Star Chasers by Scott Young
Touring: 23rd April – 25th May 2018
A modern-day adventure, Star Chasers sees Billy and Dad heading north with just a tent and a box full of Mam’s memories. On the way they pitch their tent, conjure Mam’s stories and quarrel as they seek journey’s end and a new beginning.
Star Chasers is a rich exploration of the relationship between a parent and child and their attempts to come to terms with the shared loss in their lives. One teacher remarked after the play that it is “a beautiful way to deal with a difficult subject.”
Star Chasers is described as a tapestry of music, movement and magical imagery. Some of the images came from Kilkenny schools who were invited to contribute paintings and drawings of three stories that feature in the play. A wonderful array of visual art from St Canice’s Mixed NS and CBS Primary School was sent to set designer Andrew Clancy, who used a selection in video projections as part of the set design.
For children aged 4+ Running Time: 40 mins approx
Writer Scott Young says that “Ultimately Star Chasers is a play about family. It does not shy away from the challenges of encountering change and loss, but it really focuses on finding and celebrating what it means to be family.”
The Messenger by Mike Kenny
Touring: Proposed dates: November 2018
Christy ‘Bullet’ Brady is a boy with a mission. He wants to be the fastest runner in the street. When the Easter Rising kicks off, revolution is the last thing on Christy’s mind. He’s just carrying a message for his Ma. It turns out to be just the first of many messages he carries that week…
A young boy caught, along with his family and neighbours, in the chaos and tumult of war on his own streets, is drawn to the excitement, adventure and danger it brings.
Known for their dynamic and visual theatrical style, Barnstorm’s plays appeal to children and adults alike, with compelling characters and artful storytelling. This is guaranteed to be a stirring, edge-of-the-seat family show and a rollicking good story to boot!
For children aged 8+ Running time: 60 mins approx
A unique and highly enjoyable theatrical experience. Kilkenny People
Theatre at its most powerful! Joe Duffy – RTE
The Messenger is a large scale production with a cast of 5 actors and a crew of 3. It utilises an innovative combination of moving projections and back-lit etching to evoke the Dublin of The Rising.
This is perhaps the only major production for children which responds to the Decade of Centenaries while at the same time, it reflects the difficulties and dilemmas facing contemporary children caught in situations of urban conflict. A digital resource package is available to assist teachers in pre & post exploration of the experience, however, this is not a history lesson.