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Celebrate Halloween with the Morrigan online

Louise Conaghan in The Morrigan, performed at An Grianán for Culture Night 2020. Photo by Paul McGuckin.

A treat for Samhain! We are busy recording this show right now in readiness to screen it this weekend.

Written and performed by Louise Conaghan, The Morrigan is a fun show suitable for family audiences.

The Ancient Irish Gods and Goddesses have been roused from their slumber! This clown…ahem…goddess must find a way back to the Otherworld but before she does, she wants to know what on earth has been happening since she last walked it.

We’re offering this show on a pay what you can basis – you are very welcome to watch this show for free however if you are able to make a donation we would appreciate it so much. We suggest a price of €5 per person.

It will be streaming from 12pm on Sat 31 Oct to midnight on Sun 1 November.

How to book

Just follow the booking link, book your ticket – you only need to book one ticket per household, and then add a donation if you can (if you do choose to make a donation please leave your free ticket in the cart too)  – and we’ll send you details on how to watch the show.

If you don’t see the confirmation email in your inbox please check if it has gone into your spam folder or your social and promotional folders.

NB: our phone lines are currently closed while we remain under level 5 restrictions – we can be contacted by email here if you have any queries about the show.

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Halloween Zoom class – new link

Youth Theatre members – we’re using a different link for this week’s special Halloween zoom class. We’ve emailed it out this afternoon. If you have not received it yet please drop us an email here.

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Closed but work continues…Revved

The ongoing Covid restrictions are keeping our doors closed to the public but our work continues.

Recently we had local actor Patrick Quinn in for a development week on his new play Revved.

As a child Patrick, who is from Newmills in Letterkenny, was an active participant in our junior drama classes and An Grianán Youth Theatre. Now a drama graduate of Queen’s University, and currently studying for his MA at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Patrick has also appeared in a number of productions at An Grianán most recently in our outdoor production of The Winter’s Tale.

It was wonderful to be able to offer him the space and time to work on his new play, a drama set around the Donegal Rally. He was joined by director Emily Foran and stage manager Jude Barriscale to help him transition his play from page to stage.

We also had puppeteer Karen Torley of Banyan Theatre come into help Patrick infuse life into the props he’s planning to use in the play.

Watch out for Revved next year!

Side note: We should have been spending this winter working with Karen Torley on our big Christmas show, a special seasonal adaption of her show The Selkie called The Selkie’s Christmas Wish but alas Covid put an end to that. Here’s hoping that wishes really can come true and we can do it for Christmas 2021 instead.

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Level 4 Closure

Following yesterday evening’s announcement by An Taoiseach that Donegal will be moving into Level 4 of the government’s Plan for Living with COVID-19, we will be remaining closed to the public until 15 November at earliest.

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Manny Man Does the History of Ireland – Free Online Screening

Manny Man Does the History of Ireland on Stage Online - streaming 19 to 25 October 2020

We are making our production of John D Ruddy’s Manny Man Does The History of Ireland On Stage available to watch free online from Monday 19th through Sunday 25th October.

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Youth Theatre Zoom Classes

Youth Theatre members – you should have received your invitation for today’s zoom classes already. If not please drop us an email here.

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Youth Theatre Classes will continue on Zoom

Now that level 3 restrictions are in effect we have had to close the theatre again but never fear! Youth theatre will continue.

We will be running the classes via Zoom this Wednesday. We’ll send the meeting invitation out by email before class.

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Level 3 Restrictions

Following yesterday evening’s announcement by An Taoiseach that Donegal will be moving into Level 3 of the government’s Plan for Living with COVID-19, we regret that this means audiences will not be permitted to attend the performances we have planned between now and the 16th October. Please bear with us as we rearrange those shows, we will be in touch with all ticket holders as soon as we can.

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Vacancies on our CE scheme

Stage technician Peter Rose. Photo by Paul McGuckin.

We currently have places available on our Community Employment Scheme for house keeping and front of house staff.

Community Employment Rates and Conditions apply. Please note the eligible age for participation on Community Employment is 21 years. Please contact your local Department of Social Protection office for details of any exceptions to this.

