Sometimes it takes a girl-sized human to solve an adult-sized problem. Peggy O’Hegarty and her parents are packers. They squeeze fruit into tins, foxes into boxes, even bikes into brown paper bags. And all the while Peggy sings with the voice of an angel – a grossly unfortunate angel, who can’t sing at all. But one day work stops working, and the jobs stop coming, and Peggy steps outside to find that winter has arrived… and everyone in her city gone! Ingenious performer Louis Lovett leads the audience on an untamed adventure that crosses snowy lands and wild seas. As Peggy desperately tries to save the day, we learn about love, loss, the reassurance of goats, and the courage to sing gloriously on or off-key.
Previous Touring The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Beverly Hills California; The Kennedy Center Washington DC; Stratford Circus, London; Arts Centre Melbourne; The Sydney Opera House; Joan Sutherland Centre for the Performing Arts, Penrith; The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia; The One Theatre World Conference and International Children’s Festival Playhouse Square, Cleveland; The Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival; The New Victory Theater on 42nd Street, New York; IPAY Austin, Texas; Southbank London; The Abbey Theatre (Peacock stage); Imaginate Festival, Edinburgh and has toured extensively in Ireland. Premiered at The Ark, A Cultural Centre for Children, Dublin.
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Written by Finegan Kruckemeyer | Directed by Lynne Parker | Performed by Louis Lovett | Produced by Muireann Ahern | Original Set Design by Paul O’Mahony | Original Lighting Design by Sinead Wallace | Additional Lighting Design by John Comiskey | Costume Design by Joan O’Clery | Music & Sound Design by Carl Kennedy
Age Range: 7+ and adults of all ages
This production of The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly was originally commissioned by The Ark, A Cultural Centre for Children, Ireland and produced by The Ark in association with Theatre Lovett.
Photo credit Patrick Redmond
“The Girl who Forgot to Sing Badly not only works, it wows.”
The New York Post
“Mr. Lovett fills this hour with bravura touches… Like the toy in the cereal box, he’s this package’s real prize.”
The New York Times
“An absolute gem of a production.”
RTÉ’S The View
“Lovett makes the experience seem as natural and interactive as a warm hug.”
The Irish Times