Freak Show

Fri 8 - Sat 9 Mar

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Age Suitability: 12 years + (no strong language or content.Dark Humour)


Inspired by the true story of the 17th Century PortrushGiantess, Mary Murphy, Freak Show is an original blast of irreverent theatrefrom Portstewart's Big Telly.


Mary married a dashing French sea captain who gave up hisseafaring to manage her ‘freak show’ celebrity. After years of internationalacclaim, Mary was reported destitute, no longer with her captain, her celebrityforgotten.


The script uses material from Moyra Donaldson's collection'Miracle Fruit' which explores a fascination for the Enlightenment era, thephysical freakery of those living on the margins of society, and a personal,tangible sense of loss.


Premiered in the MAC at the Belfast International ArtsFestival in November 18, Freak Show examines themes of performance,exploitation and consent and reflects a contemporary fascination with fame,scandal and privacy. Clashing dark with light, it will contain maximum craicand heartbreak in spades.




Keith Singleton

(Soft Border Patrol / Puckoon / Melmoth The Wanderer)

‘Keith Singleton’s portrayal of an Ulster Unionist withloose denture could be spun off into a whole show of its own’. – Alan inBelfast (Puckoon)


Nicky Harley

'Harley merges staggering, sometimes unsettlingimpressionism with degrees of silent poignancy' – The STAGE



Original music composed by Garth McConaghie

'The Faerie Thorn' (Big Telly Theatre Co., touring):Composer/Sound Designer

'Derry Girls' (Hat Trick Productions / Channel 4): MusicalAdvisor/Arranger

'Hansel & Gretel’ (The MAC, Belfast): Composer/SoundDesigner


Set Design Belfast based artist Anna Donovan

Costume Lorna Gough


Freakshow is written and devised by Zoe Seaton &Nicky Harley, and directed by Zoe Seaton.


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  • Children aged up to 2 years old who can sit on a parent/guardian’s knee do not require a ticket. However, children aged 3 years and over are required to have a ticket purchased for them.
  • Unaccompanied children are admitted at the Management’s discretion.
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