Brú Theatre, Galway International Arts Festival and Galway 2020 present

Ar Ais Arís

a commission of the Aistriú project
DATE 7 - 12 September
VENUE Commercial Boat Club, Woodquay
CREDITS Directed by James Riordan
Starring Stephanie Dufresne, Victoria McCormack and Anna Mullarkey
Julia Dunin

A moment of departure. A moment of return. A moment of reckoning.


Immerse yourself in a Virtual Reality experience that merges dance, original song and arresting performances, transporting audiences through the breath–taking landscape of Connemara. This visually evocative work captures the emotional journeys of migration which have impacted this island for generations.

First, we are on a pier in Casla, Connemara as a mother silently says goodbye to her first born, off to America and never to return, a piece based on Máirtín Ó Cadhain’s short story, An Bhlian 1912. Next, we’re on a mountain top as a woman emigrates home from England, inspired by Nóra Mharcuis Bhig by Pádraic Ó Conaire. We finish in a therapy room, as a modern woman faces issues inherited from generations of displaced women, inspired by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill’s collection of poetry The Assimilated Merfolk.


Sit by the River Corrib, feel the wind and then lose yourself in this powerful, provocative and contemporary take on some of the finest writing in the Irish language.


Director: James Riordan. Producer: Jill Murray. Dramaturg: Máiréad Ní Chróinín Performers: Victoria Mc Cormack, Stephanie Dufresne, Anna Mullarkey. Music Composer: Anna Mullarkey. Production Assistant: Kate McBrearty. Musician: Ciara O’Connor. Sound Designer: Jenny O’Malley. VR cinematographer: Paul Kinsella. Costume Designer: Clíodhna Hallissey. Make-Up / Hair Designer: Michelle Ruane. Voice-Over, language consultant: Caitlín Ní Chualáin. Áistriú Creative Associate: Marianne Ní Chinnéide