1977 Theatre in Cork

The Irish Theatre Company performed at the Everyman Playhouse on a number of occasions throughout 1977. In January the group presented the story of the Beatles Irish Theatre Company, 1977 Autumn Tour Programme Thumbnail‌in Willy Russell's musical, John, Paul, George, Ringo ... and Bert (Evening Echo, 29 January 1977, p. 5). This was followed by She Stoops to Conquer in May. In the autumn, the Irish Theatre Company undertook a national tour, during which the Everyman hosted‌ the ITC when it visited Cork. Two Shakespearean plays headlined the tour, As You Like It, which played from 31 October to 5 November, and Juno and the Paycock from 8 to 2 November. The ITC stay in Cork also included a puppet show and lunchtime theatre featuring one-act plays by Tennesse Williams. The Irish Theatre Company's cast on their tour included Maureen Toal, Hilary Reynolds, Alan Stanford, Catherine Byrne, John Olohan, Godfrey Quigley, Eamon Morrissey, Deirdre Donnelly and many other distinguished Irish actors.

In October 1977, a play with a political theme was staged in the Everyman Playhouse. Sizwe Bansi is Dead by Athol Fugard portrayed the racism and social injustice associated with the apartheid system in South Africa. This play was presented by the Temba Theatre Comapny of London and ran from 24 until 29 October (Evening Echo, 23 & 30 October 1977, p. 5).

Dev Image Thumbnail‌Politics was also a theme in one of the productions at the Cork Opera House in 1977 when Theatre of the South closed its summer season in Cork with G. P. Gallivan's play, Dev. This show focused on the career of former Taoiseach and President Éamon de Valera, from the outbreak of the War of Independence in 1919 until 1932, when he presided over Fianna Fáil's election victory of that year. The title role was played by Maurice O'Donoghue. Pat Fenton, Michael McAuliffe, James N. Healy, Jack Riordan, Mary Corkery and other regulars from the Theatre of the South group also featured in the cast. Dev played at the Cork Opera House for two weeks from 19 September until 1 October (Evening Echo, 23 & 30 October 1977, p. 5).

 

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DatePlayVenue
7 February The Owl and the Pussycat Everyman Playhouse
14 March The Pirates of Penzance Cork Opera House
14 March Trial by Jury Cork Opera House
10 May She Stoops to Conquer Everyman Playhouse
15 August Summer Revels '77 Cork Opera House
17 August The King of Friday's Men Everyman Playhouse
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