A staged reading of Small Things Like These

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Small Things Like These, an unforgettable story of hope and heroism, is brought to the stage with actor Andrew Bennett (Seán in the Oscar-nominated The Quiet Girl / An Cailín Ciúin) accompanied by new music from singer and musician Eleanor McEvoy (A Woman’s Heart). Small Things Like These, a Booker Prize nominated novel, will be performed in Wexford, New Ross, Dun Laoghaire and Bray this December.

Claire Keegan’s Booker Prize-nominated novel (“Resonant and deeply moving”, Hilary Mantel) is set in a Co. Wexford town in the 1980s in the run up to Christmas: as coal merchant Bill Furlong does his rounds, he discovers a girl locked away in terrible conditions in the local convent. Unlike the silent majority, he decides to do something about it.

This staged reading of Small Things Like These is performed by Andrew Bennett. One of the finest actors of his generation, Andrew has completed a new series for Sky Originals, Small Town Big Story, and Blackshore for the BBC.

Eleanor McEvoy will perform original music composed for Small Things Like These. Eleanor’s critically acclaimed canon of work spans sixteen albums with numerous cover versions of her songs by Emmylou Harris, Mary Black, Phil Coulter, Eliza Carthy, Jack L, and Saint Sister.

Presented by Four Rivers, Small Things Like These is directed by former Artistic Director of the Abbey Theatre, Ben Barnes. Recent directing credits include The Last Stand (Four Rivers), Madama Butterfly (INO), Lights Out (Four Rivers) and in 2024 he will direct Castel Gandolfo, his sixth collaboration with the writer, Jim Nolan. Ben is Artistic Director of Four Rivers.

Performance dates:
Wexford Arts Centre: December 14|15|16
St Michael’s Theatre, New Ross: December 17
The Pavilion, Dun Laoghaire: December 19
The Mermaid, Bray: December 20.