Inspired by Patrick Kavanagh’s 'A Christmas Childhood' poem, this is a touching story about a young boy whose life was full of wonder, fantastical adventures with his friends, and a deep connection with nature and the world around him.
However, after growing up and moving away from home, he somehow lost his wonder along the way. Can his childhood book of memories help him to rediscover it? Can he reconnect with the magic of childhood once again? Using a combination of live music, puppetry and animation The Land of a Hundred Little Hills is a joyful, moving, and action-packed musical tale.
A unique, authentic gig theatre experience for children ages 6+ that vividly and intimately celebrates the wonder of childhood; exploring how the ordinary can become extraordinary in the eyes of a child.
Co-produced by Ceol Connected, the National Concert Hall and Draíocht Blanchardstown.
Commissioned by the Patrick Kavanagh Centre and Monaghan County Council and funded by the Arts Council.
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Created for children aged 6+
Duration: 40 minutes
Director, dramaturg & co-writer: Aisling Byrne
Set & paper puppet design, animation & co-creator: Emma Fisher-Owen
Musical Director, producer, co-creator & composition: Thomas Johnston
Performer, composition & arrangements: Áine McGeeeny
Performer, composition, arrangements & sound design: Stephen Markham
Performer & arrangements: Seán O’Meara
Puppeteer & ‘little boy’ puppet-maker: Tommy Baker
Lighting Design: Sebastian Pizarro
Costume Design: Olga Profutkina
Puppet mechanism designer & animator: Ivan Fisher-Owen
Carpenter: Colin Bartley
Creative Producer: Brioni Gallagher
Production Manager: Lisa Mahony
Sound Engineer for tour: Tomas Donaghy
LX for tour: Sheila Murphy
Filmmaker: Gary de Búit