workshops

Free Open Days: Circus and Bingo!

Bingo Wings Open Day. Photo by Caleb Purcell.

The Bingo Wings Project – bringing young and old together through circus and bingo!

Fidget Feet present their latest show Bingo Wings at An Grianan this October and as part of the build up to the show they are hosting free open days which promise to be lots of fun for all ages.

Come along to any of the open days where you will get to spend an afternoon trying out some fun circus skills, have a cuppa, make new friends and of course play some bingo!

This is suitable for all ages, everyone welcome, from children to senior citizens.

Open Days

Times: 4.30pm to 7pm

  • Sun 22 Sept An Grianán
  • Sun 29 Sept Loreto Convent
  • Sun 6 Oct An Grianán
  • Sun 13 Oct An Grianán

Bingo Wings Open Day. Photo by Caleb Purcell.

Bingo Wings is Fidget Feet’s new show which you can see at An Grianán on Fri 18 and Sat 19 October – find out more here.

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Want to join our youth theatre?

An Grianan Youth Theatre's The Delphi Dilemma. April 2017. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved.

We’ll be holding a free Taster workshop on Wed 28 August to recruit prospective members for our senior youth theatre. This is a great way to try out youth theatre and see if it’s for you. The workshop is open to young people ages 14 to 21.

The bad news! While we will do our best to accommodate everyone who attends the taster workshop, we only have a limited number of places available in our youth theatre so we cannot guarantee that everyone who attends the Taster workshop will subsequently be offered a place in the youth theatre. Unsuccessful candidates will be added to our waiting list in case of any cancellations.

What does our youth theatre do?

We run weekly classes for children and young people ages 7 to 21. Our senior classes are suitable for ages 14 to 21 and are held on Wednesday evenings during term time.

We believe strongly in learning through creative play and our classes are made up of an inventive mix of drama games and acting exercises.

You’ll be encouraged to improvise and creatively engage with the material provided by our tutors, sometimes from prepared scripts and sometimes from work devised entirely by the students.

Being a member of a youth theare allows opportunities for both creative and personal development through acting, drama and other performance techniques. Students will learn more about their own voices and movements as well as observing others through play and theatre games. Drama can also help to build confidence and to develop communication and co-operation skills.

Being a member of An Grianán Youth Theatre offers you the added bonus of learning theatre skills and stage craft in a professional theatre environment with access to highly trained facilitators, technical crew and equipment.

With an emphasis on performance, you’ll be offered an insight into many aspects of professional theatre production. Our youth theatre is also an ideal stepping stone for those of you wishing to go on to study acting, theatre and performing arts at third level.

An Grianan Youth Theatre: rehearsals for Blackadder Goes Forth, July 2017.

Our recent projects include Blackadder Goes Forth, 2017, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, 2018, The Selkie, 2018, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (site specific performance at Glenveagh National Park), 2019. Plans for this year include working with a guest tutor from Fidget Feet Theatre for their upcoming production Bingo Wings.

We are an affiliate member of Youth Theatre Ireland, the national organisation for youth theatres in Ireland, which means our members get the opportunity to take part in YTI events like the National Festival of Youth Theatres, the National Youth Theatre and the Young Critics programme.

Our taster workshop will be on Wed 28 Aug at 4.30pm and will be 90 minutes long. You can reserve a place by calling the box office on 074 912 0777, or leave a message on our facebook page.

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Workshop for theatre practitioners and educators

Workshop with Cliodna Noonan for theatre practitioners, drama facilitators and educators

UPDATE 26/1/18: THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULLY BOOKED.

A special workshop for theatre practitioners and drama facilitators.

When: Monday 12 February 10 AM – 1 PM

Where: An Grianan Theatre.

Who is it for? Theatre practitioners, drama facilitators and educators who work with early years and younger children.

How much does it cost? It’s free but places are very limited so book quickly!

We are delighted to offer a free workshop with Cliodhna Noonan. Cliodhna has been funded through the Arts Council YPCE scheme to develop a new work for young children based on the theme of the book Swedish Fairy Tales illustrated by John Bauer.

To date she has worked with a mentor in Lithuania. Vitalijus Mazuras, a puppet maker of grotesque trolls to create a puppet experience for young babies and their families on the theme of John Bauer’s Swedish Fairy Tales.

In her workshop she aims to share these skills with educators and theatre practitioners and draw feedback for the development of the new work which will be produced later in the year.

Below is the outline of the workshop:

· Introduction of the YPCE bursary and the ideas I came up with. (10 mins)

· Presentation storytelling activity with the Troll landscape and the story (15 mins)

· Challenging artistic practice: learning to do something new like the children are asked to do daily

· Storyboard activity – Make a grotesque scene and present the story in groups of three with sounds. (30 mins)

· Video and explanation about my research – intergenerational expertise; perspectives on a different way of doing things in the past; (20 mins)

· The grotesque style and its place in Mazuras’ life history. (10 mins)

· Playing with the 3 puppets of Mazuras. Give a voice to something you want to say in 3 groups. (30 mins)

· “We all have the grotesque inside” Make your own troll and present it. Build the troll kingdom and take a photo. Use the lights provided. (45 mins)

· Feedback forms – Siolta reference : points to consider especially regarding artists and the bridge between education and culture/the arts. (30 mins)

The workshop is free but places are very limited. Please call the box office on 0749120777 to register.

