Theatre / 29-30 July 2022

A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings

Tickets: Full Price: €16 / Concession: €14 / Child: €10 / Family of 4: €44


For children 8+ and adults of all ages.

Performance contains Goose Down Feathers

Show Time: 29 July, 6pm & 30 July, 12pm (Duration 50 minutes)

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, Dan Colley and company bring this classic piece of magical realism to the stage in search of its beautiful, strange, emotional richness. Playing Project Arts Centre for two shows before it heads off to play Summerhall at the Edinburgh Fringe for the month.


Developed as part of Theatre Artist in Residency at Riverbank Arts Centre, Kildare.


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Cast: Manus Halligan and Karen McCartney
Based on the short story by: Gabriel García Márquez
Adapted for the stage by: Dan Colley, Manus Halligan and Genevieve Hulme-Beaman
Directed by: Dan Colley
Set and Props Design by: Andrew Clancy
Lighting Design by: Sarah Jane Shiels
Composition and Sound Design by: Alma Kelliher
Chief LX and Deputy PM: Suzie Cummins
Production Photography: Ste Murray
Stage Manager: Evie McGuinness
Production Manager: Eoin Kilkenny
Producer for tour: Matthew Smyth and Sarah Byrne
Producer for Riverbank: Caroline Williams


Dan Colley is a theatre maker with a particular focus on devised ensemble work, theatre-for-young-audiences and large-scale spectacle. As Artistic Director of Collapsing Horse (2013-19) he directed nine original productions, a series of ten radio plays, an exhibition in the National Museum, and toured to New York, London, Edinburgh, Bergen, Moscow, and 15 Irish venues. He was also Co-Artistic Director of the Kilkenny Cat Laughs comedy festival from 2017-19. Collapsing Horse’s final production, A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings was nominated for two Irish Times Theatre Awards and four Dublin Fringe Awards, including ‘Best Production’. Dan directed and co-created TWENTY FIFTY with Fionnuala Gygax, an online interactive theatre piece part of DUETS in Dublin Fringe 2020.

Other directing credits include, Me Michael by Tara McKevitt, and a short as part of Fourteen Voices From the Bloodied Field for the Abbey Theatre and Danse Macabre, a large-scale processional street theatre piece for Macnas.

In 2015, Dan was the Creative Producer of TWENTY FIRST the Dublin Fringe’s 21st birthday project. Dramaturgy credits include WillFredd, Sugarglass, Louise White and Macnas. Dan trained as a youth theatre facilitator with Youth Theatre Ireland and has run workshops and classes in the Lir, Trinity College Dublin, LA LGBT Center’s Homeless Youth Services, and in schools, Youth Theatres and with communities Nationally.

Dan was awarded the Arts Council’s Next Generation Bursary Award in 2016. He is Theatre Artist in Residence in the Riverbank Arts Centre, a member of the Project Arts Centre, and on the board of the Dublin Fringe Festival.


WINNER – Best Design at Dublin Fringe Festival 2019


★★★★★ ‘There’s a touch of Monty Python’s Life of Brian about it all … an absolute delight’ Irish Mail on Sunday

★★★★★ ‘fifty minutes of near theatrical perfection’ The Arts Review

★★★★ ‘a model of ingenuity’ The Irish Times

★★★★ ‘There is as much for adults to enjoy about Collapsing Horse’s family-friendly fable as there is for children’ Sunday Business Post

★★★★ ‘Watch the sublime production take flight, only after showing what really matters.’ Musings In Intermissions


Developed as part of Theatre Artist in Residency at Riverbank Arts Centre, Kildare.

Funded by the Arts Council of Ireland


For children 8+ and adults of all ages.

Allergen : Goose feathers

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