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Target: €6000


€6,135 Raised


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The Unlucky Cabin Boy

By Guna Nua Theatre Company


In 1835 a ship sailed out of Limerick Docks with a cargo of emigrants bound for the New World. It never came back...

Ann, David and James Blake of The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra and Limerick playwright Mike Finn have come together with director Paul Meade of award-winning Theatre Company Gúna Nua (Pondling, Little Gem, Scenes From a Watercooler), to tell you this story …

‘The Unlucky Cabin Boy’ is a new musical for Limerick City of Culture. The World Premiere will be at the Lime Tree Theatre and the musical runs from 5th-8th November 2014.

The play tells the true story of the voyage of the sailing ship The Francis Spaight and the terrible acts of desperation that took place on board. In particular it recounts the tale of Patrick O’Brien from Thomondgate, who escaped the hardships of the workhouse for a life of adventure on the high seas. The Unlucky Cabin Boy marries Limerick history with storytelling, music, and spectacle.

To bring this chilling tale of hardship, sacrifice, and survival to life we need your help. Your contribution (however big or small) well help with all aspects of the production from lighting and wardrobe to sound equipment and set design. €6,000 will help us to get the project over the line and make a show of the highest quality.

Thank you so much for your support,
Mike, James, David, Ann and Paul.