How to Catch a Star – Touring Nationally and Internationally this August – December 2018

From Branar Téatar do Pháistí
Based on Oliver Jeffers’ book

Touring August-December 2018: London, Bray, Limerick, Galway, Navan, Ennis, Letterkenny, Drogheda, Blanchardstown, Newbridge, Dublin


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…

Branar Téatar do Pháistí, one of Ireland’s leading theatre companies for young audiences, are proud to be presenting their charming production How To Catch A Star in 11 venues August-December this year.Based on the beloved book by Oliver Jeffers and created by Branar with their signature style of story-telling, this show for audiences aged 4 and upreminds us all to follow our dreams. 


Directed by Marc Mac Lochlainn, this non-verbal adaptation combines a magical original score by Colm Mac Con Iomaire with beautiful puppets designed by Suse Reibisch, puppetry by Neasa Ní Chuanaigh and Grace Kiely and an evocative set designed by Maeve Clancy. The production premiered at the Galway International Arts Festival in July 2017 with a sold out run of 18 performances.

Director Marc says, “It’s a book that I read to my children. They loved How To Catch A Star as kids, and I always wanted to make a stage adaptation. We’ve tried to re-create the experience of reading the story at night time, just before you go to bed.”

The tour will begin with performances in the Southbank Centre’s newly-restored Purcell Roomwith performances 23-27 August as part of Culture Ireland’s GB18: Promoting Irish Arts in Britain. Marc says, “We’re delighted to return to the Southbank for our third visit, and we are very excited to bring How To Catch A Starto audiences in London.” The production will then tour Irish venues from October to December, including dates at The Ark, Dublin 5th – 30th December.

Catherine Alexander of Puppet Centre Review wrote of the production, “Every moment is stunningly crafted from a collaborative process that is clearly full of care and delicacy…a gentle, detailed and captivating show that avoids being sentimental. There are laugh out loud moments as well as the visual magic that Branar is well known for.” Audiences have responded to the production praising it as “really magical”, ” inspirational” and “amazing,” and reporting, “The kids were so engrossed – they really enjoyed it.”

Branar Téatar do Pháistí – Telling big stories for little citizens – Ag Inseacht scéalta móra do Shaoránaigh beaga – was founded in 2001. Throughout their 17 year history,Branar have consistently produced high quality theatre for children, creating shows that captivate audiences both young and old, are distinctive in style, and are not language dependent. The company tours extensively nationally and internationally every year, and their work has been presented at festivals and venues throughout Ireland, in Europe, the USA, China and Japan.  How To Catch A Star is the company’s second adaptation of Oliver Jeffers’ work, following their co-production of The Way Back Home with Teatre Refleksion. For more information see



Southbank Centre, London 23rd – 27th August
Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray 9th& 10th October
Bualadh Bos Children’s Festival @ Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick 11th – 13th October
Baboró International Arts Festival for Children, Galway 15th – 17th October
Solstice Arts Centre, Navan 19th October
Glór, Ennis 22nd& 23rd October
Roolaboola Children’s Festival @ Linenhall, Castlebar 26th& 27th October
An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny 30th& 31st October
Droichead, Drogheda 1st& 2nd November
Draíocht Arts Centre, Blanchardstown 22nd – 24th November
Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge 29th Nov – 1st December
The Ark, Dublin 5th – 30th December (excl 24th–  27th Dec)



Age: 4 upwards

Duration: 45 mins approx.

Non-verbal production


Branar Téatar do Pháistí thank the Arts Council,Foras na Gaeilge, Galway City and County Councils, RTÉ  Supporting the Arts and Culture Ireland as part of GB18: Promoting Irish Arts in Britain for their support of this tour.


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