Brokentalkers, Ireland

The Boy Who Never Was

An adaptation of the novel MOONSTONE by Sjón

Adapted from the award-winning Icelandic novel by Sjón, Brokentalkers bring their contemporary theatrical approach to this beautifully evocative period work.

Set in 1918, The Boy Who Never Was tells the story of a young queer man, Máni Steinn — film fanatic and dreamer who exists on the fringes of an intolerant society — at a moment of profound global transformation.

Set against the backdrop of a global pandemic, war in Europe and growing intolerance of ‘others’ The Boy Who Never Was draws a line between past and present, exploring the cyclical nature of human history and the role of art as both a comfort and a compass.

For ages 16+

Funded by the Arts Council | An Chomhairle Ealaíon and Dublin
City Council. Co-production: Project Arts Centre, Mermaid Arts Centre and Quaternaire.

Adapted and Directed by Feidlim Cannon and Gary Keegan

Creative Producer: Rachel Bergin

Dramaturgy: Bjarni Jonsson

Movement Direction: Eddie Kay

Costume Design: Sarah Foley

Set Design: Ellen Kirk

Composition: Valgeir Sigurðsson

Lighting Design: Sinead Wallace

Cast: Matthew Malone, Maeve O'Mahony, Molly O'Mahony, Konstantin Stanchev


Samuel Beckett Theatre


12 Oct. 7.30pm


12 Oct. 7.30pm
13-14 Oct. 7.30pm
15 Oct. 2.30pm & 7.30pm
16 Oct. 2.30pm


€20 - €30


80 mins., no interval.

Talking Theatre

13 Oct, post-show. With Feidlim Cannon, Gary Keegan and members of the company.

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