Theatre Collapsing Horse and Project Arts Centre present

The Water Orchard

  • 18 July 2017-29 July 2017 7.30pm
  • Tickets €16-20
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The Water Orchard hasn’t produced a decent batch of water since the ‘78 Vintage. Ah, the ‘78 Vintage! Now that was water. But these days the whole Estate is an ugly, barren mess. It’s finally time for a new generation to take over. It’s gonna be gutted, cleaned up, and there’ll be a profit turned, by god.

But the owner, Old Madeleine, just happens to have disappeared. She is woken up with a jolt in an unsettling and unfamiliar space. There’s a sentient projector asking her a lot of questions, and it seems to know a little too much about her life…

Can her Estate, full of fools, liars, hammy actors, and 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, pushing the bounds of farce and surrealism to consider just how much of a life is spent masking and revealing oneself, acting and reacting, projecting and being projected upon.


“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


Running Time: 80 minutes

Suitable: 12+

Arts Council, Dublin City Council, Project Arts Centre


Writer / Director – Eoghan Quinn
CoDirector – Dan Colley
Dramaturg – Jack Gleeson
Lighting Designer – Sinead Wallace
Set Designer – Sarah Bacon
AV Designer – Jack Phelan
Composer – Cameron Macauley
Sound Design – Kevin Gleeson
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.

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