A visit to The Everyman Theatre in Cork City, which has recently found a new permanent home.
Maurice O'Donoghue is a student teacher in Cork. However, when his working day ends, his acting day begins. He is currently rehearsing for the play 'Death of a Salesman' by American playwright Arthur Miller in the Everyman Theatre.
The Everyman is the only theatre in Cork which is in regular production. However, its actors have to subsidise their income by working at other jobs during the day.
The Everyman has a varied repertoire of productions. Currently showing 'Arsenic and Old Lace', written by American playwright Joseph Kesselring, it will be replaced by Miller's 'Death of a Salesman' in less than a week. Productions at The Everyman are usually local with occasional guest directors and actors, as well as odd visits from travelling production companies.
The Everyman Theatre was established in 1963 and has now found a permanent home in the former Father Mathew Hall which has been converted to a 350 seater theatre. Apart from stage management and box office work, everything is done on a voluntary basis.
Dan Donovan, who has been with The Everyman since the beginning, plays the lead in the latest production. He explains the formation of the theatre and how it evolved into its current set up.
John O'Shea explains how The Everyman has cultivated an audience through hard work and dedication.
The new premises has also allowed The Everyman to attract a new audience for their productions. They both agree that for the theatre to develop further, they will need more permanent and paid staff.
Any national vision for the arts needs to recognise the necessity for regional theatres.
We must one of the few countries in Europe in which there are no professional theatres outside of its capital.
The report shows 'Death of a Salesman', directed by Michael Twomey, in the early stages of rehearsal.
'Tangents' reports on 24 January 1974. The reporter is Doireann Ní Bhriain.