Dara formed the Armagh Rhymers in the 1970’s to bring educational theatre to schools and is now their creative director. He has a degree in education and previously worked as a teacher. Dara plays the concertina, flute, whistle and piano. He is also a well – known artist who has exhibited his paintings throughout Ireland and the USA.
Anne as a former teacher has extensive experience in front line education. As former Director of Education at Emain Mhacha she was responsible for a wide range of educational and cultural projects and services. She is a published children’s author and has also written several plays for The Armagh Rhymers. Anne is the animator in the group, facilitating the interactive nature of the performances.
At the heart of all our activities are the four pillars on which our work has been built upon – education, entertainment, cultural health & well-being and ritual. Our philosophy is based on the principle that these values are at the core of all we do. We believe that our work should enhance and develop the learning and understanding of our audiences while simultaneously entertaining and engaging them.
Furthermore, the participatory aspects of our performances aim to provide opportunities for people to engage with each other and their own creativity, directly improving their sense of cultural health & wellbeing as well as provide opportunities for self-expression. Underpinning all of our work is the opportunity for the team and their audiences to celebrate the ritual aspect of the mumming tradition.
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