Dublin Theatre Festival


Ellen Cranitch

Rough Magic: Ellen composed and performed the original music for The Sugar Wife in 2005
Other Work: Ellen Cranitch started her professional career as a freelance flautist with the National Symphony Orchestra, The RTÉ Concert Orchestra, and many other chamber orchestras and ensembles. Her interest in jazz and improvised music led her to collaborations with some of the leading lights in the field, such as Ronan Guilfoyle, Tommy Halferty, Mike Nielsen and many more. This is turn led to composition, and she has composed music for many theatre and dance companies, amongst them Coiscéim Dance Theatre, B*spoke, The National Theatre, and the St. Patrick’s Day Festival. She has also written scores for several TV and radio documentaries. In 1996 she was appointed composer-in-association with the Clare County Council.
With actor Nuala Hayes, Ellen co-founded Two Chairs Company, which has been creating work for 20 years, based on stories and music, both for performance, and broadcast.
In 2004 she began presenting the flagship traditional music show, Grace Notes, on RTE Lyric FM, which is ongoing, and she has created and presented many radio documentaries for both Lyric and RTE Radio 1.
Ellen has produced a number of film documentaries; most notably 88 STRINGS ATTACHED, for Al Jazeera Television, and DUN LAOGHAIRE-LIFE IN THE DAY, a silent film with live music by Ronan Guilfoyle. She is very proud of her association with UNA CORDA-The Ireland/Cuba Piano Project, an NGO established in 2007 to train and equip instrument makers and tuners in Cuba.



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