Welcome back to our youth theatre!

Youth theatre! We’re so happy to you have you back. It’s been a long, lonely summer here at An Grianán. Here’s Nora with a little overview of our new Covid precautions to keep us all as safe and sound as we can be.

Prior to starting classes you and your parent/guardian need to fill in our online registration form here.

If you haven’t already done so you can pay your course fee of €60 online here.

If you would prefer to pay by phone you can do so during box office opening hours which are 9.30am to 4pm Mon to Fri. The phone number is 0749120777. The box office will not be open during class time so make sure you have paid your fees in advance.

NB: if you have missed out on a place and want to be added to the waiting list please send an email with your details here.


Our guidelines have changed a little:

  • Please arrive no more than 10 minutes before class time.
  • Entry – Students will enter and exit the building by the dock bay at the side of stage. This is the large roller door to the rear of the building. Please do not enter by the usual front entrance.
  • Masks. It is the policy of An Grianán Theatre that all people entering the building wear masks. However as we can maintain the recommended 2 metre distance on stage, it is optional to wear your mask while in the performing space.  But once you leave the performing please put your mask on.
  • Tables at the back of the stage will be used for storing of students’ personal belongings.
  • The stage has been divided into 2 meter squares. Each student will have their own 2 metre performing square that will allow for the recommended minimum 2 metres social distancing.
  • Toilet breaks – students will use the toilet facilities in Dressing Room 2. Do not use the public toilets downstairs. NB: No more than 2 people can enter Dressing Room 2 at a time.
  • No entry elsewhere in the building. Our designated youth theatre area is the dock, stage and dressing room 2. Please do not leave this area.
  • Contact tracing – students will follow our Covid protocols. Hand sanitiser will be provided at entry and exit points. To avoid cross contamination you must bring you own pen to sign in with.
  • Parents/guardians will not able to stay in the building during class.
  • The stage will be cleaned and sanitised before each class.
  • A certified first aider will be available on site at all times.
  • Isolation room – Dressing 3 (beside the Green Room) is now our isolation room.  if you are feeling unwell during class you will be escorted to this room where you can safely wait until we can contact your parent/guardian.
  • Zoom – parents must give their consent for students to participate in online activities. This is part of your registration form. Make sure that you have filled it in before starting term.
  • In addition to the facilitator another member of An Grianán’s staff will sit in on Zoom classes as per child safe guarding recommendations from Youth Theatre Ireland.

And folks, if you are feeling unwell please don’t come to class.

NB: Covid19 guidelines can change at very short notice – please make sure we have your most up to date contact information so that we can get in touch quickly.


Wed 9 Sept to Thur 10 Dec 2020 (no class midterm break)

Class 1: 4.30pm to 5.30pm
Class 2: 6.30pm to 7.30pm

A maximum of 9 students per class.


We’re teaming up with the digital media at the Regional Cultural Centre to film your monologues. We’ll determine those filming dates later on but assume for now that we’ll probably have to fit in a few extra sessions in December to get those all done.


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Let’s Make Some Noise – An Grianán Theatre Bursaries

Let's Make Some Noise - announcing An Grianán's theatre artist bursary award scheme.

The stage is quiet, the lights are dim and the dressing rooms empty… it’s time to make some noise and shine the lights.

We are offering 4 bursaries of up to €4000 each for theatre artists from the North West.

At An Grianán Theatre we’ve always supported local artists. Our stage was always busy and behind the scenes, we were also busy offering time and support to local artists, with advice, networking opportunities, finance, technical and marketing support as well as production and touring work. We’ve maybe not shouted enough about our artists’ supports, but we’re shouting now.

If you are based in the North West, or from the North West or have some connections with here, we want to hear from you. Maybe you have a show you’re writing that needs some development, we’re here for you. Maybe you need to work with a Director, or a Lighting Designer, we’re here for you. Maybe you have an idea that is just starting out and you need time and space to evolve your idea. Whatever stage you are at, we’re here for you.

We welcome applications from all artists and encourage applications by artists from a diversity of national, ethnic or cultural groups (including, but not limited to, Asian, Black, Traveller and minority ethnic, refugees, people with disabilities, working-class and LGBTQI+ artists). If you’re an artist who usually works in a production context we also want to hear from you. If you’ve never worked with us before, we want to hear from you, if you have worked with us before we still want to hear from you.

We intend to award 4 commissions and each commission is valued up to €4000. Additional production support, promotion and documentation will be provided by An Grianán.

