Translunar Paradise visits Clonmel for Bealtaine Festival

Translunar Paradise, a nationwide tour presented by the Bealtaine Festival, will visit the White Memorial Theatre at 8pm on Wednesday May 23rd.

Translunar Paradise, a nationwide tour presented by the Bealtaine Festival, will visit the White Memorial Theatre at 8pm on Wednesday May 23rd.

Translunar Paradise takes you on a journey of life, death and enduring love. After his wife passes away, William escapes to a paradise of fantasy and past memories, a place far from the reality of his grief. Returning from beyond the grave, Rose revisits her widowed companion to perform one last act of love: to help him let go…

Exquisitely created, the play is told entirely without words and in their place are movement, haunting music and masks. This is a powerful and emotional tale of a man who is confronted by the solitude of bereavement.

Director and performer George Mann says “This is about the gap between young and old. Age, like a mask, can obscure the fact a person was once young. We’re working without words to convey this story through the body and music on a poetic level. The audience will be immersed in feeling, sensations and movements. We hope they go home feeling they’ve experienced something very special.

The last 12 months have been a hugely exciting time for us. We had an incredible Edinburgh Fringe last summer, followed by a great autumn tour. Now we’re really delighted to be on the road again and visiting the Bealtaine Festival.”

Tickets for the Clonmel show are available at €15/€12 each from Premier Music, O’Connell Street (tel. 052-6129811) or online at www.junctionfestival.com

The Bealtaine Festival has roots in 27 counties, with 592 organisers hosting over 3000 events. Last year over 120,000 people took part in all kinds of arts activities from dawn choruses of singing choirs on beaches to theatre and film tours in arts centres nationwide.

As the country’s largest collaborative Arts Festival, Bealtaine is locally owned by communities but retains an enviable reputation as the world’s first national celebration of creativity in older age. Scotland and Australia are laying the foundations for their own similar festivals and this year’s Irish festival is expected to be even bigger and better.