August theatre festival for Castletown

PLANS will unveiled soon for a major festival of theatre in north Kildare.

PLANS will unveiled soon for a major festival of theatre in north Kildare.

The Castletown House based Performance Corporation is organising a family friendly festival at Castletown House from 3-5 August.

On 9 April, Tom Swift and Aishling Ormonde briefed Leixlip Town Council on the Government supported event which will along with other flagship events, including those in Punchestown and Athy, will support the Gathering project.

Mr. Swift estimated that a ticket covering a day – the same events will be run over three days – will be €20 with a family ticket at around €40.

Mr. Swift said the events would include experimental and unusual approaches to theatre and was part of the aim of restoring Castletown House as, not just a historic building, but a living place.

Well over a hundred performers will take part and the capacity is 3,000.

“It will be family friendly and something for everybody’s taste,” he predicted adding that the events will from from 12.00-22.00 on the day.

Opera, classical music, ballroom dancing and headline music acts are planned on a programme which is not yet complete.

The Kildare Dance Theatre and Kildare Youth Theatre will be involved.

Mr. Swift asked the Town Council to spread the words around. “Despite all our technology, word of mouth is still the best way to do that,” he said.

Cllr. Thersa Byrne reminded the audience that Leixlip would have its own Gathering event as well- a Special Games in August.

Cllr. Shane Fitzgerald said the event should make allowance for local producers and craftspeople to be involved.

The group was wished the best. “We all remember the Barbara Streisand concert,” said Cllr. Michael O’Brien, referring to the mud bath element of that famous event.

Mr. Swift said only a small area of the house and demesne would be closed.

But parking could be a problems and that has to be planned.

Full information will eventually be on www.bighouse.ie

- Henry Bauress