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An Grianán Theatre to produce Brian Friel’s The Enemy Within

 

The monastery at Iona, the setting of The Enemy Within

An Grianán Theatre embarks on its most ambitious production to date later this year, with Caitríona McLaughlin, the newly announced Artistic Director of the Abbey Theatre, directing a new version of Brian Friel’s The Enemy Within, and Sean McGinley the talented and popular actor originally from Ballyshannon, signed up to star in it.

This production is one of the signature events in the Colmcille 1500 commemorative year.

The Enemy Within is a major early work by Friel and examines a period in the life of Colmcille as a mature man, having worked in his ministry for many years and settled in his monastery in Iona yet still subject to the demands of his turbulent family clan in Donegal.

Rehearsals are planned to take place in Letterkenny throughout October and November, with live performances in An Grianán Theatre in mid November. The show will also be recorded and made available to other venues as a digital production.

This will be the first time that Caitriona McLaughlin has directed a Brian Friel play: “I think this is a beautiful play and as a Donegal woman, I am thrilled at the prospect of getting to direct my first Brian Friel play at home, in Donegal. It feels very special and important both personally and thematically. The themes of exile are all too familiar, just now, and the notion of battling conflicting thoughts, impulses or loyalties is a large part of the human condition, and particularly in Ireland. This forced time of reflection through Covid has had an impact on all of us and this opportunity for an exploration of that part of the human psyche feels timely and valuable right now. Plus of course we get to do this production as part of a Country wide celebration of St. Columba and 1500 years since his birth. A singular figure who has the kind of passion, drive and commitment we see today in the tenacity of our artists and sports heroes.”

Caitríona McLaughlin, director of An Grianán Theatre's The Enemy Within

Caitríona McLaughlin, Director of An Grianán Theatre’s The Enemy Within

Sean McGinley

Actor Sean McGinley, whose c.v. boasts roles in such films as The General, Braveheart, The Butcher Boy, and Gangs of New York, as well as prominent roles in Roddy Doyle’s TV Series The Family, and The Republic of Doyle, will star in An Grianán Theatre’s Production of Brian Friel’s The Enemy Within this November. Originally from Ballyshannon, McGinley started acting with the fledgling Druid company in Galway, while a student there in the late 1970s. It started him on a career that has taken him all over the world, on film and on stage. He was last seen on An Grianán’s stage in The Abbey production of Observe The Sons of Ulster in 2016.

Photo shows Sean McGinley in the Abbey's production of Observe The Sons of Ulster Marching Towards The Somme

Sean McGinley & Catríona McLaughlin

Brian Friel

Brian Friel was one of Ireland’s greatest ever playwrights. Born in Omagh and educated at St Columb’s College, Derry, and St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, where he studied for a career in the priesthood. Instead of going into the church he followed his father’s example into teaching, working at schools in and around Derry in the 1950s. In 1967 he moved to Donegal, where he lived, with his wife Anne, until his passing in October 2015.

His first stage success was in 1964 with Philadelphia, Here I Come! and his plays since then include The Freedom of the City (1973), Volunteers (1975), Translations (1980) Dancing at Lughnasa (1990) and Molly Sweeney (1994). Translations was also the first production for the important and influential Field Day theatre company, which Friel founded with the actor Stephen Rea.

Brian Friel with the cast of Translationss in 1999 – the first of several of his plays produced in-house by An Grianán Theatre.

An Grianán and Friel

An Grianán has a long history of producing Brian Friel’s work, the first An Grianán production was his play Translations, in 1999. Since then they have continued to produce many of his other plays over the years including major productions of Dancing at Lughnasa, Making History as part of the Flight of the Earls Commemorations, and The Home Place to celebrate his 80th birthday.

Caitríona McLaughlin

Caitríona McLaughlin is the newly appointed Artistic Director of the Abbey Theatre. Originally from Inishowen in County Donegal, Caitriona studied science at the University of Ulster before moving into theatre. Since 2017 she has been Associate Director at the Abbey Theatre, where her productions include: The Great Hunger by Patrick Kavanagh (with Conall Morrison); Citysong by Dylan Coburn Gray (ITTA nomination Best New Play); On Raftery’s Hill by Marina Carr, (for which she won Best Director at the 2019 ITTA); and Two Pints by Roddy Doyle, which toured widely in Ireland and the USA, and which she brought home to Simpson’s Bar in Carndonagh. She has also worked with theatre and opera companies on both sides of the border, including Wexford Opera, Hot for Theatre, INO, The Local Group, and Landmark, and she was the director on O’Casey in the Estate, a TV documentary shown on RTE.

Colmcille

1500 years ago, one of Ireland’s most famous sons was born in Gartan, Co. Donegal. With strong roots in the North West of Ireland, Colmcille (or St. Columba) went on to blaze a trail of cultural and social change around the world. He became one of Ireland’s three patron saints, the patron saint of Derry and his influence extends to this day.

Colmcille 1500

Donegal County Council and Derry City & Strabane District Council have come together, with support from the North West Development Fund, to commemorate Colmcille’s remarkable life and legacy with a series of events and activities throughout the coming year.

www.colmcille1500.com

Funding

Funding for this show comes from the Arts Council of Ireland, Creative Ireland, Donegal County Council and Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

https://www.angrianan.com/theenemywithin/

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Little Acorns – short plays to watch for free on demand

Earlier this year we commissioned 6 local writers to write short plays for us. We shared them online over the summer on our social media channels. You can catch up with them all on demand right here.

