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Rothar is a new early years show created by Branar and produced in association with Drama NUI Galway and Baboró International Arts Festival for Children as part of Creative Europe’s Mapping Project. It is a playful and dynamic production developed as part of our 2021 festival.

Set in a little bike shop at the end of town, the show follows two boys and their bikes as they conjure play from the everyday and discover a world where anything is possible. Developed in the midst of isolating lockdowns in the the age of Covid-19, this joyful production celebrates the places your imagination can take you through gorgeous design and brilliant physical comedy.

Branar's Artistic Director Marc Mac Lochlainn teamed up with performers Miquel Barceló and Moisés Mas García, with designers Maeve Clancy and Elaine Mears designing the gorgeous world of Rothar.

Director: Marc Mac Lochlainn
Performer: Miquel Barceló
Performer & Composer: Moisés Mas García
Set Designer & Animator: Maeve Clancy
Costume Designer: Elaine Mears

Branar is one of the leading theatre companies making work for children in Ireland. They create beautiful, innovative, high-quality productions that inspire children and their families. They tour their work to venues and festivals locally, nationally and internationally. They support artists to make work for young audiences through their tailored programmes of resource sharing and Tiny Show creation. They create opportunities for children to explore their own arts practise in school settings.

The company tours extensively nationally and internationally every year. Their work has been presented throughout Ireland, Europe, the USA, China and Japan.

Mapping is an artistic research project focused on creating a sensory-based relationship with very young children, from 0 to 6 years, through performing arts. In particular, it explores the idea of “children-spectators of today and not only of tomorrow.”

The partnership of Mapping spread across the entire territory of the European Union, involves 18 partners from 17 European countries.

Mapping is in collaboration with Small size (Network for the diffusion of the Performing arts for Early Years) and ITYARN (International Theatre for Young Audience Research Network).

Supported by Creative Europe, Sub-programme Culture.

Founded in 1845, NUI Galway has earned international recognition as a research-led university with a commitment to top quality teaching. The Discipline of Drama and Theatre Studies was established at NUI Galway in 2014 and is part of the School of English and Creative Arts. The university has a long history of excellence in the performing arts – a history that pre-dates the establishment of Drama as a degree subject.

Baboró and NUI Galway have shared an enduring partnership since the festival’s inception in 1997.