I’m a writer, actor and director living in Cork.
I was the inaugural Theatre Artist in Residence at Cork Opera House-UCC from 2018 to 2020, a mentor on the Young Playwrights Programme with Fighting Words and Graffiti, and creator of Hammergrin’s In Darkness Vast audio-drama.
I was nominated as Best Supporting Actor at the Irish Theatre Awards 2019 and wrote Stage Irish, which won the Writers Guild of Great Britain Playwrights Progress Award 2014.
I co-wrote Hollander, nominated for Best Production in the Irish Theatre Awards 2010.
It’s a piece I’ve written about stories and loss and how a city fizzes and throbs with both.
And, for the first time, I’m performing on stage in something I’ve written.
Filmed on the beautiful Everyman stage in a specially created work for viewing at home.
Recently, Fridays are the same as any other day of the week, but if it was possible to suddenly go out with friends, into town, and have a bite to eat followed by a drink or two, that would be wonderful.
There are no lie ins at all at the moment because our daughter is just one year old and loves an early start.
I know more about the hours of 6am to 8am than I have known for many many years.
Yes, it does — being a freelance artist is brilliantly diverse and affords endless creativity, but it also blurs a lot of the distinctions between work and life.
It’s exciting to be working on something and you can be doing that sitting at your desk or pouring the cereal and all the places in between.
I think I’d like to go to Berlin with my partner Rebecca and our daughter Iris.
It feels so implausible at the moment under lockdown that I can’t really imagine more than that.
I’d love to go to Clonakilty and out to Inchydoney, or further afield, skip down to Baltimore and take the ferry out to Cape Clear and stay a few nights there.
I do indeed. With the homogeneity that’s crept into the week now under Covid, the weekend is much the same as the rest of the week, but talking to family and friends or texting and sending pictures definitely helps.
I love reading. I haven’t been able to really get lost in a book in a good while, but I’ve a promising pile collected at home now I’m determined to allow myself indulge in soon.
I’d take either in a heartbeat now.
We didn’t know we had it so good!
Cork Coffee Roasters and Lab 82 for coffee.
For lunch, the sandwich stall in the market.
Dinner anywhere they’ll let us sit in.
Cannot wait to eat out indoors again!
Watching something on Netflix probably.
Or putting the final touches to a funding application...
If Iris hasn’t already sung us awake, the alarm gets its chance at 7am.
Actor, director and playwright, John McCarthy, has written, and will perform, his new solo work, CITY, as part of the Everyman Play it By Ear series, an on demand video stream from the Everyman Stage from Friday, April 16 to Sunday, April 25. Age recommendation 13+ with adult, see www.everymancork.com