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Theatre Lovett: World class theatre for children

We’re dedicated to bringing you the best artistic shows for your children to see, it’s lovely to have shows with mass appeal but it’s equally important to bring you shows that will warm your hearts and widen your children’s imaginations. Theatre Lovett are among the very best creators of child centred drama working today.

Their latest show They Called Her Vivaldi is currently touring Ireland once again due to popular demand and can be see here at An Grianán on Sat 4 Nov. The tour culminates at the Irish National Theatre on the Peacock Stage, 30 November – 23 December 2017. This acclaimed production was selected from 100’s of performances for young audiences to showcase in the USA at IPAY (International Performing Arts for Youth) in January 2017 and will undertake an extensive US tour in 2019.

Judges Special Award nominee Irish Times Theatre Awards 2017

They Called Her Vivaldi is an upbeat comedy adventure about a sensitive musical-prodigy who makes a quiet name for herself in a cacophonous world. As our young heroine journeys over cobblestones and canals, we learn about love, loss, the place of salt in our diet and the courage to lose our footing without losing our way.

The production stars the inimitable Louis Lovett, Ireland’s most experienced and critically acclaimed performer for young audiences and well known on the adult stage. Renowned for his natural, playful ability to entertain, engage and enthral, Louis most recently starring in ‘Dublin By Lamplight’ with Corn Exchange and ‘The Train’ with Rough Magic both at The Abbey Theatre.

About Theatre Lovett

Theatre Lovett produce work for all ages, both child and adult, young and old, chicken and egg.  Artist Directors Muireann Ahern and Louis Lovett believe that children and young people can enjoy and understand theatre that does not pretend the adult world is anything other than a complex and occasionally dark place where we must make moral choices for ourselves as individuals. THEATRE LOVETT WANT TO BRING MORE THEATRE TO MORE CHILDREN, MORE OFTEN, touring in Ireland and raising the bar for international touring of Irish theatre for young audiences.

Performance Date:
Sat 4 Nov at 12pm and 2pm.
Tickets: €10/€7, family of four €30
Suitable for children ages 7+ and adults of all ages.
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See our Theatre Lovett event page for further information.

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Fairytale fantasies with Samantha Robinson

Our next exhibition opens on Thursday 23 October and comes from mixed media artist Samantha Robinson. Samantha specialises in work aimed towards children and invites you to join her in her whimsical world of fantasy.

Using an eclectic range of techniques, Samantha creates beautiful artworks that will bring life and excitement to any child’s room. The paintings are created using a myriad of different fabrics, paint, ink, drawing, glittered embellishments, buttons, wax and glow in the dark touches. Each piece is a collage layered with texture and colour lovingly crafted by Robinson in her studio.

Art for your children by Samantha Robinson at An Grianán Theatre Letterkenny Oct to Nov 2014.

Little Red Riding Hood from the Art for your Children exhibition by Samantha Robinson at An Grianán Theatre Letterkenny Oct to Nov 2014.

‘Blast off into Space’ embodies every child’s fantasy of what the universe consists of. Bright colours and glittery swirls wrap themselves around floating planets and dreamy stardust creating a mesmerising universe that anyone could happily get lost in. As well as paintings of imaginary worlds, there are also classic fairy tale stories such as Little Red Riding Hood transformed into pictures for those children who have their favourite bedtime stories

Some of the more intricate pieces are one of a kind but repeats can be made on certain pieces upon request. Many can also be personalised with your child’s name, birthday or a phrase that means the most to you. Robinson dedicates her time and work to creating the perfect piece to suit every child.

Art for your children by Samantha Robinson at An Grianán Theatre Letterkenny Oct to Nov 2014.

A fairytale castle from the Art for your Children exhibition by Samantha Robinson at An Grianán Theatre Letterkenny Oct to Nov 2014.

The paintings come in a variety of sizes ranging from 4’x6’ to 5ft x 5ft but despite the dramatic difference in size within the collection, each unique piece will transform any room into an imagination haven.

Samantha studied at Chelsea College of Art, graduating in 1999 and since then has been creating one-of-a-kind pieces combining print, drawing and paint. With such a dynamic imagination and having children herself, Robinson happily fell into the world of children’s art as that’s where her heart lies. Younger eyes and untarnished imaginations see art in an entirely new way and so Art For Your Children was born in 2008. Although a relatively new venture, Robinson has already collected an impressive fan base including people like pop star Gwen Steffani.

Official opening:  Thurs 23 October at 6.30pm – all are most welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

The exhibition will continue until 21 November and will be open daily except Sundays and Bank Holidays.

 

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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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Family Fun Day at An Grianan Theatre – and everyone is invited!

This Saturday 17 May we will be hosting a family fun day on the plaza to celebrate our brand new facelift. So please come along between 3pm and 6pm for a wee party!

We are hosting this family fun day to celebrate the unveiling of the new Letterkenny Town Clock by the Mayor of Letterkenny, Paschal Blake.The celebrations will start at 3pm with a short procession up the Port Road led by the Letterkenny Senior Accordion Band, on arrival at An Grianán there will be music, dancing, entertainers, face painting, balloons and fun fairground style games just waiting to be played.

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 is the new town clock, specially commissioned from local artist Christy Keeney. The new clock is made from steel and the design is in keeping with the modern style and construction of the theatre building. The clock has been 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.

New paving and trees have also been installed along with benches and plant pots and 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 is the 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.

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 this public celebration on Saturday 17 May 2014 from 3pm until 6pm. Fingers crossed for good weather but if things do take a turn for the worse we’ll move festivities indoors to our cafe and foyer area.

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Earagail Arts Festival 2014 at An Grianán Theatre

The 2014 Earagail Arts Festival will be taking place 12 to 26 July and we have three of our festival events open for booking right now!

We are opening the festival with Fiesta, a new drama commissioned especially for Earagail. It 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 runs for three nights, Sat 12 to Mon 14 July.

Little Howard’s Big Show for Kids at An Grianan Theatre Letterkenny 2014 Earagail Arts Festival

Little Howard’s Big Show for Kids at An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny – 2014 Earagail Arts Festival

Little Howard’s Big Show for Kids is on Tues 22 and Wed 23 July and is suitable for children and family audiences. Little Howard is the world’s only live interactive animation. He’s won so many awards and fantastic reviews and he’s only just celebrated his 6th birthday (for the tenth year in a row)! He’s also a published author and has done lots of television stuff, like The Royal Variety Performance, The Slammer (CBBC) and Little Howard’s Big Question (BBC1) – yes, he’s even had his own television show!

Comedy for adults comes from the Lords of Strut who are Cork performers Cian Kinsella and Cormac Mohally. In their new show Chaos, they  combine comedic theatrics with dance and acrobatics. Taking on the persona of celebrity-obsessed but socially impaired brothers these boys can move, they can lift, and they can make you laugh. A show with heart and muscle! It’s on Thurs 24 and Fri 25 July.

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