Earagail Arts Festival’s annual weekend of circus and street theatre, the Wild Atlantic Weekend, will take place in two brand new locations this year, Raphoe & Gaoth Dobhair, offering a fantastic array of family-friendly events.
Both weekends will feature exciting Circus Camps for children aged 7-10 and over 10s. The camps will offer a series of circus skills workshops where In Your Space (Raphoe) and Síolta Circus (Gaoth Dobhair) will introduce participants to a range of acrobatic and circus skills, along with some prop-making, in a fun and interactive environment.
Steal As Much As You Can, presented by Tumble Circus, will take place on both weekends. The one hour and 15-minute show will feature death-defying aerialists, hardcore acrobats, and mind-bending jugglers, providing circus devilment and mighty craic for all the family.
Wild Atlantic Weekend - Raphoe
Thursday 13th July – Saturday 15th July
Wild Atlantic Weekend Raphoe Events
In Raphoe, audiences can enjoy Circus Eire’s Lorenzo for free on the 14th and 15th of July at 3pm.This hilarious show follows a policeman in uniform with a hat and signal paddle who wanders “incognito” in the audience, spreading disbelief and amazement.
The show features a sequence of delirious gags that combine clowning, juggling, and circus arts. Produced by Ambaradan with the support of Initinere, this is a must-see event.
The Loser, also presented by Circus Eire is on the 14th & 15th at 4pm. An explosive mix of clown and street theatre ready to ignite the stage! A solitary and frustrated man, an employee of the National Post Office, spends his Sundays fishing.
And every Sunday, while fishing on the river, this man rediscovers himself and by listening to the radio he pretends to be a successful tennis player and many other nonsenses… Be prepared for the boss, the king of the absurd!
Matteo Galbusera is a comedian, clown and contemporary circus artist of international calibre who has performed in the most important street theatre festivals in the world and was part of the 2014 Cirque Du Soleil production, KURIOS.
Wild Atlantic Weekend - Gaoth Dobhair / Machaire Gathlán
Thursday 20th July – Sunday 23rd July.
Wild Atlantic Weekend Gaoth Dobhair Events
On Saturday, July 22nd and Sunday, July 23rd in Gaoth Dobhair, Circus Eire’s Síolta Circus will present On Tish!, a free event suitable for all ages.
Set in the year 2222, this show features a small tribe of noisy boisterous beings on the hunt for food, shelter, and a bit of craic.
On Tish! is an uplifting vision of the future, set on a largely depopulated earth where the memories of the intended usage of technology have been forgotten.
Also in Gaoth Dobhair, Circus Eire presents 51 Removals – Elisa Gallo Rosso on Saturday, July 22nd, and Sunday, July 23rd, for free for over 8s.
This engaging, moving, and comical street theatre show is about memories, departures, and belonging.
Taking inspiration from Gulliver’s Travels as well as Elisa’s own training in architecture and puppetry, 51 Removals is presented in association with Promenade and funded by the Arts Council and Cork City Council Arts Office, with support from Circus Factory.
Finally, Mr Banana, presented by Circus Éire, will perform Banan’O’Rama on Saturday, July 22nd, and Sunday, July 23rd at 4 pm in Gaoth Dobhair, suitable for all ages.
This hilarious show uses physical comedy and miming with circus skills to produce a colourful display of talents.
Mr Banana approaches the theme of gods and superheroes and our relation to them. Funny and provocative, who will save the audience? Pierrick St-Pierre, aka Mr Banana is a French-Canadian resident in Germany living in India.
Learning from Chinese and Vietnamese circuses, he has already performed in more than 40 countries. This journey around the world gave him the versatility to juggle props, emotions, as well as people.