Tiny shows

A weekend residency to explore Seedling ideas for shows for young audiences

Applications for 2019 are now closed


We are pleased two announce 4 artists have been successful in their application to Tiny Shows 2019.

We look forward to welcoming Claire Mullane, Cathal Mc Guire, Tara Breathnach and Samantha Porciello to Branar in autumn 2019 as they explore their seedling ideas for a show for young audiences.


Do you have an idea for a show for young audiences?
Would you like to explore that idea?
Do you want to work with new art forms?

Branar’s Tiny Shows/Seóanna Bídeach initiative offers artists & theatre makers time and space to explore & develop new skills, new roles and new work in a developmental context.

This weekend long residency will facilitate the early stage development of ideas for new shows for young audiences.

The structure of the initiative sees 3 artists, of different disciplines (e.g. dancer, musician, set designer) come together on a Friday morning. One of these artists will coordinate and lead the artistic activity over the weekend.The artists will be encouraged to play and experiment in a supported environment. On the Sunday evening, they will present and share their work with an invited audience of peers.

Each Tiny Show/Seóanna Bídeach concept selected will be allocated €500 towards their weekend residency. Previous recipients of the Tiny Shows residency have secured further support from local and national funding bodies as well as presenting venues/festivals.

The residency provides artists with the opportunity to:
– try out new and early stage seed ideas for young audiences
– explore working in a collaborative environment with fellow practitioners
– explore areas of practice, including live music, dance, puppetry, clown, mask, text and new media
– experiment both with form and their own artistic practice in a supportive environment

Expected outcomes of this initiative include:
– Exploring and gaining experience with new theatrical forms.
– The development and creation of new work for young audiences.
– Encouragement to the create of work for children.

Previous applicants are welcome to apply again, with the same or new idea.

For further information or questions about Tiny Shows, please contact Kate on info@branar.ie.

This initiative is kindly supported by the Arts Council.




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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.



Branar Drámaíochta
15 Glenrock Business Park
Tel: +353 (0) 91 704718
Email: info@branar.ie