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Casting the Tale: Open auditions for The Winter’s Tale

Open auditions for Shaking the Tale: April 2019

OPEN AUDITIONS
Venue: An Grianán Theatre

Dates: Sat 27 & Sun 28 April
Times: 10am to 6pm

If you would like to take part in our big outdoor production for this year’s Earagail Arts Festival please come along to our open auditions this weekend. There’s no need to pre-register or prepare anything in advance – just come along anytime between 10am to 6pm Saturday or Sunday.

We are looking for actors, musicians, dancers, circus performers, prop makers, etc.

Novice performers are also welcome.

Suitable for ages 18+.

Shaking the Tale is An Grianán Theatre’s co-production with Parrabbola (UK) of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale.

A play, live music, a garden party, a feast and even a ferry crossing for the Inishowen performances! This promises to be a memorable experience for all involved.

The Winter’s Tale will be a large scale, immersive production which will cross the borders, the traditions and the waters of the North West.

Our Letterkenny performances will take place in Ballymacool Town Park (Fri 19 to Sun 21 July) while our Inishowen performances (Tues 23 & Wed 24 July) will take place either side of the Foyle with the show including a ferry ride from Greencastle to Magilligan and back.

The Winter’s Tale tells the story of two kingdoms divided by an ocean, Sicilia and Bohemia; two kings, raised together, but at odds without reason, a wronged queen, a lost princess, prison sentences, tragic deaths, a bear and ocean voyages.

 

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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Shaking the Tale… where did it come from?

It’s 2017 and I’m sitting with Philip Parr, drinking coffee in the March sunshine at the International Community Arts Festival (ICAF) in Rotterdam. We’re talking about the ICAF experience and also flying kites — floating ideas about working on something together. We’d met back in July 2015 at a symposium I was curating, entitled Beyond the Pale* – Meet the Makers. The weekend featured a number of theatre makers who create work outside of the usual urban supports. The conversations had continued after that and Philip and I had some vague ideas, but nothing concrete. As the Dutch coffee leaves dark rings in the cups, we hatch a plan, to make an off-site, community production of The Winter’s Tale… we stare at smartphone screens of Google Maps, looking a potential locations and I show Philip Greencastle and the tip of Inishowen in County Donegal, and the sands of Magilligan Point in County Derry and that is the beginning of a fascinating journey.

Shaking the Walls

It’s December 2017 and Philip calls me, saying, ‘I’m in the middle of a Creative Europe funding application, it might suit the Winter’s Tale. Would you and An Grianán like to come on board?’ All through Christmas we email each other and email Gdański Teatr Szekspirowski. There are budgets and forms, conversations and misunderstandings — we all speak English for ease of communication, but the colloquialisms and the curious habits sometimes need further explanation. There are more project descriptions and more budgets, but finally we agree and the application is sent.

It’s July 2018, and I get another call from Philip, ‘We got it!’ he says. “Got what?’ I reply. And so Shaking the Tale is born, and we can’t wait to tell the world of our plans. But we are also filled with apprehension and not a little concern… What did we say we’d do? That feeling lasts a few days while we search back and look through the folders of documents, long forgotten, hiding on out computers.

And go through those walls we will, whether they be political, sectarian, racist or simply the walls we build in our own lives.

It’s November 2018 and we’re sitting in the Green Room of Gdański Teatr Szekspirowski, chatting with the partners at our first meeting. Accents and faces new — ideas and conversations we thought were once simply a flying kite over Rotterdam, are now real. Shaking the Walls… diagnosing the walls that divide communities, and how through theatre we might break them down. The words of James McDyer, the priest from West Donegal come to mind, ‘If you come to brick wall, you either get over it or go through it.’ And go through those walls we will, whether they be political, sectarian, racist or simply the walls we build in our own lives.

By Guy Le Jeune

 

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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Shaking the Walls: The Winter’s Tale Summer 2019

Creative Europe funding

This week we learned we were successful in receiving Creative Europe funding for an exciting new project called Shaking the Walls with partners from across Europe. The project is led by Gdański Teatr Szekspirowski (Poland), the other partners are Parrabbola (UK), Cooltour Ostrava (Czech Republic) and Ratatam (Iceland).

2019 marks An Grianan Theatre’s 20th anniversary and we are really pleased that the Creative Europe funding will allow us to engage so many artists and creatives in making a work of scale and spectacle, in an off site location. The Shaking the Walls project is a great opportunity for us to examine the political and economic context of our place in the borders of the North West in association with our international partners.

The Winter’s Tale

We will be producing an off-site, immersive presentation of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, in partnership with Parrabbola Theatre Company. The production will take place in July 2019, in Donegal and Derry, crossing 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 over the love of a woman; lost princes, prison sentences, tragic deaths, bears and ocean voyages, and finally, a mysterious and magical ending that reconciles the kingdoms; It is a problem play, a text with multiple personalities, but ultimately it explores conflict, reconciliation and borders. It is Shakespeare’s Brexit masterpiece.

Following on from the production, the theatre’s writer in residence, Guy Le Jeune, will travel on to Gdańsk, Ostrava and Reykjavik, working with Parrabbola’s Director, Philip Parr, to create a new piece work that addresses the nature of the walls we build, both physical and metaphorical, to presented at the Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre in 2020.

 

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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News for teachers: Shakespeare Sessions 2018

The Shakespeare Sessions by Cyclone Rep

Don’t miss out on the Early Bird offer: pay in full by 20 October 2017 and pay €13 per pupil (normal price €15).

Presented by Cork based theatre company Cyclone Rep, the Shakespeare Sessions are an invaluable study aid for Junior and Leaving Cert students.

