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First Light

Asylum Productions & Once Off Productions

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Theatre & Spectacle

First Light is an immersive spectacle - part street theatre, part adventure, part circus show - specially created with and for the people of Carlow.

In an alternate universe, in the town of Wolrac, the townsfolk are ready for Capacity connection, for the coming of the First Light. But the powers that be have other ideas.

In the 1950's, Ireland embarked on the largest social enterprise in our history - Rural Electrification. This is not that story.

Well, not really . . .

As Ireland faces the challenge of grid decarbonisation, Asylum Productions explores how we’ve done it all before.

Bringing their unique brand of collaborative theatre to create this lo-fi, electrifying journey to another dimension - all unplugged and powered by the people of Carlow and other renewable sources.

The show happens both indoors and outdoors - dress for Irish weather. The route is approximately half a km long, is wheelchair accessible, and starts outside Carlow Town Hall, Haymarket. If you would like to receive a social story in advance of the performance
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Age recommendation 8+

"Immersive theatre at its very best"
Irish Independent

This show is a culmination of Imagination Generation Station, a community engagement project led by Asylum Productions for ASSEMBLY.

Funded by The Arts Council | An Chomhairle Ealaíon

Additional funding from

In partnership with

Co-Artistic Director: Medb Lambert

Co-Artistic Director: Donal Gallagher

Co-Director: Janice de Bróithe

Co-Director: Donal Gallagher

Producer: Maura O’Keeffe

Producer: Sadhbh Barrett Coakley

Producer: Joe Murphy

Production Designer: Medb Lambert

Production Manager: Liz Honan

Production Manager: John Grubb

Stage Manager: Grace Halton

Assistant Stage Manager: Abbie Nolan

Aerial Crew: Jonah McGreevey, Conor McCague, Deirdre Griffin

Carlow Community Choir with Direction by Imelda Andrews and Mary Amond O’Brien

Adam Byrne

Aisling O'Halloran

Anne Barry

Aoife Doyle

Béibhinn Thorsch

Ben Nunan

Bernard Jennings

Bernie Brennan

Cara Armstrong

Charlotte Crowson

Cian Kinsella

Ciarán Dunphy

Danny Kelly

David Williamson

Dee Colhoun

Deirdre Flemming

Edwina Hopkinson

Elizabeth O'Brien

Emily Rose Brophy

Emma O'Brien

Fiona Broadberry

Fiona Dowling

Harry Shorthose

Kate O'Connor

Kayla Nolan

Kevin Tynan

Liam Dalton

Mark O'Brien

Mary Brennan

Meghan Dempsey

Michael Somers

Mollie Finn

Shane Byrne

Shannon O'Doherty

Sophia Rocca

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