By Maeve Ingoldsby & Philip Hardy
“The Bus seeks to stimulate discussion rather than teach lessons. It succesed admirably, and is well produced with good acting, an excellent design of a bus interior and clued-in direction” – The Irish Times, February 12th, 2002
The social world of a child is a minefield of shifting allegiances, uncertain loyalties, sudden hostilities, unspoken rules, pranks and casual cruelties. Fitting in is a challenge, especially when you’re just ten years old and starting at a new school.
The Bus follows the progress of the new boy as he familiarises himself with the politics of the school bus and learns for himself the rules for survival – and acceptance.
This is an ensemble piece with seven actors playing multiple roles. The production zings with explosive energy and breathtaking physical hi-jinks. As always with Barnstorm, while the play specifically reflects the child’s world, its universal theme makes it relevant to all ages.
A play for children aged 6 – 12 years.
Running time approx 60 minutes.
|The Production||Production History|
|Actor 1: Stephen Kelly||Watergate, Kilkenny||6th – 15th February|
|Actor 2: Roselle Healy||Siamsa Tíre, Tralee||19th February|
|Actor 3: Seamus Allen||Garter Lane @ The Forum, Waterford||21st – 22nd February|
|Actor 4: Sarah Brennan||Belltable, Limerick||26th February – 1st March|
|Actor 5: David McCorry||Backstage, Longford||4th – 8th March|
|Actor 6: Martina Austin||Gaiety, Dublin||13th – 14th March|
|Actor 7: Declan Mills||Blackbox, Galway||20th – 22nd March|
|Director: Philip Hardy||Mullingar Arts Centre||25th – 27th March|
|Set Design: Carol Betera||Hawk's Well Theatre, Sligo||9th – 12th April|
|Lighting Design: Jim Daly||An Grianán, Letterkenny||15th – 16th April|
|Costume Design: Bernie McCoy||St. Michael’s Theatre, New Ross||18th – 19th April|
|Choreography: Rebecca Walter||Civic Theatre, Tallaght||22nd – 26th April|
|Set Engineering: James Powell||Dunamaise, Portlaoise||29th – 30th April|
|Production Manager: Michael Burke||Pavilion, Dun Laoghaire||2nd – 3rd May|
|Technical Manager: Paul Spencer|
|Tour/Stage Manager: Stephanie Ryan|
|Deputy Stage Manager: Ronan Egan|
|Set Construction: TPS|
|Transport: Simon Burke|