covid19

Welcome back to our youth theatre!

Youth theatre! We’re so happy to you have you back. It’s been a long, lonely summer here at An Grianán. Here’s Nora with a little overview of our new Covid precautions to keep us all as safe and sound as we can be.

Prior to starting classes you and your parent/guardian need to fill in our online registration form here.

If you haven’t already done so you can pay your course fee of €60 online here.

If you would prefer to pay by phone you can do so during box office opening hours which are 9.30am to 4pm Mon to Fri. The phone number is 0749120777. The box office will not be open during class time so make sure you have paid your fees in advance.

NB: if you have missed out on a place and want to be added to the waiting list please send an email with your details here.

Safety

Our guidelines have changed a little:

  • Please arrive no more than 10 minutes before class time.
  • Entry – Students will enter and exit the building by the dock bay at the side of stage. This is the large roller door to the rear of the building. Please do not enter by the usual front entrance.
  • Masks. It is the policy of An Grianán Theatre that all people entering the building wear masks. However as we can maintain the recommended 2 metre distance on stage, it is optional to wear your mask while in the performing space.  But once you leave the performing please put your mask on.
  • Tables at the back of the stage will be used for storing of students’ personal belongings.
  • The stage has been divided into 2 meter squares. Each student will have their own 2 metre performing square that will allow for the recommended minimum 2 metres social distancing.
  • Toilet breaks – students will use the toilet facilities in Dressing Room 2. Do not use the public toilets downstairs. NB: No more than 2 people can enter Dressing Room 2 at a time.
  • No entry elsewhere in the building. Our designated youth theatre area is the dock, stage and dressing room 2. Please do not leave this area.
  • Contact tracing – students will follow our Covid protocols. Hand sanitiser will be provided at entry and exit points. To avoid cross contamination you must bring you own pen to sign in with.
  • Parents/guardians will not able to stay in the building during class.
  • The stage will be cleaned and sanitised before each class.
  • A certified first aider will be available on site at all times.
  • Isolation room – Dressing 3 (beside the Green Room) is now our isolation room.  if you are feeling unwell during class you will be escorted to this room where you can safely wait until we can contact your parent/guardian.
  • Zoom – parents must give their consent for students to participate in online activities. This is part of your registration form. Make sure that you have filled it in before starting term.
  • In addition to the facilitator another member of An Grianán’s staff will sit in on Zoom classes as per child safe guarding recommendations from Youth Theatre Ireland.

And folks, if you are feeling unwell please don’t come to class.

NB: Covid19 guidelines can change at very short notice – please make sure we have your most up to date contact information so that we can get in touch quickly.

Dates

Wed 9 Sept to Thur 10 Dec 2020 (no class midterm break)

Class 1: 4.30pm to 5.30pm
Class 2: 6.30pm to 7.30pm

A maximum of 9 students per class.

Filming

We’re teaming up with the digital media at the Regional Cultural Centre to film your monologues. We’ll determine those filming dates later on but assume for now that we’ll probably have to fit in a few extra sessions in December to get those all done.

 

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Live Music Returns to Letterkenny!

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A new programming partnership between the Regional Cultural Centre and An Grianán Theatre will see live music return to An Grianán’s Auditorium for the first time since lockdown.

Music Network’s exciting collaboration between Ye Vagabonds and Cormac Begley, will perform at An Grianán Theatre on Saturday 26th September. It will be the first show in a unique partnership between the two organisations with performers performing live in the auditorium to a small audience, while also being streamed online.

Tickets for the show will be €20/15 to attend, or €5 to live stream it. Tickets will be on sale online on Tuesday 2nd September from 10am. Groups will be limited to a maximum of 6 people, from 3 households as per Government guidelines.

“We have to find new ways of working under the current restrictions so it makes a lot of sense for the theatre to pool our knowledge and resources with our colleagues in the RCC in this way” said Patricia McBride, Director of An Grianán Theatre. “Our cafe reopened on August 10th and this is the next step in getting us back doing what we do so well, providing the people of Donegal with high quality entertainment in a safe and enjoyable environment. I’m really pleased to have live performances back on the stage and we have more small scale shows planned too. The number one priority for us in this is, as always, the health and safety of the audience, performers and staff.”

