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Songs from An Empty Room

Songs from an Empty Room - fundraiser for AIST and Minding Creative Minds

Tomorrow night sees some of the country’s top music talent perform a special concert in support of Minding Creative Minds and the Association of Irish Stage Technicians (AIST) Hardship Fund, two organisations that are providing vital support during a dire time for our industry.

Live Broadcast on RTÉ2, RTÉ 2FM and RTÉ Player
Saturday July 25, 2020, 8.30pm – 10.45pm

Presented by EPIC & RTÉ, Songs from An Empty Room is a night of epic performances with a host of Irish artists in venues across Ireland. Hosted by RTÉ 2FM’s Jenny Greene and Eoghan McDermott, this music TV event will support two fantastic live events industry initiatives – Minding Creative Minds and the Association of Irish Stage Technicians (AIST) Hardship Fund. Tune into RTÉ2, RTÉ 2FM or RTÉ Player on Saturday July 25th from 8.30pm for Songs from An Empty Room, broadcast from much-loved, and much-missed, venues around the country: The Olympia Theatre, Dublin; Cyprus Avenue, Cork; Dolans, Limerick; INEC, Killarney; Róisín Dubh, Galway.

Songs from An Empty Room will be an unmissable show, a memorable, poignant and historic night of Irish music in these extraordinary times. In addition to providing an incredible night of entertainment, the broadcast will also feature fascinating insights from behind the scenes of Ireland’s event industry and the exceptional people who come together to make our extraordinary live events happen.

Live events continue through wars, they raise money for famine, they raise the spirits of a nation in times of need and provide a focus in times of celebration. Never, in the history of staging live performances and events, has there been such a sudden and total cessation of work in Ireland, as happened on the 12th of March 2020. Currently, throughout the country, festival fields and event sites are deserted, theatre seats await an audience and music venues are empty. We hope that in sitting rooms around the country, audiences will tune in and become the support act that the live events industry needs right now.

There are huge challenges facing the live events industry due to the cancellation and postponement of all mass gatherings, festivals, concerts, theatrical productions, sports events, trade shows and community gatherings. Ireland’s event businesses and crews have lost their income, with no current roadmap to recovery as long as Covid-19 continues to present a significant public health risk.

However, the show must go on! In addition to providing an incredible night of entertainment, the aim of the broadcast is to help raise awareness for the live events industry as a whole and the number of individuals and businesses impacted. All funds raised will support the following two event industry resources:

Minding Creative Minds

Minding Creative Minds is a 24/7, free wellbeing and support programme for event industry professionals and contractors including production, lighting and sound engineers, site crew, event control, musicians, songwriters and artist managers. MCM provides free counselling services, in addition to free financial, legal and career advice for events industry personnel.

Association of Irish Stage Technicians (AIST) Hardship Fund

AIST.ie Hardship Fund is available to members and non-members who work in any crew related role in the Irish live events industry. The fund is managed and distributed by AIST.

How to support:

Audiences at home will be directed to the website Songs From An Empty Room and will be able to show support by donating via text (txt SONGS to 50300 to donate €4) or through the initiative’s GoFundMe Page. Branded crew merchandise will also be available to purchase through the website with all proceeds from these sales going to the initiative.

Songs From An Empty Room will be broadcast live on RTÉ2 & RTÉ 2FM, Saturday July 25, 2020, 8.30pm – 10.45pm. The show will also be available on the RTÉ Player.

See www.songsfromanemptyroom.com for full details.
#SongsFromAnEmptyRoom #WeAreTheSupportAct

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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

For more information and updates,
see www.hse.ie
and
www.gov.ie/health-covid-19

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Little John Nee – The Tilt of the Sky Tour

Even though our doors are currently closed the show still goes on. We have teamed up with the Earagail Arts Festival to present Little John Nee’s The Tilt of the Sky tour from 21 to 25 July 2020.

