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Guy Le Jeune

New Media

Europe, Ireland, Donegal

Guy is a writer and theatre maker, based in County Donegal, in the Republic of Ireland. He has been Theatre Artist in Residence for An Grianán Theatre and Donegal County Council for the last two years, funded by a bursary from the Irish Arts Council. 

He has over thirty years of experience in theatre, in a wide variety of roles. In the last five years, he has specialised in working with communities and individuals, creating theatre pieces from reminiscences, oral histories and memories. He works with a troika of production partners; An Grianán Theatre, The Earagail Arts Festival and the Donegal County Council Arts Office. 

His theatre works include: On the Camel’s Hump, a piece about the communities that lived along the long-gone railway lines that once crossed Donegal and County Tyrone; Fiesta, a large-scale production that celebrated the 1960s and 70s show-band era in Ireland and the famous dancehall in Letterkenny, the Fiesta Ballroom; I Would Walk These Fields Again, a piece about Father James McDyer, the Christian Communist Priest of Glencolmcille, Donegal, who spent his life fighting the twin curses of emigration and a lack of jobs and industry in the west of Ireland; UNIFIED – The Musical, a celebration of the UNIFI twisted polyester yarn factory, that existed in Letterkenny for thirty years and was the town’s largest employer. It eventually closed in 2004 due to cheap foreign imports. 

Guy is currently involved in a number of process-based pieces across Donegal, including ongoing engagement with the fishermen and women on Killybegs, Ireland’s largest fishing port, and a project with the University of Ulster School of Nursing, working with people with dementia and their carers.