Workhouse Theatre Company’s new drama will stay with you long after the final curtain

first_imgA new production at An Grianán Theatre promises to keep audiences on the edge of their seats.The highly-anticipated Brand New Work, presented by Workhouse Theatre Company, will explore issues that will stay with you long after the final curtain, according to director Iarla McGowan.Intriguingly, audiences are being asked to remain tight-lipped and not reveal the plot of the play. The production will remain nameless until the audience arrive on the evening of the show.McGowan explains: “I want each audience to have the same ride as the characters in the plays. I don’t want them to know anything in advance just the way the characters in the play don’t know what’s coming next. There are issues raised that will resonate with the audience and I’d love if people were talking about them afterwards. I want each night to be an event”.The new production opens this Wednesday June 12th with proceeds on the night going to the charity campaign High 5 for Conall.McGowan revealed little detail about the production apart from that it is set in the present day and that it has a quality of “an Edward Hopper painting”.He agreed that it was a “bit of a risk” keeping details of the production a mystery.“I suppose it is a bit of a gamble but I don’t want a trailer for this. I want people to come and see something that they would never normally come and see. I love to see the avid theatre-goer coming but I’d also love to see people who think about coming to the theatre and want to but don’t. I think this is a really good introduction to contemporary theatre”.Letterkenny-man McGowan, a professional actor who honed his craft at the National Theatre in London, praised the cast for their relentless work ethic.He said: “The cast have been working tirelessly for three months. I wanted to get the right plays and the right structure. These plays have never been performed in Ireland. This is it. This has been in the process for four years. This production is a celebration of the great talent we have in this county. It’s a showcase of that talent and I want people to see it. This alchemy will not happen again”.The director/actor founded Workhouse Theatre Company in 2009 and during that time spearheaded acting classes for adults and young people in partnership with An Grianán Theatre. The cast are all graduates of these Worklabs and Workshops.Asked if it was a difficult transition from actor to director he admitted, at times, that it was.“I would jump into a scene and then back to directing but was still doing a post-mortem so my partner was there to support me with that”.Clearly, this has been a labour of love for McGowan who was passionate about upholding the highest standards in stagecraft throughout the production. “I did manage to delegate,” he laughed.Go see Brand New Work and all will be revealed but remember to keep schtum!The Brand New Work by Workhouse Theatre Company runs from Wednesday June 12th until Saturday June 15th. Wed evening performance tickets €20 – all proceeds going to ‘High 5 for Conall’ fund. Thur-Sat tickets €15The productions is suitable for ages 16+. For further details contact www.angrianan.com Box Office: Tel: 00353 74 912 0777Workhouse Theatre Company’s new drama will stay with you long after the final curtain was last modified: June 9th, 2019 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalHigh 5 for ConallIarla McGowanletterkennyPlaytheatreWorkhouse Theatre Companylast_img read more

MAN WHO STOLE AFTERSHAVE FROM CHEMIST FINED €150

first_imgA man who stole a €28 bottle of aftershave form a Letterkenny chemist has been ordered to make a donation of €150 to charity.Sebastian Graniacyny, of 37 The Gardens, Ballymacool was charged with theft at Magee’s Chemist on April 25th, 2013.Letterkenny District Court heard how the accused was followed by a security guard as far as the Courtyard Shopping Centre where Gardai were called. Graniacyny was approached by Gardai and he became aggressive.He admitted having the aftershave but claimed it was a sample bottle of Hugo Boss Night aftershave.Solicitor Niall Sheridan said he believed there may have been alcohol involved and that his client claimed it was a sample bottle and was not locked away.Judge Kelly ordered Graniacyny to pay €150 to the Society of St Vincent De Paul.MAN WHO STOLE AFTERSHAVE FROM CHEMIST FINED €150 was last modified: October 17th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:aftershaveLetterkenny District CourtMagees Chemiststolenlast_img read more

Philadelphia hit by transit strike

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week PHILADELPHIA – Thousands of city transit workers went on strike just after midnight, leaving nearly half a million commuters in need of alternate transportation today. Buses, trolleys and subways operated by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority will be idled, although commuter rails are expected to remain in service since those employees have a different union contract. City preparations for the strike include setting up extra bicycle racks and allowing more parking. City schools, which don’t provide bus service for high school students, plan to remain open but could reconsider if there is a prolonged strike. – Associated Presslast_img read more

