Under the Hawthorn Tree 2020-03-10T11:03:33+00:00

Project Description

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.

Event Details

Age Suitability: 7+

Duration: 65 minutes

Creatives, cast & crew


Paul Mc Eneaney


Carlos Pons Guerra


Charles Way


Sabine Dargent


Garth McConaghie

Lighting Designer

James McFetridge


“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