A Comic Advertisement

The Painter and the Pianist
Were walking hand-in-hand,
“Suppose we try,” the Painter said,
“To give a one night stand,
With me to write the dialogue,
And you to be the band!

“Suppose we gave six Matinees,”
Replied the Pianist,
“And cater for the young and old
In ways they can’t resist.”
“Do you suppose,” the Painter said,
“That we should both be hissed?”

“I doubt it,” said the Pianist,
“I’ve got the recalls,
And you have got pretty wit,
A wit that never palls.”
“We’ll give a week,” the Painter said,
“In Steinway’s pillard Halls.”

Now don’t forget on Boxing Day,
From three to nearly five,
For just a week this merry pair
Will keep the game alive;
Son on that day jump on a ‘bus
And tell it wjere to drive.

And if the driver says he’s got
To go to London Wall,
Or Parsond Green or Shepherd’s Bush,
You answer “Not at all,
The only place that people go
This week is – Steinway Hall!”

Prose, Poems & Parodies of Percy French, 1980, Helicon Limited, Dublin.


Early Booking Special Offer

Each whole day €50. Students €10

  • Three / Four Lectures
  • Afternoon Recital
  • Tea / Coffee / Homemade Cakes

Tickets to the talks taking place in the theatre room in Castlecoote House must be booked in advance, seating is strictly limited per event and we expect these to be fully booked well in advance so please book early to avoid disappointment

Ticket Office:

  • +353 (0)90 666 3794

Don’t miss out, Festival tickets sell out quickly!

We are very sorry to say that we can’t do refunds as they play havoc with the ticketing system. If you can’t make it, we’d rather you gave your tickets to a friend who can.

The 15th Percy French Festival

French Awakenings

19th, 20th, 21st July 2023

At Castlecoote House

Honorary President of the Festival, the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins.

Informed Social & Cultural Discussion of Ireland Today.

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The Percy French Festival 2023 acknowledges the major support of Excel Industries, Dublin; Whyte’s; CastleAcre; C&F Quadrant Ltd; Davies Group; Hidden Ireland.

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