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A new folk musical set in the time of the Great Irish Famine
Book, music, and lyrics by Amy Day
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A new folk musical fresh off its first nationwide tour of Ireland

Set in Ireland at the height of the Great Irish Famine, 'In the Midst of Plenty' is a soaring new folk musical by San Diego-based writer/composer-lyricist and 2020 San Diego Music Award nominee Amy Day. In summer 2023, produced by Enchanted Croi Theatre and directed by Anne-Marie O'Sullivan, 'In the Midst of Plenty' successfully toured for 19 performances across 14 venues throughout Ireland, and has sold more than 4000 tickets. The summer tour was made possible by support from the Roscommon County Council, Creative Ireland, the Ireland Funds, the National Famine Way, the Irish Heritage Trust, the National Famine Museum at Strokestown Park, and private donation.

“Two days later and I am still remembering this unbelievable work of art. The songs, the acting, the story. Truly unforgettable."

Dee, Audience Member

"The enjoyment of the audience was palpable and there was nothing halfhearted about the standing ovation. It may become a masterpiece of our time."

Peter, Audience Member

"A powerful, engaging, and insightful show that captures the imagination from start to finish . . . everyone should see it."

Mags, Audience Member

"The musical was stunning, brought tears to my eyes. The performances were faultless. The musical magical. This needs to be performed worldwide for the Irish community"

Paula, Audience Member

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Soundtrack now available!

Listen to the original Irish cast recording, recorded live at the O'Reilly Theatre, Dublin, July 2023.


Recently featured on PBS

In the Midst of Plenty was recently featured on Season 4 of Ireland with Michael on PBS, hosted by Riverdance star Michael Londra. 

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Production history

Follow along on our journey from the first workshops to the first Strokestown production through to the Enchanted Croi Theatre nationwide tour of Ireland!

How far would you go to protect the people you love the most?

The year is 1847 and Ireland is under British rule. The potato crop has failed for several years, and millions across Ireland face hunger and displacement. Bridget Connor, a brave and resourceful mother of four living among the Irish rural poor, takes the fate of her family into her own hands upon receiving word that Parliament in London is shutting down the local public works projects that have kept her community alive. As the powerful local landlord hatches a scheme to clear two thirds of the inhabitants of his estate -- many via emigration aboard so-called coffin ships -- Bridget must decide who she is willing to betray in order to keep her family together in Ireland. 

Enchanted Croi Theatre

Image gallery from the Enchanted Croi Theatre production of 'In the Midst of Plenty,' Summer 2023.
Artistic direction by Anne-Marie O'Sullivan
Photography by Sean Casey

Behind the scenes

A glimpse at the adventures of our cast and crew as we toured 'In the Midst of Plenty' to every corner of Ireland in Summer 2023. We travel to beautiful landmarks, joyfully celebrate life milestones, share meals, and spend time together backstage -- and watch through to the end to see some of our incredible audiences and their reactions to the show.

Listen to the Soundtrack

Recorded live at the O'Reilly Theatre, Dublin, July 14, 2023

Enchanted Croi Theatre nationwide tour of Ireland, directed by Anne-Marie O'Sullivan

Featuring Julie Sharkey, Martin Gilligan, Eoghan Burke, Mary Claire Ryan, Anne-Marie O'Sullivan, Ruairi Nicholl, Blathnaid Daly, Niall Brewster, Grainne Hunt, Jules Stewart, Amy Day, Neil FitzGibbon and Ger O'Donnell

Music direction by Amy Day

Music mixed by Jeff Berkley and mastered by Robb Robinson

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