Wayward Productions, led by Judith Dimant, announce that their inaugural production of Enda Walsh’s adaptation of Max Porter’s award-winning novel Grief is the Thing with Feathers. Walsh also directs, reuniting him with Cillian Murphy, following the huge success of their past collaborations: Disco Pigs, Ballyturk and Misterman.
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. The production opens on 28 March, with previews from 25 March, and runs until 13 April, ahead of transferring to St Ann’s Warehouse in New York.
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.
Judith Dimant said today, “It’s a real privilege to have worked with Enda and Cillian on Max Porter’s beautiful book. I had no idea how it would come to life – but it most certainly has. And it’s a dream that it should mark the start of my new company, Wayward Productions.”
Max Porter added, “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.”
Enda Walsh is a multi-award-winning Irish playwright and director. His work has been translated into over 20 languages and has been performed internationally since 1998.
Listings Grief is the Thing with Feathers
Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS
Box Office: www.barbican.org.uk / 020 7638 8891 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Mon 25 Mar–Sat 13 Apr 2019 (18 performances)
Press night: Thu 28 Mar 2019, 7.45pm
No performances on Sundays
1 hour 25 mins/no interval
£16-60 plus booking fee (£2 off top three ticket prices for preview performances on Mon 25, Tue 26 & Wed 27 Mar 2019)
Age guidance: 12+