The Irish Rep’s Theatre
The Aran Islands

The Aran Islands - A Performance on Screen

You are cordially invited to attend a virtual performance of The Aran Islands by J.M. Synge and adapted and directed by Joe O’Byrne. Starring Brendan Conroy, the Performance on Screen production of The Aran Islands will premiere on Tuesday, March 16, 2021, at 7 pm ET and runs through Sunday, March 28, 2021.

In the grey, sea-battered landscape of the Aran Islands, full of mist and wild rain, hearth is home and storytellers regale with tales by the fire. When John Millington Synge traveled to these remote islands upon the advice of W.B. Yeats in 1898, he discovered a bleakly primitive, mystical land that would inspire him for the rest of his life, leading to canonical works in Irish theatre, including The Playboy of the Western World and Riders to the Sea

The Aran Islands: A Performance on Screen is a haunting and visceral experience built around “a hypnotic performance” by Brendan Conroy (Kings), one of Ireland’s finest actors, as he captures the spirit of Synge in Joe O’Byrne’s (The Picture of Dorian Gray) theatrical adaptation of Synge’s early work, The Aran Islands. This play has been reimagined for digital presentation, transporting audiences to a distant world.

This all-new production was filmed in Ireland in early 2021 during the COVID-19 lockdown and made specifically for digital viewing. The Aran Islands: A Performance on Screen was filmed primarily at The New Theatre in Dublin, with additional footage from the Aran Islands and Dublin’s Smock Alley TheatreIrish Repertory Theatre presented the stage production of The Aran Islands in association with Co-Motion Media in 2017.

The Aran Islands: A Performance on Screen features music by Kieran Duddy, lighting design by Conleth White, camera & editing by Joe O’Byrne, and costume design by Marie Tierney. The original production set design is by Margaret Nolan.

Reservations are free but required to access this digital event. The show runs for 90 minutes with a 10-minute intermission. A donation of $25 for the show is suggested for those who can afford to give.

Written by JM Synge
Adapted by Joe O’Byrne
Starring Brendan Conroy
Directed by Joe O’Byrne

Performance Schedule

Tuesday, March 16, at 7pm ET
Wednesday, March 17 ☘️ at 3pm & 8pm ET
Thursday, March 18 at 7pm* ET
Friday, March 19 at 8pm ET
Saturday, March 20 at 3pm* & 8pm ET
Sunday, March 21 at 2pm & 7pm ET
Tuesday, March 23, at 7pm ET
Wednesday, March 24 at 3pm & 8pm* ET
Thursday, March 25 at 7pm ET
Friday, March 26 at 8pm* ET
Saturday, March 27 at 3pm & 8pm ET
Sunday, March 28 at 2pm* & 7pm ET


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