The Sparrow

Fri 08 July / Town Hall Theatre / 18:00

2022 / Ireland / 92 min / Drama

KEVIN COYNE (15) lives in a dysfunctional household where grieving the death of his mother is forbidden by his father LARRY, an ex-soldier. Kevin is also used to living in his brother ROBBIE’s (18) shadow, so he is surprised when HANNA (16), a newcomer to this West Cork parish, seems to prefer his company
“Ollie West (in a terrific debut) and David O’Hara anchor an emotional father & son story, that brings questions of ‘otherness’ and the power of unresolved trauma to the fore. Richard Kendrick’s cinematography makes West Cork a character of its own.” — WF

It’s late summer and Robbie is waiting to discover if he’s been accepted into the Cadets, the army’s officer training unit, thereby fulfilling the hopes and dreams of Larry. Meanwhile, black sheep Kevin keeps on getting into trouble and is grounded by his demanding father. He manages to sneak away with Hanna and they find a wounded SPARROW with a broken wing. Kevin takes it back home promising to nurse it back to health. His life takes a fateful turn when he inadvertently causes an accidental death. Shocked and unable to confront what he’s done, Kevin does something seemingly unforgivable… he lies about what happened. Kevin then must watch in horror as the consequences of his lie unfold before his eyes; with the only living soul he is able to confess to being the sparrow he now keeps in a box in his room. Will he be forced to confront the truth as events inevitably escalate out of his control?

World Premiere

Followed by Q&A with cast and crew.

Director: Michael Kinirons
Writer: Michael Kinirons
Producer: Alicia Ní Ghráinne
Cast: Ollie West, David O’Hara, Eanna Hardwicke, Aisling O’Sullivan, Isabelle Connolly, Dara Devaney & Mark O’Halloran

Principal funder