October 1, 2023 at 5:30PM 

We need to find a way of talking about the Irish language-about the sublime beauty and profound oddness of this ancient tongue that has been spoken on the island for 2,500 to3,000 years, and is now slipping slowly from our grasp.

What can the word for the lonesomeness of a cow bereft of her calf, diadhánach, teach us about our current methods of food production?
Why does one need to orientate oneself to the sun to give directions in Irish?

Arán & Im is a theatrical performance in which Manchán Magan bakes sourdough bread while offering insights into the wonders of the Irish language –exploring potent words of landscape, terms of intuition and insight, and the many phrases that bring to life the mysterious glory of our natural world.
The show is a celebration of language, land and local Irish food, with freshly-baked traditional sourdough bread for the audience to slice and spread with butter they churn themselves from Irish cream. (Knowledge of Irish is not required.)

To what degree is the Otherworld embedded in words for cancer? What’s the word for the sound horses make when they meet after an absence?


General/Non ICLF Member – $35
ICLF Member – $30

Creative Team

Written and Performed by: Manchán Magan
Presented and Produced by: Once Off Productions
Generously Supported by: Culture Ireland
Design: Tom de Paor
International Producer: Maura O’Keeffe
Line Producer: Sadhbh Barrett Coakley
Producing Assistant: Morgan Steele
Tour Stage Manager: Tyson Gerhardt
Construction: Barry Rogerson
Costume: Hazel McCague
Funded by The Arts Council of Ireland
Supported by: Irish Arts Center, New York & Contemporary Irish Arts Center Los Angeles


Originally produced in collaboration with the Abbey Theatre and with funding from Foras na Gaeilge


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