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Let’s Make Some Noise – An Grianán Theatre Bursaries

Let's Make Some Noise - announcing An Grianán's theatre artist bursary award scheme.

The stage is quiet, the lights are dim and the dressing rooms empty… it’s time to make some noise and shine the lights.

We are offering 4 bursaries of up to €4000 each for theatre artists from the North West.

At An Grianán Theatre we’ve always supported local artists. Our stage was always busy and behind the scenes, we were also busy offering time and support to local artists, with advice, networking opportunities, finance, technical and marketing support as well as production and touring work. We’ve maybe not shouted enough about our artists’ supports, but we’re shouting now.

If you are based in the North West, or from the North West or have some connections with here, we want to hear from you. Maybe you have a show you’re writing that needs some development, we’re here for you. Maybe you need to work with a Director, or a Lighting Designer, we’re here for you. Maybe you have an idea that is just starting out and you need time and space to evolve your idea. Whatever stage you are at, we’re here for you.

We welcome applications from all artists and encourage applications by artists from a diversity of national, ethnic or cultural groups (including, but not limited to, Asian, Black, Traveller and minority ethnic, refugees, people with disabilities, working-class and LGBTQI+ artists). If you’re an artist who usually works in a production context we also want to hear from you. If you’ve never worked with us before, we want to hear from you, if you have worked with us before we still want to hear from you.

We intend to award 4 commissions and each commission is valued up to €4000. Additional production support, promotion and documentation will be provided by An Grianán.

The work can be developed with any space, physical or online, in mind but we’d like some of the development work to take place here in An Grianán.

We’d like you to send us your idea in whatever form works best for you, text (no more than 1 page), audio, video etc. Please submit them by email here (we will accept Dropbox or WeTransfer links). You can also send any questions and queries to this email address.

Applications are due by 12pm on Monday 28 September 2020. We will communicate decisions to artists by Friday 2 October 2020. Applications will be shortlisted by the Director and the theatre’s core team.

If you miss the deadline we still want to hear from you.

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Shaking the Walls – ONLINE International Conference in Gdańsk (Poland) 25-27.09.2020

Call for papers is open till 20th August 2020.

A bohemian party in Magilligan. An Grianán Theatre and Parrabbola's Creative Europe funded production The Winter's Tale, part of the Shaking the Walls project. July 2019. Photo by David Faughnan. All rights reserved.

A bohemian party in Magilligan. An Grianán Theatre and Parrabbola’s Creative Europe funded production The Winter’s Tale, part of the Shaking the Walls project. July 2019. Photo by David Faughnan. All rights reserved.

Due of the effects of worldwide pandemic the Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre has decided to change the long planned International Conference Shaking the Walls to an ONLINE meeting. The conference will take place on 25-27.09.2020. Moreover, recording/streaming presentations of performances by project partners are also planned as a part of the conference programme. Accordingly, we are pleased to prolong an open call for papers until 20th August 2020.

The Conference is the event of 2-year artistic project by the same name: Shaking the Walls, that brings together organisations from five European countries operating in the scope of performing arts. The Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre from Poland is the leader of the project, the partners are as follows: Cooltour – Kulturní centrum Cooltour Ostrava z.ú., from Czech Republic, RaTaTam – Reykjavik Art Group from Iceland, Parrabbola – community theatre collective from London, Great Britain and An Grianán Theatre from Letterkenny, Ireland.

Conference will take place at the Faculty of Law and Administration (University of Gdańsk)

The conference’s aim is to explore the theme of walls between people using various methodological approaches, including the following:
– sociology
– philosophy
– linguistic studies
– arts engaged in social interventions
– theatre, performing arts, literature (including Shakespeare) studies

The conference aims to address specifically the metaphor of the wall of indifference, which is perhaps the most blurred and undefined boundary separating humans in today’s world, both as individuals and social or ethnic groups. We would like to talk about ways of identifying “walls” (barriers, boundaries, problems) in different countries and subsequently, through inter-cultural creative dialog, art and education find ways of raising public awareness of the issues tackled, and reach solutions.

