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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 www.angrianan.com  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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Radio Short Waves Showcase

Our Radio Short Waves writing course reached its conclusion on Thursday 15 December with a showcase performed to an invited audience of family and friends. Facilitated by playwright Tara McKevitt our group of 9 writers have been working since September on these short radio plays, each approximately 10 minutes in duration.

The Plays

A Chain of Events by John Logue
Windows by Michael Leddy
The Seventh Wall by Edwin Masterson
Pulse by Marie Kelly
The Lad’s Night Out by Pauric Gallagher
Rain by Fergal Lonergan
Cake by Meg Grehan
Clean by Averil Meehan
Sorry Wrong Target by Paul McCollum

Our Radio Short Waves cast: Fionn Robinson, Orlaith Gilchreest, Valerie Bryce and John D Ruddy.

Our Radio Short Waves cast: Fionn Robinson, Orlaith Gilchreest, Valerie Bryce and John D Ruddy.

The Cast

Valerie Bryce
Orlaith Glicreest
Fionn Robinson
John D. Ruddy

The Crew

Director: Guy Le Jeune

Stage Manager & Sound: Jude Barriscale

The Writers

John Logue was born in Derry, and has lived in Letterkenny for the past 30 years. He is married to Siobhan, and has two children, John F and Ali. John is a cabinet maker by trade, and a former Gaelic and Rugby footballer. He is currently Captain of Portsalon Golf Club. During the winter months he likes to enroll in night classes that challenge him. This Radio Play is his latest endeavour.

Marie Kelly has previously undertaken Creative Writing courses with Denise Blake, Ronan Carr and Patrick Kearney. She also has an interest in drama and has taken part in productions with Worklab, Bread and Roses, An Grianan Theatre, and An Grianan Actor’s Studio. This is her first radio drama.

Michael Leddy, originally from Leitrim, has lived in Donegal since 1999. He has been writing and acting on stage, and short films for thirty years. He collects various Old Time Radio shows from American radio, as well as Marvel Comics and rare, hard-to-find TV series. He wrote and directed a short film in 2013 Firefall. He previously had two short stories broadcast by RTE in the 90s. This is his first script for radio.

Edwin Masterson is from Northern Ireland and started writing with the Derry rehabilita- tion writers group after recovering from a serious illness. He is now an active member of Scribophile.com. An avid film aficionado and poetry enthusiast, he recently finished the NaNoWriMo challenge in November. He has previously completed an advanced course in scriptwriting at the Letterkenny Culture Centre as well as an International literary course at the L.Y.I.T.

Averil Meehan writes radio drama, poetry and fiction. Her radio play, “A Family Christmas” was broadcast twice by RTE. Her poetry collection, “Until Stones Blossom” is published by Summer Palace Press. Her writing has been published in literary journals and placed in various writing competi- tions.

Pauric Gallagher has been performing stand-up comedy all over Ireland since October 2013. He was a finalist in Forbidden Fruit Comedy Compe tition in 2015 and has played support for such names as Gearoid Farrelly, Pat McDonnell and Andrew Maxwell. He has recently returned from a tour of Canada. He is also a long standing mem- ber of the Diamond Writers group based in Raphoe and was a writer and director on the AyeTV1 webseries ‘Letterkenny People’.

Fergal Lonergan is a 16 year old nerd in 5th year in St. Eunans College. He first got into theatre with Letterkenny Youth Theatre and is focusing on comedy, writing sketches and directing for youth theatre the most notable being a stage adaptation of Blackadder. Fergal performs stand-up regularly, mainly in the Voodoo Vintage. After the Leaving Cert, he’s hopes to go on to study thea- tre and media, and eventually end up doing something in entertainment, be it comedy or writing weird, precipitation-based tragedies.

Meg Grehan is a writer and stage manager originally from Louth and now living in Letterkenny with too many pets, all with ridiculous names (Starbuck, Ororo, Catgar and Doctor George O’Malley). Likes include cake and pink things. Dislikes include the patriarchy and going outside. Meg’s first book The Space Between will be published in 2017 by Little Island.

