As 2021 sails  into troubled  waters, Footsbarn enters its 50th year. 50 years of travelling the five continents ,extraordinary adventures,performing to remarkable audiences, children born and growing  up,  providence, creations,dreams and hopes. We feel  blessed to have been  able to be get this far in spite, or because of all the hurdles and obstacles thrown in our path. Old trucks breaking down, tents flooding or being buffeted by gales,insolvency,departing actors, heart attacks, passports stolen the eve of our departure to name but a few. We were fortunate enough this past year to collaborate with our friends Glen Hansard and Maire Saaritsa in the creation of our latest show the Crock of Gold. We’re grateful for their generous contributions to the collective melting Crock! It was also fantastic to have been able to hold our festival Footsbarn en Fête 2020 in spite of all the Covid restrictions . A little open window of celebration and togetherness in this arid year. We are in the midst of planning a tour of our local communities come early summer, followed by a travelling tenting festival of wonderful Ireland in 2021.
Not forgetting a festive celebration of our 50 years at our home base La Chaussée! The thought of better days when we can be reunited with you, our dear public, is keeping us afloat. We miss you!

Download the programme of the festival here

The 50 years of Footsbarn! Since this is a very important anniversary, we are not just organizing a very special festival but also filming a documentary while celebrating this huge number! And it is our pleasure to be joined by our dear friend and renowned documentary maker Myles O’Reilly who is going to document and film the big event!
Even though we have so many amazing people involved in this project, we need to ask for the help of our dear fans and friends as well.
If you click on the link below you will find all the information you need to make any kind of contribution that you can and thus help us document the 50th anniversary where the Footsbarn family will be together at our home in La Chaussée in France for a very special celebration.
All money raised from this campaign will go into making a professional broadcast-quality documentary and in return for your generosity all donators will receive a credit and an invitation to the exclusive premiere of the film!
A massive thank you from the whole Footsbarn Family X https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/footsbarn-documentary

 

FOOTSBARN ON TOUR 2021

THE CROCK OF GOLD TOUR IN THE BOURBONNAIS:

ST MENOUX – La Grange des Possibles – 27th of June

AINAY LE CHÂTEAU -Village hall – 29th of  June

FESTIVAL REMP’ARTS  at LA CHAUSSÉE, in the Footsbarn tent – 3rd of  July

THEATRE OF MOULINS – 9th of July

PARIS-First stop of a travelling festival  “The Crock of Gold”, featuring Footsbarn, Glen Hansard, Breanndán O Beaglaoich  and guests CENTRE CULTUREL IRLANDAIS, 5, rue des Irlandais, Paris 15th till 19th of July !!!  GET YOUR TICKETS HERE !!!

THE CROCK OF GOLD TOUR IN IRELAND  – A TRAVELLING FESTIVAL Mid July to mid October

A Travelling tented festival that will visit small towns, communities  and festivals throughout  Ireland
Probabilities: Festivals of Galway, Clifden, Cootehill, Clonakilty, Kilkenny and communes Co Clare, Dingle, Westport , Wexford, Ballintubbert House Details to come

FOOTSBARN EN FÊTE, THE 50 YEARS– Autumn 2021, La Chaussée

TOUR OF REGIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL THEATRES– Details to come, November, December

 

ACTIVITIES AT LA CHAUSSÉE for the moment!
Owing to the unpredictable nature of the times, this list is constantly evolving. We will keep you updated !
First event of Footsbarn’s fiftieth anniversary season:
CONCERT OF THE COLLECTIF LA BOHEME
2nd of April with Bernardo Sandoval – postponed to an indefinite date

“A spicy mélange , a tornado of love between the music and voices of the East and those of Spain and it’s elsewheres”

KIDDIES DAY WITH THE HERISSON SOCIAL CLUB – 11th of April – postponed to an indefinite date
Following the success of the last edition, our friends from the Social Club are organizing a day of shows and games for the young ones

WORKSHOP SEASON AT LA CHAUSSÉESpring April / May dates to be confirmed
Film Workshop with Tony Wadham, he will guide you through the techniques of screen acting , whilst filming the actors inspired by texts of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night
Workshop the Clowns and Fools of Shakespeare – with Vincent Gracieux and Paddy Hayter. Participants will delve into Shakespeare’s universe of groundlings, rustics and comic characters through improvisations and texts.
Mask making workshop – with Fredericka Hayter. She will teach the techniques of theatre mask making over several week-ends.
Workshop for the young with Henri Alexandre who will initiate young participants to the world of theatre acting through games and improvisation

SECOND PHASE OF THE CREATION OF THE CROCK OF GOLD – June
Having performed three shows our new production in summer 2020, we will be developing the piece and creating the Irish/English version of The Crock of Gold. Brenndán O Beaglaoich and his accordion  will be adding his inimitable wild Kerry flavour to the Crock.We welcome him in our midst!

FOOTSBARN EN FÊTE, THE 50 YEARS – Autumn 2021