The range of considered issues varies from political problems, immigration, domestic violence, isolation in the society and many more, including the following:
– What types of walls have been diagnosed in different social and cultural contexts?
– How can art talk about these walls? What artistic tools may be used to tackle the issues concerned?
– What makes us choose a particular side of the wall?
– In what, socially accepted, ways can one particular point of view be supported?
– Are there any real solutions? Can “shaking the walls” be effective?
– Who should feel responsible to “shake the wall”? Academics? Artists? Politicians? Media?
– Who are the people who actually make a difference in the world-wide context?
– What are the dangers and ethical dilemmas that might be faced, when trying to shake most important walls?
– What barriers can be identified and modified by the particular works of art or theatre?
– How the divisions influence the language and social/political discourse?
– To what extent is it possible to heal the divisions through education?
– What educational tools proved to be more effective?

The Conference will last three days, each day will be devoted to specific subject:

First day (September 25th): Shaking the walls – project introduction and results.
Welcome lecture by Guy Le Jeune (Ireland)
Presentation of Shaking the Walls project (multiple speakers – project partners)
“SUSS!” by RaTaTam, from Reykjavik, Iceland – performance presentation (recording/streaming)

Second day (September 26th): Barriers in wide social and cultural contexts.
Key note speaker: Mary Ann DeVlieg (Italy)
Presentation of papers

Third day (September 27th): Arts (theatre, performance, literature).
Key note speaker: Prof. Małgorzata Grzegorzewska (Poland)
Presentation of papers
“Brave New Life” by Cooltour, from Ostrava, Czech Republic – performance presentation (recording/streaming)

There is no conference fee required!
To submit your proposal for presentation, please sign up HERE

Please note that we support cooperation between scholars and artists. Therefore – you can prepare your presentation in a tandem of trio with an artist or a scholar. The point is to use his/ her art to raise awareness about the walls between people, in practice. We would promote the proposals including practical rather than strictly academic approach.

Conference organisers:
Marta Nowicka
Anna Ratkiewicz
Anna Szynkaruk-Zgirska
Anna Nadrowska

Contact: shakingthewalls@gmail.com

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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The Songbirds

Songbirds Promotional Video from Guy Le Jeune on Vimeo.

The script for ‘The Songbirds’, an innovative new piece of theatre developed by An Grianán Theatre, has been informed by interviews involving people living with dementia who participated in an Ulster University research study on reminiscence led by the School of Nursing.

The Songbirds is a play about memory, humanity, love and life. It is also a play that explores the lived experience of people living with dementia and celebrates their lives and stories.

The piece is a two hander, performed by Donegal actors Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhridge and Valerie Bryce, and was written and directed by Guy Le Jeune (Shaking the Tale, Fiesta), whose practice is in the area of reminiscence theatre and theatre from memory.

It has already received remarkable audience feedback from student nurses, junior doctors, consultant psychiatrists, secondary school students and from people living with dementia themselves.

February 2020 dates

06-Feb: Engage with Age, The East Belfast Network Centre
07-Feb: University of Ulster, Magee First Year Nursing Students
11-Feb: Malone Sports Hall, Belfast Forward South Partnership
26-Feb: Courtyard Theatre, Newtownabbey
27-Feb: Riverside Theatre, Coleraine Institute of Nursing and Health Research

Audience Feedback

“Two brilliant actors presented the paly SongbirDs to the members of Dementia NI at Shaftsbury Square, and to be honest, I was totally overwhelmed. Every action mirrored the day to day life of having a family member with dementia. So much of our time is repetition and reminding my husband of things that happen in our lives and the actors portrayed this. It also showed that just take each day as it comes, still try to make memories and above all, laugh and have fun. The writer and everyone involved deserve recognition for the brilliant job they have done and hopefully it cab be televised and put out there as it really can help families. Take plenty of tissues as I am still crying with sadness and laughter, 3 days later.” Linda Marmion

“The Songbirds was absolutely brilliant. I thought it looked really good on the video but live it was terrific. The end of the piece of so moving, everyone loved it.” Eamon Quinn, Director, Engage With Age

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Shaking the Tale: The Winter’s Tale, 2019

A bohemian party in Magilligan. An Grianán Theatre and Parrabbola's Creative Europe funded production of The Winter's Tale. July 2019. Photo by David Faughnan. All rights reserved.