 

Radio Short Waves course facilitator Tara McKevitt with its youngest participant Fergal Lonergan. A member of our youth theatre, Fergal was given a bursary by An Grianán to attend the course.

Radio Short Waves course facilitator Tara McKevitt with its youngest participant Fergal Lonergan. A member of our youth theatre, Fergal was given a bursary by An Grianán to attend the course.

The Facilitator

Tara McKevitt is from Moville, and has written for stage and radio, including RTE Radio 1, the Abbey Theatre, and Traverse Theatre. She has facilitated workshops in Higher Education, (NUIG VEC Galway), Youth Groups, Schools, Prisons, as well as various other community groups.

Project kindly supported by the Donegal County Council Arts Office.

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Christmas Postal dates for Gift Vouchers & Ticket gifts

Intending to send a gift of theatre tickets or vouchers by post?

Here are the all important postal cutoff dates.

Republic of Ireland
Standard Post Letters & Parcels December 21, 2016

Northern Ireland 
Standard Post Letters & Parcels December 20, 2016

Great Britain 
Standard Post Letters & Parcels December 19, 2016

See AnPost.ie for more info.

When buying tickets as a gift don’t forget to ask for a complimentary gift wallet. If you are booking online just leave a booking comment with any other instructions such as a personal greeting and we can mail the tickets or voucher directly to the recipient. Find out more about buying gift vouchers for An Grianán here.

CHRISTMAS 2016 BOX OFFICE OPENING HOURS

Gift voucher cards & wallets for An Grianán Theatre. Choose between Birthday, Anniversary, Christmas or Any Occasion.

Gift voucher cards & wallets for An Grianán Theatre. Choose between Birthday, Anniversary, Christmas or Any Occasion.

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Christmas 2016 Box Office Opening Hours

Sun 18 6pm to 8pm Phil Coulter

Mon 19 9.30am to 5.30pm

Tues 20 9.30am to 6.30pm Little John Nee book launch

Wed 21 9.30am to 8pm Lisa Hannigan

Thur 22 9.30am to 5.30pm

Fri 23 9.30am to 5pm

Sat 24 Closed

Sun 25 Closed

Mon 26 Closed

Tues 27 6pm to 8pm In Their Thousands

Wed 28 Closed

Thur 29 Closed

Fri 30 Closed

Sat 31 Closed

Sun 1 Closed

Mon 2 Closed

Tues 3 Normal opening hours resume.

Related: Postal cutoff dates for vouchers and ticket gifts.

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Letterkenny Trad Week 2017

The press Launch for the 3rd annual Letterkenny Trad Week that takes place from January 20th to 30th 2017 was held at An Grianán Theatre on Tuesday December 13th.

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.

The press Launch for the 3rd annual Letterkenny Trad Week that takes place from January 20th to 30th 2017 was held at An Grianán Theatre on Tuesday December 13th.  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. at the launch are Seated Sean Hannigan,  Martin McGinley and Patrica McBride. Back from left are Paul Harrigan, John Gildea, Chris O'Grady,  Jeremy Howard, Paul Browne, Aisling Grier, Daithi Ramsay, Tom Banford, raolach O Fiónain, Anne Marie Conlon and Edel Corcoran.  Photo Clive Wasson

The press Launch for the 3rd annual Letterkenny Trad Week that takes place from January 20th to 30th 2017 was held at An Grianán Theatre on Tuesday December 13th. 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. at the launch are Seated Sean Hannigan, Martin McGinley and Patrica McBride. Back from left are Paul Harrigan, John Gildea, Chris O’Grady, Jeremy Howard, Paul Browne, Aisling Grier, Daithi Ramsay, Tom Banford, raolach O Fiónain, Anne Marie Conlon and Edel Corcoran. Photo Clive Wasson

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

Trad Week not only sorts out any January blues you might have but with a special Pre-Christmas Early Bird Offer, of all 5 concerts for €60 only, it also provides a great option for Christmas presents (offer ends December 23rd). Letterkenny Trad Week is organized by Donegal County Council Regional Cultural Centre and An Grianán Theatre, in association with Earagail Arts Festival, Donegal Music Education Partnership, Music Network and media partner Donegal News.

