Artists announced for Tales Of Two Cities 2023
Cork Midsummer Festival and The Everyman are delighted to announce this year’s participants on the Tales Of Two Cities artist development and mentorship programme, in partnership with MAYK and Bristol Old Vic. This year’s selected artists will be Andrea Williams, Candy Warhol, and Izzy Dogliani.
Andrea Williams is a multidisciplinary artist from Cape Verde who has been living in Ireland for the past decade, influenced by a diverse range of art forms including music, dance, film and visual arts. In Ireland she has worked as a Dancer, Visual Artist, Performer, Costume Designer, Stylist and Director, including recent new theatre projects include performing in Hive City Legacy at Dublin Fringe Festival in 2022 as well as acting as creative director and choreographer for Tolu Makay’s performances at last year’s Cork Midsummer Festival.
Candy Warhol has been one of Ireland's most renowned drag acts for over a decade and is the mother of Mockie Ah, Ireland's leading Drag Haus. Formed in 2017 as a response to the lack of queer spaces in Cork City, the collective has gone from strength to strength with nationwide sell-out cabarets, club nights and television appearances including an acclaimed 2021 RTÉ documentary, Kin Of Kweens. Candy recently launched Gaylí - a new Irish queer cabaret in The Glory, London with her drag sister Marian Mary The 6th, and he duo made their Dublin Fringe Festival debut in 2022 with Candy's first play, The Wind That Shakes The Wig.
Isabella Dogliani is a multi-disciplinary artist and creative producer. Being diagnosed with dyslexia, her work enjoys playing with words, humour, the everyday and is often autobiographical, working across a range of mediums such as video, sound, theatre and performance. In 2020 she graduated from The Glasgow School of Art with a degree in Sculpture and Environmental Art, where as part of her final year she produced and directed an original musical performed at Platform Theatre, Glasgow. Much of her work is focused on playful collaboration and socially engaged projects, particularly working with young people.
Tales Of Two Cities is a new artist development programme for theatre artists - an international partnership between Cork Midsummer Festival and The Everyman in Cork, Ireland and MAYK and Bristol Old Vic in Bristol, UK. Aimed at very early career theatre artists, Tales Of Two Cities aims to support new artists in discovering how to articulate and focus their vision, supporting a new cohort of theatre practitioners to show their practice. The programme will involve travelling to Bristol to experience work, meeting artists based in Bristol and attending workshops by artists based in Bristol. Artists will also develop the beginnings of a new idea or project throughout the programme, supported by Cork Midsummer Festival and The Everyman, and mentored by professional practitioners. The work will be developed without the pressure of having to present anything to a public audience - an opportunity to absorb, to dream, and to begin to create something, whilst being influenced or excited by the work of international practitioners.