The National Celtic Festival

The National Celtic Festival

Check out the National Celtic Festival

Theatre,Words ,Story

Not just a great music festival, but a great festival of theatre, words and Story!

Australia’s premier Celtic festival brings a full program of theater across the long weekend. Don’t miss out on a great line up of theatre, readings, forums, Master classes, and storytelling — all part of the unique, National Celtic Festival experience.

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Here is what’s on offer over the weekend:

Vessel Theatre

Vessel production of ALL That Fall – radio play by Samuel Beckett.


The Good Girl Song Project

History meets art in the exquisite songs of The Good Girl Song Project. This year, Penny Larkins and Helen Begley are proud to launch their new CD. The work is a powerful account of the journeys that these brave young women voluntarily took to Australia in the 1830’s. With new songs by Helen and spoken word devised from eyewitness accounts, Penny shines as the voice of these ancestral female emigrants.


As We Come to Wake

TBC Theatre – residency

A house of storytelling and story swapping!

Upstairs at the Grand Hotel, in cozy lounge storytellers will gather to share their passion for the spoken word. The Rambling House will be open across the weekend and will be hosted by our festival masters of poetry, language, theatre, and story.


Actor WorkshopJoin a forum where artists, performing at this year’s, gather to discuss and share their insights and inspirations from their diverse backgrounds and experiences. Jim Lawson, from Vessel Theatre, will host the forum, inviting us to delve into some of the themes emerging in the works performed over the weekend.


Actors HappyJoin the Trail of Celtic Tales and travel across the festival site visiting specially marked story telling spaces where you will be enchanted by Celtic legends for children. Renowned children’s storyteller, Jenny Tonzing, will bring these magical stories to life through costume, musicians and props and a touch of mystery! The Trail of Celtic Tales will be conducted across the weekend.


Niki Na Meadhra

Niki na Meadhra embodies the storyteller, in a warm, captivating and sometimes electrifying style. On her recent tour of Ireland, which included several storytelling festivals and shows in Cork and Dublin, the local seanchais claimed her as one of their own! She invites you to be transported to ancient Ireland and the lands of the Other People, to immerse yourself in tales of heroes, crones, tricksters and maidens. Expect hyperbole, extravagance and wonderment! Niki will be performing across the weekend, in the Rambling House and across the festival site!