Virtual reality comes to Inis Oirr
Brú Theatre presents ‘Ar Ais Arís’ at Aras Eanna

A virtual reality show which explores the theme of migration via the wild landscape of Connemara is coming to Aras Eanna for one day only on Wednesday, June 16.

Brú Theatre are visiting Inis Oirr as part of a tour of coastal communities from Donegal to Cork to stage an intimate 20 minute show for a maximum of six audience members at any one time.

The show will be staged outdoors in accordance with coronavirus guidelines, or alternatively within a safe space which will allow “social distancing” if the weather conditions prevent an outdoor show from going ahead.

There will be seven separate presentations of ‘Ar Ais Arís’ from 10am to 5pm at Aras Eanna Ionad Ealaine.

A maximum of six audience members at a time will get to wear ‘virtual reality’ headsets and enjoy three unique short films which were filmed in Connemara.

The show, directed by James Riordan and produced by Jill Murray, combines Irish language literature from Máirtín Ó Cadhain, Pádraic Ó Conaire and Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill with stunning visual images.

“Audiences will be invited to enjoy the scenery, soundscape, atmosphere and energy of the Atlantic before adorning a headset and losing themselves in these magical short films,” says Riordan.

Tickets for the seven screenings at Aras Eanna (10am, 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 3pm, 4pm and 5pm) are free, but must be purchased in advance from

  • Ar Ais Arís is a virtual reality presentation by Brú Theatre, as part of the Brightening Air Festival with thanks to Arts Council Ireland. Originally commissioned by Galway 2020 / Áistriú project. Brú Theatre is a bilingual theatre company based in Galway.



Aras Eanna Ionad Ealaíne, a perfect venue for an outdoor show.