Welcome to the Theatre Development Centre

The Theatre Development Centre was established by Corcadorca in 2011. Unique in Ireland, it is a studio space dedicated to the development of professional theatre.

Housed in the Triskel Arts Centre, Corcadorca make the space available to theatre makers free of charge so they may write, work with actors, develop the technical aspects of a piece, but most of all so they have a supportive environment in which to create work for the stage.

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Friday Sharing April 4th

Riuchi: The Tale of The Ancient Lights

The Tale of The Ancient Lights tells a story of magic, beauty and poetic amazement that invites the child-like spirit in all of us.  This solo performance combines circus, dance and magic on a modern journey through an ancient Asian legend.   Inspired by Japanese animation, it creates live special effects with cutting-edge technology and magic techniques.

The show is directed by Fernando Tunon Hernandez who has worked in film, theatre and screen writing and also shares a passion for Asian art. Together with the performer, Guillaume Cousson, they have created a living world manga.  During their residency at TDC they have been working on the final shape of the performance, which will be brought on tour over the Summer months.

The Friday Sharing is at 6pm in the Theatre Development Centre, Tobin Street, Cork
Followed by a Q+A Session
Admission is free and open to all
Hope to see you there!

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Friday Sharing March 14th



Roger Casement, son of a bitch! – project in development

Makeshift Ensemble are starting to develop a collaborative theatre project exploring history, hubris, ideals and the failed grand narratives of the 20th century through the story of the controversial Irish national hero Roger Casement; as his ideals and story are de-constructed and re-constructed through the perspectives and life stories of an inter cultural cast through fictional and real links between the performers own stories, contemporary news stories and the ideals of Casement’s own time through the mirror of the Olympics (and the Olympic charter).

Makeshift Ensemble aims at developing a contemporary theatre culture in Cork that is exciting, relevant and accessible for the young people in the city, through producing high quality innovative and collaborative theatre projects. Apart from developing theatre productions the company also collaborates on an international level with other young arts organisations and aims to produce professional development projects both for the benefits of the member of the ensemble and for the benefit of the wider Cork theatre community.

This is the first week of development of their new project and they will host a talk about their process and research this Friday at 6pm in the TDC. We hope you can join us.

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Friday Showing 21st February


Written and performed by Ruth Hayes and Claire Loy

Inspired by the real life stories which Ruth has encountered both through her work with an ovarian cancer charity and her own personal witness, WHISPERS tells the story of one woman’s journey through Ovarian Cancer.

Exploring the often unspoken and unseen side to cancer, actors Ruth Hayes and Claire Loy were keen to allow the audience into this world which ‘Jane’ inhabits. This story is not just for women. This story crosses all sexes, all ages, and all beliefs. This is a story about the human spirit, its weakness and strengths.

Ruth Hayes is an actor and writer who has appeared on both stage and screen. Most notably from her recurring role as Gillian in Mark Cogan’s award winning short films PARTLY CLOUDY and THE HANDSOME SHADOWS.

Claire Loy is a stage and screen actor and writer. Claire has most recently performed in the TDC in TALKING SUBTEXT and TEXTUAL BEHAVIOUR.  Claire was also seen in her comic performance in RTE’s TRIVIA.

The Friday Showing is at 6pm in the Theatre Development Centre, Tobin Street, Cork
Followed by a Q+A Session
Admission is free and open to all

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