The Blackwater Lightship

From €16
27th Sep. - 2nd Oct.

The world Premiere of Colm Tóibín’s piercing novel about a broken family, making a family of your own and the cost of caring for each other.


“When I was young, lying in bed, I used to believe that Tuskar was a man and the Blackwater Lightship was a woman and they were both sending signals to each other and to other lighthouses, like mating calls.”


It’s 90s Ireland and HIV/AIDS is still a terminal diagnosis. A sister, a mother and a grandmother, along with two gay friends, have come together to tend to 29-year-old Declan, who has the disease. Can this makeshift family unit face up to the illness and each other?


The Blackwater Lightship was shortlisted for The Booker Prize.


Performed by Ruth McCabe (Breakfast on Pluto, My Left Foot) as Dora, Karen Ardiff (Brooklyn, The Unimaginable Sisters) as Lily, Rachel O’Byrne (The Great Gatsby, A Christmas Carol) as Helen, David Rawle (Moone Boy) as Declan, Donncha O’Dea (Fair City) as Larry, Will O’Connell (Red Rock, Little Women) as Paul, Billie Traynor (Frank, Ros na Rùn) as Essie.

Funded by the Arts Council | An Chomhairle Ealaíon


Cast and Creative Team

Adapted and Directed by David Horan

Set and Costume Design: Maree Kearns

Lighting Design: Kevin Smith

Music and Sound Design: Tom Lane


Performance Information

Running Time: 2 hrs.15 mins. approx., incl. interval

Audio Described Performance with Touch Tour: 2 Oct. 2.30pm

Talking Theatre: 1 Oct, post-show (7.30pm) with David Horan and members of the company.