Theatre Collapsing Horse and Project Arts Centre present

The Water Orchard

  • 18 July 2017-29 July 2017 7.30pm
  • Tickets €16-20

Previews: 18 & 19 July 7.30pm

Matinées: 29 July 2pm

Book early or pay more on the door!
Tickets will cost €2 more if you book within 2 hours to showtime

Collapsing Horse, the makers of ‘MONSTER/CLOCK’; ‘Distance from the Event’; ‘Bears in Space’;  and ‘The Aeneid’ team up with The Project Arts Centre to bring you a brand new comedy ‘The Water Orchard’.

The Water Orchard hasn’t produced a decent batch of water since the ‘78 Vintage. Ah, the ‘78 Vintage! Now that was water. These days the whole Estate is a dour, crumbling mess. What bit of cash was left is gone, and it’s finally time for a new generation to take over. It’s time to rip up the Orchard!

It’s time to put in patio sets, and turn it into a cool spot for brunch. Brunch! Eggs served in some interesting fashion, presumably.

But the stubborn owner, Old Madeleine, just happens to have disappeared. She is woken up with a jolt in an unsettling and unfamiliar space. There’s a projector asking her questions, and it is convinced she is keeping secrets…

Can her Estate, full of liars, idiots, hammy actors, and unhinged narcissists work together to find her? And what exactly is it they will find if they do..?

‘The Water Orchard’ is a kaleidoscopic new comedy from Collapsing Horse, a surreal, innovative, and genre-bending play about shouting into the winds of change.

“One of the finest groups of artists to emerge in recent years”
The Irish Times

“One of Collapsing Horse’s strengths is its commitment to theatrical fundamentals. …executed with wit and skill…there’s no shortage of emotion, intricacy or craft in this beautifully-told story”
Irish Times

“One of the most exciting collectives on the Irish theatre scene.”
Totally Dublin

Postshow Talk: That’s The Joke // Comedy and Performance
Monday 24 July
Panelist: Joanne McNally (Stand Up and Republic of Telly) Sonya Kelly (Writer of ‘Wheelchair on my Face’ and ‘How to Keep an Alien’), Eoghan Quinn (Writer of The Water Orchard, Bears in Space, MONSTER/CLOCK) and Dan Colley (Artistic Director of The Cat Laughs Comedy Festival)

Running Time: 80 minutes

Suitable: 12+

Arts Council, Dublin City Council, Project Arts Centre


Writer / Director –  Eoghan Quinn
Co-Director  –  Dan Colley
Dramaturg – Jack Gleeson
Lighting Designer – Sinead Wallace
Set and Costume Designer – Sarah Bacon
Design Assistant – Anna Fagan
AV Designer – Jack Phelan
AV Assistant – Erin Hermosa
Sound Design & Music – Cameron Macauley
Sound Design & Music – Kevin Gleeson
Production Manager – Eoin Kilkenny
Stage Manager – Evie McGuinness
Assistant Stage Manager – Sara Gannon
Graphic Design – Sarah Moloney
Photographer – Ste Murray
Publicist – Sabrina Sheehan
Producer – Kate Ferris
Producer – Matt Smyth
Cast – Peter Corboy, John Doran, Rachel Gleeson, Breffni Holahan


About the company
Collapsing Horse was founded in 2012 and consists of Dan Colley, Jack Gleeson, Aaron Heffernen, Kate Ferris, Matt Smyth and Eoghan Quinn. Collapsing Horse makes work for a diverse audience, for the purpose of providing laughter, entertainment, and spectacle. We make the theatre an accessible place for audiences to attend in a relaxed atmosphere without compromising on craft, intensity, or ingenuity.In total we have created six productions, touring across Ireland as well as abroad to London, Edinburgh, Moscow and New York. These include Monster Clock, Bears In Space, Human Child and Distant from the Event. In 2017 Collapsing Horse will be programming the Kilkenny Cat Laughs Festival and the first strand of work for Young Audiences at Dublin Fringe Festival.