Saturdays DIY Arts Festival programme sees a wide range of workshops, readings, talks, gigs and theatre.
First up is a full day workshop in Theatre of the Oppressed techniques in the Cork Circus Space on Albert Quay. It runs from 10am – 5pm and there are still some spaces available. It’s €40 for the day. Theatre of the Oppressed describes a range of theatrical forms that the Brazilian theatre practitioner Augusto Boal first elaborated on in the 1960s. Boals techniques use theatre as means of knowledge and transformation of reality in the social and relational field. In the Theatre of the Oppressed, the audience becomes active, such that as “spect-actors” they explore, show, analyze and transform the reality in which they are living.
From 10am – 12pm we’re delighted to be hosting teenage poetry readings in the Cork Central Library. ‘Why Can’t you Write Something Happier’ is the second book of poetry and prose from the young members of the Colaiste an Phiarsaigh creative writing group which has been facilitated by Cork poet Kathy D’Arcy since 2011. So why not pop in and listen to these talented young writers read their sometimes hilarious, sometimes thought-provoking work.
Solidarity Books on Douglas Street are hosting a day of talks beginning at 10am with ‘Time Banking’. At 12pm there will be a discussion on Autonomy and the financial system, at 2pm a talk on Counter-culture and counter-power in the 18th century and at 3.30pm a workshop about building a personal and collectively more sustainable resistance. Veg Out, a vegan café, will be doing food during the talks and discussions.
Bloom Boom is a street performance piece that will be ongoing throughout the afternoon on the streets of Cork City centre. Kathryn Crowley will be bringing the colours of nature to the concrete and spreading some smiles, giving out flowers, positive quotes and poetry.
At 4pm at The Roundy Round House Productions will be showing their one woman show, ‘Magazine’. A show about city life, the media, living the ideal and coming to terms with loss and grief.
At the same time as the theatre show we’ll be hosting two workshops at The Camden Palace Hotel. The first is a Comedy Workshop at 4pm presented by comedian Aidan Killeen and the second is a Spontaneous Speech Workshop at 4.30pm, in the same venue, and run by Dave Rocks.
At 6.30pm in The Roundy the wonderful Pearse McGloughlin and the Nocturnes and special guest Justin Grounds will be performing a chilled out set inbetween the madness of the Rugby European Cup Final and the Football Champions League Final.
Then more theatre at 8pm in The Camden Palace Hotel where Crooked Wheel Productions will be performing ‘Couch’. It’s a short play about Rachel, Leah and the people in their life. The focal point of the play is the couch – both Rachel’s and Leah’s. Rachel has one but disdains it while Leah’s couch is colonised, soiled and ultimately swapped for something she really doesn’t want but is compelled to take. At only 50 minutes it’s well worth checking out. Best of all it’s donations only.
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