The Well of the Saints and The End of the Beginning

Archived Production

The Faerie Thorn


On tour in Spring 2017 to mark Big Telly’s 30th birthday

Based on the book by Jane Talbot (published by Blackstaff Press)

Directed by Zoë Seaton; Music by Garth MacConaghie

Based on the book ‘The Faerie Thorn and Other Stories’ by Jane Talbot, The Faerie Thorn will recreate Talbot’s dark, imaginative and bewitching tales, propelling the audience into a world of devilish debts, trysts and trades, broken bargains and unjust trials; of magic, quick-wittedness, hoodwinking and revenge. The stories inhabit an incredibly vivid and dangerous world controlled by a complex fairy mafia including factions like the memory takers, the time keepers, the bad talkers and trolls, which humans tackle at their peril.

Over the past thirty years, Big Telly have carved a reputation as bold, risk-taking theatre makers, and The Faerie Thorn production will be a vibrant, contemporary, physical theatre, incorporating masks, movement and illusion. The Faerie Thorn will be witty, dark and wickedly comedic dealing with inexorable human tensions in a way that is shocking and yet terrifyingly familiar.


April 21st 2017

OPEN – Riverside Theatre, Coleraine

April 22nd 2017

Riverside Theatre, Coleraine

April 25th - 29th 2017

The MAC, Belfast

May 4th - 6th 2017

Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin

May 9th 2017

Sean Hollywood Arts Centre, Newry

May 10th 2017

Cushendall Golf Club

May 11th 2017

Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen

May 12th 2017

The Playhouse, Derry

May 13th 2017

The Old Courthouse, Antrim

May 16th 2017

Garage Theatre, Monaghan

May 17th 2017

The Market Place Theatre, Armagh

May 18th 2017

Island Arts Centre, Lisburn

May 19th 2017

The Web Theatre, Newtownards

May 23rd 2017

Seamus Heaney HomePlace, Bellaghy

May 25th 2017

Theatre Royal, Waterford

May 26th 2017

An Tain Theatre, Dundalk

May 27th 2017

Strule Arts Centre, Omagh

May 31st - June 3rd 2017

Isles of Lewis/Harris/Uist Scotland

June 6th - 7th 2017

Blackwells, Oxford

June 8th - 10th 2017

Omnibus, Clapham

For tickets please contact the theatre directly.

PR Contact; / +44(0)787 4862334


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