Inhouse Productions by An Grianán Theatre

An Grianán Theatre is distinctive amongst regional venues for its success as a theatre producer.

We have staged many full scale productions over the years including works by Brian Friel, Martin McDonagh and John B Keane. Creative partners to date have included Yew Tree Theatre Company, Cork Opera House, Pavilion Theatre, Civic Theatre and The Lyric, Belfast.

In addition we have undertaken a number of community arts projects including large scale productions of The Winter’s Tale, Thomas Kilroy’s The O’Neill and Brian Friel’s The Aristocrats which afforded local amateur and semi-professional performers the opportunity to work alongside theatre professionals.

On a more intimate scale we have facilitated smaller scale dramas performed by local theatre practioners. These have included Brian Friel’s Molly Sweeney and Bill C Davis’ Mass Appeal.

We have also taken a number of projects out into the local community delivering workshops and performances from performers such as Little John Nee and the team behind Bassam.

We are also active members of the NASC and NOMAD theatre networks, a collective of regional theatres active in promoting quality touring productions.

Below is an archive of some of the productions and projects produced in-house by An Grianán.

Pat McCabe’s Frank Pig Says Hello on tour 2015.
(left to right) Eleanor Methven as Maggie and Janet Moran as Rose in An Grianán Theatre’s 2002 production of Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa. Eleanor Methven won the Irish Times Irish Theatre Award for Best Actress for this production. Photo by Declan Doherty.All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

Past In-house Productions

Little Acorns: The Radio Plays

UPDATE 20/08/2021: You can listen to the radio plays here.
Tune in to Highland Radio next week for a first listen to our Little Acorns audio dramas. They’ll be broadcast on the Nine til Noon Show all next week (Mon Read the Rest…

Little Acorns – short plays to watch for free on demand

Earlier this year we commissioned 6 local writers to write short plays for us. We shared them online over the summer on our social media channels. You can catch up with them all on demand right here.
The Hug

Written by Michelle Read the Rest…

Revved WIP: documentary short – Watch Now

A short documentary which takes a look at the making of Revved, a new play by local writer and actor Patrick Quinn.
Revved is set around the Donegal International Rally and looks at themes such as belonging, loneliness, obsession, and cars. Read the Rest…

Monologues, An Grianán Youth Theatre, 2021

February 2021
Presented by An Grianán Youth Theatre

Monologues – An Grianán Youth Theatre from AnGrianan Theatre on Vimeo.
Our youth theatre monologues project was created in an effort to try and maintain youth theatre classes during Covid-19 restrictions over Read the Rest…

Bugsy Malone, 2020

An Grianán Youth Theatre in association with On Cue Academy
Play by Alan Parker
Words and Music by Paul Williams
By arrangement with Faber Music Ltd on behalf of Warner/Chappell Music Ltd
Directed by Nora Kavanagh
An immersive version of Alan Parker’s Read the Rest…

Shaking the Tale: The Winter’s Tale, 2019

An Grianán Theatre and Parrabbola in association with Earagail Arts Festival and Donegal County Arts Office
The Winter’s Tale
by William Shakespeare
July 2019
Directed by Philip Parr
Performance locations:
Ballymacool Town Park & An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny
Greencastle, Donegal & Magilligan, Derry/Londonderry.
Produced by An Grianán Theatre Read the Rest…

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, 2019

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
in a site specific version devised by the students of An Grianán Youth Theatre from the original novel by Lewis Carroll.
Performed at Glenveagh National Park, Sat 15 June 2019 for Cruinniú na nOg.
Set in the beautiful gardens Read the Rest…

The Songbirds, 2019

The Songbirds
2019 to present
Written and directed by Guy le Jeune
Cast: Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhridge and Valerie Bryce
The script for ‘The Songbirds’, an innovative piece of theatre developed by An Grianán Theatre, has been informed by interviews involving people living with Read the Rest…

The Experience of Being, 2019

The Experience of Being
Written and performed by Carol Moore
An empowering story of a woman who decides to take back control. It was produced by An Grianán Theatre for a national tour May 2019. A showcase of the production was performed at Read the Rest…

Pinocchio, 2018

December 2018
Featuring a cast of young actors (ranging from 12 to 21 years of age), our updated version of Pinocchio was set in a school with lots of colourful characters including magical mermaids, dancing crickets, Geppetto the woodwork teacher, the Read the Rest…

