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Festival on Tour

Star of the Sea (Moonfish Theatre Company and an Taibhdhearc): Sept 24 - 26

Moonfish Theatre Company bring 'Star of the Sea' to the Draiocht, Blanchardstown from September 24th to 26th as part of our Festival on Tour.

'A lesson in theatre magic… an extraordinary and devastating story.' - Irish Daily Mail

In the winter of 1847 the famine ship Star of the Sea sets sail for the Promised Land. Among the passengers are a maidservant, a ruined lord, and a ruthless murderer. Moving between the wild landscape of Connemara and the claustrophobic confines of the famine ship, this sweeping production charts the lives of the three characters, from the childhoods that shaped them to their final, fateful journey.

The voyage comes to life as six performers use projection, physicality, live sound effects and music to conjure the worlds of the characters on a bare stage.

Based on the best-selling novel by Joseph O’Connor and a sell-out hit of the 2014 Galway International Arts Festival, Star of the Sea is an inspiring new work told through Moonfish Theatre’s signature bilingual style.

Performed through English and Irish. Contains nudity.

Co-production: Moonfish Theatre Company and An Taibhdhearc. Presented in association with the Strollers Touring Network.

Funded through an Arts Council Touring Grant, with support from Foras Na Gaeilge and Galway City Council. Moonfish Theatre Company is a member of Ag Roinnt, a Branar Téatar theatre resource sharing initiative funded by the Arts Council.

Cast and Creative Team:

  • Freely adapted by the company from the novel by Joseph O’Connor
  • Devised and Performed by Máiréad Ní Chróinín, Ionia Ní Chróinín, Morgan Cooke, Grace Kiely, Zita Monahan, Simon Boyle
  • Set Design: Lian Bell
  • Lighting Design: Matt Burke
  • Costume Design: Cherie White


★★★★ ‘Haunting, harrowing and deeply moving' – The Examiner

★★★★ ‘A guttural, raw experience' – The Sunday Business Post

‘This emotional tour-de-force honours the author and, most of all, the victims of The Famine'
The Irish Independent

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