Cork Printmakers are delighted to present an exhibition of photoetching prints by the artist Miriam Hurley at Cork Opera House in summer 2021. Captured backstage at Cork Opera House over a number of years, Miriam’s images portray the nervous energy and focus of performers “standing by” for their final call to perform. While audiences and performers alike are still standing by to return to our cultural venues, this exhibition gives viewers a sense of the atmosphere and energy behind the scenes at the beloved Cork Opera House.
While working at Cork Opera House, Miriam Hurley captured her unique perspective of these often-unseen moments on black and white film. By witnessing the solitude that performers experience when given their final call, the artist recorded and portrayed their nervous energy, hidden vulnerability and sense of trepidation. In this body of work, Miriam captures the performers’ focus, internal fear and vulnerability while transforming into their character. She portrays the disarming moment when performers become detached and alone in the moments before they emerge from the wings onto the stage.
The artist states: “as a keen photographer I started taking the photographs for the Cork Opera House in-house productions, these were staged photo shoots to be used as PR in the media to promote the shows. But what really caught my eye was being backstage as actors and performers prepared themselves prior to going on stage in the dressing rooms and in the final moments waiting in the wings before taking to the stage. I knew that I had a unique perspective that only a very few get to see and I wanted to capture these rarely witnessed moments on black and white film. I was able to photograph various performers unobtrusively and while in preparation in a natural way. I felt very privileged to have been part of the process and I am delighted to share it now with the general public”
In 2018 Miriam created the first part of this body of work at Cork Printmakers studios and completed the full body of work during 2020/21. The use of different print techniques, inks and papers gave Hurley the opportunity to rework the photographs, playing with tonal range and texture to capture the true atmosphere experienced when taking the image.
Cork Printmakers present Miriam Hurley’s exhibition Standing By as part of their 30th Anniversary Programme. Established in 1991, Cork Printmakers is a professional print studio, gallery and resource organisation providing artists with facilities and equipment to create artwork through the medium of print.
The exhibition can be viewed at Cork Opera House foyer during café opening hours. A short documentary by Colm Walsh accompanies the exhibition and can also be viewed online.
When & WhereChoose Day
- An Exhibistion by Miriam Hurley
From Friday, August 27th, 2021
*Rescheduled from Friday 3 & Saturday 4 April, 2020. All tickets valid for new dates.
Grammy Award-winning and international chart-topping British music legend Leo Sayer returns with his show, Greatest Hits Live.
Wednesday 15 September 2021
Toni Lee returns to Cork Opera House in 2021 with her celebration concert of the music of The Carpenters – We’ve Only Just Begun.
Saturday 18th September 2021
Irish National Opera presents Least Like The Other, Searching For Rosemary Kennedy, Created By Brian Irvine & Netia Jones
Wednesday 22 September 2021
Night Fever recreates the Bee Gee’s 1997 One Night Only Las Vegas concert experience in a theatre-style production.
Friday 24 September 2021.
Following sold out shows in 2019 and 2020, Flash Harry - A Celebration of Queen will return in 2021.
Saturday 25th September 2021
Rescheduled to 29 September 2021
*Rescheduled from Friday 20 March 2020**
Following a run of sold out tours Breathe - The Pink Floyd Experience present “Echoes – The Best of Pink Floyd LIVE”, an explosive live music experience showcasing the very best of Pink Floyd.
Thursday 01 October 2021
The hilarious Sarah Millican is back on tour with a Bobby Dazzler of a new stand-up show.
Thursday 14 & Friday 15 October 2021
Performing their seminal self-titled 1977 album, Irish folk music's greatest duo Andy Irvine & Paul Brady, accompanied by Dónal Lunny and Kevin Burke, have rescheduled their concerts in Dublin's Vicar Street, Belfast Waterfront and Cork Opera House for October 2021.
Sunday the 17th of October 2021
Multi award winning singer-songwriter Albert Hammond returns to Cork Opera House for one night only.
Tuesday 19th October 2021 (Rescheduled from Sunday 8th November 2020)
Mary Black is delighted to be returning to Cork Opera House on Wednesday 20th of October 2021.
Mick Flannery teams up with multi-talented newcomer Susan O Neil for his return to Cork Opera House with their amazing new show.
Friday, October 22nd, 2021
Monday 25 October 2021
Due to ongoing public health restrictions, this show will not go ahead as scheduled on June 6th. We will be contacting all ticketholders with details of a rescheduled date as soon as we have further details. Thank you for your continued patience and support
*Rescheduled from Friday 29 May 2020 and Sunday 6th June 2021
Foggy Notions and Cyprus Avenue present Villagers.
Tuesday 2 November 2021
Strictly over 18’s. ID required.
€36.50 INCLUDING €1 levy + booking fees*
Tickets go on sale Friday 23 April 2021 @ 9am
Cork City Ballet, in association with the Cork Opera House and Benchmark International, presents The Nutcracker Thursday 4th – Saturday 6th November, 2021
After the success of their recently released studio album ‘One Day At A Time’, Kodaline have announced an acoustic tour across Ireland in November and December 2021.
