Wild Atlantic Weekend – Gaoth Dobhair

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The Grannies, Tumble Circus, Quentin Reynolds

Three international circus acts for the price of 1! Spend an afternoon in the company of some of the most extraordinary death-defying aerialists, hilarious comedians and mind-boggling magicians Ireland has to offer in the Big Top at Derrybeg.

A bit bored by what life holds in stock for them, Billie and Frieda (The Grannies) make their own means out of the time they have left. 

Two older women share experiences of their wild and profound lives. Bringing back their skills to the stage, they show off their acrobatic tricks and creatively use their sticks for much more than just a help for walking.

An interactive performance that speaks to people of all ages. The two old ladies manage to surprise pedestrians, evoke funny irritations, and interrupt the rhythm of the public. They inspire the public to get up and ask people to help them cross obstacles. 

They flirt, they provoke, they are shameless – but always end up putting a smile on people’s faces. Older women are represented in a bold, wild way enjoying the advantages of being old.

Prepare yourself for lots of fun laughter and gasps of amazement with Quentin Reynolds, a member of The Inner Magic Circle. A feature of Quentin’s shows is audience participation and you may get the opportunity to come onstage and help!

Besides having performed all over Ireland, he has been a regular corporate entertainer at the Manchester United home games, as well as lecturing at magicians’ conventions in Europe and the United States.

During the COVID lockdown he decided to relearn Irish, and performed his first show ‘as Gaeilge’ at the recent Oireachtas in Killarney. He is looking forward to making new friends in Gaoth Dobhair.

As a show that sets out to save the world in less than an hour and a quarter, Steal As Much As You Can is a big, bold and ambitious show from Ireland’s first and only alternative big top touring circus, Tumble Circus. 

With activist acrobats, campaigning clowns and social justice-seeking jugglers, Tumble Circus’ frenetic energy brings fully sustainable slapstick violence, laughs and thrills for the whole family. This show brings together a radical rabble of maverick circus makers in our iconic Big Top tent to inspire, activate and re-wild circus.

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