An important milestone is being marked in West Cork this week with the return of live performing arts events. The West Cork Fit-Up Theatre Festival got underway on Tuesday and will run until Sunday, August 1st. Nine one-actor plays will be shown during the 12-day festival.

Traditionally, the annual festival brings award-winning live theatre to towns, villages and island communities across West Cork. However, due to Covid-19 restrictions, this year’s event will see twenty-eight outdoor performances in Ballydehob Community Park.  A large tent with open sides has been erected for the festival which is proudly supported by Cork County Council and the Arts Council

The popular performer and writer Seamus O’Rourke opened the festival with his new show Padraig Potts. His second play Indigestion takes to the stage on Wednesday, July 21st.

Over the course of the festival, Cork comedian Tadhg Hickey will put on three performances of his first solo comedy In One Eye Out The Other. It tells the story of Feargal, a downtrodden but cheery man who fulfilled his lifelong dream of becoming an alcoholic.

Timmy O’Mahony has the World Premiere of his new play The Story. Aindreas de Staic’s The Man from Moogaga, which was a hit at the 2019 Festival, returns and his companion play Around the World on 80 Quid also features. Other plays include Irene Kelleher’s new drama Wake, Ronan Dempsey’s Edinburgh Festival hit The Words Are There and Sara Jane Scott’s Appropriate.

Welcoming the return of live performing arts events to West Cork, Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Gillian Coughlan said,

Covid 19 has had such a devastating effect on every sector of society, but perhaps none more visibly that on the performing arts sector, with virtually all live performances cancelled over the past 15 months.  Cork County Council warmly welcomes the return of the West Cork fit-Ups Theatre Festival.  This festival has been a core part of the county’s event offering over many years  It is now something of an institution and a regular fixture in the county’s cultural calendar.  The return of live performances is another sign of a return to more normal times and I would like to congratulate everybody involved in organising this year’s event.

Due to continuing Covid safety requirements, strict audience limits and Covid-19 safety measures will apply. Pre-booking is essential and tickets must be purchased directly from the Box Office on 087 607674

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Fit-Up Theatre Festival Schedule

Padraig Potts – Tue July 20th 2021 – 8:00 pm

Indigestion – Wed July 21st 2021 – 8:00 pm

Indigestion – Thu July 22nd 2021 – 4:00 pm

The Story – Thu July 22nd 2021 – 8:00 pm

Padraig Potts – Fri July 23rd 2021 – 1:00 pm

The Story – Fri July 23rd 2021 – 4:00 pm

In One Eye Out the Other – Fri July 23rd 2021 – 8:00 pm

The Story – Sat July 24th 2021 – 1:00 pm

In One Eye Out the Other – Sat July 24th 2021 – 4:00 pm

Indigestion – Sat July 24th 2021 – 8:00 pm

In One Eye Out the Other – Sun July 25th 2021 – 1:00 pm

Wake – Sun July 25th 2021 – 4:00 pm

Padraig Potts – Sun July 25th 2021 – 8:00 pm

Wake – Tue July 27th 2021 – 8:00 pm

Wake – Wed July 28th 2021 – 4:00 pm

The Man From Moogaga – Wed July 28th 2021 – 8:00 pm

Wake – Thu July 29th 2021 – 1:00 pm

Around the World on 80 Quid – Thu July 29th 2021 – 4:00 pm

The Words Are There – Thu July 29th 2021 – 8:00 pm

The Man From Moogaga – Fri July 30th 2021 – 1:00 pm

The Words Are There – Fri July 30th 2021 – 4:00 pm

Appropriate – Fri July 30th 2021 – 8:00 pm

The Words Are There – Sat July 31st 2021 – 1:00 pm

Appropriate – Sat July 31st 2021 – 4:00 pm

Wake – Sat July 31st 2021 – 8:00 pm

Appropriate – Sun August 1st 2021 – 1:00 pm

The Words Are There – Sun August 1st 2021 – 4:00 pm

Around the World on 80 Quid – Sun August 1st 2021 – 8:00 pm


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