HOW TO CATCH A STAR
Based on the book by Oliver Jeffers, HarperCollins Publishers
Produced by Branar Téatar do Pháistí
From Galway, Ireland
About the Company
JURY-SELECTED FOR A FULL PERFORMANCE
AT IPAY 2020.
Once there was a boy who was always looking up.
He dreamt of having a star as a friend.
This is the story of his adventure.
But catching a star is not as easy as it sounds. Waiting for a star to grow tired from being up in the sky all night doesn’t work. Neither does climbing to the top of the tallest tree… Finally, just when the boy is ready to give up, he learns that sometimes things aren’t where, or what, we expect them to be.
Based on the beloved book by award-winning Irish author Oliver Jeffers, Branar Teatar do Pháistí is proud to present this beautiful story of reaching for the stars and emerging with a friend.
This non-verbal adaptation combines puppetry by Grace Kiely and Neasa Ní Chuanaigh with stunning puppet design by Suse Reibish. With a magical original score by Colm Mac Con Iomaire and directed by Marc Mac Lochlainn, Branar’s signature storytelling creates a gentle show which reminds us all to follow our dreams.
Best for: Grades PreK-2nd (Ages 4-7 years)
Audience Size: Small Venues
(Best for up to approximately 200 people or with a maximum distance of 50ft from the front of the stage to the back row of the audience. Some flexibility depending on venue.)
HOW TO CATCH A STAR trailer
HOW TO CATCH A STAR audience reaction
Please contact us to watch a full length archival recording of HOW TO CATCH A STAR.
Past Tours include: The Way Back Home (with Theatre Refleksion)
Creating Big Stories for Little Citizens
Branar Téatar do Pháistí is one of the leading theatre companies making work for children in Ireland.
We create beautiful, innovative, high quality productions that inspire children and their families. We tour our work to venues and festivals locally, nationally and internationally. We support artists to make work for young audiences through our tailored programmes of resource sharing and Tiny Show creation. We create opportunities for children to explore their own arts practice in school settings.
The company tours extensively nationally and internationally every year. Our work has been presented throughout Ireland, Europe, USA, China and Japan.
Past performances of HOW TO CATCH A STAR include:
Galway International Arts Festival, Young at Art Belfast, Southbank Centre London, 10 Venue Irish National Tour, The Ark Residency Dublin, The Egg Children’s Theatre Bath, UK
For more information, please visit the company's website.
The touring company will consist of two puppeteers and two technicians
Puppeteer: Neasa Ní Chuanaigh
Puppeteer: Grace Kiely
Stage Manager: Sorcha Ní Chroinín
Technician: Michael Foley
Director: Marc Mac Lochlainn
Composer: Colm Mac Con Iomaire
Set Design: Maeve Clancy
Puppet Design: Suse Reisbich
Costume Design: Elaine Mears
Production Photography: Anita Murphy
Executive Producer: Joanne Beirne
Line Producer: Kate Murphy
Lighting Design and Set Build: Ciaran Kelly
Gallery of Past Productions
See Performances of HOW TO CATCH A STAR:
Fine Arts: Drama, Puppetry, Physical Theater, Design & Technology
Language Arts: Literacy, Reading, and Adaptations
Science: Space, Stars,
Emotional/Social Development: Friendship, Curiosity, Imagination
Minimum Technical Requirements
Load In Time: 6 hours (with pre-rig)
Crew Needs: 1-2 Crew members, depending on venue regulations
Min. Stage Size: 26 ft width x 13 ft depth x 13ft height. 6.5 ft of wing space on each side.
Load Out Time: 3 hours
Outreach and Workshops
“Relaxed” or “Sensory Friendly” Performances
This performance is also available as a “sensory friendly” or “relaxed” performance if arranged with the company in advance and with specific direction as to what adjustments are necessary for your venue.