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Fiesta, 2014, 2015

Fiesta, a community theatre project originally commisioned for the 2014 Earagail Arts Festival as a co-production between  An Grianán Theatre, Earagail Arts Festival, and Donegal County Council Arts Office and was supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Failte Ireland and Donegal County Council.

A play with music by Guy Le Jeune

Based on an original concept by Paul Brown, Director, Earagail Arts Festival.

Fiesta was a community theatre project originally commisioned for the 2014 Earagail Arts Festival as a co-production between  An Grianán Theatre, Earagail Arts Festival, and Donegal County Council Arts Office and was supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Failte Ireland and Donegal County Council.

July 2014, Nov 2015

Fiesta is a celebration of the dancers, the chancers and the lovers who graced the Fiesta Ballroom. Below the red neon sign, the doors of the Fiesta Ballroom first opened on October 5th 1962. The music of Capitol Showband played out to two thousand people at ten bob a head. They came from across Donegal and further afield, thumbing lifts, rattling on Swilly buses or crammed into Austins and Hillmans. The air was thick with the scent of Brylcreem and hairspray, cigarette smoke and McDaids minerals. Fiesta celebrates those magical times, from 1962 until the roller disco years. Come along and travel back in time for an evening of music, of memories and of the stories that made the Fiesta so unique.

Cast (2014)

Jason Daly – Sean
Joseph Gallagher – Mickey
Orla McGranaghan – Rosie
Fionn Robinson – Paddy
Sorcha Shanahan – Margaret
Valerie Bryce
Sinead Gallagher
Margaret Hannon
Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhrighde
John Ruddy

Chorus
Amanda Witherow, Annette McCarron, Bernie Wilson, Clare Beek, Cronan Scanlon, Esther McCorkell, Fadl Mustapha, Geraldine Herron, Kelly McIntyre, Tommy Nunan, Trevor Doherty and Margaret Martin.

Creative Team

Writer: Guy Le Jeune
Director: Sean Donegan
Producer: Patricia McBride
Choreographer: Aoife Toner
Production Manager & Lighting Design: Niall Cranney
Stage Manager: Maeve Sweeney
Set Design & Construction: Alan McLaughlin
Costumes: Mary Kelly
Hairdressing: Tanya Black Harrison

Cast (2015)

Philip Doherty – Mickey
Sinead Gallagher – Eileen
Orlaith Gilcreest – Various Characters
Marie Kelly – Margaret
Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhrighde – Leo
Andy McGranaghan – Sean
Orla McGranaghan – Rosie
Fionn Robinson – Paddy
John Ruddy – John

Chorus
Joseph Dowling, Eimear Giblin, Brid Falconer, Margaret Martin, Sharon McMenamin, Mary Mulvaney, Thomas Nelis, Tommy Nunan, Louise Ozbay and Andrew Tinney

Creative Team

Writer: Guy Le Jeune
Director: Rachael Devir
Producer: Patricia McBride
Choreographer: Aoife Toner
Production Manager & Lighting Design: Niall Cranney
Costumes: Mary Kelly
Hairdressing: Tanya Black Harrison
Stage Manager: Tanya McLaughlin
Stage Assistant: Sharon McMenamin
Technicians: Peter Rose, Adrian Wall, Robert, Anne Marie Kilfeather
Set Design & Construction: Alan McLaughlin
Production photos: Declan Doherty

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