What I am after is to get an audience to leave the theatre with an exultant feeling from seeing somebody on the stage facing life, fighting against the odds, not conquering but, perhaps inevitably, being conquered. The individual life is made significant just by the struggle.
Eugene O’Neill on The Hairy Ape
Corcadorca, famed for staging spectacular theatre in unusual locations, presented The Hairy Ape by Eugene O’Neill in the summer of 2008. Having reinvented Ireland’s Naval Base last Summer for the staging of Woyzeck, this year Corcadorca transformed a vast warehouse in Cork’s docklands for a highly visual promenade production of O’Neill’s epic text.
O’Neill, considered one of America’s greatest playwrights, was awarded 4 Pulitzer prizes, as well as the Nobel prize for literature. This was the first time The Hairy Ape has been staged in Ireland.
Venue: Old Southern Fruit Warehouse, Centre Park Road, Cork City, 23 June to 5 July 2008.
Sponsored by Designer Tile Outlet
Written by Eugene O’Neill
Directed by Pat Kiernan
Set Design & Lighting Design – Paul Keogan
Costume Design – Joan Hickson
Composer – Mel Mercier
Sound Design – Stevie Jones
Production Manager – Joe Stockdale
Stage Manager – John Grubb
Production Assistant – Lorna Sherlock & Catherine Harty
Movement Director – Peter Elliot
Costume Assistant – Jessica Healy & Bilinda Sheehan
Paddy – Frank O’Sullivan
Long – Hector Harkness
Yank – Peter Gowen
Mildred’s Aunt – Ruth Hegarty
Mildred Douglas – Katy Davis
Stoker – Will O’Connell
Union Secretary – Ronan Leahy
2nd Engineer – Tony McKenna