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Summer Schools at An Grianán Theatre

Love the performing arts? Want to learn more about acting, musical theatre, choreography and dance? And have lots of fun and make new friends at the same time? Then you should sign up for one of our summer schools.

McCool: A summer school of heroic proportions!

For an all round theatre experience join our pbm Performing Arts Summer School. Suitable for ages 9 to 21, this week long programme covers many aspects of what goes into bringing a theatre show to life. You will work alongside seasoned industry professionals and learn about choreography, acting, movement, vocals and stage craft.

pbm Performing Arts Summer School. Children taking part in a workshop at An Grianán Theatre. August 2015. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Please do not reproduce without permission.

pbm Performing Arts Summer School. Children taking part in a workshop at An Grianán Theatre. August 2015. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Please do not reproduce without permission.

At the end of the week you will perform in Paul Boyd’s rock musical McCool.

Commissioned in 2002 and first produced by Northern Ireland’s longest-running independent theatre producer Big Telly Theatre Company in association with the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, McCool celebrates Ireland’s superstar warrior, Finn McCool!

Staged as an exciting multi-media rock concert McCool charts the life of Finn McCool from his lowly beginning as an abandoned baby to his eventual position as Ireland’s first superstar. The show features an eclectic, non-stop mix of dance and pop music, culminating in a spectacular mega-mix finale. Songs include “Mythology”, “Gotta Grow Up”, “I Will Think of You” and “War”.

pbm Performing Arts Summer School at An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny, August 2015. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

pbm Performing Arts Summer School at An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny, August 2015. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

McCool toured Ireland extensively in 2002 and soon developed a cult following across the country.

The original 2002 cast included Rachel Tucker who went on to star as Wicked‘s Elphaba in both the West End and Broadway productions. Will we have any future West End stars in this year’s show? Only time will tell!

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Former pbm participant and An Grianán Youth Theatre member Patrick Quinn performing in Enda Walsh's Mistermen at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, February 2016.

Former pbm participant and An Grianán Youth Theatre member Patrick Quinn performing in Enda Walsh’s Mistermen at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, February 2016.

“PBM is where, many years ago, I found my love for Theatre. As a nine year old boy, I came to the camp unconfident, doubtful and shy. The PBM leaders installed a belief system in myself that I still rely on to this day.I will never forget the day when Christina told me that all that mattered was that I followed my heart and it’s the best advice I’ve ever received. I was part of PBM for 7 years, and I made friends that I cherish and consider some of my closest friends to this day. I cannot recommend PBM enough – the experience and the people I have met through this camp has had a huge influence on the person, and the actor, that I am today.”
Patrick Quinn, Drama Student at Queens University Belfast, Winner of Best Actor in a Leading Role at the Student Theatre Awards 2016.[/box]

pbm Performing Arts Summer School – Mon 1 to Sat 6 August – more info here.

Ballet Ireland Summer School

Our annual Ballet Ireland summer school gives you the opportunity to learn ballet alongside professional ballerinas from Ireland’s National Ballet.

Young dancers taking part in the annual Ballet Ireland Summer School, July 2015. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Please do not reproduce without permission.

Young dancers taking part in the annual Ballet Ireland Summer School, July 2015. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Please do not reproduce without permission.

Each day begins with class on stage with the dancers. Students become part of the creative process, helping to devise the choreography, create sets and costumes. This week will give aspiring performers a taste for all that goes into making a ballet and a peak into the life of a professional dancer.

Young dancers taking part in the annual Ballet Ireland Summer School, July 2015. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Please do not reproduce without permission.

The Ballet Ireland Summer School is suitable for ages 6 and older. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Please do not reproduce without permission.

Together with the dancers, the young performers play an important role in the creation of their own full length ballet which is performed on stage at the end of the week for family and friends to come and enjoy.

Ballet Ireland Summer School 2015

Young dancers taking part in the annual Ballet Ireland Summer School, July 2015. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Please do not reproduce without permission.

