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Barnstorms’ Adult Theatre Club is starting in 2023 with a one-year part-time programme, Theatre Production Skills.

The ATC, originally a 2-year course, was first introduced in 2007 in answer to many requests from adults in the region who wanted to know more about theatre and how to make a performance. With a maximum of 14 members each year the alumni from successive groups (2007-2015) formed the Barn Owl Players which has remains a vibrant local amateur theatre company that still creates its own unique blend of theatre and theatrical happenings from Tennessee Williams, to John B Keane and from One-Act Festivals to full length plays.

The 2023 Adult Theatre Club will act as an introduction to local adults who wish to explore, investigate and create theatre as a hobby.

With the support of Kilkenny’s professional theatre company behind the club, this really is an exciting opportunity to join a vibrant and dynamic programme of both training and performances. In the past, club members have experienced training in everything from improvisation, basic acting and stagecraft to theatre directing and scriptwriting.

“The Adult Theatre Club is an ideal way of introducing anyone new to acting and theatre in a fun environment; as well as offering local actors a means of honing their skills.” says new Participation and Education Officer Jo Hennessy. “No experience is necessary just a keen interest, an open mind and a willingness to try new things” she says.

If you are interested fill in an online Registration Form by Friday 27 January. You can also contact Jo, 056 7751266 or jo@barnstorm.ie, to get a Registration Form

The first session is on the 2 February and every Thursday evening thereafter from 7.00 to 9.00pm at 3 Johns Quay, Kilkenny R95 T382. Booking is essential, as places are limited.



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.

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




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.


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.

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 satifying 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.

The production ran in the Watergate Theatre in Kilkenny from 11th – 19th October, and will tour nationally in the Spring of 2012.

This new script by Mike Kenny is being produced by Barnstorm in celebration of the company’s 20th year serving young audiences throughout the country.

A play for children aged 8 and older.

Running time: 60 minutes approximately


Press Release Barnstorm-A Murder of Crows

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By Richard Conlon 

Paving Paradise

Cast - The Tree, Students and Protestors

Chris has a headache, a migraine, he’s off form and now he has to work with the ’geeks’ of the school on an Environmental Project, you just know it’s not going to be his week…or is it? He becomes the centre of attention not only of his peers but of local and international media, and all he wanted to do was pick up some litter at the park…Life is never goes the way you think, especially when you have a headache!

Following on from the incredible success of Burying Your Brother in the Pavement by Jack Thorne and Moira Buffini’s A Vampire Story, Kilkenny Youth Theatre chose a vibrant and thought-provoking play that asks us what is our responsibility in taking care of our world.

The play jumped between the real world of school and the unreal stories of the students’ imaginations.  They battle with working together as a team and getting a job done. Chris, always on the outside of the group, struggles more than others. He says he’s ill but is he just a layabout?

In the end Chris’s difference provides the solution to the others problem of getting the job done.

Directed by Anna Galligan, Paving Paradise ran at The Barn from the 15th – 17th April 2011 with a cast of sixteen young people.



The Hens

The Hens

The Adult Theatre Club 2010-2012, made their debut in this year’s Shorts 11.  After eight months of workshops, training and rehearsals, they were ready to tread the boards.

Shorts 11 was performed by 12 members of ATC, who had been in training and developing their theatre skills since September 2010. With all sorts of life and theatre experience between them, the members, who hail from all over Kilkenny and further afield, were Joe Nolan, Helena Duggan, Paul Derby, Olive Whelan, Ann Daly, Olivia Boyce, Laura Cullen, Deirdre Dowling, Ann Jones, Tanya long, Cara Doherty and Caroline O’Hanrahan with Melissa Quirke as stage manager.

Shorts 11 consisted of four pieces, extracted from Stags and Hens by Willy Russell, Someone to Watch Over Me by Frank McGuinness, The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh and The Factory Girls also by Frank McGuinness.  The pieces were directed by Barnstorm’s Artistic Director Philip Hardy, Barn Owl Player Trish Brennan and Barnstorm’s Outreach Officer Anna Galligan.

The performances, which were the groups first public foray, took place on the 14th and 16th of April at 8pm at The Barn.

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