Alice in Wonderland 2015

Alice in Wonderland was a rip roaring re-telling of the famous story with lots of laughter and song. The story follows the unfortunate Alice Long as she starts her first day at work as Park Manager in a busy city park in Dublin. There has been a mix up, her story loving underlings don’t realise she is their new boss and take her for a volunteer. As she tries to explain herself things go from bad to worse and she finds her self caught up in a story that mirrors and twists reality.

This site specific piece was created for The International Literature Festival Dublin to coincide with the centenary of Alice in Wonderland.  The show took place at The Vagabond as part of a whole day of events inspired by Alice in Wonderland and dedicated to story telling.

 


Set Sail - 2014

In The Model Arts Centre we built a shanty shack. The home of a destitute lilliputian tailor, who’s house had been destroyed by a freak accident that has left swaths of the countryside crushed into great craters in the shape of a giant shoe. The tailor obsessed by measurements and scale has been commissioned to make a pair of very special ‘Royal Trousers’. He has been sent a foot print on a piece of paper which from which he will calculate the proportions of the person. The audience are invited into the shack to hear the Tailors story and to join him as he discovers the size of the trousers he will have to make!

Created for Culture Night Sligo 2014, and continuing our exploration of Gulliver’s Travels, Set Sail was the joint title of

two bespoke pieces happening simultaneously in The Hawkswell Theatre and The Model Arts Centre.

Two Sailors invited the audience to join them in the hold of a great ship, otherwise known as the foyer of The Hawkswell, where they recounted the entire story of Gulliver’s Travels in twenty minutes. It was an energetic adventure filled with fun, live music and lots of audience interaction.

In The Model Arts Centre, The Upper Crust Bakery was in full swing. Three Lilliputian bakers employed the help of the audience to help them to produce enough bread  to feed a giant.


Two Worlds - 2013

In The Model Arts Centre we built a shanty shack. The home of a destitute Lilliputian Tailor, whose house had been destroyed by a freak accident that has left swaths of the countryside crushed into great craters in the shape of a giant shoe. The Tailor, obsessed by measurements and scale, has been commissioned to make a pair of very special ‘Royal Trousers’. He has been sent a foot print on a piece of paper which from which he will calculate the proportions of the person. The audience are invited into the shack to hear the Tailor’s story and to join him as he discovers the size of the trousers he will have to make!

Created for Culture Night 2013,  for The Model Arts Centre and Hawkswell Theatre. Inspired by Gullivers Travels and the question of belief , we created two worlds for audiences to visit and become apart of.

In The Hawkswell Theatre we created Gullivers Studio. Here Gulliver was busy preparing a speech for The Royal Society in which he was hoping to convince his colleagues of the existence of tiny little people. The audience became Gullivers advisers, helping him to decide which tiny artifacts and which arguments were most convincing.


The Selfish Giant - 2012

 
 

Oscar Wildes much loved tale of the friendship between an old man and a young boy is beautifully retold using simple tools; a white park bench, a small suitcase and a big pair of shoes.

Performed in Tallaght Library as part of the Unwrapped project with Tallaght Community Arts Centre.

Performed by Paul Curley
Created by Kareen Pennefather, James Jobson and Paul Curley. 2012


Within the repetitive rhythm of their dull existence,
imagination takes hold.

 

Lost Property was Monkeyshine’s first theatre production created in 2001. Devised and performed by Meabh Ivers and Kareen Pennefather.

This bittersweet physical comedy explored the lives of two women stuck in the most mundane of jobs, processing other peoples lost property.  Within the repetitive rhythm of their dull existence, imagination takes hold.  The downtrodden characters are transported beyond boredom to a place where the line between fantasy and reality becomes blurred and their dreams become an almost reality.

The production toured in Northern Ireland and to the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival.

 

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‘Poignant, brilliant, and at times oddly uplifting theatre’
— The Stage

A little girl falls asleep and one of her more
mischievous dreams comes to life!

Created in 2003, this exquisite, wordless performance combines mime, music and shadow puppetry to explore the twilight world of children’s dreams. A little girl falls asleep and one of her more mischievous dreams comes to life, wakes her up and wants to play.

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Created & performed by
Helene Hugel & Kareen Pennefather

Directed by Jennifer Jordan

Supported by
Young At Art International Children’s Arts Festival Belfast.

