On Blueberry Hill

Fishamble: The New Play Company (Ireland) By Sebastian Barry

On demand Tue 10 - Mon 16 Aug

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Following its West End and Off-Broadway runs, Olivier Award winning Fishamble presents On Blueberry Hill, by current Laureate for Irish Fiction, and Costa Novel of the Year Award winner, Sebastian Barry.

In Sebastian Barry’s unique style, On Blueberry Hill features best of friends and worst of enemies Christy and PJ, played by Niall Buggy and David Ganly.

This new play, directed by Jim Culleton, is bursting with humanity, as it explores murder, forgiveness, survival and, ultimately, love in the prison of the human heart.

Please note: the show will be available to watch from Tue 10 Aug, 7pm. You can book for this event until 23:59 on Mon 16 Aug. After purchase, you will have 48 hours to watch the show.

Fishamble is funded by the Arts Council and Culture Ireland.

Image designer Sabine Dargent, Photographer Pat Redmond


‘An absolute masterpiece…spellbinding and marvellous…one of the most transcendent experiences you can have in the theatre’
Saturday Review, BBC Radio 4

‘Gripping and heart-filling … It’s a finely crafted piece, with some lines sweet enough to drink, others capable of breaking you apart’
★★★★ The Stage

‘Jim Culleton’s rapt production for Fishamble wonderfully captures the idea of bullseye moments, of episodes of an electric awareness’
★★★★ The Observer

‘Beautifully shaped, mesmerising and mysterious’
The New Yorker

'Ravishing… confirms the writer’s gift for finding the holiness in the everyday…consummate Irish actors... steeped in a luminous wonder… directed with a slow caressing hand'
Ben Brantley, New York Times

‘One of the most powerful theatrical experiences since that last stage-closing contagion 412 years ago’
Mark Lawson, Standpoint Magazine

Audience reactions


  • DirectorJim Culleton
  • Set and Costume DesignerSabine Dargent
  • Lighting DesignerMark Galione
  • Composer and Sound DesignerDenis Clohessy
  • ProducerEva Scanlan
  • CastNiall Buggy and David Ganly

Behind the Scenes

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have lost £3 in every £5 of our income, and any support from the Government will take us only part of the way. In order for us to rebuild the Traverse again, we urgently need your help. With your help, the Traverse Theatre can continue telling stories and providing a platform for voices that need to be heard.

Please consider making a donation to the Traverse Theatre today, and support the future of storytelling.

  • A gift of £20 would give us a pound for every year protagonists Christy and PJ have spent together in prison.
  • A gift of £15 would give us a pound for every play writer Sebastian Barry has published so far.
  • A gift of £6 would give us a pound for each day theatre revolutionary Antonin Artaud spent in Mountjoy Prison, where On Blueberry Hill is set.