An Grianán goes online with first digital production

Manny Man Does The History of Ireland On Stage is to be the first of a number of online productions from the Donegal theatre before the end of the year

An Grianán goes online with first digital production

There will be more live streams of shows from An Grianán’s stage to come before the end of the year as An Grianán adapts to the restrictions on theatres

An Grianán Theatre is putting its first stage production online as the theatre continues to adapt to the changing landscape of the arts scene due to Covid-19 restrictions.

The theatre is making its production of John D Ruddy’s Manny Man Does The History of Ireland On Stage available to watch free online from Monday, October 19 through to Sunday, October 25. 

Based on his series of books and hit YouTube videos this stage show features Syn and Oppy as they race through Irish history with illustrated cut-outs and craziness. From the Ice Age all the way to Ireland today and all in less than 80 minutes, with the same tongue-in-cheek humour Manny Man is known for. When it comes to fun history, Manny Man is your only man.

While the show will be free for the public to watch, the actors involved, John D Ruddy and Lousie Conaghan, will be paid as if this was a normal run in the theatre. 

John D Ruddy and Lousie Conaghan in Manny Man Does The History of Ireland On Stage

There will be more live streams of shows from An Grianán’s stage to come before the end of the year as An Grianán adapts to the restrictions on theatres.

“It’s even more important to support our artists in this time. Arts and entertainment workers have been some of the worst-hit by this pandemic,” Patricia McBride, director of An Grianán Theatre said. 

“We have also put in place a number of other initiatives to support artists from the north-west, with a fantastic response to our Let’s Make Some Noise Bursaries and we’ll be announcing the winners of those very soon. There is clearly a wealth of talent in the north-west and we want to make sure that it's still here, and thriving, after this pandemic is over. Supporting local artists has always been at the heart of what we do, and I’m delighted that we now have more time, and money to focus on helping people develop their shows and their work.”

“The question for us is now that the doors are closed, how do we make it work? And how do we get it to our audiences? And how quickly can we do it?,” marketing manager Daithí Ramsay said.

“And online seems the best fit for that at this stage of the restrictions, and as things open up again we’ll be ready with shows on the stage too. Before the Level 3 restrictions came in we had had a couple of very successful shows to socially distanced audiences in the auditorium. So we expect that that’s how we’ll be opening up again when we get back to Level 2, but we can’t sit around and wait for that so we’re busy getting work ready, and rearranging it for filming.” 

To see the recording of this show go to angrianan.com anytime up to Sunday, October 25 and sign up for free tickets. 



 

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