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 produce theatre for young people and adults. Our work is defined by its energy, imagination and quality. We produce classics, new writing and devised work and with each piece we seek to immerse our audience in a theatrical experience. We have used shadow work, live music, dance and more to create these experiences… they are always different but each is created with a passion for theatre.

Cruthaíonn Moonfish amharclannaíocht do ghach aois-ghrúpa. Aithnítear ár gcuid oibre ón fhuinneamh, samhlaíocht agus caighdeán a bhaineann leis i gcónaí. Léiríonn Moonfish drámaí claisiceach, drámaí nua-scríte agus drámaí nua-cruthaíthe agus is é an aidhm atá le gach phíosa ná taithí iomlán amharclannaíóchta a thabhairt don lucht féachanna.

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.


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.