Agor Drysau | Opening Doors 2024

Wales International Theatre Festival for Young Audiences


Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Co-produced by Ceol Connected and Fidget Feet

An aerial dance & traditional music production for young audiences

Suitable for children ages 6+ and their adults

Show Dates & Times


Agor Drysau | Opening Doors International Theatre Festival for young audiences 2024

Aberystwyth Arts Centre Wales

Wednesday 13 March    10.30 am & 1.15 pm

Thursday 14 March        10.30 am & 7.30 pm



Come on an imaginative journey where aerial dancers dance like the waves of the sea, where a fiddler soars high, and where cloths made from the night and light and half-light suspend, float and fall.  And let’s not forget the very mysterious antique lady of the river whose feathers explore what lies behind the moon once it spins round!

Ceol Connected and Fidget Feet are two leading production companies currently operating in Ireland, creating high quality and engaging work that has toured Ireland and internationally.  Since 2011, Ceol Connected has produced shows, festivals, events, albums and other arts experiences for children that draw inspiration and intrigue from the world of traditional arts.  Since 1998, Fidget Feet have created, established and nurtured the aerial dance sector in Ireland and created international connections and collaborations and for 10 years has created and toured work for young audiences .

When the Moon Spun Round is an exciting new production that brings together the synergy of Ceol Connected and Fidget Feet in an impactful work.  The coming together of artists and performers from the worlds of aerial dance and traditional arts has resulted in a unique experience that is sure to leave audiences of all ages enthralled. 

When the Moon Spun Round is inspired by a selection of W.B Yeats poetry and stories that can be found in The Moon Spun Round publication edited by Noreen Doody and illustrated by Shona Shirley Macdonald.

“Making this show and working with Ceol Connected has been an absolute joy.  Working with a company that loves making quality new work for young audiences as much as we do is magical.  Since meeting Thomas at IPAY (as part of an Irish delegation funded by Culture Ireland) it was clear that we’d work together and become life-long friends.  He is an amazing musician, performer, composer and producer – and adventurous enough to take flight with Fidget Feet while playing the Uilliean pipes on our first project together (Handful of Dreams) last year!  I’m so excited for audiences to see this gem of a new show that we’ve created together – drawing inspiration and intrigue from the world of traditional arts and music When the Moon Spun Round delivers all the Fidget Feet aerial magic, dance, costumes and storytelling you’d expect, married with Ceol Connected’s gloriously joyful music. I can’t think of a better way to kick-off our Fidget Feet 25 year anniversary celebrations this year…  

Chantal McCormick

Director / Choreographer / Artistic Director, Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Theatre

Ceol Connected creates beguiling and gloriously joyful work for children that draws inspiration and intrigue from the world of traditional arts. Their work includes gig theatre productions, sensory arts experiences for children with additional needs and Tradoodle Festival, Ireland’s only traditional arts festival for children.

Visit ceolconnected.ie to find out more

It was the cats who noticed it first; the moon had spun round.

And with a great and mischievous smile, the moon asked for a new dance for all


Co-created and co-produced by Ceol Connected and Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Theatre

Music Composed by Thomas Johnston and Jym Daly

Poetry by Jym Daly & based on the children’s poems of W. B Yeats from the book “The Moon Spun Round”

Directed & Choreographed by Chantal McCormick

Tara Dunne, Charlotte Bruce, Hannah Scully, Oran Leong, Vince Virr
and Thomas Johnston

Narrator Olwen Fouéré

Choreography co-devised with Chantal McCormick and performers

Lighting Design Sebastian Pizarro

Set Design Orla Kelly

Costume Design Paul Shriek

Projection Design Jym Daly

Dramaturg Lali Morris

Production Manager Fintan Sweeney

Sound Engineer Tomás Donaghy

Studio Engineers Trevor Hutchinson and Seán Óg Graham

Sound Design and Arrangements Stephen Markham

String Arrangements Niamh Dunne

Rigging design, head rigger and winch operator Gill Byrne & Bryan Donaldson

Assistant rigger and winch operator: José Portillo

The creation and development of When the Moon Spun Round has been exhilarating – and I know that will translate to the audience experience. I met Chantal at the International Performing Arts for Youth showcase in Philadelphia a number of years ago and we have not stopped dreaming since. This show has brought the worlds of Ceol Connected and Fidget Feet together in a way that brings those dreams to life. Audiences of all ages are in for a real treat!

Thomas Johnston

Composer / Artistic Director, Ceol Connected

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Irish Aerial Creation Centre

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Wanna try it out?

Our Aerial Creation Centre in Limerick provides workshops, kids classes, adult classes & bootcamps.


2023 marks 25 years of Fidget Feet leading the way in aerial performance in Ireland. 

We’ll spend the whole year celebrating with our audiences, funders, partners, board, staff, artists, arts workers and sharing with you ALL what we do best which is Aerial Arts for ALL!