About A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings

‘Transcendentally beautiful’ The Scotsman

‘Remarkably inventive’ The Times

Dan Colley directs the critically acclaimed and exquisitely inventive show, A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings.

Inspired by Gabriel García Márquez's darkly comic tale, this award-winning show taps into both the best and worst of mankind, wryly examining the human response to those who are weak, dependent, and different.

In a kitchen, in a theatre, two storytellers and their audience find something remarkable — a very old man with enormous wings. After consulting with the neighbour – who’s an expert on all things magic – the couple decides to shelter him in the chicken coop and feed him with food scraps. A wise woman says he’s an angel. The priest says he’s an imposter. Pilgrims flock to see him.

Using a combination of music, puppetry and live video projection, this magic-realist gem is brought to the stage with beautiful, strange, emotional richness.

Co-produced by Riverbank Arts Centre. Funded by Culture Ireland with support from field:arts


24 - 28 April

Under 18s £13.50 - £15.50 / Adults £18.50-£21.50


  • Genevieve Hulme-Beaman
  • Manus Halligan

Creative Team

  • 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
  • Costume Design Dan Colley
  • AV Design Eoin Kilkenny
  • Chief LX Suzie Cummins