An Grianán Theatre and Parrabbola in association with Earagail Arts Festival and Donegal County Arts Office

The Winter’s Tale
by William Shakespeare
July 2019

Directed by Philip Parr

Performance locations:

Ballymacool Town Park & An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny
Greencastle, Donegal & Magilligan, Derry/Londonderry.

Produced by An Grianán Theatre (IRE) and Parrabbola (UK) this large scale, immersive community theatre production crossed the borders, the traditions and the waters of the north west.

Two Kingdoms, Sicilia and Bohemia divided by an ocean; two kings, raised together, but at odds without reason, a wronged queen; a lost princess, prison sentences, tragic deaths, bears and ocean voyages.

This immersive promenade show featured live music, a garden party, food and for our Inishowen performances, a ferry crossing.

Our Letterkenny performances were in An Grianán Theatre (Fri 19 July, moved indoors due to poor weather),  Ballymacool Town Park (Sat 20 July) while our Inishowen performances (Tues 23 & Wed 24 July) took place either side of the Foyle with the show including a ferry ride from Greencastle to Magilligan and back.

The Cast

Sicilia

The Royal Family

Leontes, King of Sicilia – David Monteith
Hermione, his Queen, daughter of the Emperor of Russia – Katie Prinsloo
Mamillius, their son, a Prince – Darragh Dunne O’Sullivan

The Court

Camillo, chief of staff to Leontes and his closest friend and adviser – Sean Donegan
Solius, the most senior of the lords and First Minister to the King – Aiden O’Shea
Antigonus, a noble lord, member of the inner cabinet and husband to Paulina – Cathal Stephens
Adamus, a young nobleman, and keeper of the prison – Anthony Redmond
Paulina, a noble lady, friend to Leontes and Hermione and wife to Antigonus – Maggie Hannon
Cleomenes, a noble lady, member of the court and the King’s ambassador – Razan Elnaim
Dion, a noble lady member of the court and the King’s ambassador – Saja Elnaim

In the Palace

Emilia, principal lady in waiting to Hermione – Marie Kelly
Iras, a singer, and lady in waiting – Christiona McGettigan
Samina, nurse to the Prince Mamillius, and a valued member of the Royal household – Laura Dunne

Bohemia

The Royal Family

Polixenes, King of Bohemia, childhood friend of Leontes – Tom Nelis
Florizel, his son, a prince – Jasper Lee Kardos
Narcisa, a noble woman in the Bohemian court and the Kings trusted messenger – Louise McCrossan
Theodora, a noble woman in the Bohemian court, sent as emissary to Sicilia – Triona Burke
Archidamus, captain of the King’s private ship, and a respected member of his entourage – Fionn Robinson

In the country

The Shepherd, an unlearned old man, farming and living simply in a remote rural community – Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhrigdhe
The Clown, his son, an honest but simple man full of hard work and loyalty – Oscar Murtagh
Perdita, a foundling, taken in by the Shepherd and brought up as his daughter and The Clown’s sister – Laramie Carey
Tereza, a country lass who sings very sweetly and prefers making music to making hay – Maryann McDonnell
Autolycus, a rogue – Patrick Quinn

In both countries

The Guides, who lead us through the story, and police Sicilia and Bohemia – Siobhan Coyle, Ciara Cunnane, Nicky Peeters, Guy Le Jeune

The Bohemians Musicians

Fionn Robinson, guitar
Dónall McGinley, fiddle and pipes
Matthew Melia, percussion
Siobhan Shiels, accordion and voice
Stephen Doohan, bouzouki
Liam Wagstaff, bouzouki, mandolin, guitar, voice

The Royal Sicilian Concert Band

The Creative Team

Director: Philip Parr
Producer: Patricia McBride
Additional dialogue and music: Guy Le Jeune
Musical Director: Fionn Robinson
Stage Manager: Jude Barriscale
An Grianán Technical Manager: Niall Cranney
Production Assistant: Annemarie Langan
Prop/Set Design: Brian Hanlon
Prop/Set Builder: Robert Attewell
Prop Assistants: Jasper Kardos, Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhrigdhe, Wenda Jean Campbell
Costume Designer: Joanne Quigley
Costume Coordinator: Annemarie Kilfeather
Costume Assistants – Deirdre McGinley Ramsay, Dorothy Mottram
Photography: David Faughnan
Marketing: Daithi Ramsay, Nicola Burns
Administrators: Helene McMenamin, Laura Ferry
Catering: Yes Chef Catering, Kealy’s Seafood Bar

