Finn McCool is on the way!

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Ireland is a land of many legends, and among them, one legend looms large. So large, it’s giant. And that giant is Finn McCool, a loveable rogue who is as likely to get into trouble as he is to make it. In one of Finn’s most famous escapades, he challenges another giant, Benandonner, to a slanging match. The problem is, Bendandonner is a Scottish giant…in Scotland. But a little thing like the Irish Sea won’t stand in Finn’s way. In order to reach Scotland and duel his nemesis, Finn builds a giant causeway across the Irish Sea.

But what happens when Finn builds this causeway? What follows next is the stuff of legend and laughter, and the subject of a new play by Atlanta’s stage for celtic culture, Arís Theatre.

Arís brings this magical, mythical tale to life in their June 2023 production of The Legend of Finn McCool, written and composed by Arís co-founder Rob Shaw-Smith. This rollicking all-ages show is Arís’ first musical, and the songs are as entertaining and delightful as the comedy and the characters.

This Arís original was created by our very own Rob Shaw-Smith, who has taken something ancient and legendary, and dolled it up with music and humor that will have audiences tapping their toes and splitting their sides. There's something magical for everyone in The Legend of Finn MacCool!

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Arís, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Donations may be made either via Paypal or by check payable to Arís, Inc. and mailed to:

PO Box 8415
Atlanta GA 31106

Our Mission

Our mission is to bring the theatrical and literary traditions, mythology, and storytelling from and about Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England to Atlanta. Aris presents full productions and staged readings of contemporary and classical plays. We celebrate annual events such as Burns Night and Bloomsday. We participate in other events that feature the literature, poetry, and music of the British Isles. Aris is committed to breathing fresh life into timeless classics as well as introducing our audience to the work of new and emerging contemporary playwrights.

Maggie Beker (Gwendelen) and Tamia Fair (Cecily) in "The Importance of Being Earnest", 2022. Photo by Jessica Fern Hunt.