A Galway 2020 Commission



The legend of Gilgamesh is the world's first ever hero's journey.

An epic tale which follows a young king called Gilgamesh as he embarks upon a quest for answers to humanity’s fundamental questions about love, power, death and immortality.

The extraordinary adventures of Gilgamesh will unfold across city, county and online and will see Macnas elevate our signature style and challenge the boundaries and possibilities of traditional theatre and storytelling, outdoors and indoors and online.

Lead Creative Team

  • Marina Carr


  • Noeline Kavanagh


  • Julian Crouch


  • Nick Powell

    Composer + Sound Designer

  • Orla Clogher

    Associate Designer

  • Cherie White

    Costume Designer

  • Colm Hogan


  • Anna Maddalena Cingi

    Assistant Designer

  • Artichoke

    Executive Producer


  • Details of how to follow the story of Gilgamesh – coming soon.

    • Location: Galway

A Macnas Digital Experience


Follow the story online in 2020. Details coming soon.

The Story

‘Gilgamesh’ is the world’s first hero’s journey. Also known as the Epic of Gilgamesh, it originated in ancient Mesopotamia and is widely regarded as the earliest surviving work of imaginative literature.

A living, breathing epic like no other, it has survived generations as civilisations rise and fall, and continues to maintain relevance to the present day.

Written 1,500 years before Homer wrote the Illiad and the Odyssey, the Epic of Gilgamesh was discovered in the ruins of the library of Ashurbanipal in Nineveh, an ancient city located in modern-day northern Iraq, by local archaeologist Hormuzd Rassam in 1853. Written in cuneiform (the writing of this ancient people) on 12 clay tablets, this version dates from around 1300 to 1000 BC.

The story recounts the tale of Gilgamesh, the tyrannical hero-king of ancient of Uruk (in Mesopotamia) who meets his match in Enkidu, a wild man dispatched by the Gods to challenge him. Along the way, Gilgamesh encounters monsters, marvels, creatures and gods in a story which explores contemporary themes of human relationships, power, corruption, loneliness, friendship, loss, love, revenge, mortality and death.

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