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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Gallery: Peter Pan

Check out these photos from our forthcoming production of Peter Pan. The show runs from Tues 13 to Sat 17 December. More photos are available on our flickr stream.

The Darlings. Left to right: Cahir Doyle, Ronan McGrath, Ethan Barron, Kyra McBrearty and Jessica Kernan in An Grianán Theatre's Peter Pan, December 2016. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

The Darlings. Left to right: Cahir Doyle, Ronan McGrath, Ethan Barron, Kyra McBrearty and Jessica Kernan in An Grianán Theatre’s Peter Pan, December 2016. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

 

Peter Pan and his shadow (Joseph Gallagher and Oscar Murtagh) in An Grianán Theatre's Peter Pan, December 2016. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

Peter Pan and his shadow (Joseph Gallagher and Oscar Murtagh) in An Grianán Theatre’s Peter Pan, December 2016. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

 

Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission. Jessica Kernan as Wendy in An Grianán Theatre's Peter Pan, December 2016.

Wendy (Jessica Kernan) telling a story to Peter and his gang in An Grianán Theatre’s Peter Pan, December 2016. Pictured left to right: April Kennedy (Tinkerbell), Joseph Gallagher (Peter), Jessica Kernan (Wendy), Cahir Doyle (John), Emory Ramsay (Fox) and Jamie Spratt (Skunk). Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

 

Aoife Breslin and Brenda Carr in An Grianán Theatre's Peter Pan, December 2016. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

Aoife Breslin and Brenda Carr in An Grianán Theatre’s Peter Pan, December 2016. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

 

Lauren Kelly and Maeve Foley as two of the fairies in An Grianán Theatre's Peter Pan, December 2016. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

Lauren Kelly and Maeve Foley as two of the fairies in An Grianán Theatre’s Peter Pan, December 2016. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

 

Oscar Murtagh in An Grianán Theatre's Peter Pan, December 2016. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

Oscar Murtagh in An Grianán Theatre’s Peter Pan, December 2016. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

 

Lost boys Martin Ward and Emory Ramsay in An Grianán Theatre's Peter Pan, December 2016. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

Lost boys Martin Ward and Emory Ramsay in An Grianán Theatre’s Peter Pan, December 2016. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

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Sailing to Byzantium with Liz Roche

We welcome the Liz Roche Company to An Grianán for the first time with the beautiful dance show Bastard Amber this Tuesday 29 November. Book now.

Bastard Amber is a multi-disciplinary work where live music and highly innovative design/visual art take centre stage alongside sublime choreography performed by a stellar company of Irish and international dancers.

This ground-breaking dance production draws inspiration from two of the great Irish artists of the modern age, WB Yeats and Patrick Scott. Co-commissioned by the Abbey Theatre, Dublin Dance Festival and Kilkenny Arts Festival the work’s premiere at Dublin Dance Festival in May 2015 was a historic moment for dance in Ireland, the first time ever for an Irish choreographer to be commissioned to create a full length dance work for the main stage of Ireland’s National Theatre.

[box style=”yellow” closable=”un-closable”] What’s in a name? Bastard Amber is the name of a theatrical lighting gel colour that was created by mistake and discarded until lighting designer Louis Hartmann chanced upon it by accident. He loved it so much he asked the company to create more, referring to it as that “bastard amber you had.”[/box]

Bastard Amber was a resounding success, receiving fantastic reviews, a standing ovations and was seen in the Abbey by President Higgins and his wife Sabine Higgins. The production now stands as a landmark event both for Liz Roche – who remains at the forefront of defining a new landscape for dance in Ireland – but also for Irish contemporary dance within a culture more noted internationally for words rather than movement.

Bastard Amber by the Liz Roche Company, November 2016 at An Grianan Theatre

Following on from the Abbey performances Bastard Amber has since performed at the Kilkenny Arts Festival and most recently at the prestigious Espace des Arts, Chalon- Sur-Saone, France, as part of Festival Instances 2015 supported by Culture Ireland.

