Winter Spring 2018 brochure available to download now

Cover of An Grianan Theatre's winter/spring 2018 events guide brochureOur latest brochure is currently being printed and will be available next week. In the meantime you can download a digital copy here:


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Change to drama class location Sat 2 December

Sat 2 December
Due to An Grianán’s packed schedule this weekend we have had to temporarily relocate this Saturday’s drama classes to Pinehill Studios on the Mountaintop. Class times remain the same.

Sat 9 December
We are back in the theatre for the final class of the year. This will be our end of course showcase.
Can all students please be at the theatre for 10.30am.
Showcase: 12.30pm in the auditorium.

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Want to work with us? Vacancies on our CE scheme.

Random photos of An Grianan. Dinosaurs of Donegal. Culture Night 2017. Photo by Paul McGuckin.

We wish to recruit the following staff under the Community Employment Scheme:

Box Office Assistant

Front of House Ushers

Community Employment Rates and Conditions apply. Please note the eligible age for participation on Community Employment is 21 years. Please contact your local Department of Social Protection office for details of any exceptions to this.

To apply please send your CV and PPS number to:

Martina Murphy

Community Employment Supervisor

An Grianán Theatre

Port Rd


Co Donegal


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Reminder: no youth theatre or drama classes classes over Halloween.

We’re taking a break for Halloween so there will no drama classes on Sat 28 Oct, Wed 1 Nov and Sat 4 Nov.

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Musically On Cue Production Week notes

A reminder to our drama students of this week’s Production Week Timetable for Musically On Cue:

Wednesday 15th June
4pm @ An Grianan Theatre
Technical Rehearsal:  This final rehearsal is one of the most important for best Sound & Lighting, Props, Costume, and the first time the cast will see their set.    We aim to let mini stars away by 6.30pm all other groups will remain till 7.30pm.
Thursday 16th June
5pm @ An Grianan Theatre.
Doors open at 7.15pm. Show starts at 7.30pm

Please send children with a healthy snack as they will be quite a long time in their dressing rooms.

NB: On Cue Academy will also be holding an After Party on the following dates.
Letterkenny Pinehill Studios 24th June at 4pm – 6.30pm
The Workhouse Dunfanaghy 28th June at 4pm – 6.30pm

An Grianan Students are welcome to attend either After Party but please bring €8 as the party has already been included in the On Cue students course fees.

For details contact: oncueperformingarts @ gmail .com.

Enjoy the show!

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NOTIFICATION: Temporary Closing of Roads Sat 11 June 2016



Notice is hereby given that Donegal County Council has made an Order closing the L1004 Upper Port Road / Ramelton Road from the junction with Station Roundabout to the Courthouse junction for the following period: 11.00am to 2.00pm on Saturday, 11th June 2016, for the purpose of facilitating a Presidential visit to An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.

Alternative Routes:

Traffic approaching the Station Roundabout travelling to the Main Street Area should divert via Pearse Road and Justice Walsh Road.

Traffic approaching from Oldtown Road travelling to the Main Street Area should divert via Oliver Plunket Road or Justice Walsh Road.

Additional Traffic Management plans and diversions will be in operation throughout Letterkenny to facilitate safe access on the day.

John G. McLaughlin
Director of Service
Donegal County Council

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A Terrible Beauty: Remembering 1916

A Terrible Beauty: Remembering 1916 is our short season of events marking the centenary of the Easter Rising.

We have three shows which will look at 1916 from three different perspectives. We have a dramatic reading of Kieran Kelly’s new play Beneath An Irish Sky which looks at the impact that the Rising had on Donegal. Then we have two Letterkenny performers, John D Ruddy and Brian Gillespie, starring in The Rising, a fast paced and entertaining show which looks at the events that led to 1916 including the first World War. Finally we have Left Behind,  a music concert from Michelle O’Rourke and composer Simon O’Connor which is inspired by some of the women involved in the Rising.

The British troops departing Letterkenny in 1922 following the War of Independence

British troops departing Letterkenny in 1922 following the War of Independence

Beneath An Irish Sky, Tues 22 March 2016 at 8pm Tickets: €5

How did the events of Easter week 1916 affect the people of Letterkenny and Donegal? Based on archive reports and eye witness testimonies, Beneath an Irish Sky 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.

Written by local author and historian Kieran Kelly, Beneath An Irish Sky will be presented as a rehearsed reading featuring a cast of eight actors directed  by David Grant (Frank Pig Says Hello, A Midsummer Night’s Dream). Find out more.

Ireland 1916 2016 The Rising  with John Ruddy and Brian Gillespie March 2016 Easter

The Rising: John D Ruddy reprises his role alongside new cast member Brian Gillespie (not pictured).

The Rising, Wed 23 March 2016 at 8pm. Tickets: €15/€12

Touring nationally to great acclaim, this production features two local performers –  John D Ruddy is a Letterkenny based actor whose recent roles include Fiesta, The 39 Steps and I Would Walk These Fields Again. A native of Letterkenny, Brian Gillespie now lives in London where he is the artistic director of B-Hybrid Dance.

Described by the Irish Times, as “90 minutes of exhilarating and terrifying factual theatre”, The Rising relives the tumultuous days of the 1916 Rising through the eyes of two friendly adversaries, O’Brien, a Catholic, and Mc Keague, a Protestant. Over an action packed performance O’Brien and McKeague will tell the story of this pivotal event in Irish history in vaudeville style, with humour, song and dance, as they re-enact the Rising and the events that led to it, including World War 1. Find out more.

