Fíbín is the biggest and most active Irish-language theatre company in Ireland. We present new writing as well as classic plays in a unique and creative way.
Fíbín’s visual approach overcomes any language boundaries that may exist. To achieve this, the company has made use of puppets, masks, shadows, music, sound and an array of highly visual techniques to develop a style not previously seen in children’s theatre, and in Irish Language Theatre in particular.
We continue to widen our audience base and by placing theatre as Gaeilge centre-stage we are ensuring its future.
Fíbín are leaders and set the standards in Irish language drama. We nurture the audiences of the future and shape the way they perceive Irish language theatre in a fun and positive way!
Fíbín was founded in 2003 with the intent of providing exciting, entertaining, and energetic theatre of the highest professional standards to a young audience through the medium of Irish. Coupled with this aim was a desire to produce inventive and ground-breaking theatre for young people.
To date Fíbín have produced over 40 productions for children at primary, secondary and third level that comply with their original vision and continue to do so with productions like Stair na gCeilteach and Tóraíocht using the latest visual and physical theatre techniques.
Fíbín was nominated for a prestigious 2005 Irish Times/E.S.B Theatre Award after just over one year in existence. That year the company also received the accolade of winning a Galway County A.I.B Theatre Award. Fíbín has also been nominated for other business awards including the ‘Allianz Business to Arts Awards’ and a 2010 Barr 50 Gnó le Gaeilge Awards (Top 50 Irish Language Businesses’ awards).
Fíbín is funded by The Arts Council, Ealaíon na Gaeltachta, Foras na Gaeilge, Roinn na Gaeltachta and Galway County Council.
Over 100,000 Irish children have seen and Fíbín productions in Ireland and abroad including Norway, the USA, Canada, Malawi, Wales, Scotland and Belgium. It says a lot that a theatre company like Fíbín is invited to stage work abroad and demonstrates that our productions overcome any language barriers that may exist. Fíbín style is such that the visual and physical style that the language does not hinder the meaning of the performances.
The majority of actors who work with Fíbín have trained internationally as well as training in puppetry and so they understand how much entertaining puppetry can be both on stage and on television.
Fíbín has a good insight into the type of theatre style that work well with audiences, both young and old. This information is very important especially in the children’s education. One of the aims of the company is to use this insight to help in the teaching of our native language. We want to revive the Irish language and to promote and present in an enjoyable and contemporary way.
FÍBÍN BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Stephen Darcy (Chairman) –
Stephen is a theatre director. Having acted professionally for 15 years, I have a broad range of experience in theatre, TV and film. Currently I am directing “JHO” by Tim Crouch and Garry Owen, which will tour to nationally around Ireland autumn 2018. I assisted Dominic Hill on his production of “Endgame” at the Citizens in Glasgow in early 2016. I will also direct a new play, which will tour Ireland nationally after Easter 2019. For many years I have developed new writing with dramaturge Lloyd Trott at RADA.
Brendan Murray (Member) –
Brendan Murray is an actor/director/tutor with over 20 years experience working in theatre/TV. He trained at the Gaiety School of Acting under Joe Dowling (1988-90)and also holds an M.A.(hons.) in Modern Drama Studies from UCD (2002). With Teatre du Soleil he studied the art of mask performance. In his professional career Brendan has performed with the Abbey, Fíbín, An Taibhdhearc, Town Hall Theatre, Project, Island, Players, Andrew’s Lane, Macnas, Flying Pigs and Opera Ireland. He toured Ireland and abroad with Ken Bourke’s one man show on the life of James Connolly, The Tide Can Wait, which was also adapted for radio. Throughout the 1990’s Brendan was a director of the multi-award winning Punchbag Theatre Co. in Galway. He has also directed for An Taidhbhearc and the Town Hall and has adapted/directed An Triail and Cearrbhach MacCaba for Fíbín.
Over the years Brendan has appeared in a number of films and was an original cast member of TG’s Ros na Rún. He is credited in many other TG4 productions including Aifric, Trí Scéal, Seacht, Síol, Rásaí na Gaillimhe and the upcoming Corp agus Anam. He has also directed Ros na Rún. Other work has been for BBC, Disney, RTE and Canadian TV. He has created street spectacles for Galway Early Music Festival and National Heritage Week.
As a tutor Brendan has taught acting techniques in UCD, Gael Linn, Alliance Francais and established a main performance module for NUIG when it initiated its MA course in theatre studies a few years ago, where he still works on contract as teacher and dramaturg. He is also a member of the Association of Drama Adjudicators Ireland.
Barbara de Barra (Member) –
Formerly a professional actor with Graffiti, Fíbín, Ros na Rún and Catastrophe among others, she did an MA in Drama in the National University of Ireland, Galway. She founded a drama school in Galway for young people called The Drama Den. Bairbre is now a full time primary school teacher in Galway.
Mac Dara Hosty (Member) –
MacDara Hosty is an internationally respected manager, marketer, leader, educator and business developer with a strong local, national and international network of social, commercial, community and political entrepreneurs.
On graduating from Sligo RTC (now Sligo IT) in 1992 having spent the last year of his studies completing a higher-level national diploma in International Marketing at the Kempten University of Applied Sciences in Germany, MacDara worked in various Marketing and Management roles in Germany, Austria and Ireland before establishing his own bespoke marketing and management consultancy firm in 1997.
MacDara’s main area of interest is the creation and execution of commercially viable business centric marketing strategy that significantly contributes to the achievement of the organisations overall goals and objectives and has done significant work in this area for Fáilte Ireland, Shannon Heritage, Rezidor, Galway City Council, Hilco Capital, Dundalk BiDs, Corrib Oil Company and Clare County Council.
In addition to his consulting and teaching work MacDara is an accomplished speaker and executive educator and has worked in this capacity in Cyprus, Spain, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Austria, England, Malta, Japan, Iceland and The United States.
MacDara earned his MBA at the National University of Ireland, Galway and is also a graduate of the Franklin Covey Institute programme for Highly Effective Managers.
Breandán Ó hEaghra (Member) –
Bhunaigh Breandán Ó hEaghra an comhlacht margaíochta, MeasMedia, i 2012, chun freastal ar riachtanais chomhlachtaí agus eagrais a bhíonn ag iarraidh a gcuid seirbhíse a chur chun cinn trí Ghaeilge nó go dátheangach (i mBéarla agus i nGaeilge). Ó shin i leith tá forbairt suntasach déanta ag an gcomhlacht – ag tairiscint seirbhísí margaíochta do chomhlachtaí na tíre. Chaith Breandán seal mar Leas Stiúthóir ar Mhúsaem Cathrach na Gaillimhe agus mar Oifigeach Gaeilge i gComhairle Cathrach na Gaillimhe, sula ndearna sé an cinneadh MeasMedia a bhunú. Tá seisear fostaithe go lán-aimseartha ar an gCeathrú Rua, i gceartlár na Gaeltachta, ag an gcomhlacht anois.