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Abair/Samaa is a new commission by the Bealtaine festival. The piece is an intercultural choral performance by musical director Eimear Crehan, singer songwriter Farah Elle and theatre maker Rachel Bergin.

Inspired by the festival’s theme of Welcome and Hosting, Kilcock Men’s Shed Choir and Libyan singer Farah Elle come together to perform traditional sounds from Ireland and North Africa.

Through the common language of music Abair/Samaa (Speak/Listen) explores the connected themes of tradition, identity, otherness and emigration. Musical performances are intercut with moments of personal and historical reflections across generations, cultures and genders.

Abair/Samaa is commissioned by Age & Opportunity as part of the nationwide Bealtaine Festival and is supported by Kildare County Council and produced by Brokentalkers

Running Time : 60 minsSuitable for all ages

DIRECTED BY: Rachel Bergin

CAST: Farah Elle & Kilcock Men’s Shed Choir

CREATED BY: Eimear Crehan, Farah Elle & Rachel Bergin

With original composition by Eimear Crehan & Farah Elle

Dramaturg assistance Feidlim Cannon and Gary Keegan