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Lasta Shorts: Tuna – Watch now

The fifth and final of our Lasta shorts is Tuna, a hand drawn animation by Cliona Noonan. A late-night supermarket cashier with a strange obsession is visited by a mysterious customer.

Cliona Noonan is an Irish animator and filmmaker. She graduated from The National Film School of Ireland in 2019 with a BA in Animation. Her graduation film ‘TUNA’ has screened at festivals internationally. She has since gone on to direct the short film ‘Wet & Soppy’ as part of the 2020 ‘Animation Studio Lab’ programme, supported by Animation Skillnet. She was selected for the 2020 OFFline Animation Residency and is currently completing her new short film.

Watch the other Lasta Shorts:

Fisherman and Dog

Roman Picante

The Electric Wizard Episode 1 (NB: strong language, recommended ages 14+)

The Electric Wizard Episode 2 (NB: strong language, recommended ages 14+)

www.angrianan.com/lasta/

Logos:Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, Lasta, Nasc Touring Network, An Grianán Theatre, Donegal County Council, Arts Council of Ireland, Government of Ireland

Lasta is presented by NASC as part of Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, a nationwide, ten day season of arts experiences brought to you by the Arts Council. To see the full Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh programme, visit www.brighteningair.com

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Lasta Shorts: Fisherman and Dog – Watch now

Fisherman & Dog by Dylan Buter is a short animation aimed at children, but hopefully enjoyable at any age. If you are a fan of ‘Wallace and Gromit’ and ‘Adventure Time’ we think you’ll enjoy it.

Dylan Butter is from Donegal and studied animation for four years at the LYIT while also dabbling in film and motion graphics.

Watch the other Lasta Shorts:

Tuna

Roman Picante

The Electric Wizard Episode 1 (NB: strong language, recommended ages 14+)

The Electric Wizard Episode 2 (NB: strong language, recommended ages 14+)

www.angrianan.com/lasta/

Logos:Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, Lasta, Nasc Touring Network, An Grianán Theatre, Donegal County Council, Arts Council of Ireland, Government of Ireland

Lasta is presented by NASC as part of Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, a nationwide, ten day season of arts experiences brought to you by the Arts Council. To see the full Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh programme, visit www.brighteningair.com

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Lasta Shorts: Roman Picante – Watch now

The third of our Lasta animated shorts: World renowned sleuth Roman Picante investigates a mysterious art theft, the truth of which will shake him to his impeccably dressed core.

Matthew Donnelly is an illustrator and animator from Donegal whose limitless imagination combines a refined artistic quality with humorous storytelling.

Watch the other Lasta Shorts:

Tuna

Fisherman and Dog

The Electric Wizard Episode 1 (NB: strong language, recommended ages 14+)

The Electric Wizard Episode 2 (NB: strong language, recommended ages 14+)

www.angrianan.com/lasta/

Logos:Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, Lasta, Nasc Touring Network, An Grianán Theatre, Donegal County Council, Arts Council of Ireland, Government of Ireland

Lasta is presented by NASC as part of Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, a nationwide, ten day season of arts experiences brought to you by the Arts Council. To see the full Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh programme, visit www.brighteningair.com

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Lasta Shorts: The Electric Wizard Episode 2 – Watch now

NB: The Electric Wizard contains strong language. Not recommended for under 14s.

Lasta Shorts. The Electric Wizard Episode 2 from AnGrianan Theatre on Vimeo.

The second of our Lasta Shorts, a showcase of animated shorts made by local creators. Episode 2 of The Electric Wizard was created by Eoin O’ Kane, a 2D animator from Letterkenny who studied animation at LYIT. Eoin animates using Flash and other 2D animation software, using traditional frame-by-frame animation techniques. He likes to make colourful cartoons that you might see on tv at 4 a.m.

Watch the other Lasta Shorts:

Tuna

Fisherman and Dog

Roman Picante

The Electric Wizard Episode 1 (NB: strong language, recommended ages 14+)

www.angrianan.com/lasta/

Logos:Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, Lasta, Nasc Touring Network, An Grianán Theatre, Donegal County Council, Arts Council of Ireland, Government of Ireland

Lasta is presented by NASC as part of Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, a nationwide, ten day season of arts experiences brought to you by the Arts Council. To see the full Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh programme, visit www.brighteningair.com

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Lasta Shorts: The Electric Wizard – Watch now

NB: The Electric Wizard contains strong language. Not recommended for under 14s.