Simon O'Connor and Michelle O'Rourke - Left Behind: songs of the widows of 1916. An Grianan Letterkenny April 2016

Composer Simon O’Connor and vocalist Michelle O’Rourke present Left Behind: Songs of the 1916 Widows. 1 April 2016.

Left Behind: Songs of the 1916 Widows, Friday 1 April 2016 at 8pm Tickets: €15/€12

Written by composer and curator Simon O’Connor, and commissioned and presented by vocalist Michelle O’Rourke, Left Behind is a new collection of songs to mark the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising.Drawing on the experiences of women closely connected to the conflict, including the wives of prominent rebel leaders, O’Rourke and O’Connor have created a unique suite of compositions that offer an emotional, human perspective on a narrative that is too often told in baldly male heroic terms.

Beginning life as simple vocal/piano pieces, these songs have been transformed with the addition of O’Connor’s former bandmates from celebrated Dublin rock band The Jimmy Cake.

This small ensemble brings a volatile, dramatic energy to the retelling of the stories of Lillie Connolly, Grace and Muriel Gifford, Agnes Mallin and others. Find out more.

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

These events supported by Donegal County Council and the Ireland 1916 Cetenary programme.

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Our new Arts Magazine is here!

An Grianán Extra – A Wee Bit More is our new arts magazine.

Designed to compliment our standard events brochure, Extra offers a slightly more in depth look at some of our upcoming shows.

We have a profile on Donegal playwright Frank McGuinness written by Jessica Trainer, Literary Manager of the Abbey Theatre as well as a piece by theatre-artist-in-residence Guy Le Jeune talking about what he has planned for his residency.

Cover art for An Grianán Theatre's arts magazine by Laura Buchanan.

Cover art for An Grianán Theatre’s arts magazine by Laura Buchanan.

Our cover art is by artist Laura Buchanan and is inspired by photos from the 1916 Rising.

We also have a look back at the controversy surrounding The Kings of the Kilburn High Road when we first had it back in 2000.

Writer and local historian Kieran Kelly introduces his new play Beneath An Irish Sky which looks at how the events of the 1916 Rising affected Donegal. We will be holding a rehearsed reading of it as part of our short series events remembering 1916 which you can also read about in Extra.

Our director Patricia McBride offers her pick of the season as does well known writer and performer Little John Nee. What shows did they pick? Read the magazine now to find out!

You can read An Grianán Extra – A Wee Bit More online now. Hard copies are available at our box now.

Back cover art for An Grianán Theatre's arts magazine by Laura Buchanan.

Back cover art for An Grianán Theatre’s arts magazine by Laura Buchanan.

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Job Vacancy: Accounts Assistant (Maternity Cover)

UPDATE 30/11/15: this position has been filled.

An Grianán Theatre wishes to recruit an Accounts Assistant. This position is part time and is available for a six month period to provide cover for a Maternity Leave within the organisation. Cover is required from the beginning of January 2016 for a six month period.   This is a Part Time position- 2 to 3 days per week maximum.

•    A minimum of two years experience working in a similar office environment is required.
•    Knowledge and experience of computerised accounting software is also essential.
•    A working knowledge of Sage Accounting software is desirable.
•    Remuneration for the position is negotiable depending on experience.
•    Please apply in writing enclosing a CV and a cover letter outlining your suitability for the position.

Job Description


Reporting to the Administrator and operating as part of An Grianán Theatre’s management team, to assist with the day-to-day financial administration of the theatre.

(a)    Operate the day to day accounts on Sage Computerised Accounts Package
(b)    Prepare Bank reconciliation
(c)    Prepare accounts for payment including artist payments.
(d)    Prepare daily lodgements of box office receipts and ancillary sales to bank.
(e)    Keep appropriate financial records for all the theatre’s activities including performances, workshops, classes and touring projects.
(f)    Deal with day to day correspondence and telephone enquiries
(g)    Negotiate favourable rates for all Theatre Purchases including stationery, office equipment, cleaning materials, consumable stock etc. and ordering plus stock control of same.
(h)    Carry out any other duties, which reasonably fall within the broad terms of the principal responsibilities.

Please apply to:

Patricia McBride
An Grianán Theatre
Port Road
Co Donegal
Application Deadline – Friday 13 November 2015.

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Business as normal from Mon 27 April 2015!

It’s good to be back! We’re now four weeks into our building renovations and we are looking forward to opening our doors to the public this Monday 27 April.

While work to replace our roof is on going, the scaffolding will remain in place until all work is completed. But in the meantime it is business as normal so don’t let the scaffolding put you off!

To celebrate our re-opening our Eatery cafe will be offering complimentary teas and coffees on Mon from 9.30am to 3pm. And if you fancy a bite to eat you can check out our menu here.

Our first show is the comedy Weighing-In and we will be providing a complimentary glass of Presecco to all audiences members. Now who’s good to you?!

NB: there will be restricted car park access for the duration of the building work. The upper half of our car park remains closed so we strongly advice allowing extra time to find a parking space if you are attending a performance. Car park is free on the Main street after 6pm and parking is also available up the street from us at the Grill Night Club and behind the Court House on Justice T Walsh Rd.



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