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.
Age Suitability: 7+
Duration: 65 minutes
Creatives, cast & crew
Paul Mc Eneaney
Carlos Pons Guerra
“Paul Bosco Mc Eneaney has created a show whose message will be understood and should be heard right across Ireland … and beyond..”
“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.”
“I am very confident that it will be successful in its attempt to spark curiosity and conversation in generations both new and old.”
“It was simply incredible! My 7 year old loved every minute and has talked about it non stop.”