Barnstorm Theatre Company in association with Trish Brennan of the Barn Owl Players, kindly supported by Kilkenny Arts Office, presented Women in Our Lives — an evening of Playback Theatre on 8th March 2011 in the Set Theatre.
Playback Theatre is a unique improvisiational form of theatre, where there is no script, but stories are told by an audience member and are immediately made into theatre.
The performance involves a group of actors, a musician, a conductor and a ‘cloth tree’ and is both entertaining and moving. The theme for this event was the celebration of Women in Our Lives and what they mean to us.
This was Trish Brennan’s first public performance in the role of conductor, and it was a resounding success. The audience was warm and inviting, and with Trish’s encouragement, were most generous with their vignettes, memories and stories of women in their lives.
The company of actors and musician, who travelled from all over Ireland for the event, was impressive – their cohesiveness as a group lending a visual and aural rhythm to the stories.
This performance was part of a programme of activities in Kilkenny to celebrate International Women’s Day, under the encouragement of Cllr Catherine Connery, then Caothaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council.