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Documentary project 100% Cork to reveal the truth behind statistics

Happiness amongst top concerns for residents of Cork

100% Cork, the international documentary theatre project which premieres at Cork Midsummer Festival, will reveal the motivations and priorities of the people of Cork and act as a window into the minds of the people of Ireland. Featuring 100 people (not actors) that statistically represent the make up of the city based on age, gender, ethnicity and address, the show will be presented at Cork Opera House from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th June as part of the Festival.

Using data from the 2011 Census, each person on stage will represent 1% of Cork’s population of 198,500 people: the cast will be 50% female and 50% male, for example. To give a face to statistics, the 100 people on stage will be grouped into pie charts, bars and curves according to their beliefs and the way they live their lives. Casting for this unique project began in March, and will continue until the opening night on Friday 28th June, but interesting trends and observations have already come to light around the questions ‘Should we legislate for abortion?’, ‘Do you like that Ireland has become more multi-cultural?’ and ‘Who has battled cancer? ‘. The question most people would like to ask 100 people is ‘Are you happy?’

Festival Director, Tom Creed commented: ’In a world bombarded with ‘lies, damned lies and statistics’ 100% is an international phenomenon that has exposed the surprising truth about populations around the world. 100% Cork will act as a microcosm of Ireland, creating a three-dimensional portrait of the city in this one-in-a-lifetime theatre event’.

In 100% Melbourne, it was discovered that a majority of the population wanted to restrict immigration, with a large group in favour of the death penalty. By comparison, 100% Zurich revealed that while most could not imagine going back to the death penalty, they had among them a man from Iran who had been sentenced to it and managed to flee to Europe. 

All ages are represented, from small children to people who have made a massive contribution to the city over their long lives. People will also be bringing on stage some of their most treasured possessions, including bikes, scooters and even three dogs! Audiences will reflect on the truth of their own beliefs, discover those of their neighbours and experience the highs and lows of the stories of real people – the city laid bare on stage.

100% Cork was conceived by German documentary theatre superstars Rimini Protokoll, who collaborated on the Ciudades Paralelas / Parallel Cities series of site-specific events at the Festival last year, and is directed by award-winning Irish theatre-maker Una McKevitt. Tickets start from €20 and can be booked from the Box Office in Triskel Arts Centre or via www.corkmidsummer.com/programme