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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 which, following three dates at the Grand Opera House in Belfast next week, An Grianán Theatre is delighted to be presenting for ten tour dates across the island of Ireland over the coming month, including three performances in County Donegal. FULL DATES HERE

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. FIND OUT MORE HERE

Carol Moore has been giving us an insight into the lead-up to Opening Night of her play The Experience of Being. Her are her latest diary entries.

Friday, 3 May
It’s Friday and we got two runs in. Taking on Patrick’s notes about the heightened state Cathy is in until she finally breaks down at the dinner table and the night isn’t over. Conor also pushing the sax which goes to dark places musically and emotionally. Actor and musician matching each other as the stakes are raised. It’s heartbreaking that a woman of 60 feels so out of control and I suspect many women in the audience will recognise what that feels like.

Sunday, 5 May
“Decision to change costume. Body image and that other taboo that we need to ditch, the pressure to look young instead of simply feeling great about ourselves. It’s Saturday and life imitates art and an early scene in the play when someone slides into the back of my car nudging me onto the roundabout. I was lucky there was nothing coming at that moment but it shook me. I really do know how Cathy is feeling. Don’t panic An Grianán, I am absolutely fine!

Monday, 6 May
Bank Holiday Monday was going to be a day off but when you are leading up to an opening night, not running the show between Saturday and Wednesday morning makes you feel uneasy. So we got into the Baby Grand to run the piece in the space. Always very different. You have to recalibrate to the new conditions – coming in from a different side, playing the raked seating, using much more voice, assessing if the journey of the play is clear and refining moments in the play that the new space is throwing up.

Tuesday, 7 May
Tuesday is tech day, meaning all the lights have to be focused, coloured and cues plotted. Also a big day for the setting the final music of the piece. Kevin the saxophonist takes notes from the composer but also the director refining where the sax comes in and out in sections and importantly the sound in the space. Loving the reverb. There is also a series of soundscapes under the memory sequences to support and locate them and underscore the saxophone music. I’ve used a lot of voice today so need to be careful. Then my other head is making sure all invited guests know what is happening, especially the panel, who will be discussing issues raised in the play afterwards. They include Eithne McNulty (Chair), Siobhan Casey (AgeNI), Robert Atkinson (Service User) and myself and will no doubt be very interesting.

Thursday, 9 May
We OPENED. Feels like a very long time ago when I started writing the play and it’s finally out there. A fantastic audience last night and to be supported by family, friends in the business, the Arts Council, Arts & Business, interview participants, my producer Patricia McBride and those who just took a chance and bought a ticket. Great to hear laughter and complete silence as the character takes the audience on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. Also enjoyed the post show discussion because Baroness May Blood always hits the nail on the head and in the same breath makes you laugh.

A huge thank you to everyone who helped me on the journey and particularly to Patrick J O’Reilly, my director, Conor Mitchell, composer, Kevin Lawless, saxophonist and last but not least Patricia McBride who believed in me and the play. Looking forward to seeing you all in Donegal so get booking.

An Grianán Theatre presents The Experience of Being by Carol Moore, touring the island of Ireland this May and June. For tour locations and dates CLICK HERE

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A look back at our family fun day

On Sat 17 May 2014 we officially unveiled the new town clock with a family funday. We had a great turn out despite the rainy weather and a good time was had by all! A big thank you to everyone who turned out and a special thank you to all the people who helped out on the day.


















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PRESS RELEASE – Wed 30 April 2014

Mayor Paschal Blake’s Project for 2014

New Town Clock and Renovation of An Grianán Theatre’s Plaza area

Letterkenny Town Mayor Paschal Blake today announced details of his Mayor’s project for 2014. His plan is to commission a new town clock and also to renovate the large plaza to the front of An Grianán Theatre where the new clock will be situated. With the theatre ‘s plaza now 15 years old, it was overdue for renovation with some hard winters taking a particular toll on the tiles and steps

Mayor Blake decided to make this his project for 2014 after he was invited by Anne McGowan, Chairperson of An Grianán Theatre to consider such a project during his term as Mayor.

The centrepiece of the new scheme will be a new town clock, specially commissioned from local artist Christy Keeney. The new clock will be made from steel and the design is in keeping with the modern style and construction of the theatre building. The clock will be constructed by Father and Son team Paul and Christopher Hynd from Joe Bonnar Metalcraft Ltd. The new town clock will be situated in a prominent position above the door of the theatre’s main entrance.

The work on the overall project will be co-ordinated by Letterkenny Town Council’s Engineer John McCarron and the scheme will be designed the Town Gardener David Donnelly. Work has already commenced on the renovation of the plaza and the new design will make the theatre more welcoming for members of the public. New paving and trees have already been installed and there will also be benches and plant pots added to the area. There will also be a new lighting scheme incorporating recessed ground level lighting in the paving, spotlights on the trees as well as flood lighting of the theatre’s façade to highlight the new clock.

The finishing touches to the design will be new paint work for the theatre’s facade with expert advice on the colour scheme provided by the consultants Anne McKeever and Clare McDonough from La Maison Interior Design under Letterkenny Tidy Town’s “Paint The Town” Initiative. The primary new colour is astral green with the trim in hemp beige. Painting is already underway and the work is being carried out by Gerard Farrell and his team.

The resources for this project come from Mayor Blake’s own fund as well as contributions from The Community Development Fund and Letterkenny Town Council. An Grianán Theatre is also making a significant contribution and the paint for the theatre building has been sponsored by Dulux and Foy’s of Letterkenny.

Mayor Paschal Blake, who is coming to the end of his term of office will launch the completed project and unveil the new town clock in a public celebration to be held on Saturday 17 May 2014.

An Grianán Theatre opened in October 1999 and rapidly earned a reputation for artistic excellence and accessibility. Now established as an integral part of Donegal’s cultural landscape, An Grianán has worked in close partnership with other key players in the county and nationally to invigorate and develop the local arts scene. The theatre is open to the public all day and one can avail of the excellent café and bar, view art exhibitions or, of course, attend a show. An Grianán is a registered charity and receives annual funding from the Donegal County Council, the Letterkenny Town Council, the Dept of Social Protection and the Arts Council/Chomhairle Ealaion.

For further information on the project please contact the theatre’s Director Patricia McBride on 0749123288 or angrianandirector @ (remove spaces).


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