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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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: Bugsy Malone

The Letterkenny Music and Drama Group are holding auditions here at An Grianán for their winter production of the gangster musical classic Bugsy Malone.

Audition Dates: Wed 18 & Sat 21 June at An Grianan Theatre

The cast will be primarily made up of 13-18 year olds but this is only a general guide. If you fall slightly outside of the age bracket, don’t worry, they won’t be checking birth certs!

They are looking for the best young local talent available to stage this hilarious and energy packed production which will include actors, singers, dancers and of course plenty of splurge!

If you think you’ve got what it takes, send a quick email to stating your name and your age. You will then be given a specified time to audition.

This is a two day process so if you are not available for either of these dates please specify clearly in the email.

Bugsy Malone performance dates are Tues 2 to Sat 6 December 2014.

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