Macnas is a site-specific, spectacle and processional company, making work that is narrative led with a strong visual dynamic. An artist led company, we theatrically and visually transform and perform in unconventional spaces and places, indoors and outdoors. We make high-quality work where the professional and the participatory collaborate. Under Artistic Director Noeline Kavanagh, the work is created with visual artists, composers, performers, designers, engineers, pyrotechnicians and puppeteers. This combination of diverse art forms, bespoke visual aesthetic, live performance, original composition and narrative provides powerful ways of connecting audiences, site, participant and performance in an interactive, immediate and profound way.
Conjuring up playful, delicious and delirious stories that are extensions of the human condition, Macnas presents large-scale, promenade-style, interactive performances using musical, visual and theatrical languages that are a feast for the senses. Imagination, passion and energy are at the core of everything we do. We believe in the absolute necessity to involve, to engage, to ignite and to excite people, constantly searching for new ways of connecting, blurring the lines between audience and performer.
Performing outside of conventional theatre venues our work is presented with impact in an immediate and intimate manner. Because of the landscapes we inhabit, the work we present enables us to capture elements of the unpredictable, moments of magic, infusing the work with a live, raw, unique energy. Macnas sits in a world on the edge of things where stories emerge and journeys begin, inviting unlikely encounters and exhilarating experiences between audiences, communities and ourselves.
For more background on Macnas visit our ‘History’ section.
”…mad and constantly entertaining”- The Evening Herald
“audacious and dazzlingly inventive” - The Sunday Business Post
On the shows:
“exhilarating, stylish, exciting” – Orfeo, The Irish Times
“one of the standout moments of the Galway Arts Festival” - The Wild Hunt, The
“was a riot of fun and imagination, which brought a burst of energy on the streets
of Galway that lasted well after the parade ended Festival”- The Wild Hunt, The
“Macnas, the ultimate creators of fantasy” - The Boy Explorer, The Irish Independent
“a sense of creativity lurking around corners, catching the audience unawares” –
Rumpus!, The Irish Times
“Beautiful and fierce, a ghoulish treat for fans”– This Fierce Beauty, The Irish Independent