Barnstorm presents Bits, Bites and Pieces
Following their debut, Shorts 11, Barnstorm’s adult theatre club continued to hone their acting skills and began to tackle the role of ‘the director’. The fruits of their labour can be seen at The Barn in this month, when Bits, Bites and Pieces hits the stage.
As actors, and now directors, ATC will once again tread the boards with Bits, Bites and Pieces. The Barn will be transformed into the intimate setting of a cabaret club, where patrons will enjoy wine and nibbles at café style tables while being entertained.
In honour of the week, Bits, Bites and Pieces will look at love – but more so what happens after the usual ‘happy ever afters’ associated with romances.
Barnstorm’s adult theatre clubs were created to give local amateur actors with a thirst for theatre the chance to develop their skills and become part of Kilkenny’s thriving theatre scene. The clubs have enjoyed enormous success in their short histories.
While Shorts 11 gave ATC members a chance to tread the boards – many for the first time in their lives – Bits, Bites and Pieces will showcase their talents both on and off the stage. Each actor’s piece is directed by another member of the group, under the guidance of Barnstorm’s Anna Galligan and Philip Hardy.
With all sorts of life and theatre experience among them, the members – who hail from all over Kilkenny and further afield – are Joe Nolan, Paul Derby, Ann Daly, Olivia Boyce, Deirdre Dowling, Ann Jones, Tanya Long, Cara Doherty, Caroline O’Hanrahan, and Melissa Quirke.
Anna Galligan, who has been working with the group over the last two years, says the event offers the audience a chance to be part of a relaxing evening of wine, nibbles, and theatre.
“The cabaret nights offer a very different kind of night out. And it’s great to see how the group have taken on this challenge of producing a night of theatre and going for it,” she says.
“It’s great to learn something new and to meet up with like-minded people, especially to do something new like direct and produce your own show. The members of the ATC have gone from having been directed to taking on all aspects of producing a night of theatre. This means they not only choose their own pieces but also act, direct, produce, and host their own production.”
Bits, Bites and Pieces – a relaxing evening of wine, nibbles, monologues, and more – will be performed in The Barn, Church Lane, Kilkenny on Wednesday, February 15 and Thursday, February 16 at 8pm each night. Tickets are €10/€8 including a glass of wine, and are available from Barnstorm on 056-7751266 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about joining an ATC or other aspects of Barnstorm’s outreach programme, contact Anna at email@example.com