A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings

Children's Shows (adaptation, puppetry)

  • Summerhall - Main Hall
  • 10:00
  • Aug 28
  • 50 minutes
  • Suitability: 5+ (4-12)
  • Country: Ireland
  • Group: Dan Colley and Riverbank Arts Centre
  • Warnings and additional info: Allergies: Goose Feathers
  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


Gabriel Garcia Marquez's darkly comic tale brought to the stage for children and adults to share. In a kitchen of a theatre, two storytellers and their audience find something remarkable – a very old man with enormous wings. Inspired by Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Un Senor Muy Viejo Con Unas Alas Enormes, this classic piece of magic realism is brought to the stage with beautiful, strange, emotional richness. 'A model of ingenuity' **** (Irish Times). 'Perfection' ***** (TheArtsReview.com). Winner of Best Design at Dublin Fringe Festival 2019. Funded by Culture Ireland.

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Once in to the courtyard, follow the signs up the access ramp, around the front of the bar and into the main reception. Down the corridor on your right hand side is the lift on your right hand side. Take this to the first floor, then take a left through the double doors. The Main Hall is on your right.
  • Wheelchair access type: Permanent Ramp, Lift (Building Lift)

  • Stairs: 11- 20
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

Captioned performances

  • Dates: 26 August
  • Type: Closed (Own Device)
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team to book your tickets and request any specific seating locations or if booking a unit is required.

How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Fiona Hedger-Gourlay 36 days ago

Absolutely stunning piece of theatre/storytelling. Beautiful performances from both actors.
Took my 7 year old son this morning and we were both mesmerised. One of our highlights of the fringe.
Recommend seeing regardless of age - not just for children, far from it.

Francesca Mcdaid 38 days ago

A really fabulous way to start my trip, this was the first show I saw. Incredibly moving and beautiful, have been recommending this non stop

Sharon B 39 days ago

This was the first show we saw at the festival and it was stunning. I enjoyed every minute and hope I am lucky enough to see it again someday.

Andy Godfrey 41 days ago

This show is astounding, I saw it on a whim, it is one of the best things I have seen bye a mile. It should have five stars in everything. I have been coming to the fringe for 22 years and it is one of the most intriguing shows I have seen.

Michelle Joyner 46 days ago

I highly recommend this show, it’s like anything I’ve seen. Dark and poetic, enlightening and creative, this is one you won’t want to miss.

Maggie 47 days ago

So exquisite in every way. Such a quirky relationship between the performers. Creative figures, soundscapes and so many feathers. Clever use of domestic level technology. Just the most messy, dreamy atmosphere. Our girls were quickly caught up in the story and we were all gripped to the very end. Lots of chat on the walk back across the Meadows. This is the very best of what we hope for in a Fringe show.

Laurie Sales 51 days ago

This is the show I am telling everyone to see. The images were so beautiful, they are seared in my mind. And two exquisite performers. My children were transfixed, but not more than I was. A beautiful story told with grace, purpose and care. I feel lucky to have seen it!

The Ind Family 52 days ago

A though-provoking piece, beautifully executed

David L 53 days ago

A highly creative and imaginative performance for everybody of all ages! Such a poignant story too.

Shane Hickey-O'Mara 55 days ago

This production came so heavily recommended by so many people that I had to make it my first stop at the Fringe. It did not disappoint in the slightest! A deeply moving, always playful, razor sharp piece of work! The perfect start to the Fringe and a hard act to follow. Don't miss it.

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Bouquets & Brickbats (5/5 stars) 44 days ago

It’s hard to encapsulate what makes this such a powerful and moving experience, but that’s exactly what it is – a spellbinding slice of storytelling, so brilliantly conceived and engineered that it makes the incredible seem real. You’ll believe a man can fly.

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Fringe Review 45 days ago

This is an imaginative production with intrigue, drama and subtle humour that people of all ages can enjoy together.

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edinburghfestivalsforkids (5/5 stars) 51 days ago

With just enough of a dark edge to keep us totally engrossed, its highly recommended you take a seat and get settled in….

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