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Radio Short Waves Showcase

Our Radio Short Waves writing course reached its conclusion on Thursday 15 December with a showcase performed to an invited audience of family and friends. Facilitated by playwright Tara McKevitt our group of 9 writers have been working since September on these short radio plays, each approximately 10 minutes in duration.

The Plays

A Chain of Events by John Logue
Windows by Michael Leddy
The Seventh Wall by Edwin Masterson
Pulse by Marie Kelly
The Lad’s Night Out by Pauric Gallagher
Rain by Fergal Lonergan
Cake by Meg Grehan
Clean by Averil Meehan
Sorry Wrong Target by Paul McCollum

Our Radio Short Waves cast: Fionn Robinson, Orlaith Gilchreest, Valerie Bryce and John D Ruddy.

Our Radio Short Waves cast: Fionn Robinson, Orlaith Gilchreest, Valerie Bryce and John D Ruddy.

The Cast

Valerie Bryce
Orlaith Glicreest
Fionn Robinson
John D. Ruddy

The Crew

Director: Guy Le Jeune

Stage Manager & Sound: Jude Barriscale

The Writers

John Logue was born in Derry, and has lived in Letterkenny for the past 30 years. He is married to Siobhan, and has two children, John F and Ali. John is a cabinet maker by trade, and a former Gaelic and Rugby footballer. He is currently Captain of Portsalon Golf Club. During the winter months he likes to enroll in night classes that challenge him. This Radio Play is his latest endeavour.

Marie Kelly has previously undertaken Creative Writing courses with Denise Blake, Ronan Carr and Patrick Kearney. She also has an interest in drama and has taken part in productions with Worklab, Bread and Roses, An Grianan Theatre, and An Grianan Actor’s Studio. This is her first radio drama.

Michael Leddy, originally from Leitrim, has lived in Donegal since 1999. He has been writing and acting on stage, and short films for thirty years. He collects various Old Time Radio shows from American radio, as well as Marvel Comics and rare, hard-to-find TV series. He wrote and directed a short film in 2013 Firefall. He previously had two short stories broadcast by RTE in the 90s. This is his first script for radio.

Edwin Masterson is from Northern Ireland and started writing with the Derry rehabilita- tion writers group after recovering from a serious illness. He is now an active member of Scribophile.com. An avid film aficionado and poetry enthusiast, he recently finished the NaNoWriMo challenge in November. He has previously completed an advanced course in scriptwriting at the Letterkenny Culture Centre as well as an International literary course at the L.Y.I.T.

Averil Meehan writes radio drama, poetry and fiction. Her radio play, “A Family Christmas” was broadcast twice by RTE. Her poetry collection, “Until Stones Blossom” is published by Summer Palace Press. Her writing has been published in literary journals and placed in various writing competi- tions.

Pauric Gallagher has been performing stand-up comedy all over Ireland since October 2013. He was a finalist in Forbidden Fruit Comedy Compe tition in 2015 and has played support for such names as Gearoid Farrelly, Pat McDonnell and Andrew Maxwell. He has recently returned from a tour of Canada. He is also a long standing mem- ber of the Diamond Writers group based in Raphoe and was a writer and director on the AyeTV1 webseries ‘Letterkenny People’.

Fergal Lonergan is a 16 year old nerd in 5th year in St. Eunans College. He first got into theatre with Letterkenny Youth Theatre and is focusing on comedy, writing sketches and directing for youth theatre the most notable being a stage adaptation of Blackadder. Fergal performs stand-up regularly, mainly in the Voodoo Vintage. After the Leaving Cert, he’s hopes to go on to study thea- tre and media, and eventually end up doing something in entertainment, be it comedy or writing weird, precipitation-based tragedies.

Meg Grehan is a writer and stage manager originally from Louth and now living in Letterkenny with too many pets, all with ridiculous names (Starbuck, Ororo, Catgar and Doctor George O’Malley). Likes include cake and pink things. Dislikes include the patriarchy and going outside. Meg’s first book The Space Between will be published in 2017 by Little Island.

 

Radio Short Waves course facilitator Tara McKevitt with its youngest participant Fergal Lonergan. A member of our youth theatre, Fergal was given a bursary by An Grianán to attend the course.

Radio Short Waves course facilitator Tara McKevitt with its youngest participant Fergal Lonergan. A member of our youth theatre, Fergal was given a bursary by An Grianán to attend the course.

