Brooklyn | 1h 25m | In Previews: Opens Apr 28

Grief Is The Thing With Feathers

From 5 critic and 2 member reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Loud/invasive, Edgy, Intense, Great acting

About the show

In a London flat, two young boys face the unbearable sadness of their mother’s sudden death. Adapted from the novel by Max Porter, Enda Walsh's latest stars Cillian Murphy as the bereaved widower. More…

In a London flat, two young boys face the unbearable sadness of their mother’s sudden death. Their father, a scruffy romantic, imagines a future of well meaning visitors and emptiness. In this moment of despair they are visited by Crow – antagonist, trickster, healer, babysitter. This sentimental bird is drawn to the grieving family and threatens to stay until they no longer need him. 

1h 25m | In Previews: Opens Apr 28 | St Ann's Warehouse (Brooklyn)

The Arts Review

for a previous production "Walsh’s superb adaptation of Porter’s heart-rending novella...Frightening, exhilarating, powerful, and irresistible...Remaining faithful to Porter’s original text, writer and director Enda Walsh still exerts his own considerable presence, with strong and subtle flourishes translating Porter’s textual energy into a formidable theatrical energy for the stage...A master class in theatrical excellence, showing near flawless levels of precision, execution, and split second timing." Full Review

Exeunt Magazine

for a previous production "Walsh’s vigorous production is unafraid of incoherence, moving as if through swathes of irreducible despair. What gradually comes into focus is the heartrending picture of a household in mourning...Walsh translated repression into strikingly kinetic images...A verbally absurdist quality. That makes the script’s abrupt leaps into other narratives feel fitting...It’s immensely satisfying – then it all sobers up for the ending. Murphy is flawless in this electric production." Full Review

The Guardian (UK)

for a previous production "The collage effect is brilliantly achieved technically but at times seems overblown. In the ambitious attempt to find a theatrical analogue for Porter’s formal experimentation on the page, some emotional impact is lost, with the vulnerable figures of Dad and the boys swamped by the hi-tech dazzle. While Porter’s poetic text is emphasised something of its spirit and tone, its sheer strangeness and wild humour, remains elusive." Full Review

The Stage (UK)

for a previous production "Walsh’s adaptation is faithful to Porter’s original text and is at its most affecting when Murphy and his sweet-faced boys are alone and disconnected in their chaotic flat...The overall emotional impact of the piece is somewhat diminished by Crow’s plummy, weirdly distorted basso profondo delivery. There is, too, a risk of sensory overkill...The deployment of tiny details partially corrects the imbalance." Full Review


for a previous production "Walsh's ambitious, striking, but unsatisfactory stage adaptation of Max Porter's 2016 novel...Walsh's oblique script, emblazoned with his trademark frenetic energy, ritual, and cheesy 1980's music, is realised through a cocktail of Helen Atkinson's immersive, pitiless soundscape and Will Duke's stunning projection design...But the production's strengths are also its weaknesses...The visual effects...overpower the story. This sense is only accentuated by Walsh's uneven direction." Full Review

During previews
Edgy, Dizzying, Great acting, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if Cillian Murphy acts the shit out of this, but the show is frustrating at first. It's cacophonous and exhausting and dense -- just like the

Don't see it if early stages of grief. As I waited it out, the show became more accessible and easier to digest and more of a slow burn -- again, like grief

Also settling in and becoming part of everyday life. The show is a bumpy ri... Read more Read less

During previews
Loud/invasive, Unpleasant, Intense, Magnificent murphy, Ambitious

See it if you like highly-imaginative visual/aural experiments. In-your-face, battering direction by Walsh. Outstding perf by Murphy. Kids were subpar

Don't see it if you get exhausted by relentless misery. Diff to hear lines (portions of script lost). Flashing lights; booming sounds. Ted Hughes as hero???

Also I was dazzled by the acting/direction, but I didn't find the play sati... Read more Read less

Cast & Creatives (5)