National Sculpture Factory


23rd—25th June 2023


Cork Midsummer Festival, The Everyman, National Sculpture Factory supported by Cork City Council present Sun & Sea
An award-winning opera performance watched from above, performed on an indoor beach at Cork’s City Hall, running from 23 – 25 June as part of Cork Midsummer Festival 2023
Sponsored by Infratech

Join us for an afternoon at a crowded beach – the burning sun, bright swimsuits, and bodies sprawling lazily across a sea of towels. The squeal of children, laughter and the sound of an ice cream van in the distance. Listen as sunbathers sing of early morning flights, burnout, sunblock and pina coladas while also observing changes in the natural world around them.
Winner of the Golden Lion at the 2019 Venice Biennale, this spectacular production has enchanted audiences around the world from Los Angeles and New York, Santiago to Sydney, and has been celebrated for its humorous and powerful exploration of our relationship with the planet and climate crisis.

Perform as beachgoers in Sun & Sea
We’re looking for volunteer performers including families (with children aged 8 plus) from across Cork to take part in our presentation of Sun & Sea.
A crowded beach, the burning sun, bright bathing suits and sweaty brows. Tired limbs sprawling lazily across a sea of towels.
The spectacular performance that has stunned audiences will come to Cork’s City Hall this year presented by Cork Midsummer Festival with The Everyman, National Sculpture Factory, and Cork City Council. Millenium Hall in City Hall will be transformed into a crowded beach, complete with 15 tons of sand and a cast of 40, including 13 vocalists, performing as beachgoers enjoying the sunshine.
As part of the production, we are looking for volunteers, including local families with children from 8 years old and upwards, to volunteer and spend some time on the beach for rehearsals and performances between 22 – 25 June 2023.
If you are interested in being involved, please email your interest to and let us know your availability across the above dates, we will get back to you as soon as we can. Title your email SUN & SEA CALLOUT.