Under The Hawthorn Tree

Under The Hawthorn Tree

Based on the internationally acclaimed book by award-winning author Marita Conlon-McKenna, Cahoots NI’s Under the Hawthorn Tree follows the journey of three brave siblings as they fight for survival during the Potato Famine in Ireland, 1845.

When their father goes to find work and their mother leaves to find him, Eily, Michael and Peggy, starving and faced with the workhouse,embark on a treacherous journey to find the great aunts they have heard of only in stories.

This story of family, history and hope is told like never before in a new play by Charles Way, directed by Paul Bosco Mc Eneaney, with original music by Garth McConaghie.

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This dramatisation of UNDER THE HAWTHORN TREE is based on the book UNDER THE HAWTHORN TREE © text 1990 Marita Conlon-mckenna, published by THE O’BRIEN PRESS, DUBLIN.

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“Paul Bosco Mc Eneaney has created a show whose message will be understood and should be heard right across Ireland … and beyond..” Alan Meban, Alan in Belfast Blog

“Although magical in terms of theatricality and staging rather than this company’s signature brand of magic (illusions or tricks), Paul Bosco McEneaney’s direction strikes the right balance between story-telling and history-teaching about such a dark and serious topic.” Damien Murray, Belfast Times

“I am very confident that it will be successful in its attempt to spark curiosity and conversation in generations both new and old.”  Megan McGarrity, The Gown

“It was simply incredible! My 7 year old loved every minute and has talked about it non stop.”  Audience Member

Would You Like To Volunteer?

We are building a team of volunteers to work alongside us on upcoming exciting projects and we need YOU!

We are looking for people with a wide range of skills, whether you are a performer, an administrator or have amazing people skills, we want to hear from you! What’s important to us is that you are excited by creating world class, theatrical magic for young audiences and their families.

This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone that might want to dedicate some spare time to a registered charity, want a sneak peak behind the scenes of an international theatre company, learn some new skills or make some new friends and have a bit of fun!

If you would like to be contacted by us next time we are taking on volunteers for an upcoming project, get in touch here and tell us a little about yourself!