Debbie Wright – Turas Theatre


Debbie Wright, Turas Theatre, will perform as part of FRESH STREET#3 on Inis Oírr

What do you feel street art can bring to a place?

That’s a big question! I feel very passionate about the effects and importance street theatre, circus and spectacle have on our society. Accessibility to the arts is crucial; performance in the public place intervenes and encourages participation. It is a shared cultural celebration, transforming ordinary spaces into places of art. Street art enhances civic pride, provokes the senses and helps strengthen a sense of belonging amongst a city’s Inhabitants. And it’s free. It brings life, creativity, imagination and play to our streets, adding vibrancy to our daily lives, it transcends social classes, generations, cultures and religions.

The audience can stop and watch, if they like it, they stay, if they don’t, they can leave – I love this freedom. Street arts events contribute to the regeneration of towns and cities, increase tourism and bring economic benefits to local businesses. They contribute to the attractiveness of the city, the strengthening of its international image, and the revitalisation of the urban space. Street art also creates community cohesion by attracting diverse groups to spectate shows and events. I could go on…….the impact of street arts is huge.

“Street art enhances civic pride, provokes the senses and helps strengthen a sense of belonging”

What does it mean to present to an international audience in your home town? 

This is an amazing opportunity for us to showcase our work to an international audience and gain valuable feedback from an international perspective – it opens up the opportunities to perform abroad, for international artistic collaboration and also helps to raise the profile of the Irish street arts sector. 


What opportunities does Fresh Street#3 present to you, living in Galway?

The opportunity to meet international producers and programmers from a diverse range of festivals opens up the potential to perform and tour our show internationally. It offers the chance to meet artists from a variety of street art disciplines and exchange ideas and knowledge, and the opportunity to perform on Inis Oírr within its stunning landscape is very special. It also offers the opportunity for performances that engage with a specific geographical environment, to create unique and extraordinary experiences and meanings for both the artists and the audience. We can’t wait! 


As a result of their partnership with Circostrada, the ISACS Network will host the International conference FRESH STREET#3 in partnership with Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture. This event is scheduled to take place from 22 – 24 May 2019. It will see over 250 international delegates with a professional background and passion for all things street arts from all over the world in attendance. Artists, practitioners, programmers, producers, festivals, stakeholders, policymakers, journalists and more will make up the audience.

The theme of this event is ‘Place and Identity’ and is driven largely by the global and local crisis that the world is experiencing currently in relation to how we relate, feel and perceive same.

The event will be hosted by the National University of Ireland, Galway, with a one-day exploration of place and identity on the beautiful Inis Oírr, Aran Islands.

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