Following their debut, Shorts 11, Barnstorm’s Adult Theatre Club continued to perfect their acting skills and began to tackle the role of ‘The Director’. The fruits of their labour were seen at The Barn in February 2012 when Bits, Bites and Pieces hit the stage.
Now responsible for front of house and what happened on the stage the ATC transformed The Barn into the intimate setting of a cabaret club where patrons enjoyed wine and nibbles at café style tables while being entertained. Happening during Valentine’s week, Bits, Bites and Pieces looked at love from all angles, and more so what happens after the usual ‘happy ever afters’ associated with romances.
Each group member chose a monologue or piece that they would like to perform. They then teamed up with another member of the group who would like to direct that specific piece. Each director then also became responsible for the set, costume, lighting and sound for the piece. It was the perfect way to show case the wide range of talents the group had developed over its two years.
With all sorts of life and theatre experience between them, the members, who hail from all over Kilkenny and further afield, were Joe Nolan, Paul Derby, Ann Daly, Deirdre Dowling, Ann Jones, Tanya long, Cara Doherty, Caroline O’Hanrahan and Melissa Quirke.
The night included monologues, poetry and song. Theatre pieces included were The Care and Feeding of Baby Birds by Ann Weuhler, Between daylight and Boonville by Matt Williams, The New Electric Ballroom by Enda Walsh, A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekov, Molly Sweeny by Brian Friel, Shirley Valentine by Willy Russell, Art by Yasmina Reza, Molly Bloom by James Joyce and two pieces from Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa. There was also two original pieces written by group members: Lights in the Dark by Cara O’Doherty and Draft 1.0 by Ann Jones
Poetry included Daily Bread by Jane Clarke, Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare, The Big Boys by Rita Ann Higgins, Fern Hill by Dylan Thomas, The Stolen Child by W.B Yeats, He Wishes for Cloths From Heaven by W.B Yeats
There were two songs included: Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen and Gold written by group member Paul Derby.
‘Working with the Adult Theatre Club has opened my eyes to the excitement of all aspects of putting on a stage performance’ said Joe Nolan
At the time, Tanya Long, another member said ‘With the production night fast approaching the skills and experience gained in the last two years with the group are being put to good use’.
Bits, Bites and Pieces, a relaxing evening of wine, nibbles, monologues and more… happened in The Barn, Church Lane, Kilkenny on Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 February.
In 2007, after much demand from the public, Barnstorm decided to create opportunities for the adults in Kilkenny & the South East to explore the art of theatre from acting to stage management to design and more. The Adult Drama Club was initiated to be a place to socialise and learn about theatre, to go to shows and discuss the aspects of production afterwards in a fun yet critically positive environment. A second group was formed a few years later both groups are now the Barn Owl Players with a growing reputation for exciting and innovative theatre projects in Kilkenny.
In 2010 the first One-Act Theatre Festival was launched to tremendous success and to date the members of Barn Owl Players are constantly looking for new challenges in the development of theatre skills.
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Productions & Projects to date:
(2022) Love in Lockdown: LIVE (2 programmes May)
(2021) Love in Lockdown Part1 (March) + Part 2 (April)
(2020) Zoom BOP: CONFINEMENT (partnership with Barn Owl Players (12 monologues on Zoom and launched on YouTube)
(2017) Big Maggie by John B Keane
(2016) One-Act Festival 2016 – The Bear by Brian Friel & Tough Cookies by Edward Crosby Wells
(2015) Christmas Crackers
(2015) Blood, Bats & Barn Owls @ Rothe House
(2015) One-Act Festival 2015 – A Bedtime Story by Sean O’Casey, Confusions by Alan Ayckbourn & A Little Box Of Oblivion by Stephen Bean
(2015) What’s Love Got to Do with It? @ Hole in the Wall
(2014) Christmas Crackers
(2014) One-Act Festival: Theatre X 2
(2013) Mid-May Murders (BOP + KATS) Any Body for Tea? by G. B. Gilford & The Patient by Agatha Christie.
(2012) Re: Joyce @ The Hole In The Wall
(2012) Keane Writings @ The Hole In The Wall
(2012) Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel
(2012) Cabaret Nights – Members direct each other in an evening of monologues, excerpts and poetry presented in The Barn in the unique setting of a club.
(2011) 2nd Annual One-Act Festival – Two plays The Dumb Waiter by Harold Pinter and The Donahue Sisters by Geraldine Aron directed, designed, stage managed and produced by the members.
(2011) Shorts 11 – The new Adult Theatre Club took to the stage in the tradition of previous members and produced four play excerpts in a full evening presentation in The Barn.
(2011) Love Is… But like true troopers the BOP rose to another challenge and in a short time created a memorable evening of Love with poetry, song and drama, for romantics & cynics alike, that was presented in The Hole in the Wall on High Street.
(2010) Christmas Crackers – Pieces were chosen and cast, directors elected and rehearsals well under way when the great snow of 2010 hit! We had to postpone and then cancel this one when January arrived.
(2010) One-Act Festival – BOP produced the first festival which comprised of two programmes with five plays presented in The Barn over a week.
(2010) Anything…But Peig – The second group of adults had been developing theatre skills over the previous year and presented their version of Cabaret Nights with an Irish flavour in celebration of St Patrick’s Day.
(2009) Christmas Crackers – The company re-visited the Cabaret Nights module to present a festive fare that thrilled audiences on the run-up to Christmas. This time mulled wine and mince pies added to the enjoyment of short performances, poems and songs to celebrate the season in The Barn.
(2009) Halloween Tales – Members of the Barn Owl Players created a show for children that involved Celtic Folklore and Legend based on Halloween and the horror tale. Children (and parents) were encouraged to bring along a duvet, blanket or pillow for this treat that was presented in The Barn on 31st Oct.
(2009) Cabaret Nights @ The Barn – Members directed each other in monologues that were presented in a ‘cabaret-style’ in The Barn – audiences were seated at individual tables surrounded by paintings and glitz, and, while performances took place on stages at either end of the room, were fed wine and titbits. (to back page)
(2009) Shorts 09 – Another series of short plays directed by Barnstorm staff and presented by the new ADC in The Barn
(2008) The Whiteheaded Boy – A full-length 3-act play by Lennox Robinson presented in the Watergate Theatre
(2008) Shorts 08 – A series of short plays directed by Barnstorm staff and presented in The Barn