Jeremy Howard, General Manager of the Regional Cultural Centre said: “The RCC has had great success in live streaming some of Donegal’s finest musicians over the past fives months but watching a concert at home will never fully replace the authentic ‘live experience’. We’re delighted to team up with An Grianán Theatre and to be able to present the best of both worlds. We’ll continue to offer people live music ‘in the flesh’ but also keep developing innovative ways of watching concerts from the comfort of your home. Expect plenty of more concert opportunities soon!”

Ye Vagabonds are singers, multi instrumentalists and triple RTÉ Radio 1 Folk awardees, brothers Diarmuid and Brían Mac Gloinn. With trademark close harmony singing, lean and tasty accompaniment and the rare ability to tell a good story in song, they cast their magic spells and remind us of how precious live music is. Cormac Begley is a solo bass, baritone, treble and piccolo concertina player from a West-Kerry musical family. He was nominated for the RTE Radio 1 ‘Folk Instrumentalist of the Year’ in 2018 and 2019 and his debut solo has received nine 5-star reviews and was shortlisted for the Irish Times Album of the Year 2018.

An Grianán Theatre Safety Measures

  • Significantly reduced capacity in line with government guidelines
  • Groups will be limited to a maximum of 6 people, from 3 households as per Government guidelines.
  • Contactless ticketing
  • Social-distanced queuing, audience areas and staging
  • One-way systems
  • COVID-19 safety signage
  • Hand-sanitizer dispensers throughout the building
  • Wearing of face coverings by all  administration and technical staff
  • All patrons to wear face coverings
  • Contact tracing

For more about our Covid-19 safety measures please see this post.

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Safe resumption of Youth Theatre classes. Things are going to be different.

Fat Sam's Gang. A scene from An Grianán Youth Theatre/On Cue Academy production of Bugsy Malone, Jan 2020. Left to right - Amy Doherty, Darragh Ramsay, Rudi Murphy Brown, Patrick McCormack, Isaac Morrison, Ethan Barron and (crouching) Evin O'Donnell. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved.

We have spent a lot of time over the summer deciding on to how safely resume youth theatre classes and we have come up with what we feel is going to be a fun but challenging project for our autumn programme.

NB: places on our autumn project are only available to students who are already members of An Grianán Youth Theatre. In the event that we do not fill all places we will hold online auditions to fill any remaining places. If you would like to be added to the waiting list send an email with your details here.

First the less good news. In order to maintain social distancing the number of participants we can have per class has been severely reduced. We can no longer use the rehearsal room which means all classes will be on our stage with a maximum of 9 participants per class. We have also taken the decision to suspend our junior classes (ages 7 to 13) until Spring 2021 and will concentrate on delivering a high quality programme for our senior youth theatre (ages 14+).

Current members: Please have a read below of our proposed programme and if interested in taking part please let us know ASAP. You can eMail Nicola or leave her a message via the youth theatre’s facebook page or the theatre’s instagram account.

So what have we decided to?

Monologues and Devising – being able to deliver a good monologue is a key skill for any actor and this term that is going to be our focus. This reduces the need for close physical interaction between students while allowing everyone to work on a skill that will help prepare them for future auditions. As we are going to record and screen the monologues this programme will also serve as an introduction for acting for radio and screen, new skills for most of our students.

Rather than using an existing monologue students will work on devising their own short original work which will be recorded and screened in December. We have invited the digital media team from the Regional Cultural Centre to record the monologues using professional film and sound equipment while our inhouse technical team will make sure it all looks beautiful.

An Grianán Theatre's stage has been divided into 2 metre boxes for social distancing in workshops.

An Grianán Theatre’s stage has been divided into 2 metre boxes for social distancing in workshops.

Students will be assigned a box at the start of term which will be theirs for the duration of the course.

Students will be assigned a box at the start of term which will be theirs for the duration of the course.

How will it work?

We will hold classes on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Wednesday classes will be in person in the theatre. We will have two classes with a maximum of 9 participants per class. Classes will not be divided according to age. These classes will focus on performance.

Class 1: 4.30pm to 5.30pm (NB: this class is now fully booked)
Class 2: 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Course fees can be paid online here.

Thursday classes will be online using Zoom. These will be group classes led by Nora and will focus on devising and writing your monologues. There will also be breakout rooms where students can work together in smaller groups.

