Ireland’s history comes alive as this theatre company takes a crucial element of Ireland history and explores it in one of seven ‘plays for voices’ Available on request. Pax Min 1, Max 50
Visit: Tullycross Church, Connemara Loop, Gorteennaglogh, Co. Galway, Ireland
This mobile Irish theatre company performs one of seven ‘plays-for-voices’. Each takes a crucial element in Irish history and explores it in depth: Aran Islands; Great Famine-Hunger; Emigration Road; Ferry; Muse & Mister Yeats; History!.
The ‘plays for voices’ take a crucial element in Irish history and explore it in depth – bringing history alive. The adaptation of Synge’s Aran Islands offers
an audience a glimpse of island life. The piece on the Great Famine, Hunger, uses documentary evidence to give audiences a dramatic feel for what has been such a silent and traumatic element in our history. Emigration Road, explores a number of the iconic elements in the great wave of emigration from Ireland to the United States as well as looking forward to its presence as an aspect of contemporary Irish life. Ferry features five strangers, played by two voices, revealing fragments of their lives now left behind them, forming a collage meditation on life and death, and memory. Between short exchanges and longer soliloquies, we get to know a little about these different, wounded lives. The Muse & Mister Yeats presents, one by one, the various women with whom W.B. Yeats was romantically involved. It sketches a portrait of Yeats-in-love. History!: Reading the Easter Rising takes a multifaceted look, through documents, poems, songs, eye-witness stories at not only the Rising itself but at its violent aftermaths-the Anglo-Irish War and the Civil War–bringing it to life. The aim of the theatre group is to produce performance pieces that rely almost solely on text and voice. With only two actors (playing many voices), a minimum of props, and not much stage “business,” these dramatic pieces explore in an immediate way their chosen subjects, seeking to bring everything down to a close, even intimate relationship between players and audience. By so doing, the issues (big, small, historical, political, personal), gain a recognizable human face and, most important–in the constant flow of talk, of language – an intensely human sound. Pax Min 1, Max 50. Available on request.