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The Dublin Theatre Festival - Family Season

Playwright George Bernard Shaw said that an “Irishman’s heart is nothing but his imagination”. Every day great theatre is performed on stages across the world, the result of a mere imagining.  And equally every day in Imaginosity I witness children creating theatre.  In the diner they are rushed off their feet serving angry customers, there are epic train crashes occurring on the town table and a patient is just moments away from tragedy in Dr Appleaday’s surgery.  You see it in your own home too – children don’t need the backdrop of a children’s museum to create in-depth melodramatic multi-character scenarios:  it’s called Mammies and Daddies. 

And because children love creating theatre they are also the perfect spectators.  And lucky spectators at that, because there are a wealth of phenomenally talented children’s theatre companies in Ireland and beyond who specialise in creating high quality productions for these highly critical individuals.  Have you ever been to a truly terrible play?  If yes, then you will know the feelings it inspires.  You sit trapped, claustrophobic, nowhere to run and nowhere to hide the grimaces.  You want to cry out.  You most definitely want your money back.  Imagine the freedom of being able to wail “I’m BORED!”  This is the risk children’s theatre practitioners run every day, so is it any wonder they hone their craft?  If you think theatre critics are harsh just wait until your performance is ripped to shreds by a four year old.  

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