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A Very Odd Birthday Party
New Writing

A Very Odd Birthday Party

Can you ever really know someone? Can you know too much? Are there parts of ourselves we must simply reconcile with in silence?

This is your invitation to Michael Moriarty’s birthday party 🎂 

Join mother-to-be Eveline and her Dad Michael Moriarty on a journey that penetrates the psyche, humour, and trauma of being a first and second-generation immigrant in the UK. Longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Playwriting, A Very Odd Birthday Party is a new play that revels in the complexities of family, working-class identity, and memory accompanied by live, traditional music.

Directed by Anna Berentzen (Headlong Origins 2022; Royal Exchange; North Wall Theatre), a cast of actor-musicians tell a story filled with humour, suffering, loss, and hope for the future. Creative audio description will be embedded into the script with expertise from Chloë Clarke. 

The play is being delivered in partnership with The Met and Liverpool Irish Festival, and is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and by funding from the Consulate General of Ireland, Manchester. A Very Odd Birthday Party was initially developed thanks to funding and support from The Production Exchange.

Hawkseed Theatre aim to support, celebrate, and develop new writing for the stage, and raise the voices of those often under or mis represented on stage.

Limited Pay What You Decide tickets are available for this production. 


Director Anna Berentzen
Writer Hannah Donelon
Audio Description Consultant Chloë Clarke
Set & Costume Designer Ellie Light
Sound Designer Charlotte Barber
Lighting Designer Charly Dunford
Stage Manager Sophie Rushworth
Producers Sara Abanur & Lauren Cresswell
Musical Supervisor Emma Sweeney
Photographer, Videographer & Marketing Support Aaron Howell

Casting to be announced.

Ticket Price

£12.50 - £16


30th October


King's Head Theatre



This productions runs at approximately 90 minutes without an interval.

The play includes themes of dementia, some sexual references, themes of displacement.

All performances will include creatively embedded audio description.

Limited Pay What You Decide tickets are available for this production. 


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