To apply please send your CV and PPS number to:

Martina Murphy

Community Employment Supervisor

An Grianán Theatre

Port Rd

Letterkenny

Co Donegal

eMail

0749120777 (press 2 for admin)

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Culture Night 2020

Culture Night 2020

Connect Through Culture

A message from our friends at the Donegal County Council Cultural Division:

Culture Night 2020: Friday 18th September
6-10pm
www.culturenight.ie

Download the 2020 programme

Oíche Chultúir returns!

Donegal County Council Culture Division is proud to present their 12th annual programme of events for Culture Night, the all-island public event that celebrates culture, creativity and the arts.

We invite people of all ages to take time out to explore the richness and joy of Irish culture and heritage. In response to the restrictions posed by the on-going Covid 19 pandemic, this year’s programme will be presented in both physical and online events allowing for people at home and abroad to connect with Donegal culture.

Culture Night County Ambassador

We are delighted that the inimitable Donegal playwright, performer and musician Little John Nee represents us as our county Ambassador for 2020. He had this to say about his role.

“I am happy for this opportunity to do what I love doing; celebrating Donegal artists and the beautiful odd way we go about things in this beautiful odd place”.

Highlights of events from the Donegal programme include:

Although we have had to reimagine the event for this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have still been able to work with many of our venues artists and programmers to create a programme that combines online and safe offline activities, on Friday 18th of September!

Here are just a few of the Online events.

Biodiversity in Your Back Garden

For Culture Night, Donegal County Council’s Culture Division has commissioned a series of short videos of ways in which you can care for the nature on your doorstep or the biodiversity in your back garden. Featured local gardens and experts include Liz and Ralph Sheppard on their farm at Carnowen House, Raphoe; Elizabeth Temple at Salthill Gardens, Mountcharles; George McDermot, Buncrana Town Gardener; Joanne Butler at OURganic, Gort a’ Choirce and Angus Kennedy of Nature North West, Ramelton.

Mockingbird Theatre

Featuring Anne Gallagher and Ronan Carr, Mockingbird Theatre presents a short (back and sideways) film – The Final Cut – about two barbers who reunite for one last haircut during the Lockdown Crisis – proving that we are never truly apart from the one we love. Written and directed by Ronan Carr

Where I’m From

A short piece documenting this transatlantic youth writers workshop facilitated by Donegal County Council Cultural Services who worked with Chicago based Young Chicago Authors (YCA) and young people from Donegal Youth Service, the KidsOwn young writers group and young people from the YCA summer artistic internship program.

2020 Live Offline events include

Donegal County Museum

Donegal County Museum present the ‘Railways of County Donegal’ exhibitionWhich features the photographs of A M Davies, who travelled the lines around County Donegal during the 1950’s and 1960’s.

Regional Cultural Centre

The Regional Cultural Centre’s current exhibition on plastics – Can’t Live With It, Can’t Live Without It – will feature newly created artworks by Ed Devane, as well as an exhibition of new work by painter Liz Doyle and Wild Swans: ‘Forgotten Places’ Online Exhibition .They will also screen the RCC Sessions, a Late night music broadcaster where Paul McDevitt and Jimmy Stafford curate a selection of specially filmed live sets by a host of their local favourites. Featuring Maria McCormack, Jonathan Smeaton, Sheerbuzz, Mark Black and Without Willow.

An Grianán Theatre

An Grianán Theatre are pleased to host the first performances of a new comic drama by Louise Conaghan – The Morrigan

Central Library

The Central Library presents Jessica Harkin’s Family Magic Show as well as a series of special guided tours of the Library’s unique Donegal Studies section.

Full Programme and Information

This, however, is only a taste of what’s on offer. To get the full programme and all booking details, please log onto www.culturenight.ie and select the programme for Donegal.

Further information contact Sally Murphy, Murphy Communications on 0871476339.
Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook @CulturenightDonegal

Culture Night is brought to you by The Arts Council in partnership with Donegal County Council

Press enquiries:

Contact: Sally Murphy, Culture Night Co-Ordinator T: 0871476339. E : sally@murphycommunications.ie

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