Thanks to:
Paul Brown, Edel Corcoran (EAF) Phil Dalton, Brian Vaughan, Ian Mannix, Mohamed Hamouda (Bord Iascaigh Mhara), Gerard Kelly, Paul O’Sullivan (Scenic Lough Foyle Ferry), Richard Gillen (Causeway Coast and Glens), Michael Morgan (DAERA NI), David Donnelly (Donegal County Council), Traolach O’Fionnain (Arts Officer), Charlie Robinson, Martin McKinney (Irish Red Cross), Patricia (Kealy’s Seafood Bar), Susan McAleer (Greencastle Community Centre), Kevin Shields. Michael and Andy (Yes Chef), Charlie McConnalogue TD, Eoin Gillespie, Anne McGowan

Production dedicated to the memory of Matt Marks, composer of Daffodils and Autolycus’ Trio.

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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The Winter’s Tale cast

Sicilia

The Royal Family

Leontes, King of Sicilia – David Monteith
Hermione, his Queen, daughter of the Emperor of Russia – Katie Prinsloo
Mamillius, their son, a Prince – Darragh Dunne O’Sullivan

The Court

Camillo, chief of staff to Leontes and his closest friend and adviser – Sean Donegan
Solius, the most senior of the lords and First Minister to the King – Aiden O’Shea
Antigonus, a noble lord, member of the inner cabinet and husband to Paulina – Cathal Stephens
Adamus, a young nobleman, and keeper of the prison – Anthony Redmond
Paulina, a noble lady, friend to Leontes and Hermione and wife to Antigonus – Maggie Hannon
Cleomenes, a noble lady, member of the court and the King’s ambassador – Razan Elnaim
Dion, a noble lady member of the court and the King’s ambassador – Saja Elnaim

Part of our cast of The Winter’s Tale, left to right: Sean Donegan, Tom Nelis, David Monteith, Siobhan Coyle, Anthony Redmond and director Philip Parr.

In the Palace

Emilia, principal lady in waiting to Hermione – Marie Kelly
Iras, a singer, and lady in waiting – Christiona McGettigan
Samina, nurse to the Prince Mamillius, and a valued member of the Royal household – Laura Dunne

Bohemia

The Royal Family

Polixenes, King of Bohemia, childhood friend of Leontes – Tom Nelis
Florizel, his son, a prince – Jasper Lee Kardos
Narcisa, a noble woman in the Bohemian court and the Kings trusted messenger – Louise McCrossan
Theodora, a noble woman in the Bohemian court, sent as emissary to Sicilia – Triona Burke
Archidamus, captain of the King’s private ship, and a respected member of his entourage – Fionn Robinson

In the country

The Shepherd, an unlearned old man, farming and living simply in a remote rural community – Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhrigdhe
The Clown, his son, an honest but simple man full of hard work and loyalty – Oscar Murtagh
Perdita, a foundling, taken in by the Shepherd and brought up as his daughter and The Clown’s sister – Laramie Carey
Tereza, a country lass who sings very sweetly and prefers making music to making hay – Maryann McDonnell
Autolycus, a rogue – Patrick Quinn

In both countries

The Guides, who lead us through the story, and police Sicilia and Bohemia – Siobhan Coyle, Ciara Cunnane, Nicky Peeters, Guy Le Jeune

Musicians

Matthew Melia
Siobhan Shiels
Donall McGinley
Stephen Doohan
Guy Le Jeune
Fionn Robinson

Performance Dates

Ballymacool Park, Letterkenny
Fri 19 & Sat 20 July at 6pm
€15/€12

Greencastle/Magilligan
Tues 23 & Wed 24 July at 12.30pm
€20/€16*
*includes ferry crossing.

