Groundbreaking new theatrical productions come to Donegal

Groundbreaking new theatrical productions come to Donegal

Wuthering Heights will be presented in the grounds of Rathmullan House as part of this year's festival

This year's Earagail Arts Festival will present a range of exciting new theatre productions in Donegal. In association with An Grianán Theatre and Donegal County Council, the festival presents Unified while Prime Cut Productions gives Donegal theatregoers first look at its acclaimed new play Scorch.

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. A million miles of yarn and thousands of people passed through the doors of these plants.

For over 30 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.

Unified takes all of those personal stories and wraps them up in one big rip-roaring, all-singing extravaganza. Whether you knew nothing about UNIFI, or you worked there for 30 years, the show promises an evening of laughter, music and a million miles of yarns.

Unified is written by Guy Le Jeune and directed by David Grant with original music by Fionn Robinson and choreography by Aoife Toner. Costume is by Joanne Quigley and the set and lighting designer is Niall Cranney.

‘Unified’ runs from Thursday 21st July - Saturday 23rd July in An Grianán Theatre and tickets cost €15/€12. There will also be an opportunity to celebrate the sound of the era with the Unified after-show gig with R.A.W. on Thursday 21st July (included in the price of the theatre ticket).

Another highlight of this year’s Earagail Arts Festival is Scorch, a story of first love through the eyes of a gender-curious teen. Inspired by recent court cases, Scorch examines how the human story often gets lost amidst the headlines.

Winner of Best New Play at the 2015 Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards,Scorch also won Best New Play for the Writer’s Guild of Ireland ZeBBie Awards. In Autumn

Written and performed by Keith Donald, New Bliss tells the story of the professional life of renowned saxophone and clarinet player Keith Donald, who played with some of the biggest names in Irish music, including Van Morrison, Ronnie Drew and Moving Hearts. Meanwhile, Chapterhouse Theatre will present ‘Wuthering Heights’ on the lawn of Rathmullan House on Thursday, 21st July at 3pm.

Tickets can be booked online at www.eaf.ie or through the festival box office at An Grianán Theatre in Letterkenny on 074 91 20777.

Earagail Arts Festival is funded by The Arts Council of Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and Donegal County Council