Bodach an Chóta Lachna at the Town Hall Galway

October 28, 2013

In a piece I wrote for The Irish Times about the health of Irish language theatre in this country, the artists I spoke to proposed that one of the biggest concerns held by ‘would be’ audience members was a fear of not understanding the story they’ve paid to see. Companies working through the language and, more often than not, with children, tend to keep their audiences engaged by putting an emphasis on the physical – using mask, puppetry and exaggerated physicality to knuckle sense out of what those without a fluency in the language might fear. Recent excellent productions from Branar (Spraoi) and Moonfish Theatre (Tromluí Phinocchio) have proven just how accessible and enjoyable work performed through Irish can be with shows aimed at babies and teenagers, respectively, but that spoke to all ages.

Originally Published in the Irish Theatre Magazine


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