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Still Loading... 25 Feb 2023

The Ark Children’s Council presents a mini-festival of new performances-in-progress for children. Part of Right Here Right Now! The Ark's Festival of Children

Still Loading... is a really exciting sharing, filled with short but sweet snippets of works in progress by different artists. As members of the Children’s Council, we know the importance of gathering feedback and sharing our opinions, so we invite you to these performances to do just that!

All of the pieces are creative, original, enjoyable, and wacky! One of the best things about Still Loading... is that we all get a ‘behind the scenes’ look at new performances that aren't fully finished yet, that you might be able to see at The Ark in the future!

So, what are you waiting for? Come along for this jam-packed hour that is fun for all the family (ages 8+). We hope you enjoy it!

"We are The Ark Children’s Council, and we helped organise this event. We are a group of 35 children aged 9-11 who come to The Ark about once a month. We do workshops in art, music, film, and drama and we go to many events at The Ark. We give a lot of feedback to The Ark and we meet a lot of artists. We help The Ark to make decisions about the work they do."

The chosen works in progress for Still Loading... are The Wrens and The Summer I Robbed a Bank.

An odd collection of tricksters live in the gorse bushes at the edge of the town. They’re best left alone, the townsfolk say. "We’ve nothing to do with them. Except, that is, for the odd healing spell, love cure, hair-cut… and to burn them out of their nests once a year".

This magic-realist piece for audiences aged 8+ is a poignant, funny, and wildly speculative interpretation of history and myths. This new piece from Dan Colley (A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings, Lost Lear) is bound to captivate and inspire.

Co-commissioned by Draoicht and co-produced by Riverbank Arts Centre, supported by The Ark and Fishamble's New Play Clinic; funded by the Arts Council of Ireland

Director Dan Colley
Matt Smyth
Performed by Osaro Azams & Karen McCartney
Composer/ Musician Maeve Stone

You can catch the full production at Riverbank Arts Centre later this year!
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Rex is on his way from the city to stay with his strange Uncle Derm on Achill Island. The island is full of unruly sheep, sideways rain and possibly even sharks!

Come and be the first to experience a taster of a brand-new show, The Summer I Robbed a Bank for children 8+ and their families.

Written by Mark Doherty and adapted from David O’Doherty’s award-winning children’s book, The Summer I Robbed a Bank, the play will premiere in 2024.

Presented by The Ark and the Everyman

Mark Doherty
Sophie Motley
Video Designer
Jack Phelan
Performed by
Kwaku Fortune, Chloe O’ Reilly, Rosie O’Regan & Bryan Quinn