The Boy Who Never Was

stage works

Adapted and Directed by Feidlim Cannon and Gary Keegan

Composition: Valgeir Sigurðsson

Creative Producer: Rachel Bergin

Dramaturgy: Bjarni Jonsson

Movement Direction: Eddie Kay

Costume Design: Sarah Foley

Set Design: Ellen Kirk

Lighting Design: Sinead Wallace

Cast: Matthew Malone, Maeve O’Mahony, Molly O’Mahony, Konstantin Stanchev


Adapted from the award-winning Icelandic novel by Sjón,  bring their contemporary theatrical approach to this beautifully evocative period work.

Set in 1918, The Boy Who Never Was tells the story of a young queer man, Máni Steinn — film fanatic and dreamer who exists on the fringes of an intolerant society — at a moment of profound global transformation.

Set against the backdrop of a global pandemic, war in Europe and growing intolerance of ‘others’ The Boy Who Never Was draws a line between past and present, exploring the cyclical nature of human history and the role of art as both a comfort and a compass.