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A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings

Dan Colley and Riverbank Arts Centre

A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings

A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings

Gabriel García Márquez’s darkly comic tale, brought to the stage for children and adults to share.

In a kitchen, in a theatre, two storytellers and their audience find something remarkable— a very old man with enormous wings. The wise neighbour woman tells us he’s an angel. The priest says he’s an imposter. Pilgrims flock to see him, hoping to be healed by him, hoping for a gawp. They leave with something different than what they expected.

Adapted from Gabriel García Márquez’s ‘Un señor muy viejo con unas alas enormes,’ Collapsing Horse in 2019 brought this classic piece of magical realism to the stage in search of its beautiful, strange, emotional richness. Now, it comes to Baboró to enthrall Galway audiences.

Dan Colley is a theatre maker with a particular focus on devised ensemble work, theatre-for-young-audiences and street spectacle. He was director of Collapsing Horse theatre for whom he directed eight original productions, and toured around Ireland and to London, Edinburgh, Moscow, New York and Bergen. The company’s final production, ‘A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings’ was nominated for four Dublin Fringe Festival awards including Best Production and was called “a model of ingenuity” by the Irish Times and “fifty minutes of near theatrical perfection” by The Arts Review. Dan has also directed ‘Me Michael,’ and ‘Fourteen Voices From a Bloodied Field’ for the Abbey Theatre and ‘Danse Macabre’ for Macnas.

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Venue | Mick Lally Theatre