We’re taking a break for Halloween so there will no drama classes on Sat 28 Oct, Wed 1 Nov and Sat 4 Nov.
On Saturday 29 October four of our youth theatre members travelled to Arnold’s Hotel in Dunfanaghy with tutor Nora Kavanagh to provide an afternoon of Halloween entertainment.
A big thank you to Angel Humm, Sarah Masterson, Adam Boyle and Kai McHugh who kindly donated their performance fee to An Grianán Youth Theatre.
On Friday 28 October members of An Grianán Youth Theatre presented some spooky pre-show entertainment as part of an evening of Gothic themed drama and music which included the feature event Female Gothic from Dyad Productions.
The evening featured a recital of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Conqueror Worm by Jasper Kardos and Micaiah O’Muireadhaigh. Adam Boyle and Sarah Masterson performed another Poe classic Annabel Lee. Laramie Carey presented a solo performance of Emily Dickenson’s I Felt a Funeral, In My Brain. Oscar Murtagh and Fergal Lonergan performed The Creature’s Speech from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The performances were directed by youth theatre facilitator Nora Kavanagh.
The youth theatre ensemble also performed as an assortment of druids, ghouls and zombies.
The Donegal Chamber Orchestra performed a wonderful selection of music including Assorted Horrors by Derek Ball, Grieg’s Aase’s Death from Peer Gynt and the truly spine tingling theme from Hitchcock’s Psycho by Bernard Hermann. A huge thank you to Victor Yélamo for the excellent choice of music.
Join us for a very special night inspired by classic gothic literature on Friday 28 October headlined by hit theatre production Female Gothic at 8pm.
The evening begins from 7pm with a selection of suitably spooky music in the foyer from members of the Donegal Chamber Orchestra.
Senior members of An Grianán Youth Theatre will perform extracts from Frankenstein as well as classics from Edgar Allan Poe and Emily Dickenson to get audiences in the mood for the feature event of the evening: Female Gothic.
Starting at 8pm in the auditorium, Female Gothic is an acclaimed theatre show from Olivier Award winning director Guy Masterson and performed by Rebecca Vaughan of Austen’s Women fame.
In the thrilling tradition of M R James and Edgar Allan Poe, this literary spine-chiller celebrates three lost gothic works from the great Victorian female writers.
An artist, gripped by the clutching fingers of a dead past; a scientist, defying nature in the dark realm of the senses; an expectant father, driven mad by creeping shadows…
In the unquiet darkness between life and death, a lone, haunted woman tells chilling tales of the macabre and terrifying, illuminating the curious frailties of human nature.
Female Gothic is presented by Dyad Productions, a UK based theatre that creates, produces and tours innovative yet classic theatre with a contemporary relevance. With emphasis on new writing and radical interpretations of existing text, Dyad’s acclaimed shows include Austen’s Women, Jane Eyre: An Autobiography and The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe
The schedule for the evening is:
From 7pm in the bar & foyer (free admission)
Music from the Donegal Chamber Orchestra featuring
Edvard Grieg (1843 – 1907) “Aase’s Death” from Peer Gynt Suite No.1
Bernard Herrmann (1911-1975) Psycho A Suite for Strings (1960) ‘Psycho theme’
Gothic excerpts by An Grianán Youth Theatre featuring:
The Creature’s Speech from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, The Conqueror Worm and Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe, I Felt a Funeral in My Brain by Emily Dickenson, and other surprises.
8pm in the auditorium – admission €15/€12 Book now!
Dyad Productions present
running time: 75 minutes
NB: Running time for all the evening’s events will be a little over two hours give or take a scare or two!
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.
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”.
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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“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.
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.
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.
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.
Our cast has been working hard rehearsing for our production of Environment the Musical and here are a few snapshots of their first dress rehearsal. Our technicians are still building the set so the stage is looking a little bare here. But the show is coming together very nicely and we are looking forward to our first schools performance on Wed 20 May. Performed by children for children, Environment the Musical is a fun and informative show about looking after your local environment.
Our cast of 35 is drawn from our children’s drama class and bolstered by some of our youth theatre regulars. Since the beginning of the year we have been holding rehearsals twice a week under the direction of our drama tutor Nora Kavanagh who is also directing the show.
Originally produced as a teachers’ resource for in-school practice by local teacher and facilitator Annette McNelis, we have adapted the show for the stage thanks to the hard work of director Nora Kavanagh and musical director Trudy O’Donnell.
Environment the Musical complements the fabulous work of Green-Schools in Ireland. It is ideal for children aged between 6 and 11 and the story conveys the importance of looking after your environment and your community.
It also reinforces the messages of “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle”.
The aim of the musical was to come up with catchy melodies and lyrics that would convey clear messages which everyone might easily understand. Although written with children in mind, the aim was to create songs that would entertain young and old alike.
This production has been kindly supported by the following: Alcorns Garden Centre, An Taisce (local branch), Brownes Printers, David Donnelly – Letterkenny Town Gardener, Donegal County Council, Ferry’s Refuse, Glenard Plant, Letterkenny Tidy Towns and Lurgybrack Open Farm.
School performance dates and times are:
Wed 20th May – 10 am and 12 noon
Thur 21st May – 10 am and 12 noon
Public show dates are:
Sat 23rd May at 11 am and 1 pm
Call the box office on 0749120777 for further information or to book tickets.
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Special guest stars: Captain Environment and Lord Litter
Written by Annette McNelis
Director/Choreography: Nora Kavanagh
Musical Director: Trudy O’Donnell
Production Manager: Peter Rose
Set Construction: Peter Rose, Eoghan Mac Ghiolla Bhride
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.