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Monday 30 November, 10 & 11.45am, €8 (teachers free of charge)

Cuckoo Connolly’s Curious Clock Shop

A Play for Children by Padraic McIntyre

Cuckoo Connolly owns the Curious Little Clock-Shop at the bottom of Main Street.  He has the very important task of keeping the Christmas Clock going, a job he has been given by Santa Clause himself. When the Christmas Stealer breaks in and puts three locks on the clock, Christmas is not going to happen. Cuckoo enlists the help of Willie the Wizard to try and get back the three keys. With Willie’s help he goes on three amazing adventures which bring him to Winnie the Witch’s House, Conor the Crazy Clown’s Circus and Padraic the Pirate’s Island.

Can he get the keys back? Can he open the locks in time? And can he save Christmas?

A Play for National School children of all ages.

Duration 50 minutes.

From Saturday 5 December for 10 weeks, 10.30am - 11.30am,

Art Classes for Children

Suitable for children aged 5-12 years old

These childrens art classes will take place in the glór foyer with experienced teacher Helen Lowe.

All material is included in the class. The series of classes will touch on still life, portrait, landscape, abstract and animals. For this series of classes we will use oil pastels, watercolors and acrylic on different media. The aim is that after 5 classes the children will feel comfortable with using different media and supports. Class size is limited so please book in advance.

Cost per student €110
(€100 for 2nd child / €80 for 3rd child from same family)

Booking directly with Helen on 086 736 3320.
More information at www.facebook.com/quinart.class

Sunday 6 December, 12pm & 2pm, €10/€8 children/€30 family of 4

Little Light

presented by Monkeyshine Theatre

The story of one little girl’s quest to bring back the Sun.

A winter treat for everyone aged 5 and over, Little Light is a tale inspired by Nordic mythology about the adventures of one little girl in the darkest days of the year.  This production from critically-acclaimed and beloved Monkeyshine is filled with live music, stunning imagery, playful storytelling and all the goodness of the season.

Little Light is set in the wintertime, as the snow covers the land. The storytellers are on their way, bringing magic from the far north. They carry with them a wonderful, heart-warming story of a little girl’s quest to bring back the Sun and so save her family. Warm in their cosy house in the high mountains, this family waits for the days to grow longer and for spring to arrive. But one day the Sun doesn’t rise. When it doesn’t rise the next day or the next and Darkness settles in to stay, they realize that someone has stolen the Sun! Our young heroine Lucia decides to do something about it, and sets off accompanied only by her cat and her tinder box on a mission which will lead her into the world of the trolls…

Click here to download a template to make & decorate Lucia's house - a charming activity to get in the mood for the show. 

For over 15 years Monkeyshine have been creating a beautifully crafted brand of theatre that is vibrant, ingenious, bold and playful in spirit.

“Monkeyshine are an Irish treasure” Vicky Ireland MBE Vice Chair, Theatre for Young Audiences, England
“Child’s play at its best ****” The Irish Times
“Better than all my cartoons!” Young audience member

Don't forget to avail of the special Christmas Treat offer - book a visit to Santa and Little Light performance for €15 per child/€25 for two children/€50 Family 4

Sunday 6 December, 11am - 6pm, €10 per child

Visit Santa

We are delighted that Santa will be joining us here in glór for a pit stop before his major worldwide tour on December 24th. Children can have a little chat with Santa to make sure that his naughty and nice lists are in order!  Make sure to avail of the opportunity to take a photo to remember your special visit.  Small sweetie treat included.

Please note that the Santa visit must be pre booked with glór box office as Santa can only see so many people during his short visit to glór.  Parents, please phone or call into glór box office in advance to book your special visit.

Don't forget to avail of the special Christmas Treat offer - book a visit to Santa and Little Light performance for €15 per child/€25 for two children/€50 Family 4

Sunday 6 December, 1pm, €10 per child including all materials

Pop Art Snowman

Christmas Craft Workshop with Helen Lowe

Suitable for ages 7 – 12 │Duration 90 mins

Create your own snowman to take home, taking inspiration from the work of some of the best pop artists.

Sunday 6 December, 3.30pm, €8/€5 child/€25 Family 4

Miracle On 34th Street (1947)

When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalised as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing. The question posed, not only to the characters of the movie, but also to the audience is, 'do you believe in Santa Claus?'

With Maureen O’Hara and Natalie Wood, Miracle on 34th Street is an apt title for such a magical film, and is a must see each Christmas for children and adults alike. Bring tissues.

Duration: 96 mins

Thursday 10 December, 7.30pm, €20/ €18 conc./€12.50 Child (16 or under)/Family Ticket €55 (2 Adult & 2 children)


presented by Ballet Ireland

Comic chaos unfolds in this witty ballet of magic, mayhem & mistaken identity!

Franz and his reporter finance Hildy, are curious about the beautiful girl, Coppélia. Hildy begins to suspect things are not all that they seem… She and her friends follow the seemingly perfect starlet, arriving at Dr Coppelius laboratories. Inside, they stumble upon a magical and strange world, uncovering secrets that will change them forever! 

