Death at Intervals

Presented by Kellie Hughes and Galway International Arts Festival

Adapted and directed by Kellie Hughes
from the novel Death at Intervals by José Saramago
Starring Olwen Fouéré and Raymond Scannell

What happens when Death puts away its emblamatic scythe, and decides to take a holiday? Death at Intervals invites you into the surreal world of a musician, who meets his own death in beguiling human form - with surprising consequences.

This Galway International Arts Festival co-production with Kellie Hughes examines our complex relationship with the grim reaper in an unconventional and touching duet between death and her musician, and combines theatre, music and original song lyrics.

Inspired by Nobel Prize winner José Saramago’s darkly humorous novel ‘As Intermitências da Morte’ (translator Margaret Jull Costa), the play is adapted by Kellie Hughes in collaboration with theatre artist Olwen Fouéré, actor/musician Raymond Scannell and sound designer Alma Kelliher. This collaboration brought together an exciting creative team which also includes lighting designer Michael Cummins, master carpenter Cillian Ó Súilleabháin and costume designer Niamh Lunny.

It premiered at Galway International Arts Festival 2016 in An Taidhbhearc. Fouéré’s acting was hailed by critics as “a heartening display, a fresh realisation of femininity as Death stands by, listening to a song just for her” (Exuent Magazine). Irish Independent said, "Fouéré seemed made for the role of Death, her body subsumed into voice and movement", calling Scannal’s musical score “wonderful”. Festival audiences had a very personal reaction to the play's subject matter, calling it “beautiful” and “sublime.”

Death at Intervals toured to Dublin Theatre Festival in October 2016.

Photos: Ros Kavanagh

‘Olwen Fouéré seems made for the role of Death’

Irish Independent

‘A menacing presence sweetly seeking to impress’

Exuent Magazine