The work can be developed with any space, physical or online, in mind but we’d like some of the development work to take place here in An Grianán.

We’d like you to send us your idea in whatever form works best for you, text (no more than 1 page), audio, video etc. Please submit them by email here (we will accept Dropbox or WeTransfer links). You can also send any questions and queries to this email address.

Applications are due by 12pm on Monday 28 September 2020. We will communicate decisions to artists by Friday 2 October 2020. Applications will be shortlisted by the Director and the theatre’s core team.

If you miss the deadline we still want to hear from you.

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Live Music Returns to Letterkenny!


A new programming partnership between the Regional Cultural Centre and An Grianán Theatre will see live music return to An Grianán’s Auditorium for the first time since lockdown.

Music Network’s exciting collaboration between Ye Vagabonds and Cormac Begley, will perform at An Grianán Theatre on Saturday 26th September. It will be the first show in a unique partnership between the two organisations with performers performing live in the auditorium to a small audience, while also being streamed online.

Tickets for the show will be €20/15 to attend, or €5 to live stream it. Tickets will be on sale online on Tuesday 2nd September from 10am. Groups will be limited to a maximum of 6 people, from 3 households as per Government guidelines.

“We have to find new ways of working under the current restrictions so it makes a lot of sense for the theatre to pool our knowledge and resources with our colleagues in the RCC in this way” said Patricia McBride, Director of An Grianán Theatre. “Our cafe reopened on August 10th and this is the next step in getting us back doing what we do so well, providing the people of Donegal with high quality entertainment in a safe and enjoyable environment. I’m really pleased to have live performances back on the stage and we have more small scale shows planned too. The number one priority for us in this is, as always, the health and safety of the audience, performers and staff.”

Jeremy Howard, General Manager of the Regional Cultural Centre said: “The RCC has had great success in live streaming some of Donegal’s finest musicians over the past fives months but watching a concert at home will never fully replace the authentic ‘live experience’. We’re delighted to team up with An Grianán Theatre and to be able to present the best of both worlds. We’ll continue to offer people live music ‘in the flesh’ but also keep developing innovative ways of watching concerts from the comfort of your home. Expect plenty of more concert opportunities soon!”

Ye Vagabonds are singers, multi instrumentalists and triple RTÉ Radio 1 Folk awardees, brothers Diarmuid and Brían Mac Gloinn. With trademark close harmony singing, lean and tasty accompaniment and the rare ability to tell a good story in song, they cast their magic spells and remind us of how precious live music is. Cormac Begley is a solo bass, baritone, treble and piccolo concertina player from a West-Kerry musical family. He was nominated for the RTE Radio 1 ‘Folk Instrumentalist of the Year’ in 2018 and 2019 and his debut solo has received nine 5-star reviews and was shortlisted for the Irish Times Album of the Year 2018.

An Grianán Theatre Safety Measures

  • Significantly reduced capacity in line with government guidelines
  • Groups will be limited to a maximum of 6 people, from 3 households as per Government guidelines.
  • Contactless ticketing
  • Social-distanced queuing, audience areas and staging
  • One-way systems
  • COVID-19 safety signage
  • Hand-sanitizer dispensers throughout the building
  • Wearing of face coverings by all  administration and technical staff
  • All patrons to wear face coverings
  • Contact tracing

For more about our Covid-19 safety measures please see this post.

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Safe resumption of Youth Theatre classes. Things are going to be different.

Fat Sam's Gang. A scene from An Grianán Youth Theatre/On Cue Academy production of Bugsy Malone, Jan 2020. Left to right - Amy Doherty, Darragh Ramsay, Rudi Murphy Brown, Patrick McCormack, Isaac Morrison, Ethan Barron and (crouching) Evin O'Donnell. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved.

We have spent a lot of time over the summer deciding on to how safely resume youth theatre classes and we have come up with what we feel is going to be a fun but challenging project for our autumn programme.

NB: places on our autumn project are only available to students who are already members of An Grianán Youth Theatre. In the event that we do not fill all places we will hold online auditions to fill any remaining places. If you would like to be added to the waiting list send an email with your details here.

First the less good news. In order to maintain social distancing the number of participants we can have per class has been severely reduced. We can no longer use the rehearsal room which means all classes will be on our stage with a maximum of 9 participants per class. We have also taken the decision to suspend our junior classes (ages 7 to 13) until Spring 2021 and will concentrate on delivering a high quality programme for our senior youth theatre (ages 14+).

Current members: Please have a read below of our proposed programme and if interested in taking part please let us know ASAP. You can eMail Nicola or leave her a message via the youth theatre’s facebook page or the theatre’s instagram account.

