The Faerie Thorn | Touring NI & ROI

The Faerie Thorn | Touring NI & ROI 

Big Telly Theatre Company bewitch a town near you with the faerie thorn.

Touring Ireland and UK April – June 2017

Based on the book ‘The Faerie Thorn and Other Stories’ by Jane Talbot, The Faerie Thorn will delight and bewitch audiences across NI through recreations of Talbot’s dark and imaginative and tales, propelling the audience into a world of devilish debts, trysts and trades, broken bargains and unjust trials; of magic, quick-wittedness, hoodwinking and revenge. The stories inhabit a vivid and dangerous world controlled by a complex fairy mafia including factions like the memory takers, the time keepers, the bad talkers and trolls, which humans tackle at their peril.

Jane Talbot, author of The Faerie Thorn states, “It’s been a thrilling experience working with Big Telly Theatre Company and seeing my stories come to life in such an imaginative way. I love the way the Big Telly team has skilfully created one cohesive piece of theatre out of three distinct stories. The piece is vibrant, challenging, dark and playful – and really holds the spirit of the original stories.”

Multi-award winning theatre company Big Telly have carved out a reputation over the past thirsty years as bold, risk-taking theatre makers, and The Faerie Thorn production will be a vibrant, contemporary, physical theatre, incorporating masks, movement and illusion. The Faerie Thorn will be witty, dark and wickedly comedic dealing with inexorable human tensions in a way that is shocking and yet terrifyingly familiar.

The Faerie Thorn will be touring the following locations;


April 21 2017 OPEN – Riverside Theatre, Coleraine
April 22 2017 Riverside Theatre, Coleraine
April 25- 29 2017 The MAC, Belfast
May 04-06 2017 Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin
May 09 2017 Sean Hollywood Arts Centre, Newry
May 10 2017 Cushendall Golf Club
May 11 2017 Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen
May 12 2017 The Playhouse, Derry
May 13 2017 The Old Courthouse, Antrim
May 16 2017 Garage Theatre, Monaghan
May 17 2017 The Market Place Theatre, Armagh
May 18 2017 Island Arts Centre, Lisburn
May 19 2017 The Web Theatre, Newtownards
May 23 2017 Seamus Heaney HomePlace, Bellaghy
May 25 2017 Theatre Royal, Waterford
May 26 2017 An Tain Theatre, Dundalk
May 27 2017 Strule Arts Centre, Omagh

 Praise for ‘The Faerie Thorn & Other Stories’

‘A collection that delights with its sparkling style and rich imagination.’ Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, author of many novels, collections of short stories and plays, and teaching fellow on the MA in Creative Writing at University College Dublin.

‘There are tales here of gentleness and brutality, of trapped souls and willing, captive hearts; stories so grisly and “feary-grim” they’ll cold-curdle your blood; stories so full of unbridled beneficence they will “warm-hold” and gentle your heart. Highly recommended.’ Bernie McGill, author of The Butterfly Cabinet.
‘A delight to read … brimming with a feral, elemental magick.’ Mia Gallagher, author of HellFire.

‘This is fiction that leads you on an adventure, is told in a unique voice fitting to the genre it represents, and which always manages to surprise.’ Claire Savage, The Incubator Journal

‘With a quick wit and inventive language that recalls the kennings of ancient tales, Jane Talbot creates a world where all is not as it seems. The story of The Merrow of Murlough Bay broke my heart but leaves me with a determination to visit the real Murlough Bay.  A tour de force.’ Janet Dowling, storyteller and author of Surrey Folk Tales.

‘A bewitching set of faerie tales for adults. Intriguing, intelligent and highly readable.’ Sue Leonard, Irish Examiner


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