The Sleep that Ceased to Settle

Sep 23, 2022

Graffiti Theatre is proud to announce a brand-new, specially commissioned theatre production from internationally renowned playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer, The Sleep that Ceased to Settle. This 60-minute play, exploring a father-daughter relationship alongside the reality of grief, is aimed at family audiences, dreamers and anyone who has stayed up imagining different worlds.

It was Joanie’s Mum who sang the bedtime songs. Now she’s gone and Joanie can’t sleep. Encouraged by her dad, Joanie begins to tell a bedtime story of a village where sleep has ceased to settle.

Can a young girl guide her community to the safety of Mount Torg Berg? Can the songs return, and can Joanie and Malley finally find sleep?

Featuring Bob Kelly as Malley and Úna Ní Bhriain as 9-year-old Joanie, a father daughter duo who conjure new and exciting realms to counteract a lack of sleep as they process the loss of Joanie’s mother. Úna Ní Bhriain states that ‘The Sleep celebrates stories, family and creating space to express the emotions that often get left behind.’ 

Written by prolific and award-winning playwright, Finegan Kruckemeyer and directed by Graffiti’s AD, Niall Cleary, this brand-new play full of love and adventure is sure to spark your imagination and leave your heart full of awe and wonder.

Catch its premiere for family audiences at our Fitzgibbon Theatre on October 8th at 11am, before it travels to Babóro International Arts Festival for Children later next month.

Tickets are available here.

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Thanks to support from The Arts Council and Cork City Council.

Writer: Finegan Kruckemeyer

Director: Niall Cleary

Set Design: Olan Wrynn

Lighting Design: Hanan Sheedy

Sound Design: Carl Kennedy

Production Manager: Gavin Mcentee

Stage Manager: Michael Ryan

Costume Designer: Laura Perrem


Joanie: Úna Ní Bhriain

Malley: Bob Kelly