We have commissioned renowned performer Little John Nee to take a tour of seven Donegal villages and towns (Malin, Culdaff, Raphoe, Letterkenny, Dunfanaghy, Gort an Choirce, Rathmullan) for a series of pop-up solo performances.

The lockdown allowed us all time to contemplate what was really important to us while at the same time putting a stop to any rambling.

For Little John Nee rambling is as important as anything and the hankering was growing stronger every day of the lockdown. So it is with a skittish exuberance beneath the tilt of the sky he takes the long road from Malin to Rathmullan creating fresh adventure along the way through song, story and throwing shapes.

In Rathmullan for the finale of the six day adventure Little John will perform for the first time “Blues Boy on Batt’s Walk” a musical spoken word climax to an evening of song and story that conjures a teenage Don Quixote camping at Kinnegar 1976 that opens with the line …“I was sixteen now I’m sixty”. It will also be broadcast live on Highland Radio.

With sincere thanks to McGrorys Hotel, Dillons Hotel, Corcreggan Mill and the Station House Hotel for their support of this tour.

Find out more at www.eaf.ie.

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08/07/2020: COVID 19 | Latest Update

We’d like to update you on what’s been going on. On Monday, 6 July, the core staff team was re-engaged and we’ve immediately hit the ground running and are working hard to ensure that when we are able to open the building we will do so in as safe a manner as possible. We hope to first open the foyer and the café in the next few weeks, just as soon as the necessary health and safety measures can be put in place.

While we can’t welcome you back to the auditorium just yet we are delighted to say we are still be bringing you theatre. In conjunction with the Earagail Arts Festival we have commissioned Little John Nee to take a tour of seven Donegal villages and towns, Malin, Culdaff, Raphoe, Letterkenny, Dunfanaghy, Gort an Choirce and Rathmullan, for a series of pop-up solo performances. In Rathmullan, on July 26th, for the finale of the six day adventure Little John will perform for the first time “Blues Boy on Batt’s Walk” a musical spoken word climax to an evening of song and story that conjures a teenage Don Quixote camping at Kinnegar 1976 that opens with the line …“I was sixteen now I’m sixty”.

To learn more about Little John’s walks, or to book for the Rathmullan performance please go to the festival’s website at eaf.ie.

We are also 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. Please keep an eye on this website and our social media for updates and we really do hope to see you soon.

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

  • Oliver Callan (16 May) – Postponed until 16 October 2021
  • 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
  • Mary Black (30 October) – Cancelled

If you have any queries about rescheduled events or refunds please contact us at marketing@angrianan.com

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Job Vacancy: Front of House Supervisor 2020

 

Come work with us in 2020!

An Grianán Theatre is currently celebrating our 20th Year with a busy programme of events and activities and we have a vacancy coming up for a Front of House Supervisor. This is a pivotal role in the provision of a positive customer experience in the theatre.

JOB DESCRIPTION

JOB TITLE Front of House Supervisor

EMPLOYER – An Grianán Theatre Management CLG, (An Grianán Theatre), Port Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal F92 RV1F

GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES

The main role of Front of House (FOH) Supervisor is to ensure that there is a safe, efficient and hospitable Front of House environment for all users of the theatre including patrons artists and companies. The FOH Supervisor will ensure that An Grianán is offering the highest level of customer care to all users. The Front of House includes the theatre’s bar, foyers, toilets, rehearsal room, stairs, lifts and auditorium.

This role is responsible directly to the Director and requires close liaison with the Box Office/Marketing Manager, the Community Employment Supervisor, the Cafe Bar Manager, the Technical Manager and technical staff.

The FOH Supervisor must also become familiar with the theatre’s box office system, Ticketsolve and with the internal telephone system. This training will be provided. A familiarity with the theatre’s programme of events is also expected.

SPECIFIC DUTIES

To supervise other FOH staff in the delivery of their duties eg. directing the audience to their seats, serving drinks, selling merchandise including programmes and confectionery and if necessary to step in to offer support to them at busy periods.  Front of House Staff includes Bar staff, Ushers, Box Office, and Cafe staff.  It is essential that the FOH Supervisor is familiar with other members of staff responsibilities and ensures that their duties are fulfilled to the highest standard.