 

The story of an unhappy old lady
who lives in a lighthouse on a small and far away Island.

 

‘Child’s play at it’s best’ ****

The Irish Times

“Better than all my cartoons!”

Child attending the show
 

‘The Grandmother’, was nominated for The Jayne Snow award
for innovation, risk taking and artistic excellence

 

A warm and funny story about an unhappy old lady, who lives in a lighthouse on a small and far away Island. One windy Wednesday a small boat arrives, bringing George, the grandson she never knew she had. Slowly but surely George’s mischievous nature and happy spirit begins to melt his grumpy grandmother’s long frozen heart.

 

Created & performed by
Colm O’Grady & Kareen Pennefather

written by Kareen Pennefather

Dramaturge Chrissie Polter

 

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A magic train ride through a deliciously
wicked cocktail of sweet and slimy stories

 


Grimm Jam follows one man’s journey on a magic train ride through a deliciously wicked cocktail of sweet and slimy stories. Made with traditional ingredients such as apples, frogs and lost slippers, mixed with a sprinkling of scary bits, a spoonful of circus tricks and generous splash of laughter. This is an entirely new and off the wall concoction of physical comedy, object theatre and gruesomely tasty tales.

 

 

‘…Excellent physical theatre with a comic touch’

Fringe Report

‘…A unique atmosphere, which was hard to look away from.’

Children’s express

Created and performed by:
James Jobson, Serena Brabazon, Kareen Pennefather

The Bedmaker transforms
a bed into a performance landscape.
 

Absolutely wonderful. Proof again that imagination is the greatest toy!

Parent, at the Bed maker

The Bedmaker transforms a bed into a performance landscape. This intimate, playful and sensitive show includes clowning, storytelling, object manipulation, child’s free play and sound. This is a multi-sensory, highly participatory experience for young children.

Devised by Helena Hugel
Directed by Kareen Pennefather

Supported by:
- The Irish Arts Council
- Tallaght Community Arts Centre
- South Dublin City Council

 

Follow four Alice’s and one white Rabbit on an immersive
adventure full of surprises and delights...

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An ingenious adaptation of Alice’s adventures in Wonderland.
The audience were invited to follow Alice down the rabbit hole and join her as she wonders through a real life wonderland.

 

 
 


Over 200 hundred audience members followed four Alice’s and one white Rabbit on an immersive adventure full of surprises and delights. puppetry, masks, live music and a seat for everyone at the mad hatters tea party.

 
 

Alice was Monkeyshine’s first out door site specific and immersive production.

Created in 2008 for Killruddery House and Gardens and performed
in the beautiful garden of the house.

 

Two children wake early one morning to discover
a giant present waiting for them...

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Two children wake early one morning to discover a giant present waiting for them.  Excitedly they tear open the paper only to discover that there is nothing inside. But they are mistaken, inside is a wonderful gift, a magical adventure into their

imagination, full of surprises and delights.
This ingenious physical theatre production uses cardboard, wrapping paper and ribbon to create a world where anything can happen.

 

Co-produced with Mermaid Arts Centre in 2007

Re-worked in Association with The Nomad Collective 2009

 

You are invited to a party! There’s glitter and sparkles, a tiny theatre and a magical story to be told...

 

 
 
 

Roll up your sleeves, open your ears and sit down and watch as the paper princess is whisked away, up into the sky, out into the world.

 


★★★★★
‘Monkeyshine Theatre clearly have a talent for children’s shows’
Three Weeks at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013
 

★★★★
‘A thoroughly engaging show for younger children’
Broadway Baby at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013
 

‘The Paper Princess really stood out as it was interactive and had the young and older members of the audience not only entertained but filled with warmth.’
Delegate at the Theatre for Young Audiences Gathering 2010

 
 

This is an interactive theatre experience for children of 3 yrs and up with a Victorian toy theatre and live music. Created in 2010 by Kareen Pennefather and James Jobson. Based on the book, 'The Paper Princess’ by Elisa Kleven.
The show continues to tour.

