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ISACS Member - Spraoi
ISACS Member - Spraoi by JL Creatives
Date: Saturday 17th June 
Time: 2-4pm
Where: Circus Factory, Centre Park Road, Cork
Tickets: Free entrance but ticketed: book seat here

blurring the lines

Join the Irish Street Arts, Circus & Spectacle Network for an afternoon discussion about collaboration & the rise of interdisciplinary arts.


Hear from a range of artists, practitioners and projects which have specialised in merging art forms in new and unusual ways; uncovering new styles, new techniques, new circus, new theatre, new stories and new ways of telling them, merging the old and the new, the traditional with the contemporary, the audience and the performer, the digital and the physical, the inside with the outside. Be part of a conversation which challenges our notions of what is art, where art belongs and who is it for.

In association with the Circus Factory Cork and Cork Midsummer Festival.

Speakers include:

  • Emmet Kirwan
  • Dr Jools Gilson, UCC
  • Noelle O’Regan, Circus Factory Cork
  • Marc O’Sullivan (Vallig)




emmet Kirwan Blurring the lines


Emmet Kirwan

Emmet Kirwan Is an actor-playwright and poet. He has been a feature of Irish theatre, film and television for over 15 years.

He is a graduate of the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College Dublin. His first full-length play, Dublin Oldschool has had a series of sell-out runs at Project Arts centre, toured internationally and opened in the National Theatre in London’s West End in January.

He is also the recipient of The Stewart Parker trust major bursary award 2014 for Dublin Oldschool, it was also nominated for the First Forth-night award and The Bewleys Little Gem award 2014.

  • He wrote and starred in the Irish Television comedy series Sarah and Steve for Accomplice Television and RTE, the Irish national broadcaster.
  • Short Films include Escape Plans (Calipo films) Outside (Still Films)
  • Other Plays include RIOT for This Is Pop Baby (Winner of best production Tiger Dublin Fringe 2016). His plays for young people include Half 3 Heroes and This Hit Parade both for Dublin Youth Theatre.

Emmet is a participant in the Irish Theatre Institute’s Six in the attic programme. 



Jools Gilson Blurring the lines


 Dr Jools Gilson, UCC

Professor Jools Gilson at University College Cork is a trans-disciplinary artist-scholar and broadcaster.

She directed the dance theatre company half/angel from 1995 to 2006, and since 2010 has made creative radio for RTÉ and the BBC. Her texts, choreography and installation have been performed and exhibited internationally.

She has received bursaries and awards from The Arts Council of Ireland, Culture Ireland, The Arts Council of England, The Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada), ResCen (Centre for Research into Creation in the Performing Arts, UK) and others. Jools is also an award-winning radio broadcaster.

She holds a practice-based PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Surrey, and taught performance at the University of Hull and Dartington College of Arts (UK) before coming to Ireland. She taught in the School of English at UCC from 1996 – 2016, where she was Associate Director of the MA in Creative Writing from 2013. She was appointed Professor of Creative Practice and Head of the School of Music and Theatre in 2016.






Noelle O’Regan, Circus Factory Cork


Noelle O’Regan has a wide and varied background in physical theatre, outdoor adventure sports, circus skills and education.

Noelle has a small Street Theatre Company called ‘Bread and Jam Spectacle’. She set this up last year with Visual and Performance Artist, Tom Campbell and Set Designer and Performer, Sam Hamilton.

In addition, Noelle is an active member of the Circus Factory in Cork, ISACS (Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle) and Clowns without Borders.

Noelle truly enjoys the challenges and successes of collaborating with artists from many different practises and backgrounds. Her big Passion is bringing Art out onto the street. So her work and others can be seen by the masses and to move all classes, ethnicities and ages.





Mark O Sullivan Blurring the lines


Marc O’Sullivan (Vallig)


Marc O’Sullivan is an artist, writer and curator.

He was Arts Editor of the Irish Examiner from 2008 - 2014, and now serves as Arts Director of Beara Arts Festival.

His curatorial credits include the exhibitions Terry O'Neill at CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery in 2013 and Seán Scully: "Figure/Abstract at the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork in 2015."









Irish Street Arts Circus and Spectacle Network

Irish Theatre Institute, 17 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland
00 353 (0)87 0541812 info@isacs.ie
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