The Shakespeare Sessions are entertaining and engaging student-centred performances of Shakespeare texts. Each performance includes a scholarly review clarifying the main themes as well as discussions with the students and the opportunity to participate. Cyclone Rep’s Shakespeare Sessions will guide Junior Cert and Leaving Cert learners in their understanding of The Bard’s masterpieces.

This spring the sessions will cover King Lear, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and The Merchant of Venice.

Cyclone will be with us in February 19 and 20 2018 – find out more here.

 

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Something big is happening…

A message from Druid’s director Garry Hynes:

“Something big is happening in Letterkenny this summer and we want to make sure you know about it: DruidShakespeare tours to An Grianán from 3rd – 6th June. The production is not only one of our most ambitious undertakings ever, it also marks our fortieth year making theatre!

Above:  Marty Rea who also appeared in DruidMurphy at An Grianán (photo by Catherine Ashmore) plays Richard II in DruidShakespeare (photo by Matthew Thompson).

Above: Marty Rea who appeared in DruidMurphy at An Grianán (photo by Catherine Ashmore) plays Richard II in DruidShakespeare (photo by Matthew Thompson).

“Druid has toured the length and breadth of the country, and all over the world. Our relationship with Donegal goes back to 1983 when we brought M.J. Molloy’s Wood of the Whispering to Ballyshannon and Ballybofey. Over the next twenty years we performed regularly throughout the county, from Buncrana to Aranmore, and in recent years, An Grianán Theatre in Letterkenny has provided us with a home away from home. In 2013 we staged DruidMurphy – Plays by Tom Murphy at An Grianán, and now DruidShakespeare heads north to celebrate the mastery of the bard in our fortieth year.

“Mark O’Rowe, one of Ireland’s most exciting writers, has condensed four Shakespeare plays – Richard II, Henry IV (Pts. 1 & 2) and Henry V – in this new action-packed adaptation for Druid. The production features an exceptional cast, including some of Ireland’s most acclaimed actors: Clare Barrett, Derbhle Crotty, Gavin Drea, Bosco Hogan, Garrett Lombard, Karen McCartney, Charlotte McCurry, Aaron Monaghan, Marie Mullen, Rory Nolan, John Olohan, Aisling O’Sullivan and Marty Rea. You can expect singing, thrilling dramatic moments and a rousing parade of characters including one of Shakespeare’s greatest comic creations, Falstaff.

“I hope you will join us for this epic theatrical event, and help us celebrate forty fantastic years producing and touring theatre.”

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DruidShakespeare: What audiences have been saying

DruidShakespeare is an epic theatre event that condenses four action-packed plays – Richard II, Henry IV (Parts 1 & 2), and Henry V – into one thrilling drama played out over six hours.

It had its official opening  last Saturday night in the Mick Lally Theatre and here’s a little sample of what audiences have been saying about it.

DruidShakespeare comes to An Grianán Theatre this June. Buy tickets now or find out more about the production here.

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DruidShakespeare: Behind the scenes

Check out these behind the scenes images from Druid Theatre as they continue rehearsals for their epic DruidShakespeare project which they will tour to Donegal this June.

DruidShakespeare condenses four action-packed plays into one thrilling drama with an exceptional cast, live music and a rousing parade of characters including one of Shakespeare’s greatest comic creations, Falstaff.

You can find out more about the production here.

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DruidShakespeare: scenes from rehearsals

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DruidShakespeare: scenes from rehearsals

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DruidShakespeare: scenes from rehearsals

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DruidShakespeare

Wednesday 3 June 2015 – Saturday 6 June 2015, An Grianán Theatre Book now

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DruidShakespeare now open for booking

As announced at the official Druid press launch on Friday we are thrilled to be one of the venues that DruidShakepeare will visit on their Irish and American tour.

Druid are describing this project as their  “most ambitious ever undertaking” and it is a fitting marker for the company’s fortieth year making theatre.

With an ensemble cast of thirteen actors, this major new theatre event will tour to Letterkenny, Sligo, Castlebar, Limerick, Skibereen, New York and Kilkenny over the summer months.

Casting elements were also announced by Artistic Director Garry Hynes: “Acting is first and foremost an act of imagination, both on the part of the actors and the audience. That act of imagination transcends nationality, character, geography and background and we see no reason why it shouldn’t transcend gender too. Accordingly, our actors have been cast without regard to their own gender. For example, the three kings – Richard II, Henry IV and Henry V – are played by one male and two female actors.”

DruidShakespeare is an exploration of English history through an Irish lens. As Shakespeare was writing Richard II, Henry IV (Pts. 1 & 2), and Henry V, English forces were being sent to Ireland to quell rebellions and these expeditions are referred to throughout the plays.

Adapted by one of Ireland’s most exciting writers, Mark O’Rowe, DruidShakespeare distills the narratives of these four works into a unified dramatic action.

Shakespeare’s language has been preserved as has the chronology of the plays but O’Rowe’s adaptation removes ancillary characters and streamlines the narrative to harness the drama of these epic works.

The ensemble cast features many familiar faces to our patrons who have attended previous Druid productions at An Grianán.

Cast
Clare Barrett
Derbhle Crotty
Gavin Drea
Bosco Hogan
Garrett Lombard
Karen McCartney
Charlotte McCurry
Aaron Monaghan
Marie Mullen
Rory Nolan
John Olohan
Aisling O’Sullivan
Marty Rea

Director: Garry Hynes
Associate Director – Design: Francis O’Connor
Associate Director – Movement: David Bolger
Assistant Costume Designer: Doreen McKenna
Lighting Design: James F. Ingalls
Sound Design: Gregory Clarke
Music Director: Conor Linehan

DruidShakespeare at An Grianán

Wed 3 and Thur 4 June at 7.30pm

Sat 6 June at 2pm

Book now!

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