Barnstorm Theatre presents an exciting new trilogy of plays that turns the audience into sleuths and spies.
Each play takes place around a different park bench in a different part of the city. The audience is led from one location to the next, eavesdropping on the action from a distance with the aid of earphones and binoculars. Both intimate and distant, high-tech and laidback, the Bench Tales trilogy is a fascinating new way to experience live theatre.
The meeting point for this event is the Duck Pond in Kilkenny Castle Parklands. Please note that the Duck Pond is a 10-15 min walk from the Castle itself, so allow adequate time for you to get there.
Everyone attending the show needs to bring a fully charged mobile and earbuds or headphones, have mobile data and ensure WhatsApp is downloaded onto their mobile. As this is an outdoor, standing, unsheltered event, please dress for the weather. There are short walks between the three performance areas within the Castle Park.
Writers Julie Sharkey, Joe Bergin, Gemma Creagh
Directors Ellie Pearson, Sally Stevens, John Morton
Artistic Producer Philip Hardy
Producer Anja Terpstra
Production Manager Vincent Dempsey
Administrator & Assistant Mags Whitely
Pink Makes the Boys Wink by Julie Sharkey
Pink Makes the Boys Wink is a comic, full-of-heart story about getting old. How time can creep up on us and take us by surprise. A story about three women: one woman’s compassion, one woman’s fear and one woman’s joy in Hello magazine.
There is Always Tomorrow by Joe Bergin
A chance meeting between a young woman and an older man on a park bench may not be all that it seems. Why has Emma come here and what is she looking for? As she attempts to uncover the truth, is she fully prepared for what she might find?
The Last Trip to Tipp by Gemma Creagh
It’s 1994. Lorraine, Emma and Mairead are three friends heading in very different directions. Well, not literally. Right now they’re all on their way to Féile, and with a line-up like Crowded House, Primal Scream, The Prodigy, The Cranberries, Björk and Blur the craic will be fierce. With one mouldy tent, ancient sleeping bags and a fine slab of Linden Village cans, they wait on a lift from their flaky friend, Suzanne – who’s late as usual.