Early Years Event – The Far Field



The Far Field

On October 14th at the Garage Theatre Monaghan, Scoil Cheoil an Botha will officially launch The Far Field traditional music, puppetry, and storytelling performance specifically designed for young audiences (aged 3-7).

In 2015, Scoil Cheoil an Botha with support from the Arts Council commissioned Thomas Johnston to develop an interactive traditional arts experience for young children which is deeply embedded in the cultural traditions of Co. Monaghan.  After a research and development period which has included being selected to participate in Tiny Shows, an initiative by renowned Galway-based Branar Theatre, The Far Field team are coming to the Garage Theatre to launch a show which has already been described as spellbinding, magical, and a gentle and joyful piece of work for children.

The Far Field tells the story of Farmer Lonán who one Spring day discovers a magical whistle hidden in a hare’s nest. Suspecting that it belongs to the fairy folk who live at the edge of his farm, Lonán decides that the whistle should be returned to its rightful owners. What follows on his journey to the far field are strange and wonderful musical encounters with Cara the cow, a mischievous hare, shiny singing stones, and a hooley under the hawthorn tree.

The Far Field performers include some of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians.  Seán McElwain (guitar, fiddle, whistle) is a member of Téada and recent recipient of the prestigious Gradam Award honouring his PhD research on Irish traditional music in Sliabh Beagh. Shane Greene (keyboard) is a founding member of the National Folk Orchestra of Ireland which debuted its most recent suite, Macalla 1916, at the Barbican Theatre in London.  Thomas Johnston (uilleann pipes, whistles, vocals) is creator of The Far Field and his expertise as a musician, researcher, and theatre-maker in the area of traditional music for young audiences is widely recognised.  Finally, Emma Fisher of Beyond the Bark Theatre will bring the sights and sounds of Lonán’s Monaghan farm to life on the stage of the Garage Theatre through innovative set design and delightful puppetry.

To join Farmer Lonán on his quest filled with magical music, puppetry, and storytelling, school audiences can book directly through the Garage Theatre (www.garagetheatre.com) or call Box Office: 047-39777.







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