Journey to the Fifth Province


Delivering a new twist to the old storytelling tradition, in words and music from Ireland’s rich heritage, this much loved show is funny, moving and thought-provoking. An original piece of poetry theatre created to bring Irish poetic writing of the highest calibre to the widest audience.

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Re-presenting work by some of Ireland's poets and writers, Journey prompts questions about the boundaries of literature and storytelling. Neither a play, nor a concert, nor a poetry reading, it shares something with all three - part literary tour of Ireland, part personal reminiscence besides.

Described by audiences as ‘a spellbinding storyteller’ Dónal Cox brings characters and stories to life, drawing on work by great, and lesser known, Irish writers.  In the hands of each of our outstanding harpists the Celtic harp's remarkable qualities share in guiding us on the journey.

A powerful reconnection with our origins - whether Irish or not.  A joyful look at where we’ve come from, where we find ourselves now, and what might inspire us for the future.

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Actor Dónal Cox trained at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin and was inspired by the legendary Michael Mac Liammoir (with whom he was privileged to work at the Gate Theatre) to create works of this kind. Mac Liammoir brought a new dimension of the great Irish storytelling tradition to the stage in his solo shows. Since 1975 Dónal has worked from this inspiration, notably as the leading performer with Irish Heritage, and - both in West End theatres and further afield - in countless productions featuring the work of Irish writers.  Most recently on stage playing Uncle Pat Carney in Jez Butterworth's multi-award winning The Ferryman (director Sam Mendes).

Dónal Cox has a unique talent for communicating the work”  Irish Times: ‘Ringabella Plurabelle’ at Belfast Festival

Dónal Cox nominated for Best Male Performance Off West End Theatre Awards 2010 for his performance in ‘The Irish Curse’ at Above the Stag Theatre


Harriet Earis trained originally on the classical harp but, inspired by Celtic music, she switched her attention to the Celtic harp and now works to explore its capabilities as a strong melody instrument. Harriet was Harper of all Britain in both 2000 and 2002.  She gives recitals around the world and has played with as much commitment for audiences in community venues as for 25,000 people at the O2 Arena.  In addition to being a recording artist she plays in duos and with London-Irish band 'Siansa'.


Steph West began studying the harp during her degree in early music. An opportunity to play for Birmingham’s then poet laureate introduced her to performing alongside the spoken word. In 2005 she had the great pleasure of playing in Irish Baroque ensemble ‘Angelus’ for Mary McAleese. A teacher at the London Irish Music School since 2008, Steph has also led a project for Comhaltas, training Irish music teachers to play and teach the harp. She won the All-Britain Senior Harp title in 2009.  Since 2012 Steph has also worked with the  British Paraorchestra, formed of professional musicians who have disabilities, playing at a number of high profile events and venues including London's South Bank Centre.




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