Galway’s Brú Theatre tours virtual reality film, Ar Ais Arís, this June

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

Ar Ais Arís performers (LtoR): Stephanie Dufresne, Victoria McCormack, and Anna Mullarkey.

Ar Ais Arís performers (LtoR): Stephanie Dufresne, Victoria McCormack, and Anna Mullarkey.

CONNEMARA, the writings of Máirtín Ó Cadhain, Pádraic Ó Conaire, and Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, the music of the West of Ireland, and the impact of emigration will coalesce in an immersive, virtual reality film, to tour Galway in June.

Ar Ais Arís, a 180° immersive virtual reality film, exploring the emotional journey of migration which has impacted Ireland for generations, will tour Gaeltacht and coastal communities from June 10 to 20 - while also adhering to Covid-19 guidelines. 

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Presented by Brú Theatre, the tour is part of Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, a nationwide, 10 day season of arts experiences from the Arts Council.

The film is directed by James Riordan and produced by Jill Murray. The dramaturg is Máiréad Ní Chróinín. The performers are Victoria McCormack, Stephanie Dufresne, and Anna Mullarkey. Anna also composed the music for the film.

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“We are delighted to be able to share the work with the Gaeltacht communities throughout Ireland,” said James Riordan. “We are really proud of what we’ve created and we are very much looking forward to bringing new work in the Irish language and virtual format to coastal communities who, for many years, saw people leave their shores never to return. We create work to share it, and Brightening Air is an amazing chance for us to meet our audiences and to immerse them in something new inspired by our collective history. “

Ar Ais Arís is part of Aistriú, a Galway 2020 and NUI Galway commission. For more information see


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