By Mike Kenny, in collaboration with Barnstorm Theatre Company

‘…Barnstorm has achieved a combined strength through its small ensemble, reflected in the harmonies of their speech, the fluidity of their movement and their capacity to segue smoothly into doubling as both the crows and the human protaganists. ‘A Murder of Crows’ is rooted in story-telling but it upends the form in a satisfying manner. Irish Theatre Review, 26 October 2011

Shane O'Reilly (Crow), Fiona McGeown (Old Woman), Paul Curley (Boy). Photo: Dylan Vaughan

Shane O'Reilly (Crow), Fiona McGeown (Old Woman), Paul Curley (Boy). Photo: Dylan Vaughan

A Murder of Crows is a dynamic and theatrically exciting work for children aged 8 and over, based on the classic tale of Hansel and Gretel. The play explores themes of famine, family loyalties and personal growth.

Six actors weave a gothic story of two children’s journey from abandonment and fear to ultimate survival, seen from the quirky perspective of a chorus of raucous and garrulous crows, whose boisterous antics will delight children.

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A play for children aged 8 and older.

Running time: 60 minutes approximately


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The ProductionVenuesDates
Actor 1: Paul CurleyDraíocht, Blanchardstown- 01 885262227th & 28th February, 2012
Actor 2: Conor DonelanCivic Theatre, Tallaght - 01 46274771st & 2nd March, 2012
Actor 3: Annette FlynnHawk's Well, Sligo- 071 91615185th & 6th March, 2012
Actor 4: Sarah KinlenBackstage, Longford- 043 33478888th & 9th March, 2012
Actor 5: Fiona McGeownDunamaise, Portlaoise- 057 866335512th & 13th March, 2012
Actor 6: Shane O'ReillyGarter Lane, Waterford- 051 85503815th & 16th March, 2012
Director: Philip HardyGlór, Ennis- 065 684310320th March, 2012
Set Designer: Carol BeteraGB Shaw Theatre, Carlow- 059 917240022nd & 23rd March, 2012
Set Builder: Andrew ClancyTown Hall Theatre, Galway- 091 56977726th & 27th March, 2012
Stage Manager: Steve RiderPavilion, Dun Laoghaire- 01 231292929th & 30th March, 2012
Deputy Stage Manager: Céire Hoey
Lighting Designer: Mark GalionePerformances: 10am and 12.15 or 12.30pmContact venues to book
Costume Designer: Harmless Creatures
Movement Director: Sheila McCreevy
Composer: Pól Brennan
Graphic Designer: Alé Mercado
Production Manager: Vincent Demspey