Setting the much-loved story at a County Fair, choreographer Morgann Runacre-Temple (Carmen, Romeo & Juliet), with writer Stella Feehily, have re-interpreted  this witty and pertinent ballet inspired by the eternal obsession with youthful perfection. With its nod to the movie glamour of yesteryear, its captivating dance and the charming music of Léo Delibes and Tom Lane, Coppélia will enchant and enthral audiences of all ages.

Ballet Ireland is delighted to tour this light-hearted ballet following the success of Swan Lake last year.

Monday 14 December, 7.30pm, €11.50/€7 Child/€38 Family 5/€32 Family 4

Sparks Hip Hop School of Dance Christmas Show

A fun and entertaining night for all the family young and old!!  See performers from as young as 3 all the way up to adult champions!! Don't miss it!!!

Thursday 17 December, 12pm & 7pm, €10 adult/€8 child/€30 family of 4/Teachers free of charge for 12pm performance

The Nutcracker Suite

presented by The WhistleBlast Quartet

  • Ken Edge (saxophones and clarinets)
  • Conor Linehan (piano)
  • Mary Curran (french horn)
  • Síle Daly (oboe and cor anglais)

Come and enter the Magical Dance world of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, narrated and performed by the WhistleBlast Quartet.
Arranged by the Quartet’s acclaimed Ken Edge, this sparkling Christmas show will also include Gabriel’s Oboe, Sleigh Ride and popular carols!

Bells and Singing will feature and the audience can join in. Suitable for all the family...Everybody is welcome!

A perfect start to the Christmas Season!

Tuesday 22, Wednesday 23, Sunday 27 - Wednesday 30 December, 2.30pm, €15/€50 family of 4
Sunday 27 December, 7pm, €15/€50 family of 4


presented by Pantaloons

Back again in 2015, the very successful Pantaloons presents a new  fun-packed production of Aladdin.

This is a show that promises to delight young and old audiences alike. Prepare to be transported into the glittering and magical realm of the glór panto-sphere for a visual feast of costumes and set, side splittingly funny script and multi-talented cast.
With a charming love story, magic, a happily ever after and referencing everything from One Direction for the kids to the evening news for grown-ups, Aladdin is a true family panto.
Taking an action packed adventure through Arabia are Killian James Fitzgerald as hero Aladdin and his forbidden love, the captivating Molly Cantwell as Princess Jasmine.
On their journey they encounter Genie Mack, played by Jackie Scanlon, who will grant their wishes… oh yes he will! Or will he?????
Our villain Jafar played by Tina Kavanagh (who will deserve plenty of Hisses and Boos), John Lillas as Jafaah’s hapless idiot son Igor and the one and only funny man Paul Curley as Aladdin’s best mate Wishee Washee. Seasoned pantomime performer Ken O'Shaughnessy stars as the sharp-tongued and quick-witted Dame Twankey and Caitlin Fitzgerald will shine as Genie of the Lamp.

Sparks Hip Hop Dance School has been run by local Ennis woman Lourdes Murphy for the last 25 years.  They are 15 times all Ireland champions and twice winners at the world's in LA, have performed on stage in Disneyland California and twice on RTÉ. An old friend of the Pantaloons, Sparks will be making a return to colaborate with Pantaloons for Aladdin this year! Special guest appearance by Sparks former student Oskarina O'Sullivan who is currently on a full scholarship to Cambridge studying for her dance degree.  She is promising a real treat for all young lovers of dance coming to see Aladdin - watch out!!

Term starting Tuesday 5 January, 10am -10.45am & 11am - 11.45am,

Kindermusik Baby & Toddler Class with Anita - Spring 2016 term

For ages newborn to 3.5 year olds

Bond with your child as you play, sing, dance (no talent required!), and giggle together. Your child will learn and grow through activities that stimulate brain growth, build motor skills, enhance social-emotional development, and much more.

Parents know instinctively what scientists have proven: young children thrive on music. All over the world, parents bond with their babies through musical sounds and rhythmic movement. They rock and swing their children, put them to sleep with lullabies, make them laugh with nursery rhymes. Kindermusik is the world’s most trusted music movement program for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and young children. 

Digital home material: 
Music downloads: All of the songs, rhymes, stories and sounds from class are easy to download and add to your music collection.  Monthly literature book is included in e-book format, with pages you can turn yourself, and a page-by-page audio read-aloud that you can turn on or off.  Activity buttons take you to a variety of different activity types, including dance and movement instructions, fingerplay demonstrations and instructions, together-in-the-kitchen activities, music time, listening games, vocal play activities, video field trips, find-it/count-it style activities, ideas for pretend play, and more.

For more information or to book, contact Anita directly:
Mobile:   089 983 7551
Email:    kindermusikwithanita@gmail.com

From Thursday 7 & Saturday 9 January for 7 weeks, 10.15am & 11.15am, €55 per child per term


for 6 months - 4 year olds

Expect musical fun and games incorporating all types of music, over 20 different Styles RnB, African, Latin, Classical, Abba, Elvis and lots more fun mixed with giggles!