 

Meet Losha, a magical creature, who likes to collect things, small things, important things, things that have been forgotten

 

 
 
 

Have you ever wondered where things go when you forget them?  Meet Losha, a magical creature, who likes to collect things, small things, important things, things that have been forgotten. She will share the memories of half remembered stories and bring forgotten dreams to life in a delicate world of light and shadows.

 

 

‘This particular moment, shared in the quiet and the shadowy light of the Solstice Arts Centre stage, was up there with the most precious of them all.’

By Shane Breslin.  Blogger

 

Tour Dates

 

The Spark Festival

The Curve

Leicester U.K

Saturday June 27th10.30am | 1pm

Sunday June 28th 10.30am | 1pm 3pm

£5 | www.sparkfestival.co.uk | 0044 (0)116 242 3595

 

 

 
 

‘Absolutely magical in every respect!’

Parent

‘An amazing thought provoking show.
The children were engrossed from start to finish.’

Teacher

‘What a wonderful, original piece.
The children were spellbound.’

Parent

 
 

Losha was developed in 2011 as part of the Arts Councils Theatre Maker In Residence scheme with Roscommon Arts Centre and Roscommon Co Council, under the mentorship of Theatre Vélo France.

Losha is a show for family audiences  from five years and up.

 

Only one thing is certain, this will be a unique and very special experience where everyone leaves with a tale of their own

 


Join the Story Weavers  as they make preparations to weave a story. There is a basket for everyone to gather inspiration on the foraging walk and then it’s back to the Story Tent to weave a brand new story. It’s such a new story that no one knows what’s going to happen, not even the Story Weavers!

 

‘A highly engaging story-making experience for family audiences.’

Arts Access Officer. The Linenhall Arts Centre.

 

This will be a shared adventure into the creative unknown. 
Story Weavers is an intuitive storytelling experience for children and adults performed at The Vagabond.

Story Weavers was created in 2012 and continues to tour.

 

 

The Tide is high, the wind is blowing and adventure is calling!

 

Get ready for ropes, pulleys and power tools, wild stories, ferocious storms and far off lands. With their unique style and signature charm, Monkeyshine create an astonishing world where nothing is quite what it seems and life becomes a miraculous journey.

An electrifying, big-hearted epic for everyone over eight, inspired by Jonathan Swift’s fantastic tales of Gulliver’s Travels

 

An electrifying, big-hearted epic for everyone over eight, inspired by Jonathan Swift’s fantastic tales of Gulliver’s Travels

Produced by Monkeyshine Theatre in partnership with the Strollers Touring Network.

 

Tour Dates

Friday 14th October | Watergate Theatre | Kilkenny

Performances: 11.30am & 6pm

watergatetheatre.com | Tel: 056 7761674

 

Monday 17th October - Wednesday 19th October | Town Hall Theatre

| Galway

as part of Baboró International Arts Festival for Children

Performances: 9.45am & 12.15pm

baboro.ie | Tel: 091 562 667

 

Sunday 23rd October | SiamsaTíre | Tralee Co Kerry

Performances: 12 noon & 3pm

siamsatire.com | 066 712 3055

 

Wednesday 26th October | Riverbank Arts Centre | Newbridge Co Kildare

Performances:  9.30am & 12 noon

riverbank.ie | 045 448327

 

Friday28th October | Draíocht| Blanchardstown Dublin

Performances: 10am & 12.30pm 

Ticket prices: €7 adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class

draiocht.ie | 01 885 2622

 

Monday 31st October | Linenhall | Castlebar Co Mayo

Performances: 12.30pm & 3pm

thelinenhall.com | 094 902 3733

 

Thursday 3rd November | Hawk's Well Theatre | Sligo

Performances: 2pm & 6pm

Tickets: €8

hawkswell.com | 071 9161518

 

Saturday 5th November | The Source Arts Centre | Thurles Co Tipperary

Performances: 2pm & 4.30pm

Ticket: €8 or €21 for a group of three.

thesourceartscentre.ie | 0504 90204

 

Tuesday 8th November | Solstice Arts Centre | Navan Co Meath

Performances: 10am & 12.30pm

Tickets: €7 adults / €5 children / 2 teachers free per class

www.solsticeartscentre.ie | 046 9092300

 

Thursday10th November | VISUAL | Carlow

Performances: 9.30am & 12pm

Ticket: €6

visualcarlow.ie | 059 917 2400