Irish Times piece by Deirdre Falvey


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Branar theatre company in ’Twas the Night Before ChristmasBranar theatre company in ’Twas the Night Before Christmas

  • First published:Tue, Dec 3, 2013, 01:
More power to them

Branar, a children’s theatre company, may well turn out to be more timely than it had planned in its choice of Christmas production. The play is set in a village in 1940s Ireland before there was electricity – a situation that could be replicated in 2013 – and it is loosely based on the classic poem, “ ’Twas The Night Before Christmas”. Their lovely work for children (aged five upwards) has just started a 10-stop Irish tour of their Christmas show, often aimed at school groups.

Branar’s artistic director, Marc Mac Lochlainn, was originally a teacher and founded the company in 2001 to make theatre for children. Branar’s work conveys story through sound, music and physical theatre, sometimes without language, and where there is language, it’s often bilingual. Get a flavour:     and see

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