Basher Bacon’s Big Adventure
Dominic’s writing and puppetry credits (for RTE) include: The Why Guy, Hubble, Sattitude, Wordwitch, The Swamp, The Morbegs and The Rimini Riddle. Basher Bacon’s Big Adventure was initiated on behalf of the Cork County Council Summer Arts Programme in 2010 and has continued every summer since, traveling to libraries all over Munster, including Cork, Tipperary and Waterford.
This script, devised over 20 years of testing material with young audiences, allows children to interact with the characters and become immersed in the world of the story, participating through answering questions asked to them by different characters in they meet during the puppet show. It is an exciting experience for young audiences; facilitated with care and attention by Dominic. The session will benefit children because “these activities and experiences (should) help the child to make sense of the world; to question, to speculate and to find solutions” (Arts in Education Charter 2012).
Dominic invites everyone to join Basher Bacon’s team on a heroic journey through a fairytale land. Guided with wit, courage and derring-do, children will: solve the problem of how to defeat the evil Wizard and help Basher Bacon confront his odious sister Vera. Also, they will imagine the different ways to win a mighty battle with a horrible monster Teapot, and work together with Basher to gain the trust and companionship of Judy.
‘The Basher Bacon Show – a Child’s Paradise!…magical entertainment…welcome and imaginative’
Breda O’ Leary, Librarian, Millstreet Library
‘He held a full crowd (some spilling out of the library) all totally absorbed in the show…he is a first class puppeteer and I whole-heartedly recommend him’
Kathryn O’ Brien, Librarian, Schull Library
‘As imaginative entertainment it was just superb and held the audience of 131 spellbound’
Mary Neville, Librarian, Fermoy Library
‘The show was terrific- very entertaining, amusing and performed in a child friendly format…a resounding success!’
Marian O’ Halloran, Librarian, Midleton Library
‘It appealed to all the audience, including the adults…the show is very funny and Dominic builds a good rapport with the kids throughout the show’
Mary Corcaran, Librarian, Hollyhill Library, Cork
Another wonderful show…the kids absolutely loved it (and so did the adults!). We are looking forward to seeing you again.
Anne-Marie Kenneally, Librarian, Cobh Library
‘The 5th classes of the local Primary schools attended…it was a highly entertaining and indeed informative show…it proved to us that the children of this age group can still be captivated by the so-called ‘traditional’ puppet show’
‘Dominic ‘gears’ his show to the particular ages of the audience which means you never actual see the same show twice…he has an excellent rapport with his audience’
Noel O’Mahoney, Librarian, Bantry Library