A feast of storytelling and theatre at the 2015 Terryglass Arts Festival

Now in its 17th year Terryglass Arts Festival has programmed a feast of storytelling and theatre for this year’s festival which takes place from Wednesday, August 12th to Sunday, August 16th.

Now in its 17th year Terryglass Arts Festival has programmed a feast of storytelling and theatre for this year’s festival which takes place from Wednesday, August 12th to Sunday, August 16th.

Kicking off the festival on Wednesday, August 12th is Niall de Búrca, one of Ireland’s top traditional storytellers with a unique style that turns an ancient art form on its head and drives it into the 21st century.

Born in the west of Ireland Niall emigrated at a young age and married into a large Maori family in New Zealand.

His performance career took off there and in the years since he has performed in a fascinating array of venues on six continents.

He combines a powerful stage presence and delivery with a mighty range of stories and an ability to reach all ages.

The entertainment continues on Thursday night with a Molotov cocktail of comedy, magic and sword swallowing from Jack Wise.

Items of borrowed jewellery are smashed up in front of the horrified owner and then much to the amusement of the audience Jack causes them to vanish only to reappear in a previously empty envelope in plain view all the time!

As Ireland’s only sword swallower, the audience will witness the spine tingling moment when Jack swallows a 24-inch real sword! But the highlight of the show has to be Jack’s ventriloquism. Using a face mask with a movable jaw, Jack will turn an audience member into a side splitting life size puppet!

Tipperary Youth Theatre and Fracture Youth Theatre’s present a theatre performance with a difference with their production of Back Seat.

This unique theatrical treat invites its audience to experience their intimate show from the back seat of a car.

The show was written with teenagers in mind and is recommended for audiences aged 13-plus. Directed by Joanne Quinn and Niall Cleary, the show will take place in the village square on Saturday, August 15th at 1pm, 2.15pm, 3.30pm and 4.45pm.

Festival Chairperson Emma Pearce is encouraging people to book early for festival events as demand in the past very often exceeded supply.

“We have a very exciting programme planned for our 17th year and I would encourage members of the public to browse the full schedule of events on our website and book early,” she said.

Tickets for festival events can be booked online on www.terryglassartsfestival.ie from or by phone on 087 218 1663.

For more details check out www.terryglassartsfestival.ie or follow Terryglass Arts Festival on Facebook www.facebook.com/TerryglassArtsFestival.