|Druid presenting plays in out of the way places isn't new! Indeed for the past twenty years the company has made a virtue of taking its productions to the four corners of Ireland. But in September, in what promises to be one of the most extraordinary cultural events Druid is to present their celebrated Synge Cycle on Inis Meain as an outdoor event within the ancient stone walls of Dun Chonchuir.|
"Synge often read, wrote and dreamed there. So when we were planning our visit to the islands it seemed to be the absolutely right thing to do...Irish weather permitting of course" said Druid's Artistic Director Garry Hynes.
The company travel to Inis Meain immediately after their appearance at Edinburgh International Festival and will present the entire cycle on Friday 9th and Sunday 11th of September in Dun Chonchuir starting at 2pm and finishing at 10.30pm approximately.
The Dun is a large circular walled fortress just above Baile an Teampaill and with the Cycle starting a 2pm, most of the production will be performed in daylight but as night falls the Dun will be lit especially for the performances. With Synge's words echoing out around the stone walls where he created them audiences will experience the greatness of his plays in the unique atmosphere of Ireland's most westerly islands.
Tickets are available directly from Druid 091 568660 on a first come, first served basis. Capacity is limited - so early booking is advisable. Tickets for The Synge Cycle cost €35(concession €30). There will be additional ferry crossings to enable residents from Inis Mor and Inis Oirr and visitors from the mainland to attend the performances. For information sheet containing details on the performance schedule, alternative (rain-cover) venue, ferry & air travel to/from Aran, accomodation on all 3 Aran islands, local restaurants and special inter-island ferry arrangements visit www.druid.ie/druidsynge or phone 091 568660.
Finally the Irish weather has to be taken into account. Audiences are being advised to wrap up warm and even bring a blanket. In the event of rain the productions will be moved to Halla Naoimh Eoin.