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Grand Soft Day

Branar Theatre and New International Encounter
from Galway, Ireland, and Cambridge, England

January 12 – 21, 2024
Recommended Ages
For ages 2 – 5
Price
All tickets $23*
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*Price includes service fees
What Kind of Show?
Theater with live music; lyrical and mischievous
Running Time
40 minutes with no intermission
Venue
New 42 Studios 229 W 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

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Week of January 8 – 14

Jan 12

Fri, 4pm

Jan 13

Sat, 10am

Jan 13

Sat, 1pm

Jan 14

Sun, 10am

Jan 14

Sun, 1pm

Week of January 15 – 21

Jan 15

Mon, 10am

Jan 15

Mon, 1pm

Jan 19

Fri, 4pm

Live audio-description provided

Jan 20

Sat, 10am

Jan 20

Sat, 1pm

Live sign-interpretation provided

Jan 21

Sun, 10am

Jan 21

Sun, 1pm

Key

  • Audio Described Performance
    Audio-Described

    Live audio-description provided

  • Audio Described Performance
    Sign-Interpreted

    Live sign-interpretation provided

About the Show

When the misty wind whips your hair and the drizzle tickles your nose, now that’s a Grand Soft Day! From the playful minds of Branar Theatre (The Way Back Home, 2017) and New International Encounter (Beauty and the Beast, 2019), this all-seasons adventure filled with live music and a sprinkling of words will ready you for whatever weather wends your way.

Fizzes with invention and catchy rhythms.

—The Irish Times

Things to Know

  1. This is one of three shows this season created especially for the very young. The other two are Night Light for kids 3 – 5 and Four Go Wild in Wellies for kids 2 – 5.
  2. This show will be performed in the New 42 Studios, an intimate setting where you may even feel a touch of wind (from a fan) or rain (spritzed water) on your face.
  3. In this mostly wordless show, the performers share little phrases from their native languages—English, Italian and Irish Gaelic.


The show on stage is just one act of your family’s visit! Come early and stay late for free lobby activities and kid-friendly amenities—part of the New Victory Experience.

About the Artists

As they say at Ireland’s Branar Theatre, “If there is no wonder around you, there cannot be wonder inside you.” Since 2001, Branar Theatre has been making wonder-full experiences for children so that they and their imaginations may thrive. Branar Theatre views every child as an equal citizen of the world who should be nurtured through exposure to the arts.

Formed in 2001, New International Encounter (NIE) rehearsed its first three shows in the Czech Republic. That trilogy of plays was seen all over the world, from New York to Mexico City to Seoul. NIE is now based in Norway and England, and creates new shows in co-production with venues and theater companies from across Europe, including site-specific work and theater for younger audiences.

Grand Soft Day is produced by Branar Theatre and NIE in association with Culture Ireland.

Photos

Photo: Anita Murphy
Photo: Anita Murphy
Photo: Anita Murphy
Photo: Anita Murphy

Creative Team

Producer
Joanne Beirne & Cat Moore
Commissioned by The Ark

Co-Directors
Alex Byrne and Marc Mac Lochlainn

Set Designer
Orla Clogher

Costume Designer
Elaine Mears

Lighting Designer
Trui Malten

Music Composer
Greg Hall

Performers
Greg Hall, Helen Gregg, Jonathan Gunning & Linda Scaramella