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Performer Lianne Quigley, with dark hair and a fringe, signs towards the camera, palms facing inward. She wears a flowy pink garment and ornate accessories, as a range of performers move in the blurred background behind her.

Opera: Possession at Cork Midsummer Festival

21 - 23 Jun 2024 (Past)

The Granary Theatre, Dyke Parade, Cork

A new opera from artist Amanda Coogan and composer Linda Buckley along with collaborators Alvean Jones, Lianne Quigley and the Cork Deaf Community Choir.

Based on a script from the deaf artist Teresa Deevy telling the story of An Táin through the eyes of Queen Medb, combining Irish Sign Language with experimental sonic and vocal composition, this immersive production explores one of Ireland’s foundational myths with a fresh perspective on diversity in storytelling, connecting our past with our future.

Following last year’s Ode To Joy, this project continues Amanda’s ongoing collaboration with Cork Deaf Community Choir. Amanda Coogan is an internationally recognised and critically acclaimed artist working across the medias of live art, performance, photography and video. She is one of the most dynamic and exciting contemporary visual artist’s practicing in the arena of performance.

Possesion runs from June 21 to 23 at Granary Theatre, for booking information visit corkmidsummer.com.

You can learn more about Amanda Coogan’s previous work below.

Developed as part of ART:2023 – a Decade of Centenaries. A collaboration between the Arts Council and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media. This collaboration and presentation is further supported by Cork City Council.

Image by Patricio Cassinoni.


The Possession Project at the Hugh Lane Gallery in June 2022. The performance by Amanda Coogan was in collaboration with the Dublin Theatre of the Deaf and South East Technological University. Collaborating with Deaf artists Lianne Quigley and Alvean Jones, Coogan explores Deevy’s unpublished script Possession, a ballet treatment.



Amanda Coogan
Cork Midsummer Festival
ISL Interperated