We know that for a lot of you that one of the most important elements of being in youth theatre is hanging out with your friends so we hope that by offering the online classes that you can still enjoy some of that social interaction that we now can’t have in our in-person classes.

Dates

Proposed restart date: Wed 9 Sept for in person classes.

Classes to run until Thur 10 Dec (and take our traditional break at Halloween).

Filming

Assuming that we fill all available places we’ll have 18 monologues to film so dates to do that will be determined nearer the date but assume that there might be some additional filming/rehearsal days in December.

Safety

We are preparing a video with Nora to outline our new procedures but for now here is a quick overview of what’s happening.

  • The stage has been divided into 2 meter squares. Each student will have their own 2 metre performing square that will be theirs for the duration of the term. They can also keep their personal belongings in this space.
  • Separate entry and exit points. Students will enter by the stage dock and exit via the exit emergency at upstage left. Do not enter by the usual front entrance.
  • Contact tracing – students will follow our Covid protocols. Hand sanitiser will be provided at entry and exit points. They must bring their own pen to sign in with.
  • Classes will not be grouped by age. Students from the same household will be kept in the same class.
  • Please arrive just before class time to minimise time spent hanging around and socialising.
  • Parents/guardians will not able to stay in the building during class.
  • The stage will be cleaned and sanitised before each class.
  • A certified first aider will be available on site at all times.
  • Toilet breaks – students will use the toilet facilities in dressing rooms 1 and 2.
  • Zoom – parents must give their consent for students 16 and under to participate in online activities.
  • In addition to the facilitator another member of An Grianán’s staff will sit in on Zoom classes as per child safe guarding recommendations from Youth Theatre Ireland.
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22/07/2020: Re-Opening News

Good news! We are re-opening from Mon 10 August.

Fáilte! Welcome back to An Grianán!

We are delighted to announce that we will reopen our Café and our Box Office from Monday 10th August.

Opening Hours:

Cafe – 9.30am to 3.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Box Office – 9.30am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

We’ve really missed you and are looking forward to seeing you again.

Our first show in the auditorium will be on Culture Night, Friday 18th September. Strict social distancing measures will be in operation in our auditorium in accordance with the latest Government guidelines.

As part of our commitment to the continued well-being of visitors, artists and staff, in ongoing efforts to assist our community in preventing the spread of Covid-19, we have adhered to Government Guidelines and implemented the enhanced protocols and procedures you will notice during your visit. Our staff are here to assist you with a safe journey through the venue, so please ask for assistance if necessary.

  • We are promoting a one-way experience that reinforces social distancing guidelines.
  • We will endeavour to keep queues as short as possible & appreciate your patience.
  • Please wear a mask.
  • Please make use of our hand sanitising stations at entry & exit points.
  • Additional hand sanitiser dispensers are placed at key points throughout the building.
  • We have implemented protective screens at till points.
  • Please use contactless card payments where possible. Keypads will be wiped down after each customer.
  • We are frequently cleaning and disinfecting throughout the building and staff are taking regular hand-washing breaks.
  • We have removed excess furniture from the foyer to limit congestion and dwell time.
  • Toilets are for customer use only. Social distancing measures are in place inside.
  • Additional signage to promote hand washing and best hygiene practices have been posted throughout the building.
  • Additional training and PPE have been provided for all staff.

The Café will also operate a little differently than before.

  • If coming for lunch please book in advance as we will have less tables than usual.
  • You can book by calling 074 91 20777.
  • When you arrive please wait to be shown to your table.
  • We would appreciate you paying by card, we will bring the card machine to you at your table.
  • There will be a specific waiting area for takeaways.

What can you do to help us promote a healthy environment?

We are doing all we can to promote a healthy environment, and in doing so, we also rely on you to keep recommended self-care in mind for your safety and the safety of others. Throughout your experience, please be mindful of current Government and HSE guidelines and public health recommendations, which we are referring to daily to update our Guidelines when necessary.

  • Know the symptoms: If you or a member of your party has a temperature or is feeling unwell, please visit us another time.
  • Wash your hands often, using soap and water, for a minimum of 20 seconds.
  • Help us promote social distancing by distancing yourself appropriately from others who are not part of your party and do not shake hands or hug.
  • Please keep your party together, especially if there are children in your group, to help maintain social distancing with other visitors.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing and discard used tissues safely.