So what have we decided to?

Monologues and Devising – being able to deliver a good monologue is a key skill for any actor and this term that is going to be our focus. This reduces the need for close physical interaction between students while allowing everyone to work on a skill that will help prepare them for future auditions. As we are going to record and screen the monologues this programme will also serve as an introduction for acting for radio and screen, new skills for most of our students.

Rather than using an existing monologue students will work on devising their own short original work which will be recorded and screened in December. We have invited the digital media team from the Regional Cultural Centre to record the monologues using professional film and sound equipment while our inhouse technical team will make sure it all looks beautiful.

An Grianán Theatre's stage has been divided into 2 metre boxes for social distancing in workshops.

An Grianán Theatre’s stage has been divided into 2 metre boxes for social distancing in workshops.

Students will be assigned a box at the start of term which will be theirs for the duration of the course.

Students will be assigned a box at the start of term which will be theirs for the duration of the course.

How will it work?

We will hold classes on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Wednesday classes will be in person in the theatre. We will have two classes with a maximum of 9 participants per class. Classes will not be divided according to age. These classes will focus on performance.

Class 1: 4.30pm to 5.30pm (NB: this class is now fully booked)
Class 2: 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Course fees can be paid online here.

Thursday classes will be online using Zoom. These will be group classes led by Nora and will focus on devising and writing your monologues. There will also be breakout rooms where students can work together in smaller groups.

We know that for a lot of you that one of the most important elements of being in youth theatre is hanging out with your friends so we hope that by offering the online classes that you can still enjoy some of that social interaction that we now can’t have in our in-person classes.


Proposed restart date: Wed 9 Sept for in person classes.

Classes to run until Thur 10 Dec (and take our traditional break at Halloween).


Assuming that we fill all available places we’ll have 18 monologues to film so dates to do that will be determined nearer the date but assume that there might be some additional filming/rehearsal days in December.


We are preparing a video with Nora to outline our new procedures but for now here is a quick overview of what’s happening.

  • The stage has been divided into 2 meter squares. Each student will have their own 2 metre performing square that will be theirs for the duration of the term. They can also keep their personal belongings in this space.
  • Separate entry and exit points. Students will enter by the stage dock and exit via the exit emergency at upstage left. Do not enter by the usual front entrance.
  • Contact tracing – students will follow our Covid protocols. Hand sanitiser will be provided at entry and exit points. They must bring their own pen to sign in with.
  • Classes will not be grouped by age. Students from the same household will be kept in the same class.
  • Please arrive just before class time to minimise time spent hanging around and socialising.
  • Parents/guardians will not able to stay in the building during class.
  • The stage will be cleaned and sanitised before each class.
  • A certified first aider will be available on site at all times.
  • Toilet breaks – students will use the toilet facilities in dressing rooms 1 and 2.
  • Zoom – parents must give their consent for students 16 and under to participate in online activities.
  • In addition to the facilitator another member of An Grianán’s staff will sit in on Zoom classes as per child safe guarding recommendations from Youth Theatre Ireland.
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Thank you for choosing us


Pramerica LogoAs part of Pramerica’s 20th anniversary this year, June 2020, they offered each employee to make a charitable donation to a cause of their choosing. We’re delighted to be able to say that An Grianán Theatre were selected and given €500 by Pramerica.

We are truly touched. These are tough times for artists, theatres and arts centres and to have this financial support, and to know people care so deeply about live theatre, is truly heartwarming and inspiring.

We’d like to thank CEO Ciaran Harvey, the members of the 20th Anniversary Committee and especially to all those people who work in Pramerica who thought of us. Thank you.

If you too would like to donate to An Grianán Theatre please click here, every donation no matter how small is gratefully received. It really is the thought that counts.

Your donation is greatly appreciated.

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22/07/2020: Re-Opening News

Good news! We are re-opening from Mon 10 August.

Fáilte! Welcome back to An Grianán!

We are delighted to announce that we will reopen our Café and our Box Office from Monday 10th August.

Opening Hours:

Cafe – 9.30am to 3.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Box Office – 9.30am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

We’ve really missed you and are looking forward to seeing you again.

Our first show in the auditorium will be on Culture Night, Friday 18th September. Strict social distancing measures will be in operation in our auditorium in accordance with the latest Government guidelines.

