Galway International Arts Festival 2021

1 – 11 September, 8pm
Matinees Thursday 2 and 9,
Saturday 4 and 11 September, 3pm
No show Sunday 5 September

Town Hall Theatre
Local women cool their heels on a slow night in a small town. A bewildered man steps off a country bus in search of his identity. Lonesome men occupy an early house in search of companionship.

These are just three of the scenarios played out in Kevin Barry’s wonderfully imagined and riotously entertaining play. Throw in a lust-deranged poultry farmer, a gigantic taxi driver stricken with chilling visions, and you have a stunning, provocative and richly comic collection from a writer of unique gifts.

There Are Little Kingdoms chronicles life in the towns and cities of a changing land, where a strange new music sounds, where there are many uncertainties and absurdities, but where still there’s laughter in the dark – which echoes as compassion.

This is a place where everything is changing, and where everything remains the same.


Kevin Barry

Kevin Barry kbpic4.jpgKevin Barry is the author of the novels Night Boat to Tangier (2019), Beatlebone (2015), and City of Bohane (2011) and the story collections, There Are Little Kingdoms (2007), Dark Lies the Island (2012) and That Old Country Music (2020). Night Boat to Tangier was long-listed for the 2019 Booker Prize and was named one of the New York Times Top Ten Books of 2019 and City of Bohane was awarded the International Dublin Literary Award in 2013.