summer schools

Summer Schools at An Grianán Theatre

Love the performing arts? Want to learn more about acting, musical theatre, choreography and dance? And have lots of fun and make new friends at the same time? Then you should sign up for one of our summer schools.

McCool: A summer school of heroic proportions!

For an all round theatre experience join our pbm Performing Arts Summer School. Suitable for ages 9 to 21, this week long programme covers many aspects of what goes into bringing a theatre show to life. You will work alongside seasoned industry professionals and learn about choreography, acting, movement, vocals and stage craft.

pbm Performing Arts Summer School. Children taking part in a workshop at An Grianán Theatre. August 2015. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Please do not reproduce without permission.

pbm Performing Arts Summer School. Children taking part in a workshop at An Grianán Theatre. August 2015. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Please do not reproduce without permission.

At the end of the week you will perform in Paul Boyd’s rock musical McCool.

Commissioned in 2002 and first produced by Northern Ireland’s longest-running independent theatre producer Big Telly Theatre Company in association with the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, McCool celebrates Ireland’s superstar warrior, Finn McCool!

Staged as an exciting multi-media rock concert McCool charts the life of Finn McCool from his lowly beginning as an abandoned baby to his eventual position as Ireland’s first superstar. The show features an eclectic, non-stop mix of dance and pop music, culminating in a spectacular mega-mix finale. Songs include “Mythology”, “Gotta Grow Up”, “I Will Think of You” and “War”.

pbm Performing Arts Summer School at An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny, August 2015. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

pbm Performing Arts Summer School at An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny, August 2015. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

McCool toured Ireland extensively in 2002 and soon developed a cult following across the country.

The original 2002 cast included Rachel Tucker who went on to star as Wicked‘s Elphaba in both the West End and Broadway productions. Will we have any future West End stars in this year’s show? Only time will tell!

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Former pbm participant and An Grianán Youth Theatre member Patrick Quinn performing in Enda Walsh's Mistermen at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, February 2016.

Former pbm participant and An Grianán Youth Theatre member Patrick Quinn performing in Enda Walsh’s Mistermen at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, February 2016.

“PBM is where, many years ago, I found my love for Theatre. As a nine year old boy, I came to the camp unconfident, doubtful and shy. The PBM leaders installed a belief system in myself that I still rely on to this day.I will never forget the day when Christina told me that all that mattered was that I followed my heart and it’s the best advice I’ve ever received. I was part of PBM for 7 years, and I made friends that I cherish and consider some of my closest friends to this day. I cannot recommend PBM enough – the experience and the people I have met through this camp has had a huge influence on the person, and the actor, that I am today.”
Patrick Quinn, Drama Student at Queens University Belfast, Winner of Best Actor in a Leading Role at the Student Theatre Awards 2016.[/box]

pbm Performing Arts Summer School – Mon 1 to Sat 6 August – more info here.

Ballet Ireland Summer School

Our annual Ballet Ireland summer school gives you the opportunity to learn ballet alongside professional ballerinas from Ireland’s National Ballet.

Young dancers taking part in the annual Ballet Ireland Summer School, July 2015. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Please do not reproduce without permission.

Young dancers taking part in the annual Ballet Ireland Summer School, July 2015. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Please do not reproduce without permission.

Each day begins with class on stage with the dancers. Students become part of the creative process, helping to devise the choreography, create sets and costumes. This week will give aspiring performers a taste for all that goes into making a ballet and a peak into the life of a professional dancer.

Young dancers taking part in the annual Ballet Ireland Summer School, July 2015. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Please do not reproduce without permission.

The Ballet Ireland Summer School is suitable for ages 6 and older. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Please do not reproduce without permission.

Together with the dancers, the young performers play an important role in the creation of their own full length ballet which is performed on stage at the end of the week for family and friends to come and enjoy.

Ballet Ireland Summer School 2015

Young dancers taking part in the annual Ballet Ireland Summer School, July 2015. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Please do not reproduce without permission.

Novice and experienced dancers alike will learn loads about classical ballet and best of all you get to perform in a beautiful ballet at the end of the week in front of your family and friends. Suitable for ages 6+. Find out more here.

