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Dec 07 2017

Playwright Enda Walsh on adapting Grief Is The Thing With Feathers

THERE WAS great excitement at the announcement that Enda Walsh and Cillian Murphy would be teaming up again to bring Max Porter’s remarkable book, Grief Is The Thing With Feathers to the stage, and that the production would premiere at the Black Box Theatre next March.

In Porter's book, two young boys are trying to deal with the shock and pain of their mother’s sudden death, as is their father, who is a Ted Hughes [pictured below] scholar. Then, into their lives comes Crow, the trickster protagonist of Hughes’ most famous poetry collection. This other-worldly bird is drawn to the grieving family and declares he will stay until they no longer need him. His arrival, as the most unlikely of babysitters, sets off a story that is by turns heartrending and hilarious, and full of wisdom on coping with death and living with grief.

This adaptation is a co-production by Complicité, Landmark Productions, and Galway International Arts Festival, along with a team of leading international venues. Over a Monday afternoon phone call, Enda Walsh spoke with me about putting Grief Is The Thing With Feathers on to the stage.


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