Auditions for DramaCast

DramaCast is an exciting new initiative created by An Grianán Theatre to bring Shakespeare back into the classroom.

With Covid curtailing all live touring it’s been impossible for schools to take their classes to go and see plays live as normal. DramaCast is our attempt to fill that gap by selecting scenes relevant to the school curriculum and filming them here in An Grianán to distribute to local schools.

We’ve engaged local teacher Michael Kelly from Letterkenny’s St Eunan’s College to make sure the project is relevant to the curriculum while Iarla McGowan of Workhouse Theatre will direct key scenes for us.


We are looking for some local actors to play some of the roles.

All applicants must be available from 16th – 27th August (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm) for rehearsing and filming.


  • Romeo (Playing age 18-22)
  • Juliet (Playing age 18-22)
  • Lady Macbeth (Playing age 25-35)

NB: all applicants must be over 18

For further information or to audition please email here.

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Casting the Tale: Open auditions for The Winter’s Tale

Open auditions for Shaking the Tale: April 2019

Venue: An Grianán Theatre

Dates: Sat 27 & Sun 28 April
Times: 10am to 6pm

If you would like to take part in our big outdoor production for this year’s Earagail Arts Festival please come along to our open auditions this weekend. There’s no need to pre-register or prepare anything in advance – just come along anytime between 10am to 6pm Saturday or Sunday.

We are looking for actors, musicians, dancers, circus performers, prop makers, etc.

Novice performers are also welcome.

Suitable for ages 18+.

Shaking the Tale is An Grianán Theatre’s co-production with Parrabbola (UK) of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale.

A play, live music, a garden party, a feast and even a ferry crossing for the Inishowen performances! This promises to be a memorable experience for all involved.

The Winter’s Tale will be a large scale, immersive production which will cross the borders, the traditions and the waters of the North West.

Our Letterkenny performances will take place in Ballymacool Town Park (Fri 19 to Sun 21 July) while our Inishowen performances (Tues 23 & Wed 24 July) will take place either side of the Foyle with the show including a ferry ride from Greencastle to Magilligan and back.

The Winter’s Tale tells the story of two kingdoms divided by an ocean, Sicilia and Bohemia; two kings, raised together, but at odds without reason, a wronged queen, a lost princess, prison sentences, tragic deaths, a bear and ocean voyages.


Production partners and funders: Shaking the Tale is produced by An Grianán Theatre and Parrabbola as part of Shaking the Walls. Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programmed of the European Union. Additional support comes from Donegal County Council, the Arts Council of Ireland and the Earagail Arts Festival.

Shaking the Tale is part of Shaking the Walls, a project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. The project is led by Gdański Teatr Szekspirowski (Poland), the other partners are Parrabbola (UK), Cooltour Ostrava (Czech Republic) and Ratatam (Iceland). As well as Creative Europe, our co-funders for Shaking the Tale include the Donegal County Council, Arts Council of Ireland and the Earagail Arts Festival.

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Pinocchio Relaxed Performances

An Grianán Theatre will hold two specially adapted relaxed performances of their Christmas Show Pinocchio on Wednesday 19 December at 12.30pm and Sat 22 December at 2pm.

What is a relaxed performance?

Relaxed Performances are specifically designed to welcome people who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, including, but not limited to, people with an Autism Spectrum Condition, sensory and communication disorders, or a learning disability.

  • There is a relaxed attitude to noise and movement and some small changes made to the light and sound effects.
  • Theatre lights will stay on and people will be warned of sudden noises.
  • For anyone overwhelmed during the performance, a “chill out” area will be provided in the upper foyer.
  • An easy way to understand the atmosphere is perhaps, ‘the opposite of the quiet carriage on a train’.

Why do a relaxed performances?

Many aspects of a standard theatre experience can cause difficulties for children. Busy foyers, unexpected music, lights going up and down and applause can all be unsettling. Even the interval can confuse because it may seem strange to leave the auditorium in the middle of an event.

These performances are for anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, including people with an autistic spectrum condition, sensory or communication disorders, or a learning disability, or just those who are uncomfortable being in a darkly lit room, or those who feel they can’t sit quietly for an extended period of time.

Can everyone come to this performance?

Yes everyone is welcome, it’s important that those for whom it is intended get to share the experience with their peers and siblings. That’s the joy of a relaxed performance!

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Open Auditions for An Grianán Theatre’s Christmas 2017 Production


We are holding open auditions for our December production of The Nutcracker on Sun 17 September.

About the show

This is a fresh new version of the magical Christmas tale. Our Nutcracker is set in Donegal and blends drama, comedy and dance in a colourful story for family and school audiences.

There will be speaking and dance roles.

Like last year’s Christmas show Peter Pan, this will be a youth led production so we are looking for male and female performers from ages 8 to 21.

