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Grief is the Thing with Feathers


A production based on the award-winning novel by Max Porter. Directed by Enda Walsh and starring Cillian Murphy, Grief is the Thing with Feathers is a moving story of a widower and his young sons which becomes a profound meditation on love, loss and living. This production sees acclaimed writer/director Enda Walsh reunited with actor Cillian Murphy following the huge success of their past collaborations: Disco Pigs, Ballyturk and Misterman.

In a London flat, two young boys face the unbearable sadness of their mother’s sudden death. Their father imagines a future of well-meaning visitors and emptiness. In this moment of despair they are visited by Crow – antagonist, trickster, healer, babysitter. This sentimental bird is drawn to the grieving family and threatens to stay until they no longer need him.

Wayward Productions in association with Complicité
Co-produced with the Barbican, London, Cork Opera House, Edinburgh International Festival, Oxford Playhouse, St Ann’s Warehouse and Warwick Arts Centre
Supported by Lindsay Badenoch and Brian Carmody


© Colm Hogan, Tim Walker


Black Box Theatre, Galway 16 - 24 March 2018
O’Reilly Theatre, Dublin 28 March - 7 April 2018
Barbican, London 25 March - 13 April 2019
St Ann’s Warehouse, New York 20 April - 12 May 2019


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