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Kellie Hughes and Galway International Arts Festival present

Death at Intervals

Adapted and Directed by Kellie Hughes
from the novel Death at Intervals by José Saramago
Starring Olwen Fouéré and Raymond Scannell
Theatre & Opera | Ireland


19 - 24 July, 8pm
Matinees 23 & 24 July, 2pm
Preview 19 July
Duration 1 hour 10 mins
No interval

For millennia, death, with chilling precision, has brought an end to those selected to meet their destiny. But what would happen if death put away her emblematic scythe and withdrew from everyday life?

Inspired by Nobel Prize winner José Saramago’s darkly humorous novel As Intermitências da Morte (translator Margaret Jull Costa), Death at Intervals invites you into the surreal world of an otherwise unremarkable musician, who meets his own death in beguiling human form with surprising consequences. 

The world premiere is adapted by Kellie Hughes in collaboration with theatre artist Olwen Fouéré, actor/musician Raymond Scannell and sound designer Alma Kelliher.

This collaboration brings together an exciting creative team which also includes lighting designer Michael Cummins, master carpenter Cillian Ó Súilleabháin and costume designer Niamh Lunny. 

Combining theatre, music and original song lyrics, Death at Intervals interrogates our complex relationship with the grim reaper in an unconventional and touching duet between death and her musician.

Backstage at the Festival

21 July

Post–show talk with the company moderator, Prof. Patrick Lonergan, NUI Galway 

Photos: Ros Kavanagh

‘Olwen Fouéré seems made for the role of Death’

Irish Independent

‘A menacing presence sweetly seeking to impress’

Exuent Magazine
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