Cork residents devise clever way to stave off the lockdown boredom

Cork residents devise clever way to stave off the lockdown boredom
The outdoor screening which took place at Frankfield Villas last Friday. Picture: Clare Keogh

A group of residents in Cork have come up with an innovative way to combat the sense of isolation felt by many during these unprecedented times by holding an outdoor movie night.

Residents of Frankfield Villas on Cork's Windmill Road came up with a clever solution to bring people together while staying apart by projecting movies onto the gable end of the adjoining terrace and broadcasting the audio to people's radios.

The locals then dragged couches, armchairs and beanbags into their front gardens to enjoy the unique experience -all the while maintaining social distance.

Cyclone Rep theatre company lent the projector to resident Scott Duggan and he sought the blessing from rest of the terrace. 

Windmill Road resident Ann Lynch, who has lived on the street for 54 years, said it was the best community event she had ever seen.

Scott Duggan of Windmill road, Cork, with his projector showing classic movies for his neighbours, lessening the sense of isolation while all keep their physical distance. The project is called 'The Windmill Road Picture Show'. Picture: Clare Keogh
Scott Duggan of Windmill road, Cork, with his projector showing classic movies for his neighbours, lessening the sense of isolation while all keep their physical distance. The project is called 'The Windmill Road Picture Show'. Picture: Clare Keogh

Mr Duggan said he hopes to replicate the event in other suitable areas in Cork over the new few weeks. 

"The movie night was so well received on the street that we are looking to bring the same to other suitable locations across the city over the next few weekends. 

"In suitable places, apartment blocks for example, which have a flat surface opposite where I can project, people can just sit on their balconies, or even inside, tune in on an FM band and enjoy watching a classic movie 'with' all their neighbours," he said.

"It's important that this is just for the residents who can safely watch while maintaining distance. 

"I think people are finding it hard being separated and if it brings any bit of joy to people in this difficult time then I would love to do it. The Windmill Road Picture Show might be on the road this week so keep an eye out," Mr Duggan continued.

Friday's event also raised money for charity, as those watching made a contribution to Age Action. 

Part of the thought process behind the screenings was that older people may not have the ease of access to streaming services that are taken for granted in other households. 

The impromptu movies provide some safe entertainment and an important sense of community that a lot of people are missing out on right now.

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