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Change to drama class location Sat 2 December

Sat 2 December
Due to An Grianán’s packed schedule this weekend we have had to temporarily relocate this Saturday’s drama classes to Pinehill Studios on the Mountaintop. Class times remain the same.

Sat 9 December
We are back in the theatre for the final class of the year. This will be our end of course showcase.
Can all students please be at the theatre for 10.30am.
Showcase: 12.30pm in the auditorium.

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Reminder: no youth theatre or drama classes classes over Halloween.

We’re taking a break for Halloween so there will no drama classes on Sat 28 Oct, Wed 1 Nov and Sat 4 Nov.

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News for teachers: Shakespeare Sessions 2018

The Shakespeare Sessions by Cyclone Rep

Don’t miss out on the Early Bird offer: pay in full by 20 October 2017 and pay €13 per pupil (normal price €15).

Presented by Cork based theatre company Cyclone Rep, the Shakespeare Sessions are an invaluable study aid for Junior and Leaving Cert students.

The Shakespeare Sessions are entertaining and engaging student-centred performances of Shakespeare texts. Each performance includes a scholarly review clarifying the main themes as well as discussions with the students and the opportunity to participate. Cyclone Rep’s Shakespeare Sessions will guide Junior Cert and Leaving Cert learners in their understanding of The Bard’s masterpieces.

This spring the sessions will cover King Lear, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and The Merchant of Venice.

Cyclone will be with us in February 19 and 20 2018 – find out more here.

 

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News for teachers: Christmas show and free workshops

An Grianán Theatre Productions in association with Zona Dance present The NutcrackerUPDATE: ALL AVAILABLE WORKSHOP SLOTS HAVE NOW BEEN FILLED.

Join us this December for a sparkling new version of Christmas favourite The Nutcracker, and our version is for boys every bit as much as it’s for girls!

Adapted by Guy Le Jeune from the folk tales of ETA Hoffman and Alexandre Dumas and directed by choreographer Jessica Peoples of ZoNa dance, our Nutcracker is set in Donegal and brings exciting drama and dialogue to the show while retaining some of the ballet version’s more famous dance pieces, and we think your students will love it.

Like last year’s production of Peter Pan, this will be a youth led cast ages 8 to 21 and with 30 acting roles and 26 dancers it’s going to be huge!

In school workshops

In addition, we are supporting the show with in-school movement workshops which are available free of charge and will be taught by our show’s director Jessica Peoples. The workshops will take place in October or November and will include movement theatre and dance suitable for boys and girls and will explore one of the scenes of the Nutcracker where the Nutcracker soldier meets his nemesis… The Mouse King!

We expect these workshops to be filled pretty quickly so to schedule one for your class please contact Jessica directly on 086 8222189 or by eMail.

Performances Schedule:
Tues 12 to Friday 15 December at 11am. Sat 16 at 2pm and 7pm.

Special rate for schools: €8, teachers/SNAs are free. Book now on 0749120777.

The Nutcracker is produced by An Grianán Theatre in association with ZoNa Dance Co.

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Bingo Wings!

We were delighted to welcome some of our favourite people – Jym and Chantal from Fidget Feet and Little John Nee to An Grianán for a week’s residency in April as they worked on their brand new show Bingo Wings which is due to make its debut in 2018.

They spend the week visiting day centres, swapping stories and playing bingo – not a bad way to spend a week! They also introduced members of our youth theatre to the joys of the bingo!

An Grianán Youth Theatre members Amybeth, Eoin, Ryan, Jasper and Laramie with Chantal McCormick from Fidget Feet at a workshop in April 2017. The workshop is part of the research work for a brand new show called Bingo Wings which Fidget Feet are making with Little John Nee. Watch out for it in 2018.

An Grianán Youth Theatre members Amybeth, Eoin, Ryan, Jasper and Laramie with Chantal McCormick from Fidget Feet at a workshop in April 2017. The workshop is part of the research work for a brand new show called Bingo Wings which Fidget Feet are making with Little John Nee. Watch out for it in 2018.

An Grianán Youth Theatre members Amybeth, Eoin, Evin, Darragh, Oscar, Emory, Ryan, Jasper and Laramie with Chantal McCormick from Fidget Feet at a workshop in April 2017.

An Grianán Youth Theatre members Amybeth, Eoin, Evin, Darragh, Oscar, Emory, Ryan, Jasper and Laramie with Chantal McCormick from Fidget Feet at a workshop in April 2017.

Little John Nee and Chantal McCormick playing bingo - it's work! Honest!

Little John Nee and Chantal McCormick playing bingo – it’s work! Honest!

Little John performing at one of the day centres they visiting as part of the research week for Bingo Wings. April 2017.

Little John performing at one of the day centres they visited as part of the research week for Bingo Wings.

This research was supported by the Arts Council and 5 regional venues: Lime Tree Theatre Limerick,  Town Hall Theatre Galway, Hawk’s Well Theatre Sligo, An Grianan Theatre Letterkenny and Backstage Theatre Longford.

