Branar Spring News / Nuacht an Earraigh

latest news from Branar – Spraoi in London, The way back home development and Bláth opening in May
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Spraoi in London

We are delighted thatSpraoi was invited to present at the Imagine Festival at theSounthbank centre  from February 17th to 19th and then on to Guildford to perform at The Electric theatre’s Family festival.
Both venues presented Spraoi as part of a festival. The scale of the Imagine festival is amazing, on the Tuesday of the festival they had already sold 25,000 tickets.
We are very grateful toCulture Ireland for supporting  this mini tour to London.

The Way Back Home

Branar are working away with our co – producing partners Teater Refleksion on the wonderfully exciting theatre adaptation ofOliver Jeffers “The Way Back Home”.
We spent 3 weeks working in Aarhus, Denmark in January 2014.  It was a wonderful experience to be in rehearsal in such a well resourced and supported environment. We began to develop the technical elements of the show, Morten the lighting designer spent a lot of time working with us over the 3 weeks. The composer began to work on the soundtrack.  We are all looking forward to getting back for the final phase of rehearsal in August and September.  The show will open in October 2014 in Ireland in  2015 the show will tour in Denmark and Ireland.


We have another really exciting production opening in 2014.  Bláthtells the story of a boy who lives in city with no colour or plants. One day as he walks through the old part of town a door opens and he finds himself in the old unused library. There he finds a book with a picture of a flower.  He then finds a packet of seeds in a junk shop and must learn how to plant them.  When the flower grows colour starts to appear in the city.

We have spent the past year developing the story and the world of the story. We have now come to the exciting stage where we bring the puppets into this world and allow them to take over the telling of the story. We are delighted to be working with Réidín Ní Thuama and Sandra Gonzalez Bandera 

We hope to create a immersive theatre experience for the children (7+). We have always wanted to create a show made entirely from paper. It also offered to the opportunity to work with Maeve Clancy, paper artist/paper engineer.

The show will take place within a huge 8m x 6m paper city created by renowned paper artistMaeve Clancy. The audience will enter the city and sit in its great square. We are excited  to have Colm Mac Con Iomaire composing an original score for the show,  and the talented Suse Reibisch will create a paper puppet to live in this paper world.

We are delighted to have the support fromRoscommon Arts Centre
The show opens at The Lime Tree TheatreLimerick in May 2014 and then will tour to summer festivals.

Other Projects

Theatre Residency Mary Immaculate College / The Lime Tree Theatre

As part of our residency in Mary Immaculate College and The Lime Tree Limerick, Branar are curating and presenting a series of workshops and performances in The Lime Tree Theatre. Theprogramme will begin in January and continue to April 2014.

We also will be spending part of our rehearsals for Bláth in The Lime Tree and opening the doors to the students to come and see the process.

Seónna Bídeacha / Tiny Shows

Branar, as part of Ag Roinnt our Theatre Resource Sharing, have received 13 applications for our new  initiative Seo Bídeach/Tiny Shows.
It is really encouraging to see such a wide variety of high calibre artists interested in making work for children. For the majority of applicants this will be the first time they will create work for children. The ideas are all very different and innovative. We are going to have a tough time deciding.

Seo Bídeach/Tiny Shows in new opportunity for theatre makers making work for young audiences which offers them the chance to explore & develop ideas for new shows.

Seó Bídeach/Tiny Shows is intended to be a safe space where the artist and theatre professional can experiment with new skills or new roles within a development context. This experimentation will allow for ideas for shows for children to be given an early stage exploration

The concept is that 3 artists/practitioners (they can be actors, visual artists, musicians, technicians, writers) will come together for a long weekend residency. Starting on a Friday, the artists/practitioners can play and experiment in a supported environment through to the Sunday evening where they then will show what they have achieved.
Through the support of the Arts Council’s Theatre Resource Sharing funding, Branar has 4 weekend residencies.

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