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  • Presented and Produced  by: Manchán Magan
  • Design: Tom de Paor
  • International Producer: Maura O'Keeffe
  • Costume: Hazel McCague
  • Construction: Barry Rogerson

Buíochas ó chroí le: Amharclann na Mainstreach, Foras na Gaeilge, Baird McNutt, Studio Donegal, The Little Mill, Dunany Flour, Declan Caulfield. Maura O'Keeffe.

Arán & Im celebrates the Irish language in an engaging, accessible bilingual way, through sourdough bread and home-churned butter.

Read Manchán's  Irish Times  article about Arán & Im.... here.


You can download the programme and sourdough bread recipe....here


Is taibhiú drámaíochta é Arán & Im ina mbácálann Manchán arán taois ghéir ar feadh  70 nóiméad fad is a thugann sé léargas ar iontaisí na Gaeilge  – agus é ag ceiliúradh focail mhealltacha a bhaineann leis an tírdhreach, téarmaí i dtaca le hiomas agus léirstean, agus an iliomad nathanna a thugann beocht do chumhacht agus mistéir an tsaoil nádúrtha.

Arán & Im


Arán & Im is a theatrical performance/installation in which Manchán bakes sourdough bread for 70 minutes while offering insights into the wonders of the Irish language – exploring potent words of landscape, terms of intuition and insight, and the many phrases that bring to life the mysterious glory of our natural world.

It is a celebration of language, land and local Irish food, with freshly-baked traditional sourdough bread for the audience to slice and spread with butter they churn themselves from Irish cream.

It was originally produced in association with The Abbey Theatre.


North America tour, Spring, 2022 (East Coast), with Once Off Productions

Carnegie Center, Pittsburgh, PA; Telus World of Science, Edmonton, Alberta; St Louis Science Center, St Louis, MO; Tennessee Shakespeare Company, Memphis; Irish Arts Center, New York, NY; Irish American Heritage Museum, Albany, NY; Irish Cultural Center, Canton, MA;  Boston College, Boston, MA;  Kingston, New York. Buffalo Irish Center, Buffalo, NY; Canada Ireland Foundation, Toronto, ON; The Gaelic League, Detroit; ZingTrain, Ann Arbour, MI; Celtic Junction Arts Center, St Paul, MN; Irish American Heritage Center, Chicago, IL; Chicago Gaelic Park, Chicago, IL; CelticMKE, Milwaukee

Irish Tour, Autumn 2021 (with Once Off Productions):

Mick Lally Theatre, Glór, Cork Opera House, Backstage, An Grianán,  Hawk’s Well,  Solstice, An Táin, Draíocht Riverbank, The Source, Fennelly’s Mermaid Arts Centre, Pavilion, Dún Laoghaire, Fumbally Stables, Axis,  Lyric, Mullingar Arts Centre


Ireland Summer 2019 Tour

Delvin Parish Hall, 9th Nov 2019

Castlepollard Community School, 7th Nov 2019

Leaves Festival, Dunamaise Theatre, Portlaoise, 5 & 6th Nov

Clonakility Samhain Festival, 2nd Nov, 2019

Portumna 22nd Sept, 2019

Cashel Arts Festival, 20th & 21st Sept 2019

Garter Lane, Waterford, 7th Sept, 2019

Fleadh Cheoil, Drogheda, 16 & 17th August 2019 

Hawks Well, Sligo, 31st July & 1st Aug 2019

Skibereen Arts Festival, 30th July 2019

Earagail Festival, Donegal, 27 & 28th July 2019

Backstage, Longford, 26th July 2019

Arás Inis Ghluaire, Bellmullet, 17th & 18th July 2019

Enniscorthy, Wexford Literary Festival, 7th July 2019

Roscommon Arts Centre, 5th July 2019

Civic Theatre, Tallaght, Co Dublin, 23rd June 2019

Féile na Bealtaine, Dingle, 4th & 5th May, 2019

Wild Mind Festival, Fenit, 27th April 2019

Linen Hall, Castlebar, March 2019

Belltable, Limerick, Feb 2019

The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon, Feb 2019


Abbey Theatre Tour 2018

Glór Uachtar Tíre, Maginn's , Co Down,Dec 2018

Fumbally Stables, Oct, 2018

Cork Opera House, Sept 2018

Townhall Theatre, Galway, Sept 2018

Abbey Theatre, Dublin, Aug 2018

Lime Theatre, Limerick, July 2018

North America tour - West Coast - Autumn 2023


(I'll be selling & signing books at all events)

28th Sept: Broadwater Theatre Complex, Los Angeles

30th Sept: Broadwater Theatre Complex

1st Oct: Irish Cultural Centre, Phoenix, Arizona

6th Oct:    United Irish Cultural Centre, San Francisco

7th Oct: United Irish Cultural Centre, San Fran

10th Oct: University of Montana, Missoula

14th Oct: Wheatgrass Books, Livingston, Montana

18th Oct: Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum

23rd Oct: Portland TBC

26th Oct: The Cultch Historic Theatre, Vancouver



23rd July – Hometree, Ennistymon, 7.30pm

24th July – Ballybunion Arts Festival, 3pm

4th Aug – Birr Vintage Festival.

26th August – Arás Éanna, Inis Oirr, 8.30pm

9th Sept – Culturlann McAdam Ó Fiaich. 1pm & 7.30pm

10th Sept – Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co Kildare,  2pm & 7pm 

11th Sept – Viking Theatre Clontarf (Sold out)

White Horse,

Butter Market

7th Oct –   Townhall Theatre, Cavan

8th Oct – Ursa Minor Bakehouse, Ballycastle, Co Antrim

13th Oct – Ballina Arts Centre, Co Mayo


15th Oct – Aonach Mhacha, Armagh, 2pm and 7pm 

20th Oct – Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise, 8pm

Solstice Arts Centre

26th Oct – Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin Derry city, Co Derry

27th Oct – An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny, Co Donegal, 3pm & 8pm

29th Oct – Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Autumn school, Lough Gur, Co Limerick

An Taibhdhearc

Fumbally Stables

Fumbally Stables,

6th Nov – Repair Acts Festival, Kilbeggan, Co Westmeath, 8pm

23rd Nov – Roscommon Arts Centre, 8pm

24th Nov – The Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co Mayo, 8pm

25th Nov – Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, 2.30pm & 8pm (evening show sold out)

4th Dec – Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire, noon & 3pm, 8pm (all sold out)