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Three of many writers were chosen to develop their ideas with support and guidance from Barnstorm and to ultimately produce the plays in 2024. For Cruinniú na nÓg 2023 young people will explore elements of the three scripts in a process to support the development of the young writers’ plays.

On Saturday 10 June we will work with  3 plays  3 workshops   8-15 young actors   2 facilitators  +  you

Each session will work on one of the plays from the Triptych

Where: Barnstorm Studio, 3 John’s Quay, Kilkenny R95T382

Session 1             11:00 – 12:00

Session 2             14:00 – 15:00

Session 3             17:00 – 18:00

Phone 0567751266 to book a place to observe or contribute to the play development process

This project is funded by the Kilkenny Creative Ireland Programme 2023.

      

 

Following the amazing success of its inaugural lunchtime theatre presentation last summer, Barnstorm has another treat for Kilkenny audiences who will be spellbound by Tennessee William’s classic short play ‘Something Unspoken’ this June

“Williams’ masterpiece, which delves into the depth of forbidden love, is an emotional rollercoaster, and this Kilkenny production has been an absolute pleasure to develop” says Joanne Hennessy who directs. “We chose this piece in response to Pride Month in Kilkenny and we are looking forward to sharing the work with everyone.”

Two stalwarts of local theatre, Mags Whitely and Natasha Murray are set to present the new show in Barnstorm’s studio theatre in a lunchtime offering that should entertain and intrigue audiences. Both actors have a long history in the Kilkenny theatre community, having been part of the Barn Owl Players for many years. This lunchtime performance of ‘Something Unspoken’ will be no exception. Whitely and Murray have already earned the praises of their peers for their professional and committed approach to their craft.

Something Unspoken by Tennessee Williams, is set in Meridian, Louisiana in 1958. In the opening scene we find Cornelia Scott, a southern aristocrat, and her widowed secretary, Grace Lancaster. A new age is approaching the Southern aristocracy, and as a result, Cornelia is struggling to keep up with the changes and how to navigate them.

Grace has been Cornelia’s secretary and companion for 15 years, but lately their relationship has become ambiguous.

Cornelia wants to discuss the truth of their hidden emotions, but tensions build as Grace finds it difficult to express her feelings. She has been holding it all in for far too long, and now she is struggling to face the truth. Cornelia is determined to have an honest conversation with Grace, and to finally address the feelings that have been so carefully hidden away for over a decade.

This one-act play is the perfect way to take a break from the office and enjoy a light lunch while being entertained. The performance lasts only 45 minutes, so our office workers can easily fit it into their lunch break and be back in plenty of time.

Tickets are €17 and includes lunch which is presented by the Home Rule Club.; and can be booked HERE

Dates: Limited run from Mon 19th to Sat 24th June  at 1pm daily

Are you our next Participation and Education Officer?

Barnstorm Theatre Company is looking for a dynamic facilitator who is passionate about theatre and has strong administration skills to join its team as Participation and Education Officer. This position is responsible for supporting the artistic activities of Barnstorm, the Kilkenny Youth Theatre programming, development and connections with the theatre, young audiences, and education communities. 

To be successful in this role, candidates should be deeply curious about theatre practice and familiar with a range of creation processes. They should be knowledgeable of theatre practice in Ireland and have established relationships with the theatre and education sector. A candidate who is highly organised, has strong written and verbal communication skills, and works well with varying levels of supervision will thrive in this position.

Additional requirements for success:

  • A number of years’ experience in a professional theatre discipline.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to stay motivated and organised under pressure.

Helpful skills and experience:

  • Knowledge of Youth & Education Sector
  • Post-secondary education in theatre practice or equivalent training/experience.

This is a permanent position for 35 hrs a week with an annual salary of €30,000. Hours can be adapted to suit the right person. There is a 6-month probation period.

We are anticipating a start date for the successful candidate in late August/early September 2022.

If you are interested in joining the BARNSTORM THEATRE team and feel you have the experience, qualities and skills to work for one of Kilkenny’s key arts organisations, please forward a cover letter that further speaks to why you would make an excellent fit for this opportunity, along with your CV and three references, by Friday 22nd July, 2022 to:

Anja Terpstra, General Manager – anja@barnstorm.ie

All offers of employment with Barnstorm Theatre Company require Garda Vetting.

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

 

Barnstorm is delighted to present a new play, Monday’s Child by Brendan Murray

Monday's Child by Brendan Murray

Monday’s Child by Brendan Murray

What’s it about?

This sensitive and exciting play tells a simple poetic story of the unique bond between an old woman and a young girl. It explores how we make and store memories, and how these shape who we are as we discover the world around us.

Monday’s Child incorporates elements of both music and dance, two characters play joyously with a treasure trove of spurious memories which perhaps ultimately belong to them both. Commissioned by Tutti Frutti, the original production has just completed a highly successful tour in the UK.

Who’s it for?

This is theatre created especially for children of 4 years and up, and their families and teachers. Schools performances take place daily at 10am and 11.30am.

Bookings are now open! Tel 056 7751266.

Monday 6th October to Friday 17th October, daily at 10:00am and 11:30am. Tickets €5.00 for school & pre-school groups.

Saturday 11th & Saturday 18th October, at 2:30pm and 4:00pm. Tickets €6.00; Family of 4: €20.

Monday’s Child tours to Mullingar Arts Centre and Mill Theatre, Dundrum later in October.

A new Irish fairy-tale by Mike Kenny.

“a quirky thought-provoking modern fairy tale, it was undoubtedly a highlight of the Belfast Children’s Festival” –  Belfast Telegraph, March 2014

“Spellbinding performances in The Ice Child”- Kilkenny People, March 2014

The fairy-folk bell chorus

The fairy-folk bell chorus

You can’t trust the fairy-folk. They stole the baby and left the Ice Child in its place.

