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Barnstorm Theatre Company

Monday’s Child


Monday’s Child tells the simple poetic story of the unique bond between a little girl and an old woman suffering memory loss. Together, in a dream-like garden, they sing and dance and dress up, as they joyously explore a treasure trove of memory boxes.
This sensitive, imaginative, yet funny play explores how we collect memories, how these shape who we are, and how they help us to meet the challenges of growing old.
While children fully engage with the characters and adore a succession of colourful surprises, the play also resonates strongly with adults, making this an ideal family show.

Monday’s Child was developed with input from neuroscientists at the University of Sussex, and the Alzheimer’s Society. Writer Brendan Murray says, ‘it came from a director whose mother-in-law has Alzheimer’s and she was interested in the relationship between her mother and her children. So we started to look at the idea of memory and the relationship between different generations.’

Monday’s Child was selected as one of the UK Guardian’s Theatre Top Ten of 2014.
A play for children aged 4+ years, their families and teachers.
Running time: 40 minutes approximately.


“A trip to Monday’s Child is worth every second of the performance. Some gorgeous theatre for young and old.” Ken McGuire, KCLR Arts Show
“Pure magic! The play is whimsical, fun and full of adventure and allows children and adults to rediscover the mystery in everyday things. I highly recommend it!” Kilkenny Reporter
“…a sophisticated piece of children’s theatre that will engage young audiences on a variety of levels.” Sara Keating, Irish Times 4****
“Another gem from Barnstorm! ‘Magical’ was the word I heard most often after the play.” Principal Marie Kelly, Presentation Primary, Kilkenny