Bastard Amber is filled with unforgettable imagery and stunning design, conjuring a lustrous Byzantine world of contradictory influences. It draws inspiration from the imagery of W.B Yeats’ poem Sailing to Byzantium and
 captures not only the evocative and arresting imagery of the 
poem but also gives voice to the modern vision that Yeats imagined in his own work for theatre. The work of other artists is strongly referenced in relation to this, most notably Patrick Scott’s iconic Gold meditation paintings reflected in the set and light design, contrasting the subtleties of form, space and light with the wild, stark, beautiful reality of the body.

Choreographed and conceived by Liz Roche, the work includes a cast of eight highly respected irish and international dancers performing alongside four renowned musicians from traditional, rock and classical backgrounds, an exceptional set, lighting and costume design from celebrated designers Paul Wills, Lee Curran and Catherine Fay and a specially commissioned score by composer Ray Harman.

In outlining her work process, Liz Roche writes: “ My first instincts around this new work were to explore the metaphoric power of gold – its texture, colour, permanence and its enduring symbolic importance. I was drawn to Yeats’ poem Sailing to Byzantium where the substance symbolizes a sense of magnificence, monument, endurance and his own eternal preservation. I found further inspiration in the iconic gold meditation paintings – menacing and meditative in equal measure – of visual artist Patrick Scott. I was particularily drawn to Scott’s Zen-like approach to space and light influenced by his affinity with the East – a passionate interest shared with Yeats.Perhaps because of the significance of creating a dance work for the Abbey Theatre, I researched the early manuscripts of the rarely performed dance plays of its founder WB Yeats. The cyclical and supernatural themes of The Dreaming of the Bones, opened a fascinating avenue of discovery for me. Yeats’ accompanying cryptic, modernist and intuitive stage
directions, an indication of his radical spirit, which is often under-valued, began to form an abstract framework for the new work. Taking note that these themes re- emerge throughout Yeat’s work, and returning to Sailing to Byzantium, I decided to explore the universal and cyclical existential themes of the poem, heavy with the imagery of the body’s own journey through life into the afterlife, challenging me to consider my own ideas of physical and emotional stability in an ultimately unstable existence”.

ABOUT LIZ ROCHE COMPANY

Liz Roche Company (formerly known as Rex Levitates) was established in 1999 and is one of Ireland’s leading contemporary dance companies. Growing an international reputation for its finely wrought, beautifully crafted choreographic style, the Dublin based company presents the works of choreographer Liz Roche in collaboration with artists, dancers and designers of the highest calibre. An artistically distinctive and ambitious arts organisation, the company has produced over twenty original productions, touring throughout Ireland and further afield in the UK, Germany, France, USA and China, most notably being presented at the Baryshnikov Arts Centre and Judson Memorial Church in New York, the South Bank Centre, London, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and most recently a major new work Bastard Amber for the Abbey Theatre / Dublin Dance Festival May 2015. The company are currently in the creation process of new production “Time Over Distance Over Time” set to premiere at Dublin Dance Festival 2016 and afterwards to tour to Australia as part of Culture Ireland’s international celebration I Am Ireland, Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme.

“Roche’s choreography is delicately woven but it’s threads possess an elusive tensile strength. Entrancing.” Donald Hutera, The Times

“Liz Roche is an artist with a serious track record…” Judith Mackrell, The Guardian

 

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Last few performances of HotForTheatre’s ‘LUCK JUST KISSED YOU HELLO’

HotForTheatre make their Donegal debut with Amy Conroy’s acclaimed drama Luck Just Kissed You Hello

DIRECTED BY CAITRIONA MCLAUGHLIN

STARRING AMY CONROY, MARK FITZGERALD AND WILL O’CONNELL

Lyric Theatre – Naughton Studio, Belfast, November 15th and 16th
An Grianán Theatre, Donegal, November 18th and 19th
The Bell Table, Limerick, November 21st and 22nd
The Pavilion, Dún Laoghaire, November 25th and 26th

Don’t miss the last few performances of Amy Conroy’s fiercely funny, and intensely moving, play Luck Just Kissed You Hello as it visits Belfast, Donegal, Limerick and Dún Laoghaire, over the next ten days. The play set off on tour at the beginning of this month, and has played to full theatres and standing ovations; you won’t want to miss this intensely moving play.

