each participant on the scheme and co ordinate the implementation of that training.
  • To report the progress on each plan to the Director of the theatre on a monthly basis.
  • To liase regularly with the DSP office in the preparation of training plans and monthly accounts.
  • To attend all Community Employment Supervisor Development Workshops.To complete this programme of Supervisor Training.
  • To participate in other training relevant to the Duty Manager’s role such as Box Office Training, First Aid and Fire Safety Training.
  • Co-ordinate working roster for Front Of House, Box Office and Caretaker staff, detailing working hours and co-ordinating holiday leave.
  • To co-ordinate the working rosters of each participant on the scheme
  • To ensure that all areas of the theatre are covered at the appropriate times by the appropriate number of Community Employment Project participants.
  • To deal with customer enquiries.
  • To lock up the theatre buildings as required and ensure that the security alarm is activated.
  • To act as the appointed officer in the theatre in the event of any emergency situation such as customer illness, fire and bomb alerts.
  • To act as the Liaison officer with the emergency services on behalf of the theatre in the event of an emergency situation.

Education/language/experience requirements

Candidates must have attained a Major 3rd level qualification (NFQ Level 6 or higher) and have 3 years’ supervisory experience

Start date for job: 14TH JULY 2014, End date:  9TH JANUARY 2015

Salary. GROSS WAGE OF €478.97 per week

For further information please contact Martina Murphy, 074 912 3288,  angrianan@eircom.net.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS TUESDAY, 3RD JUNE 10AM

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A look back at our family fun day

On Sat 17 May 2014 we officially unveiled the new town clock with a family funday. We had a great turn out despite the rainy weather and a good time was had by all! A big thank you to everyone who turned out and a special thank you to all the people who helped out on the day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Just announced! Abbey on Tour’s Sive

Drama fans rejoice! Sive is coming!

Seen by a whopping 30,000 people during its sell out run at the Abbey Theatre, we are delighted to announce that An Grianán Theatre will be hosting the Abbey Theatre’s Sive this October.

John B Keane’s Sive is an acknowledged masterpiece of the Irish theatre canon.

Muiris Crowley (Carthalawn) and Frank O’Sullivan (Pats Bocock) in the Abbey's Sive by John B. Keane. See it at An Grianan Letterkenny in Oct 2014.

Muiris Crowley (Carthalawn) and Frank O’Sullivan (Pats Bocock) in the Abbey’s Sive by John B. Keane.

Beautiful young Sive lives with her aunt and uncle in rural Kerry. Seán Dóta, an elderly farmer, offers the local match-maker Thomasheen Seán Rua, a large sum for her hand in marriage. Will this be too much for her aunt and uncle to resist?

Don’t miss this chance to rediscover this dark, powerful story of greed and passion.

‘a deeply moving performance’ – Irish Independent

‘a memorable drama’ – The Herald

‘engrossing and entertaining’ – The Sunday Business Post

‘an explosive, searing revival’ – Sunday Independent

‘a gripping production’ – The Sunday Times

About John B Keane

John B. Keane was born in 1928 in Listowel, County Kerry and was one of ten children. He lived briefly in England in the 1950’s, but returned to Listowel in 1955. He spent his literary career there, running the pub that bears his name and which provided him with so much inspiration. John B. Keane remains one of Ireland’s best loved playwrights.His best known works include The Field, Big Maggie, Many Young Men of Twenty, The Love Hungry Farmer, Moll, The Chastitute and The Year of the Hiker.

About the Abbey

Founded in 1904 by W. B. Yeats and Lady Augusta Gregory, the Abbey is Ireland’s national theatre.

They produces an annual programme of diverse, engaging, innovative Irish and international theatre and invests in and promotes new Irish writers and artists.

They do this by placing the writer and theatre-maker at the heart of all that they do, commissioning and producing exciting new work and creating discourse and debate on the political, cultural and social issues of the day. Their aim is to present great theatre art in a national context so that the stories told on stage have a resonance with artists and audiences alike.

Recent productions presented by the Abbey in An Grianán Theatre include Owen McCafferty’s Quietly, Sean O’Casey’s The Plough and the Stars and Carmel Winters’ B for Baby.

Sive Performance dates: Tues 21 to Sat 25 October 2014. Open for booking now!

Discounts available for groups and schools. Enquire at box office on 074 912 0777.

Check out what audiences have been saying about Sive.

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Family Fun Day at An Grianan Theatre – and everyone is invited!

This Saturday 17 May we will be hosting a family fun day on the plaza to celebrate our brand new facelift. So please come along between 3pm and 6pm for a wee party!

