Welcome to the Theatre Development Centre!

Theatre Development Centre spaceThe 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.

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SHOW 2018

SHOW is an annual event presented at TDC by Corcadorca.  It is a showcase of works in progress by local and national theatre artists.  It runs from Friday, November 30th to Sunday, December 2nd.

Corcadorca is proud to host this event, which has proven to be a springboard for theatre artists to bring their projects to fruition.  This year’s SHOW is curated by Pat Kiernan, Artistic Director of Corcadorca and TDC.  Below is the lineup of events and you can get more information from the website, which is at http://corcadorca.wixsite.com/show2018

All events are free and open to the public.


  • Friday – 7pm – Éadaoin O’Donoghue
  • Friday – 9pm – Timmy Creed
  • Saturday – 3pm – taƨte in your mouth
  • Saturday – 5pm – Mike Ryan
  • Saturday – 7pm – Timothy O’Mahony
  • Saturday – 9pm – ALSA Productions
  • Sunday – 3pm – Irene Kelleher
  • Sunday – 5pm – Mags Keohane and Eamonn Doyle
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Dowtcha Puppets

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.

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Brendan Griffin – “One Thousand Moments”

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.

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