National & International Tour 2017

Star of the Sea

Star of the Sea tells the story of a famine ship sailing from Cobh to the promised land of New York in the winter of 1847.

On board are passengers with secrets to hide - a silent maidservant, a ruined lord, and a murderer on the run - characters whose lives and fates are far more intertwined than they realise. Moving between the wild landscape of Connemara, grimy London streets, and the claustrophobic confines of the famine ship, this sweeping production from the award-winning Moonfish Theatre charts the lives of the three characters, from the childhoods that shaped them to their final, fateful journey.

O'Connor's novel combines elements of thriller, mystery, romance, and Gothic suspense tale, and this innovative and much-loved theatrical re-telling has been adapted from his work by Moonfish's ensemble cast. The company's Star of the Sea sees language, movement, imagery, live sound effects, song, traditional music and six performers conjure the worlds of the characters. Audiences are invited to experience Irish as a theatrical language, translated continuously through subtitles, movement and song.

“I found their version of (the story) and their presentation of the adaptation just so moving and very emotional, and to hear those words spoken in the Irish language, was really something that I'll never forget.” Joseph O'Connor

Based on Joseph O'Connor's epic best-selling novel, this story of love, murder, revenge and forgiveness in the time of the Famine was developed for the stage by the Moonfish Theatre ensemble to huge critical acclaim. An unmissable piece of Irish theatre, Star of the Sea was a sell-out hit at the Galway International Arts Festival where it premièred in 2014. This was followed by a packed tour nationwide tour in 2015, then a second national tour in 2017 due to popular demand. Star of the Sea also toured internationally in 2017.

With thanks to: Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon, Galway City Council, Foras Na Gaeilge, Culture Ireland and New England Foundation for the Arts.

“Vital theatre” Sunday Business Post
“A lesson in theatre magic ... captures an extraordinary and devastating story” Irish Daily Mail
“This emotional tour de force honours the author, and, most of all, the victims of The Famine and the coffin ships” Irish Independent
“Gorgeously assembled theatre” Irish Times
“Unquestionably an exquisite piece of theatre”

Dates & Location

  1. 1st & 2nd Sep 2017, Town Hall Theatre, Galway
  2. 28th Sep 2017, Redfern Arts Center, New Hampshire
  3. 3rd & 4th Oct 2017, UMass Fine Arts Center, Massachusetts
  4. 6th Oct 2017, Stockbridge Theater, New Hampshire
  5. 11th & 12th Oct 2017, University of St Joseph, Conneticut
  6. 7th & 8th & 9th Nov 2017, The Everyman, Cork
  7. 16th Nov 2017, Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda
  8. 18th Nov 2017, Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbrdge
  9. 21st Nov 2017, An Grianán, Letterkenny
  10. 23rd Nov 2017, Hawk's Well Theatre, Sligo
  11. 29th Nov 2017, Backstage Theatre, Longford
  12. 1st Dec 2017, Roscommon Arts Centre, Roscommon
“Truly sensuous, ebullient, and multifaceted” Irish Times