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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GAITKRASH Theatre Company @ TDC this Friday

Kafka is Afraid of Mice

Friday Sharing, 26th of August, 6pm, all welcome.


What do I carry on my shoulders? What spectres cling to me?’ The disorienting and absurd yet fundamentally human world of Franz Kafka is at the heart this week’s exploration in the TDC by GAITKRASH and collaborators. We have been mining at the intersection between theatre, sound art and visual art and invite you to share in our findings thus far.

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Puppetry Showcase at the TDC

Dowtcha are presenting the beginnings of their new work ‘The Preachain’, based on a poem by the late Mick Lynch.

Mick, who sadly passed away last December, a talented musician, artist and writer was also a founding member of Dowtcha Puppets since 2002. This year’s Cork Puppetry Festival is dedicated to his memory.



Sharing of the work and post-show discussion Friday August 12th @6pm

Free entry, all welcome

Your Mans Puppets Cork Puppetry Festival 2015 (7)

Also showcasing new work, Your Man’s Puppets will perform The Musical Menagerie, a magical blend of music and puppetry.

The show combines the musical imagination of Boris Hunka, (multi-instrumentalist, improviser and composer) with the skills of renowned puppeteer and actor Thomas Baker. The result is a magical blend of entertainment, education and escapism.

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