We are hosting this family fun day to celebrate the unveiling of the new Letterkenny Town Clock by the Mayor of Letterkenny, Paschal Blake.The celebrations will start at 3pm with a short procession up the Port Road led by the Letterkenny Senior Accordion Band, on arrival at An Grianán there will be music, dancing, entertainers, face painting, balloons and fun fairground style games just waiting to be played.

Mayor Blake decided to make this his project for 2014 after he was invited by Anne McGowan, Chairperson of An Grianán Theatre, to consider such a project during his term as Mayor. The centrepiece of the new scheme is the new town clock, specially commissioned from local artist Christy Keeney. The new clock is made from steel and the design is in keeping with the modern style and construction of the theatre building. The clock has been constructed by father and son team Paul and Christopher Hynd from Joe Bonnar Metalcraft Ltd. The new town clock will be situated in a prominent position above the door of the theatre’s main entrance.

New paving and trees have also been installed along with benches and plant pots and a new lighting scheme incorporating recessed ground level lighting in the paving, spotlights on the trees as well as flood lighting of the theatre’s façade to highlight the new clock.

The finishing touches to the design is the new paint work for the theatre’s facade with expert advice on the colour scheme provided by the consultants Anne McKeever and Clare McDonough from La Maison Interior Design under Letterkenny Tidy Town’s “Paint The Town” Initiative. The primary new colour is ‘Astral’ green with the trim in ‘hemp’ beige.

The resources for this project come from Mayor Blake’s own fund as well as contributions from the Community Development Fund and Letterkenny Town Council. An Grianán Theatre is also making a significant contribution and the paint for the theatre building has been sponsored by Dulux and Foy’s of Letterkenny.

Mayor Paschal Blake, who is coming to the end of his term of office will launch the completed project and unveil the new town clock in this public celebration on Saturday 17 May 2014 from 3pm until 6pm. Fingers crossed for good weather but if things do take a turn for the worse we’ll move festivities indoors to our cafe and foyer area.

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The Webb Sisters live at An Grianán

Did you make it to the Webb Sisters gig on Tuesday night? What a fantastic night!

Local photographer John Soffe was in the audience and took some great photos of Charley and Hattie. Check out his facebook page for more.

To see more of John’s work come along to his Earagail Arts Festival exhibition this July in the Regional Cultural Centre. RCC Live 2007 – 2014 will feature images that John has taken at many of the music gigs held in the RCC in the past few years. The exhibition will include a number of photos previously shown in 2012 together with a series of new images from the past two years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Distorted Perspectives Festival

Letterkenny gets psychedelic this May bank holiday with the Distorted Perspectives festival. Organised by our friends in the Regional Cultural Centre, you can prebook tickets through our box office.

Events include a group exhibition of left field Irish artists and makers celebrating contemporary sound, electronic, psych and avant-garde art with Hugh O’Neill, Cian Megannety & Alastair Hay which be on in the RCC from May 1 to 14.

Music events include a free gig in the Cottage Bar on Thur 1 May with The Capitol and Joe Slyde. Damo Suzoki and Wild Rocket are in the RCC on Friday,  ZZZs and Altered Hours are on Saturday, also in the RCC while the festival closes on Sunday with a late night gig in The Greenroom featuring Ellll and I Heart The Monster Hero.

Save some euros by purchasing a weekend pass ticket for €20 – this will admit you to all events.

Check out the Distorted Perspectives Facebook page for more info.

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PRESS RELEASE – Wed 30 April 2014

Mayor Paschal Blake’s Project for 2014

New Town Clock and Renovation of An Grianán Theatre’s Plaza area

Letterkenny Town Mayor Paschal Blake today announced details of his Mayor’s project for 2014. His plan is to commission a new town clock and also to renovate the large plaza to the front of An Grianán Theatre where the new clock will be situated. With the theatre ‘s plaza now 15 years old, it was overdue for renovation with some hard winters taking a particular toll on the tiles and steps

Mayor Blake decided to make this his project for 2014 after he was invited by Anne McGowan, Chairperson of An Grianán Theatre to consider such a project during his term as Mayor.

The centrepiece of the new scheme will be a new town clock, specially commissioned from local artist Christy Keeney. The new clock will be made from steel and the design is in keeping with the modern style and construction of the theatre building. The clock will be constructed by Father and Son team Paul and Christopher Hynd from Joe Bonnar Metalcraft Ltd. The new town clock will be situated in a prominent position above the door of the theatre’s main entrance.

The work on the overall project will be co-ordinated by Letterkenny Town Council’s Engineer John McCarron and the scheme will be designed the Town Gardener David Donnelly. Work has already commenced on the renovation of the plaza and the new design will make the theatre more welcoming for members of the public. New paving and trees have already been installed and there will also be benches and plant pots added to the area. There will also be a new lighting scheme incorporating recessed ground level lighting in the paving, spotlights on the trees as well as flood lighting of the theatre’s façade to highlight the new clock.