Cable blamed for power loss

first_imgGLENDALE – A power outage darkened Glendale streets during rush hour Tuesday, leaving some 14,000 customers without power and trapping some office workers in elevators, authorities said. A faulty underground cable along Glenoaks Boulevard was to blame for the 5:30 p.m. outage that affected neighborhoods north of the Ventura Freeway to Montrose, said Glendale city spokesman Ritch Wells. Glendale Water and Power was able to restore most electricity by 7:30 p.m., Wells said. Officials at the utility could not be reached for comment. “Nobody was hurt, but we did have a number of rescues from elevators in office buildings near the Montrose area,” said Glendale Fire Capt. Bill Lynch. Student John Dunlap did not notice the outage on his drive in from Sherman Oaks, until he arrived at the parking lot. “I’m like one of those people who goes to every class, so it’s kind of strange for me,” he said. Earlier this year, the city experienced a series of power outages, including a widespread outage on Election Day. Officials said the problem had been caused after an animal, possibly a raccoon, got into a transformer and caused it to short-circuit on March 8. Two new transformers were purchased for more than $1 million by the GWP. One transformer is being installed at the Grayson Power Plant. Wells said Tuesday’s outage was unrelated to that project. “The installation of the two new transformers will help to eliminate these problems,” Wells said. Susan Abram, (818) 713-3664 susan.abram@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Guests at the Glendale Hilton left their dark rooms and congregated in the lobby, which was lighted by backup generators. “Just the fact that (the guests) were not aware of what the cause was was a big concern,” said Linda Norman, general manager at the hotel. Hotel staff called guests in rooms to explain the situation. The power outage was sporadic and affected homes and businesses over a wide area of the city. Classes were cancelled at Glendale Community College, where cadets from the college’s police service told arriving students that the campus was closed. last_img read more

A WARM WELCOME AWAITS AT NEW INTERCULTURAL DROP-IN CENTRE

first_imgStanding outside the Port Road location of the new Donegal Intercultural Platform drop-in service which takes place on Friday afternoons in the Letterkenny office of Donegal Travellers Project. Pictured are representatives of both organisations: Paul Kernan, Siobhán McLaughlin, Catherine Conaghan, Georgina Aduboahene, Paula Leonard, and Billy Banda.A new drop-in service where everyone will be welcomed by a cup of tea, a chat, and assistance with any issues that they may be having with housing, social welfare, education, and more has opened in Letterkenny.The Donegal Intercultural Platform works for equality, empowerment, and justice for minority communities in the county and hopes to develop the Friday drop-in service as a real benefit for all of the communities in Letterkenny.The drop-in will be open on Fridays, starting on 13th February, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Port House on the Port Road in the ground-floor office formerly occupied by the Port na Fáilte Intercultural Resource Centre and now home to Donegal Travellers Project (DTP). “On Friday afternoons Donegal Travellers Project have made their reception area available from 2 p.m., so the drop-in will be open from then to 5 as a place where everyone can be sure of a warm welcome and support with any issues they might have in areas such as housing, welfare, and employment,” said Platform Co-Chair Paul Kernan. “We might not be able to solve the problem, but we will be able to put them in contact with someone who can.”Platform Co-Chair Billy Banda said the new drop-in will provide a base for responding to the numerous requests for assistance with housing issues that he receives from members of minority ethnic communities.“I spent the last two days helping someone from the African community who’s being evicted to get themselves new housing,” said Billy, a candidate in the recent local elections who is originally from South Africa.“The Platform’s drop-in service will be a place where people can get a welcome, a listening ear, and help with issues that need resolution. We are well placed to know who can help and how to help.” Donegal Intercultural Platform was founded in 2010 as a group which advocates on behalf of minority ethnic and cultural groups in Donegal through promotion of understanding and respect among all of the different communities in the county. The Platform has links with regional and national organisations, including the Migrant Rights Centre and ENAR Ireland, and campaigns for social progress and against racism, sectarianism, and exploitation.The new drop-in service builds on the experience that Platform members have gained over the past five years in promoting inclusion, assisting with intercultural training programmes delivered by DTP, and producing community celebration events and youth and community projects.Platform member Georgina Aduboahene, who is originally from Ghana, said the drop-in will be a place where members of minority ethnic communities are able to share strategies for addressing some of the social and cultural challenges that they experience in Ireland.“Kids suffer more when they move to a different country and a different culture,” she said. “The way we were brought up back home is different from the way it is here. At school our kids see teenagers doing things that they want to do too, but their parents are expecting them to live like they’re back home. That’s how kids experience conflict and confusion.”Ms. Aduboahene is currently working on a report for the Platform which is based on responses to a survey that asked members of minority ethnic communities about their experiences of life in Donegal. In the coming months the Platform, which has a Facebook page, is planning to begin publishing a newsletter. Anyone who wants more information about Donegal Intercultural Platform’s new Letterkenny drop-in service on Friday afternoons in Port House on the Port Road is asked to ring the Platform on (086) 879 9889, Billy on (086) 123 3530, or Paul on (086) 084 1433.A WARM WELCOME AWAITS AT NEW INTERCULTURAL DROP-IN CENTRE was last modified: February 12th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:drop-in centreletterkennylast_img read more