The Everyman announces live programme of events ahead of reopening date next month

The Everyman announces live programme of events ahead of reopening date next month

Tom Crean – Antarctic Explorer will return to The Everyman as part of its new programme. 

Cork's historic Everyman Theatre has announced a live programme of events ahead of the reopening on October 15.

The reopening heralds a new digital direction for the theatre with Play It By Ear, a programme of shows at The Everyman, which are also available live through audio broadcast to be experienced from wherever audiences are.

As part of Play It By Ear, The Everyman presents a series of rehearsed readings, opening on October 15 with Marion, by Katie Holly who was this year’s ambassador for Cork County Culture Night. 

"I am so pleased and proud to be involved in the reopening of The Everyman's programme; a gorgeous, atmospheric venue that encourages and inspires the people within its walls to make great, entertaining, thought-provoking theatre," Katie commented.

"I'm also delighted to be working with Laura O'Mahony, Tadhg Hickey and Eadaoin O'Donoghue on a reworking of my first professional play Marion, which was first produced in 2016 for Cork Midsummer Festival," she continued.

Naomi Daly, Acting Programming Manager at the theatre said The Everyman is looking forward to welcoming patrons back.

"We are celebrating the voice as we focus on bringing Cork’s wealth of local talent back to the stage along with some of our established favourites. 

"It feels great to be turning the lights back on and throwing open the doors after our longest period of closure in over 30 years. 

"We’re really excited about this programme and I hope our audiences will agree that we’ve 'knocked it out of the Pairc!'"

The Everyman continues to fly the flag for local theatre makers presenting The Whiteheaded Boy – a comedy in three acts, by Lennox Robinson and directed by Ger Fitzgibbon. 

First performed in 1916, it not only reveals the dynamics of a family but is also a pointed analysis of Irish culture.

Later in the month, Ger FitzGibbon returns with his play The Four Faced Liar, when the voices of the four faces of Shandon Steeple come alive with a commentary on the city’s inhabitants below. 

The final rehearsed reading is the darkly chilling play The Seafarer, by Conor McPherson, directed by John McCarthy.

For music lovers, there are two spectacular live music shows to look forward to as part of Play It By Ear

Majella Cullagh, one of Ireland’s foremost sopranos, returns to The Everyman with songs from the golden age of musical theatre from the genius collaboration of Rodgers and Hammerstein, accompanied on piano by John O’Brien. 

Feeling Good with Karen Underwood and John O’Brien promises to bring a night of heart-warming, and roof-raising jazz, soul, and blues with interpretations of the songs of Billie Holliday, Nina Simone, Dinah Washington, Whitney Houston and Amy Winehouse.

In One Eye Out The Other, acclaimed Irish comedian Tadhg Hickey’s part theatre, part stand-up comedy, which was the most nominated show at Dublin Fringe Awards last year, is also certain to be a big hit.

There are also old favourites included in the programme, such as the return of Aidan Dooley in Tom Crean – Antarctic Explorer, a compelling and humorous retelling of the story of the intrepid Antarctic explorer who hailed from Annascaul, in Co Kerry.

Due to current indoor gathering restrictions, the theatre’s 650-seat auditorium will be operating at a greatly reduced capacity and available tickets are expected to sell out quickly.

"The restrictions are not viable to maintain in the long term. 

"The Everyman has an obligation to serve the people of Cork and provide support and connections to artists. 

"We are incredibly thankful for generous donations received from our patrons. 

"These monies, along with Arts Council Funding, will allow us to be viable until the end of the year," Sean Kelly, Executive Director of the theatre said.

The Everyman will continue to adhere to guidelines to ensure the safety of everyone who visits the building. 

When the theatre opens its doors, visitors will notice an improved and more comfortable look as the closure period was used to finish some very timely upgrades to the building, including a makeover to the public toilets, accomplished through historic grants from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Cork City Council.

Tickets for the upcoming shows go on sale at noon today, Tuesday, September 22, via everymancork.com

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