Sunday 16 June 2019

Pursuit of Diarmuid and Gráinne as Gaeilge

Maria Herlihy

Lovers of the Irish language should make their way to the Everyman Theatre as Fíbín, and Irish language Theatre Company from Galway will bring 'Tóraíocht' on a nationwide tour. 

This is a new version of the epic tale from the Fenian Cycle of Irish mythology 'The Pursuit of Diarmuid and Gráinne,' which is  written by Philip Doherty and directed by the renowned actor and director Mikel Murfi.  

Tóraíocht' is a love story full of outlandish feats and monsters. The story moves faster than any car-chase, jumps higher than any vaulter, and loves twice as much as any Frenchman, as Diarmuid and Gráinne attempt to stay one step ahead of Fionn and the Fianna. 

All performances will be subtitled in English and the story is told by using stunning visuals throughout. 

'Tóraíocht' will be performed by a cast of six comprising of Gráinne Bleasdale, Méabh Ní Chualáin, Kate Finegan, Liz Fitzgibbon, Fionnuala Gygax and Seán T. Ó Meallaigh.

'Tóraíocht' is a highly physical performance with quick changes, over-sized props, masks, and a breath-taking aerial routine.

The ensemble of six actors portray over 30 characters with mask work. There is a great deal of humour in the story, in both the dialogue, and in the execution of the play with a very vivid, emotional closing scene.  

Fíbín will take to the stage at  The Everyman in Cork on April 13. 

Fíbín is the biggest and most active Irish language theatre company in the country and an audience in excess of 150,000 people have enjoyed productions  at home and abroad during the last 15 n years.