Current Productions and Programmes




How to Catch a Star

Schools and Family Audiences


Branar are pleased to announce that, following its sell-out run in the Galway International Arts Festival 2017, How to Catch a Star will return this August, touring nationally and internationally until December 2018.

Opening in the Southbank Centre, London on the 23rd August 2018 for 10 performances, How to Catch a Star will then tour to 10 Irish venues in Bray, Limerick, Galway, Navan, Ennis, Letterkenny, Drogheda, Blanchardstown, Newbridge and finishing with a 4-week run in The Ark, Dublin, this December.

For Full Tour Details Click Here 


Resource Sharing

Artist Programmes & Supports

Inspiring and supporing artists making work for young audiences

Tiny Shows
Do you have an idea for a show for young audiences? 
Would you like to explore that idea?
Do you want to work with new art forms?

Branar’s Tiny Shows/Seóanna Bídeach initiative offers artists and theatre makers time and space to explore & develop new skills, new roles and new work, in a developmental context.
This weekend-long residency will facilitate the early stage development of ideas for new shows for young audiences.

Arts Flag

Schools Programme

What is the Arts Flag/ Bratach na nEalaíon?

The Arts Flag is intended to be a statement of achievement and intent with regard to the prominence and status of the arts in the school. It will be a visible beacon that indicates a commitment to the importance of participation in the arts for the students of the school, both within and outside their classrooms.

The Arts Flag is currently open to schools in Galway city and county and is sponsored by Acorn Life 


For more information about the Arts Flag, click here.

About How to Catch a Star
Once There was a boy who was always looking up. He dreamt of having a star as a friend. This is the story of his adventure.

Based on the beloved book by award-winning Irish author Oliver Jeffers, Branar Teatar do Pháistí are proud to present How to Catch a Star.

This adaptation combines puppetry by Grace Kiely and Neasa Ní Chuanaigh with stunning puppets by Suse Reibish. With a magical original score by Colm Mac Con Iomaire and directed by Marc Mac Lochlainn. Branar’s signature storytelling creates a show which remind us all to follow our dreams.

Aged 4 upwards
Non-verbal show
Duration: approx 45 minutes

2018 Tiny Show Successful Applicants

Orla Clogher – The Hermit and the Rockpool
Phillida Eves – Salty Sea
Neasa Ní Chuanaigh – Meet My Worry Monster
Maria Auletta – The Great Word Factory

Year-Round Support

Branar’s vision is to ensure every child in Ireland has access to high qaulity theatre for young audiences. To work towards this vision, Branar offers year-round support to both its artist panel and other artists wishing to make work for young audiences.
The types of support offered include use of the Branar rehearsal space, hot desk, resource sharing, professional workshops and mentorship.

If you are passionate about making work for young audiences and would like to request support from Branar, please drop us a line with a few lines about yourself and the type of work you make. Contact us on or 091 704 718.

Arts Flag Aims
The Arts Flag programme aims to:

  • Reward existing excellence in arts activity in schools
  • Promote, foster and develop an appreciation of the place and role of the arts in schools, both within and beyond the curriculum
  • Generate and encourage mutually beneficial working relationships between schools and local artists
  • Help schools engage with arts organizations and venues in their locality
  • Expand and deepen the understanding of what arts activity might represent in schools
  • Enable the Flag to be a motivational emblem that will encourage other schools and communities to participate in the Flag scheme and in the arts in general
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