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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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Acclaimed English Actor David Monteith joins the cast of The Winter’s Tale

Renown English actor David Monteith has joined the cast of An Grianan Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale which will take place in Letterkenny on 19th & 20th July and in Greencastle/ Magilligan on 23rd & 24th July. It is one of the highlights of this year’s Earagail Arts Festival. David has extensive experience performing Shakespeare on stage, as well as having been in numerous films and tv shows. He is also well known in the UK as a public speaker on the issue of stillbirth. An Grianan Theatre are delighted to have him on board with his obvious theatrical and emotional range adding to the company on so many levels. 

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English Actor David Monteith, photo by David Faughnan

Shaking The Tale: The Winter’s Tale is an ambitious community led project with a cast of over 30 local people performing, along with 8 musicians and a brass band. The company will lead the audience around Ballymacool Park in Letterkenny, and for the Inishowen performances around Greencastle and over to Magilligan and back ! Food and refreshments will be served, and given that it’s Donegal (and Derry) in July sunblock and rain ponchos will also be on hand ! 

Ballymacool House, Letterkenny, photo by David Faughnan

PERFORMANCE DATES

Ballymacool Park, Letterkenny

Fri 19 & Sat 20 July at 6pm

€15/€12

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Greencastle as seen from the ferry from Magilligan, photo by David Faughnan.

Greencastle/Magilligan

Tues 23 & Wed 24 July at 12.30pm

€20/€16*

*includes ferry crossing.

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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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Take a journey with us this July.

 

Bohemia and Sicilia are two nations separated by an ocean. You are invited on a journey to both Kingdoms to see how the story unfolds. Come and join Kings, Queens, Princes, Shepherds, Rogues, Seafarers and All Sorts. Along the way there shall be feasting, merriment, a sea crossing, a brass band, dancing, music, song, disguises and surprises, intrigue and deception, as we present to you an outdoor production of William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. A Cautionary Tale for our times.

Ballymacool House forms the backdrop for part of the performance in Letterkenny.

The first journeys shall take place in Ballymacool Park, Letterkenny where the beautiful gardens shall be the formal palace of Leontes, King of Sicilia, set in the shadow of Ballymacool House.  The next journeys start in Greencastle, in Inishowen, in which the participants and the audience will travel across the sea to Magilligan and back again!

The scenic town of Greencastle in Inishowen.

Depending on location refreshments may include Irish Stew, chowder, sandwiches and fruit punch, and of course vegetarians will be suitably catered for. Local currency will be provided for this fare, but watch out for hawkers and snatch-purses. We would also remind you that wild animals are at large in Bohemia.

Catch the ferry to Magilligan, our Bohemia for The Winter’s Tale.

As the show has several settings it’s expected that you will be walking about 2 kilometres on pavements and grass, and we recommend wearing appropriate clothing and footwear for the weather and terrain, whatever that may be. It’s Donegal in July so we recommend sunblock and light rain jackets!

Performance Dates

Ballymacool Park, Letterkenny
Fri 19 & Sat 20 July at 6pm
€15/€12

Greencastle/Magilligan
Tues 23 & Wed 24 July at 12.30pm
€20/€16*
*includes ferry crossing.

Book now!

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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Music for Shaking the Tale

Live music is a big feature of our open air production of The Winter’s Tale.

Here’s a little snippet of the band in rehearsals, playing an original composition by Guy Le Jeune.

To book tickets or to find out more about the show visit this link.

Performance dates:

Fri 19 & Sat 20 July at 6pm
Ballymacool Park, Letterkenny

Tues 23 and Wed 24 July at 12.30pm
Greencastle/Magilligan

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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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, 2019


Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
in a site specific version devised by the students of An Grianán Youth Theatre from the original novel by Lewis Carroll.
Performed at Glenveagh National Park, Sat 15 June 2019 for Cruinniú na nOg.

Set in the beautiful gardens of Glenveagh Castle, this promenade style show was been devised by youth theatre members with director Nora Kavanagh, and featured many of Lewis Carroll’s memorable characters while incorporating elements from Glenveagh’s history to create a Donegal Wonderland. The three hour long performance featured a mixture of art installations, character walkabouts and live performances.

