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Grief is the Thing with Feathers

Wayward Productions

Cillian Murphy

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

In a London flat, two young boys face the unbearable sadness of their mother’s sudden death. Their father, a scruffy romantic, imagines a future of well-meaning visitors and emptiness. In this moment of despair, they are visited by Crow – antagonist, babysitter, trickster and healer. The sentimental bird is drawn to the grieving family and threatens to stay until they no longer need him.

Nominated for Best Production at the Irish Times Theatre Awards, this is ‘a production that will remain with you long after the curtain call’ and Murphy, in the central role, ‘leaves nothing at the stage door’ ***** (The Times).

Tagged with: Theatre & dance

Duration: 1 hour 25 mins, no interval
Age guidance 12+ (The production includes an extended strobe light section)

Tue 2 Apr
Captioned performance

Wed 3 Apr
Post-show talk

Chair: Alex Clark
Free to same-day ticket holders

Thu 4 Apr
Pre-show talk and book signing for members

Tue 9 Apr
Audio-described performance with Touch Tour (6pm)


Presented by the Barbican

Wayward Productions in association with Complicité

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


‘Cillian Murphy is a wonder‘
‘Enda Walsh’s devastating and disorientating adaptation of Max Porter’s novel‘
‘An exquisite lesson in survival‘
‘[Enda] Walsh’s skilful adaption provides his audience with a cacophony of emotions and the power to make their own meaning in this chaotic world.‘
‘Collective brilliance‘

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