Theatre: Journey to the Fifth Province – Dónal Cox

Today ICC Digital gives you the chance to watch the acclaimed show, ‘Journey to the Fifth Province’, devised by and starring Irish actor Dónal Cox, accompanied by Celtic Harpist Steph West.

This original piece of poetic theatre delivers a new twist on the Irish storytelling tradition. It weaves music with words from some of Ireland’s great writers and poets, with insight, humour and emotion. This thought provoking show was hugely enjoyed by audiences who saw it at the ICC a few years ago.

Though Ireland today consists of just four distinct provinces, writers have long made reference to the existence of a fifth province located somewhere other than the everyday world.

This unique production invites audiences – with or without an Irish background – to seek for themselves just what and where that fifth province might be? The production takes a joyful look at where we have come from, where we find ourselves now and what might inspire us in the face of an uncertain future.

Dónal Cox trained as an actor at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin and was inspired by the legendary Michael Mac Liammoir, with whom he worked at Dublin’s Gate Theatre. Since 1975 Dónal has been a leading performer with Irish Heritage. Recently he played the role of Uncle Pat Carney in Jez Butterworth’s multi-award winning The Ferryman (director Sam Mendes).

Celtic harpist Steph West has extensive experience of performing alongside the spoken word. In 2005 she played the Irish Baroque ensemble ‘Angelus’ for Mary McAleese. Steph won the All-Britain Senior Harp title in 2009. She works with the British Paraorchestra and has performed at many high profile venues including London’s South Bank Centre.

‘The Fifth Province’ was directed by Liz Newbury and produced by Dónal Cox and Liz Newbery.