1975 Theatre in Cork

Irish Theatre Company Image Thumbnail‌The Bells of Hell opened in the Cork Opera House on 10 February 1975. This Noel Pearson presentation featured stories and songs from Brendan Behan performed by Niall Tóibín and Ronnie Drew (Evening Echo, 1 February 1975, p. 5). 1975 also saw the first visit of the Irish Theatre Company to Cork. This group was establshed in March 1974 with the aim of bringing theatre to provincial cities and towns in Ireland. On 25 February the ITC presented Out of Town by Dion Boucicault at the Cork Opera House, with a cast featuring Jim Bartley, Niall Buggy, and Godfrey Quigley, with Ray McAnally as director. President Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh attended the opening night (Evening Echo, 22 (p. 5) & 26 (p. 1) February 1975).

The Shepard's Changeling Image Thumbnail‌In March 1975, Cork's Gilbert and Sullivan group staged the musical Freeny, based on works of Irish songwriter Percy French. In the lead-up to Christmas, Cork drama group Skanky staged a nativity play, The Shepards and the Changeling, which was local writer Anthony Blinco's interpretation of The Shepards's Second Play, one of the 32 mystery plays that formed the medieval Wakefield Cycle manuscripts. With direction from Peter O'Shaughnessy, The Shepards and the Changeling was performed at the First Presbyterian Church in Princes Street, Cork, from 15 December for one week (Evening Echo, 13 December 1975, p. 5).

 

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DatePlayVenue
8 January The Barretts of Wimpole Street Everyman Playhouse
31 March Freeny Cork Opera House
31 March Halfway Up the Tree Everyman Playhouse
19 May The Tailor and Ansty Everyman Playhouse
28 July The Man from Clare Cork Opera House
11 August  Summer Revels '75 Cork Opera House
8 September The Devil a Saint Would Be Cork Opera House
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