Amy Conroy, Mark Fitzgerald and Will O’Connell star in Luck Just Kissed Me Hello at An Grianán Theatre Letterkenny November 2016

Amy Conroy, Mark Fitzgerald and Will O’Connell star in Luck Just Kissed Me Hello at An Grianán Theatre Letterkenny November 2016

How do you say goodbye to your nemesis, your genesis? Laura returns home for the death of her father, but Laura is now Mark (Amy Conroy). He, along with Gary (Will O’Connell) and Sullivan (Mark Fitzgerald), must decide on how he is remembered. They must find a way to forgive, find a way to each other and find a way to recognise themselves again. How can any of us begin to unravel the complexities of our childhood memories and the individual moments we remember and polish as our own? This is a play about what it means to be a man, and the complicated nature and fluidity of masculinity.

Luck Just Kissed You Hello is a beautiful, relentless, and fiercely funny, play exploring the delicate strength it takes to be all that is expected of you. Featuring a stellar cast of Amy Conroy, Mark Fitzgerald and Will O’Connell, and directed by Caitriona McLaughlin. You won’t want to miss Luck Just Kissed You Hello for it’s last performances in the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th November; An Grianán theatre, Donegal, Friday 18th and Saturday 19th; the Belltable, Limerick, Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd’ and finishing it’s successful run at the Pavilion theatre, Dún Laoghaire, Friday 25th and Saturday 26th November.

Reviews:

‘A mesmerising performance from Amy Conroy that seems ripped from her own innards’ – The Irish Independent

★★★★ ‘A blistering exploration of masculinity.’ – The Guardian

★★★★ ‘Luck Just Kissed You Hello goes beyond gender politics.’ – The Irish Times

‘Luck Just Kissed You Hello is a rare achievement, a play that is polemical while remaining provocative, funny, and intensely moving.’ – The Sunday Independent

Luck Just Kissed You Hello

Luck Just Kissed You Hello

About HotForTheatre:

HotForTheatre have toured substantially. In 2013 the company performed three different shows, to 66 audiences (playing to over 6,000 people), in two continents and four countries. Their work has toured to New York, Iceland, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, France and to 24 venues and festivals across Ireland.  They make their Donegal debut with this production.

Book now: Fri 18 and Sat 19 November at 8pm

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Results of the Letterkenny One Act Festival 2016

Blue Riband: Corn Mill Theatre Group – Tom Clarke’s One True Love

Best Play: Open Corn Mill Theatre Group – Tom Clarke’s One True Love
2nd- Open Lucan Drama Group – Subtraction
3rd -Open Bangor Drama Group – A Galway Girl

Best Director  – Open: Gus Hanley -Tom Clarke’s One True Love – Corn Mill Theatre Group

Best Actor – Open: George Hogan – as Walter in Subtraction by Lucan Drama Club

Best Actress – Open: Maura Farrelly as Kathleen in Tom Clarke’s One True Love, Corn Mill

Best Play – Confined: Glenamaddy Players – The Problem
2nd – Confined: Gunpowder Productions – Pizzazz
3rd – Confined: Ballina Dramatic Society – Lone Star

Best Director – Confined: Ann C Molloy – The Problem [ Glenamaddy Players]

Best Actor– Confined: Michael Tevenan – as Husband in The Problem [Glenamaddy Players]

Best Actress – Confined: Niamh Flanagan – as Wife in The Problem [Glenamaddy Players]

Best Technical: Corn Mill Theatre Group – Tom Clarke’s One True Love

Adjudicator’s Award: Greg Mulcahy – as glue sniffer in Homeless [Tadhg An Eastna Players]

Adjudicator’s Award: Brian Murphy on his telling of the death of Tom Clarke in Tom Clarke’s One True Love [ Corn Mill]

Adjudicator’s Award: Dee Foxe – As Mrs Hand in Pizzazz by Gunpowder productions

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Tonight’s programme for the final night of the Letterkenny One Act Festival 2016

Here are tonight’s plays for the third and final night of the Letterkenny One Act Festival. First play begins at 7pm. Tickets available on the door.

