Welcome to The Blackwater Valley Fit-up Theatre Festival 2023
The core essence of the Fit-Up Theatre Festival nods to the tradition of Fit-Up theatre of the 1950s, when professional companies travelled the length and breadth of Ireland reaching a wide variety of towns, villages and rural areas bringing all members of the community together through the act of theatre.
Established in 2009 in West Cork by Geoff Gould, the Fit-Up Theatre Festivals provide rural communities, where there is a lack of accessibility to professional theatre, an opportunity to sample some of the wealth and talent professional theatre has to offer. The Three Rings started the North East Galway Fit-Up in 2021 with the support of Galway County Arts Office and are proud to have the opportunity to bring rural audiences in County Galway the very best of professional Irish theatre for 3 weeks in a venue near you.
There are currently four Fit-up Theatre Festivals annually: the Blackwater Valley Fit-up Theatre Festival in late January early February; the West Waterford Fit-up Theatre Festival in May, the West Cork Fit-up Theatre Festival which runs during July and August and the North East Galway Fit-up Theatre Festival in September and October.
The Fit-up Theatre Festival is based on the Fit-up’s of the 1950’s when professional theatre companies travelled to rural villages performing in make shift venues during the summer.