On Blueberry Hill

On Blueberry Hill

Following critically-acclaimed and sell-out runs in New York and Dublin, Sebastian Barry’s play comes to London

“The New York Times described this play as "steeped in a luminous wonder that makes you want to weep for what you take for granted in your daily existence." Two prisoners reflect on life before incarceration in this piece by Irish novelist Sebastian Barry. If you're in the mood for something pensive and moving this is an excellent choice.”
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5 March 2020  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“Irish writer Sebastian Barry wrote the wonderful Steward of Christendom for the theatre and he is a beguiling storyteller as he proved in the novel, The Secret Scripture. Here he joins forces with fine Irish company Fishamble and director Jim Culleton for a two hander about two prisoners, a priest and a builder linked in an unexpected way. The sublime actors David Ganley and Niall Buggy are men who in reminiscing about the past and the sunlit slopes of childhood may be seeking redemption from their present darkness. The play takes its title from the Fats Domino song, and has already been admired in Ireland and New York.”


Sebastian Barry is one of Ireland’s greatest living writers and the current Laureate of Irish Fiction. His novels and plays have won, and been nominated for, the MAN Booker Prize and the Irish Book Awards among many others. His novels include the international best sellers Days Without End and A Long Long Way.

In Barry’s beautiful style, On Blueberry Hill features best of friends and worst of enemies Christy (Niall Buggy) and PJ (David Ganly), who are destined to share their lives for twenty years. As the two men reflect on the hope and torment of life outside – they slowly uncover the events that have led them to their world with explosive, bittersweet consequences.

Directed by Fishamble’s Jim Culleton, this new play is bursting with humanity as it explores forgiveness, survival, and ultimately, love.

Critic reviews

Run to catch this warm, funny, poetic and beautiful play

London Box Office

Gripping and heart-filling two-hander about forgiveness, loss and love

The Stage

Enchanting evening from a major literary voice

The Telegraph

Director Jim Culleton gives Barry's words space to shine unencumbered


Gripping, emotional and well worth a watch

West End Wilma

Heartfelt and absorbing

The Upcoming

Sebastian Barry’s beautifully-crafted drama about two men serving life sentences in an Irish prison

Time Out

Slow-burn tale beautifully told from Sebastian Barry

Evening Standard

Superb acting, specious plot

The Arts Desk

A tender, evocative portrait of a seemingly improbable prison friendship

London Theatre

Improbable tale makes for a claustrophobic evening

The Times

Date & time

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Thu 5 Mar - Sat 2 May, 2.30pm & 7.30pm


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