Verdant Productions, Ireland

The Blackwater Lightship

by Colm Tóibín Adapted & directed for the stage by David Horan

World Premiere of Colm Tóibín’s piercing novel about a broken family, making a family of your own and the cost of caring for each other.

“When I was young, lying in bed, I used to believe that Tuskar was a man and the Blackwater Lightship was a woman and they were both sending signals to each other and to other lighthouses, like mating calls.”

It’s 90s Ireland and HIV/AIDS is still a terminal diagnosis. A sister, a mother and a grandmother, along with two gay friends, have come together to tend to 29-year-old Declan, who has the disease. Can this makeshift family unit face up to the illness and each other?

Funded by the Arts Council | An
Chomhairle Ealaíon

Adapted and Directed by David Horan

Set and Costume Design: Maree Kearns

Lighting Design: Kevin Smith

Music and Sound Design: Tom Lane

Cast includes:
Ruth McCabe as Dora, Karen Ardiff as Lily, Rachel O'Byrne as Helen, David Rawle as Declan, Donncha O'Dea as Larry, Will O'Connell as Paul, Billie Traynor as Essie


Gaiety Theatre


27-28 Sept


27 & 28 Sept. 7.30pm
29 & 30 Sept. 7.30pm
1 Oct. 2.30pm & 7.30pm
2 Oct. 2.30pm

Audio Described Performance
with Touch Tour:

2 Oct. 12.30pm (before the 2.30pm performance)


€16 - €46


2 hrs.15 mins.approx., incl. interval

Talking Theatre

1 Oct, post-show (7.30pm)

With David Horan and members of the company.

With the support of
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