Abbey Theatre presents Collapsing Horse

A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings

10 - 28 December 2019

Booking Information

Dates: 10 – 28 December
On the Peacock Stage

Free First Preview10 December

Times: 11.30am, 2.30pm, 4pm, 7pm

Tickets: €16 – €18
Concession: €14 – €16
Child: €10 – €12
Family of 4: €44

To avail of our Family of 4 ticket price, please add 4 standard tickets to your basket

Early Bird tickets available until 29 October

To book for a school or group of 6+ call (01) 87 87 222

Running time: 45 minutes (no interval)

Allergy warning: goose feathers

Sign language interpreted performance: Thursday 19 December, 7:00pm

Gabriel García Márquez's darkly comic tale, brought to the stage for children and adults to share.

In a kitchen, in a theatre, two storytellers and their audience find something remarkable — a very old man with enormous wings. The wise neighbour woman tells us he’s an angel. The priest says he’s an imposter. Pilgrims flock to see him, hoping to be healed by him, hoping for a gawp. They leave with something different than what they expected.

Adapted from Gabriel García Márquez’s Un señor muy viejo con unas alas enormes, Collapsing Horse bring this classic piece of magical realism to the stage in search of its beautiful, strange, emotional richness.

WINNER – Best Design at Dublin Fringe Festival 2019

For children 8+ and adults of all ages.


Developed as part of Theatre Artist in Residency at Riverbank Arts Centre, Kildare.


'There's a touch of Monty Python's Life of Brian about it all ... an absolute delight'
Irish Mail on Sunday

'fifty minutes of near theatrical perfection'
The Arts Review

'a model of ingenuity'
The Irish Times

'There is as much for adults to enjoy about Collapsing Horse's family-friendly fable as there is for children'
Sunday Business Post

'Watch the sublime production take flight, only after showing what really matters.'
Musings In Intermissions

Audience Reactions 




  • Cast: Genevieve Hulme-Beaman
  • Cast: Manus Halligan

  • Based on the short story by: Gabriel García Márquez
  • Adapted for the stage by: Dan Colley, Manus Halligan and Genevieve Hulme-Beaman
  • Directed by: Dan Colley
  • Set and Props Design by: Andrew Clancy
  • Lighting Design by: Sarah Jane Shiels
  • Composition and Sound Design by: Alma Kelliher

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