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A person lies down on a white background, with a large bellow accordion replacing their head. Navy smoke rises off the instrument, as the person lies wearing dark trousers, a white shirt, and yellow sweater vest.

In this most unlikely of artistic collaborations, leading experimental theatre company Brokentalkers join forces with one of Ireland’s foremost traditional Irish musicians, Danny O’Mahony.

Danny has dedicated his life to the mastery of his instrument as well as to the preservation and performance of Irish traditional music.

Now, after 40 years of breathing life into centuries-old tunes to honour the memory of those who have come before him, this walking repository of an unquantifiable repertoire of ancient sonic heirlooms is finally taking a breath, a moment to stop and consider what this life long dedication has cost him.

Bellow is a new theatre performance exploring the weight of tradition, the capriciousness of memory and the artist’s need to express their true self.

Performed by Danny O ‘Mahony alongside Brokentalkers’ Gary Keegan, Bellow fuses traditional music, electronic sound design, dance and new writing to heighten the tension between past and present, contemporary and traditional, preservation and progress.

Bellow runs at the Project Arts Centre from 21 February to 2 March 2024. There is an audio described and ISL interpreted performance on February 29, with a touch tour prior to the show. Programme notes and audio programme notes can be found below.

If you require assistance for your visit, please do not hesitate to email access@projectartscentre.ie or call 01 8819 613. You can find the latest information about Project’s accessibility here.

Photography by Ste Murrary and Rachel Bergin.

Programme Notes:

Bellow Programme Notes


Audio described
ISL Interpreted
Project Arts Centre
Touch tour