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In the last few months HUMANS: a robot musical (Graffiti, Everyman) went on a national tour, beautifully captured in this video.  I was also part of  the  inaugural Raising our Voices project with Graffiti. SNUG returned to two of Cork's most characterful venues, and we're currently recording the songs from the show.


In 2022 WHALE happened at Cork Opera House in Cork Midsummer Festival, along with the premiere of HUMANS: a robot musical. The BelleVue won a Project Creation award from the Arts Council to develop the play towards production, following its selection for the Pavilion Play Platform in 2021.  I wrote and performed in CITY (Everyman 2021), as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, supported by Culture Ireland and selected for the Origin NYC Festival.​

HUMANS: a robot musical
John McCarthy in CITY (Everyman 2021)
HUMANS: a robot musical
Cork Opera House and UCC Theatre Arist in Residence 2018-202
SNUG: an entirely sung story (2022)
Photo Shane J Horan
recent acting | directing

I was part of the Improv Panto at Cork Opera House December 2023 and co-starred in SNUG. I also appeared in WHALE (2022), Blackwater Babble (Brokencrow), This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing (Graffiti Theatre), The Big Chapel X (Asylum, Kilkenny Arts Festival), Evening Train (Everyman and Rosa Productions), The Lonesome West (Everyman) --- nominated Best Supporting Actor at the Irish Theatre Awards --- Bluetooth (Everyman) and in The School (RTE, 2017). I'm represented as an actor by Maureen and Eleanor at First Call Management.

Recent directing includes the first run of SNUG (co-direct), WHALE (Cork Opera House, Midsummer Festival 2022) and In One Eye, Out the Other by Tadhg Hickey (Cccahoots, Dublin Fringe Festival and First Fortnight Festival 2021).

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