Category Archives: Theatre for Young Audiences


Are you ready to laugh out loud at the witty and hilarious antics of Jack, Algernon, Gwendolen, and Cecily? Do you want to witness the ultimate battle of the sexes between Lady Bracknell and Miss Prism? Do you enjoy cucumber sandwiches, muffins, and tea?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you don’t want to miss Barnstorm’s production of *The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde*, the most brilliant comedy ever written. This play is part of the Curriculum Play Live series, which brings to life the texts that Junior Cert students are studying for their exams. It is a great opportunity for students to see the characters, themes, and language of the play in action, and to have fun while learning.

The play will run from Wednesday 28th February 2024 to Saturday 2nd March 2024 at 8pm Wed–Fri-Sat.

There will also be matinees on Thurs 29th February 2024 and Fri 1st March 2024 at 10.30 am for schools and groups.

Tickets are €17; €15 concession.

School group tickets are only €12 per person (teachers go free).

You can book online https://www.watergatetheatre.com/whats-on/events/the-importance-of-being-earnest-by-oscar-wilde

or call the Watergate Theatre on 056 7761674.

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Event details

DatesMon 14th to Sat 19th Aug 2023
Times11:00, 13:00 (lunchtime) & 15:00
Running timeapprox. 80 minutes
Ticket prices€20 (€17 concession)
Where3 locations in Castle Park (check with KAF)
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Barnstorm Theatre Company in Kilkenny City will launch its latest world-premiere at the Watergate Theatre this October.

Noah Barleywater Runs Away is the world premiere of a truly exciting theatre piece which has been adapted by internationally renowned playwright Mike Kenny from John Boyne’s novel of the same name.

The book explores the world of childhood and the adventures that we can all have there. Noah is running away from his problems, or at least that’s what he thinks, the day he takes the untrodden path through the forest. When he comes across a very unusual toyshop and meets the even more unusual toymaker, he’s not sure what to expect. But the toymaker has a story to tell, a story full of adventure, and wonder and broken promises. And Noah travels with him on a journey that will change his life for ever. This is a thought-provoking fable for our modern world from the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.

School performances for this magical play are from Monday 16th to Friday 20th October with a family show on Thursday evening 19th October.

To get your tickets, call the Watergate Theatre (056 7761674) or book online  HERE

Barnstorm is delighted to present this captivating production in the enchanted surroundings of the boot factory Padmore and Barnes of Kilkenny from the 30th November to 16th December.

 

This is a short and caring story about a Christmas gift and based on one of the very few traditional fairy tales with a Christmas theme. The poor shoemakers receive some unexpected help just when they need it most. Based on the Grimms’ fairytale, “The Elves and the Shoemakers” by Mike Kenny is for children aged 4-9 years and tells the tale of two kind elves who help two penniless shoemakers out of their troubles and back on their feet. Presented to small audiences in the intimate surroundings of the Shoemakers’ Shop, this is a delightful introduction to theatre for very young audiences.

Teachers’ Resources

A digital resource pack is available to participating teachers. Linked to the SPHE syllabus, the pack provides a focus for exploration and discussion of themes raised through the play.

Download Teachers resource pack here

 

Lunchtime Theatre –

We are delighted to announce that our latest production is The Quiet Land by Malachy McKenna. The play will be presented as lunchtime theatre so you will be able to enjoy a tasty meal and high quality theatre.

The show runs from 4th – 13th August 2022, 1pm daily

Tickets inc. set lunch €15 are available to book on https://barnstormquietland.eventbrite.ie

For more info, keep an eye on our social media or contact us: 0567751266 / anja@barnstorm.ie

 

… the excellent performers each enlist the audience on their side…

The Irish Times review 7th June 2022 by Sara Keating

A grumpy old man is digging a hole for his cello in the forest floor. He’s terrible at digging, it’s not his forte. A young boy is blasted into his path, interrupting his impossible task. The boy is on a journey that he didn’t choose, to a place he has never been.

From this skittish fracas an unlikely duet takes shape; one person supporting the other to perform their triumphant finale.
Swansong is a heartfelt and comic exploration of a once in a lifetime encounter between two strangers. This new play for young audiences by Shane O’Reilly playfully and sensitively engages with the mythical notion of the swansong; a final gesture or performance.

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Theatre Workshops

For County Kilkenny schools, classes attending a performance can book two workshops in their school, a session on visual literacy in advance of the performance and a second workshop on critical analysis in the days following their visit to the theatre – there is limited availability and will be provided on a ‘first-come’ basis.

Teachers’ Resources

A digital resource pack is available to participating teachers. Linked to the SPHE syllabus, the pack provides a focus for exploration and discussion of themes raised through the play.

