Pitch'd Festival



The theme for the 5th Edition of Pitch'd Festival is "Next Steps"

In the chaos that surrounds us let’s use the festival to remember and experience why a healthy culture of arts is important to us all. The artist needs an audience, and the audience needs art, so let’s celebrate each other’s achievements, let’s begin conversations about how we, as artists and audience can plot and navigate our way towards a collective future. 

Punchdrunk enrichment

PunchDrunk Enrichment

Circus Factory are delighted to present a rare opportunity to participate in immersive theatre pioneers, Punchdrunk, Enrichment workshops 

September 10th – 11th

Price: €160 / €120

Day 1: 2PM – 6PM

Day 2: 10AM – 2PM

This two day progressive physical performance workshop will support participants to develop their non-verbal devising skills. We use short stories as a starting point for exploring how to develop character in response to site, sound and source material. 

Participants will work with an experienced Punchdrunk Performer as Facilitator who will introduce the creation methods that inform the basis that both PunchDrunk Enrichment and their original and existing performing company, Punchdrunk, score much of their unique creative process from.

Roundtable Symposium

Let’s  talk about we see our future.

September 17th, 11am – 1pm

@Circus Factory Cork

Price: Free

Pitch’d is a platform for artists, producers and presenters (and anyone with an interest in this industry) to come together and talk about how they see their future. On Saturday morning there will be a roundtable discussion led by a panel of experts titled “Living in the Arts”. 

producer's symposium
producer's symposium

Networking Brunch

Let’s sip coffee, eat pastries and network!

September 18th, 11am – 1pm

@Tequila Jacks

Price: Free

Sunday morning, at Tequila Jacks, Circus Factory invites you to be wined and dined by coffee and pastries) to talk about the industry as part of Pitch’d Festival 2022.  We will share coffee, pastries and our love (or hate) for the industry while meeting new friends and collaborators.

Artists, producers and presenters, and anyone with an interest in this industry is welcome jo join us.


HeadOnBody Dance Workshop

Circus Factory and Dance Cork Firkin Crane presents:

September 25th, 11am – 1pm

Price: €20

Using both improvisational and structured exercises, floor work, release movement and some basic acrobatics. The class will culminate in a choreographic phrase based on the movement devised from the show and short cool down. The class will be energising and good craic!

Soup Dance Workshop with Deirdre Griffin
Emmen Donnelly Training Residency

Unlock, Explore, Create - Emmen Donnelly Training Residency

Circus Factory are delighted to bring the much sought-after talents of Aerialist, Emmen Donnelly to Cork for a bespoke training residency, Unlock, Explore, Create this August and September 2022

Unlock – August – Saturday 6th, Sunday 7th
Create – August – Saturday 13th, Sunday 14th
Explore – Sept – Tuesday 13th, Wednesday 14th, Thursday 15th

Price: FULL

Emmen Is a credited and respected member of the Irish/Northern Irish Aerial and Circus Community. In their performance career, Emmens work expresses an analytical curiosity & creative sense of whimsy applied with a refreshing stroke of traditional dynamic technique. Always seeking to push the boundaries of Aerial Acrobatics further with a unique blend of physical discipline layered over rich narratives, Emmen cuts an impressive physical presence on stage, and is highly respected for the use of their technical and personable creative skills.

This opportunity is open to aerial artists at all stages of their practice and who are ready to engage in a deeper creative approach to their training and performance. The participants will ideally by available for all 3 residencies which will culminate in an opportunity to present work at a showcase evening for Circus Factory’s highlight of the year, Pitch’d Circus and Street Arts Festival in September 2022.