Audition date: Sun 17 September

10am to 12pm – children ages 8 to 11

12pm to 2pm – ages 12+

There is no need to prepare anything in advance.

NB: You will need to get permission to take time off school as the performance dates are during term time.

If you are not available for the performance dates below please do not audition!

Performance dates

Tues 12 to Fri 15 December at 11am

Sat 16 Dec at 2pm and 7pm

The Nutcracker is produced by An Grianán Theatre Productions in association with Zona Dance Co. Adapted by Guy Le Jeune, directed by Jessica Peoples.

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Auditions: Peter Pan

Could you be our Peter Pan?

We are looking for someone in their mid to late teens. Male or female, ability to act, sing and dance a definite plus!

We are also casting for:
The Darlings:
Wendy – female, playing age approx 12/13 years old
John – male, slightly younger than Wendy
Michael – male, playing age 8 years old.

There are a variety of other roles suitable for children ages 8+, teens and adults.

Auditions will be held on Saturday 17th September from 2.30pm – 5pm at An Grianán, it is advised that you arrive close to 2pm to fill out an information sheet prior to the audition.

The audition will take the form of a group workshop and the team are seeking proficiency in acting, movement, singing and dance.

Rehearsals will take place every Saturday afternoon.

auditions for Peter Pan Sat 17 September 2016


NB: performance schedule includes week day matinee shows so please make sure that you are able to get time off school/work.

Performance dates are Tues 13 to Sat 17 December 2016.

Transition year students could use this production towards securing their President’s Award.

This new version will be adapted by Nora Kavanagh and co-directed by her with Trudy O’Donnell.

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Local drama and musical societies

If you are interesting in acting and performing and want to get involved with the local performing arts scene here are some of the companies who perform regularly at An Grianán. Keep an eye out on their social media channels and local media for news on auditions, classes and workshops.

DMEP (Donegal Music Education Partnership)

The DMEP offer instrumental/vocal tuition in all genres of music (classical, jazz, traditional, rock/pop) at reasonable rates to children and young adults. They have a number of different performing ensembles including the Donegal Chamber Orchestra, the Donegal Youth Orchestra, the Errigal Groove Orchestra and the Errigal Singers. Their annual family Christmas concert in.a well loved fixture in our festive schedule.

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Letterkenny Music and Drama Group

Cast and crew of the Letterkenny Music and Drama Group's production of The 39 Steps in 2015.

Cast and crew of the Letterkenny Music and Drama Group’s production of The 39 Steps in 2015.

One of Donegal’s most successful and prolific producers of theatre, they produce both musicals and dramas. Recent successes have include the multi award winning comedy The 39 Steps, Calendar Girls and Sister Act. They are also involved with the Letterkenny One Act Festival.

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Letterkenny Musical Society

Letterkenny Musical Society's The Mikado, spring 2008. Photo by Paul McGuckin.

Letterkenny Musical Society’s The Mikado, spring 2008. Photo by Paul McGuckin.

Produce one musical a year, always to an exceptionally high standard – usually end of February or beginning of March.

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Letterkenny Pantomime Society

The Letterkenny Pantomime Society present a panto every January at An Grianan. They take well loved fairytale classics and give them a local spin.


Lifford Players

The Lifford Players in their 2016 production of Tom Murphy's A Crucial Week in the Life of a Grocer's Assistant

The Lifford Players in their 2016 production of Tom Murphy’s A Crucial Week in the Life of a Grocer’s Assistant

One of the country’s oldest and most respected amateur theatre companies. Founded in the 1950s. Recent shows are Tom Murphy’s A Crucial Week in the Life of a Grocer’s Assistant and comedy ‘Allo, ‘Allo.

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On Cue Academy

Founded by Nora Kavanagh, On Cue offer classes in musical theatre and drama for children. They normally hold a showcase performance in June.


ZoNa Dance Co

Founded by Jessica Peoples, ZoNa Dance offer high quality training in classical ballet and dance. They normally present a showcase once a year, usually in May.

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Auditions for Unified the Musical

This summer we will be co-producing a new show with the Earagail Arts Festival called Unified the Musical. Inspired by stories from the factory floor, Unified will be a colourful show with live music, singing and a large cast.


Date: Sat 21 May
Venue: Regional Cultural Centre
Times: 11am to 1pm OR 2 to 4pm

Unified the Musical – Performance dates: Thur 21 to Sat 23 July (with an option to extend to Sunday 24)

Rehearsal Schedule: to be finalised but we would envision Saturdays and possibly one weekday evening with a more intensive rehearsal period in the run up to the show.

We are looking for adults, across a range of ages, male and female (must be 16+).

We will be holding workshop style auditions with the show’s director David Grant, music director Fionn Robinson and choreographer Aoife Toner.

