Young duo team up to put the Everyman Theatre centrestage

Never mind the World Cup — there’s way more drama lined up for the historic stage of Cork’s Everyman Theatre.

Young duo team up to put the Everyman Theatre centrestage

Its new artistic director, Julie Kelleher, took part in a soccer-themed photo shoot last night as she unveiled her first season line-up which includes theatre, music, comedy, and family shows.

Ms Kelleher, who, at 31, is one of the country’s youngest artistic directors, took over at the helm two months ago alongside the theatre’s new executive director, Seán Kelly, 35.

“It’s hard to believe that two months have already passed since we took over the leadership of this beautiful and storied theatre,” Ms Kelleher said.

“Serving the Everyman and its audiences is a unique honour and we are very proud to present our first full season of shows to you.”

Highlights will include Marschner’s opera Der Vampyr — a collaboration between The Everyman and Cork Operatic Society — renowned actor Simon Callow’s hugely acclaimed The Man Jesus, comedian Des Bishop’s new show, Coming Home, and the Abbey Theatre production of John B Keane’s Sive.

The programme continues the Everyman’s on-going commitment to showcasing Cork’s theatre-makers with the premiere of an adaptation of Frank O’Connor’s much loved short story, God Bless the Child, and the return of the luckless thieves in Irish Examiner court reporter Liam Heylin’s Love, Peace, and Robbery, as well as new productions Enter Juliet and Between Trees and Water from Cork theatre companies BrokenCrow and Painted Bird.

In September, the theatre will present David Greig’s The Events, where four Cork-based choirs will share the stage with this top class company.

Decadent Theatre Company presents Love/Hate creator’s Stuart Carolan’s Defender of the Faith, and Bottom Dog Theatre bring What Happened Bridgie Cleary by Tom MacIntyre.

Highlights for younger theatre fans include Mr Foley, The Radio Operator from Theatre Lovett and Hansel and Gretel from Lambert Puppet Theatre, while the Montfort College of Performing Arts presents The Little Mermaid.

Returning favourites include The Everyman Sunday Songbook, the acclaimed Guerilla Days in Ireland, and the Kick Back club night every weekend.

The theatre will host the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival in October, and work is already under way on the Christmas panto, Cinderella.

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