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United Fall | Ireland | Dance
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Once there was a boy who wished he was a bird. He wished he could just fly away and be free of all his worries.

Birdboy is a trip inside his head.

In his whirring mind, thoughts, worries, fantasies all compete for space in a world where fitting in is hard to do.

Full of fun and sorrow, this kaleidoscopic show, performed by dancer Kévin Coquelard, celebrates the power of imagination and offers a vision of hope and connection.

Please note this show contains the use of smoke machines, flashing lights and loud noises.

Created by Emma Martin in collaboration with:
Kévin Coquelard - Performer
Orla Clogher - Visual Artist and Designer
Dunk Murphy - Sound Designer and Composer
Stephen Dodd - Lighting Designer
Faolán Ó Murchú - Toner - Voice
Shane O'Reilly - Dramaturge and Education consultant
Pádraig Heneghan - Producer
Peter Jordan – Production


United Fall

Led by Irish choreographer and director Emma Martin, United Fall is a dance theatre company whose work often combines dance, live music, theatre and distinct visual universes, always with the raw expression of dance as it's driving force.

Birdboy (2019) is their first work for young and family audiences. Previous productions include Girl Song (Dublin Theatre Festival 2017, Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival 2018, Netherlands), Dancehall (Dublin Theatre Festival 2015), Tundra (Dublin Dance Festival 2014), Dogs (Dublin Fringe Festival 2012, which won the prize for Best Production and Best overall Design award), Listowel Syndrome (Dublin Fringe Festival 2010).

Emma’s work has been commissioned by Dublin Dance Festival, Irish Arts Center and has been co‐produced by Dublin Theatre Festival, Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival and Centre de Développement Chorégraphique, Toulouse. Emma made her opera directing debut, in a co-production with Irish National Opera, of Orfeo ed Euridice (Galway International Arts Festival 2018, Irish Tour 2019).

Recent productions Emma has collaborated on include: Arlington (Landmark/ Galway International Arts Festival 2016, Abbey Theatre, St. Ann's Warehouse, New York), Danse, Morob (Olwen Fouéré/ The Emergency Room), Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre 2016), Romeo & Juliet (Gate Theatre, Dublin 2015).


Black Box Theatre

Accessibility: This venue is fully wheelchair accessible.

Parking: There is Pay and Display (street parking) at this venue. Chargeable hours are 08.30-18.30 Monday to Saturday and 13.00-18.30 Sunday, at €2 per hour.

Public Bus: Galway city bus route 407 stops at Woodquay, which is a 7 minute walk to the Black Box Theatre.

Walking: The Black Box Theatre is an 8 minute walk from the Town Hall Theatre and a 19 minute walk from the Spanish Arch.