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Promenade Performance :
A Celebration of Birr FAN Trail with Street Theatre!


Inspired by the Famous & Notables Trail of Birr, Promenade Performance is an exciting community-theatre project where a selection of short plays were performed in the open air during our festival.


Each play was inspired by a specific location along the FAN Trail commemorating the remarkable people and places from Birr’s fascinating history.  

The 3 selected plaques for the short plays were:


  • Birr Little Theatre with a piece based on the banning of "Shadow and Substance" a play written by Vincent Carroll that was banned from the Birr Little Theatre by the local clergy while the cast were in final dress rehearsal!

  • The plaque for Alice Dwyer Joyce – (Emmet Square) – for which a piece of her writing will be recited

  • The plaque for Bernadette O’Farrell – (AIB Bank) – with a piece around Robin Hood in which Bernadette played the role of Maid Marion in the 1950s TV series.

Devised and directed by Eddie Alford, performed by members of Birr Stage Guild, with the help of collaborating Artists Rosalind Fanning and Jackie Lynch, the 3 plays attracted a nice crowd of 60+ audience members who enthusiastically clapped and whooped top celebrate the performance of the artists.

Here's our highlight reel of the performance. we hope you enjoy it as much as we did on this sunny day:



With Thanks to our funders :  Creative Ireland & Offaly County Council

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