Cork Midsummer Festival runs this weekend and next. Here are some of the early highlights:
Sacrifice At Easter
Elizabeth Fort, June 17-July 2
A trio of heavy-hitters in the form of Pat McCabe, Corcadorca and Mel Mercier present a play in the historic surrounds of Elizabeth Fort.
Neon Western: Prologue
Marina Commercial Park, Fri-Sat
Meet at midnight in an industrial unit for an “unashamedly cool” collaboration between prolific sound designers Eat My Noise Productions and unconventional theatre-makers Conflicted Theatre.
The Lords of Strut
Cork Arts Theatre, June 15-18
Famous Seamus and Seántastic, aka The Lords of Strut, show us their talents in an hour-long stage performance in the guise of a TV talk show.
Unitarian Church, June 17-26
Paula McGlinchey, best known for her role in BBC’s Line of Duty, stars in Ger Fitzgibbon’s play exploring the emotions experienced by a widow as she learns what her husband — a certain William Shakespeare — has left her.
Picnic in the Park
Fitzgerald’s Park, Sunday, noon-5pm
Free activities, performances and workshops for the whole family, featuring some of Cork’s best-loved circus and street theatre characters, with main stage musical and dance acts thrown in for good measure.
Everyman Theatre, June 17-21
A 21st century version of Kipling’s beloved tale features a beat-boxing, breakdancing Baloo, a graffiti-artist Bagheera and a girl called Mowgli. For an audience of eight upwards.
Granary Theatre, June 17-26
Broken Crow Theatre Company have merged characters from two of award-winning author Kevin Barry’s surreal short stories.
Firkin Crane, Friday
Croí Glan dance company present a double bill of new work: Fancy Dress, which playfully comments on the guises we all adopt; and Remote, a duet exploring the relationship between our bodies and a newly evolving digital culture.
Granary carpark, Friday
Ruairí O’Donovan’s dance performance examines modern masculinity through the lens of our past; in 1916, Tomás mac Curtáin assembled 1,000 men on Sheares Street during the Easter Rising, but sent them home following conflicting messages from Dublin about events in the GPO. Now, a community cast of drummers assembled from all walks of life will take to the streets in a walking performance throughout the city.
Triskel Christchurch, June 18
Uniting classical music with Irish rock and pop, the RTÉ Contempo Quartet join forces with bodhrán player Aime Farrell and composer and New Airs arranger Glen Austin to present new arrangements of hits by U2, Snow Patrol, Enya and Thin Lizzy, interwoven with reinterpretations of old Irish airs.
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