19 September 2017 - 23 September 2017
 Verdant Productions in association with Killian Coyle
& The Gaiety Theatre
present on stage the award-winning novel
The Spinning Heart
by Donal Ryan
The Gaiety Theatre
19th - 23rd September 2017
Directed and adapted for stage by Paul Brennan
The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan 2011 speaks for contemporary Ireland like no other novel. It captures the language and spirit of rural Ireland and with uncanny perception articulates the words and thoughts of a generation.
Everyone loves Bobby Mahon. Everyone that is, except his Da. Revered by his men on the building site, captain of the team that almost won the county final, loved by his wife, Triona, only Bobby himself knows the dark thoughts that prey on his mind, presaging tragic events to come.
One by one the colourful characters’ varied stories build a panorama of a foundering society, while a narrative thread running through their accounts unveils unexpected dramatic events, stealing out of dark, hidden corners.

The stage production preserves the original structure and narrative style of the book while highlighting, often with a scabrous humour, the toll in human terms of recent times in Ireland.
This show contains strong language and is recommended for audiences of 14+
Reviews of the book:
“funny and poignant and banal and extraordinary – and we can’t help but listen” The Guardian

“Perceptive, intimate and darkly comic” The Observer

“Humane, funny, moving and relevant, this is extremely impressive stuff” Daily Mail
“The Spinning Heart … carries with it a rage and viciousness as well as a gallows humour – that perfectly encapsulates Generation Lost” – Sunday Business Post
‘It’s the unambiguous announcement of a genuine and apparently fully formed new talent.’ The Spectator
Stage show:
“Miss it and you will miss something special” No More Workhorse
  • Long listed for the Booker Prize (2013)
  • The Guardian First Book award (2013)
  • Man Booker Prize 2013 (shortlisted)
  • IMPAC Award 2014 (shortlisted)
  • Dublin Book Festival Winner: Book of the Decade (2016)
  • Voted ‘Book of the Year’ in 2012 by Bord Gáís Energy Book of the year
Get a head start on the Leaving Cert this September. We are delighted to offer students the best available seats at just €18.50 per tickets for this production which is on the prescribed texts for comparative stude for the Leaving Certificate 2018 & 2019.
Teachers: We will have downloadable teacher notes from the author Donal Ryan available for confirmed bookings, covering various themes within the play including a note from the director Paul Brennan. 
This offer applies to groups of 10+ on the following midday performances: 19th, 20th & 21st Sept. Teachers tickets are complimentary. 
Book your tickets now by calling our groups dept: 01 6468687 (Mon - Fri 9:30 - 5:30) or email groups@gaietytheatre.com 
Gaiety Theatre Box Office South King Street, Dublin 2.  
10 am – 7 pm / Mon – Sat (subject to performance schedule)
24hr Gaiety Theatre Booking Tel: 08 18 719 388  
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Tickets from €16 (inc bk fee & restoration levy)
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Tues 19th – 12pm & 7:30pm
Wed 20th – 12pm & 7:30pm
Thurs 21st – 12pm & 7:30pm
Fri 22nd – 7:30pm
Sat 23rd – 2:30pm & 7:30pm