The Atlantic Theatre will take you on a journey of discovery – from the depths of the wild Atlantic Ocean, to the magic of Irish mythical creatures and hear extraordinary tales from one of the world’s most respected cameramen.

Talks from Wildlife Cameraman Doug Allan
Multi-award winning underwater cameraman, Doug Allan, has worked alongside Sir David Attenborough on ground-breaking documentaries such as BBC’s Blue Planet, Frozen Planet and Ocean Giants. As one of the world’s best underwater cameramen Doug has had the chance to get up close to some of the most powerful and awe-inspiring mammals found on land and sea. Join Doug as he shares his memorable moments from filming in some of the wildest and most remote places on Earth.

Natural Born Thrillers
How do you get up close and personal with polar bears without being eaten? Or make sure you don’t lose that important dive hole when you’re filming seals under the ice? Is it true that your eyeballs freeze at minus 50? Doug Allan shares adventures and insights for all the family.

In the Company of Giants
Doug Allan has filmed whales from Antarctica, through the tropics, to under the Arctic pack ice in the far north. The keys to successfully filming them are thorough research, skilled boat handlers, a special patience, and even a healthy dose of luck. Doug describes his unforgettable experience of being in the company of giants.

Freeze Frame
Doug Allan talks about marine biology, diving and filming at the poles, and how climate change is affecting these regions of the Earth. With more than 40 years of experience, he has witnessed first-hand the effects of the change in sea ice cover on the populations of animals in both the north and south. What should we be doing to turn the tide?

Explore Ireland’s Deep Atlantic
Ireland’s Deep Atlantic
sees underwater cameraman Ken O’Sullivan embark on a series of voyages in the open North Atlantic in search of large whales, sharks and cold water coral reefs. The RTÉ series explores many of Ireland’s sea creatures for the first time, documenting their behaviours in addition to investigating the health of our deep Atlantic waters. Ireland’s Deep Atlantic captured the attention of the entire country last month when the two-part series aired on RTÉ with ground-breaking footage of sea creatures in Irish waters. Irish audiences were wowed by the stunning imagery featured in Ireland’s Deep Atlantic describing it as “hypnotically beautiful”, “magical television” and “truly magnificent footage”.

Following the screening at 7.30pm on Friday 30th June, there will be a live Q&A session with filmmaker Ken O’Sullivan.

Irish animation Song of the Sea
This popular Irish animation tells the story of Ben and his sister Saoirse, who embark on a journey across a world of ancient legend and magic in an attempt to return to their home by the sea. Song of the Sea takes inspiration from the mythological Selkies of Irish folklore, who live as seals in the sea but become humans on land. A truly delightful film the whole family will enjoy.

Show Times

Friday 29th June
4.00pm Doug Allan – Natural Born Thrillers
5.30pm Song of the Sea
7.30pm  Ireland’s Deep Atlantic Episode 1 – Following this screening, there will be a Q&A session with filmmaker Ken O’Sullivan.

Saturday 30th June
10.00am Song of the Sea – This screening is as Gaeilge.
12.00pm Doug Allan – Natural Born Thrillers
1.30pm Ireland’s Deep Atlantic – Episode 1
3.00pm Doug Allan – In the Company of Giants
4.30pm Song of the Sea
6.30pm Doug Allan – Freeze Frame
8.00pm Ireland’s Deep Atlantic – Episode 2

Sunday 1st July
10.00am Song of the Sea
12.00pm Doug Allan – Natural Born Thrillers
1.30pm Ireland’s Deep Atlantic – Episode 1
3.00pm Doug Allan – In the Company of Giants
4.30pm Ireland’s Deep Atlantic – Episode 2
6.00pm Doug Allan – Freeze Frame

 Hearing Loop will be available in The Atlantic Theatre. 




Due to the hot weather expected over the festival weekend,The Atlantic Theatre marquee will be air-conditioned.