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: Deborah Middleton

Department of Theatre, School of Film | Music | Theatre, University College Cork in association with Corcadorca/TDC presents:

Perforum: Spring 2020 

Mindful Embodiment Practice and the Creative Process

Wed 12th February (6 – 7.45pm) at TDC

Deborah Middleton

Director of the Mindfulness and Performance Project at the University of Huddersfield, UK

‘Mindfulness for Performers: Embodied and Relational Practices’

In recent years, there has been growing popular and scientific interest in mindfulness, and in the ways mindfulness-based interventions can be applied in a wide range of contexts.  Some of the latest research opens up aspects of mindfulness training that are particularly pertinent to performers: the role of the body, and the notion of relational, or inter-personal, mindfulness. In this presentation, I will look at some of this research as a way to understand how performers can cultivate mindfulness through body-based and ensemble training.

Deborah Middleton is the director of the Mindfulness and Performance project at the University of Huddersfield. She has published articles and given presentations internationally on Buddhism, mindfulness, and meditation in relation to performance and creative process. Under the pen-name Deborah Templeton she writes short fiction and contemplative performance texts. Her writing life is closely linked to her practices as a yogi and meditator. She is a Kripalu Yoga teacher, and practises somatic meditation within the Dharma Ocean lineage. https://pure.hud.ac.uk/en/persons/deborah-templeton


Perforum Coordinator: Dr. Bernadette Cronin (b.cronin@ucc.ie)

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TONNTA Vocal workshop

Tonnta presents: THEIR CHORUS Vocal Workshop & Performance


  • Thursday 6th February, 6pm-7.30pm
  • Friday 7th February, 6pm-7.30pm
  • Theatre Development Centre, Triskel Arts Centre


  • Saturday 8th February, 2pm-4pm
  • Crawford Art Gallery

Free and open to all. Members of the trans and non-binary community of Cork are particularly welcome, and join a cast of non-binary performers in Tonnta. In this workshop, participants will use and explore their voice and body in a series of warm-ups and exercises. With a focus on togetherness and empowerment, the workshop will engage with Jennifer Walshe’s playful and revealing score that uses Facebook text as inspiration. Using accessible creative techniques, we will explore physicality in the social media age. Following these workshops, interested participants are invited to perform in THEIR CHORUS during Quarter Block Party (Saturday 8th February, 2-4pm). Set amongst the Canova Casts of the Crawford Art Gallery, together we will perform Jennifer Walshe’s score and devised material from the workshop. 

For further information, please contact Tonnta by email tonntamusic@gmail.com, or via socials @TonntaMusic 

The venues (Theatre Development Centre and Crawford Art Gallery) are fully wheelchair accessible.

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SHOW 2019

The full lineup for SHOW 2019 is now in place. This year, SHOW takes place from Friday, December 6th to Sunday, December 8th. See the SHOW page above or the proprietary website, corcadorca.wixsite.com/show2019



1pm – Jessica Courtney Leen: “Waiting for Wifi”

6pm – Michelle Read: “On a House Like a Fire”

8pm – Wandering Star Productions: “Cockeyed Caravan”


11am – ALSA Productions: “Aonair”

1pm – Roseanna Purcell: “MUCK”

3pm – John Doran: “We’re In Here”

5pm – Candlelit Theatre: “Connla’s Wave”

7pm – No Kissin’ Ensemble: “Maskulinity”


3pm – Corcadorca/Peter Power: “Squibbs”

5pm – Octopus Soup: “Grandparent’s Day”

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