SCHEDULE

Chapter 1: Down The Rabbit Hole – at the Car Park/Visitors’ Centre Art (sound Installation & character walkabout)

Chapter 2: The Pool of Tears – in the swimming pool by the Boat House (art installation)

Chapter 3: The Caucus Race and a Long Tale – at the sundial in the Walled garden (1pm performance)

Chapter 4: The Rabbit Sends a Little Bill – The Boat House (art installation)

Chapter 5: Advice From a Caterpillar – at the View Garden (1.30pm performance)

Chapter 6: Pig and Pepper – in the Walled Garden (character walkabout)

Chapter 7: A Mad Tea-Party – in the Pleasure Grounds (performance 2pm)

Chapter 8: The Queen’s Croquet Ground – in the Tuscan Gardens (performance 2.30pm)

Chapter 9: The Mock Turtle’s Story in the Thyme Out Cafe

Chapter 10: Lobster Quadrille – in the courtyard outside the cafe (performance 3pm)

Chapter 11: Who Stole The Tarts? – in the Tuscan garden’s during Queen’s Croquet (character walkabout 2.30pm)

Chapter 12: Alice’s Evidence – in the Italian Terrace (performance 3.30pm)

Cast

Iga Blaszyk
Laramie Carey
Ciara Chernick
Elisha Devlin
Inan Ekici
Laura Foy
Kayleigh Gallagher
Jasper Kardos
Niamh Langan
Orla Lloyd
Saoirlaith Lusson
Megan Lynch
Amy McClintock
Patrick McCormack
Karina McGettigan
Mya McLaughlin
Maiya McMonagle
Ellen McMurrow
Angelique Mourier
Lucy Muldoon
Shauna O’Donnell
Jade Ormond
Aaron Quinn
Alanna Sweeney
Erinn Sweeney
Niamh Wilkin
Shannen Wilkin

Production Team

Director: Nora Kavanagh
Dramaturg: Kerri Lammas
Production Manager: Niall Cranney
Set/Prop Design: Robert Attewell
Costume Design: Annemarie Kilfeather
Technical Team: Annemarie Langan, Fergal Lonergan, Nora Kavanagh, Kerri Lammas
Photography/Videography: Nicola Burns, Daithi Ramsay, Emory Ramsay
Programme Design & Illustration: Nicola Burns

Project supported by An Grianán Theatre, Donegal County Library, Donegal County Council and Creative Ireland.

Special thanks to Therese, Sean and all the staff at Glenveagh National Park for their warm and accommodating welcome. Thank you to Donegal County Council for supporting this project and to Grove Furnishings and Studio 2 for assistance with props and costumes.

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The Songbirds, 2019

Valerie Bryce and Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhride in Songbirds

The Songbirds
2019 to present
Written and directed by Guy le Jeune
Cast: Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhridge and Valerie Bryce

The script for ‘The Songbirds’, an innovative piece of theatre developed by An Grianán Theatre, has been informed by interviews involving people living with dementia who participated in an Ulster University research study on reminiscence led by the School of Nursing.

The Songbirds is a play about memory, humanity, love and life. It is also a play that explores the lived experience of people living with dementia and celebrates their lives and stories.

The piece is a two hander, performed by Donegal actors Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhridge and Valerie Bryce, and was written and directed by Guy Le Jeune (Shaking the Tale, Fiesta), whose practice is in the area of reminiscence theatre and theatre from memory.

It has received remarkable audience feedback from student nurses, junior doctors, consultant psychiatrists, secondary school students and from people living with dementia themselves.

AUDIENCE FEEDBACK

“Two brilliant actors presented the paly Songbirds to the members of Dementia NI at Shaftsbury Square, and to be honest, I was totally overwhelmed. Every action mirrored the day to day life of having a family member with dementia. So much of our time is repetition and reminding my husband of things that happen in our lives and the actors portrayed this. It also showed that just take each day as it comes, still try to make memories and above all, laugh and have fun. The writer and everyone involved deserve recognition for the brilliant job they have done and hopefully it cab be televised and put out there as it really can help families. Take plenty of tissues as I am still crying with sadness and laughter, 3 days later.” Linda Marmion

“The Songbirds was absolutely brilliant. I thought it looked really good on the video but live it was terrific. The end of the piece of so moving, everyone loved it.” Eamon Quinn, Director, Engage With Age

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