Under The Hawthorn Tree 2018-10-23T16:11:33+00:00

Project Description

Under The Hawthorn Tree

Based on the internationally acclaimed book by award-winning author Marita Conlon-McKenna, Cahoots NI’s Under the Hawthorn Tree follows the journey of three brave siblings as they fight for survival during the Potato Famine in Ireland, 1845.

When their father goes to find work and their mother leaves to find him, Eily, Michael and Peggy, starving and faced with the workhouse,embark on a treacherous journey to find the great aunts they have heard of only in stories.

This story of family, history and hope is told like never before in a new play by Charles way, directed by Paul Bosco Mc Eneaney, with original music by Garth McConaghie.

Under the Hawthorn Tree is proudly presented in Association with National Museums Northern Ireland.

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This dramatisation of UNDER THE HAWTHORN TREE is based on the book UNDER THE HAWTHORN TREE © text 1990 Marita Conlon-McKenna, published by THE O’BRIEN PRESS, DUBLIN.
Production artwork by Jordan Henderson.

Cast & Creatives

Paul Bosco Mc Eneaney

  Adapted by 

Charles Way

Composer and Sound Designer

Garth McConaghie

Design Supervisor

Sabine Dargent

Based on the book by

Marita Conlon-McKenna


Maggie Cronin, Julia Dearden, Adam Dougal, Terence Keeley, Colette Lennon Dougal, Frankie McCafferty, Philippa O’Hara, Maeve Smyth

Event Details

The MAC, Belfast

27th Sept-7th October 2018

Age Suitability: 7+ Years old

Duration: 65 mins


Cahoots NI’s adaption of Under the Hawthorn Tree was developed closely with the book’s author, Marita Conlon-McKenna, in association with National Museums Northern Ireland. After the initial development stage, Marita was kind enough to share some of her thoughts.

“I was very proud of the production of ‘Under the Hawthorn Tree’ I saw…I know how much hard work and effort and time and energy went into rehearsing and staging the play. Cahoots are a truly exceptional children’s Theatre Company and it was a real honour to have the opportunity to work with them.”