The Ice Child is not like other children. He’s lost in a world that doesn’t understand and doesn’t welcome him.

The Ice Child can’t be hugged, can’t be cuddled. He’ll melt. How do you love a child that can’t be touched? And what is love anyway – when you come right down to it?

This is a tale of growing up different. It’s a fairy story – a story told by the fairies about people. And it’s a love story – a story about love.

Using sound, real-time video and live performance, a motley band of contemporary sídhe (Irish fairy-folk) enact a dazzling once-upon-a-time tale about people.

Commissioned and produced by Barnstorm, the world premiere will take place at the Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny on 27th February.

Family Performance on Saturday 1st March at 7.30pm. Bookings: 056 7761674

A play for children aged 8+

Running time: 55 minutes approximately

Tickets: €10 / €7 for school groups

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Youth Theatre Week @ Barnstorm will run from 9th-13th July. It is a theatre camp for young people who are interested in drama and theatre. It will be facilitated by professional youth drama facilitators.

Each group will work towards a short theatrical piece. During the week they will look at the skills needed in creating and performing a piece of theatre including acting, voice, devising and improvisation.

The workshops will also encourage the development of confidence and social skills. All the sessions will be delivered knowing it’s the summer holidays so enjoyment and fun will also be high on the agenda.

If you are interested please read the information below and fill in a registration form or contact Anna at anna@barnstorm.ie or 056 7751266.

Where? The Barn, Church Lane, Kilkenny (behind St Canice’s Cathedral)

When? 9th – 13th July

10am -1pm             11-13 yrs.

2pm – 5pm              14 + yrs.

  • The cost is €75, with a 10% discount for members of the same family
  • Contact Anna for a registration form – anna@barnstorm.ie
  • Places are reserved on a first come first served basis and cannot be guaranteed until a deposit is received
  • Parental consent, a registration form and a non-refundable deposit of €30 is required to secure a place
  • Please make cheques payable to: Barnstorm Theatre Company

 

 

 

By Mike Kenny

‘…the fluidity of narration, combined with the simplicity of the settings allows the story to flow seamlessly…The Barnstorm ensemble, both in acting and production, has a consistency and continuity that contributes greatly to a house-style that is lucid and engaging, not only for the target audience, in this case 4-5 year-olds –  but also the adults who accompany them’. Irish Theatre Magazine

Puppet Josh in The Song from the Sea (Photo: Dylan Vaughan)

Puppet Josh in The Song from the Sea (Photo: Dylan Vaughan)

Listen! Can you hear it?

Our captivating new show The Song from the Sea, by Mike Kenny, focuses on a young boy’s struggle to find his place in his family, and in the wider world. Blending storytelling, performance, puppets, music and a beautiful song from the sea, this show is a sensory treat.

Playwright Mike Kenny’s writing shows great empathy with young children. He will be familiar to Barnstorm audiences as the author of Big Sister, Little Brother and Jack.

With its blend of magic and realism, and an emphasis on shared storytelling The Song from the Sea is an encouraging and uplifting show for young children.

A play for children aged 4 and older.

Running time: 35 minutes

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Rehearsals are more than half-way through at The Barn, for the landmark production, the first ever production, of A Murder of Crows, written by Mike Kenny in collaboration with Barnstorm.

Here’s a musical taster of the lullaby from the play. Music composed by Pól Brennan; lyrics by Mike Kenny; vocals by Tara Byrne.

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A Murder of Crows - actors' crow pose

Off-site rehearsals - actors' crow poses

Cast Paul Curley, Conor Donelan, Annette Flynn, Sarah Kinlen, Fiona McGeown and Shane O’Reilly are physically limbered up and are well into the production.

Collaborative work continues with set design (Carol Betera), costume designers (Harmless Creatures), music composer (Pól Brennan- of Clannad) and lighting designer (Mark Galione).

Alé Mercado, illustrative artist and graphic designer has captured the essence of the play with his brochure design – he also created an exquisite limited edition screenprint in honour of Barnstorm’s 20th!

 

Crow Row

Crow Row

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two years ago Barnstorm realised a long-held aspiration when we formed our Acting Ensemble – three actors who worked and trained with the company in the development, devising and realisation of theatre productions for our various audiences but in particular children & young people.

Olivier award-winning author Mike Kenny

Olivier award-winning author Mike Kenny

In exploring ‘how’ we tell stories in these productions we engaged with other artists and developed a new play based on the original Hansel & Gretel tale. The team involved in the process were our three actors Paul Curley, Sarah Johnson and Shane O’Reilly, writer Maeve Ingoldsby, visiting actors Will Pinchin and Ben Samuels, Designer Carol Betera, our Outreach Officer Anna Galligan and Artistic Director Philip Hardy. And after working on the ideas at various stages throughout 15 months we invited Mike Kenny to script the piece. Mike is a prolific writer in children’s theatre and indeed Barnstorm has a long relationship with him – we have produced six of his works to date.

A Murder of Crows is the result, and it is appropriate that this world premiere of a new script by Mike Kenny is produced by Barnstorm in celebration of the company’s 20th year serving young audiences throughout the country.

There are six actors in this production and final auditions are now complete. The design team includes Carol Betera (set), Mark Galione (lighting), Harmless Creatures (costume), Alé Mercado (graphics) and Pól Brennan (music). Rehearsals begin on 5th September.

The production will open in the Watergate Theatre in Kilkenny on 11th October and runs until 19th October, and will tour nationally in the Spring of 2012. There will be a showcase performance of A Murder of Crows in the Samuel Beckett Theatre in Trinity College, Dublin on Saturday 22 October.