Boland: Journey of a Poet

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'In this livestreamed production, staging and camera work are magnificently interdependent.'
THE OBSERVER

Words by Eavan Boland
Edited by Colm Tóibín
Directed by Garry Hynes
Performed by Siobhán Cullen

'If there was a narrative to my life in those years, then let this be the sound of it.'

Eavan Boland is one of Ireland’s great poets. Boland: Journey of a Poet is the story of her life as she told it, through her own poetry and autobiographical prose.

This world premiere theatre production will be live streamed from The Mick Lally Theatre in Galway and performed by Siobhán Cullen (Once Upon a Bridge, The Cherry Orchard, DruidShakespeare: Richard III).

Inspired by Eavan Boland’s mother, the expressionist painter Frances Kelly, Boland: Journey of a Poet will feature on stage the Irish artist Debbie Chapman who will paint a portrait of Eavan Boland during the live stream performances. The poster for this production also features one of Frances Kelly’s paintings, a portrait of her daughter Eavan Boland as a young girl.

Boland: Journey of a Poet is the latest in our Druid at Home series of online theatre. Previously, we presented the world premiere of Sonya Kelly’s Once Upon a Bridge and an encore screening of our 2020 production of The Cherry Orchard.

How to Book and Watch

Live Stream: Thu 22 - Sat 24 Apr

On Demand: Tue 27 Apr - Sun 2 May

There will be four live stream performances of Boland: Journey of a Poet from The Mick Lally Theatre in Galway between Thursday 22 and Saturday 24 April.

Boland: Journey of a Poet will then be available to view on demand between Tuesday 27 April and Sunday 2 May.

You can view the production on your computer, tablet or phone. You can also cast it to your smart TV.

For more information, please read our FAQs:
Live Stream FAQs
On Demand FAQs

Duration: 60 mins approx.

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Show Programme

Post-Show Discussion

We hosted a live post-show discussion following the live stream performance on Friday 23 April. Garry Hynes, Colm Tóibín and Siobhán Cullen were joined by moderator Jody Allen Randolph, who has written the fullest account yet of Eavan Boland's life and work.

Captioned Performance

The on demand performance of Boland: Journey of a Poet will be available with captions. To view with captions, please book an on demand ticket. Once you activate your on demand video link, an option to view with captions will be available on the video page.

School Bookings

To book tickets for your school group, please contact our box office team, boxoffice@druid.ie.

Partner Venues

Credits

  • Words by Eavan Boland
  • Edited by Colm Tóibín
  • Directed by Garry Hynes
  • Performed by Siobhán Cullen
  • Director of Photography Colm Hogan
  • Set Designer Francis O’Connor
  • Costume Designer Clíodhna Hallissey
  • Sound Designer Sinéad Diskin
  • Composer Conor Linehan
  • Portrait Artist Debbie Chapman