cillian murphy in

Grief is the Thing with Feathers

based on the book by max porter

adapted and directed by enda walsh

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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.

A new 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.

Grief is the Thing with Feathers premiered in Ireland in Spring 2018 and played in London and New York to over 26,000 people in Spring 2019.

“Beautifully evokes the way in which the whole world seems apocalyptic after a personal tragedy” The New York Times

“A heart-wrenching insight into the impact of grief” ★★★★★ The Times

“Exquisite, extraordinary, overwhelming.” ★★★★★ The Irish Independent

Irish Times Theatre Awards 2019 Winner: Best Actor - Cillian Murphy

Set Jamie Vartan

Costume Christina Cunningham

Lighting Adam Silverman

Sound Helen Atkinson

Projection Will Duke

Composer Teho Teardo

A Wayward production in association with Complicité

Co-produced with the Barbican, Cork Opera House, Edinburgh International Festival, Oxford Playhouse, St Ann’s Warehouse and Warwick Arts Centre

Supported by Lindsay Badenoch and Brian Carmody