Manny Man Does the History of Ireland on Stage, 2018

Manny Man Does The History of Ireland On Stage
Based on the successful YouTube video and Book by John D Ruddy
An Grianán Theatre
Thur 19 & Fri 20 July 2018
The Village Green, Malin
Sat 21 & Sun 22 July 2018
First performed as a Read the Rest…

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, 2018

An Grianán Youth Theatre followed up their well received production of Blackadder Goes Forth with this thrilling and funny adaptation of Joan Aiken’s classic children’s novel, perfectly suited for family audiences.
Performance dates: 12 & 13 April 2018
Written By Joan Aiken
Adapted Read the Rest…

The Nutcracker, 2017

The Nutcracker
An Grianán Theatre in association with ZoNa Dance Co
A youth led production of the magical Christmas tale which added drama and dialogue while retaining all of the ballet version’s most famous dances.
12 to 16 December 2017
Adapted by Guy Le Read the Rest…

Shoot the Gear, 2017

A play by Guy Le Jeune, presented by An Grianán Theatre in association with the Donegal Bay and Blue Stacks Festival
Shoot the Gear is Read the Rest…

Blackadder Goes Forth, 2017

An Grianán Youth Theatre
Presented by An Grianán Theatre in association with Earagail Arts Festival
Thurs 6 to Sat 8 July 2017
It’s 1917. Captain Edmund Blackadder finds himself deep in the trenches of World War 1 at the mercy of the patently Read the Rest…

The Catcher in the Rye, 2017

By J.D. Salinger, adapted for the stage by Murray Learmont, with additional scenes by Fergal Lonergan.
Presented by An Grianán Youth Theatre’s Advanced Class April 2017.
Holden Private – Jasper Kardos
Holden Public – Fergal Lonergan
Nurse 1 – Emory Ramsay
Nurse 2 – Orla Read the Rest…

The Delphi Dilemma, 2017

By Jonathan Caldicott
Presented by An Grianán Youth Theatre’s Intermediate Class April 2017.
Mr Teller – Adam Nee
Pauline – Maeve Foley
Rebecca – Alanna Sweeney
Fiona – Shannen Wilkin
Katie – Jade Ormond
Zara – Iga Blaszyk
Louise – Praise Adetuyi
Peter – Laura Foy
Gary – Louie Murphy
Adam Read the Rest…

Unified the Musical, 2016

An Grianán Theatre production in association with the Earagail Arts Festival
Thursday 21 to Saturday 23 July 2016
Written by Guy Le Jeune
Directed by David Grant
“Come along and sing along… a 1, 2, 3, 4… We’re the UNIFI plant, quality through pride, Read the Rest…

Fiesta, 2014, 2015

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 Read the Rest…

I Would Walk These Fields Again

I Would Walk These Fields Again
by Guy Le Jeune
Based on the life of Canon James McDyer of Glencolmcille.
October 2015
Beltaine Tour, May 2016
Featuring John D Ruddy and Louise Conaghan
Father James McDyer was born in Glenties in 1910. Ordained in Maynooth, he Read the Rest…

Frank Pig Says Hello, 2014, 2015

Produced by An Grianán Theatre
Written by Pat McCabe
Directed by David Grant
Patrick McBrearty
Stefan Dunbar
Frank Pig Says Hello is Pat McCabe’s stage version of his acclaimed novel The Butcher Boy. It is a poignant and provocative journey into the heart and mind Read the Rest…

Caisleáin Óir, 2013

November 2013
An Grianán Theatre in association with Making Waves
Based on the novel “CAISLEÁIN ÓIR” by SEAMUS Ó GRIANNA, published by MERCIER PRESS
We presented Caisleáin Óir as our flagship production for The Gathering in 2013 (a tourism initiative aimed at encouraging Read the Rest…

Mass Appeal, 2013

August, September 2013
By Bill C Davis
Directed by Sean McCormack
Eoghan Mac Ghiolla Bhride
John D Ruddy
Father Tim Farley (Eoghan Mac Ghiolla Bhride) is highly popular with his parishioners due to his charm, wit, easy-going manner and entertaining but unchallenging sermons. One Sunday, Read the Rest…

Nostalgia: Sparkplug Trouble by Little John Nee, 2013

Sometimes a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do: even if it means getting in touch with his inner cowboy, not easy for a bluesman like Sparkplug Callaghan.
Nostalgia: Sparkplug Troubles was Little John Nee’s follow up to Sparkplug which Read the Rest…

