The Theatre Development Centre (TDC) was established by Corcadorca in 2011. TDC is housed in Triskel Arts Centre, Tobin Street, Cork. Corcadorca make the space available to theatre makers free of charge so they may write, work with actors, and 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.
Dowtcha Puppets comes to Corcadorca TDC with ‘Bríd’s Story’, a prequel to ‘The Line’. They will work for the week from November 12th and present their showing at 1:10pm (lunchtime) on Friday, November 16th.
Bríd is a young woman from Cork who becomes a convict in Van Diemen’s Land. In this production we aim to establish the character and develop an aesthetic that we can take forward to ‘The Line’.
‘The Line’ is an international collaboration between Dowtcha Puppets (Cork, Ireland), Black Hole Theatre (Melbourne) and playwright Nathan Maynard.
Set against the British invasion of Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) at the height of the frontier war in 1830, ‘The Line’ examines invasion masquerading as settlement and the manipulation of exiled Irish and British subjects by the British crown to achieve the biggest land grab in history.
Our play studies this time through the relationship between Muka, a Palawa (Tasmanian aboriginal) woman and a Bríd, a pregnant, escaped Irish convict in 1830.
It’s an ambitious project on a design level. The cast uses only two actors who’s narrative takes place against a flight from the war and capture. The objective is for the action subsequent to the characters to be portrayed with shadow play, puppetry and projection.
Brendan Griffin is working on his new play, “One Thousand Moments of Extraordinary Pleasure”, with two actors, Malcolm Adams and Mark D’Aughton.
The play’s two characters are Terry, a retired father who sets arranges daily moments of pleasure to fill the time during what would have been his working week; and Andrew, a married accountant in his early 40’s who takes on the alter ego of Louise and dresses in sophisticated women’s clothes in his office on Friday lunchtime. The action takes place over seven Friday lunchtimes when the two men meet in Andrew’s office.
This play was shortlisted for the Listowel Writers’ Week Eamon Keane Full Length Play Award. The cast and writer/Director are spending the week doing multiple readings to test the script and strengthen it. A presentation will take place on Friday in the new lunchtime slot, from 1pm to 2pm, at TDC in Triskel Arts Centre.
Perforum is a series of talks and events on the arts. They are presented by UCC but open to all and free to attend. There will be one event per month. They take place from 6pm to 7:45. This term the theme of Perforum events is “Performing Arts and Inclusivity”.
The schedule for this term is as follows:
Wednesday, 26th September – ‘Hearing and Connecting’ Eoin Nash
Thursday, 18th October – ‘Working with touch and movement in arts and health’ Katy Dymoke
Wednesday, 07th November – ‘Alternative Dramaturgies informed by a D/deaf and Disability Perspective’ Kaite O’Reilly
For more information, go to https://www.ucc.ie/en/music-theatre/drama/news