Like an ice cream van for the Arts! FESTIVAL IN A VAN brings entertainment outside and makes it mobile

FESTIVAL IN A VAN FÉILE I VEAIN

Getting the show on the road

A new mobile live arts event, Festival in a Van brings live performance to your door. Whether it’s a trad session at your window, a classical concert on the green, dramatic moments, or poets proclaiming in the garden: from this October, Festival in a Van is touring nationwide, bringing the magic of live performance back to Ireland.

Three vans have been transformed as mini mobile venues, and are popping up in parks, streets, squares, care homes and more; making safe, fun arts experiences part of life once more. Supported by Creative Ireland, and led by a team of theatre professionals, Festival in a Van is keeping live performance going, on the move, and coming to a place near you.

Vans arrive to streets, housing estates or apartment blocks. They come to care homes, parking lots or village squares. The doors open. In one, an actor delivers a dramatic monologue. In another a musician makes their own kind of magic, a singer sings songs or arias. In another a poet recites, a writer reads.

For truly Safe Craic: Festival in a Van gets the show back on the road.

Read about us in The Irish Times: Bringing Live Performance to Your Door

TOUR DATES & INFO

Galway 2020 City and County – October 1st 2020

The Whileaways, Barceló Brothers, Niceol Blue and Orla McGovern

 

Éigse Michael Hartnett Festival, Newcastlewest, Co Limerick – October 3rd 2020

Trevor Sexton, Micheál Rowsome and Stephen Murphy

 

Kerry County – October 9th, 10th, 11th 2020

Mary Culloty O'Sullivan, Cormac Begley, Cathal Flaherty, Bryan O'Leary and Brian Mooney, Emma O'Leary and Gavan Ring

 

Schools Tour - Dublin, October 16th 2020

Candlelit Tales at Belmayne Educate Together, Scoil Íde Cailiní and St Malachy’s

 

Monaghan - October 20th and 21st 2020

Claire Crehan, Niamh McCormack, Brioni Gallagher and Seanan Brennan

 

Schools Tour - Dublin, October 22nd and 23rd 2020

Romeo and Juliet, Directed by Conor Hanratty and starring Kate Stanley Brennan and Lloyd Cooney

 

Limerick - October 27th 2020

David Hope and Susan O'Neill - SON

 

Monaghan - November 17th 2020

Brioni Gallagher and Seanan Brennan

 

Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Schools - November 19th to 23rd

Including The Wild Turkeys, Avoca Reaction, Romeo and Juliet (in a Van) with Kate Brennan and Lloyd Cooney and directed by Conor Hanratty, Karl Flood, Sam Clifford, Michael Chanda and Candlelit Tales

 

Monaghan - December 2nd and 3rd

Brioni Gallagher, Seanan Brennan, Claire Crehan and Niamh McCormack

 

Cavan - December 7th and 8th 2020

Niamh McCormack and Claire Crehan

 

Westmeath - December 9th and 10th 2020

 

Kilkenny - December 11th 2020

SCHOOLS

Festival in a Van presents 

Romeo and Juliet – in a Van

Romeo and Juliet meet, fall heavily for one another, discover what it truly means to be star-crossed lovers, and take their passion to its conclusion in this thirty minute presentation of scenes from Shakespeare’s most famous play. Created by acclaimed director Conor Hanratty and starring Kate Stanley Brennan and Lloyd Cooney, this unique Covid-safe show brings key moments from the play to schools, in Shakespeare’s own words – and in a van. Festival in a Van is supported by Creative Ireland. Romeo and Juliet in a Van is produced by Selina O’Reilly and is also supported by the Creative Schools Programme of Creative Ireland and Arts Office of Dublin City Council.

VANS OUT & ABOUT - FEEDBACK

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SJC Killiney 19th November

The glorious Avoca Reaction had everyone singing and dancing for LGBTQI+ Awareness Week with an unforgettable session at Saint Joseph's...
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Monaghan 17 November

Brioni Gallagher and Seanan Brennan in fine voice and flying form at Care Centres for Adults in County Monaghan today,...
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Limerick 27 October

The clocks changed, and with them our first After Dark Session, in the lovely grounds of Villiers School. When the...
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Clare 27 October

With thanks to Grainne Hope's great programming, the sounds of SON (Susan O'Neill) and David Hope joined the Forest Van...
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Dublin 23 October

Romeo and Juliet headed to the Northside of Dublin for stops at Margaret Aylward Community College, Cabra Community College and...
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Newpark 22nd October

Star Crossed Lovers, caught on camera by Newpark student Rachel Bennett, when Conor Hanratty's scenes from Romeo and Juliet rolled...
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Dublin 16th October

Our schools tour kicked off with the lovely Candlelit Tales entertaining rapt audiences in playgrounds from Belmayne to Finglas. Including...
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Killarney 11th October

Gavan Ring brought the house down with a set including Nessun Dorma and You Raise Me Up. It was quite...
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Killarney 10th October

The epic duo of Bryan O'Leary and Brian Mooney had everyone's toes tapping, and with a follow up from Cathal...
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Tralee 9th October

Mary Culloty O'Sullivan joined Cormac Begley for an operatic trad combo in the Town Park. Thanks to all who (safely)...

HOW TO BOOK

Vans can be hired as venues for your own programme, or we can programme for you. You can take one van, two or all three. Set up on site takes approximately 30 minutes, and may be part of the performance as preferred. Vans can spend the day in one location or make up to three stops in one day, depending on distances and performance duration.

To book Festival in a Van please email Gemma Tipton 

TECHNICAL SPEC

Van 1: Box Van, rear door, tail lift

Interior - 2400mm X 1900mm(w) X 1900mm (h)

Tail Lift  - 1.2 meters depth X 2 meters wide (Not all playing area due to swing doors

Tech 1 - Sound/Lights

Tech 2 - Stage manager/driver/ Artist liaison/ H+S

Sound - 1 Desk + stereo left and right tops on stands + mic package as required

Lighting - Smart Batts X 3 +dressing (fairy lights or festoon and/or Freedom Sticks)

Van 2: Box Van, rear door, tail lift

Interior - 2400mm X 1900mm(w)  X 1900mm ( H)

Tail Lift - 1000mm (d) X 2000mm (w)

Tech 1 - Sound/Lights

Tech 2 - Stage manager/driver/ Artist liaison/ H+S

Sound - 1 Desk + stereo left and right tops on stands + mic package as required

Lighting - Smart Batts X 3 +dressing (fairy lights or festoon and/or Freedom Sticks)

Van 3: Side door Transit-style

Interior  - 1500mm(h) X 1200(w) 1400mm deep

Deck - 1200mmX1200 approx ( deck sits flush to side door to allow performer to sit outside of van)

Tech 1 - Sound/Lights

Tech 2 - Stage manager/driver/ Artist liaison/ H+S

Sound - 1 Desk + stereo left and right tops on stands + mic package as required

Lighting - Smart Batts X 2 +dressing (fairy lights or festoon and/or Freedom Sticks)

Each van travels with a sound and lighting technician, and a driver.

Covid safety for the vans is coordinated by Peter Jordan at Slua Event Safety Consultancy 

Festival in a Van is responsible for the safety of its vans, teams and performers. Hiree is responsible for audience coordination and management.

THE TEAM

Gemma Tipton - Producer

Selina O'Reilly - Project Producer

Peter Jordan – Production and Safety Officer

Rob Furey - Production Manager

 

Graphic Design - Matthew Connell, Duck to Water

Website - Elisabeth Ryan

 

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