 

 

 

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Summer Schools at An Grianán Theatre

Love the performing arts? Want to learn more about acting, musical theatre, choreography and dance? And have lots of fun and make new friends at the same time? Then you should sign up for one of our summer schools.

McCool: A summer school of heroic proportions!

For an all round theatre experience join our pbm Performing Arts Summer School. Suitable for ages 9 to 21, this week long programme covers many aspects of what goes into bringing a theatre show to life. You will work alongside seasoned industry professionals and learn about choreography, acting, movement, vocals and stage craft.

pbm Performing Arts Summer School. Children taking part in a workshop at An Grianán Theatre. August 2015. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Please do not reproduce without permission.

pbm Performing Arts Summer School. Children taking part in a workshop at An Grianán Theatre. August 2015. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Please do not reproduce without permission.

At the end of the week you will perform in Paul Boyd’s rock musical McCool.

Commissioned in 2002 and first produced by Northern Ireland’s longest-running independent theatre producer Big Telly Theatre Company in association with the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, McCool celebrates Ireland’s superstar warrior, Finn McCool!

Staged as an exciting multi-media rock concert McCool charts the life of Finn McCool from his lowly beginning as an abandoned baby to his eventual position as Ireland’s first superstar. The show features an eclectic, non-stop mix of dance and pop music, culminating in a spectacular mega-mix finale. Songs include “Mythology”, “Gotta Grow Up”, “I Will Think of You” and “War”.

pbm Performing Arts Summer School at An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny, August 2015. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

pbm Performing Arts Summer School at An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny, August 2015. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

McCool toured Ireland extensively in 2002 and soon developed a cult following across the country.

The original 2002 cast included Rachel Tucker who went on to star as Wicked‘s Elphaba in both the West End and Broadway productions. Will we have any future West End stars in this year’s show? Only time will tell!

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Former pbm participant and An Grianán Youth Theatre member Patrick Quinn performing in Enda Walsh's Mistermen at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, February 2016.

Former pbm participant and An Grianán Youth Theatre member Patrick Quinn performing in Enda Walsh’s Mistermen at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, February 2016.

“PBM is where, many years ago, I found my love for Theatre. As a nine year old boy, I came to the camp unconfident, doubtful and shy. The PBM leaders installed a belief system in myself that I still rely on to this day.I will never forget the day when Christina told me that all that mattered was that I followed my heart and it’s the best advice I’ve ever received. I was part of PBM for 7 years, and I made friends that I cherish and consider some of my closest friends to this day. I cannot recommend PBM enough – the experience and the people I have met through this camp has had a huge influence on the person, and the actor, that I am today.”
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pbm Performing Arts Summer School – Mon 1 to Sat 6 August – more info here.

Ballet Ireland Summer School

Our annual Ballet Ireland summer school gives you the opportunity to learn ballet alongside professional ballerinas from Ireland’s National Ballet.

Young dancers taking part in the annual Ballet Ireland Summer School, July 2015. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Please do not reproduce without permission.

Young dancers taking part in the annual Ballet Ireland Summer School, July 2015. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Please do not reproduce without permission.

Each day begins with class on stage with the dancers. Students become part of the creative process, helping to devise the choreography, create sets and costumes. This week will give aspiring performers a taste for all that goes into making a ballet and a peak into the life of a professional dancer.

Young dancers taking part in the annual Ballet Ireland Summer School, July 2015. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Please do not reproduce without permission.

The Ballet Ireland Summer School is suitable for ages 6 and older. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Please do not reproduce without permission.

Together with the dancers, the young performers play an important role in the creation of their own full length ballet which is performed on stage at the end of the week for family and friends to come and enjoy.

Ballet Ireland Summer School 2015

Young dancers taking part in the annual Ballet Ireland Summer School, July 2015. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Please do not reproduce without permission.

Novice and experienced dancers alike will learn loads about classical ballet and best of all you get to perform in a beautiful ballet at the end of the week in front of your family and friends. Suitable for ages 6+. Find out more here.

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Musically On Cue Production Week notes

A reminder to our drama students of this week’s Production Week Timetable for Musically On Cue:

Wednesday 15th June
4pm @ An Grianan Theatre
Technical Rehearsal:  This final rehearsal is one of the most important for best Sound & Lighting, Props, Costume, and the first time the cast will see their set.    We aim to let mini stars away by 6.30pm all other groups will remain till 7.30pm.
Thursday 16th June
5pm @ An Grianan Theatre.
Doors open at 7.15pm. Show starts at 7.30pm

Please send children with a healthy snack as they will be quite a long time in their dressing rooms.

NB: On Cue Academy will also be holding an After Party on the following dates.
Letterkenny Pinehill Studios 24th June at 4pm – 6.30pm
OR
The Workhouse Dunfanaghy 28th June at 4pm – 6.30pm

An Grianan Students are welcome to attend either After Party but please bring €8 as the party has already been included in the On Cue students course fees.

For details contact: oncueperformingarts @ gmail .com.

Enjoy the show!

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