Unified

Unified the Musical, 2016

Unified the Musical by An Grianán Theatre in assoc with Earagail Arts Festival 2016.
An Grianán Theatre production in association with the Earagail Arts Festival
Thursday 21 to Saturday 23 July 2016

Written by Guy Le Jeune

Directed by David Grant

“Come along and sing along… a 1, 2, 3, 4… We’re the UNIFI plant, quality through pride, in big blue letters, says the sign outside”.

Before Pramerica, Boston Scientific and Zeus came to Donegal there was Unifi, part of the North West’s large textile industry that encompassed Fruit of the Loom in Buncrana and Adria and O’Neills in Strabane.

A million, million miles of yarn and thousands of people passed through the doors of Courtaulds Lirrelle and Unifi. For over thirty years it was a major employer in the North West in a time of rapid social change; every department a tribe and every shift a personality.

Lives were changed, skills learned, friendships formed, partners met, and families reared on the wages.

Unified takes all those personal stories and wraps them up in one big rip-roaring musical extravaganza.

As well as a large cast and chorus, Unified features country and western tunes, 1930s flappers, hip-hop and blues, movement and mime, puppets and polyester.

Writer Guy Le Jeune is Theatre-Artist-in-Residence at An Grianán Theatre, supported by the Donegal County Council and the Arts Council. His previous plays at An Grianán include On The Camel’s Hump, Fiesta and I Would Walk These Fields Again.

Unified is An Grianán Theatre production in association with the Earagail Arts Festival, and supported by the Donegal County Council and the Arts Council.

Cast

Tomás Barriscale
Christian Carbin
Kieron Clarke
Louise Conaghan
Angel Cranney
Mary Deeny
Joe Dowling
Orlaith Gilcreest
Gary Gomringer
Angel Humm
Mary Jo Kingston
Fergal Lonergan
Sarah Masterson
Kevin McCarron
Eugene McGee
Criostíona McGettigan
Eoghan Mac Giolla Brighde
Mark Mills
Aisling Ni Fhionnáin
Aidan O’Shea
Patrick Quinn
Roise Quinn
John Ruddy
Katja Schwenker
Annette Sheridan
John Wilkie

Band

Peadar Coll
Damien Doherty
Fionn Robinson
Martin McIntyre

Creative Team

Written by Guy Le Jeune
Directed by David Grant
Original Music by Fionn Robinson
Choreography by Aoife Toner
Stage Manager: Tanya McLaughlin
Costume Design: Joanne Quigley
Assistant Stage Manager/Costume Assistant: Jude Barriscale
Lighting & Set Design: Niall Cranney
Sound Design: Peter Rose
Producers: Patricia McBride and Paul Brown
Technicians & Set Construction: Robert Attewell, Somhairle Brennan, Annemarie Kilfeather, Eoghan Mac Giolla Brighde, Adrian Wall.
Marketing/Graphics – Nicola Burns, Daithi Ramsay

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Auditions for Unified the Musical

This summer we will be co-producing a new show with the Earagail Arts Festival called Unified the Musical. Inspired by stories from the factory floor, Unified will be a colourful show with live music, singing and a large cast.

AUDITIONS

Date: Sat 21 May
Venue: Regional Cultural Centre
Times: 11am to 1pm OR 2 to 4pm

Unified the Musical – Performance dates: Thur 21 to Sat 23 July (with an option to extend to Sunday 24)

Rehearsal Schedule: to be finalised but we would envision Saturdays and possibly one weekday evening with a more intensive rehearsal period in the run up to the show.

We are looking for adults, across a range of ages, male and female (must be 16+).

We will be holding workshop style auditions with the show’s director David Grant, music director Fionn Robinson and choreographer Aoife Toner.

Please prepare a song to give us an idea of your voice. Don’t worry if you are not a confident singer as we need chorus singers too.

IMPORTANT: If you would like to audition please call our box office on 074 912 0777 in advance to reserve a place as space is limited.

About Unified the Musical

Before Pramerica, Boston Scientific and Zeus came to Donegal there was Courtaulds-Lirelle which became UNIFI Textured Yarns, Europe Ltd. UNIFI was part of a textile industry that stretched across the North-West. Fruit of the Loom in Buncrana and Derry, Adria and O’Neills in Strabane, the shirt factories and the nylon spinners.

A million, million miles of yarn and thousands of people passed through the doors of these plants. For over thirty years, UNIFI in Letterkenny was the town’s major employer, in a time of rapid social change. Every department was a tribe and every shift had its own personality. Lives were changed, skills learned, friendships formed, partners met, and families reared on the wages.

We are going to take all those personal stories and wrap them up in one big rip-roaring, all-singing extravaganza.

UNIFIED the Musical is written by the creator of Fiesta, Guy Le Jeune; with original music written by Fionn Robinson and choreography devised by Aoife Toner. The production will be directed by An Grianán’s long-term collaborator, David Grant.

David Grant’s previous work with An Grianán includes a touring production of Frank Pig Says Hello, play readings of The Gentle Island and most recently Beneath an Irish Sky, and community theatre productions A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The O’Neill).

 

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