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Premiered at Dublin Theatre Festival 2013

Opened The Edinburgh International Children's Festival 2018 at the Traverse Theatre

This is a deliciously dark retelling of Henny Penny, the classic fable of survival.

A gentleman dines at a fine French restaurant – but at Le Monde Bouleversé you never get quite what you expect. Underneath their human exteriors, beastly greeds and needs are crouching, awaiting their chance to pounce - and in times of war and social chaos, how easily they become unleashed. At Le Monde Bouleversé revenge is a dish best served cold.

A Feast of Bones is a musical fable from Theatre Lovett featuring live music and an original score. The company takes their inspiration from the story of Henny Penny, paralleling this story of five birds who joyously march towards an unforeseen doom with the jingoistic march of Europe towards a ‘glorious’ war in 1914. 

So let the merry music strike up, let hunger be satisfied and let the laughter be so loud we cannot hear the distant thunder.

Age Range: 9+ and adults of all ages

Duration: 60 minutes.

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Feast of Bones Menu 2018

Creative Team

Writer: Frances Kay after an original idea by Theatre Lovett
Director: Muireann Ahern 
Cast: Lisa Lambe, Louis Lovett, Nico Brown, Martin Brunsden, Amelie Metcalfe and Nicholas O'Neill
Composer: Nico Brown
Original Lighting Designer: Søren La Cour (Gruppe 38)
Lighting Redesign: Zia Holly
Set and Costume Design: Muireann Ahern 
Prop-Maker and Assistant Set Design: Molly O’Cathain
Costume Assistant: Liadain Kaminska
Producer: Jeanine MacQuarrie
Photo Credits: Patrick Redmond, Brian Cregan and Ros Kavanagh
Promo Trailer: Mark Cantan



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"With A Feast of Bones, Theatre Lovett proves that Irish theatre for young audiences is capable of matching its international peers."
The Sunday Business Post

"Sparkling piece.. You will dine like a king on this Feast of Bones.. a thoroughly enjoyable cabaret that deserves to reach to audiences large and small." 
The Sunday Times

"A Feast of Bones is a fantastically realised show… Lambe and Lovett are versatile performers with faces as expressive as silent film stars, and they are as adept with the music as they are with the physical demands of their roles."
The Irish Times 

"Excellent direction... leaving the children as well as the adults in the audience wined and dined, and ready for more. A must see." 
Public Review.ie

"With a hint of Titus Andronicus… this delicious show tackles adult themes without ever condescending to its young charges." 

5 ***** "A theatrical joy. This is accomplished, grown up theatre for adults and children alike."
Edinburgh Guide

5 ***** "A brilliantly thought-provoking show."
ScotsGay Arts

**** "An excellent piece of theatre."
The Wee Review