a bog landscape with "Taigh Ty Teach" written over the top of the image and a drawing of the outline of a house under the words.
Date
Tuesday 30 January 2024 to Wednesday 28 February 2024
Location
Ionad Na Dromoda

Taigh/Tŷ/Teach is a major, tri-lingual co-production of a new site-specific piece written by Màiri Morrison (Scotland), Eva O’Connor (Ireland) and Mared Llywelyn Williams (Wales). The play is performed in Irish, Gaelic and Welsh with English subtitles.

‘Taigh’ in Gaelic, ‘Tŷ’ in Welsh and ‘Teach’ in Irish. The same meaning in three languages: ‘House’. The centre of our world, it’s a place for family, for gathering, for music. A place for mourning and for celebration, for playing and for belonging. But it’s a place under threat, with second home ownership, rising rents and lack of affordable housing impacting our communities and our languages. 

Three houses, three communities and three stories unfolding, each reflecting the challenges shared by the three countries and the people at the heart of them.

Development

Three writers were commissioned to write the play, which is to be performed in all three languages, with subtitles in English. Theatre Gu Leòr (new writing Gàidhlig theatre company), Fishamble (new writing company in Ireland), and Theatr Bara Caws (Welsh language theatre company), have developed the project, with writers Eva O’Connor in Ireland, Mairi Morrison in Scotland, and Mared Llywelyn Williams in Wales. The writers have been working with director Muireann Kelly.

The project will be staged site specifically in early 2024, in a building where small audience groups will be guided through and encounter short episodes conceived and performed by speakers of each of the languages. This will be fully accessible at all times to those who don’t speak any of the three languages, using various digital technologies. Each writer will have their own room, and each piece written in one of the three languages will be less than 25 minutes, with transition moments where the three languages will connect through dialogue and song.

Live music, visuals and movement will be an important part of this work, as will exploring moments where these languages can collide and interact, both digitally and live. This piece will explore what connects and separates us.

Production 

The full production in the Highlands & Islands of Scotland, Kerry Gaeltacht of Ireland, and Heartlands of Wales, will take place in early 2024.

The Scottish run will take place in Grinneabhat on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides from 27 – 31 January. The Irish run will take place in Ionad na Dromoda on the Iveragh Peninsula from 9 – 14 February. The Welsh run will take place in Nant Gwrtheyrn on the Llŷn Peninsula from 20 – 24 February.