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RoolaBoola weaves wonders

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MESMERISING ‘The University of Wonder and Imagination’ is guaranteed to bring the wow factor to RoolaBoola Children’s Arts Season.

RoolaBoola Children’s Arts Season is in full flight at the Linenhall Arts Centre. Despite its doors being closed the Linenhall is endeavouring to ensure that children around the county continue to have access to the very best arts experiences.
First up, ‘The University of Imagination and Wonder’ brings the magic of theatre directly into children’s living rooms via the wonders of digital technology. It’s a fun, interactive, live theatre experience which is effectively directed by the audience. The choices the audience make live, during the show shape each unique experience.
 “We spent an hour mesmerised by a fun and interactive theatre experience, where we met lecturers and professors who left us mind boggled and brain bamboozled with their magical powers! A brilliant production!” say pupils from Barnacogue National school, who attended one of the online performances for schools earlier this month.
The brainchild of theatre company CahootsNI, ‘The University of Imagination and Wonder’ is designed for families with children aged seven years and older, and it takes place on Saturday, November 7.
‘Crown lakeen’  is the Linenhall’s annual exhibition curated with young audiences in mind. It celebrates Traveller/Mincéir girls, their aesthetic expression and their unique culture, as expressed through their hair. For this exhibition artist Breda Mayock and photographer Orla Sloyan worked with Traveller/Mincéir girls to create a series of photographic portraits. The exhibition is available to view online via the Linenhall Arts Centre website.
Firm favourites with Mayo audiences, Branar Téatar do Pháistí, have joined forces with the Linenhall Arts Centre, and the Lime Tree Theatre (Limerick) to deliver an exciting new music initiative for children in Junior and Senior Infants and First and Second Class. ‘Rockin’ the Classroom’ is a music resource pack for teachers that includes a CD of the music from Branar’s hugely popular show ‘Rockin’ Rhymes’, a resource booklet, exclusive access to  ‘Rockin’ the Classroom’  videos, and a Rockin’ Rhymes Poster. Due to overwhelming demand the registration date for this initiative has now been extended.
And that’s not all. This year the Linenhall Arts Centre is offering an artist residency as part of RoolaBoola. The residency is designed to support up to two collaborating artists working in the area of arts provision for children, and is open to artists working in any art form. It may be of interest to those in search of time and space to develop their practice, to research, try out ideas and develop work for young audiences. The deadline for applications is Nov 12 at 5pm.

For more on RoolaBoola Children’s Arts Season and booking, visit or call 094 902 3733.