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Brú Theatre was created in January 2018 by James Riordan. The company are based in Galway, work bilingually and are interested in form, rhythm and imagination, We perform new writing, often using masks, puppetry, live music, dance and both the English and Irish language. We have three full productions and a work in progress to date and have been generously funded by The Arts Council, Galway City and County Council, Creative Ireland, Galway 2020 and Ealín na Gaeltachta. Our work has been performed as part of Galway Theatre Festival, Baboró, Culture Night and Galway 2020. We are touring or show Cleite to Traidphicnic and Cairde Festival this summer and will be on the main stage of the Town Hall Theatre with Selvage later this year.


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James is from Galway and trained at LISPA (London) and the APT (Berlin). He's a member of The LipSinkers (U.K), a performance director for Macnas and was a Druid FUEL participant in 2018. He has performed nationally and internationally and holds a BA (Hons) from Queen's University, Belfast. He is one of 10 European theatre makers currently on Creative Europes’s Make a Move and has been chosen as an ASSETIJ Next Generation participant 2019.

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Jill Murray


Jill is a Galway based arts administrator, manager and producer. Jill is currently Programme and Marketing Assistant at the Town Hall Theatre, she manages the Galway Dance Project, and is producing Galway Dance Project’s European Capital of Culture Galway 2020 community dance project. Jill is currently participating in the Irish Theatre Institute's Elevator Programme


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Anna Mullarkey musician

Anna is a musician based in Galway and works with James both in and outside the company. She is a founding member of My Fellow Sponges and has recently embarked on a solo career.

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Philippa Hambly



Philippa is a writer, maker and performer living in Bristol U.K. She trained with James at LISPA and her solo show Kinkens will be touring in 2019.



Catherine is a performer, maker and stage manager based in Galway.


Caitlín is an award winning Sean Nós singer from Indreabhan, Galway.


Mia lives in Dublin and is the founder of the award winning ISHKA films.She has worked with James for longer than they both care to remember.


Cherie is a costumier who has been head of costume with Macnas for the last few years. She works on both film and T.V and recently launched her own line of lingerie. 

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To date we have been funded by The Arts Council, Galway City Council, Galway County Council, Ealaín na Gaeltachta, Galway 2020 and Creative Ireland. We would like to thank our funders for their continued support.