From a Low and Quiet Sea

2nd & 3rd June

Decadent Theatre Company and Galway Arts Centre present From a Low and Quiet Sea, adapted for the stage from Donal Ryan’s acclaimed Booker Prize-nominated novel. Directed by Andrew Flynn.


Four souls. Each searching for something they have lost. Each trying to make sense of the road they have chosen.
For Farouk, family is all. He has protected his wife and daughter from the war. If they stay, they will lose their freedom. If they flee, they will lose all they have known of home, for a faraway land across the merciless sea.

Lampy is distracted. He’s with Eleanor, but she’s not Chloe. His granddad’s sniping jokes are getting on his wick. And on top of all that, he has a bus to drive; those old folks from the home can’t wait all day.

For John, the game was always the lifeblood coursing through his veins. Manipulating people for enrichment, for enjoyment, for spite. But it was never enough. The lifeblood is slowing down, will God listen?

Florence’s son is acting differently which forces her to look for answers, but she is afraid of the truth that lies within herself.
The mother, the refugee, the penitent, the dreamer. Four characters, four lost souls, searching for a version of home.


Adapted by Donal Ryan, Andrew Flynn & the original cast. Directed by Andrew Flynn.
The original production of From a Low and Quiet Sea was developed with support of The Arts Council, Backstage Activate Bursary and GIAF Elevate.



Galway is the home of Andrew Flynn’s Decadent Theatre Company which is firmly established as a leading force in Irish theatre. Flynn is one of the busiest directors at work today. In 2019 alone he directed five productions by five Irish playwrights that toured to 21 venues in 14 counties. Since then – a time period that includes Covid closures – he has directed Eden; There Are Little Kingdoms; The Cripple of Inishmaan; The Lieutenant of Inismore; Blackbird; From a Low and Quiet Sea [2022 premiere]; and The Chief.

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