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Druid: New Production ‘Boland: Journey of a Poet’ by Colm Tóibín

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Directed by Garry Hynes, Boland: Journey of a Poet will be live streamed from Galway this April

‘If there was a narrative to my life in those years, then let this be the sound of it.’ – Eavan Boland

Wednesday 7 April 2020: Druid today announced a new theatrical production, Boland: Journey of a Poet, which will be live streamed from The Mick Lally Theatre, Druid’s home in Galway, from Thursday 22 to Saturday 24 April. With words by Eavan Boland, edited by Colm Tóibín and directed by Garry Hynes, Boland: Journey of a Poet explores the mind and imagination of one of Ireland’s great poets, Eavan Boland. The latest in Druid’s online theatre series, Druid at Home, the production will also be made available on demand for a limited period, following the live stream performances.

Performed by Siobhán Cullen (Once Upon a Bridge, The Cherry Orchard, DruidShakespeare: Richard III), this world premiere production examines Boland’s relationships with family, poetry, memory, womanhood and national identity. Eavan Boland passed away on 27 April 2020; her first-year anniversary will fall during the period of this new production, a fitting tribute to the late poet.

Garry Hynes, Druid’s Artistic Director, said: ‘Eavan Boland is an extraordinary Irish poet and essayist, and her standing only grows with time. Working with her words, edited by Colm Tóibín, I am excited to bring this new live stream production to audiences throughout Ireland and the world.’

Colm Tóibín added: ‘I feel privileged to have been commissioned by Druid to edit the words of Eavan Boland and present this new interpretation of her life and work. It is my hope that her writing will forever be cherished by Irish people and people around the world, and that this production will remind us of her stature as a major poet.’

Inspired by Eavan Boland’s mother, the expressionist painter Frances Kelly, Boland: Journey of a Poet will feature the Irish artist Debbie Chapman live on stage who will create a piece of art in response to the production. The poster for this production also features one of Frances Kelly’s paintings, a portrait of her daughter Eavan Boland as a young girl.

Boland: Journey of a Poet is the latest in Druid’s series of online theatre, entitled Druid at Home. In February of this year, they presented the world premiere of Sonya Kelly’s Once Upon a Bridge and, in March, an encore screening of their 2020 production of The Cherry Orchard. These productions were also streamed to audiences around the world, making Irish theatre accessible to global audiences.

To present this new online theatre production, Druid is partnering with a number of venues around Ireland including An Grianán, Letterkenny; Backstage Theatre, Longford; Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise; Glór, Ennis; Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick; Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire; Siamsa Tíre, Tralee; Town Hall Theatre, Galway; and The Everyman, Cork.


Box Office Information

Druid presents Boland: Journey of a Poet

Words by Eavan Boland

Edited by Colm Tóibín

Directed by Garry Hynes

Performed by Siobhán Cullen


Live streamed from The Mick Lally Theatre, Galway

Tickets available from www.druid.ie

Early Bird tickets available until Sunday 11 April


Live stream performances:

Thursday 22 April, 7.30pm

Friday 23 April, 7.30pm

Saturday 24 April, 2.30pm

Saturday 24 April, 7.30pm­­­­­­­


Available to view on demand: Tuesday 27 April – Sunday 2 May

Early Bird tickets €15 (available until Sun 11 Apr)

Standard tickets from €20


Running time: 60 minutes approximately

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