By Paul Muldoon
Directed by Sam Yates
Starring Stanley Townsend
Theatre & Opera | Ireland
A deeply moving story of love and loss, Paul Muldoon’s Incantata promises to be one of the Irish theatrical highlights of 2018. The world premiere of this major new play stars one of Ireland's leading actors, Stanley Townsend (Spooks, Quirke, Waking the Dead).
'It's a rollercoaster ride of a show. Funny one minute, tragic the next; it’s about trying to make something good from grief. Anyone watching will take a lot from it."
- Sam Yates, Incantata director
Incantata was written by Paul Muldoon about the great artist, and his former partner, Mary Farl Powers, who died at the very young age of 43. Muldoon wrote it in the immediate aftermath of Powers’ death and it was a way for him to remember Powers and to celebrate her while coming to terms with losing someone he loved.
This world premiere stage production imagines a whole life that is based on Paul Muldoon’s writing and it goes beyond that too. It’s a story full of love, full of heartache, full of sadness, and with bitingly funny humour too.
Directed by the award-winning Sam Yates, fresh from his West End success with Glengarry Glen Ross (with Christian Slater), Pulitzer Prize Winner Paul Muldoon’s script is full of feeling and depth about two people in love, the times they shared together and the grief that comes after loss.
The production features a haunting soundtrack by composer Teho Teardo, who is well known to audiences in Ireland for his music with Enda Walsh including Ballyturk, Arlington and most recently Grief is the Thing with Feathers; set design by Rosanna Vize; lighting design by the multi-award winning designer Paul Keogan; cutting-edge video design by Jack Phelan and sound design by Sinéad Diskin.
Produced in association with Poetry Ireland