Greet members of the public and visitors to the theatre, handle enquiriesin person and on the telephone

To ensure that all areas of FOH are operating efficiently –  ensuring all FOH areas including toilets are clean and tidy and stocked with materials promoting forthcoming shows

Direct members of the public to the theatre’s facilities.

To support the duties of the box office staff, handle cash, cheques and credit/debit card transactions reconciling sales to money taken at the end of each day for box office sales and merchandise sales where appropriate.

Liaise with the technical staff to ensure the prompt start of all performances.

To conjunction with the technical staff to ensure that the needs of patrons with physical or intellectual disabilities are met for their full enjoyment of their visit to An Grianán Theatre eg. Wheelchair users are accommodated, induction loop working etc.

When requested to assist with publicity mail shots, invitation lists etc. and help monitor the customer database for errors and changes

To act as the appointed officer in the theatre in the event of any emergency situation such as customer illness, fire and bomb alerts and to act as the Liaison officer with the emergency services on behalf of the theatre in such a situation and to evacuate the theatre if necessary

To deal with complaints or dissatisfied patrons and ensure any issues are communicated to the appropriate member of staff.

To write up an Incident Report detailing any incident or accident involving a member of staff for the public for the attention of the theatre’s Health and Safety Officer

To lock up the theatre buildings as required and ensure that the security alarm is activated.

To have an ongoing responsibility to undertake necessary training eg. First Aid, Box Office, Customer Care etc as appropriate

Carry out any other duties, which reasonably fall within the broad terms of the principle responsibilities

Terms : 20 hours per week, mainly evenings and weekend  work.

Person Specification

The ideal candidate will be a mature individual with previous experience in the hospitality sector.

Please apply in writing with your CV and a covering letter outlining your suitability for the role. Send your application for the attention of Patricia McBride, Director, An Grianán Theatre, Port Road, Letterkenny, Co Donegal F92 RV1F or by email to angrianandirector@gmail.com

Dead Line for applications: Monday 13th January 2020 at 2 PM.

 

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Photographs from our 20th Anniversary Gala

A selection of photos from An Grianán Theatre’s 20th Anniversary Gala Event: The Magical of The Musicals presented by Letterkenny Music and Drama Group. It took place on Saturday 30th November. All photos may be reproduced without further permission for publicity purposes. Photo Credit: David Faughnan.

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Christmas Box Office Opening Hours 2019

Christmas at An Grianan

Mon 16 Dec 10am to 5pm

Tues 17 Dec 10am to 7pm DMEP Christmas Festival Concert at 7pm

Wed 18 Dec 10am to 5pm, 6pm to 8pm Ballet Ireland’s Swan Lake at 8pm

Thur 19 Dec 10am to 5pm – our last day for posting vouchers and tickets in time for Christmas

Fri 20 Dec 10am to 5pm, 6pm to 8pm, Mickey Joe Harte & Rory Gallagher’s Christmas Concert at 8pm

Sat 21 Dec 6pm to 8pm, The High Kings at 8pm,

Sun 22 Dec Closed

Mon 23 Dec 10am to 5pm

Christmas Eve Closed

Christmas Day Closed

St Stephen’s Day Closed

Fri 27 Dec Closed

Sat 28 Dec 6pm to 8pm – In Their Thousands at 8pm

Sun 29 Dec 6pm to 8pm The Fureys at 8pm

Mon 30 Dec Closed

Tues 31 Dec Closed

Wed 1 Jan  Closed

Thur 2 Jan Closed

Fri 3 Jan Closed

Sat 4 Jan Closed

Sun 5 Jan  Box office open 3pm to 5pm Nollaig na mBan at 5pm

Please note that any box office queries received after Mon 23 December will not be dealt with until normal box office hours resume on Mon 6 January.

