The Girl Who Forgot To Sing Badly

Sometimes it takes a girl-sized human to solve an adult-sized problem

About the Show

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. 


Available for touring and digital engagements with fully accessible versions

Previous presentations/tours:
2010 World Premiere, Dublin (The Ark) and Irish national tour
2011 Dublin (The Abbey Theatre) and UK (Imaginate Festival)
2012 IPAY Showcase (USA, TX), UK (London) and Ireland (Cork)
2013 tour USA (PA, OH, NY)
2014 tour Australia (Sydney Opera House, Arts Centre Melbourne, Penrith)
2016 tour USA (CA, DC, PS)
2021 Digital tour USA (VA, AZ, TX)
2022 Digital tour USA (NY) and Canada (Vancouver)

"The theatrical equivalent of going to bed on Christmas Eve"

The Sunday Times

"Not only works, it wows” 

The New York Post

Creative Team

Writer: Finegan Kruckemeyer
Director: Lynne Parker
Performer: Louis Lovett
Original Set Designer: Paul O’Mahony
Original Lighting Designer: Sinead Wallace
Additional Lighting Designer: John Comiskey
Costume Designer: Joan O’Clery
Music & Sound Designer: Carl Kennedy
Producer: Muireann Ahern


Age Recommendation 7+

Originally commissioned by The Ark, A Cultural Centre for Children, Ireland and produced by The Ark in association with Theatre Lovett. 

Photos by Patrick Redmond