Bualadh Bos Children's Festival Announcement 2022 - Lime Tree Theatre

Bualadh Bos Children’s Festival Announcement 2022

Lime Tree Theatre | Belltable announce dates for their annual Bualadh Bos Children’s Festival this October
Saturday, 1st – Friday, 14th October 2022
Three festival highlights now on sale!


The Lime Tree Theatre | Belltable team led by festival curator Liam McCarthy are currently working on an exciting programme of events for their annual Bualadh Bos Children’s Festival this October. As always, the aim is to ensure the festival continues to inspire and engage teachers, children and their families in the performing arts. Building upon the success of previous festivals, this year the programme is even more ambitious than ever. The festival dates are announced today in the hope that teachers, parents and guardians in the mid-west region will mark these two important weeks of the year in the diary – Saturday, 1st until Friday, 14th October. Our youngest citizens need you so they can actively participate and be part of the fun this autumn.

Liam McCarthy, Festival Curator said “Over the last 6 months, the Bualadh Bos team have consulted with the ‘Bualadh Bos Children’s Panel’ – a group of children who have worked closely with us on the festival’s artistic programme. This year will see the best of Irish and International theatre for children playing across the Lime Tree Theatre and Belltable stages, as well as dance, film, talk-back events and community projects.  We will also host the world premieres of new, home grown, theatre work for children. The ‘Bualadh Bos on Tour’ programme will see increased engagement with schools and teachers across Limerick City and County.”

As Limerick’s only arts festival dedicated to children we are delighted to announce three exciting highlight performances as a snap shot of what’s to come this October. The festival opens with the world premiere of a beautiful new show by Liam McCarthy called Fergal. We also present the Irish premiere of  I Wish I Was A Mountain presented by The Egg which initially tours to Limerick from the UK before it embarks on a national tour. Finally for all Branar fans out there we welcome back the Galway based company with a brand new show Grand Soft Day. All three events have both family and schools performances, bookings are now open on the website.

Also this year our Bualadh Bos On Tour programme will have a keen emphasis on community engagement and child participation. In particular we are excited to partner with Dr Fiona McDonagh and Dr Dorothy Morrissey (Mary Immaculate College) for the  MIC Student Take Over on the Lime Tree Theatre stage. This year also sees the Thomond Youth Theatre Open Workshop, working with young people from Limerick’s City Centre Community.

This festival guarantees the perfect opportunity for children to be creative in a fun way, it allows them to use their imagination sparked by superb theatre, dance, music, creative workshops and lots more. The full festival programme, including details of our On Tour programme will be available late August 2022. Keep updated with announcements by subscribing to our newsletter or keeping an eye on our social media platforms.


Primary school pupils gathered from St Michaels National School and An Mhodhscoil at the Belltable today with the Lime Tree Theatre | Belltable’s Bualadh Bos Children’s Festival Curator Liam McCarthy, Director Louise Donlon and Actor Darren Yorke to announce the dates for this years annual two week festival – October 1st – 14th 2022. Three highlight performances have also been announced including the world premiere show Fergal which opens the festival on October 1st. A gentle nudge to parents, teachers and families to keep the festival in mind this autumn so children in the mid-west region can join in on the fun. Visit www.limetreebelltable.ie for more details or stay up to date by subscribing to our newsletter.

Photographer: Diarmuid Greene

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