Saturday, August 06, 2022

A unique theatrical adventure is coming to Belmullet’s tidal pool this September, writes Paul O’Malley.

The Performance Corporation celebrates its 20-year anniversary with a new show, Disappearing Islands, to be performed overlooking the beautiful vista of Blacksod Bay.

During their research for Disappearing Islands, the artistic team discovered unexpected inspirations and new connections. They spoke to fishermen, historians, lighthouse keepers, environmentalists and sea swimmers.

This research brings an often playful texture to the piece, which takes the audience on a journey across the globe, from the D-Day beaches of Normandy, to the mythical island of Hy Brasil.

Featuring contemporary dancers, a mezzo-soprano, acapella male vocalists and a world-class accordionist to create a show filled with heart, hope and humour, Disappearing Islands is an immersive experience in every sense. It blends theatre, dance, and song to magical effect.

The audience is invited to take a communal dip in the tidal pool for the show’s finale – a moment that reflects the sea’s ability to bring people together.

Tickets on sale now via

Composed by Ellen Cranitch, written by Tom Swift, directed by Jo Mangan and produced by Once Off Productions, the show features Naomi Louisa O’Connell, Mezzo-Soprano from Co Clare; Isabella Oberländer, Limerick-based dancer; Sarah Ryan, Dublin-based dancer; CODA, a seven-piece male vocal group from Westport; and international accordionist David Munnelly, Belmullet.

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