John Kenny Performing in Crowman

The West Cork Fit-up Theatre Festival kicks off a five-week run in venues all over West Cork and the islands from next week.  An initiative of Cork County Council’s Arts Office in partnership with Blood in the Alley Theatre Co., the Festival aims to bring great new plays by Irish writers to audiences in locations all over West Cork including during July and August.

The 2019 Festival will be the largest yet with eight different plays performed over five weeks in ten different West Cork venues including Kilcrohane, Glengarriff, Timoleague, Glandore, Ballydehob Heir Island, Bere Island, Sherkin Island, Cape Clear and Whiddy Island.

Week one July 16th - 21st 
The immensely popular Pat Kinevane, who is making his sixth visit to the festival, will open proceedings on Heir Island with his new play Before which has received rave reviews from both critics and audiences both nationally and internationally. Also that week, the young Cork playwright Timmy Creed will perform his amazing new play Spliced, about his own experiences playing hurling. 

Week two 23rd – 28th 
Jon Kenny, well known for his work with Pat Shortt in D’Unbelievables, brings  Katie Holly’s new play Crowman to the festival.

Week three July 29th - August 4th
Erica Murray, a Limerick playwright, has her first play at the festival, The Cat’s Mother

Week four Aug 5th -11th 
Two plays share the bill on week four, Leitrim playwright Seamus O’Rourke presents his new play The Sand Park while the Mayo musician and storyteller Aindreas De Staic will perform his award winning The Man from Moogaga on the same evening. 

Week five Aug 13th -18th 
Last summer the hit show of the festival was Mikel Murfi’s The Man in The Woman’s Shoes and it returns this year with the sequel I Hear You and Rejoice to finish the festival with a flourish. 

Tickets are only available at the door so to avoid disappointment at some of the smaller venues please arrive early. 
Details of ticket prices,  venues, times, ferries etc are available here 

Any queries ring Geoff Gould 0860454458.

Funded by Cork County Council and the Arts Council and delivered in association with communities in West Cork

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