Download Teachers resource pack here

The Author

Shane O’Reilly is an actor and a writer. Swansong is his first time to write for Barnstorm Theatre Company.
Shane’s recent theatre writing work includes: windowpane (The Abbey Theatre; Dear Ireland); Gold in the Water (Coming in 2023); The Water Boys (Equinox Theatre); Näher…closer, nearer, sooner (Liz Roche Company); FOLLOW, FARM and CARE (co-created with WillFredd Theatre); The Matador (Show in a Bag) The Genealogy Project (development showing at The Abbey Theatre, 2017)

Venue

Paulstown Community Hall

Venue Location: R95 NY93

Dates

Tickets School Group Rate €10 (Teachers free)

By Tom Swift

– “captures the zeitgeist of the young person’s world in this play for children aged 9+ years”

Alice spends virtually all her time in Wolf Wood. You know, the world’s deepest, darkest online game. Why not? Her dad isn’t around, her mother’s gone to Canada to meet a lumberjack and her best friend’s dumped her for a YouTube star.

But what happens when the people you meet online come looking for you in real life? Who can you trust, and who is the Big Bad Wolf? This re-telling of the Little Red Riding Hood story is a digital fairy tale that’s deliciously funny and full of dangerously dark twists.


https://youtu.be/zfMxQUFPDCY

Performance Schedule & Booking Numbers

October Dates

 



Teachers’ Resources

A digital resource pack will be provided to participating teachers. Linked to the SPHE syllabus, the pack will provide a focus for exploration and discussion of themes raised through the play.

Download Teachers resource pack here


Further Information

Barnstorm Theatre Company
3 John’s Quay
Kilkenny, R95 T382

Tel: 056 775 1266
Web: barnstorm.ie


Following on from its tours in Britain, Australia, North America and most recently Madrid and Barcelona, The Bockety World of Henry and Bucket returns to Ireland for a five-week tour to eleven venues around the country.

 

 

This delightful play for children aged 4 and older, looks at friendship through a day in the life of two friends who live in a bockety world of discarded objects.

How do friends reconcile when they’ve had their battles, got on each other’s nerves, and even stooped to telling lies?

Written and directed by Sarah Argent, in collaboration with Barnstorm, The Bockety World of Henry & Bucket is humorous and rich in visual antics. Through Henry and Bucket’s relationship we can examine what friendship is, what happens if it goes wrong and how you fix it.

Click on tour schedule for printable version

 

 

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At Kilkenny Arts Festival 2019

 

Kilkenny Arts Festival, Barnstorm presents the annual StormFest, a season of Family Theatre and Storytelling.

In 2019 we have two internationally acclaimed theatre companies bringing the best in Theatre for Young Audiences and the renowned storyteller Niall de Burca to Kilkenny.

 

Fly by Teater Patrasket

FLY by Teater Patrasket of Denmark is a puppet theatre show for the 5 to 10 year olds and adults – a poetic journey into a circus world of strange characters, big emotions and captivating puppet imagery. ”Teater Patrasket lives out every circus romance in this aesthetic and touching puppet performance”

 

Little Gift by M6 Theatre Company

Little Gift is from acclaimed UK M6 Theatre Company is a beautiful
and optimistic story about a friendship waiting to grow.

One day, a surprise visitor plants a little seed of hope and turns this lonely life upside down. Performed by Andy Gift, with a playful mix of puppetry, original music and song.

 

 

Pop-up Storytelling

Storytelling_Children:

A magical session for all the family to enjoy

Storytelling_Teens:

An Irish premiere of a new development from the scealaí especially created for an audience of teenagers.

Storytelling_Adults

For adults only this is an experience of sublime storytelling presented in the Tudor Kitchen at Rothe House.

Storytelling Workshop (Adults)

“Unleash your storytelling ninja! Niall will pass on nuts and bolts and performance tips; and you will explore different storytelling traditions. Limited places

 

Book Storytelling here …

 

Boy with a Suitcase, by Mike Kenny
A play for children aged 8-12 years

 

Boy with a Suitcase is the story of a 12 year old war refugee, who undertakes a long and dangerous journey to find asylum in Ireland. He carries with him only a small suitcase and a treasure of stories from his childhood.

Like his hero, Sinbad the Sailor, who undertook many perilous voyages in search of his fortune, Naz must travel half-way around the world to reach the safety of his brother in Dublin. Naz teams up with Krysia, a young girl in similar circumstances, who helps him dodge soldiers and find safe passage over mountains, across seas and through the mire of a city slum.

A gripping tale of adventure and stories, Naz’s journey throws a spotlight on the real dangers faced by children in other parts of the world, and the lengths to which they must go to reach safety in the relative security of a country like Ireland.

Theatre Workshops and Teachers’ Resources
For Co Kilkenny schools, classes attending a performance will receive two workshops in their school, a session on visual literacy in advance of the performance and a second workshop on critical analysis in the days following their visit to the theatre – there is limited availability and will be provided on a ‘first-come’ basis. A resource pack, developed in association with Ann Murtagh, will be provided to participating teachers. The pack will provide a focus for exploration and discussion of themes raised through the play.

The Author
Mike Kenny is a teacher, a parent, an actor and an award-winning playwright.
He has written in excess of 50 plays for children of all ages and is included in the list of Britain’s top ten playwrights.

Booking

Boy with a Suitcase plays at Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny from March 6 -9 2019.
Visit Watergate for full booking and time details