The Local Group presents

Foyle Punt

Event Description

In 1750, the McDonald Clan rowed from their native Scotland to Inishowen in Donegal, fleeing 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 audience will be treated to some food as part of the story telling, to provide a total sensory experience*.

It speaks of a boat – safety on a precarious sea; a family, with no successors to the boat-building legacy; and a unique skill, handed down through generations, facing an uncertain future. The performance, taking place at rural piers across the nborth-west imagines a new kind of future for small boats in safe harbours.

From the team who made She Knit The Roof and Destination Donut, Foyle Punt is the first site-specific show by The Local Group, a new company making unique performance projects in off-the-grid locations.

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 – BOTH NIGHTS SOLD OUT

Wednesday 18th July – 9pm – Derry, Foyle Maritime Festival SOLD OUT

Thursday 19th  & Friday 20th July – 8pm – €15/€12 – Rathmullan Pier

Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd July – 8pm – €15/€12 – Bunbeg Pier –  SOLD OUT

*PLEASE NOTE: This show takes place outdoors. Please dress appropriately for the weather.  The show is accessible to wheelchairs and people who have different mobility requirements  – please let us know that you are coming (email roise@thelocalgroup.ie) so we can plan for your comfort.  Food will be served as part of the show, but it won’t replace your dinner. We will provide allergen notices before the performance, but we won’t be able to substitute the food on offer as part of the show.


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