Human Child

“One of Collapsing Horse’s strengths is its commitment to theatrical fundamentals. …executed with wit and skill…there’s no shortage of emotion, intricacy or craft in this beautifully-told story”
* * * *  Irish Times

“poignant … lingers longer than a conventional Happily Ever After.”
* * * * Fest

“Goes straight to the heart of anyone who’s ever felt left out”
The Scotsman

“It is impossible to walk out from this highly sophisticated piece of theatre without a smile on your face. We walk into the theatre as adults … we leave as the child we have long left behind.”
Irish Theatre Magazine

Written and Directed by Dan Colley

Produced by Matthew Smyth

Set and Lighting Designed by Zia Holly

Costume Designed by Liadain Kaminska

Assistant Directed by Stephen Quinn

Puppetry Designed by Aaron Heffernan

Music Composed by Tom Lane

Lelia is a bold child. She doesn’t eat her dinner. She never goes to bed when she’s told. Her Dad says she’s a worry. Her teacher says she’s a pain. She’s the kid who, from the end of her garden, hears a song that takes her on a wondrous journey to a place where she’s understood.

Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.

A play for young audiences aged 6+, inspired by changeling myths from Irish mythology and the poetry of WB Yeats, Human Child is a blazing adventure, fantasy story that mixes puppetry, comedy and live music for young audiences and their families.

Monster Clock debuted in Smock Alley (Dublin) in 2013, and toured to Baboro Fetival (Galway) Red Line Book Festival (Tallaght) and Mermaid Arts Festival, performed by Megan Riordan, John Doran, Manus Halligan and Aoife Leonard 

It played Project Arts Centre (Dublin) and Underbelly (Edinburgh Fringe) in 2014 performed by Erica Murray, Aaron Heffernan, Eoghan Quinn and Aoife Leonard

In 2015 it toured to Hawkswell Theatre (Sligo), Driaocht Arts Centre (Blanchardstown), Rosommon Arts Centre, The Visual (Carlow) and Gogol Centre (Moscow Irish Week) and it was performed by Erica Murray, Aaron Heffernan, Manus Halligan and Sophie Jo Wasson