Beckett's play Laethanta Sona [Happy Days] will be performed as Gaeilge on Inis Oírr from August 30th to September 5th. This translated version will be in the unique setting of Creig an Staic, providing a "Surreal and existential" backdrop for the performance.
The play is being brought to Inis Oírr by Company SJ and Abbey Theatre in association with Dublin Theatre Festival and Galway International Arts Festival. It directed by Sarah-Jane Scaife who has been holidaying on Inis Oírr for many years. Sarah-Jane is renowned for her works on Beckett across the globe including Beckett in the City. It is supported by Aras Éanna
In this setting, the central character Winnie is buried in a stone mound (naturally!). It was specially constructed out of the surrounding limestone by local stonemasons. There is a supporting exhibition in Áras Éanna documenting the background and the making of this unique adaptation.
Áras Éanna, our local arts centre has launched it's summer 2019 schedule.
We are privileged to have a great arts centre in Inis Oírr. The management there have been doing fabulous work and continue to attract artists and performers of great renown. Aras Éanna is a multi functioning arts space that includes an artists studio space, a 75 seat theatre, two galleries and a café. There are also various rooms for workshops or classes. It provides a rare opportunity to see some of these local, Irish and international acts in an intimate venue.
You might come to Inis Oírr especially to see a particular act or artist, or just happen to drop to the arts centre as you pass by. Either way, you are sure to find it a unique experience. You can see the current schedule on their website here.
To find Áras Éanna, just continue on past Cill Ghobnait (number 12 on our map) up the hill for about 150 yards.