The Aran Islands


Date/Time: 8PM, January 25th to 27th

Venue: Everyman Theatre

Admission: €20 | CONCESSION €18 | STUDENTS €9


In this centenary year of 1916 it is important to acknowledge the contribution the authors of the Literary Revival made to the resurgence of nationalism and the pride in the culture that had almost been destroyed by English rule. J.M. Synge was a key figure in this movement, and his play, his poems and other writings were hugely influential.

J.M. Synge wrote four books about his trips to the Aran Islands, and in his time there he gathered much of the material and stories that he would mine for the great plays he is most famous for. The text of “The Aran Islands” has been very much forgotten, but it is the most precise and sympathetic description of life on the Aran islands at the beginning of the 20th century.

What Synge describes, with its stories, its funerals, its evictions, its exposure to the elements, is an essential part of what makes up Irish culture. Also in the year of the 1916 centenary, it will give us a glimpse of the contribution of the Literary Revival authors to the revival of nationalism and the pride in the culture that had almost been destroyed by English rule.



Brendan Conroy will bring to life Synge’s time on the Aran islands, when he immersed himself in the life of the islanders, absorbing their culture, and their story telling, their folklore, their music and their customs. Brendan is a veteran of the Irish stage and screen, and has appeared in many shows up and down the country. Most recently he appeared in ‘Guerilla Days in Ireland’ at the Olympia, and ‘The Big Yum Yum’ by Patrick McCabe.

Joe O’Byrne has been directing show for many years, and has brought to the stage many adaptations, including ‘Frank Pig Says Hello’ by Patrick McCabe, and ‘The Woman Who Walked Into Doors’ by Roddy Doyle.

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