Grief is the Thing with Feathers nominated for five Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards

January 24, 2019
Grief is the Thing with Feathers nominated for five Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards

Grief is the Thing with Feathers, the moving story of a widower and his young sons based on the award-winning novel by Max Porter, adapted and directed by Enda Walsh and starring Cillian Murphy, has been nominated for five Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards.  

Cillian Murphy is nominated for Best Actor for his roles as Da/Crow; Enda Walsh for Best Director; Jamie Vartan and Will Duke (video projection) for Best Set; Teho Teardo and Helen Atkinson for Best Sound; while the show has been nominated for Best Production.

Grief is the Thing with Feathers

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. The show was co-produced with the Barbican, London, Cork Opera House, Edinburgh International Festival, Oxford Playhouse, St Ann’s Warehouse and Warwick Arts Centre.

The production saw acclaimed writer/director Enda Walsh reunited with actor Cillian Murphy following the huge success of their past collaborations Disco Pigs, Ballyturk and Misterman.

Other Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards Nominees

Enda Walsh also received a nod in the Best Opera Production category for Bluebeard’s Castle, which he adapted and directed for Irish National Opera. Galway’s Druid theatre company garnered a total of nine nominations: five for Richard III, including Best Director for Garry Hynes, two for  Sonya Kelly’s Furniture and two for Crisín Kehoe’s Shelter. Both Shelter and Furniture premiered during Galway International Arts Festival last July.

“GIAF would like to congratulate Enda Walsh, Cillian Murphy and all of the Grief creative and production teams, and also Garry Hynes and Druid on their nominations,” GIAF Artistic Director Paul Fahy said.

The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards have celebrated the achievements of the Irish stage each year since their inception in 1997. Throughout the calendar, three independent judges visit professional productions across the country, reflecting on the highest standards of production, performance, direction and design.

This year’s awards will take place on Sunday 31 March at the National Concert Hall, Dublin.

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