On the Camel’s Hump, 2013

Part of the A Sense of Memory project
2012 to 2013
Written by Guy Le Jeune
Directed by Sean Donegan
In May 2012 An Grianán started the Sense of Memory project. Our facilitators set out to travel along the routes of the railways of Read the Rest…

Readers for Peace, 2013

Patrick Quinn performing at the Readers for Peace festival in 2013. Photo by Paul McGuckin.
The Readers for Peace: Open Stage Festival was part of our Custom Crossings series of events in 2012 and 2013.
Curated by Israeli born playwright Idan Meir Read the Rest…

The Freedom of the City, 2013

January/February 2013
by Brian Friel
An Grianán Theatre Productions
Directed by Sean Donegan
First produced in 1973, The Freedom of the City is Brian Friel’s most overtly political play. Set in Derry in 1970, in the aftermath of a Civil Read the Rest…

Bassam, 2012

An Grianán Theatre Production
By Idan Meir
The play Bassam is about one man’s journey from violence to non-violence and explores the broader moral themes of forgiveness and hope during the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. The play demonstrates parallels with issues of conflict resolution Read the Rest…

A Bag of Queens, 2012

An Grianán Theatre Productions
A Bag of Queens was part of a series of shows by Little John Nee featuring the character Sparkplug Callaghan, a musical odyssey that races along with Little John’s trademark comic storytelling style, exploring themes of random Read the Rest…

Custom Crossings 2012/2013

Customs’ Crossings was a project part-financed by the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund through the EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation managed for the Special EU Programmes Body by Donegal County Council.
It consisted of six separate sub-projects that were Read the Rest…

Molly Sweeney, 2012

by Brian Friel
An Grianán Theatre Productions
Brian Friel’s superb “Molly Sweeney” won the 1996 New York Drama Critics Circle Award. The story revolves around a courageous blind Irishwoman Molly Sweeney; Frank, her charmingly enthusiastic husband; and Mr. Rice, the alcoholic eye Read the Rest…

Winners and Afterplay, 2011

Brian Friel
By Brian Friel
Fri 18 & Sat 19 November at 8pm
This was the third Friel project we presented in 2011 to mark Brian Friel being named Donegal Person of the Year, this time a community theatre project featuring two one Read the Rest…

Aristocrats, 2011

By Brian Friel
An Grianán Theatre co production with Workhouse Productions
Directed by Iarla McGowan
Time has not been kind to the O’Donnells and their once high social standing has dwindled along with their finances. They return to their ancestral homestead in Ballybeg Read the Rest…

Rediscovering Friel, 2011

Fri 15 & Sat 16 July 2011
Rehearsed play readings of two little performed works by Brian Friel, both written in the 1970s. Presented during the 2011 Earagail Arts Festival.
Director: Frankie McCafferty
Knox – Gerard McSorley
Wilson – David Grant
Smiler – Jack Quinn
George Read the Rest…

Echoes of Time, 2011

Written and directed by Kieran Kelly
Jan/Feb 2011
Ever wondered why Letterkenny has a Glencar Scotch and a Glencar Irish? Or why there’s a Castle Street but no castle? And we bet you’ll be surprised when you find out just how old Read the Rest…

The Little John Nee Residency, 2010-2011

A six month residency programme funded by the PEACE III Programme managed for the Special EU Programmes Body by Donegal County Council
Little John Nee is a Donegal artist with a huge back catalogue of work.  As a Donegal artist his Read the Rest…

The Snow Queen, 2009

Friday 4 to Sat 20 December 2009
An Grianán Productions in assoc’ with Fidget Feet Performance Co
Commissioned by An Grianán for our tenth anniversary. This spectacular show featured dazzling aerial acrobatics, wonderful theatrics, great humour and subtle electro music.
An exciting and Read the Rest…

The Home Place, 2009

By Brian Friel
Tuesday 3 to Saturday 7 February 2009
Directed by Mick Gordon
An Grianán Productions in association with the Lyric Theatre, Belfast as part of An Grianán’s 10th Anniversary celebration and in tribute to Brian Friel in his 80th year.
The play Read the Rest…

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 2008

By William Shakespeare
Directed by David Grant
An Grianán Theatre in association with Earagail Arts Festival
July 2008
This production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream was produced in association with and financially supported by the Earagail Arts Festival and Donegal County Council. Like the Read the Rest…

The O’Neill, 2007

by Thomas Kilroy
An Grianán Productions in association with the Donegal County Council and the Earagail Arts Festival
A large scale community theatre project presented for the 2007 Earagail Arts Festival to mark the 400th anniversary of the the Flight of the Read the Rest…

