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'The Wolf and Peter' at The Hawks Well

Ireland’s multi award-winning CoisCéim Dance Theatre are thrilled to announce the 2017 tour of their hit show The Wolf and Peter. This, the company’s first ever production for children and families, performs at 13 Irish venues starting at Hawkswell Theatre on March 2 as part of the NASC touring network and promises to enrich and entertain little (and big) people’s hearts and lives after its massive successes in the UK (December 2016) and at Baboró International Arts Festival and Belfast International Arts Festival, (October 2015).

CoisCéim’s (pronounced Kush-Came), 2016 BTA award-winning The Wolf and Peter takes inspiration from Russian composer Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolfconsidered one of the most famous pieces of music ever written. With such a high bar for achievement CoisCéim deftly made this staging one of the best pieces of children’s dance theatre ever to be produced in Ireland. Now a broader Irish audience will have the lucky opportunity to see this truly awesome show as Ireland’s leading dance theatre company tours to across Ireland this March and April; Later this year, thanks to the support of Culture Ireland, the show travels further again to Australia taking in three cities down under including Melbourne (Jun 26); Penrith (3 Jul); and the iconic Sydney Opera House (Jul 12). Celebrating over two decades of the most exciting dance created in Ireland, CoisCéim are excited to share their wondrous wares furthermore by bringing this show to as many Irish venues as possible this Spring.

The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Heather Humphreys said: “It’s great to see CoisCéim branching into children’s productions so successfully with this new piece of work. Having already wowed Irish audiences, CoisCéim will now present this work Australia, thanks to support from Culture Ireland. This international presentation will once again ensure that some of Ireland’s best artists are brought to new audiences, generating greater awareness of Ireland’s culture and creativity.”

CoisCéim’s Artistic Director David Bolger commented: It has been an absolute delight to reinterpret this classic in a way that speaks to the current generation, while being respectful to the richness of the original music and dance and I am thrilled that though the support of the Arts Council, we are able to bring The Wolf and Peter to younger audiences throughout Ireland this Spring. The wolf is coming!”

Featuring five outstanding dancers with a live piano performance, CoisCéim Dance Theatre takes this timeless story of courage and imagination as inspiration for this magical and beautiful show. Here, the story is told through the eyes of a WOLF. Filled with dance and live music, this fun and richly theatrical production by David Bolger gives life to a Bird, a Cat, a Duck, a Boy, and of course a WOLF in a highly energetic original work that will capture the hearts of all ages.

Peter and the Wolf was a musical score originally written as an engaging way to introduce children to the instruments of the orchestra. For this production, the extraordinary original piano composition is by Conor Linehan who will also play both the classic score and his own original compositions live on stage – however if you manage to see the March shows pianists Ivan McKenna and Lance Coburn will take to ivories for these shows only. The Wolf and Peter will take children, and their families, on a thrilling adventure to explore and discover contemporary dance and performance at its best:



SET & COSTUME DESIGN by Monica Frawley


SOUND DESIGN by Ivan Birthistle & Vincent Doherty

HAIR & MAKE-UP DESIGN by Val Sherlock


PIANO Ivan McKenna | Performances from 02 March - 10 March  (Sligo, Waterford, Limerick) & 28 March - 31 March (Ballymun & Portlaoise)

PIANO Lance Coburn | Performances 14 March - 24 March (Letterkenny, Longford, Galway) & Australia

PIANO Conor Linehan | Performances in April (Tallaght, Dun Laoighaire, Tralee, Ennis, Blanchardstown)

ADDITIONAL MUSIC, PETER AND THE WOLF, Symphonic Tale For Children, Piano Reduction by Sergei Prokofiev, 1936

ORIGINAL CAST Ivonne Kalter, Jonathan Mitchell, Emma O’Kane, Mateusz Szczerek and Matthew Williamson



5 STARS “reassuringly traditional and startlingly modern…The Wolf and Peter is funny, imaginative, and, finally, very moving.”  – The Irish Times


5 STARS “a high end production by a top class company operating at the top of their game. Playful, funny, moving, The Wolf and Peter stirs the spirit and ignites the imagination, no matter what age you might happen to be.” – examiner.com


5 STARS “There really is something for everyone in The Wolf And Peter, from splendid performances to stunning design, and some beautiful music.” –The Reviews Hub



·       The Wolf and Peter premiered on 15 October 2015 at Baboro International Arts Festival for Children and was part of the 20th birthday celebrations of Ireland’s leading contemporary dance company CoisCéim Dance Theatre


·       The classic story of Peter and the Wolf has been interpreted by many artists from Disney to the Marx Brothers and won a Grammy award for Bill Clinton, Mikhail Gorbachov and Sofia Loren.


·       The show was awarded Best Children's Dance Show at the British Travel Awards (BTA) 2016



CoisCéim Dance Theatre is one of Ireland's leading dance companies. Founded in 1995, its style of performance is contemporary and vibrant, with a knowing regard for the everyday. Artistic Director David Bolger embraces a selection of dance styles to articulate stories and emotions that are relevant to the landscapes in which we live. The scale of the company's work ranges from duets in a hotel bedroom, Chamber Made, to the large-scale spectacle, A Dash of Colour (which was seen by millions on television and involved over 75,000 people for the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics, 2003).


Touring, both nationally and internationally is a key part of CoisCéim. In Ireland, the company has developed strong relationships with an informal network of venues that have a like-minded approach in actively promoting dance.




Thursday 2 March | 6.00pm 10 / 8

Friday 3 March | 11.00am10 / 8 / €30 (family) / €6 (schools)

Box Office – Tel: 071 916 1518 hawkswell.com

*Running time approx. 55 mins



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