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Losing Steam

In June 2004 Corcadorca staged a new play called Losing Steam. Commissioned by Corcadorca, the script was written by Ray Scannell and was based on the closure of the Fords and Dunlop’s plants in Cork in the early eighties. As the two largest employers of that time, their closing had a profound and devastating effect on the city and its people. Fords alone had been the beginning of industry in Cork, and it’s legacy spanned nearly eight decades. Eight decades of fathers and sons, mothers and daughters devoting their lives to their company, only to be left cold when it all fell apart and these companies sought greener pastures. This is where we saw the drama lying. The play centred on two families caught up in this economic crisis on different levels, portraying the effect it had on their lives.

Losing Steam
was a site-specific promenade style production set in a building which stands where the old Ford Factory used to be. The play included a large community cast and a very strong musical element. A vibrant live music scene unique to Cork allowed the frustrated youth of their day escape from the economic and emotional depression. The production drew strongly from that music scene and the youth culture of the time. A four piece post punk rock band made up of some of the original members of prominent Cork band of the time, ‘Five go down to Sea’ along with the long remembered Arcadia as a backdrop, brought to life the essence of this theme.

Losing Steam was directed by Pat Kiernan with a professional cast of six. The action revolved around two families, the Dempseys, a father and two sons who have lost their jobs in Dunlops and are fighting for fair redundancy payments; and the Geraghtys, headed by Bob, a manager at the Ford plant, his wife Amanda and daughter Shirley.

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Production Details.

Author: Ray Scannell
Director: Pat Kiernan
Venue: Venue: Old Ford and Dunlop Factory Sites, Cork
Performance Run: 17 – 26 June 2004

Noel O’ Donovan – Bernie Dempsey
Aidan O’ Hare – Fin Dempsey
Damien Kearney – Frank Dempsey
Kevin Ahern – Bob Geraghty
Maria Hingerty – Amanda Geraghty
Julie Kelleher – Shirley Geraghty

Claire  Jackson – Helen

Paul Lee – Ted

Denis  Manning  – Harry

Kieran McCarthy          Marcus

Michelle McGarraghy      Receptionist

Aideen O’Donaghue      Reporter

Colin   Scannell             Umpire

Clare  Bell

Margaret Butler

Aoife   Byrne 

Aine Cahill

Shane Casey

Paul Cussen         

Colin   Durcan          

Gordon Healy          

Jule Hurley

Emma Jane   Joyce 

Philip Anthony McCarthy   

Patrick Murnane

Philip Newenham

Des O’Brien

O Driscoll      

Alan Riordan

Elaine Ruby

Andrew Ryan

Linda  Wakefield     

Teddy Walsh

Production Credits:

Production Manager Joe Stockdale

Stage Manager K Mahony

Set Design Davy Dummigan

Costume Designer Joan Hickson

Assistant Director Tom Creed

ASM Eileen O’Shea

LX Eva Dalton

Mel Mercier                            Sound Design

Paul Denby                             Lighting Design

Mick Lynch                            Set

Don Rothwell                         Set

Lisa Zagone                            Set and Props

Magz Bray                              Administrative support

Noreen Morris                       Administrative support

Owen McCarthy                    Administrative support