By Maeve Ingoldsby & Philip Hardy
“You will be hard pressed to find a more energised and boisterously funny show for children this year.” – The Irish Times, February 29th, 2008
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 hijinks. 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.
|The Production||Production History|
|Actor 1: Gareth O'Connor||Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny||5th - 13th February, 2008|
|Actor 2: John Morton||Backstage, Longford||18th - 19th February, 2008|
|Actor 3: Phoebe Toal||Glór, Ennis||21st - 22nd February, 2008|
|Actor 4: Dylan Kennedy||Civic Theatre, Tallaght||25th - 29th February, 2008|
|Actor 5: Jenny Fennessy||Mullingar Arts Centre||3rd - 4th March, 2008|
|Actor 6: Gus McDonagh||Town Hall Theatre, Galway||6th - 7th March, 2008|
|Actor 7: Samatha Heaney||Dunamaise Arts Centre||13th - 14th March, 2008|
|Director: Philip Hardy||Draíocht, Blanchardstown||31st March - 1st April, 2008|
|Set Design: Carol Betera||Hawk's Well Theatre, Sligo||3rd - 4th April, 2008|
|Music: John Ryan||An Táin, Dundalk||7th - 8th April, 2008|
|Lighting Design: Sinead McKenna||Íontas Theatre, Casleblayney||10th - 11th April, 2008|
|Costume Design: Bernie McCoy||Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire||14th - 15th April, 2008|
|Movement: Eric Lacey||Garter Lane, Waterford||17th - 18th April, 2008|
|Set Engineering: James Powell||Siamsa Tíre, Tralee||21st - 22nd April, 2008|
|Production Manager: Michael Burke|
|Technical Manager: Joe Glasgow|
|Tour/Stage Manager: Steve Rider|
|Deputy Stage Manager: Ceire Hoey|
|Set Construction: T.P.S.|
|Transport: Simon Burke|