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Rural Derry, Northern Ireland, 1981. The Carney farmhouse is a hive of activity with preparations for the annual harvest. A day of hard work on the land and a traditional night of feasting and celebrations lie ahead...but this year they will be interrupted by a visitor. A new play by Jez Butterworth, author of Jerusalem.


Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre


Oct. 21, 2018


Jez Butterworth


Belfast native Laura Donnelly, who created the role of Caitlin Carney and reprised her performance on Broadway, is the real-life niece of Eugene Simons. On New Year’s Day 1981, Simons vanished—murdered by the Irish Republican Army. Butterworth’s play is inspired, in part, by his story.

The company includes 21 adult actors and an infant. Plus a live goose and a live rabbit.


The play had its world premiere at London’s Royal Court Theatre in the spring of 2017. The production transferred to the Gielgud Theatre on the West End that summer, before coming to Broadway with many of the same performers.