Theatre Shop to ‘transform’ Limerick’s Park Kiosk

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Theatre Shop: Carl Doran and Norma Lowney in the Park Kiosk in the People's Park
A NEW theatre project will transform the Park Kiosk into a performance space for City of Culture in Limerick.

A NEW theatre project will transform the Park Kiosk into a performance space for City of Culture in Limerick.

Norma Lowney’s The Theatre Shop is the latest of a series of residencies in the Kiosk, which has been a fixture of the People’s Park since the mid-19th century.

Based on an original concept by programmer Maeve McGrath, the project has already played host to artist Carl Doran.

The artists have all approached the possibility of re-opening the Kiosk in different ways, and well known theatre practitioner Lowney has produced a piece based on shared memories of the unit and the park itself.

Jenny Hannon has gathered stories which have inspired stories devised by Norma and her cast, Ann Blake and Shane Whisker.

“The show will be transactional in nature as the audience will ‘order’ a story off the shelf, offering a nod to the Kiosk’s original purpose,” said Norma. “Stories of childhood, hot summers and ice cream wafers have been gathered from the local community, who have been outstanding in their generosity and support.”

The Theatre Shop is a free event and performances take place Thursday and Friday from 7pm-9pm and Saturday from 3pm-6pm.