In June 2007 Corcadorca turned its attention to another great classic, Woyzeck by Georg Büchner. Woyzeck is a powerful story about a hapless sailor whose life spirals out of control. To tell the story a unique and fitting location was chosen – Ireland’s Naval Base on Haulbowline Island.
Starting at the water’s edge as darkness falls, Woyzeck was a promenade production taking in the various historic and impressive buildings on the base. An original score composed by Mel Mercier, sound design by Matt Padden, costuming by Joan Hickson and an unforgettable set and lighting design by Paul Keogan were all set against the magnificent backdrop of the Naval Base and Cobh harbour.
But to sum this one up is impossible. Was it the cohesive and natural performances, was it the music and sound, the innovative sets, the darkness, the sea, the buildings, the ferry which brought the audience to the show, or was it the temperamental weather which conspired to make this the most haunting Corcadorca production thus far? It’s impossible to pick one element. Suffice to say Woyzeck was a production that those involved in and those who saw will remember for a while to come.
Nominated for Best Production and Best Lighting in the 2007 Irish Times Theatre Awards
Venue: Haulbowline Naval Base, 2007.
Supported by Howard Holdings
Written by Georg Büchner
Directed by Pat Kiernan
Set and Lighting Designer Paul Keogan
Costume Designer Joan Hickson
Composer Mel Mercier
Choreographer Michael Cooney
Sound Designer Matt Padden
Fight Director Paul Burke
Production Manager Joe Stockdale
John Grubb Stage Manager
Kieran Prendergast Sound Operator
David Pearse – Woyzeck
Frank O’Sullivan – Captain
Lucianne McEvoy – Marie
Malcolm Adams – Doctor/Barker
Anthony Morris – Andres
Rory Nolan – Drum Major
Gina Moxley – Margret/Showman