Here’s the first of five short animations we’re presenting as as part of Lasta Shorts, a showcase of animated shorts made by local creators. The Electric Wizard was created by Eoin O’ Kane, a 2D animator from Letterkenny who studied animation at LYIT. Eoin animates using Flash and other 2D animation software, using traditional frame-by-frame animation techniques. He likes to make colourful cartoons that you might see on tv at 4 a.m.

Watch the other Lasta Shorts:

Tuna

Fisherman and Dog

Roman Picante

The Electric Wizard Episode 2 (NB: strong language, recommended ages 14+)

www.angrianan.com/lasta/

Logos:Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, Lasta, Nasc Touring Network, An Grianán Theatre, Donegal County Council, Arts Council of Ireland, Government of Ireland

Lasta is presented by NASC as part of Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, a nationwide, ten day season of arts experiences brought to you by the Arts Council. To see the full Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh programme, visit www.brighteningair.com

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Lasta – download the programme now.

Click to view the Lasta programme

The Lasta festival kicks off this Thursday evening with a special launch concert from Soda Blonde.

Over the ten days of the festival we have a huge variety of events to enjoy online from Olivier award winning dramas to puppet workshops! You can download the programme here or check out our events page for all our Lasta shows and workshops.

An Grianán Theatre is delighted to be one of the participating venues presenting Lasta: a national arts programme for young people by young people. Lasta is presented by the NASC Network as part of Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, a nationwide, ten-day season of arts experiences brought to you by the Arts Council.

In a new innovative approach to programming, twenty-one young curators were engaged by the Nasc venues to programme a festival of work for children and young people from 11th to 20th June 2021, delivering for the first time, a national arts programme curated entirely by young people.

An Grianán’s young curators Fergal Lonergan and Ailis Cross Gorman have put together a great selection of events to appeal to all ages.

The NASC Network Venues are Backstage Theatre (Longford) www.backstage.ie,  Dunamaise Arts Centre (Portlaoise) www.dunamaise.ie, glór (Ennis) www.glor.ie,  An Grianán (Letterkenny) www.angrianan.com,  Lime Tree Theatre (Limerick) www.limetreetheatre.ie, Pavilion Theatre (Dún Laoghaire) www.paviliontheatre.ie,  Siamsa Tíre (Tralee) www.siamsatire.com and Town Hall Theatre (Galway) www.tht.ie.

Lasta is based on an original project conceived and delivered by Backstage Theatre, Longford in 2020.

To find out more about Lasta events happen nationally check out this link: https://linktr.ee/lastafestival2021.

Join the conversation here:

Instagram @lastafestival2021 │ Facebook.com/lastafestival2021 │ TikTok @lastafestival21 | Twitter.com @lfestival2021

For more information on Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh go to www.brighteningair.com. Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh is brought to you by the Arts Council, funded by the Government of Ireland and produced by Schweppe Curtis Nunn.

www.angrianan.com/lasta/

Logos:Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, Lasta, Nasc Touring Network, An Grianán Theatre, Donegal County Council, Arts Council of Ireland, Government of Ireland

Lasta is presented by NASC as part of Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, a nationwide, ten day season of arts experiences brought to you by the Arts Council. To see the full Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh programme, visit www.brighteningair.com

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Lasta – highlights at An Grianán

Actor Pat Kinevane holds a sign with 'Wonderful' written on it, in a scene from his play 'Silent.

An Grianán Theatre is delighted to be one of the participating venues presenting Lasta: a national arts programme for young people by young people. Lasta is presented by the NASC Network as part of Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, a nationwide, ten-day season of arts experiences brought to you by the Arts Council.

In a new innovative approach to programming, twenty-one young curators were engaged by the Nasc venues to programme a festival of work for children and young people from 11th to 20th June 2021, delivering for the first time, a national arts programme curated entirely by young people.

An Grianán’s young curators Fergal Lonergan and Ailis Cross Gorman have put together a great selection of events to appeal to all ages.

An Grianán Theatre Lasta Highlights

Highlights include Pat Kinevane’s Olivier Award winning masterpiece Silent, newly recorded by Fishamble to celebrate the play’s tenth anniversary – dare to laugh at despair and gasp at redemption in this brave, bleak, beautiful production. Watch it on demand Fri 18 to Sun 20 June.

