Birr Theatre is based in the beautiful Oxmantown Hall, which was built as a venue in response to the request of local residents to build a structure which would serve the "multifarious requirements for the benefit and entertainment of the inhabitants at large ….a Hall that would serve a variety of purposes from a Sunday school down to a social tea party." (King’s County Chronicle, 17 January 1889.)
The hall was completely renovated and officially opened as Birr Theatre& Arts Centre in 2000. To date, many diverse productions have been staged at Birr Theatre & Arts Centre. Musicians Luka Bloom, Mundy, Jack L, Don Baker, Johnny Carroll, Frances Black, Ronnie Drew, Comedians Pat Short, Kevin McAlleer, The Drawing Room Opera Company, Co-Opera, Lamberts Puppet Theatre, Ballet Ireland and many local and national Theatre groups have all received a warm welcome in this wonderfully intimate venue. Children and adults alike have enjoyed the Puppet Festival. A very successful Annual Jazz festival has been established over the August bank holiday weekend, drawing top musicians including Acker Bilk, Paddy Cole, and Professor Peter O’Brien.
Photo and Art exhibitions by local artists are held year-round. A Film Club with over 100 members has been established. The new dance programme for County Offaly, led by Flexusdance, is based at Birr Theatre and Arts Centre. Birr Theatre has played host to Master classes on all aspects of production, led by Actor Aidan Quinn, Designer John Rocha and Directors Garry Hynes and Patrick Mason.
In the past twelve years our arts programme has grown dramatically to include facilitating a resident dance company, run/host several arts festivals in the town (Hullabaloo!, OFFline, IF ONLY, Bo Leictreach, Birr Vintage Week & Arts Festival) and we continue to provide a varied programme through the year. Visit our website www.birrtheatre.com to learn more about Birr Theatre.