Fíbín’s new home prepares to open with a large-scale outdoor theatre spectacle ‘Battle of Carraroe’
Fíbín Irish language Theatre Company, Galway are set to stage an outdoor spectacle at their new home space in An Tulach on Wednesday August 21st as part of the offices’ official opening celebrations. This is a new play written and directed by Fíbín’s new artistic director, Philip Doherty ‘Battle of Carraroe’. It’s a show inspired by the extraordinary true story, of when Irish tenants stopped an eviction for the first time in the history of the country in 1880.
Kathleen’s family is on the verge of starvation, a part played by the talented young singer and musician Róisín Seoighe. Through pure theatrical voodoo her ancestors, who died in the Famine, rise from their graves to inspire her to unite the people against the landlords. The people, with pikes and shovels and blazing sods of turf, come together and stop an eviction against the armed Peelers. It was the spark that lit the fire for Irish Independence… and inspired future generations across the world in the glory of protest, and the power of the people.
Presented in a world where a graveyard is a skull the size of a house, London is a riotous circus tent, and the narrator is the ghost of Michael Davitt, played by actor Eoghan O’Riada. This production involves a professional cast, comprising of Eoin Geoghegan and Micheál Ó Dubhghaill alongside some local amateur actors with passion and energy. This sprawling operatic poem, on multiple stages, will celebrate our language, history and defiance. Drawing on ancient savage forces, this production will blend speech, movement and song in the cause of storytelling. Music for this production has been composed by Alain Halimi.
Fíbín will begin performances of this free community involved project on Wednesday August 21st and the public will also have the opportunity to see the show with performances on the Thursday and Friday evening at 9pm. All shows are free but tickets must be booked in advance on Eventbrite. Fíbín celebrated fifteen years in existence last year and the company’s Managing Director, Darach Ó Tuairisg feels the relocation to this permanent space in the heart of the Connemara Gaeltacht is the start of a new era for Fíbín and for Irish language theatre. Fíbín are extremely grateful to the Arts Council and Ealaín na Gaeltachta for their support with this new production.