A Galway 2020 Commission



The legend of Gilgamesh - the world's first ever hero's journey - an epic in four events on a never-before-seen scale across city, county and online in 2020. Gilgamesh is a young hero king who embarks upon a quest to seek answers to humanity’s fundamental questions about love, power, death and immortality.

Lead Creative Team

  • Marina Carr


  • Noeline Kavanagh


  • Julian Crouch


  • Nick Powell

    Composer and Sound Designer

  • Orla Clogher

    Associate Designer

  • Cherie White

    Costume Designer

  • Colm Hogan


  • Anna Maddalena Cingi

    Assistant Designer

  • Artichoke

    Executive Producer


  • Gilgamesh: Fragments

    The Fragments performances scheduled to take place in Galway city this weekend have been postponed.

    The world of Gilgamesh will begin to reveal itself to audiences via a series of unannounced live pop-up performances around Galway city and on digital platforms.

    • Dates: 10, 11 & 12 April
    • Location: Galway
  • Gilgamesh: Spectacle

    Free, a large scale public spectacle parade in the city

    On Midsummers Night, the city becomes a playground of imagination as the wild adventures of Gilgamesh himself come to life on a giant scale when the spectacular Macnas parade sweeps through the streets of Galway.

    • Date: 21 June
    • Location: Galway
  • Gilgamesh: Theatre

    Ticketed event at The Black Box Theatre

    November will see Macnas move the legend indoors as Gilgamesh, reimagined by award-winning Irish playwright Marina Carr, takes possession of the Black Box Theatre for an innovative, fierce and fantastical season that will take audiences far beyond the four walls of the theatre.

    • Dates: 16 — 28 November
    • Location: The Black Box Theatre, Galway
  • Gilgamesh: Epilogue

    Free, a closing event in a rural location.

    In December, audiences will journey into the wild landscape of County Galway and witness a fiery, ritualistic close to this legendary epic with an unforgettable epilogue about love, loss and fallen Gods.

    • Date: 12 December
    • Location: Galway

A Macnas Digital Experience


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