“Where The Wildflowers Grow” by Nick Kavanagh

07 - 16

June, 2024

12:00 pm and 5:00 pm


About the event



By Nick Kavanagh


Pockets O’Hara lives in a tiny room in the city. This room has one miniature, circular window, which alerts him to the passage of time. Early each day, he walks the streets planting seeds in the cracks between pavements, bringing vibrant colour to the grey cityscape of towering buildings. With no garden of his own, Pockets reclaims the city, little by little, growing plants whenever and wherever he can.


‘Where the Wildflowers Grow’ is a charming, site-responsive, interactive piece of theatre by Waterford playwright and Theatre Royal artist in residence Nick Kavanagh (Curious State Theatre Company) which promenades through the Theatre Royal building before flowing out into the theatre’s urban biodiversity garden and onto the nearby city streets. Pockets and his troupe of actor-musicians will guide their audience in live music and song on a magical journey through time, space, illuminations, and aural reimagining’s in this charming, unplugged, climate-conscious, theatrical experience.


Throughout the footprint of the city centre, Pockets will show the children the vast, wild garden he has created – a garden which feeds him daily and nourishes his soul and gives him a sense of pride and a reason to get out into the world. No one knows his real name; he is simply referred to as “Pockets” because of the plants growing from his overcoat. He harvests rainwater from the city’s down pipes in recycled containers and feeds his hundreds of little growing things. Pockets has found that talking and singing to the plants helps them grow bigger and brighter. His music has helped blackberries to blossom down by the old derelict school, numerous herbs to bloom in the potholes of the park laneway, a feast of potatoes to grow in a discarded tyre on the quayside, and even an apple tree to grow from a chimney pot on top of the second-hand bicycle shop. Not everyone likes his pastime—some even actively sabotage his plants—meaning Pockets is constantly replanting and finding new places on his mission to create the most beautiful wild garden the world has ever seen.



Where the Wildflowers Grow’ is a recipient of the Creative Climate Action fund, an initiative from the Creative Ireland Programme. It is funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport, and Media in collaboration with the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications. The fund supports creative, cultural, and artistic projects that build awareness around climate change and empower citizens to make meaningful behavioural transformations.



Schools Performances Available June 12th – 14th

Please email Nicola on tickets@theatreroyal.ie for more information

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