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Just announced: Tarry Flynn

Tarry Flynn

This April we welcome a brand new production of the Patrick Kavanagh classic TARRY FLYNN, directed for the stage by Aaron Monaghan in a new adaptation by Conall Morrison.

“Tarry was sitting closer than ever he had sat to a girl before. And it was the girl he had dreamt of. He was terribly unhappy.

Presented by Nomad Theatre Network and Livin’ Dred Theatre this re-imagined production of the well-loved Irish play, Tarry Flynn tours to An Grianán on Wed 6 and Thur 7 April 2022.

Set in 1930’s Cavan, Tarry Flynn tells the hilarious story of the farmer, poet and lover-from-afar, and his quest for big fields, young women and the meaning of life. Tarry’s adventures uncover the beauty in every aspect of nature and farm life, while he seeks to keep up his desperate campaign to woo the local girls. Or at least have a roll in the hay!

One of Ireland’s most-loved poets, Patrick Kavanagh’s novel Tarry Flynn is hugely popular with Irish audiences, with its themes of sexual politics, isolation, poetry, farming, and our relationship with the land.

With a large-scale cast, Kavanagh’s seminal work, adapted for stage by Conall Morrison, is given dynamic new life under the direction of award-winning Aaron Monaghan, in an ambitious, imaginative and highly-physicalised staging, with actors playing a multitude of characters – and animals – throughout.

The hilarious and energetic new production of Tarry Flynn promises to be one of the theatrical highlights of the year.

This production continues the close-knit relationship which NOMAD and Livin’ Dred have cultivated over the years, capitalising on a highly successful and fruitful partnership. NOMAD Theatre Network was set up in January 2006 to further the development of the performing arts in the North Midlands region and extend the parameters of regional, national and international performances available to venues and their audiences. The network has produced a host of high quality theatre productions including The Dead School by Pat McCabe directed by Padraic McIntyre/Livin Dred and The Far Off Hills by Lennox Robinson directed by Mikel Murfi. It collaborated with Teac Damsa in 2018 to bring their seminal work Swan Lake: Lock na hEala on tour nationally also.

Over the past seventeen years Livin’ Dred Theatre has established itself as one of the most important and well-known independent theatre companies in Ireland. Tarry Flynn follows up on the companies recent smash-hit successes, which include a highly-acclaimed run of Danti-Dan by Gina Moxley, and a sell-out tour of Trad by Mark Doherty which was seen by over 3600 people nationally.

Aaron Monaghan’s work to date as both an actor and director has garnered him huge respect with audiences throughout the country. Aaron says that Tarry Flynn is the book that he picks up and reads a few chapters of most often. “Maybe it’s because I’m from Cavan and it’s set there, but I feel deeply connected to the book. Kavanagh makes you laugh your face off in one paragraph and punches you in the stomach with the tragedy of the next one. The great un-heroic Irish hero.”

At once heart-breaking & hilarious, don’t miss this joyful, earthy, imaginative, energetic & beautiful production which has been described as “a love-letter to life in rural Ireland”.

Tarry Flynn will tour to Nomad Theatre Network venues: Townhall, Cavan; An Grianán, Letterkenny; Mullingar Arts Centre, Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda; Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo; Roscommon Arts Centre; Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Backstage Theatre in Longford and also to Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire throughout March/April 2022. Tickets are on sale from all venues from Tuesday 30th November, 2021 at 10am.

This production has been funded by the Arts Council with support from Cavan County Council.

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Druid’s Waiting for Godot now open for booking

Druid Theatre’s award-winning production of Waiting for Godot embarks on an extensive Irish and international tour in 2018 and will come to An Grianán for three nights only in March.

Tues 13 to Thur 15 March 2018 – Book now.

 

On a bare road in the middle of nowhere, two world-weary friends await the arrival of the mysterious Godot. While waiting, they speculate, bicker, joke and ponder life’s greater questions. As dusk begins to fall, two figures appear on the horizon.

