Foyle Punt is an immersive, site-specific experience with songs, that tells the story of boatbuilder Philip McDonald in his own words.

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.

Joined by Libyan-Irish singer Farah Elle and composer Little John Nee, Philip McDonald will share the unique history, craft, and skill that runs through McDonald’s veins. 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 on rural piers throughout the north-west this summer – including Moville, Rathmullan and Bunbeg – imagines a new kind of future for small boats in safe harbours.

Sunday 15th & Monday 16th July – 8.30pm – €15/€12 – Moville Pier. For bookings, click here!

Wednesday 18th July – 9pm – Derry, Foyle Maritime Festival (see for price and exact location)

Thursday 19th  & Friday 20th July – 8pm – €15/€12 – Rathmullan Pier. For bookings, click here!

Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd July – 8pm – €15/€12 – Bunbeg Pier. For bookings, click here!

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. Our aim is to bring the best theatre and performance to underserved communities in Ireland’s most rugged rural landscapes and concrete suburbia.

Created by Caitríona McLaughlin and Róise Goan
Director: Caitríona McLaughlin
Producer/Dramaturg: Róise Goan
Designer: Lian Bell
Composer: Little John Nee
Food and Hospitality Design: Jennie Moran
Boat: Philip and Brian McDonald
Performed by: Philip McDonald, Farah El Neihum and Little John Nee
Communications: Tom Lawlor and Studio Aad
Production Manager: Lisa Mahony
Stage Manager:  Evie McGuinness
Associate Producer: Emma Hannon

Presented by The Local Group. Co-Produced by Earagail Arts Festival. Supported by The Abbey Theatre, Cairde Festival, Derry City and Strabane Council and CREATE. Funded by The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon.