SHOW 2016 – Call for Applicants!



SHOW 2016 will run at the TDC over one weekend, November 25th, 26th & 27th, and will feature works in progress only. 

SHOW is a platform to enable companies and individuals who engage with the Theatre Development Centre to present  works-in-progress to both general and trade audiences.

If you are interested in taking part and presenting a project or script in development, please fill out the form which is available to download below and send the completed form to by Thursday September 22nd. 

TDC SHOW Application


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Skiddy’s Plaza – Lantern Productions

Skiddy's Castle Plaza

Lantern Production and Reimagine Cork have been working in the TDC this week devising their Culture Night performance Skiddy’s Plaza

Created by the performers, Fiona Kelly, Orla Kelly-Smith and Suzanne Vachet, with director Eoin Ó hAnnracháin, we will be presenting a taste of the piece and discussing the creative process used in the sharing this Friday, September 2nd, at 6pm.


They’d love to get your feedback on the work-in-progress before they go into the rehearsal stage ahead of their performance in Skiddy’s Plaza on North Main Street for Culture Night on Friday the 16th of September.


Lantern Productions is a Cork based Theatre production company with the mission to cultivate the position of the arts as a vital, positive, inclusive and necessary part of our shared society through entertaining, challenging and ambitious projects of the highest quality.

Reimagine Cork is a community effort focused on making Cork beautiful by rejuvenating laneways, urban green space, and derelict buildings.

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Male Actors Needed

TDC Development Residents seeking Male Actors for Participation and Collaboration this September

Bren Barnett (director) and Paul McMahon (writer) will be in the TDC from September 12th to 23rd working a a new project entitle TRUE ZERO.

Bren and Paul are looking for a number of male actors to come in and collaborate on the project at this stage and work with them during their residency. Below are details of the character positions to be filled along with information on the artists and the project.

Work on the project will be done intermittently during the two weeks, so availability for the entirety of the residency is not necessary. Paul and Bren will be showing some of the piece to a small audience on both Friday the 17th and Friday the 23rd of September at 6pm so availability at these times would be helpful.


Character Descriptions: 

Patrick – from Belfast. 60 years old.

Marek – Russian. Mid-twenties.

Decko – Dublin. In his thirties.

Kerry – from Kerry. In his late forties.


Bren Barnett (Director).

The Boyhood Legends of Fionn Mac Chumhail – National Tour.

Forgive Me Father – Friars Gate Theatre, Kilmallock.

The Hole – CallBack Theatre Co.

Set in Stone – CallBack Theatre Co.

A View from the Bridge – The Gate Theatre, Dublin.

Paul McMahon (Writer)

His full-length play, True Zero, has been short-listed for The Old Vic 12 (2015), Short-listed, 5th place, for the Eamon Keane Full-Length Play Award (2012), Long-listed for the Bruntwood Playwriting Prize (2011), and Short-listed, last 4, for The New Directions Playwriting Prize (2014).

Other plays include The Glasshouse (part of ‘Arrivals’ from Terra Nova Productions, 2014), The Blueprint (Dublin Fringe Theatre Festival), and Parallels (Muscailt Theatre Festival, Galway).

Examples of past work:

True Zero, a new black-comedy-thriller written and directed by award-winning poet and playwright Paul McMahon, and produced by Bren Barnett.

It is the Monday morning after the 1916 centenary celebrations in Dublin. Locked up for the entire weekend and thus prevented from partaking in this jubilant historic event, three Irish men and a Russian are awaiting trial in one of the holding-cells in the Bridewell below the Four Courts in Dublin. Personal and national identities intertwine with black comedy, tragedy, and revelation, as these four men stumble along the slippery road towards the flickering light of redemption.


If you are interested or want further information please contact Kate

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