Welcome to The Far Field

The otherworldly realm of fairies and folklore is brought to life in this irresistibly joyful and magical traditional music, puppetry, and storytelling performance for young children.


About the far fiEld

One Summer day in the little hills of Co. Monaghan, Lonán the farmer discovers a magical whistle hidden in a hare’s nest. Suspecting that it belongs to the fairy folk who live at the edge of his farm, Lonán decides that the whistle should be returned to its rightful owners. Join Lonán on his quest filled with magical traditional music, puppetry, and storytelling to the enchanted ‘Far Field’.

In 2015, The Far Field was commissioned by Scoil Cheoil an Botha in Co. Monaghan with support from the Arts Council’s Traditional Arts Commissions Award.  The Far Field creative team were selected to participate in Branar’s Tiny Shows initiative in Autumn 2015.  Described as spellbinding, magical, and a gentle and joyful performance for children, The Far Field embarked on an 8-venue nationwide tour of Ireland in 2017, supported by The Arts Council.  Most recently, The Far Field was presented as part of the National Concert Hall’s Tradition Now Festival (October 2017) and at Tradoodle, Count Monaghan’s Traditional Arts Festival for Young Audiences. 


Age 3-6

Suitable Age Range

45 Minutes

Duration of the show

Critical appraisal:

I was blown away. It was a beautiful event and Thomas is a wonderful performer… he was so gentle and magical… my kids and I were spellbound for the entire show. It’s been one of the best children’s shows I've attended in a while.
Karen Walsh
Artistic Director of St. Patrick’s Festival
The Far Field is a really lovely, gentle and joyful piece of work for children.
Irma Grothuis
Programme Coordinator of DCC Children’s Art in Libraries Programme
We adored The Far Field. I couldn't imagine a better or more appropriate production for a child of my son's age. He was utterly enthralled for the entire production. The story was really lovely, and perfectly paced. The music was absolutely gorgeous, deceptively simple, with a nice amount of audience participation. The use of silhouette was fabulous and the charisma and stage presence of the actor tied the whole lot together perfectly.
Parent response
Linenhall Art Centre’s Roolaboola Festival, November 2016

Creative Team:​

Director: Marc Mac Lochlainn

Co-devisors: Emma Fisher, Thomas Johnston 

Performers: Thomas Johnston (whistles/song/storytelling), Seán McElwain (guitar/fiddle/whistle/song), Samantha Harvey (keyboard), Shane Greene (keyboard), Emma Fisher (puppeteer)

Script, Lyrics, and Original Music Composition: Thomas Johnston

Traditional Arrangements: Seán McElwain, Shane Greene Thomas Johnston

Set, Puppet, and Costume Design: Emma Fisher 

Lighting Design: Sebastian Pizarro Olivera 

Carpenter: Colin Bartley 


Get in Touch With us

+353 (87) 6183301

available from 10:00 – 19:00

Address  Sheskin, Scotstown, Co. Monaghan
Email  info@ceolconnected.ie