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!
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 and guests CENTRE CULTUREL IRLANDAIS, In the tent 5, rue des Irlandais, Paris 15th till 19th of July
TOUR OF IRELAND – CROCK OF GOLD – A TRAVELLING FESTIVAL Mid July to mid Octobre
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 CHAUSSÉE – Spring 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. Brendánn O Beagloich 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