Theatre Kids & Family

How to Catch a Star

The magical Branar Téatar do Pháistí production


$15 / 20 / 25 45 minutes

May 6, 2022 – May 15, 2022


Box Office


Phone hours:
10am-6pm, Monday-Friday

In person:
Opens 60 minutes before the performance on show days


Irish Arts Center 
726 11th Avenue 
Hell's Kitchen, NYC


Once there was a boy who was always looking up. He dreamt of having a star as a friend. This is the story of his adventure.

Based on the beloved book by award-winning Northern Irish author Oliver Jeffers, Branar Téatar do Pháistí’s How to Catch a Star combines wondrous puppetry with a score by Colm Mac Con Iomaire for a magical theatre experience that reminds us all to follow our dreams.

“Visually stunning with a twinkling score”—IRISH TIMES

For ages 4 to infinity.


Community nights

Friday, May 6, 7pm: Children's theatre community night 
Following the performance, Joanne Beirne, executive producer at Branar, discusses the company’s visionary strategy for creating excellent and engaging art for young citizens. Join us also for discounted pre- and post-show drinks in the café.

Friday, May 13, 7pm: Puppetry community night
Following the performance, Branar puppeteers Neasa Ní Chuanaigh and Grace Kiely share with the audience their experiences working in the puppetry field in Ireland and beyond. There will also be discounted puppet-themed pre- and post-show drinks in the café.

Fri | 11am, 7pm
Sat-Sun | 11am, 2pm

Please read our COVID safety policies before purchasing. We have KN95 masks available for both adults and kids. 

Children aged three and up must have their own ticket.

To learn about special performances and group pricing for schools and youth programs, email

Performers: Neasa Ní Chuanaigh and Grace Kiely
Director: Marc Mac Lochlainn
Set design: Maeve Clancy
Composer: Colm Mac Con Iomaire
Costume design: Elaine Mears
Lighting design and set build: Ciaran Kelly
Executive producer: Joanne Beirne
Line producer: Niamh Ní Fhlatharta
Stage manager: Ciara Moloughney
Technical director: Michael Foley 

Additional creative team:
Assistant director: Ionia Ní Chróinín
Dramaturgy: Eileen Gibbons
Production photography: Anita Murphy
Marketing assistant: Noel Minogue 

IAC production manager: Mac Smith
IAC associate production manager: Manuel Da Silva
IAC company manager: Grace Schultz 

How To Catch a Star is published by HarperCollins Children’s Publishers.

Presented with generous support from Culture Ireland, the Covillo Lynch Foundation, and Robert J. McCann.


Our Supporters

Irish Arts Center programs are supported, in part, by government, foundation, and corporate partners including Culture Ireland, the agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office and the New York City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature; Howard Gilman Foundation; Tourism Ireland; the Jerome L. Greene Foundation; the Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation; the Charina Endowment Fund; the Ireland Funds; the Shubert Foundation, Inc.; the Arnhold Foundation; the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation; the Irish Institute of New York; the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, New York; Northern Ireland Bureau; Invest NI; CIE Tours International; the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Consulate of Ireland in New York; and thousands of generous donors like you.


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