Human Child


A play for young audiences aged 6+, inspired by changeling myths from Irish mythology and the poetry of WB Yeats, Human Child is a blazing adventure, fantasy story that mixes puppetry, comedy and live music for young audiences and their families. 

– Cast + Crew
Director Dan Colley
Writers Dan Colley and the original cast
Producer Matthew Smyth
Set and Lighting Designer Zia Holly
Costume Designer Liadain Kaminska
Puppetry Designer Aaron Heffernan
Composer Sound Designer Tom Lane
Assistant Directed by Stephen Quinn

Cast (original)
Megan Riordan
John Doran
Manus Halligan
Aoife Leonard

Touring Casts also includes
Aaron Heffernan
Sophie Jo Wasson
Erica Murray
Eoghan Quinn

Photos by Jack Gleeson

– Reviews

‘One of Collapsing Horse’s strengths is its commitment to theatrical fundamentals. …executed with wit and skill…there’s no shortage of emotion, intricacy or craft in this beautifully-told story’ 
– ★★★★ Irish Times

‘Poignant … lingers longer than a conventional Happily Ever After.’ 
– ★★★★ Fest

‘Goes straight to the heart of anyone who’s ever felt left out’ 
– The Scotsman

‘It is impossible to walk out from this highly sophisticated piece of theatre without a smile on your face. We walk into the theatre as adults … we leave as the child we have long left behind.’ 
– Irish Theatre Magazine