Presented by the members of the National Folk Theatre of Ireland, this production celebrates and explores Blasket Island living while also challenging our own notions of identity as contemporary islanders.
Premiered in 2003, Oileán marked the 50th anniversary of the departure of the Blasket Islanders to the mainland. The Great Blasket Island, located off the coast of West Kerry still retains an almost mystical significance for many, both from Ireland and abroad. The way of life of the islanders and their spirit of survival is framed in this production, whichcaptures the essence of this island community, their traditions and customs, their wealth of song and story, their love of life and their strong kinship with one another.
Oileán is delivered in the unique Siamsa style through the medium of dance, mime, music and song.