Please prepare a song to give us an idea of your voice. Don’t worry if you are not a confident singer as we need chorus singers too.

IMPORTANT: If you would like to audition please call our box office on 074 912 0777 in advance to reserve a place as space is limited.

About Unified the Musical

Before Pramerica, Boston Scientific and Zeus came to Donegal there was Courtaulds-Lirelle which became UNIFI Textured Yarns, Europe Ltd. UNIFI was part of a textile industry that stretched across the North-West. Fruit of the Loom in Buncrana and Derry, Adria and O’Neills in Strabane, the shirt factories and the nylon spinners.

A million, million miles of yarn and thousands of people passed through the doors of these plants. For over thirty years, UNIFI in Letterkenny was the town’s major employer, in a time of rapid social change. Every department was a tribe and every shift had its own personality. Lives were changed, skills learned, friendships formed, partners met, and families reared on the wages.

We are going to take all those personal stories and wrap them up in one big rip-roaring, all-singing extravaganza.

UNIFIED the Musical is written by the creator of Fiesta, Guy Le Jeune; with original music written by Fionn Robinson and choreography devised by Aoife Toner. The production will be directed by An Grianán’s long-term collaborator, David Grant.

David Grant’s previous work with An Grianán includes a touring production of Frank Pig Says Hello, play readings of The Gentle Island and most recently Beneath an Irish Sky, and community theatre productions A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The O’Neill).


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Auditions: Saint Joan

AUDITIONS – WEDNESDAY 30th Sept & SATURDAY 3rd Oct 2015.

Auditions for SAINT JOAN by G.B. Shaw will take place on Wednesday 30th September at 7.30pm and Saturday 3rd October at 2.00pm in the Regional Cultural Centre.

The play will be performed in An Grianán Theatre in January 2016.

Each audition will take the form of a workshop (approx 90 mins).

This is an excellent opportunity for all actors across Donegal and the North-West to come and audition for a large cast in what promises to be a great production of a fantastic play. Celebrating existing and emerging talent.

For further information please visit or see their Facebook page

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Casting Call: Fiesta Auditions

We are reviving our very successful production of Fiesta this autumn and will be holding auditions to recast three of the main roles as well as some chorus positions.

Date and time:

Thursday 13th August at 7pm in An Grianan Theatre

Main Cast
2 female
1 male

Plus chorus roles

Adults only roles available.

The performance dates are Wednesday 4 to Saturday 7 November 2015.

A sell out hit at the 2014 Earagail Arts Festival, Fiesta is a celebration of the dancers, the chancers and the lovers who graced the Fiesta Ballroom, Letterkenny – the famous dancehall venue that formed a hugely important part of the social history of Donegal and the wider North West region.

Fiesta was originally commissioned for the Earagail Arts Festival as a co-production with Earagail Arts Festival, An Grianán Theatre and Donegal County Council Arts Office and supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Failte Ireland and Donegal County Council.
IMPORTANTeMail with name and contact number if you are interested in auditioning.

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AUDITIONS: Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay! by Dario Fo

[box style=”red” closable=”un-closable”]Update 13/4/15: This production has now been cast.

Antonia – Margaret Hannon

Margherita – Valerie Bryce

Giovanni – Martin McGinley

Luigi – Paul Bonar

Sergeant/Inspector/Undertaker/Old Man – Eoghan McBride [/box]

Bread and Roses Theatre will be holding auditions for their upcoming production of  ‘Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay!’ by Dario Fo, which will be performed at An Grianán during the Earagail Arts Festival.  The performances dates are 16 and 17 July.

Monday, March 23, 6-9 pm at the RCC, Letterkenny
Friday, March 27, 2 – 5:30 pm at Central Library, Oliver Plunkett Road, Letterkenny.

Cast: 2 women, 3 men

Antonia and Giovanni are a married couple, their friends Margherita and Luigi, also a couple, are younger. The third actor plays the Sergeant, Old Man, Inspector and Undertaker. We may also be looking for a stage manager who may do a few small/walk on parts.

Rehearsals in June and July are likely to be daytime due to available rehearsal space (the Library and An Grianan) and funding. We can schedule around commitments to some extent  but if you are working full-time 9-5, this is probably not for you.

Auditions will involve a warmup and workshop followed by reading scenes from the play.  If you have an audition monologue you would like to perform, that’s fine, but it is not essential.  If you do, please make sure it is 3-5 minutes maximum.  Ideally, you will need to be present for the whole session.

Bread and Roses Theatre, Director – Kathleen McCreery, Producer – Mark McCollum.

If you are interested, please get in touch with Kathleen McCreery via FB or eMail .  If you need more information: 074916 3161 or 08794 10962.

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