A brand new production opens at An Grianán Theatre tonight.
The four-night run is almost sold out.
But nobody knows what play they are going to see until the curtain opens.
The Workhouse Theatre Company brings a Brand New Work to Letterkenny from Wednesday 12th June-Saturday 15th June. However, the production will remain nameless until tonight, and audiences are being asked to remain tight-lipped and not reveal the plot afterwards.
It’s no secret that a stellar cast will be taking to the stage. There are a few more surprises in store.
If that isn’t a good enough excuse to go, there’s a charity element too, as all proceeds on Wednesday’s opening night are going to the High 5 for Conall fund.
Director Iarla McGowan told Donegal Daily that the play will explore issues that will stay with you long after the final curtain.
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”.
McGowan 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”.
McGowan, a professional actor who founded Workhouse Theatre Company in 2009, 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”.
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 €15
The production is suitable for ages 16+. For further details contact www.angrianan.com Box Office: Tel: 00353 74 912 0777