Brú Theatre

Ar Ais Arís

directed by James Riordan

starring Stephanie Dufresne, Victoria McCormack and Anna Mullarkey

A moment of departure. A moment of return. A moment of reckoning.

Immerse yourself in a Virtual Reality experience that merges dance, original song and arresting performances, transporting audiences through the breath–taking landscape of Connemara. This visually evocative work captures the emotional journeys of migration which have impacted this island for generations.

First, we are on a pier in Casla, Connemara as a mother silently says goodbye to her first born, off to America and never to return, a piece based on Máirtín Ó Cadhain’s short story, An Bhlian 1912. Next, we’re on a mountain top as a woman emigrates home from England, inspired by Nóra Mharcuis Bhig by Pádraic Ó Conaire. We finish in a therapy room, as a modern woman faces issues inherited from generations of displaced women, inspired by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill’s collection of poetry The Assimilated Merfolk.

Sit by the River Corrib, feel the wind and then lose yourself in this powerful, provocative and contemporary take on some of the finest writing in the Irish language. Originally commissioned by Galway 2020.

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