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12 Days of An Grianán: Day 7 Ballet Ireland Summer School

We’re closed for our Christmas holidays but we’ve lined up a few extra special online offers to tempt you over the festive period.

Starting on Christmas Day our ’12 Days of An Grianán’ will offer you a huge discount on a selection of shows including drama, music, comedy and summer schools! It’s a different offer every day so keep an eye on your inbox or follow us on twitter to make sure you don’t miss out on some substantial savings!

For day 7 of our 12 Days of An Grianán we are offering 20% off our Ballet Ireland Summer School in July.

Suitable for aspiring dancers from ages 6 and older, the Ballet Ireland Summer School is a great introduction to classical ballet for beginners and also a superb opportunity for more experienced dancers to further their skills. Over 5 days of workshops, participants will work towards a performance of a specially created ballet under the expert tuition of Ballet Ireland’s education officer Stephen Brennan and professional ballet dancers from our national ballet company.

Ballet Ireland Summer School
Mon 27 to Fri 31 July 2015 Book now!

We have free online booking until we re-open on Mon 5 January.

NB: Offer only available for one day only. Only available on online bookings (discount automatically applied when you add tickets to cart).

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12 Days of An Grianán: day 4 the pbm Summer School!

We’re closed for our Christmas holidays but we’ve lined up a few extra special online offers to tempt you over the festive period.

Starting on Christmas Day our ’12 Days of An Grianán’ will offer you a huge discount on a selection of shows including drama, music, comedy and summer schools! It’s a different offer every day so keep an eye on your inbox or follow us on twitter to make sure you don’t miss out on some substantial savings!

Today’s offer is a fabulous 20% off our very popular pbm Performing Arts Summer School! That means you save a whopping €24!

The pbm summer school is a brilliant one week intensive course in all things musical theatre! From 10am to 4pm every day, participants between the ages of 9 to 21 sing, dance, act and learn about stage craft from a team of seasoned theatre professionals. Then at the end of the week they perform in one of Paul Boyd’s hit musicals. This summer the school will be working towards Paul’s brilliant retelling of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in an uptempo, upbeat version of the Lewis Carroll classic.

The pbm Performing Arts Summer School is on Mon 10 to Sat 15 August 2015. Book now!

We have free online booking until we re-open on Mon 5 January.

NB: Offer only available for one day only. Only available on online bookings (discount automatically applied when you add tickets to cart).

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Youth Theatre Workshop

We’ll be running a three day workshop for our youth theatre members next week.

While priority will be given to existing members we will be holding a few places back for new members so if you’ve been thinking about joining our youth theatre group this will be a good introduction.

The workshop will be running Mon 18 to Wed 20 August, 10am to 4pm (must bring own lunch). It’s free but places are limited so please prebook via our box office now on 0749120777.

Find out more about our youth theatre here.

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The pbm Performing Arts Summer School is back!

The pbm Performing Arts Summer School is back this August, running Mon 11 to Sat 16.

 


Participants will enjoy six days of intensive workshops in singing, dancing and acting culminating in a performance of the hit musical Pinocchio, working alongside full time theatre practioners in a professional theatre environment.

Suitable for ages 9 to 21 years old

Mon to Fri 10am to 4pm

Public Performance Sat at 11am

The summer school is presented by pbm, one of the most acclaimed producers and creators of original musical theatre in Ireland and the company’s shows have now featured at theatres all across the world.

Every year pbm offers young people interested in musical theatre the opportunity to work with the company’s creative team in rehearsals, learning about acting, singing, and dancing, and working towards a public performance of a very special version of one of pbm’s hit shows.

This year’s show is the TMA award nominated Pinocchio – with wonderful characters, big laughs, and unforgettable musical numbers, this is a great show for all aspiring actors, dancers and performers.

Previous participants have ranged from those interested in appearing in their first musical to those heading off to train at drama school – the company always tailors its work to meet the training needs of those who take part.

The school costs €120 for the week and you can book now on 0749120777 or online here.

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