Novice and experienced dancers alike will learn loads about classical ballet and best of all you get to perform in a beautiful ballet at the end of the week in front of your family and friends. Suitable for ages 6+. Find out more here.

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Audiences are loving Ballet Ireland’s Coppélia. Will you?

Ireland’s National Ballet Company return to Letterkenny this November after last year’s wonderful Swan Lake.  This year’s production is the comic fairytale Coppélia. See it here on Fri 27 November and check out what audiences have been saying about it below:

“Unapologetically charming and unashamedly entertaining Coppélia is a joyous, delightful experience.” examiner.com

“features choreography and comedy in equal measure, with a glamorous 50′s inspired aesthetic to boot.” Le Cool, Dublin

 

Ballet Ireland present
Coppélia
Fri 27 November 2015 at 8pm
Book now!

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12 Days of An Grianán: Day 7 Ballet Ireland Summer School

We’re closed for our Christmas holidays but we’ve lined up a few extra special online offers to tempt you over the festive period.

Starting on Christmas Day our ’12 Days of An Grianán’ will offer you a huge discount on a selection of shows including drama, music, comedy and summer schools! It’s a different offer every day so keep an eye on your inbox or follow us on twitter to make sure you don’t miss out on some substantial savings!

For day 7 of our 12 Days of An Grianán we are offering 20% off our Ballet Ireland Summer School in July.

Suitable for aspiring dancers from ages 6 and older, the Ballet Ireland Summer School is a great introduction to classical ballet for beginners and also a superb opportunity for more experienced dancers to further their skills. Over 5 days of workshops, participants will work towards a performance of a specially created ballet under the expert tuition of Ballet Ireland’s education officer Stephen Brennan and professional ballet dancers from our national ballet company.

Ballet Ireland Summer School
Mon 27 to Fri 31 July 2015 Book now!

We have free online booking until we re-open on Mon 5 January.

NB: Offer only available for one day only. Only available on online bookings (discount automatically applied when you add tickets to cart).

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Ballet Ireland present Swan Lake

Is there any ballet more beloved and enduring than Swan Lake? Arguably the most romantic of classical ballets with its beautiful swan maidens and tragic lovers Odette and Prince Seigfried, you really can’t say you’ve experienced ballet properly if you haven’t seen Swan Lake.

This is the story of Odette, a beautiful princess, who by day is turned into a swan by evil magician Von Rothbart, only to regain her human form at night. Out hunting by the Lakeside, Prince Siegfried encounters her and falls in love with her. But will he be able to break Von Rothbart’s spell…?

This majestic story of love and tragedy, good and evil has enthralled audiences since it premiered in 1877.

This autumn our national ballet will present 25 leading professional dancers from Ireland and abroad in this breath-taking production which was loved by audiences and critics when last produced by Ballet Ireland and we are thrilled to have it back this November.

Swan Lake will always be very dear to An Grianán as it was Ballet Ireland’s first ever performance with us way back in 2001.

Jane Magan in Ballet Ireland's Swan Lake 2014 Photo Ros Kavanagh

Jane Magan in Ballet Ireland’s Swan Lake 2014 Photo Ros Kavanagh

‘Perfectly formed and translucent production of the romantic classic’ The Irish Times

‘Moving production…beautifully choreographed’ The Sunday Business Post

‘exuberant and beautiful production’ Irish Mail on Sunday

Dancers: Clare Bassett,  Richard Bermange, Niklas Blomqvist, Katie Deacon, Hélène Douesnard, Haruka Fukumizu, Chris Furlong, Céline Le Grelle, Suzy Halstead, Garance Hurfin,  Jason Inniss, Maria Ledesma, James Löffler, Paul Oliver, Kesi Olley-Dorey, Diarmaid O’Meara, Angela Revie, Michael Revie, Steffi Thomas, Sayako Tomiyoshi, Ryoko Yagyu
Apprentices: Kate Haughton, Aisling Kennedy

Swan Lake – Sat 8 Nov 2014 Book now!

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