The Hacklers return with Healy’s ‘On Broken Wings’

Fri 8th September - Sat 9th September
8:30 pm - 10:30 pm


Photo by Paul Farnan

On Friday, 8 and Saturday, 9 September the acclaimed Hacklers Theatre Group returns to Townhall with their production of ‘On Broken Wings’ by the late Dermot Healy, a co-founder of the group, and directed by Damian O’Brien.

The play ran over two nights in May to rave reviews, and now returns due to popular demand.

“It is the most sympathetic and intuitive dramatic rendering of Healy’s vision I have 
seen; a dream in every sense.” Pat McCabe, Novelist

“One audience member told the Celt it was the best play she can recall seeing in Cavan and, while your reviewer is reluctant to commit to that, I honestly can’t think of one I enjoyed more” – Damian McCarney, Arts Editor, The Anglo-Celt.

The play opens with an old masked figure- Timothy Lavell – seated by the hearth of a cottage on the Mullet Peninsula. The fireplace opens and in stride his parents and his younger self. This unorthodox and highly innovative visual imagery sets the scene for the rest of the play as we follow Timothy on his journey through life picking spuds in Scotland, building walls with his father and working as an elevator man in America where he falls in love with Rosie! He encounters many races and creeds. His experiences, hallucinations and fears are explored with the use of masks, puppets, screens, music and dance. The play ends as it begins with Timothy sitting by the hearth in the cottage where he was born.

On Broken Wings, like all of Healy’s plays, is highly stylized and demonstrates his unique and singular voice and distinctive way of seeing and saying in language that ranges from the profound and poetic to the abstract and obscure.

The story is a simple one told with humour, pathos and an element of fatalism but the themes are universal and again as with all of Dermot’s work, possess a strong sense of social conscience and are as relevant today as they have ever been.

The Hacklers are proud to present On Broken Wings, to showcase the wonderful, magical, mad, imaginative and innovative talent that was Dermot Healy.

The Hacklers will perform On Broken Wings in the Town Hall Arts Space, Cavan Town on the 8th and 9th September 2017. Tickets are available from Multisound, Main St Cavan. Call (049) 436 1312 for more information.

This production is funded by Cavan County Council and the Creative Ireland Programme.