Advance booking is required as capacity is strictly limited. 

For bookings and all enquiries, please contact Oonagh Minogue on 086 354 0253.
www.playandmusic.ie  /  www.facebook.com/gymboreeclare

Saturday 9 January (family tour), Thursday 14 & Thursday 21 January (school groups), 11am - 12.30pm, free of charge

Magic Box Visual Art Workshops and Guided tours

for families & school groups

The spring programme will see a monthly children’s experimental visual arts workshop take place in our gallery.  Children, from senior infants to third class, will visit the gallery once a month, commencing in January, and will be invited to experiment and use their imaginations.

With the gallery programme as the context, children’s workshops will be playful sessions which will be a creatively challenging exploration into visual art practices for primary school age children. 

Magic Box will be facilitated by glór artist’s team, will vary from month to month as our exhibitions move in and out of the gallery.

Please note that booking is essential for these sessions.

Classes start on Saturday 9 January for 8 weeks,

French For Fun For Kids

presented by La Jolie Ronde tutor Rhona Gomès

An opportunity for 4-12 year olds to learn French through games, songs, rhymes, stories, role-plays and fun!

Classes start on Saturday 9th January for 8 weeks.

Please pre-book with Rhona Gomès at 086-8262500 as spaces are limited.
For more information about La Jolie Ronde please visit www.lajolieronde.ie

Sunday 10 January, 12pm & 2pm, €10/€8 Child/€30 Family 4

Sing-along with Goldilocks and The Three Bears

Suitable for ages 1 – 7 │Duration 90 mins

For the first time ever, this much loved fairy-tale comes to life on stage in an unforgettable production of song and laughter. Goldilocks and the three bears, Ruff the dog and Mr. Bunny perform in this exciting and fun filled musical production, where children can sing and dance to all their favourite songs.
Featuring fantastic costumes, an amazing stage set and colourful lighting, it will be a memorable experience for the whole family.

Term commences Wednesday 27 January, 3.30pm - 4.30pm,

The Unlimited Dream Machine School of Theatre with Zara Starr

for 7-11 year olds

Clare based professional theatre company The Unlimited Dream Machine operate a school for budding performers.  Hosting weekly workshops over a ten week term, facilitator Zara Starr will inspire confidence and creativity in a fun and dynamic learning environment.  Zara's hands on approach to devising new and innovative work will encourage students to investigate theatre and performance in an invigorating way while honing their skills as artists.

A native of Clare, Zara is a passionate teacher of Youth Theatre teaching acting, singing and dance.  She is a company member of the multi-award winning ANU Productions and she also plays the character of Loretta in Fair City (RTE).  Zara has five years training in Theatre and in Film from GMIT and specialises in physical theatre, dance, and choreography. 

As well as being a Theatre Maker, Zara is also a Director of both Theatre and Film with her most recent work as Assistant Director on the DCTV production of 'The Inquiry' shown as part of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2014.  Zara was Theatre Artist in Residence for County Louth 2012/2013.

Workshops take place each Wednesday, 3:30pm-4:30pm, between January 27th & April 27th (excluding Feb 17th, Mar 23rd and Mar 30th)
Enrolment in glór on Saturday 23rd January from 11am to 1pm.

Booking and information are directly with Zara:
Phone:   083 4512002
Email:     theunlimiteddream@gmail.com
Website: www.theunlimiteddreammachine.com

From Friday 5 February for 10 weeks, 11am - 12pm, €70 for 10 weeks / €120 for second child from same family

The Rainbow Project

For ages 3 – 5

Commencing in February, children and their parent/carer, will work with Joanna Parkes to create an interactive drama piece through music, movement and storytelling. With the children, Joanna will explore the colours of the rainbow and from this, associate colour with feelings, moods and emotions. Joanna will lead with her most recent work  - The King of the Sea’s Party and from there, as glór’s artist in residence, will work with children and their parents to create a theatre piece, using colour and music to generate stories that describe how and what very young children feel and experience.

Joanna Parkes is an experienced Drama practitioner who works in theatrical contexts in the Outreach/Education department at The Abbey Theatre and with The Ark, the national children’s cultural centre, to develop interactive drama & storytelling workshops for 3 to 6 year olds.

Tuesday 9 February & Tuesday 1 March, €5 on the door

Féile Scoildrámaíochta an Chlaír

Annual presentations of Scoildrámaíocht from schools around the county and beyond.  This makes for excellent entertainment for young and old and it is also a great opportunity for children to perform through the medium of Irish.

Tuesday 16 February, 7.30pm, €12.50

Barefield National School Springtime Concert 2016

Join the pupils of Barefield for their annual feast of music, song and dance.

Monday 29 February, 10am & 11.45am, €6

Monday’s Child by Brendan Murray

presented by Barnstorm Theatre Company

Suitable for ages 4 - 7│Duration 40 mins

Monday’s Child tells the simple and poetic story of a 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.