Open
Corn Mill Theatre Group, Leitrim

Tom Clarke’s One True Love
By Killian Mc Guinness

Tom Clarke – Killian Mc Guinness
Kathleen Clarke – Maura Farrelly
Winifred Carney – Elizabeth Doonan
Mc Kenzie Booth – Brian Murray
Producer/Director – Gus Hanley
Lighting /Sound/ Set Design – Philip Mc Intyre & Noel Nash

Setting Ireland / London
Period 1950 /60’s
Synopsis: The play dramatizes the life of Tom Clarke, the public and private man. It covers the time span from 1830 when his father James was born, to Clarke’s execution in 1916. During the performance we meet Clarke, his wife Kathleen, Winifred Carney James Connolly’s secretary, McKenzie-Booth a British medical officer, Patrick Pearse, a British recruit, Thomas Junior, and a member of Cumann na mBan. It is betimes heartbreakingly sad but peppered with comedy.

Corn Mill Theatre Group: The tradition of Drama in Carrigallen goes back to the late 1800’s. The present group was founded in 1963 as The Community Players and there has been no break in activity since that time. The group has competed on the festival circuit since 1970 and has reached the All-Ireland Finals in Athlone on thirteen occasions. In 1989 the group opened their own theatre -The Corn Mill Theatre and Arts Centre. In that year, the group changed their name to The Corn Mill Theatre Company. The group has won the All-Ireland Drama Finals in Athlone on three occasions – in 1998 with Belfry by Billy Roche,in 2005 with Stolen Child by Yvonne Quinn and Bairbre Ni Chaoimh and in 2014 with The Devil’s Ceili by Philip Doherty and Kevin McGathern. On the One Act circuit they won the confined All Ireland in 1982 with The Workhouse Ward written by Lady Gregory and directed by Gus Ward

Open
Lucan Dramatic Society, Dublin

Subtraction
By Kevin Mc Fillen

Waiter – George Hogan
Melanie – Elaine Butler

Producer/Director – Vincent Casey
Sound/ Lighting TBC
Design Consultant – Olga Bolger
Stage Manager – Jack C. Flanagan

Setting :- A quiet city park

Synopsis:- A Strange Encounter with a woman from the Office of Subtraction, Melanie, forces Walter to re-examine what he believes about memory, loss and the nature of the universe

Lucan Dramatic Society was founded in 1957 by Rev. James Loughran and Michael Gannon as St. Mary’s Dramatic Society and is now more commonly referred to as Lucan Drama. With previous circuit flirtations, still evident on trophies, interest in competition was re-ignited in 2013 and Lucan have entered a One Act Festival every year since. This Year they bring us SUBTRACTION by Kevin McFillen directed by Vincent Casey and starring Elaine Butler and George Hogan. It is George’s first play with Lucan Drama. Walter and Melanie attempt to balance the universal equation in this conversational drama about loss, memory and the loss of memory.

Confined
Gunpowder Productions, Cork

Pizzazz
by Hugh Leonard

Marion – Rachel O’Riordan
Olivia – Dee Foxe
Rooney – Donal O’Sullivan
Conroy – Daniel O’Regan
Mrs Hand – Ann O’Hora

Producer / Director: Eltin Griffin
Lighting – Nigel Cassidy
Sound – Mary Connolly, Mark Newman
Props – Rachel Mc Nally
Stage Crew – Mark Newman, John Reilly,Stephen Burke

Synopsis: Whilst waiting to hire a cabin cruiser on the River Shannon, two apparent strangers play an elaborate game, which involves re-enacting a marriage on the rocks with the other people in the reception area as supporting cast. But all is not what it seems.

Gunpowder Productions :
Gunpowder Productions was founded in 2006 by a group of friends who had a deep interest in drama. The name of the company comes from a local gunpowder mill in Ballincollig. The group is lucky to have a broad range of talents within the group.

NB: There will be a 15-minute interval between each play.

Eavan and Riona Hennessey and Marc Mc Closkey will provide musical entertainment while the adjudicator is considering the awards.

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