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Peat 28 Feb - 31 Mar 2019

The Ark presents the world premiere of a brand new theatre show for ages 8+ by Kate Heffernan. Directed by Tim Crouch.

How far down is yesterday?

On the edge of a town, in the middle of a bog, half way between a school and a housing estate, Rayy and Jo have come to dig a hole. Peat is the story of the things they bury, and the things they find.

With lightness and humour, this new play for children asks big questions about life, death, time and history. A conversation between two 11-year olds who find themselves standing on top of everything that has ever happened, it is a story of friendship, loss, and finding our place in the world.

A show for everyone who has ever wondered where things go when they leave us.

Take a look at the Peat trailer...

Curricular Links...

Attending and reflecting on theatre performances with your class will explore many of the key strands of the Drama and English curricula, particularly in relation to: examining the relationship between story, theme and life experience; using insights arising out of dramatic action to draw conclusions about life and people; receptiveness to language; competence and confidence in using language; emotional and imaginative development through language; reflection on drama and listening and responding.

A classroom activity pack can be found here

Production Information...

Creative Team

  • Writer: Kate Heffernan
  • Director: Tim Crouch
  • Performers: Curtis-Lee Ashqar & Kwaku Fortune
  • Set & Costume Design: Lian Bell
  • Sound Design: Slavek Kwi
  • Lighting Designer: Franco Bistoni
  • Stage Management: Clive Welsh
  • Producer: Kelly Phelan

Kate Heffernan is a participant of Irish Theatre Institute’s Six in the Attic Artists Supports Programme.

Relaxed Performances...

There will be relaxed performances of Peat on Thu 14 at 10.15am & 12.15pm and Sat 16 March @ 2pm which will be preceded by a touch tour*. Relaxed performances are aimed at families or school groups with children who are on the autism spectrum or those who have sensory sensitivities and will be tailored for the comfort of your child. The sound will be at a lower volume and the lights will be dimmed rather than completely dark, we will warn you of any loud noises and we will have a special chill-out area where your child can relax.

A relaxed performance information pack, with photographs and a synopsis of the play which may assist your child to prepare for the performance will also be available closer to the show.

Touch Tours are specifically designed to welcome people who will benefit from exploring the stage before a performance. Audiences can explore the space, and may like to handle selected props, costumes and furniture. A Touch Tour is useful for audiences with visual or sensory impairments.

For further information please contact The Ark on (01) 670 7788 or