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Earagail Arts: Entertainment for the whole family

Little Red Riding Hood.

Little Red Riding Hood.

EARAGAIL Arts Festival has a host of events for all the family from The Global Village Gathering to The Banyan Theatre Company’s productions, The Emperor’s New Clothes and Little Red Riding Hood.

Banyan Theatre Company presents Little Red Riding Hood – Wednesday 16 July, 11am – Holy Trinity Parish Hall, Dunfanaghy and Thursday 17 July, 11am – An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny. €5

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‘Oh Grandma, what big eyes you have!’ Little Red Riding Hood is a journey full of surprises, as a curious young girl weaves her way through the woods to Grandma’s house. The Banyan Theatre Company presents a playful and imaginative re-telling of a timeless story through the art of puppetry and original music. This children’s puppet show will inspire young minds and remind the adults of the fascination they once had for the puppet shows of their childhood. 45 mins. 3-11 years.

Banyan Theatre Company presents The Emperor’s New Clothes – Wednesday 16 July, 3pm – Holy Trinity Parish Hall, Dunfanaghy and Thursday 17 July, 3pm – An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny. €5
Two swindlers come into town pretending to be master tailors. The vain Emperor summons them to fashion him a set of clothes the like of which has never been seen before. This charming and humorous adaptation of a classic children’s tale, directed by Karen Torley of the acclaimed International Purves Puppets, is told through puppetry, original music and storytelling by the delightful Banyan Theatre Company. 45 mins. 3-11 years.

EAF CartoonCapers

Earagail Arts Festival in association with Balor DCA present Cartoon Capers –Monday 14 July – Friday 18 July, 11am. €7.50 per child. Corrina Askin trained at the Royal College of Art and is an animator who works in children’s media. She creates ideas for children’s animation and has two shows currently on air, “Castle Farm” on Milkshake, Channel Five and “Joe and Jack” on RTEjr. She creates, designs, writes and co executive produces on both shows. She is currently working with one of Ireland’s top animation companies developing her third concept for children’s media. Over the duration of this 90 minute workshop, Corrina and her team will guide young people  towards animating their very own own characters, whilst exploring a number of animation techniques from drawing to stop frame animation. 90 mins. 5-12 years.

Branar in association with Roscommon Arts Centre & Limerick City of Culture presents: Bláth / The Flower – Monday 14 & Tuesday 15 July, 3pm, Ionad Naomh Padraig, Dobhar, Co. Donegal. €5.
Bláth/The Flower is set in a world that has decided colour and plants are no longer needed. A boy finds a magical book and sees flowers for the first time. He then discovers a packet of flower seeds in a junk shop and must learn how to bring the flower to life. Bláth is based on the children’s book The Flower by John Light & Lisa Evans. Designed by the artist Maeve Clancy with original music by Colm Mac Con Iomaire (The Frames), Bláth is a non verbal show that will enchant audiences as they enter a world made entirely of paper. Combining, puppetry, object theatre and original score, Bláth promises to be a show that will be unforgettable. Non-verbal show, 40 mins. 7+ years.

EAF Little Howard

Makin Projects presents Little Howard’s Big Show for Kids – Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 July, 3pm, An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny. Admission €5.
Little Howard is the world’s only live interactive animation. Life is tough in showbiz; Little Howard’s big new act keeps going wrong, Roger the Pigeon has spent all their money on cookie cutters, his comedy counterpart Big Howard has been diagnosed with being clinically unfunny and there’s a slug in the backstage toilet. And it’s about to get worse: a sinister figure arrives and Big Howard and Little Howard have to put on the best show of their lives to keep themselves out of jail! Following the success of their TV show ‘Little Howard’s Big Question’ (CBBC) real human Big Howard and animated six-year-old Little Howard are bringing their unique family comedy show to An Grianan Theatre. With interactive stand-up, live animation on stage and lots of jokes and songs this really is a show for the whole family to enjoy.

Now in its 26th year, Earagail Arts Festival takes place from Saturday, 12th – 26th July and is one of the flagship Donegal events along the Wild Atlantic Way. This year’s festival has something for everyone, from family and outdoor events to theatre, comedy, art, workshops and music from all corners of the world. Hosting a vibrant and varied programme throughout Inishowen, Letterkenny and west Donegal, Earagail Arts Festival features the best of local and international performances. Volunteering is one of the best ways to experience all that the festival has to offer, so come along to the volunteers’ information sessions and start planning your summer of festival fun. 

Earagail Arts Festival is funded by The Arts Council of Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and Donegal County Council.All tickets can be booked at An Grianan Theatre on 00353 74 9120777. For full details on the Earagail Arts programme visit www.eaf.ie  

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