Companies

Aisling Ghéar – the Irish language theatre company in Northern Ireland. Established in 1997, its’ mission is to contribute to the development of Irish Language Theatre and the very vital contribution it can make in expanding and enriching the vibrant cultural experience of this country’s unique heritage. It aims to produce Irish Language Theatre at its’ very best and to promote and perform the work of the Company both at home and internationally.

The company’s wide ranging work to date has included 26 Irish premieres and extensive tours throughout Ireland and Scotland with quality productions in translation, from playwrights as diverse as Flann O’Brien, Samuel Beckett, Eoghan Ó Tuairisc, Brian Friel, Dario Fo, Marie Jones and Willy Russell. As part of the company’s 15th Anniversary year we produced a host of new commissions from award winning writers and 2013/14 produced yet another excellent crop of new writing. Nollaig Mac Aodha gave us ‘Seo Robert- the search for Robert McAdam’- a fascinating insight into the world of a successful industrialist, composer, eminent Irish language scholar and a member of a remarkable generation of Northern Presbyterians, in Victorian Belfast. Our new comedy sketch show ‘An Aisling’ - a collection of bespoke comedy sketches written and devised by the company ‘succeeded in the challenging task of writing good quality comedy in Irish’. Our children’s show ‘Caoimhe and the Midnight Visit’ was a gorgeous Christmas offering and we were delighted with our first ever site-specific show ‘The Fadgies’ by Nuala O Neill - native Irish speakers from Omeath who moved to Belfast in the 19th century working as fish and fruit sellers, who then settled in Smithfield and created Belfast’s first Urban Gaeltacht. Oscar nominated writer Dave Duggan has been commissioned to write a ‘powerful sci-fi drama as Gaeilge’ - ‘Makaronik’ which sees the company’s first time participation at the Ulster Bank Festival at Queens and finally our inspiring disability project – ‘The Wheelchair Monologues’ written and performed by Gearóid Ó Cairealláin on the ups and downs of life in a powered wheelchair since his stroke in 2007. The company’s highly regarded schools’ production of ‘An Triail’ by Máiréad Ní Ghráda, now going into its’13th annual tour in Ireland, continues to provide excellent support for teaching staff while offering students the opportunity to experience a quality theatrical production of a timeless Irish language drama. The company offers live translation into English for each and every performance, available by personal headset.

Is í Aisling Ghéar an t-aon chompántas proifisiúnta amharclainne in Éirinn a shaothraíonn go lánaimseartha chun léirithe a chur ar fáil i nGaeilge. Tá sé lonnaithe i mBéal Feirste, i gCultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich – ionad ealaíon agus cultúir ina bhfuil Amharclann Siobhán Nic Cionnaith. Bunaíodh an compántas in 1997 le comhlánú agus le forbairt a dhéanamh ar na healaíona agus ar thaithí chultúrtha lucht na Gaeilge. Ó shin i leith, léirigh sé agus thug ar chamchuairt saothair d’ardchaighdeán le húdair chomh héagsúil le Machiavelli, WB Yeats, Tom Murphy, Rosemary Jenkinson, Eugene Ionesco, Samuel Beckett, Eoghan Ó Tuairisc, Brian Friel, Dario Fo, Willy Russell agus Marie Jones. Cuid bhuan den fhéilire scoile anois é a léiriú ardmholta de ‘An Triail’ le Máiréad Ní Ghráda, léiriú ar taca é ag múinteoirí chomh maith le bheith ina eispéireas amharclainne ardchaighdeáin do scoláirí A-leibhéil. Tá an compántas tiomanta don scríbhneoireacht nua Ghaeilge agus go dtí seo tá ocht ndráma úr forbartha agus léirithe acu. Cuirtear aistriúchan comhuaineach ar fáil ag na léirithe ar fad ar ghléas cinn pearsanta nó is féidir an dráma a leanúint leis na 'Nótaí Radhairc'-gearrchuntas scríofa Béarla ar gach radharc - a sholáthraítear freisin.

AISLING GHÉAR TEAM

Artistic Director Bríd Ó Gallchóir
General Manager Carrie-Anne McAlonan-McCrudden

PRODUCTIONS BY AISLING GHÉAR

  • The Fadgies by Nuala Ní Néill (Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich 2016)

  • Alice Milligan - A Girl of Genius by Susannah McKenna ( Irish tour 2016)

  • Cruachás by Celia de Fréine ( Léirithe i Scoil Bhríde, Raghnallach 2015)

  • Makaronik by Dave Duggan (Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich 2014)

  • The Wheelchair Monologues by Gearóid Ó Cairealláin (Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich 2013)

  • An Aisling by Tony Devlin, Gearóid Ó Cairealláin, Bríd Ó Gallchóir, Nuala Ní Néill (Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich 2013)

  • Seo Robert by Nollaig Mac Aoidh (2012)

  • Bun Go Barr by Órna Ní Choileáin, Aodán Ó Coileáin (Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich 2012)

  • Love Matters by Gary Mitchell, Andrea Higgins, Niamh Ní Dhomhnaill (Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich 2012)

  • An Béal Bocht by Bríd Ó Gallchóir (Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich 2009)

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