Our Story

Moonfish is a Galway-based theatre company creating work in English and Irish that is rooted in the limitless possibilities of the imagination, founded in 2006 by Ionia and Máiréad Ní Chróinín.

Is comhlacht amharclannaíochta é Moonfish atá lonnaithe i nGaillimh agus a chruthaíonn léiriúcháin i nGaeilge agus i mBéarla go bhfuil bunús acu i ndomhan leathan na samhlaíochta.

Moonfish is a collaborative ensemble that blends language, story-telling, music and dance with puppetry, interactive technology and light to create exhilarating experiences that challenge and excite our audiences.

Is comhlacht comhoibríoch é Moonfish a mheascann teangacha, scéalaíocht, ceol agus damhsaíocht le puipeadóireacht, teicneolaíocht idirghníomhach agus soilsiú chun eispéireais spleodrach a chruthú atá dúthlánach agus spreagúil dár lucht féachana.

Moonfish have been awarded the Stewart Parker Trust / BBC Northern Ireland Irish Language Theatre award for their acclaimed production of Pinocchio – A Nightmare, which premièred at the Dublin Fringe Festival before touring Ireland, finishing up at the Baboró International Children’s Arts Festival.

Bhuaigh Moonfish an ghradam Stewart Parker/ BBC Northern Ireland don dráma is fearr i nGeailge don léiríu Tromluí Phinocchio. Cuireadh an léiriú seo ar stáitse ar dtús don bhFéile Dublin Fringe agus ansin chuaigh sé ar chamchúirt náisiúnta a chríochnaigh ag Féile Ealaíne Idirnáisiúnta do Pháistí Bhaboró.

In 2014 Moonfish produced the stage adaptation of Joseph O'Connor's best-selling novel Star of the Sea. The show premiered at the Galway International Arts Festival, selling out for the week-long run. Star of the Sea went on to tour Ireland in 2015 and to the US in 2017.

I 2014 chuir Moonfish Theatre léiriúchán stáitse den úrleabhar cáiliúil Star of the Sea le Joseph O'Connor ar bun. Bhí céad taibhiú an seó ar siúl mar chuid de Fhéile Idirnáisiúnta Ealaíne na Gaillimhe 2014. Díoladh amach an seó ar feadh na seachtaine agus fuair sé ard-mholadh ósna lucht féachana agus na meáin araon. Chuaigh Star of the Sea ar camchúirt náisiúnta i 2015 agus ar camchúirt go dtí na Stáit Aontaithe i 2017.

In 2019 Moonfish presented the world premiere of a stage adaptation of Joseph O'Connor's novel Redemption Falls - (you can watch the trailer here.) The critically acclaimed production opened at Galway International Arts Festival and transferred to The Abbey Theatre during the Dublin Theatre Festival. Redemption Falls is a co-production between Moonfish Theatre, Galway International Arts Festival & The Abbey Theatre, and received funding from The Arts Council and Galway City Council. Plans to tour Redemption Falls are currently on hold due to the Coronavirus crisis, but we hope to be able to bring this production to a theatre near you in 2021.

I 2019 léirigh Moonfish an premiere domhanda dár gcóiriú amharclannaíochta ar an úrscéal Redemption Falls le Joseph O'Connor - (is féidir an réamhfhógrán a fhéiceáil anseo). D'oscail an léiriú seo, a fuair ard-mholadh ó lucht féachana agus léirmheastóirí araon, ag Féile Idirnáisiúnta Ealaíne na Gaillimhe agus d'aistrigh sé uaidh sin go dtí Amharclann na Mainistreach do Fhéile Amharclannaíochta Bhaile Átha Cliath. Is co-léiriú é Redemption Falls idir Moonfish Theatre, Féile Idirnáisiúnta Ealaíne na Gaillimhe agus Amharclann na Mainistreach, agus fuair sé maoiniú ón gComhairle Ealaíne agus ó Chomhairle Cathrach na Gaillimhe. Tá pleananna chun an léiriú a thabhairt ar camchúirt cuirthe ar athlá faoi láthair de bharr na géarchéime víreis Covid, ach táimíd ag súil an léiríu seo a bhreith chuig amharclann gar duit i 2021.


Vision & Mission Statement

Vision

Moonfish’s ambition is to create powerful, imaginative and soul-stirring theatrical experiences that enrich our audiences lives forever.

Mission Statement

Inspired by our home in the West of Ireland, Moonfish is a collaborative ensemble that blends our rich culture of language, story-telling, music and dance with theatrical languages such as puppetry, interactive technology and movement to create exhilarating experiences that challenge and excite our audiences.


Core Value and Objectives

Core Values

  • Collaboration
  • Respect
  • Playfulness
  • Rigor
  • Excellence

Objectives

To create new, high-quality theatre work that excites and engages audiences locally, nationally and internationally

To develop work and participatory practices that address the low engagement of young people between 15 - 24 with the arts

To ensure the sustainability of Moonfish by keeping shows in our repertoire, and touring these shows nationally and internationally

To develop projects with a range of different production partners

To break new ground for theatre by continuing to push at perceived boundaries - e.g. of language and translation; gender-blind roles; audience participation; technology and theatre.