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The Faerie Thorn

Faerie Thorn

Big Telly Theatre Company

The Faerie Thorn will recreate Jane Talbot’s dark, imaginative and bewitching 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 an incredibly 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.

4 – 6 May | 7:30pm | Main Space

‘Big Telly fans will know that the company often tackles dark or unsettling subjects within their productions, getting the audience to consider serious issues within the relative safety of comedy. It’s a skill they seem to have honed to perfection. Quirky, adventurous and highly imaginative is what they do best.’ – Claire Savage, Culture NI

‘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.

Over the past thirty years, Big Telly have carved a reputation as bold, risk-taking theatre makers, and The Faerie Thorn production is a vibrant, contemporary, physical theatre, incorporating masks, movement and illusion. The Faerie Thorn is compelling, dark and funny, dealing with human tensions in a way that is shocking and yet terrifyingly familiar.

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For ages 14+ due to use of strong language.
Contains strobe lighting.


This year is the company’s 30th Birthday.
Big Telly is a multi-award winning professional theatre company formed in 1987 and based in Portstewart, Northern Ireland. The company designs and delivers theatre productions, interactive workshop programmes and community creativity projects, which it mainly tours throughout Northern and Southern Ireland but also internationally. Their performance work concentrates on the visual potential of theatre through fusion with other art forms such as dance, music, circus, magic and film to create a unique sense of spectacle. Big Telly’s outreach work uses theatre skills within educational and community contexts in order to engage and empower a wide range of participants.

Tickets €15/€12 conc

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