Making History, 2007

by Brian Friel
An Grianán Productions in association with Ouroborus
Directed by Geoff Gould
Presented in 2007 to mark the 400th anniversary of the Flight of the Earls.
The play documents the experiences of the Earls of Ulster in the lead up to the battle Read the Rest…

Jack and the Beanstalk, 2006

Adapted by Little John Nee
Featuring Jack the daydreaming adventurer and his exasperated Mammy, Rosa the put-upon servant girl, Scam Sharkey the con-artist and last but certainly not least Ogilvy the Giant!
An Grianán commissioned Little John Nee to write the show Read the Rest…

The Witchin’ Well, 2006, 2005

By Joe Brennan
An Grianán Theatre Production
First produced for the Earagail Arts Festival in July 2005, The Witchin’ Well toured nationally in 2006 and was also invited to Romania for an appearance at the Romanian International Theatre Festival for Children where Read the Rest…

The Lonesome West, 2005

by Martin McDonagh
An Grianán Theatre co-production with the Lyric Theatre, Belfast
Oct/Nov 2005
“In Mikel Murfi’s scorchingly truthful production – an association between the Lyric and An Grianán in Letterkenny – McCusker and Roddy are brilliantly unafraid about shining light into the Read the Rest…

Pinocchio, 2004

Original book, music and lyrics © Paul Boyd Music 2003
An Grianán Theatre Production, December 2004/Janaury 2005
“you should make every effort to get along for a story that all the kids will love…a memorable and expertly directed show for everyone.” Donegal Read the Rest…

The Little Mermaid, 2003

Adapted by Simon Sharkey from Hans Christian Anderson’s classic fairytale.
An Grianán Theatre Production
”An Grianán have been on a roll these past few years, presenting a succession of impressive Christmas productions that offer far more than your standard panto fare; Simon Read the Rest…

The Twits, 2002

Roald Dahl
adapted by David Wood
An Grianán Theatre Production
‘Imaginative and good- spirited, this show charmed the socks- and boots- off me.’ Sunday Tribune 2002
The Twits are a miserable old couple, they hate each other almost as much as they hate everybody Read the Rest…

Dancing at Lughnasa, 2002

by Brian Friel
An Grianán Theatre Production
WINNER: Irish Theatre Award for Best Actress – Eleanor Methven
Set in the turbulent times of 1936, the five unmarried Mundy sisters live in a modest cottage at the heart of a rugged farm outside Ballybeg, Read the Rest…

Hansel and Grettel, 2001

A musical by Paul Boyd.
Produced by An Grianán Theatre in 2001.
“If the success of any show lives in the positive reaction of the audience then An Grianan Theatre’s production of the Paul Boyd scripted Hansel and Grettel is a sure Read the Rest…

Oíche Ghealaí, 2001

Cathal Ó Searcaigh
Páraic Breathnach
Pálás Héaróid. Sa lá atá inniu ann.
Nua-insint ar scéal Shalomé ón mBíobla.
Dáta an Chéad Léirithe
21 Meán Fómhair 2001
Foireann An Chéad Léirithe
Salomé Gabrielle Breathnach
Herod Donncha Crowley
Fuirseoir Pól Mac Peanrois
Fuirseoir Pádraig Ó Tuairisc
Celestine Audrey Ní Fhearghail
Cathal Ó Searcaigh
Páraic Breathnach
The Read the Rest…

Red Riding Hood, 2000

Original book, music and lyrics by Paul Boyd
Directed by Zoë Seaton
Mon 18 Dec 2000 to Sat 13 January 2001
Once upon a time was not that long ago… A lone gypsy caravan stops at the edge of a dark forest, and Read the Rest…

Big Maggie, 2000

by John B Keane
Produced by An Grianán in association with Yew Tree Theatre Co
Directed by John Breen
The story of Big Maggie Polpin and her attempts to keep her family together after the death of her husband is an enduring theatre Read the Rest…

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, 1999, 2000

By Paul Boyd
Produced by An Grianán Theatre for as our opening season Christmas show in December 1999, and revived in the summer of 2000 for a second run.
“The Sun was shining on the sand,
shining with all its might
Which was odd Read the Rest…

Translations, 1999

by Brian Friel
Translations was An Grianán’s first in-house production. It toured Ireland shortly after An Grianán first opened its doors to the public in October 1999.
Set in the Donegal village of Baile Beag/Ballybeg in 1833, as a new map of Read the Rest…

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