Our gift vouchers make a lovely Christmas for the theatre-goer in your life and come wrapped up in these luxurious gift wallets. You can buy them online here or in person at our box office. You can choose to have posted in a deluxe gift wallet or print them at home.

Any postal orders received after Thur 19 December will not be posted until normal box office hours resume on Wed 2 January.

If you’ve miss the last post for sending a gift why not send a digital gift voucher instead – you can buy one online here.

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Acclaimed English Actor David Monteith joins the cast of The Winter’s Tale

Renown English actor David Monteith has joined the cast of An Grianan Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale which will take place in Letterkenny on 19th & 20th July and in Greencastle/ Magilligan on 23rd & 24th July. It is one of the highlights of this year’s Earagail Arts Festival. David has extensive experience performing Shakespeare on stage, as well as having been in numerous films and tv shows. He is also well known in the UK as a public speaker on the issue of stillbirth. An Grianan Theatre are delighted to have him on board with his obvious theatrical and emotional range adding to the company on so many levels. 

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English Actor David Monteith, photo by David Faughnan

Shaking The Tale: The Winter’s Tale is an ambitious community led project with a cast of over 30 local people performing, along with 8 musicians and a brass band. The company will lead the audience around Ballymacool Park in Letterkenny, and for the Inishowen performances around Greencastle and over to Magilligan and back ! Food and refreshments will be served, and given that it’s Donegal (and Derry) in July sunblock and rain ponchos will also be on hand ! 

Ballymacool House, Letterkenny, photo by David Faughnan

PERFORMANCE DATES

Ballymacool Park, Letterkenny

Fri 19 & Sat 20 July at 6pm

€15/€12

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Greencastle as seen from the ferry from Magilligan, photo by David Faughnan.

Greencastle/Magilligan

Tues 23 & Wed 24 July at 12.30pm

€20/€16*

*includes ferry crossing.

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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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The Americans are Coming !

There are five shows coming to An Grianán Theatre this season direct from America, (and we’ve another show Directed and Choreographed by an American resident of Letterkenny) … It certainly is a stateside season !

All the American shows

The God Box is on 17th June, Mary Lou Quinlan’s engaging one woman, one act play based on her New York Times bestselling book, The God Box, a daughter’s story.

The excellent Bluegrass band Sideline are coming all the way from North Carolina on 9th July.

The Earagail Arts Festival proudly presents Joan As Police Woman on 14th July. 

The big Comedy star Jim Gaffigan will be joined by local comedian Aoife O’Connor on 24th July.

And the biggest name of them all … the legendary Ed Asner will be here on 25th July.

and … Director and Choreographer Jessica People of Zona Dance will present The Lion King on 8th June.

Here’s all the shows together 

 

 

 

 

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The Experience of Being Irish Tour

An Grianán Theatre presents Carol Moore's The Experience of Being

Touring Ireland this May

Written and performed by Carol Moore

An empowering story of a woman who decides to take back control.

On her 60th birthday Cathy should be celebrating but it rapidly goes downhill.

“In the shop they didn’t see me.
They saw a warm cardigan and sensible shoes woman. An insignificant woman.”

The Experience of Being is a funny, absorbing and moving one-woman play about dwindling power, how to challenge it and why ageism makes growing older far harder than it needs to be.

Written and performed by Carol Moore
Directed by Patrick J. O’Reilly
Development choreography by Oona Doherty
Music score by Conor Mitchell
Saxophone – Kevin Lawless
Produced by An Grianán Theatre
Duration: 60 minutes*

Post show Q&A available at some venues.

