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Music / May 19, 2021

Tolü Makay, Dorothy Murphy and more to voice A City and A Garden festival

Tolü Makay by Bobby Zithelo
Music / May 19, 2021

Tolü Makay, Dorothy Murphy and more to voice A City and A Garden festival

Words: Dylan Murphy

The pair join numerous others in voicing the interactive experience through Cork City Street or The National Botanic Gardens in Dublin this June.

From 11-20 June, A City and A Garden is bringing together some of Ireland’s most exciting writers, musicians, and voice artists to realise a new state-of-the-art sonic experience that combines story and song with the world around us.

Literary curator Danny Denton (editor of The Stinging Fly) has selected four exceptional writers to create new stories. Using smartphone technology, users will be led around the National Botanic Gardens with tales from Gavin Corbett or Melatu-Uche Okorie; or follow a story by Louise Hegarty that takes you from North Mall in Cork to Bells Field, or walk with Lisa McInerney from The Shakey Bridge to Red Abbey Square.

The stories will be voiced by Hilary Rose (The Young Offenders, Smother)Conor Lovett (I’ll Find You, Endeavour: Coda, Versailles)Dorothy Murphy and Tolü Makay.

Creating soundscapes to these stories are musicians Seán Mac Erlaine (sound designer and musical director), Fish Go DeepThe Quiet Club, with Dorothy Murphy and Tolü Makay contributing to both the narration and music.

Visual installations by artist and designer Deirdre Breen will adorn each route, with WP Cork Developers providing the state-of-the-art technology to guide you through the four trails.

Speaking on the project Tolu Makay said, “To be part of this project means a lot to me. I find myself intrigued with the beauty of what life provides, and to have my first acting role be presented in a wonderful place like Botanic Garden written by Melatu-Uche Okorie is incredible. I hope people love the voice and the wonderful work put in by an amazing team made to guide them as they embrace and love the nature around them.” 

Explore this one-of-a-kind art experience, for free, throughout Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, and Cork Midsummer Festival, 11-20 June 2021.

Click here for more information.

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