The Quiet Tree


Venue 26 October, 2018

Welcome to the Quiet Tree

The creatures of Whistleberry Forest have discovered a little oak tree growing deep in the woods. However, there are no birds singing, no leaves rustling, and no animals scurrying around its trunk.  This delightful music performance takes children and accompanying adults on an adventure through the forest where they explore musical soundscapes, sing, dance, and help Ornaith the owl, Sorley the snail, and Faolán the frog bring the little oak tree to life through music.

About the Quiet Tree

The Quiet Tree has been performed at events across Ireland including William Kennedy Piping Festival (Armagh), Tradoodle Festival (Monaghan), Lollipops Arts festival (Roscommon), Scoil Cheoil na Botha (Monaghan), Five Lamps Arts Festival (Dublin), DCC Children’s Art in Libraries Programme (Dublin), MusicTown (Dublin), Ballincollig Winter Music Festival (Cork), Tradfest at The Ark (Dublin), and at the internationally acclaimed Listowel Writers’ Week (Kerry). Host venues have included Draíocht Blanchardstown, Linenhall Arts Centre, Roscommon Arts Centre, Hawk’s Well Theatre, Siamsa Tíre, Riverbank Arts Centre, Glór Theatre, Culturlánn Sweeney. The Quiet Tree has also visited Draíocht Blanchardstown, Linenhall Arts Centre, Roscommon Arts Centre, Hawk’s Well, Siamsa Tíre, Riverbank Arts Centre, Glór Theatre, and Culturlánn Sweeney.

Internationally, The Quiet Tree has been performed at Opening Doors Wales International Festival of Performing Arts for Young Audiences, and in April 2018 was performed in Finland as part of Kangasala Irish Festival. It will be presented in Poland in November 2010 as part of Warsaw Cross Culture Festival, supported by Culture Ireland.


Age 3-6

Suitable Age Range

45 Minutes

Duration of the show

Critical appraisal

“A wonderful, magical, absolutely enchanting and beguiling work... a real treasure”
(Ellen Cranitch, Vespertine on RTÉ Lyric FM)

Creative Team:​

Written, composed, and directed by Thomas Johnston

Ireland cast: Thomas Johnston, Samantha Harvey, Shane Greene, Lindsay Moynagh, Caoimhín Vallely, Stephen Markham 

Finland cast: Thomas Johnston, Noora Karjalainen, and Maija Koskenalusta

Set design: Deirdre Dwyer, Emma Fisher (set redesign for international touring)

Puppets: Emma Fisher

The Quiet Tree illustration: Thorey Mjallhvít Ómarsdóttir

Photo credit: Harri Makippa and Diane O’Connell

Video: Esa Kangas

The Quiet Tree was developed with the support of The Ark

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+353 (87) 6183301

available from 10:00 – 19:00

Address  Sheskin, Scotstown, Co. Monaghan
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