FEATURED: ‘Grief is the Thing with Feathers’, Barbican Theatre

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Grief is the Thing with Feathers‘, Barbican Theatre

  “Once upon a time there was a crow who wanted nothing more than to care for a pair of motherless children…”

“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”.

  Edna Walsh’ adaptation of ‘Grief is The Thing With Feathers‘ , starring Peaky Blinders’ Cillian Murphy, will make its UK premiere as part of the Barbican Theatre’s new season.

  The show, which premiered in Galway and Dublin earlier this year, will run at the Barbican from 25th March to 13th April 2019, before transferring to St Ann’s Warehouse, Broadway, from 20th April 2019.

  Based on the award-winning novel by Max Porter, which won the Dylan Thomas Prize in 20116, and was shortlisted for The Goldsmiths Prize and the Guardian First Book Award in 2015, the play, set in a London flat, tells the story of a bereaved widower and his two young sons, who are visited by a ‘Crow’, who helps them find ways to deal with the sudden passing of their mother/wife.

Joining Cillian Murphy (Dad) will be David Evans (Older Boy / Younger Boy), Taighen O’Callaghan (Older Boy), Felix Warren (Younger Boy) and Hattie Morahan (Mum). The creative team will feature Teho Teardo (compositions), Jamie Vartan (design), Christina Cunnigham (costume), Adam Silverman (lighting), Helen Atkinson (sound) and Will Duke (video).

  Regarding the production’s Barbican transfer, writer Porter said: “Working with Enda, Cillian and the whole team on the adaptation of Grief was one of the most revelatory and rewarding experiences of my life. I think they’ve made a genuinely extraordinary piece of theatre, something radical and unforgettable. For it to be coming ‘home’ to London, where the book is set, and where the book was written, means a lot to me. The Barbican theatre is the perfect space for Crow. I couldn’t be more excited.”

  ‘Grief is the Thing with Feathers’ is produced by Wayward Productions in association with Complicitéco-produced with St. Ann’s Warehouse, Barbican, Cork Opera House, Edinburgh International Festival, Oxford Playhouse, and Warwick Arts Centre.

  “Exquisite, extraordinary, overwhelming” (The Irish Independent), this “heart-wrenching insight into the impact of grief…will remain with you long after the curtain call’ (The Times).

“Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders) gives a riveting, shape-shifting performance in Edna Walsh’s adaptation of Max Porter’s award-winning novel, a heart-wrenching meditation on love, loss and living”.

  ‘Grief is the Thing with Feathers’ will run at the Barbican Theatre, London, from 25th March to 13th April 2019, with an official opening on 28th March.

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