1979 Theatre in Cork

The Playboy of the Western World Image Thumbnail‌In 1979 Joan Denise Moriarty's ballet adaptation of Synge's The Playboy of the Western World became a success nationally and internationally for the Irish Ballet Company. It was staged at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin and from 12 to 17 February in the Cork Opera House, before its performance on Broadway in April 1979. Music for The Playboy of the Western World was arranged by and performed live by The Chieftains (Evening Echo, 10 & 17 February 1979, p. 5).

Throughout the 1970s the Missouri Catholic Theatre Guild visited Cork annually with performances during the summer months. The group was founded by Cork native Father John Long and had collaborated with the Monfort Singers for productions in Cork and the United States. In July 1979 the two groups teamed up again for a presentation of West Side Story for two weeks at the Cork Opera House. Among the local performers in the cast were Sharon Barry, Jo Cronin, Tony Callanan, and Frank Twomey (Evening Echo, 21 & 28 July 1979, p. 5).

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Image Thumbnail‌One of the most eagerly awaited productions of the year was Dale Wasserman's stage adaption of Ken Kesey's novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. This Noel Pearson presentation featured distinguished names from Irish theatre, including Ray McAnally, Joan O'Hara, John Kavanagh, and Liam Neeson. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest played for two weeks at Cork Opera House from 8 to 20 October (Evening Echo, 21 July, p. 6 & 13 October 1979, p. 5).

1979 also saw the Theatre of the South group celebrate its 21st summer season. To mark this anniversary the group staged three of John B. Keane's plays. Over three consecutive weeks, from 6 to 25 August, The Field, Moll and The Buds of Ballybunion were staged at Cork Opera House, featuring James N. Healy, Dan Donovan, Mary Healy, Paddy Comerford, Chris Sheehan, Mary Foley, Flor Dullea, and other Theatre of the South actors. This celebratory season closed with the annual return of Summer Revels (Evening Echo, 28 July 1979, p. 5).

 

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DatePlayVenue
8 January Patrick Gulliver Everyman Playhouse
24 January The BoyFriend Everyman Playhouse
6 February Bedroom Farce Everyman Playhouse
20 February Cití Everyman Playhouse
27 February The Family Reunion Everyman Playhouse
16 April Suddenly at Home Everyman Playhouse
15 May Aisling Mhic Artáin Everyman Playhouse
21 May I Do Not Like Thee, Doctor Fell Everyman Playhouse
6 August The Field Cork Opera House
27 August Summer Revels '79 Cork Opera House
4 September Ill Met by Moonlight Everyman Playhouse
19 September The Miracle Worker Everyman Playhouse
3 October Talbot's Box Everyman Playhouse
15 October The Story Goes Everyman Playhouse
29 October The Half-Promised Land Everyman Playhouse
21 November Clouds Everyman Playhouse
4 December Cluichí Cleamhnais Everyman Playhouse
11 December Straight Up Everyman Playhouse
26 December Robinson Crusoe Everyman Playhouse
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