Bears in Space


Bears in Space is a trippy, lo-fi, four-hand puppet show, telling a science-fantasy quest story about true love through comedy, mixed-media puppetry, songs, metadrama, and skin.

– Production

59e59 Theater (New York) September 2016

Soho Theatre (London) December 2015

Soho Theatre (London) August 2015

Smock Alley Theatre (Dublin) July 2015

Underbelly (Edinburgh Fringe) August 2014

Project Arts Centre (Dublin) July 2014

With the help of touring funding from Culture Ireland.

Running Time: 80 mins

– Reviews + Awards

Winner of ‘Best Playwright,’ ‘Best Design’, and ‘Special Jury Award for Ensemble Performance’ 

Origin’s 1st Irish Festival, NYC

 ‘Goofiness is next to godliness….blissful’ 
– New York Times ★★★★(Critic’s Pick)

 ‘These Irishmen and their bears have mastered the strange alchemy of transforming misshapen jokes and awkward repartee into contagious hilarity, and underneath their endless sarcasm they are really very sweet.’
– The​ ​New​ ​Yorker

‘A batshit-crazy comedy puppet show about a couple of bears in space…a riotous, hilarious, trippy journey to infinity and beyond’ 
– TIME OUT London ★★★★

 ‘An otherworldly hoot…leaves you feeling the universe has been kept safe for funny business’
– Washington Post

 ‘You get the sense that this is something really special for Collapsing Horse, whose clear love for their craft is a thrill to watch’. 
– The Stage ★★★★

“Razor-sharp ridiculousness and a dry self-awareness make Collapsing Horse’s hour truly great. It may be “literally a show about bears in space”, but Bears is simply so much more.” 
– Fest ★★★★

‘a play that’s practically bursting with ideas; a honey pot of comedy, thick with wit and absurdity…the sheer glee of the whole thing knows no bounds’ 
– Broadway Baby ★★★★

 ‘Definitely one of the must-sees of this year’s Fringe… be immersed in the illusions created by the entire, ridiculously excellent, group of young performers.’ 
-EdFest ★★★★

– Cast + Crew

Written by Eoghan Quinn
Directed by  Dan Colley
Produced by Matthew Smyth
Set and Puppet Design by Aaron Heffernan
Music Composed by Cameron Macauley
Stage Manager (NYC) Sofia Montgomery
Production Manager Eoin Kilkenny

Aaron Heffernan
Cameron Macauley
Jack Gleeson
Eoghan Quinn

Photos by Idil Sukan