The Local Group presents
A new co-commissioned site-specific theatre piece by Earagail Arts Festival and the team who made She Knit The Roof and Destination Donut, Foyle Punt is the first project of The Local Group, a new company making unique performance projects in off-the-grid locations, bringing the best theatre and interdisciplinary performance to underserved communities in Ireland’s most rugged rural landscapes and concrete suburbia.
In 1750 the McDonald clan rowed from their native Scotland to Inishowen fleeing a war in a boat they had built themselves. Since then, six generations of McDonald men have built wooden boats in Greencastle, Donegal. The jewel among them is the Foyle Punt, a racing boat that only the McDonalds make. Philip and Brian McDonald are the last boatbuilders in this line.
What value does an old punt carry in the north-west, and what use is a small wooden boat like this today? Featuring Philip McDonald, and Libyan-Irish singer Farah Elle, Foyle Punt explores the unique history, craft and skill that runs through McDonald veins to imagine a new kind of future for small boats in safe harbours.
Supported by The Abbey Theatre, Cairde Festival Sligo, Derry City & Strabane District Council and CREATE. Funded by The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon.
Sunday 15th & Monday 16th July – 8.30pm – €15/€12 – Moville Pier
Wednesday 18th July – 9pm – Derry, Foyle Maritime Festival (see www.foylemaritimefestival.com for price and exact location)
Thursday 19th & Friday 20th July – 8pm – €15/€12 – Rathmullan Pier
Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd July – 8pm – €15/€12 – Bunbeg Pier