Have you read Star of the Sea by Joseph O’Connor?

September 8, 2015

Star of the Sea is an historical novel by the Irish writer Joseph O'Connor published in 2004. The novel is set in 1847 against the backdrop of the Irish famine. Star of the Sea became an international number one bestseller, selling more than 800,000 copies in a year.

And now you have the chance to come to stage adaptation of this amazing book.
As part of Dublin Theatre Festival 2015 Moonfish Theatre will present Star of the Sea in Draiocht for 3 nights, 24-26 September 2015, 8pm.

Read more about the stage show HERE ...

Enjoy a VIDEO where Author Joseph O'Connor meets Moonfish Theatre co-directors Mairead Ni Chroinin and Ionia Ni Chroinin to talk about their adaptation of his epic novel, Star of the Sea.


More about the Book and the story ...
The Star of the Sea of the title is a famine ship, making the journey from Ireland to New York. Aboard are hundreds of refugees, many from humble and desperate backgrounds. Key protagonists are David Merridith Lord Kingscourt, his wife Laura, their servant Mary Duane, the ship's captain Josias Lockwood, a friendless Irishman named Pius Mulvey and American journalist Grantley Dixon.The narrative of the novel follows multiple threads interwoven by Grantley Dixon from documents such as diaries and letters or from conversations/interviews with some of the principal characters or their relatives/descendants. The narrative partly follows the chronological course of the voyage and for the intermediate or interposed parts consists of the meshed-in background lives of some of the emigrants and their relatives before they left Ireland (or England, or even after they arrived in the US). The novel departs from the usual formula of a murder mystery in that readers are vaguely informed of the identity of the murderer and the victim early in the novel but the murder does not take place until the closing pages of the novel and murder does not carry the full idea or sense of the killing. As the writer was clearly aware in choosing the name, the term "Star of the Sea" has deep roots in Catholic tradition. Our Lady, Star of the Sea - a translation of the Latin Stella Maris - is the Blessed Virgin Mary in her aspect as a guide and protector to those who work or travel on the sea and under which title she is venerated in many Catholic seaside communities. Indeed, in Dutch and other translations the book was given the title "Stella Maris".


Star of the Sea at Draiocht
Presented by Moonfish Theatre & An Taibhdhearc as part of Dublin Theatre Festival on Tour 2015

THURS 24 - SAT 26 SEPT 2015 8PM 
Main Auditorium, Draiocht Blanchardstown
Tickets: €18 / €16 conc / Groups 10+: €14

Book by phone now on 01-8852622 or Online ... 


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