Siamsa Tíre

Staged Folklore - The National Folk Theatre of Ireland 1968 - 1998

Staged Folklore - The National Folk Theatre of Ireland 1968 - 1998


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This event honours the work of Pat Ahern, founder of Siamsa Tíre.  Convened by Professor John O'Connell and Dr Susan Motherway.

In order to mark the fiftieth season of performances by the National Folk Theatre and to honour the work of Siamsa Tíre's founder and first artistic director, Pat Ahern, Siamsa Tíre has been working with a group of 13 academics to host a colloquium entitled ‘Staged Folklore, The National Folk Theatre of Ireland 1968-1998.

Panel presentations will focus on the themes of staging performance, staging folklore and staged nationhood. The day will also include media presentations and performances by Siamsa Tíre; including an evening performance of the original Fadó Fadó production. Workshops in the North Kerry style of dance and music are available to attendees in the afternoon.  The event is free and places can be booked through the Siamsa Tire website or box office. For further information contact 

Speakers include:

Dr. Breandán DeGallaí (Eiru), Dr. Catherine Foley (UL), Dr. Daithí Kearney (DkIT), Dr. Mick Moloney (New York University), Dr. Susan Motherway (ITT), Kate Neal (CU), Dr. Muiris Ó Laoire (ITT), Prof. John O’Connell (University of Cardiff), Dr. Colin Quigley (UL), Prof. Anthony Shay (Pomona College, USA), Prof Jonathan Stock (UCC), Dr. Ríonach Uí Ógáin (UCD) and Dr. Fintan Vallely.

Chaired by: Dr Catherine Foley, University of Limerick and founder of Dance Research Forum Ireland

Convened by: Prof. John O’Connell and Dr. Susan Motherway

Special price tickets to that evening's performance of Fadó Fadó can be booked with the Box Office on 066) 7123055.  Please ring for further details.

Supported by The Arts Council, Siamsa Tíre, the Institute of Technology, Tralee and the Department of Culture, Heritage & The Gaeltacht.

Full programme available here...