Grief is the Thing with Feathers

Grief is the Thing with Feathers

Past Performances

O'Reilly Theatre

28 March–4 April 2018

Black Box Theatre

16–24 March 2018

Grief is the Thing with Feathers

by Max Porter, adapted and directed by Enda WalshComplicité and Wayward Productions in association with Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival

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.

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.

The original production of Grief is the Thing with Feathers, produced by Complicité and Wayward Productions in association with Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival, had its world premiere in Galway and Dublin in March 2018.

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.

World Premiere.


Older Boy / Younger Boy David EvansDad Cillian MurphyMum Hattie MorahanOlder Boy Taighen O’CallaghanYounger Boy Felix Warren


By Max PorterAdapted and Directed by Enda WalshSet Designer Jamie VartanCostume Designer Christina CunninghamLighting Designer Adam SilvermanSound Designer Helen AtkinsonComposer Teho TeardoProjection Designer Will Duke



★★★★ 'a scintillating story ... combines an intense, furious drama and a pervasive, yielding gentleness.'The Irish Times