Regarded as one of the most significant plays of the twentieth century, Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett is a masterpiece that draws endless interpretations and Druid’s production has won acclaim from audiences and critics alike, and multiple Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards.

Marty Rea as Vladimir and Aaron Monaghan as Estragon in Druid’s production of Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett directed by Garry Hynes. Photo Matthew Thompson.jpg

Druid’s interpretation of this Beckett masterpiece premiered at the 2016 Galway International Arts Festival, captivating both audiences and critics alike. There wasn’t a ticket to be had for the subsequent Unusual Rural Tour, which played outdoors in Glencree, Inis Meáin and the Céide Fields. The sell-out production earlier this year had a month-long run at the Abbey Theatre in April prior to heading to Spoleto Festival USA in June.

“Our 2016 Unusual Rural Tour showed us just how much of an appetite there is for this production so it’s great to take it to so many corners of the country, and internationally, in 2018.” said Artistic Director, Garry Hynes. “It’s also fantastic to continue working on this extraordinary show with members of our Ensemble and creative team who have shaped something very special.”

Aaron Monaghan as Estragon, Garrett Lombard as Lucky and Marty Rea as Vladimir in Druid’s production of Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett directed by Garry Hynes. Photo Matthew Thompson.

Waiting for Godot stars members of the famed Druid Ensemble Garrett Lombard, Aaron Monaghan, Rory Nolan and Marty Rea.

Druid actors are at the centre of the company’s creativity and a permanent Druid Ensemble was announced in 2013. The ensemble meet throughout the year and feed into Druid’s artistic programme. Waiting for Godot stemmed from the Druid ensemble and is testament to the shared commitment of both the company and the ensemble in investigating new creative possibilities.

Druid & An Grianán

Druid first performed at An Grianán with The Beauty Queen of Leenane in 2000.
Other productions performed here include DruidSynge (2004), The year of the Hiker (2006), The Cripple of Inishmaan (2008), The Gigli Concert (2009), DruidMurphy (2013) and most recently DruidShakespeare (2015): Richard II, Henry IV (Part One), Henry IV (Part Two) and Henry V in a new adaptation by Mark O’Rowe.

Marty Rea as Richard II in DruidShakespeare. Marty Rea plays Vladimir in the upcoming Waiting for Godot. Photo by Matthew Thompson.

Marty Rea as Richard II in DruidShakespeare. Marty Rea plays Vladimir in the upcoming Waiting for Godot. Photo by Matthew Thompson.

A bold idea

Druid began as a bold idea: to create Ireland’s first professional theatre company outside of Dublin. There were few resources with which to build a theatre company in the west of Ireland in 1975, but, through sheer dedication, and with the support of the Galway community, founders Garry Hynes, Marie Mullen and Mick Lally made this bold idea a reality. That reality has since become an international success story of extraordinary dimensions.

NUIG graduates, Garry Hynes, Marie Mullen and Mick Lally founded Druid in the mid 1970s and rehearsed in various buildings around Galway – the Jesuit Hall, The Fo’castle Hotel – before they found a home on Druid Lane. It was in that first year that Druid produced Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World and in it, found a playwright they would go on to explore and find success with at home and abroad.

The company’s first won success outside of Ireland was the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Druid quickly gained an international reputation with productions such as At the Black Pig’s Dyke (1992), Conversations on a Homecoming (1985), and Bailegangaire (1985) featuring Siobhan McKenna in one of her finest dramatic performances.

In 1996 Druid premièred Martin McDonagh’s debut work The Beauty Queen of Leenane, in a co-production with the Royal Court Theatre. It opened in Galway and played in London, Sydney, Dublin, and on Broadway, where the production won four Tony Awards, including Best Director for Garry Hynes, the first woman to win an award for directing in the history of the Tony’s.

To this day, while Druid works with a core group of actors, designers and production crew on a consistent basis, at its heart is the working relationship between Garry Hynes and Marie Mullen, one of the most successful and significant actor-director relationships of the modern theatre. Druid founder and actor, Mick Lally, passed away in August 2010 and up until that time had been one of Druid’s core group of actors.

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