Kilkenny Youth Theatre would like to tell you a story, a story of family responsibility and tradition versus personal freedom and choice, a story about a very different place: Gormenghast.  Where age-old rituals and traditions govern the lives of every person, where nothing has changed for thousands of years. In this forbidding landscape the old order is being confronted by two young men – Steerpike, the renegade kitchen boy who murders and seduces his way up the social ladder; and Titus, the seventy-seventh Earl, a child who comes to embody the change that threatens the very existence of his home – Gormenghast.

Gormenghast features a cast of sixteen young people from Kilkenny city and county who vividly bring to life a world of murder, seduction, rebellion and gore, and is directed by Anna Galligan. Gormenghast contains some mild language, and is suitable for anyone who likes black humour, the macabre, blood and owls.

Gormenghast is based on the legendary trilogy of books by Mervyn Peake and the stage adaptation was written by John Constable

When: 19th, 20th & 21st April at 8pm/ Matinee 21st April at 3pm,

Where: The Barn, Barnstorm Theatre Company, Church Lane, Kilkenny (behind St. Canice’s Cathedral).

Tickets: €10/€8 conc.

Bookings: 056 7751266 or by emailing