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Grief is the Thing with Feathers


  • Playwright

    Enda Walsh 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    Max Porter

  • Adapted From Notes

    Adapted from Max Porter's 2016 novella of the same name.

  • Setting


  • Synopsis

    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, trickster, healer, babysitter. This sentimental bird is drawn to the grieving family and threatens to stay until they no longer need him.

  • Play Type


    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    In the original production, three actors alternated the roles of Older Boy and Younger Boy.

Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    20 March 2018

  • Production Notes

    Produced by Complicité and Wayward Productions in association with Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival. Co-produced with the Barbican, London, Cork Opera House, Edinburgh International Festival, Oxford Playhouse, St. Ann’s Warehouse and Warwick Arts Centre. Supported by Lindsay Badenoch and Brian Carmody.

  • Producer

    Produced in association with Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival

  • Original Venue

    The Black Box

Original Cast  
Dad Cillian Murphy
Older Boy/Younger Boy David Evans
Older Boy Taighen O'Callaghan
Younger Boy Felix Warren
Mum Hattie Morahan
Production Team  
Director Enda Walsh
Composer Teho Teardo
Set Designer Jamie Vartan
Costume Designer Christina Cunningham
Lighting Designer Adam Silverman
Sound Designer Helen Atkinson
Projection Design Will Duke
Production Manager Peter Jordan
Sound Associate Fred Riding
Projection Associate Sam Hunt
Projection Design Assistant Hayley Egan
Lighting Associate Georgie Ekers
Costume Supervisor Eleanor Dolan
Company Stage Manager Kate Watkins
Stage Manager Sophie Flynn
Props Supervisor Lizzie Chapman
Chief Electrician Colm Robinson
Technical Manager Tom Rohan
Production Supervisor (Galway) Frank Commins
Sound Production Engineer Peter Crudge
Props Maker Kate Aungier
Hair & Make-Up Val Sherlock
Costume Assistant Cliodhna Hallissey
Lighting Technician Emma O'Grady
Lighting Technician Matt Burke
Set Builder Capital Scenery
Chaperone Sue Smithin
Chaperone Indiana O'Callaghan
Crow Drawings Jamie Vartan
Publicity Photography Tim Walker
Rehearsal Photography Sarah Ainslie
Production Photography Colm Hogan
PR Sinead O'Doherty
PR Kate Morley PR
Programme Design Russell Warren-Fisher
Executive Producer Judith Dimant
Producer Poppy Keeling

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Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the play's original production programme.