By Maeve Ingoldsby & Philip Hardy

“The Bus seeks to stimulate discussion rather than teach lessons. It succesed admirably, and is well produced with good acting, an excellent design of a bus interior and clued-in direction” – The Irish Times, February 12th, 2002

The Bus - 2002

Sarah Brennan, Martina Austin, Declan Mills, Seamus Allan, Stephen Kelly and David McCory

The social world of a child is a minefield of shifting allegiances, uncertain loyalties, sudden hostilities, unspoken rules, pranks and casual cruelties. Fitting in is a challenge, especially when you’re just ten years old and starting at a new school.

The Bus follows the progress of the new boy as he familiarises himself with the politics of the school bus and learns for himself the rules for survival – and acceptance.

This is an ensemble piece with seven actors playing multiple roles. The production zings with explosive energy and breathtaking physical hi-jinks. As always with Barnstorm, while the play specifically reflects the child’s world, its universal theme makes it relevant to all ages.

A play for children aged 6 – 12 years.

Running time approx 60 minutes.

The ProductionProduction History
Actor 1: Stephen KellyWatergate, Kilkenny6th – 15th February
Actor 2: Roselle HealySiamsa Tíre, Tralee19th February
Actor 3: Seamus AllenGarter Lane @ The Forum, Waterford21st – 22nd February
Actor 4: Sarah BrennanBelltable, Limerick26th February – 1st March
Actor 5: David McCorry
Backstage, Longford4th – 8th March
Actor 6: Martina Austin
Gaiety, Dublin13th – 14th March
Actor 7: Declan MillsBlackbox, Galway20th – 22nd March
Director: Philip HardyMullingar Arts Centre25th – 27th March
Set Design: Carol BeteraHawk's Well Theatre, Sligo9th – 12th April
Lighting Design: Jim DalyAn Grianán, Letterkenny15th – 16th April
Costume Design: Bernie McCoySt. Michael’s Theatre, New Ross18th – 19th April
Choreography: Rebecca WalterCivic Theatre, Tallaght22nd – 26th April
Set Engineering: James PowellDunamaise, Portlaoise29th – 30th April
Production Manager: Michael BurkePavilion, Dun Laoghaire2nd – 3rd May
Technical Manager: Paul Spencer
Tour/Stage Manager: Stephanie Ryan
Deputy Stage Manager: Ronan Egan
Set Construction: TPS
Transport: Simon Burke