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Branar Téatar do Pháistí stage adaptation of children’s book, Bláth/The Flower

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Branar Téatar do Pháistí bring back to life their incredibly beautiful stage adaptation of John Light’s (& illustrator Lisa Evans’) children’s book, Bláth / The Flower, touring it to a nine venues nationwide this October. The show had sell out performances during its run at the Galway International Arts Festival in 2014 and is looking forward to taking part in Bualadh Bos children’s festival 2015 at the Lime Tree,  Limerick October 9 – 11.

Bláth is like poetry made by puppetry and this evocative, beautifully paced piece of children’s theatre is a visual and aural feat for all to experience. Set in a world hued with its own decidedly dull-greyish colour and where plants are no longer present, a young boy finds a magical book which changes his life and outlook forever. Seeing flowers for the very first time, they fill him with immediate joy looking at these wondrous and colourful pictures.

This awe inspired feeling becomes a bitter-sweet mix of emotions as he also feels sad because there are no flowers in the city where he lives. As he makes all these many new discoveries, soon later he unearths a packet of flower seeds in a junk shop tucked away in the old part of town. With the help of the shop keeper, he learns how to grow and nurture his own flower to life, transforming the world he knows as if by magic.

Bláth is a non-verbal show that will enchant audiences as they enter a world made entirely of paper designed by artist Maeve Clancy – Maeve now features on the Irish Theatre Institute year of design site for her beautiful work on the Bláth set. Combining, puppetry, object theatre and original music score by Irish musician Colm Mac Con Iomaire (The Frames) – Colm has a track called Bláth on his new album “Anois an Aimsir / And now the weather”, which is an album version of one of the songs from the soundtrack of the show. Bláth promises to be a show that will be at times wistful, full of amazement and happiness – engaging it’s young audience members’ minds forever.


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For audiences aged 6 years & upwards. Running Time – Approx 40 min.

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the ilovelimerick.com concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.