By Mike Kenny

Jack (Photo: Dylan Vaughan)

Jack (Photo: Dylan Vaughan)

Jack has been a great disappointment to his mother. Now he is about to become the Giant’s dinner. The giant’s wife hasn’t got it easy either, coping with a demanding and bad-tempered husband.

But between hens with golden eggs, magic table cloths and giants that only dance on a Wednesday, this play focuses in on the potential for transformation, where even giants can come good, bad-tempered bullies can get their comeuppance and lazy boys can become heroes.

In this quirky, witty and hugely entertaining take on Jack and the Beanstalk, Barnstorm’s acting ensemble enthrals its young audience with its unique brand of visually exciting, high-energy performance, served up with music, dance, puppetry and lashings of fun.

A play for children aged 4 to 7 years.

Running time: 35 minutes.

The ProductionProduction History
Actor 1: Paul CurleyThe Barn, Kilkenny12th - 15th, 19th - 23rd, 25th - 26th October 2009
Actor 2: Sarah JohnsonDraíocht, Blanchardstown5th - 6th November 2009
Actor 3: Shane O'ReillyMullingar Arts Centre9th - 11th November 2009
Director: Philip HardyGarter Lane, Waterford17th November 2009
Original Music: Stu BarkerWexford Opera House20th November 2009
Set Design: Andrew Clancy
Costume Design: Bernie McCoy
Lighting Designer: Mark Galione
Puppet Design/ Maker: Suse Reibisch
Puppet Director: Tommy Baker
Choreography: Monika Bieniek
Production Manager: Vincent Demspey
Tour/Stage Manager: Steve Rider
Graphic Design: Alé Mercado