Weekend Warrior is Tony Doyle’s one man comedy piece about alcoholism and addiction – trust us, it’s no laughing matter. Watch it on demand from Fri 11 to Sun 13 June.

This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing is a five part audio drama presented by The Everyman and Graffiti Theatre Company. Suitable for audiences ages 8 and over, this allegory about growing into your own skin is accompanied by a resource pack full of fun, interactive activities. Available on demand for the duration of the festival.

We’ve teamed up with our friends at the Regional Culture Centre to present Alone Together, a music festival featuring five emerging regional acts. Tune in to see Tramp, Happy Out, George Houston, Lunch Machine and Laytha perform some of their new material and find out what they have been up to over the lockdown period. Launches at 9pm on Cruinniú na nÓg (Fri 12 June).

We’ll also be going behind the scenes of Revved, a new drama written by Letterkenny born actor Patrick Quinn. Patrick will give us an insight into the challenges of making theatre during lockdown.

Banyan Theatre, a much loved audience favourite at the Earagail Arts Festival, joins Lasta to present a special online version of their show Little Red Riding Hood and will also present a puppet making workshop.

Other highlights include a showcase of locally produced animated shorts, a short documentary about Oona Doherty’s breakthrough show Hope Hunt, drawing and creative writing workshops, a skateboard documentary and Illuminate, an online exhibition of digital illustration and art from young and emerging artists. We’ll be announcing the full programme of events soon.

The NASC Network Venues are Backstage Theatre (Longford) www.backstage.ie,  Dunamaise Arts Centre (Portlaoise) www.dunamaise.ie, glór (Ennis) www.glor.ie,  An Grianán (Letterkenny) www.angrianan.com,  Lime Tree Theatre (Limerick) www.limetreetheatre.ie, Pavilion Theatre (Dún Laoghaire) www.paviliontheatre.ie,  Siamsa Tíre (Tralee) www.siamsatire.com and Town Hall Theatre (Galway) www.tht.ie.

Lasta is based on an original project conceived and delivered by Backstage Theatre, Longford in 2020.

To find out more about Lasta events happen nationally check out this link: https://linktr.ee/lastafestival2021.

Join the conversation here:

Instagram @lastafestival2021 │ Facebook.com/lastafestival2021 │ TikTok @lastafestival21 | Twitter.com @lfestival2021

For more information on Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh go to www.brighteningair.com. Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh is brought to you by the Arts Council, funded by the Government of Ireland and produced by Schweppe Curtis Nunn.

www.angrianan.com/lasta/

Logos:Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, Lasta, Nasc Touring Network, An Grianán Theatre, Donegal County Council, Arts Council of Ireland, Government of Ireland

Lasta is presented by NASC as part of Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, a nationwide, ten day season of arts experiences brought to you by the Arts Council. To see the full Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh programme, visit www.brighteningair.com

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Lasta – First events announced

NASC in association with Brightening Air/ Coiscéim Coiligh
presents
Lasta: A national arts programme for young people by young people
From Friday 11th to Sunday 20th June 2021

The Nasc network of venues is delighted to present Lasta: A national arts programme for young people by young people. Lasta is presented as part of Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, a nationwide, ten-day season of arts experiences brought to you by the Arts Council.

In a new innovative approach to programming, twenty-one young curators were engaged by the Nasc venues to programme a festival of work for children and young people from 11th to 20th June 2021, delivering for the first time, a national arts programme curated entirely by young people.

Under the guidance of theatre artists Maisie Lee and Fionn Foley, these young people have worked collaboratively to deliver an ambitious programme of work for young people across the country.

The Curators have delivered a unique and diverse programme of events to take place within the 10-day festival featuring theatre, dance, visual art, music, film, spoken word along with innovative site specific and multi-disciplinary events.

Highlights of the Festival include AfroPopCity, a Limerick based Afrobeat and Hip-Hop Collective; celebrating 10 years of Silent, Pat Kinevane’s Olivier Award-winning play; What Moves You, featuring Snowflake-author Louise Nealon in conversation with movement artist Douglas Reddan; NewDad, recorded live on the main stage of the Town Hall Theatre Galway specially for the Lasta Festival; Owen Colgan, star of the hit show The Hardy Bucks, brings you The Dance of Life a collection of videos that some have been saying are the best collection of videos since Gran turismo on Playstation 1!; Aoife Meade; Lisa Canny; and Drifting, set in a small midlands town, and featuring Paul Mescal and Dafhyd Flynn.

