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

The Production
Actor 1: Paul CurleyThe Barn, Kilkenny7th March, 2011 (Preview)
Actor 2: Sarah JohnsonThe Barn, Kilkenny8th to 11th March, 2011
Actor 3: Shane O'ReillyThe Barn, Kilkenny14th to 16th March, 2011
Director: Philip HardyThe Barn, Kilkenny20th March, 2011
(World Children's Theatre Day)
Set Designer: Carol BeteraThe Barn, Kilkenny21st to 24th March, 2011
Set Builder: Andrew ClancySamuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin26th March, 2011
Composer: Jack Cawley
Puppet Director: Tommy Baker
Puppet Designer/ Maker: Tommy Baker
Lighting Designer: Mark Galione
Costume Designer: Bernie McCoy
Graphic Designer: Alé Mercado
Stage Manager: Steve Rider
Production Manager: Vincent Dempsey
Sound Technician: Mike O'Halloran
Photographs: Dylan Vaughan