Tour Dates 2019

Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda
Tuesday 14 May at 2pm
041 983 3946
www.droichead.com

Abbey Arts Centre, Ballyshannon
Thursday 16 May at 8pm
071 985 1375
www.abbeycentre.ie

An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny
Friday 17 May at 8pm
074 912 0777
www.angrianan.com

Holy Trinity Parish Hall, Dunfanaghy
Saturday 18 May at 8pm
074 912 0777
www.angrianan.com

Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo
Wednesday 22 May at 1pm
071 916 1518
www.hawkswell.com

The Glens Centre, Manorhamilton
Saturday 25 May at 8pm
071 985 5833
www.theglenscentre.com

Mullingar Arts Centre, Mullingar
Wednesday 29 May at 8pm
044 934 7777
www.mullingarartscentre.ie

Mermaid Arts Centre, Wicklow
Thursday 30 May at 8pm
01 272 4030
www.mermaidartscentre.ie

An Táin Arts Centre, Dundalk
Friday 31 May at 8pm
042 933 2332
www.antain.ie

The Playhouse Theatre, Derry/Londonderry
Saturday 1 June at 8pm
028 7126 8027
www.derryplayhouse.co.uk

More about the show

On reaching 60 in 2016, actor/writer, Carol Moore didn’t see herself reflected in contemporary Irish theatre, nor was she being offered challenging roles for her own age-group. She felt invisible as an older woman and redundant as an older artist. For 18 months Carol has been writing and developing a one-woman play titled “The Experience of Being”.

The Experience of Being:

The play straddles two worlds. One is memory where conflict, religion and power from many sources limited the choices of girls and young women growing up in Belfast, while in the present Carol is holding up a mirror up to society’s obsession with youthfulness and where power can so easily be stripped from older citizens. The play examines power and gender stereotyping, age myths and the challenges of ageing facing us all.

It is an original, funny and absorbing interdisciplinary production which uses text/physicality/music to tell a powerful story that connects and resonates with a 50+ age-group but also engages with audiences across all age-groups.

Supporting Carol is a critically acclaimed creative team. Director, Patrick J. O’Reilly, is Artistic Director of Tinderbox Theatre Company, composer Conor Mitchell is Artistic Director of music/theatre company, Belfast Ensemble, choreographer, Oona Doherty, is an internationally acclaimed dancer/choreographer and saxophonist while Kevin Lawless is a highly skilled Irish musician.

It has been produced by An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny to to tour nationally during May 2019. A showcase of the production was performed at Prime Cut’s theatre symposium in January at the Mac Theatre, Belfast.

About Carol Moore

Carol Moore, writer and performer of The Experience of Being

Carol Moore has maintained a freelance career across four decades in acting, theatre directing, film directing and drama facilitation.

Carol was co-founder/co-Artistic Director of Charabanc Theatre Company 1983 –’95, their adoption of research and oral interviewing, taking people’s life-experiences and transforming those into theatrical experiences, then delivering it back in non-traditional theatre venues was ground-breaking in reaching new audiences. Charabanc brought Northern Ireland to the attention of international academics and gained both a national/international reputation.

Carol’s acting career includes work with many leading Northern Irish companies including Charabanc, the Lyric, Tinderbox, Brassneck and Kabosh as well as international touring to North America, the former Soviet Union, Germany, South Africa and Rwanda.

Carol has directed a number of plays including at the Lyric Theatre in the early 1990’s and was one of a number of directors on Convictions (Tinderbox) which won ‘Best Production’ at the Irish Times Awards, 2000.

As a writer her work includes a book about Charabanc Theatre company, a monologue about the first Irish women trade unionist Mary Galway, Shrieking Sisters with Maggie Cronin and one-woman play The Experience of Being (previously titled Dangerous Female).

As a filmmaker she won ‘Best First Time Director’ at Celtic Film Festival,1997, for Gort na gCnámh, History Unfinished, was Northern Ireland regional winner of BAFTA 60 sec film competition (2007) and feature film Pumpgirl (2008). She received a NESTA fellowship (2003 –

2005) making a series of documentary films around cultural diversity, which screened at International festivals. She received a Best Actress nominaton in Reefer and the Model at the European film Awards, 1989.

Carol was a Creative Consultant for arts/heritage organisation Red Lead Arts (2003/6) curating Belfast as it Used to Be and directingThe Iceberg and The Liverpool Boat.

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