Featuring multiple disciplines and reflecting the diversity of modern Ireland, this pioneering project will showcase the breadth of creativity of our future arts programmers and producers.

This promises to be a fresh, fun, diverse, accessible, and exciting festival of events. Booking is now open with many events free to attend.

Further information and booking can be found on venue websites or https://linktr.ee/lastafestival2021

The NASC Network Venues are Backstage Theatre (Longford) www.backstage.ie,  Dunamaise Arts Centre (Portlaoise) www.dunamaise.ie, glór (Ennis) www.glor.ie,  An Grianán (Letterkenny) www.angrianan.com,  Lime Tree Theatre (Limerick) www.limetreetheatre.ie, Pavilion Theatre (Dún Laoghaire) www.paviliontheatre.ie,  Siamsa Tíre (Tralee) www.siamsatire.com and Town Hall Theatre (Galway) www.tht.ie.

Lasta is based on an original project conceived and delivered by Backstage Theatre, Longford in 2020.

Please click on the link https://linktr.ee/lastafestival2021 to find out more about all Lasta events nationally.

Join the conversation here:

Instagram @lastafestival2021 │ Facebook.com/lastafestival2021 │ TikTok @lastafestival21 | Twitter.com @lfestival2021

For more information on Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh go to www.brighteningair.com. Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh is brought to you by the Arts Council, funded by the Government of Ireland and produced by Schweppe Curtis Nunn.

www.angrianan.com/lasta/

Logos:Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, Lasta, Nasc Touring Network, An Grianán Theatre, Donegal County Council, Arts Council of Ireland, Government of Ireland

Lasta is presented by NASC as part of Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, a nationwide, ten day season of arts experiences brought to you by the Arts Council. To see the full Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh programme, visit www.brighteningair.com

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Announcing Lasta – Young Curators Festival

Promotion image for Lasta festival shows a motion blurred image of a sparkler against a black background.

Lasta is an exciting arts programme curated by young people for young people in eight Nasc Network venues across Ireland

In a new innovative approach to programming, twenty-one young curators have been engaged by the Nasc venues to programme a festival of work for children and young people from 11th to 20th June 2021, delivering for the first time, a national arts programme curated entirely by young people.

Under the guidance of theatre artists Maisie Lee and Fionn Foley, these young people will work collaboratively to deliver an ambitious programme of work for young people across the country.

Featuring multiple disciplines and reflecting the diversity of modern Ireland, this pioneering project offers a unique opportunity to develop our future arts programmers and producers.

Lasta Young Curators Ailis Cross Gorman and Fergal Lonergan.

An Grianán’s young curators are Ailis Cross Gorman and Fergal Lonergan. As well as programming events especially for An Grianán, they will collaborate with the other young curators to help programme events to be shared across the eight partner venues. Fergal is a former member of An Grianán Youth Theatre and is currently studying Drama at Trinity College Dublin. Ailis is an award winning film artist from Inishowen with a BA in Creative Arts from Aberystwyth University. Find out more about our young curators here.

Background

Lasta has evolved from a young curators’ programme originally created by the Backstage Theatre in Longford in 2020. That project engaged four young curators with an aim of giving young people a voice in programming at the venue. Such was the success of the project that in 2021 it was decided to expand the festival across all eight venues in the Nasc Network.

As part of this project, our young curators will also deliver events for children during Cruinniú na nÓg which this year will take place on Saturday 12 June.

Lasta promise to be a fresh, fun, diverse, accessible and exciting festival of events. Watch this space for future updates.

About NASC

Established in 2006, the Nasc Network is a partnership of eight venues who work together to present touring projects and share marketing and other areas of expertise.

The NASC Network Venues are An Grianán (Letterkenny), Backstage (Longford), Dunamaise (Port Laoise), Glór (Ennis), The Lime Tree (Limerick), The Pavilion (Dun Laoghaire), Siamsa Tíre (Tralee) and Town Hall Theatre (Galway).

Lasta is presented by NASC as part of Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh.

