The historic Everyman Theatre in Cork recorded a €462,000 increase in turnover last year, it emerged last night, as details of its new summer season were unveiled.
The theatre’s artistic director, Julie Kelleher, will also make her directorial debut during the new season, directing a production of Brian Friel’s Lovers — one of several major live theatre productions the venue will stage in the coming months.
Other headline acts include a performance by American humorist and best-selling author David Sedaris; the Rubberbandits; the Banff Mountain Film Festival; and the premiere of Macroom, an imagining of the last day of Michael Collins, written by Scottish writer, Ian Pattison, the man behind the BBC sitcom Rab C Nesbitt.
Ms Kelleher said the wide variety of productions would take audiences on all kinds of journeys.
“Some over familiar territory, with well-known and beloved titles, and some over uncharted ground with titles as yet unproduced or unseen in Ireland,” she said.
As part of the culmination of the recently announced Sounds from a Safe Harbour festival, the Everyman will host an intimate evening presented by Bryce Dessner, of The National and Crash Ensemble, So Percusson and Shara Worden, with special appearances by Bryce and Aaron Dessner, also of The National, and Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire.
The Everyman’s executive director, Seán Kelly, said the venue has established itself as the home of live theatre in Cork.
Sean Kelly, Everyman executive director, and Julie Kelleher, artistic director, at the launch of the summer season.
“If you look through our programme you will see just how diverse a range of events we host and at reasonable rates,” he said.
“With Faust, we provided world-class opera for as low as €20. The cost of an equivalent show in other European cities could be several hundred euro.
“We are grateful for the support of our funders, the Arts Council and Cork City Council but our principal stakeholder remains our audiences who supply 85% of our income by choosing to buy tickets to our events. We are extremely grateful for the continued support which we never take for granted.”
About 100,000 people attended 130 shows and about 400 performances at the theatre last year, boosting the box office by 23%, with turnover up €462,000.
The theatre sustained 54 jobs with its 2014 in-house productions creating employment for over 100 local artists.
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