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Artistic Director – Pat Kiernan


Pat played an Ant in “The Insect Play” by The Capek Bros with Youth Theatre Cork and began performing and Directing in several productions with YTC. Having outgrown Youth Theatre, he progressed to performing and Directing with UCC Dramat at the old Granary Theatre. His production of “Entertaining Mr Sloane” by Joe Orton was awarded Best Director at the Irish Student Drama Festival at Trinity College Dublin 1990. This joyous occasion was short lived as it became University knowledge that he wasn’t a student and the Dramat home was no longer available to him! This prompted the creation of Corcadorca in 1991 to allow him continue to make theatre.

In these early years, Pat directed texts such as “Leonce and Lena” by Georg Buchner, “That Scoundrel Scapin” by Moliere and “Greek” by Steven Berkoff; reimagining existing venues into different seating configurations, playing with the audience and actor experience. He also began working with writer Enda Walsh on a number of projects/plays producing “The Ginger Ale Boy” in early 1994.

In late 1994, The Arts Council awarded Pat “The President Mary Robinson Goodman Theatre Chicago Fellowship” where he worked as Assistant Director on three productions at the Theatre, most memorably “The Merchant Of Venice” directed by Peter Sellars featuring Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Pat, on returning from the US, began directing off-site productions: “A Clockwork Orange”  by Anthony Burgess in Sir Henrys’ NightClub and “A Christmas Carol” adapted by Enda Walsh at the Old Women’s Prison Cork. In 1996, he worked as dramaturg and directed “Disco Pigs” by Enda Walsh with Cillian Murphy and Eileen Walsh, which won numerous awards and toured worldwide 1997 – 1999.

Pat created a large public once-off theatre spectacle (4000 people) “The Trial of Jesus” with Conal Creedon on the streets and hills of Cork in 2000. This led to the next 20 years primarily producing the creation of large-scale and more intimate site-specific works in the City and County. In parks/islands/factories/streets/disused buildings/naval base with professional and community casts.

Pat curated a programme of off-site theatre performances as part of Cork City Capital of Culture 2005. “Relocation” saw Teatr Biuro Podrozy (Poznan Poland) present Macbeth: Who is that Bloodied Man? in Elizabeth Fort Barrack Street, Grid Iron (Edinburgh Scotland) present “The Devils Larder” in the old City Morgue and Compagnie Jo Bithume (Angers France) present “Victor Frankenstein” on the Grand Parade in the city centre. Corcadorca presented “The Merchant of Venice.”


Corcadorca Directed Productions:

“Leonce and Lena” (Buchner),  “That Scoundrel Scapin” (Moliere),  “The Love of Don Perlimplin” (Lorca),  “Greek” (Berkoff), “Phaedras Love” (Kane),  “Banshee Makers” “Snap” and “Last Beauty Spot” (Ger Bourke), “Mix it Up” and “Losing Steam” (Ray Scannell), “Trial of Jesus” (collaboration with Conal Creedon), “medEia” (Von Woensel), “ Bruens Twist” (Eamon Sweeney), “The Big Yum Yum” and “Sacrifice at Easter” (Pat McCabe), “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” “The Merchant of Venice” “ The Tempest” “The Winter’s Tale” and “Romeo and Juliet”(Shakespeare), ”A Christmas Carol” “The Ginger Ale Boy” “Disco Pigs” “Misterman” “How These Desperate Men Talk” “Gentrification” “The Small Things” “The Same” (Enda Walsh), “The Hairy Ape” Eugene O Neill, “Woyzeck” (Georg Buchner), “Request Programme” (Kroetz), “ The Numbered” (Canetti), “The Tallest Man in the World” (Ni Riain), “Far Away” (Churchill), and “Contact” (Pat Kiernan).


Other Directed Productions:

“Talbots Box” (Thomas Kilroy) Feedback Theatre Company and Project Dublin, “ When I was God” (Conal Creedon) and “The Boy Soldier” (devised) Red Kettle Theatre Company, “Stone Mad” (Seamus Murphy) Everyman Theatre, “The Oginski Polonaise” (Kolyada) Gate Theatre London,” Done up like a Kipper” (Harmon), “Chaos” “Sell Out Tour” and “Champions of Dance” Lords of Strut, “The Old Tune” (Pinget translated by  Beckett) and “Night” (Pinget) Kilkenny Arts Festival.


Pat has worked as Dramaturg with the following writers on new plays:

Ailis Ni Riain, Ger Bourke, Ray Scannell, Peter Gowen, Irene Kelleher, Gavin McEntee, Lords of Strut, Enda Walsh, Eadaoin O’Donoghue, Pat McCabe, Eimear Reilly, Carmel Winters.


Production and Individual Awards/Nominations:


Best Director Irish Student Drama Festival 1990

President Mary Robinson Goodman Theatre Chicago Fellowship 1994

Disco Pigs – Best Production Dublin Fringe Festival 1996

Disco Pig – Fringe First and Critics Choice Awards Edinburgh Fringe 1997

The Trial of Jesus – Irish Times Theatre Awards nomination Judges Special Award 2001

The Merchant of Venice – Irish Times Theatre Awards nominations Best Production and Best Director 2005

Woyzeck – Irish Times Theatre Awards nomination Best Production 2007

Gentrification – Irish Times Theatre Awards nomination Best Director 2015

Far Away – Irish Times Theatre Awards nomination Best Production. Winner Best Lighting

Winner Best Soundscape/Sound Design 2017

The Same – Irish Times Theatre Awards Winner Best New Play. Winner Best Actress 2017