Cork Midsummer Festival: New Production Of Enda Walsh’s ‘The Small Things’

‘The Small Things’ by Enda Walsh, at the Old Waterworks, Lee Road, starring Peter Gowen and Pauline McLynn




Starring Peter Gowen and Pauline McLynn

Opening June 17 – June 29 (previews June 14 – 15)

At The Old Waterworks, Lee Road, Cork

Not suitable for under 16s

**Please note this show is outdoors

The Award-Winning Corcadorca Theatre Company are delighted to return to Cork Midsummer Festival, with a new production of Enda Walsh’s The Small Things, to be performed at the Old Waterworks, Lee Road, Cork, starring Peter Gowen and Pauline McLynn. Opening on June 17, and continuing until June 29, with previews on June 14 and 15, it will be directed by Corcadorca’s Artistic Director, Pat Kiernan, music and sound design will be by his long-time collaborator, Mel Mercier, and set and lighting by Paul Keogan.

Enda Walsh’s The Small Things is a play about enforced silence, that explores language and humanity’s need for words. The play is a two-hander, with two characters – known only as Man and Woman – occupying the stage.

Walsh says:

I have no memory of writing “The Small Things.” I knew I wanted to write about my then living mother trying to keep my dead father alive – by talking to him. But what came out was very surprising and like other plays I have written – I got out of the way of it. It became a love story about survival in a violent world and a celebration of the small things we cling to. It is also an ode to language, to talking. It is still my favourite play of those I have written. It is imagistically the largest, and was the start of my obsession with play structure. I am beyond excited that Corcadorca and the genius, Pat Kiernan, are taking it on – especially with Pauline and Peter on board – two of our greatest actors. It will be quite something’.

Corcadorca, and director, Kiernan, have enjoyed a successful partnership with Walsh, having brought their multi-award winning production of his play, Disco Pigs, to the world stage in the late nineties, and more recently, with their production of his commissioned work, The Same, which won Best New Play and Best Actress awards in 2017.

Tickets are from €20 to €30, and are available now from Cork Midsummer Festival online booking at:

Cork Midsummer Festival will run from 13 – 23 June with full programme announced and on sale from May 2 – full details at:


Dates:  June 17 to 29 (except Sunday). Previews 14-15 June.

Time: 10.30pm

Venue: Old Waterworks, Lee Road 

Director: Pat Kiernan

Set & Lighting Designer: Paul Keogan 

Composer & Sound Designer: Mel Mercier

Cast: Peter Gowen and Pauline McLynn

Tickets priced from €20 – €30 

All preview tickets €20

Full price €30, Concession €26 (unwaged, student, senior) 

Under 26s €22 available for Mon – Wed performances only, and must be purchased in box office 

Not suitable for under 16s

**Please note this show is outdoors.


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