Leader Funding: Community Touring Equipment Pack

Above: Patrick Quinn's play Revved will be one of first projects to use our newly purchased touring equipment thanks to generous funding from the Leader project.

Above: Patrick Quinn’s play Revved will be one of the first projects to use our newly purchased touring equipment thanks to generous funding from the Leader project.

An Grianán is delighted to acknowledge that it has received funding of €16,685 from the Leader programme towards the purchase of a Community Touring Equipment pack.

The touring pack consists of lighting, sound and operator controls able to be set up and operated in a very short space of time and is designed to allow the company to travel to community venues in the North West and deliver theatre and drama pieces to audiences unable to travel to the venue in Letterkenny.

An Grianán Theatre has a strong track record of producing plays and theatre productions both in the theatre and on tour to community centres and schools around the North West. As part of our 2020 artistic programme An Grianán was due to send out this “tour package” with a one woman show “The Experience of Being” by Carol Moore about the experience of aging in our society. We were also touring our production of “The Songbirds” by Guy Le Jeune based on the experience of people living with dementia and their carers. Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact upon the country we had to suspend these projects this year. However we do intend to return to these projects when restrictions are lifted again. In 2021 we will also put out a new play by Patrick Quinn entitled “Revved”.

The other advantages of this new equipment is that it is a ready-to-go package which includes a LED lighting which will reduce power consumption and reduce our carbon footprint. The planning for the touring package allows us to also employ at least one Donegal based touring technician and/or stage manager with each of the projects.

This project is supported by: Donegal LCDC. Donegal Local Development CLG, Donegal County Council and the Department of Rural & Community Development through grant aid received under The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development in Ireland 2014-2020 “Europe investing in rural areas”.

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Closed but work continues…Revved

The ongoing Covid restrictions are keeping our doors closed to the public but our work continues.

Recently we had local actor Patrick Quinn in for a development week on his new play Revved.

As a child Patrick, who is from Newmills in Letterkenny, was an active participant in our junior drama classes and An Grianán Youth Theatre. Now a drama graduate of Queen’s University, and currently studying for his MA at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Patrick has also appeared in a number of productions at An Grianán most recently in our outdoor production of The Winter’s Tale.

It was wonderful to be able to offer him the space and time to work on his new play, a drama set around the Donegal Rally. He was joined by director Emily Foran and stage manager Jude Barriscale to help him transition his play from page to stage.

We also had puppeteer Karen Torley of Banyan Theatre come into help Patrick infuse life into the props he’s planning to use in the play.

Watch out for Revved next year!

Side note: We should have been spending this winter working with Karen Torley on our big Christmas show, a special seasonal adaption of her show The Selkie called The Selkie’s Christmas Wish but alas Covid put an end to that. Here’s hoping that wishes really can come true and we can do it for Christmas 2021 instead.

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