A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings


In a kitchen, in a theatre, two storytellers and their audience find something remarkable; a very old man with enormous wings.

Starting from Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s short story ‘A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings’, Collapsing Horse bring this classic piece of magic-realism to the stage.

A young couple find an injured old man outside their house, an old man who just happens to have a pair of enormous wings. The wise neighbour woman tells them he’s an angel. She warns them to keep their distance. The priest says he’s an imposter. He warns them not to be tricked. The doctor examines him. He thinks more men should have wings. As pilgrims flock to see him, hoping to be healed by him, hoping for a gawp, they leave with something different than what they expected.

Using a combination storytelling tools including music, puppetry, live video projection and the willingness of the audience, Collapsing Horse brings this story to the stage in search of its beautiful, strange, emotional richness.

Ages 8+

– Reviews

“Theatre exists for shows like this…fifty minutes of near theatrical perfection”– The Arts Review ★★★★★

“Charmingly offbeat…A model of ingenuity through humble means”–  The Irish Times ★★★★

“With complex ideas, beautiful stage imagery and a literary style that fits a prose master, there is as much for adults to enjoy about [this] family-friendly fable as there is for children”– Sunday​ ​Business​ ​Post ★★★★

“Sublime production” – Musings In Intermissions ★★★★


– Cast + Crew

Based on the short story by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Directed by Dan Colley
Adapted by Dan Colley, Manus Halligan + Genevieve Hulme Beaman
Produced by Kate Ferris + Matthew Smyth
Set and Objects designed by Andrew Clancy
Lighting designed by Sarah Jane Shiels
Composition and Sound Design by Alma Kelliher
AV Design by Eoin Kilkenny
Production Management by Eoin Kilkenny
Stage Management by Olivia Drennan
Photography by Ste Murray

Manus Halligan
Genevieve Hulme Beaman

– Production

Premiered Riverbank Arts Centre, July 2019

Dublin Fringe Festival, September 2019

Abbey Theatre, December 2019

Supported by Dublin City Council, Arts Council Theatre Project Award and made in the context of Collapsing Horse’s residency in Riverbank Arts Centre, supported by the Arts Council and Kildare County Council.

Photos by Ste Murray