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July 11, 2018 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
A boat, a story, a feed.
In 1750, the McDonald Clan rowed from their native Scotland to Inishowen in Donegal, feeing 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.
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.
Foyle Punt is the first site-specific show of The Local Group, a new company making unique performance projects in off-the-grid locations. Co-produced by Earagail Arts Festival. Supported by The Abbey Theatre, Cairde Sligo Arts Festival, Derry City Council and CREATE.
Funded by The Arts Council/ An Chomhairle Ealaíon.
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