Foyle Punt: A boat, a story, a feed.
In 1750, the McDonald Clan rowed from their native Scotland to Inishowen in Donegal, fleeing a war in a boat they built themselves. Since then, six generations of McDonald men have stayed on dry land, building wooden boats in Greencastle for more adventurous seafarers . Philip and Brian McDonald are the last in this line.
Foyle Punt is an immersive, site-specific experience with songs, that tells the story of boatbuilder Philip McDonald in his own words. Joined by Libyan-Irish singer Farah Elle and composer Little John Nee, Philip will share the unique history, craft, and skill that runs through McDonald's veins. It speaks of a boat - safety on a precarious sea; a family, with no successors to the boatbuilding legacy; and a unique skill, handed down through generations, facing an uncertain future.
The performance, taking place on rural piers throughout Sligo, Derry and Donegal this summer, imagines a new kind of future for small boats in safe harbours.
From the team who made She Knit The Roof and Destination Donut, Foyle Punt is the first site-specific show by The Local Group, a new company making unique performance projects in off-the-grid locations. Our aim is to bring the best theatre and performance to underserved communities in Ireland’s most rugged rural landscapes and concrete suburbia.
Created by Caitríona McLaughlin, Róise Goan, Philip McDonald, Lian Bell, Jennie Moran, Little John Nee and Farah El Neihum
Director: Caitríona McLaughlin
Producer/Dramaturg: Róise Goan
Designer: Lian Bell
Composer: Little John Nee
Food and Hospitality Design: Jennie Moran
Boat: Philip and Brian McDonald
Performed by: Philip McDonald, Farah El Neihum, Jennie Moran and Little John Nee
Communications: Tom Lawlor and Studio Aad
Production Manager: Lisa Mahony
Stage Manager: Evie McGuinness
Associate Producer: Emma Hannon
Presented by The Local Group. Co-Produced by Earagail Arts Festival. Supported by The Abbey Theatre, Cairde Festival, Derry City and Strabane Council and CREATE. Funded by The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon.
Please note: This show takes place outdoors so dress appropriately for the weather. The show is accessible to wheelchairs and people who have different mobility requirements - please let us know that you are coming (email roise[at]thelocalgroup[dot]ie) so we can plan for your comfort. Food will be served as part of the show, but it won't replace your dinner. We will provide allergen notices before the performance, but we won't be able to substitute the food on offer as part of the show.
Moville Pier, Inishowen, Donegal
Sunday 15 July, 8.30pm as part of Earagail Arts Festival
Monday 16 July, 8.30pm as part of Earagail Arts Festival
Rathmullan Pier, Rathmullan, Donegal
Thursday 19 July, 8pm as part of Earagail Arts Festival
Friday 20 July, 8pm as part of Earagail Arts Festival
Bunbeg Pier, Gaoth Dobhair, Donegal
Saturday 21 July, 8pm as part of Earagail Arts Festival
Sunday 22 July, 8pm as part of Earagail Arts Festival