The 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).
In 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, 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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|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|