Schools & Special Needs
Laugh, learn and have great fun with The Armagh Rhymers
Our motto is ‘We cannot tell the story without the children’s help, and they certainly can’t tell it without our help’
We deliver unique, live entertainment with a high level of participation and engagement.
- Drama, music, dance, traditional games and storytelling
- Wonderful opportunities for special needs children to express themselves creatively
- Performances and workshops are inspired by special times of the year – New Year, Springtime, Maytime, Halloween, Harvest and Christmas
- All year round curriculum linked and project based programmes e.g. The Great Irish Famine, The Vikings
- A great local cultural experience for newcomer children
- Encourages inclusivity
- Bi – lingual workshops and performances
- Art, drama and music workshops for class, year or Key Stage groups
- Interschool projects, Shared Education, CRED, extended schools
What People Say
Fantastic show - full of energy, fun and participation. Rhymers had wonderful rapport with the children. A day they will remember for a long time. Rhymers had excellent awareness of disabilities and working caringly and sympathetically with the young people to get the very best from them.
- Fleming Fulton, Special Needs School
Those festival goers lucky enough to catch the Armagh Rhymers at Glastonbury had a whale of a time
- Gordon Adair, BBC on Glastonbury Festival
There were people from 12 European countries and they were blown away. One girl from Slovenia said 'it was the most brilliant thing that has happened to me in Ireland'
- Andy Pollack, Trans Frontier Euro-Institute Network
Myths and Legends - a fantastic part of our book week. Thanks again.
Millisle Primary School
Very interactive, enthusing, enjoyable, great music, excellent use of instruments to match parts of the story. Great interaction with children.
Mt. St. Catherine's P.S.
The Rhymers were excellent, ages ranged from 3-10. Children interacted fully and were enthused and willing to take part. It was great fun and the stories were inspirational. The music was excellent, incorporating different cultures. Parents said that the children will remember it forever.
- Children's Festival, Mayo
As always a wonderful and energetic performance which engaged a very varied audience drawn from many ethnic groups in our area.
- Public Library, Dublin
It was an excellent session. the children thoroughly enjoyed the show. It was appropriate for the age level and suitably varied.
- Dromtrasna, N.S.
Shows and workshops include:
Fionn McCool and the Scottish Giant (K.S. 1)
Our most loved folk tale about how the Giant’s Causeway came into being! Younger children love the action packed presentation full of opportunities for participation, music and movement.
The Enormous Turnip ( K.S. 1&2)
A traditional tale about the importance of sharing and respect. A very polished piece of storytelling and totally hilarious. Children will love to retell and illustrate this story.
Brian Boru and the Vikings (K.S. 1 & 2)
This drama takes the children back to the Viking Invasion in a very fun and interactive way. Lots of music, dance and mime. They’ll never forget Brian Boru after being part of this.
The Giant’s Garden (K.S. 1&2)
A classic story inspired by Oscar Wilde. A beautiful theme with lots of opportunities for follow-up work in literacy and art.
The Navan Dragon (K.S. 2)
A great tale which crosses continents and overcomes adversity. Lovely storytelling featuring King Conor of Navan Fort, his jewels and the quest for a solution to a very tricky problem. Great for follow up in a wide range of subjects – geography, the Celts, mythology, art and literacy
The Irish Famine (K.S.2)
The Children re–create the events leading up to the great disaster. There are many opportunities
The Old Mummer’s show (K.S. 1,2,3,4)
This is comedy at its traditional best! Amazing characters, masks and costumes. A great musical sing-along and a real chance for the children to join in very inspiring for artistic follow-up.
Myth and Mask (K.S. 3&4)
'Ancient Ireland indeed, I was reared by her bedside.' These words by Tyrone poet John Montague start this ritual performance. The sounds, of bells, bones and bodhrans accompany extracts from the works of Michael Longley, Ciaran Carson, John Hewitt, Patrick Kavanagh & Seamus Heaney. 'This show is the real thing, a glorious example of Irish heritage', John Gleeson - Director of Irish Studies, University of Wisconsin.