Wednesday 10 November 2021
Irish Country legends The Three Amigos return to Cork Opera House
Monday, 3 January, 2022 (Rescheduled from 4 Jan 2021)
Ronan Collins and his Reeling in the Showband Years show returns to Cork for its record-breaking 12th year.
Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 January 2022
The King of farming satire – Farmer Michael!
Thursday 3rd Feb 2022
After a sell-out tour this year Tommy Fleming will return to Cork Opera House as part of his 30th Anniversary Tour.
Friday 4th & Saturday 5th February
Tuesday 31 March 2020 now rescheduled to Monday 07th February 2022.
OPERA HOUSE, CORK
9th February 2022
Celebrating 30 years of Southside … playing their debut album in its entirety, plus the hits
TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY 23RD APRIL AT 9AM FROM TICKETMASTER.IE & THE OPERA HOUSE BOX OFFICE
Friday, February 11th, 2022
Chris de Burgh comes to Cork Opera House in October 2021 as part of his brand new tour.
Rescheduled from Wednesday 6 October 2021 to Wednesday16th February 2022
Sharon Shannon, Frances Black and Mary Coughlan unite for a unique show bringing together their collective talents.
Thursday 17th February 2022
* Rescheduled from Saturday 21 March 2020. All tickets valid for new date
Ireland’s Greatest Voices The Three Tenors return for their annual Mother’s Day special - a must-see concert of classic hits made famous by the likes of Sinatra, The Dubliners, Pavarotti.
Saturday 19th February 2022
Legends of Irish music & song The Fureys return in February 2022 for a night to remember.
Sunday 20th Febuary 2022
Milton Jones returns with his new show Milton: Impossible.
Wednesday March 2nd 2022.
Seven Drunken Nights – The Story of The Dubliners comes to Cork as part of a fifth anniversary tour in 2022.
Thursday 3 March 2022
Ireland’s first lady of musical theatre returns to Cork Opera House.
Friday 5th March 2022
Sunday 6th March 2022
All Tickets valid for corresponding new dates
Irish sketch comedy group Foil Arms & Hog return to Cork Opera House with their brand new show Swines.
Thursday 10 - Sunday 13 March 2022
Derek Ryan returns to the Cork Opera House stage in 2022.
Saturday 26 March 2022
Friday 1st April, 2022
Sunday, 10 April 2022
Mario Rosenstock returns with The Very Best of Gift Grub Live in 2022.
Tuesday, 12th April – Saturday, 16th April, 2022
**Please Note Rescheduled Date – 23 February 2021 show has been rescheduled to take place on 12th April 2022. All original tickets remain valid for the new date**
29th June rescheduled to 12th April
30th June rescheduled to 13th April
1st July rescheduled to 14th April
2nd July rescheduled to 15th April
3rd July rescheduled to 16th April
Direct from the West End, Some Guys Have All the Luck celebrates the career of one of rock’s greatest icons, Rod Stewart.
Thursday 21 April 2022
Impressionist Oliver Callan brings his award-winning Callan’s Kicks comedy show to life on stage for the first time in five years.
Friday 29th April 2022
Following a seven-year hiatus, comedian Rhod Gilbert returns to comedy with his brand new live show – The Book of John.
Wednesday 4 May 2022- Rescheduled from Monday 27 September 2021 (previously Monday 25 January 2021 & originally Friday 13 March 2020)
Thursday 5 May 2022- Rescheduled from Tuesday 28 September 2021 (previously Tuesday 26 January 2021 & originally Saturday 14 March 2020)
6th May 2022
Imelda May has announced a brand new Irish tour ‘Made to Love’ in support of her highly anticipated new album ‘11 Past The Hour’.
Monday 9 & Tuesday 10 May 2022
Saturday May 14th 2022
Rescheduled from Friday 25th September 2020. All original tickets are valid for the new date.
Ireland’s Number One tribute band, Live Forever – Oasis.
Comedian and TV’s Katherine Ryan (The Duchess, Netflix) brings her brand new live show, Missus to Cork in 2022.
Tickets on sale Friday 16th October 2020 at 10am.
Friday 27th May 2022
Comedian Jimmy Carr returns to Cork Opera House in 2021 as part of his ‘Terribly Funny’ Tour.
Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th May 2022
7pm & 9.30pm
*Rescheduled from 25 & 26 March 2020. All tickets valid for new dates.
Peppa Pig is excited to be going on a special day out with George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig - it’s going to be her best day ever!
Saturday the 11th and Sunday the 12th of June 2022.
*TICKETS ON SALE ON FRIDAY 28th FEBRUARY AT 10.00
Jason Manford returns to Cork with his brand new show Like Me.
Friday 17th June 2022
YES announces a headline show for Cork Opera House in 2022.
Wednesday 29th June 2022
One of the most inventive and influential bands in the history of popular music, 10cc return to Cork Opera House in 2022.
Sunday 4th September 2022
The legendary Gilbert O’Sullivan returns to Cork with his brand new show, Just Gilbert.
Friday 9 September 2022
(Rescheduled from 11 September 2021 - All original tickets remain valid)