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Star of the Sea play by Moonfish Theatre

Star of the Sea, Moonfish Theatre

Star of the Sea, a play based on Joseph O’Connor’s award winning novel, is Moonfish Theatre’s latest production.

You will have a good chance to see it this Autumn, as the play is touring around Ireland, including Dublin as part of Dublin Theatre Festival. Star of the Sea was a sell-out hit at Galway International Arts Festival last year and there’s a fantastic buzz about the fact it’s touring & coming to the Theatre Festival.

Star of the Sea addresses the complexity of the Famine, and the individual tragedies that are often lost among statistics. As well as capturing the epic nature of O’Connor’s book, it breaths a new life into the characters through the use of languages, traditional song and movement. It’s told in English and Irish, and is totally accessible to all, even those with no Irish.


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What the critics said about the Star of the Sea play:

“A lesson in theatre magic … captures an extraordinary and devastating story” Irish Daily Mail * * * *

“Gorgeously assembled theatre” Irish Times * * * *

About the production:

In 1847 the famine-ship Star of the Sea sets sail for New York.  Among the passengers are those with secrets to hide – a silent maidservant, a ruined landlord, and an infamous murderer. Using Moonfish’s signature bi-lingual style, the journey comes to life as six performers blend projection, physicality, live sound effects and music to conjure the worlds of the characters on a bare stage.

See what Joseph O’Connor, author of the original Star of the Sea novel, has to say about why he allowed Moonfish Theatre to make this adaption from his book when he had turned down so many others:


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STAR of the SEA – National Tour 2015

An Taibhdhearc, Galway – September 16th – 19th – Book tickets for An Taibhdhearc
Draíocht, Blanchardstown, Dublin (as part of Dublin Theatre Festival) – September 24th – 26th – Book tickets for Draíocht
Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar – October 1st – Book tickets for The Linenhall
Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny – October 3rd – Book tickets for the Watergate Theatre
GB Shaw Theatre, Carlow – October 7th – Book tickets for Visual / GB Shaw Theatre
Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge – October 9th – 10th – Book tickets for Riverbank Arts Centre
Siamsa Tíre, Tralee – October 14th – Book tickets for Siamsa Tíre
The Source Arts Centre, Thurles – October 17th – Book tickets for the Source Arts Centre
Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo – October 21st – Book tickets for the Hawk’s Well Theatre
Solstice Arts Centre, Navan – October 24th – Book tickets for Solstice Arts Centre


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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.

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