The finishing touches to the design will be new paint work for the theatre’s facade with expert advice on the colour scheme provided by the consultants Anne McKeever and Clare McDonough from La Maison Interior Design under Letterkenny Tidy Town’s “Paint The Town” Initiative. The primary new colour is astral green with the trim in hemp beige. Painting is already underway and the work is being carried out by Gerard Farrell and his team.

The resources for this project come from Mayor Blake’s own fund as well as contributions from The Community Development Fund and Letterkenny Town Council. An Grianán Theatre is also making a significant contribution and the paint for the theatre building has been sponsored by Dulux and Foy’s of Letterkenny.

Mayor Paschal Blake, who is coming to the end of his term of office will launch the completed project and unveil the new town clock in a public celebration to be held on Saturday 17 May 2014.

An Grianán Theatre opened in October 1999 and rapidly earned a reputation for artistic excellence and accessibility. Now established as an integral part of Donegal’s cultural landscape, An Grianán has worked in close partnership with other key players in the county and nationally to invigorate and develop the local arts scene. The theatre is open to the public all day and one can avail of the excellent café and bar, view art exhibitions or, of course, attend a show. An Grianán is a registered charity and receives annual funding from the Donegal County Council, the Letterkenny Town Council, the Dept of Social Protection and the Arts Council/Chomhairle Ealaion.

For further information on the project please contact the theatre’s Director Patricia McBride on 0749123288 or angrianandirector @ gmail.com (remove spaces).

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New art exhibition: Sioda – Textile Art by Fiona Higgins & Karen O’Kane

Our new art exhibition opens this Friday and comes from local textile artists Fiona Higgins and Karen O’Kane.

Batik landscape by Donegal textile artist Fiona Higgins, exhibiting at An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny May & June 2014.

Batik landscape by Donegal textile artist Fiona Higgins, exhibiting at An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny May & June 2014.

Fiona Higgins is a batik artist working from her studio in Letterkenny. Her work depicts the beautiful scenery of Donegal, In landscapes, seascapes and trees she captures the vivid ever-changing light and colour of the shifting seasons and unpredictable weather.

Hand painted silk lamp by Donegal textile artist Karen O'Kane, exhibiting at An Grianan Theatre, Leterkenny May & June 2014.

Hand painted silk lamp by Donegal textile artist Karen O’Kane, exhibiting at An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny May & June 2014.

Karen O’Kane of Kokodesigns is a textile artist based in Ramelton, Co Donegal who hand paints silk with a cold resist technique to make a range of bold and vibrant paintings which are constructed into lampshades, floor lights and all things illuminated.

Offical opening: Fri 2 May at 7pm. All are welcome to attend. The exhibition continues until Friday 27 June 2014.

Free admission. Open daily except Sundays and bank holidays.

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Earagail Arts Festival 2014 at An Grianán Theatre

The 2014 Earagail Arts Festival will be taking place 12 to 26 July and we have three of our festival events open for booking right now!

We are opening the festival with Fiesta, a new drama commissioned especially for Earagail. It is a  celebration of the dancers, the chancers and the lovers who graced the Fiesta Ballroom, Letterkenny – the famous dancehall venue that formed a hugely important part of the social history of Donegal and the wider North West region. Fiesta runs for three nights, Sat 12 to Mon 14 July.

Little Howard’s Big Show for Kids at An Grianan Theatre Letterkenny 2014 Earagail Arts Festival

Little Howard’s Big Show for Kids at An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny – 2014 Earagail Arts Festival

Little Howard’s Big Show for Kids is on Tues 22 and Wed 23 July and is suitable for children and family audiences. Little Howard is the world’s only live interactive animation. He’s won so many awards and fantastic reviews and he’s only just celebrated his 6th birthday (for the tenth year in a row)! He’s also a published author and has done lots of television stuff, like The Royal Variety Performance, The Slammer (CBBC) and Little Howard’s Big Question (BBC1) – yes, he’s even had his own television show!

Comedy for adults comes from the Lords of Strut who are Cork performers Cian Kinsella and Cormac Mohally. In their new show Chaos, they  combine comedic theatrics with dance and acrobatics. Taking on the persona of celebrity-obsessed but socially impaired brothers these boys can move, they can lift, and they can make you laugh. A show with heart and muscle! It’s on Thurs 24 and Fri 25 July.

More events will be announced soon so make sure you are signed up to our newsletter for all the latest news.

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