As part of our commitment to the continued well-being of visitors, artists and staff, in ongoing efforts to assist our community in preventing the spread of Covid-19, we have adhered to Government Guidelines and implemented the enhanced protocols and procedures you will notice during your visit. Our staff are here to assist you with a safe journey through the venue, so please ask for assistance if necessary.

  • We are promoting a one-way experience that reinforces social distancing guidelines.
  • We will endeavour to keep queues as short as possible & appreciate your patience.
  • Please wear a mask.
  • Please make use of our hand sanitising stations at entry & exit points.
  • Additional hand sanitiser dispensers are placed at key points throughout the building.
  • We have implemented protective screens at till points.
  • Please use contactless card payments where possible. Keypads will be wiped down after each customer.
  • We are frequently cleaning and disinfecting throughout the building and staff are taking regular hand-washing breaks.
  • We have removed excess furniture from the foyer to limit congestion and dwell time.
  • Toilets are for customer use only. Social distancing measures are in place inside.
  • Additional signage to promote hand washing and best hygiene practices have been posted throughout the building.
  • Additional training and PPE have been provided for all staff.

The Café will also operate a little differently than before.

  • If coming for lunch please book in advance as we will have less tables than usual.
  • You can book by calling 074 91 20777.
  • When you arrive please wait to be shown to your table.
  • We would appreciate you paying by card, we will bring the card machine to you at your table.
  • There will be a specific waiting area for takeaways.

What can you do to help us promote a healthy environment?

We are doing all we can to promote a healthy environment, and in doing so, we also rely on you to keep recommended self-care in mind for your safety and the safety of others. Throughout your experience, please be mindful of current Government and HSE guidelines and public health recommendations, which we are referring to daily to update our Guidelines when necessary.

  • Know the symptoms: If you or a member of your party has a temperature or is feeling unwell, please visit us another time.
  • Wash your hands often, using soap and water, for a minimum of 20 seconds.
  • Help us promote social distancing by distancing yourself appropriately from others who are not part of your party and do not shake hands or hug.
  • Please keep your party together, especially if there are children in your group, to help maintain social distancing with other visitors.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing and discard used tissues safely.

Your support is greatly appreciated and we look forward to providing a safe experience for all our visitors.

It’s great to see you again!

The Team at An Grianán

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Café Staff Wanted (Daytime)

Job Vacancy An Grianán Theatre

An Grianán Theatre Café will reopen on on Monday 10th August and we would like to hire the following experienced staff for daytime work:

Chéf –  30 hours per week.
Waiting Staff – 20 hours per week.

Experience necessary, please apply with your c.v, before Wednesday 29th July, to Lena Duddy, Manager, An Grianán Café eMail

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Shaking the Walls – ONLINE International Conference in Gdańsk (Poland) 25-27.09.2020

Call for papers is open till 20th August 2020.

A bohemian party in Magilligan. An Grianán Theatre and Parrabbola's Creative Europe funded production The Winter's Tale, part of the Shaking the Walls project. July 2019. Photo by David Faughnan. All rights reserved.

A bohemian party in Magilligan. An Grianán Theatre and Parrabbola’s Creative Europe funded production The Winter’s Tale, part of the Shaking the Walls project. July 2019. Photo by David Faughnan. All rights reserved.

Due of the effects of worldwide pandemic the Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre has decided to change the long planned International Conference Shaking the Walls to an ONLINE meeting. The conference will take place on 25-27.09.2020. Moreover, recording/streaming presentations of performances by project partners are also planned as a part of the conference programme. Accordingly, we are pleased to prolong an open call for papers until 20th August 2020.

The Conference is the event of 2-year artistic project by the same name: Shaking the Walls, that brings together organisations from five European countries operating in the scope of performing arts. The Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre from Poland is the leader of the project, the partners are as follows: Cooltour – Kulturní centrum Cooltour Ostrava z.ú., from Czech Republic, RaTaTam – Reykjavik Art Group from Iceland, Parrabbola – community theatre collective from London, Great Britain and An Grianán Theatre from Letterkenny, Ireland.

Conference will take place at the Faculty of Law and Administration (University of Gdańsk)

The conference’s aim is to explore the theme of walls between people using various methodological approaches, including the following:
– sociology
– philosophy
– linguistic studies
– arts engaged in social interventions
– theatre, performing arts, literature (including Shakespeare) studies

The conference aims to address specifically the metaphor of the wall of indifference, which is perhaps the most blurred and undefined boundary separating humans in today’s world, both as individuals and social or ethnic groups. We would like to talk about ways of identifying “walls” (barriers, boundaries, problems) in different countries and subsequently, through inter-cultural creative dialog, art and education find ways of raising public awareness of the issues tackled, and reach solutions.

