Pale moon ris­ing on the Lee

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - THE TICKET - CORK MID­SUM­MER FES­TI­VAL Jun 16-25th cork­mid­sum­ Peter Craw­ley

As the year reaches its pivot point, stretch­ing to­wards the long­est day and grow­ing keen to fill the time in the best ways pos­si­ble, the Cork Mid­sum­mer Fes­ti­val gladly returns. It may seem strange that a fes­ti­val with so much ac­cess to day­light should put at the cen­tre of this year’s pro­gramme an enor­mous moon. But, ar­riv­ing on Mid­sum­mer’s Day (June 21) and staying for three nights,

Luke Jer­ram’s seven-me­tre wide, hy­per-re­al­is­tic ce­les­tial body will beam down from the rafters of CIT’s Nexus Hall for Mu­seum of the Moon against Dan Jones’s sound­track, safe in the knowl­edge that Cork Mid­sum­mer Fes­ti­val has al­ways been wired to the thing.

It’s fit­ting that this is a full moon, be­cause, fol­low­ing a re­cent dim­ming, the multi-dis­ci­plinary pro­gramme is back to its most vo­lu­mi­nous dis­play. In theatre, we get the long-awaited Ir­ish premiere of Lynda Radley’s play Fu­ture­proof (Every­man Theatre, June 13-24), set among the wor­ried per­form­ers of a trav­el­ling freak show, with a pre­mium cast di­rected by Tom Creed.

Fes­ti­val peren­ni­als Cor­cadorca re­turn with a new pro­duc­tion of Caryl Churchill’s Far Away (Meet at Kennedy Pier, June 19-July 1) about a world at war with it­self, staged as a prome- nade per­for­mance on the tiny Spike Is­land. And the ru­n­away hit of last year, ProdiJIG: The Rev­o­lu­tion (Cork Opera House, June 14-25), returns with its con­tem­po­rary as­sault of Ir­ish dance. For good mea­sure its com­poser, Peter Power, also col­lab­o­rates with Con­flicted Theatre on Neon Western (Ma­rina Com­mer­cial Park, June 16-24), part theatre show, part rave, set in a sa­loon and played out in the wee small hours.

Else­where there are more con­spic­u­ous ac­cords be­tween the gen­er­a­tions. There is the snap­pily-ti­tled Su­sanne R Day’s Toliers – Her Lost Play – as re­con­structed by Painted Bird (Stack Theatre, June 15-25), in which the early 20th cen­tury Ir­ish fem­i­nist’s ne­glected work is un­der­taken by three young women to­day. And there is Like Mother, Like Daugh­ter, in which four real mother-daugh­ter pairs ask each other ques­tions about the world and in­her­i­tances be­fore invit­ing you to din­ner.

Dance and con­tem­po­rary cir­cus also ex­press a kin­ship in the dou­ble bill Sam­skaras/Boa Noite (Gra­nary Theatre, June 24-25), while fam­ily en­ter­tain­ments of more tra­di­tional sort are avail­able in Mike Kenny’s The Gar­dener (Graf­fiti Theatre, June 16-25), a show about ag­ing for 6-8 year olds, and a new spec­ta­cle from Ja­panese phys­i­cal con­juror Ri­uchi, Dream of Light (The Gra­nary, June 16-18).

A se­ries of artists talks, pan­els and con­fer­ences, to­gether with the lit­er­ary trail of Crosstown Drift (June 24-25) ac­cen­tu­ate the fes­ti­val’s imag­i­na­tive, cere­bral and po­lit­i­cal di­men­sions. But it’s the var­i­ous out­door events, among them Pic­nic in the Park, The Jig in the Park and Long Ta­ble Din­ner (all June 18), that re­flect back on that Corko­nian moon and the na­ture of a fes­ti­val with cos­mic ef­fect and a strong grav­i­ta­tional pull.

A se­ries of artists talks, pan­els and con­fer­ences, to­gether with the lit­er­ary trail of Crosstown Drift ac­cen­tu­ate the fes­ti­val’s imag­i­na­tive, cere­bral and po­lit­i­cal di­men­sions

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