Theatre in Cork: 1972-91, a two-decade snapshot

Cork City Libraries was pleased to launch these theatre pages, in April 2014, as part of our Cork Past and Present website — during Everyman Theatre’s fiftieth anniversary season of 2013/14. This section was prepared after theatre photographer Paul O’Flynn generously made his substantial archive of theatre photographs, taken by him between 1972 and 1991, available to Cork City Libraries for addition to our Webpages. As well as his collection of some 4,000 photographs, Mr O’Flynn made his archive of theatre posters, programmes, fliers, newspaper cuttings, and other theatre memorabilia available for our Web pages.

Cork City Libraries is also grateful to Everyman Theatre founding-member John O’Shea and to theatre director, writer, and actor Michael Twomey, both of whom generously donated additional theatre memorabilia to complement Paul O’Flynn’s digital donations.

Most of the images represent plays produced by or staged in the Everyman Theatre.  In 1972 Everyman moved to its 420-seat Playhouse in Father Mathew Street, after a decade of performing in the 200-seat Little Theatre in the CCYMS hall, Castle Street.  The Everyman Playhouse closed in 1987 and Everyman Theatre reopened in March 1990 in the 650-seat Everyman Palace Theatre in MacCurtain Street.

Cork City Libraries acknowledges the Government’s JobBridge internship scheme for providing assistance to its eLibrary Services in preparing the images for the Web and in undertaking research through our newspaper archives to establish dates and other information to accompany the images. 

Select individual years listed on table at left to view content


Paul O'Flynn 2014
                                                                                 Paul O'Flynn

John O'Shea and Michael Twomey 2014
                          Michael Twomey                                                                      John O'Shea

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