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.