MANY YOUNG MEN OF TWENTY
By John B. Keane
Charting the small-town days of Danger Mullaly, Peg Finnerty and other characters in Hannigan’s pub as they see prospective emigrants off on the train, Many Young Men of Twenty is brimming with classic John B. Keane humour and turns of phrase.
Woven throughout with ballads and songs, the play takes an often poignant and frequently funny look at the harsh conditions that forced people to emigrate in the late 1950s, as well as the things that kept people at home.
In this anniversary year of our building, we are thrilled that our founders, Everyman Theatre Company, will take on this classic play, first produced of course by that same group, under the name of Southern Theatre Group, in Father Mathew Hall in 1961.
DIRECTED BY CATHERINE MAHON-BUCKLEY
PRESENTED BY THE EVERYMAN THEATRE COMPANY
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In 1963 a group of Cork theatre companies came together under the umbrella title of Everyman Theatre Company.The aim was to bring the best of world theatre to Cork audiences.
They began in the Little Theatre on the first floor of the CCYMS building on Castle Street. With steadily increasing audiences Everyman Theatre Company moved to Father Matthew Hall where The Everyman Playhouse was officially opened by Hollywood actress Angela Lansbury on 1st November 1972. In the late eighties through generous support from funding bodies and the people of Cork, the opportunity arose to purchase the Palace Cinema which then became the fully professional Everyman Palace Theatre. It would be impossible to mention the many excellent productions which have been staged by the Everyman Theatre Company but mention must be made of Dan Donovan’s Death of a Salesman which transferred to Cork Opera House, John O’Shea’s Son of Man and Michael McCarthy’s A Streetcar Named Desire.
Several people went on from the Everyman Theatre Company to distinguished careers including Tony award-winning designer Bob Crowley and actress Fiona Shaw who was awarded an honorary CBE in 2001.
As Everyman Theatre Company moves through the 21st century the aim is still the same, to bring the best of world theatre to you.