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Now on tour – Frank Pig Says Hello

Our latest inhouse production is the Pat McCabe classic Frank Pig Says Hello. We opened at the Brian Friel Theatre at Queen’s University, Belfast last weekend and enjoyed standing ovations and great feedback from the audience.

Our tour continued last night in Monaghan in the Garage Theatre, very appropriate as the venue is named after The Butcher Boy, the novel that Frank Pig Says Hello is based on.  In The Butcher Boy, Francie’s mother has a breakdown and he says she has gone into the Garage to get it fixed. (The theatre is located in a disused ward in St Davnet’s Psychiatric Hospital,  Monaghan).

Stefan Dunbar and Patrick McBrearty in An Grianan Theatre's Frank Pig Says Hello touring Ireland Sept to Oct 2014. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved.
Stefan Dunbar and Patrick McBrearty in An Grianan Theatre’s Frank Pig Says Hello touring Ireland Sept to Oct 2014. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved.

First performed in 1992, Frank Pig Says Hello tells the story of a young man’s breakdown in a rural Irish town. Challenging but rewarding, humorous yet harrowing, Frank Pig Says Hello is at times breath taking, often haunting and always hugely entertaining. It features an inventive fusion of storytelling and role play where over 30 characters are played by two versatile actors in a highly theatrical experience that is frequently very funny and occasionally shocking.

Directed by David Grant, it features local actor Patrick McBrearty in his professional stage debut and fellow Central School of Drama graduate Stefan Dunbar. Patrick will be familiar to An Grianán regulars as he made his way through the amateur ranks in productions such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Philadelphia, Here I Come before moving to London to become a professional actor.

Patrick McBrearty in An Grianan Theatre's Frank Pig Says Hello touring Ireland Sept to Oct 2014. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved.
Patrick McBrearty in An Grianan Theatre’s Frank Pig Says Hello touring Ireland Sept to Oct 2014. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved.

This is Stefan Dunbar’s first role in an An Grianán production. Stefan comes from an acting background (his uncle is well known theatre and TV actor Adrian Dunbar) and he has appeared in many roles at his local theatre, the Ardhowen in Enniskillen.

We’ll be doing four dates in Donegal staring this Saturday 20 Sept right here in An Grianán, then we’ll be in the Abbey Centre, Ballyshannon on Wed 1 October, Glenties Community Centre on Fri 3 and we have our last night back at An Grianán on Sat 4 October.

Check out this link for a piece about Stefan Dunbar in the Impartial Reporter and here’s a piece by Sean Feeny from Monday’s Donegal News.

Find out more about the production here.

Tour Dates

Sat 20 September at 8pm

Mon 22 September at 11am

Sat 4 October at 8pm

An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny

Box Office 074 912 0777

 

Fri 12 and Sat 13 September at 7.30pm,  Tues 23 Sept at 7.30pm

The Brian Friel Theatre, 20 University Square, Belfast, BT7 1NN

Booking 028 9097 1382 or studentshows@qub.ac.uk

www.brianfrieltheatre.co.uk

 

Tues 16 September at 8pm

The Garage Theatre, Old Armagh Road, Monaghan

Box Office 047 81597

www.garagetheatre.com

 

Thur 18 September at 8pm

Ardhowen Theatre, 97 Dublin Road, Derrychara, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, BT74 6FZ

Box Office 028 663 25440

www.ardhowentheatre.com

 

Wed 24 September at 8.30pm

Backstage Theatre, Farneyhoogan, Longford

Box Office 043 3347888

www.backstage.ie

 

Thur 25 September at 8pm

Market Place Theatre, Market St, Armagh BT61 7BW

Box Office 028 3752 1821

www.marketplacearmagh.com

 

Fri 26 September at 8.30pm

Droichead Arts Centre, Stockwell St, Drogheda, Co. Louth

Box Office 041 9833946

www.droicheadartscentre.com

 

Sat 27 September at 8pm

Roscommon Arts Centre, Circular Rd, Roscommon

Box Office 090 662 5824

www.roscommonartscentre.ie

 

Tues 30 September at 8.30pm

The Dock, St Georges Terrace, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim

Box Office 071 96 50828

www.thedock.ie

 

Thur 2 October at 8pm

The Hawk’s Well Theatre, Temple Street, Sligo

Box Office 071 9161518

www.hawkswell.com

 

Donegal Bay & Bluestacks Festival 2014

Wed 1 Oct at 8.30pm

Abbey Arts Centre, Ballyshannon

 

Fri 3 Oct at 8.30pm

Glenties Community Centre, Glenties

Box Office 071 9851375

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