Galway International Arts Festival & Jen Coppinger in association with Poetry Ireland


By Paul Muldoon
Directed by Sam Yates
Starring Stanley Townsend
World Premiere
Theatre & Opera | Ireland

Date & Time

16–21 July, 8pm
24 & 27 July, 6pm & 9pm
Matinees 19 & 21 July, 2pm
Previews 16 & 17 July, 8pm
Duration 45 mins approx.



‘for there’s nothing, you’d say, nothing over and above the sky itself, nothing but cloud–cover reflected in the thousand lakes...’

Incantata is a man’s concentrated attempt to speak across the barrier of death and recapture the essence of someone lost.

Now re–imagined for the theatre, Incantata, written in memory of the artist Mary Farl Powers by poet Paul Muldoon, is an attempt to understand the void that remains following the death of a close friend and lover.

Paul Muldoon has published over thirty collections and won a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the T. S. Eliot Prize.

Directed by Sam Yates, an award–winning film and theatre director, whose recent production of Glengarry Glen Ross ran in London’s West End. Incantata stars Stanley Townsend, one of Ireland’s leading actors and a familiar face on both Irish and British stages and screens.

Backstage at the Festival 19 July

Post-show talk following 8pm show. Moderator, Prof. Patrick Lonergan, NUI Galway

Photos: Peter Searle

‘One of the outstanding elegies of the 20th century.’

The Guardian
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