shaking the walls

The Winter’s Tale cast

Sicilia

The Royal Family

Leontes, King of Sicilia – David Monteith
Hermione, his Queen, daughter of the Emperor of Russia – Katie Prinsloo
Mamillius, their son, a Prince – Darragh Dunne O’Sullivan

The Court

Camillo, chief of staff to Leontes and his closest friend and adviser – Sean Donegan
Solius, the most senior of the lords and First Minister to the King – Aiden O’Shea
Antigonus, a noble lord, member of the inner cabinet and husband to Paulina – Cathal Stephens
Adamus, a young nobleman, and keeper of the prison – Anthony Redmond
Paulina, a noble lady, friend to Leontes and Hermione and wife to Antigonus – Maggie Hannon
Cleomenes, a noble lady, member of the court and the King’s ambassador – Razan Elnaim
Dion, a noble lady member of the court and the King’s ambassador – Saja Elnaim

Part of our cast of The Winter’s Tale, left to right: Sean Donegan, Tom Nelis, David Monteith, Siobhan Coyle, Anthony Redmond and director Philip Parr.

In the Palace

Emilia, principal lady in waiting to Hermione – Marie Kelly
Iras, a singer, and lady in waiting – Christiona McGettigan
Samina, nurse to the Prince Mamillius, and a valued member of the Royal household – Laura Dunne

Bohemia

The Royal Family

Polixenes, King of Bohemia, childhood friend of Leontes – Tom Nelis
Florizel, his son, a prince – Jasper Lee Kardos
Narcisa, a noble woman in the Bohemian court and the Kings trusted messenger – Louise McCrossan
Theodora, a noble woman in the Bohemian court, sent as emissary to Sicilia – Triona Burke
Archidamus, captain of the King’s private ship, and a respected member of his entourage – Fionn Robinson

In the country

The Shepherd, an unlearned old man, farming and living simply in a remote rural community – Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhrigdhe
The Clown, his son, an honest but simple man full of hard work and loyalty – Oscar Murtagh
Perdita, a foundling, taken in by the Shepherd and brought up as his daughter and The Clown’s sister – Laramie Carey
Tereza, a country lass who sings very sweetly and prefers making music to making hay – Maryann McDonnell
Autolycus, a rogue – Patrick Quinn

In both countries

The Guides, who lead us through the story, and police Sicilia and Bohemia – Siobhan Coyle, Ciara Cunnane, Nicky Peeters, Guy Le Jeune

Musicians

Matthew Melia
Siobhan Shiels
Donall McGinley
Stephen Doohan
Guy Le Jeune
Fionn Robinson

Performance Dates

Ballymacool Park, Letterkenny
Fri 19 & Sat 20 July at 6pm
€15/€12

Greencastle/Magilligan
Tues 23 & Wed 24 July at 12.30pm
€20/€16*
*includes ferry crossing.

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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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Acclaimed English Actor David Monteith joins the cast of The Winter’s Tale

Renown English actor David Monteith has joined the cast of An Grianan Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale which will take place in Letterkenny on 19th & 20th July and in Greencastle/ Magilligan on 23rd & 24th July. It is one of the highlights of this year’s Earagail Arts Festival. David has extensive experience performing Shakespeare on stage, as well as having been in numerous films and tv shows. He is also well known in the UK as a public speaker on the issue of stillbirth. An Grianan Theatre are delighted to have him on board with his obvious theatrical and emotional range adding to the company on so many levels. 

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English Actor David Monteith, photo by David Faughnan

Shaking The Tale: The Winter’s Tale is an ambitious community led project with a cast of over 30 local people performing, along with 8 musicians and a brass band. The company will lead the audience around Ballymacool Park in Letterkenny, and for the Inishowen performances around Greencastle and over to Magilligan and back ! Food and refreshments will be served, and given that it’s Donegal (and Derry) in July sunblock and rain ponchos will also be on hand ! 

Ballymacool House, Letterkenny, photo by David Faughnan

PERFORMANCE DATES

Ballymacool Park, Letterkenny

Fri 19 & Sat 20 July at 6pm

€15/€12

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Greencastle as seen from the ferry from Magilligan, photo by David Faughnan.

Greencastle/Magilligan

Tues 23 & Wed 24 July at 12.30pm

€20/€16*

*includes ferry crossing.

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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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Take a journey with us this July.

 

Bohemia and Sicilia are two nations separated by an ocean. You are invited on a journey to both Kingdoms to see how the story unfolds. Come and join Kings, Queens, Princes, Shepherds, Rogues, Seafarers and All Sorts. Along the way there shall be feasting, merriment, a sea crossing, a brass band, dancing, music, song, disguises and surprises, intrigue and deception, as we present to you an outdoor production of William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. A Cautionary Tale for our times.

Ballymacool House forms the backdrop for part of the performance in Letterkenny.

The first journeys shall take place in Ballymacool Park, Letterkenny where the beautiful gardens shall be the formal palace of Leontes, King of Sicilia, set in the shadow of Ballymacool House.  The next journeys start in Greencastle, in Inishowen, in which the participants and the audience will travel across the sea to Magilligan and back again!

The scenic town of Greencastle in Inishowen.

Depending on location refreshments may include Irish Stew, chowder, sandwiches and fruit punch, and of course vegetarians will be suitably catered for. Local currency will be provided for this fare, but watch out for hawkers and snatch-purses. We would also remind you that wild animals are at large in Bohemia.

Catch the ferry to Magilligan, our Bohemia for The Winter’s Tale.

As the show has several settings it’s expected that you will be walking about 2 kilometres on pavements and grass, and we recommend wearing appropriate clothing and footwear for the weather and terrain, whatever that may be. It’s Donegal in July so we recommend sunblock and light rain jackets!

Performance Dates

Ballymacool Park, Letterkenny
Fri 19 & Sat 20 July at 6pm
€15/€12

Greencastle/Magilligan
Tues 23 & Wed 24 July at 12.30pm
€20/€16*
*includes ferry crossing.

Book now!

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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Music for Shaking the Tale

Live music is a big feature of our open air production of The Winter’s Tale.

Here’s a little snippet of the band in rehearsals, playing an original composition by Guy Le Jeune.

To book tickets or to find out more about the show visit this link.

Performance dates:

Fri 19 & Sat 20 July at 6pm
Ballymacool Park, Letterkenny

Tues 23 and Wed 24 July at 12.30pm
Greencastle/Magilligan

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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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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