Graffiti @ The Cork Midsummer Festival 2019

Graffiti Theatre is delighted to be involved in the Cork Midsummer Festival again this year.  We have three events programmed: The Young Playwrights Readings in the Everyman Theatre, Holiday Inn in the Maldron Hotel (South Mall) and BEAG Early Years Workshops and Experiences.

We would like to thank our partners for giving Graffiti the opportunity to present these exceptional pieces:

The Arts Council, Arts Office Cork City Council, Cork County Council, HSE South, Foras na Gaeilge, Fighting Words Dublin and The Everyman Theatre.



Young Playwrights & Holiday Inn


Young Playwrights readings – 21 June, 2pm
‘Holiday Inn’ by Cillian Sheehan – 13 to 16 June, 1pm & 3pm


The Everyman & Maldron Hotel


2 hours (Young Playwrights) / 20 mins. (Holiday Inn)



21 June, 2pm // The Everyman // Free

A rehearsed reading of the eight new short plays by the Young Playwrights.

Six months ago, the Young Playwrights’ Programme brought together eight aspiring young writers to hone scriptwriting skills, supported by professional playwright mentors John McCarthy and Katie Holly through Graffiti Theatre Company’s Fighting Words project. The series of workshops have been transformative, more powerful than simply the assembling of words on pages. The result is eight brand new and compelling pieces, which the Young Playwrights invite you to enjoy!


By Cillian Sheehan, Young Playwright Programme 2018

13 – 16 June, 1pm & 3pm // Maldron Hotel South Mall // €8

In the beginning it’s like a holiday, an escape from the pain of the outside world. But there comes a point in every holiday where you just want to go home.”

Fifteen hundred homeless families in Ireland, and growing every day. The Dohertys are one of them. Unable to keep up with rising rent prices, they find themselves, like so many others, exiled to a hotel, trapped in a couple of 4×4 rooms. Join us for this unique and intimate piece of site specific theatre which invites us to take a closer look in the life of one such family.

Written by Cillian Sheehan, a participant on the 2018 Young Playwrights Programme.

Presented by Activate Youth Theatre in association with Graffiti Theatre Company

Book now!


BEAG – Early Years Arts


15 June Various times


Graffiti Theatre Company, Assumption Road, Blackpool


Free but some events ticketed


Graffiti Theatre’s BEAG programme is inviting parents and toddlers, as well as artists and childcare practitioners to explore, create and engage in Early Years Arts play experiences.

BEAG at Graffiti is made up of sensory-based, artistic play encounters led by artists from varied disciplines, who develop these inclusive sessions for children aged 0-3 years to cultivate their creative curiosity and self-expression. BEAG is supported by HSE South, Cork City & County Council Arts Offices and the workshops will run at Graffiti Theatre Company.

10am -11am: Paper Pond
Created by visual artist Regina Carbayo and dancer Maria Svensson. 

A BEAG early years performance & experience for 1-3yrs. Initially a playful physical performance focusing on language and communication both verbal and non-verbal using crayons and paper to tell a story. Children will then be invited to play and explore the crayon world that has been created, to add their own ideas and have their own experience.

Free but ticketed event (places limited)
Messy play, old clothes advised.

11am – 12pm: Open Gallery of BEAG experiences

Open to all who wish to see what BEAG artists created in recent years for very young audiences and a chance to meet and talk with artists working on the project. Artists; Regina Carbayo, Sharon Dipity, Rachel Doolin, George Hanover, Fiona Kelleher, Rosie O’Regan, Giada Orlandi, Chris Schmidt Martin, Maria Svensson.

No booking required.

2pm – 4pm: BEAG Artists early years workshop

With up to 10 years experience working with very young audiences in childcare settings, arts centres and direct provision, BEAG artists will deliver a workshop for those interested in creatively exploring working with this specific age group. Workshop led by Senior Lead Artist Mentor George Hanover with Rachel Doolin, Giada Orlandi and Maria Svensson. Participants are asked to bring an object or material they are interested in working with. Participants are also welcome to observe Paper Pond performance and view Open Gallery.

Free but ticketed (places limited).