Cork Midsummer Festival – Throwing Shapes

What an exciting lineup there is for the 2021 Cork Midsummer Festival.

Firmly in the thick of it all, is the amazing collaborative piece ‘Throwing Shapes’, which we are delighted to be involved in. ‘Throwing Shapes’ is a short documentary style film depicting the stories of 7 young Cork artists as they find creative ways to express themselves through Hip Hop.

These young people are central to the Kabin Studio and have spent many years creating this original material for the purpose of performance. The project has evolved from an experiment in creative writing into a play and now it has become a film. Navigating self expression, dealing with loss, having the craic, making beats and throwing shapes. The film is a musical reflection on what it’s like to be young in Cork City today.

Performers/writers: Alex Brady, Ava Collins, Cian Hearn (Gatch), Katelyn O’Sullivan, Kayleigh Russel, Patrick (Ricky) Salmon Anson, Daniel Sheehan (Jester).

Directed by Rosie Barrett and filmed by Albert Hooi (recent work includes Gemma Dunleavy’s Up The Flats and Jape’s Sentinel project) and co-ordinated by GMCBeats, this piece explores Cork through a lens coloured by the experience of the year we’ve just had and the creativity that sparks in challenging circumstances.

Co-produced by GMCBeats at the Kabin Studio, Graffiti Theatre Company, Cork Midsummer Festival and Music Generation Cork City with support from Arts Council Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaíon and Cork City Council’s Arts in Context fund. Creative facilitation team: Niall Cleary (Graffiti Theatre), 0phelia aka Ophelia McCabe, Garry McCarthy (GMCBeats, The Kabin Studio), Colm Quearney (Fighting Words)

Advisory: 16 years plus. This film makes references to suicide and sexual assault that some viewers might find upsetting.

If you are a young person and have been affected by any of the issues explored in this film please go to SpunOut.ie; Ireland’s youth information website created by young people, for young people. They provide information on a range of different topics broken down into sections; education, employment, health, life and opinion. https://spunout.ie/.

If you are a young person or adult having a difficult time and wish to talk to someone please contact: https://www.samaritans.org/ireland/samaritans-ireland/

Check out the Cork Midsummer Festival Launch video here – see if you can spot Gatch & KateLynne from ‘Throwing Shapes’ cast.

Cork Midsummer Festival – Throwing Shapes – Music Generation Cork City