Your support is greatly appreciated and we look forward to providing a safe experience for all our visitors.

It’s great to see you again!

The Team at An Grianán

For more information and updates,
see www.hse.ie
and
www.gov.ie/health-covid-19

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Schedule Changes and COVID 19 | Coronavirus Update: 11/05/2020

At  An Grianan Theatre we are currently working away to reschedule events in our programme as well as ensuring that the theatre is ready to reopen as a safe environment for all our customers, staff, artists and performing groups. The Government’s announcement of a five-stage plan towards the gradual opening up of the economy advised 10 August as the date when theatres and cinemas would be allowed reopen – subject to social distancing measures being in place for staff, audiences and performers.

We are actively working to wards this deadline while awaiting the Government to issue a national protocol, currently being developed for businesses reopening, and we understand this will be published in the coming weeks. In the interim, we are actively working with other venues on an initiative led by Theatre Forum to address the issues specific to the protocols necessary for our venue.

We will keep you, our valued customers informed as we progress to reopening An Grianan Theatre and we look forward to welcoming you all back here soon.

The following are the latest changes to the status of our events;

  • Oliver Callan (16 May) – Postponed until 2021 – New date to be announced soon
  • The Marriage of Figaro (29 May) – Postponed until 2021 – New date to be announced soon
  • Lee Scratch Perry (31 May) – Cancelled
  • Sorry for Your Loss (4 June)- Rescheduled to 14 November 2020
  • John Grant (19 July) – Rescheduled 22 November 2020
  • Good Vibrations (23 – 26 July) – Cancelled
  • An Evening With Michael Harding (19 September) Rescheduled to Saturday 18 September 2021.
  • Ed Byrne (4 October) – Cancelled

If you have any queries about rescheduled events or refunds please contact us at marketing@angrianan.com

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World Theatre Day 2020

We are very sad to have our doors closed on World Theatre Day so we asked our good friend, actor and writer Seamus O Rourke to send a short message to our audience.

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COVID-19 | Coronavirus UPDATE 26|03|20

Coronavirus Covid 19 update

The building is now closed for the foreseeable future. This is in the interest of health and safety.

We are currently rescheduling as many of the shows we had scheduled to take place in this period for later in 2020, and in some cases early 2021. As soon as we have their new dates we will contact everyone who has booked for those shows and let them know. Anyone who is unable to attend the new dates will be offered a refund.

If you have any queries about refunds please contact us at marketing@angrianan.com

Please be patient. Everyone who has booked a ticket for a show during this period will be contacted as soon as we possibly can.

Youth Theatre and Children’s Drama classes are also postponed during this period.

Please follow us on social media or check our website for updates, and for fun things to do and watch.

This is a fast moving situation and things change quickly so please keep yourself informed.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank all our customers for their co-operation during this time.

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COVID-19 | Coronavirus UPDATE 12|03|20

Coronavirus Covid 19 update

Following today’s announcement by An Taoiseach that all cultural institutions will close and all indoor mass gatherings of 100 people should be cancelled until 29 March, we regret to inform you that all performances at An Grianán Theatre from today 12th March until 29th March are postponed and the building will be closed to the public. This is in the interest of health and safety.

We are currently rescheduling both the Letterkenny Musical Society’s The Addams Family shows, and The Lost Brothers concert, and as soon as we have their new dates we will contact everyone who has booked for those shows and let them know. Anyone who is unable to attend the new dates will be offered a refund.

The Youth Theatre and Children’s Drama classes are also postponed during this period.

It’s likely that it’ll be next week before we’ve worked things out properly, so please be patient. Everyone who has booked a ticket for a show during this period will be contacted as soon as we possibly can.

Please follow us on social media or check our website at angrianan.com for updates.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank all our customers for their co-operation during this time.

For more information and updates,
see www.hse.ie
and
www.gov.ie/health-covid-19

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COVID-19 | Coronavirus

Coronavirus Covid 19 update
An Grianán Theatre is monitoring the situation regarding COVID-19 and will continue to do so. We will follow the advice and direction of relevant authorities in all matters of public safety.

All events are currently scheduled to proceed, unless otherwise notified.

For more information and updates,
see www.hse.ie
and
www.gov.ie/health-covid-19

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