Irish Famine drama at Roscommon Arts Centre

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Moonfish Theatre's critically-acclaimed, sell-out success Star of the Sea is touring Ireland and the US this autumn, with a performance at Roscommon Arts Centre on Friday, December 1 at 8pm.

Based on Joseph O'Connor's epic best-selling novel, this story of love, murder, revenge and forgiveness in the time of the Famine is back by popular demand. An unmissable piece of Irish theatre, Star of the Sea was a sell-out hit of the Galway International Arts Festival 2014, which was followed by a packed tour across Ireland in 2015.

Star of the Sea tells the story of a famine ship sailing from Cobh to the promised land of New York in the winter of 1847. On board are passengers with secrets to hide - a silent maidservant, a ruined lord, and a murderer on the run - characters whose lives and fates are far more intertwined than they realise.

Moving between the wild landscape of Connemara, grimy London streets, and the claustrophobic confines of the famine ship, this sweeping production from the award-winning Moonfish Theatre charts the lives of the three characters, from the childhoods that shaped them to their final, fateful journey.

O'Connor's novel combines elements of thriller, mystery, romance, and Gothic suspense tale, and this innovative and much-loved theatrical re-telling has been adapted from his work by Moonfish's ensemble cast. The company's Star of the Sea sees language, movement, imagery, live sound effects, song, traditional music and six performers conjure the worlds of the characters.

Tickets available now from Roscommon Arts Centre on (090 ) 6625824 or www.roscommonartscentre.ie

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