Little Acorns – short plays to watch for free on demand, 2021

Ronan Carr and Anne Gallagher in Blue Roses, part of An Grianán Theatre's Little Acorns project.

Earlier this year we commissioned 6 local writers to write short plays for us. We shared them online over the summer on our social media channels. You can catch up with them all on demand right here.

The Hug

Written by Michelle Dennehy, The Hug is a tender story about the flights of fancy a little girl and her grandmother enjoy as they play together. Cast: Gemma Walker-Farren and Sorcha Shanahan. More info.

Joss Paper and Roast Duck

In Joss Paper and Roast Duck a man is startled when his wife presents a shopping list – for her afterlife. Written by Eve Li and directed by Karen Quinn. Cast: Diana Cheung and John D Ruddy. More info.

Taster Session

For some life is a rollercoaster, for others it’s a treadmill of discontent. And for Annette? Well, maybe the gym isn’t for her. Cast: Valerie Bryce and Maggie Hannon. Written by Peggie Caldwell. More info.

Online Mass

Mass in the time of Covid – Packie is unimpressed when his wife Kathleen starts to deliver mass at the breakfast table. Charlie Bonner and Cathleen Bradley star in the third of our Little Acorns commissions. Written by Seamus McDermott.  More info.

The Author

The second of our Little Acorns short plays is The Author by Andrew Tinney. Louise Conaghan plays a character demanding better character development from author Laura Douglas. More info.

Blue Roses

Conspiracies abound in this comedy drama written by Anne Gallagher. Cast: Anne Gallagher, Ronan Carr and Cassie Riggs. More info.

About Little Acorns

At the end of January 2021 we put a call out for writers to submit short plays, 5 to 10 minutes long, that we could film and share on our social media platforms. We had over 50 plays submitted and chose 6 in all to turn into short films. The plays were filmed in April and May 2021 and shared for free online during summer 2021.

Little Acorns was filmed using equipment kindly funded by the Arts Council of Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaíon Capacity Building Support Scheme.

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