Logos:Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, Lasta, Nasc Touring Network, An Grianán Theatre, Donegal County Council, Arts Council of Ireland, Government of Ireland

For more information on Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh go to www.brighteningair.com. Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh is brought to you by the Arts Council, funded by the Government of Ireland and produced by Schweppe Curtis Nunn.

www.angrianan.com/lasta

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World premiere of new Frank McGuinness play this April

An Grianán and our partner venues in the Nasc Network are delighted to co-present the world premiere of acclaimed Donegal playwright’s new play with the Gate Theatre.

In the first online Gate At Home production, a new play by Frank McGuinness will have its world premiere streamed from the Gate auditorium next month.

Frank McGuinness wrote the play during lockdown for the two renowned Irish actors Stephen Rea and Judith Roddy. Fellow Inishowen native Caitríona McLaughlin, newly appointed Artistic Director- designate of the Abbey Theatre, will direct the production.

This moving new play about an Irish father (Stephen Rea) and daughter (Judith Roddy) at visiting hour in a nursing home during the pandemic, will be performed and recorded in the Gate auditorium, and streamed to audiences on April 22nd, 23rd and 24th at 7.30pm.

The play quietly observes a daughter visiting her elderly father in his nursing home. His mind is beginning to wander, but conversations about the past can be dangerous, and family memories can look very different, depending on who is telling the story.

Gate At Home is a new artistic initiative of bespoke productions streamed from the Gate Creative Studio re-creating a unique and distinctive performance experience viewable from home.

Patricia McBride, director of An Grianán, “We are delighted to team up with the Gate Theatre to bring our audiences this new play by Frank McGuinness, directed by Caitriona McLaughlin and starring Stephen Rea and Judith Roddy. We are really pleased and proud to celebrate our Donegal connections with the outstanding creative team on this project. Caitriona McLaughlin from Inishowen is an esteemed director and Artistic Director designate of our National Theatre. Frank McGuinness, also from Inishowen is a distinguished, internationally lauded writer and is simply a national treasure. Renowned actors Judith Roddy and Stephen Rea have graced the stage of An Grianán Theatre on many occasions and we are delighted to have them back in this virtual tour.”

“I am thrilled to bring this dynamic creative team together for our first Gate At Home production,” said Selina Cartmell, Gate Director. “The Gate team have worked so hard to make this production happen, despite the ongoing financial challenges of the pandemic. With the welcome government investment of our vital Arts Council funding, last month we were able to announce the Gate Creative Studio, the Gate Masterclasses, and a series of commissions for Irish writers and theatre companies. Now we are especially grateful to bring theatre production back to the Gate in 2021.”

Frank McGuinness

Frank McGuinness’s extraordinary plays have been produced around the world to critical acclaim, including The Factory Girls, Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me and Dolly West’s Kitchen. His adaptations for theatre form an exceptional body of work with translations of the plays of Racine, Sophocles, Ibsen, Lorca and Strindberg. Productions of his plays at the Gate include Innocence (1986) and The Bread Man (1990). Adaptions include Peer Gynt by Henrik Ibsen (1988), Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov (1990) and The Threepenny Opera by Bertold Brecht (1991).

His play Gates of Gold (2002), commissioned by the Gate, was a work of fiction inspired by the lives of Gate founders Hilton Edwards and Michael MacLiammoir. It offered a fascinating glimpse into a unique partnership, two lives devoted to each other, and to the theatre they founded.

The Visiting Hour Cast and Creative Team

Cast: Stephen Rea and Judith Roddy
Directed by Caitríona McLaughlin
Set and Costume Design by Katie Davenport
Lighting Design by Paul Keogan
Sound and Composition by Tom Lane

Booking

Thursday 22 April 7.30pm

Friday 23 April 7.30pm

Friday 23 April – CAPTIONED 7.30pm

Saturday 24 April 7.30pm

€20 early bird available until April 2
€15 concession | €25 standard ticket | €40 household ticket | €50 support the Gate ticket
Running time: 60 minutes. A captioned version of the production will be streamed April 23rd.

A Digital Tour, presented in partnership with venues around Ireland in the NASC Theatre
Network including: An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny, Backstage Theatre, Longford,
Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise, glór, Ennis, Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick, Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire, Siamsa Tíre, Tralee and Town Hall Theatre, Galway.
The Gate is also happy to welcome Lyric Theatre, Belfast as a Digital Tour location.

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