Two performers examine a series of small figurine puppets on a table
Past Event

A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings

4 performances between Sat 20 - Sun 21 May 2023
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Music, puppetry and live video come together in this darkly comic gem full of emotional richness

Dan Colley and Riverbank Arts Centre, Ireland

In a kitchen, in a theatre, two storytellers and their audience find something remarkable — a very old man with enormous wings.

After consulting with the neighbour – who’s an expert on all things magic – the couple decide to shelter him in the chicken coop and feed him with food scraps. A wise woman says he’s an angel. The priest says he’s an imposter. Pilgrims flock to see him.  

Inspired by Gabriel García Márquez's darkly comic tale, the show taps into both the best and worst of mankind, wryly examining the human response to those who are weak, dependent, and different. Using a combination of music, puppetry and live video projection this magic-realist gem is brought to the stage with beautiful, strange, emotional richness.

'few children's shows that are more intriguing and imagination-stimulating' **** The Scotsman


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