The range of considered issues varies from political problems, immigration, domestic violence, isolation in the society and many more, including the following:
– What types of walls have been diagnosed in different social and cultural contexts?
– How can art talk about these walls? What artistic tools may be used to tackle the issues concerned?
– What makes us choose a particular side of the wall?
– In what, socially accepted, ways can one particular point of view be supported?
– Are there any real solutions? Can “shaking the walls” be effective?
– Who should feel responsible to “shake the wall”? Academics? Artists? Politicians? Media?
– Who are the people who actually make a difference in the world-wide context?
– What are the dangers and ethical dilemmas that might be faced, when trying to shake most important walls?
– What barriers can be identified and modified by the particular works of art or theatre?
– How the divisions influence the language and social/political discourse?
– To what extent is it possible to heal the divisions through education?
– What educational tools proved to be more effective?

The Conference will last three days, each day will be devoted to specific subject:

First day (September 25th): Shaking the walls – project introduction and results.
Welcome lecture by Guy Le Jeune (Ireland)
Presentation of Shaking the Walls project (multiple speakers – project partners)
“SUSS!” by RaTaTam, from Reykjavik, Iceland – performance presentation (recording/streaming)

Second day (September 26th): Barriers in wide social and cultural contexts.
Key note speaker: Mary Ann DeVlieg (Italy)
Presentation of papers

Third day (September 27th): Arts (theatre, performance, literature).
Key note speaker: Prof. Małgorzata Grzegorzewska (Poland)
Presentation of papers
“Brave New Life” by Cooltour, from Ostrava, Czech Republic – performance presentation (recording/streaming)

There is no conference fee required!
To submit your proposal for presentation, please sign up HERE

Please note that we support cooperation between scholars and artists. Therefore – you can prepare your presentation in a tandem of trio with an artist or a scholar. The point is to use his/ her art to raise awareness about the walls between people, in practice. We would promote the proposals including practical rather than strictly academic approach.

Conference organisers:
Marta Nowicka
Anna Ratkiewicz
Anna Szynkaruk-Zgirska
Anna Nadrowska


Production partners and funders: Shaking the Tale is produced by An Grianán Theatre and Parrabbola as part of Shaking the Walls. Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programmed of the European Union. Additional support comes from Donegal County Council, the Arts Council of Ireland and the Earagail Arts Festival.

Shaking the Tale is part of Shaking the Walls, a project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. The project is led by Gdański Teatr Szekspirowski (Poland), the other partners are Parrabbola (UK), Cooltour Ostrava (Czech Republic) and Ratatam (Iceland). As well as Creative Europe, our co-funders for Shaking the Tale include the Donegal County Council, Arts Council of Ireland and the Earagail Arts Festival.

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Schedule Changes and COVID 19 | Coronavirus Update: 11/05/2020

At  An Grianan Theatre we are currently working away to reschedule events in our programme as well as ensuring that the theatre is ready to reopen as a safe environment for all our customers, staff, artists and performing groups. The Government’s announcement of a five-stage plan towards the gradual opening up of the economy advised 10 August as the date when theatres and cinemas would be allowed reopen – subject to social distancing measures being in place for staff, audiences and performers.

We are actively working to wards this deadline while awaiting the Government to issue a national protocol, currently being developed for businesses reopening, and we understand this will be published in the coming weeks. In the interim, we are actively working with other venues on an initiative led by Theatre Forum to address the issues specific to the protocols necessary for our venue.

We will keep you, our valued customers informed as we progress to reopening An Grianan Theatre and we look forward to welcoming you all back here soon.

The following are the latest changes to the status of our events;

  • Oliver Callan (16 May) – Postponed until 2021 – New date to be announced soon
  • The Marriage of Figaro (29 May) – Postponed until 2021 – New date to be announced soon
  • Lee Scratch Perry (31 May) – Cancelled
  • Sorry for Your Loss (4 June)- Rescheduled to 14 November 2020
  • John Grant (19 July) – Rescheduled 22 November 2020
  • Good Vibrations (23 – 26 July) – Cancelled
  • An Evening With Michael Harding (19 September) Rescheduled to Saturday 18 September 2021.
  • Ed Byrne (4 October) – Cancelled

If you have any queries about rescheduled events or refunds please contact us at

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World Theatre Day 2020

We are very sad to have our doors closed on World Theatre Day so we asked our good friend, actor and writer Seamus O Rourke to send a short message to our audience.

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