Welcome to the Theatre Development Centre!

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.

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Perforum Autumn 2019: Anne Clarke

Wednesday, 18th September (6pm-7:45pm) at TDC

Anne Clarke founded Landmark Productions, one of Ireland’s leading theatre producers, in 2003. Since then, the company has produced thirty-one plays – including seven Irish premieres and seventeen world premieres – in Ireland, and its productions have been seen on major stages overseas: at the Barbican, National Theatre and Royal Opera House in London; at the Edinburgh International Festival; and at St Ann’s Warehouse and at BAM, New York.

Anne has a long association with a number of Irish writers including Enda Walsh, Mark O’Rowe and the creator of Ross O’Carroll-Kelly, Paul Howard. Recent productions include the European premiere of Theatre for One, co-produced with Octopus Theatricals and presented by Cork Midsummer Festival and the Cork Opera House; Enda Walsh’s Ballyturk and Arlington with regular co-producing partners Galway International Arts Festival; Louise O’Neill’s Asking for It, co-produced by the Everyman in association with the Abbey Theatre and CMF); Mark O’Rowe’s The Approach; and, with INO, the Donnacha Dennehy / Enda Walsh operas The Last Hotel and The Second Violinist.

Anne is also a board member of Cork Midsummer Festival and The Lir Academy. She received the Special Tribute Award in The Irish Times Theatre Awards for 2015, in recognition of her work as ‘a producer of world-class theatre in the independent sector in Ireland’.

Perforum Coordinator: Dr. Marie Kelly (kelly.marie@ucc.ie) Perforum events are open to the public. Admission is free.

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Wishful Thinking

Strive Theatre are delighted to be back in the Theatre Development Centre at Triskel developing new work. They are looking forward to spending the week completing the second phase of Strive Theatre’s Play Development Scheme for Shaunna Lee Lynch’s new play Wishful Thinking. The script has been in development since the start of the year. The premiere of Wishful Thinking will be staged in The New Theatre, Temple Bar as part of The Dublin Fringe Festival in September and return to Cork for a week long run in The Cork Arts Theatre from November 12th to 16th as part of their Emerging Artists’ Programme. Wishful Thinking is a comic play with social and cultural resonance.

Siobhan is in her late twenties and has just returned home to her Mom’s house in East Cork having tried to make it as a journalist in London. She is fed up with where her life has led. Returning to her family home she is forced to re-evaluate the choices she has made.

Mags chose to stay in her hometown and now has a young family. After her mother’s death last year, she has clung to new age, self-help philosophies to help her cope with grief. She is delighted with the distraction and rewards she feels she’s gaining from adopting the advice.

Angela Griffin is Siobhan’s mother. She has found solace from the self-help industry and has begun practicing new-age spiritual practices to help her accept her sister’s passing. She is now transitioning to a new stage in her life and is searching for fulfillment and meaning through more eccentric avenues.

Siobhan is at a major transition period in her life—she is reconsidering her whole being, seeing herself as a failure. Focused completely on herself, she is ignorant to her mother and cousin’s struggle. Mags and Mrs. Griffin try to encourage Siobhan, the newly nihilistic, out of her slump. They go on a comical journey exploring different aspects of an industry that is ever more becoming a replacement for religion.

For this week-long residency we will be focusing primarily on the script, aiming to give the playwright a full perspective on what is written, to allow her render the final draft before entering into a collaborative production process. This work has been developed with the support of Fringe Lab, The Dublin Fringe Festival, Corcadorca’s Theatre Development Centre and Cork Art’s Theatre’s Emerging Artists Programme.

The Friday showing takes place at 1:10pm in TDC. It’s free and open to all.

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Three Men In a Boat

Friday Sharing: 19th July 2019

Directed by Mags Keohane. Freely adapted by Ethan Dylan 

A modern adaptation of Jerome K. Jerome’s 19th century comic novel Three Men in a Boat. The novel sees three men and a dog rent a boat and take a trip up the Thames; they explore the local areas and get into all sorts of trouble. The men in question are well-to-do city boys, who need a break from their stressful lives. They can be rude, aggressive, incredibly witty, and most importantly each one feels that he is right all of the time. This modern adaptation transforms this classic to Ireland in 2019.

Ethan and Mags have spent two days developing the initial script in the Everyman Theatre as Gap Day artists in association with the Mermaid Art Centre. The aim of the TDC residency is to work through the script in more detail, primarily looking at language and place. We will work on the language of our current draft, aiming not to lose the charm and wit of Jerome’s writing in our modernisation. As the novel is clearly set on the River Thames and embed histories of local landmarks, our aim to look at ways to integrate an Irish connection with the river in our adaptation. 

Mags Keohane is a director, theatre maker and producer with experience working in Ireland and Scotland. Mags is currently producing Spliced by Timmy Creed, which is touring to Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019. Mags recently completed a residency with Druid’s FUEL programme, developing a new show inspired by personal accounts from Ireland’s first unarmed humanitarian mission — The Irish Rwandan Support Group 1994.  Mags graduated with distinction from an MLitt Theatre Practice at the University of Glasgow. To get in touch visit: magskeohane.com.

Ethan is a graduate of Drama and Theatre Studies at University College Cork and Two Year Full Time Actor Training Course at The Gaiety School of Acting. Ethan recently played Pig in the Irish Times Theatre Award winning production of Disco Pigs and Sucking Dublin, and Francis Ledwidge in the New Theatre’s centenary production of Ledwidge, which toured nationally. He primarily works as an actor and a deviser. 

Mags and Ethan first worked together on a production of Serious Money by Caryl Churchill and Made in China by Mark O’ Rowe – “a coarse and sleazy slice of Dublin given a Cork edge” (Irish Examiner). Three Men in a Boat is their most creatively ambitious project to date. It will be performed at Cork Arts Theatre from November 19th to 30th (excluding Sunday 24th) at 8pm. Event info athttp://corkartstheatre.com/event/three-men-in-a-boat.

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