A forest of fun at Lollipops festival

Now in its second year, the Lollipops Children’s Arts Festival makes a welcome return to Roscommon Arts Centre from Monday 22nd – Thursday 25th October.   Taking place just in time before the mid-term holidays, this year’s festival promises a feast of fun and entertainment for children, offering performances for all ages. Programmed within school hours, children have an opportunity to see some of the best in national and international performances from dance to theatre and from literature to storytelling, with workshops thrown in to add to the fun!   This year is the first year for ‘Lollipops On Tour’, a touring initiative providing rural schools with the chance of hosting a production or performance in their classroom or school hall. Lollipops on Tour allows rural schools the opportunity to participate in the festival when travel arrangements can sometimes be difficult to organise.   Among the highlights of this year’s festival is Corryvreckan by Scottish Y Dance. Aimed at children and young people aged 7 – 15, ‘Corryvreckan’ is based around the facts and legends surrounding the Corryvreckan Whirlpool – one of the most dangerous whirlpools in the world. Performances of this great physical show are Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd October, 11 am.   An excellent treat for the little ones is Scribble. All the way from France, Scribble is a tiny person who wears a big jacket and a pointy black hat. She’s very clever! This is a story that adults find too complicated to understand, but what do they know? Aimed at very young children aged one to three years old, the audience will understand what Scribble is all about with her little gestures, movements and melodies. Scribble is pure theatre for the very, very young. This performance is on Thursday 25th October at 10.30 am and 12 pm.   Lollipops Children’s Arts Festival features four packed days of entertainment for children and young people. Other highlights of the festival include ‘Mammie’s Cart’ by Cups and Crowns, well known author Oisin McCann, ‘Fiddlee Dee Fiddlee Doh’ with Niall de Burca, ‘Grimm Jamm’ by Monkeyshine Theatre and the classic film ‘The Wizard of Oz’. Further information at Roscommon Arts Centre (090) 66 25824.