A Galway 2020 commission
DATE April, June, November, December
LOCATION Galway City and County

Master storytellers Macnas will bring a dramatic new interpretation of the world’s oldest story– the original hero’s journey about a king called Gilgamesh – to Galway across four seasons in 2020.

Image Colm Hogan

The year-long epic will see Galway become a playground for the imagination as the legendary adventures of Gilgamesh – two thirds god, one third human – play out in multiple sites across the city and county.

Macnas will elevate its signature style, taking traditional theatre and storytelling into new outdoor, indoor and digital territories, to bring the contemporary themes of this ancient story – love, loss, rivalry, friendship and death – to life on a never-before-seen scale, inviting intrigue and participation from audiences locally, nationally and internationally.





Gilgamesh: Fragments

Free, appears in the city fleetingly and online – 10, 11, 12 April



Gilgamesh: Spectacle

Free, a large scale public spectacle parade in the city – 21 June



Gilgamesh: Theatre

This is a ticketed event at The Black Box Theatre – 16 to 28 November



Gilgamesh: Epilogue

Free, a closing event in a rural location – 12 December


Each of the four seasons is a self-contained event and can be experienced independently.


Writer Marina Carr
Director Noeline Kavanagh
Designer Julian Crouch
Composer and Sound Designer Nick Powell
Executive Producer, Artichoke

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