The Facilitator

Tara McKevitt is from Moville, and has written for stage and radio, including RTE Radio 1, the Abbey Theatre, and Traverse Theatre. She has facilitated workshops in Higher Education, (NUIG VEC Galway), Youth Groups, Schools, Prisons, as well as various other community groups.

Project kindly supported by the Donegal County Council Arts Office.

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Cast announced for Beneath An Irish Sky

We are pleased to announce our cast for this dramatic reading of Kieran Kelly’s new play.

This March as part of our season of events to commemorate the 1916 Rising we will be holding a dramatic reading of a new play by local author and historian Kieran Kelly. Beneath an Irish Sky looks at the events of 1916 from a Donegal perspective. It is a fictionalised account of one man’s journey through those those turbulent times, questioning what made him pick up a gun to fight for his country and how one moment in his youth affected the rest of his life.

CAST
Jack Quinn (Brendan McDaid)
Patrick McBrearty (Francis Doherty)
Charlie Bonner (Patrick McDaid)
Orla Carlin (Mary McDaid )
Hugh Carr (Michael McDaid)
Tomás Barriscale (Young Brendan)
Michael Leddy (Fr John McCafferty)
Jason Daly (Dr JP Mc Ginley)

Charlie Bonner in the Lyric Theatre 2015 production of Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel

Charlie Bonner in the Lyric Theatre 2015 production of Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel

A professional actor with 25 years experience, Charlie Bonner most recently appeared at An Grianán in the acclaimed Livin’ Dred production The Kings of the Kilburn High Road and in last year’s Lyric Theatre production of the Brian Friel classic Dancing at Lughnasa.

Patrick McBrearty in An Grianan Theatre's Frank Pig Says Hello touring Ireland Sept to Oct 2014. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved.

Patrick McBrearty in An Grianan Theatre’s Frank Pig Says Hello,  Irish Tour Ireland Sept to Oct 2014. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved.

From St Johnson, Patrick McBrearty made his professional debut in our production of Frank Pig Says Hello also with director David Grant. He is currently appearing in Sole Purpose’s Blinkered and will soon appear in Belfast Tempest, a huge Shakespearean production which will feature a cast of 200 performers.

Jack Quinn as Fr Jack in An Grianán Productions' Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel, Oct/Nov 2002. Photo: Declan Doherty

Jack Quinn as Fr Jack in An Grianán Productions’ Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel, Oct/Nov 2002. Photo: Declan Doherty

Jack Quinn has had a long and varied career and has appeared many times in An Grianán productions including our very first touring show, Brian Friel’s Translations in 1999. He also appeared in our Irish Times Theatre award winning production  of Dancing at Lughnasa in 2002.

Orla Carlin (right) in Fiesta, July 2014. Photo by Declan Doherty.

Orla Carlin (right) in Fiesta, July 2014. Photo by Declan Doherty.

Orla Carlin’s previous roles with An Grianán include Fiesta, Brian Friel’s Aristocrats. She has also performed with the Letterkenny Pantomime Society and in the Letterkenny Music & Drama Group’s Don’t Tell the Wife.

Cast members Martin McGinley, Michael Leddy, Valerie Bryce and Eoghan MacGiolla Bhride.

Michael Leddy (second from left) in Bread and Roses Theatre’s Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay, July 2015. Photo by Rik Walton.

Originally from Leitrim but now based in Letterkenny, Michael Leddy’s recent acting roles include Puddle Alley’s Bookworms and last year’s Earagail Arts Festival hit Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay!

Jason Daly in Fiesta, July 2014. Photo by Declan Doherty.

Jason Daly in Fiesta, July 2014. Photo by Declan Doherty.

Jason Daly appeared in our production of The Freedom on the City in 2013 before going to Dublin to study at the Lir Academy of Performing Arts. He also had one of the principal roles in our original production of Fiesta in 2014.

Hugh Carr and Tomás Barriscale are both graduates of our Youth Theatre programme. Tomás is currently studying science in Cork while Hugh is getting ready for his Leaving Cert and planning to study theatre and acting at college.

A Terrible Beauty: Remembering 1916

Tues 22 March at 8pm
Beneath An Irish Sky – rehearsed reading
Tickets: €5 Book now

Wed 23 March at 8pm
The Rising
Tickets: €15/€12 Book now

Fri 1 April
Left Behind: The Widows of 1916
Tickets: €15/€12 Book now

This performance supported by Donegal County Council and the Ireland 1916 Cetenary programme.

This performance supported by Donegal County Council and the Ireland 1916 Centenary programme.

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