The Hug

Written by Michelle Dennehy, The Hug is a tender story about the flights of fancy a little girl and her grandmother enjoy as they play together. Cast: Gemma Walker-Farren and Sorcha Shanahan. More info.

Joss Paper and Roast Duck

In Joss Paper and Roast Duck a man is startled when his wife presents a shopping list – for her afterlife. Written by Eve Li and directed by Karen Quinn. Cast: Diana Cheung and John D Ruddy. More info.

Taster Session

For some life is a rollercoaster, for others it’s a treadmill of discontent. And for Annette? Well, maybe the gym isn’t for her. Cast: Valerie Bryce and Maggie Hannon. Written by Peggie Caldwell. More info.

Online Mass

Mass in the time of Covid – Packie is unimpressed when his wife Kathleen starts to deliver mass at the breakfast table. Charlie Bonner and Cathleen Bradley star in the third of our Little Acorns commissions. Written by Seamus McDermott.  More info.

The Author

The second of our Little Acorns short plays is The Author by Andrew Tinney. Louise Conaghan plays a character demanding better character development from author Laura Douglas. More info.

Blue Roses

Conspiracies abound in this comedy drama written by Anne Gallagher. Cast: Anne Gallagher, Ronan Carr and Cassie Riggs. More info.

About Little Acorns

At the end of January 2021 we put a call out for writers to submit short plays, 5 to 10 minutes long, that we could film and share on our social media platforms. We had over 50 plays submitted and chose 6 in all to turn into short films. The plays were filmed in April and May 2021 and shared for free online during summer 2021.

Little Acorns was filmed using equipment kindly funded by the Arts Council of Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaíon Capacity Building Support Scheme.

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Auditions for DramaCast

DramaCast is an exciting new initiative created by An Grianán Theatre to bring Shakespeare back into the classroom.

With Covid curtailing all live touring it’s been impossible for schools to take their classes to go and see plays live as normal. DramaCast is our attempt to fill that gap by selecting scenes relevant to the school curriculum and filming them here in An Grianán to distribute to local schools.

We’ve engaged local teacher Michael Kelly from Letterkenny’s St Eunan’s College to make sure the project is relevant to the curriculum while Iarla McGowan of Workhouse Theatre will direct key scenes for us.

Auditions

We are looking for some local actors to play some of the roles.

All applicants must be available from 16th – 27th August (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm) for rehearsing and filming.

Roles

  • Romeo (Playing age 18-22)
  • Juliet (Playing age 18-22)
  • Lady Macbeth (Playing age 25-35)

NB: all applicants must be over 18

For further information or to audition please email here.

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Monologues, An Grianán Youth Theatre, 2021

February 2021

Presented by An Grianán Youth Theatre

Monologues – An Grianán Youth Theatre from AnGrianan Theatre on Vimeo.

Our youth theatre monologues project was created in an effort to try and maintain youth theatre classes during Covid-19 restrictions over Winter 2020. When we first pitched the project in August 2020, we were still in a level 3 lockdown and in person classes were feasible, albeit with very reduced class numbers. Our intention had been to deliver a hybrid programme of both in person and online classes. However within a few weeks we were at first moved to level 4 and then, with the rest of the country, level 5, and all of our classes had to be delivered online. Our members stuck with us and in December, adhering to very strict quarantine measures, we were finally able to get our students into the theatre, one by one, to film their monologues.

The students were from our senior youth theatre with an age range of 13 to 18.

Want to join our youth theatre? We’re currently taking a break but if you would to be added to our waiting list you can do so by sending an eMail here – use the subject line ‘Youth Theatre Waiting List’.

A Bedtime Story
Written and performed by Inan Ekici

Always and Forever
Written by Frankie Wade
Performed by Niamh Langan and Frankie Wade

Audition
Written and performed by
Evin O’Donnell

Blank
Written and performed by
Isaac Morrison

Ghost
Written and performed by
Niamh Langan

Home
Written by Erinn Sweeney
Performed by Alice O’Connor

Late
Written and performed by
Shauna O’Donnell

My Last Word
Written by Kate Smyth
Performed by Zoe McCauley

Shipwrecked
Written and performed by
Jack Lydon

The Poem
Written and performed by
Siobhan O’Brien

The Proposition of Bianco Caruso
Written and performed by
Jade Ormond

The Undoing
Written by Ellen McMorrow
Performed by Ella Terry Sweeney

Director: Nora Kavanagh
Production Manager: Niall Cranney
Sound: Peter Rose
Filming: Eugene McGinty, Charlie Joe Doherty
Editing: Nicola Burns

Recorded at An Grianán Theatre, December 2020 in accordance with Covid-19 restrictions.

Special thanks to the team at the Regional Cultural Centre.

An Grianán Youth Theatre is an initiative of An Grianán Theatre.

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Manny Man Does the History of Ireland – Free Online Screening

Manny Man Does the History of Ireland on Stage Online - streaming 19 to 25 October 2020

We are making our production of John D Ruddy’s Manny Man Does The History of Ireland On Stage available to watch free online from Monday 19th through Sunday 25th October.

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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.

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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