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Reliving Island Life: Staging Stories of the Blasket Islands
Kearney, Daithi
The Blasket Islands are located off the south-west coast of Ireland. No longer inhabited, the Great Blasket Island and its distinctive culture have been documented by a variety of writers and are celebrated today in an interpretative centre on the mainland and in performances by Siamsa Tire, The National Folk Theatre of Ireland. "Siamsa" developed from local initiatives in North Kerry during the early 1960s and is located today in Tralee, Co. Kerry. It aims to present Irish folklore and folk culture through the medium of theatre involving music, song, dance and mime but invariably no dialogue. In this paper, I focus on the production Oiléan, based loosely on the stories of the Blasket Islanders, which was initially devised as part of the fiftieth anniversary commemoration of the departure of the last inhabitants of the islands in 2003.
Keyword(s): Music; Irish Traditional Music; Folk Theatre; Siamsa Tire; Blasket Islands.
Publication Date:
2017
Type: Journal article
Peer-Reviewed: Yes
Institution: Dundalk Institute of Technology
Citation(s): Kearney, Daithi (2017) Reliving Island Life: Staging Stories of the Blasket Islands. Estudios Irlandeses, 1 (12). pp. 73-90. ISSN 1699-311X
Publisher(s): Spanish association for Irish Studies
File Format(s): application/pdf
Related Link(s): http://eprints.dkit.ie/612/1/21.pdf
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