Grief Is The Thing With Feathers

Once upon a time there was a crow who wanted nothing more than to care for a pair of motherless children...

Grief is the Thing with Feathers is a moving story of a widower and his young sons, which becomes a profound meditation on love, loss and living.

Based on the award-winning novel by Max Porter, this production sees acclaimed writer/director Enda Walsh reunited with actor Cillian Murphy following the huge success of their past collaborations: Disco Pigs, Ballyturk and Misterman.

In a London flat, two young boys face the unbearable sadness of their mother's sudden death. Their father imagines a future of well-meaning visitors and emptiness. In this moment of despair, they are visited by Crow - antagonist, trickster, healer, babysitter. This sentimental bird is drawn to the grieving family and threatens to stay until they no longer need him.

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.

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

Supported by Lindsay Badenoch and Brian Carmody


Enda Walsh


Cillian Murphy                  Dad

David Evans                    Older Boy / Younger Boy

Taighen O'Callaghan       Older Boy

Felix Warren                    Younger Boy


Hattie Morahan as Mum


Composer                       Teho Teardo

Set designer                   Jamie Vartan

Costume designer          Christina Cunningham

Lighting Designer           Adam Silverman

Sound Designer             Helen Atkinson

Projection Designer       Will Duke